drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

Day 11 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar – Alpine Punch. I’ve been on a fairly sad run of teas lately with the DT calendar. Not being the biggest rooibos fan I out this one off for a few days before trying it. At first pre-brew sniff I thought it had some potential. Very coconut-y, which is good in my books, though I know it’s not for everyone. My main concern reading the ingredients list during steep time was the “natural and artificial almond cream flavouring”. Not almond flavouring, which can be a bit of a warning sign already, but almond cream flavouring. Having established a few days back in the advent calendar experience that the use of ‘cream’ by DT generally means this is something I am going to hate, my expectations were adjusted towards Low.

Upon lifting out the brewing basket, the first thing I smelled was those lovely spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper) followed quickly by that creaminess I was worried about. But, to my delight and surprise, that creamy note stays pretty pleasantly in its proper place as a base note and slight aftertaste. I think the spices and the woody rooibos really help to balance it out. Without those the almond, coconut, and apple would be just too dang much with the sweet and creaminess. But, with the addition of some spice, it all comes together very, very nicely!

I dig this tea & I am relieved and happy to come upon a Winner after a string of advent disappointments. Pretty decent odds I’ll actually purchase this one, lovely winter warmup tea!

Flavors: Apple, Coconut, Spices, Sweet, Wood

4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea lover, number cruncher, gin reaper, clown wrangler.

New to the world of tea, only been drinking it regularly for 2 years and spent the 1st year mostly just enjoying a few nice oolongs from a sampler someone gifted me and the odd breakfast assam, not experimenting really at all. My tastes are, overall, in tea and in life, both undeveloped and unrefined, though I have always tended towards unadulterated or, if flavoured, lighter fruity teas. Not a sweets person in general. Still discovering what I do/don’t like in the realm of tea. But when it comes to my other liquid love, gin, I do know I’m all about the herbaceous, the earthy, spice, citrus, and unexpected flavour profiles, but almost never sweet or floral. So, I’m gonna guess odds are that my taste in tea may prove to run along similar lines.

Joined Steepster largely to document my adventure into the world of potpourri dessert teas, also known as the 2017 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. Bought it on a whim & am ready for a journey of … some kind. Could be delightful discovery. Could be daily disappointments. We shall see!


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