David’s Tea Checkmate

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: interesting mix of varied leaves, coconut pieces were fairly large
Ingredients: black tea, white tea, coconut, Roman chamomile flowers, artificial flavoring
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 208 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep amber

I sampled this blend as part of my David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. The smell of the dry leaves was intoxicating. I found myself sticking my nose in the tin over and over again. The taste really surprised me with its richness and complexity. It almost tasted like a less astringent version of Darjeeling. I think that the floral notes from the chamomile had a lot to do with that. The coconut added a touch of sweetness but it was subtle and worked well with the other elements. There were notes of chocolate in the finish that lingered in my palate. I’ve enjoyed my experience with this calendar because it’s forced me to try teas that I might have avoided otherwise. David’s Teas can been hit or miss for me but every once in a while, I’ll find a tea that is really masterfully blended. This is one that I will definitely be buying more of.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.