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91

One of my favourite teas! It’s delicious AND sparkly! Got it as a Christmas gift from a friend and was delighted.

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87
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

Out of all four of DAVIDsTEA’s cake teas, this one is by far my favorite!

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

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82
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

With all my hibiscus hate… I am actually CRAVING it.
What is up with that?!

My last 3 iced teas from DT had hibiscus, and they were so tart and flavourful and sweet and quenching. I made an iced tea of something hibscusless at home and it fell flat! I wanted some tart! I’m just craving it is all.

And guess what? I have ZERO teas with hibiscus in them. Zero. Sigh, so to go teas it is.

This isn’t my favorite iced tea, but it’s pretty tasty. I would never drink this hot, that’s for sure. I’m getting some mango and other fruity flavours, and a bit of flowery taste, but the hibiscus quickly takes over. Which is kind of what I want right now. Go figure!

LiberTEAS

Hibiscus is very high in vitamin C, so it might be that your body is telling you that you need some vitamin C?

TassieTeaGirl

Me too! I actually like the tartness of hibiscus, especially in pink flamingo but it’s nice in this one too. Not sure where the overwhelming hatred comes from…

DaisyChubb

For me, at least, I think the hatred comes from horrible bagged teas! haha – bagged teas that say they are a fruit flavour, but really are just hibiscus, so it kind of travelled forward with my loose leaf addition – but I’m finally breaking free! Hooray!

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75

It’s a breakfast tea. It’s very pretty clear, light orangey-brown, and it smells like your typical “American black tea.” (I know David’s Tea is Canadian. I’m just saying.) Fairly light on the taste, with a tiny bit of astringency. I can definitely taste the Assam in this. It’s gets creamy and smooth with a splash of milk, but it doesn’t need sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Wow. I’ve been very impressed by all three cupcake teas! The chocolately tastiness of this one cannot be denied. My wife and I shared a pot last night and to my shock, she actually sweetened the pot with a touch of sugar! Usually she drinks her teas black and I sweeten mine. But she was hoping the sugar would add a little depth to the flavor and boy did it! It tasted like chocolate cake to me, which is awesome…except for the part where I don’t like chocolate cake. But it is what it claims to be and that makes it awesome in my book. Definitely keeping some around for when those killer chocolate cravings hit.

Uniquity

The beau wasn’t swayed by the smell of chocolate cake so we only bought a bit of Ice Cream Cake to sample. Maybe I’ll have to head back! : )

MegWesley

Hmm, does Davids Tea have new flavors out? looks at tea stash I’ll have to keep this in mind for when my stash starts to dwindle. My secret sophomore made sure I would have plenty of Earl Grey.

Kittenna

Secret sophomore???

MegWesley

It is a tradition we do at school. Every senior gets assigned a sophomore that leaves them little gifts. The seniors leave little gifts back for holidays like halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas. Then at the end of the year we do a big lunchtime reveal. It’s really fun and since I’m a senior this year, I had a sophomore.

Kittenna

Awww, that sounds fun! I’d never heard of it before so was wondering if autocorrect had changed ‘Santa’ into ‘Sophomore’ or something like that!

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76

at the beginning a little bit too buttery for my taste. but once you start drinking it regularly, you get addicted to i.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

love marizpan. it was surprisingly mild, in comparison to its strong scent. gotta brew stronger next time.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

I received this tea as a sample on two occasions.. and tonight it was time to try a batch. I’m not typically loving many tropical fruit teas for some reason. It just is what it is.
Dry: Not very large pieces of fruit chunks.. possibly because it’s a sample. I wonder what a bag of this would look like. Smells fruity. Peachy something.
Liquor: Lush peachy amber. Reminds me of a fuzzy peach. It has a very funny taste for the initial taste.. maybe I will let it cool and taste it again. I can definitely note a fuzzy peach taste to it (did others find it?..) It’s delicious. Except for the initial note. I think that might be the green rooibos. I am not sure though, as I am not familiar with green rooibos. Maybe it will be a lot better iced. Its still good.. just odd.

