Monthly Archives: January 2013

Organic Banana Dream Pie

Be warned: I love the taste of fake bananas and hate the taste of real ones.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: When it comes to dreaming up new teas, sometimes inspiration just randomly strikes.  It usually happens in the middle of a really great dessert.  So you can probably imagine how this decadent flavour came to be.  We’ll give you a hint: it involved a chocolate banana cream pie.  We tried out dozens of blends before we found the perfect one – a rich chocolaty black tea blend with pieces of ripe banana and creamy white chocolate.  It tastes like a dream come true.

What I think:

One thing’s for sure.  This tea smells like a dream come true.  If it smelled any more like a chocolate banana cream pie, I’d be tempted to eat the tea leaves.  Seriously.  The tea is filled with generous chunks of banana, cocoa and white chocolate.

The tea steeps to a dark orange, with an oily layer on top (due to the chocolate, probably).  Even steeped it smells great, although it’s more chocolate and less banana at this point.  As soon as you take a sip, the chocolate hits your tongue, and the banana lingers in the aftertaste.  Thankfully, it’s a candied banana flavour – my favourite.

Milk and sugar make this tea even better.  But if you’re adding sugar, I feel that just a sprinkle doesn’t work with this one like it does with other teas.  I threw in twice the amount I usually do (which is still only half a teaspoon).  The creaminess of the milk turns this tea into a decadent dessert!

This tea is also incredible chilled!  I suggest trying it alcoholic if that’s your thing – I could see it being delicious with a splash of Bailey’s.

This tea is decadent.  I’m in chocolate banana heaven, and I’m not even that fond of bananas.  I suggest steeping this tea for less than the max 7 minutes (as it can get a little bitter), and in my opinion, it’s best with milk & sugar!  This isn’t one of my favourite teas, but it definitely does what it set out to do – imitate a chocolate banana cream pie.

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Organic Gold Rush

This tea had mulberries in it. MULBERRIES.  I love mulberries.

The details:

Type: White

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Mulberries are a pretty precious fruit, so you don’t find them in tea very often.  After all, mulberry trees are usually reserved for silk making, as they’re the only thing silkworms will eat.  No wonder – they’re naturally sweet and rich, with an almost caramel-like flavour.  In a word, decadent.  Here we pair golden mulberries with creamy coconut and delicate white tea, for a tea that’s guaranteed to give you gold fever.  Eureeka!

What I think:

This tea smells, in a word, perfect.  The mulberries provide a rich, caramel-like scent while the coconuts remind me of pina coladas and tropical vacations.  The combination is overwhelming.

Once steeped, the first thing I do is pick out the decadent mulberries.  I wish I had something to accurately compare them to.  They are easily the yummiest berries I’ve ever eaten, especially when infused with white tea and coconut.  They are juicy and bursting with sweetness.  Taking a look at the actual tea, it steeps to a beautiful yellow-orange.  The scent dwindles down to a warm creme caramel-like fragrance.

At first sip, the tea is very light and coconut dominates the taste.  The mulberries add the perfect hint of sugar and come in strong at the end with a honey, caramel, dessert-like sweetness.  I really like that these flavours are layered over top of the light white silver needle base.  I just so happen to be drinking this tea with my younger brother, who is very new to teas and finds them kind of “plain”.  So let’s add some brown sugar.  In my opinion, it’s a bit unnecessary.  The tea is plenty sweet on its own and adding sugar just makes it sweeter without really enhancing any of the flavours…  And even my brother agrees that the sugar isn’t a good addition!

Just a note, this tea is just as wonderful chilled as it is warm.  Actually, probably more wonderful!

This tea is one of my favourites!  If you love rich, sweet teas, this is it.  With this tea, you not only get a flavourful drink, but a little snack as well.  Believe me, mulberries will change your life… Looks like I’ll be ordering a tin of this stuff!

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Organic Blueberry Jam

Blueberries are among my favourite fruits… Yum!

