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.

Magic Potion: A DAVIDsTea Review

This magical blend of berries and butterfly pea flowers changes colour with lemon juice.

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Razzle dazzle…

Magic Potion

(Currants, apples, rosehips, butterfly pea flowers, raspberries, blackberries, stevia extract, natural kiwi, blackberry and bilberry flavouring.)

Are you bored of your current tea selection at home or just looking to try something new and exciting? Well, look no further than Magic Potion, a brand new herbal tea offering, that features an ingredient that is not so common in the tea world. Although it goes by a handful of different names, butterfly pea is the most common, and it is a unique flower/plant that is native to Southeast Asia, where it is regularly used as a natural food colouring. Magic Potion’s loose leaf appearance consists of azure petals (complimented by a pop of yellow) from the aforementioned flower, which are transferring some of their colour to a lot of the other components. There are bits of apple, rosehip shells, as well as currants and an assortment of dried berries. The aroma is familiar, but difficult to put my finger on. It’s quite potent, with lingering notes of mixed berries and a candy-like essence.

After just over six minutes, Magic Potion smells like it did initially, but a watered down version, if that makes sense, and possesses a deep, enticing shade of blue, that is almost too pretty to consume. At this point it is literally a blue, blue raspberry flavoured brew that has a juicy, nostalgic blue raspberry flavour. There are very soft floral undertones present, but it’s a shame the kiwi flavouring gets lost amongst everything else here. Overall, it definitely doesn’t taste all that natural, and it’s quite sweet due to the addition of stevia extract. My teeth are already protesting against it. Now, you can continue on enjoying this tea as is, but if you do that, you miss out on finding out how Magic Potion got its name. The so called “magic” happens when you squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your cup, and get to watch your tea turn from a rich indigo to a vibrant purple right before your eyes! Once the citrus is added, the flavour gets a pop of acidity and takes on more of a lemonade vibe. Good hot or cold, with or without lemon, and despite the sweetness, is at least worth trying for its fun colour changing abilities. 

Strawberry Lemonade: A DAVIDsTea Review

This citrus-y tea tastes just like a fresh glass of lemonade, with a strawberry twist.

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Berry contrary…

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(Apple, hibiscus blossoms, blackberry leaves, candied papaya, lemongrass, beetroot, strawberries, marigold blossoms, natural strawberry and lemon flavouring.)

When life gives you lemons, you obviously have to make lemonade. Sweet or tart, pink or yellow, a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade is the perfect beverage to have on hand on a warm, sunny afternoon. A nostalgic symbol of both summertime and childhood, this simple drink (literally lemon juice, water, and sugar) has been enjoyed all over the world for at least ten decades, and it clearly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But what do you do when life hands you a pitcher of lemonade? Why not amp it up and add some juicy strawberries into the mix? Strawberry Lemonade is a brand new herbal blend from the Freshly Squeezed Collection by DAVIDsTea that released today, and from the scent alone, I’m already getting strong lemonade vibes. The lemongrass is what stands out the most in the dry nose. The sharp citrus kind of towers over the sweet strawberry, but still manages to hold its own.

There’s yellow via the marigold petals, green via the blackberry leaves and lemongrass, and of course, plenty of red via the hibiscus blossoms, beetroot, strawberries, and more. These are all visible in the loose leaf appearance of this tisane. Once steeped for just over six minutes, Strawberry Lemonade quickly transforms into a dark, crimson red colour that now smells a lot more like berries than it did previously. Upon sipping, you get hit directly with a bit of a pucker from the tart lemon (as well as the hibiscus!), finishing with a sweet berry note to round it all out. Sugar is definitely required in this tea to remove a lot of the tang. Hot, it’s not too impressive, but iced, it reigns supreme. Suffice to say, it is both delicious and refreshing. This tea really hits the nail on the head, capturing the idea of Strawberry Lemonade perfectly. It has the bright tartness that you expect from lemonade, with a sweet hint of strawberry. If you like Electric Lemonade, this tea is pretty similar in flavour, but without the mate base/caffeine aspect.

