I got this tea as a sample in my latest DAVIDsTEA order. Last night I felt adventurous and decided to give it a try.
When I opened the package the tea smelled like... dream. Yes, that's the first thing that popped into my head. I even wrote it down in my little tea journal. And yes, I do have a tea journal. I jot notes down whenever I drink new tea because my head usually goes 100 miles per second and things get forgotten easily.
Back to the tea... What does a dream smell like exactly? Well, it it is a good dream then it smells like vanilla, chocolate and the yummiest dessert you can think of. That's what I smelled when I opened the package. Things were looking up and I was very happy. The aroma went hand in hand with the looks of the tea itself. Nice big black leaves with chunks of white chocolate and a big piece of star anise. Gorgeous!
I steeped the tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. The aroma of the steeping tea continued to lure me; sweet and delicious with slight hint of cinnamon even though there was no cinnamon listed in the ingredients. At one point I would swear I got a whiff of vanilla pudding. Yummy!
The steeped tea was dark orange in color and was smooth, mild tasting with no astringency. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Gone was the cinnamon and vanilla pudding and now the front seat belonged to cocoa and anise.
Overall it was a very pleasing tea. For me it was a shame that it came with artificial flavoring because I tend to steer away from all things artificial when consumption is concerned. Nevertheless, for someone that doesn't mind that, it's a delicious tea to try out.
Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, star anise, cocoa, white chocolate, natural and artificial flavoring. Contains coconut, dairy and soy.
Steeping temperature: Boiling
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Steeped in: porcelain teapot