13 Tasting Notes
I was really excited about Stormy Night, but it’s really disappointed me. It took a few tries for me to brew a strong enough cup that I can really get a sense of the flavors. For me, its dominant flavor is cinnamon, with a chocolate undernote. Not terrible, just blah, but I can get more satisfying cinnamon teas for much cheaper elsewhere. It also gives me heartburn every time I try it.
Something in the tea—the chocolate, I imagine—leaves oily residue on the surface of the tea, which is really unappetizing. This won’t be a re-buy for me.
First of all, I love the scent. You can totally smell those almonds, yum. They’re the strongest flavor note as well, which is fine by me. I’m just happy the licorice root didn’t present a strong flavor, which I was worried about — NOT a fan of licorice in tea. The packaging recommends steeping for 4-5 minutes, and I’d recommend the lower end of that spectrum. I went for 5 and it’s just a touch too bitter.
I love the taste of mint, but some blends seem overwhelmed by its intensity. So I was a little cautious when I tried this for the first time, but it’s DELICIOUS. It truly tastes like candy cane, so the mint is light and pleasant. There’s also a creamy aftertaste that I really enjoy. This is totally going to be my go-to mint tea.
I’ve been having trouble getting a perfect cup out of my orders from DavidsTea (I’m a loose leaf newbie), so I decided to experiment with one of the samples that came along with my purchase. At first sip, I thought I’d steeped it for way too long — it seemed really bitter — but after adding a little soy milk and sugar, the flavor really mellowed and became quite delicious. I can’t say I taste the rose at all (maybe that’s just my tiny batch, though). The key flavors are the strawberry and dark chocolate, which really meld together very nicely. On second steep, the flavor is much less intense but still pretty tasty. If I buy from DavidsTea again, this will definitely be on my purchase list.
One note: unlike a lot of their teas, this one recommends 1.5 tbs of tea as opposed to 1.5 tsp, so you’re not going to get as much bang for your buck with Love Tea #7. I think it’s worth it, though.
This tea is not kidding around — as soon as you open up the box, the lavender scent hits you in the face. However, once brewed, you’re left with a very smooth Earl Grey with a mild lavender note, so it’s not overwhelmingly floral at all. In fact, I could have gone for just a little more lavender flavor, so I might steep longer next time. I did feel this one needed more sugar than the average Earl Grey, though.
I’d never tried this brand before, but one thing I liked was that the teabags came in a larger, resealable bag to lock in freshness. The quality of the tea was obviously much higher than your average grocery store teabag (actual tea leaves rather than fannings), so I’m glad I have a way to keep it delicious for as long as possible.
I was given this as a gift, and I managed to get through one whole cup and two partials before realizing that it’s really not for me. The flavor is just too “herb-y” for me; there’s just too much going on in this blend. I don’t think the peppermint and licorice really flow well with the citron, lemongrass and chamomile flavors. Maybe it’s just the particular canister I got, but either way, I’m probably going to have to toss this.
I love a strong black tea, but this one had a bitter, almost coffee-like flavor to it. Super disappointing, as it sounded so delicious! I’ll probably fuss around with milk/sugar/steep times to try to make it taste better. At 20 mg per bag, it’s also too light on the caffeine content for me.
This is a basic but still delicious Earl Grey. The bergamot flavor isn’t too overwhelming, which is a problem I have with some Earl Greys, and overall the taste is smooth and inoffensive.
This is my must-by tea. It usually retails for about $3.99, which is about the price of a single grande iced chai at Starbucks, so I’m saving a lot by making them myself. Plus, since I like a stronger chai taste, I can make them to suit me.
It has a beautiful spicy, almost peppery aftertaste that I love, and it’s not overwhelmingly sweet. To me, this is how (iced) chai should taste.