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73

i love chai tea and this one is pretty good. Similar to something I was once served when visiting a lovely elder Indian woman in a foreign country. She made the tea blends herself with fresh spices and served it with loads of sugar. This tea is pretty good, probably better than the Tazo chai they serve at starbucks had before. It is very spicy, however there is a certain…mustyness? woody-ness? to it. i’m not sure how to describe it exactly, but it leaves a flat taste on your tongue. I think this is from the fresh cinnamon bark. I like to drink it with a bit of milk and a lot of sweetener (either sugar or agave nectar- whatever is available) i would recommend this to anyone looking for an authentic chai tea experience. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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94

This tastes lovely on its own, and even better in coffee. Roasty, dark chickory, warm vanilla, and nuts really boost the body on cheap coffee – and make proper coffee taste fantastic.

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

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29
drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Desperately wanted to enjoy this but couldn’t. All I could taste was overly sweetened, almost synthetic coconut. I tried a mulberry out of the bag, to see if they were any good on their own, and no dice there, either. Quite a disappointment. Will not buy again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1096 tasting notes

Sipdown. I enjoyed this while I had it to curb my sweet tooth occasionally. But, I am not too sad to see it go.

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86
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1096 tasting notes

This tea is really cute to look at with those colourful sprinkles.
It smells really sweet, a little apprehensive about it being too sweet.
Colour: reddish brown
Taste: sweet but not too sweet. I get a liitle bit of cake flavour, but also butterscotch/vanilla. I guess it tastes a little like icing.
I certainly wouldn’t drink this every night, but nice to have something sweet when I really feel like having dessert.
This is certainly a more calorie-wise choice than real cake!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I have a love/hate relationship with tea depending on how it is brewed. If brewed well, it is delicious, full of flavour and fruity and not even needing sweetener (although I do love it with some agave.)

If its brewed badly, this can taste . . . just gross. And I also find that if you add sugar it ruins it. Luckily tonight I remembered all of this and brewed it really nicely and perfectly, and with a dash of agave. A litre later, I’m a tea-logged happy girl.

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

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70
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

This tea is almost overwhelmingly pink grapefruit smell when I open up the bag. I couldn’t believe it! I’ve been fighting a headache off and on for the last couple of hours, so I didn’t really know if I should attempt this one but something in me decided I should.
It is lovely! I know I say that a lot about the teas that I try, but that’s such a great way of describing how I feel about it.
Brewed it still has a strong pink grapefruit smell. It also has this rich pink colour that is gorgeous.
Taste… MMMMMMMMM I added sugar. I always add sugar. But it took any major tart flavour that I knew was going to be in there out. It’s now just a nice refreshing citrus-y tea. I bet this one would be nice iced.

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

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52
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

A tea I didn’t care for – along with a story of a company I care for very much! Story first, because it happened before I drank the tea!

So I went into the Downtown Davids, which I will call the DTDT, for the first time! It was little and busy, but I really liked how there were little tables to sit at. So I picked up my big green teapot to buy, my little gong fu teapot, and some on-sale tea packets and got in line.
I got to the front of the line and asked for an iced cup of Jungle Ju Ju, as I had never tried it before O: . I also inquired as to if there were any matching green cups for my pot, as there were some display ones but none in boxes. There were none, but the awesome girl wrapped up 2 of the display cups for me to take home! Yay!
Secondly, as she was ringing through my stuff, she opened up the gong fu teapot box… it was empty. Man am I ever grateful for that!! She said it seemed light, it must have been the display model box, and it was, so she ran and got me a box with a pot in it. (I am so so so grateful for that – I thought it was light naturally because it’s a tiny teapot made of glass!).
So! I got my bag of goodies and we leave, I thank her for taking such good care of me (after inquiring about a job as well haha), and we walk about a block and a half away, when I go to take a sip of a tea I left there and totally forgot about. “My tea!” I exclaim, as I turn around. And there she is running towards me with my tea. I felt soo bad!! But I wished good karma on her that day, because she was honestly 100% awesome all the way!!!

Happiness!

Well, I didn’t really like the tea that much. haha!
I found it a bit bitter – which may have come from us forgetting about the tea, but I’m guessing it’s the guayusa base. It’s not bitter in the traditional sense, but it’s quite overpowering. Almost earthy… but not in a puerh way. hum.

I can taste the fruitiness, it’s almost equal but then is overpowered by a strange taste. So I’m not sure what’s going on there, but I will say that I feel very lucky to have such an awesome place that I can frequent, and maybe one day work at, we’ll see!

Thank you David’s Tea!

Veronica

Yea for good customer service! It seems to be a dying art form….

Bonnie

Wow I can see why you’d keep going back!

