drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

Day 16 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar – Sleigh Ride. First off, I’m just gonna say that I like hibiscus. A lot. I think it might have something to do with growing up in Florida. I also like tart. I prefer it to sweet, even. So this tea — despite smelling on first, pre-steep whiff exactly like the potpourri in my aunt’s guest bathroom circa 1987 — is totally up my alley. I was concerned it might be overly sweetened (like Forever Nuts, which I had an almighty fight with to make palatable). My fears were not realized, though. Yay!

This tea’s got a nostalgic quality for me too, in that it reminds me in the mug of some Celestial Seasons blend I used to drink in university many, many moons ago. I couldn’t begin to tell you which one, but it called back a really awesome time in my life. That, plus my unabashed, shameless love of hibiscus means I’m giving this mofo a high ranking.

The coconut, apple, and roasted almond lend a sweetness to balance out the tart & the cinnamon pulls it right into holiday/winter territory. It’s tropical, but not in an ’I’m on a beach’ way, more of an ’I’m drinking a tropical apres-ski warmup drink in mid-winter’ way.

Hibiscus haters, just do not even bother with this tea, as that is definitely the strongest note here, by far, and you are going to despise this. However, us lovers of what I think of as a subgenre of tiki teas: you’re gonna dig this one. Would also be very good as a mixer base with rum and a little agave and squeeze of fresh lime. I’m gonna have to buy this one to try out exactly that combo.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Coconut, Hibiscus, Tart

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea lover, number cruncher, gin reaper, clown wrangler.

New to the world of tea, only been drinking it regularly for 2 years and spent the 1st year mostly just enjoying a few nice oolongs from a sampler someone gifted me and the odd breakfast assam, not experimenting really at all. My tastes are, overall, in tea and in life, both undeveloped and unrefined, though I have always tended towards unadulterated or, if flavoured, lighter fruity teas. Not a sweets person in general. Still discovering what I do/don’t like in the realm of tea. But when it comes to my other liquid love, gin, I do know I’m all about the herbaceous, the earthy, spice, citrus, and unexpected flavour profiles, but almost never sweet or floral. So, I’m gonna guess odds are that my taste in tea may prove to run along similar lines.

Joined Steepster largely to document my adventure into the world of potpourri dessert teas, also known as the 2017 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. Bought it on a whim & am ready for a journey of … some kind. Could be delightful discovery. Could be daily disappointments. We shall see!


Toronto, ON

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