34 Tasting Notes
Genmaicha is my favourite green tea, no questions asked. I love how savoury and comforting it is—like a light meal in a cup!—and how the natural sweetness of the green tea is highlighted by the toastiness of the rice. Plus, since I’m not really a fan of overly vegetal teas, it’s perfect for me.
I’ve never tried Davids’ version until now, and I have to say, I love it. It’s fragrant, the leaves are full, the ratio of rice to leaf is good, there’s hardly any tea dust, and it brews up without any bitterness. I may have a, uh, pound or two(????) of genmaicha already in my cupboard, but I’m thinking when I plow through that stash, the Davids blend will have a spot on my shelf. Yum.
Caramel teas usually don’t go over too, too well with me. Somehow, they all seem to give off that sticky, artificial, play-doh-y, plastic smell that makes me :/? But this tea is pretty drinkable. Not my favourite, and probably not even a re-try, let alone a re-buy, but . . . it’s not bad. The sweetness drowns out the scary woody quality of the red rooibos, and the blend brews up to be smooth and creamy. It’s nice. Thanks for letting me try, Advent Calendar!
This is okay. I enjoy it for what it is: a simple, plain, black tea. Because I’m not very good at identifying the separate teas that make up an English Breakfast blend, this mostly just tastes like . . . traditional black tea to me. I used about half the tin to soak some fruit for the brack I’m baking later tonight, and now I’m sitting down to enjoy the rest of the tin with a drop of milk. I have way too many black teas in my cupboard as it is, so this won’t be on my Buy list, but I’m liking it while I have it.
I am about … 4 days behind in my advent calendar-ing. Damn the whole not-being-home thing. Anyway, when I saw this tea behind one of the little windows, I did a little squeal of joy because I LOVED this tea, once upon a time. I haven’t allowed myself to buy any in long while, and having now tasted the new version, I’m glad I stayed away. This is pretty flat. While it’s not completely flavourless, the milky, cheesy flavour I loved so much is really muted. It’s not nearly as fragrant as I remember it being, either. Bah. This is easy to drink and okay, but it’s certainly nothing to call home about, and honestly, the holidays are too short to be drinking mediocre tea. Looks like I’m going to be in the market for a new milk oolong.
This tea makes me think I’m drinking my mother’s garden. Given that I usually have no idea what the English names for our herbs are, when I steeped my first cup of this, I was so, so confused. There was maybe a tiny hint of that fruity creaminess that DT advertises, but mostly I got intense flashbacks to ridiculously fresh, savoury summer meals: vegetable rolls, grilled meats, noodle soups etc. It was weird. Not unpleasant, but weird. Not to mention, HELLOOOO HUNGER PANGS?! Anyway, a stroll through Google tells me the culprit is the lemon balm (which I think I’ve always referred to, vaguely, as “mint”, whenever someone pressed hard enough). Mom loves the stuff, and when our herbs die out in the cold, we buy it pre-packed in grocery stores. It’s a really familiar, homey smell/taste to me.The more I drink this, the more I’m liking it. I don’t find that it re-steeps very well, but at the same time, I wasn’t really expecting it to? It’s such a fluffy, light blend! As it cools, there’s sweetness balanced by a lemony zing. It’s refreshing, and I don’t know if I’ve tricked myself into feeling drowsy, or if this tea is actually living up to its promise . . . but in any case, A+, Davids. A+.
I grabbed this in my latest DT haul. I remembered enjoying it enough to go through a tin or two of it in previous years, but tastes do tend to change, so there was a teensy bit of worry. Still, I’m not one to turn down chocolate in any form, so, into the cart this went when I was topping off my online order. Trying it this morning, and it’s . . . actually really nice. There’s a lot of melty dark chocolate, and the peppers peek out mid-sip, before coming out to play at the finish. It’s soothing and warm, and the tongue-tingling sensation is welcome on such a grey, chilly morning. This should never be labelled as a chai blend—it’s far too thin, and the spices are very one-note—but for what it is (a simple, spicy chocolate tea), it’s enjoyable, and I’m glad I grabbed a full tin. It’s going to make this winter way more pleasant.
I love this tea. It’s not a stand out in my tea cupboard, but it is a staple. Sweet, cooling, and comforting in one go—what more could I ask for? Chocolate flavouring can be hit or miss in some tea blends, but it really works here, and I tend to reach for it when I want something easy and reliable. It’s impossible to mess this tea up.
This blend confuses me. Do I like it? Do I not like it? What is happening here? My experience (and enjoyment) tends to vary with each cup, which is frustrating. I think this is one of those teas where you really have to sell yourself on it, if that makes sense? ie. If you decide, “yes, I am going to have a dessert tea, and it will be honeyed, nutty, decadent, and make me feel like I’m having a bite of squidgy, gooey baklava”, you’ll be able to focus more on the scent and the richness of this tea—both of which are delightful—without overly noticing the strange aftertaste, or the thickness it leaves in your mouth once the cup is done.I think the problem I’m having with the tea is the rose and the cinnamon are too busy duking it out with each other to really care about anything else happening around them. Both are overwhelming, so even if the nuts in the blend work really well together and give off notes of delicious roasted-nut-skin . . . there’s something just off about this tea. Also, marking this tea up as an oolong is eye-roll inducing, because the oolong brings nothing to this blend, and if I hadn’t known it had an oolong base, I probably would have thought I was drinking an herbal.
I grab a batch of this every year—it’s so easy to drink. That scratchy, woody rooibos flavour is drowned out by all the stuff that’s in this blend, and as I’m forever and always looking for caffeine-free blends, this is right up my alley. Not to mention my weakness for marzipan-ish teas (it’s my mission to find a GREAT almond tea, just as it’s my mission to find the perfect chai). Anyway, I only grabbed 25g of this when I was in store, but I’ll probably grab more when I put in an online order. So tasty, and the scent alone is worth its weight in gold.
Oh. AND! I opened my front door this morning and DUN DUN DUUUUUUUNNNN. My sister sent me an advent calendar. It is glorious, though fragile, and it’s sitting on top of my counter right now, being really, really, ridiculously good looking.