SO MANY NEW TEAS!!! It’s very exciting, but also I know it can be confusing too!
Seriously, this may just be a record for the most new teas I’ve seen launch on one day. It’s a lot to take in, so I’m going to try and break it down as best as I can as well as get tasting notes up for all the brand new teas TODAY. Wish me luck. If you don’t care about the break down of everything new you can skip ahead to the bold; but to start lets look at the individual collections and what is/isn’t available in store as well as the teas that will be around for extended time frames.
Worth noting, I’m only going to focus on things that are BRAND NEW as well as returning teas that have been out of stores for a long period of time!
Spring/Summer Teas – Seasonal teas, that will be around for approx 6 months!
Elderflower Oolong – NEW
Blackberry Jasmine Blast – RETURNING
Decaf Lychee Peach – RETURNING
Country Lemonade – NEW
Rainbow Lemonade – RETURNING
Mango Fruit Punch – RETURNING*
Yuzu Matcha – NEW
Raspberry Matcha – NEW
Sticky Rice Oolong – RETURNING (Select Stores/Online Only)
Thailand Black – NEW (Select Stores/Online Only)
Lavender Honey Matcha – NEW (Select Stores/Online Only)
Mango Matcha – RETURNING (Select Stores/Online Only)
*This is a returning blend, but there’s been a change to the recipe. I’m going to write a tasting note for this tea even though I usually don’t for returning teas, to break down what the change has been.
“Fantasy Collection” – All limited edition teas!
Unicorn Dreams – NEW
Bubble Gum – NEW
Bubble Gum Matcha – NEW
Organic Collection – All limited edition teas, EXCEPT for RLB which is Core!
Destiny’s Chai – NEW
Raspberry Leaf Bliss – NEW
Cabernet Bouquet – NEW (Online Only)
TEA REVIEW STARTS HERE:
I was initially very excited about the idea of a bubblegum flavoured matcha, though for me it’s not the first one I’ve experienced – I remember Red Leaf Tea/Matcha Outlet used to carry one, and it was very nice! For me it’s a super nostalgic flavour, and also makes for a KILLER latte! I will admit, I think it’s a little weird to have launched a bubblegum tea and matcha at the same time, especially when I would guess that it’s going to be a polarizing flavour, but I was still personally into the idea!
Between this and the bubblegum LLT, I prefer the LLT by quite a lot. I think it’s got a more accurate flavour to what I picture bubble gum flavoured things to be like. Overall, this matcha was a little more disappointing to me. When I tried it straight up, I found the flavour a little light/thin and lacking the intensity and sweetness that I felt it should have. More so, it tasted a lot more like a mixed fruit flavour than “bubblegum”.
However, adding milk definitely makes a big difference in my opinion. It’s creamier, obviously, but I also feel like it tastes sweeter and richer and that fruity note I was getting before it slightly transformed into something I’d consider more in line with a bubble gum flavour. The taste of the matcha actually comes through a little bit too.
It’s crazy, DT matchas are typically sweeter than I would personally prefer them to be but this is the one type of flavour where I felt like they could have probably leaned in to that profile and sweetness especially hard and I actually kind of feel like they held back/tried to be more restrained. Not to say it isn’t sweet; it is sweet. I’m so curious to see what other people think of this matcha, because bubble gum is such an extremely nostalgic but DEEPLY polarizing flavour.
I know that personally I wont be picking any up for myself; instead I’m going to get some of the LLT version. Will people like this one over the LLT though? Will they prefer the LLT? Will most people line up with me and have one that stands out as better in their own opinion or are the bubblegum fans going to need BOTH? I need to find out!
If you do pick it up though, iced latte is definitely my recommendation for the way to go!
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.