451 Tasting Notes
My friend and I received this as a sample in our joint DAVIDsTEA order. We used up the entire thing to make a pot, which we then shared with her mother.
This tea has sweet smelling dry leaves that brew up to a dark gold color. Its taste reminds me of chocolate – it’s rich and sweet enough to drink without sugar. Adding some sugar brings out the chocolate notes more.
This tea is a fantastic breakfast tea. The mild flavor and caffeine kick are great for when you’re first waking up.
I wonder how this tea would be with some milk and/or brown sugar. Something to try for next time.
I ordered two of these (yay, two for $30 sale!) last week and was so excited when these arrived! My fiance told me that they hadn’t been delivered when I asked, but I came home to find a DAVIDsTEA box with a smiley face on it in our dining room. Silly prankster.
Anyway, I got one of the clear Perfect Mugs and one from the fall collection. The one from the fall collection is definitely my favorite -glass feels thick and sturdy. The clear Perfect Mug is made from very thin glass. It feels like a beaker you’d find in a Chemistry classroom. I’m really worried I’m going to smash it, and regret not buying two of the fall collection mugs because those seem to be sturdier.
So far though, that’s my only complaint. These mugs are genius! I love how easy the infuser baskets are to clean, and the micro holes mean my tea doesn’t escape while brewing! The mug is a good size, even if I had to add more loose leaf than I normally would to get the desired flavor. All in all, this is one gadget I look forward to getting more of.
The first time I made this I was underwhelmed. Mildly chocolatey, a hint of spiciness from the pink peppercorns. It wasn’t as much fun as it looked in the tin. I put it back into my cupboard and forgot about it.
In preparation for a new DAVIDsTEA order, I pulled this one out again. I used the last little bit from my sampler pack and brewed myself a travel mug-full to take to work. This time, after looking over some reviews, I added milk and some sugar to the mix. And … WOW! It’s chocolate with mint syrup. Thick, rich, an absolutely amazing dessert tea that satisfies my sweet tooth better than cookies or cake. Stunning. This one is going in my next DAVIDsTEA order.
This tea is gently sweet – perfect for drinking without milk or sugar. I love the look of the dry leaf with the colorful sprinkles! Definitely a happy-looking tea. Dry, it smells like cakey goodness, too, but the steeped taste is a different story. I get subtly sweet from this one, not birthday cake and frosting like I was hoping for. Not a bad tea, but not the dessert substitute I wanted.
The first steep of this smells medicinal, like cough syrup. While the taste isn’t bad, the smell is definitely off putting for a tea that’s supposed to mimic mint chocolate ice cream!
The second and third steepings are where this tea really shines. Gone is the medicinal overtone and all that’s left is a vaguely chocolate scent mixed in with mint. Mint is the predominant taste in these steepings, with the faintest background hint of cocoa. Absolutely delicious.
This is one of the Fall Collection teas I was so excited to try! Spice cake in a tea? Sign me up! I was sorely disappointed by this one though. It tastes like grain, the kind you feed to horses. It even smells like horse feed! I just barely got through the first cup. I made some more a few weeks ago, intent on finishing the little bit that I had. I oversteeped it and added some sugar. Definitely got more spicy heat, but the rest was much the same. This is a very flat tea that doesn’t deliver on its spice cake promises.
I took my friend to Teavana (only local tea shop that was open after work) to get her an infuser and some tea of her choice. She’s just gotten into tea and I wanted to further the interest.
We go in and spend a lot of time looking at the tea ware and cups. She selects an infuser she likes and we go up to the counter to check out some tea. There’s a salesgirl and a new employee being trained. I asked the salesgirl what the minimum purchase was and she told me 2 ounces. The trainee shows us about five different kinds of tea and my friend and I choose three that we’d like to take home.
“I’d like a half ounce of these two and an ounce of this one,” I tell the salesgirl who’s ringing us out.
“The minimum,” she informs me, condescension dripping from her words, “is two ounces per tea.”
So I bought my friend two ounces of this, the tea she had picked out, and left the other teas on the counter. Maybe I’ll go back at some point and have them in a to go cup.
This is a tea that is good hot or cold. We tried it first hot, and it was very melony and sweet, even without sugar. A very nice, light after dinner tea. As the cup cooled, more of the mint came out and complemented the melon flavors nicely. Cold steeped this tea is minty and fruity and refreshing in a bracing way. I like it better hot.
It steeps well – not the persnickity nightmare that is Strawberry Rose Champagne/Peach Tranquility. It also resteeps well … once. Anything more than that yields vaguely pink water with no flavor.
Another one from my trip to Davids in NYC. This one was love at first smell – it smells like fresh fruit straight from the garden, earthy and sweet. It’s a perfect breakfast tea – just steep and throw it in a travel mug! It tastes lightly fruity and the puerh base lends a heftiness to this tea. A very nice blend that I am definitely going to need more of!
This is hands down my favorite tea. I love the smell of the dry leaves -heavy citrus with a creamy finish. I love the color of the brewed tea – green and gold mixed together. And, finally, I love the taste. It tastes exactly like lime ice cream! I was shocked and impressed. After trying other dessert teas that didn’t live up to their delicious sounding names, this one was a real winner for me.
I even shared some with my coffee-loving friend and she fell in love! We placed a joint DAVIDsTEA order and made sure that we each got a bag of this. Absolutely splendid!
I picked up some of this when I was in NYC on my first visit to a DAVIDsTEA! What an awesome experience! The staff was friendly and helpful and I walked out wishing I’d bought more tea!
I had had a lime tea before and wanted something similar to enjoy at home. It was between this and Lime Gelato … and I ended up buying an ounce of this on smell alone.
I got it home and brewed up a cup … only to be disappointed. The mint was good, but the other flavors in the tea really threw me for a loop. There was minimal fruity goodness, mint on top, and a weird aftertaste I couldn’t place. I relegated this one to the back of my tea cupboard until a friend came to visit and expressed interest in trying it.
I brewed up two cups using my new electric kettle (previously, I was stuck using a low powered microwave and measuring cup) and WOW! Proper brewing temperature changes everything! It was lightly sweet, minty, with just a hint of fruit. Delicious!
Overall, this isn’t one I’d buy again, but it is one that I would happily accept if offered!