New Tea Alert!
This tea just launched a couple days ago, as part of an end of the year mocktail collection inspired by the idea of holiday and New Year’s parties as well as Dry January – a trend of completely or partially cutting alcohol from your diet throughout the month of January.
Usually our “mocktail collection” is a summer feature because of all the iceable, fruity profiles – so this timing was a really great way for us to explore some other alcohol inspired blends that might not have normally made sense during the peak of summer, like this G&T blend! Other teas in the collection include Brown Sugar Bourbon, Raspberry Mojito, Coffee Pu’erh (inspired by an Espresso Martini), Ginger Honey (inspired by a Hot Toddy), and La Vida Coco – which is inspired by fruitier “tiki drinks” and was previously introduced as an exclusive tea in the Around The World advent!
Honestly, I’m still impressed by this tea every time I drink it. It took a long time to finish the development for it – nearly four years. In fact, I remember tasting some of the earlier variations of it back during my first week working at the head office. There are some qualities that remained consistent throughout ever version, but definitely a lot of changes – the most important probably being the steps that went into nailing that tonic flavour! What I love is that there’s so many different botanicals in the blend that create this very seamless flavour of gin, but if you reaaaalllyyyy stop and think as you taste you can break down the components and see what they’re all contributing to the whole.
Overall, I’d call this a juniper forward gin profile with that distinct crisp tonic finish, but with hints of spice and lemon. Not really sweet at all, but still weirdly approachable and accesible. It’s great iced/chilled but I actually love it hot. There’s a quality to all the botanicals that give it this soothing “digestif” quality that I think will appeal to fans of other DT blends like Headache Halo, North African Mint, Cold 911, and Le Digestif.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever tasted a tea quite like this one, though a few that come close in their liberal use of juniper – but there’s more depth here than just being a juniper blend.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.