Indian Summer

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Fruit White Blend
Acerola Cherry, Apple, Artificial Flavouring, Blackberry Leaves, Carrot, Figs, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Pumpkin Pieces, Watermelon, White Tea
Apple, Carrot, Cherry, Fig, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Melon, Astringent, Bitter, Earth, Sweet, Candy
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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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Summer love

In Germany they call it “Golden October.” In China, it’s “a tiger in Autumn.” And in the southern states, it’s the “dog days” of summer. Whatever you call it, Indian Summer is one of the nicest times of the year. And that’s just what inspired this white tea blend. With Bai Mu Dan, apples, cherries, watermelon, lemongrass, hibiscus and everything in between, it’s lightly sweet, with a fruity kiss of melon. And equally delicious hot or iced. Just another reason the dog days are man’s best friend.

Ingredients: Apple, white Bai Mu Dan, carrot, lemongrass, hibiscus, blackberry leaves, acerola cherries, fig, pumpkin, watermelon, peony petals, artificial flavouring*.

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357 tasting notes

I just finished the last of this tea today while emailing our real estate agent and distractingly watching the movie New Year’s Eve (wow, that movie has a huge cast).

I believe this was part of the limited time Fall tea collection for 2012, but if this comes back next year, I’ll be getting another sample size. It’s fresh light and fruity whether I drink it hot or cold. The taste honestly doesn’t make me think of Fall, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.


I thought it was really good. The lady in the store joked that they just took all the odds ‘n ends from the summer blends to make this as it’s a weird combo, but I really enjoyed it! I bought a cup in store, and then came back the next day to buy 30g.


It is like all the odd ‘n ends! The tea even has summer in it’s name and references a country that is usually imagined as warm- very misleading. Oh well, I love the smell of it most of all.


I think the phrase “Indian summer” usually refers to the second summer you sometimes get in the fall, like when it’s uncharacteristically warm during October.


Yeah, I thought that right after I clicked submit! Oops. Either way it’s a little bit of summer in the fall collection :)


this is such a great tea. Glad I got a tin of it. It is soo fall-sih and soothing.


It’s surprising that this tea doesn’t have a better Steepster rating, quite apparently I’m not the only fan :D


lol I agree canadianadia :) I really think this tea should be more loved… perhaps we should give it time.

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2816 tasting notes

This is the last tea in the DT fall collection for me to try.

Very, definitely FRUITY, almost smells like kool aid sitting in the cup. I am getting watermelon and carrot, for sure. There is hibiscus in here but it isn’t very tart, which seems like a good move on the part of DT, they were able to make it mild. I am not getting too much of the actual white tea flavor, but this isn’t bad. I might actually prefer it over ice so I will need to try it that way soon. If you like fruit punch you might be really into this.

I liked it better than I thought I would.

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1570 tasting notes

I couldn’t resist. I picked up the new teas earlier today despite telling myself to pipe down on the tea spendage for a while. I tried to make a compromise by asking for only 10g of each (and a couple others, ugh), however, the SA gave me nearly twice as much on all of them, rushed me through the sale, and didn’t give me a receipt. Yeah, she was rather unpleasant and borderline rude. Oh well.

I’m going with this one first because out of the new ones, I liked the smell of the dry tea the best. This is loaded with all sorts of goodies: dried cherries, lemongrass, apples, blackberry leaves, and more, but not that many actual Bai Mu Dan leaves. It’s like Gold Rush in that same sense. And it smells like a juicy, berryish fruit leather.

The scent of the steeped tea is primarily cherries and apples. Oh noes! And I’m smelling… hibiscus.

First sip: watermelon. Like an actual slice of it, not that artificial watermelon that’s not even close to the real thing. A few more sips and the cherry is coming out. Maybe a little bit of apple but it’s subtle. And I’m glad to report that the hibiscus is virtually non-existant.

As this cools down, I can feel the hibiscus more than taste it. You know how it gives you that drying sensation in the mouth? Yeah. But otherwise it’s behaving. I was hoping to get some fig and pumpkin out of this, especially the former. Perhaps it’ll have to take a bit of tweaking.

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Thats so odd about the SA giving you more than you asked for! I’ve never had that problem. Was this one in Vic? Downtown or in the mall?


Yeah, it’s a first for me too. It was at the newer Uptown location. Perhaps she was just having a bad day? She mentioned that she is from another location, and was the only one there, so perhaps she got pressured into covering the store due to understaffing. She even spilled some dry leaf and kind of gave me attitude about it, almost like it was my fault since it wouldn’t have happened in the first place had I not asked to get some. The whole thing just made me feel bad.


What a bad tea shopping experience! As you mentioned, she must have had a bad day, but that was no excuses to make you feel that way… Luckily, I know DT staff to be always so nice and helpful ( at least from the stores I visited here in Quebec)


I feel bad even complaining since they’re usually so incredibly pleasant. I’m glad you’ve had nothing but positive experiences!

