Day 1 of #24daysoftea did not have an auspicious start. I really didn’t like this tea, although a lot of people do. I think hibiscus is not for me.
“I couldn’t stand the thought of having to drink another cup of this cinnamon hibiscus symphony to chaoskampf again. I guess I disliked it a lot more than previously thought. I only had a...” Read full tasting note
“Another sip down from the advent calendar! By aroma, this one smells exactly like Forever Nuts. I’m not actually certain if I’d be able to tell them apart. It’s a warm,...” Read full tasting note
“Ah, newbies at DavidsTea, you’re so cute. Yes, I am aware of the tea of the month, and I am aware of some old classics like Buttered Rum and Cream of Earl Grey. And yes, I’ve tried all...” Read full tasting note
“Well I decided to make a cup of this tonight as I am trying to work through some teas to get sipdowns and reign in my cupboard. I read my last review and I really liked this. However, I also really...” Read full tasting note
Falling snow, popping chestnuts, cold hands and noses…yep, winter has arrived. But don’t worry, we have the perfect tea to warm you up all December long. Cinnamon, apples, raisins, almonds, and hibiscus combine for a tea that is sweet, tart, and earthy. And beet pieces make it as nice and rosy as a caroler’s cheeks. So hop in your sleigh, snuggle up, and pass a thermos around. It’s lovely weather for a Sleigh Ride together.
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Sleigh RideJanet's Special Teas
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It’s advent calendar time again! I really wanted to like this tea and gave it two shots, adding extra sugar the second time, but it’s just too tart for me. A lot of things in here like the apple and popped rice are my favourite, but there’s a bitterness I just can’t handle once steeped.
Happy first day of twenty four days of tea, everyone!
I got a colour changing mug for our anniversary on Friday, and I had to hold off on using it until I could christen it with the joy that is the advent calendar. The best part of today is that it’s my obligatory day off due to training on Saturday. I spent the day cleaning, blogging, baking, drinking tea, and listening to acoustic versions of 80s and 90s songs on Spotify.
I was so excited about my mug that I had to take a video. Sadly, my preparation of the tea was less enthralling than the mug itself. The tea tasted weak and tart with no lingering sweetness. When I found a small amount of it on the mug’s coaster an hour or two later and took a sip, I was in heaven. It had the right balance of tartness, sweetness, and cinnamon.
I finished the last of the sample a few minutes ago, using the last two teaspoons for a cup. It was much more pleasant this way.
Would I buy it again? Possibly. The boyfriend seems to really like it. I want to see how it compares to mulled wine.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Popcorn, Tart
This tea never really interested me when I saw it on the DAVIDsTEA website.. I just had a feeling I knew what this would taste like and unfortunately, I was right. This cup brewed up a dark pink, reminding me a lot of Forever Nuts. I couldn’t really taste anything that significant.. maybe a little bit of apple and hibiscus.. maybe a tiny bit of almond? For me, this was just a hot cup of fruitiness with nothing that makes it particularly special or wintery. Darn.
Day 1 of 2015 Advent Calendar
A bit of pleasant cranberry-tartness (likely from the hibiscus) with somewhat of a dull overall flavour. There’s a bit of a trailing hibicus aftertaste that is overpowering. I am detecting some nutty-savoury tones mixed with creamy apple and cinnamon that reminds me of Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA. This tisane is blended well but has too much hibiscus to it. I am also discouraged by how much “dry leaf” is required to achieve a decent flavour. I’m getting more of a cider flavour as it cools- the apple is coming more to the forefront and balancing out the tartness of the hibiscus.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts, Tart
I opened this and thought “Oh no!” It looked and smelled just like Gingerbread House by Distinctly Tea and at 3 times the price. Thankfully though, once brewed the flavour is different enough that I don’t completely regret the purchase. Plus I did get the pretty collector’s tin. The flavours are similar, with cinnamon and apples being the dominant flavours, I can actually taste the popcorn in this one, though the coconut isn’t as evident. I would probably stick with Gingerbread House in the future due to the price difference but both are good.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Popcorn
Just like juice. I feel like they either made this tea for people who like juice but don’t want the calories and the sugar or they made this for people who are more into summer iced teas and DT doesn’t want to loose those customers in the winter. Someone suggested in his review to eat it instead. I must say it made a very good oatmeal topping… except when I had the hibiscus bits.
Now I’m not one to shy away from hibiscus, but this one has over done it for me. It probably doesn’t help that I prefer tart in cold drinks. Getting past the hibiscus this one is pretty good. Strong apple and cinnamon flavour that makes it feel like Forever Nuts, which I do enjoy, but I feel like this one’s trying a bit too hard. Plus all that hibiscus…
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Oats
Apple. Cinnamon. Hibiscus. And the slightest bit of coconut.
Sweet, but not too sweet. Tangy, but not too much.
It reminds me of hot apple cider with spices. Very autumnal. If it weren’t pitch dark out there—thanks daylight savings time—I’d consider going out to rake up some leaves, just to come back to a hot mug of this.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut, Hibiscus