87 Tasting Notes
This is a pleasant enough oolong-pu’erh hybrid tea that was part of the resolutions pack I got from DAVIDs. It actually reminds me a bit of Murchie’s Christmas tea. The orange and citrus notes are most prominent with a bit of a ginger aftertaste.
Flavors: Citrusy, Ginger, Orange Zest
Forever Nuts is what always come to mind first when I think of DAVIDs gift packs and sampler sets. I’ve heard it’s also one of their best selling teas, and recommend it often myself when someone is looking to start out their experience at DAVIDs. It’s a favourite go to for me, enjoyable any time of day but particular in the afternoon or evening given that it’s caffeine free. The blend of apples, cinnamon and nuts are perfectly balanced. Funny that it’s taken me this long to rate it. Better late than never I guess. I haven’t tried it as an iced tea, but I imagine it would fare well chilled too. The pink from the beet root is such a beautiful colour. I’ll definitely give it a go chilled this summer.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Nuts, Nutty
Wasn’t a fan of this one. I found the jasmine overpowering and the flavour quite bitter and overly floral. I tried it yesterday and thought I had just prepared it wrong, but today is no better. Time to move on to something else and drink a bunch of water to clear the palate.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine
Ooops, didn’t realize this was meant as a sleeping aid or before bed tea. I’m enjoying it this afternoon at work so hopefully I don’t curl up for slumber at my desk. There’s quite an assortment of ingredients in it and I’m enjoying the way the mint, vanilla, lemon and apple flavours all blend together. I don’t really pick up any apricot. Enjoyable overall. I don’t really have tea right before bed anyways as I try to avoid trips to the washroom through the night.
Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint
This is the final tea I brought home from the Murchie’s holiday pack my folks picked up during Christmas break. It has a pleasant aroma and reminds me of the hot mulled drinks brewed up slowly on a stove top at dinner parties. Apple isn’t a big favourite of mine – I’ve always opted for hot chocolate over hot apple cider. Still, it’s an enjoyable blend that definitely is reminiscent of the holidays.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Spices
The Buzz is a decent tea but I’m not sure when I’d really want to drink it. The caffeine rich yerba mate and matcha seem an odd pairing with the spicy ginger-citrusy flavours. The flavour is a bit too strong for the morning and wouldn’t be my tea of choice to start the day with. But to have it later in the day with the higher amount of caffeine also wouldn’t be ideal. I suspect it would sit in my cupboard waiting for the right time never quite arriving. Good thing I just got the little sample in the resolutions pack.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy
This is a pleasant afternoon tea today. It’s my Friday before 5 days off from work so I’m in good spirits. Happy Kombucha has a lovely tropical aroma and flavour. I haven’t tried a lot of fruity oolong blends except Shaktea’s Guava Melon Oolong . I like this one more though, the flavour is more complex and less subject to the occasional bitter flavours I noticed in Shaktea’s. I don’t really notice the safflowers or kombucha flavour. There’s a peachy taste even though there isn’t actual peach in it. Interesting. I’d buy this again.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Tropical
I think this tea does better in the container than brewed up. It’s a very pretty tea with the snowflakes, white chocolate and candy cane pieces and smells quite nice. Brewed up, the tea takes on a cloudy brown colour that as other reviewers have noted isn’t very appetizing looking. The flavour is quite sweet, a bit too much for a morning black tea I find. All in all, I prefer Santa’s secret if I’m looking for a morning black tea with a holiday splash. The black tea flavour is lost in all the sweetness of this tea. Still, it’s not horrible, just incredibly sweet.
Flavors: Creamy, Peppermint
This is my penultimate tea to review from the Murchies holiday pack I brought home with me from the holidays. This has a lovely minty aroma and flavour. The spearmint and peppermint blend nicely with the rooibos flavour for a caffeine free afternoon or evening tea. There’s a hint of vanilla. Candy cane is an apt description for this creamy minty blend.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint, Rooibos, Spearmint, Vanilla
Wow another DAVIDs tea with hibiscus that I don’t immediately hate haha. Maybe my tastes are changing. I had this as iced tea with my family while I was home for the holidays. I think I prefer it chilled actually. That said, it is enjoyable heated too. The hibiscus gives it a pretty pink colour and my colleague remarked that it reminds her of the beach and Hawaii. There’s a nice creaminess from the coconut and the mango and pineapple give it a pleasant tropical flavour.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical