DavidsTea’s Strawberry Colada

Strawberry Colada by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Strawberry Colada was a purchase I made during DavidsTea online sale. This fruity blend is a tisane, the aroma is bright and fruity – I can smell coconut, strawberry and pineapple. The pieces of fruit are huge and honestly seems like a lot of large chunks. The description suggests having it over crushed ice with rum.

Strawberry Colada consists of: hibiscus, rosehip shells, apple, pineapple, coconut, strawberry, natural and artificial flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Strawberry Colada in ‘near-boiling’ water for 4 to 7 minutes. I opted to steep in 100°C (212°F) water for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Strawberry Colada steeps to a very bright pink – a colour that I know and love from hibiscus. The aroma is very fruity. The flavour of Strawberry Colada is very strong – much like a punch to the taste buds with a mix of sweet, tart, and fruity. I enjoyed it hot, but I enjoyed it even more iced! The flavour is very strong when steeped for a solid 7 minutes.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Strawberry Colada, but found that it didn’t resteep well (which I’m not terribly surprised at given the fact that it’s a tisane).

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Strawberry Colada. I found the flavour was great – I enjoyed it the most when iced. I think it’d be a great tisane to have cold steeped (or hot steeped), and definitely would recommend it iced and perhaps with a splash of lemonade or soda water to bring more of a summer feel to it. The flavour is definitely quite intense and full of fruity flavour, and I think allowing it to steep for the full 7 minutes is the best course of action to get all of that flavour of it it since tisanes don’t often resteep well.

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DavidsTea’s Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

I picked up Blue Lagoon on a whim during the Semi-Annual Sale on the DavidsTea website. It was on sale as the blend was being retired – and at the time of writing no longer available on the website, but I know there are a lot of Facebook groups where people resell bags of sealed tea… Blue Lagoon comes in the familiar sealed, resealable silver foil bag with a yellow label that gives me all the information about this tea.

On first sniff of this fruity blend, the first thing I think is that there is a lot of fruit in the mix. The aroma is very fruity, and the majority of what I can make out is the berries – blueberries specifically. Blue Lagoon consist of: candied pineapple, blueberries, lemongrass, elderberries, cornflower petals, natural and artificial flavourings. This fruit blend also consists of sulphites, which is used to help maintain shelf longevity in food.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping at 200°F (95°C) for 4 to 7 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Blue Lagoon steeps to an interesting colour that I wasn’t quite expecting from a fruity infusion – a reddish brown. Honestly, it was a bit off-putting when I first came back to it after the long steep time. The aroma is very sweet and and fruity, which does match the taste of the blend. I can taste berries and pineapple, and a large amount of sweetness – it’s almost too sweet for me.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Blue Lagoon but found the second steep of the same leaves to be very watery and tasteless in comparison the initial steep. I would recommend Blue Lagoon for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that DavidsTea’s Blue Lagoon was just okay. Blue Lagoon stays consistent throughout for me – smelling and tasting fruity and sweet. I think it was just too sweet for me, even though I am a self-proclaimed sweet tooth. The colour was a bit off-putting, but it’s the sweetness that really killed it for me. I think this would be a great candidate to cold steep or mix with minimally sweetened lemonade, because the acidity would help balance against the sweetness from the candied pineapple and berries.

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DavidsTea’s Silken Pu’erh

Silken Pu’erh by DavidsTea
Pu’erh Tea / Straight
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

DavidsTea’s Silken Pu’erh is an organic pu’erh tea from Yunnan Province, China. The tea comes in a familiar sealed, resealable foil pouch with a coloured label on the front. I bought this tea on a whim, mostly because I realized that I haven’t had a lot of experiences with pu’erh teas so I wanted to give it a whirl.

The leaves are a range from deep reddish brown to chocolate brown shades. There’s a definite earthy aroma to the tea, and just a light little bit of sweetness when sniffing the dry leaf. It definitely intrigues me enough to steep it.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Silken Pu’erh at 95°C (200°F) water for 4 to 5 minutes (as per their product page) or 4 to 7 minutes (as per the product label). Confusing? Just a bit! I opted to do an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Silken Pu’erh steeps to a nice golden orange colour after the initial 5 minute steep. I found that there was an earthy aroma to the steeped tea as well. On taste though, I noticed that the tea is smooth – there’s a pleasant sweetness that lingers that reminds me of the flavour of young jackfruit. It balances well against the earthy notes that do remind me a bit of cocoa nibs, but without the obvious chocolate flavour. With the 5 minute steep, I noticed zero astringency or bitterness.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Silken Pu’erh six times (seven steeps total), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the tea got much darker very quickly as I resteeped the tea. The flavour profile stayed consistent with each subsequent steep and it was very pleasant to drink as it was very smooth and went down easy.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Silken Pu’erh. I really enjoyed the flavour profile of this tea – the earthy qualities balanced very well against the flavours of young jackfruit. I liked that I was able to resteep the same leaves multiple times and get some deeper flavours out of the leaves and that it was an easy tea to drink. It reminded me a lot of going out for dimsum with my family because pu’erh is a very common tea to be offered at dimsum, so it made for a nice experience and I think it would pair very well with savoury food.

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