 

Grapefruit Squeeze: A DAVIDsTea Review

With hibiscus, rosehips and juicy grapefruit, this fruity tea is as fresh as it gets.

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Get squeezed…

Grapefruit Squeeze

(Apple pomace, lemongrass, rosehip shells, sweet blackberry leaves, roasted chicory root, lemon peel, hibiscus, rose petals, artificial grapefruit and black currant flavouring.)

Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, grapefruits have a juiciness that without a doubt, rivals that of the ever popular orange, and sparkles with many of the same health promoting benefits. The newly released Freshly Squeezed Collection from DAVIDsTEA, features three prominent members of the citrus family, but for this review, we’re focusing on Grapefruit Squeeze (a seemingly re-packaged version of Ruby Red from their very extensive tea graveyard). Brace yourself for the highly aromatic scent coming off this bad boy! It consists mostly of grapefruit (obviously), while the other citrus component, lemon, rightfully plays second fiddle here, blending with the grapefruit nicely. Considering how lemongrass can be quite assertive alongside other ingredients, here it’s no match at all for the grapefruit. The rose petals, hibiscus, and aforementioned lemongrass help to liven up the otherwise really bland loose leaf appearance of this tea.

The colour after steeping (for a full six minutes) is pretty spot on to what a glass of pink grapefruit juice looks like. Or red, depending on if you let the colour seep out from the hibiscus past 7 minutes. The aroma is no longer as potent as it once was, but has retained a bit of its original kick. I am happy to report that Grapefruit Squeeze has a very true to form grapefruit essence, with the roasted chicory root supplying a bitterness at the end of each and every sip. There’s a strong tang present, that is borderline pucker worthy. There’s also a high citrus aspect happening here, so it’s kind of expected. Sugar is definitely recommended if you’re not the biggest fan of sour/bitter teas. At this current moment, it is still unclear of where exactly the “blackcurrant flavouring” comes into play, but that’s a listed ingredient here… At the end of the day, this herbal blend is definitely for all the grapefruit lovers out there, the once “forbidden fruit”. If you were at all disappointed with Grapefruit Granita from this year’s summer collection, have no fear! You don’t have to worry about there being any ginger mixed into this tangy tisane, just 100% grapefruit-y goodness!

Frozen Raspberry: A DAVIDsTea Review

This sweet and tart raspberry-packed tisane tastes just like creamy frozen yogurt.

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Berry delicious…

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(Apple, sugar, raisins, hibiscus blossoms, carrot, yogurt pieces, beetroot, raspberry, natural and artificial raspberry and strawberry-cream flavouring.)

Also known as Rubus idaeus, the raspberry belongs to the same botanical family as the rose and the blackberry. But the fun facts don’t stop there – it turns out that there is far more to this brilliant berry than first meets the naked eye. And what’s not to love? Raspberries are a delicious fruit that pleases one’s taste buds and satisfies their nutritional needs all at once. With their slightly tangy flavour and bright, summer freshness, it makes sense that DAVIDsTea decided to showcase them in the newly released Frozen Raspberry. It smells super tart and creamy, sort of reminiscent of Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, another herbal blend with some overlapping ingredients. Raisins, carrot, hibiscus, beetroot, apple, sugar crystals, yogurt pieces… You can see it all in the loose leaf. Not so much the raspberry though, it appears to have faded into the background among the hibiscus, beetroot, and other dark coloured items.

It is this tag team of hibiscus blossoms and beetroot that helps to deliver a deep, vibrant shade of red to Frozen Raspberry after just over five minutes of steeping. If you love raspberries in all of their fruity, slightly sour glory like me, then you will also be able to appreciate the flavour this tea manages to capture: fresh raspberry with just a touch of creaminess. It is a great balance between sweet and tart overall. Yes, there are actual pieces of sugar swimming throughout this tea already, but what with all the natural tang/tartness present in here, some added sweetener definitely helps tone it down and heighten the creamy factor. This tea seems to have a similar concept to Blackberry Blizzard, another berry based tisane that came out recently and also boasts a smooth, yogurt richness. Ideally, this supposed “creamy swirl of yogurt” is not nearly as strong as it could be. Which makes it that more frustrating, that you cannot add milk to Frozen Raspberry, nor can you transform it into a latte and bring forward its true “frozen yogurt” characteristics… because hibiscus would ruin it completely. Still a great iced tea overall!

