DavidsTea’s Flamingo Fresca

Flamingo Fresca by DavidsTea
White Tea / Flavoured
$9.98 for 50g

Flamingo Fresca was available as an online exclusive.

First Impressions

I’m forever a sucker for pretty teas, and even though I know better than to trust how good a tea will taste based on how pretty the dry blend looks, I still want to give it a try. Flamingo Fresca is one of those teas that snuck into my house based on how pretty it looked in photographs. I know, I know, I’m my own worst enemy sometimes. But this is Flamingo Fresca, it comes in a sealed, resealable silver pouch with a pale blue label across the front with all the information you’ll need about this pretty tea blend.

Flamingo Fresca consists of: apple, pineapple, hibiscus blossoms, white tea, sprinkles, carrots, orange peel, lemongrass, strawberry, passion fruit, marigold blossoms, and natural flavouring. Flamingo Fresca basically smells like all the tropical fruits in the world fell into a blender. It has really strong aromas of pineapple, strawberry and passion fruit. I really don’t smell the white tea, but I’m also not surprised based on the other ingredients present in this blend. Plus, look at the cute pink flamingo sprinkles!

Preparation

Davidstea recommends steeping Flamingo Fresca in 90°C (195°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions and did an initial steep for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Surprise, surprise, Flamingo Fresca steeps to a bright, deep pink. Thank you to the hibiscus in this blend because it has that beautiful, rich pink colour. The aroma is very similar to the dry leaf – pineapple, strawberry, apples. It’s very fruity and quite sweet, but not to the point that I feel like it’s too much. It has a great flavour, there’s the tartness from the hibiscus that makes me think that this really needs to be made as an iced tea (and perhaps with a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime). Good thing that summer is just around the corner!

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Flamingo Fresca, but I was unsurprised to find that the first resteep (second steep of the same leaves) did not render a very good tasting cup of tea. Such is the nature of a fruity blended tea.

My Overall Impression

I liked DavidsTea’s Flamingo Fresca. I think the flavour was good and it’ll be really nice as an iced tea versus having hot. The level of fruitiness is good, but I feel like it really needs more of a citrus punch to make me think of fresca (which has grapefruit), and it would be perfect for patio if prepared with ice, a splash of lemonade, and an extra lemon wedge for that punch of flavour.

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