Recent Tasting Notes

drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
147 tasting notes

Sipdown! Sweet bakery tea- enjoyed 50g worth, but not sure if I will repurchase. It is as advertised, but my taste buds have changed over the past couple of years.

Flavors: Cake, Maple, Sugar

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

Cold Brewed!

The cold brewed version of this one really wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t this blend “at its best”. To me, this is best done up hot with some milk late at night. A warm, snugging kind of tea. Instead this one turned out more like chocolate and rose with faint strawberry accents, but normally it’s chocolate and strawberry with faint rose accents. Smeh. I prefer choco/strawberry.

I did appreciate having something indulgent and chocolatey at work anyway though (beware, long work rant to follow); yesterday was crazy busy! My assistant manager left me and the one other cashier working a list of stuff to do, but it was ridiculously long and composed primarily of stuff that he should have done during the day. That alone is frustrating, but then it turned out to be CRAZY busy so, even with me skipping my break and working straight through it, we couldn’t finish everything we were supposed to. Ugh.

Today is my day off, so thankfully I don’t have to face him when he’s probably gonna be pissed about the somewhat sloppy work done last night, and I left him a note explaining the circumstances, but sometimes he’s so thick headed and really just doesn’t understand how limited we are during evening shifts.

There’s only two of us working; and one person ALWAYS has to be at till – so that leaves one of us to do the long ass list of stuff for the evening. There’s three hours in the evening to do everything before we have to start closing procedures – and last night I had to refill all the pop/water (in the cooler, and three different displays around the store), do the daily inventory counts (which can take an hour on its own depending on what head office wants counted for the day; yesterday I had nine pages of counts to do when normally I only have like seven), refill the ballrack (which entails hand blowing up those giant plastic children’s balls), price/label all of the new displays on the end of aisles (this was the most frustrating thing on the list; they should have been pricing as they were setting everything up in the morning – instead I had to look up all the prices, and then write out pricing stickers/labels for ALL the new items which took a lot of time), shred outdated paperwork (again, something they should be doing in the morning when they’re more fully staffed – and also not my job; it’s his!), do all of the returns/put aways, and then all the normal closing stuff like write offs, sweeping, and mopping. Oh, and I had to put away a whole bunch of the aisle owner’s freight/ladders because they left them out. Again, frustrating and eats into my time.

And then, of course, my cashier had to take her break at some point (and I wont ask her to skip it; she deserves to take her break) and I had to cover till that’s another half hour gone and I should have had a break myself, but I didn’t take it to try and do all this shit. Seriously, out of my seven hour shift I spent the first two hours cashing people out (so no time to do stuff), then three hours scrambling around trying to do all this bullshit he left for us, and then an hour doing closing stuff (mopping/sweeping/write offs), and then an hour doing the closing paper work/cash balancing. Sometimes I just want to rage quit.

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This is my favourite tea! Perfect for those workday afternoons.

Flavors: Coconut

5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Pom Springs by DAVIDsTEA
166 tasting notes

Liquor Color/Aroma: A red clear liquor with a sweet and fruity aroma, reminiscent of pomegranate juice.

Dry Leaf Nose: Sweet and fruity with a tart finish

Flavour: The sweet ripe flavour of pomegranate with rhubarb undertones. A lingering apple sweetness is accompanied with the sweet blackberry leaf.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
609 tasting notes

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
609 tasting notes

SPARKLEPONY!!! After giggling my head off at Marzipan ‘s nickname for this tea, I was pleased to find a sample of it in my swap with VariaTEA and didn’t waste much time throwing it in an infuser.

It really is a sparklepony. Wow. Look at that glitter! Worth it for the novelty alone! Though the tea itself is pretty delicious. Very warm-tasting. I had it warm all on its own and just enjoyed watching the sparkles as I drank.

The rest of my sample is cold brewing in the fridge as I type; I’ll most likely take it to work tomorrow! Those sparkles don’t waste any time, though. As soon as the cold water hit the teapot, BLAM! GLITTER EVERYWHERE! So cool.


Love this tea! Love the name! LOL


They should totally rename it Sparklepony.

