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drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, but I found this a bit weak and flavorless. There is a very subtle cinnamon burn to the tea, but the flavor itself is so weak that I didn’t care for it. I found it somewhat bland. From the description, I was expecting a much bolder flavor.

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drank Pom Diggety by DAVIDsTEA
367 tasting notes

It’s like fruit juice, but in black tea form with just enough caffeine to power me through the day.

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Sipdown!

My kindergarten classroom had scented magic markers. They were a lot of fun to draw with, mostly because of the scents. Who doesn’t like a raspberry scented marker?

Me. When my tea both tastes and smells like said marker.

Granted, subsequent cups were more fruit than writing implement, but it was too little too late. Happy to be finished with this one.

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
367 tasting notes

Had this with some sweet creamer because so many dessert teas are better with some milk and sugar. Very tasty. The chocolate is a little artificial, but it’s not particularly noticeable. With creamer, it’s like the chocolate flavor of a cake with the texture of icing. Pretty good, but my cup today at work was a bit drying.

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I was surprised by how much I liked this. It has the pumpkin pie spice to it but with a little grassiness. It should not work in all logic but it does. I also like how it is heavier on the cinnamon than the clove. Clove is one of the reasons I hate pumpkin pie.

I also expected Davids matcha to be bitter for some reason but it is not at all.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Grass

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85
drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
47 tasting notes

Another great piña colada tea. I only got a sample, but I think I’ll be ordering more. I really dislike hibiscus, so I was afraid I’d dislike this tea, but it’s not too noticeable. It gives the tea a really lovely light pink color and a bit of tartness.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
36 tasting notes

I bought this in March when it was re-released for Easter. I never tried it the first go round, but it intrigued me enough to order 100 grams. I really like jelly beans and there’s a nice candy-fruity aroma that blends nicely with the rooibos in the package. It’s quite pretty in the package actually with violet petals mixed in with the occasional colourful jellybean and rooibos needles. It’s also quite the ingredient list with pineapple, strawberry, coconut, calendula petals, blue cornflowers, sunflower petals as well as peach concentrates, banana puree, kiwi juice concentrate, mango puree and juice concentrate. I’m guessing the puree and juice concentrates are for the jelly beans themselves. Brewed up it has a nicely rich rooibos flavour with some mildly fruity and tropical accents. I can’t pick out any particular fruit flavour but it was still a rather enjoyable blend overall.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Rooibos, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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50
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
36 tasting notes

This was part of a Christmas pack I got that I’m just getting to now. I found this tea generally underwhelming. Brewed up there’s a really nice buttery and nutty aroma that really does evoke baked goods. I wish it tasted like it smells though. I didn’t get a lot of flavours besides the banana. There’s a very artificial tasting sweetness to it and although I like a lot of dessert teas, the sweetness in this one didn’t particularly agree with me both initially and with the lingering aftertaste. I’m glad I only have a small tin of it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Butter, Nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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I’m not sure what to think of this. Small story. When I was at the mall, I wanted to check out the new teas at a store I don’t frequent. Checking for that Lemon Pound Cake since I was told that they had like 200g left according to their system, the SA said they didn’t, but proceeded to try to sell me a gift that had some in it, then when I politely declined, she started pulling down all these other permanent teas to try to sell to me. I politely declined and said I tried them, then said I was interested in just smelling the new ones. When I mentioned this one, she said I could try it since it was the TOTD.

Prepared their way, probably with agave, it was incredibly sweet, but I thought it could be better prepared at home. She didn’t bother bringing the new teas to me, but I did see the Caramel Corn at the side of my eye and asked to see it. She popped open the canister, I smelled it, and thought I’d get some. Since it is a heavier tea, and since on numerous occasions in the past, I’ve gotten attitude about wanting 10-14g of a heavier tea, I asked for 20g, thinking that would keep the ‘tude at bay. Sure enough, she gave me the “If you get 100g, you get a free tin” spiel. Yeah, thanks, but a) I have so many already and b) I just want to try this and if I like it, I’ll come back and get more? She continued to push it and say that it’s cheaper that way because you get coupons (?) if you buy that much at a time. Kept politely declining and she got annoyed. “So, do you still want only 20g?” “Yes please!” Then I got a muchly deserved eyeroll and she gingerly reached over to grab the tin. That’s when I decided no, I’m leaving. I smiled and said in the nicest way, something like, “Actually, I’m ok, I’ll come back another time.” She was semi-shocked and I left.

