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Finishing off my Cocktail collection reviews is Mudslide. This one stood out like a sore thumb in this collection – it’s very dessert-y and bold in comparison to the rest. I brewed this one up hot, unlike the rest, which I reviewed iced. I taste a lovely earthy base note of red rooibos with depth from the coffee and carob, and finally a sweetness from the chocolate. I was actually expecting this to be sweeter, but I’m glad it’s not. Coffee-flavoured teas are always something I’m intrigued by, but they never seem to live up to my expectations. I think that if I want something coffee-flavoured, I’d prefer to drink a cup of decaf coffee over a coffee-flavoured tea.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Sweet
A pleasantly tangy, refreshing herbal tea that works amazingly iced. I rarely say this, but the hibiscus works perfectly in this blend. It’s low enough down on the ingredient list that it doesn’t overpower the tea, instead providing a wonderful base note for the papaya, mango, and pineapple. I told myself I wouldn’t stock up on any of the Cocktail teas, but that might change because of this tart little tropical number.
I don’t believe there’s meant to be any wine notes in this tea, I think it’s more of a tea that you could mix with wine to make a sangria-inspired drink. I’m going to try it with a splash of Dolcetto or Dornfelder, or maybe even rosé if I’m feeling super adventurous. It’s also completely different from their Sangria blend last year, which is such a relief because Sangria and I did not get along.
Flavors: Candy, Hibiscus, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical
This tea smells terrific as a dry mix. When you brew it, you smell mostly peppermint and the cocoa and white chocolate seems to be overpowered. Once I tasted it, I was disappointed in that there was so much mint that it was like toothpaste, but unlike toothpaste, there was a bitter aftertaste . I’m really starting to think that I don’t care much for flavoured teas, although I’ve always enjoyed authentic natural mint teas from time to time. This was is something I’d save for when I have a cold perhaps, as maybe it would improve with honey added. I’m sad I bought this now, as I think I’d prefer just plain spearmint leaves from the health food store, mixed with hot chocolate powder added after steeping. This one did not live up to its smell.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Bitter, Black Pepper, Peppermint
This is a tea that I can drink in large batches and not get sick of, so I brewed up 2L in my thermal carafe to drink while I was writing a research paper today. The caffeine kick kept me going and the light chai flavour was not overpowering! Weird side note: This one pairs very nicely with caramel ice cream and Oreos.
Flavour-wise, I do get a light chai flavour with some pumpkin notes; the clove in the chai is the most dominant. I taste just enough cinnamon before it becomes overpowering, and the tea is just sweet enough without being cloying. The black tea flavour lingers on the tongue nicely, with a lovely balancing astringency to the sprinkles and caramel pieces. I wish this one didn’t contain milk, but otherwise it’s a perfect chai for morning sipping.
Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Clove, Pumpkin
My absolute most favorite tea for the last 6 months. Great as a latte and hot. I add a bit of milk and that is it. Well balanced taste not to sweet but definitely a dessert tea.
Flavors: Creamy, Raspberry, Sweet, White Chocolate
I did enjoy this tea, I did buy it on sale and ended up with 100g at 40% off. If I had paid full price I may not have been quite as happy. That being said, 100g goes a long way with this tea, I ended up with a full tin as well as a small bag on the side
It has a lemon taste with a faint vanilla finish, I know there’s pineapple in there but I can’t seem to pick it out. If you do not like sweet teas then this is not the tea for you. Due to the inherent sweetness of the tea I haven’t added a sweetener and I am unsure of what it would taste like with milk. I’ve only had it hot and I wonder what it would taste like iced. I am also curious what it would taste like as an ice pop/popsicle which I may save for a hot summer day once the warmer weather hits.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Pineapple, Sweet, Vanilla
Light gong fu, and the first two steeps were awesomely floral, fruity, and right up my ally, while the fourth was oddly astringent from the green tea…should have used less leaf. But that first cup along with the general aroma of this was great. I would not rush to buy it, but I would not say no to if it came my way again. Thank you so much Evol!
I needed a night brew and I got a sweet one thanks to Evol. The rooibos was as wood-fruity as ever, but the flavoring was pretty good having some smoothness along the slightly artificial edge. I offset the rooibos dryness with honey, and that worked out well without taking too much from the caramel. I easily see this tea being something you add cream to with honey or sugar. I do want to try a tea with coconut sugar eventually…
may 19/17 i love trying new teas that ive read about, and thought i had an idea about. smoky notes you say? this is like your disrespectful grandpa blowing cigar smoke in your face as you sip your tea, or stirring your regular tea with beef jerky. this is in no way a daily drinker fro me, but it is so unique it fills a certain niche, and i can see myself drinking it once in a while. i almost want to make a cup of this with milk and sugar sometime just to see how weird it tastes.
I’ve been away for a while, but I have a great excuse…
I am now the proud mama of two! I gave birth to my son on April 8th. We are so blessed to have two healthy, happy children!
I haven’t been doing my regular things because I’ve been so busy with a bunch of irregular things. First of all, being pregnant this second time around was no fun. Second, we bought a house! We also put a lot of work into it: all new floors throughout, new paint everywhere (and I mean everywhere, even the ceilings!), all new faux wood blinds, fixed the deck, and took down a knee wall in the living room. We still have more we want to do, but at least the house is livable and in much better condition now than when we moved in. We also had to take two trips down to my mother’s storage units in another state to sort through everything. We brought most of the furniture, dishes, and memorabilia back to our house. The rest was donated or thrown out.
