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86
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
1105 tasting notes

I have had this for awhile but have only rated it now.
I like the green murky water, it is fun and different, if not a bit gimmicky.
It smells wonderful and fruity.
It tastes sweet, a nice relaxing dessert-like tea. I am certainly also getting the slight nuttiness that others have mentioned.
I am glad that it was brought back for a short period and I got to try it but I won’t be too sad when my 50g is gone either.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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55

The Rooibos in this one is really strong, a bit too strong for me. The lavender and currents do add some interestingness, and it does remind me of France. Lavender tends to knock me out, so I have been using this as a before sleep tea some nights.

I got this as a sample, but I don’t think I will get it again. I like the uniqueness, but it is just too red-rooibos-y. I much prefer some of the other Rooibos blends that include Green from DT, such as Green and Fruity or Birthday Cake.

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95
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

This one is one of my all-time favorite from DAVIDs – I love rooibos, and this one is so spicy, fun and quriky! The red rooibos and coconut make it sweet, but the spices really jump out of the brew from the first sip until the last. Despite the strenght, there’s no unpleasant aftertaste. Amazing with vanilla cookies. ;)

One small negative note, though: sometimes the pepper comes out too strongly and tickles, overtakes the rest. If you’re not a fan of pepper, I would make sure there aren’t too many grains in each brew.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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68

This tea smells amazing – truly like ice cream cake. When steeped the flavour isn’t as strong but it is still yummy and sweet.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

I accidentally made the water too hot for this one tonight; despite what’s written on the package, it’s quite fragile, and too-hot water will make it taste bitter and burnt. It’s a tea with a very delicate, flowery flavour, combined with the deep herbal taste of the black and green teas. It’s lovely at any time of the day, but I’m especially fond of it in the afternoon or in the evening, with a square of dark chocolate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

It’s like heaven in a cup!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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84

So sweet and warm, no bitterness – I love it! Not a big fan of green tea, usually, but this one is sweet and spicy enough to make a delightful dessert tea, or a nice afternoon pick-me up. Definitely going to become a permanant tea in my cupboard.

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

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26
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
630 tasting notes

The scent of the dry leaf reminds me of sugar powder extruded candy (Rockets brand, for example).
The flavour is overwhelmingly a very muted mix of fruits. The tea has a bitter taste with sweet undertones. The after taste is very fruit cake-like.

For the second infusion, I used a cold-infusion for about 8 hours. The sweetness of the tea is brought to the forefront of the flavour and the bitterness is muted.

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

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59

A very unique flavour. I was a bit thrown by the ingredient list, but it smelt good enough in store that I bought a few grams to try myself.
The blueberry is strong when you brew it, not much cranberry, and there’s a hint of something tangy, too. Maybe it’s my mind playing tricks on me, but I swear I can taste the mustard seed.
Overall I’m glad I tried it, but I won’t be refilling my bag when it’s empty.

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

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100
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
511 tasting notes

Checkmate, oh checkmate. My long forgotten friend. I have only a small bit of you left, as I forgot you were even in my cupboard still.

I think I may have used a bit too warm of water this morning on your sweet, delicious leaves, but you still taste so yummy.

Oh dear checkmate… I’m almost out of you… I don’t know if I should stock up now or later, but dear sweet checkmate, I won’t forget to get more of you soon. You will not be forgotten, dear friend. I promise you that.

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100
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
511 tasting notes

Apparently I haven’t reviewed this one yet??!?!
This tea is amazing! I love the name of it. It sounds cool.
The tea itself… the smell is devine. I close my eyes and take a deep breath in and just devour the smell of it every time I open up my tin. It is amazing. It smells sweet and creamy and just all over lovely.
Taste: I always add milk and sugar to this one. It makes it a sweet creamy cup of heaven. I always resteep my tea leaves too ‘cause it’s so good. Even when steeped a little longer than recommended it tastes amazing. I find too, that only sometimes do I get a chocolate taste to this one. Normally I get more of a caramel taste. Either way though, this is soooo good.
I’ve tried this one once without milk (we ran out and I didn’t realize before I brewed this one) and it was still very good. It was sweet and creamy on its own even.
I still add milk to it even though it tastes good without. There’s just something about black tea with milk in it that screams tea heaven to me.
I’m almost out of this one unfortunately… I’m rationing it until the summer collection comes out, then I’ll add it to my order. :)

