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74

Wonderfully fragrant both dry and brewed. The aroma of this tea is spot on, and the taste is very good also. To me, the taste starts with more strawberry flavor then finishes with the tartness of rhubarb. I’m not a huge fan of many of Davids herbal teas, but I must say that this one was a pleasant surprise.

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84
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
39 tasting notes

First time i opened my bag i could not resist eating some of the little white goodness hoping the tea will taste the same and it does!

That one really good i love how the marshmallow dissolve to give a good sweetness to the black tea maybe even a little to sweet for me as i don’t put sugar in anything but as a dessert tea it’s perfect.

The only problem i could see ( and that probably just me lol) is since the marshmallow dissolve re steeping not gonna taste the same like many other tea with powder or ingredient like that but i love marshmallow too much i hope that one will become permanent or i have to make reserve

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Helena

Wonka should’ve made an everlasting marshmallow instead of the everlasting gobstopper :D (I do like the gobstoppers though)

Zoltar

haha that would be so cool someone really need to make a everlasting marshmallow or some marshmallow tasting gum could work. I do love gobstoppers too :P they should make a tea with gobstopper powder in it could be real good

Azzrian

LOL Helena!

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65
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
248 tasting notes

This is so weird. Maybe the strangest “tea” I’ve ever had. Felt kind of cheated when I put some in the Ingenuitea (mistake, I know, didn’t read the reviews first though). It looked like a threw a handful of trail mix in there, and then when my timer went off I thought something had gone wrong. It looked completely clear, which in hindsight makes sense, but I’m so used to color being an indicator that something had taken place. Poured in the cup and it’s a light yellow. I have some left of this from the fall sampler (actually used a small sample pack because 2 of the 3 free samples they sent me were included in the sampler, so much for getting to try different stuff…) so I may add more/steep longer next time.

Smells like fresh banana nut bread, actually makes me want to make some! Taste is pretty smooth, definitely nutty and the banana isn’t too overpowering or in your face. It blends well with the other flavors. Kind of light, but again that could just be how I steeped it. It’s alright but not a favorite. There is kind of a gross residue in the bottom of my cup, and frankly I’m scared to look at my Ingenuitea right now!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
238 tasting notes

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90
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
238 tasting notes

This smells like the most amazingly creamy lemon infused Earl Grey I’ve been looking forward to trying this since I’ve discovered DT’s many amazing re-imaginations of the classic Earl Grey profile.

As for taste it’s superbly creamy and the lemon is perfectly light and refreshing.

I love this it’s a wonderful reinvention of an Earl Grey..creamy and lemon-infused it’s delicious and perfectly composed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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27

Received this one as one of my free sample from my online order was really happy since cocoa and cinnamon are 2 of my favorite thing so how the 2 combined can be anything but good? well it is not. Not that it is bad it’s just don’t taste nothing the sample they give is for one cup so i put it all in my mug. The water does take the color of cocoa but that’s all just the color not even a little hint of cinnamon that could make it a flavored water

Really disappointed i was really hoping to like it but how to like something more complicated to make than water but taste the same?

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80
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1158 tasting notes

Huge pieces of fruit in this one! It smells delicious.

But the taste is a little disappointing. I think there was lots of apple pieces so I am not really getting that much cranberry pear taste. Don’t get me wrong, it is still there, but I am also getting an artificial taste to it. I will have to see where future cups take me with different amounts of fruit.

But hey, I only got a 20gram sample. I will still drink it but I won’t re-stock.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84

Dry, I definitely got the chai scent, but found it also smelled like candied pumpkin, so I wasn’t sure how this one was going to taste. The smell really started to come through as it steeped- mostly of pumpkin and cinnamon. I added a bit of milk to mine. The taste wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to be a lot sweeter based on how it smelled, but it was actually quite refreshing. Not overly strong, it tastes like good chai with natural pumpkin added.

It was pleasant but not overly amazing. I’m not sure if this is one I would restock or not. I’ll have to give it another try.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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98

While steeping, this one smells like a mixture of strawberry rhubard pie and strawberry ice cream! I let it steep for 7 minutes.

