DAVIDsTEA

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90
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

i thought this combo of flavours was a little odd, but i was pleasantly surprised to find it is SO, SO good. almost makes me feel guilty because i always feel like i’m having desert when i’m drinking this tea. the flavours are quite powerful- very chocolatey and minty with a slight hint of spice from the peppercorns. if you are looking for a nice tea for an after dinner sugar craving, this is a good choice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Yummy Yummy Yummy! That is all I can say about this tea. I was suppose to get this with my first package of Davids tea but they accidentally sent me a different mix of teas soooo they let me keep that one and then sent me the resolutions kit which has this delicious tea in it. The smell is so yummy! It smells like lifesavers butter rum flavor. I loved those ones. It is buttery, sweet and caramelized coconut.

The liquor was just the perfect color a nice rich dark amber, I truly love that color! The smell is still strong and I can’t wait to sip it. After my first sip I was like ok… this is good, not as powerful as the smell but still really really good.

It is smooth and well rounded, you can taste the sweetness and a touch of the toasted coconut, the base is a great black tea which you can taste and I don’t know how they do it but you can taste the rum and the butter… yum,yum,yum how can you not like that! I am pretty sure that this is going to have to be on the re-buy list!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I wish I could find a good rum black tea- no butter.

Fairyfli

Cofftea, may I ask why no butter? To me this one just kind of adds a creaminess to it… and a bit of richness to the tea!

Cofftea

Because I don’t like it. The thought of drinking butter makes me gag. A butterscotch tea I could do, but absolutely no butter flavored teas. I don’t even like teas w/ a buttery quality from the tea itself like Chinese Sencha and some whites.

Fairyfli

I see I can understand it is kind of weird to think about!

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67

So the name of this tea of course got me, I had to try it! This is my first time having a bit of green rooibos, plus I don’t drink very much green tea because I just haven’t gotten into it yet. The smell was not what I was expecting at all it was sort of fruity but almost in the over-ripened stage. There was also a hint of cinnamon but I did not smell chocolate at all!

The liquor was a pale almost golden orange color really pretty and the brewed leaves were really interesting because it had the rooibos leaves and then the green tea leaves and it was really pretty.

The smell of the tea was still the same if not a bit stronger… I was not sure if I could actually drink it… the smell was very off putting to me. But because the name had chocolate in it I had to at least try it. The first sip was very sweet, much sweeter than i thought it would be. There was a fruity/vegetal taste and then there was the sweetness of cinnamon. But where is the chocolate?

After letting it cool, it is still very sweet with some fruitiness… i can’t really place the smell or the taste. There is some creaminess which I think is the chocolate as well a bit of the sweetness is from the chocolate but there is not much of a chocolate taste that I can tell… I have read that this tea varies quite a bit so maybe this pouch was more fruity than chocolaty. I don’t think that I will buy more of this though it just wasn’t quite what I wanted.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Ai, this blend … I love it, but it has been erratic, and it is not heavy on the chocolate. With a really long, long steep — like 10 minutes or more — some gentle chocolate comes through, but there’s no super cocoa punch to it. The “Super,” I think, must refer to the antioxidant hit.

David’s Tea are busy reformulating this blend. The new one shoudl be out in mid-April.

Fairyfli

Thanks so much for the response! I may have to try a super long steep and see how it goes!

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67
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

Backlog. The more I have this tea, the more I dislike it. Why did I get a whole tin of this??

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67
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

Made a good 2L or so of this iced with some fresh mint from the garden. It does well enough as an iced tea, but really the quality of the tea is really subpar. I don’t get how many stems I saw floating around but when a tea has 1/3 of it’s ingredients as lime peels, and 1/3 of the tea as stems… we got a problem here. Oh well, I’m drinking this as if it was water.

Preparation
Iced

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67
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

Ok people, steep this one 3 times. It’s still good on the third go. I started drinking this in the afternoon and it’s now round 3. Boiling water and just waited a long time, it still comes out good. Just still bothered that i see tons of sediment on the bottom of the cup, and I’m sure I see more stems than leaves right now.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

This tea tastes a lot like lime. Which does make sense as it is called lime bang.

Have to say, that it smells great, kind of a kumquat smell
It has a really strong lime taste, that really hits you when you drink it. The sourness hits pretty fast and you taste some of the apple that’s inside. I don’t really taste the pineapple however just a lime green tea. Yet to try this iced but its pretty alright to drink, very fruity.

