When I first opened the tiny container (part of a package of many small containers of tea) from David’s Tea of Sleigh Ride, the scent (and to a smaller extent even appearance) reminded me instantly of Forever Nuts. I love Forever Nuts – it’s a great tea with a bright pink-red hue that is instantly both warm and cheery. I expected, based on scent alone for this tea to be similar to Forever Nuts, but perhaps with some minor change to give it the wintery name. Perhaps a touch of peppermint to remind me of breathing in cold, crisp air, or cranberry making me think of turkey dinner…
Visually, Sleigh Ride is fun to look at, with large chunks of stuff (I didn’t bother reading the ingredient listing before steeping up my tea) and small pieces of popped popcorn – not too different from Gen Mai Cha (aka Popcorn tea) but a herbal alternative. I imagined the tea to be warm and soothing. The big chunk of cinnamon stick teased me with the promise of sweet-spicy flavour.
Steeping the tea – the beetroot in the ingredients became incredibly obvious. Like Forever Nuts and Red Velvet Cake, the beetroot gives the tea a bright pink-red colour almost instantly as the water swirls around the ‘tea’ in the strainer/infuser. The smell, well, once again it smelled a lot like a slightly spicer version of Forever Nuts.
Unfortunately the taste on the first infusion was not Forever Nuts. (Don’t worry, I have a big tin of Forever Nuts in my tea stash; I won’t be disapointed long…) I would say the first infusion was overly complex. I was picking up a sweet, juicy, fruity taste to start, then the spice, then something mellow and nutty in the background. It was pleasent enough, but just too many different flavours for me.
The second infusion was a bit better – returning closer to the taste I had been expecting; the mellow, warm, slightly spicy flavour I had anticipated from the scent of the dry ‘tea’. Unfortunatly by the third infusion the tea was nearly exhausted, and the flavour was barely recognizable.
Have you tried Sleigh Ride? How do you think it compares with Forever Nuts? Let us know in the comments below!