Pear Blossom: A DAVIDsTea Review

This mouthwatering infusion balances the sweetness of Anjou pears with papaya, pineapple and a floral kiss of sunflower blossom. Pure pear-fection.

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Next-level nectar…

(Pear, apple, candied papaya, candied pineapple, rosehip peel, sunflower blossoms, stevia extract, natural pear and peach flavouring.)

I don’t know if anyone else can sense fall in the air too, but just because summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, there are still so many things to look forward to with fall just around the corner. Like pears coming into season, for example. With over 3,000 varieties available around the world, this member of the rose family, is an excellent source of (dietary) fibre and more versatile than you’d think. DAVIDsTea showcases the Anjou pear, in all its fresh and juicy glory, through a herbal blend called Pear Blossom (1/5 of the newly released Harvest Collection). Pear is indeed the dominant ingredient in the initial aroma of the dry leaf, followed by peach with a hint of apple, while the loose leaf appearance consists of little dried bits of pineapple and papaya, amongst slightly bigger pieces of pear and apple, with a much needed kiss of colour from the rosehip peel and yellow flower petals. Everything is present, except of course, the added flavourings and stevia extract.

Even after steeping for seven full minutes, Pear Blossom still results in a pretty light colour that is reminiscent of diluted apple juice, and it smells just as sweet and fruity as it did upon first sniff. I love that despite containing four other fruit flavours, the pear here is somewhat mellow, but ultimately manages to hold its own. The sunflower blossoms contribute a pleasant and delicate floral element in the backend of each sip. It should be noted that even with stevia being apart of this tea, it is thankfully quite tame. It’s there to help provide the perfect level of sweetness, and not take away from the ripe pear flavour, like it has a tendency to do at times. The fact that there is peach flavouring infused into this tisane admittedly throws me off a bit, but I think it is what is making me favour this tea as much as I do. The pear and peach are mingling together here in perfect harmony. From my previous experience with pear based teas from DT (cc: Poached Pear, Ginger Pear), they are typically paired with warmer components like ginger or cinnamon, but even though Pear Blossom is a sweeter, juicier pear offering, you honestly can’t go wrong whether you decide to drink this one iced or hot/warm.

Orange Glow: A DAVIDsTea Review

This freshly pressed tonic of carrot, orange and ginger is so vibrant, it’ll have people asking what your secret is. Time to get your glow on!

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Liquid sunshine…

(Carrot, candied ginger, beetroot, pumpkin, hibiscus, orange peel, marigold blossoms, safflower petals, natural orange flavouring.)

Pop quiz time! What do oranges, carrots, and ginger have in common, besides containing vitamin C (a dietary essential), and being paired together in various dishes and pressed juice recipes? All three ingredients are featured in Orange Glow, a fruit infusion included in DAVIDsTea’s brand new Harvest Collection, and are said to be beautifying. Radiant skin, here I come! From the aroma of the dry leaf, you can pick up just the slightest hint of the ginger, as well as the orange, but it’s still primarily sweet carrot and earthy pumpkin. Carrot is also easily the first thing you spot in the loose leaf appearance, followed by the hibiscus blossoms, beetroot, pumpkin, and candied ginger. These ingredients are the biggest components of Orange Glow and stand out the most visually, while the smaller pieces of orange peel and flower petals (marigold and safflower) sort of blend into the very orange background.

Six minutes later and the resulting brew is essentially a blood orange hue. The orange scent has increased since being steeped, and is supported by the carrot. These same two ingredients are easily the dominant flavours noted upon sipping. It tastes a lot like what you would get if you melted down a bunch of orange flavoured lollipops (or think about drinking a can of Fanta Orange!), but with at least half the overall sugar content. Despite the amount of carrot in Orange Glow, the orange flavour is still able to shine through, even though it comes off more artificial than anything else. For anyone worried about the (candied) ginger, it is hardly detectable in this blend, it’s basically just contributing sweetness to the tea. If it wasn’t listed, I would have no idea that it played any kind of role in this juicy brew. And there’s really no need for any additional sugar, there’s plenty of natural sweetness present in this fruit infusion. At the end of the day, Orange Glow embodies its name perfectly; bright, vibrant, and orange all around.