David Rio

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24
drank Fuji Apple by David Rio
37 tasting notes

Pretty foul and artificial tasting. Strictly a tea of last desperation.

Flavors: Apple

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85
drank Maple Moose Chai by David Rio
711 tasting notes

I got this one from Nicole. It’s a powdered chai mix, which I don’t think I’ve ever tried before. But it has maple and sounded so delicious that I had to request a sample from her! The sample was probably a couple tablespoons, but she just wrote to use the whole thing so I didn’t measure it. I made mine with vanilla soy milk because I don’t have any regular milk right now and I love vanilla!

Holy cow, this is very sweet. But I love it! Super delicious and creamy. It’s very mildly spiced and she’s right, you don’t taste much tea. The maple isn’t overpowering, just a lovely accent. Overall, this would probably be too sweet for most people, but I find it delicious and ridiculously indulgent. I wish this company offered a sampler of all of their different chai mixes. There’s a mango version which sounds amazing! :P

Flavors: Creamy, Maple, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
7 OZ / 207 ML
Nicole

I have sometimes found sample packages in places like gift and home stores. The mango is the one that got me hooked to begin with and the green tortoise is the only thing I like to put matcha in.

Only thing I dislike about the David Rio mixes is that they use so much product for a cup you go through the tin pretty quickly. I got my last off of Amazon since a 2 pack and a single can get you to the free shipping level. :) They are handy to have around on a cold morning when you want sweet and creamy.

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87
drank Tiger Spice Chai by David Rio
130 tasting notes

This is about the 5th time I’ve used this mix and I think I’ve got the hang of it. I mix about 3 tablespoons with 6 ounces unsweetened almond milk and 2 ounces of espresso. The unsweetened milk really changes the flavor and makes it more balanced. Since I’m not focusing on the sugar, the spice comes through a lot better and it’s a delight to drink. It’s bumping Granville Island down a notch!

Preparation
9 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Tiger Spice Chai by David Rio
130 tasting notes

I’m drinking this with about 2.5 tablespoons (instead of the recommended 3) and a full cup of almond milk. I also added in 2 ounces of fresh brewed espresso. I thought the chai flavor would be lost, but it is still very noticeable. I wish the chai flavor would be stronger (probably my fault for adding too much milk in), but I don’t think I could add more mix in since it tastes very sweet to me. (Recently I have been using Trader Joe’s Spiced Chai Latte mix / Hammonds Candy Cane Cocoa, so saying this is sweet means it is!)

I’ll give it another try though, since my friend gifted this to me for Christmas!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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68
drank Maple Moose Chai by David Rio
539 tasting notes

I got this in our family Christmas grab bag. I came home with a nice case of something tummy related and today was the first day since then that I’ve really thought tea sounded good. Even then, it wasn’t so much tea sounding good but wanting to try something new. :)

I know my tastebuds are still somewhat out of whack but this was super sweet. I did taste maple and as with many of the David Rio mixes, I didn’t taste much tea but that is okay. I don’t mind them for something sweet and milky and fast but not really tea. This one, I wouldn’t reach for over the Tiger Chai or the Green Tortoise Chai, but it’s okay.

As usual for me, I made this with 1% milk instead of water.

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70
drank Tiger Spice Chai by David Rio
4550 tasting notes

Backlog:

Yeah, I’m still really behind. sigh I hope to get caught up one day!

Anyway … I received a packet of this chai mix in one of my Love With Food boxes … and I was happy to try it. David Rio is a company I’m familiar with because back when I was first starting out in the tea business (blending/selling … not reviewing!) I sampled quite a few of David Rio’s products as I did have some customers that expressed an interest in a chai mix rather than a loose leaf … and had I decided to ultimately offer a mix … I would have gone with the David Rio product because at the time, it was my favorite of the ones that I had tried. This was many years ago, and I’ve since had the opportunity to try some newer brands out there … but this is still pretty darned good for what it is.

However, I can say this … my taste buds seems to have … developed since the last time I had this because I used to like this a whole lot better than I do now. Either my taste buds have improved or the competition has improved (or perhaps … a little of both.) I used to love this stuff … but now I’m finding it just … OK. Drinkable … but not something that I’d keep stocked in my kitchen for everyday consumption … or even more than occasional consumption.

Good, not great … but I do like that David Rio is committed to a good cause (the welfare of animals.)

Sil

haha you’ll never catch up!

