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Made this iced and hot and despite the lack of actual blueberry in the leaf I was surprised to find it has a nice blueberry pie flavor. However, for my tastes, I found the base to be overpowering.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/10/07/blueberry-pie-from-davids-tea/
As 2017 quickly approaches, I went through my teas again to determine teas for my sipdown box. That meant I pulled all the teas from 2016 or earlier and tossed them into the box. I also pulled teas that are in shitty packaging since I don’t trust those to last as long. This was among the teas in the former category and with only a teaspoon left, it was an easy finish.
This has white chocolate in it so it does get a touch of that oil on top, however, in the case of this cup, it is more visible to the eye than the mouthfeel which is good. Tastewise this is sweet. Sweet rooibos that blends with the other flavors to be a bit caramel-like that goes well with what I would call “a bit of a cakey vibe” . However, rather than Red Velvet, it is more generic dessert tea than anything and though it is enjoyable, it is not worth restocking, especially when I can easily obtain DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake which is very similar and far more nostalgic.
Picked up a sample of this one a while back because frankly I’m kind of just attracted to anything with pear in it…
I brewed this one up with milk, and it was quite lovely! I kind of hadn’t realized that it had ginger in it, but that’s ok one of the few things that I think ginger really pairs well with is pear so it actually worked splendidly! The pear was really sweet and juicy, and quite smooth and the mix of ginger and cinnamon added both a nice warming spice component and a little bit of a more festive/winter kind of feel. Also tasted a little bit like poached pear! I was really, really feeling it!
I doubt I’m gonna be placing a TeaTazxi order for a long while – and generally speaking they’re more of my go to for flavoured rooibos blends but this is a tea that I could 100% see myself ordering! It was actually such a good pear tea! Like om nom nom good!
So, it’s like seven at night – not morning, but this still makes for a nice tea. I have no clue why TeaTaxi’s tea names are so weird; but there’s definitely something special about them. I hear a tea named “Binge Watching” or “Daddy Cool” and one of the first thoughts in my head is I wonder if that’s from TeaTaxi?
I think this really does a great job of capturing the feeling/taste of a berry muffin, though! One of my biggest complaints with muffin teas in general has been that they don’t capture the fluffy, buttery taste that a muffin needs and just focus on the “flavour”. Like, you can’t just make a blueberry tea and tack muffin on the end of it and expect that to convey a blueberry muffin. Yes, looking at you – DAVIDsTEA! So yeah: buttery muffin notes totally done and done well here! I think the base choice probably helps a lot.
As for the berries/flavour? Strongest one in my opinion is the cranberry, but it’s nice to get a little of that sweet tartness up against the buttery and honeyed taste of the rooibos base/muffin. Also, I usually just love cranberry teas in general. It’s a good fruit for tea blends. Other than the cranberry, there’s a relatively substantial amount of blueberry, which adds to the plump/juicy berry flavours and provides a little more sweetness. Cranberry and blueberry are a good match up; you have a tarter berry paired with a sweeter one. It’s like two musical notes from the same chord but one is a high note (cranberry) and one is a lower note (blueberry). Or, at least that’s how I see it in my head. Harmonious, complimentary, but separate. I hope that makes sense to someone other than just me…
But yes – good berry muffin tea! Well executed, and a lot of interesting stuff going on in terms of flavour. Would recommend this one.
Getting in some sipdowns before my orders start showing up. I know I have some time but best to start early.
I was sad my sample of this was only two teaspoons since I was hoping to try this iced and hot and it would have been easier with one more teaspoon. Instead I just dumped the whole thing in a filter and steeped it hot. Then got distracted and I am drinking it cold.
It reminds me of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon rooibos which means it would have likely been good as a cold brew. The mint is a nice touch though it does lessen the chiffon vibe a bit. I would potentially get more of this if I were placing a TeaTaxi order.