UPDATE: Apparently I have reviewed it, I just didn’t realize it. :)

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

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100
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
511 tasting notes

My friend bought me this as a birthday gift and it’s amazing! Everyone was saying that it had a chocolate taste, but I didn’t really find that to be the case. However, it is so good!! I love this tea. I’m not even sure how to describe this tea, other than good.

Upon another tasting, I think I finally figured out what it tastes like. It’s more of a caramel flavour that I’m tasting. It’s delicious! I usually add a splash of milk and sugar to it, being as it’s a black tea. This one will probably be a permanent one in my tea cupboard.

Update: I made myself a pot of this tea today. It is SO good! I know I already said that, but it is amazing. :)

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59

I went on a limb to try this one (I don’t normally buy straight teas from DT), and it was somewhat disappointing. The quality of the oolong was definitely there, but the taste was not as I had initially expected. I had a Milk Oolong from TeaSpring a year or so ago (which, according to some on here, may have been flavored) that had a more pronounced milky taste, so my expectations were as such.

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

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92
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

After all the heavy teas of Christmas spices, I’ve started leaning to lighter fruit teas. This one was a great choice that hit exactly the right spot. I’m not sold on the scent of it dry, sometimes when I open the tin it overwhelms me a bit too much. As soon as I get past that, though, I steep it up and fall in love all over again with the first sips. Sweet and fruity without being overpowering, I like this one a lot.

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

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92
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Yum, I love this tea. It is sweet and mellow and just exactly what I had been hoping for when I first smelled it. I can see why it is described as a blend of peach and melon because yeah, that’s exactly what it tastes like to me. I can’t wait to try this one iced because I suspect it is going to be amazing served on ice with raspberries.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

do you freeze your raspberries or throw them in fresh?
I ask because I want to do this exact thing, it sounds delicious :D

TheTeaFairy

can’t wait to try it, have not been crazy about the latest DT’s, but I have a feeling this one is worthy!

Tina S.

I’ve tried it both ways, DaisyChubb! My favourite though is using frozen raspberries as ice cubes. It always makes people smile when I make them a drink.

Tina S.

I agree with you TheTeaFairy, there have been few this year that have excited me. I suspect that’s why I’m going tomorrow to get an entire tin of this one. I don’t believe yet that it truly exists!

gmathis

Love the raspberry idea!

DaisyChubb

Awesome thanks!
I’m definitely picking this tea up next time I’m in DT :D

Tina S.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, DaisyChubb!

tigress_al

Raspberries, yum! I can’t wait to try this one!

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65
drank Senchamental by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

A big thank you to Erin for sharing this with me. It was doubly appreciated since it is impossible to get anymore.

Knowing that this tea is older, I knew that some of the notes would taste differently than they would’ve before. Curiously the dry leaf smelled like . . . children’s vitamins. You know, those ones that are supposed to be orange flavoured but actually don’t taste like anything someone would actually ever call food? Yeah, it smelled like those.

I brewed it up as per the directions, giving it a three minute steep, the lower end of the recommended spectrum. Excitedly I took my first sip and got . . . vitamins. It tastes exactly like it smells, complete with that powder taste that I always got after the vitamin. I almost thought that Fred and Barney were sitting in front of me in pink and purple pill form.

I am grateful to Erin for letting me try this one, however even if it was still available, I don’t think that I would buy it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jessie

I miss the Flintstones vitamins!

Tina S.

Don’t they still make them? I know there are chewable ones!

Jessie

They totally do! My mind was blown by seeing them in Walmart a little while ago. But until then, and this note, I had totally forgot about them.

