277 Tasting Notes

drank Razzmatazz (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

Fruit loops. That’s what this tastes like. I kept thinking and thinking, trying to put my finger on it. And then someone wrote “fruitopia” and my brain finally formulated it: fruit loops. I don’t like milk so naturally I don’t do cereal but I did taste fruit loops on occasion.

I got this tea as a sample with my order and I thought “here goes another rose tea.” Rose hips, rose petal, same thing right? Nope. I think the lemongrass does something good here. It is there on the sip but gone in the aftertaste, replaced by some fruit thing. it tastes so sweet. You know how jam makes your mouth feel? That sweetness that somehow you feel at the back of your mouth, at the base of your tongue and almost down your throat? It even smells sweet. And someone said the dry leaves smell like alcohol. I agree. It was the first thing I thought of when I opened the sample pouch. Alcohol. Not vodka or whiskey but some sort of fermented fruity alcohol.

5g sample pack, 10 oz boiling water. 4 minutes. Although this is herbal I was afraid to bring out too much unpleasantness by leaving a full 7 minutes. (I kept thinking rose congou green). I usually reserve the higher steep time for the second steep. so if a tea says 4-7 min. I will steep first for 4 and 2nd steep for 7 min. I apply this to every tea and so far have been quite alright.

Nope, not buying this one either.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The oh so generous Dexter3657 has decided to take in her hands my tea education and is determined to make me into more than a peasant. So she sent me this to try.

I rinsed the leaves as Verdant would like me to and I steeped in a big pot, only 8 oz at a time.

I’m presently at 1st steep: 30 seconds. Slightly bitter, but only slightly. Haven’t done too much irreparable damage yet. I get floral. Really floral. It says lotus, I say Jasmine. Don’t know about this juicy sweetness business, I don’t get any sweetness, juicy or otherwise. Interesting aftertaste. Savoury.

2nd steep: looking for juicy grapefruit. I feel like one would at a wine tasting where the guide says “look for the pepper and the oak; also leather” and you say “I get wet carpet”. I am much better at wine than I am at tea. I won’t tell you what the aftertaste is to me because I will get laughed at. (Cough. Hot dog. Cough). it is most certainly not citrus. Faintly peach.

Maybe I should put sugar in here. I will keep going and if at some point I do indeed get any of the flavours I’m supposed to get, I will update you all on my progress. Until then… I think I should stick to flavoured teas.

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drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
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This was one of the samples with my last order. I would have likely not tried this for a long time because I learned I’m not so much into floral teas after trying Strawberry Rose Champagne from Teavana a while back. However, they have this one as their web special sales and I had to try it to see if it’s worth buying 250 grams of it.

It really is a good tea if you like floral. Oh my god, is it ever floral. I taste no green tea, which is fine, it’s a good base for this, allows the rose to really come forth. I feel like I’m chewing rose petals. I haven’t added any sugar, this is one of those teas I can drink without, I don’t even crave it in here, it would probably make it megarose.

A 3 minute steep gives off a very fragrant brew. Flavour is exactly what you smell. Rose. It is not unpleasant but it is very much there. It has a very long aftertaste also. I used the entire sample and it’s given me 16 oz, more with resteep although I don’t think I resteep this one.

Will not rate as it is a good tea, just not for me. If you do like floral or rose teas, DAVIDs has this on special right now. They’re practically giving it away :)


They seriously do just want to give it away. My replacement tea a week after an order arrived came w/3 more sample packs, and this one was a repeat! I gave the second one to a friend…I’m afraid it might be the first floral tea she’s had so I’m worried about what will come of it haha.


samples are always good! i don’t much do david’s, but tea samples are nice! i have some coming from steap shoppe.


I am curious about this one too, since it is on special, but I don’t live close enough to a David’s to easily get samples :/


Stephanie, find your neighbour’s rose bush and steal a bud or a bloomed one. Chew it. Voila, rose congou green!


LOL don’t even chase it with green tea, it’s that bad? now I’m even more afraid to try it and I do like florals… but now I’m having flashbacks to one of DT’s jasmine teas…bleh!


Snce you have a sample, momo, go ahead! If you don’t like it just put it on the stove, reduce it down and put it in a spray bottle. Give yourself a spritz when you leave the house. Victoria secret got nothing on this one :)

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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I received this as a sample with my last order. I don’t keep DT samples around too long because I’m trying to go through most of their teas, pick out the ones I love and move on.

I don’t think this will make my shopping list, it is too nut heavy for me. My sample packet had two huge halves of a Brazil nut, two raisins and a skimpy amount of tea. I was tempted to blend it with something else to add more base but it would have defeated the purpose. So I put less water but I think I should have gone with even less than I did.

I sweetened it but it is not necessary. I was just in the mood for something sweet. And after the initial unadorned tasting sips I added caramel creamer. Now it’s good! Caramel, Brazil nut and coconut.

5g sample pack, 7 oz water, boiling water, 4 minutes. Predominantly nutty brew, not astringent in the least. ( I don’t get much of anything after the Brazil nut but they say there’s coconut here)

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

Really……….. I’m looking for a predominantly nutty tea. All the ones I’ve tried have been too apple/cinnamon to call nutty. I might have to try this if it’s heavy on the nuts. Not sure why I haven’t tried it.


This was a pleasant surprise for me when I tried it. Definitely a nut-heavy tea.


Ya, this one is very nutty. Try not to skimp on the leaf on this one. :)

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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This here is a sample I have to thank Sil for.

