New Tasting Notes
This is a light grassy sencha that’s pleasant to drink, but it did seem a little bit weak. It has a mild vegetal scent and flavor that was refreshing, though I could have done without the seaweed undertones in this one. It’s decent enough, but not my favorite sencha.
Today’s offering is a black tea with chocolate and mint. This Christmas calendar is definitely mint-heavy! I haven’t had much luck with chocolate in tea because it doesn’t deliver on the texture side of things, but once in a while somehow it seems to work.
This is not one of those times.
I mean, it’s not the texture thing this time. It’s the fact that it doesn’t actually taste like chocolate at all. I’ve been examining the leaf and I’ve come to the conclusion that they have used cacao husks or something similar to give the chocolate-y flavour, because there aren’t any chocolate bits in it. The thing about that though, is that it doesn’t taste like chocolate. It tastes like cocoa powder. That’s not really the same thing in terms of flavour.
It also doesn’t particularly taste like mint. I don’t know what the deal is with that. Probably I’d be able to tell a difference if I had a version of this without the mint, but at no point while drinking did I think minty thoughts.
That said, though, I found it quite pleasant and drinkable. I couldn’t tell you if there was a change as it cooled because I suddenly discovered my cup to be empty. I expect I must have been thirsty. Husband on the other hand thought it was dreadful, so I guess this bag is one for me to empty alone.
I found more of this lurking in my cupboard, though i thought i had finished this up ages ago. I’m fighting something at the moment so i figured this was the perfect time to really finish it off :) Of course it also makes me want to go pick up more of verdant’s elderberry herbal to drink heh
Almost at the end of this tin. I’m not sure i’ll repurchase – not because i don’t enjoy it but i am a)losing my tea mule and b)find that there are other teas i tend to reach for first.
That being said, this is a great tea! and i highly recommend it for anyone looking for a delicious dessert tea that tastes like a cinnamon bun and resteeps REALLY well, without becoming a wimpy flavourless tea in the resteeps :)
Mother’s Little Helper was under door number 11 of the 2013 DavidsTea advent calendar, but it’s a blend I’ve had in the past as well. I really like the chamomile and peppermint mixture in this tisane — it’s very soothing. It also has lemon undertones thanks to the lemongrass, but I’ll admit that I think it could do without the lemon flavor.
Though there’s hibiscus, it’s muted by the peppermint, and luckily doesn’t add much more than a nice pink color to the brew. This has valerian root, but I didn’t feel any sleepier than usual! Still, it’s a good night time tea for anyone who likes peppermint and chamomile.
Thank you Zen tea for this sample.
This is a pretty standard English breakfast, gives ya a kick in the butt to start the day. Notes of malt and a touch of astringency. I didn’t add anything, but I will next time out of curiosity, because it says to on the package…teehee.
How did I forget how amazing this tea is?
I worked for a newspaper for 3.5yrs until I got laid off about 3 years ago now. (Man! How has it been that long?!) Anyway, my shift was 4 p.m. to midnight. Not the best shift, but I enjoyed the job. I was laying out the newspaper pages! I got to decide where all the stories and photos went… I got to decide when to add drop shadows, frames, you name it… I miss doing that stuff. I’m starting to do it a bit again with my current job/volunteer work, but it’s not quite the same…
ANYWAYS, onto what I was saying. I bring that up ‘cause while working there, a friend of mine introduced me to green rooibos. I fell in LOVE with it. I was drinking it almost every night for weeks on end! When my box of it got low, I abruptly stopped ’cause I didn’t want to never have it again!
Then, my friend bought me this one. It is absolute amazing!
But then… I forgot I had it… or maybe I forgot how good it was, ‘cause it’s been in my cupboard…. for probably three years… Eeek! BUT! It still tastes amazing. It has truly stood the test of time. It’s sweet and warm and just absolutely delicious! I"m going to be drinking this one again and quick! I’ll want to get some fresh stock soon. haha but in the meantime, I’m really going to enjoy it.
And, I should add, this tea has been stored in my DavidsTea tin all this time! Yaaay for their tins being awesome!
Kokomo Green is the 12th tea in the 2013 DavidsTea advent calendar, and one that I was really hoping I’d like. I enjoy fruity greens and have had some similar tropical blends from other tea shops, but Kokomo Green was unappealing from the moment I opened the tin.
It has a strong papaya/pineapple scent and flavor that overwhelms any hint of tea in the blend and it’s just not a taste that works for me. The directions state that it should be brewed at 200 degrees for five to seven minutes (???), which ends up with a tea that’s so bitter it’s almost undrinkable. I also tried with a lower temperature and a shorter infusion and while it was less bitter, I still didn’t enjoy the flavors. I think this would have been better with less pineapple and without the cornflower, and it’s definitely not a tea I’ll revisit. Yuck.
Nothing new to see here, just relocating the note that was hanging out with the non 2.0 version.
I was distracted while preparing this tea and I didn’t use the recommended 170F water. Oh well. It still smelled delicious! I went all out and ate Keebler rainbow cookies with it and got their crumbs all in the tea. . .hey its my birthday!, I’ll do what I want :D (being healthy is not on my list of things to do ;) )
despite the too-hot water and the Keebler additions, this is an enjoyable cup of tea. It’s a little tiny bit bitter, which Im sure is the water’s fault. I’ll do it right next time, I promise. I’ll be finishing this bag off myself, but I think that the Pumpkin Creme Brulee will be my prefered choice next time I order. I like the spiciness of it more than the creaminess of this one, but it’s a close competition.
