We were given a box of Davids Tea’s “The Summer Collection” to try. I’m a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a nice cup of tea from time to time (especially going for afternoon tea for some girly time). I was quite excited to try this collection of 5 tea flavours, because it uses a lot of tropical fruit flavours, which I like.
This box set has 5 tea flavours, each packet contains 25g of tea. The packets don’t seem like much but it could each make several 16oz tumblers of tea, and I’d put in a bit more than the recommended amount. Here are the flavours:
Mango Fruit Punch – Fruit flavoured tea (no caffeine). It has a strong pineapple and mango note. A very fruity drink; a bit sweet.
Tropicalia – Fruit flavoured tea (no caffeine). It smells and tastes like pina colada. It has a prominent coconut flavour. Interesting that some pink sugar hearts are in the mix, adding sweetness to the tea.
Coconut Grove – White tea (low caffeine). Even though they both contain coconut, this is very different from Tropicalia above. It’s white tea with just a hint of coconut. The tea leaves are like branches, long and thick and take up quite a bit of space. Remember to pack it into your tea ball/bag to ensure enough flavours.
Mint Julep – Black tea (medium caffeine). Very strong minty flavour and smell, but for some reason I can smell a caramel, buttery note. It’s like your peppermint tea with a hint of fruit.
Pink Passionfruit – Fruit flavoured tea (no caffeine). This pink-coloured tea has a slight tartness from the hibiscus. It reminds me of cranberry tea.
The Summer Collection is meant for making iced tea, so for the full experience I have tried all the teas hot and cold. Overall the teas are light and refreshing, even when you drink it hot. In the end, I think the fruit flavoured teas (Pink Passionfruit, Mango Fruit Punch and Tropicalia) are more suitable for iced tea, where the Mint Julep and Coconut Grove are better hot.
Of the five flavours, here is the order of my preference, from my most favourite to my least favourite:
- Mint Julep
- Coconut Grove
- Pink Passionfruit
- Mango Fruit Punch
This ranking surprised me. I had thought the Mango Fruit Punch would rank higher as I love everything mango, but the mango flavour got lost after mixing with other fruits and some artificial flavouring. And I think I prefer the traditional black and white tea, over the fruit flavoured tea.
I’m relatively new to Davids Tea, but this sampling of its teas has piqued my interest. I think I now know the type of tea that I prefer, and I’d be interested in trying more of its black, white or green tea, or herbal or flower based tea.