This tastes just like DT’s Birthday cake, except they’ve added white chocolate chips. I can’t taste anything resembling white chocolate, but it is still a good blend. I don’t normally drink teas with dairy in it, but since I received this sample in a tea exchange and didn’t buy it myself, I figured I might as well use it up. Considering I can’t taste the white chocolate, it seem to me an unnecessary ingredient.
As for the flavour, it resembles caramel, cake frosting, and vanilla. It definitely is very palatable by itself, but it also does well as a latte. I have one more cup’s worth of leaf left (~1 tsp) and will probably drink it tonight to accomplish today’s sipdown goal.
This blend is safe for those who dislike rooibos. The honeybush is pleasant and not woody.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Frosting, Sweet
From last week.
I was kind of craving this one all day, and when I got home from work I got to experience different ‘levels’ of satisfaction. The first was grabbing the tin from the shelf and cracking the top open to scoop the leaf – that rush of escaping almond/marzipan aroma was a small level of satisfaction that only served to deepen the cravings. Like when someone is cooking supper and you’re really hungry. The smell of the cooking food is like “Oh, fuck yeah – I’m gonna eat that soon and it smells SO good” but also it just makes you more impatient.
The next level of satisfaction is pouring the boiling water over the tea leaf and having the smell of the steeping tea fill the kitchen. That’s kind of like the moments where your dishing yourself up at the dinner table knowing you’re about to eat right away. The marzipan notes filling my kitchen were delightful! I knew I had made the right choice with the tea selection, and I was ready.
However the biggest level of satisfaction is that first sip where you just cant help but let slip that little “ahhhh” as if to say “yes, everything is perfect now” as your whole body just kind of releases and you slip into bliss. Because you didn’t realize it, but as you were dishing yourself up, your body was tensing in anticipation for what was about to come. Those first bites, or in this case, first sips, are the fucking best.
Flavors: Almond, Honey, Marzipan
Grabbed this one around a month ago when I was looking at adding more rooibos/caffeine free options to my cupboard. The name is what originally caught my attention; it’s really weird, and I still don’t understand what the inspiration behind it was?
Visually, this is a really pretty tea – it’s got snowflake sprinkles (a pun on the “cool” part of the name?), shiny silver ball sprinkes, and almond and fruit chunks. I think what I’m most excited about in terms of flavour is the possibility of an almond/fruit tea that doesn’t also include spices. For example, I like DT’s Alpine Punch and Sleigh Ride blends but they’re very similar to me and I’d like something in the same flavour family but with a more simple profile. Dry aroma is very, very heavy on the almond.
Steeped up? I’m a little disappointed that I can’t taste the papaya at all. That said, I did get my wish in terms of a simple flavour profile because this is like 90% just the flavour of almond/marzipan with like 10% rooibos base undertones. I think when I get used to the fact this is just a really almond heavy flavour I’ll enjoy it a lot, but right now I’m a touch disappointed. It’s smooth though, and a little creamy with good body and sweetness proportions. Likely would make for a good latte, or now that we’re getting into the winter season an eggnog latte?
Yeah; I’m down with that idea.
Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/mSeavLw703I
Grabbed this one as a sample because I was craving this sort of Pina Colada flavouring a lot; and I was like 99% sure I was really going to love it. I didn’t get a full size of it though ‘cause at the moment I’m a little more focused on trying flavoured teas that are more unique to me and I have tried a million different Pina Colada flavoured tea – especially on a rooibos base. So I was pretty sure this wouldn’t be anything new to me.
I was right on all accounts; this wasn’t anything new to me in terms of those sort of pina colada blends but I did really enjoy it! It was very fresh in terms of flavour and I loved how rich the coconut was compared to the bright, liveliness of the pineapple which was more of a ‘bouncing’ top not flavour that I really felt on the roof of my mouth. The coconut was more of a coating sensation, which I experienced in the body of the sip, and then well lingering in the finish. It really worked well for me!
Also, it REALLY satisfied that pina colada tea craving I had without leaving me with an excessive amount of it on hand. A good treat!
