I thought that the new collections from DAVIDsTEA were meant to be slowing down, but they came out with the Cocktail Collection this week and another release scheduled for the end of the month! I will have reviews of each of the DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection over the next few days, but for those who want to buy now, here are very quick mini reviews!
The DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection includes five teas. The four shown here plus Mudslide which is not pink so didn’t look as pretty in the picture! It is also coffee based so I am less likely to drink it anyway. The other teas are Sparkling Sangria, Rosé All Day, Raspberry Mojito and Sour Appletini.
All can be served hot or iced but apart from Mudslide, I had them iced and tried a sip hot before adding ice. Steep time for all is 4-7 minutes. They are available loose, in a set of five mini tins for $25 as shown here plus tea solos at $16 each and buy two get one free (Canadian pricing).
Rosé All Day – DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection
Yeah, I was walking around with a wine glass at 7am and people did not think it had tea in it. Rosé All Day promises a refreshingly fruity blend of apple, hibiscus, elderberries and currants, with a delicate sprinkling of blue mallow flower. Like its namesake vino, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart for all those golden, sunny afternoons.
They did a good job with this one, it does have that wine aftertaste although a mix between Rosé and Sangria (real sangria, not the tea which we will get to soon). So refreshing and easy to drink, I expect I will be buying a lot of this one and DAVIDsTEA may have redeemed themselves a little in my eyes.
Raspberry Mojito – DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection
The darkest in colour of the the Cocktail Collection teas, Raspberry Mojito was a tea last year. I personally think it tastes a little different this year but it still has that raspberry tartness. Probably the least like its namesake though. It also tastes like it has a little less mint. Maybe just the mix I had in the mini tin though. Probably my least favourite of the four pink-red teas in the Cocktail collection while still very refreshing and drinkable.
Sour Appletini – DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection
For me, this is one of the “here have my whole paycheque” teas for DAVIDsTEA. Sour Appletini from the Cocktail Collection is like a sour apple candy. Jolly Ranchers according to some in the DAVIDsTEA fan group, although I haven’t had those in recent memory to compare. It is tart and tangy. I have completely forgiven DAVIDsTEA for their constant overuse of apple with this tea. I would have loved for this to be green or more white though, the red colour with the green apple flavour is a little weird.
Sparkling Sangria – DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection
Another wine inspired tea. Sparkling Sangria is the last of the pink/red teas in the Cocktail Collection. You know I am a sucker for cornflower petals so this one just looks so pretty. Really refreshing but a little light to be a true sangria taste in my opinion. Maybe it just needs to steep a little longer but it does have hibiscus so may turn a little too tart. Sweeter than Rosé all Day and less of a wine aftertaste it will make a great summer drink and I can’t wait to try it as a teapop.
Mudslide – DAVIDsTEA Cocktail Collection
Coffee and chocolate is more his thing than mine so I wasn’t all that impressed with this one. Seriously, I drink tea because I don’t particularly like coffee so keep it out of my tea. That being said, I didn’t find my sip of it as a latte horrible (and I have been known to spit out coffee). He enjoyed it though, sweet and coffee-ish. It makes a better dessert latte tea than anything else.
Now that you have heard about all five teas, which do you want to try?