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This is the last of the three samples that came with my DAVID’s 24 Days of Tea. I’m trying to decide if I like it or not. i’m usually a pretty big fan of spicy teas, but sometimes rooibos tastes off to me. That is the case here.
The scent must be quite strong with this one because I caught a faint whiff of it. I used twenty ounces of water in my small bubble tea pot and the whole sample package, and let it steep for 3.5 minutes. It is a lovely dark color, and as I said, it must have a wonderful scent. At the beginning of the sip I get a warm, cinnamon-y glow on my tongue. However, it is quickly followed by the woody rooibos. That quite ruins it for me. I drank about half of this and decided to pour the rest out.
I am giving this one a recommendation because I think someone who enjoys chair and rooibos would love this tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Wood
I am usually all about sweet, creamy, dessert tasting teas, but I am addicted to Tie Kwan Yin. It’s a little vegetal/earthy, a little bitter, and tastes so amazingly roasted, toasted and dry… like toast burnt on the edges, burnt popcorn and roasted nuts (so I guess it is dessert-ish, in a way, lol), but not sweet. Has a woody quality to it, a hint of golden, honeyed goodness, and an addictive warmth, and I love how strong the aroma and taste are. A little like roasted coffee beans, but so much better.
I really didn’t like this and the other 2 blends in this chai collection. I felt like they were far too sweet, leaving nothing but the sweet taste and oily mouth feel.
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Flavors: Sugar, Sweet
This tea has been one of my favorites so far. It has a floral taste, and smell that isn’t overpowering, with a slight fruity flavor, but still allows you to taste the blend of white and green tea. Very relaxing and tastes wonderful. I would only recommend one steep, however, as it gets a rather bitter aftertaste if you steep it twice.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Jasmine
First tea of the morning as I continue to experiment oomphing up my pumpkin spice teas with pumpkin seed oil. Not bad. Even better with dark chocolate. But that hardly counts as a tea review.
It’s all been more or less said about this tea, so I don’t really have more to add. It is probably far better as a sweetened latte, or at least with milk or cream.I am moving my way through this tin of tea. Just a few more cups and that will be that. Out of curiosity, I checked in with the DT’s website to see the cost of a rebuy, though truly, I have far too much tea to consider restocking a tea which, though fine and enjoyable, is not a must have.
Further, I find that I am moving more towards removing the bulk of imitation flavours and colours from my world—not completely, mind, but slowly, slowly. Health continues to challenge me, so I do what I can to simplify and purify. With the occasional binge, of course. But only when it is well worth it.
And ouf! How their prices have escalated! Quite a number of their products are now sold prepackaged and they seem to be putting even more effort on packaging and presentation, if that is even possible.
All in all, clearly, someone like me is not in the demographic their marketing team is aiming for.
And I still have mountains of their teas from before they decided to imitation and stevia everything to death and boost up their marketing frenzy. So, for the time being, I will content myself with those before I maybe maybe maybe make another purchase with them again. If absolutely necessary.
Yesterday, when I went for my tooth cleaning, the hygienist asked me if I was a tea drinker. aha. The proof is on your teeth, people! Tea only, she said, not coffee. Apparently, the tea residue latches onto something or other on your teeth and shows her where she needs to concentrate her efforts. All good then, I guess.
This tea would be far better with cream or milk, but after my recent fling with adding real cream to my teas, I am off dairy for the month for health reasons. We’ll see what happens in a month. I am hoping for big improvements.
This cup is ok. The pumpkin pie spice blend is a good one, with no one spice taking centre. There’s no pumpkin to speak of. The black tea base is ok, likely Ceylon, nothing special but a good carrier for the other flavours. Then there’s some sort of slight caramel whipping cream bit flavour melding all the things together and softening things up. I wouldn’t be able to identify the caramel flavour if it weren’t mentioned in the ingredients, just the vague slightly sweet whipping cream like flavour.
Not bad, but likely not something that I will reach for often.
Flavors: Cream, Spices
This is my favourite matcha. It is a vibrant green colour, and it’s very finely milled. It has a high content of antioxidants. Also, a Davidstea tea guide once told me that it has approx 4x the amount of antioxidants that their flavoured ones do. The tea has a very bold and rich flavour. It’s very full bodied and earthy. I think that it really gives me a boost of energy and focus. I often mix it with my flavoured matchas. Even if it’s too much for you to drink straight up, I think it would be a great additive to smoothies and other stuff. I personally put about 1/2 a teaspoon into oatmeal and it’s incredibly delicious.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Tannic, Umami, Vegetal
This is one of the oldest teas I have. I got it in a boxed set way back when when I first converted from coffee to tea and disliked it immensely when I first tried it. I tried it black then. To me, it tasted of imitation flavours and false perfumey sweetness. Could not understand the huge fan base.
I may have mentioned that I am staying at a friend’s place to escape from baby world here. It feels like I am on vacation. With me, I brought just a skeletal wardrobe of clothing, a medium-sized batch of kitchen gear, and a huge colossus of teas as I had been in the midst of long overdue swap preparation. I was determined to not overthink things—this time—so I threw packets into my bag and then I threw more packets into my bag and then started another bag and threw some more into that one. Came across this one in a collection/assortment arranged in some order likely understood by me at some point, but not quite now. Now or never, I threw it into the bag. Now after all this time, I had a cup, added half and half, and wow.
I’ve had several cups of this now. Quite nice. I just may finish this one up before I move back home.
This tea is pretty good but it doesn’t have enough pumpkin or spice. This is a great morning tea but I wish there was more flavor to it. I sometimes mix this with a bit of chai tea just to give it a stronger chai flavor, I love this tea but I would love for them to just add more spices to it and a stronger pumpkin flavor. It feels like the its black tea with a hint of pumpkin pie.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel
Only if you like the candy fuzzy peaches. I have a 35g of this and Just Beet It. I have given up on Just Beet It, I just can’t seem to like it. This one dry smells like fuzzy peaches. Steeped in cold water this tastes like the fuzzy peaches sour gummies. Not really what I was looking for but at not horrible enough that I feel the need to spit it out and toss the rest.
Flavors: Peach, Sour
Bought this for the sole purpose of making it an iced tea only. I want to find better options for my children over their regular sugar flavoured juices and ice teas. After a few disappointments for them, I was a little worried that this one would not go over so well.
Dried the leaf smells like tangy fruits. Brewed it is a deep red colour with a very sweet fruity aroma. Every sip of the tea is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy. My kids love the lemonade flavour and will often argue about what fruits they taste more.
I guess it is a hit with them too.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Sour, Sweet, Tangy