DavidsTea’s North Star

North Star by DavidsTea
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

I purchased North Star at the same time as purchasing the 2021 Advent Calendar from DavidsTea, without knowing that it was part of the advent calendar. North Star was day 6 of the 24 Days of Tea, and I tried it before opening this pouch of tea.

First Impressions

North Star came in the familiar silver pouch from DavidsTea, with a bright yellow sticker to indicate that it’s an herbal infusion (tisane). What had attracted me to trying this one out is because I saw the star sprinkles and just thought it was pretty and worth giving a try. Orange being present doesn’t hurt either!

North Start consists of: sugar, orange peel, nana mint, brittle, white star sprinkles, natural flavouring (orange and vanilla), lemongrass, orange, moringa leaf, orange blossom, and spinach. Spinach (in my opinion) has no place in my tea or tisanes, but here we are. It really is quite pretty to look at. The sugar crystals are massive, in comparison to everything. The orange peel is large, the white star sprinkles are beautiful. North Star primarily smells like oranges, vanilla, and lemongrass.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping North Star in 200°F (95°C) water for over 5 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of seven minutes.

First Taste

North Star steeps to a lovely yellow colour, it’s got a bright citrus aroma to it. The taste of this tisane is strongly orange and vanilla, with hints of mint. I don’t get a lot of that minty flavour, although I wish it was stronger since this is meant to be a winter tisane. The level of sweetness is very strong, probably due to the sugar crystals and sprinkles. The orange is quite strong though, and what I do get of the vanilla reminds me of an orange creamsicle, but somehow even more sweet.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep North Star, but found that the flavour was lacking in comparison to the original steep. I would recommend North Star for just the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that DavidsTea’s North Star was just okay. The mix of orange and vanilla is an interesting combination, but I found myself wishing that the mint was a stronger flavour in the tisane. The level of sweetness in North Star is strong, I found myself wishing that it was less sweet – but what can you do? I had this tisane hot, but found it quite sweet and fruity, so I imagine it would do well being iced instead during the spring and summer – no sweetener needed.

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DavidsTea’s Hibiscus Splash

Hibiscus Splash by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$8.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Never quite done with iced teas, am I? This is a fruity infusion from DavidsTea with a bright yellow label across a sealed, resealable pouch. This was part of an online order that I made and was included as a free gift with purchase. Luckily, it wasn’t one that I had tried before I decided it would make a good option to review.

Hibiscus Splash consists of: apple pieces, candied pineapple, hibiscus blossoms, natural flavouring, fig slices, rose pepper, cranberries, cornflower blossoms, and stevia extract. The aroma of the dry leaf is primarily pineapple and figs, with hints of fruitiness throughout the background. It’s a nice fruity blend, and makes me want an iced tea.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Hibiscus Splash in 95°C (200°F) water for over 5 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep with the recommended water temperature for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Hibiscus Splash steeps to a bright red, most likely thanks to the hibiscus blossoms in the blend. The flavour reminds me a lot of a fruit punch or mixed fruit juice box. It has a distinctly cherry quality to it, and it has the tartness from the hibiscus. There’s a nice sweetness to it, which I suspect is due to the apple, candied pineapple, and stevia. It does have a touch of an aftertaste with it with the stevia, but the cherry flavour is much stronger than the other flavours.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Hibiscus Splash, but found that it didn’t resteep well. The initial steep has a lovely flavour, but the subsequent steep did not and was fairly void of strong flavours.

My Overall Impression

I liked DavidsTea’s Hibiscus Splash. The flavour reminds me a lot of a fruit punch, with a strong cherry flavour. It has a good flavour for the initial steep, but it was definitely meant for one steep only.  The cherry flavouring is strong, and the fruit infusion does steep well. I’m not partial to cherry, unfortunately, but I think that cherry fans would enjoy it considerably more than I did – especially iced.

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Adagio Teas’ Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea

Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea by Adagio Teas
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.00USD for 6 pouches (2.1oz)

Adagio Teas has provided me with Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

It’s still summer, tea friends! So I’m happy to have a nice glass of iced tea right now; Adagio Teas was happy to send me Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea – an herbal tisane that came in portioned pouches for making up pitchers of iced teas. Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea comes in a sealed, resealable coloured bag with printed information across the front.

While the blend comes in pouches, I did rip one apart to take a look at it. It has a great fruity aroma that reminds me of a berry jam. Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea consists of: hibiscus, apple pieces, butterfly pea flower, rose hips, orange, papaya flavour, strawberries, blueberries, and natural blackberry flavour. It really is quite pretty to look at! Such bright colours – like a little happy rainbow in a cup.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends preparing Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea with 1 pouch per 1 quart of water, and to place in the fridge overnight. I followed the instructions to steep overnight in the fridge.

First Taste

Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea steeps to a brilliant purple-red colour. There’s a bright berry, fruity aroma to this tisane. The flavour is lightly fruity, and reminds me a bit of a thinned fruit punch – which given the nature of steeping the ingredients, isn’t unexpected. It’s quite refreshing, and it does a good job of quenching the thirst. Given that this blend does contain butterfly pea flower, you can add some lemon juice to change the colour.

I did top off the glass with some sparkling water, to add a bit of oomph – and it really hits the spot (so I would recommend adding some sparkling water a bit of refinement).

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea, and found the colouring to be quite thinned compared to the initial steep. The aroma and flavour is lacking in comparison to the initial steep. I would recommend Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea for just the one steep with the leaves.

My Overall Impression

I liked Adagio Teas’ Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea. I found it easy to steep, a beautiful colour, and has a good flavour. I do wish that the aroma, which was stronger than the flavour that I got from the drink itself. That said, it has a refreshing quality to it, and I think it’s a great iced tea option for those who want something light with a berry flavour to it.

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