Tuesday, February 19, 2013

David's Tea Toasted Walnut

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: deep green teaves and lots of nut bits
Ingredients: sencha green tea, nut brittle (sugar, hazlenut), candied pineapple (pineapple, sugar), coconut rasps (coconut, coconut fat, sugar), almond flakes, walnut bits and artificial flavoring
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: gold

I sampled this tea as part of my David's Tea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. The dry leaves smelled amazing. It didn't taste quite as nutty as I would have liked but it is a hard flavor to pull off well. The pineapple and coconut were definitely the dominant flavors but the sencha was still vegetal underneath it all. There was no astringency but there was a bit of tart, grassy finish. Although this blend had many sugary ingredients it wasn't overly sweet. It was a decent tea but I'm not sure that I would purchase it again. I really enjoy many of David's Teas blends but they often fall short of expectations because of the names of the blends. This tea is named Toasted Walnut and that is exactly what I was expecting. I might have liked it a lot more if it had been called something else. That seems a bit biased but sometimes with buying tea online, all we have to go by is the name.

You can find out more about this tea here.