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This tea is AMAZING iced. Perfect for a warm summer day when I’m craving something sweet. I have had it hot, and it’s still pretty good, however I find fruit flavored teas are usually at their best iced. You lose some of that tart, warm berry taste when it’s iced, which I find to be a good thing, unless it’s a flavor like blueberry pie or something that SHOULD have warm, tart berries.
Anyway, flavor wise, I get mostly goji and raspberry, but can taste the orange at the end of the sip. The hibiscus is slight, and definitely comes out to play a bit more when hot. Might be why I prefer it iced, as I’m not a huge hibiscus fan. If you are looking for a sweet tea, this one is it – it’s not cloying, but it isn’t subtle either. Definitely not one I can have more than one cup of at a time, but it’s good for what it is.
Flavors: Fruity, Goji, Hibiscus, Orange, Raspberry, Sweet
The vanilla taste is harsh and jarring and doesn’t taste like real vanilla bean. Other than the vanilla, the bergamot flavouring is pleasant but somewhat weak, overpowered by the vanilla. I will keep this around for variety and guests, but will not likely repurchase.
My Tuesday sipdown continues!
I had a bad experience with genmaicha once. One of my friends most aptly described it as tasting like old Thai food.
This particular genmaicha? It’s not bad. Definitely better than the last stuff. I think I’d like it if I made it a bit stronger. I went with the 1.25 tsp serving suggestion on the bag.
I added two splenda to it after taking a few sips of it plain. It now reminds me of the bowl of white rice, milk, and sugar my grandma used to make me when I was sick as a kid. Super pleasant.
Flavors: Grass, Toasted Rice
I love matcha, and I was happy to use a ton of built up points on this, since it is such an expensive tea. However, I was disappointed by how clumpy it turns out when steeping, and also that the flavour profile is not quite what i was expecting. If I had tasted it first I would have saved the points for something else.
I have tried it both hot and iced (as a latte), and I have used both traditional whisking and the davidstea matcha maker. I prefer it as a sweetened iced latte, personally, as without sweetener it is overwhelmingly earthy/grassy. Overall it is just lackluster for the price. If it were cheaper I would be much quicker to recommend it.
Also, the flavour is not as creamy as I was hoping for, and has a very unusual (but subtle) sour note to it.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Mud, Sour
Got this from the ‘christmas treats’ sampler. Meh, it’s ok, I’ll have the other half of it another time, but it’s not going on my list to buy.
Disclaimer: I’m far from a tea connaisseur/enthusiast. My notes are not meant to be a review for the tea community, but rather for myself so I know what to buy or not buy again (I wish there was a way to keep notes private).
I only noticed this month that DavidsTea now has this available on their website. Two years ago when I first tried it, it was only seasonal, so by the time I tried it, I couldn’t get anymore of it. Haha, but i just got a good 12oz of it! My goodness, I hope I can finish that. I have noticed that for these teas though I tend to need much more leaf than I do for other company’s teas. I’ll brew this at 1.5-2tsp/12oz, but I still brew it for 3 min, because that’s just become my default these last few months, for anything that’s not like puerh or green.
But yes, hmm, I do really enjoy this one. I’ve gone away from alot of chai teas, but this one is really well balanced and mild. The pumpkin really comes through more in scent than in flavor for me, but that’s enough. The black base is, as mentioned, weaker than I expect for a normal black base, but it’s good enough if I don’t overbrew it. It fades out very quickly though, I don’t expect more than a 2nd weak steep from it. After that its just colored water.
I’ve discovered the tea community on Youtube, which just encourages me to buy things, which was why I kind of distanced myself from Steepster, but eh, whatever. I’ve missed you all.
On another note, I pretty much only know this tea and the Jasmine Black Pearls from David’s, and I’ve discovered that there’s a location I can get to with a little more than a half hr’s drive. I don’t need anymore tea or teawear, but their designs are soo cute! What are your favorites/recommendations? :) I’ve heard some good things about the Iced Tea Press, but idk, I trust Steepster’s opinions more. hehe.
This tea smells delicious and tastes great! I’ve drank it both hot and cold. It is good both ways, but I prefer it hot! Drinking it as an iced tea I felt muted the flavor a little. Which might be from the ice watering it down! I definately will be trying it with champagne this summer
Flavors: Apple, Citrusy, Peach
I really enjoyed this tea at first, but after a while I found without lots of honey or agave I couldn’t enjoy it. It had a dry, dusty flavor. I tried steeping it different lengths of time, different strengths. Just couldn’t keep myself liking it
Flavors: Bitter, Brown Sugar, Burnt Food, Cheesecake, Dark Bittersweet, Drying, Dust, Pumpkin
Hmmm, I taste neither pumpkin nor any kind of spicy chai-ness in this tea.
You know those country themed stores that sell signs made of burlap with the words Peace, Love, Family on them? They sell candles that smell like blueberry muffins and sugar cookies? That’s what this tea tastes like to me.
The dominating flavor is fake butter with cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar. It’s JUST like those candles.
The base has a bit of that malty black flavor.
Hmm…not for me I think.
I had a free tea coupon, so I tried this iced.
I’m not sure how much I would enjoy it hot, but it was very pleasant iced. The predominant flavour was tart cherry, vegetal white tea (Bai mu dan maybe?) it was definitely suggestive of green tea, and overall fruitiness. Having it iced meant that the vegetal and tart aspects were very much subdued, so I really liked the overall flavour.
Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Tart
This tea was meh. Just meh. I wasn’t overly impressed with it at all and don’t understand the hype. I tried it because of unrelenting recommendations from friends. I’ve tried it hot, hot with agave, and as a hot latte and still am not much of a fan. It’s too much sweetness without any real flavour for my taste. I won’t be repurchasing this and am glad the 50 g bag I got is now gone as it took me months to finish it.
Flavors: Sugar, Sweet