Sleigh Ride

Tea type
Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Apple, Artificial Flavouring, Beet Root Pieces, Candied Papaya, Candied Pinapple, Cinnamon Sticks, Coconut, Hibiscus Blossoms, Popped Rice, Raisins, Roasted Almonds
Flavors
Fruity, Popcorn, Round , Spices, Sweet, Coconut
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Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 4 g 12 oz / 356 ml

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  • “I couldn't stand the thought of having to drink another cup of this cinnamon hibiscus symphony to chaoskampf again. I guess I disliked it a lot more than previously thought. I only had a mug's...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another sip down from the advent calendar! By aroma, this one smells exactly like Forever Nuts. I'm not actually certain if I'd be able to tell them apart. It's a warm, cinnamonny, nutty aroma....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ah, newbies at DavidsTea, you're so cute. Yes, I am aware of the tea of the month, and I am aware of some old classics like Buttered Rum and Cream of Earl Grey. And yes, I've tried all of the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Well I decided to make a cup of this tonight as I am trying to work through some teas to get sipdowns and reign in my cupboard. I read my last review and I really liked this. However, I also really...” Read full tasting note
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From DAVIDsTEA

Falling snow, popping chestnuts, cold hands and noses…yep, winter has arrived. But don’t worry, we have the perfect tea to warm you up all December long. Cinnamon, apples, raisins, almonds, and hibiscus combine for a tea that is sweet, tart, and earthy. And beet pieces make it as nice and rosy as a caroler’s cheeks. So hop in your sleigh, snuggle up, and pass a thermos around. It’s lovely weather for a Sleigh Ride together.

Ingredients: Apple, hibiscus blossoms, candied pineapple, candied papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, popped rice, artificial flavouring.

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why does steepster go wonky and dead around 3p everyday? i mean, i’m not REALLY complaining, i’m just kinda curious.

i have a Hario gongfu teapot that i’ve really wanted to use so i decided to try it now even though this tea isn’t really gongfu material i don’t think. maybe i’ll get one of those little over the cup strainers and then use the gongfu whenever i want. :)
i smelled the tea, and was like ‘this seems nice, why didn’t i buy more of this one?‘…aaaaand then i tasted it. and it’s a hibiscus tea. and we all know the blah blah about hibiscus teas. so i’ll just spare us all and say it’s pretty. and nice enough. and i won’t buy more. and i’ll give my sister the rest of my sample. with love xox

momo

I noticed a lot of people were linking to a forum post around then, I don’t know if it caused it today or not but both days it’s been at the absolute worst time…when I am trying to get addresses to send people tea.

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This smells so fantastic. All cinnamon and fruit with a touch of nuttiness. Alysha sent this to me a few months ago (thanks!) and it smells so good that I’ve been using it as potpourri in my sweater drawer. With the weather getting chillier, I decided that it was finally time to use it for its intended purpose.

… it’s better as potpourri. Seriously, upon taking the first sip, my instinctive response was to exclaim aloud – to an empty room – that this tea is terrible. It even loses the yummy spicy smell once you brew it. This is just vaguely cinnamon-y hibiscus juice. Blegh. Back in the sweater drawer it goes, and I’m calling this a sipdown because I never want to drink it again.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Teavangelical

it probably would have been better before you left it open in your sweater drawer for two months!!

Kaylee

I didn’t leave it open. The smell is very strong and it came through the bag.

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final tea of the evening if a 24 oz pot of this. i’ve been adding a scant tsp of white sugar to each 6oz cup and it’s just… 15 calorie perfection. i have an intense love of apple cider and this satisfies this craving perfectly. i’m generally not a huge fan of hibiscus and i really am aching for a tea like this without the tartness, but i understand my sweet tooth is more pronounced than most peoples.
also, the toasted rice gives this a fullness. it’s like genmaicha but fun fruity and caffeine free!!!!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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Funny story. Yesterday I was at work and I walked into the employee room for my break and I saw two DAVIDsTEA cups sitting on a table. I knew exactly who they belonged to because two co-workers of mine love tea and we have tea conversations all the time and confuse all of the other employees who do not really understand the language of tea (ie they get confused when we say words like oolong, rooibos, infuser, steep, etc). Anyways, so I was so curious to see what they were drinking so I grabbed their cups and smelled their tea to see if I could recognize what they had (and I was correct, Glitter and Gold & Forever Nuts). Yeah, I am a crazy person… no shame! So I started to crave Forever Nuts so I went to DAVIDs during my break and asked for that. The employee recomended that I try Sleigh Ride because it is quite similar to Forever Nuts so I did. I really enjoyed this tea. It was sweet and nutty (kind of like myself), and it also reminded me of a warm cup of apple cider. Yum.

canadianadia

Hey! I’m sweet and nutty too! lol!