EDIT: I tried this cold. I regret trying this cold. It was disgusting. The odd flavour took center stage and I really couldn’t find any of the tropical fruit flavours. Really not my cup of tea in any way.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I initially thought I really liked this one (had it in the advent calendar), until I tried a to-go cup from David’s on free tea day, and it was NOT good. Even sweetened it was not tasty. I’ve picked up a small sample to just confirm my lack of enthusiasm for this one (and compare it to some other fruity teas), but suspect it’s not a winner for me…

Lynne-tea

Yes this is absolutely not my tea. I am glad as it is one tea I can definitely say I will not be ordering. We definitely seem to have similar tea tastes it seems!

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70
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1538 tasting notes

So I went into the store today hoping that Chocolate Cake would be on sample… but twas not to be! bah! the trauma :/
Nevermind, when I got to talking with the lovely DT Staff (who I won’t call out here, but yer awesome you know that right?!) and mentioned my awful tea experience she brewed a cup for me on the house!! wow! =D
Anyhow, the tea itself is not what I expected. It’s chocolatey, and I do get a chocolate cakiness, however there seems to be a dusty flavour sitting on top of it. I’m not quite sure what to think. It’s as if the tea is made up mostly of artificial ingredients.
I remember drinking out of Nestle chocolate straws a few years back, and never finished the package because it tasted so fake. That’s what this tea reminds me of.
Satisfying, and yet… disturbing all at once.
On another note, this is my 500th review! I can’t believe it’s been so long. Funny how time flies when you’re having fun!!! thanks to all my Steepster friends who made me feel so welcome here from the get-go :)

Dylan Oxford

Yay, congratulations on your 500th review!

Bonnie

500?!"’:()-/#$%&*;_!!WOW

Dinosara

Happy 500!

Kittenna

Good job on 500! I passed 100 without even realizing :D (Also, did you know that DT has a list of which teas will be on as TOTD posted on their facebook page each week?)

Indigobloom

Thanks everyone!! it feels awesome reaching 500!
Kristaleyn, I didn’t know! I will check that out :)

Ninavampi

Congrats!!! Thanks to you for feeling us welcome as well! : )

MegWesley

500th review! Awesome to realize you are that far into your tea love. You make us newer people here feel so welcome as well!

TheTeaFairy

Keep it up, always enjoy reading you :)

Indigobloom

aww thanks you three!! I love reading everyone else’s reviews as well, and feeling like I am part of a little tea family :P

CHAroma

“A little tea family.” I love that! Congratulations on reaching 500 notes!! That’s quite an accomplishment! :)

Indigobloom

hehe thx Charoma! next big one is 1000 :P
so glad to have you in my family!!

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70
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1538 tasting notes

I brewed this up at work today. It was an exciting moment for me!!! until I realized that the tea, well it wasn’t doing anything in the cup! I ended up with chocolate water :(
Even with milk and sugar… bleh!
It looks like there is enough in my package to try again. Here’s hoping that whatever went wrong wasn’t with the tea!

Scott B

Hmm. Well, it can’t be worse than brewing an empty infuser basket in hot water for 5 minutes!

Daniel Scott

@Scott – I can totally see myself doing that! I’m shocked I haven’t yet, actually.

@Indigo – “Wasn’t doing anything”? Like, it didn’t expand or anything? O.o

Indigobloom

Scott Bee: Ha!! this is true. I have to wonder if I somehow underleafed the cup. Tho I measure it out carefully :(

Daniel Scott: Kindof! I dunno, after making tea for so long… it’s like I have an instinct for when it’s ready (except with rooibos, I can never tell with rooibos)

Kittenna

@Scott Bee – Totally lolled at that :D

@Indigobloom – I had high hopes for this tea! The description sounded so tasty! Really hoping it’s good when I get around to trying it…

Indigobloom

I think I’ll go back to the shop and let them know. Hopefully I’ll get another sample and see if it brews any better!

Scott B

I do the empty infuser basket at least once a month! I’m waiting for the day when I put cumin on my oatmeal instead of cinnamon.

Indigobloom

LOL @ Scott: nuthin wrong with a little air tea, clears out the system I’ll bet. and I’ve mistakenly put salt in my tea before. The packaging was bare and I was tired…

Kittenna

Cumin on oatmeal definitely sounds less than appealing…

Cattibrie

I was not wowed by this one either. It was cloudy and tasted like I threatened the water with chocolate and a teeny bit of tea. Ice Cream Cake wasn’t any better to me.

