81 Tasting Notes
I am sitting here drinking the last of my Apple Custard tea and feeling sad that I cannot currently purchase more. This is one that I should have stocked up on and I hope that it returns soon. I actually let this steep for 12 minutes (a DavidsTea employee told me to try 12 minutes for blends with lots of fruit and/or nut pieces) and then let the water go cold, which I know is not a preferred method for many, but I like letting most teas cool before I drink them. Anyhow. Hot, this has a very dried fruit, raisin-heavy flavor and reminds me of a granola bar. Cooled, this tastes just like my favorite apple struedel cheesecake and is super creamy and dessert-like. Just heavenly. It’s as close as I will ever get to drinking a vanilla cheesecake with golden apple topping, lol.
I was so excited for this one, and it does not disappoint. I really enjoy the DavidsTea blends with banana chips in them, as I love the creamy sweetness that they add to the mix. I also love grapefruit, and it’s done perfectly here, reminding me of pink grapefruit sorbet. So refreshing and sweet. I get a good amount of the tropical mango as well.
Creamy banana, sugared pink grapefruit, and tropical, perfumey mango. I love the scent of this and wish that I could get it in a perfume, and it tastes as good as it smells. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and makes me feel like I’m on vacation at a tropical island. I’m usually not wild about fruity teas, but this one is hitting all the right notes for me, and I’m definitely going to be stocking up.
The tropical scent is wafting all around me from my cup this morning and it just makes me feel happy :)
I am a big fan of floral teas (and floral desserts in general) – the more jasmine, rose, or lavender flavor, the better. I’m also someone who doesn’t add extra sugar to their tea. Lavender Buttercream is both not lavender-y enough for me and too sweet for me, with its big lumps of sugar crystals in the mix. My first few sips of this, I actually recoiled at the lingering, chemical sweetener taste that it leaves in the mouth. I like it much better cold than hot, for some reason, as that aftertaste seems to dissipate quite a bit when it’s cold. It’s sort of like birthday cake and buttercream frosting, but with the taste of dye and chemical something amped way up in that frosting. The lavender is a barely there afterthought, just a hint of floral. I prefer their regular Birthday Cake tea.
I agree so much with everything in Roswell Strange’s review :). I think that Lemon Smash has a nice smell and taste. It reminds me a lot of lemonheads candies, and tastes like a good lemonade. I expected this to have a huge sage flavor, because it visibly has a lot of sage in it, but I can’t taste the sage at all. It is a sweet, sunny lemon with a hint of sour lemon aftertaste. I just already own so many lemony blends from DavidsTea, and this one doesn’t stand out enough to be a bigger purchase for me.
The papaya and passionfruit flavoring made the dry mix of this smell so deliciously tropical and sweet, and I love the look of the blue cornflower. Unfortunately, once brewed up, this didn’t even taste remotely fruity to me. It was all sour, dry, tart hibiscus and rose. I like floral teas, but hibiscus is unpleasantly sour to me, and even all of the extra sugar in this couldn’t mask that tart flavor. I get that DavidsTea likes to put in hibiscus or beetroot to turn the tea pink… actually, I don’t really get it… I don’t need my tea to be pink. The hibiscus is just overwhelming to me.
This is such a lovely and forgiving tea. I’ve used entirely too hot water and I’ve forgotten about my cup and left it for too long, and it still always turns out delicious. It is fool proof and comes out with a yummy, strong, maple cream flavor every time. The taste reminds me of the maple glazed, cream filled donuts at Tim Hortons, actually. Very Canadian and very tasty. It’s one of the strongest dessert teas I own, and one that I keep repurchasing.
Maple all the things!
Sorry, Spicy Piña Margarita, but you are just foul to me. The more I tried to force myself (and everyone in my household) to finish up my 50g of this, the more I realized that I just do not like these flavors at all.
I like spicy. I like the warming bite of ginger in a lot of DavidsTeas, and I am happy to put jalapenos on almost everything in life. I get much more ginger than jalapeno in this (in fact, I wouldn’t guess there is any jalapeno in this), and much more cilantro than anything else. The cilantro has a weird, funky, dirty dish soap water taste that is horrifying. Sadly, I don’t get any mango or coconut. The pineapple is there as a vague, nondescript, fruity tone, with hints of warming ginger, and the weird burst of cilantro and hint of tomato.
It’s very much like steeping up a big cup of cilantro. I can only tolerate cilantro in small amounts in Nam Khao.
Whenever I find a tea that I don’t enjoy, my best friend is happy to finish off the tea for me (we have complete opposite taste in tea, so this system works out well for us). My BFF hated this tea as well, and then I couldn’t find anyone else willing to try it.
This reminds me of things from the summers of my childhood. Specifically, it reminds me of watermelon flavored bubblegum and watermelon scented erasers. They had a very specific artificial-ness about them that was fun and sweet, and a sort of creamy, vanilla undertone to the fake watermelon. It’s interesting. I don’t often like fruit flavored things, and I don’t know if I want more of this, but it’s fun and has a good, strong flavor. I do have a huge stockpile of Sour Watermelon that I enjoy more, for the mix of sweet and sour.