Cotton Candy

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Brittle, Green Rooibos, Mango, Sprinkles
Flavors
Caramel, Cotton Candy, Nutty, Sweet, Burnt Sugar, Fruity, Vanilla, Sugar, Bark, Wood, Candy, Rooibos, Honeydew, Mango, Melon, Sugarcane, Marshmallow, Powdered sugar, Creamy, Smooth, Tropical
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Not available
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 13 oz / 385 ml

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  • “I received a tin of this in Ost’s summer 2018 cupboard sale (thanks Ost!) I’ve been (slowly) trying to make progress on that 50g tin in the evenings after my caffeine cut-off. This is a sweet tea,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Day 2 of my exclusive “Sara’s Old Tea” Advent calendar! This one takes me back to strolling the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, eating cotton candy. Which I haven’t been able to do for quite a while now,...” Read full tasting note
    89
  • “A gift from amandastory516. My brother and I had a cup of this together and he swears it tastes just like cotton candy. I didn’t get the cotton candy flavor much at first, but as it cooled I feel...” Read full tasting note
    73
  • “I’ve said in the past that green rooibos doesn’t really have a reason to exist (meaning that it doesn’t have much flavor and doesn’t help make a tea distinctive). As a base for amazing cotton candy...” Read full tasting note
    78

From DAVIDsTEA

Some people call it fairy floss. Others go for spun sugar. We like the classic “cotton candy.” But whatever you want to call it, we can all agree on one thing: it’s seriously delicious and ridiculously fun. And this tea was developed with our favourite carnival treat in mind. It combines nut brittle, candied mango and cotton candy sprinkles with a smooth, sweet base of red rooibos. The result? All the fun and flavour of the real thing, at next to no calories. It’s a carnival in a cup.

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DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

146 Tasting Notes

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I received a tin of this in Ost’s summer 2018 cupboard sale (thanks Ost!) I’ve been (slowly) trying to make progress on that 50g tin in the evenings after my caffeine cut-off.

This is a sweet tea, but I wouldn’t really expect otherwise from something based on a treat made purely out of spun sugar. I’m not sure if it reminds me of cotton candy, persay, just because I get such a strong nutty/caramelly note from the tea during the sip, which makes me think more of some gooey praline sort of dessert, instead. The aftertaste left on my tongue after the swallow, though, does remind me of cotton candy, so I can see where that association is coming from.

I do like dessert teas in the evening, but I’m not sure if the over-the-top sweet profile of this one is one I would ever feel like reaching for very often. I’ll probably be drinking it in a rotation with a couple other herbals just because I can’t imagine doing this as a “nightly drinker” until I’ve finally finished off the full tin, which I’m fairly certain is quite old at this point. (I am impressed the flavor has held up remarkably well considering the age, though!)

Flavors: Caramel, Cotton Candy, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
AJRimmer

I remember this one being quite over the top in its sweetness too.

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Day 2 of my exclusive “Sara’s Old Tea” Advent calendar! This one takes me back to strolling the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, eating cotton candy. Which I haven’t been able to do for quite a while now, since my 50th birthday last year. I love 52teas Cotton Candy tea, but I like this one even slightly more. I think it’s kind of hard to nail down exactly what cotton candy should taste like if it doesn’t come from artificial flavors, but this tea really gets it. It’s there at the beginning of sip, and in full force at the end of the sip. Well done.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cotton Candy, Fruity, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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A gift from amandastory516. My brother and I had a cup of this together and he swears it tastes just like cotton candy. I didn’t get the cotton candy flavor much at first, but as it cooled I feel like it came through more for me. There is definitely a sweetness here that’s more than just sweet, like the flavor of the sugar itself. I haven’t had many cotton candy teas (though I do love cotton candy!), but this one is definitely the closest I’ve had to the real deal.

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve said in the past that green rooibos doesn’t really have a reason to exist (meaning that it doesn’t have much flavor and doesn’t help make a tea distinctive). As a base for amazing cotton candy flavor, though, it works.

I only get to visit David’s Tea when I go to New York City, and the last time I was there I didn’t get to go, so this packet of tea is nearly two years old. Rummaging around amid my tea packages, it popped up, and I don’t really want caffeine at 2 in the morning, so I brewed some up. I did a paper-filter mug brew because it’s the only thing that keeps bits of rooibos from showing up in the brewed tea; it’s also convenient.

