131 Tasting Notes
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.
I remember trying this last fall, around the time when I first discovered davids, and being underwhelmed by it. All I got, both from dry sniff and from the sample I had in store, was an artificial caramel-ish note that was cloying and just really overtook any good qualities about the tea itself. After reading soo many positive reviews and fervent wishes that it would return this fall, I decided to give pumpkin chai another shot.
After all, it combines many of my favourite flavours, from pumpkin to cinnamon to that lovely chai spice blend. Is the recipe different this year, or just my tastebuds? Because I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I don’t get that unpleasant caramel top note, but rather a rich, creamy, almost toasty quality that is just so comforting and delicious. I’m a convert. This will be my go to tea for fall, I think.
This is my new favorite chai. Strangely I’ve always preferred the inferior bagged varieties (read:tazo) to loose leaf as I’ve never found the loose leaf brews up strong enough before going bitter. I like my chai to punch me in the face, so to speak, and the only place I could get that from was my box of tazo chai. This one has completely changed my mind. After a 5 minute steep it was perfect. A strong cinnamon base, but not so strong as to overpower the other spices, followed by an intense hit of the black tea flavor and the tingle from the peppercorn. Love.
I should have known on dry sniff that this wouldn’t be quite as delicious as it smells. It’s quite tasty iced, but kind of hits you in the face with it’s fruit flavour. I really prefer the fruitiness in my tea to be more of an afterthought, rather than the main component. I don’t think I’d like it hot, but for what it is it really does make a nice summer drink.
I liked this, but not as much as I thought I would. I’ve only tried it iced, and although it was quite tasty and refreshing, it didn’t quite have the raspberry punch that I was expecting from the dry smell. I tasted mostly rooibos, with a hint of raspberry lemon flavour. I’m not the biggest fan of straight up rooibos, so this probably won’t be a repurchase for me. Still really tasty though, and I’ll finish the bag that I have.