DAVIDsTEA: Super Charge

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This sweet, energizing mix of green maté, black tea and guarana seeds packs a punch.


Review: The dry blend had a berry aroma; liquor had a drying sensation and tasted medicinal (1/5 rating).

  • Type: Black tea, mate tea
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Caffeine: Simulant
  • Ingredients: Black tea, green maté, guarana seeds, goji berries, sweet blackberry leaf, licorice root, blueberries, artificial flavour
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA: Grape Freeze

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With green tea and juicy grape, this icy treat tastes just like a sweet grape freezy.


Review: While the name of the tea is ‘grape freeze’, it reminded me of artificial grape medicine (1/5 rating*).

  • Type: Green tea
  • Origin: China
  • Caffeine: Low
  • Ingredients: Black currant, green tea, garcinia, rosehips, cornflower, stevia extract, natural grape flavouring
  • Other: Organic
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA

Teasenz: Ming Qian Huan Shan Mao Feng and Anji White Bai

Teas provided for review

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Today, I will be trying two green teas from Teasenz: Ming Qian Huang Shan Mao Feng and Anji White Bai. Both teas were picked in spring 2016, have low caffeine levels but from different areas (Anhui and Zhejiang respectively) within China. Please note, when I got the teas last year, the leaves were much more vibrant green, but I was unable to review it until now.

The top leaves are the Huang Shan Mao Feng which are slightly fuzzy and were hand-fried, while the Anji White Bai is more straight and long. The Anji White is not a white tea but named ‘white’ because the tea leaves are whiter than others in the region. After steeping, the leaves look very similar.

Ming Qian Huan Shan Mao Feng

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Description: Leaves are picked in early spring, before the Spring Festival, when the buds are still tender and full of flavor.

Review: The dry leaves of the Huang Shan Mao Feng had a sweet floral aroma. However, when wet, the leaves smelled mossy and pine-like. Tea was very delicate with slight hay flavour. Liquor was pale yellow (3/5 rating).

  • Type: Green tea
  • Origins: China
  • Caffeine: Low
  • Ingredients: Huang Shan Mao Feng
  • Company: Teasenz

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Anji White Bai

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Description: With long, delicate, vivid green leaves, Anji white tea is beautiful in every sense of the word.

Review: The smell of the  Anji White wet leaves were reminiscent of the grassy smell after a downpour, and was slightly musty and forest-y. Once steeped, the tea had a sweet grassy flavour. After multiple infusions, the liquor stayed a light pale yellow colour (2/5 rating).

  • Type: Green tea
  • Origins: China
  • Caffeine: Low
  • Ingredients: Anji Bai
  • Company: Teasenz

Overall

I personally liked the Huan Shan Mao Feng a bit better because I thought the flavours were less grassy and more mellow. However, if you like grassier teas then maybe the Anji White will be the one for you!

 

DAVIDsTEA: Buchu Superfruit

A mix of smooth-drinking buchu and yummy goji berries.


Review: Fresh berry aroma, however, tea has artificial medicine taste (1/5 rating*).

  • Type: Rooibos tea
  • Origin: USA
  • Caffeine: Caffeine-free
  • Ingredients: Black currant, blackberry leaf, green rooibos, goji berry, strawberry, buchu, blueberry, acai, stevia extract. With natural acai and raspberry flavouring
  • Other: Kosher, organic
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA: Ginger Peach Moringa

A blend of moringa, fruity peach and spicy ginger.


Review: Off-putting gingery peach aroma; a strong kick of ginger (1/5 rating).

  • Type: Herbal tea
  • Origin: USA
  • Caffeine: Caffeine-free
  • Ingredients: Peach pieces (peach, sulfites), ginger root, moringa leaves, sweet blackberry leaves, lemongrass, natural ginger and peach flavouring
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA: Sweet Lime

A sweet, citrusy blend of white tea, green tea, lime and mango.


Review: Overwhelming artificial lime smell and taste. Extremely sweet; might be better iced (1/5 rating*).

  • Type: White tea, green tea
  • Origin: China
  • Caffeine: Low caffeine
  • Ingredients: Apple, mango cubes (mango, sugar) and flakes, apple pomace (apple pomace, citric acid), sweet blackberry leaves, white tea, green tea, lime, natural lime and mango flavouring
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA

Teageek’ery Handcrafted Tea Blends: Red Paradise

Red Paradise is a punch-style blend with sweet blueberries and tropical mango mixed with beautiful lemongrass. – via Amoda Monthly Box


Review: Tea is reminiscent of a cloyingly sweet fruit punch with faint floral aroma; strange metallic aftertaste (1/5 rating).

  • Type: Herbal tea
  • Origin: Canada
  • Caffeine: Caffeine-free
  • Ingredients: Local & spray-free blueberries, mango, organic hibiscus,  organic lemon grass
  • Company: Teageek’ery Handcrafted Tea Blends

Tao Tea Leaf: Cream Mango

Tea provided for review

“A special combination of exotic fruit flavors complement the fruit nuances perfectly.”


Very aromatic fruity smell, however, tastes like very sweet artificial children’s medicine (1/5 rating*).

  • Type: Herbal tea
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Caffeine-free
  • Ingredients: Currants, hibiscus, papaya cubes, elderberries, pineapple flakes, mango flakes, papaya flakes, coconut chips, freeze-dried yoghurt granules, wild strawberry leaves, sunflower blossoms, black currant, blueberries
  • Company: Tao Tea Leaf

DAVIDsTEA: Buddha’s Blend

A zen melange of jasmine pearls, hibiscus blossoms and white and green tea.


Review: Faint floral aroma, with a slightly bland fruity first sip and bitter aftertaste (1/5 rating*).

  • Type: White tea, green tea
  • Origin: China
  • Caffeine: Medium
  • Ingredients: White tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, natural and artificial flavouring
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA