Sleighhhhh Rideeeeee… I was excited to taste this one when I heard there was cinnamon in it. It makes me think of the forever nuts tea except 99999999 times better.. I really like the fruity taste and nutty taste together ! YUmmmmy
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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.
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Pretty robust for an herbal tea. It smells of cinnamon and fruity berries/hibiscus with a hint of popcorn. The color is a bright fuschia, which made me laugh when I saw it. The taste is mostly hibiscus, but it is balanced by the other flavors (other fruits and spice). You can’t pick out the papaya or fruits lower down on the list, but it’s nice to see pieces of them in the loose leaf tea. A basic fruity holiday tea, but not one I will be sad to see gone when the season passes.
This was recommended to me because of my love of Forever Nuts. On first glance, they have much in common: trail mix appearance, apple/cinnamon smell and a bright pink (reddish in this case) hue.
But that’s where the similarities end as they couldn’t taste more different. This one is tart, almost lip puckeringly so, and definitely unexpected. Much like Stormy Night, it’s not always my go-to choice and it can definitely be an acquired taste but the cranberry/apple tartness is refreshing!
I’m ashamed to admit that I never re-steeped my tea before (never knew you could!) but I have found that the second go around of this flavour is noticeably weaker in the tart department, but still retains a mild apple/cranberry flavour.
EDIT: whoops! Shows how oblivious I am, there isn’t any cranberry in this, so disregard any references to that. Apparently I wouldn’t know hibiscus if it slapped me in the face.
One thing that I love about herbal teas is the colours that they come in. My absolute favourite? The ones that brew a bright beet pinkish red. The colour is so rich, and I know I’m in for a slightly dry, probably fruity, and overall delicious cup of caffeine-free delightfulness.
Today’s cup is one of those, and certainly did not let me down at all. Yum! Plus, with the name, it’s suddenly all wintery, and perfect for Christmastime! Double yum!
Steeped: 4 tsp in 2-cup pot. Brewed with freshly boiled water.
First Cup: Steeped 5.5 minutes. Clear.
Very red. Very fruity. There’s a dry, strong fruity flavour that hits all at once, and then disappears almost as quickly, followed by a mild, nutty taste. There’s a lovely sweetness to it. There’s also a, pleasant, dry, fruity (or at least berry-y) aftertaste.
Second cup: Resteep. 15 minutes. Clear.
More red than a second steep of these red-coloured teas usually are. The initial burst of flavour is missing, but it automatically goes to that nice aftertaste. There is, however, a nice, sweet initial taste, and it still has quite a try mouthfeel.
Third cup: Same resteep. Approximately 40-45 minutes. Clear.
The fruity taste is a bit stronger, and the tea seems somehow a bit thicker. There’s still a bit of fruitiness (someone else mentioned apple and I think that’s what it is) but I’m mainly noticing the sweetness over any actual flavour. Still fairly enjoyable, but not as wonderful as the first steep by far.
Overall impression: The first steep is amazing. It makes me almost wish that I hadn’t given half of it to my mother. The second steep wasn’t half bad either, though not anywhere as near as the first — especially good considering it’s a tisane, which often don’t resteep well at all.
My rating: 80. A-. Would be higher if the flavour lasted longer than a burst or if it resteeped as wonderfully (though it still is a better tea for resteeping than most tisanes!). Still, I can’t deny the lovely flavour at least a low A.
Deck the halls with balls of…what the heck is this stuff? Are you sure I am not supposed to eat this with milk for breakfast in the morning? This is pretty much how I felt after smelling and looking at this tea, honestly it looks like granola, but smells better.
Dry this tea has a complex smell its hard to really pinpoint each one but I know my nose picks up the apple and popped rice pretty strongly; however as I said earlier the best way I can explain the smell is like granola or something you would eat for breakfast. Steeped the tea has an aroma that reminds me of christmas
The final brew is a reddish gold color and has a nice cinnamon aroma to it with fruity undertones. When I actually drank the tea I knew in the first sip I was not going to enjoy this tea and unfortunately I was right. I was slightly afraid it would be the case, but unfortunately for me it has a slight tart taste and the fruits simply didn’t appeal to me.
This is certainly a tea you will need to try to find out if it is for you, its too hard to determine just by the smell of it. Good concept by Davids unfortunately just not for me.
Smelled delicious in the pouch.
I got this from lindairvine as a taste test.
I’m already worried about the hibiscus…(Pink Flaming has made me steer clear of almost all hibiscus in teas,please do read my review)
once brewed it was deep purple and i still smelled no hibiscus just cinnamon and apple bordering on quite subtle with notes of a nutty smell as well.
Is this forever nuts???? It tastes EXACTLY the same…
Wasn’t a fan of that which makes me not a fan of this.
Hmmm dry this tea smelled just like forever nuts. The taste is a bit hard to describe (and I’ve never tried Kanpe tea), but it was fruity and I guess picked up that oatmeal cookie factor of forever nuts a little bit…with a hint of tartness. But there was a super fancy piece of cinnamon stick in my tin which was neat.
It was an enjoyable day 10 cup of tea to have last night, but it’s nothing that I would rush to the store to try. It doesn’t really stand out as a unique tea, but maybe I would need another cup to make sure.
This tea reminds me of forever nuts.. which is one of my all time faves. But it’s much more tart. From other comments I’ve read, I’m gonna assume the tartness is from the hibiscus. That’s slightly disappointing, but doesn’t mean I don’t like the tea. I could not only taste, but also smell, the popped rice. Kind of like genmaicha smell. It was very subtle though. I didn’t get much nuttiness, more so tart fruit and hibiscus and popped rice. I think I’ll steep it for less time next time ( 5-6 minutes maybe- I oversteeped on accident) it’s yummy though! Not awful at all! This and nutty and spice are my fave holiday teas from them right now! I’ll have another cup of this tomorrow and see how I feel then. For now, I’m giving a thumbs up- although if I could I would ask them to tone down the hibiscus
Flavors: Apple Skins, Hibiscus, Rice, Tart, Toasted Rice