Definitely not a fan of this one, there was way too much hibiscus for me. It looked like fruit punch in my mug and tasted like hibiscus with a hint of fruit. Sorry David, but I’m passing on this one.
“I had this one today in-store as a sample. And then I bought some just because I had a brief burst of the old familiar feeling where I have to try all the new teas. So I got some of each of the...” Read full tasting note
“Oh, hey there, hibiscus, didn’t see you hiding there. I really only got this because David’s had the 50g free with any purchase promotion last week. I have to say – shipping to MA is about three...” Read full tasting note
“If you’re in the mood for a slightly tart thirst quenching tea, this can do the trick in a pinch. Oh, ok, it’s my last “juice” tea, I’m thirsty and water won’t do it. So I finally forced myself to...” Read full tasting note
“Gross gross gross. Why hibiscus in a black tea?! Not a good combo at all. To top it off, this tea is kind of old and I think hibiscus gets really woody-tasting as it ages, which makes it...” Read full tasting note
Get lost in it
Ever hear about the tea utopia hidden deep in the jungle? Word is, it’s a pretty enchanted place. People say the hibiscus is always in full bloom, the oranges and mangoes are perfectly ripe, and the subtle scent of cornflower and safflower petals hangs in the air. How can you find this earthly paradise? It’s as easy as steeping a cup. One sip of this fruity black and green tea blend will take you right there.
Ingredients: Hibiscus, apple, black tea, green tea, orange peel, safflower, cornflower, candied mango, artificial flavouring*.
Company description not available.
ParadiseGeorgia Tea Company
Paradise FoundTea Palace
So this was one of the tea’s I treated myself to for Christmas this year, and is also another one scratched off my list of online only tea’s for me. I made a pot of this first thing Christmas morning and practically everyone who tried it liked it with the exception of my sister who has never been big on anything related to fruit!
I don’t know if people brewing this one by the cup are having issues with the hibiscus or they just plain hate it but I haven’t noticed it to be overpowering in this blend at all. Dry it smells like candied mango to me and a bunch of other fruits but the mango stands out the most. The final brew is a dark red color and has a fruity and floral aroma to it that does in fact smell like paradise, but you wont be getting lost in it!
I don’t think I would want to drink this hot, but iced? Very sour and refreshing. You read that right.
All you hisbiscus haters out there obviously have to steer clear. It is indeed very playful and fruity, tropical-but-not, with just a dash of flowery goodness that wasn’t really needed to begin with. But then the hisbiscus takes things to a boil. Goes without saying.
Seeing this tea for the Spring collection got me pumped, I love mixes of green and black tea!
Dry: the leaves smell fruity with a hint of tart. I can maybe detect the orange. The appearance is quite nice with the black, orange peel hunks, green, flecks of blue and pieces of candied mango.
Steeped: Paradise Found steeps into a deep red. And the longer you steep, the redder it goes (hibiscus). Smells tart and fruity still.
Taste: I bought this tea before work and immediately steeped some in a glass when I got to work – as my meeting went on, the tea got more tart and red. But that steeping was very good – fruity, slightly sweet, and not too tart (until it sat in my glass for 30 minutes, then it got really tart). It was like drinking unsweetened natural fruit punch.
This steeping (for this review) was for 5 minutes. I can taste the orange, sweetness of the mango and I think I can detect the black and green tea, adding some earthy yum. Of course, there is tart at the end. This round doesn’t taste as super fruity as my work cup, but I’m not sure if that was a better scoop or longer steeping, leaning on the latter though.
For tart comparison, less tart as DavidsTea’s “Kanpe” by far. Kanpe is stronger with also more tropical with banana, coconut. Then yeah, Kanpe has no caffeine. Paradise Found has a rounding of flavours that compliment each other – with the presence of black and green tea that mixes lovely together.
Oddly, as per what DavidsTea says:
“Liquor: Pink-golden colour and clear, with a sweet tropical mango aroma.”
They must be getting much less hibiscus for their steeping to not go crazy red. I dunno.
So, if you like: a little tart and fruity teas, you should give Paradise Found a shot. If you don’t drink or not into black tea, I wouldn’t let it scare you off trying this tea as it’s very light and not a strong black tea taste at all.
What I like about this tea is the fruity and the mix of teas. I like black tea blends and this one is much lighter and fruity compared to other blends I’ve tried. I wanna play with steeping times, which I think really changed the flavour between the 2 cups I’ve now had. Then of course, this would be amazing iced. I’m not scoring it higher though as though I’m happy it’s not Kanpe horrible-tart, but it’s pushing my acceptable tart levels.
ahhh this tea smells absolutely magical!
fruity black teas are 100% my favourite, so i have high hopes for this one, although i’m a little afraid of the hibiscus, being number one on the ingredient list. i’ve read a lot of reviews that say adding a little agave evens it out, so i am steeping 30s less than the recommended time with an agave stick ready and waiting!
oooh i forgot this has green tea too! they were hidden, but steeped those leafy greens float to the top! and i honestly don’t see any black tea leafs at all. hmm…
blech. yep. waaayyy too tart. adding agave…
alright… better, but still too tart for my taste. i’ll let it cool and add some ice and see how that goes. i’d also like to try it with my favourite fruity black; The Earl’s Garden, just a 1/4 tsp. or so to jazz it up a bit.
no rating because there’s still a lot of playing around to do!
Holy tartness Batman.
I don’t have the hibiscus hate everyone else seems to have (perhaps I’m too new to tea?) so I won’t blame one flavor over the other.
First I must say this smells so good! Fruity and a strong citrus scent. It reminds me of Mexico. Mmmmm. There are pretty flecks of red and blue and in my davidstea branch mug my cup of tea literally looks like a warm red autumn day.
I love the scent and red color. I couldn’t wait to dive I. And wowza!!! Tart.
German rock sugar and a little agave sweetener and still a bit too tart for me. Then I thought "this might be much better cold. MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
I poured it over some ice added just a bit more agave and oh what a sweet tropical yummy delight!!!
I really like it
This one reminds me of Kanpe as they have similar ingredients. I found that Paradise Found had a more subtle flavour that left me craving the richer experience offered by Kanpe. Also, I normally drink all my black teas with milk however due to the hibiscus I knew it would not be possible with this one. Definitely my favorite of Davids Tea Spring 2012 collection.
After a lengthy discussion today with two of my bosses over tea – and me casually converting one to DAVIDs – I brewed this up to start my morning. It smelled like heaven and I was pleasantly surprised at the taste.
While it does have a sour tone, I found I liked it as it reminded me of a fruity candy sour. It went down pleasant for me and I found myself noting that I much more enjoyed this than previous black teas I have tried. It must be the sourness. I will defintely pencil down a tin for me!