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95
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

Such a winner, this one. Exactly what comes to mind when you want a warming, seasonal tea for the fall. Perfectly yummy, I don’t see myself ever getting tired of it (well, maybe I will once spring comes around again, but that’s far off now). Love this tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Carrot, Cinnamon, Clove, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

This tea is terrible I ended up giving it away it taste like the lemon honey halls..

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87
drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

My first cup I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this tea. I had no idea if I liked spices mixed with berry, however the second time I tried this tea I fell in love. It’s so comforting on a fall evening I am sad I did not stock up while it was in season.

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drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
2390 tasting notes

Hard to tell how this one tastes – I think I’m getting a bit too much of the unfiltered water affecting the flavour here. I can tell there’s a honey sweetness and a fair dose of minerally notes… but to what extent those are attributable to the tea vs. the water is tough to say. I think this may be a good tea (though lighter than Blue Mountain Twirl), but I can’t say for certain until I try it again in another setting.

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82
drank Blue Mountain Twirl by DAVIDsTEA
2390 tasting notes

Quite tasty! A sweet, minerally green with tons of flavour. A bit of an autumn leaf aspect to it as well. Survived a 4-minute infusion, which is nice. This definitely does not have the same qualities as greens I usually drink (i.e. it’s not particularly vegetal, beany, rock sugary), but it’s pretty tasty, and a nice change. Looking forward to drinking it with filtered water in the future (just tap water today as I’m not at home).

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97
drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

This has been my FAVORITE of the fall teas this year. I love pumpkin anything, and despite the lack of actual pumpkin in this, it’s an amazing blend. The garam masla is an excellent touch. It’s a more complex taste instead of just a basic cinnamon/clove type chai. Its far more appealing and flavourful than the pumpkin chai. The best part about it is that the tea is not buried in additives. The flavour of the tea in this shines through and balances out perfectly with the fruits and spices blended in. I love doing a little dab of pure maple syrup into a cup of this too to give it a little extra sweetness. This is just the tea I needed to start my fall season off right, and I’m carrying it through to winter.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

I’d like to start off by saying that this tea is definitely the underdog of this year’s fall seasonal for David’s. This has been the first time in a long time that I have really enjoyed every tea in a seasonal collection, but this one really shined for me. Aside from tea, wine is my other beverage of choice and this tea is reminiscent of a mulled red wine with the addition of pumpkin spice. I’m a sucker for cranberries as well, so it was pretty much a perfect blend for me (even with the hibiscus, which I’m not too keen on). I love this tea hot, but I highly recommend trying it iced and adding some seltzer (sodium free!). It brings out some of the other fruit notes buried in the tartness of a hot cup.

Flavors: Spices, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
38 tasting notes

YUM!!! Thanks so much to carol who for sending me a sample of this…it is DELICIOUS! The dry leaf smells like chocolate-covered raspberries. It steeps up to a rich, dark brew and has a fantastic rich, full-bodied flavor. To me, the chocolate is most prominent, but I also taste the raspberry and just a hint of nuttiness. Sweet and flavorful and the perfect high-caffeine pick-me-up!

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Raspberry

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

One of my absolute favorites! Glad you enjoyed it!

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24

It seemed so promising. A fresh, autumnal, Apple cider flavor? Sign me up! Smelled delicious while brewing, and the first hit upon tasting was true to the name: apple cider goodness! But then came this odd chemical sweetness that ended with an almost bitter note. I can’t get past it. Glad I only bought one ounce.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Bitter, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

I’m always looking to expand my caffeine free flavor palette, so I can take some of the overcaffeinated burden off my heart. I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while and got a chance to try it today. This tea is rich with red rooibos and its medicine-herbal flavor, but it is tempered with some barky, nutty honeybush. Creamy coconut is very forward and adds much of the sweetness to this blend. I have a hard time detecting the lavender when brewed, but the loose leaf certainly looks pretty with cornflowers and lavender.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Frosting, Nutty

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55

i think it’s the stevia in this one that is off putting…if the ingredients are wrong and there is no stevia, then it’s something to do with the orange. I don’t hate this….but the artificial taste that’s going on here leaves me thinking there is much to be desired here. Glad i only had a little sample of this.

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90
drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
155 tasting notes

I love yellow tea and so I had to buy this one as soon as it was available…great price for yellow tea. The tea was refreshing and it was fresh…a newly opened bag, such a treat. I absolutely love pure tea and this tea was rewarding. Yes, I have had better yellow tea, but for 17.50 for 50 grams this is a great tea. It has a vegetal sweet cauliflower taste with hints of honey and fruit…a very pleasurable mixture of sweet and vegetal.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML
caile

Sounds good – I have never had a yellow tea so will have to pick some of this up to try.