Hot this tea is amazing! A little tart, but not in a bad way. I could really taste the rhubarb and the strawberries added just the right amount of sweetness. The yogurt makes it nice and creamy too.

Cold, this tea stands out even more. It was quite strong and tasted exactly like a fresh piece of pie:)

This one will definitely be a regular in my cupboard!

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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95
reviewed Mug Tails by DAVIDsTEA
248 tasting notes

So I thought I’d add these to the teaware category since David’s Tea doesn’t have reviews on their site (really wish they did!).

I got the fox version of this which is listed on the website as holding 8 oz, however filled to the brim it holds about 10 oz, so it holds a cup comfortably. I was a little worried about this because I use the Ingenuitea a lot and I didn’t want to have to leave tea steeping in there. It’s matte finish on the outside and glazed on the inside, and is delicate but without the feeling like I’m going to break it. It does get quite warm so I do use the tail handle. I’m not sure how well the versions with little tails would hold up. You might have to wait for it to cool or use it with cooler temperatures. So a few points off for that. That said, I totally want the little hedgehog one.

Daniel Scott

I didn’t even consider the material when I bought one, so I’m glad I got the fox. Also good to hear it’s not 8oz to the brim, that makes it easier to eyeball – half my Teamaster won’t spill over if I’m off by a bit.

Kittenna

I want one of those mugs……!!

Helena

I want a hedgehog one for Dad, a fox one for me and I’m not entirely sure which one for Mom but then again we have enough mugs in the house so no new mugs for me (sigh)

Frolic

I really want the hedgehog one but I’m worried it’ll heat up too much and the tail is too tiny so report back if you end you getting one.

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

just can NOT get enough of this tea!!! I* am ordering 2 more bags for myself and a bag fro my BFF Amber who keeps asking for more!!! !!!!! OMG Soooo goood!!!!!!

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

Have you seen Heaven? I think i just did!!!
This tea is the most amazing Tea,I work at an eye drs office and I cant get to my tea very often so when I do The bags have usually sat for like 4hours in the water and its cold, Let me say though that this was the best cup of Pumpkin tea ever!!! THIS IS BETTER THEN STARBUCKS PUMPKIN LATE!!! the pumpkin by the time i got to it was sooo Bright i could have danced! I am not saying to Brew this for 4 hours before enjoying but this is one of thoughts teas that only gets better with more brew time!

tigress_al

Try it as a latte! Even more amazing!

Amanda

Lol. You could have danced, now thats some good tea!

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76
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Last tea of the evening! I gotta admit, it was tough not to eat the big dried apple chunks out of the bag. I was hungry, and they looked tasty… but I was strong! Haha :)

This tea smells interestingly melony and fruity, when brewed up. Kind of reminds me of Luscious Watermelon. The flavour though, is difficult to place. Kind of melony… kind of fruity… kind of weak… Definitely can’t taste any white tea here (no surprise, I barely saw any in my bag). I’m getting a bit of a lemony/citrusy twist to this tea as well. Overall… it’s not bad, but it’s really nothing special, I don’t think. Maybe I’ll try the rest iced and a bit stronger.

ETA: I finished off the rest of my cup today, and liked it a bit better as a fruity, melony drink. The re-steep, in less water and for 5+ minutes, also wasn’t too bad. Not a keeper, though.

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

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81
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Sipdown! I keep thinking that I didn’t like this tea, and then being surprised that it’s tasty. Happened again tonight, haha. I think it’s Stormy Night, the other tea I’m having some of tonight, that I disliked. Or something else. Anyways, this is pretty tasty today. I’d call it something along the lines of Marshmallow Chai, as I still don’t taste “toasted” marshmallow, and there’s spicing in here. Along with an incredibly delicious amount of creaminess that must be from the marshmallows. Mmmmm. Not bad at all, though not something I need to keep around (well, had I fewer teas I probably would).

