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I originally got swamp water, strawberry shortcake and Luscious watermelon to try from the summer tea collection. They were okay, nothing special. One day I went in to get my dollar iced tea and the women suggested tropicalia but she was out. Next day I went another location to get my dollar iced tea and they had it so I got a sample size to try. Boy is it good! At first I thought piña colada tea sounds gross, but it taste really wonderful iced! The flavor can be a but mild but you get the pineapple and coconut taste. I went back a few times to get 100g but they have been sold out for a week or so. Finally got 100g yesterday. This tea is heavy with all the fruit pieces so 100g gets you about half a “perfect tin”. I probably won’t be restocking just because it’s heavy and an expensive tea. I would say everyone should try it once! I get more pineapple than coconut taste when I brew it. The left over fruit bits are really good I always eat it :)
Bleeeccchhh. Had some of this again last night, and I’m convinced that my first sample was amazing, and my second had some serious off-flavours. Possibly from the stevia. Either way, this was quite disappointing, and I have to dump the rest of my mug out. It had a kind of soapiness to it… very gross. :(
Backlog from Saturday. Brewed this up in the office, in a travel mug. It really suffered because of it. Of course, it also didn’t cool until I left for the night (er, morning), so I drank it the next day. It was very mediocre. I’m going to have to try this again at home… but I’m pretty sure the at-work-brewing and travel-mug-brewing caused some problems. Sigh.
Nom nom nom. Finally a second cup of this one. It’s not quite as blueberry-y as I remember, but I think a) there was more black tea in this cup and b) I may have raised my expectations for it. Nonetheless, it is still very deliciously blueberry, and I can taste the base tea this time. Definitely one of the better teas DT has released lately.
Ok, I’m being bad and really should be at work right now, but had a dentist appt this morning and didn’t eat before, then had to wait the 30 min for the fluoride before eating after, and then I got sidetracked making tea… Bad!!
So, my first attempt at brewing this one myself. I have high hopes, of course! The tea is chock full of dried berries – enough so that I used 2 tsp of tea to ensure I got lots of flavour :)
The aroma is that of a tart-sweet blueberry pie. Delicious. (It just occurred to me that I should have brewed up some White Tiger too! Drat!) The flavour is very much like the aroma, although with perhaps a bit less tartness. Blueberry Jam is a perfect descriptor, because it’s not tart enough to taste like fresh blueberries, but has more of a hot, cooked, sweetened blueberry flavour. I’m not getting too much of the base tea here, but it might just be hiding – part of the reason I was regretting not having brewed up White Tiger was because it would be interesting to compare the combination of blueberry flavour with different tea bases, because that might help me to pick out the subtleties of each base that I can’t normally distinguish from the tea as a whole. I think this would be an especially effective experiment with these two because I feel like the blueberry flavour here is quite similar to that in White Tiger (which is great because I loved it!).
Oh, and that astringency I noted from the first time I drank this, as the tea of the day? Completely non-existent. I did go with only a four minute infusion though.
ETA: Second infusion was kind of weak. I tried some of the berries out of the infuser though, and BOY were they delicious! So I think it just needed a longer infusion. I would like to try this mixed 3:1 with Bear Trap, and see if it doesn’t make a fabulous iced tea (although it probably would alone too, a bit of bite would be great!)
Although I did purchase a 12g sample of this one today, I only tried it in store as the Tea of the Day. And, it was pretty darn good! I tried it iced, and where I usually find the in-store iced teas to be on the weak side, this one wasn’t. And it did taste much like blueberry jam. I’m interested to compare it to 52teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, because although one’s mimicking a condiment and another a baked good, I’m not likely to stock two blueberry blacks. Wasn’t in the mood to try this comparison tonight though.
The only possibly negative thing I did notice (other than the stevia, which people are bound to complain about but doesn’t bother me) was a touch of astringency, but given that I wasn’t the one who brewed the tea, I won’t judge it based on this for now.
After seeing Faith’s review, I was looking forward to drinking this. I was very disappointed.
