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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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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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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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