Category Archives: Black

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 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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Sweet Love

This is my first time writing about a tea that isn’t from David’s Tea… Brace yourselves.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: The Detox Market; Brand: Kusmi Tea

Description: Subtle and spicy blend that combines black tea, liquorice root, guarana seed, pink peppercorn, and various spices.  Sweet Love is an invitation to reawaken your senses.  Health benefits include: guarana, which boosts energy levels and increases vitality, spices, which improve digestion, and liquorice root that gives the tea a lasting sweetness.  So good you won’t even think of adding sugar!

What I think:

The dry tea smells incredibly strong – a very heavily spiced black, with equally heavy sweet scents.  I bought this tea pre-bagged in a set and I’m so glad I did.  The individual tea bags are little fabric pouches that are one part convenient and three parts adorable.

The steeped tea has a very light, almost chamomile-like scent.  The tea steeps to a light, brownish orange.

From the first sip, Sweet Love is incredible.  I can taste a little spice which gives way to the liquorice root’s sweetness, and then the spice comes back and lingers.  It’s really unlike any other tea I’ve tried, it’s incredible how long I can taste the spice after sipping.  A little milk brings out the sweetness even more, and I feel like I’m drinking a fancy 300 calorie drink and not a good-for-you tea.

Adding sugar is in my opinion unnecessary, but I’ll try it anyway… And unnecessary is right. I find that the sugar distracts from the lovely sweetness that’s already there.

This tea might become a new favourite.  A black tea with a natural sweetness and a lingering spice, served best with milk! Seeing as I only started with two teabags of it, it looks like I’ll have to order more!

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Love Tea #7

Strawberries and chocolate and roses, oh my!

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: One sip of #7 and you’ll find yourself head over heels.  Mysteriously changed.  Magically happy.  Walking on air.  How does it work?  Frankly, we don’t know.  Our blender came up with it and then just ran off with the girl of his dreams.  Maybe it’s the chocolate bits that lower your inhibitions.  Or the seductive strawberries.  Or the romantic rose petals.  Either way, this black tea is seriously lucky.

What I think:

Well hello there.  This might just be the best smelling tea in the world.  Smells exactly like you’d think it would – loads of natural strawberry with hints of roses and chocolate.  I spy a couple of chocolate chips and rose petals in the mix, but it looks like a pretty standard black tea at first glance.

Steeped, this tea smells the way the ideal Valentine’s day should smell: heavy on chocolate and roses.  A lighter scent than the dry tea, but still spectacular.  I’m considering hanging tea bags full of this stuff in my room, seriously.  But I digress, my first sip is earthy and a little bitter (maybe I oversteeped?).  The aftertaste is subtly sweet and chocolaty.  I’ve become a sucker for milk in my blacks, so let’s try that out…  I think this is the first time milk didn’t do too well in a black – I don’t suggest it with this one.  Once I added the milk, the tea seemed to lose its sweetness and I was just left with a woody taste.  But a bit of sugar seems to bring the strawberry back to the forefront, so not all is lost.

This tea smells incredible.  Like I mentioned, maybe the best smelling tea I’ve ever tried.  It tastes pretty lovely straight, but seems to lose its appeal with milk.  It’s a little sweet naturally so I’d suggest you be careful when adding sweetener to it!  Overall, a pretty good tea.  Just maybe don’t steep it for the full five minutes.

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Toasted Marshmallow

I think this might become one of my Winter favourites!

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Everyone loves a camping trip in the fall.  Fresh air, beautiful scenery, hungry bears – ah, the great outdoors.  Well, okay, we’ll admit it.  We’re only in it for the marshmallows.  Nothing beats a freshly toasted marshmallow straight from the campfire.  But what if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without going camping?  Try this tea.  It’s a sweet, toasty black tea blend with cinnamon, brittle and… you guessed it!  Mini marshmallows.  Now you can enjoy your favourite outdoorsy treat without a hungry bear in sight.

What I think:

This tea smells heavenly.  The combination of spices makes me want to cuddle up by a fire and perhaps toast the mini marshmallows in this blend.  There’s a little bit of an odd alcohol-like scent amid the spices, but it’s not overwhelming.

