Released several days ago, the DavidsTea summer 2014 collection of teas include four herbal blends (Just Peachy, Mango Fruit Punch, Sangria, and Watermelon Mint) and one white tea (Shooting Starfruit). I had the opportunity to try all five of these drinks over the past two days, and I could not wait until next Tuesday to share my thoughts with all of you, so here are my mini reviews and impressions!
DavidsTea Mini Review: Just Peachy
DavidsTea might recommend this for an iced tea, I am sampling this,
hot, as I quite enjoy my peach teas, hot. However, just judging based on
the aroma, iced Just Peachy would be...just peachy!
the small tasting cup, the aroma is strictly peaches, as it should be -
this blend is an herbal with no tea to change the flavor toward
vegetal, malty, or other notes. Yet, DavidsTea's website mentions that
the blend contains apple. I find this a curious addition for a peach
blend. While the flavor does not reflect the apple (at least not
noticeably), the taste/mouthfeel has an interesting tart finish, which I
suspect may come from this additional fruit. The peach notes are bold
through flavor and smell. Quite the delight. On my personal enjoyment
scale, I would rate this herbal blend a 90/100.
DavidsTea Mini Review: Mango Fruit Punch
the chunks of fruit in this blend are immense and eye-catching. Mango
Fruit Punch is an herbal infusion of pineapple, mango, orange,
tangerine, strawberry, and other flavors. The list almost reminds me of a
I find it light on smell, not overwhelming and not artificially
sweet-smelling. Predominately, the mango and tangerine stand out, but
overall the fruits blend well together. The sweetness of the
strawberries is noticeable on the edges of the smell. I suspect this may
be due to the fact that it is not citrus. Pleasantly, it works, and I cannot wait to taste it.
a sip, the blend slides across the tongue, a fruity burst with a
rounded mouthfeel. It is hard to distinguish among the various fruits,
until it moves to the back of the tongue, where pineapple becomes much
more noticeable. Sip after sip, I taste through the cup, enjoying the
sensory experience. The flavors are also a bit reminiscent of a rainbow
sherbet, like I mentioned about the aroma. When it comes to the
aftertaste, a bit of tangerine lingers, but, more than the others,
strawberry fills the aftertaste (with perhaps a touch of citrus).
Fruit-lovers will really enjoy this blend, if a purely-fruity,
non-caffeinated drink is the goal. On my personal enjoyment scale, I
would rate this herbal blend an 81/100.
Thoughts on Sangria and Shooting Starfruit
DavidsTea Mini Review: Watermelon Mint
Here we have another case of a blend in which the flavor and the aroma do not match...and it is not at all a bad thing! Welcome to Watermelon Mint.
mismatch of flavor and aroma is not that they are completely different;
the difference is in the strength of each component and how much it
reveals itself. As the name suggests, this herbal blend is primarily
composed of watermelon and mint notes.
any of the brewed tea, I breathed the aroma of the dry leaf, and the
smell of mint filled my senses, almost overwhelming (though not in a bad
way). Breathing deeply, again, mint dominates, again. On the edge lies
fruit, somewhat watermelon, but easier called just "fruit notes."
list of ingredients mentions apple, honeydew melon, carrot, and
beetroot in addition to watermelon and mint flavors. These are certainly
contributing factors to the "fruit notes," but one would be
hard-pressed to pick out their smells from the dry leaf. I am slightly
disappointed by the use of artificial flavoring, but without it the
watermelon would be next-to-non-existent.
and watermelon share the nose profile, blending in the aroma,
pleasantly. A sip later, my mouth is flooded with watermelon. Despite
artificial flavors, the watermelon does not taste fake (like the
taste of a watermelon Jolly Rancher does). Rather, it is a clean flavor.
In the foretaste, a bit of mint dances on the edges, and it cool-ly
settles across the tongue in the aftertaste.
drank this blend, cold, as I am sure it was intended, I feel that a
hot-brew of this herbal blend would be interesting to say the least,
though it might perhaps be a bit odd. It will be an experiment for
another time. This is a pleasure to drink cold. On my personal enjoyment
scale, I would rate Watermelon Mint an 88/100.
The DavidsTea summer 2014 collection can be acquired from your local DavidsTea store or their website, here.
These reviews were unsolicited and uncompensated.
Photo credit to DavidsTea.