LiberTEAS

LOL … thanks a bunch for your confidence! :)

Sil

mostly i just don’t want you to catch up or i feel like i’d see less fun notes to read! :)

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72
drank La France Pear by David Rio
168 tasting notes

Another bagged tea from the lovely High Adventure
After my yoga session this morning, I had a craving for Matcha.
I am currently out, till I remembered this bag I had in my sample drawer.
When I first opened the packet I was a tad frightened since the pear smell was quite pronounced and almost candy-like.
Once the tea was brewed the smell had calmed down some.
The matcha taste is there, but its is rather overtaken by the pear, however, the pear taste is not so loud and candy-like as the smell of it at the beginning.
Nice little tea to sip while I am still on my yoga high.
Thank you again, High Adventure!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Elephant Vanilla Chai by David Rio
15 tasting notes

When I want chai, THIS is what I want. I have a little milk heating pot/foamer, and I add this to the milk with the mixing attachment. It dissolves/infuses nicely, leaving no clumps. The flavor is perfect with vanilla soy milk.

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80
drank Toucan Mango Chai by David Rio
539 tasting notes

After trying the Tortoise Green Chai, I ordered some and to get free shipping, I added this as well. :)

I’m not sure I can taste tea at all. That said, I can taste spices and definitely fruit. It goes together well. Sweet, yes, but not sickeningly so. I still probably don’t need more than one cup of it at a sitting.

Made with 7 oz. water and 3 tablespoons chai mix per package instructions. Curious to try with milk. I didn’t think this was too thin, but thicker would be good, too, I’m pretty sure. ;) I’d order it again if I was out somewhere and they had it, but I might or might not replace it in my cupboard when this supply is gone. Jury is still out on that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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88

I had this as a chai latte at the DFW airport on my way to vacation last week. I was looking for some breakfast before the flight and this jumped out at me. It was excellent. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a green chai, much less a powdered one. The guy making it told me he was also putting Japanese matcha in it but who knows. He was a little hard to understand and it was early in the morning. :) He did give me the extra that wouldn’t fit in the regular cup in a little tasting cup and gave me a medium for small price. I had asked for a small and he either misunderstood or he was bored because he made a medium and then told me he was charging me the small price. Not gonna complain about that. :)

At any rate, this was thick, rich, sweet and amazing. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for some. It was best hot, but cooled off to lukewarm it was still good, though the aftertaste got stronger and wouldn’t have been my favorite part of it.

UPDATE: The dude who made this for me did indeed add matcha to it. When I made this at home tonight, it was not green and it tasted different. Still had an odd bit of aftertaste, but not as creamy and not green. :) Tried adding some matcha powder I got from Teavana awhile back and blech. I think I need to figure out how to mix matcha before I try this again. That and I’m pretty sure I just don’t care much for matcha when it tastes like matcha. :)

Tea Sipper

ah, vacation. I hope it was nice!

Nicole

It was wunnerful. :) Ready to face the daily grind again. :)

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97
drank Tiger Spice Chai by David Rio
63 tasting notes

A friend bought me a container of this since I’m a chai fiend. I really like it. It’s NOT spicy as the name implies. Rich and flavorful, it’s a favorite of mine in the late evenings.

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81
drank Elephant Vanilla Chai by David Rio
2 tasting notes

This tea is a perfect blend of spices and creamy flavor. Chai spice teas usually make me think of autumn and are great for that season, but David Rio’s vanilla is definitely an autumn and winter tea. It’s not overpowering and perfectly sweet as is without sweetener (or sugar, if you go that route).

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78

This is the very last sample from our tea swap with Krystaleyn. Le sigh. I shouldn’t be sighing, I have a box of samples to get through sitting right next to me.

This would be totally awesome iced I think. It’s pretty good hot but all that berry action makes me think it’s perfect for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Blueberry seems to be the strongest flavor here with a pomegranate sidekick. There is some thing a little different with this blueberry. I think it may be that acai berry showing up here. Very good berry mix. I can’t really taste the green tea but that’s okay berry drinks are awesome. Thanks again Krystaleyn!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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76

This was the last sample from our exchange with the always wonderful Krystaleyn!

Although this isn’t something I’d normally pick out on my own, I’m glad I got a chance to try it. It may just be the years of being a “counter-culture” nerd, but I’d probably immediately gloss over something labelled as “Organic Power Fruit Tea”. It’s just too many trendy buzzwords at once… instantly puts me back in the shoes of being an angsty teenager who hated anything popular. I’ve grown past that, I swear.