Indigobloom

Cumin… not my fave spice on anything, let alone in tea!
Cattibrie- so I’m not the only one! sorry to hear, but then atleast I am not alone!

Daniel Scott

Huh! I had an ex-coworker come by work yesterday (he used to be a keyholder, but got transferred to another mall which has a DAVIDs in it), and he had this one and let me rip the bag open and smell. Smelled GOOD, like genuine chocolate smell! So weird if it’s a dud, DT’s other chocolate teas don’t smell as…chocolate-y.

Indigobloom

I dunno, I think it just needs a little more leaf in the steeper. I’ll try it with less water next time. We shall see :)
and I agree, it does smell like chocolate, but has that fake scent to it as well

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46

So, almost out of this, and I don’t think I’ll be making it a repeat purchase.

I love pu’erh and orange/citrus tea. The earthy-ness of pu’erh is so calming and relaxing and pu’erh is one of my favourite teas for a reason. But I don’t get any oolong taste in this, and, well, if you told me there was ginger in this before I’d read the label, I don’t think I would believe you for one second. Maybe the point is ‘benefits of the ginger’ and not ‘flavour of the ginger’, but still, with something that has extra ginger flavouring on top of the ginger root, you’d think you’d be able to taste it.

I have enjoyed what I’ve had of this, but my first impression still stands: I think I’ll stick with Blood Orange Pu’erh to get my fill of earthy citrus tea.

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

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46

So I bought one of the specialty tins of this today, thinking that I really love pu’erh and have a newly discovered appreciation of ooglong teas, but so far I’m not too impressed.

The tea smells really good in the tin (I was able to smell it even through the plastic bag), very orange-y and citrus-y. I don’t see too many of the orange peels that the ingredients promise, though, just the tea leaves, ginger, and what I’m assuming is eleuthero root, so I’m a bit skeptical at how much of the orange is from the flavouring and how much if it is from actual orange peels. I might just be the batch I got, though.

Brewed it has a nice earthy smell from the pu’erh with a hint of citrus, and the liquor is a deep red. I found it rather lacking in taste, though; to me it’s like a less strong version of Blood Orange Pu’erh. I couldn’t taste any ginger in it at all, either. It may be how much tea I used, though, so next time I’ll try using some more and see if I get better results. Until then, I might take this for the supposed health/weight loss benefits when I’m having a bad body-image day, but I much prefer Blood Orange Pu’erh for a orange and citrus pu’erh, and I always have lots of nice oolong teas.

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

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91
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

What the heck, Steepster keeps eating half of my review when I post it. :s
 I forgot how good this tea is iced. Just delicious cherry that commands some immediate attention, then a buttery edge that smooths everything out. Delicious. It’s back on my shopping list.
My first ever sipdown without immediate replacement..I’m sad about that.

Side note: I mixed this cold steeped with matcha and a little almond milk, touch of agave, pinch of salt and it was delightful! Cherry almond matcha. Yummm!

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91
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

Well.. my heater is broken downstairs and so it is now constantly over 25C at all times. I figured I might as well try some iced tea, since hot tea is out of the question. I tried this tea previously hot and it was less than appealing, but reading the reviews I decided not to fully decide what I thought until I tried it iced…
Ohhh boy is it good. It tastes like cherries. Not artificial cherries (YUCK)… but delicious cherries. And it’s naturally sweet. It reminds me of juice, except this stuff is healthy! It also has a buttery flavour at the very end of a sip. I really enjoy it. I am going to have to buy more and make this a regular drink for summer (when it finally arrives..)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Kittenna

I saw your comment on my other post – I will definitely have to try it iced! I hope I have enough left for that. (Might be icing half a cup, haha.)

Lynne-tea

I hope you love it as much as I do!

Kittenna

Me too!

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76
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

I had this to-go today in an effort to knock off some of the teas I haven’t tried that I think sound okay-ish. This one falls firmly into that territory.

The description really confuses me. I got lots of fruitiness from the scent, both dry and steeped, and the flavour! Fruity and a little floral. It was quite sweet, nice and smooth. Not bad!

