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This tea is… Why!?

I guess putting gummy bears in your tea must be a novelty thing or meant to appeal to kids? However, it baffles me because I can’t imagine they impart a lot of flavour or melt down all that nicely; and if the amount of gummy bears isn’t JUST RIGHT in the blend then you have cups missing them (and they at least feel like a crucial ingredient based on the name) or they take over the cup given the size/weight!

I steeped this up though, and tried to keep an open mind. It tastes fine; but not particularly “gummy bear” like in terms of flavour. While it definitely get sweeter and mellowed out a little bit as the tea cooled, I found the profile to be an essentially hibiscus and orange dominant cup with a lot of tartness and general acidity. Not bad at all, but super generic and not really worth the novelty of buying a ‘gummy bear’ tea IMO.

But I guess it made for a cute photo so I suppose that’s a win!?

EDIT: Worth noting that this would probably be decent iced.

__Morgana__

Hmm. Did they melt? Or do they just sort of swim around in there? I think if they don’t melt I’m a little scared. But if they do melt, that seems a little horrifying, too.

Roswell Strange

They mostly melted, but definitely some sticky gummy bear goo left in the infuser, and some of that “oil slick” sort of mouthfeel too from the melted down gelatin.

__Morgana__

Nice. ;-)

Mastress Alita

I’m having a hard time picturing it too… though if a tea could somehow properly capture the flavor essense of chocolate-covered Gummy Bears without it tasting like fake-Red Hots cinnamon flavoring and weak-sauce chocolate flavoring, I would sooooooooo be down for that.

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__Morgana__

Hmm. Did they melt? Or do they just sort of swim around in there? I think if they don’t melt I’m a little scared. But if they do melt, that seems a little horrifying, too.

Roswell Strange

They mostly melted, but definitely some sticky gummy bear goo left in the infuser, and some of that “oil slick” sort of mouthfeel too from the melted down gelatin.

__Morgana__

Nice. ;-)

Mastress Alita

I’m having a hard time picturing it too… though if a tea could somehow properly capture the flavor essense of chocolate-covered Gummy Bears without it tasting like fake-Red Hots cinnamon flavoring and weak-sauce chocolate flavoring, I would sooooooooo be down for that.

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My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

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I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – those only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

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I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

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Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

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