Grapefruit Rose Starburst

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Oolong Tea
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Floral, Fruity, Grapefruit, Hibiscus, Orange, Rose, Citrus, Tart
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Kosher, Vegan
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The best way to kick off a party? With a glass of this mouthwatering citrus oolong tea. We love its bright grapefruit juiciness – but it’s the fragrant notes of rosewater and tart hibiscus that make it a real star. Refreshingly fruity and delightfully floral, this classy blend is sure to wow no matter how you serve it – hot, iced or with a splash of bubbly.

How it tastes:

Tart, fresh grapefruit flavour rounded out by sweet and fragrant notes of rose

What makes it great:

● This super juicy tea tastes great hot or iced.

● Made with lightly oxidized oolong for an additional pop of floral.

● Hosting? Impress your guests by serving this tea with a splash of bubbly for a classy cocktail.

50 g of this tea makes around 10-12 16 oz cups of hot tea and 5-7 16 oz cups of iced tea.

Oolong tea, apple, pineapple (pineapple, sugar), orange peel, hibiscus, rose petals, natural grapefruit and rose flavouring.

Certification: Kosher

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1131 tasting notes

I was tempted to get it sachet since Roswell raved about it, but since hibiscus is hit or miss for me, I got a pour over ice and was satisfied for the hot day. The flavors play very well together-going from the tart citrus of the grapefruit to the Turkish delight refreshment of the rose and hibiscus. I did not taste too much oolong personally, but its there in as a green background that’s smooth and hard to notice. I deeply enjoyed it as an ice drink without any additives and highly recommend it as a summer one. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much hot due to the hibiscus, but that’s a personal preference.

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I was super apprehensive about this tea. DT’s grapefruit blends are either absolute favorites (Ruby Red, aka Grapefruit Squeeze) or completely vile (Grapefruit Granita). On top of that, I don’t really love super floral teas, and I’m not particularly partial to oolong blends.

What on earth possessed me to even try this tea? A 20% discount and the hope that the hibiscus in the blend would, somehow, make it magical.

Well, it did. It’s light. It’s refreshing. The rose flavor is so subtle, especially when iced, that it’s not overly floral. The oolong flavor grounds it just a bit, but it really takes a back seat. The grapefruit and hibiscus play soooooo well together to my tastebuds. There’s a little extra hint of citrus from the orange peel and a slight sweetness from the pineapple and apple (without noticeable apple flavor, which I LOATHE in teas that aren’t apple teas). I love a tart tea, and this is a winner. #teamhibiscus FOREVAH!

Flavors: Grapefruit, Hibiscus, Orange, Rose

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4624 tasting notes

Apprehensive about this one, as grapefruit can be too bitter for me, but this smelled really good in-store. Brewed up, the grapefruit is less intense but quite prominent in the flavour profile, although I got vibes of citronella when I first took a sip, which threw me. The florals are not too strong, and clearly rose.

Although I’m not sure I would care to keep this around, I actually think it’s quite a well-done blend. It actually tastes like what it’s supposed to – grapefruit and rose – and doesn’t have a million other flavours clogging things up. It’s probably irrelevant that it’s an oolong, as it’s not really all that noticeable to me (the tea is over half fruit, so there’s not much actual tea present). Would definitely recommend this to lovers of grapefruit, and the rose isn’t so strong as to be offputting for those who aren’t keen on florals.

I think Lavender Swirl was my favourite tea of this collection, but this is a close second. I particularly enjoyed that these were all “unique” blends, and not just reworkings of the same old things (see: the iced tea collection, new melon tea, etc.)

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8936 tasting notes

OK – let me tell y’all a thing!

This is my absolute favourite tea from the entire Fruity & Floral collection and people do not seem to be excited about it. So, I’m going to tell you all why this is the best shit ever and why you should all go give it some love!

But first let me just say that I GET IT. The automatic association that so many people have with grapefruit teas/grapefruit in general is bitterness. Which is gross. However, even worse than that – DT’s past grapefruit blends of recent memory (Grapefruit Squeeze and Grapefruit Granita) have been pretty awful and have definitely enforced the idea of grapefruit teas being bitter. They sucked; yes. However! However! I believe that they’re aware that those grapefruit teas just weren’t cutting it, and they. stepped. their. cookies. up! Full stop.

This grapefruit tea is sweet and smooth, and juicy – the kind of awesome grapefruit note in things like Fresca; effervescent, lively pink grapefruit. None of that gross bitter peel/citrus peel taste that people loathe in grapefruit teas. Picture grapefruit in a lemonade type format, and that’s what you have here! It’s such a good grapefruit flavor and it deserves some attention and appreciation! I know I usually try to be really unbiased/impartial in my first tasting notes for new tea collections – but this is just sooooo good! I’ve had it well over a dozen times now since starting at the lab, and just have been anxiously waiting for it to officially launch so that I could finally rave about it to other tea people.

I mean – it also has rose in it and I love rose teas, but it’s not even a strong rose flavour. Just a nice, heady floral that softens the grapefruit and naturally compliments the floral leaning greener oolong base. I would even argue that this is the least floral of the whole Fruity & Floral collection if you don’t count the naturally floral oolong base and only focus on the added/feature floral ingredient in each tea.

It’s just… so good. Plus, I have a dream – and that dream is that this tea replaces Grapefruit Granita, which is pretty bleck, and becomes a core oolong tea. We need more oolong teas on the wall, and this is 100% a better grapefruit tea than Grapefruit Granita! That’s only going to happen if people show this tea some love though.

So yeah – that’s my love letter to Grapefruit Rose Starburst! Thank you for your time.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


As long as it’s not too strong rose, sounds great. :)


^^ Same thought! I do like sweet grapefruit, but am definitely apprehensive about this one because of the rose, which I’m not a fan of.

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