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I’m in love with this tea! Firstly, I love the colour. I think it’s the only green tea I’ve ever had that wasn’t…well…green! It’s a gorgeous deep pink colour. The taste is amazing. It’s fresh and fruity and tastes like pomegranates without having the bitter aftertaste that I associate with that particular fruit. I imagine this would be lovely iced.
I don’t like teas that are so delicate that it becomes a complete crap-shoot on whether or not it’s going to be drinkable every time you make it.
I got this as a sample and I’m guessing the planets must have been aligned in my favour that day because it was AMAZING. Delicate, floral with a light, sweet, fruity quality. I’ve had it sent to me as a sample several more times since then and I can not for the life of me make it as well as I made it that first time. The finished product ranges anywhere from slightly bitter to completely undrinkable.
I’ve experimented with water temperatures, amounts of leaves, amount of water and steeping times. I’ve looked up how other people have made it and followed their advice to the letter. No good. It’s always awful and it’s frustrating because I know how good it can be if only I could get it right again.
Anyway, I don’t think the perfect cup of Buddha’s Blend is going to happen for me ever again and I don’t think a tea whereby the end result is a complete gamble is really worth it, to be honest.
The best way to describe this tea would be ‘fruit salad.’ It’s nothing but oranges in the first sip but then the aftertaste and subsequent sips seem to constantly evolve. I don’t believe there’s any mango in it but I was definitely getting hints of mango and pineapple too. As well as the tang of the citrus, there’s some very sweet notes in there as well. It’s very difficult to describe. I’ve only had it hot but I imagine this would be a very pleasant iced tea for sipping on the sunny days that seem so far away right now to us in Eastern Canada!
It’s lovely. Not as tart as I’d like but very, very enjoyable all the same. The hibiscus compliments the lime really well for an all-round fresh and fruity flavour. Plus, I’m a sucker for elderberry and it works really well in this tea. I’ve only had it hot so far but I imagine it’d be lovely iced. Use an EXTREMELY fine mesh infuser; this one’s insanely bitty.
If you’ve got kids, I highly recommend this tea. My 2-year-old mostly drinks water and milk but sometimes he wants something sweet. We used to give him a few drops of that concentrated goo stuff (Dasani make one, as do Kool Aid) in his water to flavour it and his favourite variety was pink lemonade but the sorbates in that stuff – SORRY IF THIS IS TMI – gave him the runs.
So I found this pink lemonade rooibos from David’s to be the perfect replacement for the chemical filled juice products. He loves it cold brewed and poured into his sippy cup! I imagine lots of children would like this. You could even pour a little soda water in there to make it fizz. It’s so sweet and tangy. My husband also loves this as an iced tea. I prefer it hot, especially when I have a cold as it’s super soothing. The colour is beautiful too!
This is one of those teas that are tricky to make perfectly every time. Everyone knows green teas are delicate and temperamental but I find this one especially finicky for some reason.
However, when I do make it just right, it’s AMAZING! I just can’t figure out how they make it taste so creamy and tart at the same time! It’s delicious. I prefer it hot but it’s not bad iced.
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This is the ultimate comfort tea for me as it reminds me so much of my childhood. When I was a girl (about a hundred years ago) at primary school, we used to be served bowls of fruit or vanilla cake with hot custard for lunchtime pudding and it was by far my favourite time of day. This tea tastes almost exactly like the “cake ‘n’ custard” of my school days and I can’t get enough of it!
I find I need to double the amount of dry tea that the package instructions recommend (otherwise it can taste a bit watery, not matter how long you steep it for,) and that a tiny drizzle of honey is just enough to really amplify the sweet flavours in the tea. As a bonus, it really makes the kitchen smell amazing when it’s brewing. Tip: Use the finest mesh infuser you have for this one – it’s bitty.