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So the first time I drank this, I made steeped it in hot water, double strong, and then poured over ice. It was not good at all, very floral. It actually reminded me of the way one of my Lush bathbombs smells.
Since it had such good reviews here, I tried again. This time I cold brewed it in the fridge for 12 hours or so and added a little agave. Took it to work and drank it all day, and it was delicious! No floral notes really, just fruity apple and tart berry refreshingness. It was sweet, light, and tasty and I’m so glad I tried it again. I will never drink this one hot or brew it hot again because this one seems to love cold brewing!
Unsurprisingly, this is much like Strawberry White. Definitely sweeter and more jam-like though, and along with the tasty white tea flavour I’m almost getting an odd smokiness. Not unpleasant, but quite unexpected! Not really sure where it’s coming from. This is good, though. I’m not sure whether I like the old or new version better; may have to give it a try later today, after I’ve slept…
I bought this from the David’s tea by my house and I definitely was not disappointed
I brewed a cup and took it to work as it was a fairly cold day and boy was it good
The taste of the berries was strong but did not cover up the taste of the oolong and the maple syrup in it just adds to everything and gives it a light, almost sugary taste to it which I thought was great
in all it is probably one of my favorite tea right now
Mmmm… I’m pretty happy with this one. Very, very pear with some nice vanilla flavoring to it. More of a bosch pear than an anjou, which I think may be why it’s hitting the tart button for a bunch of folks. Though, to be fair, I’m drinking this sample and Teavivre’s Water Lily, which is far more tart. The apple surprisingly didn’t seem to overpower the pear, which may defy all rational consensus.
So yeah, if you like a good fruity pear flavor, this is one for you! Sweetened and iced, I’m betting it’s remarkably refreshing.
This was a sample from one of the DAVIDsTEA orders we had. I thought I’d try it out despite Dylan’s dislike of mango. The last mango tea we had tasted more like pear, so it didn’t quite hit the mango hate button.
This does hit the mango hate button. It is very mango, mango, mango. Wait, let me say it again, MANGO! I like the chili follow up but I feel like I want more pepper less mango. The chili hits me in the throat and I want it to go, “Pow! I’m here!” on my tongue. I know there is green tea in here some where but I couldn’t say a thing about it.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @95C. Drunk bare.
Well, unlikely many of the blends at DavidsTea, I _can_actually taste the tea in this one. The balance of strawberries and little bits of sugar is quite nice, and, thank the tea gods, there’s no freakin hibiscus in this blend. But but but — and I’m being difficult — I wish I could taste more tea than I can strawberries and sugar.
I expect this might be quite nice, if a little weak, cold-brewed for an iced tea.
I decided to give this tea another shot and cold brewed the last of my sample from Kittenna. Last time there was almost no bergamot, it was just a nice lemon tea. This time something different happened: I think maybe I just used more leaf? But it also brewed for a little bit longer. In any case, it was a success!
This definitely reads as an Earl Grey now. The bergamot and lemon make this a very citrus-y blend, but it’s tempered by a strong creaminess. I got the cream last time (presumably from the yogurt bits?) but it is a LOT stronger now! In fact, it’s almost like an EGC. Bumping up the rating a bit, I am loving this!
I have to admit that while I was preparing this cold brew, I thought it was a totally different tea. I meant to make some iced Mandarin Silk, but apparently grabbed this instead. By the time I realized the leaves were already in there, but Kittena was nice enough to send me quite a bit so I’ll still be able to make it hot! This sounds like it would be interesting cold anyway, I mean anything lemon practically screams to be tried over ice.
It brewed up really pale, and I was wondering if maybe I didn’t give it enough time… but 14 hours should be more than enough! Indeed, it’s quite strong, I guess it’s just a light tea. The lemon is really front and center, bright and a bit assertive. It’s tempered by a nice creaminess, with backing floral notes from the white base. Honestly I’d never associate this with Earl Grey if I didn’t know there was bergamot in there, it’s very much a nice lemon white to me. Not that it’s a bad thing, I think lemon overpowers other citrus notes very easily so it masks the bergamot. It reminded me a bit of a lemon tart filling, not mouth-puckeringly sour but with a bit of a bite and a nice sweetness as well.
Eh, yuck. Last time I tried this, it was a cold-brew that was absolutely awful due to the hibiscus and oversteeping. So I tried a regular hot brew to taste both hot and chill this time. Sadly, although the tea smells deliciously of grapefruit, I really don’t like it. I suppose it’s not terrible, but I’m getting a citrus peel sort of taste (I dislike citrus peel of any variety), and although the hibiscus isn’t overwhelming, I’m finding time and time again that it ruins my enjoyment of a tea even in small quantities. I’ll drink the rest of this cold tomorrow (or try to, anyhow), but I doubt that’s going to change my opinion of it. This tea is probably just fine for citrus lovers, but for whatever reason, such flavours just don’t work for me in tea.
ETA: Chilled version is no better. Bleh. I guess part of the reason I disliked it the first time was because I think it’s gross period.
So I guess I should have listened to everyone warning about hibiscus imparting a bitter flavour if steeped too long… I cold-steeped this one for a couple days in the fridge (yes, forgot about it), and tried it today. YUCK. It is disgusting. There’s a hint of grapefruit and a ton of nasty, disgusting bitterness. I noted a bit of tartness as well, which was nice, but the bitter/gross flavour ruined it for me. So much so that I Actually Threw It Out.
