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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Yeah, that’s right, I’m drinking some Buttercream. Mmmmmmmm. But I need to sleep and not be making trips to the bathroom all night, so I think I’ll leave the rest of my cup until the morning.

PS: Super huge thanks to all three of you that so generously sent me Buttercream, so I should have enough of this tea to last me a while!

Erin

Jealous! I made some the other night but mine was so old it had gone totally bland.

Shmiracles

i went to the site to immediately order this, and realize it must be an old option. whomp whomp

tigress_al

I miss this gem of a tea!

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Started another delicious series of infusions of this one last night. Still don’t know what it is, but this is just so, so tasty. I’m now half done entering the data I need to finish tonight (and then I have to run stats on it… joy!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

I hate how much I adore this tea!!! It has quickly progressed to being one of my absolute favourite flavoured teas, and it’s completely unavailable, aside from a few generous Steepsters who have sent/are sending me some. I wish I could petition DT to bring it back, but I’m pretty sure I would be unsuccessful. Oh well, I’ll enjoy it while it lasts…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
momo

I will lobby with you.

TheTeaFairy

I also like this one a lot and that brings me to question DT’s decisions on choosing what comes and goes…so this one is not worthy but awful creme de menthe pu’erh gets to stay forever? What up with that?

Kittenna

:D Hahaha. Yeah, the creme de menthe pu’erh was awful. So is Cherry Cola. Can’t Buttercream come back even just as an online exclusive? :(

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Although I still have a cup’s worth of this left from Awkward Soul… I started in on my large baggie-ful from Robyn tonight! Thanks SO much for sending me so much of it… I should have at least enough for a few more cups, which makes me super happy!

I accidentally oversteeped this one a bit tonight (4.5 min), so can taste just a hint of bitterness, but it’s still delicious. I’m not sure what exactly it is with this one that works so well for me, but I love it. Absolutely wonderful. So creamy, and savoury, and sweet without being… sugary. Mmmm.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Ze_Teamaker

I just wish DT didn’t discontinue it. I would have bought a pound of the stuff….

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Blaahhhhh, I wish I had 100g of this one! This is my second-last cup of it, and I’m worried that I’ll miss it quite a bit once it’s gone! :( So, so, so, sooooooo good! And very tolerant to random steeping parameters. I paid no attention to anything today (just that it wasn’t boiling water, and didn’t steep for like 10+ minutes), and it’s just as delicious as before.

Interesting, just read a previous tasting note of mine, and I suggested a comparison to Whisky White. Forgot I had that tea! Maybe I’ll have it tonight as well…

momo

I always see people asking about this one on their Facebook page, they need to bring it back. I’d give you some of what I have but it’s a pretty limited quantity as is :(

Kittenna

Awww, no worries! I’m just hoping there’s someone out there who has like, a 50g bag of it and doesn’t like it…. hahahaha. A lot of people seem to want it to come back (for obvious reasons), I wish they would!

tigress_al

Ya, I was sad that it didn’t come back this fall :(

KittyLovesTea

I managed to get 25g pack of this one and after being a little 50/50 about trying it your comments have swayed me to try it sooner rather than later. We don’t have butter cream here so I will have no idea if it tastes like what it’s called. :(

Kittenna

Yes, you should try it! If by chance you dislike it…. :D :D (I also see you just reviewed Copabanana?! That’s another on my to-try list!)

PatchworkSheep

I have about half my 25g bag from last fall left. I really wasn’t a fan of this one, and there’s probably enough left for a few bags. I don’t mind giving it up if you want it; it’s just going to go to waste at my place!

PatchworkSheep

*a few glasses. not bags, haha.

Kittenna

Oh my goodness, that would be awesome!! I have all sorts of things to offer in return if you are interested :D

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Seriously, this is better than Dulce & Banana. Why why why was this discontinued :( Absolutely delicious and creamy. I must like loose leaf chamomile or something.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Oolong Owl

Maybe they’ll bring it back again for the fall collection of if they do “back from the dead” promo again this year.

tigress_al

This is one of my fav teas. It tastes so different hot versus cold. It makes an amazing mango smoothie. Man, I miss this one. The DT girl this week told me fall collection comes out Aug. 29, so let’s hope it makes a return!

Kittenna

Ooh, I hope so…

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95
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Not going to lie, I’ve been dying to try this one for a while, so when I found out Awkward Soul had some to swap…. !! So glad I managed to nab some! :D

This one smells pretty delicious both dry and steeped. Creamy and delicious. Steeped, it gets a peachy sort of aroma as well.

Ohhhhh goodness. This is super delicious. Tastes just. Like. Buttercream. But less cloying! Sweet, coconutty, creamy is what I’m getting, plus a flavour that reminds me of Dulce & Banana and must be the chamomile(?) Delicious creamy/caramelly/butterscotchy aftertaste. Ahhhhh, I wish this was still available!! Anyone have any spare Buttercream they want to be rid of???? :D

Thank you so incredibly much, Awkward Soul! At the very least, my curiousity has been satisfied and I can understand the hype about this blend! On the downside, I only get about 2 more cups of it, but I will live :) I feel like I should also compare this to Whisky White before it’s all gone… I have a strange feeling they may have similar flavours.

