My mother loves sales, and boy, does she always tries to bring back treats whenever she runs into one. This time around, she brought me back a fruit flavoured green tea. I had it sealed for a few weeks due to me being ill and stuck in bed drinking chamomile tea with honey and lemon to ease my throbbing throat. Now that I’m fully healed and up and running again, I’m back to switching up my teas constantly, some due to the need to review them for you guys, and some just for the heck of it.
Now this tea was a bit tricky to review. I love the raspberry taste in the tea and it is quite delicious, however my confusion comes from the ingredient list. They claim, as you can read on the picture above, that this tea is flavoured naturally with fruit. However, on the ingredients list, it lists corn maltodextrin, sugar and modified corn starch, or, in other words, artificial flavouring ingredients. They are additives and fillers made to keep the tea long lasting and cheap to produce. The sugar is inserted to keep consumers buying their product.
In conclusion, while this is a tasty tea, its ingredients upset me. This is basically turning tea into a sugary juice that keeps you craving it and buying more. I’m quite disappointed. Go ahead and keep buying the tea if you like. However, personally and for my health, I’ll stick to quality loose-leaf tea without additives and sugars that naturally keep me hooked with their flavour and health benefits.
A few months ago, my mother, her boyfriend, my boyfriend (his name’s Kevin and I’ll just use it because it’s easier than typing out “my boyfriend” ever single time xD) and I set out to Victoria on Vancouver Island for my uncle’s wedding. We stayed in a beautiful little townhouse literally right near the water, instead of staying at a hotel. We took the ferry over from Vancouver and we arrived in the evening. Kevin and I decided we would make breakfast the next day for everyone, so we told my mother and she gave us some money to get groceries for us for the entire trip and we went to Walmart that night. Since both my mother’s boyfriend and I drink tea instead of coffee, I searched around Walmart for a green tea for the two of us. Now, I’m not sure how it is in the United States, but Tetley tea is sold at basically any grocery store here in Vancouver, and a ton of other cities in Canada as well. It’s very common and popular, and decently priced. It’s not the cheapest tea you can get, but it’s also not over-priced. I found Tetley’s green teas, and purchased the Honey Lemon Ginseng one, as I love the taste of ginseng and honey in my green tea, and hoped for the best.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The aroma was very pleasant, and its flavor was simple yet delicious. It even surprised me when I realized that it had a gentle minty aftertaste, which didn’t last long, but yet somehow added to the flavor of the tea. The lemon to honey ratio was on point, neither overpowered the other, rather they complimented each other quite well. Be careful about how long you brew though, this tea can get very bitter if left steeping too long. I found that adding real honey or brown sugar can actually liven up the taste a bit more, for personally, I found it to be a bit bland.
Overall, I highly recommend this tea if you are looking for a decently priced, delicious green tea. Oh green tea; You and your abundance of antioxidants that are a healthy choice for tea drinkers everywhere.
Thoughts: Had this tea on my way to work this morning. The lightness of the cinnamon taste and a nice, light aftertaste of ginger make this tea one I will buy again. It smells almost cider like, with a hint of cinnamon and not too strong if brewed correctly. The gold sugar balls also add a light sweetness to the tea, and makes it sparkle. Literally. Definitely a favourite for my morning cup of caffeinated tea.
Plus let’s face it, who doesn’t get intrigued by a swirling sparkling tea?
Thoughts: Bought this tea today and am in love with the smell. However, taste-wise, this tea is very, umm how to put it, bland? You can’t really taste tea. I left my tea steeping for quite a while in my tumbler to get the most flavor I could, but unfortunately, with no luck. It tastes very watered down. I’m going to try to make it iced during the warmer months, but this tea lacks flavour when brewed hot. It almost tastes like hot water with a hint of mango. Not exactly what I look for in a tea.
First semi-disappointment with David’s Tea, but hey, you learn from your mistakes, eh?