I don’t know why I am drinking this today, so soon after my unfortunate spice tea experiences from yesterday. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t reading these yesterday. I missed the mark with Ginger Darjeeling Peach and later in the evening I went for Glitter and Gold knowing full well I am not going through a spice tea phase. So today, what do I do today? I brew this one here. What’s in it? Spice and citrus.

I must be some kind of dumb. I think what’s happening is I am not in the mood for fruit teas and most of the stuff here is fruit flavoured teas (black, green and oolongs alike). So in trying to get away, I run into the arms of spice teas. What I do crave is chocolate, caramel and nutty things of which I have none.

This tea? I don’t know. Orange and spice. It brews rather dark at 2 minutes, probably more so if you go for 3 min. Smells spicy, like clove I think. The taste is not overwhelmingly spicy and the base is really not very strong. It’s a middle of the road tea. I had to sweeten it although not because it was tart but because it lacked something. I actually think this might be really good with Glitter and Gold. I have enough to try.

1 tsp, 8 oz, 90F for 2 minutes. Was afraid to go longer but no astringency at all, a braver soul could easily get away with a longer steep.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Tonight we found out my brother-in-law bought his first house. It is in an area very coveted by most people (The Beaches of Toronto). He is practically across the street from a DAVIDs location. He doesn’t know this yet but I think he might be getting a tenant :)

This tea is not doing it for me. I have had many misses with tea today. Like when you’re in the mood for something but you don’t know what it is and you keep trying different things only to be left unsatisfied. After the morning miss with the Ginger Darjeeling Peach, you’d think I learned to stay away from spice teas today.

I smelled this bag (smells promising, like sugar and spice) and even saw a clove or two but went for it anyway, although i will give myself credit and say there was a slight hesitation. The ingredients are unfortunate: gelatin, some chemically sounding things… Whatever. Brewed it anyway. FAIL!

I added some caramel creamer so I can drink this. All I can taste is clove and cinnamon. And it is sweet (cause they put sugar in it for you). Maybe one night when I’m in the mood for chai I can drink this. It is rather festive looking, I’ll say that, so it goes with the fireworks display going on tonight. Boom! Happy Canada Day!

1.25 tsp, 8 oz, near boiling. Beautiful sparkly fake looking tea :) taste: sugar and spice.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

Happy Canada Day! And congrats to your bro-in-law on the new house.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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This seems to be a pretty hated tea, judging from Steepster ratings. It might be hated even by others so much so as it is being discontinued. I have never tried it before but when katgolik started freaking out that it was on a last chance sale I bought a 250 gram bag solely for making iced tea. Could have been a pretty bad move but this time the gamble paid off. We don’t like it as much as goji pop (we’re just in love with that tea here) but we can’t just drink goji pop all day, we need choices!

This tea has so much going on that it’s hard for me to pick out the hibiscus taste, like others have. It is the first ingredient listed though. It is tart though, I generously had to sweeten the pitcher. After handling the tartness, I pick up some orange peel taste. After that, couldn’t tell you. There’s mango in here too but I can’t taste it. It’s a muddled mess of green and black teas, beautiful to look at with the corn flower petals, the safflower, mango and citrus. Muddled, but it works. I am not weeping that it’s been discontinued but we should have no trouble finishing the bag by the summer’s end.

PS. I wouldn’t venture drinking this hot, nor would I drink it unsweetened.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I can’t seem to find my tea this morning. I’ve had several unsatisfying attempts, this being one of them. I will try it again changing the steeping parameters. Although I am not sure what to change.

The tea was not too strong but the spices were. I tasted the bitterness of what might have been too much powdered ginger. The rather large pieces of cinnamon bark also worried me but it turned out not to be the most offensive of flavours. So, how do I get rid of the bitterness? It wasn’t tea bitterness, it was spice bitterness. Those who accidentally put too much powdered ginger in their cooking once or twice will know what I mean. I try to only use fresh ginger in cooking but shamefully admit to having had to resort to powder a few times.

1.5 tsp for 8 oz, off boiling for 3 minutes. Beautiful clear orange once steeped. Fragrant, just as it was in dry form. Nicely done, just not what I expected. Although I should have, with the name " ginger Darjeeling Peach"

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a lot of iced tea this weekend. You see, it was Pride Weekend in Toronto so we spent the entire weekend downtown. I’ll tell you that no matter how much prepared tea you carry on your back, you will run out eventually and will be at the mercy of someone else, in my case the staff of the Church Street location of DT in Toronto.

I really wanted coconut grove. Sorry, we’re out. Ok, I’ll take mango madness. Out. Fine, how about tropicalia. Sorry, we’re out of that one too. Dude, really?!? So we ended up with Bear Trap and Sweet Strawberry. The sweet strawberry was yucky. Couldn’t even drink it. Tasted like someone was trying to save strawberries that have gone off by drying them and shoving them in tea. it didnt have that juicy berry freshness. Not to mention that it was mostly water by the time I was halfway through. sigh

Glad I tried it there before buying my own.

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Thank you Dexter3657 for a sample of this. It is hard to choose teas for others, isn’t it? This is so not for me. I couldn’t tell you what it is about it I do not like. The aftertaste for sure, it tastes like I just chewed a vitamin C tablet. Some sort of metallic thing. But even as I sip, there is something I can’t define. I have never had calendula in a tea so I don’t know what it tastes like. Maybe that’s what I don’t dig, I couldn’t tell you.

I seem to be in minority here but… Nay! I feel like I should just return the sample, there’s still two cups in here. Why waste it, right? To bad, it smelled so nice and creamy. Bummer

1.5 tsp, 8 oz water just off boiling, 6 minutes. Sweetened with honey.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.


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