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I am not much of a fruit tea drinker, but my wife picked this up and told me it was pretty good, so I’m giving it a try. I guess the “parfait” in the name comes from the fact that it has yoghurt bits in it… I thought the yoghurt might make the tea a little cloudy but it brewed up a nice clear deep pink/red colour. It smells a lot like stewed rhubarb – which, for me, is a good thing. As I work my way through the cup, I am enjoying this tea more and more. It is one of the better fruit teas that I have had (and would probably make a great iced tea). The combination of apple and rhubarb makes it nice and tart, the strawberry and carrot smooth it out a little. I also sweetened the tea up with some simple syrup – which seems to balance the tart flavour nicely… All in all a very good tea. I would definitely drink it again – which is good because I think my wife will keep this one in the cupboard year round.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Found this one in our tea cupboard and decided to give it a try. Unlike many of the fruit teas we have tried lately, this one is a flavoured tea (a.k.a. there are no chunks of real fruit). The base of the tea is Ceylon and Keemun leaves which is a fancy way of saying that this is basically an orange pekoe/english breakfast tea that has a little apricot flavouring blended in…

The tea has a nice chocolate brown colour after steeping and smells like an english breakfast – the flavour is much the same as it smells with a slight hint of apricot. I liked the apricot flavouring and it seemed to enhance the tea – not a bad tea overall. Personally, I prefer more adventurous black teas.

A couple of reviewers on the Murchie’s website mentioned that they liked this one iced with lemon or in a latte. I would imagine that this would lend itself well to both of these methods. I will have to give that a try and then update this posting later!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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We are starting to get some hot weather here on the west coast which seems like a good excuse to make some iced tea… I picked this one up at DavidsTea because it smelled so good! Taking a closer look at the tea – in addition to the white tea leaves and the headlining mango, there is definitely a noticeable amount of orange (peel and “slices”) and pineapple. I steeped this tea for six minutes and, while it was cooling, added about two teaspoons of sugar, then poured over ice. The smell of the tea (while hot) instantly reminded me of hot apple cider and, to a lesser extent, fuzzy peaches. The taste (once cool) was that of pineapple and oranges… not much mango. That said, the tea was good, on par with many of the other iced teas that I have had this summer. I would’t have a problem drinking this tea again and it was quite refreshing on a hot evening.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I am a new tea drinker – and this is my first oolong tea. I decided to go with the oolong-banana combo since a number of people on Steepster seem to enjoy it, plus it has a great aroma (if you like bananas). The aroma of the dry tea reminds me a little of those old school banana marshmallow candies (which I love). After brewing the tea, the banana aroma fades and the aroma of the tea takes over. On first tasting, I can’t say that I can really taste any banana at all (which is a little disappointing) though it maybe lends a little sweetness to the tea. I enjoy the tea – which is to say that I will be ordering a few more oolongs to see how this one compares! I will also try a second steep to see if I get more of a banana hit :)

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200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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