From what i can tell, this is a pretty low grade gunpowder tea, it is a bit over-roasted is some places and full of stems and broken leaves. There are whole leafs too and they are of the fairly big variety. There is tons of sediment, and the overall quality of this tea is not that great. Regardless however, it turns out a really nice green colour. The is a ton of lime peel as well but the problem is that the fleshy white side of the peel makes the tea slighty bitter sometimes regardless of steeping temperature.

I find it tastes best, 1st infusion @ 85 deg, then the second one with boiling water.
It wont turn the tea bitter and you will have a smoother tea on the second time around with a hint of sweetness (i’m guessing from the fruit pieces). I tried it with sugar on the first infusion, and i have to say, i prefer it without. I personally find the second infusion to be better than the first one, the lime is still there but the tea is much smoother and less bang, in-your-face taste the lime flavour. I would agree with the comment that says this tastes somewhat of a mojito, just without the mint.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

Yeah, definitely this blend just have a lower quality Gunpowder Tea which I just find… Sad!

politicalmachine

totally agree with you, i just wish they used higher quality teas on the flavoured blends.

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78
drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

Heady. Potent. Intense!!! are the three words I would use to describe this tea. My first sip of it, after steeping for almost six minutes, was so strong that I added some more hot water from my kettle. I also had to add a teaspoon of sugar because the oversteep brought out some bitterness.
So, after getting that settled, I tried it with and without milk. Either way, it is very minty and refreshing but less so with the milk, just creamier with the vanilla.
The fermented part, in cooperation with the mint, leaves a mild burning at the back of my throat after a sip and I can actually taste some sort of alcohol “depth” here, kindof like you would get in a cognac or other amber liquor.
The vanilla complements the mint nicely as well, rounding it out so that it starts and finishes with a pleasant sweetness. I am having trouble finding the cinnamon though. Next time I will be sure to see if there are any visible cinnamon bits in the bag. Oh and the liquorice! It’s very mild, hovering somewhere in the back. I notice it most right when I take a sip and the vapours from the tea are wafting about on my tongue. Nicely done, that part!!
Would I buy this again? I’m not sure. I do enjoy it, but it’s certainly not a favourite… though that is no fault of the tea, just my personal preference. Mint has never been my go to thing whether it be with tea or patties, unless I need it to soothe/cleanse for some reason.
If it was heavier on the liquorice and vanilla, and cinnamon then I would be more interested I think. The mint just takes over everything! I do however, enjoy the complexity of this tea. It has character and some serious attitude. On that note, I would give it a 95 or even higher, but then the mint overload drags it all the way down to where it is now *sighs
EDIT: Five point deduction because I am now incredibly nauseous. Maybe I should not have had this as a morning tea because I tend to get dehydrated easily, but even still it is an awful sensation! I tried drowning the nausea with two cups of water and it’s helped a bit. Next time I try the tea, I’ll use less tea and steep it for less time… but unless that is the trick I’m afraid this may be a write-off. Nothing is worth this feeling :s

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Indigobloom

My how times have changed! it seems I do love mint teas after all… only not with puerh!!

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72

A fairly light tasting jasmine green tea,

David’sTea claims this is “premium”. Well, it’s not. I’ll be honest, this tastes very much like a typical grocery store jasmine tea found in China, infact i’ve had many that tasted just about the same, just a whole lot cheaper than $7/50g. It doesn’t mean this is a bad tea, I had run out of China jasmine green tea, so i figure heck why not, lets see if this is anything special. It’s fairly decent as a jasmine tea, but we’ll leave it at that.

Don’t use boiling water on this one, the bitterness comes out, otherwise it’s still a very enjoyable tea to drink. It’s floral, its light, it’s what its supposed to be.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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100

A bit grassy and certainly for those who appreciate a lighter black tea. Best without milk, but fabulous with a small dash. A new (absolute) favourite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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92

Just grabbed a cup of this on my way home from uni. Beautiful, sunny spring day – I thought: yes, today is the day to try that Green Seduction tea. Something green and fruity sounded fitting to go along with the snow melting all around. I had heard a lot of good things about it, yet never really felt like buying a bag of it. I ordered it without really remembering what it was exactly, I just knew it was fruity and green.

