903 Tasting Notes
First tasting note! Haha I hardly get those anymore lol…let me preface this review by saying why I haven’t tried this tea sooner. As I have a severe food allergy (peanuts), I am very wary of trying things with unfamiliar ingredients – in this one the culprit was ashwaganda. But after a skin test I decided it’s safe to have (and I’m writing this review, so I’m still good haha)
So onto the review! The dry smell in this one is…to put it simply – MEDICINAL. Man oh man, I have never smelled a more herby smelling tea haha. It is strong and almost like Vicks mixed with tonic and some basil…strong and sharp and almost hurting the nose buds. I suppose you could compare this to alcohol in that it’s sharp and almost brutal smelling lol. But don’t let that deter you! I steeped this for 1 min with boiling water, and the steeped smell was much nicer – more chamomile with mild herbs that I couldn’t really identify, probably peppercorn though as that is a strong component.
As for the flavor, again this is quite medicinal, but I think it captures the feel of a strong spirit lol. I haven’t tried Chartreuse (the beverage) but the tea form is peppery, with an almost tulsi-like component. OH LOL there is tulsi in it, well that explains it hahaha. Not much in the terms of rose or fennel, so fennel haters rejoice? Haha, and the chamomile is just providing a neutral backdrop to the strong pepper and tulsi flavors I imagine. As for the ashwaganda, I don’t know what it is like but it might be provided the smoother mouthfeel like ginseng does, since it’s supposed to be Indian Ginseng.
Overall, a pretty bizarre blend. I can’t really compare it to what the tea is modelled after, so this is not a very helpful review probably. But it was an adventure, and I now know I can have ashwaganda! It might take me a while to get through the bag though because it is so weird….haha, happy to have tried it anyways though! No rating, because I don’t know what it’s supposed to be like.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Peppercorn, Spicy, Tulsi
Ehhh this is a little bit astringent this morning unfortunately, I think I brewed it a tad too long with a bit too hot water. Ah well, it still is bold and bright and is serving the purpose of kicking me awake, well, the tea and the classic rock blaring from my computer at work lol. I made myself get up early and come to work at 7 so I can get off at 1, so my brain is a bit blarggghhhh right now haha. Ah well, only 5 more hours! See previous notes on this tea :)
I have never written a note on this tea! That is not good haha because I loveee this tea. Yesterday I was going through my cupboard and found this one and thought yeah, I want that tomorrow. So I made it for the morning at work today. Yes, the flavors are a bit muted from the travel mug, but this is a delicious light black tea just dripping with honey flavor. Like this is a HONEY tea. A favorite black tea of mine that I definitely do not drink often enough. This is fresh honey from the comb on toast with creamy butter underneath. Or a cup of cream mixed with honey. Whatever it is, honey is the dominant note and it is just so yummmm.
In other news, I am still ridiculously tired..I think my sleep schedule got messed up beyond repair with the long weekend (late nights, relatively early mornings) as well as the cat waking me up with his meowing at various times in the night (different each day, sometimes 2 am, 3 am, 4 am….ughhh). This weekend hopefully I can recuperate and fix up my body, I am zonked at work again.
Back to the tea briefly, overall, a delicious tea that I highly recommend!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Honey
I am very behind on reviews lol, particularly of new tea I’ve tried recently (notably the famed Golden Orchid and Rivendell :D ) but I will get caught up eventually. I was at the lake all weekend and am now working away this week. Soo tired from the weekend and definitely also behind on sleep, so I hope this tea gives me a good caffeine kick. So far it is bready, chocolatey, citrusy and yum. So that’s good at least. PLEASE KICK IN CAFFEINE! Have lots to do today and it requires my eyes to be open lol. See previous notes on this tasty tea :)
I’m at work, so this will be fast – this tea is AMAZING. SO GOOD. I am even having it from my travel mug and at first it tasted like a generic black tea…but then this beautiful honey/caramel flavor POPS OUT in your face! As it cools the keemun berry notes come out as well! Delicious and so so good on this Friday morning. Light too, not an overly bold blend, but filling and satisfying. Second Breakfast indeed! I hope everyone knows about Second Breakfast! (Also, LOTR references make my day. Favorite movies ever.)
So happy I got an oz of this, and could see more ounces in the future!
So amazingly, I have not rated this tea yet, even though it is my go-to when my stomach is angry or I have a splitting migraine. Today happens to be the upset stomach kind of day, not sure if I ate something nasty for lunch or what, but I feel miserable at work, and this only started after lunch…I am also out of gum and forgot my Tums, so I busted out this tea. I guess we will see if it works its magic today, it usually does pretty good. Blargh. It already seems to be helping a bit.
Oh, and this tea is basically mint mint mint in your face haha, it’s fresh and good, if you like peppermint. If you don’t, well, why are you drinking pure peppermint anyways? :P haha a good tea for when I’m feeling sick or want a caffeine break.
Good morning steepsters! I had an amazing weekend in the mountains, hiked like crazy (probably ~20km total), drove, and enjoyed life. We lucked out with great weather again this year and it was a wonderful trip with the guy! But now it is Monday, he is back off to work for 2 weeks, and I am also at work and sooooo tired. Eyes do not want to stay open…going to be a long day.
I made this tea this morning in the hopes the caffeine would keep me alert, but it’s just making me relaxed and content haha. This tea is soo darn tasty! I like that it is a lighter A&D blend, yet still ridiculously flavorful. Bright and rich. Still that creaminess in there. A lovely cup to start the week, just hoping I wake up a bit more as the day progresses lol. See previous notes!
Sipdown of this tea. I have soo many teas that I have tried this weekend that I didn’t log lol, and I take time to log this sipdown. Oh well, I will get around to writing notes eventually. I had an amazing weekend and now the bf is back this week, so probably not much logging this week. Ah well I am still drinking tea! This is a work sipdown, and I enjoyed this tea, but I tired of it as I went through the bag. Nice to try, but not a restock. See previous notes!
A sipdown on this one, I went through it relatively fast, but today it tastes a bit artificial after the pure goodness of Mandala last night lol. Nevertheless, I will probably restock this, as I think it’s maybe the favorite of the first summer collection for me. Will have to see, as I have a crazy amount of tea right now and want to finish off some other DavidsTeas before restocking others. See previous notes!
This is the first tea I tried from my recent first Mandala order, and while I don’t feel like writing an in depth note tonight, this is an AMAZING shu!! Probably the best I’ve had so far. Its light, silky smooth, and zero fishiness! I get mostly a light woody flavor, a touch of wild mushrooms, and definitely a creamy mouthfeel. Still has some sweetness to it though. A wonderful tea to have on a cool, rainy night. I am loving this and feel wonderfully relaxed, even with there being caffeine in this! I’ve only had 2 steeps but it is so good. Parameters: ~15s rinse with boiling water, first steep 20s, second steep 30s, probably a 10-12oz cup, I could even do smaller cups in the future.
Overall, I am digging this. Very pleased with Mandala so far, I have special dark and the lincang to try now as well as 2 samples! A great way to wind down along with a good book :) rating may increase after drinking more of this tea as well.