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Ok… strange. I thought that I’d give this a second chance, and it’s a good thing I did?
It’s still a fruity cinnamon mess, but this time the cinnamon balances better with the fruit – I don’t actually mind it! And yes, this would be much better if it were iced.
Guess I don’t need to dump this on someone after all – I’ve only got 25g or so – I can save it as a before bed-tea when I want to mix things up. I must have really destroyed it last time by steeping it for 7 minutes – and steeping it a second time didn’t fix it.
Upping the rating from 33.
Steeped it for 4 minutes this time and the cinnamon is less overwhelming. I still don’t care for this tea though…
Once I figure out how I would ship tea to people (baggies in a padded envelope?), I’ll likely put this on my trade list. There has to be someone who will like it, right? But for now I just have a lot of other teas to enjoy and life is too short!
I bought this as a 2/$5 dealie without reading all the reviews first. :| Maybe that was a bad idea?
I opened it up and it smelled pretty good. The cinnamon smelled good but it was the main thing I could smell.
I accidentally steeped it for the max recommended time: 7 minutes. When I came back to it I could tell that the hibiscus had overpowered it! I know hibiscus has a bad rep here, and to be honest I don’t really mind it (in some teas), but it’s completely overpowered this blend. Bleh. I’m getting an extremely tart mixture of cinnamon and flowers – not exactly the relaxing OMG-the baby-is-finally-sleeping-it’s-almost-time-for-bed beverage I was hoping for. I forced myself through a few sips, but now it’s going down the drain.
I’ll hold off on rating it until I try to brew it again at 4 minutes! If that doesn’t work, maybe I’ll ice it?
So let me preface this review by saying that I don’t like cake. Correction: I don’t like the TEXTURE of cake. Throughout my childhood I spent countless parties scraping the frosting off the cake and discarding the rest. It’s not that I disliked how it tasted; in fact, I loved it! Especially vanilla cake… but I couldn’t get past the texture, and I still can’t today. Not I finally have the best of both worlds. I have cake in a cup. Not just cake, but vanilla cake with caramel and maple frosting. With sprinkles on top. Let’s just say I’m a BIG fan. It’s sweet, it’s bold, it’s creamy and delicious. It’s caffeine-free to boot so I can have my delicious dessert before going to bed. :) Happy, happy day!
Brazillionaire, ah what can I say about this tea that isn’t cruel…
First I will start by saying it is a great tea, I have yet to get a bad tea from Davids, but there have been a couple that I am just not a fan of, this was one of them.
Dry this black tea has a very nutty smell to it, this smell really never does go away during the brewing or consuming process which is probably what turned me off from it.
The final brew is golden brown and very clear, it retains the potent nut smell right to the end. It also has a very nutty taste that I really wasn’t jiving on.
This was the first ‘nut-based’ tea that I have sampled and it certainly wasn’t for myself. The tea was great for sure but my own flaws left me not enjoying the taste so much, definitely suited to those who like trail mixes or other high concentration of nuts.
Who would have though such a small fruit could taste so big!
Kiwi’s big adventure is currently the reining champ in my Green tea book at the moment, I absolutely enjoy drinking this tea, it honestly reminds me of Kool Aid.
Dry this tea is loaded with all sorts of stuff it almost looks like something you would feed a rabbit, but I wouldn’t suggest wasting this awesome tea like that! It has a pleasing citrus and kiwi smell that is evident immediately when opening a tin. Brewed it is a very light tea that gives off a very sweet smelling kiwi aroma, you may actually want to pour it on yourself, again not recommended!
The final brew is a fairly light coloured tea with a slight green hue, at first I wasn’t sure I had brewed it properly until I tasted it. WOW is all I can say for a very soft and light looking tea this stuff pack enormous flavor.
I drink this one with 1-2 tsp of sugar depending on my mood and it always brightens my day up, for me it’s an instant flashback to being a kid drinking kiwi-lime Kool Aid without a care in my head. Could certainly be consumed without sweeteners and it would still be delicious. If you like citrus and sweet teas you have to try this tea at some point you will not regret it.
Dare I say this is the perfect travel mug? Well some may not agree with me but I think its perfect!
I purchased my Noble for two reasons:
1) I am geek at heart and it looks like it should be in a science lab!
2) I was tired of my inferior metal mug leaking from the bottom for some weird reason.
