Juicy Strawberry from Dave & Soloman’s Tea. . . .

With a name like juicy strawberry, I just knew I had to make this tea into iced tea. The tea itself is a beautiful loose leaf, and it looks like petals and dried strawberry. The smell alone is totally delicious. It smells like fresh berries. You know when you walk by strawberries in the grocery, that’s the smell.

I brewed some up in my iced tea pitcher, and added no sweetener. This morning I poured myself a glass to have with breakfast, and all I can say is WOW. It tastes like strawberry punch. It absolutely needs no sweetener, it has a natural organic sweetness and it tastes just like strawberries! Like real strawberries, not a manufactured strawberry flavor. No Red #40 in this tea.

Hands down this is the most delicious fruity tea I’ve tried. It’s a lovely light pink color, and it’s just so refreshing. This would be great for anyone trying to kick a sugary soda habit. I feel like kids would probably love it too, especially if they like fruit punch.

This will be a delicious iced tea to have on a warm summer day, sitting in the shade and just sipping tea and enjoying life.

I’ve tried quite a few Dave & Soloman’s teas, and hands down this is my all time favorite. If you like naturally sweet, fruity teas, do yourself the biggest favor and try this. I feel like I’m not even doing it justice. Absolutely divine is the best way to describe it!


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Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy: This tea company is no longer operating.

Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea

Not too long ago I took a sip or two of Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea HOT. It’s was just fine and dandy but I was eager to try it ICED because I had an inkling that it was going to be AWESOME and I was right!

I guess one could add a sweetener of their choice to Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea if they wanted to do it ICED but I didn’t. I infused it – thru ice in – and BAM!

Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea when done ICED is wonderfully flavored. All of the ingredient ratios were done perfectly to my liking. Some companies tend to over use pom juice but not Dave & Solomon’s – the Pomegranate that was used was the perfect addition. The lemongrass was ‘just noticeable’ and that seemed to work terrific. The Green Tea and Sencha were on the sweeter-green tea side and of good quality and flavor. The Goji Berries were just what you would expect and made for a fun and flavorful tea! This was sweet, fruity, and mouth-watering! Well done!


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Leaf Type: Green Flavored Tea
Where to Buy: Dave & Solomon’s Tea
Description

This tea is no longer available on the website but click below to see what other green tea offerings they have.

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Lavender Dream from Dave and Solomons Tea

Dave and Solomons are a mother and son tea blending company, currently selling their indie creations on their Etsy store. I hadn’t come across them before this sample arrived with me, but it’s always nice to discover a new tea company, if a little dangerous for the bank account!

lavender-dreams2Lavender Dream is a fruit and herbal blend, combining the sweet fruitiness of peach with the light floral of lavender. It sounds a little odd to begin with, but I was pleased to discover that they’re actually two flavours which work incredibly well together. The dry leaf itself is incredibly pretty, with dark pink rose petals, bright blue cornflowers, and purple lavender buds, plus large (1-2cm square) chunks of dried papaya.

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 5 minutes in boiling water. The result is a medium orange-brown liquor, which smells wonderful and which filled the entire kitchen with the scent of fuzzy peach.  To taste, it’s very much as you might expect. The peach isn’t particularly natural-tasting, hence “fuzzy” peach, but it’s strong and incredibly juicy, and I’m more than happy with that. The lavender is definitely playing second fiddle here, not really making itself known until very much the end of the sip. When it does, it’s a pleasant counterpoint to the sweetness of the peach, adding a delicate floral flavour, and just a hint of perfume.

I expected this one to be a lot heavier on the lavender, given that it’s called Lavender Dream. Having tasted it, I feel Peach Dream lavenderdreams3would be a much more appropriate name, because it is primarily a peach flavoured tea. I’m not the biggest fan of floral teas, particularly when they’re herbal blends, but in this case it shouldn’t put you off. The lavender really isn’t very prominent, but the contribution it makes is balancing one, and pleasant to boot.

As  this is a  caffeine free blend, it’ll likely be making a regular appearance in my evening rotation for a good long while to come. I love the juicy peach notes, and I’d actually like to try this one iced (although I might have to wait until summer, or a rare warm day, for that now.) I’ll definitely be trying more blends from Dave and Solomons Tea in the future on the strength of this experience. There’s certainly some skilled blending going on!


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Leaf Type: Fruit/Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Dave and Solomons Tea
Description

Yummy peach cubes with organic lavender, rose petals, marigold & cornflower petals. MMMM Soooo good!

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Sweet Pear from Dave and Solomons Tea

I love the idea of pears in teas more than my experience with them in the past. For some reason, I always detect something artificial and medicinal.. I think it might just be from the pear flavoring, unfortunately. I do well with pear jelly beans and candies, but the pear flavoring in tea bothers me. The scent of this tea is reassuring as it’s a nice balance of sweet pear and a rather woody rooibos. I’m really hoping that this pear lives up to its benign scent.

Sipping… wow, this is a little strange. When I take a sip of this tea, it’s almost like biting into a juicy pear. I taste pieces of tangy skin and the sweet, pale insides.. it almost gives you that prickly mouthfeel. As quickly as it appears, the pear is snapped away and replaced with the mild rooibos. I don’t mind this as I love rooibos, but I really wish that pear would stick around longer! The combination of the pear and rooibos in this cup works very well. There is the slightest hint of that artificial quality, but it’s not enough to stop me from finishing the cup.

I’m not sure that I would repurchase this in the future, only because I have to be in the mood for a pear tea and that craving doesn’t hit me that often. As far as pear teas go, this is a top choice especially for those who love rooibos.


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Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Dave & Solomons Tea

Description

This delectable dessert infusion is sweet and flavorful with notes of honey, caramel, and fresh baked pear.

Caffeine Content: Caffeine Free
Tasting Notes: Fruity, Round, Sweet

Organic Rooibos, Organic Honeybush, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Marigolds, Natural & Artificial Flavors

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Paraiso from Dave and Solomon Teas

I have only had Yerba maté once, and it was plain and roasted. I didn’t care for it but felt it might appeal to a coffee drinker, which I am not.

I see there is Yerba mate in this but I don’t taste it, or at least it doesn’t taste like the roasted maté I had.

Which brings me to what it does taste like. Heaven. It smells and tastes like heaven. It smells so good that the rest of my tea was hijacked by my kid and she stuck a flag in the remaining leaves to claim it as her territory. My husband was passing as we were drinking it and smelled the tea and asked if he could have some, too. The aroma really is pretty irresistible.

There are large chunks of dried fruit in this and I really wish I had eaten them, but I kept them there to see if this wonderful angel would resteep, AND IT DID! Glory be, that’s like double the tea for my kid to take away from me!

This is super sweet and smooth, and although their description says it makes great iced tea, I haven’t tried it that way yet.

I am happy to have something I can buy on the sly for a certain young lady as a stocking surprise for Christmas. And I may have to hijack a few leaves, myself.


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Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Dave and Solomons Tea

Description

Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Rooibos, Papaya, Apples, Oranges, Lemongrass, Marigolds, Malva Blossoms, Cornflower & Safflower Petals, Pineapple & Natural Flavors

Steep 1 tsp. per 8 oz. of boiling Water 3- 5 min. Sweeten & Enjoy! Hot 0r Iced!

The combination of these ingredients creates a somewhat tart & grassy earthy foundation
with an almost mango/peachy vibe to it, especially at the back of each sip.

This is another tea that makes a very impressive Iced Tea!

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