Now finally a week-and-a-half later, I’m trying this at home without any added sweetener. I picked it up from the store I usually frequent and all was well. Sigh. Seriously getting tired of the attitude at many of their locations. Why allow 10g purchases if you have to breathlessly justify why you only want to try a bit first?

This is better but only marginally so. My mom thought this had stevia in it and I can see why since it has this artificial, sweet undertone floating amongst the chocolate banana notes. The maté is undetectable, which is a plus for me. Chocolate Covered Banana had great potential if they dialled it back on the sweetness and artificial flavour. Banana Split still has my vote for best chocolate banana tea.

CrowKettle

Wow. That’s definitely on the overwhelming side of upselling; I would’ve given up too.

VariaTEA

I’ve gone to a few stores where I noticed a decline in their customer service but I have never had to justify just wanting a small amount. I wonder if they changed their business plan now that all the newer associates seem to be getting a bit pushier/moodier.

Fjellrev

Shopping there has become rather exhausting. They apparently have to follow some selling flowchart, but regardless, they should know when to use better judgement and listen to the customer. It’s one thing to mindlessly follow some upselling tactic, but to be blatantly annoyed/rude when a customer nicely explains that they only want a cup or two for the time being before committing to a larger amount? And overpouring is another story.

VariaTEA

Yeah. I think there is a real lack of “reading your audience” in sales these days. I get there are things one is supposed to do but sometimes it is clear that people know what they want and trying to upsell them is a waste of time.

Kristal

Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Although I am getting frustrated at DAVIDS for other reasons, their customer service where I live is always been good.

Emilie

I don’t know if it has changed since Starbucks bought it, but that sounds a lot like my, and others, experiences with Teavana. Even walking past one of their stores was unpleasant due to the pushiness. Its sad that others seem to think this is a good tactic as well

Gooseberry Spoon

I think just being in a mall causes this sort of behavior. I guess I’m lucky in that after being in a few stores that do this sort of nonsense I get too frazzled to buy anything and tend to walk out as soon as an associate starts making a beeline towards me. Good for you for walking away.

Fjellrev

Emilie, I’ve been making that same comparison in my head as of late. They’re becoming more and more alike, unfortunately. I just don’t understand how any business savvy individual would think they’d be getting more ahead by using such tactics.

I’ve also wondered if the mall is a factor here. But I’m sure it’s management more so since there are some relaxed DAVIDs mall locations, and pushy stand-alone ones too.

I just hope that everyone else won’t experience this as often in their area, and if you’ve had great customer service up until now, it would stay like that.

Colleen

Hmm, I’ve never had bad customer service from the DAVIDsTEA store I usually go to. Mind you, I never order small amounts there. It’s always 100g+ because it’s the nearest store to me and is 6ish hours away. But, they never try to push things on me, I find.

Now I’m a bit nervous to venture to other stores, as I have social anxiety issues and also get frazzled by that kind of behaviour. But instead of being sensible and leaving, I just cave usually and buy things I don’t want and can’t afford.
R.F. Hill

Yeah, it became like that before I left Teavana. Our goal was to start selling higher priced teas, verses listening to the customer’s needs. An example being that I tried selling a customer something on the lines of “Earl Grey” because they LOVED Earl Grey and hadn’t had ours, yet. My GM had a talk about how I should’ve suggested Earl Grey White or something else quite horrible. However, I was at the point where I made good sales based on their needs, rather than the company’s. Fortunately, I found a teaching job…So, win-win.

R.F. Hill

And yes, @Emilie, Teavana had a lot of changes to the sell aspect. It was SELL higher teas, teapots, etc., or else you don’t work. That was on an employee’s side of life. Therefore, they feel determined/required to push sales on “higher end” products. I worked there for nearly three years when things started changing. We went through dozens of employees/management due to the high maintenance of selling tea. I loved that job for a while before it took a crap; however, Starbucks’ take-over really ruined the place, I think. It became a hardcore retail nightmare, really.

Fjellrev

I truly hope you’ll continue to receive great customer service for your own sanity, Colleen. You should be safe if you’re always buying those amounts. I used to feel cornered by pushy sales tactics in the past but luckily I’ve developed the confidence to say no.

