DavidsTea’s Organic David’s Chai

Organic David’s Chai by DavidsTea
Black Tea / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Organic David’s Chai comes a fairly familiar looking bag by now – sealed, resealable, silver pouch. The dark blue label on the front helps to identify it at a glance as a black tea (not going to lie, I do like colour coding my teas because it just makes it easier to organize…). David’s Chai is described as a warm & spicy classic. I’m as much of a fan of chai as the next girl, so lets get this started!

The aroma from the dry leaf is lovely – plenty of spicy notes and I can make out the majority of the ingredients. I can really smell the cinnamon and ginger. David’s Chai consist of organic: black tea, ginger, cinnamon, anise, star anise, cardamom, black pepper and clove buds.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Organic David’s Chai in 95ºC (200ºF) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I opted to follow the steeping instructions and did an initial steep of 5 minutes.

First Taste

David’s Chai steeps to a really pretty golden brown colour. The aroma is warming with all those spice notes wafting up from my fancy mug. It’s quite inviting, which is one of the things I love about a nice chai. The flavour is a lovely blend of all the spices – although I can make out the ginger, cinnamon, star anise and cardamom specifically. It has a nice smooth texture to it, spicy notes and really warms me up from the inside out.

I could see this being a lovely chai blend candidate for getting that infamous double boil preparation on the stove top for a more traditional chai preparation method.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped David’s Chai once, for 6 minutes. I found the flavour to be pleasant, but not nearly as warming as the initial steep. I would personally do just one steep of David’s Chai but I could see some people enjoying a second steep of the same leaves.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Organic David’s Chai. I found to be quite a pleasant experience from the dry leaf, to inhaling the aroma of the steeped tea, to drinking it. The blend of spices was quite nice and enjoyable, which is what really made it delicious. I would recommend adding sweetener if you prefer your chai a bit more sweet as it isn’t very sweet (I personally would use honey, but agave or granulated sugar would work just as well).

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Dessert by Deb’s Christmas Fruitcake

Christmas Fruitcake by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea & Rooibos / Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

Christmas Fruitcake is an exclusive blend for Dessert by Deb subscription subscribers and is available for purchase by subscribers only at this time.

First Impressions

Christmas Fruitcake came in a sealed, resealable silver pouch and was part of my December box from Dessert by Deb – which was the very first box of the bimonthly year tea subscription. This is also one of two subscription exclusive blends – what a great incentive to join! I like being part of the super secret club.

This blend smells really inviting – I get strong orange, cinnamon, ginger, and clove aromas. It’s nicely mixed together and I didn’t have to shake it up to get a little bit of everything in my spoon, which was nice. Christmas Fruitcake consists of organic: green tea, rooibos, cherries, oranges and peel, elderberries, currants, raisins, rosehips, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, cloves and safflower.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Christmas Fruitcake in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did an initial steep for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Christmas Fruitcake steeps to a nice golden orange. I can definitely smell the cinnamon and ginger, I think those are the strong players in the blend of ingredients! On first taste, I notice that it has a nice sweetness. The flavour of Christmas Fruitcake is that one orange, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. All the warming qualities of ginger make it a very pleasant drink. I did find that it reminded me of the flavours that you might find in a nice spiced pound cake. As for the base of the tea blend – I don’t really taste either the green tea or the rooibos – which is both a plus and a minus because I don’t typically enjoy rooibos blends. But I don’t smell or taste the medicinal-like quality that rooibos often lends to blends.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Christmas Fruitcake and found that it didn’t hold up very well for a second steep. The rooibos was a touch more noticeable, and the ginger and orange were significantly weak compared to the initial steep. I would recommend Christmas Fruitcake for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Christmas Fruitcake. I really enjoyed the flavours in the blend, and appreciated that I wasn’t able to taste the rooibos because it’s not my favourite thing in the world. The flavour of orange, cinnamon, and ginger really make me think of a spiced pound cake – mostly because I don’t think I’ve really ever tried a fruitcake before (and if I have, I don’t remember what it tastes like!). It’s certainly a fantastic first look an exclusive tea blend for subscribers of Dessert by Deb.

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Celestial Seasonings’s Raspberry Zinger

Raspberry Zinger by Celestial Seasonings
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$3.49USD for 45g (20 teabags)

First Impressions

Raspberry Zinger is the last of the fruit tisanes in the Fruit Tea Sampler that I purchased ages ago! You can always tap here to read the other reviews of the tisanes featured in the sampler. This one, like all the other ones, comes ina sealed foil packet that’s not resealable. The tisane comes in square teabags, no tag or string present. There’s a bright and strong fruity berry aroma, and I can definitely smell the hibiscus.

Raspberry Zinger consists of: hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, orange peel, blackberry leaves, natural raspberry flavour with other natural flavours, raspberries and raspberry leaves. Not surprisingly, raspberry isn’t the star ingredient, but it does smell very strongly of berries.

Preparation

Celestial Seasonings recommends steeping Raspberry Zinger in freshly boiled water (100°C/212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did a steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Raspberry Zinger steeps to a bright berry red colour. I found that it smells like berries and raspberries, which is nice. It’s both fruity sweet and tart. I found that the hibiscus flavour is strong and really complements the fruit flavours. I think it would be great with a bit of sweetener to help temper the overall start tartness to the tisane. Or perhaps iced with lemonade or a slice of lemon.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Raspberry Zinger, but the flavour wasn’t strong enough to really make it worth my while. I would recommend steeping Raspberry Zinger just the one time.

My Overall Impression

I liked Celestial Seasonings’s Raspberry Zinger. I really enjoyed the berry flavours, although it was more of a field berry experience than specifically raspberry. The tartness from the hibiscus could be overwhelming for some, but I do tend to like hibiscus so I was okay with it. A bit of honey would go a long way to help brighten up the fruit flavours even more, and lower the level of tartness present in the tisane. I would recommend having it iced to really appreciate the fruity flavours.

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