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I find DavidsTea Sleigh Ride to be a bright and fairly flavorful hibiscus blend. The hibiscus is by far the strongest contributor—and the brew is rich red, similar to Tazo Passion, as proof. There is some coconut and pineapple in here, along with popped rice, all of which makes this a bit different than most hibiscus-centric herbal infusions à la Celestial Seasonings (Red Zinger, et al.). So I do believe that this one stands out a bit from the crowd. To me, however, it seems more tropical than winter wonderland-inspired.

I am personally turned off by the inclusion of artificial flavoring in this mix. With so many virtuous ingredients included, was that really necessary?

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sleigh Ride was a tea I initially bought in fear of it disappearing before spring came. I am so pleased I picked this up and tried it as it comes close to beating Oh Canada as my favourite tea ever.

When I opened the bag, I could only feel memories hit me when I inhaled the scent. It smelled like our house, around Christmas when a fire was going and the wind is howling outside. It smells of blankets wrapped around me, of cartoons playing on TV telling of Santa and other things and the Christmas tree decorated full of crafts my mother has made.

I was so worried this would not be up to par with the smell but is surpassed that and I found myself drinking gulps of it in a very unladylike way. It has a sourness to it that is just right for my tastes and it is warm and inviting and the very essence of winters in the Rocky Mountains.

I am buying a tin of this but I am restraining myself as I do. This is a winter tea and will be treated as such during the year. It will be out at winter or when I desperately need a reminder but never more as this is too special to be spoiled.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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This tea and Forever Nuts are very similar, however Sleigh Ride has hibiscus in it. I ordered this on web special and drink it chilled for the most part. I like the flavour but I find the huge chunks of cinnamon(which are not advertised in the picture) to be a bit cheeky for purchasing. My 250g had about 20 “hunks” of cinnamon stick in it and I’m totally going to weigh the cinnamon and see how much it came up to!

That being said, I do like this tea a lot and it was a no brainer when it came up for sale to purchase it. Iced, it is delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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Sample sipdown! For better or worse I’m putting all my samples in here in the hope that I’ll be horrified by the number of teas I have and use some up. Knowing me it’ll probably work.

This tea is aptly named, because I feel the same about this as I do about the song “Sleigh Ride.” It’s too forceful and it screams “winter holidays.” Unfortunately those holidays have passed so again I’m left with the impression that someone took something very similar to Forever Nuts (which I loved) and put a bunch of hibiscus flowers on top. I think hibiscus is officially my least favorite tea ingredient now, beating out such contenders as peppermint and orange rind.

ETA: My tastes may be off, but this is absolutely disgusting today and is turning my stomach. I usually make myself drink the cup even if I don’t like the tea, but today I can’t and it’s going down the drain. Never, ever again!

VariaTEA

I definitely hear you. I hate hibiscus and me and this tea really did not get along. Also, I also typically hate orange rinds because I find it makes teas bitter. I don’t mind peppermint though.

bluebelle

I feel the same about orange rind! I taste bitter strongly and it ruins both teas and foods for me. Peppermint is just personal dislike though, I’ve always hated mint flavors and now only like spearmint in small quantities.

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I actually thought David’s Tea had screwed up again (they had two day 8’s on my calendar), the color threw me, and it smelled almost exactly like I remembered Forever Nuts smelling. Once I brewed it and saw the crazy pink color I came immediately to Steepster to see if it had beetroot in it.

And, it does indeed appear to be Sleigh Ride. It tastes like apple cider, with a strong coconut smell. It is delicious indeed. I still think I taste beet though. I appreciate the color, I just cannot get it out of my head that it contains beets. It is totally psychological, I know I don’t really taste beets. Knowledge sucks sometimes. But this tea does not (even if I taste beets).

ETA: And there is the hibiscus! Now that it is cooling off the hibiscus is becoming dominant. I can see why people aren’t a fan of hibiscus. It really does take center stage. Show off.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I haven’t seen this one in store… is it a new tea?

aisling of tea

It’s the December tea of the month!

Eisenherz

Ahhhhhh! It’s also featured on the advent calendar, near the end! I actually asked them in store about this tea today, and they were shocked about its existence! None of them had noticed it in the calendar and they hadn’t gotten word about it! For a second, they actually considered trying it out by using the sample of the demo calendar! :P We smelled it, and it smells exactly like Forever Nuts.

Isabella Luna Gadbois

I have a friend working at DT, and she tasted it and told me it is really good !

Julie

I work at DT, and I saw it when looking at the calendar, but no one kneww there was a secret tea in the calendar! And i think we won’t have it in store. But it smells so good! there are small pop corn pieces in it, but not like the movie one, nor the genmaicha. it smells like cinnamon and fruit. I wish i could try it!

revlisx

I heard it was a mix of Forever Nuts and Kanpe

Julie

Finally, we have it, it’s the December tea of the month (excuse my english, I’m french!) and it’s really good! You are right revlisx, it’s like a mix of forever nuts and Kanpe!

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