DaisyChubb

They do still make them! They also make gummy ones and sour gummy ones, but the classic are the best. Don’t ask how I know this. >_>

Tina S.

Why don’t they make gummy vitamins for adults? They’d be so much more . . . inviting. hates taking vitamins

Missy

I seen some gummys for adults at costco I believe. If you look around you’ll find them. :D Right here I really feel like I need to say, " If you build it, they will come."

gmathis

Actually, they do… (for adults). I think they’re called Vita-Craves. Not sure about their availability in your part of the world…

Tina S.

I’m in Canada so I may be able to find them. We tend to get most of the things in the States. Except for Cherry 7Up. That I wish we got up here!

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

I’m in Edmonton right now to meet my grad prof for my Masters… and I GOT IN!
It’s the lab of my dreams and I am so excited that all of my hard work paid off and I’m actually getting to do something I’ve wanted to do since grade 6!

Im staying with a dear friend of mine, and I shared this tea with him two nights ago. His expression was priceless:
“I feel like I should be chewing this. It’s that good. I just want to eat this. I can’t believe this is tea.”
There I was smiling ear to ear, so happy I found a tea he adores. It’s definitely one of my favourites and will forever be one of my favourites. So much love for this tea with its clove, pumpkin, cinnamon spice flavours and creaminess.. like drinking a pumpkin pie.

Indigobloom

Congrats! that is so amazing!

Lynne-tea

Thank you so much! I am very very excited =)

Fjellrev

Yay, congrats! I hope you will enjoy U of A. I miss it. It’s a really great campus.

Kittenna

Yay!!! What are you going to be doing??

Lynne-tea

Thank you all! I loved the campus and can’t wait to see what it’s like without snow :) I am going to be studying Phage Therapy.. Or how to treat bacterial infections with viruses

canadianadia

Congratulations – So happy for you!

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

MMMMMM!
Thank goodness for Pumpkin Chai for late night studying. I’ve been lacking on my notes due to school craziness…. Oh how I would love to sit and do some serious reviews of tea right now! Soon my friends, soon.
This tea is as good as I remembered it. Sweet pumpkin pie covered in whipping cream. OH goodness I’ve missed you! Lovely pumpkin taste (not artificial in the slightest) with a very well balanced sweet/spice to ensure you melt. This Thanksgiving I will be drinking Pumpkin Chai instead of making my stomach hurt with a slice of pumpkin pie (that doesn’t ever taste as good as I think it should anyway… possibly because I don’t have time to bake a pie, and my mom has never baked before… AKA it’s store bought garbage).
Oh.. by the way.. I’m drinking this with nothin’ added. Maybe someday I should make a latte out of it. hmmm…

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, bought pumpkin pie is a scam. I feel sorry for the people who have only ever tried it from the store, or even a restaurant. Blech.

Even though I’m only halfway through my 50g pouch, the new Pumpkin Chai tin that just came out is enticing. This one is such a winner.

Lynne-tea

Hahah such a scam! I agree. It’s garbage. I still don’t know why my mom buys it. Perhaps its because she thinks its traditional to have pumpkin pie (plus.. I think she likes it in some gross way…blech is right!)
I completely agree with you on the new tins. Thankfully I just got 100g with a free tin so I’m not so needy of the new pumpkin tin…but.. I really want to try the Red Velvet Cupcake tea >.

Kittenna

M&M’s pumpkin pie isn’t too bad, but homemade with fresh pumpkin is way better!

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

Oh wow – I haven’t wrote a review for this tea yet. I can’t believe it as this was one of my first DT shipments and it’s so delicious I guess I told everyone but you all how much I love it (though by the rating, you all obviously know the great wonderfulness of this tea!)

Dry: I want to crawl into the bag to be honest. I wish I had some machine to shrink me down so I could intermingle with the delicious scents of creamy pumpkin chai. So clean and sharp smelling.. if that makes sense? As in I can smell every individual flavour.

