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drank Frozen Raspberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this as a free tea on International Women’s Day! It was really delicious, even though I had it hot. They seem to have struck the perfect balance between sweet, tart, and raspberry; I assume there’s hibiscus in here but it’s the perfect amount. Really tasty. I hope I have a bit of this hanging around somewhere.

Mastress Alita

Mmm, I love hibi teas. Sweet, tart, and raspberry sounds really nice.

Rachel

Hibiscus? Not for me! lol ;)

Sil

mmm hibby is tasty when balaned with other things

Mastress Alita

I’m that one weirdo that can drink it plain. I’m on total tea hiatus right now, but when I’m not, I run the Hibiscus Rescue Habitat on here, because I typically just see review after review on Steepster wailing on how awful a tea is because of the hibi, and I’m like, “I can give your hibi the happy home it deserves…”

Roswell Strange

I used to hate hibiscus MUCH MORE than I do now. My only frustration, now, is the amount of blends it’s in – and the fact that most tea blenders overwhelm their blends with it, ruining what would have been a good tea if the hibiscus had only been removed or added in a small level; it’s a strong flavour that can easily drown out other notes :/

Tldr; hibiscus is ok in moderation or when it is actually used in a blend with purpose/intention in terms of flavor contribution – when it’s just there to make the tea look pretty/as filler it ruins otherwise nice blends.

Rachel

Well, it’s not that I don’t like hibiscus. I like the smell of this flower. It’s just too much acidic for me and I have a real reaction: my throat goes on fire as soon as I drink! It’s not funny… lol

Mastress Alita

I’ve recently noticed I have that acidic reaction to coffee, which I used to have no problems drinking. No issues with hibi, though… I wonder what the difference is? But I definitely understand what you are saying from a GI standpoint, I have a very sensitive tummy these days.

Nattie

Yay free tea!

Kittenna

DT in particular has released a couple blends that use hibiscus very effectively. But when you get stupid teas like pina colada with hibiscus, it’s like… really??? I love acidity very much, but it doesn’t have a place in many of the teas its included in.

Evol Ving Ness

I am another hibiscus fan, but tend to prefer it straight or close to straight rather than when it is muddled up with things that don’t coexist nicely with it.

Roswell Strange

@Kittenna – yup, I would MUCH prefer something like acidified apple in a Pina Colada blend (if the blender feels like they NEED acidity) over hibiscus.

Another complaint is that it makes teas unlatte-able, many of which would be ok to latte if it wasn’t included.

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Mastress Alita

Mmm, I love hibi teas. Sweet, tart, and raspberry sounds really nice.

Rachel

Hibiscus? Not for me! lol ;)

Sil

mmm hibby is tasty when balaned with other things

Mastress Alita

I’m that one weirdo that can drink it plain. I’m on total tea hiatus right now, but when I’m not, I run the Hibiscus Rescue Habitat on here, because I typically just see review after review on Steepster wailing on how awful a tea is because of the hibi, and I’m like, “I can give your hibi the happy home it deserves…”

Roswell Strange

I used to hate hibiscus MUCH MORE than I do now. My only frustration, now, is the amount of blends it’s in – and the fact that most tea blenders overwhelm their blends with it, ruining what would have been a good tea if the hibiscus had only been removed or added in a small level; it’s a strong flavour that can easily drown out other notes :/

Tldr; hibiscus is ok in moderation or when it is actually used in a blend with purpose/intention in terms of flavor contribution – when it’s just there to make the tea look pretty/as filler it ruins otherwise nice blends.

Rachel

Well, it’s not that I don’t like hibiscus. I like the smell of this flower. It’s just too much acidic for me and I have a real reaction: my throat goes on fire as soon as I drink! It’s not funny… lol

Mastress Alita

I’ve recently noticed I have that acidic reaction to coffee, which I used to have no problems drinking. No issues with hibi, though… I wonder what the difference is? But I definitely understand what you are saying from a GI standpoint, I have a very sensitive tummy these days.

Nattie

Yay free tea!

Kittenna

DT in particular has released a couple blends that use hibiscus very effectively. But when you get stupid teas like pina colada with hibiscus, it’s like… really??? I love acidity very much, but it doesn’t have a place in many of the teas its included in.

Evol Ving Ness

I am another hibiscus fan, but tend to prefer it straight or close to straight rather than when it is muddled up with things that don’t coexist nicely with it.

Roswell Strange

@Kittenna – yup, I would MUCH prefer something like acidified apple in a Pina Colada blend (if the blender feels like they NEED acidity) over hibiscus.

Another complaint is that it makes teas unlatte-able, many of which would be ok to latte if it wasn’t included.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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