Tea: Salted Caramel

saltedcaramel1Tea: Salted Caramel
Company: Davids Tea

I received this tea as part of my 3 free samples with my last order with Davids Tea. I have been wanting to try a salted caramel tea for a while now. Caramel and black tea just go so well together. I used my whole 5g sample in 2 cups of boiling water and steeped it chai style for 5 minuets. I was afraid that I might have diluted it to much, since it didn’t seem like there was a lot of leaf in the packet. However, after dividing the tea into two cups and topped it off with sugar and natural vanilla cream it was perfect. The caramel flavor is really strong! It tastes like a dropped a caramel square in the pot; which is pretty much the only thing that could be better then this tea. The only downside of this tea is like with most DT flavored black teas, the base is extremely week with the caramel dominating in flavor. With this tea though this doesn’t brother me a lot, since the caramel is supposed to be the main flavor anyways. I highly recommend this tea for the up coming winter. It is sweet, thick, rich, and hearty. I also recommend Continue reading

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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Davids Tea Midsummer Nights Dream

This tea is from DAVIDs TEA and is called Midsummer Night’s Dream. I deiced to have this the other night. It was one of the samples that came with my Christmas sale order.The dry-leaf was very pretty. It was for the most part all yellow color with flecks of red rose petals. It smelled almost like orange blossom tea; though that’s not what it is. I also have no idea what a gooseberry is, but it sounds good.

The taste of this tea is nice. It made a nice yellowish, pink liquor and smelled like citrus tea. The flavor how ever doesn’t taste like orange blossom tea. It reminded me a lot of Sweet Tarts or Spree candies. It had a nice berry-citrus taste with a pleasant tart after taste. I added a pinch of agave, but it really wasn’t needed. I did do another steep, and it was ok. It was more like flavored water, but in a good way.

It should be noted that while this tea has spearmint, it doesn’t really come up much. I actually forgot that it was even in there until the last steep; were it was easier to detect. It seems that instead of really adding to the flavor, it adds a nice vapors texture to the tea.

Overall I would recommend this tea to citrus-fruity tea lovers or anyone who likes Sweet-Tarts and Spree candies.

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Specifics 

Leaf: 5 grams

Pot: Porcelain

Water: 8 oz

Temp: 205F

Steep: 7 minuets

Sweetener: a pinch of light agave, but not needed.

Tea: Quangzhou Milk Oolong

davidmilkoolong

Today I decided to do a review for one of DAVIDs TEA. The tea I made was Quangzhou Milk Oolong; I have no idea how to say it. I received this as a sample with an order from them. I have had a few green oolongs before, but not a milk one. With that being said this was quit a wonderful tea, but first rant time.

When I looked at the steeping instructions on my sample packet, I was shocked at the steeping instructions. It wanted me to use almost boiling water ans steep it for 4-7 minuets. That is way to long to steep a green oolong; or most teas n general. I thought that maybe it was just cause it was a sample packet the instructions might not be accurate  since they tend to be standard. However, when I went to their site it was the same instructions. GAH! I HATE IT WHEN TEA COMPANIES POST BAD STEEP TIMES! It’s like when you get bagged green tea and they want you to pour boiling water over it. From what I have seen, for green oolongs you want the temp to be around 190F and you want to use soft water (not tap). I also find that the leaves open up better if you put them in after you put water in your brewing vessel.

Anyways with that aside and using my own steeping times, and a tad more leaf I found that this made a really great cup. It was supper creamy and sweet I didn’t even need sweetener  It wasn’t really vegital flavor either. It was just buttery and sweet with light notes of orchid. My only thing with this tea is that it wasn’t very strong  but on some days it is nice to drink a nice light tea that is sweet and creamy on it’s own.

Overall it was a very enjoyable tea, and for the price and the many steeps that you can get from it (I think I went to 5?) it’s a good buy. The only bad thing is that I wish it was a bit more complex, but still very good.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 1.5 tsp (5 grams)
  • Steep Time: 2 minuets (then added 30 sec each steep)
  • Sweetener: Don’t need it
  • Temp: 190 F

Tea: Cocoa Canela )Organic

cocoa canela

This was from one of my samples from my last order from DAVIDs TEA. I was wondering how well this would taste with the chocolate in it. Chocolate teas don’t always seem to do to well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with out any creamer it was very chocolaty. Plus the cinnamon in it was awesome, not too little, not too much. Just a good amount of cinnamony goodness. Though if your not a fan of cinnamon, you should probably pass this one up.

After having a few sips of this I thought I might try to put a little bit of cream or milk in it to see how it does. Sadly we were out of Almond Milk, so I had to try to use 2% milk. Now I am horrible when it comes to warming up milk. It always seems to get that weird flavor or I end up curdling it. This time it was weird flavor, plus it subdued the chocolate cinnamon flavor; but in a bad way.

The only thing I kinda have a beef with this tea is the choice in mate’. They used Yerba mate’, which is the greener, lighter flavored one. I wished they had used toasted mate’. I think it would have complemented the flavor a lot more then the Yerba.

Overall it was a good tea. Not something I am dying to go out and buy, but not bad by any means. I would recommend it to someone who likes hot chocolate and cinnamon.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 5g
  • Steep Time: 6 minuets
  • Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave
  • Temp: 205F

Directions

  1. After getting your water boiling poor it into the pot
  2. When it is done steeping strain it off into a mug
  3. Add sweetner if desidered and choice of creamer
  4. ENJOY