84 Tasting Notes


This tea is pretty tasty, but not the favorite I wish it were. The coconut is creamy and at the forefront, maybe overpowering if overbrewed, but makes for a sweet dessert-like blend. The chai spices are a bit gentler, mostly sweet ginger and cinnamon but a kiss of pepper and fennel. It’s a rooibos decaf blend so it is good for anytime of day or night. Not a bad blend, but a little bit too much coconut for me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Cream, Ginger, Rooibos

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I took a smell of the loose leaf for this tea and thought that it didn’t smell quite like any of the other fruity or berry teas I had tried. Brewed up, the berry notes are somewhere between strawberry and blueberry, not too dark but definitely sweet. The redeeming flavors come from the more floral notes, which are not quite jasmine, not quite lavender, but something else. The elderflowers look adorable in the blend too. Beneath both the floral and fruity, there’s the white tea core. I’m not quite able to describe this white tea flavor, and it’s not always my favorite accent. There is a sort of lightly earthy, or deep crushed foliage flavor, not grassy like a green but not mineral like a pu erh; almost savory at times. This tea is for white tea fans, or for something elegant for spring. A little too sweet for me to get all the time, but a nice flash of spring for one cup.

Flavors: Blueberry, Butter, Earth, Floral, Flowers, Strawberry

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought a sample of this tea simply because it smelled so strongly like Fruit Stripes bubblegum in the bag (an old favorite of my brother and I). It’s definitely sweet and strawberry, emphasis on the candy like flavors. It’s a fun trip to brew up a cup of this tea, but it certainly doesn’t seem super natural in the fruit flavors and lacks a bit of the earthy oolong foliage flavors. It was constantly sold out at my store after I bought that tiny sample, so I guess people are loving it, but it’s definitely more casual and sweet than deep or herbal. Maybe as good as a “bubblegum” tea as you’ll get? Just know that going in and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Fruity, Strawberry, Sweet

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drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
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I wanted something to replace a cup of coffee in my day, and I gave this tea a try. It’s got yerba mate (roasted) for high caffeine, and some of my favorite chai spices. The nuance of the spices are more prevalent in the smell of the dry leaf, and tend to get drowned out by cinnamon in the brewed tea. The toasted yerba mate is great, not as astringent as black tea but with a nice warm body flavor, almost like a nuttier hojicha. The spices trick me into thinking this is sweeter than it is, with lots of cinnamon and ginger and just a hint of anise, it feels like a spicy baked cookie. A really great take on mate and worth the change of pace.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Toasted, Vanilla


If only I could handle that amount of caffiene! I would love to try this :(

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Bright and summery, not sure if it is part of the sunny citrus-type collection out now. This tea is definitely full of fresh, sour, fruit flavors and would be a problem for those of you who don’t like hibiscus. I was intrigued at the idea of there being carrot and beet in the blend, and thought those flavors were more prevalent in a sort of savory-ness in the smell of the dry leaf. The back end of each sip has more of the apple and tangerine flavors, but the hibiscus takes the lead on flavor. I bet this would be a great power up as an iced tea, but today I am drinking it hot. There is some great novelty in the fact that this tea does brew up hot, flamingo pink. Good choice for the fruity, hibiscus lovers.

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lemon, Sour

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This is an excellent tea as an alternative chai if you’ve gotten a bit burnt out on too much ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. This is a coconut lemon dream. No sugar, but still plenty sweet and flavorful. The lemon is delicate and natural, not like the cleaning-supply lemon that can happen if too much artificial flavoring is added. This is truly a reflection of the lemon myrtle and lemongrass. The lemongrass adds a more vanilla/lemon flavor, couple that with the buttery coconut and cream flavoring and this is like a lemon dessert. There’s just enough ginger to balance out the sweet with a little spice. A hidden gem on the white tea shelf at Davids Teas.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Vanilla

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drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
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Full disclosure here, I probably over brewed this tea by a few minutes, but I prefer my brews to be on the strong side. That being said, the first flavor I taste off the bat is sweet. This is not a sugar free tea. The sweetness comes from the strong pineapple and strawberry presence in this blend, making the forward notes very fruity. The rose hips, lemon, or other floral flavors are definitely distant and hard to detect. I’m not sure what prickly pear cactus tastes like, but there is a slightly earthier sweet note on the aftertaste that might be the cactus. For a green tea, this is very light on the grassier notes I expect to taste, and feels almost more herbal. A fun tea to try but I’m not sure that I’d buy a whole bag to bring home.

Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple, Strawberry, Sweet

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drank Juicy Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea of the day at David’s stores today. This tea smells juicier than any dry tea leaf thought possible. Brewed, it has more depth with the earthy pu erh base. The sour fruit notes are the most prevalent, and though hibiscus is in this blend, it does not take over. The tangerine flavoring is the most distinct , though I am able to recognize just a hint of the darker blackberry as well. I think this tea is less sweet than garcinia goodness at Davids Tea, but still has a robust and fruity flavor. Since pu erh teas do have a tendency to get too earthy or fishy, pairing it with a bold punch like orange is a good call in my opinion. And the medium caffeine level means its just right for a noontime cup.

Flavors: Blackberry, Citrus, Earth, Hibiscus, Orange

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This tea is okay; I’m not a huge fan of sweet teas but I got a free sample of this to try a while back and finally brewed it up today. The main flavor is vanilla cream, the “custard” element of this tea. I really don’t taste much fruit or apple. There is a holiday-spice element present that goes beyond just cinnamon, which is nice, but it is not very strong. A pale herbal tea for someone with a sweet tooth.

Flavors: Cream, Custard, Spices, Sugar, Vanilla

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drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m partial to chai tea so this was an easy sell for me. This is a fruity chai, not too sour, not too sweet, feeling very natural in its flavoring. You feel the licorice root at the back of each sip, and flavors like apple and rhubarb balance out any tough bitterness or astringency from the black tea. I will say that this is not a very spicy chai, light on cloves an ginger, but it is sort of pie-like with cinnamon and fruit. Definitely worth it as a cup of the day today.

Flavors: Apple, Berry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Licorice

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Artist, writer, reader, nerd in fandoms such as: Beatles, Sherlock, Monty Python, Simpsons, Merlin, Hell on Wheels, Game of Thrones, Mega64, and Adagio teas.

I have fun designing themed blends and trying the blends made by others on Adagio. I’ve made themed teas for AMC’s show, Hell on Wheels and for the comedy gaming group, Mega64.

I don’t take any sugar or milk in my tea and have a habit of over-steeping. I tend to prefer black teas, but I have a soft spot for mint teas in hot weather. I would like to get more adventurous in trying more green teas or other genres of teas.


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