But believe it or not reason # 1 is pretty much the main reason I purchased this mug! I like being able to brew tea’s on the go and I have never been a fan of the crap left behind from tea balls, so the noble seemed like a good choice.
Since my previous mug was only able to be filled at home for the most part a travel mug with an infuser was a must. After getting it I have started little tea stashes at friends homes and at work so all my frequent places have at least one serving of most of my teas on hand, it’s blissful.
I opted for the Bamboo lid Noble as I found it looked a little more refined and classy, but regardless of your choice all the Noble mugs are nice little pieces of artwork, empty they look great, full they can turn heads.
I highly recommend this for the on the go tea head, would make an awesome gift for a tea head as well.
Blueberry Jam caught my eye on a trip to Davids one day. I took a smell of the tea and pretty much said “Oooooh” being loaded with Blueberries it really does smell like Blueberry Jam, I was sold!
Dry this black tea actually looks like freeze dried blueberries with a little bit of black tea leaves mixed in, certainly not a bad thing, and of course smells like blueberry jam. Brewed the beverage takes on some of the colour of the blueberries and of course still has a very distinct blueberry flavour.
The final brew is very dark with a slight purple hue from all the blueberries, that tell tale blueberry smell is still there and well what do you know it taste’s like blueberries!
This tea is exactly what it claims to be, its hard to really write much on it as it name really describes it perfectly. It goes really great with a buttered bagel for breakfast. Without sweetener it tastes great but if you used to eat the sweeter style of jams (Smuckers) add a tsp or two of sugar and you will feel at home.
Santa’s Secret…I don’t really know where to start with this one, I can’t figure out any puns that suit this seasonal holiday tea. I can assure you that you could easily compare a drinking a mug of this to drinking a mug of Christmas.
Dry the tea is your typical black tea, contrasting the dark tea leaves are little mini candy canes. It has a very light and basic aroma of peppermint that is quite subtle on the nose. Brewed this tea will treat you to a golden brown brew that is very clear and clean. It has only what I can call a Christmas smell when brewed, definitely peppermint but other tones give it a unique smell.
The final brew is delicious you can certainly taste the peppermint in it, it is great without any sweetener, but I think a little bit really brings it to life giving it that real candy cane like feeling.
This is a very sweet tea, so some drinkers may want to take that into consideration. Certainly worth grabbing some while it is in season as it will probably be hard to get sick of this tea, stock up while you can because you may develop cravings in the middle of June!
I LOVE this tea. You really get a lot of the pumpkin flavour, but with hints of vanilla and spice that are perfectly balanced. A HUGE thanks to LadyChai who gave a 100g tin of this tea to nerdswing and I, and as a result making lovers of this tea out of us. It’s absolutely delicious and sweet on its own. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because it doesn’t hold up well to additional steepings. Even the second steeping was not nearly as falvourful as the first, and the third was just hot water. But a delicious treat none-the-less, and I will definitely be keeping this tea in my cupboard consistently thanks to some (rubber) arm-twisting from the lovely LadyChai. :)
I couldn’t stand the thought of having to drink another cup of this cinnamon hibiscus symphony to chaoskampf again. I guess I disliked it a lot more than previously thought. I only had a mug’s worth left of it so I ate it, instead. You know what? I think I like it better this way! Tart hibiscus, spicy cinnamon, buttery popcorn, nutty nuts, fruity fruit… Yes, not bad like this.
Maybe this is not so much a tea tasting note…
I don’t even know how to begin describing the scent that this mad array of ingredients gives off. It’s cinnamon spiced fruits and nuts with a roasted quality and, overall, comes across as some kind of candied roast mixture. It smells good, crazy but good. The items in this herbal blend are similar to the Kanpe herbal concoction and Forever Nuts.
Steeped, it smells like Forever Nuts, which reminds me of hot cheros. I am getting a lot of the hibiscus. It seems strange to have something at once be so tart and fruity and yet so nutty, spiced and roasted. It ends on a sweet & sour note in the back of the mouth, and tingly cinnamon and puckering cheeks. The notes in the sip go “zing”, than melting smooth, than “zing” again… is this herbal tea playing “Jingle Bells” on my tongue? Maybe if I drink it differently it will play a different tune?
Crazy, crazy Christmas tea.
It’s a bit weak for my tastes. Drinks like chocolate chip cookie dough with lots of chocolate chips. The scent of the dry leaves reminds me of chocolate liquor.
