DavidsTea’s Just Peachy

Just Peachy by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Spoiler, I’ve had Just Peachy before. It’s one of my favourite summer-time iced teas from DavidsTea and I realize a little while ago that I hadn’t written about it yet for One More Steep so I decide to do so. I first had Just Peachy in-store when it was offered as an iced tea sample (I’ve also had it hot before and I’ll discuss both further below). The dry leaf of Just Peachy has a very strong peach, fruity aroma to it – which is unsurprising considering the ingredients in the blend.

Just Peachy consists of apple, sweet blackberry leaves, peach, natural and artificial flavouring. Of all the ingredients, the one that stands out the most is probably the peach aroma with the hint of apple in the background. If you’re a fan of peach-based iced teas, you might like this one.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Just Peachy in near-boiling water for 4 to 7 minutes. I steeped Just Peachy in 93°C (200°F) water for 6 minutes. I tend to be okay with steeping herbal or fruit infusions for a lengthier period of time because, unlike teas, they don’t have the tea leaves in there that can become bitter or astringent when oversteeped.

First Taste

Just Peachy steeps to a pleasant warm orange colour with a strong peach aroma. The flavour of Just Peach is peach and sweet. I find that the fruit ingredients in Just Peachy are enough that I don’t have to add any sweetener to it – of course your mileage may vary with your sweet tooth. The apple is also a very present flavour in this fruit infusion as well, but the flavour of the apple doesn’t overwhelm or overpower the peach, which is nice considering it’s Just Peachy and not Just Apple.

I’ve had Just Peachy both hot and iced. I find when it’s hot, it’s sweeter. When iced, Just Peachy is a nice, refreshing iced tea. I like it both ways, but really prefer to have it iced (especially when the weather’s hot!). I generally cold steep a pitcher of Just Peachy to enjoy throughout the week.

A Second Cup?

I try to resteep Just Peachy, but find that the flavour just isn’t there in comparison to the initial steep. I would say that Just Peachy is good for one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Just Peachy. Not really much of a surprise considering it’s a fruit infusion blend that I’ve (re)purchased. I really enjoy the fruity flavours of the peach and love the fact that I don’t have to add any extra sugar or sweetener for it to be a sweet iced tea. Just Peachy is definitely one that I recommend having iced (although it’s very tasty as a hot tisane as well).

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DavidsTea’s Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

First Impressions

I picked up a small bag of Strawberry Lemonade when I was at a local DavidsTea location. This fruit infusion smelled amazing in store when I smelled the dry leaf. Essentially, Strawberry Lemonade smells like its name. There’s strawberries and there’s a bright citrus aroma that makes me think of lemons. Now, there’s also a lot of other ingredients, and I find that just makes it smell fruity for the most part. It’s very bright and fresh smelling, and it makes me think of warmer weather.

Strawberry Lemonade consists of apple, hibiscus blossoms, blackberry leaves, candied papaya, lemongrass, beetroot, strawberries, marigold blossoms and natural flavouring. I’m not sure what natural flavouring was needed, considering the ingredients already listed. I imagine that it might be some strawberry flavouring to just give it a bit of a flavour boost.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Strawberry Lemonade in “near-boiling” water for 4 to 7 minutes. My initial steep of Strawberry Lemonade was in 93°C (200°F) water for 6 minutes.

First Taste

Strawberry Lemonade steeps to a very pretty pink – a millennial pink, if you will. It smells remarkably like strawberry and lemons, and the really nice thing is that Strawberry Lemonade also tastes like its name suggests as well. There’s a significant amount of tart and sour from the fruity tisane, but there’s also the added sweetness from the strawberry and sweeter fruits, such as the apple and candied papaya. It’s nice that they managed to match the flavour pretty well with the name that they opted to give it.

A Second Cup?

I did attempt to resteep Strawberry Lemonade with little success. The colour just wasn’t there, I think the beetroot and hibiscus was just tapped out of colour. The flavour was rather watery compared to the initial steep, and I found the diluted flavour to just be lackluster compared to what the flavour was.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Strawberry Lemonade. I really enjoyed the initial steep of this fruit infusion and thought that the flavours (and the name!) was just spot-on. While I wish that this tisane could be resteeped, I was impressed by the flavour that I got from the first steep and found it so enjoyable that I’m overlooking it a little bit. I think if it could be resteeped, it’d be a much better purchase to make since the ingredients are heavy and you don’t get a lot of the tisane in a bag. But the flavours are really good and the colour is perfectly on trend with the summer so I can’t say too many bad things about it.

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DavidsTea’s Rhubarb Cream Soda

Rhubarb Cream Soda by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

First Impressions

I was a little bit confused when I first read the name Rhubarb Cream Soda because a rhubarb-flavoured cream soda is just not a thing that exists in my world. This was another of DavidsTea’s new releases that I first sniffed in store and got a small sample back to try out at home. The aroma of Rhubarb Cream Soda is mostly fruity – I can definitely make out the apple and mango, there’s also something that reminds me a little bit of coconut but I’m not sure what’s that from.

Rhubarb Cream Soda consists of: apple, rosehip shells, mango, pineapple, hibiscus, red currants, rhubarb, and natural flavouring. Perhaps the natural flavouring is where the coconut aroma is coming from?

Preparation

DavidsTea’s recommended steeping temperature is “near-boiling” for 4 to 7 minutes. I did an initial steep of Rhubarb Cream Soda for 5 minutes in 93°C (200°F) water.

First Taste

Rhubarb Cream Soda steeps to a very cheerful bright pink – I attribute the pink to the rosehips, hibiscus, red currants, and rhubarb. The aroma is sweet and fruity, I can still smell the apple and mango, but there’s also another depth of layer in the fragrance that reminds me of cream soda. There was quite a bit of an oil slick across the surface of this infusion when I poured it into my tea cup. I’m not sure which ingredient it’s from, I think some of the natural flavouring might have been in the form of oils and that’s why it’s there.

The taste of this fruit infusion is actually really surprising. It actually tastes like cream soda! I’m not sure which of the ingredients is the reason for this, but I’m not complaining. The rhubarb and hibiscus are both definitely present – there’s just a touch of tartness with this fruity infusion. There’s some natural sweetness from the fruit, and the (magical) cream soda flavour that is quite strong.

I would honestly recommend having Rhubarb Cream Soda mixed with some soda water to add some bubbly to make it more like a cream soda. I would also recommend having this one iced.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Rhubarb Cream Soda and found that it was a no-go. The flavour just wasn’t there the second time around.

My Overall Impression

I liked DavidsTea’s Rhubarb Cream Soda. The flavour was pleasantly just like the name suggested, which is always a big bonus when it comes to fruit infusions. I really enjoyed the flavour of Rhubarb Cream Soda, and wish that it was something that resteeped a little bit better. Because this is a fruit-heavy tisane, I found that I didn’t get a lot in my bag because it’s a heavy/bulky blend – which means it makes for an expensive cup. I bought 28g of Rhubarb Cream Soda and probably used a quarter of the bag just for one cup. That said, Rhubarb Cream Soda is a fruit infusion that tastes like its name suggests, so it’s worth giving it a try!

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