135 Tasting Notes
I have mixed feelings about this one. When it’s prepared right, it’s delicious! Like a mixture of creamsicle and bubblegum. But I made it iced with too much leaf once, and it was really, reeaally bad. Really strong rooibos, chemical fakeyness, too much sweet orange flavour to the point that it was all really cloying all together. If you get the ratios right though, it’s pretty magical!
I never would have chosen this one on my own, but my girlfriend smelled the tin in store on a whim and we picked up 25g to try it. I am so surprised that I love it! I am a huge earl grey fan but I didn’t think I’d like it as a fruity tea. It is less overwhelmingly strawberry flavoured than I was expecting..I get a deeper, richer fruit flavour..black currant maybe? I’m not certain but it sure is darn tasty.
So disappointed in this one. Ho hum. I’d been wanting to try it for quite a while and finally got around to picking up a 25g bag last time I was at davids. I was surprised at how heavy it is, the 25g really doesn’t go a long way. But on to the tea itself.
Like a bunch of others, I was surprised at how…powdery..this tea is. Looks almost like the contents of a traditional tea bag. I’m also wondering if mine is from the bottom of the wall tin since it looks like mostly pieces of cinnamon. I was skeptical but I gave it a good long steep and hoped for the best. After a 5-6 min steep it was still looking pretty weak and watery. It smelled delicious, but when I added my usual chai fixings (milk & sugar) it was clear that there was very little actual tea in my cup. With even just a splash of milk, the brew looked like, well, water and milk. Hoping to save my cup, I desperately threw a bag of cheap orange pekoe into the mix. This made it drinkable, but still disappointing. The chai spice blend was really nice and I know I would have enjoyed this a lot if it hadnt been lacking the actual tea element (which is, unsurprisingly, pretty important in a tea :P)
I think I’ll wait a while and try a cup of this in store, hopefully from a different batch. I’m not willing to give up on this just yet, and considering all of the glowing reviews, I’m thinking my experience may have been a fluke.
I love teas that promise an energy boost, so of course I had to try this one. Papaya and peaches didn’t sound too bad either. I picked up a 25g bag a couple of weeks ago and just got around to trying it a few days ago.
I had no prior experience with guayusa so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. In the bag I could smell the fruitiness, but also an herbal, earthy, almost pungent aroma. This made me a little wary, but I shouldn’t have been. I had it iced and it was perfectly fruity and refreshing. Very light and slightly sweet, it was delicious. It does have a somewhat herbal flavour in the background, but I actually enjoyed that and found that it only added to the overall flavour of the tea. I can see myself drinking this quite often this summer.
Words cannot describe how happy I am that this one is back! I tried it in store near the very end of last summer and fell in love. It is so juicy and fruity and refreshing and lovely without being overly sweet at all. I bought up the last of what they had on the wall (about 30-35g) and squirreled it away. I only have about a cups-worth left at this point but now I can officially enjoy it with true fervor because I know I can finally restock.
So I managed to go into davids the other day without buying the entire summer collection. Huzzah! This is definitely an accomplishment for me. Usually I get so excited about the seasonal collections that I go ahead and just buy the sampler and then I only end up truly loving about 2 out of the 5. Then I have three 25g baggies of tea that I’m not likely to ever finish that get added to my (ever-overflowing) tea cabinet to collect dust and make me feel guilty about how much tea I have.
So I resisted, even though the summer collection looks wonderful. I grabbed a cup of this to go with milk and agave and it was perfect. I wasn’t really expecting to love this one, as I was unsure of how the brittle would come across and whether the strawberry flavour would be overwhelmingly artificial. But it is so very good. Sweet and toasty with fresh strawberry goodness. It’s not sickeningly sweet by any means, and tastes surprisingly true to its name. Looks like I’m going to have to grab a bag of this.
I was SO excited about this one before it came out. Whenever I see ginger or chili or peppercorn in a tea I jump at it – I definitely crave some heat (or at least a bite) in my teas. This was tasty, but overall disappointing. There was a tiny hint of heat from the ginger, but the most predominant taste was hibiscus. Sigh. I like hibiscus just fine, but it’s not what I was expecting from this tea. Iced with some agave it is nice and refreshing, but it’s not the favourite I expected it to be.
Sipping this on a lazy Sunday evening. I usually drink this straight, but tonight I felt like something creamy and comforting so I added a little milk and sugar. It is beyond delicious this way! Brings out the sweetness of the coconut and makes the lavender pop. This is one of my favourites from davids.
This is so sweet and floral and lovely! It’s the only mate I can seem to drink of late, I think due to my late night study session mate binges while I was in university. The taste of the leaf itself, naked and without tasty additions to embellish it, just kind of makes me shudder now, even though it was a taste I always enjoyed.
This one, though. This is just pure tasty goodness in a cup. I first tried it iced in store, and I still prefer it this way over hot. once cooled, the mate flavour is less distinguishable, and instead all I taste is a delicious floral honey. The scent is so strong that it refuses to stop lingering in my davids iced tea mug, despite several washings and reuses.
This mate has got me wondering about the other mate blends that davids carries, and whether I’d like them. I think I’ll have to give them a try.
Loving this one! The colour is so gorgeous, a rich, golden, murky cup. Murky in the best way, of course – like unrefined apple juice. I think the 3 minute steep was not quite enough for me..I always worry about oversteeping green and white teas. No bitterness, but it was also a little on the watery side. I added a tiny bit of brown sugar and it was a lovely and comforting drink on a cool evening.