It’s best as a latte as that’s when the nutty ingredients and brittle flavour mix with the dairy to give an overall impression of clumpy, sweet, dough. When I went to visit my parents on the mainland I added some caramel toffee syrup to the latte and ended up giving the cup to my mother. She loved it.Despite its light flavour, the tea is rich like its namesake. It’s Milky, sweet, nutty, and noticeably chocolate geared. It imitates raw cookie dough very well but I’d rather eat the real thing.
I went to visit my old roommate, who happens to work at David’s Tea, the other day and really went overboard on buying samples (and mugs). I’ve found a new way to waste resources and procrastinate: hold heat-sensitive mug under hot water, while turning it slightly. The colour change lasts longer if a hot substance is actually in the mug so I promise I won’t do that horrible thing too often.
Most of the samples I picked up were winter teas but I also grabbed a few non-seasonal deviants under ex-roomie’s “persuasive” coaxing. Big Apple was one of the deviant teas; along with Buddha’s Blend. She was a huge advocate for Big Apple but told me that it’s tricky steep and should be left in cooler waters than suggested. With that tidbit I steeped Big Apple around the 70 Celsius mark.
Big Apple smells so strongly of apple that it should be no shock that it also tastes like apple. The exciting factors are the hints of vanilla and unidentified spice (cinnamon or nutmeg) that I get. The tea gives an overall impression of apple pie with ice cream or some other baked apple dessert. It’s buttery and gooey light like a doughy crust or melted ice cream. Cream white goes into a soft green spice and end with a fruity, teasingly tart, apple. I feel like I’m drinking a baked and generously buttered spiced apple, especially when it cools down. Aftertaste is mostly apple. No astringency at all.
At about 5 min with estimated 70-82 C water, the second steep still has some apple flavour and a mushy vanilla note but I’m not picking up as much spice, only the softest of coatings! The liquid still gives off the scent of spiced apple but the aftertaste has creamy white tea with a toned down apple. Third steep is very diluted but Faintly fruity and very buttery leaves.
I haven’t had Mom’s Apple Pie or Movie Night in a while but this reminds me vaguely of both of them. Big Apple is much more buttery than the former and doesn’t taste as oily and weak (tea-wise) as the later. I have to try it at the actual recommended temperature, but for now I’m satisfied with this tea.
Fantasy Island was not as big of a Fantasy for me as I thought it would be, the tea was originally part of Davids spring collection I believe it was; however it was brought on as a full time tea I am assuming due to popularity. This is another good one for coconut lovers.
Dry this tea will look a lot like Stormy Night; however instead of chunks of chocolate it has chunks of raspberry. Coconut flakes are just as prevalent as in stormy night. It has a nice soft coconut and berry smell to it that remains throughout steeping. Brewing this tea will reward you with a dark aromatic brew again quite similar to Stormy Night expect minus the cinnamon this time around.
The final brew is moderately delicious I found it required sweetening to be up to my standards; however as I have mentioned before I have a slightly overly active sweet tooth. I generally do not add milk to my tea’s; however I found this one more enjoyable with a small splash of 2%.
Push comes to shove this is a good tea, I am not sure where it sits in my book as I do drink it daily but it isn’t one I have grown to love or hate so its still up in the air if I will replace this tin when it runs out. But certainly worth grabbing a sample pack to try out and see if it is worth it for you.
TIP: Mix equal parts of Stormy Night and Fantasy Island and steep for 4 minutes at 96*C and enjoy yourself a cup of my own creation, I call it “A Stormy Night on Fantasy Island” the girls at the local Davids got a kick out of that. It tastes great mostly because the teas are so similar that it works out great.
Buddha’s Blend, yeah Davids should look at renaming this green/white tea mixture to Fuzzy Peaches! Anyone who enjoyed the candies as a kid can tell you this tea smells EXACTLY like Fuzzy Peaches, the taste isn’t too far off either.
Dry the tea has small leaves, only by appearance, and white hibiscus flowers add the contrast to this otherwise dark colored tea. As mentioned the smell is identical to that of fuzzy peaches candies. Brewed the tea is extremely light and clear still retaining that slight fuzzy peach smell.
The final beverage is a tasty tea, sweet but not overly, may or may not require sweeteners depending on your taste. Certainly a tea that you could drink all day long and not get tired of, everyone I know that has tired it so far has enjoyed it, even my 4 year old niece.