LiberTEAS

You know, part of me thinks it’s a little sad when finds a place with good customer service, as I feel that it should be a normal thing to have good customer service where ever you go, rather than it be a surprise when you come across it. You know what I mean? Like @Veronica says above, it does seem to be a dying art form, too many establishments seem to have adopted the idea that the customer is not always right, and while in reality the customer may not always be right, I think they should always be treated as though they are. It is why good customer service is rewarded with my repeat business … then again, one might question whether or not that’s actually a reward. LOL!

Babbling. It’s way too early for me.

Bonnie

You find good service less in big cities in my experience. I shop in smaller stores because of light sensitivity and develop relationships with the people who work in them. They seem to care more about good service. My smaller town is awesome for service!

Veronica

My old boss use to say, “The customers are not always right, but they are always our customers and guests. Treat them accordingly.” That has stuck with me for years and years, even though I am no longer in customer service. :)

Uniquity

@Bonnie – Your point about smaller shops really resonates with me. I find that independent shops tend to be much better on service (whether they’re in a city or a small town) because more often than not the people you are dealing with are extremely involved in the business (or own it!) and care about it’s survival. When I worked for a local bookstore I would find myself in numerous conversations with people who mentioned that they felt ignored at larger chains. While I have found bad (and great!) service almost everywhere I think the business model/size has a pretty big impact. Unfortunately smaller stores tend to have less buying power and have to translate those costs to consumers. At least in the book world, that is. [/side note]

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82
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
49 tasting notes

I’ve always had my Chai teas as a latte so I wouldn’t really have much of an opinion on whether if this is a good or bad straight Chai. I can note that it’s not as spicy as the ones I’m use to but it was probably the amount I steeped. Overall it’s decent to me and fills my chai latte cravings especially for night since it’s caffeine free. :D

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97
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This one’s a semi-sweet peach delight! The peach is just right, and certainly not overpowering and the yougurt adds a nice sweet touch to it. Quite happy with this one, I’ll most likely supplement my sample with a tin :). It’s like the Long Life Oolong but more relaxed and not as strong and overpowering. One of the ones that’ll be on my shelf constantly. Yummy!
EDIT: Definately got a tin! They also had a fresh arrival when I bought it and it’s just awesome. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
1220 tasting notes

I have always been curious about this tea! I love the idea of ingredients tasting like something else entirely.

Brewed up, I get a coffee-chocolate smell. I don’t really like chamomile so this is promising.

I can taste chocolate, but I’m also really glad I can definitely taste the base teas! It’s not hot chocolate heavy on the chocolate flavor, but it’s there.

Thanks for the sample, Krystaleyn!

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68
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Good as a latte but not crazy about it plain

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68
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Its alright but I much prefer chocolate rocket

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87
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Love this tea, drink it almost daily. Doesn’t really taste like cake,but still great.

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68
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

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98
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Love this, drink it almost daily. Sooo fruity

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92
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

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100

Had the most disappointing mug of this yesterday; very little cinnamon, and obviously a bigger piece of hibiscus than usual, resulting in a less flavourful, more tart than usual, cup of tea. Extra disappointing because I only have about a serving’s worth left now, and then it will be gone forever :( :(

Indigobloom

Oh no I hate when that happens!! or when you buy some of your fave tea again and it just isn’t the same, and you wish you had known before drinking that last cup of the first batch

keychange

+1 to everything just said…uggh.

Kittenna

Yeah :’(

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100

Why couldn’t this tea have come back instead of gross Cherry Blossom? :(

Anyways, getting down to the last of this. I love it so much. It’s so hard to know which teas you will regret not purchasing more of… this one, Banana Oolong, Caramel Spice, Checkmate, and now Mango Lassi. I’ll probably wish I had more Apple Custard too, but I did get 250g of it, so at least I tried.

Er, got derailed there. Anyhow, such a perfect fall comfort spiced tea. Sigh.

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100

Severely regretting not buying more of this when I had the chance. This is such a perfect fall tea, with perfect, delicious, strawberry rhubarb crumble flavours. This, Banana Oolong, and Caramel Spice :( Favourite teas, never had anything like them, probably never will again. Tears.

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100

Mini-sipdown! 843.

I have two packages of this, but being bought over a year apart, they got separate entries, thus this actually counts as a sipdown, woo! There was a lot of dust in the bottom of the packet… and I just drank a sip of the tea and something tastes gross and rather off (not astringent, which is what I would have expected). I might just have to dump the rest of this one and start on the new packet. Bleh, that’s very disappointing, since it smelled quite good. :(

ETA: Turns out it was definitely my travel mug causing icky flavours. However, the second infusion was too “spiced” for me; too much cinnamon, so I dumped it. The new pack awaits… :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Yeeaaaah, so even though I’m now a cup away from a sipdown on this one, it will be a fake sipdown, since I ended up caving and buying another 50g pouch from DT, since this one is so good and probably will never ever return. I still think it’s way overpriced for what it is, but… it’s so tasty!

