701 Tasting Notes
Backlog from yesterday – I was so happy to find out the hazelnut flavoring in this is nut-free, I could actually try something that others have said tastes like Nutella! Win! I brewed a cup of this yesterday, think I steeped it for 5 minutes. Oh, I should mention, the dry smell is not good at all lol, it’s super strong and almost chemical cacao smell in my bag. But once steeped, it smells so good, like hazelnut coffee! And I really enjoyed the flavor of this one too! Yes, it does have a licorice aftertaste, that typical sweetness, but I don’t mind licorice, so I enjoyed this tea. I did tire of it a bit by the end of the cup, but it was also cold by then, hot, this was delicious. I will have a few more cups to determine just how much I like this one. Might actually make a cup right now haha.
ETA – Made another cup of this just now, yes, totally hazelnut coffee, very creamy too! Coffee similarity, but none of that icky coffee taste :P yes that licorice aftertaste is still there a bit, but it doesn’t bother me, I mean, I’ve drank licorice twist by DavidsTea and tolerated it lol, so yes, high licorice tolerance level here haha. Very yummy cup, and so warming!
Backlog from yesterday – I quite enjoyed this tea! A super creamy, very minty blend, the white chocolate was definitely there, and it’s my favorite type of chocolate too (had part of a Godiva white chocolate shake yesterday – heaven!!). This tea looks a bit unsightly with the oil blobs on the top and the green scum it leaves around the cup, but the flavor makes up for it. I was very impressed, although I still think I liked Cocomint cream a bit better, but it’s not that easy to compare white chocolate to coconut I guess, two different creamy flavors. This is a good little tea, and I will enjoy finishing my bag of it and might get a bit more too! So far not too disappointed with the winter/Christmas teas by DavidsTea this year. Rating subject to change after more cups.
Second cup of the day. I was very excited to try this tea as I love ginger and really like sugar and spice, which tastes like gingerbread to me, and I’m generally a fan of rooibos, especially green rooibos. So I picked up 20g of this yesterday.
The dry smell is nice and ginger and a bit of cinnamon. Very nice. I brewed it for 5 minutes, and the steeped smell is so familiar… I figured it out. A mixture of birthday cake by davidstea and coco chai rooibos also by davidstea. Not a fan of the birthday cake smell at all, much too sugary.
Flavor… Ehhh, not my favorite. I get a watered down birthday cake with some ginger and maybe pineapple. Thankfully its not as cloying as birthday cake, not as sweet. It’s similar to Della terras pineapple upside down cake, but different. There’s a lot of flavors going on actually, tough to discern what it is. The aftertaste has brown sugar and fruitiness. It’s not bad the more I sip, but not gingerbread to me. I much prefer sugar and spice for a gingerbread flavor.
Overall, a weird tea. Not much rooibos flavor, it is very masked. But I will need to have a few more cups before I figure this one out. I had the same trouble with mint julep (spring collection) just too many things in it. I confess I’m a bit disappointed. Rating 79 for now.
ETA – Now I got a big mouthful of spice. What the heck. Tea, sort yourself out! I like some sips more than others even! And now that I read the description, yeah, there’s molasses in there. Weird though still. Don’t know what to think. I think I will add ginger to it when I’m home to make it actually gingery. Sigh.
I caved and bought a bunch of the winter blends yesterday, all but sleigh ride, coffee cake (had a sample in store, too much like RVC) and chocolate chili chai. I already tried 2 yesterday that I will backlog, but Santa’s secret is my first test this morning, perfect for a lightly snowing day.
The dry smell is nice and sweet, peppermint and vanilla. I steeped for around 5 minutes. Steeped, also minty and sweet. The flavor is very good, a light vanilla melding with a mild peppermint to make for a cozy, warming brew. I don’t liken this to candycanes lol, to me those are a harsher mint and honestly not my favorite. The team I’ve had closest to this is shamrocks and shenanigans by Della terra (now minty cow tea it looks like, but haven’t tried that blend) and while initially i thought this one was a weaker and not as good version of it, I am realizing it might like this one just as much because it’s not as sweet. Della terras also has chocolate added, so that’s probably where the extra sweetness comes from.
