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72
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

So, Doctor says I have shingles… which also means that I’m feeling pretty lousy. Hopefully the tea will help, even just a little.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaBrat

sorry, I hope you are better soon!

ScottTeaMan

Get well soon.

Indigobloom

Oh noooos! I hope the tea helps!! xx

Kay Kanada

That sucks! Feel better soon!!!!!

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72
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Got two decent steeps out of this today… not bad. Not bad at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

As others have noted the smell is very medicinal, lets take a sip…

Hmmm… not unlike Raspberry Nectar, except I find the lemongrass much more tolerable in this. Not the greatest of flavours, but something about this tea just feels detoxifying! I like this so much better than some of the other wellness teas I have tried (Skinny and The Cardio, I’m lookin’ at you!) and it’s exactly what I need after a meat-and-junk-food filled weekend with the in-laws.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Gave another sample of this a try. I have a tin somewhere at home, but am trying to clear out samples. This one was composed more like what I am used to, with visible pieces of fruit. There was something that loooked like a strawberry in my cup, enticing me. While this is better than my last tasting (I decreased water temperature a bit in deference to the green tea) it still takes on a bitter edge toward the end. I truly wish there were no black tea in this blend, I think I would enjoy it more without that addition. At first I get a sweet green tea taste, not overly vegetal but clearly green with a hint of fruit and then the bolder black tea steps up the plate to dominate the finish. It’s rare that I want a green tea, but I think they are starting to grow on me…

Uniquity

Second steep yields a sweet hay sort of flavour with a hint of pepperiness at the end. Aftertaste is slightly astringent black tea. No discernible fruit, but actually really enjoyable. Used hotter water in the second steep and added a minute in steep time. Yummy!

Cattibrie

Glad you liked it this time. I really enjoy this one myself.

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75

Using a free sample obtained from David’s Tea during their recent birthdy party. Intriguingly, this sample has no fruit pieces in it, which I remember featuring in the blend. This was one of my first DT favourites, one of the few I have refilled my tin of. However, apparently I haven’t had it in almost a year. A year later, I wonder what I think of it. I’m starting to think that perhaps knowing too much about tea ruins my enjoyment of it…I used to just try anything and give it a go, but now I have certain prejudices against ingredients, base teas, and additives. So when I noticed green rooibos in this (which I surely wouldn’t have when I first tried it) I was uneasy. Also, there is green AND black tea in this. Now I think that’s weird. I’ve steeped this as a green, to be safe.

Smells…like green and black tea. Kinda hard to explain, but they are both present in aroma with a fruity something sticking around afterward. Tastewise, I am disappointed. I might have over-steeped it for a black, or steeped it too hot for a green but this is a little bitter. The fruitiness is very vague, and I mostly get a sense of slightly burnt black tea, not of exceptional quality, either. I think a hint of sweetness would save this cup, but I’m not much for that. I am pretty certain it is the black tea that is throwing this off… Will try again under better circumstance another time. I really do remember enjoying it!

Devilish

It is indeed weird that they blend black with green tea! :0 I haven’t tried anything like that before, and I am not sure whether I want to… so the best steeping temperature is maybe… 90 degree Celsius (average of green and black tea steeping temperature)??

TeaEqualsBliss

There are some GREAT black and Green Blends out there :) Some are convinced there are additional health benefits by blending the two :)

LiberTEAS

I recommend using the steeping parameters for the green rather than the black or an average, only because the addition of the black tea doesn’t make the green tea any less delicate, and you may still risk scalding the green tea leaves using water that is too hot. My suggestion would be to use a lower temperature but a slightly longer steep time.

Devilish

Thanks LiberTEAS for the tip :)

Cattibrie

I am confused. Where do you see that it has black and green rooibos in it? The package doesn’t say anything about that. It just says it is a green tea with green tea steeping info. Sorry if I am being dense. I really enjoy this one personally. But maybe the difference is that mine has lots of pomegrante pieces (seeds?) in it.

Uniquity

If you look up the ingredients on the website (http://www.davidstea.com/green-seduction) it lists (organic) green tea, (organic) black tea and (organic) green rooibos. And some other stuff. : ) I have had this one before and used to really like it, but never realized just how much is going on in it.

Cattibrie

Thanks Uniquity. I wish they would list that info in the little blurb aboiut the tea. Or have a section for mixed teas. I really thought this was just a green.

