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(Apologies in advance because it is 2 am and I know I will ramble.)

This one just came out yesterday with Cherry Cola; and while I’m generally too lazy to bother getting anything done before my work day starts, I hauled ass out of my house early yesterday just to get to DAVIDs for this one so I didn’t have to wait even a day to try it.

Getting the impression I like root beer? Oh yes. I’m such a kid. Depending on the day, I can never decide between orange, cream soda or root beer as my favourite pop. I’ve mentioned before that I essentially gave up pop for tea, yes? So I imagined this being the best of both worlds.

My local DAVIDs is busier and busier these days, to the point that I walked in last week and did a double-take in shock when the store was empty. That never used to surprise me! And when I got there yesterday, there was a line-up of about four people while all the SAs were serving people (including one little old lady who looked to be buying probably about two hundred dollars worth of gift sets and then being picky about how they were packed). The woman behind me – holding her $1 iced tea mug – was clearly agitated by this, saying, “There’s a line-up for the damn tea?!” I kind of wanted to ask her if she didn’t want the tea store she frequents to be financially successful.

(Unexpectedly though, she turned out to be quite sweet. As I didn’t want her making dagger eyes at my back, I offered to let her go first when an SA freed up. “Oh no, dear, you were first! You go ahead!” Some people, I can’t figure them out.)

ANYWAY. The tea.

I got 160g of this packed into a shiny silver tin and the tea in my $1 mug as well because they were, unexpectedly, serving this one at my store as the TOTD instead of Cherry Cola as scheduled. Not sure why. But I kinda squeed to myself when I tasted the dollar TOTD, because it really, seriously tasted like root beer! I know I’ve groused on here before (in my DT’s Tropicalia review) about people saying that teas taste “just like” something else, but this is as uncannily close to “just like” as I think a tea can get.

So I rushed home to make my own pitcher of this one. In order to do this, I was planning to throw out the last fifth or so of my pitcher of DT’s Lime Gelato.

Now, I would not normally do that. I’m not really the child my taste buds think I am. I would normally wait and drink the last of the last pitcher. Unfortunately, that particular pitcher really, really didn’t turn out so great. I cold-brewed the Lime Gelato for about 4 and a quarter hours, and then yanked the leaves out because I was concerned about it eventually getting bitter the way Kiwi’s Big Adventure did. And it was unbelievably tasteless. Faintly lime, faintly green tea, and…that’s it. I talked to an SA in the store, and she told me that she doesn’t think Lime Gelato cold-brews well. Oops. So I’d just been using it up in boozy mixed drinks. And I planned to throw the rest of that failed pitcher out, because it just wasn’t that pleasant to drink even then.

As it turns out though, my loose-leaf hating sister actually drank it! Although she apparently told my mother, “Weird, it smells much stronger than it tastes.” (gigglesnort) And then she and my mom puzzledly went through all my teas in the cupboard trying to figure out which one it was! …Of course, they didn’t because they don’t know that half my stash (including that one) is actually in my room so that no one in my family but me knows how many teas I actually have. Shhh…

So. This isn’t a review of Lime Gelato, but I had to mention that because it’s made me nervous now about cold-brewing. This was the first time ever that the cold-brewing method has failed me, and I couldn’t help but think, “What if it doesn’t work for Root Beer Float?!” But I figured, nah, none of the listed ingredients are things I haven’t cold-brewed before – I think? – and it should work, no problemo.

But. Twelve-plus hours of cold-brewing later (yes, I lost track), guess what?

Root Beer Float cannot be cold-brewed either!

Now, I might not have realized that if I hadn’t had a to-go cup from the store, because it does still have a root beer taste to it and is drinkable. But nothing like what I had from the store! Sheesh! So just a heads-up for anyone thinking of slow-brewing this one cold…nope. Don’t waste your leaves.

So I just made some hot. This review is for that instead. If I can cool this enough before I go to bed, I will maybe try half the cup cold.