I was going to write a Sororitea Sisters review for this but then I got sidetracked looking at recipes and didn’t really pay attention so instead, as I sip on the last little bit of the hot tea, I figure I will write here that this is actually very good. A whole lot of creamy lemon flavor. The base adds floral notes which boost the lemon here which is creamy. I also made this iced and it is a lot of the same. For those that like creamy lemon teas, this is actually a very nice one to explore.
Finished this one off earlier this week, as my morning/breakfast tea. I thought the stronger profile/caffeine level mixed with the fruity elements would be a nice start to the morning and I was right.
We had a wicked wind storm the night before I drank this one and the morning of. Like, I live across from a small park and the wind was so bad that one of the boughs/limbs on the tree in the center of the park snapped off. It sounded really scary/intense and it was totally unexpected so it freaked me the fuck out. It sounded like a HUGE crack of thunder, but there was no rain/water or anything…
Anyway, point is that while I sipped on this I also storm watched. That’s one of my favourite things to do: we have a huge living room window with a bench under it so I’ll sit on the bunch in the comfort of my house and watch nature do it’s amazing, beautiful and sometimes scary thing.
This was actually really delicious though! Very, very strong flavours/full bodied profile overall. It was really, really earthy from the pu’erh but that was easily matched by a really bright, sweet strawberry flavour that was like a mix of overripe strawberries, strawberry candy, and strawberry jams. Just like, strawberry to the core. It’s almost weird how well that sort of sweet, vibrant flavour compliments the deep, intense earthy flavour of the pu’erh. It worked, though! Like, really well. The mango was a lot more subtle in flavour; but I liked the sweetness of it as well. Flavour wise, it was like being pleasantly assaulted with strawberry/pu’erh and then just as that attack is starting to ease up the mango just runs up to you and… waves? Like, “Yes, hello I’m here too! Don’t forget about me!”. That’s it though; just the reminder that it’s there – no impact.
Still, really liked this one and the mixture of opposing flavours coming together in a complimentary way. It was a good morning option, for sure! I also feel like there’s LOTS of potential for this to be a really nice latte, too. Don’t know that I’d want it in a large quantity, but if I was already going to be ordering from TeaTaxi? Yeah, I’d totally add in another sample to revisit it.
A Christmas Night unlike any other. The expected orange and clove is no where to be found in this christmas blend. This is a black tea with ice cream bits and chocolate and strawberry pieces and it smells just like a strawberry milkshake.
I had a whole 25 gram sample to work with so I made this plain, as a latte, and as a smoothie. Though this tea was unique relative to the many Christmas teas on the market, different doesn’t necessarily mean better.
Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/09/01/christmas-night-from-tea-taxi/.
Thank you for the tea VariaTEA! I’ve been putting off trying because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it; but I’ve been feeling especially stuffy/had a sore throat today so I thought it was a good day to give it a shot.
It reminds me really strongly of DAVIDsTEA’s Throat Rescue blend, with some of the peppery/spice elements of Pick Me Up, the sick tea that they did last year with the yerba mate base. It’s very fennel/licorice root heavy in flavour and normally I don’t know that I’d be really into that but it’s very soothing on my throat right now, and I appreciate that. Lots of spice and mint in the body of the profile; tons of peppermint and a mix of clove/cardamom and savory tulsi. The saffron peaks through in the finish; it’s warming and a very interesting spice component alongside that sweet licorice root profile.
I wouldn’t drink this on a regular basis – but for today and for being sick in general?
Totally works for me!
Thank you VariaTEA for sending this one my way! I was interested to try it for sure; anything with caramel typically catches my eye, and I’m not one to shy away from caffeine either!
I made this one hot, and then added a fair bit of milk to it as well. The flavour was really nice and smooth; obviously sweet caramel notes, but also the sweetness of like condensed milk which I’m sure was exaggerated by my addition of milk in the first place . The mate base was very roasty, which almost made it just a little coffee like, as well as toasty and nutty. It was a really nice compliment to the overall caramel sweetness.
This wasn’t really anything fancy, and I’ve definitely tried similar teas before too – but I enjoyed it a lot for what it was and I’m thankful I got to try it!