The briskness of autumn ushers in a longing for comfort foods and warm, sweet flavours.
David’s Tea has bundled the tastes of the season into its fall collection, which features the flavours of Sweet Apple Cider, Pumpkin Chai, Maple Sugar, Yes We Cran and Snickerdoodle.
We recently got a chance to try some of the teas, which are only available for a limited time, and here is what we found:
Flavour: Yes we cran
Taste: Hibiscus-based tea is fruity, warm and bitter – absolutely perfect for fall. As a huge hibiscus iced tea fan, I was afraid this would be more of a summer tea. But the whole cranberries, paired with cinnamon and pumpkin spices, really warms this cup up.
Method: I steeped about a tablespoon of yes we cran in a tea ball for approximately five minutes. Within a few minutes the tea turned bright pink and then a deep red.
Would you try it again?: Yes. I would like to try it as an iced tea, or mix it with green tea for a different flavour combo.
Flavour: Maple sugar
Taste: The dominant flavours of this “maple sugar” tea were not maple sugar at all – but apple and cinnamon. While an apple and cinnamon tea is nice – it’s not what is written on the package, so I was a little disappointed. I also tried the tea without sugar and milk, in case they were masking the true flavour – but I still could only taste apple and cinnamon.
Method: I followed the package’s instructions and used just over a teaspoon of tea in my mug – but opted to steep it for about 10 minutes instead of the suggested four to seven. I wanted to make sure as much flavour seeped into the water as possible and I drank it hot with a bit of sugar and some vanilla soy milk.
Would you try it again?: I would still try it again because apples and cinnamon are nice in a tea too.
Flavour: Sweet apple cider
Taste: The tea has an intense apple flavour that’s on the verge of being too artificial, but isn’t very sweet. I’m surprised there’s no cinnamon flavouring in this tea, though the tea leaves do smell strongly of vanilla.
Method: I measured one and a half teaspoons for one cup of tea and steeped it for five minutes. I did not add any sugar, though some people might prefer it sweetened.
Would you try it again?: I would try this tea again if I wanted apple cider lite.
Flavour: Pumpkin chai
Taste: With the name pumpkin chai, I was expecting the tea to have a more pumpkin-y flavour. Instead, it had an almost creamy quality and tasted of spices and caramel, but was weaker than I thought it would be.
Method: I steeped one and a half teaspoons of tea in a mug of hot water for 10 minutes. I didn’t add any sugar or sweetener.
Would you try it again?: I may try it again, but not if I was in the mood for pumpkin.