Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait

Tea type
Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Apple, Beet Root, Carrot, Hibiscus, Raisins, Strawberry
Flavors
Cream, Strawberry, Tart, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Creamy, Sweet, Tangy, Berries, Jam, Vanilla
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec 6 g 14 oz / 416 ml

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  • “I used to love this stuff when I first started on Steepster almost a year ago. Now I think it’s just o.k., nothing special. There are way better caffeine free options out there. This one is just...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First cold brew in my Mason Jar mug. It was so easy to just pull out the infuser when the tea was ready. I honestly love this teaware. As for the tea, nothing new to report. It is rhubarb tart...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ok, so I was pretty skeptical of this tea. Mostly because bleh, hibiscus. But hey, it's supposed to be Strawberry *Rhubarb*, so the tartness should be appropriate, and I like teas with the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Wow. This tea totally took me by surprise and bowled me over! I'm getting sweet sugary strawberry, a bunch of tart rhubarb and buttery crumbly crust goodness. It smells and tastes exactly...” Read full tasting note
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From DAVIDsTEA

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The ancient Chinese used it in medicine. The medieval Europeans traded for it along the Silk Road. And today we love it in pies, sauces, muffins or just plain, dipped in a little sugar. But the best way to eat rhubarb is with sweet, ripe strawberries. Like in this refreshingly fruity, deep red tisane. It tastes as bright and juicy as a fresh-picked berry, with a tart rhubarb punch and a subtle hint of yogurt creaminess. We love it hot or iced, or as the base for sweet, zippy sangria. Now that’s a beautiful thing. Caffeine-free.

Ingredients: Apple, hibiscus, raisins, carrot, yogurt bits, beetroot, strawberry, rhubarb, artificial flavouring*.

Allergens: dairy

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This is part of my recent fruit-herbal kick.

This is tart, fruity, with a dab of yogurt. I was surprised to find that I liked this better hot than cold (it’s too much like sour yogurt for me). A shorter steep time (4min?) prevents Hibiscus from manifesting completely in all its sour glory. I often never remember this though, which results in a thoroughly shredded tongue and throat. Whoops.

On a side note: DT and Purdy’s decided to join forces today at Hillside (maybe they’re doing it in other places?). They’re handing out samples together, which included two “tea” chocolates (Passion-fruit, Chai). Interesting stuff!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

This is the second post I’ve seen today and I had it so early on in my “tea career” I may not have given it the proper chance.

CrowKettle

Maybe? I’ve had a few pots of it so far, but am not wowed by it either. I’d rather give something new a shot first.

Courtney

I’ll keep that in mind. Perhaps next time I go to fill my guayusa tin I’ll pick up a wee bit. No special trip needed!

Fjellrev

Neat! I’d go down there and check it out but there’s no way I’d make it on time.

CrowKettle

Aw, I hope they do something like this again. It was nothing big, but I wouldn’t mind more free tea and chocolate.

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No tasting notes yet? Not even from DAVIDs? …Odd. I’m the first!

And this is my last $1 summer tea before Labour Day, so time to retire that rather leaky but money-saving mug. I’m pretty sure I got my money’s worth out of that mug, so I’m satisfied.

As my new manager would say…HOLY BALLS GUYS, this is amazing! It’s an herbal, and I’m trying to mostly stick to actual camellia sinensis for the most part these days…but what a winner of an herbal! If you don’t like this one, you are wrong. Yes, you are wrong!

Strawberry and rhubarb are maybe not two flavours I would think to put together, but that’s just more evidence that I shouldn’t be a tea blender, because they go perfectly together!

This tea is tart, naturally, because it contains both rhubarb and hibby. Actually, hibiscus is the second listed ingredient…which would have scared me if I had seen that before I bought it. But no, this is not a tartness which is badly blended and out of control. This is a perfectly balanced tartness! I am, as you know if you’ve read maybe two of my reviews, a freak for sugar, but I drank the unsweetened sample in the store and practically chugged it down! It was nice and refreshing and not too tart even without DT’s agave, so if you drink your tea without sweetener and are cringing at the listed ingredients – have no fear! It is perfectly drinkable without sweetener.

With agave though, I had a hard time rationing my mug on the way home (don’t want to run out of fluid when it’s still pretty hot out). Agave brought out the sweetness of the strawberry just that little bit more. Although I should note that it seems like a very natural strawberry flavour to me – sweet and tiny bit tart in and of itself. Any of you guys remember the cloying artificial flavour of the strawberries in Strawberry Shortcake? Well, it’s not here.

I’ve only had this iced so far, but I bet it would be amazing hot! Like strawberry rhubarb pie, or something.

The best herbal from DAVIDs since Tropicalia! Color me very impressed.


On another note (and this is a vent about my job, so skip it if you haven’t been reading that)…my local DT is finally, finally hiring.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW CHOKED I AM RIGHT NOW. Seriously, only a few weeks after I got a job at a different tea store? The universe hates me!

Part of me wants to up and quit Teavana on the spot and apply to DT, but…I won’t do it. I discussed this with one of the girls there (cute and very friendly and chatty with me, I was her first “big sale” if I remember correctly) and she told me that because the job is SO great (rub it in, right?) no one ever quits…which has the downside of actually meaning that so many people work there that no one ever gets really good hours, and full time is out of the question. I really need the money I can pull doing full time right now, so I guess it’s for the best. (And I was just getting the matcha smoothies down!)

Plus, now I know for coming years that the “tiny blip” of time when they hire is at the start of September. Did my paperwork from Teavana mention a grace period before working for a competitor? I think it did, so I’ll have to double-check.

My last day at Other Job was yesterday. They didn’t even try to keep me – practically kicked me out the door, in fact – even though, a) I have the highest seniority of any associate, am the most knowledgeable and competent person currently working there, know our complex POS machines like the back of my hand, and constantly bail out the management when they don’t know how to handle a situation, so I’m a horrible person to lose for the coming Christmas season, and b) they’ve begged every other recent quitter – including high school students – to stay. Now they don’t even have a cash desk supervisor (because, you know, that was me) and the one girl who could maybe do it is quitting.

An old friend who transferred away from Other Job’s location when we got new management warned me months ago to bail on Other Job because the new management is very politically conservative, and he felt that both he and I, as queer employees, were being used for our competence but otherwise treated like dirt out of their homophobia. I wasn’t sure then, but now I really have to wonder, because they are the only management of that store that has ever seemed to dislike me or think I was anything other than awesome.

Oh well. I’m angry, but it’s their loss and it’s done. Now I live in Tealand (as the staff calls it), for the time being and for better or worse!

Michelle

Ugh, that’s frustrating. Have a cup of tea and relax :)

Helena

yes all problems can be solved by tea :D All the people I’ve met at a David’s Tea store are happy helpful people. Just think with your full time pay you can afford…. you guessed it more tea! :D

Azzrian

We have strawberry rhubarb pie here in Kansas at all the local farmers markets so yes that is a “thing” and it is VERY good if you like Rhubarb!
Hang in there on the job front. Its SO hard to get work at all these days and office politics seems to be taking a forefront more than ever these days!

Daniel Scott

@Michelle – the number of times I’ve been to the washroom today testify that I am very relaxed, LOL.

@Helena – Believe me, I know! I plan to buy a One-Touch with my staff discount when I have a bit more saved up.

@Azzrian – Yeah, bad managers can get away with so much more these days because people cannot afford to quit. I was watching a news special on “dealing with bad bosses” recently and it basically sounded like how you’d tip-toe around your batterer if you were in an abusive relationship… Hard to explain, because surely your boss is not going to hit you, but it was really creepy to imagine people everywhere putting up with abuse at work. “Record it and report them” isn’t even the advice anymore because you will still need a job and might not get another one. Chilling.

ashmanra

Oh, Daniel, I hope it all works out, and more wonderfully than you can imagine right now! Look for good things ahead.

Barb

OMG, am just catching up on this sage and left you a “Good for you!” message about quitting the Other Place to work for Teavana. Now I’m hoping more opportunities open up for you soon and that you’ll land where you will be happy AND adequately paid.

Autumn Hearth

Ohh I totally feel your pain on the DAVIDs front. As for the old job f*** homophobia! I hope that wherever you go or stay you are happy and appreciated for your talents.

Sil

this sounds delicious… it’s one of the few DT’s i’ve wanted to try..

Amariel

So it is good hot as well as iced? I’ve only had it iced, thus far, and considering the hibby is listed second, I can actually tolerate it. I’m not sure if that’s just iced or not, since I handle hibby better iced.

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Finally had some of this one over the holidays. I remember it being creamy and vaguely fruity but not identifiably strawberry or rhubarb. For once, the tart was really well balanced and worked well for the rhubarb impression. I’ll do a further note when I have t next. For now it’s generic and drinkable but nothing to write home about. It did ease the pain of having my new (to us) car be totalled when a guy on a cell phone rear ended us with enough force to pancake us into another vehicle. We had it for only three weeks and are still waiting to hear from the adjuster if they will even try repairing it. It’s a 2000 so we’re quite worried they won’t even though it WAS in excellent shape. Mostly we are just grateful to be okay. Happy holidays and best wishes for a better 2013 for all!

ashmanra

Oh dear!

Sil

so glad that you’re ok!

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Thank you, darby!

I didn’t even realize I really wanted to try this until I was swapping with darby, then I saw everyone’s notes again and that confirmed I wanted to try this.

I decided to try it cold, since that’s how I usually drink fruit tisanes. But I think if I can get it to resteep, I’ll try it out hot.

Iced, it is amazing! It’s tart, but not too bad. It’s kind of more apple tasting than the actual two fruits in the name, but I do get berry and it’s pretty sweet. The yogurt adds a nice creaminess. I think it might actually be more appropriate to call it a tangy tea than just tart.
Something with this many tart type ingredients going on might just beg for sugar but this is so good, it’s not even needed.

I’m sad I finished the cup already, but I’ll go make some to try hot and I’m sure I’ll be sending my boyfriend to get me at least an ounce of this next month…or if there’s a good Black Friday sale I will be all over this and that Bubbly one. Sometimes it’s not helpful having a birthday that always falls around Black Friday.

Ok, hot time: it resteeped pretty well! It is a lot heavier on the yogurt though. Thankfully I don’t mind this because I’ve been craving froyo and not going because I’ll go to get in the car and be instantly cold and it will be a bad idea. So something that still has that taste, but is hot sounds like a winner.

There’s still notes of strawberry but it’s not quite the same. I am definitely going to get more of this though, and I’ll have to try it hot on a first steep.

Nik

Love this tasting note, momo! I get so happy when a tasting note gives me a really good idea of what I can expect from a tea. I need to do more of that and less of my tangential rambling. =)

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First, DaisyChubb is evil for introducing me to Drawception and giving me a new way to suddenly lose five hours of my life. (Seriously, I was up till 3am playing and reading games.)

But the tea, that’s why you’re all here. I first tried this in store and there found it lovely. It was light and lovely, with a hint of tartness and natural strawberry notes. The colour was a pale pink and while there was a sweetness to the cup, it was more along the lines of that in an actual strawberry. Really liking the sample, I got 20g and happily brought it home.

Like I always do in a first steep, I followed the “instructions” on the bag, doing a 5 min brew at about 96C. It gave me a cup of strawberry tartness, and was almost red in colour. I’m not sure if my cup perhaps had an over-abundance of hibiscus in my scoop or what, but next time I’m definitely doing a shorter steep. Brewer beware!

DaisyChubb

ahhh I know! I’ll even sit there with a migraine, refreshing the page every 5 minutes just in case a new game has started… sorry n_n; You’re awesome though!

Tina S.

hugs Thanks, bb! I’m loving everything you’re drawing over there!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait is one of the most magnificently yummy-smelling tisanes I’ve ever smelled. It smells like strawberry rhubarb pie à la mode. For real. Maybe without the crust, but either way, it’s amazing.