In the package you can smell the cotton candy flavor. It’s that particular cotton candy flavoring that the cotton candy Lifesavers in the Easter mix had—I used to buy bags of those just for this flavor. Some cotton candy flavored products have it; some don’t. For example: Dippin’ Dots cotton candy flavor yes, Ittibitz cotton candy flavor no. Pearl Ice Cream Parlor in La Crosse, WI yes, Chocolate Shoppe in Madison no. Now that they’ve discontinued that particular Lifesavers mix, it’s not easy to find it. So I was happy to smell this tea in the store and immediately catch the scent of the “good” cotton candy flavor. I don’t smell hazelnut in either the leaf or the brew, and I don’t taste it in the brewed tea, but then, I’ve never paid much attention to artificial hazelnut flavors in coffee or tea; I prefer roasted actual hazelnuts. The cotton candy scent may be covering it up for me.

In the brew, one reviewer is right that this has a thick, slightly oily mouthfeel, I assume from the bits of “brickle” (pink and blue cotton candy bits) that dissolve during brewing. The liquid is darkish brown and opaque, a little odd to see in brewed tea (again I assume from the dissolved candy bits). Neither of these things bother me. But if you expect tea to be clear and clean on the tongue, I could see where these characteristics would bug you.

I avoided adding anything to the cup, though I was tempted to sweeten a bit more—just because partially-sweet things bother me. For some reason I think tea should be not at all sweet, or quite a bit sweet, not in the middle. But after a few minutes I felt like it was plenty sweet for me.

In short: drinkable, might be good iced, might be good with extra sugar, but pretty nice just the way it is. I put this down to the particular cotton candy flavoring used, which is something I was already aware of and have been looking for. If it weren’t for that, I probably would find it pretty boring. (’Cause green rooibos.)

Flavors: Bark, Caramel, Cotton Candy, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I have always loved Cotton Candy, from the type you get at the fair to cotton candy ice cream. I was excited for this tea, and I am still very excited.
I decided to start my day with this tea, because I wanted something sweet and fun. I brewed it with about two perfect spoons because I really wanted that strong flavor. Starting with the smell, it smells just like fresh cotton candy. I had my first sip, and was very happy, it was sweet and sugary and still had that slightly bitter rooibos taste somehow (but I found that to be more of an aftertaste).
I do not think I would add sugar to this tea just because I do find it to be very sweet. I might add milk, or maybe try it as a dessert latte next time.

My problem does come in when it comes to the aftertaste of the rooibos, its a little strong and not very sweet, not a bad flavor just not the same flavor of the tea.

Flavors: Candy, Cotton Candy, Sugar

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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In my mind, this tea sounded delicious, but I was disappointed by it. I got it in one of my advent calendars… I’m trying to try all the new ones that I’ve never tried because I want to put in an order here before the end of January and use my coupons. I found it plain but sweet. I didn’t taste the cotton candy. At least I can say I tried it!

Flavors: Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Made with milk and sugar to cut the bitter aftertaste I find rooibos teas have. Subtle cotton candy flavour, really nice smell.

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I haven’t tasted real cotton candy or anything flavored like it in years and thought I had grown out of a taste for it when I grew up and knew what it was (ah to be a clueless kid again!). This tea came in a sampler pack and when I brewed it up (skeptically) I slipped into being a kid at a county fair as soon as I took my first sip. It was so wonderful that it made me sit down and just drink it down, remembering fun times with my cousins being turned loose with a few bucks for junky food and rattling rides, neither of which I’d go anywhere near now! Thanks for the fun!

Flavors: Cotton Candy

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Honestly my most favorite tea there is. If you are into sweet teas then this is the tea for you. Although it’s labeled cotton candy tea it isn’t overpoweringly sugary as some might think it is. The loose leaf itself is quite a sight and all together visually and tastefully appealing.

Flavors: Cotton Candy, Honeydew, Sweet

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If you’re looking for a somewhat sweet tea, then it may not be the tea for you. This tea, to me, is really good but it definitely just smells of cotton candy. Once you take one sip of it (unless you burn your tongue like I always do!), you can taste the super sweetness to it! I bought 5 ounces of it back on the 5th of August and I am running pretty pretty low, to the point where I think that I’m gonna have to go back to DAVIDsTEA here really really soon! I will also say that while it does have mango in the ingredients, I for one CANNOT taste it one bit. Maybe it is because the cotton candy taste and smell overpowers everything else, but I’ve not been able to taste it at all.

Flavors: Candy, Cotton Candy, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 1 OZ / 20 ML

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