You can’t really talk about tea these days without mentioning David’s Tea. Another Canadian-born company, the first store opened in 2008 in downtown Toronto. Now one of the most popular and accessible tea stores in Canada, David’s brand is exploding. I love everything about the experience of shopping with them in-store and online; the customer service is impressive and the selection is second to none. But enough of my love for David’s.. on to today’s tea review.
David’s Tea describes their Strawberry Rhubarb as:
The ancient Chinese used it in medicine. The medieval Europeans traded for it along the Silk Road. And today we love it in pies, sauces, muffins or just plain, dipped in a little sugar. But the best way to eat rhubarb is with sweet, ripe strawberries. Like in this refreshingly fruity, deep red tisane. It tastes as bright and juicy as a fresh-picked berry, with a tart rhubarb punch and a subtle hint of yogurt creaminess. We love it hot or iced, or as the base for sweet, zippy sangria. Now that’s a beautiful thing.
There are some tea purists out there that refuse to partake in some of David’s blends that incorporate some more unique ingredients but I say, if it tastes good, drink it. This tea is composed of apple, hibiscus, raisins, carrots, yogurt bits, beetroot, strawberry, rhubarb, natural and artificial flavouring. I wish strawberry and rhubarb appeared a little higher in the ingredients list but regardless, this is a delicious tea. Like any tea with hibiscus, that flavour can take over, so to prevent it becoming too tart I suggest a brief steep. The yogurt bits add a thickness/creaminess to the tea that is delightful and this blend is refreshing hot or cold. The tea steeps to a gorgeous opaque pink, and it is currently one of my favourite herbal blends. My one complaint is I don’t get much of a rhubarb taste.. strawberry is definitely there but the tartness seems to come from the hibiscus entirely.
Recommended preparation: 1.25 tsp per cup for 4-7 minutes at 96C/204F
- What:David’s Tea Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait
- Where: Online and in store at David’s Tea
- How much: $ – No brainer
- Should you: I would! It is creamy, delicious and caffeine free. Great dessert tea for sure.
Do you have a favourite David’s Tea.. tea??