The tea is good. It’s green, and fruity, so I was quite happy with my choice. But honestly, I was also happy I hadn’t bought a bag of it for my cupboard. While it’s good, I didn’t feel it was very different from most fruity greens I’ve tried so far. I just read in the description that it has pomegranate, and really, I could never have guessed. Even now that I know, I can’t taste it. To me, it tastes like a generic fruity green tea. But a good one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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72
drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
1307 tasting notes

I am really enjoying this tea, far more than I thought I would. This is my fifth cup of tea of the day (holy smokes!) and I’m enjoying it with a nice juicy clementine. Yum. Very fruity, very juicy. Definitely something I plan to keep in stock.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

So for the last little while I’ve been relying heavily on my herbals. They really aren’t the same as my camellia sinensis teas but this one, well this one is special! It doesn’t give me that good tea glow afterwards but I do have a few moments of pure tea bliss when first sipping it and then some very satisfying ones after!
The nutty, spicy, coconutty flavours gel so well together I can hardly tell where one ends and the other begins.
Ok, well except for the nut part, I can definitely see that, but otherwise it’s seamless!
I think I may even buy some more once my caffeine free days are over.
Oh, one other thing- I’ve been having trouble finding the right time to have this one regularly. If you drink certain teas at certain times… this is a tricky one.
I feel odd drinking a savoury tea like this before bed, or with dinner and it’s just as wrong somehow as a morning tea. Right after lunch is the worst- when I’ve just eaten so I’m full but the tea makes me think of thai food so… yeah that doesn’t work! There is a midmorning period where I find it’s ok. shrugs

YellowBoxFish

It’s funny, exotica is all i crave when i’m drunk! or hungover. and also anytime I’m suuper thirsty. I have woken up during my drunken slumber many a times and made jug of iced exotica, haha. Try it next time ? :)

Indigobloom

hummmm you know I will definitely try that!! Mmmm it would indeed go nicely with a side of “drunk” ;P

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93
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

What has gotten into me today?! After that terrible experience with this morning’s tea, I could not stop thinking about a hot cuppa EXOTICA. and it was epic :)
It tastes like Thai food. SO good. (spicy, nutty, cinnamony yumminess)
Mind you, I highly suspect this is one that I will have to crave before making a cuppa… not like many of my other teas that I reach for regularly. Also, I’m still a tad unwell so who knows if that made things taste differently? I mean I did see cloves in the ingredients (ick).

Amariel

I’m intrigued by this tea now…someone mentioned it might be good with coconut milk. Interesting. I usually don’t care for herbals, but I will have to check this one out when I go to DAVIDs next.

Indigobloom

coconut milk!! Mmm that sounds lovely with this one :)

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93
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

I only had a sample of this in the store… but from what I did have, this tea is amazing!!!! it tasted like Thai food, which I LOVE. Spicy and sweet, slightly floral…
Very tempting to buy some…. mmmmm
Sorry I can’t say more. I really didn’t have time to suss out all the finer points. One day I will rewrite this review :)

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71
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

Down down down the drain she goes… @
(because the “at” symbol kinda looks like a swirl, get it? yes I am a dork)
So… there was a day when I lurrrved this tea. Liquid bees, it didn’t sound all that appealing… but somehow it fit right into my cupboard.
And now? well whatever flavourings they used here are apparently don’t work for me. This is something I so did not expect!! :6
Half the cup went unfinished. Gosh that was painful to throw out!
Maybe one day I’ll be able to handle flavoured tea again. For now, it seems I must resign to either straight tea, or those with the simplest and most natural additions possible. Well, I suppose I should have known better than to even try. It’s such a shame, since I now have atleast 20g of it left in my cupboard! :/
(first come first serve to anyone who wants it! Lookin at you TO people!)

Erin

I love it but i’ve still got 100grams of it lol

Mercuryhime

I find that I have periods where I crave straight teas and anything else is just unappealing. And other times, I just want FLAVORS. So maybe one day you’ll like this tea again. :)

Indigobloom

yup, that happens to me sometimes to!! except with my current health status, I suspect it’ll be atleast six months… and Yerba tends to lose potency quickly so I figured it might as well find a good home now :)

Indigobloom

Erin: If you run out, let me know! though 100g is alot.

Erin

Will do :)

momo

haha you reminded me, in Italian the @ is called a chiocciola, which means snail!

Indigobloom

lol that makes sense, it does look like a snail!! haha

aisling of tea

Oh man, I live for this tea, and I got my coworker addicted to it too. Anytime I makes a Davids run, it’s “What do you want?” “Honeybeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” XD.

