2005 Tasting Notes
So I fell asleep prior to writing this last night but this is the eggnog latte “my mother” ordered aka this is the latte I instructed her to order so I could drink two simultaneously without being judged by the DAVIDs employees. Honestly, this was really nice, though I did prefer the Cranberry Pear. Nonetheless, the eggy quality of eggnog suited this tea beautifully as it really brought out the custardy notes while still allowing the sweet sugar to shine as well.
Well my eggnog latte obsession has reached new heights because today, rather than getting one at the start of my shopping trip and another at the end, I sort of just convinced my mom to pretend like she was getting one and then I simultaneously drank both of them. This is the one “I” ordered and it was amazing. The tea already has a creaminess to it that really lends itself nicely to a latte preparation style. As I sipped, there was a familiar taste that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. At first I thought the fruity sweetness and the thick mouthfeel was reminiscent of a milkshake but that wasn’t quite right so as I continued to ponder, it hit me…BUBBLEGUM ICE CREAM! That’s what this tasted like! Amazing :)
After the maple sugar disappointment, I decided to end my shopping adventures with this brewed as an eggnog latte. It was good, though not my favourite (that honor goes to Santa’s Secret…so far). I thought the creaminess of the eggnog would lend itself well to the vanilla pudding flavor of this tea and though I got some of that with each sip, I got a lot more orchid than usual and that sorta took away from the experience as a whole. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t as “WOW” as I hoped.
The first time I got an eggnog latte, one of the recommendations was Maple Sugar and I passed because I wasn’t a fan of the tea when I initially had it. However, the smell stayed with me and I couldn’t quite help but think it would make a tasty eggnog latte. So, when I got to the second mall we were shopping at this weekend, I immediately went and ordered this. Tbh, I regretted it. The maple flavor did shine much more prepped this way but that was it and it wasn’t enough to leave a lasting impression. Also, this DAVIDs had the option to use skim milk so I did and as much as I enjoy a skim milk latte, it really watered down the cup so in future, I’ll be sure to stick to the 2%. Oh and for those ordering one, make sure to ask for the cinnamon and cocoa powder sprinkled on top. For some reason, most employees haven’t offered it except for the first one I spoke to so for my subsequent lattes, I have had to request it.
Also, my friend got a salted caramel eggnog latte and it would seem that even this delicious prep method could not redeem that tea for me because I found it to just be bad. It was all base and just a touch of sweet but it just didn’t work. My one sip was more than enough and she didn’t like it either and she loves EVERYTHING salted caramel.
So I got my first eggnog latte at the start of my shopping trip and by the end of the shopping (aka a couple hours later), I decided I wanted another and I convinced a friend to get one too. I went with this because I thought the cinnamon and vanilla would pair nicely with the eggnog/milk deliciousness. After my first sip, I felt I made the right decision because the tea was really nice. However, it was also very sweet. Sweeter than I remember this tea ever being. Consequently, as much as I enjoyed this, it’s not something I would get very often. Still, from what I remember, it made for a fun holiday treat that I would recommend for sure.
Oh and my friend who got one got an Eggnog eggnog latte and honestly, that was delicious. It had a nice spice from the nutmeg of the tea but the white chocolate and eggnog really combined perfectly to make for a decadent dessert.
Alright guys, I think I have a problem and that problem is an addiction to DAVIDs Eggnog Lattes. Seriously. I have had 4 in the past two days. They are starting to judge me. “They” being friends, family, the DAVIDs employees, my dogs…you get the picture. And the weirdest part? I hate eggnog. I’ve had it once and found it disgusting so I’m not sure what inspired me to order it but I did and now I’m hooked.
This was actually the first one I tried and it was because I asked the employee what she recommended. Weirdly, EVERYONE recommends Chocolate Macaroon but I found that cloyingly sweet so I asked what else she liked and she said this was her favourite. So, I told her I would go with this and asked her to make it how she liked it best which resulted in me getting it made with 2% milk (since they only had the choice of soy and 2% at this location) and getting a healthy sprinkling of cocoa powder and cinnamon. It was delicious! The milk and eggnog gave it a richness that certainly made this both festive and desserty while the peppermint helped keep this from becoming too dense/over-the-top. The vanilla contributed a nice smoothness as well. Honestly, at this point I am rambling because I had this a few days back and don’t thoroughly remember it but what I do remember is it was awesome and I highly recommend it!!
Oh and this is my 2000th tasting note!
I was so full after dinner that I didn’t think I could have anything heavy or rich yet I still wanted something flavorful so I went with this tasty tea. The base is simultaneously full-bodied and light and I know that doesn’t make much sense but it’s true. The flavors are also decadent but in a subtle manner, as opposed to beating you over the head to get across their tastes.