Tea The North

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Apple, Blackberry Leaves, Coconut, Hibiscus, Natural Flavours, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Rose Petals, Safflower, White Tea
Flavors
Coconut, Creamy, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Sour, Tart, Toasty, Tropical, Fruity
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Perry Papadopoulos
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 17 oz / 500 ml

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  • “Sipdown! 63/365 (not technically, since I’m actually dumping the last cup or two out, but it counts!) My recollection of this tea is that the first time I tried it (within a week of purchase), I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I picked up a cup of this iced, but found is very sour. With sweetener it was a little better, but still too sour for me. Flavourwise, it wasn’t very Canadian. I found it rather tropical, actually....” Read full tasting note
    69
  • “This one was alright for the most part. I’ve only tried it iced and it was more quintessentially “tropical” than what I anticipated, especially considering that this contains melon and rhubarb....” Read full tasting note
    70
  • “I am very conflicted when it comes to Tea the North. I want to like it, I really do. For the most part, I really enjoyed the scent of the store canister and the sample drink I had there. I bought...” Read full tasting note
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From DAVIDsTEA

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with an iced tea worthy of the True North strong and free. This juicy brew is bursting with wildly refreshing flavours – from white tea and coconut to watermelon and rhubarb. Planning a backyard bash or afternoon barbecue? Ice up a pitcher of this fruity blend and you’re ready to party. Sweet, tart and packed with red and white ingredients, it’s a fireworks-worthy infusion even non-Canucks love. Happy Canada Day!

Ingredients: Melon (melon, sucrose, citric acid), pineapple (pineapple, sugar), coconut, white tea, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaves, apple, rose petals, rhubarb, safflower blossoms, natural watermelon, rhubarb and coconut flavouring.

Price per 50g: $10.98

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Sipdown! 63/365 (not technically, since I’m actually dumping the last cup or two out, but it counts!)

My recollection of this tea is that the first time I tried it (within a week of purchase), I felt like the coconut had already gone off. I probably should have returned it and gotten my $5 back. I figured I’d give it another shot before tossing it, but yeah, this tea is gross. I actually now think that it’s the combination of hibiscus and coconut that’s causing the problem, although I’m not convinced that the coconut isn’t also a little funky. The first sips of this, while hot, were sour and gross; now that it’s cooled, it tastes tropical but soapy. Looks like I wasn’t the only one with less than positive opinions about this tea, either.

Anyhow, I would not recommend this tea. The ingredients are ridiculous for a tea “representing the great white north” (melon, pineapple, coconut… really?!), and the mashup of flavours is not working. Or maybe the coconut wasn’t fresh, and it’s ruining everything. I think it’s been gone for a while now, so little danger of people going out and purchasing it, but, ew.

Starfevre

Good to know. I love coconut tea but this sounds bad.

Roswell Strange

Tbh, even when this one was fresh it just didn’t taste right. Very much like acetone. It’s not so much an issue with the coconut (well, I mean it could be now since coconut sours pretty quickly) but the combo of coconut, melon, rhubarb, and the flavourings just overlapped in a really intense and pretty unpleasant way.

As for the ingredients relationship to Canada – it was less a flavour thing and more a visual thing. When this one launched, a nearly identical version also launched in the US called Red, White, & Blue. They had the same profile; so it wasn’t specific to either country. The idea was that visually this one was supposed to look red and white for our flag. The difference for the American version was that blue cornflower petals were added so it looked like their flag. Otherwise the same tea.

Tldr; this tea was a mess.

Kittenna

Yeah. Just not a good combo. And it’s funny – it doesn’t even look remotely red/white to me, so I never would have made that connection. Total miss.

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I picked up a cup of this iced, but found is very sour. With sweetener it was a little better, but still too sour for me.

Flavourwise, it wasn’t very Canadian. I found it rather tropical, actually. The coconut was a bit toasty, creamy. The rhubarb came through strong and tart. Lots of hibiscus, some pineapple. I didn’t taste the white tea, but it probably evened out the flavour a bit.As much as I liked the rhubarb/coconut combination, I dislike how sour this blend is.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Hibiscus, Pineapple, Rhubarb, Sour, Tart, Toasty, Tropical

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
Fjellrev

I agree that its flavour profile has very little to do with Canada. Like yeah, I get that they were focusing more on the colours of the ingredients but still!

Helena

Canadian tea should have MAPLE! if you don’t then don’t even try to pass it off as Canadian. Rhubarb is always yummy though but it usually goes with strawberry or blueberry. What’s wrong with these tea makers! (my rant is now over) (Proud Canadian)

Fjellrev

Haha I agree. I could see maple, marshmallow, and rhubarb going well together.

Helena

oh that does sound good. I might add some vanilla and cinnamon too.. almost like a maple vanilla pie.

Fjellrev

Hell yeah! Now THERE’s a Canada-themed tea.

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1785 tasting notes

This one was alright for the most part. I’ve only tried it iced and it was more quintessentially “tropical” than what I anticipated, especially considering that this contains melon and rhubarb. Watermelon is in the spotlight with each initial sip, and then the pineapple and coconut follow afterwards. The rhubarb is buried underneath, unfortunately. Was hoping for more of that awesomeness. Finally, it’s the coconut that lingers in the mouth. The type of coconut is more like an artificial coconut water than the pulp. And of course, this is one of those white teas that has so much other stuff going on that you can’t even taste the actual white tea base.

