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59
drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Tried this one again, both hot and iced. Nope, not for me. The first of the sip is lovely and berry-ish but I find that it is chased after by a very strong fake chemical flavour. Looks like I’ll be ordering more Blazing Strawberries instead for my strawberry fix this year.

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59
drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Okay, I had this one tonight and maybe it was just a bad brew cause I was nowhere near as wowed as the other reviews I’ve seen. Going to try it again before I rank it to give it a fair shake.

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

Sometimes I find that it happens to me too that everyone else loves a tea and yet I am unhappy with it.No matter how much fiddling for instance I will never like Pink Flamingo or Swampwater yet those are some of the the most popular teas…just goes to show how different people can be!

Erin

I tried it in store today, i wasn’t blown away.

Tina S.

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is meh on this one!

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85
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

Thank you TeaFairy for this sweet sample!

I’ve been waiting for my granddaughter Schey to come over for some tea tasting! I have 5 different types of tea for her to try…but she’s late. It’s for a good reason though. Mom and dad are picking up a little foster boy who may be my next grandson! He’s had visits already and the other children have been in agreement on this little one. Me too,child #7!

Also, last night very late, my daughter Annalisa cut off all of Schey’s hair. She’s bald. Her Godmother has pancreatic cancer which is inoperable. I am so proud of the mother my daughter is this Mother’s Day! She’s raising great children!

While I waited, this Cherry Blossom Tea seemed a light enough choice.
I steeped the tea 3.5 minutes and drank in the sweet smelling cherry scent. Ummmm! Very fragrant indeed! The first large sip reminded me of Ludens Cherry Cough Drops in a wonderful way. I liked it when my dad slipped one to me in Church as a little girl. They were intense Cherry and warm going down my throat. Then I wondered if I could make the tea taste like the creamy Swirl Cherry Life Savers? (I’ve gone off my rocker!)
I added sweetening and some cream (no soy or other gunk…Cream). Yup, it tasted like the Swirl Cherry Life Savers! Hey! (Did a little dance here)
This is tasty and the bai mudan that usually makes my mouth feel like a furry cat is crouching in the back of my throat was ok because of the mix of green tea! (So a cat in the grass is alright (stupid I know!)).
In all, a nice and flavorful very Cherry tea!

ashmanra

Hmmm, sounds like your daughter is a great mom. She must have had a great example, I’m thinking! Happy Mothers’ Day to you!

Bonnie

Awe you are kind.

TheTeaFairy

Glad you enjoyed this one! (I also prefer a cat in the grass over a crouching one!)
You seem to have a lovely family, hope you had a great monther’s day :)

Bonnie

Yes thank you!

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88

I’ve fallen out of love with this, a bit. I think next time I’ll do a 4 min steep, because at 5 min it was pretty bitter. I like my black tea to be strong, so 5 min is my standard, but this one can’t handle it. I added a bit of cream and sugar and it was drinkable.

Aside from the bitterness, I’m starting to find the nutty brittle taste a little fakey and overwhelming. I wish they had have gone for a cream note rather than the brittle to get the feeling of strawberry shortcake.

I’m almost done my packet, and I won’t be overly sad to see it go. It’s tasty, and I enjoyed it for a while, but it’s not something I’d want to drink regularly.

Daniel Scott

I agree. It took me a few cups, but I wasn’t a fan of this one in the end.

momo

I ended up with a sample of this one in my past two orders. I liked it soooo much better cold steeped, but I wouldn’t buy it still.

TheTeaFairy

Not a fan either! You are right, all I get is that fake bitter aftertaste. I don’t even mind bitterness in a good tea but this one is part of the latest chimichal tasting teas I did not enjoy from DT’s…Though I still enjoy many teas from them, they have put on the market a great deal of new teas that I really dislike, way too much artificial flavors. But I can’t help keep on trying them all as they come out for some reason. I still love DT but aside from a few exceptions such as Blueberry Jam, I much prefer their older teas, that I sill buy and have on regular basis.

softrevolution

Thanks for the tip, Amanda! I think I’ll try cold steeping the rest of what I have, and see if I like it any better.

I agree, bitterness isn’t always the worst thing but I HATE when bitterness clashes with sweet flavours. Ugh, it gives me the shudders just thinking about it. I too wish DT would stop with all the weird floaties and artificial flavours! I had almost given up on trying their new blends because they were all just too much, but then every once in a while a real gem comes along, like the blueberry jam that you mentioned! I could swim in that stuff. You never really know when they’re going to come out with something really great. Have you tried any of the new mate or guayusa blends yet? I’m intrigued, but wary…

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88

I had this again in store but as an iced latte. YUM. I had never thought of icing a latte before the SA at davids suggested it, but I’m so glad I tried. So creamy and cool and tasty! And sweet, considering the 2 pumps of agave I asked her to add :P mmmm I’ll be having more of these this summer.