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100
reviewed DAVIDsTEA Filters by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I am in LOVE with these tea bags! They are perfect for when you’re on the go & want to take some perfect portions of your favorite teas with you for another brew! I always keep a pack of 100 filters in my cupboard (much cheaper in the long run than the 20 packs, even though I don’t use them very often – I usually use an infuser at home) because they’re just so handy & I LOVE the fact that they’re unbleached!!

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85

I like this tea almost as much as the Pumpkin Chai from David’s. That’s really quite a compliment since I don’t really ever like rooibos tea. Pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, it’s got a lovely spice without overdoing it and there’s a subtle, slightly tangy creaminess that I’m guessing is the “cheesecake” part. Little pieces of white chocolate add to the dessert-like quality of this flavor.

Flavors: Cream, Ginger, Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

Yup, obsessed. I think I should probably pick up some cheaper matcha for making daily lattes and save this stuff for preparing more traditionally. But omg it’s soooo tasty. I feel like I could drink this all day long.

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95
drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

Omnomnom more matcha latte. These are so easy to drink.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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95
drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

This is my first prepared at home matcha. I picked it up with my Frequent Steeper points, since why not get something too expensive for me to normally try?

I started out making this as directed – 1/2 tsp in a cup of 74C water. I don’t have any of the right tools for making matcha, so I just whisked it in my mug, with a fork. It worked okayish, but I couldn’t really get much in the way of bubbles on top. The first sip didn’t have as much full mouth taste as I was hoping so I attempted to add another half teaspoon, and that’s when things got messy.

For starters, I forgot my spoon was wet and stuck it back in the bag. Crap. I managed to scrape out the wet matcha, but that was an unfortunate mistake. And then the added spoon was thick and clumpy, in a way that I just couldn’t smooth out with a fork.

Well fuck it. I put the whole lot into the blender with some milk and sugar, and now it’s smooth and frothy and delicious. It’s an intense deep green, very fresh and grassy tasting, and works beautifully with the sweet and cream.

I’m drinking this down way too fast and I’m probably going to go in for seconds when this cup is gone.

Edit: Yup, second cup made and done. I love how relaxing this is – I feel awake and alert but not at all jittery or over stimulated, which is amazing.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
darby

Ha! Love the note – sounds exactly like something I would do. Did you do the second cup in the blender too? I’ve been thinking of getting this one with my points.

Anlina

Yup. I’ll have to try it in the blender just straight, without milk and sugar, at least until I can get a suitable whisk.

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76

Lessons learned with this tea-
1. I need a new ball strainer. Mine let all sorts of debris out, and float around my cup like so many merry twigs.
2. This tea is very pretty! So colorful. So many bits that I do not know what they are!
3.Chamomile, while I have a space for it in my cupboard, is not my most favorite.
4. Still, this is pretty good. I like mint in them, though I can’t tell what the flower petals were supposed to do, exactly.
Verdict- I like it well enough, but a perminant member of my cupboard? Probably not.
Sipdown!

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
1505 tasting notes

It might be because I’m sick, but I really really like this one. It’s seriously apple+++++. Fresh, ripe apple. Fresh pressed apple juice. Just it’s not thick like juice and it’s hot.

I have too many teas to be fussed about rushing out to get more of this one, but this was a good sample to get in my (sad) order.

Edit: Aww, poo. Is there licorice in this? It’s not listed as an ingredient, but I’m getting that sickly sweet back-of-the-throat business as I’m sipping my way through this cup. So weird.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I thought the vanilla was a weird addition to this one. Maybe that’s part of the sweet flavor you’re getting?

OMGsrsly

Hmm. Maybe! I drank it all anyways, so it wasn’t that bad. :)

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50
drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
331 tasting notes

This was more like essence of fig than spiced fig. I tasted no spice, and the tea lacked heartiness. It made me want to go find a real fig to eat instead of get teased by fig water. However, it was drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

I was excited to try this limited edition, serious-sounding tea. I usually drink tea with flavors, chai, or in blends, so this is not necessarily my area of expertise. However it was a very enjoyable cup. I had the baristas as Davids Tea brew this for me, so I’d like to think the steep temperature and time were right on the money. The leaves are beautiful, long, skinny, blue-brown spirals (the “twirl”) and the scent was much more earthy than the tea brewed up to be. The wet fragrant was almost buttery, as was the first few hot sips. The flavors at the core of this tea are sweet-tart berry flavors, I tasted currant most prominently, although there are also some sour-grape notes as well. For a straight tea, the sweetness and fullness of the flavors were stunning. I’d recommend this even to a more novice taster who simply liked fruity black teas. The texture and mouthfeel are very smooth, an easy on the tongue and throat. In the aftertaste, especially as it has cooled, there’s a touch of something more mineral or astringent, not quite the full tanin bitterness of black tea. It is a delicious green and black tea hybrid. Definitely worth the try during its limited release.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity, Grapes, Mineral, Pleasantly Sour, White Grapes

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