Liquor: Beautiful deep/burnt amber. Smells even creamier – it reminds me of a slice of pumpkin pie with a WHOLE bunch of whipping cream on top. Sweet whipping cream (though not too sweet) Holy jeez this smells good. (So good that a professor of mine got distracted in class and asked what in the dickens I was drinking as it smelled so delectable… I sense another convert.) I can taste a lovely malty black tea that has a creamy/rounded quality to it. I taste caramelized sugar and a bit of pumpkin. The flavours are not as strong as I remember, though I did go for a shorter steeping time and just under boiling water compared to last time. I enjoy a longer steep I think to bring out more of the chai/spice flavours. The aftertaste is not very strong (again, could be due to a lower steeping time).. but its a sweet malty aftertaste. Mostly black tea I think.. though maybe I am mistaken (I really need to get into plain black tea to know for sure).

Overall – a delicious brew. I will for sure be replacing this tea… the smell and taste are too irresistible to pass up! I am sure this would be fantastic with milk.. but I just want to drink unaltered tea lately. Maybe soon I will make this into a latte.. I can only imagine the deliciousness of this in latte form..with whip cream? oh my .

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
tigress_al

I have not tried this with whip cream, but I am sure it would be fantastic! But believe me, as a latte with steamed milk and a tad of brown sugar, it is delicious!

Lynne-tea

I will have to try that soon! Once I am done school I cannot wait to give more attention to my tea and try making lattes with some of them. This one is definitely #1 on the list. I would recommend you try a latte with Mulberry Magic. It’s amazing.

tigress_al

A Mulberry Magic latte is wonderful, I wasn’t a fan of that tea until I tried it that way! Now it is my evening treat when I deserve one!

Lynne-tea

Good plan! I didn’t like Mulberry Magic all that much when I first tried it.. but when I bag the tea – it tastes a lot sweeter and so good. I don’t know why – but it worked for me.

Kittenna

Yummm…..

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59

This is very… average. I feel as though it tastes the same as the Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Teavana. If I compared the two side-by-side, I’d probably notice a difference, but there’s really nothing remarkable about this tea.
It’s fairly heavily scented with jasmine which gives it a drier sort of mouthfeel. The green tea is sweet underneath, and it blends well.
It’s just nothing new.

EDIT: I like it a lot better on a second steeping. Maybe it’s because the water’s cooler, or maybe because it’s not as strong… I really don’t know what the temp/time was, since I just let it sit while I picked up a few chores. But it tastes sweeter and clearer now. I’m enjoying this cup. I probably won’t buy it again, but at least I have a ballpark idea of how to brew better tea.

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

I was very unimpressed by this one myself, and I love most jasmine teas, but this was just disappointing.

Michelle

I agree. It was just meh. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve had better.

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78

This tea iced with a bit of agave, summer in a cup. Nothing explains it better! It’s perfectly fruit and sweet, not overpowering but still maintains a strong flavour. This may be my new favourite tea for the summer time!

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

Another delicious tea from DAVIDsTEA that will become a regular in my tea cupboard. I picked this one up today along with 100g of Chocolate Cake and once again I’m more than pleased with my purchases.

I just finished my first cup of Movie Night and I’m already ready for another! First off it smells wonderful, like lightly caramelised popcorn with a sweet hint of apple. I very lightly sweetened mine with honey and it brought out the flavours wonderfully. You can definitely taste the popcorn and the apple pieces add a subtle layer of flavour that really completes the flavour perfectly.

If I had any critique to offer at all, I would say that I didn’t really taste the green tea in this much, so if you’re looking for the green tea flavour to come through, you might be disappointed with this tea.

All in all, I would highly recommend this very tasty tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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81
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Bought some of this because I needed some more black teas to wake me up my early morning exams. I bought it because I love DAVIDs Chocolate teas on a whole (especially chocolate rocket and love tea #7) so thought why not?
In terms of black tea, I didn’t really taste the black tea (which I prefer). The chocolate flavour was good, tasted like cake actually does! It didn’t really have the richness I was hoping for though, and that made the flavour overall lacking for me.
Still yummy, no magic though!

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