I guess I’ll try again later, perhaps hot-brewing it then chilling :D
Have you ever seen the Friends episode where the guys are avoiding Central Perk because they don’t want to get in a fight with some other guys there. So they make instant Cappuccino at their house, only its not working right, so Chandler yells “Keep stirring, keep stirring… never let it settle!”
I feel that way about this tea… kind of. Except less with the compulsive stirring, and more with the compulsive drinking. It’s getting less tasty as it cools… like… noticeably by the minute.
Although, let me back up about ten minutes. Freshly brewed, this tea SMELLS DIVINE. If judged by a panel of tongueless… uh… tea judges I guess, this tea would win all the awards. All of them.
The first sip almost lives up to the promise that the aroma offers. It’s good, it’s actually very good, one of the best non-minerally oolongs I’ve had (I’m not terribly fond of green oolongs, TGYs and the like… no real reason, they just don’t do it for me). It’s sweet, and creamy, with the tiniest hint of that juniper-y oolong flavor, and a faint aftertaste of lemon. It doesn’t quite live up to the aromatic pleasure that you’re expecting, but close.
But each successive sip… the sweet creaminess waned, and this sour bite started coming in stronger and stronger. Had I chugged this like mad, I would probably rate this really highly… but for a slow, sipping kind of tea that I expect oolong to be… no sir, I don’t like it.
Holy heck – this is one of the best darn teas I’ve ever had! It tastes like pina coladas, like a tropical vacay, like Californian summers… Great hot and FABULOUS iced! Another new cupboard essential. I drink this down in three gulps, reinfused and (im)patiently waited for it to cool to try it “iced.” SO yummy!
I’m a nut for anything strawberry, so of course I’d opt for a strawberry tea. The “shortcake” part of this tea is just a bonus. This does taste like strawberry cake, and I love that the strawberry flavor tastes more real than artificial. (Not that I’m anti-artificial strawberry or anything.) I steeped for five minutes and was able to reinfuse – always a bonus. This is a new cupboard staple! Oh, and it’s already sweet enough on its own, no additional sugar or sweetener required – always a good sign.
Had this iced at the store today and it was delicious! I like this one more than Tropicalia. I should of bought a 50g but I went with Creme Caramel Rooibos (which they gave free samples of) instead. I really like the overall bamboo + pineapple combo, it was perfect on a hot day. I’d like DavidsTea to make more bamboo-based tisanes.
My 100th tasting note! How exciting.
I decided to celebrate with this tea as I have been very interested in it since I started drinking tea. I got caught up in oolongs though and got swept away from this beautiful green tea.
I did 4g of tea per 4 oz, with water temperature around 60ish, for 1.5 minutes. It smells incredibly sweet and vegetal. YUM. Beautiful color to the liquor too – like sunshine in a cup (with a slight green tinge). Oh yummy. The taste is thick and vegetal with some bright sparkly tastes at the end of the sip that I cannot place. Perhaps I am sensing some nuttiness too. Really nice sweetness to round out the vegetal flavours too. I’m giddy
I am not quite getting the butteriness, but maybe that is because I brewed it at a lower temperature? All the websites I looked at recommended 50-60C for water temperature so I wanted to stick to that.
Overall, this tea is nice. I will play with the steeping parameters a bit more before I’m dead set on the rating.. but currently I’ll put it at 85 due to the price and the fact that I am not blown away in buttery lovely flavours (.. perhaps I was looking for something more astounding like a lovely TGY type flavour intensity).
Edit: The 3rd steep is buttery veggies! Or creamed asparagus. Either way. YUM!
I’ve been hankering for iced tea, so I made a big glass of this using 2 sample packs from DT. I like strawberry and ginger, so this sounded good. I cold brewed it for 9 hours.
Dry: Smells fruity and delicious. Yum, can’t wait!
Brewed: Deep reddish colour, from hibiscus probably. Very pretty. Upon it actually hitting your palette though, there’s this initial bitter/tart/burning sort of taste. I think it’s a combination between ginger and rose. Rose is a very predominant flavour in here for me, although reading the reviews no one else seems to think so. The noise that escaped my mouth after the first sip was something like “WLAUUUGHHH”.
Later on I asked the mister to try it. He immediately said “Tastes like grass…and…ROSES?! Ew!” He couldn’t detect any strawberry, although for me there was a nice flavour of sweet strawberry in the aftertaste.
I also had better luck getting this down when I only let it hit the back of my tongue; the initial bitterness was less pronounced that way. Keep in mind that this was also sweetened with a tsp of agave (which helped a bit, but oh man).
Ultimately though, between this being so hard to drink and being a free sample, I’m going to dump the rest and try again.
So I ordered some of this last spring (always 6 months behind/ahead down under…) and waited to really get into it until April when it started cooling down here.
I find its a fine black tea. I don’t really get a strong pumpkin flavour, and despite being an Aussie, I have a good Pumpkin Pie reference – I did fall semester of uni in Ottawa 5 years ago, so got to have a proper Thanksgiving. The chai component is nice, but not as spice-y as I would’ve liked.
So nice, but I won’t re-order this one later in the year. Leave the supplies for everyone who can’t seem to live without it!