Melon Cooler: A DAVIDsTea Review

Stay hydrated with this fresh and juicy melange of watermelon, citrus and hibiscus.

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Use your melon…

(Apple, pineapple, hibiscus, orange peel, carrot, fig, stevia extract, natural and artificial watermelon flavouring.)

Is anyone else starting to get a little too bogged down by all the melon/watermelon tea releases from DAVIDsTea? We’ve had Melon Drop, Cantaloupe Ice, Sour Watermelon, and now Melon Cooler. No offense whatsoever to DT; watermelon is easily my favourite fruit to enjoy once the weather starts to warm up, hands down. Watermelons are filled with water and electrolytes, making them the quintessential fruit to keep you refreshed and plenty hydrated whenever needed. Dried melon may not exactly be in the list of ingredients, but the loose leaf is actually full of carrot, moderate pieces of fig, hibiscus, apple, and pineapple. Melon Cooler has an interesting dry leaf scent. For the most part, it’s nice and fruity… Almost smells like artificial watermelon flavoured gummy candy. But the more that I think about it, I’m also getting a strong pickle vibe…

After just over seven minutes of steeping, Melon Cooler’s aroma changes once more; to something that is oddly reminiscent of boiled or steamed carrots. Any previous melon-like smell is basically gone at this point. A deep, dark red colour results thanks to the hibiscus in this mix. As is expected, it is the very first thing you taste, with its sharp tanginess. Thankfully, a slight sweetness follows with each sip. There is certainly an essence of watermelon present, but it’s honestly not strong enough to keep the hibiscus at bay or from outshining it. Especially since it is meant to be the star of this blend… It’s also a shame that the citrus aspect of Melon Cooler is basically undetectable. On the other hand, the inclusion of stevia doesn’t seem to be too bad here; it is contributing some sweetness alongside the natural sugars in the dried fruit. Additional sweetener does appear to tamper down the strength of the hibiscus somewhat, making this cuppa more bearable. Here’s hoping this is the melon-based to come out this year…

Serenity Now: A DAVIDsTea Review

This soothing blend of lavender, strawberry and hibiscus is a one-way ticket to your happy place.

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Zen and sensibility…

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(Currants, rosehips, apple, lavender, spearmint, hibiscus, blueberries, rose petals, strawberries, quince, natural rose water and strawberry flavouring.)

Nothing evokes feelings of  calm and pure relaxation, quite like lavender. The aroma alone can put you at ease. It is one of the most fragrant and highly versatile herbs that you can grow. Not only is it used in aromatherapy as an essential oil, it is utilized in traditional herbal medicine, in the kitchen as a culinary herbal, as well as in tea blends like Serenity Now from DAVIDsTea. This pretty purple flower acts as the base to this herbal infusion that also features strawberries, hibiscus, and spearmint (which happens to be in the same family as lavender, interestingly enough). The floral aspect is not as potent as I originally expected, it actually smells quite soothing. Somehow you can pick on several different components here and there, but it’s mostly the sweet strawberry and floral lavender that come through the most in the dry leaf nose.

After four minutes, Serenity Now steeps to a really diluted, red colour that is also transparent looking. Its initial fruity/floral scent remains in tact, but it is subdued. Did you know? Lavender comes from the Latin verb, “lavare”, which means to wash. And a little definitely goes a long way. Otherwise you may end up with a taste in your mouth, very similar to that of a fancy soap, your grandmother’s signature perfume, or even potpourri. I feel like there’s something sophisticated about mixing lavender, mint, and strawberry. But it’s also a very hit or miss tea. Serenity Now, admittedly, has a lot going on and a very complex flavour profile. Sweetener (may that be agave, cane sugar, honey, or otherwise), is what is going to bring out the fruitiness and tone down the intense floral and tart hibiscus notes present here. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of lavender or teas that are too perfume-y, this is still a worth try, especially iced, when it transforms from soothing to incredibly refreshing.