I need to put together an at-home tea kit for her, so far she only grabs cups to go on workdays.

Mélissa

Honey flavored tea sounds weird to me.

Cattibrie

It doesn’t taste like honey to me. It tastes like a fuzzy bee. Ugh. I think this is one of those ones you love or hate. No middle ground.

Indigobloom

LOL Aisling. Maybe it’s worth it just to be able to say Honeybeeeeeeeee :P

Melissa: Have you ever seen the Lush Honey I Shrunk the Kids soap? It tastes just the way that soap smells. Heavenly!! well when there are no allergies involved lol

Cattibrie: I have to agree with you there. In fact, I find most of DT blends are like that!

C-chan

If no-one’s claimed it yet, I’d gladly take it off your hands. I find this is a great tea for when I’ve just arrived at school for a loooong day. I actually just ran out of the bit I did have too, so having more would be wonderful!

myspecialtea :)

if it’s still there i’m game as well…always good for a swap of course if you had another tea in mind, my cupboard is full with DT and other teas to enjoy- feel free to check my profile and message me, i’m north of TO ;)

Indigobloom

Oh no, how did I not see these notices?? they must have been lost in the frozen notice fiasco (I still have 29 of them waiting to be read but can’t access them)
This was snapped up quick. So sorry everyone :(

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71
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

Iced this time!!
Not bad, not bad at all. Almost better, I daresay, than it was hot… which surprises me because I am not usually one for taking my teas iced. We were on our way to dinner so I wanted something that would keep in case I didn’t finish in time to sit down, or else I would have gone with a hot one, of something else.
Anyhow, the sales lady added some agave. Between that, and the iced factor, it almost eliminated that wearing sensation from the mate I often notice and mellowed out the flavour. Interesting, because I would have assumed that agave would aggravate that feature. I’m glad I listened to her suggestion!
Oh, and I tried some Exotica iced. SO GOOD! I need to pick me up some of that— when I pare down my existing supply that is. (yeah right, good luck with that!)

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71
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
1329 tasting notes

This tastes like bees!! not just honey… but bees. and pollen. and honeycomb! :)
At first I thought, WOW this is the best tea EVER but now I’m not so sure. It’s great for a change… the fact that I couldn’t throw out the tea bag for lack of a garbage could be oversteeping it so I reserve the right to change this review later. Also, I added no sugar or milk so I’d like to see what either of those would bring to it!
I’m still mightily impressed. Just the smell alone is worth buying a cuppa :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

As much as I love stronger teas this one is a keeper. It’s a treat to your senses in all forms – dry, steeped and sipped. Spring is all over this tea – dry it smells like very light honey, steeped you start to distinguish grassiness and fresh spring flowers and on tasting it all of these nuances come together in a delicious beverage. This tea has a fresh aftertaste for a long time making you crave more. You’ll be smelling your cup long after you’re done drinking it. It really makes me think of sunny flower fields and light summer breeze.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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73

This is an interesting blend and a rather spicy tea, and a nice chai blend.

It’s better hot on a cold day and isn’t something i would drink as a daily tea. It’s great in the moment, and you’ll easily forget this is a rooibos tea. The coconut certainly helps bring all the spice together. I would drink this from time to time, it sounds like it would go great in a latte too.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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92

I really like this one.

It’s the perfect balance of tea, floral and fruitiness all in one.
Such an exotic taste without being overly sweet like the fruity teas.

It tastes delicious on its own—in fact, I prefer it plain the best, but it also makes an OK latte (I try to make lattes out of everything).

One of my favourites. I need to keep this in stock at all tim es.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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82
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
26 tasting notes

I must say, these types of dessert teas have really started to grow on me.

I’m not a huge banana fan so I was a little apprehensive about trying this. I tried it without milk the first time. Not bad, but the chamomile is a bit too strong for my tastes but I still liked it.

I then tried it with sweetener. Pleasant surprise. Really brings out the banana.

Then I tried adding milk AND sweetener. I liked this combo the best. I really tasted like I was eating some sort of banana dessert without tasting artificial.

The caramel taste brings out some nice creamy notes. The banana complements the chamomile really well.

I am pretty much out of this one and I definitely plan on getting more. It’s similar to creme brulee and creme caramel, but with that interesting banana spin to it. I like.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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94
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

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94
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

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