Uniquity

I love David’s Tea, but their blurbs are a little cagey. I think they’re cute, but highly inadequate, because the only way to see ingredients is to ask in store (if the clerk knows) or check the website. Except, once they discontinue a tea they take it offline and then you’ll never know. Their ingredients lists are really helpful once you find them though.

Cattibrie

I left a message on their facebook page about this and was told that they are in the process of getting the ingredients to print out on the labels. Hope it is soon since there are way to many teas for the staff to be able to know what is in each one.

Dravistich

A black-green? Maybe this could transition me to green tea. (I am accustomed to black tea, especially Twinings…mmmm)

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95
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
248 tasting notes

I still need to do more comparisons between this and ATR’s milk oolong. But both are delicious.

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68
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

Sooo I finally got around to trying this today!
And sadly it is not for me (I took it off my shopping list haha)

There are a few things as to why it’s not good for me though, and it might mean that it’s a good tea for you!
First of all, it was a “to go” tea, but it didn’t taste burnt or bitter so , meh who knows!
Second, it does taste like carrot cake.

BUT

Not the kind of carrot cake I like. haha. I’m a bit picky when it comes to my carrot cake. It has to have pineapple for yummy moistness, and most importantly, cream cheese icing. Without the cream cheese, it’s just like a spice cake to me, which is the hugest “meh” taste to me – for whatever reason.

So on that note, it tastes like carrot cake. But not MY carrot cake. Aren’t I special haha! Blame my grandma for instilling C-Cake tradition in me n_-

Jessie

I like this tea, but I definitely hear you on the cream cheese icing. I think everything should be slathered in cream cheese icing, really.

Jenn

NOOOOOO! I ordered Carrot Cake in my last possible divorce causing DAVIDs order. You and I are like taste twins and that means that I may not like this on either. Oh man…

DaisyChubb

Don’t despair just yet!!
It’s still a huge possibility that they steeped it wrong and bad in the store. Also I haven’t had a chance to try it with cream, which might take it over the top… don’t worry Jenn! :)

@Jessie – Yes pls. Cream cheese icing slathered world.

Amariel

I too, got this as a to-go tea, and was unimpressed..however, I do find that the to-go teas are considerably weaker than the way I make them, and I bet, as a latte with foamy milk, that might just be the thing. I am tempted to get maybe 25-30g of this, as I have been tempted by the seasonal tin (not like I have any space to store it though).

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79
drank Gyokuro by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

This is the first Gyokuro I’ve ever tried. It was nice, but not astounding. It tasted like a nice but standard sencha to me. Light, buttery, slightly grassy. I’ll have to try some other Gyokuros to compare. Also, why am I following package instructions lately? It’s not working for me. I went with 2 minutes and this was starting to turn bitter. It would definitely have been nicer starting with shorter infusions.

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70
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
326 tasting notes

Had this as a to-go tea, nice stuff. Not sure if I’d buy more, but I was surprised at how good it was. (Normally I don’t enjoy flavoured white tea so much)

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91
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Surprisingly, my wife likes this cold and sweetened! Shock! This is a sipdown, but we’re both a little sad to see it go.

Dexter

I love Kanpe too – was sad when it was discontinued…

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91
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Huh. I thought I didn’t like this tea, but looking back at my rating, apparently I did like it. Ah well, it’s been sitting in our cupboard for way too long. I cold steeped it today and again for tomorrow to use up the last of the tin.

it is hibiscus, which is why I thought I didn’t like it, but iced, the cinnamon wins out and it’s a tart treat. The lemon works in wonderfully and it’s just a yummy cup.

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91
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

I was craving cold tea yesterday and I had just stopped into DavidsTea, so I made a pot of this. It’s kind of sad, isn’t it, that I work a few hundred feet from DavidsTea, but at no point do I get a break long enough to run out and get a cup >.

Preparation
Iced
Cattibrie

I really want to try this one. I am hoping it will replace Pink Flamingo for me.

aisling of tea

The girl in store tried to sell it to the ever so annoying chick behind me in line using that argument. The girl came in looking for Pink Flamingo, and left with Green and Fruity. o.O. Anyway, I dunno. I see a slight resemblance, but my favorite part of PF was the citrus, which I didn’t find in this tea. Still, it’s darn good! I wasn’t a fan of PF, and I ma a fan of this, so shrugs

Cattibrie

Thanks for the info. I think I will give it a try and hope. I wish I could find a grapefruit tea like Pink Flamingo. Or I really hope they bring it back in the spring.