ETA: Re-steep is really yummy too. I do quite like this one, why is it gone :(

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

I got some Buttercream from Compass Teas Buttercream Frosting to be exact – they may be the same tea or similar. I will add a sample in with the trade we have been working on.

Oolong Owl

BOoooo, I didn’t know they took it off the website! I think it was last fall’s tea collection as I remember buying it with Pumpkin Chai. Happy you like it, the chamomile in it didn’t work with me. Smells amazing however.

Kittenna

Yeah, I have never seen it available for sale :( Really wish I could get some more. I’d love to try the tea from Compass, Azzrian, although one thing I’m pretty sure of is that DavidsTea isn’t one of those companies who sources their blends elsewhere! But there have been close matches before :) So here’s hoping!

Azzrian

Wait – did I ever send you any of this???
Are we working on a trade still? OMG I think I am losing MY mind now!
I know I am putting some things in Indigoblooms box – which I can do that with this one if I still have it. Do I? I dunno….. hold on…. Please tell me I already sent this to you because I believe I sent it on and it was not where I was keeping it (specific place so I know its gone.) GAH

Kittenna

Hahaha, actually when I ran across this post I thought the exact same thing! I have your box right here and will check…

Kittenna

Nope, I didn’t get it, but I did get two packages of Shang’s Sweet Leaf.

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80
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
470 tasting notes

Another floral from my swap with Kittenna! I’m making progress. This is one of the ones I requested since I love floral teas, so I was confused by this when I sniffed it. It’s so… peachy. The description doesn’t mention peach at all, nor is it explicitly in the ingredients, so what gives? I mean, it’s not lightly peach, it’s VERY peach. You’d think they would mention that.

Peach surprise aside, this is a pleasant blend! There are some big jasmine pearls in there, but the taste definitely is only mildly floral in mine. I think the peach kind of masks some of the other flavors, since I’ve lost the subtlety I’d expect from a white blend. The jasmine is there, but only faintly, and that nice “fresh” almost grassy/springy taste from the white seems to be hiding. It’s allllmost there, but it’s hard to pick out individual notes when your entire cup is all BAM PEACH. Funnily enough, this is one of the best peach flavorings I’ve tried, which is odd… why don’t they market this as a peach blend?

I’ve never had white hibiscus, but there’s a soft sharpness (oxymoron, but it makes sense… sort of) going on. A bit tart, so it’s reminiscent of a not-yet-ripe peach. Okay, that doesn’t sound so great, but you know when fruit is almost at its peak, and still has quite a bit of firmness left but the flavor isn’t as strong? That’s honestly when I like fruit best, I like ‘em very firm and that mushiness associated with fresh peaches is a big consistency problem with me. I’m fine with them in baked goods, but fresh… too squishy! So I do like the memories the white hibiscus brings up. I do wish it was less fruity and more floral though, so I’m going to give it a shorter steep! Or perhaps cold brew the rest of my leaves.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Concern over tea contamination had me rush to the tea page and check… but the top three reviews, mine included, all mention peach! So, I guess not :D

Alphakitty

I was worried it got flavored by something too, but the peach was SO strong there’s no way it’d pick up that much flavor! Plus every tasting note seems to mention the peach, so odd that they don’t say it’s a peach tea.

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96
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
617 tasting notes

Taking a break from trying new things and since I’m at work might as well have this :D

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96
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
617 tasting notes

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96
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
617 tasting notes

I’m drinking all my David’s Tea oolongs at work now since they seem to give my mom a migraine. Even the smell seems to set one off. (sighs) oh well Butiki Teas seem to be fine with her and the pumpkin chai so I don’t have to hide all my stash :D

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96
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
617 tasting notes

Pretty tasty and it does help me relax a bit at work.

Preparation
Boiling

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96
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
617 tasting notes

Pretty tasty :) A good hot lemon tea :D

Preparation
Boiling

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84

Since I’m a fan of chocolate and mint, I decided to buy this tea. The taste is refreshing and there is some sweetness as well. There is a more minty taste than a chocolaty taste. I prefer to add soy milk to it which gets rid of some of the bitter taste from it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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52
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
83 tasting notes

Thank you to Bonnie for this sample

This tea smelled wonderful dry, but when it was brewed….A muddled mess of complicated and uninteresting flavors. Not My “Cup Of Tea” I guess ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

That’s perfectly ok. That’s what samples are all about.

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84
drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Whoo! HAd this iced as the tea of the day – it did leave a little to be desired, but I brought some leaves home because I knew I could coax some more flavour out of it.

I was right! Lovely natural pineapple flavour with a delicious oolong base (possibly the same base as banana oolong? either way I’m a fan!) Creamy, yet light and refreshing.

Pineapple is not my favourite flavour, but I can say this was done well! Now, strawberry or mango oolong and I might go bankrupt, I’m just sayin ;)

Kittenna

Same base as banana oolong?! I was really hoping for that. My wallet had other ideas, but oh well. I should have stopped by DT today… I actually was at the mall O.o

tigress_al

Whoa this sounds wonderful. And it is way cheaper than I was expecting it to be!!