It’s totally becoming more and more like Teavana, with the main difference being that DAVIDs still allows

Fjellrev

… less than 50g purchases. Glad you got out of that mess, R.F. Hill. Yikes, I’d go crazy!

Kristal

I find that due to my tastes changing away from fruity and “fun teas” that I drank when I first started drinking tea and now more towards high quality unflavoured green teas and more “natural herbals”, DAVIDs has significantly less appeal to me. They have a few good green teas, but the majority of their herbals/rooibos blends are fruity/candy like and not very “natural”. They’ve done away with a lot of my favourites, and now so many of their blends are limited time that I don’t even want to try them most of the time, lest I fall in love with a blend then have to part with it. Luckily, my all time favourite herbal blend from them, Honeybush Lemon Ginger, can be replicated at a local tea shop which carries all of the ingiedients to make it. At least not all is lost on my part.

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70
drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1444 tasting notes

This is like a cross between Movie Night and Forever Nuts, leaning more towards the former in flavour but without the green tea base. Yet, it has this slightly sour aroma when you’re pouring the dry leaf into the basket. Like yogurt? It doesn’t taste like that but it still a little off putting.

Apples, watered down caramel, and a hint of popcorn is what is going on here. I would rather have Movie Night. The flavours are more cohesive. If anything, this also makes me want to get some Forever Nuts since it has been years.

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This blend is tasty with all the spices. I taste sweet apple and cinnamon. This is a little bit fruity but also spiced like mulled apple. I tried it hot, but it would be delicious as a latte.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
Kristal

I remember this one- it’s great as a latte!

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87
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

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reviewed DAVIDsTEA Filters by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Great for on the go use. Added bonus that they are biodegradable.

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reviewed The Steeper by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Didn’t want to finish my cup. I imagine if i steeped kale it would taste similar to this tea.

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drank Grape Freeze by DAVIDsTEA
1444 tasting notes

As expected, this totally tasted like grape pop when mixed with club soda. I was afraid of the stevia but luckily, when prepared this way (mixing cold brew with club soda) I didn’t detect much of it at all. That bite from the carbonation seems to neutralize that sweetness.

Drinking it straight as a cold brew, while obviously stevia’d up, it is rather interesting because the black currant notes appear and team up with the grape flavouring. It took me a while to figure out what that berry-like flavour even was. The two go very well together. I just wish they didn’t bother with the stevia. I would give it a higher rating, otherwise.

caile

I don’t care for stevia either. :(

Fjellrev

I’ve yet to find a person who does!

CrowKettle

Yet when they try to sell me stevia infested blends in the store they stare into my eyes without a shred of guilt, like it’s all ok. :(

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68
drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Extremely sweet, even when iced! If you have a major sweet tooth give this tea a try.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

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This stuff is really good. The best Mate I have tired from DT as of yet. It dosnt have quite the kick as the BUZZ – which I hate, but it is nice to get a little wake up. Still nothing like coffee.

I like mixing this one with Pink Lemonade.

Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Lime, Mint, Spearmint, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite! Someone gifted it to me and I hope that one day DT brings it back as a full time selection.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Melon, Pear, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Really good flavor. I like this one a lot, classic herbal from DT. A lot of their selection is really good, this ones on the cheaperish side of their herbals and is great.

Recommend it.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Peach, Pear

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I found this matcha having low quality much like the mint matcha from DT when I first tried it. Just like the mint matcha however I really turned around and started liking this one after a few glasses.

The quality of the matca itself is harder sandier and not as finely ground as other matchas and is not as frothy an creamy as DT ceremonial matcha. However the vanilla flavoring is really nice in the morning.

Flavors: Earth, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Mint Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I was a little disappointing with this Tea with my first glass. The colour and quality of it compared to other Matcha is low. However after having a couple glasses Its actually really nice with the flavoring.

I normally sift my matcha and this matcha is a little more sandy and hard then more expensive and does not separate well. It does mix and whisk nicely but is not nearly as creamy or throthy as DavidTeas Ceremonial Matcha.

Flavors: Earth, Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this tea. I’m having it as a tea pop but I’ve had it hot and iced as well, and really enjoyed those too. I’m almost out and while I don’t plan on buying more right away, I’m sure there will be a time when this tea finds it’s way back into my collection. It is quite tart, but that doesn’t usually bother me. I’m really bad at picking out flavours, but I definitely get a strong orange from this tea.

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