516 Tasting Notes

80

I’m really loving the smell of this tea. It definitely has that white grape juice scent! The taste of this tea, however, is much lighter than expected! The smell has me craving a blast of juicy, sweet and tart grape. This is a really light and gorgeous cup of tea, I only want more GRAPE flavor. Thank you ladykittykat for this tea!

Paul M Tracy

This seems to be my experience with DAVIDsTEAs in general. They all have incredible fragrance but steep relatively mild. The only exception I’ve found is their coffee pu-erh which I really like.

QueenOfTarts

DavidsTea definitely has beautiful smelling teas. I have tried Buttered Rum, too, and found that it was really very strong — almost as strong as its scent!

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49

I had breakfast with my friend this morning and picked this tea bag (which I had actually given to her) in hopes of possibly having a different experience. I honestly didn’t notice any of the vanilla or any kind of floral element to the tea. The only flavor that stood out was that of the Darjeeling, which isn’t necessarily bad, but this is supposed to be a Vanilla Orchid tea blend, not plain Darjeeling. Too bad that even this second experience was uneventful. No more Zhena for me!

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81
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
516 tasting notes

I opened up the pouch of this tea and was really very surprised to see lots of tiny, whole chamomile flowers. I thought that they would be more broken up, but they’re small and absolutely adorable! The scent of the leaf is, of course, chamomile. Sipping, I can’t taste much of anything beyond the chamomile.. no banana or anything creamy. I suppose I was expecting more flavor. Maybe I might get more flavor if I dig around in the bag and search for other things besides chamomile flowers. Despite the one-note element of the tea, I do very much enjoy this cup. I’m looking forward to having more of this before bedtime! Thank you so much laney for letting me try this tea!

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69
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
516 tasting notes

It’s rainy and cold out and even though I’ve spent most of my day indoors, I’m in the mood for something warm and tasty. The dry leaf is adorable with the tiny orange pumpkins. I love basically ANYTHING pumpkin: pumpkin muffins, bread, pie, cake, tea, lattes. The scent of this tea is pure comfort. A little bit of spice and a little bit of something creamy. I don’t taste pumpkin or a mouthful of chai, but more of a sweet tea with some smooth spice. I wish I could taste the pumpkin a bit more, but this is a very tasty cup. I’m glad that the chai element isn’t strong, but a bit smooth. This was the perfect choice for this evening! Thank you ladykittykat!

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69
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I really like the little red lips and tiny chocolate chips in this blend. Adorable! Brewed, I was a bit worried at the scent of the peppercorns. I dislike anything spicy or peppery, but luckily, they aren’t too overwhelming! The taste is smooth and sweet (not necessarily a punch of chocolate, but a nice sweetness). I really enjoy the minty finish. It’s certainly refreshing and is the best part of this blend, in my opinion (besides the little red lips, of course). Usually I don’t care for peppermint all that much, but this evening I’m definitely in the mood. Thank you so much to ladykittykat for a sample!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

This afternoon I had a crazy craving for chocolate. I wanted something sweet, creamy and rich. I realized that I had this Chocolate Flake tea to try, so I popped a bag into a mug! I love that the scent is initially a bit buttery. As you bring your nose closer to the tea, you can detect more of the chocolate and the black tea. Taste is sweet, but not as sweet as many other teas out there. This is more of a sophisticated kind of chocolate – not your everyday cheap chocolate bars. The flavor combined with the assam makes it almost have a “bitter” finish, although bitter isn’t the right word. I suppose it’s a sweet kind of bitter. This is a solid cup of tea that isn’t too sweet, but definitely has a sophisticated richness. Thanks so much to Alana237!

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94

Very yummy tea! I wouldn’t say that there is anything that distinguishes this rooibos from another. It has that same rooibos flavor with a hint of sweetness. I love the scent of this tea.. really creamy and sweet. The material used for the tea temple is especially nice and silky. Quite a good cup! Thank you so much to Alana237 for this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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91

I’d never tried a “Monks Blend” tea before so I’m not sure if they all taste like this, but… I am enjoying this cup! The flavor is a rich black tea mixed with something sweet. It’s almost a candy sweetness. To me, it’s like a marshmallow, cherry and some kind of fluffy vanilla sugar. Really delicious! I will definitely have to buy a larger amount in the future. Thank you to SimplyJenW for a sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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73

This is a interesting tea. The scent of the brewed tea had me worried. It smells very much of an orange medication.. I’m thinking liquid Motrin with a bit of dirt in the background. The taste actually isn’t that bad. There is a real citrus component with a little bit of an earthy flavor. Even though it’s strange, it is awfully smooth. The smooth character is its redeeming quality! Many thanks to ladykittykat for a sample!

Jenn

Best Steepster description ever “… I’m thinking liquid Motrin with a bit of dirt in the background.”

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75

This rooibos is one of the lighter blends I’ve had. The “leaf” is absolutely tiny, almost like a powder. The scent is of a classic rooibos with a hint of richness. I’m tasting primarily that woodsy rooibos flavor everyone knows. I love the smooth mouthfeel and the sweetness that joins quite well with the rooibos. Thank you SimplyJenW for a sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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