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I’m not sure what to think of this. Small story. When I was at the mall, I wanted to check out the new teas at a store I don’t frequent. Checking for that Lemon Pound Cake since I was told that they had like 200g left according to their system, the SA said they didn’t, but proceeded to try to sell me a gift that had some in it, then when I politely declined, she started pulling down all these other permanent teas to try to sell to me. I politely declined and said I tried them, then said I was interested in just smelling the new ones. When I mentioned this one, she said I could try it since it was the TOTD.

Prepared their way, probably with agave, it was incredibly sweet, but I thought it could be better prepared at home. She didn’t bother bringing the new teas to me, but I did see the Caramel Corn at the side of my eye and asked to see it. She popped open the canister, I smelled it, and thought I’d get some. Since it is a heavier tea, and since on numerous occasions in the past, I’ve gotten attitude about wanting 10-14g of a heavier tea, I asked for 20g, thinking that would keep the ‘tude at bay. Sure enough, she gave me the “If you get 100g, you get a free tin” spiel. Yeah, thanks, but a) I have so many already and b) I just want to try this and if I like it, I’ll come back and get more? She continued to push it and say that it’s cheaper that way because you get coupons (?) if you buy that much at a time. Kept politely declining and she got annoyed. “So, do you still want only 20g?” “Yes please!” Then I got a muchly deserved eyeroll and she gingerly reached over to grab the tin. That’s when I decided no, I’m leaving. I smiled and said in the nicest way, something like, “Actually, I’m ok, I’ll come back another time.” She was semi-shocked and I left.

Now finally a week-and-a-half later, I’m trying this at home without any added sweetener. I picked it up from the store I usually frequent and all was well. Sigh. Seriously getting tired of the attitude at many of their locations. Why allow 10g purchases if you have to breathlessly justify why you only want to try a bit first?

This is better but only marginally so. My mom thought this had stevia in it and I can see why since it has this artificial, sweet undertone floating amongst the chocolate banana notes. The maté is undetectable, which is a plus for me. Chocolate Covered Banana had great potential if they dialled it back on the sweetness and artificial flavour. Banana Split still has my vote for best chocolate banana tea.

CrowKettle

Wow. That’s definitely on the overwhelming side of upselling; I would’ve given up too.

VariaTEA

I’ve gone to a few stores where I noticed a decline in their customer service but I have never had to justify just wanting a small amount. I wonder if they changed their business plan now that all the newer associates seem to be getting a bit pushier/moodier.

Fjellrev

Shopping there has become rather exhausting. They apparently have to follow some selling flowchart, but regardless, they should know when to use better judgement and listen to the customer. It’s one thing to mindlessly follow some upselling tactic, but to be blatantly annoyed/rude when a customer nicely explains that they only want a cup or two for the time being before committing to a larger amount? And overpouring is another story.

VariaTEA

Yeah. I think there is a real lack of “reading your audience” in sales these days. I get there are things one is supposed to do but sometimes it is clear that people know what they want and trying to upsell them is a waste of time.

Kristal

Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Although I am getting frustrated at DAVIDS for other reasons, their customer service where I live is always been good.

Emilie

I don’t know if it has changed since Starbucks bought it, but that sounds a lot like my, and others, experiences with Teavana. Even walking past one of their stores was unpleasant due to the pushiness. Its sad that others seem to think this is a good tactic as well

Gooseberry Spoon

I think just being in a mall causes this sort of behavior. I guess I’m lucky in that after being in a few stores that do this sort of nonsense I get too frazzled to buy anything and tend to walk out as soon as an associate starts making a beeline towards me. Good for you for walking away.

Fjellrev

Emilie, I’ve been making that same comparison in my head as of late. They’re becoming more and more alike, unfortunately. I just don’t understand how any business savvy individual would think they’d be getting more ahead by using such tactics.

I’ve also wondered if the mall is a factor here. But I’m sure it’s management more so since there are some relaxed DAVIDs mall locations, and pushy stand-alone ones too.

I just hope that everyone else won’t experience this as often in their area, and if you’ve had great customer service up until now, it would stay like that.

Colleen

Hmm, I’ve never had bad customer service from the DAVIDsTEA store I usually go to. Mind you, I never order small amounts there. It’s always 100g+ because it’s the nearest store to me and is 6ish hours away. But, they never try to push things on me, I find.

Now I’m a bit nervous to venture to other stores, as I have social anxiety issues and also get frazzled by that kind of behaviour. But instead of being sensible and leaving, I just cave usually and buy things I don’t want and can’t afford.
R.F. Hill

Yeah, it became like that before I left Teavana. Our goal was to start selling higher priced teas, verses listening to the customer’s needs. An example being that I tried selling a customer something on the lines of “Earl Grey” because they LOVED Earl Grey and hadn’t had ours, yet. My GM had a talk about how I should’ve suggested Earl Grey White or something else quite horrible. However, I was at the point where I made good sales based on their needs, rather than the company’s. Fortunately, I found a teaching job…So, win-win.