The star of the show on this tea is definitely the blueberry, with a little bit of pomegranate flavoring, and a little of what may be acai. In all honesty, if it didn’t say it had green tea in it, I would have thought this was just a fruit infusion. Not that this would be a bad thing.

The tea is sweet with just a little bit of a tang, but not too much, just enough to round out the flavor. Done a little bit differently, I could really enjoy this tea. Oooh, I bet it’s good iced!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I admit, this wasn’t a tea I would have picked out myself – a friend actually gave it to me. I have yet to brew it properly myself and review it on here, but recalled at the very least finding it nicely fruity :)

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37

This blend of David Rio’s chai is without sugar and caffeine and I can taste a big difference between this Flamingo Vanilla version and his original Tiger Spice Chai blend. A BIG difference. I don’t like this one near as much as the other (which earns a sold 100 from me, along with only one other tea). We bought this because my mother wanted to try my tiger chai but wanted one without the caffeine. Unfortunately for us, we cannot find the version of David Rio’s which is only caffeine free (which is called Giraffe Decaf Chai, in case you are interested), so we bought this one instead. It was a big disappointment for me because I have a long history with the Tiger Spice blend (it was the original chai tea blend from Borders back before they brought in Starbucks!)
I won’t be buying this one again, and neither will my mother, but I would try the Giraffe one.

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100
drank Tiger Spice Chai by David Rio
9 tasting notes

Love, love, love, love, love this ‘tea’. I used to work at Borders and this is THE EXACT blend of the original borders chai ‘tea’. I use tea in quotes because I never make this with water (and neither did Borders). I make this tea just like I do with hot chocolate — heat up a mug of milk and add in this chai blend, stir and enjoy the guilty pleasure of it. I don’t drink it a lot because even using 2% milk, this is too fattening for me. The blend of this chai is utterly perfect: It is not too sweet and each of the amounts of the various spices (cinnamon, clove, cardamom and ginger) are perfectly in tune with each other. I will constantly have some of this in my cupboard. Love!

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88

This is my current favorite chai mix, I like sweet and this has the perfect mix for my taste buds. It’s easy to add to (I stir it with a cinnamon stick), and isn’t overpowering. I love it!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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27

This tea is fine. Nothing spectacular. Nothing is really needed to the dark, dark colored tea to make it palatable, but I did add a scootch of raw sugar. This tea is fine to carry in your purse and make your own tea at the gas station when you stop with your own mug and their hot water. Maybe one of those flavored shots of creamer would help it.

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65

I am enjoying this for the first time. It’s a beautiful dark cola color with enough of it’s own sweetness to need none added. I love that in a tea. I’m sitting in a coffee shop in a town I’ve not been to in years, in fact, last time I was here this was new. It’s a thrill to see it thriving and offering decent, albeit not loose-leaf, tea. This would be a great tea to carry in my bag for the road as the light flavor needs nothing added. It is not a strong tea and I don’t know if I just didn’t steep in long enough or it is simply mild. Regardless, it is a pleasant afternoon tea.

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78
drank Toucan Mango Chai by David Rio
1622 tasting notes

I made this up with half hot water, half milk to make it a bit thicker since the last David Rio chai I had (made with just water) I found to be too watery. The end result is surprisingly fruity-tasting – mango isn’t normally something I’d associate with chai, but in this case they go quite well together. The spices in the chai are rather tame, partly so they don’t drown out the fruit I guess, but I can still tell that this is tea is a chai. It’s not too sweet and I think adding the milk was a good move because it made the mix rich and creamy without adding too many extra calories. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling

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80
drank Flamingo Vanilla Chai by David Rio
902 tasting notes

I absolutely adore this stuff. Adore it. Tonight, I got it blended perfectly: no chunks of powder that didn’t get dissolved, just the right temperature. I really, really want to try some of the other flavors by this company. This is a vanilla, warm latte-like chai that’s DECAF!! Oh, yeah.

ashmanra

Ooooo, a decaf chai that tastes good! Exciting! Sometimes I really long for a bold flavor in the evening but can’t have it because of the caffeine.

Jaime

It’s not terribly bold…I’m not a big fan of POW spicy chais. This one’s more soft and smooth. Want me to send you a smidge (oh, and totally forgot to tell you, but the Queen arrived safely and is awaiting her moment of glory)?

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