I can see why people would enjoy this on a hot day but I don’t feel compelled enough to have it again.

Comm Guy

That’s the way I’ve always felt about flavored coffees, and what kept my from tea for so long. It seemed to be more about the additives than the base. Having discovered the beauty of the many varieties of tea itself, I am learning more about all there is to appreciate in tea.

Helena

A good blend though can be awesome. Laoshan Chai from Verdant Tea was always really good. They don’t make blends anymore though. Straight Laoshan black though always tastes like chocolate.

Fjellrev

Yeah, sometimes additives can be nice but in moderation, but there’s definitely nothing like a beautiful straight black. Verdant’s LB is a great example.

And I totally didn’t know that they weren’t making blends anymore. It’s been so many years since I placed an order with them.

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I am very conflicted when it comes to Tea the North.

I want to like it, I really do. For the most part, I really enjoyed the scent of the store canister and the sample drink I had there. I bought the decorative tin (mostly because I thought it looked cool) and made my way home happy with my purchase.

I did not open it right away, but waited a few days before preparing an iced brew to take to work with me. The scent coming from the pre-sealed bag was overpowering and very strong. I wasn’t even sure if I would continue with the tea as planned. I let my thirst take over and prepared the tea and was on my way. It has a very strong coconut flavour, which is alright but I was hoping for a more rhubarb flavour, or something more complementary in flavour.

When I returned home, I took out the container to see if the scent that was coming from the tea was due to the packaging, since the tea had not smelt that way in store. To my disappointment though it was still overpoweringly strong. I had my oldest smell the tea to see if it was just me and then my husband smelt it as well. I told him it reminded me of nail polish remover, which he commented that it was very acetone like.

I had another ice brew of the tea, with the same over power coconut taste. I had thought about trying it just hot, but the smell throws me off course every time I open the container.

Flavors: Coconut

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561 tasting notes

This tea is so weird and my review will probably equals its weirdness… I really wanted to like this tea and was conflicted for a little bit and kept taking sips trying to decide…and halfway into drinking my free cup of tea, realized that I just don’t like it. It tastes like raspberries and coconut but with a weird artificial taste. Took me awhile to put my finger on it, but to me, it tastes like what a tropical sunscreen smells like. I always thought that would be a good thing, but it is not.

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I was hesitant to try this tea because of the coconut, but the rest of the ingredients sounded good so I got an iced cup to go anyway. I definitely taste the coconut… Which I don’t like too much but there are other fruity flavours there too, which makes it better for me. I really don’t know why they would put coconut in this, it has nothing to do with Canada… I added agave to make it good enough but overall I am not too sure whether I’d buy any. It’s not bad, but it’s not the best either…

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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New tea alert!

This one is sort of DAVIDsTEA’s Canada Day shout out for the year! Plus, this year is extra special as well because it’s the 150th year Canada has been around. We’re doing several neat things in store to celebrate, and this is part of that. In fact, the whole blend is inspired by things that are red and white to sort of show that Canadian pride: coconut, watermelon, rhubarb, rose, white tea – you get the picture.

Our whole staff was pretty excited for this tea prior to its launch, but I’ll admit I’ve been putting off my review of it here on Steepster because, well, I just don’t like anything about it…

I wanted to! So badly! However, there’s something seriously off about it to me. When I smell the tea leaf in the tin itself, it actually physically makes my nose burn. I’ve also had it both hot and iced now and no matter how I seem to steep it all I get out of the brew is lots and lots of coconut and this super aritificial/chemical taste that I only seem to be able to associate with the smell/taste of nail polish remover and nail polish itself. I mean, anyone who’s ever painted their nails will know the almost burning sensation of acetone and that’s just entirely what this reminds me of!?

And one you mentally make the nail polish associate you just don’t come back from that.

Seriously though! I’m so disappointed because I wanted to love this one A LOT! I mean, coconut AND rhubarb! That just sounds like the best combination to me. Plus, honestly, it’s actually been surprisingly popular in stores! The day we launched it it was a TOTD and we actually cleared three brews of it which is A LOT for our store to do in one day. So, people are into it.

I’m just not one of those people.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Cat-Nap

I bought Tea the North on the weekend. I had smelt the contents of the large canister in store and it had a scent that I liked. I bought the prepackaged decorative tin and was excited to try the tea. I opened it yesterday and the package smelt a little odd but I thought it was maybe the plastic bag that it had been stored in. The tea tasted alright, not one of my favourites that I have bought in the past, but it was drinkable. I opened the tin to show my oldest and my husband and I choked. Literally, the smell that came from that tin took my breath away, and not in a good way. I asked my husband to smell the tea and shot me a look like I was trying to do him in. My oldest as well was not found of the smell. Odd thing is, when brewed it doesn’t smell like nail polish remover and it tastes alright. I have made two cups of ice tea out of it in hopes the smell will go away, but I cannot get past the smell. Nail polish remover is overpowering and turns my stomach. I am with you, I cannot do it. The smell has tainted my taste buds.

What I do not get, or understand, is why the canister in store did not smell like the contents of my tin. If it smelt like that the day I bought it, it would have stayed on the shelf.

Roswell Strange

Hey Catnap,

I’m following you now on Steepster; do you mind following me back so I can send you a private PM?

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