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88

So I managed to go into davids the other day without buying the entire summer collection. Huzzah! This is definitely an accomplishment for me. Usually I get so excited about the seasonal collections that I go ahead and just buy the sampler and then I only end up truly loving about 2 out of the 5. Then I have three 25g baggies of tea that I’m not likely to ever finish that get added to my (ever-overflowing) tea cabinet to collect dust and make me feel guilty about how much tea I have.

So I resisted, even though the summer collection looks wonderful. I grabbed a cup of this to go with milk and agave and it was perfect. I wasn’t really expecting to love this one, as I was unsure of how the brittle would come across and whether the strawberry flavour would be overwhelmingly artificial. But it is so very good. Sweet and toasty with fresh strawberry goodness. It’s not sickeningly sweet by any means, and tastes surprisingly true to its name. Looks like I’m going to have to grab a bag of this.

DaisyChubb

haha I hear ya! That was definitely an accomplishment for me too x_x

softrevolution

So hard..they smell so good!

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83

So now that I know what to expect from this blend, I really like it! I did a shorter steep than last time (about 4.5 mins) and that took care of the sour-ish note I got the first time I tried it. I love all of the ingredients that are in here. Strawberry? Check. Ginger? Yep. Blackberry? Yes please! I even enjoy the dreaded hibiscus, and find it works really nicely here. I don’t think I’d like this hot, but it is wonderful iced. It does remind me of Goji Pop, but they are different enough that I wouldn’t mind having both in my cupboard. I had mine with a small dash of agave; I think it would be a bit too tart without sweetening.

TassieTeaGirl

I actually prefered it hot! Was really nice with honey.

softrevolution

I’ll have to give it a try then! I bet the honey is nice with the ginger.

TassieTeaGirl

It absolutely is! I ended up massacring my supply when I had a cold a few months ago. I don’t think that’s what this tea was designed for, but it worked for me!

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83

I was SO excited about this one before it came out. Whenever I see ginger or chili or peppercorn in a tea I jump at it – I definitely crave some heat (or at least a bite) in my teas. This was tasty, but overall disappointing. There was a tiny hint of heat from the ginger, but the most predominant taste was hibiscus. Sigh. I like hibiscus just fine, but it’s not what I was expecting from this tea. Iced with some agave it is nice and refreshing, but it’s not the favourite I expected it to be.

Lynn68

If you like a nice bite to your tea, try Mango Diablo. It’s full of sweet mango goodness with a touch of heat. I love it iced, but it’s tasty hot as well.

softrevolution

Good to know! I’ve been curious about that one since it came out, and I’ve heard lots of good things. Glad to hear the heat comes through once it’s brewed.

Lynn68

Oh it does, it’s quite spicy. I bought 100g yesterday based on the smell alone. At first I thought it tasted like spicy hot water with a hint of mango but I tried it again using more of the dry tea and it was tasty, sweet with the perfect amount of heat. I’ve yet to try it iced!

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99
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
185 tasting notes
DaisyChubb

Is it still around? Or is it gone forever? I have a heck of a time finding it!

Dylan Oxford

I hope it’s still around! I actually ordered 100g of it a few weeks ago from their website. I don’t have any nearby DAVIDsTEA shops to walk into, being a left coast American.

Though, that little bit in the newsletter made me think that might not be true for much longer!

If they discontinue it, I’m going to have to buy a kilo.

DaisyChubb

haha well there’s a discount on 500g online so there you go! :D
I’ve been meaning to make an online order, since one of my faves (Dulce & Banana) is online exclusive now! I’ll have to pick some of this up too

Kittenna

I think this is online exclusive, and I am hoping that they at least give us noticed is they decide to remove the teas they’ve put up like that. There are a few I’d want too (I just bought 50g of Dulce & Banana, but I think Chocolate Cake is up there too, and the seasonal collections).

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, I would be the saddest panda in pandaville if they got rid of this

tigress_al

On Tuesday, the girl at the store told me it is no longer in stores, so I guess on-line exclusive.

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99
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
185 tasting notes

Still magnificent. Absolutely the best fruit tisane I’ve ever had. Upping the rating on this one, not sure why I gave it a lowly 94 to begin with!

Kittenna

So glad I passed this one along!

Sandy Stith

He got me hooked, too, Krystaleyn.

Kittenna

Excellent :D That’s what swaps are for, right??

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99
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
185 tasting notes

Oh. My. This is magnificent.

