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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
699 tasting notes

This might be a new record, 12 ingredients AND natural and artificial flavouring. It does include black currants though which I adore so I am giving it the old college try. Initially, the aroma is very pleasing and berry-ish but then I get the bitterness of the coffee bean coming through, combined with the mate which also lends a bitter note.

Steeped for 5 minutes (Whoops!) this has an aroma very similar to the dry tea. Unfortunately I am at work and was called away on rushes so it has cooled half an hour before my first sip. I am a bit leery of the multiplicity of smells and presumably tastes in this one, but I persevere! This is lukewarm at best and tastes like smoky coffee to me. No berry, no anything. Arguably this would be a very mild coffee but I don’t drink coffee. Ever. Gross. The smoke is staying in the back of my throat and trying to choke me. I gave it a second sip but I can’t give it any more. This is disgusting. Yuck.

Stephanie

This is why I don’t tend to go for DT blends too often anymore…meh

Uniquity

I actually just contacted DT to say how disappointing this tea was. That is something I have never done before but this was gross!

Aimee Popovacki

thats good lol.. maybe if they hear from enough disapointed fans, they will go back to the way they were.. rather than bring out all these new weird teas all the time, i’d like to see them go back and bring back some of their amazing ‘retired’ blends!

Uniquity

I’ve been drinking DT teas for three years and not a whole lot has changed, though I do see more straight teas disappearing again. There have always been 5 new seasonal teas and a year ago or more they started the tea of the month. Teas have to go sometimes as well, but I wonder how they decide which ones to ditch. There have been a couple that were retired that I adored but most of them were meh for me. I would like to see them step away from the coconut and try a few more simplistic blends to really captivate a flavour rather than assault the senses. I buy my straight teas elsewhere but do still try the odd new blend every once in a while. This one really stood out as a disaster though.

Aimee Popovacki

mmm i agree… i liked when they had the from garden to cup series this summer (however, i feel like there were only two or three teas… ) but they were delish, and last year when they focused in on the straight teas for a month and brought out a couple.. one of my faves is the black jasmine pearls.. hopefully they go back to that!

The Cup of Life - Lu Ann

I agree with you both. Ever since DT has become so much more popular (good for them!!) I feel like they keep changing to retain more new people to the tea world by creating blends you’d never think would exist. I understand from a marketing stand point that it obviously makes sense to do that but I think they should also focus on the consumers who have been there since day one and who loved their blends that did not have so many artificial flavouring in. I agree, I hope they bring back more “retired” blends. We will have to keep an eye out for that on they’re web specials too!

Aimee Popovacki

thats true.. there are quite a few that i only tried once or twice because of the time when i got into tea… there’s some i never even did get to try that sound amazing!!

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Stephanie

This is why I don’t tend to go for DT blends too often anymore…meh

Uniquity

I actually just contacted DT to say how disappointing this tea was. That is something I have never done before but this was gross!

Aimee Popovacki

thats good lol.. maybe if they hear from enough disapointed fans, they will go back to the way they were.. rather than bring out all these new weird teas all the time, i’d like to see them go back and bring back some of their amazing ‘retired’ blends!

Uniquity

I’ve been drinking DT teas for three years and not a whole lot has changed, though I do see more straight teas disappearing again. There have always been 5 new seasonal teas and a year ago or more they started the tea of the month. Teas have to go sometimes as well, but I wonder how they decide which ones to ditch. There have been a couple that were retired that I adored but most of them were meh for me. I would like to see them step away from the coconut and try a few more simplistic blends to really captivate a flavour rather than assault the senses. I buy my straight teas elsewhere but do still try the odd new blend every once in a while. This one really stood out as a disaster though.

Aimee Popovacki

mmm i agree… i liked when they had the from garden to cup series this summer (however, i feel like there were only two or three teas… ) but they were delish, and last year when they focused in on the straight teas for a month and brought out a couple.. one of my faves is the black jasmine pearls.. hopefully they go back to that!

The Cup of Life - Lu Ann

I agree with you both. Ever since DT has become so much more popular (good for them!!) I feel like they keep changing to retain more new people to the tea world by creating blends you’d never think would exist. I understand from a marketing stand point that it obviously makes sense to do that but I think they should also focus on the consumers who have been there since day one and who loved their blends that did not have so many artificial flavouring in. I agree, I hope they bring back more “retired” blends. We will have to keep an eye out for that on they’re web specials too!

Aimee Popovacki

thats true.. there are quite a few that i only tried once or twice because of the time when i got into tea… there’s some i never even did get to try that sound amazing!!

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Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years, and have fairly well nailed down my tastes. I love Chinese blacks and some other unflavoured teas. I occasionally drink flavoured teas, or herbals, but the bulk of my tea is unflavoured with no additives. I stock regularly from Teavivre with the occasional Verdant purchase and the odd re-stock at Davids. I love mint, am learning about the wide world of puerh, and prefer ripe to raw, so far. I don’t like green or green oolongs very much, white is okay and roasted oolongs are pretty good. Coconut and chamomile are awful, and I wish they weren’t in so many blends!

At home, I live with my husband and cat in a house built by my grandfather, which we love. We share many interests – books, tea, video games, board games, tv/movies. On top of that, I love crosswords and recently took up knitting again, so I’m having a hard time balancing all my passions at the moment. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, as is my entire immediate family. I love spreading the Who love!

We also spend a lot of time with family, when we can. I’ve got a gaggle of younger brothers, and we like to spend time with them. The wonders of the internet allow us to spend time together even though some of them live a few hours away.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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