The tea steeps to a cloudy orange-brown, and the smell dwindles down to a light cinnamon scent.  Sipping the tea, I taste cinnamon first, with a touch of sugar – the marshmallow or brittle, I assume.  Although the tea is slightly creamy as is, I decided to try it out with some milk… And it’s incredible.  A perfect, toasty winter blend for a cold night.  The tea is sweet enough as is, and I find that adding sugar or honey changes the taste too much for my liking.

This tea has officially found a place among my favourites.  Looks like I’ll have to buy a tin of this tomorrow!  If you want a winter tea, something to look forward to on a snowy morning, this would be it.  It’s the perfect blend of cinnamon, brittle and adorable marshmallows!

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Organic Caramel Spice

This tea introduced me to the lovely world of mulberries, which has now become an obsession in and of itself.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Have you heard about the new tea in town?  She’s a looker alright: dark, robust, and seductive, with a heart of gold.  And you didn’t hear it from us, but she’s even better with a little booze.  She’s a luscious black tea, with deep caramel flavour from dried golden mulberries and spicy warmth from orange peel and cinnamon.

What I think:

This is another autumn tea from David’s Tea.  The dry tea smells amazing.  You can smell the orange peel, but it’s not a purely fruity smell, probably because of the Saigon cinnamon.  Once steeped, the first thing I do, before even touching my drink, is pick out the mulberries from the steeped tea.  Unconventional, maybe.  But they are so delicious that throwing them out would be a sin.  I had never tasted mulberries before picking them out of this tea, and now I’m hooked.  They aren’t tart like a lot of other berries, and they soak up the tea so they’re just about bursting with flavour.

But I digress, the tea is now steeped.  It still smells just as sweet, and is a very dark, but clear brown.  Unfortunately, I find it to be lacking a little in flavour.  After taking a sip, I taste a bit of orange and mulberry on the back of my tongue, and hints of mulberry and cinnamon definitely linger.  Regardless, it isn’t as full a flavour as I had hoped, and I couldn’t taste caramel at all.

I’m trying to decrease my use of sugar and honey in tea, but I’ll sweeten this a little.  It makes a bit of a difference, the tea tastes a little fuller now.  I can actually taste the cinnamon before I’ve swallowed the tea, but the aftertaste isn’t ideal.  The mulberries are already naturally sweet and I find that the sugar makes it all a little overpowering.

I’m not sure if I’ll buy this tea again.  As far as scent goes, it’s definitely at the top of my list.  And the mulberries are a huge plus.  But the tea is lacking taste without sweetener, and gets overpowered with sweetener.  Unfortunate, since I really do love mulberries.

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Pumpkin Chai

I have had this tea in my cupboard for a while now.  It was one of the first couple of teas I bought from David’s Tea, and among my current favourites.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Let’s face it, the best thing about fall is pumpkin pie.  And this spiced black tea is arguably just as delicious.  It’s got all the warmth of cinnamon, pumpkin pieces, cloves and cardamom, plus the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin candy.  For a true autumn treat, top it up with steamed milk and stir in a spoonful of brown sugar.  It’ll make you wish it were fall all year round.

What I think:

This tea smells like autumn.  The combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and caramel resemble a pumpkin pie so closely that I’m getting a little nostalgic…  Is it Halloween yet?  This tea has adorable little orange-coloured candies floating among the tea leaves.  I can’t help but smile, it just makes me so happy.

The tea steeps to a beautiful orange-brown, and the smell is still just as prominent.  And drinking it?  Amazing.  I taste the spices first – cinnamon, cloves and everything else that makes both chai and pumpkin spice delicious.  It’s pretty light for a chai, not as spicy as others I’ve encountered.  Then, the taste of pumpkin lingers on your tongue.  Even though there are candies in the tea, the taste is by no means fake.  The pumpkin taste is as real as pumpkin can get; I’m impressed.

As per David’s Tea’s orders, I’ll try this with a bit of sugar and milk… Oh wow, this is even better!  I added just a little milk and a touch of sugar, but the effect is extraordinary.  Now, I really feel like I’m eating a pumpkin pie.