First, I tried it hot…way too tart and it didn’t seem like sugar or honey was the right choice to improve this.
So, I poured it over ice. This didn’t help either.
I love pears. I love the Honey Pear by Golden Moon more than most teas. This tea didn’t taste like pear at all to me.
So, one banana, 5 Tums and an hour later, my stomach still hurts from drinking this.
Another bad experience for me from DAVIDsTEA. Truly unfortunate.
I got this iced a while ago while I happened to be around a DAVIDs (an all too rare occurrence these days I’m afraid!) It was super refreshing but I didn’t find it all that flavourful, but considering that it is based off of watermelon, which is also mostly water, I guess that is to be expected. Refreshing and fruity, it makes a great summer tea, but I am a little disappointed by the weakness.
Another special THANKS to Steepster Bonnie for sending me this sample! The title of this tea had my name written all over it. Chocolate Orange Pu’erh! Well, that’s not really my name…though…Stoo C. O. Pu’erh…hhmm…it does have a bit of class!
Anyhow, this tea sounded like it had all of the ingredients that I love, in tea, or anything! Chocolate and orange are a great combination. I was extremely psyched to brew this baby.
I steeped it at 212 degrees for six minutes. The instructions said 98 degrees celsius (208.4 degrees fahrenheit) but my one-touch tea maker isn’t quite that versatile. No matter, what’s 3.6 degrees between friends?
The aroma that emerged from the steeping brew was interesting. I could detect the somewhat fishy aroma of the pu’erh mixed in with a sweet orange attribute.
The color of the steeped blend was light brown with orange hues. This is what I would expect if I put orange juice and pu’erh tea in a blender.
At first taste, the pu’erh flavor comes roaring through like a freight train. Then, the orange caboose begins to bring up the rear. As I guzzled more and more, I could discern the orange/pu’erh hybrid qualities of the flavor. The taste is smooth, sweet, and fruity, with the pu’erh presence complementing it perfectly. Bitterness is completely absent.
This is a fantastic tea. I’ve already enjoyed pu’erh with coconut. I now know that orange also is a great mate for it. I am looking forward to trying more pu’erh combinations in the future!
These two flavors are actually a great match. Besides tea, this would be a great selection in a box of chocolates. Are there any mad scientist chocolatiers out there? :-)
Had this as an iced latte last week. Thanks for the DAVIDsTEA staff who gave this to me on the house, you rock!
I found it tart, but maybe there was not enough agave nectar to my taste. It wasn’t a bad thing though, you have your bitter strawberries and your sweet ones! Very refreshing. Think I will try this warm sometime.
Very mild tasting. Flavour reminds me of apples and cinnamon. The cinnamon taste itself is very mellow but definitely stands out as the primary flavour. None of the floral tastes really stand out with the rosehips coming through the most. The oat straw gives a smooth taste which is unique but not unpleasant.
This latest batch of tea seems to be much more tart than the tea I originally tried. Strange. I can see why everyone would be complaining about it, however, I have the solution!
Just use your tea to make the Perfect Pear Fizz recipe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidstea/7267619520/
Seriously, do it.
I made a jar of the Perfect Pear syrup and just keep it in the fridge for when I want something icy, yet amazing to drink. Even my husband likes it and has taken to calling it “Faith’s special drink”. You know you’ve succeeded when your loved ones name the drink after you.
I’m not a huge fan of pears, so we’ll see how this goes…
And, I take it all back! This tea is surprising in every way. I was expecting something akin to Cranberry Pear—which tastes alright, but lately I’m not really feeling the fruity + black/green teas—which it isn’t at all! Upon brewing my husband remarked that it smelled like, and I quote, “South African cream soda, you know, the green kind!” and I suppose he’s right. The taste though is beyond delicious!
I thought that I would never find anything remotely on par with Luscious Watermelon in terms of pure, unadulterated fruitiness, but I was wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I brewed all 20g of this tea then promptly returned to my local store to acquire more! Lately I’ve been brewing it double-strength + mixing in a dash of raw sugar + putting it in the fridge to cool. Once it’s lukewarm I pour it over ice, then take my tastebuds on a journey to paradise.
