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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I’d say it’s a very average jasmine tea. Assassin’s creed “good enough.” A tad salty, however, after longing for a jasmine tea for months and not finding any in my cabinet, it really hit the spot.

Enjoyed with my best friend at sunset:
http://tea-pet.tumblr.com/post/96130996878/new-york-citea-3-you-fire-strike

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
444 tasting notes

Trying this cold steeped now… this is odd. I want to like it. There is a slight tang to it, like someone actually used an appropriate amount of hibiscus for once. It doesn’t taste like caramel corn on the sip, but at the very end and definitely in the aftertaste it makes an appearance. There are little chunks of apple floating in the cup, but I really can’t pick out any apple taste. They don’t really taste like apple either. There is a definitive caramel corn flavor to this and I’m glad to have tried it, but now I can move on. I have conquered the caramel corn tea.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

I was excited for this tea because it sounded so fall-like, but alas, it was a disappointment. I detected maple syrup flavor, and sweetness, though I did add sugar. The black tea base is wimpy. Also, something is conflicting with the cinnamon in a way that makes this chemical tasting. Could it be the monk fruit? I have no idea what monk fruit tastes like. Overall, I’m not really a fan. I was hoping it would taste like maple fudge. Bummer.

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
517 tasting notes

Sometimes I think I’m such DT fan girl! The funny thing is I’m only in love with a couple of their teas. I think it’s the fact that they release things seasonally, so there’s always something new to try, and I love their teaware!

So, of course I ran out to check out the fall line on Wednesday during my lunch break. I was good, and stuck to my plan. I picked up only a half ounce of this tea and maple sugar, a tin of pumpkin chai, and the multicolor leaves Nordic mug. I had a hard time deciding on the mug, because the raccoon one was really cute, but I’m really happy with the leaves one…very classy and pretty. Plus, there are leaves printed on the inside!

I smelled the dry leaf of this tea from the samples they put out. My coworker immediately said it smelled oddly of cheese, and I agreed with her, but chocked it up to a weird sample and still bought some to try. I’m glad I did, because this is really nice. You really can’t taste any rooibos. It’s pretty much a cinnamon tea, but more of a warm pastry cinnamon than a hot cinnamon. I think I was able to convince myself that it tasted a bit buttery, which melds with the name, but I might just be easily persuaded! It is a bit on the thin side though, unfortunately. Overall, it doesn’t knock my socks off, but I wouldn’t mind more of this one.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

Blah, blah, blah. I will always love DavidsTea, but I don’t know what it is lately with some of these teas being so sweet they upset my stomach. I was so excited for this tea, and to be fair, it really does taste very similar to cotton candy. Alas, as I said before, this tea was so sugary sweet it gave me a pretty bad stomach ache and made me extremely thirsty. Also, I accidentally left my filter and just a bit of tea in my cup overnight and when I got to work this morning the remaining tea and filter had turned into a very bright orange (it looked like orange soda), so that didn’t exactly sit right with me.

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Dry Leaf Nose: Strong roasted green tea scent with hints of browned butter.

Liquor: Bright green with a slight golden hue.

Flavour: Rich and aromatic grassy flavour, with buttery and nutty notes.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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What a delicious detox tea!! It’s very refreshing and has a slightly tangy aftertaste that reminds me of orange soda! This is definitely one of my favourite oolong teas.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: Sweet blueberries with hints of cinnamon

Liquor: A clear red/blue liquor reminiscent of blueberries.

Flavour: This complex mix of berries with cinnamon is like taking a trip to the local farmers market with the aroma of blueberry pie in the air. Each berry can be tasted and the cinnamon adds a wonderful sweetness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pouchong Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1700 tasting notes

Enjoying this cold-brewed, today

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drank Pouchong Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1700 tasting notes

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

This tea smell heavently ! I’ve add some milk and a little bit of brown sugar in it. It taste really good ! I think it’s more watery without the milk but it’s still good. The milk bring all the flavor. I will try it as a latte next time.