I’ve prepared this two ways: hot and cold brewed.

Hot, it took me by surprise. I normally can’t stand hibiscus hot. It’s a total deal-breaker, but here, it works. The liquor is a rich, deep pinkish red. And the flavour is, again, strawberry rhubarb pie à la mode. The yogurt bits truly transport this tea and keep that overly tart hibiscus in control. Furthermore, I think another reason why the hibiscus works here is because it lends the rhubarb a hand.

The cold brew is refreshing. Of course, it’s a lighter melon pink. The hibiscus backs up a little more and I can taste the strawberry here more. I can taste the rhubarb even more here too. The flavours are balanced out even better as a cold brew but I think that yogurt note is more appropriate hot. But either way, it makes a killer caffeine-free cold brew.

For the record, this tisane reminds me of my grandma’s strawberry rhubarb jam. She makes the greatest jam ever. I know many people say that about their family recipes! But I always loved her jam because she a) puts in as little sugar as possible (so her jam is always tart like this tisane) and b) not a lot of pectin, so it’s not weird and gelatinous. Now I want some of her homemade bread toasted with her homemade jam on top. :)

I think I actually prefer this hot over cold brewed. Didn’t see that coming! But I’d prepare it both ways again any day. Too bad I didn’t pick up more of this during the sale. What took me so long?!

MissLena

I love this tea too, it reminds me of my mom’s strawberry rhubarb pie lol, I was worried it’d be too tart too, but this is a very well done tea that I am almost out of..will have to restock!

Amariel

I always liked this one but it did border on being too tart. I’ll have to try cold brewing some.

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HEAVEN in a cup..

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
canadianadia

There are so many great new teas to try, and even though I JUST finished my last bit of Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, I couldn’t help but re-stock this on my recent trip to DT. It’s become a “must have” for my tea cupboard.

Cavocorax

Sigh…. Guess this is another one I’ll have to add to my list. :P

katgolik

YES ! it is a “must-have”!

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I was lucky to buy a bit of this in Momo’s sale — thank you! I know it is a favorite from David’s and also discontinued — so I will say right now — this reminds me of Zentealife.com’s Strawberry Cream (the herbal blend and not the black blend)! There is also apparently a 30% sale going on at Zen right now.

I steeped two teaspoons for a few minutes and this must be one of the better herbal blends I’ve had (especially a blend with hibiscus). The hibiscus is bearable here only because the strawberry and the cream flavors are so nice. BUT I would have liked more strawberry and cream flavors to balance out the hibiscus. I’ll probably pick out some of the hibiscus next time. There is a tiny bit of rhubarb flavor if I really look for it. It is a very nice red cup! I’ve very happy to have tried this one. I’ll treasure the rest of it.

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Trying this one hot…made it for my babe. My best friend has a fever of 101 and everyone is asleep except for me, since I am 3 hours behind her (she is in Florida and I am on the west coast of Canada). I didn’t want caffeine this late even though I am doing the late mall closing shift tomorrow and could handle a mildly caffeinated tea, so I chose this, because even though I have only had it iced thus far, I had been intrigued to try it hot, to see if I could get a pie like feel from it.

It tastes about the same hot as it does iced, though I think I used too much mix and it is a little tarter than I like…somthing I am able to handle better when iced. I might try this again but with less mix. I might also just sip what I can and add some water to dilute some.

All in all, not bad for a hot herbal tea at the cusp of fall. It feels summery to me still, but not quite fall or winter.

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I’m really sad, I wanted to try a new tea and I found out that somebody BROKE my favorite glass mug, something about that mug I can trust that I am capable of making the perfect tea with ratio of water and tea. Also that it is glass, so I can see the color changing, or even adding milk!
So I made this tea knowing I already perfected the time, and somewhat scoops, and using my mom’s mug, it’s just not the same…

caile

aww, hopefully you’ll find a new favorite mug!

TheTeaFairy

Awful, I know what you mean about the perfect mug, perfect ratio.

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