Very tasty. Love the combination of jasmine and floral notes in this one. The most strong flavour to me is the rose. I have had some for about a year now and it keeps very well. Have to be careful of steeping time with this one, even a little extra time makes the tea taste off.
In my bag from last fall I didn’t quite have enough left for an entire mug of this so I cut it with some Caramel Spice from last fall’s collection. The resulting franken-tea was Caramel Pumpkin Chai. Oh heck yes.
It was mostly the Pumpkin Chai that I know and love, with a tiny bit of that caramelly, orangey, spicy warmth from Caramel Spice. It was seriously fantastic.
I seem to have timed it right to use up my Pumpkin Chai bag, because I see it’s now re-released! I’ll have to place an order for that and a bag of Toasted Marshmallow.
I had the worst day at work yesterday and I was feeling generally bummed about the fact that I have a degree and make minimum wage. It was just one of those days where you feel like the world is trying to screw you over. After downing a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (yes, seriously) I decided that tea would be perfect. I decided on a warm comforting one, and reached for pumpkin chai. Sweetened it with a little agave, and I’ll be darned if it wasn’t the best cup of tea I’ve had in months. It was SOS perfect
I stopped by David’s Tea today to pick up some stuff for a friend who lives overseas. I also used this opportunity as an excuse to pick up some samples of stuff I’ve been wanting to try. They finally got those teas I wanted back in stock! Yaaaay! And since Steepster has been acting better lately, you’ll likely be seeing my thoughts on those teas soon!
After chatting with my tea helper and sniffing teas, I got a bit thirsty. So I ordered this iced to go. It’s only ok. While the icy cold drink was very refreshing on a hot moist day, the flavor was only so so. The peach was too candy-like for my taste and the oolong was a bit too grassy and metallic. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t taste like high quality oolong either. And there’s supposed to be some almond in here? Hmm…didn’t really notice.
I don’t regret this tea. I’m happy i tried it, but I have better things waiting for me.
Also, if I lived or worked closer to David’s Tea, I’d be all over their iced tea promo! $1 iced teas all summer long if you bring in their own special travel cup. The cup is $9ish. Tempting…veeery tempting….
Edit: looking at my receipt, I suddenly realized that I got this iced tea for free! That’s so awesome! What’s the trigger for a free tea to go? Thank you so much, tea person!
mmMmm peachy oolong peachy gummie.
This smells just great to me. Pretty leaves too – longer pieces of dark leaves intermixed with some green leaf pieces.
I steeped the tea with approximately 95*C water (my thermometer broke baawwwh) for 2 minutes (about..). I am realizing I should really watch my steeping times and get a thermometer asap, but I’m just enjoying the taste of tea again.
Speaking of taste – YUMMooo This is almost better than watching my neighbours try to mow their giant, steeply slanted hill. .. Back to it – so this tea tastes like absolutely wonderful fuzzy peach juice. I wonder what this would taste like iced? I bet heavenly. It has a very nice color to it as well which reminds me of roasted peaches. Slight creaminess on the tongue, but very subtle. It almost reminds me of peach sorbet.
Personally, I love this tea 100X’s more than Long Life Oolong.. but maybe I should give that one another shot. They seem like they should compete.. both oolongs, both peachy.
I’ll admit that I was majorly turned off by the smell, both dry & steeped. It had a weird coffee-y smell, & I don’t really like coffee unless it’s a mocha. However, this tastes nice. I guess it’s what coffee tastes like without the bitter kick. Very mellow, the coffee beans & mate blend nicely. Has a coffee/green taste, which sounds weird, & it is, but it works. Not sweet, but I didn’t need to add sweetener to drink it either.
another sample that i drank as i was learning about tea.
i would just drink whatever.
and enjoy myself and steep things poorly and be confused and just keep drinking.
jumping in. jumping in.
Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers
Lonely as a cloud In the Golden State
“The coldest winter that I ever saw Was the summer that I spent…”
first drank May 28, 2012.
04/29/2013 added note.