Sorry for my english

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
488 tasting notes

I was able to try this tea at my best friend’s place. The dry leaf smells just like cotton candy, however, the taste, to me, was quite off. What is hilarious about this is that my Dong Pian from Red Blossom Tea tastes so much like cotton candy and it is a completely straight oolong. That Dong Pian is just out of this world and unfortunately, I couldn’t help but compare this tea to that one. I am a sucker for cotton candy and anything cotton candy flavored. I believe that my hopes were too high. The rooibos really overpowers the artificial/natural cotton candy flavors that were added. And I believe that the brittle in the tea is making the brew incredibly sweet. The notes that I could detect were: pure red rooibos, sour candy, sugar, and faint cotton candy. However, to be honest, I think the clash of rooibos and sour candy threw me off so much that I was not able to detect much else. (I’m off my game!) Looking at the dry leaf and smelling the dry leaf was a very pleasant experience. And spending time with my best friend over a cup of tea is always fun. The time actually inspired me to do another tea related (Well, in this case, the only tea related objects in the gif are tea lights) animation for my Tumblr!

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

Just tooooo sweeeeeeet. Fairly decent cinnamon flavour, no rooibos flavour at all. Seems somewhat artificial.

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

This tea is one of my favorite ! I love the fruity taste of it. It´s best drink iced.

Flavors: Fruity

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

Got 25g of this yesterday. I was trying to get a few smaller (25g) pouches and the DT girl did the teavana trick…..“is 35g ok?”…..I said ok, for the first 2 teas then said…..“no, just 25g pls”……anyway, having this in one of their big latte mugs with hot frothed milk….I do taste the maple but….maybe I don’t love maple, or it’s a bit artificial tasting? I seem to get a bit of aftertaste. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t need to drink it again…..I find it pretty sweet…..but it’s maple sugar, no surprise there……if you like sweet flavoured black tea, you might like this…..

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I cold-brewed a gallon of this in the fridge overnight and hands down it’s the best, most refreshing iced tea I’ve ever had. Ever. It’s got a hint of natural fruity and vegetal sweetness and a nice minty taste that makes this absolutely a dream on hot days. I will never drink Lipton again!

I’m not sure if I’ll brew this hot, though. I dunno how I feel about a hot cup of cucumber.

Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Mint

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 16 tsp 128 OZ / 3785 ML

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

Fall Collection Tasting #3:

This one I like, just the right amount of cinnamon. It reminds me of when my mom would actually make Snickerdoodle cookies when I was a kid.
Not sure if I would want a full tin of this, but it is great enough to savour the rest of the sample.

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drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

This energetic tea is quite cinnamony, which I like. It is not overbearing with spicy ginger, but the flavor is great. Another one that I think would be good with milk.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh this is such a delicious “replacement” for coffee. Nutty and full without being bitter. It has a hint of chocolate. Great sweetened with milk in the morning.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
155 tasting notes

Disclaimer: this tasting note is based on 2 samples in-store, and both of them were cold. Yes, that’s right. Today this was being served as an iced tea. WTAF?!

Second Disclaimer: I don’t like pumpkin. So keep that in mind.

Every year David’s introduces this tea I always write it off as soon as I see the name. I absolutely HATE pumpkin, so why would I like a pumpkin tea? Especially one where the rave reviews talk about how much this tastes like pumpkin?! NOT my idea of a good time. This year I decided to be adventurous and at least try it. I told myself if it was introduced in the fall collection again this year (they’d be crazy not to!), I would try it. I might even try a whole cup of it. But I would try it.

And so I tried it. And it was cold. Which was sooooo weeeeiiirrrrdddd. The tea guide emphasized over and over how much better it was hot, and I kept asking myself why the hell they would serve it iced. This makes no sense. I did get a bit of a pumpkin taste. A bit. It wasn’t enough to gross me out, which was probably good. It was spicy, but not traditional chai spices (no cardamom, I don’t think…and I really like cardamom). Mostly just cinnamon. A sweetness from the candy pieces. And almost…creaminess? I’m not sure. Something else. Can’t quite put my finger on it. It wasn’t terrible. I’m still going to reserve main judgement until I try a full cup of this. Next time…

Verdict: judgement reserved for next time, but based on this sample of the tea alone I wouldn’t buy it.

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