Overall this is certainly a tea that you should have in your collection, its a great tea to have when you need an ‘emotional’ pick me up and the soft sweet flavor is hard to get tired of. I haven’t tried but it would probably make an awesome iced tea.
CAUTION: This tea does NOT like being over steeped and certainly does not like warm water. First time I brewed it I used water at about 86*C and it steeped for probably 2.5 minutes and the tea was actually fairly bitter, very sensitive tea.
Stormy Night will entice you with the scent of coconut and cinnamon but it’s the chocolate that will seal the deal for you. This was the first tea I purchased from DavidsTea, being a big fan of black tea and a big fan of chocolate I figured it was worth the shot, and overall I will say I like it though it didn’t really blow me out of the water.
Dry the tea has small leaves is very dark with some contrast added in by the coconut flakes and chocolate chunks. It has a strong cinnamon scent with light coconut undertones. Brewing the tea takes on a dark appearance and has a strong cinnamon smell.
The final beverage is your standard black tea color, very dark, lots of cinnamon can be seen floating around in the drink, the smell kind of reminds of hot chocolate a bit, more so if you add milk.
Stormy night will certainly appeal to the chocolate and cinnamon lovers out there, but be warned it is a fairly strong flavored tea (heavy cinnamon) so people that do not like explosions of flavor may find this tea too much. Fans of chocolate milk and hot apple cider will feel right at home with this tea. It is one of my personal favorites to enjoy on an actual stormy night as it seems to make me care less that it is raining!
This was one of my most recent Davids purchases, and I must say it has seriously damaged me! This tea honestly taste’s like chocolate chip cookie dough, I am not sure what kind of witchcraft DavidsTea used to create this blend but it is AMAZING, currently holds the spot as my favorite tea to drink and I generally sway more towards Black Teas.
First cup I totally didn’t pay attention to the direction on the tin and brewed it as a gentle white tea (82*C for 2 minutes) not realizing it was a longer steep time and hotter temperature; however I was still rewarded with a great drink.
Dry the tea has quite large leaves of varying colours, large pieces of walnuts, lots of chocolate shavings and other bits of goodies for the flavoring. It has a mild smell to it that reminds me of the old candy shops from when I was a kid, very sweet and aromatic.
Brewing it looks like a jungle in your steeper, if you can see it! The smell is exactly that of cookies just put into the oven. WARNING brewing in the office place will cause mass confusion, take caution!
The final beverage really doesn’t need to be sweetened but I have a sweet tooth so I generally add a tsp or two of sugar to my teas, I added two to this brew and I thought I was drinking cookie dough. Its a nice lighter brown brew, thanks to the chocolate, that I actually prefer a smidgen cooler then most hot teas as it really gives the impression of a warm cookie right out of the oven.
Overall this tea is a home run in my books, bad news is its a seasonal tea so that means stocking up is required for the times when it isn’t available. If you are not a fan of sweet teas do not go near this one at all as you will probably dislike it, otherwise be prepared to become addicted after your first cup!
I purchased the Steeper because I was sick of crap escaping from the old tea ball so it was time for an upgrade. I was in at Davids satisfying my horrible addiction for teas when I saw it sitting on their shelf, I quickly checked it out and was impressed. Then the girl behind the counter made me a tea and showed me exactly how it worked, I was sold when the tea in the cup was clean as a bell. The unique factor of it also helped push the sale, certainly worth it if you are brewing multiple cups a day. Only downside is it needs to be cleaned fast if you brew a potent tea otherwise it will really stick into the plastic, but this isn’t a design flaw from Davids just the power of Tea in general.
This was a sample I received from David’s Tea with my last order. Last night my sister stayed the night. We had a few drinks and things got a little crazy! And I still always wake up at 7 am no matter what went on the night before. Go figure. I opted for this tea because I wanted to make a single cup without being too disruptive.
I’m not sure if something went wrong here or not. This cup doesn’t taste very strong at all. It’s like cinnamon water. Where’s the black tea base? I don’t taste it at all. Maybe there was too little leaf in that package for a full mug of tea? I guess on the resteep I’ll try less water and see what happens.
I do have to say I absolutely adore the sparkly gold liquor though! I love love love gold glitter. Eye makeup, nail polish, and tea too I guess! Although I don’t think I’ll be ordering this one…