Regardless, both of those mint teas have their pros. But as of don’t need to pay shipping for this one, it’s more likely to be in my cupboard this year. I might keep this one restocked even, we’ll see how I feel after I finish my 20g of it. A lovely tea, and a nice surprise, given I haven’t considered trying this tea in the past. Maybe I was scared it would taste like actual candycanes lol. Rate 85 (I’m on my phone, so slider doesn’t work well lol).
I made my chai again, this time with less honey..it is definitely much stronger. The tea base is very prominent haha, I also used 1/3 of a cup of milk instead of 1/4 by accident, but I don’t mind. I might try less cloves next time though, because I think that’s my least favorite spice of the bunch. It is so cozy and warm tonight though, with the snow falling outside. I still might have my nightly matcha later too haha, we will see how caffeinated I am!
This is awesome in my Timolino. Creamy mango goodness. Not even any milk, but it totally tastes like there could be in it. Awesome start to the day! See previous notes :)
Daily matcha time! I’ve had it the past 3 out of 4 days, so some doing pretty good (the day off was when I made my homemade chai). Did half this and half black cherry again with just hot water, hoping it kills my massive migraine ughhhh my head feels like it’s being squashed from the left side ugh :( go caffeine go! I really like the creaminess from the French vanilla that it adds to any other cup! I’ll try to keep up having a cup a day, for my health, to de-stress mostly. Matcha seems to help me calm down in a weird kind of way haha. Anyways, I’ll enjoy my cup and hope this headache subsides. See previous notes!
I brought this tea to work along with a few other greens as I find them very refreshing and good for focus in the afternoon (unlike the stormy night tea I had prior..almost put me to sleep lol). The smell of this tea still throws me off, it’s so much like dark chocolate! But the flavor is fresh and delicious, very light, but so good. I should drink this more often, it is one that for some reason gets neglected in my cupboard :( now that it’s at work, I should have more of it, as it’s easier to clean out of my steeper too haha. See previous notes!
I’m almost finished this bag of tea! I gave the free one I got with my last DT purchase to my mother, she quite enjoyed a cup when I made it for her, so if I ever want more of this, she has 50g! Anyways, I have about 1 cup left. Made a cup at work with my steeper (yes, I finally brought one to work, after determining it was the tea bags that made the water taste messed up) and it looks rather unappetizing in a glass mug lol, all floaties and oil. But it tastes ok, although I’m pretty thirsty so it’s not really doing it for me haha, too sweet. But I will drink it down and make something else after prob haha. See previous notes.
I made myself a homemade chai blend tonight! We went to the Little Italy market in the city, and I conveniently happened to end up in the spice isle..and the jar of star anise caught my eye. I didn’t get any for my chai, but I did get coriander, cardamom, ground cinnamon, black peppercorns, fennel, cloves and fresh ginger root. I blended according to Verdant’s blending recommendations on their site – blend until no one scent overpowers the others. I reached this point after adding a lot more pepper and cardamom and ginger when I put a bit too much cinnamon lol. I am not sure the individual amounts (darn it, will probably end up different every time now) but I ended up with ~1.5 tablespoons of chai mix.
For my base tea..I picked Tiger Assam by Andrews & Dunham..I know people might be thinking gasp, why would you put such a good tea in a chai?! But I wanted an Assam in it, and I am out of LB, which would have been the first choice lol. So I put in 3 tsps, after simmering the spices in 1.5 cups of water for 10 mins. Simmered another 2 mins and then took off and let sit and steep for 4 mins.
Then I strained it, and added a large dollop of honey (homemade too, my parents have bees!), probably a bit over a tablespoon. Mixed that around, and added 1/4 cup of milk. Brought to a low boil again then poured it in my cup.
The verdict? HOLY GOODNESS. SO MUCH HONEY. LOL. Maybe a bit less next time..I was a bit worried it’d be too clove-y, as that was the predominant scent when it was simmering, but it actually is pretty well balanced! I definitely taste the fresh ginger, and the cloves and maybe a bit of fennel. The honey brings out everything sweet in it, next time I will probably put less in haha. But it is sweet, cozy and soothing! Ah! And the base is there too, providing a bit of astringency I think, which goes well here. A bit of a burnt clove note too. Overall it’s sweet, smooth, and surprisingly well balanced, for my first attempt lol. Next time, less sweet things though! But I won’t have trouble sleeping after this, and will gladly slurp it down and head to bed! I think it was a good success, and I will definitely make more chai in the future! Excited that I’ve blended my first tea blend!