Indigobloom

I was thinking the same, that the base is very similar! if not a hair more jasmine-like

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55

Had this earlier today, got it as a sample from my last order. I love it when free samples are included!

This was alright, not a favorite though. Definitely did taste like strawberry and a bit vanilla/cake-y. My cup was cloudy though, not sure why or if that’s normal. Wish I had a chance to try this cold, but I used all my sample up. :(

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

Could the cloudiness come from the brittle pieces? They probably melted up in the heat.

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27

This one’s a sometimes-tea for me. Another blend we have for my boyfriend’s benefit in the house. I find this blend very dark and rich, but not earthy. There’s a light note from the “buttered” side, but generally I find this one a little strong for me. A nice tea for wintertime, but not my favourite!

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1
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This one is a Love it/Hate it situation; my partner loves it and I cannot stand it.

I’m afraid I personally have nothing good to say about it; something about this blend makes me feel nauseous when I drink it, which I can’t say I’ve ever experienced with any other tea. It smells SO LOVELY and like a banana-coconut blend dry, and I don’t pick up the whisky at all. But once the water’s in, it transforms into something much stronger, earthier, and, for me, over-powering. Even with milk added, something about it is just so strong I can’t handle it.

That being said, as stated before, my partner does really like this, and it may be his favourite from DAVIDs TEA’s Cigar Box collection.

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87
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This tea is suh-weet! I don’t mind it hot, but I’d rather drink something else. But iced? It’s perfection!

It is so delicious, with a great medley of fruity flavours great for an iced drink that is very sweet. There’s the softer flavour of strawberries, apples, there’s a lovely soft floral accent, and then a citrusy kick! It’s neither plain and sweet nor too tangy – it’s a playful, zingy blend of both worlds.

If you have kids, I’d say this is a great alternative to sweet drinks loaded with additional sugars. Plus you can always throw in some lemon if you like to taste! I made this in my home (no kids here) where we rarely stock iced tea, and it disappeared in no time! The bright red/pink colour, too, will probably trick kids into thinking they’re drinking their Kool-aid wannabe stuff. But nooo… It’s tea! So great! It looks like summer, it tastes like summer; good all ’round!

Flavors: Berry, Citrusy, Floral, Lemon, Strawberry

Preparation
Iced

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96
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This spicy tea is just lovely! I got it from my sister (!!) when it was being discontinued (tears were shed!) but then it came back!! But because of its rarity back then, I drink this tea quite sparingly, and generally only for special occasions! Which is ironic, because now it’s quite readily available… (And haven’t they changed the old sparkly dragees to little sparkly stars? Adorable; DAVIDs TEA always thinks of the aesthetics, which I adore.)

The dragees add a cute, very “David’s” element to the tea, and when you steep it, look into your cup, you’ll find a gentle shimmer glimmering from the surface of your cuppa! I always love special little details like this, despite the dragees/sparkles seemingly doing nothing to the flavour.

This is such a great blend for cold winter nights leading into Christmas. I never was a fan of cloves growing up, but once I started drinking Glitter & Gold, I found myself developing a deeper appreciation for them that I now seek out in my holiday tea blends.

I never knew until recently that people make dried oranges (or other citrus fruits?) with cloves in them, and I’ve never personally made them, but if I did, I wonder if I would find myself surrounded by Glitter & Gold flavours – there is that very soft hint of citrus in this tea that doesn’t really seem to take centre-stage, but rather accents the more earthy flavours of the black tea and cloves. It’s a light accent that helps those flavours shine more brightly.

Did I mention the sparkles? I love the sparkles. Never stop sparkling, DT.

Perhaps the only downside to this tea (which is a personal preference issue) is that adding milk substantially detracts from your ability to see those lovely sparkles. I guess you have to pick your battles.

Flavors: Citrus, Cloves

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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77
drank Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

STEEP THIS BABY, AND STEEP IT LONG!

I find it’s not nearly as satisfying as the smell if you don’t steep the heck out of it, but that could just be me. A lot of people seem to think the scent beats the flavour, but who knows! I guess you’ve got to try it.

To think that it’s flavoured with white chocolate kind of shocks me; I don’t care for white chocolate, but it really works nicely to give it a sweet, creamy flavour. Don’t expect it to blend perfectly into its namesake popsicle flavour, but you can always try! If you want, a neat thing to try is making a latté with vanilla soy! I find it really… Wow. But not always something I’d want!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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77
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

I don’t like raspberry teas, and I generally dislike coconut. But you know what? Sometimes two wrongs DO make a right!

Every time I drink this I could SWEAR there was a hint of dark chocolate in there, but it doesn’t appear there IS, so I guess that gives you an idea of how this can taste. It’s sweet, dark, and deep. Really great, I think, for the coffee lover who enjoys sweet things. I’m always surprised by this tea because I really do like it so much – but if I let myself break it down in my mind and separate the flavours so I can taste them distinctly, I start to dislike it – but then I let them meld into one once again, and it’s lovely.

Another great tea for the colder months, this one just warms you up from within. Again, I want to say it’s the dark chocolate but THERE IS NONE!

Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry

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