TEA REVIEW + UPDATE: T by Daniel’s Wow!, Rated R and Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni

T by Daniel Oolong Black Tea Spoons

Ending off the year with an oolong and two black teas. I admit, one big reason why these are the last teas of the year is because of their names: “Wow!” and “Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni”. They seem like fitting teas to end the year off with!

This will be the last Tea in Spoons post for 2017!I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on how I want Tea in Spoons to move forward in 2018. There will be a few big changes on the blog!

The first change will involve posting every Thursday instead of Tuesday and Thursday. I find that due to personal constraints, it makes more sense for me to dedicate my time to one post a week rather than two. Additionally, I will be shifting away from a review-only blog. I’ll explain more in my next post! I hope you continue to enjoy and support my new content!

With all that out of the way,  I am ready to try these teas! Let’s go!

 

Wow!

T by Daniel's Wow Oolong Tea Dishes

Description: “I can simply be described in one word. Just take a sniff and you’ll know why. Then take a sip, and you’ll really know why.”

Review: After opening the package, I have to say that “Wow!” reminded me a lot of “The Big Apple”, which featured nougat pieces and apple. This blend also has nougat, so I imagine that was why the smell was familiar. After the steeping, all I could see were the oolong leaves and a piece of almond.

The liquor was a dark golden orange with a sweet nutty aroma. I expected an oily film but there wasn’t one. It tasted mostly of the nougat with a mild lingering of vanilla, honey, and almond. I wasn’t able to taste any of the oolong tea. This would be a nice blend if you enjoy sweeter teas (3/5 rating).

  • Type: Oolong tea
  • Origin: China
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Oolong tea, nougat bits, almonds, honey, vanilla, natural flavour
  • Company: T by Daniel

 

Rated R

T by Daniel Rated R Black Tea Dishes

Description: “No, this is not a scary movie…but this tea is so downright delicious we just had to rate it R, for raspberry content of course!”

Review: When I go grocery shopping, it is highly likely that raspberries end up in my cart. I like the tartness and I even enjoy the texture. What I don’t enjoy is how quickly they go bad. So, I am always game to try tea with raspberries in them!

The dry blend smelled a bit like candied raspberries – I was able to smell the sugary sweetness of the gumdrops, the tart berry aroma from the raspberries, and a faint floral note from the rose petals. The blend was very pretty with the gumdrops, freeze-dried berries and flower petals.

The liquor was a dark reddish brown and I could faintly smell the raspberries. I have to say that the smell of the dry blend was very similar to how the liquor tasted. It mostly tasted of raspberries, with some underlying sweetness. It reminded me of raspberry candies, and the flavour lingered. I was also able to taste a bit of the black tea, but the raspberry flavour was most dominant. If you enjoy raspberries or raspberry candies, you will like this one (3.5/5 rating)!

  • Type: Black tea
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Black tea, coconut flakes, sugar gumdrops, raspberries, rose petals, natural flavouring
  • Other: Contains wheat starch
  • Company: T by Daniel

 

Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni

T by Daniel Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni Black Tea Dishes

Description: “A delicious Chocolate Black tea, to tantalize the tastebuds of Chocolate lovers worldwide!”

Review: I  am a huge chocolate fan, so I was happy when I smelled the dry blend. It reminded me a lot of the artificial chocolate flavouring you get in some candies. The aroma is pretty strong. The first one that comes to mind is Chocolate Tootsie Pops. I loved them as a child!

The liquor was a dark brown with an orange-green tinge. The first thing I tasted was the dark chocolate flavouring. Despite it being dark chocolate flavouring, it did not have the bitterness that some dark chocolates have, and I found that it leaned toward sweet during the tail end. It also left the mouth feeling a bit dry.

For this blend, it really depends on your stance on chocolate. I personally enjoy chocolate, with both natural and artificial flavouring, so I enjoyed this tea! This would be a great one for someone who enjoys more of a milk chocolate or dessert tea (3.5/5 rating).

  • Type: Black tea
  • Origin: Sri Lanka
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Black tea, calendula petals, natural dark chocolate flavour
  • Company: T by Daniel

 

Final Thoughts

I am always happy to try T by Daniel blends! They are always very bright and fun! I enjoyed Rated R the best, followed by Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni! How can you not like a name like that! I am sad that this will be the last post for 2017, but I am excited for the new year! Thank for everyone’s support!

What are your plans for the coming new year?

 


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