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drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
32 tasting notes

From GCTTB Round 3

I almost got a whole 250g of this from David’s Tea web specials a while ago but didn’t want to commit to it since I’ve never even tried a white peony before. Saw this in the TTB so decided to try it. In the pictures the tea leaves look quite large, but the sample in the box had much smaller leaves, possibly from getting crushed by all the other goodies in there :P

Anyways, this is a very light tea, with a bit of lemony flavor. Not getting any floral or bitterness from this. Grateful for the chance to try it, but don’t think I’ll be getting more of this.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
482 tasting notes

Yes! I bought 4 more ounces of this today! (Don’t judge! Haha.) Really, though, it’s limited and is going away at the end of August when the Fall teas come out. Yay for Fall teas, which have the best flavors in my opinion, but I had to get my fill of this one before it’s gone. I got that annoying guy again, who over pours. Ugh. Never had that problem with other folks at the store. Anyhoo, I enjoyed a nice big cup of this afterward while I waited for our IT guys to fix my email problem at work. Yummy caramel goodness with a hint of fruit. :)


Is there actual popcorn in the tea? It sounds good.

Roswell Strange

Yes, there is actual popcorn! Same with Movie Night :)

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drank First Flush Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
350 tasting notes

I got this in store when I picked up some tins in store the other day.

This tea is sourced from Chamong Estate in darjeeling. For those who are curious here’s a link to the Estates website and a picture.

The tea itself is one of the nicer straight teas I’ve had from David’s.

The leaf is decidedly towards the green range and smells of flowers, hay and cream. When brewed the tea was a sepia tinged saffron yellow.

Flavour wise it lies between the hay and acidity of some white teas, the sweet vegetal and nutty notes of some greens, the floral spice of some Oolong’s, and the muscatel, malt and cocoa notes of black teas. It makes a nice light almalgamation of these flavours.

3min. Scent:Cream, hay, faint hint of floral gardenia, peas, fruit.

Flavour: Muscatel softened by cream, plum, hay, spice, clover and dames rocket. Light upper tones of malt and a very faint hint of cocoa, hint of peas. Hint of chestnut.
Snap peas, cream.

Resteep 4 min. Flavour: stronger muscatel, and nutty notes with increasing astringency.

I’m glad I picked some up to try!


This sounds very interesting. If only I had Davids around here. Another month to wait :( I have free tea to redeem. Maybe it’s the one?


That’s interesting, thanks for reviewing. I bought a lot of teaware from them lately and I now have 100g of free tea to redeem as well from their reward program. Since I’m not interested in their flavoured tea, I knew I was getting Oolong Supreme and Gyokuro Yamashiro. Might as well get their most expensive stuff! But being the Darjeeling fan that I am, I might reconsider…

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I bet I can sum this one up in three lines:

So much vanilla.
So much cream.
So much… Smoke?

Yeah, I made it in my timolino – and there was this insanely smokey quality to it that was really gross. I ended up dumping it. I’ve been trying to figure out what I last had in this particular timolino (I used the one I don’t usually use) and I can’t remember – but what would I have had that was some smokey other than Lapsang? I don’t think I’ve had The Woman any time recently – and it’s the only Lapsang blend I have at the moment.


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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

The other tea shot that I cold brewed! This one was soaked in Raspberry Vodka instead of Gin, but I bet it would have been really good in gin too! I wanted to finish off the vodka though to free up some fridge space.

Like the Gin & Redberry Tonic, this was also 1 tbsp. of leaf, though I used two shots worth of raspberry vodka since that’s how much I had left. It was also pretty good, but I think I liked the other one just slightly more. To me, this was strongly raspberries and orange/tangerine with some grapefruit somewhere in the mix. Again, no alcohol burn. That’s always a win. On the negative though, there was a weird taste that reminded me of children’s chewable vitamins.

I guess I’d call it chalky?

But yeah; for tea infused alcohol not so bad at all.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

In addition to getting home last night and having tea swaps and eggs to greet me, I also had cold brewed tea shots! Woo!

A few days ago I stopped at the liquor store and picked up an assortment of stuff; Rootbeer Schnapps, Spiced Rum, Cream Liqueur Shots, and Gin! I also already had Raspberry Vodka at home. I decided to mix some tisanes and alcohol and cold brew myself tea shots. For this one, because PUNS ARE AMAZING, I used a tbsp. of tea leaf in a shot glass worth of gin creating… Drum roll please.

A GIN AND REDBERRY TONIC! I am so proud of myself right now.

Best part? It was actually really, really good! No alcohol burn, and fruity and lemony with juicy berry and sweet apple notes. It had a very smooth aftertaste too! Definitely gonna have to do this one again! It’s a shame I couldn’t talk Tre into trying a sip – I think he would have actually liked it.

