659 Tasting Notes
I can’t believe I am the first to review this tea… I know NMTea has had it for sale for awhile because I’ve looked at it before and considered buying. I got this sample in the Christmas card swap from Naylynn.
I do taste the chocolate, which is odd because being white chocolate and caramel I should only be getting sweet, not chocolate. Along with cloves, ginger and cinnamon. I didn’t notice black pepper. Overall, this is a very pleasant chai blend. I steeped with 1/2 water and 1/2 light cream, 2 teaspoons sugar. This goes on the wishlist. :)
This smells like everything I want in a Christmas tea – apples, fruit, sweet, spice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger… The tea base is very strong though and without adding cream and sugar, the apple didn’t really come out. It doesn’t quite fulfill the promise of the scent, but I will allow room for it being operator error in steeping. :)
Thanks, NayLynn, for including this in the Christmas card swap!
And for the early Christmas tea… the only David’s Tea I care much for. :) I am such a sucker for the glitter in the cup. Not overly sweet, but definitely sugar sweet cinnamon here. Tea base is really nondescript – it could be anything. The sweet cinnamon is the star here, not the tea itself, IMO.
I finally took a video of the sparkle in action: http://tinyurl.com/o829k8v
And here is the still: http://tinyurl.com/q3c2wah
Mmmm…. this is so good. I don’t often reach for it and I’m not sure why. Caramely, lemony, Darjeelingly. The caramel isn’t super strong until you add cream. Then, wow! It turns into a caramel pastry iced with lemon but still isn’t too sweet. I don’t recall adding to cream to this before. Om nom nom!
Oh, and here’s a picture of the swap/sample moose in my work cubicle. I bring in swaps and sample sizes and work my way through them during the days when I can pay attention. :)
So my rating of this has not changed. It’s a great tea. :) I underleafed this on purpose (at least it was underleafing by my standard method) and used only 1 cone for a 6 oz pot. It was lighter than using 2-3, obviously. The flavor was more delicate and not a rich but still smooth and lightly malty. With only one cone, some of the mineral tones came out a bit more.
Here’s a picture of the single cone, flowered in the pot, along with the new tea box I grabbed from Vital Tea Leaf on my most recent order. Had to do something to get that free shipping, right? :)
I have just now gotten around to trying this sample that James sent with my most recent order, several months ago now! The scent in the cup as it sat on my desk kept reminding me of black licorice. It was a tasty cup that I had no idea what to except from. I added some half and half for the last part of the cup and that turned it into a creamy delight. I don’t especially care for the scent but the taste is good!
This is a very good coconut cream, made less impressive by a little chocolate scratch-n-sniff flavor. :)
It’s already creamy. With the addition of some actual cream and minus the chocolate this could have been a favorite coconut. I’m glad to have tried it! Thanks, Flyawaybirdie!
This was another in Veronica’s Christmas card! The scent of this was completely misleading to me. There wasn’t much of one and then a nice, moderately malty taste hits. There were some sour notes as well but not in a bad way. This can take a long steep. I forgot about it and it sat for quite awhile. :) It was tasty and I’m glad I have enough for a few more cups!
I have been a little askeered to try this tea. I have read in tons of other reviews about the smoke in keemuns. I didn’t smell any smoke in this, though. It just smelled malty and tasty. I could smell a light pine but didn’t taste it at all, which was fine with me. Tree flavor was another I wasn’t sure I wanted to try. :) But this was lightly fruity with some mild sweet maltiness. This is pretty good. Thanks, Veronica!