761 Tasting Notes
This tea was kind of meh. I had high hopes for it, but it just felt a little bit weak. Maybe I need more leaf. It tasted fine, but I mostly only picked up on the cinnamon notes. I’ll try more leaf next time. I noticed it said 1tsp per 6-8oz of water, and I used my 12oz mug. I used a heaping tsp, so I figured that would be enough. I’ll try 2tsp next time.
I can’t recall if I have ever had this one before, but I have no notes listed, so it is possible. It is also possible I have had it and never made a note.
I am having this straight. No milk, no sugar, no additives at all. And it is actually sweet enough for me this way. There is cane sugar in this pretty high up, plus the chocolate bits, so I’m sure that is why I am ok as is (though I still prefer to add my own sweetener thank you very much DAVIDs!). That said, it is on the artificial side. I wonder if milk in this would tame that aspect of it. I have a small sample that I can try it with. I might try to resteep with the existing leaves and try, though it may be less flavour all over this way.
Aside from the slight artificial notes, it is a creamy feeling tea. My guess is that the chocolate chips are providing this. They are also providing an oil slick on top of the tea. While I know some people are bothered by this, I’m not. It isn’t super pretty to look at, but meh…whatever. I’m not fussed. It’s just tea. It doesn’t really reflect the taste much, if at all.
I was admittedly nervous at trying, given the hibiscus listed, but it is really low down, and I do feel it lends a slight tartness to the raspberry component. It is not actually that terrible in this, and not a bully at all. If anything, the artificial notes override and bad hibby ones.
As for the pie aspect…nope, not getting any whatsoever. I can feel like I smell some kind of graham crust, but I can’t really taste it. Well, maybe just a teensy bit as the tea cools down. I think it is mixed with the artificial notes.
So the big question is whether or not I will buy more of this once my sample is out. I think the verdict is yes, despite the bit of artificial taste. What it has going for it that is important to me is that it is free of stevia or blackberry leaves, licorice or anything like it, and flowers like rose or jasmine. I am finding it really hard with so many new teas from DAVIDs having stevia or blackberry leaves. I’m mildly allergic (more sensitive than anything) to the stevia…it can be a headache.migraine trigger, and makes me feel like throwing up in an acid reflux kind of way. Also in its favour is that it is caffeine free and I am all about trying to monitor how much caffeine I have a day, and since I like tea, finding alternatives is good (even if not true tea). It also uses green rooibos, which I vastly prefer over the red.
I had this yesterday. I had no idea what I was tasting. as I’ll be honest and say I have not had this tea in a long time, and this was a sip down. I actually had I straight and it went down incredibly smooth. If I had had more, I might have maple latted this. Or just used a touch of organic cane sugar and milk. I really need to get back to Janet’s…been a long time since my last visit.
Finally got around to having this one. I wanted to like it.The whole time I am sipping it I am thinking, something tastes strange…is there hibiscus in this? Why yes, yes there is. Even though Buiki’s use of hibiscus has always been on the conservative side (good move), I can’t help but feel like it covered up the mango flavour and white tea flavours. I am still happy I got to try this rare custom blend tea.
It’s hard for me to say whether I like this tea, as I am not usually a mint tea fan. But I am a chocolate tea fan. I love the look of the tea, with the little white snowflakes. I like that it is an herbal tea, and I like that I need minimal, if any sugar at all. I like that it takes milk well. I’m just not sure if I actually LIKE the tea. Part of me is compelled to keep making it, and part of me wants to steep this in milk and use it as the base for hot chocolate. Part of met feels it is too minty and too artificial with the chocolate…artificial tasting has been a theme of a lot of the flavoured blends from Davids lately.
So I don’t know, do I like it? I’ll definitely finish my sample. Will I buy more? Who is to say…
I decided to try this one again, after being underwhelmed last year. I will say that I am trying to have more green teas, and especially ones that may be more comforting in the cold outside, as I tend to go heavy and black in winter. I had hoped that maybe this would have the body and comfort of a black tea, yet as a green. In some ways it does. I absolutely love marzipan, which is why I wanted to try this again.
I have played with varying amounts of leaf, and find that going heavier on the leaf pulls more of the almond marzipan out. At the same time, there is an artificial taste that surfaces. I am really not sure how I feel about this tea. I want to be able to get it to work. I’m just not sure it wants to work with me.
I’m pretty undecided about this one. Although I love chocolate and nut teas, I have been having issues with the chocolate in Davids Teas for at least a year, with them tasting weird…is it the alcohol taste others have mentioned? I am not sure. I definitely like this one better than Coffee Cake (belch!), but I am not sure I can call it a favourite of the collection either.
My initial steep was plain, with no milk or sugar. When I had it yesterday with milk as a latte, it was a little bland, so maybe a smidge of sugar would have helped a bit? I do have more to try. I’ve been trying to have more teas without sugar, but I feel some are better with some. That said, David’s Teas are now mostly sweet enough for me to have without sugar, which I am happy about. I have been cutting my sugar use gradually over the last few years and I was at a little bit of a plateau for a loooong time, so it is good to have progressed further, but I feel like when I do add sugar, I am regressing back to needing it sweeter. Still, progress is progress, and I am proud of myself for coming as far as I have. And I have to remind myself of this when I do choose to use sugar in my tea…I try to use less than I had been before, which makes me feel less guilty.
Anyway, I am still undecided on this and will leave it unrated for now.