At my desk I sat, cleaning my email inbox after a long day at work, when I saw the email from DavidsTea, announcing the release of the 2014 fall tea collection. I stopped what I was doing, looked at my day planner (where I expected to see a notation of the release), then looked back at the screen, specifically the computer's clock. 8:15 pm. The local DavidsTea boutique closes at 8:30 pm.
I was not planning to miss the sampling of two of the new releases.
Grabbing my review notebook and Pilot Decimo (currently inked with Organics Studio's Jules Verne), I ran out the door and sprinted down the street. No doubt the two Tea Guides were a bit thrown by my hurried entrance to their store. However, they still had samples left! Here are my quick thoughts on "Yes we Cran" and "Maple Sugar."
Yes we Cran
The bitter/tart beginning immediately smooths with a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste contains a touch of spices and maintains a pleasant berry flavor. "Yes we Cran" is an herbal blend.
Smelling like fresh apples and maple syrup, this blend surprises the drinker with a cinnamon-laced hit of sweetness in the foretaste. The warmth of the maple dominates the body of the tea, and apples meld with cinnamon to compliment the edges. Surprisingly, the apple flavor mostly disappears in the aftertaste, and only a hint of the spices remains. Cold, this blend tastes a bit watery and weak, but it definitely holds better flavor, served hot. "Maple Sugar" is a black tea blend.
All five of the new teas and herbal tisanes of the fall collection are now available in-stores and online, including the Sweet Apple Cider herbal blend, which I had the opportunity to review early, last week. (Read about it, here!)
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
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