drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
953 tasting notes

When I first heard of David’s Tea it was only in Canada. Two summers ago, while we were vacationing, I visited a location in Banff. That was in the middle of my tea hiatus, though, so it was sort of a weird one-off experience. I remember thinking the store was lovely and the tiny sample of tea I tasted, which I think was a jasmine green, was also lovely.

Fast forward to 2014 and my re-entry into tea. Come to find out, there is a David’s a few towns north of us now, in Burlingame, CA. Today we were running errands up and down the peninsula and stopped in.

First I have to congratulate myself: I did not walk out of there with any tea except the cup of this I bought. It took a Herculean effort not to rattle off my wish list to the salesperson, but I restrained myself and bought only a few tea ware items. No. 2 tried the Birthday Cake iced (it ended up being too much for him to finish), the BF had Redberry Tonic iced (he loves hibiscus, go figure) and I had this.

It being my first experience of buying hot tea at David’s, I did not realize until much later that there was actually a teabag in the cup. I guess I had the cup turned the wrong way and didn’t see the string, which was tucked under a paper wrapper around the cup, and when I did, I wasn’t sure what it was. I figured they’d use loose leaf in the preparation. Anyway, that bag stayed in there much too long. So I have to mentally discount for that and for the paper drinking vessel.

After doing so, I thought this was quite good. The raspberry seemed just right. The coconut was tasty and mixed nicely with the raspberry, but struck me as a little too much and a little too sweet. I wonder whether that was because of the over-steeping? It had the aspect of a dessert tea, and I think if I was going to try it again, I’d do so as a dessert substitute. I would like to try it again without the over-steeping and in a non-paper cup.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.


Bay Area, California



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