326 Tasting Notes
I’d frankly kind of forgotten about this until I stumbled upon it while searching for a herbal tea that would be good hot/I haven’t had recently. I’m glad I found it because this is a really good evening blend. Very, very sweet — it reminds me of a sticky bun with raisins, cinnamon, and LOTS of brown sugar — yet it manages to not be sickly. Slight notes of melted dark chocolate (prominent at first, but faded as the cup went on) and dried apricot. In my first tasting note for this I mentioned a slight woodiness from the rooibos, but I didn’t get any of that in this cup. I probably wouldn’t even have guessed it was a rooibos if I didn’t know better. Very enjoyable.
Flavors: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Pastries, Raisins, Sweet
Rich, malty, and pretty much like drinking multi-grain bread (which is nothing to complain about — you can’t go wrong with bread). Heavy oat notes and a hint of honey. This cup was heavier than I remember, which I found surprising as I shortened the steep time. Still more astringent than I would like. It’s similarity to Nepal Black means I won’t miss this one, but it made for some nice cups.
Flavors: Bread, Grain, Honey, Malt, Oats
This is the tea that defies everything I knew about my tea preferences. I wasn’t even planning on trying this based on my strong dislike of Pom Tango and growing aversion to hibiscus teas. Add to that the presence of stevia AND rooibos and how could this tea be anything but horrible? However, it happened to be on sample and you don’t say no to samples. Well this is actually really good! Kind of a Minute Maid fruit punch vibe to it. It is sweet (and I would still have preferred if there wasn’t stevia in it, but it doesn’t ruin it) and more like drinking juice than tea, but it’s got a strong refreshing flavour that’s exactly what you want sometimes.
Having read that this brews up weak, I decided to use more “leaf” than typically would: 10tsp for 1L, it’s practically half the bag! A pity because this is really good. Fruity and definitely watermelon-y with some other melon notes in the background. Something kind of strange too, maybe the carrot. Maybe I’ll try a batch with less tea to see if the flavour is still nice, because as good as this is, it’s not worth the price.
Another sipdown of some of DAVIDs summer collection from last year. This time it was Hard Candy. I found last year this actually got a little bland for me so I decided to add a couple of teaspoons of Pink Passion-fruit. Now mixing teas can be a little hit or miss, but this pairing was awesome! My boyfriend and I chugged down almost the whole pitcher in a few hours, which is rare for us (him especially). If I’m lucky there might be a glass left for breakfast.
I decided to sipdown what I had left of Strawberry Colada but ended up mixing it with Mango Madness as I didn’t have much left and I’ve always found it a bit tart anyway. I guess I ended up using too much Mango Madness, as this is too sweet and orange-y for me. There’s still a fairly dominant strawberry taste, but I feel it was a bit of a waste. Ah well.
I went in to DAVIDs today expecting to buy a hot cup of their Lemon Pound Cake, but this one smelled so amazing I changed my mind (also swayed by the fact that it was almost 20 degrees out and this sounded better iced).
I really did like this one. Not as tart as I expected, but also not sickly sweet. I was a refreshing pick-me-up. The camomile is definitely there, but it blends with the raspberry well.
Not sure if I’d buy some, as I still have way too much tea, but it’s a great summer drink.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I tried a new tea :P
As far as this goes, I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s sweet. Like REALLY sweet. I don’t know if it would be better iced, because it really is quite syrupy. Definitely a strong pear tastes, but it also reminds me of bubblegum and banana candy.
Overall, okay, but not really my thing.
Flavors: Pear, Sweet