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Buddha's Blend

Originally posted: December 15, 2015

Today in the advent calendar I received one of DAVID's more popular teas: Buddha's Blend. Having never tried it before, I got super excited after realizing the dried tea smelled EXACTLY the same as one of the most delicious candies in the world: Fuzzy Peaches.

   Sadly, my disappointment begins after realizing that the scent I was so excited about must have come from the artificial flavours in the tea (ingredients include: white tea, green tea, jasmine pearls, white hibiscus blossoms, natural and artificial flavouring.) As you can see, there is no mention of peach in the ingredients and it tasted nothing like it's initial smell.

       This irks me literally every level

possible because when you go in to DAVIDs to buy tea you sample by scent, of course you can ask for them to make samples of each, but ain't nobody got time for that, and if I was sampling I would have bought this tea no questions asked. At a whopping price point of $21 for 100 grams (that comes in the fancy silver tin) my frugal self would have been pissed to be so mislead by an artificial scent.

     It's not that the tea has an unpleasant taste (well without sugar it's not great,) it's just very underwhelmingly subtle and I feel like I am tasting more artificial flavour than natural. It does still have a lingering peach scent that adds a tiny bit to the taste, but it claims jasmine is the lead flavour

but I'm just not buying it. I don't smell jasmine and I don't taste jasmine. To my tastebuds this tea simply a green and white tea blend with a very subtle slightly sweet flavour that isn't anything special.

         My disappointment in this tea stems more from the false advertising than the actual flavour, so if you are a fan of lightly flavoured teas where the scent is the hero than this is a nice option, but if you like bold, sweet, fruity teas like I do, don't buy this, you'll avoid disappointment to both your tastebuds and your pocketbook.

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