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I’m a lazy butt and it’s almost bedtime so tea filters it is!
I just measured 2g of this into my filter and I’m just going to drink and drink until I steep all the flavour out :)
It’s a lovely tea. I seriously have no idea how to differentiate the peppermint teas I’ve had from different companies since peppermint just… tastes the same all around. I’ve only ever tasted peppermint tea or absolutely terrible peppermint tea. This is on the plain ol peppermint tea side so it’s good :)

Flavors: Peppermint

Boiling 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
482 tasting notes

Tonight I decided to try this one as a latte. I brewed it up a bit like I would do a chai on the stovetop. I didn’t add any sweetener though, because this one doesn’t need it. It brews up as a light pink latte…pretty fun! The flavor is good, but I think something gets lost in the milk and that it’s more flavorful when brewed with water, no additions. Maybe I didn’t add enough leaf? I can’t believe it, because I haven’t had THAT many cups of this one, but my 2 oz. from last week is almost gone! I guess that’s what happens when it’s a “heavy” herbal. I’ve become kind of attached, so I guess I’ll have to make a stop to pick up some more on a lunch break this week!

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Drinking my good luck tea, Lime Gelato :)

I just found out that my design made the top 5 for Tealet’s Tea-Shirt contest! I’m so psyched because the prize is (you guessed it) very much tea.

Dear kind steepsterites who’ve never met me but surely understand — better than anyone else — my burning desire to win this tea, please vote for me by following this link and then liking the design. (You won’t be asked to fill anything out, provided you already have a facebook account.)


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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

Sipdown (137/144)!

Last sipdown in the queue, though hopefully I’ll get a few more in today once I’m done logging.

I made this a hot cup; it really wasn’t so bad except that it was especially tart and the orange stood out a little bit more than all the other flavours. The bubble gum flavour trait was still present too; how interesting. I definitely like the tea pop/cold brew versions better but I’d still drink this if it was served to me!

I don’t know; I may have to grab 50g more of this one…

Flavors: Orange

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

Cold Brewed!

I picked up more of this one for cold brewing (and possibly for trying a latte) because I’ve really enjoyed the last few ones, except this one wasn’t so fantastic – I think I underleafer it or something since it wasn’t nearly as sweet or as flossy.

Not horrible or anything; just not as fantastic. I think when I finish my leaf of this one I’ll probably be done with it.

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Made in my timolino. Just an average, spectacular cup of hot liquid caramel/coconut/mulberry deliciousness!

In a few months when points are eligable to be redeemed again I’m definitely gonna be using some of mine on 50g more of this one; I burn through it so damn quickly! I would have used the points I had this month on more of this, but I wanted to get Caramel Corn guilt free while I still had the chance.

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
1718 tasting notes

I’ve had this a couple times in store as a tea pop, and I’ve definitely liked it a lot that way, so I finally bit the bullet so to say, and I bought a nice sample amount to play with at home to decide if this is something I really need to get before I lose the chance to.

I started by cold brewing it because tea pop is iced, so cold seemed like a make sense route to take; and it was pretty good. It brewed up a spectacular deep red colour and was really pretty to look at if nothing else. One thing I noticed right away is that the dry leaf smells heavily like fruity bubble gum to me; candy like fruit sweetness! That definitely translated over into the cold brew. When I didn’t think about what I was drinking too hard it was fruit bubble gum. When I paused and thought about it I could break down the individual components.

It had a tart hibiscus strong start that branched out into a rich almost candy-like but not quite orange/strawberry sweetness with an underlying licorice flavour hanging out beneath the fruit the whole time. Very refreshing, definitely enjoyable, I don’t know about mind blowing though. Probably wont restock this; but may continue to take advantage of getting it as a tea pop when I go in store.

Flavors: Candy, Hibiscus, Licorice, Orange, Strawberry

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drank Sweet Ginger Heat by DAVIDsTEA
2310 tasting notes

mmm. yumyy, yummy, yum. I made a pot of this today to assist me with getting my homework done for writing class tonight.

I do wish there was a version of this without stevia in it, however it doesn’t really bother me that much in this blend since I really LOVE ginger. I may make up another pot of this once I’m done with the first! Today I was looking up jobs in the tea industry and found David’s Tea is hiring all over the place. It might be kind of fun to work around that tea all day but I bet you’d get sick of it.

2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

My friend worked at an ice cream shop and told me that you can get sick of ice cream. 0_o


I can believe it. I don’t even like ice cream that much myself ;)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

All right, I’m off the fence — I don’t care for this one. It’s not bad and it’s not off putting, it’s just very weak apple cinnamon. I expected something with a thicker mouthfeel and more of a sticky-sweet caramel flavor from a tea called Caramel Corn.

I’d happily accept a cup if offered, but I’m really glad I only have enough leaf left for one much of this. :-/

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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