199 Tasting Notes
I’m not drinking this because it’s the sort of thing I enjoy, in fact, I would never touch the stuff if I wasn’t sick. My friend told me he buys it for pleasure and I was like “What!!?”
Just not my thing.
It’s not BAD, I’m just not a huge fan of herbals. It’s minty, it makes me feel better when I’m sick. Which I guess I am, I woke up this morning with a sore throat, one of those “I obviously swallowed some razor blades while I was asleep” deals.
My husband has been sick for almost 2 weeks with this cold, so I thought I was free…but no. And the baby started with it on the weekend which is not cool. If you can tell me something more pitiful than the sound of a baby coughing, I’d like to know what it is.
So to sum up, I woke up this morning, remembered this tea and actually had a mug of this before my morning coffee. WHOA, I MUST be sick!!
I will probably have another mug before bed, even if it’s a placebo. Being sick means wanting to feel comforted, so this will do.
Stay away from the house of illness!
I last reviewed this 12 months ago and ended it wondering out loud on Steepster if there were any caramel oolong teas out there. I still wonder that because I bet it would add a tasty buttery note, which is what I want in a caramel tea!
I also had this rated at 73 last time, but you know what, after drinking some sub par caramel/toffee teas lately, I realize I need to bump this one up.
- it has a good, sturdy base that didn’t seem bitter even when I accidentally left it steeping too long, and it’s also substantial. Thick? Insert very smart tea connoisseur terminology here… What I mean is, it is a nice deep color and holds up very well to milk. I think this is the base DTT always uses. and it’s good. It makes for a bold tea that is comparable to coffee. I wouldn’t say the base itself is super delicious but it does its job well, as far as I’m concerned. What I love about their Cafe Vanilla tea can also be said for this one.
I didn’t cheap out on the leaves this time, so it was decently flavored.
Is it my dream cup of caramel tea? No. Do I need to always have this on hand? Nope. I’d rather spend my money on Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. But, someday when I order another sampler pack from DTT, I will probably include this. And the two or so cups worth of leaves I have left are not going in my swap pile.
So, with all that being said (or ally hat being said, which is what my iPad thought I was trying to type) – I will bump my rating up.
I guess DT discontinued this one but I had about enough left for 2 cups…now one cup.
It’s a welcome drink after the cup of crappy caramel brule I just had. That wasn’t the official name but it should be!
Anyway, back to bananas.
I’m enjoying this. It’s a bit old, but still tasty enough. This cup isn’t heavy on the banana flavour but it also doesn’t taste fake at all, which is greatly appreciated. There’s nothing worse than fake chemical banana taste. Except maybe fake apple taste.
My first few sips were ruined because I just had a piece of toast with avocado and salt and pepper on it, so when I had a drink it was like a peppery banana.
That’s gone now, and this is a very pleasant oolong.
I much prefer the Coconut Oolong (which they just brought back, hooray!) and the Vanilla Orchid oolong (man I hope that’s still around) from DT, so I’m not tremendously sad that I only have one cup left of this guy.
STEEPSTER would you hurry up and make an app already? It’s 2014! My iPad hates your website! I can barely like people’s posts and this whole draggy bar thing to say which temperature you used is hella annoying and impossible!
eta resteep was decent!
I overleafed this intentionally because I’ve found myself disappointed by caramel teas lately, which I at least half attribute to me being stingy with my leaves .
Soooo this is kind of bitter and astringent and lacking in flavor even with the overleafing.
It smells good…that’s about it.
Not for me, I have better caramel teas so I don’t need to waste my time with this one. In fact, I’m not even going to bother finishing my cup.
It’s making my teeth hurt.
So, to summarize…“Nah.”
This is one that TastyBrew had ordered on my behalf and shipped to me, as I don’t think the company ships to canada, or else it was a ridiculous price to do so.
I just had it for the first time in forever, and it was very good. I only got one steep out of it, the second was bitter and flavorless.
However steep one was definitely very blueberry, and absolutely creamy, with that sweet vanilla note.
I’m not sure how often I will be In the mood for something like this, because lately I don’t seem to want these overly flavored blends, but it is a nice cup if you’re looking for a sweet treat.
edit I realize this review tells you nothing except that it tastes how it’s supposed to….. :P
Yeah, so they’re selling this in the store now as a big idea, so since I’m working on sipdowns and I had a bit of Big Apple and a smidgen of Forever Nuts left, I decided to give it a go this afternoon.
It’s supposed to taste like apple pie.
It tasted like apple cinnamon, but for me there was something very important missing – the pastry note.
It was perfectly fine as an apple cinnamon tea, I couldn’t really taste any white tea from the Big Apple in it.
Ultimately I’m realizing I’m not the hugest fan of herbals, and that’s what this seemed like to me. I also noticed a film in my cup which I suspect came from Forever Nuts, a tea I used to love when I first came into this world (the world of tea, I mean), but now was just happy to sip down.
Davidstea is very much “Meh” to me lately. I think I have to sell off a bunch of my stash. I have so many.
On to the next!
My friend put through a H&S order recently and gave me a one cup sample of this, I’m not sure if she bought some or just got a sample from them herself.
After a few mugs of light oolongs and green teas I was definitely in the mood for something substantial as my last tea of the night. I figured an Assam would do the trick. I didn’t read any reviews first so I wasn’t expecting this to brew up so light compared to other dark and stormy assams I’ve tried, but when I took a sip I was pleasantly surprised at the nice taste.
Actually I was pretty pleased with myself in general because I immediately pulled a dominant sweet potato note out of my cup….Bready and mildly roasty and quite unique.
I tasted it straight but did end up adding a splash of milk, as I am usually wont to do.
So, it wasn’t quite the dark and “substantial” cup of tea I set out looking for, but I enjoyed it and will try the resteep tomorrow!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Sweet Potatoes
Sipdown! Well, sort of. I think I still have some sealed bags somewhere. But this was a swap sample. An oldish one.
This was buttery and green tasting and milky and vegetal but not overly so.
I resteeped it once, which honestly is about as many times as I ever want to resteep…. Must drink all the teas!
Flavors: Butter, Grass
Wow, given the amazing reviews of this I was hoping to love it… Buuuut the sample I had is likely pretty old and I didn’t find it flavorful at all.
It tasted almost like an oolong to me, it was buttery and green and a pretty good tea, for a straight tea, which it wasn’t.
I didn’t get any almond or cookie taste whatsoever. I even tried to make a small cup of tea with this, using more leaves than normal to ensure I wasn’t underleafing.
Sooooo I’m disappointed. But I won’t rate this on account of it likely being old.