101 Tasting Notes
I bought 50g to try out… boy, it was such a let down at first. I love sweet things, and this tea was far too sweet for me. But then I got experimenting…
There is a trick with this tea… I’d highly recommend steeping it in a tea bag. That way, a lot of the spices don’t escape into the cup and make it annoyingly spicy (or annoyingly sweet for that matter).
It also makes a fantastic latte. No need to add additional sweeteners.
Overall, not my fave. Certainly not a bad little tea though.
AHHHHHH. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
So this basically tastes like cherry kool aid if you add sweetener, and if you don’t, it’s like this delicious hibiscus-y-cherry-y awesomeness. I like it waaaay more than Indian Summer (the only other cherry DT I have) for an iced tea and this one makes great tea pop too.
Overall a really fun blend for summer. I’m going to be sure to stock up.
Hey new best friend tea, what’s goin’ on?
But for reals, I love this tea. Since I’m moving soon, I’m really not allowed to get more tea… and low and behold… more tea… BUT this one is so good! I couldn’t help myself. It just is the best thing ever ever ever.
I should note that I was never a huge fan of Tropicalia. Sure, it was okay. But it definitely was not one of my favourites.
So what is it about this blend? For me, I have to imagine it is the combination of vanilla and star anise added to it to give it a prominent base (which I also imagine is what makes it taste great hot or iced). Another one of my favourite DT blends (R.I.P.) is Ceylon Star, so I do love that star anise!
It’s nice to have a permanent pineapple tea at DT that isn’t pineapple oolong either. YAY!!
Like other reviewers have mentioned, this tea comes across as very light. In a way this makes sense – if the lemon overpowered everything (as too much lemon tends to), you wouldn’t be able to get a lovely hint of strawberry at the end of the sip. This is to say that the strawberry is not very prominent – if I had one criticism it would be just that. I think I would have preferred a stronger strawberry flavour.
This tea is unique in my collection which is why I would repurchase. I am a huge fan of DTs Pink Lemonade (iced) and this one is a lighter cup with no stevia for those who get a weird mouth-feel.
Flavors: Lemon, Strawberry
I can’t believe how much hate there is on here for this blend. In general, I’m not a huge fan of Teavana, but I do believe their teas are of decent quality, just mega overpriced. Luckily I have friends in high places so I get to try these things… y’know, at a decent discount (the beauts of working retail my friends).
Anywho, berry kiwi colada is a bit of a misnomer since I don’t get a whole lot of berry from the blend. However, kiwi colada is a really apt description – You get a tonne of kiwi goodness flavour layered by some tart hibiscus and a solid coconut note throughout the sip. I have yet to try this one hot, but iced… I actually really like it! After reading some reviews on here, I was a bit concerned, but it’ll be another great iced tea blend for this summer. Yum!
So my recommendation comes with a caveat – you have to like coconut, hibiscus and kiwi COMBINED or you’ll think that this tastes like some sort of cough-syrup-y-death-blend.
Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus
I’ve had “Oprah Chai” (boy does that feel weird to say) a couple of times now, and I must admit that it is growing on me. I haven’t had it at Teavana, but have had it at Starbucks several times, both as a hot and cold latte. I like it either way. At first the rooibos was really offputting to me, but I feel like after a while the other spices settle in and the whole thing just “works”.
Either that or I’m just happy I don’t have to deal with the Tazo chai syrup that gives me heartburn.