This tea is up there among my favourites.  When I bought it, I was told that it was a seasonal tea, but creeping around on their website – I see that it’s not!  I guess they changed their minds, and I am oh so glad they did.  If you want a tea that’s a lot of pumpkin and a touch of chai, this is it.  Pumpkin Chai seems like an appropriate tea to drink before heading out to a costume party.  It’ll almost make you believe it’s Halloween.

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Chocolate Cake

This is the third and final cake tea from David’s Tea.  A little different from the other two because it doesn’t have freeze-dried ice cream in it!

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: There’s not much you can count on in this topsy-turvy world, but one thing we’re sure of is chocolate cake.  No matter who you are, a big slice of cake is pretty much guaranteed to make you happy.  We call it the Sweet Life Theory: life just isn’t as sweet without chocolate.  And this cocoa and cake-scented tea is just as rich and chocolaty as the real thing.

What I think:

As far as smells go, this tea is a winner.  The dry tea smells so rich and chocolaty; it’s perfect.  This tea has everything from cocoa to roasted carob to white chocolate.  And of course, what would a cake tea be without sprinkles?  There are loads of white candy sprinkles!

I’ve noticed that this tea has an oily residue on the surface.  If you let it cool down for too long, the residue becomes even more prominent.  Regardless, the tea smells great.  Smelling the steeped tea honestly has me convinced that I’m about to indulge in a delicious hot chocolate.  This would be great in the winter!

Maybe it’s because I was hoping for a hot chocolate taste, or maybe because I love rich chocolates, but this tea is a little weak for my liking.  The smell has you expecting an explosion of chocolate, but I’m tasting more of a watered-down chocolate.  That aside, it definitely does remind me of chocolate cake batter.  But unfortunately, this tea is more woody and bitter than the other two cake teas.

The tea is plenty creamy without milk, but I’ll add some just to see what happens… And what a great decision that was!  The milk makes the tea creamier, brings out some of the chocolate and in my opinion, makes it taste more like the hot chocolate I was hoping for.

So although this tea has a rich smell that promises a deep, chocolate taste, it ends up tasting a bit watered-down.  Milk improves the situation a bit, but I still think this is my least favourite of the three cake teas from David’s Tea.

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Ice Cream Cake

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up David’s Tea’s new cake teas.  I love cake and I love tea so I figured a combination of the two would be amazing… And I was right!  So here’s the lowdown on the first one, Ice Cream Cake.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Does life get any better than chocolate cake?  Well… what about chocolate ice cream cake? It’s basically the king of desserts – rich, sweet and creamy.  And with this decadent black tea blend, your favourite indulgence is just a sip away.

What I think:

Something about the way this dry tea smells throws me off a little.  It’s sweet, but there’s a hint of something that almost smells like alcohol.  I’m not entirely certain what it’s from, but it might be the stevia (which by the way, is a family of herbs that is often used as a sugar substitute, so yes – this tea is naturally sweet).  But I have to say, the dry tea looks like an ice cream cake, complete with sprinkles and all.

Once steeped, the smell dies down to a light, sweet vanilla scent.  Although I think the sprinkles and freeze-dried ice cream are an innovative addition, they leave a residue on the surface of the tea.  Not a big deal to me, but it might turn some people off.

This tea really does taste like liquid ice cream.  Obviously not as sweet, but the major flavours are all there.  I would compare it most closely to Neapolitan ice cream!  The tea is very creamy, as promised.  And although I never drink milk in my tea, I’ll add some to see what the effect is.  It seems appropriate, given that it’s an ice cream tea…  Note: I am lactose intolerant, so I am taking a huge risk here.

Oh my.  With milk, this tea is even better, phenomenal even.  Creamier, but still just as sweet.  I feel like I just took a big bite out of a delicious dessert.  Awesome.

Although the dry smell and the way the steeped tea looks are unwelcome surprises, the taste is creamy, rich and just sweet enough for my taste buds.  With milk, it’s a goldmine of deliciousness.

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