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100
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
73 tasting notes

Really enjoying this fall collection of teas! I didn’t know what to expect before trying this, and the flavours are unique but definitely good. The ingredients all taste great together – I love how the cinnamon doesn’t really come through much except for the warmth it gives. The orange peel is there but subtle, and these mulberries really do give this a caramel aspect.

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50

You know what? I’ve tried it. And, I was not impressed. REALLY not.

I’m sure the taste of carrot were so weak because i’ve tried it as a tea to go from DT Saint-Bruno. Seriously, this taste like a simple Oolong tea with a little carrot aftertaste. It won’t taste amazing or anything like a flavor tea would do. It’s just, sad.

Try it and say me i’m wrong.
I want to be wrong, haha!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
heatherwassing

Dude, if you think you’d like it stronger, then buy 50g and brew it at home. I’m rarely happy with a to-go tea from David’s because I always steep mine a little heavy. I tried Pumpkin Chai last year and was like, “Oh. Well, okay. I guess this is a little good.” But really I was kind of disappointed in it.
I took home 100g today (optimistic much?) and am IN LOVE. I’m going to run out of this before snow falls and it’s going to break my heart.

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72
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

This is actually very good, I wasn’t sure at first but Yesterday night I added a little bit of cane sugar and it was really good.
It is a little tart without the sugar but with it it bring all the flavors without being too sweet. I really like the peppermint aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

I think I like this tea.. I’m not sure yet… Doesn’t taste like I tought it would…

Well, all the flavors are really mild. I steep one and a half tsp in my cup so I’ll try with more tea and write another review another day.
We’ll see!

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98

This is really good. A unique buttery, sweet, light green tea with an intense flavor.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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15
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

I’m really sad because I wanted to like this tea..
But today was my third time drinking this tea and probably the last. I wasn’t able to finish it… All the flavors taste really odd to me and I can’t stand the smell either… I don’t know I think it smell like something ..Moldy…:S. And strangely it’s giving me a headache.

Before trying the sample I got with an order from DT I was thinking about buying this tea.. I’m really happy to had try it first because now I know I will not buy it.

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

This tea didn’t wow me either. For me there wasn’t enough flavor… sigh

P.S. Your English is lovely my dear! I never would have known that it wasn’t your first language :)

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43
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

I liked the citrus taste. it was very very nice for the summer, but am finding as the fall is comeing, not as a pealing.

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67
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

A great tea, I love the mint and chocolate together. Makes for a good just before bed tea. I love those red lips!!!

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39
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

Based on the description, I really wanted to like this one. And yet, I found it totally underwhelming, even a bit off-putting when I smelled it in the store. Anyway, I got a sample with my order, so I figured I should give it a go.

And meh. There really is a strong orange/citrus presence to this one. I don’t know what mulberries taste like (But their leaves are lovely – thanks Mulberry Magic!), but I’m pretty sure they didn’t make or break this tea. I mostly taste citrus with a spice background, and a hint of caramel. Like if I really think about it, I can taste caramel maybe.

So yeah. Not so much on this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

Yum. So much yum.

And I’m a bit surprised to be saying that, actually.

I smelled this one in store and didn’t care for it much at all. I passed it right by on my way to some other favourites instead.

But when I received a sample in my order the other day, I figured I should give it a go. And hurray that I did!

The aroma of this is very apple-y when brewed, smells almost like hot apple cider, which I think is lovely. Just the right amount of spice, and the green tea does add a dimensionality here as well.

The taste is tart apple with a nice natural sweetness. The tea isn’t lost in all the fruit, and there’s a good balance. I think I’m going to get along very nicely with this little number for the next couple of months!

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

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94

Sipping on some of this piping hot with a little splash of baileys is exactly what I needed on this rainy cold afternoon. Very fitting for fall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

This was another sample in my order, and gave me the chance to try this hot. I’ve only had it iced from the store. Still really lovely, light, and delicate. The floral and citrus is balanced remarkably well here, I think, as either can tend to be overpowering.

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