Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tea Review Tuesday - DavidsTea Hot Mama Black Tea

In celebration of the just-passed Mother's Day holiday...a tea review! When a tea lists ginger and apple in the same ingredient list, I feel as though "an experience" is going to describe the drink, well...

Apple notes and, oddly, the beetroot notes stand out in the smell of brewed Hot Mama. Licorice root also colors things, but I am surprised that cinnamon does not "rear its head" more than the slightest tinge. I move to the first sip...

Weird. My first impression of the taste may be summed in one word. Weird. I want to not like it, because the beetroot is really distracting, but the ginger keeps drawing me in for another sip. Simply put, my taste buds are confused, as though there is too much happening. Complex blends are nothing new, but DavidsTea may have made this too complex, and I almost want to step away from the myriad of fruit and vegetable and spice flavors. But, it intrigues me, still, so I finish the cup. Most unique is the natural sweetness from the apple. Without adding any artificial sweetener, apple gives a touch of sweet but does not complicate the flavor, too much. (That said, the apple does show its face in the flavor, though not in the aroma.)

Tone it down, DavidsTea. Things are getting a bit crazy with this Hot Mama. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea blend a 72/100.

Hot Mama can be purchased from your local DavidsTea or from their website, here.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
Photo credit to DavidsTea.

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