R.F. Hill

And yes, @Emilie, Teavana had a lot of changes to the sell aspect. It was SELL higher teas, teapots, etc., or else you don’t work. That was on an employee’s side of life. Therefore, they feel determined/required to push sales on “higher end” products. I worked there for nearly three years when things started changing. We went through dozens of employees/management due to the high maintenance of selling tea. I loved that job for a while before it took a crap; however, Starbucks’ take-over really ruined the place, I think. It became a hardcore retail nightmare, really.

Fjellrev

I truly hope you’ll continue to receive great customer service for your own sanity, Colleen. You should be safe if you’re always buying those amounts. I used to feel cornered by pushy sales tactics in the past but luckily I’ve developed the confidence to say no.

It’s totally becoming more and more like Teavana, with the main difference being that DAVIDs still allows

Fjellrev

… less than 50g purchases. Glad you got out of that mess, R.F. Hill. Yikes, I’d go crazy!

Kristal

I find that due to my tastes changing away from fruity and “fun teas” that I drank when I first started drinking tea and now more towards high quality unflavoured green teas and more “natural herbals”, DAVIDs has significantly less appeal to me. They have a few good green teas, but the majority of their herbals/rooibos blends are fruity/candy like and not very “natural”. They’ve done away with a lot of my favourites, and now so many of their blends are limited time that I don’t even want to try them most of the time, lest I fall in love with a blend then have to part with it. Luckily, my all time favourite herbal blend from them, Honeybush Lemon Ginger, can be replicated at a local tea shop which carries all of the ingiedients to make it. At least not all is lost on my part.

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70
drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1446 tasting notes

This is like a cross between Movie Night and Forever Nuts, leaning more towards the former in flavour but without the green tea base. Yet, it has this slightly sour aroma when you’re pouring the dry leaf into the basket. Like yogurt? It doesn’t taste like that but it still a little off putting.

Apples, watered down caramel, and a hint of popcorn is what is going on here. I would rather have Movie Night. The flavours are more cohesive. If anything, this also makes me want to get some Forever Nuts since it has been years.

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84

This blend is tasty with all the spices. I taste sweet apple and cinnamon. This is a little bit fruity but also spiced like mulled apple. I tried it hot, but it would be delicious as a latte.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
Kristal

I remember this one- it’s great as a latte!

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87
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

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96
reviewed DAVIDsTEA Filters by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

Great for on the go use. Added bonus that they are biodegradable.

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96
reviewed The Steeper by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

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25
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

Didn’t want to finish my cup. I imagine if i steeped kale it would taste similar to this tea.

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73
drank Grape Freeze by DAVIDsTEA
1446 tasting notes

As expected, this totally tasted like grape pop when mixed with club soda. I was afraid of the stevia but luckily, when prepared this way (mixing cold brew with club soda) I didn’t detect much of it at all. That bite from the carbonation seems to neutralize that sweetness.

Drinking it straight as a cold brew, while obviously stevia’d up, it is rather interesting because the black currant notes appear and team up with the grape flavouring. It took me a while to figure out what that berry-like flavour even was. The two go very well together. I just wish they didn’t bother with the stevia. I would give it a higher rating, otherwise.

caile

I don’t care for stevia either. :(

Fjellrev

I’ve yet to find a person who does!

CrowKettle

Yet when they try to sell me stevia infested blends in the store they stare into my eyes without a shred of guilt, like it’s all ok. :(

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

Extremely sweet, even when iced! If you have a major sweet tooth give this tea a try.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

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80

This stuff is really good. The best Mate I have tired from DT as of yet. It dosnt have quite the kick as the BUZZ – which I hate, but it is nice to get a little wake up. Still nothing like coffee.

I like mixing this one with Pink Lemonade.

Flavors: Apple, Lemon, Lime, Mint, Spearmint, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite! Someone gifted it to me and I hope that one day DT brings it back as a full time selection.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Melon, Pear, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76
drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Really good flavor. I like this one a lot, classic herbal from DT. A lot of their selection is really good, this ones on the cheaperish side of their herbals and is great.

Recommend it.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Peach, Pear

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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78
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I found this matcha having low quality much like the mint matcha from DT when I first tried it. Just like the mint matcha however I really turned around and started liking this one after a few glasses.

The quality of the matca itself is harder sandier and not as finely ground as other matchas and is not as frothy an creamy as DT ceremonial matcha. However the vanilla flavoring is really nice in the morning.

Flavors: Earth, Vanilla

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

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76
drank Mint Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I was a little disappointing with this Tea with my first glass. The colour and quality of it compared to other Matcha is low. However after having a couple glasses Its actually really nice with the flavoring.

I normally sift my matcha and this matcha is a little more sandy and hard then more expensive and does not separate well. It does mix and whisk nicely but is not nearly as creamy or throthy as DavidTeas Ceremonial Matcha.

Flavors: Earth, Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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80
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this tea. I’m having it as a tea pop but I’ve had it hot and iced as well, and really enjoyed those too. I’m almost out and while I don’t plan on buying more right away, I’m sure there will be a time when this tea finds it’s way back into my collection. It is quite tart, but that doesn’t usually bother me. I’m really bad at picking out flavours, but I definitely get a strong orange from this tea.

