One of the two new blends from this year’s first in store Winter/Holiday collection. I was intrigued by the name of this one when it was announced to staff; zest definitely implies a citrus blend and I couldn’t think of how that would be spun to be a winter appropriate flavour. Mostly because I was imagining it as a lemon blend ’cause DT seems to have an obsession with creating new lemon blends.
When I found out it was a spiced orange blend that made a lot more sense to me though; we carry another blend like that (Spice Is Right) and I’ve always said that I associate that flavour with Winter/Christmas for whatever reason. I got my first taste of this as a free sample with an online order, which actually arrived before the collection had officially come out. I was really excited to try it!
Steeped up… I think it’s a little boring!?
I mean, the tea smells totally fine as dry leaf and while steeping/steeped and the taste is certainly not bad at all – but it’s kind of unexciting and doesn’t really bring anything to the table (flavour wise) that I think isn’t already present in the teas that we carry year round. We already have an oolong with that sweet/bright orange flavour (The Skinny) and as I mentioned already there is ALSO another spiced orange blend. This one isn’t even as strongly spice flavoured as Spice Is Right; it’s like a milder/stripped down version of it. I guess that’s a win if you find Spice Is Right to be too intense!? However I like Spice Is Right exactly how it is so a milder version of it is just not interesting to me.
So yeah – that’s where I land with this one. It’s hear and it’s just sort of… “meh”.
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.
Flavors: Bitter, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Mineral, Orange, Orange Zest, Wood