Anyways, farewell, another tea packet! My “sipped down” box is growing! (Yeah, I’m keeping all my used up packets so I can see that I’ve actually made progress, hahahaha.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

I like that idea! I made a sipdown box for teas that are down to 1-3 cups. Then on the weekend I can focus on them. I managed to clear out 10 teas this way last weekend!

gmathis

If I tried to explain the “need to sipdown” issue to my non-tea friends, they would just shake their heads and walk away ;)

Sil

haha i managed to get through all my small samples the other day. Now i’m faced with samples that are like 5+ cups. which is practically just tea. lesigh I don’t see how i’m ever going to get down to 150 teas.. lol

Shmiracles

ya i keep all my empty packets too, especially resealable bag types, cuz i find they are very useful when i NEED to send someone home with a tea.
also i keep trying to reduce my tea inventory list too, but all of my current ‘samples’ are ALSO like 5+ cups worth. lesigh! (plus lets not mention the other samples i keep ordering.)

TassieTeaGirl

Oh I totally keep all my used packets. Except the T2 ones, because their packaging is the only one I almost hate. Don’t mind some of the teas though!

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81
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Second attempt at this one. Still tastes to me like a creamy, chai-ish tea. A little less spicy today and a bit more marshmallow-creamy, but toasted marshmallow it is not. I would really love to see smoky teas used in blends to create awesome flavours instead of just spicing; toasted marshmallow would work so much better IMO with a light black tea base, pinch of lapsang souchong, marshmallows for creaminess, and possibly caramel pieces like in Salted Caramel, to give that burnt sugar flavour that toasted marshmallows have. Mmmmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Oooh that sounds good. :O

Cavocorax

(Your suggestion; not the Toasted Marshmallow)

Plunkybug

It was a weak tea to me, sadly. I much preferred Teaopia’s Fireside S’mores Tea.

canadianadia

I agree, this tea does not taste like a toasted marshmallow to me either – too cinnamony

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81
drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Honestly, I’m not sure what I was expecting with this tea! Something good, for sure, but it occurred to me that I hadn’t really put much thought into what I’d expect a “toasted marshmallow” tea to taste like. Other than, delicious, sweet, burny, toasty marshmallow, of course!

Unfortunately though, this is just coming across as a rather sweet chai to me. I can definitely taste the distinct flavour of marshmallow, and beneath it a cohort of light chai spices. Spices don’t = toasted to me, and as the marshmallow flavour is of a raw, untoasted marshmallow, this tea doesn’t hit the mark implied by its name. That said, I’m enjoying it as a light chai, it just probably wouldn’t be a tea I’d go back to again – I’d probably prefer not to have the marshmallows in it and instead sweeten the tea myself if necessary.

ETA: Re-steeped today, in half the water and for who knows how long, and ended up with a watery, disappointing, chai-ish flavoured beverage. I hadn’t been expecting marshmallow, but thought there might be a bit more flavour. Guess this tea’s only really good for one infusion.

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

I wasn’t knocked over by this one either, and I’m unsure what the hullabaloo is about.

Kittenna

Yeah. I liked it well enough, but it was nothing special, and certainly didn’t taste like toasted marshmallows!

Lynne-tea

I was thinking of adding a pinch of lapsing souchong to it and see how that goes to develop a smoky aspect that I felt was lacking…

Kittenna

Clever! I should remember to try that next time :) I have enough for 1-2 cups left.

Kiaharii

I liked this one, definitely wasn’t toasted marshmallow flavored but I liked it. Haven’t done a review yet because I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention. This did not re-steep well at all, I do remember that.

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46

Sigh…I am glad I got only 16g of this. It’s too floral. I am gonna try the last of mine iced, and see if maybe that does the trick, but I pretty much only taste the rose, so I am definitely not getting anymore. I’m debating whether I should just give the rest to my friend, but since there is really only enough for one more cup, I think I will try it iced.

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81
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Ok, I confess… this tea has grown on me and now I really like it, hahahahaha. I thought it would be a great candidate for a sipdown while thesis-writing… yum, I was right. The sickly sweet mapley goodness is just working perfectly for me right now. Considering brewing up the last(?) of my Birthday Cake sample soon as well.

