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Recent Tasting Notes
Trying this tea for the first time tonight after being recommended to me by a friend.
It has a very earthy smell mixed with a berry scent similar to black berries when dry and a ginger scent when brewed. The flavour is very similar to ginger and peppercorns with a hint of lemon.
So far, I am enjoying my first cup.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppercorn
I received two 5g sample packs in two separate online orders from Davids Tea, which was perfect since I wanted to try the tea before purchasing more of the product. I have only tried the tea hot brewed and have enjoyed it greatly. My children and I enjoy watching the colours change as it steeps – goes from a light purple to a red colour.
The flavour is amazing, which makes me want to try it as an iced tea as well. It is comforting to sip while reading a good book or watching my children play outside. I would not say that is overly watermelon flavoured though. The smell of the dried leaves reminds more of a floral scent and the brewed scent reminds more of carrots. The taste though is delicious and refreshing with more of a melon flavour.
Flavors: Fruity, Green Melons
Not that bad, although not my favourite taste profile. Has a minty taste (which I like), although the initial taste isn’t something I love. Still able to drink it without much problem, which is why I’m giving it a passing rating.
Flavors: Cardamon, Mint, Pepper
I actually liked this one more than I thought I would. Blends with carrots and beetroot tend to offend my tastebuds with cellar vibes (although I thoroughly enjoy eating the vegetables) but here, I couldn’t even detect that they were here. The raspberry is noticeable. A tad artificial but I’ve had a lot more extreme artificial raspberry flavouring than this. The hibiscus kept things tart enough but wasn’t overbearing, the mint is refreshing, and is that raspberry leaf I tasted? It’s not in the ingredients listing, but I swear I tasted it in there. Overall, rather refreshing on a 29°C day.
I bought this one at the recommendation of the salesperson, after mentioning I like spiced teas. It definitely is a dessert tea, but it’s pretty good and does actually remind me of French toast. They pre-sweeten it a bit by adding coconut sugar, which does make sense given the French toast flavor, but takes it out of my usual morning rotation.
I can see why this tea has been discontinued. I got it in a tea advent calender a few years back, but never drank it because I generally avoid caffeine and don’t like yerba mate flavour very much. This morning I was too tired to function, so I brewed it up even though it was supposed to be a no-caff day.
It tastes quite artificial (like orange flavoured medicine), Earthy, dry oak leaves, dry grass, herbaceous. I might have enjoyed it more if the orange flavour was more natural. I added soy milk so I could finish the cup. There are some good mate blends out there that have better flavours than this one.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Citrus, Dry Grass, Earth, Herbaceous, Orange
This is my new, absolute favorite tea!! I love it so much that I had to go and stock up on as much as I possibly could. To me, it tastes like a vanilla earl grey tea. I usually make it with a splash of cream or milk and it is sooooo good!!! I am in love …. so sad it is leaving.
Flavors: Citrus, Earl Grey, Smooth, Vanilla
…So apparently I’ve never written a review on this one before.
I’ve probably had it like a dozen times; I tried it when it originally came out as a winter tea and then this Christmas it was CONSTANTLY around because it was one of the winter teas when I first started at DT as a seasonal. I think this must be a case of “I always assumed I’d tried it and written about it, so I never did again”.
So I guess to quickly recap the last dozen or so times I’ve had it in the past:
I don’t generally like it; the almond is WAY too intense to the point where it’s both cloying, artificial, and chemical tasting all at once with a weird underlying alcohol kind of quality. Like basically, it’s bad amaretto. With a stupid green tea base.
So, why am I drinking it now? Well, curiosity really. I found a single cup worth of it in my mom’s tea stash from when it was originally released. That was like three years ago? Or something like that. Maybe two? Anyway – it’s OLD. So I asked if I could steep it because I wanted to see how the age had effected it.
Honestly? I think it’s better. I mean, still gross but the intensity of the almond and that gross alcoholic kind of quality has faded substantially which makes it smoother/more tolerable to me. Downside? Less almond flavour covering up the base means it’s especially grassy tasting. So that’s a bit of a trade off.
Eh; still not a fan. Interesting experiment though!
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I love this tea, but it’s pretty tricky to make it just right. Tried to make an iced tea with it today, not thinking that it’s a black/pu’erh and that I won’t need to make it extra strong, sooo I put 4 Perfect Spoons in my steeper, boiled my water, steeped for 5 minutes aaaaand YUCK! No amount of agave would save this – sadly it went down the sink.
Second steep, same leaves – water had cooled off a bit, and I only steeped for 3 minutes instead of 5. Still added at least 2 “shots” of agave (about half my bottle is gone now, due to the first steep). Drinkable, but still not as good as when the Tea Guides make it.
Sufficed to say, if I buy this loose leaf again it’ll be for hot tea only. If I want it iced, I’ll go get it from a DT location.
Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Orange, Orange Zest
Iced, this has all the coconutty goodness that I was looking for. It screams “summer fun” and does indeed remind me of a creamy pina colada. The coconut is the shining star (as it should be) with the tropical fruit undertone dancing in the background. You can taste the tartness from the hibiscus but just a smidge, for once it doesn’t overpower the other flavours and also creates a pretty pink colour. Being a big fan of coconut and teas that are sweet enough without having to add anything to sweeten it up, I really enjoyed this one. I like that it gives me another non-caffeinated option for the evening time as well. Makes for a satisfying sip on a hot summer’s day!
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart, Tropical