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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

After buying 100g of this one (because I thought it was going away forever, lies), I ended up becoming less and less fond of it as time passed. Although the 50g bag I have at home is nearly empty, that’s only because I keep sending it off in swaps! The bag at work is unopened.

Anyways, I was poking around for teas to ice the other day, and found this and Swampwater and figured it was worth a shot. Turns out I made a great decision (at least with this one!) I suppose technically it wasn’t cold-brewed, as I did mix a generous 3 tsp of tea with hot (boiling-ish) water and let it sit for a little while (between 1-2 minutes) before mixing topping it up to a bit less than 2 cups of water and sticking it in the fridge overnight. The result is pretty delicious and reminds me why I enjoyed this tea in the first place.

First off, the flavour is strong, and I suspect I could even dilute the tea a bit and still enjoy it, but rooibos is still lighter than herbals, so I’m not too worried. It’s creamy and almondy and sweet enough that I wouldn’t want sugar in it, and… just so good. It’s going well with my post-run supper of steamed beans and tomatoes in lime/garlic. (Which is impressive because the lime and garlic, as I have mentioned previously, kind of kill my tastebuds!)

I hadn’t remembered my rating being quite so high for this one, but I’ll let it stand because iced, this is wicked!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
tigress_al

I never really thought to cold brew this before, but I am definitely gonna try that now!

noordelijk

I had this tea as a sample in the davidstea winter giftbox. It was so tasty and went perfectly with christmas stollen! I would always make it in my glass tumbler too so I could see the leaves floating around it was so pretty.

Lynne-tea

I made this up for my mom iced and she absolutely loved it! Carried the cup with her all night and drank my whole thing of iced tea. I was so happy =)

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that is so cute!! I’m looking forward to brewing tea for my parents (aka mom), sister, and aunt/uncle while I’m on vacation. I hope I find a winner for someone!!

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tigress_al

I never really thought to cold brew this before, but I am definitely gonna try that now!

noordelijk

I had this tea as a sample in the davidstea winter giftbox. It was so tasty and went perfectly with christmas stollen! I would always make it in my glass tumbler too so I could see the leaves floating around it was so pretty.

Lynne-tea

I made this up for my mom iced and she absolutely loved it! Carried the cup with her all night and drank my whole thing of iced tea. I was so happy =)

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that is so cute!! I’m looking forward to brewing tea for my parents (aka mom), sister, and aunt/uncle while I’m on vacation. I hope I find a winner for someone!!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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