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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
3 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
292 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
292 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
1502 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
329 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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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
274 tasting notes

Well this is surprisingly delicious. Surprising because I don’t usually expect much out of David’s Tea (sorry David), and also because I have no idea how old this is. I got it a while back in a swap from someone, and it languished in a box on top of a bookshelf until yesterday when I was trying to find a different tea and found this.

So, it tastes mostly like vanilla and pear. And I’m loving that. Historically I haven’t been a big cranberry person. Maybe there’s a whisper of it in there. Maybe. This is really hitting the spot for me right now! Sadly, I’m one steeping away from sipping it down.

TeaBrat

I am not overly impressed with David’s either. Wishing for Harney and Sons to open a chain of stores :)

Marzipan

I love Harney teas, which is so interesting since they exist somewhere between supermarket bagged and high end. I love drinking them.

TeaBrat

me too… only a few bummers out there

Roswell Strange

I really enjoy this one; it’s very creamy!

donkeytiara

If David reads this thread, he’ll be depressed, because although I love his tea mugs, i also think the teas are “meh”.

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Backlog from this weekend.

This one smells fruity and tropical in the tin – it’s not overpowering, but it’s definitely there. I steeped this one and, unfortunately, got so sidetracked that I didn’t end up drinking it after it had cooled down to room temperature. This one is bland at room temperature, I got absolutely no fruit flavor. Actually, I didn’t get much of any flavor.

After I bought this, I thought I’d be disappointed because there’d be too much papaya flavor, and I’m not a huge fan of papaya. I didn’t expect this to have no flavor at all.

Reserving my rating until I can have another cup of this, preferably while it’s still hot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I really didn’t know what to expect exactly because I didn’t really have a grasp on what “buttery” flavor tastes like. So…I was pleasantly surprised. This is one of those teas that feels like it should have way too many calories to justify drinking (since I’m not one to waste calories on things I can’t even chew). With that being said, I also feel like I probably couldn’t drink multiple cups of this in a row without feeling like I’d had something heavy. It makes for a fantastic dessert tea :)

OMIGOSH WOULD YOU BELIEVE MY BOYFRIEND LIKES THIS???? He’s not usually keen on even taking a single sip of any of my teas. But, he took a sip of this and went to hand it back to me…and then yanked it back to take another sip, and another sip, and another sip before finally handing it back and saying, “Okay, fine, that one’s good.” Yes!!! Buttered Rum for the win!!

ETA: I got so excited about my boyfriend liking this that I completely forgot to thank the wonderful NayLynn for sending me this sample (as well as a few other similar flavors from other companies to compare)!

Flavors: Butter, Rum

Kyla Covington Abercrombie

sounds yummy! I haven’t bought any from David’s yet. Working on a list.

The Cookie Lady

I actually haven’t bought anything from there yet either. I have been lucky enough to receive samples of a couple of their teas, which is great since they sell in larger amounts than I would be comfortable buying unless I had sampled them first.

Kittenna

DavidsTea sells in as little as 8g if you have store access :) Or someone willing to hit one up for you. They’re great that way. Unfortunately, online purchases are in 50g increments unless you buy a sample kit.

The Cookie Lady

Unfortunately, I get no love from David since I live in southern California :( The nearest store is 7 hours north of me. I may have to ask a friend, though, now that you’ve mentioned it!

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80

Very nice and smooth with a refreshing and cleansing effect. The almond flavour overpowers the others to the point of them seeming absent however.

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Cantaloupe, Citrus Zest, Floral, Nutty

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
153 tasting notes

Santea Clause Traveling Tea Box

Wonderful aroma – parents agree! Nice pumpkin flavoring with some cinnamon. Leaves a bit of spice in the back of the throat. It’s bit weak with one teaspoon of leaf, so I’d use 1.5 next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
217 tasting notes

This tea is reasonably good. It is not incredible. The maple syrup flavor is fairly accurate but I think it is a combination of caramel, toffee, and natural and artificial flavor. Nowhere does the David’s Tea website list this as having any “Maple” in it. Still, its not bad, just not incredible like a good maple syrup. I can’t taste the rooibos in this and I like rooibos flavor. I just wish I had known there wasn’t any “Maple” in it when I bought it. I would have bought something else. Of the eight teas I bought from David’s Tea, one has been horrible, four have been great, two have been decect, and the eighth I have not yet gotten around to trying. If anyone wants to sample some of these teas in my cupboard from David’s Teas let me know, we can work out a swap.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min. One further note, the flavor of this tea seems to get less intense and better as it cools. Some teas are like that, don’t know why.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
TeaBrat

your cupboard is impressive! :)

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Predominant spinach flavour with a hint of the characteristic swampy white tea note. I may trying to infuse for a shorter amount of time at a lower temperature in the future.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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73

I got this tea since I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather and I have a soft spot for anise and licorice flavors. Licorice is the main flavor, despite the varied ingredient list, with mint being a close second. It does not taste like candy, not like black jelly beans; it’s a softer, more herbal flavor. On the aftertaste there is a bit of the fennel flavor, but I don’t taste any pineapple, cloves or cocoa. It’s caffeine free, and an unusual flavor, so it might be a nice change of pace from the roobios or ginger nighttime teas I drink lately. It definitely looks colorful and fun with real chunks of licorice root in the mix, but probably not a great tea if you aren’t a fan of black licorice.

Flavors: Fennel, Honey, Licorice, Mint

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Dry Leaf Nose: Prominent aroma of fall forests and mountain meadow air.

Liquor: A golden green clear liquor.

Flavour: A complex, intriguing, and refreshing flavour with a crisp undertone reminiscent of the very mountains in which it was grown.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
182 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: A fresh aroma of sweet garden vegetables and a fruitiness hidden behind the overall duskiness.

Liquor: A lovely golden yellow and clear colour.

Flavour: Refreshing, crisp and lingering flavour with the vegetal notes of a fine Chinese green tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

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