My husband and I also both have new jobs. He still works for the same company but in a different area. I work for a new agency and have a team working for me. Life is very different and I’m really happy. It’s been stressful but overall, life has really improved over the last year.
My mom is still battling stage 4 breast cancer. She’s doing as well as could be expected, I think. At least she’s no longer on chemotherapy. They changed her treatment plan to oral drugs called targeted and hormone therapy. She’s responded well and it gives her a better quality of life.
Anyway, this is a tea review, not my personal journal. ON TO THE TEA!
I made this with 4 tablespoons in 8 cups of boiling water. I would recommend a higher concentration of tea. Next time, I think I’ll go for 5 tablespoons in 7 cups. The instructions say to brew for 4-7 minutes, but since this is an herbal, I steeped it for 10 minutes. I don’t usually add sugar to my teas, but again, this is an herbal! It doesn’t have any tea in it. The dry “leaf” is a lovely bouquet of fruits and flowers. So I tried a sip and decided it would be much improved with some sweetener. I added ¾ tablespoon of Truvia and then stuck the whole pitcher in the fridge to cool.
This one absolutely needs to be enjoyed iced! It is delicious! Fruity and sweet and everything you’d want from a juice or punch without the calories. This is pretty darn fantastic. It reminds me of 52teas’ Southern Boy Teas spin-off brand that closed a while back. I really miss Frank’s mastery of iced teas. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to stock up before he closed shop. I will really miss a lot of his blends. But this tea helps ease the pain of that loss.
I feel like I can taste everything in the blend: apple, mango, pineapple, papaya, hibiscus (but just the right amount), with a hint of rose and blue cornflowers. Yum yum! I even get a little passion fruit. It’s soooo good! I love this just the way it is. The marketing says you can add wine to make it a real sangria. But my favorite part of this is sans alcohol. I tried a sample of Rosé All Day in the store and thought it was pretty tasty too. It’s strongly rose, which I love, but the hint of artificial wine flavoring was what made me get Sparkling Sangria instead. I think I’m going to need more of this because 3 oz will not go far. And I usually take years to finish off 2 oz of tea.
I have to add that the dry leaf really is beautiful. It smells heavenly and is probably the most visually appealing tea I’ve ever seen. Well, now I’m off to take care of the baby!
Right, so I’ve always wanted to try this oldie, and I finally got my hands on some! I was so excited. At first taste it was very lemony tasting, which surprised me, but as it kept steeping I could get more of the ginger and strawberry flavours in it. I think this reminds me of something else, but I’m not sure what. It isn’t entirely as good as I was expecting, but it’s alright none the less.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon Zest, Strawberry
I have heard good things about this tea so I used one of my FS rewards while I still could. This tea is very smooth, and for a straight tea, I think it’s pretty good. Not sure whether I could taste the puerh or not… But there is a sweet note to it. I think this tea would be good with honey in it too. I just added sugar. But it’s got mineral tastes to it as well.. Overall this is better than Royal White Peony was to me. I like it, but I don’t often drink straight teas.
Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Smooth
Whew! Summer has certainly made an appearance in Chicago this week. With today in the 80s, I was craving iced tea like nobody’s business. Luckily, I had some of this left over from a tea party I hosted a few weeks ago, and brewed it hot (double strength) before pouring over ice. So refreshing and just what I needed. This is one of my favorite iced teas from Davids, largely because the guava flavor is so uncommon to me.
After last summer’s scarring experience with Sangria, I expected wine-flavoured teas to be completely off the table for me this year, but unsurprisingly, I still ended up taking some of this home with me last time I visited DAVIDsTEA. The smell of this one was initially very offputting – it smells very, very alcoholic. However, when brewed, most of the alcohol notes I smelled are no longer present, and I taste mostly raisins and red fruit. It’s a pleasant iced tea, but definitely not something that’s my personal taste, I don’t find grape tea very appealing. Overall, this is a nice herbal blend for lovers of grape-flavoured tea, the hibiscus and alcohol notes are not predominant, and there’s an interesting sparkle to the flavour to give it a bit of complexity.
Flavors: Grapes, Red Fruits, Red Wine
1.5 tsp leaf, 600 mL cold water, left the teabag in for the hour it took me to finish the cup in the morning lecture. I feel like it had time to brew, but even at the end didn’t brew as strong as I hoped it would. Maybe it’s just that the blackberry is accompanied by a generic berry flavour, and those cloud the blackberry a bit.
Another one of the teas I picked up from DT this week. I bought these teas specifically so I had some nice coldbrew options. I didn’t hate this, but I was expecting more from something rated in the 80s by multiple steepsters.
It was definitely blackberry, and there was a creamy element to it, I thought the blackberry and cream could have both been stronger. Maybe this is better hot? The rooibos come through in the coldbrew quite heavily, but I wouldn’t say it was all that great. The whole thing was just a bit generic and unimpressive. I’ll try it hot and re-evaluate. One thing I did like was the honey/maple syrup quality I got from the base, and I think this will be brought out even more hot. Rooibos can do amazing things.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet
my first dragonwell. didnt think i liked green teas a whole lot, but this might have converted me. 2 steeps, 2 mins on first one, 3 on the second. i definitely got the grassy, nutty, butteriness, but also some honey oats. i could see myself throwing this into the rotation a couple times a week. glad i got another dragonwell from a different spot too to compare.