308 Tasting Notes
This tea is super sweet, and, coming from someone that loves sweetened teas, that’s saying a lot. The stevia is really overpowering. I just had a small sample, but that one experience completely put me off. If I was ever near a store again I’d consider buying a tiny amount and steeping for a shorter amount of time.
If this tea ever returns I will have to buy it in bulk.
To me this tea is summer in a glass…a tall, wide-mouthed mason jar filled with ice and a few super ripe melon balls.
I adore this tea and waited one day too long to try to place an order before it disappeared from the DT website. I have since stockpiled about a kilo thanks to some awesome folks on a DT fan page. I’ve been rationing it out because I could drink this on a daily basis and not tire of it.
I wish DT would add more (honeydew) melon teas to the permanent menu.
It’s really sweet and it’s been very refreshing as an iced tea on these long, hot, humid (it’s not supposed to be this humid in San Antonio!) summer days. It’s easily one of my top ten all-time favorites from DT.
The addition of vanilla in this blend was quite odd. When I think citrus I think tart and bright, and I suppose that’s why I understood the addition of hibiscus – to really hammer home the tartness. In the end the vanilla is what put me off. Frankly, I’m surprised that I taste so much of the vanilla given that it’s just an added flavoring. It adds a certain richness that I don’t want in my citrus tea, at least not in a citrus-based herbal blend called “Sunny Citrus.”
I’m in the minority here, and I’m okay with that because it prevents me from having to frantically run out and buy a kilo of this tea. I don’t like this tea. In fact, I really dislike this tea. I’m not a huge fan of rooibos blends to begin with, but this tea tastes nothing like any cotton candy I’ve ever had in my 30-something years. I tried it last year when it was released as part of the carnival collection and gave it another try this year (from the same bag I’d purchased last year, mind you). No dice. It tastes very vaguely of vanilla, but the taste of the rooibos (and its honeyed sweetness) is the prominent flavor on my palate.
This isn’t an herbal tea that I’d repurchase. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there’s something about this tea that I just don’t care for. Maybe there are too many berries in the blend? Maybe it’s the lemon verbena or the raisins? I can’t distinguish which flavor I don’t enjoy because there are so many ingredients in this blend. I thought this would be a go-to for iced tea this summer, but it just misses the mark. I’ve only tried it once, and I’ll be selling what’s left of my 2-ounce bag soon. There are too many other herbal teas that I’d rather keep in my collection.
I’m not a connoisseur of matcha or green teas. I purchased this on a whim while on vacation because of the three flavored matchas available (at the time) it sounded the most appealing.
I like it as an iced latte. I add 1 PTS, a dash of vanilla powder, 1 PTS of coconut sugar and about 4 ounces of hot water to my matcha maker. After shaking vigourously for about 30 seconds I add ice and top up my matcha maker with coconut almond milk.
It’s tasty, but I prefer black and mate teas to help get me through my mornings. While I enjoy it enough to finish the 2 ounces I purchased it’s not something I’d rush out to restock.
I’m intrigued by DT’s new LE matchas (blueberry, peach and mango) and a few of the matchas that Steeped Tea is offering. I’ll probably give those a try in the near future.
I wish this had more peach flavor. I get mostly papaya. Regardless, it’s one of my favorite permanent mate blends that DT offers. It’s tropical, fruity and moderately sweet. It does a bang-up job of helping me wake up in the morning. It’s definitely a staple maté blend for my tea collection. When I repurchase this blend I might add some Just Peachy to the tin.