Pineapple Tea – REVIEW

If you are an adventurous tea drinker, you’ll want to try this pineapple tea.

This rooibos and green tea blend brings together the flavors of butter, popcorn, and pineapple. An unusual tea blend, though it does have the essence of buttery, barbecued pineapple. However, this Davids Tea isn’t bursting with tropical, juicy flavors – just a touch of fruitiness.

If you haven’t ever tasted tea sweetened with blackberry leaves, I’d describe the flavor and aftertaste as similar to stevia. It has a slightly bitter taste, and the flavor is noticeably different from sugar.

DISCLAIMER: This product was purchased by the blogger. Neetzy.com received NO compensation from Davids Tea for this tea review. This tea review does not represent medical or professional advice, it is an opinion only. Photographs may not depict the exact color of the product.

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MANUFACTURER’S DESCRIPTION OF PRODUCT

  • “It’s got huge pieces of real pineapple and toasty grains of roasted rice, all in a base of fresh green tea and sweet, smooth-drinking rooibos”
  • “like drinking a cup of liquid sunshine”
  • contains “huge pieces of real pineapple”
  • contains tea from Japan
  • low in caffeine
  • MK-certified Kosher

THE REVIEW

LOOSE TEA

Please note that the photo below is not quite realistic. The small pouch of pineapple tea I purchased contained these 3 pieces of pineapple. For a more realistic image of the tea (which is mostly rooibos and green tea leaves), see the photo further down in this tea review.

  • mostly rooibos and green tea bits
  • a few large chunks of dried pineapple
  • a few pieces of popped rice
  • some cubes of candied pineapple

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HOW TO STEEP

Davids Tea recommends using 1.25 teaspoons of loose tea per 240 mL of 85 C water; steep for 3-5 minutes.

However, this tea review will cover several different steeping strengths so you can pick which one is best for you.

AROMA & FLAVOR

Steeped for 4-5 minutes using 1.25 teaspoons of loose tea per 240 mL:

  • very nice mild scent of buttery pineapple
  • popcorn is main flavor, followed by butter, then a hint of pineapple
  • not really a fruity tea (pineapple is not bold)
  • slight strange taste from sweet blackberry leaves
  • enjoyable mild level of sweetness
  • rooibos and green tea flavors aren’t noticeable

Steeped for 4 minutes using 2 teaspoons of loose tea per 240 mL:

  • scent is a little strange and slightly off-putting
  • butter flavor and pineapple flavor are about equal
  • not overly fruity, just a touch of pineapple
  • buttery, yet pineapple taste is more present
  • sweetness is moderate (not too sweet)
  • slightly odd sweetness (due to blackberry leaves)
  • the bitterness from the blackberry leaves lingers on the palate
  • rooibos and green tea flavors aren’t noticeable

Steeped for 4-5 minutes using 1 tablespoon of loose tea per 240 mL:

  • scent is pungent, tart, pineapple-y, and a bit sickly-sweet
  • more taste of pineapple (but still not overly fruity and juicy)
  • tartness of pineapple is present
  • much sweeter (perhaps too sweet)
  • flavors of butter and popcorn are bold
  • very noticeable bitterness from the blackberry leaves
  • rooibos and green tea flavors aren’t noticeable

NOTE: I would strongly suggest using 2 teaspoons of loose tea per 240 mL as it allows for more pineapple flavor without becoming too sweet. Also, the odd bitterness from the blackberry leaves isn’t overwhelming.

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YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS DAVIDS TEA IF YOU:

  • aren’t expecting bold flavors of rooibos and green tea
  • enjoy moderate sweet tea
  • like the flavor of butter and popcorn
  • enjoy mild fruit flavors
  • want to try something unusual

NEETZY’S COMMENTS

neetzy-davids-tea-pineapple-tea-review-7While this tea is very unique, it didn’t burst with pineapple flavor like I had hoped. However, I do have to give it props as it had the essence of buttery, grilled pineapple.

I am not a fan of tea sweetened with blackberry leaves. If you feel the same, I would try a different tea. However, I will say that the blackberry leaf sweetness isn’t as obvious in this tea as it is in other Davids tea (i.e. Juicy Orange Pu’erh).

I recommend using 2 teaspoons of tea per cup of hot water – this gives flavorful, but not overpowering essences of buttery, grilled pineapple. The grilled flavor in this tea is best described as a combination of popcorn and butter. Please note that the cup of tea shown used 1 tablespoon of loose tea per 240 mL of water.

As with many designer teas that are sold from bulk containers, it’s hit and miss – you might get a really good mix of the tea blend, or you might get the leftovers. The label on my pineapple tea says it contains “huge pieces of real pineapple”. My 24-g pouch contained about 2 big chunks of pineapple and a medium-sized piece, but that was it.

While I wouldn’t buy this tea again, it was certainly worth trying. I have to say this was a fun spin on grilled pineapple, but the bold juiciness of pineapple was missing.

ABOUT DAVIDS TEA

  • in 2008, the first retail store opened in Toronto, Canada
  • today, there are over 150 teas to choose from
  • the Frequent Steeper loyalty program rewards customers with 1 point per $1 spent (100 points = free 50-g pouch of tea)

INGREDIENTS

Rooibos tea, candied pineapple bits (pineapple, sugar), dried pineapple pieces, apple pomace (apple pomace, citric acid), green tea, roasted rice, sweet blackberry leaves, popped rice, natural pineapple flavoring.

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