I can feel my willpower slipping… I may end up going into my local DT very soon and picking up 50g of this, Salted Caramel, Banana Oolong… and possibly anything else that strikes my fancy… because I deserve a treat, right? Nevermind the 10 years worth of tea I already have in my room…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

It is pretty freakin amazing :)

tattooed_tea

Banana Oolong has been discontinued

Kittenna

I know… I am hoping that my local store still has it in stock though. If not I may need to get it online. Already missed out on Caramel Spice, which I’m a touch irritated about.

tattooed_tea

they had it on the site last week. I’m still pretty irate about pom power.

Sweet Canadian

Banana Oolong hasn’t been officially put into the last chance section yet so I think you’ll be able to get some because the rest of their non-obsessive customers won’t know yet.

OMGsrsly

Sweet Canadian, neither has chicory dickory doc, but it hasn’t been available in stores for about 3 months. :/

Kittenna

I’m fairly sure that Banana Oolong is still available somewhere, at least. My list is now: Checkmate, Banana Oolong, Salted Caramel, Coco Chai Rooibos, possibly Quangzhou Milk Oolong. Perhaps I’ll try to finish off my tins prior to heading in to pick up the Spring Collection/March TOTM, and then buy it ALL.

OMGsrsly

All the tea!!! :)

Kittenna

I knowwwww…..

Lynne-tea

Did you pick some more up ? :)

Kittenna

I didn’t, actually! Willpower ftw!

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81
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Definitely enjoying this one quite a bit more than the first time I tried it – this time the sickly sweet smell has transferred to the flavour, and it’s quite tasty! As momo mentioned, however, it’s kind of a maple-y flavour, which doesn’t really scream “red velvet cake”. Either way, this is a tasty cup, and I’ll happily drink up the last of my package another day, but yeah, no need to pick up more.

ETA: I’m somewhat shocked – actually got 2 decent additional infusions out of these leaves! Half the water, as I typically do for subsequent infusions. It was mostly the mapley flavour that was lingering around, but it was quite pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

I admit… I’m probably one of the few people in this world who isn’t obsessed with red velvet cake. In fact… I actually don’t know what it is, nor what the big deal is. I seem to recall my sister going all crazy about making red velvet cupcakes or something…

Anyways, cake tea! I liked the other cake teas, so why not try this one too!

The dry tea smells sickeningly sweet, like the other cake teas. No surprise there! I like sickeningly sweet sometimes though, so am not particularly concerned. I did note that I don’t seem to have white chocolate bits in my tea like in the picture… just red and white sprinkles and brown chocolate pieces.

Gross… this is another one that would probably have best been drank hot, as there’s a lot of scum around the edge of my cup, likely from the sprinkles. I’m really not a fan of sprinkles in my tea, to be honest. Actually, I don’t like sprinkles at all.

The aroma remains sickeningly sweet once brewed, but surprisingly, I’m not really getting that level of sweetness in the tea. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely somewhat sweet, and I can pick up chocolate and a kind of cakey flavour, but that’s about it. Wow. This one’s very “meh” for me. The aroma was making me liken it to Birthday Cake, and then the kick of chocolate to Chocolate Cake… but it seems to be a mixture of the aroma of BC plus the chocolate of CC… and not much in between. Perhaps it’s a consequence of going with only a short 4-minute infusion, but I doubt that. On the plus side, no astringency or bitterness, but the tradeoff may be flavour. Oh well! Glad I only picked up a bit of this one.

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

Nah, you’re not alone … many of the red velvet confections I have tried taste more like the food coloring than the chocolate.

Azzrian

Yeah its not that special really. IMO

Steph73

I agree with you…got this in the Christmas tin and was excited to try it, as I thought I might enjoy a cake flavoured tea. Wrong. I don’t hate it, but I definitely wouldn’t buy it for myself. Which is a shame, because to me, it does smell yummy in the tin.

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89

Sipdown!

I’m sad to see this one go; it’s one of the teas where I think the hibiscus has been used perfectly, and the yogurt in here gives it the perfect touch of creaminess. I’ll definitely miss it and would consider re-ordering it if it sticks around on the DT site!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tabby

Dang, you’ve been busy tonight!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I was just updating a few notes; I don’t really like that Steepster pops them all back to the top of the dashboard whenever I make an addition though :/ I have yet to brew up new teas (aside from this one) and log them, heh, so there’s more to come! :P Apologies!