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89
drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

At first taste the chamomile is there, but afterwards everything else comes in. It’s quite calming then however it has a lot of sweetness that flies in aswell but don’t get me wrong still delicious and great before bed!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Combining two great things, what could go wrong? Vanilla and Oolong nicely blended together in a sweet and creamy tea. This one could probably kill my vanilla ice cream cravins despite it being hot and without the brain freezes! Another great tea DAVIDsTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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52
drank Fired Up Fennel by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

spicy! very spice. too spicy.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
52 tasting notes

So I tried this for the first time today, and I have mixed feelings about it. I think mostly they’re due to the service I got from David’s, so I don’t want to give the tea itself a bad rating due to bad service because it IS a really nice snack tea, but hopefully the next time I try some it’ll be better because I’m always a rooibos fan.

I went to the DT by my campus after class and picked up a specialty tin of The Skinny and a cup of Birthday Cake to go. I had a bit of a wait before I got my tea (and the employees kept leaving while I was getting everything and paying), but after I got my cup to go and had waited a bit for it to cool down I tried a sip and there was loose rooibos everywhere. So I opened the lid and sure enough, the tea bag had either ripped or not been sealed properly and it was everywhere. I decided to wait to try it until I got home and pour it into one of my mugs with a filter, since it was only a short subway ride, but I was really disappointed with the service.

The tea itself, as I said, makes for an excellent snack tea. It’s very sugary sweet (I had mine with a little bit of agave as well) and the flavouring in the tea comes out more than the rooibos/honeybush. I’m tending to side eye the prevelance of artificial flavours that David’s is relying on for their newer blenders these days, so I don’t think this’ll be something I’ll have too often, but it tastes like it sounds and is definitely a cake tea.

Preparation
8 min or more

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76
drank Pu'erh Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
407 tasting notes

Finishing this off in a gingery latte. There were some ups and downs, but I think I really enjoyed having this tea in my cupboard.

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76
drank Pu'erh Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
407 tasting notes

Felt like something sweet so I made a latte, since this has ginger and a good, strong base. Agave nectar used, plus my hand-held milk frother.

Mmm pretty damn good, actually. Added a little too /much/ nectar, I think, but it’s delicious and sweet and with a strong ginger kick (used an extra teaspoon and steeped longer). The pu’erh makes it through the milk as well,; not fishy, gives a pretty unique taste to a latte.

Overall quite good.

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76
drank Pu'erh Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
407 tasting notes

It did not brew inky black despite only doing one steep, but it was a short four minutes (the steeping instructions gave you a range of four to six).

First sip is a good ginger. Still pretty hot, though. I’m getting pu’erh in the smell, though.

I only did four minutes, so I can understand why this is rather soft. I like it, though. The pu’erh isn’t too strong, but there, and I like the spicy ginger.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I want to preface this by saying that this is the first milk oolong I’ve ever tried.

The leaves, dry , are tightly pressed into uniform size but not shape, and there’s definitely a different scent to them – not anything I’d ever associate with tea. Creamy is one word I might associate with it, but I don’t think that’s right. It almost smells like rice pudding simmering on the stove.

The leaves in the tasting cup are about an inch or two long, with ragged edges and a dark green, spinach-y color. The rice scent intensifies, but there’s also a more vegetal, typical “oolong” scent as well.

The liquor is pale yellow, and the rice/pasta scent comes out more strongly here. I can’t say it’s appealing to me. It subsides on later steeps and I sort of start to see where the floral notes other people seem to taste come out, but it still doesn’t taste right to me.

Up for swap if anyone wants!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ian

I would love to swap for this! PM me and we can work something out!

Lynne-tea

Ohh I am drinking that right now and it’s so buttery and delicious! I need to buy more.. I wish I disliked this as you do. It would save me oodles of money on oolong!

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88
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1096 tasting notes

Colour: light brown
Smell: dry—amazing, brewed—still smells great
Taste: I think this tastes more like neopolitan ice cream than ice cream cake. Like others have mentioned, I am especially getting the strawberry ice cream taste from it. I don’t think I could drink this everyday, but nice for a sweet treat.

It does leave a scum on the cup though, and leaves lots of little particles in the bottom of the cup. That is a little off-putting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Agreed as to the scum. I found that with all the teas. I was actually slightly grossed out with the Birthday Cake tea – there was almost a goo at the bottom; I figured it was from the sprinkles. A little icky…

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