Wild Strawberry is one of several teas in the Fall 2017 collection that Davids Tea launched in late August.
It steeps a really pretty pink, and is described as tasting of strawberry and vanilla. It also contains an interesting mix of elderberries, raisins, hibiscus, beetroot, and rosemary.
- fruit infusion (herbal tea, no caffeine)
- “Walk on the wild side with this juicy blend of strawberry, rosemary, and vanilla” – product packaging
- “Bursting with strawberry, rosemary, hibiscus and vanilla, it’s sweet and refreshing” – from DavidsTea.com
- contains natural and artificial flavoring
- $8.98 CAD per 50 g in Canada
- $8.98 USD per 50 g in the United States
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APPEARANCE OF LOOSE TEA
- predominantly chunks of dried apple
- bits of dark red strawberry
- deep red hibiscus petals
- flecks of green rosemary
- whole pieces of dark blue/purple raisins and elderberries
AROMA OF LOOSE TEA
- sweet and tangy strawberry
- hint of warm vanilla
HOW TO STEEP & FLAVOR
While the instructions for making this Wild Strawberry tea recommend using 1-2 Perfect Spoonfuls per 475 mL (16 oz), I find it’s a guessing game to find the perfect amount for the perfect cup.
And for anyone who is confused about what a Perfect Spoonful is, a Perfect Spoonful refers to the metal scoops that Davids Tea sells, which measures precisely 2.5 teaspoons.
Until recently, most of Davids’ teas suggested using 1.25 teaspoons of loose tea per cup of water (240 mL), which I found made very weak tea. So, I find it more accurate that Davids Tea now suggests using more tea per cup.
Here are three amounts I tested in hopes of making a perfect cuppa. Please note that Davids Tea suggests steeping this tea for 4-7 minutes, however, I found steeping it longer brought out additional flavor.
For a lighter tea:
- add 2 teaspoons of loose tea in 250 mL of near-boiling water
- steep for 10 minutes
The result is a pretty pink tea that tastes mostly of subtle beet (and a little bit like strawberry), with a hint of vanilla.
For a stronger tea:
- add 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons) of loose tea in 250 mL of near-boiling water
- steep for 10 minutes
More tart strawberry and hibiscus flavors come through by using a little more tea, yet the strawberry isn’t overpowering (but you get more tang using a little more tea).
The result is a red-colored tea that has a touch of sweetness.
Although this tea contains hibiscus, the strawberry is the main flavor. I find that many tea blends containing hibiscus create a tea tasting mostly of hibiscus, so I was happy to discover the strawberry remained the main flavor.
For a fizzy iced tea:
- add 1.5 tablespoons to 150 mL of near-boiling water
- steep for about 20 minutes
- add 150 mL of La Croix cranberry soda water
- toss in a few ice cubes and stir
The La Croix cranberry soda water compliments this tea nicely while not destroying the strawberry flavor profile. The result is a moderately fizzy, tart strawberry soda with a hint of vanilla and just a touch of sweetness!
This is my favorite way to drink this Wild Strawberry tea. If you don’t like the slight bitter taste of soda water, you may like this combo as the tea takes away most of that flat/bitter taste of the carbonation. The rosemary flavor gets lost in this steeping method, but the strawberry flavor really comes through (I think the cranberry soda water amps up the tartness, really bringing out the strawberry flavor).
While the cranberry flavor of the soda water is lost entirely, I didn’t mind that as this concoction made a really tasty strawberry-vanilla soda that was virtually sugar-free but full of flavor.
YOU MIGHT LIKE THIS PRODUCT IF:
- you want a fruity tea that is both tangy and slightly sweet when steeped strong
- even if you don’t like rosemary or elderberries, these flavors are very subtle
- you are looking for a tea that actually tastes like strawberry (must steep strongly)
Apple (apple, citric acid), elderberries, raisins, hibiscus blossoms, beetroot, rosemary, strawberries, vanilla pods, natural and artificial strawberry-cream and vanilla flavoring.
This is a nice tea for transitioning into fall as it has both summer and autumn flavors. To get a good cup of all the flavors, I recommend using 1 tablespoon of loose tea in 250 mL of water, and steeping for 10 minutes. Otherwise, you will miss out on all the nuances of this blend.
This Wild Strawberry tea will likely appeal to those who like a mix of sweet and sour (if you steep it strong), while not being overly sweet. It is more strawberry than hibiscus, which is nice as I find teas containing hibiscus tend to be predominantly hibiscus-flavored.
WHERE TO BUY
Wild Strawberry herbal tea can be purchased at Davids Tea stores (various locations in Canada and the United States), or online at davidstea.com.
This tea may be a seasonal tea, and may not be part of Davids Tea main collection.
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ABOUT DAVIDS TEA
- began in 2008 in the city of Montreal (Canada)
- as of 2017, over 200 Davids Tea retail stores are located throughout Canada and the USA
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