Thanks again to Krystaleyn for this sample. I may have forgotten to credit you for the last sample too. So… I’m crediting you twice on this one ;)

I kind of forgot about this tea whilst unwinding and playing video games on a breezy Friday night. So it’s cooled off quite considerably, so my review may be on how this might potentially taste iced!

The mint and the apple are the most predominant flavors, and it definitely tastes like more of a green apple flavor than say a red or golden apple. That gives it just a little bit of sourness to the flavor that really pairs with the mint nicely. The juniper flavor is hiding towards the end of the note, maybe skirting around with something that might remotely taste like raspberries. Not sure if I’m making that last part up or not. There’s definitely a little more fruitiness towards the end of the sip though.

This is an amazing tea, and probably my first from Davids that is a must have. But this is definitely, truly a must have.

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

Haha, glad you liked this one! I really just wanted to get rid of it, and knew you guys liked mint (which of course is the biggest turn-off for me).

Dylan Oxford

Awesome, thank you! I’m not sure I would have thought about trying this on my own either so it was great to get as a swap. Thank you so much!

Daniel Scott

Green apple? Dang, this was already on my shopping list, but now I really have to get it! I really hope my location actually has some, I heard something about this one going online-only now.

Kittenna

Yeah, it’s one of the ones that IIRC is in stores with large tea walls, but mostly just online.

Other than the mintiness, I think I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. However, things like mint and licorice in teas bring along enough ickiness for me to keep me from re-purchasing a tea.

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66
drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1544 tasting notes

Meh. I dunno, this one was ok… but not great.
Rather bubble-gummy actually, and in my world, that is like the “friend zone” of teas. Once you fall in, there is NO getting out.
I couldn’t really identify the apple or any other notes. It was just… candy like and that was it. shrugs
I don’t see how it tastes anything like Ice-wine. It’s drinkable… nothing wrong with it. but it reminds me of so many other boring teas that I likely wouldn’t know the difference if someone swapped out my mug.
SO, the rating for this is so low, because it has such potential! but fails on so many levels!!!! and now I’m tempted to go back and find every “bubblegum” review I’ve written and change those scores to.
Ugh, I am not in the best mood. Don’t you mess with me tea. Not today :/
Oh wow I just noticed. This review is #555. I don’t know why but that strikes me as odd! in a good way, I think?

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80

Now this one I know is from Krystaleyn! For sure this time!

Mmm… cinnamon. This is a nice cinnamon tea. It tastes just like little red hots. There’s probably green tea under there… somewhere… but I’m not sure. I’m not really convinced, you know?

But there’s tasty candied cinnamon flavor. Having a deep love of all things cinnamon, this makes me very happy. I could keep this one around… if nothing else, just for it’s delicious cinnamonosity… maybe. It’s a little tamer than the cinnamon in say, MarketSpice. So I think I’d actually go for that if I had an overwhelming cinnamon jones. A Cinnamonstrosity. That should totally be the name of a tea. Like a roasted mate base, with cinnamon chips, cinnamon flavoring… and… uh… I don’t know. I’m probably good there. Cinnamonstrosity.

I’ll go now.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

:D I seem to have sent you guys a bunch of teas containing cinnamon! Not intentional :P

Dylan Oxford

Totally welcome though!

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97
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Cold brewed overnight, and this is lovely. Floral, but not overly so, with notes of peach. This is a delight cold and so very refreshing. I love it and it’s the perfect thing to help me drift off to sleep.

Roswell Strange

How did you prep it? I have a full tin of this (a gift) and have tried making it so many different ways (including cold brewing), and it’s awful to me every time.

aisling of tea

Nothing special, really. I just put it in cold water and let it steep until I’m ready to drink it.

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97
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Cold brewed this, but it turned out bitter. Sadness. Hot, this one is amazing, so I think I’ll save the rest of my stash for winter.

DaisyChubb

This does sound like a perfectly cozy winter tea

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97
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Guh. I didn’t think I’d like this, I avoided it due to hibiscus, but…guh. I took a sniff at the store, thank goodness my wife asked to sniff it! Wednesday we brought home 10 grams and today I went back for a tin. It’s fruity and light and I cannot wait to try it iced!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Erin

I was so ready to pass this by but now you’ve got me reconsidering!

Kittenna

Yeah, this smelled a lot better in the store than I was expecting. Only bought it because I want to try everything – haven’t given it a shot yet though!

Cattibrie

I think the white hibiscus is different that the hibiscus in other teas. It really give this tea a fruity flavour. I enjoy it a lot. May buy a tin.

Plunkybug

Interesting. I know I have a few to give a try to on my next visit.

