Another from the new collection – one of the blends in it that I like the least, though as I’ve said I actually enjoy this collection in its entirety.
The reason this one appeals to me less, aside from the green tea base, is just that I don’t find the rhubarb and mint to be a natural seeming flavour pairing and the overall blend approach feels quite European to me and not really DAVIDsTEA’s typical blending “style”. Not in a bad way, just in a way that makes it feel less… natural? Hard to explain.
The original concept for this tea was actually a rhubarb and mint chutney but the blend has come a long way from that direction – it’s one of those examples for a concept really evolving overtime. Now it’s a bit more like a Rhubarb Julep, if I had to try to succinctly summarize the taste. It’s nice iced, I do prefer it hot though. I find the rhubarb is a bit more of a cooker or a baked rhubarb note over something more fresh – like Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. That’s part of what makes it a little more transitional feeling for the seasons, in my opinion. It still has tartness though – and a hint of strawberry.
The mint is nana mint, which personally I find has a sweeter mint note and is a little spearmint-y tasting to my palate. I think that the mint in this tea is stronger than in Sicilian Lemon in terms of taste (not sensation) if you wanted to compare the two. It’s pretty balanced with the rhubarb. Overall this can be somewhat thin tasting to my palate, so I like to brew it longer or overleaf my cup.
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.