Show of hands – how many people here on Steepster know what a Nanaimo Bar is!?
This is the final new tea from the recent collection drop – thought it’s a Super Steeper exclusive for the time being. I remember getting into several long conversations with coworkers about this tea during the development of it. In Saskatchewan, where I’m from, Nanaimo Bars are huge – must cafes with homebaked goods will carry Nanaimo Bars and you absolutely cannot go to a potluck, Church dinner, family gathering or really any type of communal gathering over shared food without at least someone bringing Nanaimo Bars. They’re rich and custardy bars of sheer decadent delight.
Then I went and moved to Quebec where apparently, no one knows what the hell a Nanaimo Bar is. Sure, they’ll eat pies that are literally just fudge with pie crust – but a Nanaimo Bar!? Oh, that’s far too crazy and out there!! So there was a lot of back and forth about whether or not people would “get” this tea and understand what it’s meant to be. I have faith, though, that the reach of Nanaimo Bars is far greater than what people might expect. It’s a Canadian classic, and deserves to tried!
So what does the tea taste like!? Well, like its inspiration, it’s definitely rich! The chocolate is certain stage but it’s supported by a mixture of creamy custard, coconut, and nuttier notes with just a faint hint of roast from the yerba mate in the blend. I do think it’s a bit less custardy in flavour than an actual Nanaimo Bar, and a bit more nutty – with a distinct almond note that sometimes pops up in the sip. However, it’s spiritually right on the mark – and I think fans of this Canadian treat will appreciate this interpretation.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.