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53
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

I bought enough of this to cold steep a pot and, well…it was less than perfect. I didn’t like it at all. Ah well, that’s one less tea I’ll need to add to my spreadsheet! It was just…tart and had an aftertaste of gross. Not for me.

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74
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
212 tasting notes

This is a generous sample from Krystaleyn. Thanks!

I tend to brew greens for short periods. This is a pretty good take on spicy cinnamon. It’s a red hot type of cinnamon ending with a pepper note. The tea is very mild and a bit creamy. Thanks again Krystaleyn!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
229 tasting notes

Okay just tried it iced….Oh my &^%%&&&^&*^&%%^.

Yep it’s that delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec

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100
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
229 tasting notes

Say Coconut I’m sold..
Say Pina Colada flavored I’m in love..

This smells like coconut heaven with accents of pineapple and perfect sweetness.Yes….heaven…

Once steeped (a VERY generous heaping of DT’s perfect spoonful)
smells the same but the apple starts to really come through.

but all I’m thinking is YUMMMMMM COCONUT! YUMMM PINA COLADA!

The taste is like a light refreshing pina colada sans alcohol.
Perfectly sweet,tart and refreshing.

The other tastes really come through but it’s the coconut that is the real star(as it should be!)

Cannot wait to make this iced and into an actual Pina Colada.

In my humble opinion this is the ONLY tea in the Summer collection(other then luscious watermelon) that NEEDS and deserves to be iced.

Lynne-tea

Ohh jeez now I need to try this tea! I love coconut and don’t usually drink pina coladas as they are much too much for me (I like dirty vodka martini’s personally). But this. This I could drink as a light version of a pina colada without getting all that milky aftertaste! Thanks for the inspiration and great post!

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So I just nabbed the spring collection and was super excited to see a black fruity tea in there.

In the bag it smells exactly like Strawberry Campino candy with a lovely accent of nut and black tea.

Once steeped it smells more like “real” strawberries less candy like.It reminds me of strawberry compote or even hot strawberry topping that my mother used to put on cakes with added dollops of whipped cream.

It is reddish and honey colored and quite opaque.

My first try is as a hot tea but I considerably cooled it down so I could see the iced tea and hot drink potential.I will be able to tell if this deserves to be iced.

First taste I was worried about it being a lot like DT’s carrot cake..and unfortunately it is quite the same except bursting with Strawberry flavor.It is a little on the bitter side even with a less generous tea spoon and steep time.I can see the potential for it iced but as with Carrot Cake I am not in love..

As I have often realized though a tea gets mostly great reviews there will always be exceptions..people just have different levels of appreciation and expectation. What floats one person’s boat may not be at all nice for someone else.I used to get worried that I was missing out but I do not like some flavors and expect different things and that’s quite okay…it means I can save money and trade for something more to my liking!
I will trade this tea to my bff lindairvine she LOVES Carrot Cake so I’m pretty sure she’ll love this as well.

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71
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
807 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from Krystaleyn although I think I sent a PM to Indigobloom thanking her for it lol Im SO CONFUSED!!!! Anyway so Im not the biggest DavidsTea fan but this one was nice. I can’t say it was excellent as a TEA but then it is a rooibos I suppose. I guess I just am not a huge rooibos fan. Unless I want something sweet and yummy and this IS sweet and it IS yummy!
I just really wish I had more decaf TEA in my stash for nighttime but I wanted something warm and soothing and sweet last night pretty late so this was my pick from my sample pile. The one thing I dislike most about DavidsTeas is the scum on the top of the tea from the flavor oils I suppose. This had that. Eweeee but the flavor was excellent!
Thank you Krystaleyn!

Kittenna

I definitely sent some to you :) I’m also not the biggest rooibos fan, it seems, but it’s nice sometimes.

Azzrian

Yeah it was from you LOL Sorry about that girl :)

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60
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

I got this tea as a sample in my 2015 DAVIDsTEA advent calendar. I remember having this tea years ago when it was first released. The brew I had today was a bit different than what I remember. The “glitter” used to come in little spheres in the tea that made the tea shimmer when you infused it. I did not have that experience today with the gold stars in the brew. There also seems to be some sugar crystals included which is an interesting addition- I personally prefer my tea without any sugar additive. I guess the extra sweetness adds to the indulgence of this Christmas-themed tea. Still, I am glad that the choice was not made for stevia to be used as an sweetener. This tea has a full savoury aroma that reminds me of smelling a creamy bowl of cinnamon oatmeal. The tea is quite balanced in its flavour profile with both the black tea and cinnamon coming through. I am able to taste the aftertaste of the added sugar trailing at the end of the sip. It is unfortunate that a low quality black tea seems to have been used in this blend. This is not a tea that I would keep at hand but I am glad that I was able to try it!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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