First, the smell is amazing. It does smell like root beer, both dry and wet – even hot. It’s another one of those “huff over the cup” teas.

Hot: The first sip was disturbingly tasteless, but it seems to be one of those that gets more flavour as it cools rather than less, so I gave it a few minutes and…yeah, there we go. Root beer and vanilla! I taste the base more hot, and I think it is rather middle-ing…there’s a faint bitterness to it. But I’m okay with it as the flavour is pretty well done. I can’t really separately taste white chocolate in this, and for that I’m grateful as I despise white chocolate.

I really just wish it was sweeter. I know that people have been bitching endlessly about stevia in DT teas lately – although I’m not sure why, it’s even considered safe for diabetes according to what I’ve read – and this tea does not have it. I wish it did. I have not had much of an opinion on the stevia thing until now, but now – I think they should have added it to this one in particular, and I do not understand how so many recent teas have that ingredient which probably don’t need it and this one doesn’t! I do not want to be adding too much of my own sugar to the tea because I don’t want to change the flavour, but this is supposed to be root beer. It should not be about subtle flavours. I don’t want to swirl this one on my tongue trying to pick out notes. I expect tea, but I also expect it to taste a little more like it will rot my teeth.

Cold: Okay, I should probably save this as I’m falling on my face. But this is definitely better cold (as I’m sure you’d already assumed); I keep seeing people on the FB page saying it needs fizz, but floats go flat! It has that nummy flat float taste.

I’ve also been experimenting with adding milk or cream and a swirl of DT’s vanilla agave to bring out the float-y aspects more, and that’s AWESOME. This is another get-me-through-the-work-day tea.

And with that, I’m up too late and talking too long and I’m out!

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Have you tried Golden Moon’s Vanilla Jasmine? Some people say it smells like root beer, most say it tastes like cream soda. I didn’t cold brew it, but I did ice it this week and it was yummy!

momo

I found that if I made Lime Gelato hot first, then put then cold steeped the leaves, it works better. But its’s definitely just easier to make it hot then cool it off.

Kittenna

Oh holy something, I think this is the longest review I’ve ever encountered! Just had to say this before I read the whole thing :) Also, I had forgotten that it was you who had been inquiring about the soft drink-flavoured teas; glad they finally came out!

Kittenna

Ahahaha, loved the review, and love how you stash tea in your room so nobody knows how big the stash really is!

I cold-brewed Lime Gelato at least once and did enjoy it, but I may have way overleafed the cup in order to get that flavour. Good to know that this one’s not good for cold-brewing, as I certainly would have tried that myself after picking it up (I just haven’t made it to DT yet). Flat float, also, sound delicious to me :)

I also don’t know why everyone’s moaning about stevia; it certainly hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m pretty indifferent to it.

Ninavampi

Great review!!! I loved your gigglesnort! :)

Daniel Scott

@ashmanra – Never have, no, I will check it out.

@Amanda – that’s actually a cool idea, I will try that too.

@Krystaleyn – The longest?! Oh dear. I can talk so much more than this, but I try to keep it short on Steepster because there is no “read more” that I know of on here.

Yes, it was me! I was starting to wonder if they would come out in the fall after all, no joke, because there were all the fruity and berry summer teas and surely that’s enough, right? DT is just rolling them out these days…don’t know how I feel about that.

I just don’t get the stevia thing. People keep saying, “I don’t want sweetened tea.” Um, then why are you buying tea flavoured like pop?

@Ninavampi – Thank you! Yeah, it was pretty funny. I still haven’t gotten a chance to tell her that the tea was so flavourless because I screwed it up. She’s probably chalked it up to me being crazy to think loose leaf tastes good. :P

Hope this posts, guys; I haven’t been able to open my own tealog lately.

