gross. so sickly sweet and cinnamony. Appreciate the share variaTEA but omg as a tea this is just too stupidly sweet to consider drinking.
“gross. so sickly sweet and cinnamony. Appreciate the share variaTEA but omg as a tea this is just too stupidly sweet to consider drinking.” Read full tasting note
“Tastes like a sweeter/more caramelly version of Glitter & Gold? It’s alright, but I’m fairly over cinnamony blacks. I didn’t even watch for the glitter though, that makes me sad…” Read full tasting note
“Loved it, accidentally steeped it for way too long, made a nice strong chai that wasn’t bitter at all” Read full tasting note
“I got some of this on sale because I had heard it really does glitter, and the idea of drinking something that glittered just made me so happy. This tea has a very strong cinnamon smell but does...” Read full tasting note
How it tastes:
Sweet, warming & comforting, with the rich decadence of baked caramel
Your shortcut to pure radiance. Sparkle through midnight with a glittering chai that features bold black tea, gold caramel pieces and soothing traditional spices like ginger, cinnamon and clove. Sweet, rich and warming, this spiced black tea is a delicious way to add a little glitter and glam to your holiday celebrations.
Black tea, Brown sugar pieces, Coriander, Roasted chicory root, Ginger pieces, Cloves, Golden caramel pieces (sugar, cocoa butter, caramel powder (whole milk powder, whey powder, sugar, butter, natural flavour) , whole milk powder, sunflower lecithin, paprika extract, titanium dioxide, iron oxide), Cinnamon, Fennel, Natural and artificial (cinnamon, caramel) flavouring.
DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.
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I got some of this on sale because I had heard it really does glitter, and the idea of drinking something that glittered just made me so happy. This tea has a very strong cinnamon smell but does not taste quite as strong as the smell. It is sweeter than other teas and that is probably why I like it. I think I like it better than some other straight chai teas but the flavors are still a bit strong for me with all the cloves, cinnamon and I believe chicory root. I think I would enjoy the taste more as a latte, but as I rarely have milk around the home I will probably drink it straight more than as a latte.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove
Another new tea – one of two released with the New Year’s collection this year.
I think I like this one!? That doesn’t sound confidant, I know, but to be honest despite having had it like a half dozen times I honestly don’t know if I exactly enjoy it or not.
It’s cool though visually, at least! Much like the OG Glitter & Gold blend, this tea shimmers in the cup when you brew it – but the shimmers are gold! It’s really gimmicky, but I actually kind of love it. There’s just something very fun and magical about it, and it drove me to buy like 100g of it to have on hand purely to have a tea on hand that has that sort of “wow” visual for whenever I might have company over and want to steep something impressive. The shimmer comes from an edible/food grade “luster powder” that’s mixed into white chocolate caramel pieces, and as they melt they release the glitter…
As for the taste? Well, I think that’s the part where I’m kind of unsure if I’m vibing with it. It’s pretty sweet, and reading the ingredients list I think it would be easy to say that’s coming from things like the caramel pieces or the brown sugar, and while I do think they add some sweetness I don’t think they’re actually the primary culprits of the sweetness I’m experiencing in this! Cinnamon is quite sweet, and there’s A LOT of cinnamon packed into this tea – so much so that it’s initially hard to taste anything other than cinnamon and sweetness. So, that adds a lot of sweet cinnamon flavour – very similar to fan favourite Cinnamon Rooibos Chai actually. I don’t personally think that DT needs another cinnamon heavy chai – we’ve got enough cinnamon forward chai blends! However, people seem to love it so that’s probably why we keep doing it.
On top of the sweetness of the cinnamon, though, is an added lift of sweetness from the fennel in the blend – which adds another element of sweetness. I actually like fennel a lot, and the times I’ve been able to taste the fennel in this tea along with the cinnamon are the times I’ve enjoyed it the most. However I know that fennel can be really polarizing, so maybe it’s overall better the fennel just adds sweetness and doesn’t consistently taste present!? I don’t know.
THe other thing is that there’s “caramel” in the blend, but you can’t taste caramel and that bums me out – I just really want a good caramel tea! Is that so much to ask!?
But yeah – I like the cinnamon and I like the occasional fennel, but I’m iffy on the sweetness level and I don’t think it’s a particularly unique flavour even if I like it. I love the visual though, and the throw back to OG Glitter and Gold!
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.