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Banana Dream Pie. What a mouth-watering, delicious name! It is indeed quite a yummy dessert tea. Ever since my worst tea-drinking experience with DAVIDsTEA’s Carrot Cake, I’ve been a bit apprehensive about trying other flavoured teas by DAVIDsTEA. Thank god, this tea is pretty reassuring. :) A very rich, chocolatey tea… and yes, I can smell and taste real banana. Kids and those with a sweet tooth will absolutely love it. I wonder if DAVIDsTea would consider adding some vanilla to the tea? That would probably make it even more amazing and pie-like!
Thank you Kittenna for this sample. :)
It’s just after 1am at the start of the new year here in the UK so Happy New Year everyone!
Watermelon is my second favourite food ever (after cookie dough) so I am very excited in trying this blend. I’m still waiting for it’s long 7 minute steep (taken from Davids Tea website) but so far it has taken a lovely pink tone that does look like watermelon juice.
The raw tea mix has a somewhat appley fragrance which was unexpected. Once brewed it smells like watermelon…as if by magic it truly does. It has the same watery, weak yet sweet fragrance that watermelon has.
Wowsers! WATERMELON!!! It tastes like warm watermelon juice. It’s mild and weak and I wish it was a little stronger but it has the same fresh juiciness you would expect from watermelon. It does have an edge of fruitiness behind it..a sort of sweet and sour apple cocktail. Reading the ingredients list I would never guess it contained carrot or beetroot but I suppose they help to keep it sweet.
It’s a very nice blend and it is watermelon like but I was hoping it would be a little stronger. I think this would be tastier as an iced tea with lots of crushed ice and small watermelon pieces for extra flavour. A good effort though :)
I made this as a latte for a late night dessert tea, and after stirring in the milk and licking the spoon, my first reaction was “oh my god!” It tasted so good. A little more minty than chocolatey. Very good – can’t wait to try and compare to “cocomint cream”.
I have tried several longjing’s and I believe I’ve developed a good palate for determining what is and is not authentic west lake longjing. This one would fall into the latter category for me, the flavour was very mild, the scent equally faint, the infusion very light. This is not a bad introduction to longjing as it captures some of the characteristics of the real thing, but please to anyone don’t be dissuaded by this experience to foresake longjing in the future from other suppliers. What really disappoints is the pricetag on this, $10 for 50 grams here.. David’s tea might be a bargain to your average starbucks consumer, where $10 buying you several cups worth of tea is better than $10 for one cup of fancy coffee, but this is still very expensive, especially for an inauthentic longjing. There are many reputable suppliers online for this wonderful tea and you don’t need to spend a fortune either, unless you are wealthy or a connoisseur a 3rd Grade longjing should only cost about $30 – 45 for a lb! Compare to David’s tea $90/lb. This 3rd grade dragonwell will also be authentic and you will know it’s authentic because the scent and flavour will be far more pronounced and lingering, not this tepid concoction David’s tea is passing off.
I received this tea as a Christmas gift, which is good because I never would have picked it out myself (the ingredients don’t exactly draw me in). The biggest impression I get from this tea is that of warmth. The woodsy mate combined with a slightly burnt coffee taste give a very cozy, warming sensation. This tea is very suited to someone who lives where winters get to -45 degrees celsius, like me ;) It really takes the chill out, and definitely peps you up.
On the 12th day of Christmas Sare sent to me, this tea.
I’m a little late on this, but I have been spending a lot of time with my girls and family while I have time off work.
So I made a whole pot today in my new tea pot, I also got some of this from my cousin.
I was sprised not to see vanilla in the ingredients list, I found it to be creamy & sweet. Lightly minty & 7 delicious. This a really nice holiday tea, but I would probably drink it all year long.
I’m not a huge fan of coconut in my tea, it usually smells musty to me. Hot, this was..ok, but nothing to rave over or seek out to drink again. But cold? Wowzers this is gooood! I added a tsp of agave to the hot tea and because I wasn’t thrilled with it, the cup sat around and got cold. I’m so glad it did! This is very fruity and refreshing while cold. I can easily see myself drinking a lot more of this in the summer.
My kettle has arrived!!
http://instagram.com/p/YBKG2SuZB9/ —> I’m not sure if you guys can see this or not since I’ve got my Instagram on lockdown, but you can always request I add you :)
I decided to try Lime Gelato and Bamboozled together today. Since these are two of my very favourite David’s teas, I wanted to see how well they fared as one.
Okay so this is not too bad at all. I do think I prefer either tea on it’s own but this mix was refreshing in it’s own way. It does somewhat diminish the best of both teas, but not so much that it’s tasteless. I find the bamboo really comes through the most. Very interesting for sure :)
Ah lime gelato. My newest addiction in my permanent collection.
Seriously, I have got a love affair going on with this tea – and so unexpectedly. I am thrilled they talked me into this at DavidsTea. And they said it’s even better cold (Even better?! Is that possible?)
It’s just amazing. Not too sweet, not too sour-limey. Perfection.
Nothing like a little Lime Gelato to start off what promises to be a crazy Monday.
The lovely lady who packaged up what seemed like a million samples at DavidsTea yesterday convinced me to try this one. Lime isn’t usually something I gravitate towards but I’m actually quite excited to try it.
And success! Tastes just like it smells. Delish! I’m loving the yogurt taste with the apple. Definitely a treat tea for me but that warrants having it around all the time. I may upgrade this one to my permanent collection.
Update: Ahh, even better when it’s slightly cooled!
Whoops. I have a curdled almond milk and Forever Nuts Latte.
It’s still alright. At least it’s not chunky the way that milk curdles. It tastes like nuts and apple and cinnamon, the way I would expect.
Still not my most favourite tea, but I got sucked into buying it on mega sale last year and, well, totally forgot that it’s not my favourite.
I was reading tasting notes, and Christina mentioned mixing this tea with something else to change the aftertaste. She suggested Creme Caramel Rooibos, which I don’t have, so I mixed 1 tbsp this with 1 tsp Sweet Temptation rooibos from Cornelia Bean.
And topped it with maple whipped cream, because when I have 1L whipping cream in the fridge I have NO resistance whatsoever. I must consume that deliciousness.
So. The tea. Yeah. That works nicely. The maple, the nougaty rooibos, the sweet nutty dessert flavour of Forever Nuts.
Just disappointed it didn’t brew up pink. Again. (I keep lol-ing at the rating. Why did I buy the 250g tin?!)
Edit: You know, sitting here sipping this, I think it’s the IDEA of the tea that I like, and so I keep drinking it hoping it will live up to my dreams. It’s OK, but it’s not ever as amazing as I hope.
Still not pink, but a tasty cup. Cinnamon, nuts, apples… really really good with some whipping cream.
Especially since I forgot about dinner and just baked an oaty jam crumble (use a very small amount of sugar in the oat mixture because jam is sweet! Also maybe an egg if you layer oats on the bottom) instead. Yep, this goes good with oats and jam! (Almost typed ham there. Hmm.)
I steeped this A Long Time, and added some coconut cream. When it was nice and hot it was sweet and creamy and delicious. Now that it’s cooling, it’s getting a little sour. So weird. Is it the almonds? The flavouring? What makes this tea go sour?! (I also steeped it in a ceramic travel mug, so it’s stayed pretty hot…)
I need to try a cold steep, I think. No room in my fridge right now though.