97 Tasting Notes
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.
THIS IS SOOOO GOOD. If you enjoy the peach drank from the grocery store that has a pile of sugar in it and tastes nothing like actual peach, you’ll love this (I wish I was being sarcastic, but I’m not). Still haven’t tried it hot but iced it is the best thing ever. My only criticism is that it is a little weak.
MILES better than Peaches and Crayons – oops – I mean cream.
So straight up front, I love sangria. I don’t, however, love wine. It makes me very sick. This tea helps me drink sangria without feeling sick. Joy!
I’m still deciding whether or not I like the “boozy” component of this tea. I haven’t tried it hot, and I don’t really have much interest in doing so. I know a few reviewers mentioned that this is expensive because it is heavy… well I have good news! It’s also extremely strong, so you can use half of what you’d normally use in an iced tea and still end up with a very flavourful product.
Overall, really excited to have this one iced on the patio!
On my first try of this tea, I was REALLY unsure. I mean, it smelt delicious, but in a way I thought it was too sweet. After steeping it at home and adjusting amounts, however, I find that this tea is pretty much as magical as Cookie Dough (which I’m still mourning).
Like other reviewers have mentioned, the base on this one is very light. In a way this makes sense – it allows that chocolate/coconut-y/nuttiness to come through very strongly. There is rock sugar in the blend, so I recommend not sweetening it (DT lists the calorie content at 10kcal per cup, so it’s not loaded and certainly no worse than my other chocolatey favourites, Red Velvet Cake and Read my Lips). For some of you, this will be a fantastic replacement for Stormy Night.
When I’m really feeling like a sweet treat, this one makes a fantastic latte as well.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut