Carrot Cupcake from David’s Tea. . .

I am trying this tea in front of an audience. I’m currently in the middle of a cabin with 15+ friends/kids, and everyone got excited when they sniffed this. I made several cups for everyone; I kept the last for myself.

Before I had a chance to even sip my cup, one of my friends slid up to me. “The tea you gave me is delicious,” he whispered.

“What did your kids think?” I asked. His three-year-old had sniffed the tea and kept following me around whispering “tea.”

“I haven’t given them any,” he said. “I’m keeping it all for myself.”

“That’s COLD,” I replied.

When I finally had a cup, I saw what he meant. This is a carrot/apple/spice mix with a bit of a cream/marzipan sweetness (as opposed to a powdery, shrill, hyper-sweet flavor). As I sipped, the spiciness increased. (Possibly the spices are heavier and sit further down in the mug?) I liked the flavor better back when it was sweeter at the beginning of the cup. I think that this would be sweeter and more consistent iced, and I think that’s what I’m going to try next.

Unlike my friend, I’d let my kids try this. I’d spread the joy.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy:  David’s Tea
Description

This decadently creamy rooibos blend tastes just like your favourite carrot dessert. You’ll love its natural carrot sweetness and the extra zing of warmth from cinnamon and ginger. Plus it’s caffeine and calorie-free, so you can sip it all day every day. Still not convinced? The rich cocoa shells and whipped cream will change your mind. Yeah, we knew you couldn’t resist…

 

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Tropical Peach Bellini from A Quarter To Tea. . .

Peach Bellinis were my drink as a young teenager just discovering alcohol. At first I only drank the frozen slush kind that tasted more like candy than it did a cocktail. Then I went to Venice, Italy and tried their take on a Peach Bellini which was a more adult combination of Peach Nectar and Prosecco (if I am remembering correctly).

Unfortunately, the hot tea tastes like neither. It is a sweeter tea and though there are underlying fruity vibes that lean towards peach, the mao fang takes over making this more vegetal than fruit. Also, I hoped for more mango to make this feel tropical but that isn’t coming through very clearly either.

The iced tea is just more of the same. I give this points for consistency but that also means that, like the hot tea, I am left wanting more. More peach. More bellini. More tropical. More of something other than a sort of generic and slightly fruity green tea.

Though the base is nice and the fruity vibes are pleasant, it is not selling the Tropical Peach Bellini flavor I was promised by the name. I wanted to like this one but, for me, it fell a bit flat.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

Like a Bellini but better. A touch of mango and mao fang sweetness make this a 2018 treat.

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Winter Spice / Tease Tea

Whole Star Anise!

What a surprise it was to open the 30g pouch and find that!

It makes it a bit more festive. The dry aroma is faint. Somewhat creamy, spicy, and nutty. My first cup of this was a bland mess but I didn’t want to give up. It’s a unique tea blend; slight creaminess hinted once the tea enters your mouth which turns into a peculiar spicy flavor; which I’m assuming comes from the ginger and the cinnamon. Calming is generally not a descriptor I use when talking about black tea, however, with the chamomile this tea has a nice calming effect.

Everything in this tea blends well together and yet I’m finding myself somewhat underwhelmed. Perhaps because they say spice in the name I expected more kick. The first cup was steeped between 2.5 and 3.5 minutes so the next cupping was upped to 5 minutes. I’m currently on a third cup also brewing 5 minutes but adding a 1/2 tsp more of tea. The first taste at 5 minutes was the same as the second cup so the brewing time was upped to 7 minutes. Unfortunately, this removed the creaminess and the spices seemed to have disappeared altogether. The tannins have taken over a bit more and there is a definite astringency in the after taste.

Overall, a nice blend but one that needs at least 4 minutes for full flavor and is not suggested for those who don’t appreciate a light tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tease Tea
Description:

This festive favourite is back for a limited time! A naturally flavoured black tea featuring notes of cinnamon, spice & everything nice. The perfect way to get into the winter spirit!

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Chocolate Orange / The Tea Club

Let us start off the new year with something different. Chocolate and orange tend to blend deliciously on their own but I am hesitant to even begin to think of what it will taste like in tea. This was apart of the The Tea Clubs $1 month deal back in December.

After ripping open the packet you are quickly hit with chocolaty notes. Stick your nose in the bag and an outstanding aroma of sweet, smooth chocolate and and tangy orange fills your nostrils. One should also point out too that this is not an artificial orange smell but that of fresh oranges. The aroma could be talked about all day so let’s move on quickly to the flavor. It brews up as a semi-cloudy amber. A dirty black tea if you will.

The flavor of the chocolate and the orange are quite a bit more subtle then they were in the aroma. Pu-erh, because of its earthiness, can be hard to blend with. Though I am enjoying this tea because you can definitely taste the pu’erh instead of it being masked like many flavored teas do to their base. With each sip there is something new to discover. Sometimes the orange is distinct but most of the time it’s the base that stands out. The chocolate creeps up and then disappears before the liquid slips down your throat.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Pu erh
Where to Buy:  The Tea Club
Description

Explore 3 new blends a month. Click below to learn more. . .

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Coconut Cream Pie from David’s Tea. . .

David’s Tea’s site says that this tea makes a great dessert substitute. I say, uh, nice TRY, but we all know YOU SIT ON A THRONE OF LIES on this one.

That said, this tea IS a sweet sensation. It’s got coconut, white chocolate, and oolong, my personal favorite. It tastes like a tropical morning. Enough kick in the oolong to scoot you along, but enough sweet to say “hey, it’s a sunny and fun day ahead.”

Despite living in Pennsylvania during January, I do momentarily feel — with this tea and my light box — that bikini weather is right around the corner.

Just let me pretend.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  David’s Tea
Description

Rich, toasted coconut flakes and creamy white chocolate unite in this delectable oolong tea. Infused with all the flavours of a homemade coconut cream pie, this velvety oolong blend smells as delicious as it tastes. Who needs dessert when you’ve got this tea to satisfy your sweet tooth?

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