Midsummer Night’s Dream is another tea from David’s Teas that I received in a caffeine-free sample pack during the holidays, and in my attempt to start shrinking my collection of teas, I wanted to use it.
I didn’t read the ingredient listing before giving it a sniff – and dry it smelt like both oranges and mint, which I’ll admit made me a bit worried. It was morning, and all I could think of was drinking orange juice with freshly brushed teeth. Ew. However, I boiled the water, popped the tea into my Tuffy strainer, and prepared to give it a try.
No matter how good this tea might sound otherwise, I really don’t recommend giving this tea a sniff while it’s steeping. Honestly, it looks and smells… wrong. It looks mushy and kind of gross – the colours which look fine when they are dry together looks pretty icky when they’re wet, and it smells terrible. (I can’t even nicely describe what it smells like steeping… all I could bring up is an incident involving way too many Screwdriver cocktails…)
However, what it lacks in steeping appearance and scent, it almost makes up for in the final taste. The tea is alright, but honestly nothing special. I tasted more of a lemon and mint flavour in the final brew rather than oranges. I was glad not to have that toothpaste-orange juice sensation, but I can’t also say that I really like this herbal tea either.
The ingredients are listed on the David’s Tea website as: “Apple pieces, spearmint, freeze-dried whole cape gooseberries, marigold blossoms, safflowers, rose petals. With artificial flavouring.” The description also includes orange oil, so I suppose that is the artificial flavouring (or at least one of them).
One thing I was reminded of when the tea steeped up, is that these sample tins are pre-packaged, and then shipped. This means they are tossed around a lot and there is plenty of opportunity for the ‘tea’ to break down into smaller and smaller pieces. There was a LOT of ‘dust’ that made it through the holes in my Tuffy strainer. It made the tea much less appealing when steeped up – though I’ve found this is a consistent problem with pre-packaged loose leaf teas.
While the crushing isn’t really a problem with the tea itself (rather I could have popped the tea into a T-sac and not worried about the fannings/dust) I did have another problem with the tea- longevity. Normally from most of David’s Teas I can make at least 3, sometimes 4-5 infusions before the tea looses its strength. This time around I made two good infusions, but the third was so weak it wasn’t even worth drinking. I poured it down the sink and made up a fresh cup of Buttercream instead. (Another tea I’m trying to use up…)