2172 Tasting Notes
I should not have opened up the DAVIDsTEA site here at work; all the “food” pictures for each tea are making me SO hungry, and I can smell Subway baking fresh bread for the highschool lunch rush. Killer combo.
This was my morning tea yesterday: and it was pretty good. When I watched it steep at home, the oolong leaves in it really unfurled. I mean, like completely. Usually it takes at least two steeps for me to get all the leaves totally unfurled. But, despite that the oolong flavour was still really weak!?
I spent all morning sipping at this in a state of slight aggrivation. Why did this taste so familiar!? I just couldn’t figure it out. Well, it finally hit me at like 10:00PM on the bus ride home: it’s really similar to DT’s Snickerdoodle from the autumn collection! I mean, two totally different bases and no butterscotch in this blend but both are pretty cinnamon heavy with bread and nut notes. This one does have an underlying fruit note in it too though.
Even though it’s not terribly complex or anything, this one is probably my favourite of the Winter/Holiday blends – at least at this point. But even still, don’t think I’d pick more than an extra 10g up of it.
This has a tiny amount of caffeine in it because of the coffee beans, but I thought the strong coffee flavour would maybe have a placebo affect and trick my brain into thinking I was having a ton of caffeine. No such luck though; still felt drained after I had it. It was super coffee flavoured though: the cold brew really, really exaggerated that flavour more than it did any of the others.
Hot is still a bit better, though.
Thanks again Sil for passing this along to me!
Made it in my timolino, and it was pretty good. I definitely tasted the cocoa and the vanilla notes, but unfortunately the hazelnut was pretty lost to me. The black base was nice though; I was sure I’d oversteeped it, but it didn’t have any noticeable indicators of that.
Definite downside though: for me, I associate Creme Brulee with a Caramel or Brown Sugar flavour, but didn’t pick up on either so there was a feeling something was missing and this wasn’t totally sold as a “Creme Brulee” tea to me.
Now that I’ve had this one and Divine Temptation individually and mixed, I’ve gotta say I agree with Sil’s ranking though: Divine Temptation is the best, then the mixed blend, and then this one.
Wee hours of the morning “Walk to work” mug of tea! Realistically, my tin of this is pretty well stocked but it feels empty just because I know soon I wont be able to get more to top it up.
This was nice; the orange (4012) was especially prevalent and it did get a touch “peel” like near the end of the mug, but that was likely more from sitting a while than anything else. It was a good balance of sweet dessert tea and fruit tea to start my morning with!
Also, I’m very nearly caught up on notes! What’ll I do during my shifts then? Other than talk to the awesome people on Steepster Chat, obviously.
I rated this 64? I must have been in a generous mood, ‘cause I just haven’t really been able to get this one to work for me. I like all of the stuff in it, but together I just can’t make it work. And there’s nothing specific I can pinpoint as bad; it’s just… Not good.
Too much fruit, too much mint, too much licorice-y stuff. Maybe the problem is just that there’s too much going on overall!? Still haven’t done a hot cup (as far as I can remember) so that next…
Well, I’m almost done this one now. I went to portion myself some for a hot timolino worth, and I could see the bottom of the tin – so it really wont be long now. Not sure if I’ll restock – I like this blend, but I already have a good range of mate/guayusa teas including another chocolate heavy one from DT.
Raspberry was really strong in this one; must have sunk to the bottom of the tin? Also, the little caffeine boost was so greatly needed and appreciated. I’ve been trying different things all week now: those caffeinated chocolate bars, energy drinks, caffeinated tea, lots of matcha…
Doesn’t seem to be doing the trick though because I’ve greeted the same guy browsing my kiosk about three times and given him the same “If you have any questions” spiel each time. I think he’s getting ticked off…
As a testament to how tired I am, when I was searching this I typed in “The Tea” and for a good five minutes couldn’t figure out why nothing even close was coming up. Ergh.
So, I think I my tea line up might be incorporating more Lapsang blends in it, not particularly because I like Lapsang (although this one is always nice; has a perfect balance of smoke and sweet) but more because I made this in a timolino for work and holy shit did it slap me awake.
I guess that means that I can probably justify getting a little of Butiki’s Taiwanese Lapsang Souchong which I foolishly really want to buy despite not liking Lapsang…
Ok, take two writing this note ’cause I lost the first one…
This is a tea I was really excited about, especially with a green rooibos base! And in store, it just smelled so good. Very rich, and creamy and thick so I was easily talked into my 10g sample purchase. 10g ended up being enough for two hot cups, and the first of which was in a timolino for work.
Sadly, I agree with other’s reviews that despite a rich taste this does come off pretty thin. But, it’s pretty hard to really capture the thickness or richness of Eggnog to begin with, so that considered they did a decent enough job. Rooibos haters; the base was definitely present, although it’s the much more tolerable green variety so there’s that. Just, be cautious? And even though there was some “film” sorta feeling ‘cause of the chocolate, it wasn’t as bad as anticipated and DEFINITELY not as bad as last years White Chocolate Frost was – and the white chocolate it the culprit for both of those teas. So I was a little let down, but probably only because my expectations were pretty damn high. It was actually an ok tea overall.
This’ll be my last tasting note probably for the day, but for at least a good 10 hours because I’m done at job #1 in about twenty minutes and then have to head to job #2.
Thank you Marzipan for the sample! This looked really interesting, but also conflicting because any kind of milk and lemon makes me cringe a little internally. bad curdled milk experiences…
Prepped in a timolino, it was pretty good though! Lemon was definitely present, and it was thicker in mouthfeel with a creaminess to it, but the black base had a slight astringency to it that detracted a bit for me. Don’t think I’d purchase it for myself, but would drink it again, and if another sample made it to me I wouldn’t complain; I can think of a few ways to play with this one.
Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Lemon, Pastries
Sipdown, but I don’t get to deduct anything from my number since I apparently never entered this into my cupboard. Shame on me.
Anyway, this was a cold brew. A really gross cold brew. This was my first time trying this one, and I have to say that if this is what this blend has always tasted like, I’m shocked that DT brought it back – it’s so weird and funky, and I really disliked it.
Like, coconut (4261) and mint are one thing, but when you add the apple into there. Ew. What is that supposed to add or contribute!? Because for me it just made this tasted somewhat sour and funky because it clashed heavily with both kinds of mint in the blend. I didn’t finish it. I tried, but couldn’t do it.
This is a HUGE flop for me, and honestly I think it was a waste of a spot for the Winter teas. Someone please explain to me why it’s so popular…