Oh yes, so… speaking of, you know, too many teas and such. I fixed a couple tea things in my spreadsheet and have come up with an unofficial count of teas in my cupboard, so that I can keep track of my sipdowns (you know, since everyone else is doing it!)

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There are currently approximately 801 (ahahahahaha) teas in my cupboard, which includes both swaps and full-sized teas (and in some cases, multiple iterations of the same tea, but from different people, or bought at different times). I do say approximately because I don’t have the time to double check everything, and also, I never did count up all the teas in my box from LiberTEAS, so I just called that 50 samples. My numbers will be subject to change as I sip things down and discover they were not initially counted, but oh well! Maybe I can get to 500 sometime soon…?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

You gave me a headache…your situation is out of control girl. (LOL)

Kittenna

Haha, I know. The only good thing is that I’d say most of them are sample sizes. Not all though, sadly…

Shmiracles

good gawd. i’m stressed just thinking about 801!!!! since i’m suck a hyper organizer and reducer that would totally stress me out.
oh but the tea adventure you will have :) !!

Terri HarpLady

OMG Kittenna!

KiwiDelight

Oh wow… That number doesn’t register. I can’t imagine having that amount of tea O_O Good luck going through all of it.

Dinosara

LOL! You make us all feel better about our stashes, Kittenna. :D

Tealizzy

Holy cow! That’s a lot of tea!!

OMGsrsly

I kinda want to attend a tea party at your place. How many teas could I try? :)

Kittenna

What is the capacity of your stomach? :P

OMGsrsly

I think I’d end up uncomfortably sloshy before I even made a dent. :D

Kittenna

Story of my life, haha.

Sil

i told you guys she was crazy!

Kittenna

I have a lot of one-cup sipdowns to do, but I’m hampered by thesis + sickness. It sucks. I don’t even want tea again today because my throat hurts :(

Indigobloom

So what is your sipdown goal? I think you had said 500 earlier

Cavocorax

It sounds like you resteep a lot too – that must make it hard to actually use up tea. Good luck!

Lol @ Dinosaura

Kittenna

Yeah, I feel guilty if I don’t re-steep. :(

Sil

sometimes….sometimes you just need to let it go….

Kittenna

I do sometimes! I don’t feel guilty if I re-steep and it’s gross and I have to dump it :D Just with oolongs and stuff that keep giving… oy.

Sil

oh. yay. oolongs. yea…gotta resteep those. :)

also… i’m totally keeping your rhubarb crumble tea until you learn to drink your 1 cup teas!

Kittenna

Hey, I’m trying. Not my fault I keep getting sick :(

tea-sipper

WOW that is a lot of tea. Thank you for making me feel better about the amount I have. :D

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100

Travel mug #3. Almost gone :( I wish I could justify picking up more of this one, because it’s one of my favourite strawberry teas. Hopefully they’ll bring it back one day. I’m probably going to hoard my last cup until it is flavourless D: Perfect strawberry crisp flavour. Never really did pick up the rhubarb, but also never really cared.

ETA: So glad this one resists a second-infusion oversteep. Mmmm.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Kittenna,, I agree that this one really captures the taste of strawberries, I find that other strawberry teas just turn out to taste like mixed berries most of the time…

Kittenna

Yeah, and the crisp flavour in here, the light cinnamon, toasty oatmeal… is perfect.

GiggleGoddess

How does this one compare to Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait (that they are currently selling)?

GiggleGoddess

I just did some more digging and it looks like you can still buy it… http://www.davidstea.com/portal.aspx?CN=61A404CD961D

Sil

Kittenna…you think i’d like this one? haha

Kittenna

You know, you might. Unfortunately I’m nearly out and rather protective… I’d love to order more but there’s the whole huge stash thing…

Sil

haha reason i was mostly asking was that imighthavebeenthinkingaboutplacingadavidsteaorder

Indigobloom

Sil, you know… we have you on record now :P

Kittenna

I’m saving the email!!! Also, what else were you thinking of getting?

Sil

lime gelato/strawberry rhubarb?

Kittenna

Yes, I see that now, haha. Btw you can buy gift cards to hit free shipping.

Sil

hmmm…. well crap that’s good to know. Or i could try and get it from the stores…

Kittenna

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble is not available in any store to my knowledge, and hasn’t been for quite some time. Lime Gelato should be. If you need to pick up a gift card to hit free shipping, I can buy it off you, since I of course an always picking up new samples. I’m down to $4 from the $30 I got with my Boxing Day order.

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