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Blueberries might just be the greatest fruit around – after all, they’re the star ingredient of North America’s favourite muffin.  And hundreds of years before moms were making them into jams, jellies and cakes, blueberries were called “star berries” and revered for their healing powers.  Another little known fact about blueberries is that they make for one great cup of tea – when you blend them with black tea, elderberries, cornflowers and stevia, it’s the perfect companion to your morning toast.

What I think:

I am sold on the dry tea smell.  It smells like super sweet blueberry juice – my mouth’s watering already.  The black tea is filled with cute little flower petals and dried-up berries.  When steeped, the tea smells light but delicious and turns a very dark brown.

The first sip is heavenly.  The blueberry is so vivid, and the stevia is a surprisingly nice addition.  The tea has a bit of a bitter taste and is not quite as sweet as I would have liked it, but it’s great nonetheless.  I find myself savoring the moment the tea hits my tongue, and the aftertaste – but not the in-between part, which is when the bitterness kicks in.

I’m a little iffy about adding milk to a blueberry tea, but I’ll try anyway.  Like with the Salted Caramel I blogged about recently, I find that milk takes away the bitterness and makes the flavour more consistent from start to finish.  I added just a pinch of brown sugar and found that it really brings out the fruity flavours.  Like many teas that came before, this is a tea I prefer with milk and sugar.

I think this tea would make a great iced drink – with sugar, hold the milk.  It’s fruity enough to take the place of a juice, but is missing just a bit of oomph that can be found in brown sugar.

This tea is going to be way up there on my list of fruity teas.  It’s not tart like very many others I’ve tried, and the fact that it has a black base lets you play around with adding milk – which is almost always a good call.  Warm, it makes a great autumn/winter tea, and I think it would make an extraordinary iced tea in the summer!

Note: I made this tea again – steeped for the full length but at a lower temperature, and the initial slight bitterness I experienced was nonexistent.  I didn’t lose any of the delicious blueberry flavour either!  Problem solved!

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Salted Caramel

I love salted caramel. Salted caramel hot chocolate, salted caramel ice cream, salted caramel everything everything everything.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: There’s no better treat than a salted caramel.  You won’t find this in your history books, but we heard that Romeo seduced Juliet with a salt-sprinkled toffee.  Rich, buttery and sweet with a kiss of salt – who can resist?  So it goes without saying that it makes for a seriously delicious tea.  This is a rich black tea blend, strewn with pieces of English toffee, coconut, caramel and a touch of French sea salt.  It’s guaranteed to seduce your taste buds. 

What I think:

This tea smells very rich. The sweet English toffee is hands down the dominant smell, but there is also a darker, earthier scent.  The tea looks like a standard black, with tiny bits of coconut and toffee thrown in.

The tea steeps to a dark orange-brown, and the smell tones down.  I can still smell hints of toffee, but there’s also an odd burnt smell.  The taste is surprisingly plain given the strong scent.  A touch of caramel, but that’s essentially all I can taste.  I wish the sea salt was more pronounced!  The aftertaste is a touch bitter, so I wouldn’t suggest steeping this for the full 7 minutes (4-5 would probably be more appropriate).

I’ve found that sometimes milk can transform teas, so let’s try this out… The milk definitely helps the taste.  The caramel becomes creamy and the bitterness disappears.  Even though this tea is already sweet, a touch of brown sugar does wonders.  The caramel flavour becomes more prominent and I feel like I can finally enjoy the smooth, easy aftertaste.  But I still don’t taste any sea salt!

This tea really got my hopes up.  Salted caramel is among my favourite things in the world, but this tea didn’t live up to my expectations.  The caramel taste was prominent, but I couldn’t taste any salt.  If you do attempt this tea, remember to add a bit of milk and sugar and to not steep for the max time!

This is the second David’s Tea caramel-type tea I’ve blogged about and unfortunately, neither were big hits.  I’m still searching for a beautiful caramel tea, so please let me know if you find one!

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