Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tropicalia

Just so you know, this is hands down my favourite summer tea.

The details:

Type: Herbal

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: So you want to go somewhere really exotic this summer.  A place where the sun is shining and the drinks are plentiful.  Where the sands are white, the water is clear and the sky is blue.  No problem.  Just ice yourself a cup of this herbal blend.  Not only does it taste just like a pina colada, it makes you feel as happy as one too.

What I think:

This tea is as close as you can get to pina colada.  The smell is bang on, with heavy pineapple and coconut scents.  Chock full of dried fruit, the dry tea is fairly chunky in consistency.

The tea steeps to a lovely light yet bright yellow, but the smell decreases in intensity.  As far as taste goes, it’s spot on.  It’s like a light pina colada: sweet enough without being overpowering.  Once I’ve finished the cup, the taste of coconut remains.  And although it’s delicious hot, it’s incredible cold…

I don’t have any rum in the house right now, but if I did I would definitely throw some into the iced tea.  This tea would definitely make a great base for a cold, alcoholic pina colada. Maybe throw in some coconut milk to give it that creamy texture?  Perfection.

As my little intro note says, this is my favourite summer tea from David’s Tea.  It’s a real, true pineapple/coconut flavour, no silly substitutes.  It’s great hot, it’s great cold, and I’m sure it would be best alcoholic.  But that’s just my opinion…  Now excuse me while I tan in my backyard with this delicious tea in hand.

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Perfect Pear

This is one of the five new summer teas that David’s Tea recently released.  Obviously, I picked them all up – more reviews to come, very soon!

The details:

Type: Herbal

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: This summer, we decided to make the best iced tea ever.  It had to be sweet and fruity, but a little bit tart.  Familiar, yet unexpected.  Delicious on its own, or with a splash of gin and a mint spring.  In a word, perfect.  And after searching high and low, we found a tea that fits the bill.  A bright, flavourful blend of pear and apple with a hint of vanilla, it’ll quench your thirst but leave you wanting more.  As if summer wasn’t already perfect enough…

What I think:

The dry tea smells exactly the way I hoped it would… Rich and sweet, like the perfect pear.  The dry mix is chunky and heavy, so you don’t really get much bang for your buck with this tea.  Twenty grams only gave me 2 – 3 cups worth.

The steeped tea has a very, very weak pear smell.  The tea steeps to a lovely light yellow, but little bits and pieces sneak through even the finest infuser and end up at the bottom of my cup.

At first sip, the tea is tart.  But with a few more sips, I’m able to hone in on the aftertaste – a lingering, true apple pear combination.  I’m not really tasting nor smelling the vanilla beans that are included in the ingredients.  The tea is fruity but sharp, true to the description…  And a touch of sugar makes a world of difference.  The tartness tones down, and it lets me focus on the part I like most – the fruity taste!

When iced (with sugar), the tea reminds me of Vitamin Water, oddly enough.  Light and refreshing, mildly sweet.  Additionally, I can finally taste the vanilla! Mission accomplished.

I have to be honest and say that this tea probably won’t be a repeat buy.  It’s definitely best when served iced with sugar, but it still doesn’t compete with some of the other iced varieties I’ve tried.  It’s a touch too tart for my liking, like a mixture of pear with granny smith apples.

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