Tabby

Ohh, I see. It does that to me all the time. I really wish it wouldn’t treat edits like new posts!

Kittenna

Me too. It previously didn’t, and then when they did an upgrade (which messed up a bunch of things), that’s one thing that changed, and it hasn’t ever been changed back.

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89

Ooh, my tea is suffering from a bad leaf:water ratio. I knew I should have finished the rest of my sample for this cup! Ah well. It’s still tasty, just a bit mild. I maintain that the hibiscus is fabulous here as well, and I adore how creamy it is. Yum!

ETA: Second infusion a few days down the road, and it’s still pretty good. This one is definitely a winner! As it’s a TOTM, I’m hoping it’s permanent, therefore I don’t have to go all crazy and pick up 50-100g of it before it disappears/becomes online-only…

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

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89

Ok, so I was pretty skeptical of this tea. Mostly because bleh, hibiscus. But hey, it’s supposed to be Strawberry Rhubarb, so the tartness should be appropriate, and I like teas with the creaminess of yogurt, so all hope is not lost!

The dry tea smells, to me, exactly like a strawberry Campino candy! Delicious delicious DELICIOUS! I’m so excited! Although guaranteed it won’t taste quite like that since there is hibiscus, but if the strawberry and yogurt come through…!

Steeped, it smells a bit more like realistic strawberries and some tartness, but as it’s cold, there’s not a ton of aroma.

I was very conservative with the infusion time so as not to end up with a mouthful of blechy hibiscus (it worked earlier today for me – I had quite a lovely cup of Paradise Found, which I apparently neglected to log)… and I think I was successful! There are lots of little yogurty floaties, a consequence of the tea cooling, but I can deal with that. I am quite shocked at how well the hibiscus works here though! The tartness pairs perfectly with the very much realistic strawberry flavour, and with the creaminess, I can actually imagine myself to be eating, say, plain yogurt with a lightly sweetened topping of strawberries/rhubarb! Delicious! I imagine that this tea would be absolutely glorious sweetened, but I shan’t ruin it for myself by doing that.

Add another to the potential re-buy list… this one’s pretty good!

ETA: I’m impressed! I re-steeped this one in half the water, and paid no real attention to infusion time, and actually got quite a nice second cup! Surprising because of both the hibiscus and the fact that it’s a herbal! Again, it was a tart drink, but fresh strawberry tart, not hibiscus tart. Not as creamy, of course, but I’d make the effort to use these leaves a second time. Also, I’m kind of sad that pretty much all the new teas were misses for me, or at least, not teas that I’ll miss when the season’s out. Luckily, this one’s the TOTM and I think therefore staying on as permanent, which is awesome!

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

That is good to know that the hibiscus isn’t too overpowering. I might pick some of this up now that I know that. Thanks!

Kittenna

Don’t get me wrong, it’s tart. But it works here, and you can definitely taste the strawberry and creaminess, not just hibiscus. It came off moreso to me as an unsweetened fresh fruit sort of tart.

Daniel Scott

You had the same reaction as me! THIS is how you blend hibiscus! It really works with rhubarb and a genuine tart strawberry flavour.

I too have been conservative with the steeping times on this one. Even at 4 minutes, I found it slightly tarter than the one they gave me in the store, which really makes me wonder either a) how much agave they put in mine, or b) if they’re only giving it 3 minutes in the store, despite the steeping directions on it.

Raritea

I just wanted to add that I agree about how the hibiscus was blended. I was incredibly surprised at how balanced all the flavours are in this tea!

Sil

This is the only tea dt’s has had recently that I’d like to try…. Hmmmm

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79
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Nutty, sweet, banana-y… works for tonight! Avoiding caffeine as I need to sleep before the Big Race tomorrow (as is, I should be in bed; racing in just over 8 hours and it’s a half hour drive away). As with last time, this is an ok tea, but quite expensive and quite messy in the infuser!

Oooooh, this was also a sipdown! :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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