DavidsTea’s Forever Frosty

Forever Frosty by DavidsTea
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Forever Frosty piqued my interest because it’s a winter/seasonal version of Forever Nuts – which is a long-time fan favourite (and if you want to see some seriously poor tea photography, you can check out my 2016 review of Forever Nuts!) and a tisane that I enjoy usually as a latte. Which, of course, meant that I was curious enough to pick up a bag to give it a try.

This is a curious blend that came in a sealed, resealable silver pouch. A very familiar bright yellow label adorns the bag and gives you all the necessary information about the blend. I highly recommend giving it a good shake before scooping some out to steep because all I saw when I first opened the bag were huge candied almonds and large slices of dried oranges. Not very appealing! Forever Frosty smells like cinnamon and oranges, which is nice, but doesn’t really make me think of Forever Nuts. Surprisingly, I don’t really smell almonds. Forever Frosty consists of: apple, candied almonds, almonds, orange slices, marshmallows, cinnamon, beetroot, coconut flakes, orange peel, cloves, artificial sweet roasted almond, and natural orange flavouring.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Forever Frosty in 95°C (200°F) water for 5+ minutes. I opted to follow the steeping instructions and I did an initial steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Forever Frosty steeps to a very bright pink, a lovely colour from the beetroot. It has a very sweet, orange aroma to it with hints of cinnamon mingling in the background. I don’t really smell or taste almonds, which is unfortunate because that’s one of the key components of Forever Nuts. The colour is significantly brighter, in my opinion, than the pink of Forever Nuts. I do find there’s a bitter component to the blend though, which isn’t very pleasant. Sweet, bitter, orange, and cinnamon – with the cinnamon being the real wintery flavour that I can make out in the tisane.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Forever Frosty, but it didn’t really improve matters and just resulted in a fairly weak drink. I would recommend Forever Frosty for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I didn’t like DavidsTea’s Forever Frosty. I think it was a very valiant attempt at a seasonal take on the perennial favourite Forever Nuts, but I don’t think it quite captured enough of the essence of Forever Nuts or the season, which is unfortunate. I was really hoping that the flavour and aroma of the almonds would come out more, especially since almonds appear in the ingredients three times.

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Celestial Seasonings’s Raspberry Zinger

Raspberry Zinger by Celestial Seasonings
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$3.49USD for 45g (20 teabags)

First Impressions

Raspberry Zinger is the last of the fruit tisanes in the Fruit Tea Sampler that I purchased ages ago! You can always tap here to read the other reviews of the tisanes featured in the sampler. This one, like all the other ones, comes ina sealed foil packet that’s not resealable. The tisane comes in square teabags, no tag or string present. There’s a bright and strong fruity berry aroma, and I can definitely smell the hibiscus.

Raspberry Zinger consists of: hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, orange peel, blackberry leaves, natural raspberry flavour with other natural flavours, raspberries and raspberry leaves. Not surprisingly, raspberry isn’t the star ingredient, but it does smell very strongly of berries.

Preparation

Celestial Seasonings recommends steeping Raspberry Zinger in freshly boiled water (100°C/212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did a steep for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Raspberry Zinger steeps to a bright berry red colour. I found that it smells like berries and raspberries, which is nice. It’s both fruity sweet and tart. I found that the hibiscus flavour is strong and really complements the fruit flavours. I think it would be great with a bit of sweetener to help temper the overall start tartness to the tisane. Or perhaps iced with lemonade or a slice of lemon.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Raspberry Zinger, but the flavour wasn’t strong enough to really make it worth my while. I would recommend steeping Raspberry Zinger just the one time.

My Overall Impression

I liked Celestial Seasonings’s Raspberry Zinger. I really enjoyed the berry flavours, although it was more of a field berry experience than specifically raspberry. The tartness from the hibiscus could be overwhelming for some, but I do tend to like hibiscus so I was okay with it. A bit of honey would go a long way to help brighten up the fruit flavours even more, and lower the level of tartness present in the tisane. I would recommend having it iced to really appreciate the fruity flavours.

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Celestial Seasonings’s Black Cherry Berry

Black Cherry Berry by Celestial Seasonings
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$3.49USD for 44g (20 teabags)

First Impressions

This is the second to last tisane out of the Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sample. As like with the rest, Black Cherry Berry came in a foil packet inside of the box in paper-feeling tea bags. The aroma from the tea bags smells more like hibiscus than cherry, but that’s not too surprising when I look at the list of ingredients.

Black Cherry Berry consists of: hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, blackberry leaves, hawthorn, natural black cherry flavour with other natural flavours, chamomile, and sweet cherries. It’s a pity that I don’t really smell the cherry since that’s one of the primary ingredients, and part of the name of the tisane.

Preparation

Celestial Seasonings recommends steeping Black Cherry Berry in freshly boiled water (100C/212F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of 5 minutes.

First Taste

Black Cherry Berry is a very deep berry red colour. And surprise, it smells like cherries instead of hibiscus! Something that I’m pretty pleased about considering the aroma that I got from the dry leaf instead. There’s a nice mix of sweet and tart from the steeped tisane, and I can definitely taste the cherries, which is probably good considering the name.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Black Cherry Berry and found that the flavour just wasn’t quite there. I’d recommend Black Cherry Berry for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Celestial Seasonings’s Black Cherry Berry was just okay. I thought the cherry flavour was pleasant, but I wasn’t impressed with how lacking the cherry aroma was for the dry leaf. I think Black Cherry Berry would be better iced than warm or hot, and perhaps even cold steeped with a touch of sweetener to really brighten up the fruity flavours.

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