I didn’t look up the brewing parameters before brewing, so I went with 1.5 Tbls, boiling water for 5. Minutes. Then, I saw on here that 5 minutes is the far end of brewing parameters. This long steep time did make the tea a bit astringent so I will definitely lower the steep time next time. You know it is in the morning….I JUST NEED TEA….NOW! Haha, or I am anyway!
Anyway, what part of the tea that wasn’t astringent was delicious, sweet pumpkin and creamy marshmallows. I don’t think I got a proper taste though. Next time, I will follow the parameters.
Steepster app lost my note again. :(
- with almond milk and a little sugar
- need to try plain and with lots of sugar
I am the first person to review this?
This is a backlog and unfortunately I didn’t write down notes when I drank it. I didn’t really enjoy it hot that much, but it was very refreshing cold. It was sweet and tart. I enjoyed the goji berries.
Sorry, that’s all I remember at the moment. I will have to drink it again sometime and write a better note.
A sad, very sad fate for this tea. It was my go-to tea when all else didn’t suit me. But, alas, something was amiss with the most recent batch. I tried to pretend that i still enjoyed it, but I couldn’t keep up the act. I threw the rest away. :( I will mourn its parting for a long time. I’m removing the rating for now b/c I don’t know if this is a temporary problem or if future batches will be the same. I’m going to reorder after a season or two, hoping that it will be from a new and better crop.
Aha, the early shift is done, so I can take a break and brew up some tea.
I was staring at the new flavors I havnt tried yet, but I picked this up instead. Its a cold morning, and this toasty tea would be good. And also it would be a sipdown, so that I could start chipping away at the damage done to my cupboard by the amazing amount of tea I have aquired.
This is a very pleasant tea, but not remarkable. I still wish it had just a hint more “sugar” in the “sugar and spice”. But its just the thing for today.
The more I drink this tea, the more I like it. It’s robust, it’s a marriage of Earl Grey and Breakfast teas, to make a stronger, bolder Earl Grey. The bergamont, however does not overpower.
I’ve been in a simple kind of mood for teas these days. I’m surprising myself that I reclining back to simple flavours. I think I am attributing this to wanting comfort and consistency. Tea can sometimes be inconsistent and downright disappointing, depending on what you’re trying. And with the holidays near, comfort is of essence. I am two days behind on the advent calendar, but I am feeling somewhat uninspired by it.
Bumped up the rating on this one, as I think it deserves it.
First of all, two things. This tea is called Irish Rum Cream now. Secondly, I’m guessing this is supposed to taste like rum because of the name, but I don’t really drink, so I can’t tell you if it tastes like Irish rum cream or something like that, simply because I have no idea if it does or not.
I can tell you that it’s an interesting cup of tea. The base tea has a strong, malty flavor. The overall flavor is black tea combined with a flavor somewhere between coconut and vanilla. Kind of a little tropical. It’s not quite either flavor, but it reminds me of both of them.
I’ve never tried it iced, but it seems like an interesting idea.
It’s not my favorite black tea, but I’m in no way sad I have it.
Matcha of the day…..
Well, the kids and I chose some flavors and put in an order. Pretty sweet that it only took a few days to get here. We were not sure of the flavor level in the free samples we got, so we chose distinctive level for flavor (ours is the classic base). I have to say, the amount of flavor in this one seems kind of light, but it does have hints of a cookies & cream milkshake when made with milk and ice. I probably would have liked the flavor a little stronger. In no way does this come close to the caramel, french vanilla, or egg nog for me, though. I am pretty sure it will not be a staple, but we will enjoy it while we have it. I will have to ask my daughter’s opinion on this one.
Hmm. I’m new to Puerh tea so I recently picked up a big sample box from Numi of all of their Puerh offerings. I guess since this one has no added flavors in the name, it’s the closest in the box to a straight-up cake of something exotic– in bag form.
I neglected to sniff the bag before steeping, but as it steeped it gave off an earthy scent, perhaps leathery, but something familiar I couldn’t put my finger on.
After the first sip I knew– It tastes and smells a LOT like an unlit cigar. A high-quality cigar, mind you, but a cigar nonetheless. Like the taste you get when the cigar end has been trimmed, it’s in your mouth and waiting to be lit. Not a flavor I ever find myself Jonesing for. That’s not to say this tea is terrible, just not my thing. I’ll finish the other two sample bags I have and then be done with it.
I’m not getting the caramel or malty notes so much. I used boiling water (I was hesitant about doing that for a white tea though!) and I used two teaspoon, but a bit more than 8oz of water.
It tastes like a delicate darjeeling with some of the hey notes expected of a white hanging out in the distant background. I don’t much care for darjeelings, but the similar characteristics here aren’t too intense to scare me away.
I would happily enjoy another cup, but it probably won’t be a repurchase.
This arrived yesterday and was an impulse buy thanks to the awesome Teavivre Black Friday sale.
The leaves are dark brown with some golden tips and stem amongst them. They are small for the most part but are squiggly and thin. It has a rich cocoa and sweet wooden scent.
Using my new Gongfu teapot which holds 200ml with 7g of tea.
1 minute – Smoky, sweet, musky and wooden. A rich first steep with a wonderful dark and smoky base that carries on through to the after taste.
2 minutes – The smoke has carried through but this steep is sweeter than the previous steep. Also getting some fruit behind the smoke and wood, like mature prunes. The after taste has some cocoa.
3 minutes – It’s still smoky and smooth and the prune is thicker in this steep. So very wooden and mature.
It’s a nice smoky black tea and though it will never replace my beloved Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tips this is a nice alternative for when I want some variation. Very happy I got this tea, it’s certainly a welcome addition to my black tea collection.
3rd steeping. Smells nice, but tastes like warm water.