162 Tasting Notes
I have a hard time finding watermelon in this tea. Sure, it smells like watermelon candy (NOT watermelon!) and tastes a bit like watermelon candy. But is it like biting into a nice, juicy watermelon on a hot summer’s day? No. That doesn’t mean it’s not good. It’s yummy. Just not watermelon-y.
Since I’m not a massive fan of this on its own, I added it to plain mate in my gourd one morning, and it was delish. I would recommend it!
Yum Yum Yum. This was recommended to me when I was buying Prairie Berry at DAVIDsTEA by the “tea girl”. She said if I like Prairie Berry, I’ll love Blueberry Jam. And she was right. Love it!
The colour is one of the most amazing colours of tea I’ve ever seen. Shouldn’t be all that big of a surprise if you’ve ever eaten blueberry pie or actual blueberry jam, but the tea is almost black. Starts off as a blue-green-purple type colour and just gets darker the longer you steep. The clear double-walled glass mug I have for my tea mornings is the best for watching tea steep!
This literally tastes like you’re biting into a blueberry when you drink it. It’s one of the most “true to smell” teas I’ve ever had; not like some of the pre-packaged berry teas that you smell and it smells delish, but when you taste it all you get is apple, hibiscus and a bit of a twang of some kind of artificial flavour. The stevia adds a nice sweetened kick, too, so the tartness of the dried blueberries isn’t too overpowering.
Definitely will buy again!
There’s a time and a place for sweet, caffeine-free teas. Usually for me that time is mid-afternoon, but I decided since I wasn’t feeling great I would give a decaf tea a try in the morning. This was the one I picked out of the drawer, and made a cup.
The smell? Like I want to dump it on my pancakes. If I was eating pancakes…
The taste? Like I want to dump it on my pancakes. If I was eating pancakes…
This is a total weekend breakfast tea. I might follow it up with something caffeinated for the kick in the morning, or have something else first then this one, but HOLY YUM. I will definitely be buying it again. It’s just a shame it couldn’t have a caffeinated kick.
It’s OK. I might buy it again, I might not. Definitely not my favourite, but not the worst in the drawer, either.
I don’t know why (I’m not very well-versed in pu’erh teas), but this tea had a very distinct “old fish” smell. Doesn’t taste that way, but the smell is a bit off-putting.
There was a nice orange taste to it, but not nearly as tart as what a lot of others reviewers were saying. At least, not that I noticed. Nothing like KANPE, even though this also had a lot of hibiscus. It wasn’t the orange that I was expecting or that I was looking for; I’m still trying to find a caffeinated replacement for the “wild sweet orange” tea from Starbuck’s (or whatever it was called). I was hoping this would be it based on the smell, but not so.
Kiwi? What Kiwi? I mean, I get something “fruity” that’s not completely apple (but hello, apple pieces!), but nothing stands up, punches me in the face and says “yo. I’m kiwi, sucka!” So I guess you could say that I personally don’t think the flavour lives up to the name.
I left my steeper in the tea while I was drinking it so the fruity taste got stronger as I drank, but the green tea taste got more and more bitter. Should have taken it out sooner…
I doubt I’ll buy this again. It’s not terrible. It’s not your generic fruity-tasting green tea. But I have other fruity-tasting green teas that I like more, so I just don’t think it’s going to make it back into my tea stash. Too bad, too. I love kiwis…
Not going to lie, I sometimes choose my tea based on how I choose my wine. If it has a cool label or a fun name or is for a good cause, I’ll buy it to try it at least once. This one has all of the above, so I figured it must be a winner. Plus, I’m weird and I love hibiscus tea (like I love sour candy) so I figured I can’t lose. As long as the taste of the coconut could be masked…
Well, I wasn’t disappointed. The hibiscus and “other stuff” in it masked the taste of the coconut, which essentially just gave it some richness on the tongue for me. And left some oil droplets floating on my tea. I didn’t get any taste of mango or banana, but I do taste apple. And hibiscus. Oh, hibiscus. Any sweetness from stevia is severely overpowered by the tartness of hibiscus, so people who like sweetened tea (not me!) would still need to add a sugar of some kind. I’m I would like it iced, too—this time I drank it lukewarm because I forgot about it sitting on my desk (and was wondering who was eating candy!).
I liked it. I can’t say that I thought to myself “MMM! MANGO!”, but I liked it. Would I get it again? Probably not, only because it was expensive (claims to have a white tea base, but I drank it at night by accident and wasn’t up half the night like I would have been if it had more-than-negligible amounts of caffeine) but because I have others that I like more. It definitely won’t be me grudgingly finishing it (a la Jolly Jellybean), but I wouldn’t stock up if I heard they were discontinuing it.
To be honest? I only have one complaint about this tea and it has nothing to do with taste.
This mate tastes great. I’m a big fan of mate since one of my Argentinian friends introduced me to it, and I’ve had mate from all across South America. This tastes just as good, if not better, than most of those.
The ONLY downside is if you plan on drinking this mate like you traditionally drink mate in South America. You put about 4 times more mate in the gourd than you would for just one cup, and just keep topping the gourd up with water. I end up going through almost 1.5 L of water in one gourd with about 3 tsp worth of mate. The problem? Because the pieces are so small, they start to break up and I end up sucking them up through my bombilla (and I have the DAVIDsTEA bombilla, too, so no excuses!).
For the taste and price? Can’t be beat.
My bag that arrived in the mail had two jellybeans in it. I figured there would be more closer to the bottom, so I used them both on the first two cups. Ah, well. They didn’t add anything anyway.
I’m not a fan at all of coconut. There are a few teas I like it in only because I can’t taste it (Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA for one), but with this one? Not only did it give the tea a terrible taste (for me), but also a really funky smell when steeped. No matter how long I steeped it (anywhere from 3 minutes to 10 minutes just to try to get it to taste better), that funky smell lingered. I didn’t get any strawberry taste, and not much pineapple (although, I could smell it quite strongly).
I definitely won’t be buying it again. Not anywhere near my top 10 of DAVIDsTEA teas!