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

I met up with a friend in the vicinity of a DavidsTea yesterday, so I took the opportunity to grab a couple of teas that I’ve heard really good things about. Grabbed this one along with Forever Nuts. I drank Forever Nuts yesterday while catching up on The Good Wife Season 6 before I start the last season, and I enjoyed it, though I don’t have any notes this time.

Banana Nut Bread is another very heavy tea. I got 30g, but it is literally only enough tea for about 2 16oz cups. I left it to steep for about 10 mins, since I want all the flavour I can get, if I’m only going to have 2 cups of it. It smells pretty good, almost like an actual banana loaf with a hint of nuts and dates.

Taste is just OK. I don’t get a whole lot of the banana flavour, probably because the sales assistant only manages to get two tiny pieces into my purchase, one of which I made sure to include in my steep this time, and one for next time. I do get a lot of nut flavours, mixed with a kind of heavy sweetness that sits kind of weirdly on the tongue. I don’t really taste the dates either, but maybe I just can’t identify them in the rather confusing mix of flavours. I’m glad I got to try this one, but I don’t think I would get this again. I enjoyed Forever Nuts a lot more!

Edit: As I’m trying to finish this cup, I’ve decided that I actually don’t like it at all. It leaves a weird aftertaste, kind of sour, which doesn’t make sense to the sweetness of the tea. Maybe I’ll try the rest iced.

Kristal

I remember making lattes out of this: I would brew 4 “perfect spoonfuls” for like 10 min (stiring a lot) until it made a cake-batter like consistency, and then mixed it with hot, frothed milk. Sweet and good in my opinion, but messy, finck-y and so expensive since its so heavy

Mookit

Wow, it brews that thick just by itself? Not that I’m surprised too much, but that’s weird!

Kristal

I tried brewing it the first time in my steeper and it was awful trying to clean it out because it was so thick. Switched over to a metal mesh cup strainer instead. For a successful brew I still find you need to stir it around ALOT to release the flavours.

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drank Pura Vida by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

This is my all time favourite iced tea!!! Taste just like a Pina Colada!! I steep 2 tbs in about 5-6 oz of water. Anyways love love love it!

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple, Sweet

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
47 tasting notes

A delicious piña colada iced tea! I got this as part of a clearance sale over the winter and saved it up for the summer. Sadly, I don’t think they have this flavor anymore… 10 oz boiling water poured over ice.

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

i personally love coconut and pineapple so i really like this tea. I have only drank it as an iced tea with no sweetner added and i absolutly love it. when i use about 2 tbs it is still a pretty light taste so if you wanna strong cup you might have to double that.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple

Preparation
2 tsp
alissa0513

it is also already pretty sweet

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Thank you again Evol! I actually really liked this one. The smell is like cookies, and the taste is very walnut thick, and quite sweet. Coconut, nuts, and pineapples are what I get the most. I like all of those things, so I’m quite happy.

Evol Ving Ness

:) :)

I knew I’d surprise you.

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75
drank Pom Diggety by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I’m having this as a tea pop and I feel kind of ‘meh’ about it. It’s not that this is a bad tea at all, I just bought 250g of it and have been having it very often so I’m totally getting sick of it. I feel like once I try some new teas and leave this one alone for a while I’ll fall back in love with it. When I first tried it I was a bit blown away. For now I’m finding it a bit too sweet, and possibly having a bit of a weird stevia aftertaste. Only a bit, though.

Liam Cooley

I forgot I had this one! Thanks for reminding me. I like it, not my favorite as I like classic straight Chinese teas, but the pomegranate flavor is different.

Let my grandmother have some and she really enjoyed it. Looks like youll have a lot to come back to with 250g of it! I think it will suit you better in late winter early spring.

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82
drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
2695 tasting notes

I got this and I don’t know why but I was worried about drinking it. Nonetheless, today I decided to make it iced to take with me when I drove to my sister’s place in Mimico. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. I am getting a nice top layer of passionfruit, sweet not tart, with notes of sweet mango popping up throughout and in the aftertaste. I’m detecting candied pineapple at the end of the sip while the whole flavor is sitting on a solid black tea foundation, which has body to it to make the drink feel full without imparting flavor (I hope that makes sense to people other than me). All in all, I am enjoying this tea quite a deal more than I thought. I will try experimenting in the future to see if my enjoyment is real or simply excitement over trying a new tea but for now I’m pleased.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 15 sec

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74

This is an ok jasmine tea with a strong green tea base. You can really taste the grassy (but slightly astringent) green flavour. The leaves doubled in size for me (I was actually quite impressed!) and they unravel into beautiful medium sized leaf sections.

Flavors: Astringent, Flowers, Grass, Green, Jasmine, Tannin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Kristal

I’ve had this tea many times, and my thoughts are similar. For me, I don’t like how prone to bitterness this tea is and therefore I tend to go towards getting Butterfly jasmine (which is amazing) instead. Frequent Steeper points are redeemable soon and I’m definitely using them for Butterfly Jasmine!

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