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746 tasting notes

This tea smells AMAZING, but the taste is so much more subdued, considering there’s a whole produce department in this tea. It seems incredibly mild for something with so much in it. I do get cherries and apples and watermelon and sort of a fruit punch vibe, but it is so light and mild, like, you really have to close your eyes, take a sip, try to block out everything else, and really pay attention to what your buds are telling you. And even then, it is like slightly fruit essences hot water. I think I may increase the leafage/fruitage a bit on a later steep, because I am struggling to catch the flavour here. I am wondering how this will be iced. I suspect it will be juicier and possibly more flavourful, though I was hoping this tea would be like Big Apple in that it is equally amazing hot or iced (since I feel some teas are better hot and others are better iced, and some are good either way).

I’m a little disappointed, but I’m gonna have to rate it lower tan I would have liked to…maybe a stronger brew will bring up the rating.

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576 tasting notes

Got this as a free sample from my last order (which was totally FUBARed, FYI).
The second I saw the name on this, the old Gin Blossoms song “Indian Summer” promptly got stuck in my head. Had to play a little Manson in order to clear it out. I like the Gin Blossoms and all, but there is a time and a place.
Enough complaining. On to the tea.
This is a weird one. Very candy-like, which I normally like, but there is a hint of something in the brewed leaves that I don’t care for. It reminds me of an old Yankee Candle fragrance, Watermelon, that used to give me a headache. Taste isn’t that much better. Very fake-y. I’m beyond disappointed in this one, and yet glad that I didn’t get the fall collection.
Here’s hoping the winter collection is better.
Anyone want the other half of this sample?


LOL at your gin blossoms comment. They recently played at epcot. Kinda wanted to see them, but I only really know their big songs.

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514 tasting notes

Not bad, but not my fave!

The dry smell is very fruity! And this tea is named very well, because you know what? If you were to give an “Indian Summer” a smell, this is it. It’s SO evocative of a warm wind blowing through a golden field at dusk. Oops, my Saskatchewan is showing.

The taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell, but for me the saving grace is that the dominant flavour is watermelon! If I had any Luscious Watermelon left, I would definitely mix the two for a yummy iced tea. I won’t rebuy, but I will have no problem finishing the bag :)


Hmm.. that is a good idea throwing in some extra Luscious Watermelon. I have a tin of that around here somewhere, maybe that will make this tea shine a bit more. Great idea!

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Interesting! A tea that smells like Saskatchewan and tastes like watermelon…not that taste I’d think of if I was asked what “Indian summer” would taste like, but I have no idea what and Indian summer should taste like.

My family lived in Saskatoon when I was 5-9, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been back there.


lol, your “Saskatchewan is showing”….I actually lol at this one!

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1158 tasting notes

I went to get the fall teas FINALLY today! This one sounds kinda weird. So the SA whipped me up a small sample to try.

I must say, it is better than I thought it would be. Kinda like fruit punch. But there is just too much going on here. I am mostly getting the cherry flavour but everything else makes it a mish-mash (haha). The hibiscus makes it too tart as well.

Too bad, because me and white tea are really good buddies :(


I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one too, but it’s definitely better than I had imagined.

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1125 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of my sample of this today because the weather exactly matches an Indian summer – about 23 degrees C! Lovely day :) Anyways, this tea, although I oversteeped it by a few minutes, is still a bit bland to me. Just needs a bit more flavor! See previous note for full review.

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3134 tasting notes

Last tea of the evening! I gotta admit, it was tough not to eat the big dried apple chunks out of the bag. I was hungry, and they looked tasty… but I was strong! Haha :)

This tea smells interestingly melony and fruity, when brewed up. Kind of reminds me of Luscious Watermelon. The flavour though, is difficult to place. Kind of melony… kind of fruity… kind of weak… Definitely can’t taste any white tea here (no surprise, I barely saw any in my bag). I’m getting a bit of a lemony/citrusy twist to this tea as well. Overall… it’s not bad, but it’s really nothing special, I don’t think. Maybe I’ll try the rest iced and a bit stronger.

ETA: I finished off the rest of my cup today, and liked it a bit better as a fruity, melony drink. The re-steep, in less water and for 5+ minutes, also wasn’t too bad. Not a keeper, though.

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704 tasting notes

Finishing off the sample that I purchased, I just dumped the rest in which probably ended up being about 2 David’s Tea Perfect Spoonfuls worth. I’m really tasting the lemongrass on the forefront which mixes with a faded cherry flavour. Very mild carrot flavour notes mingle with the cherry close to the end of the sip. Melon-y notes throughout. White tea taste is present- the tea has a nice rounded flavour with the tea base. I am still not a fan of this flavour combination; it seems to not have enough of a focus for me.

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