Kittenna

Haha, actually you might be tied with Ian for longest tasting note, as I remember he wrote quite a long one a while back! I don’t mind though, because long tasting notes are often filled with interesting stories! Take Bonnie’s notes, for example!

I’m a little… annoyed(?) that DT keeps putting out new teas. Probably because I can’t keep up, to be honest. It seems a bit overkill though, but I suppose they have to keep things new and fresh! I felt like 52teas put out quite a number of teas, but DT has Frank beat by a long shot!

Babble

I tried this today cold-brewed and thought it was pretty good. How long did you let it sit for? Mine sat for about 12+ hours. I may try it hot, though, and cool it down just to see.

Daniel Scott

It’s not that I didn’t think that it was good – like I said, if I hadn’t had it flash-chilled in the store, I probably would have decided it was great, and a decent imitation of root beer. Thing is, the flash-chilled version was even more true to a root beer taste, so I couldn’t be satisfied with a cold-brewed version after that.

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ashmanra

Have you tried Golden Moon’s Vanilla Jasmine? Some people say it smells like root beer, most say it tastes like cream soda. I didn’t cold brew it, but I did ice it this week and it was yummy!

momo

I found that if I made Lime Gelato hot first, then put then cold steeped the leaves, it works better. But its’s definitely just easier to make it hot then cool it off.

Kittenna

Oh holy something, I think this is the longest review I’ve ever encountered! Just had to say this before I read the whole thing :) Also, I had forgotten that it was you who had been inquiring about the soft drink-flavoured teas; glad they finally came out!

Kittenna

Ahahaha, loved the review, and love how you stash tea in your room so nobody knows how big the stash really is!

I cold-brewed Lime Gelato at least once and did enjoy it, but I may have way overleafed the cup in order to get that flavour. Good to know that this one’s not good for cold-brewing, as I certainly would have tried that myself after picking it up (I just haven’t made it to DT yet). Flat float, also, sound delicious to me :)

I also don’t know why everyone’s moaning about stevia; it certainly hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m pretty indifferent to it.

Ninavampi

Great review!!! I loved your gigglesnort! :)

Daniel Scott

@ashmanra – Never have, no, I will check it out.

@Amanda – that’s actually a cool idea, I will try that too.

@Krystaleyn – The longest?! Oh dear. I can talk so much more than this, but I try to keep it short on Steepster because there is no “read more” that I know of on here.

Yes, it was me! I was starting to wonder if they would come out in the fall after all, no joke, because there were all the fruity and berry summer teas and surely that’s enough, right? DT is just rolling them out these days…don’t know how I feel about that.

I just don’t get the stevia thing. People keep saying, “I don’t want sweetened tea.” Um, then why are you buying tea flavoured like pop?

@Ninavampi – Thank you! Yeah, it was pretty funny. I still haven’t gotten a chance to tell her that the tea was so flavourless because I screwed it up. She’s probably chalked it up to me being crazy to think loose leaf tastes good. :P

Hope this posts, guys; I haven’t been able to open my own tealog lately.

Kittenna

Haha, actually you might be tied with Ian for longest tasting note, as I remember he wrote quite a long one a while back! I don’t mind though, because long tasting notes are often filled with interesting stories! Take Bonnie’s notes, for example!

I’m a little… annoyed(?) that DT keeps putting out new teas. Probably because I can’t keep up, to be honest. It seems a bit overkill though, but I suppose they have to keep things new and fresh! I felt like 52teas put out quite a number of teas, but DT has Frank beat by a long shot!

Babble

I tried this today cold-brewed and thought it was pretty good. How long did you let it sit for? Mine sat for about 12+ hours. I may try it hot, though, and cool it down just to see.

Daniel Scott

It’s not that I didn’t think that it was good – like I said, if I hadn’t had it flash-chilled in the store, I probably would have decided it was great, and a decent imitation of root beer. Thing is, the flash-chilled version was even more true to a root beer taste, so I couldn’t be satisfied with a cold-brewed version after that.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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