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!


Here’s the scoop!

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.


Here’s the scoop!

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.


Here’s the scoop!

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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Energy Blend from Dave & Solomons Tea

Today I tried Dave&Solomon Energy Blend tea. I had been running around and needed a pick me up. When I first opened the package, it smelled earthy, a little floral-y, and very welcoming.

I believe this will be great as an iced tea. It has an earthy taste, it reminds me a little of chamomile, but different. The best way I can describe it is if chamomile and Rooibos had a little tea baby. The taste is nice and light, no sweetener needed.

The best part about this tea is how I feel. I wouldn’t say I feel energized as much as I feel calm and alert. And tranquil, but not sleepy. I will be making more of this, and trying it over ice for sure. It feels perfect for these last warm days of summer.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black/Herbal Tea
Where to Buy: Dave & Solomons Tea

Description

Get up and go with an invigorating cup of Energy . Energy, is a great tea to start your day, after meals, or to fight off that sluggish afternoon. Energy, has a robust earthy tone, followed by floral notes from the rose petals & lavender flower combined with a delicate citrus note from the lemongrass.

Ingredients: black tea, rose petals, lemongrass, lavender.

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