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70
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
211 tasting notes

I was talking to someone on steepster about this tea (can’t remember who). This tea has been around for a while but has never interested me before, but whoever I was talking to said it’s not too tart so I decided to give it a try :).

I bought 25 grams of this tea, and used it in it’s entirety, along with what was left of Nettle Greek Mountain from Steeped Tea in 2L of near boiling water (that’s the second FULL tin of weaker herbal teas I’ve used up by mixing it in with fruit teas :) ). I steeped it for 6min, pulled the filter out, poured myself a half glass and popped that in the freezer to cool down quickly. It was cold enough for my liking within 45min – the rest of the pitcher is still fairly hot in the fridge :).

Overall the tea is only slightly tart with a nice fruity taste (mango with what I assume to be guava?). Not bad, especially for a hibiscus tea. I may purchase again, but with the exception of an order I made today to DAVID’s (which was mostly for another iced tea pitcher- i only bought 150 grams total of ONLY fruit teas!) I’ve decided to take a break from buying for DAVID’s teas to try different kinds (I’m thinking of trying different bagged fruit teas to cut my spending down (I’ve bought hundreds of dollars in loose leaf teas over the last 2 months…yikes)).

Flavors: Fruity, Tart

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec 26 g 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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I didn’t care for this herbal tea back in 2012 and I don’t care for it now. This was one of the first teas I tried from DAVIDsTEA. I purchased it in the summer of 2012 because I love all things melon and it was one of most appealing sounding varieties from that summer’s collection. The combination of carrot and watermelon didn’t jive on my palate three years ago and the same holds true now. I just made an iced glass of this tea after swapping for about 25g. I’ll be looking to re-home what I have left because I don’t think I can finish this glass. I was excited to try it again because DT’s recent releases of Melon Drop and Honey I Dew are two of my all-time favorite blends. Maybe I just prefer honeydew melon and rock melon/cantaloupe over watermelon? Or maybe the carrot is just too present in my cuppa and it just lingers on my palate? I’ll be adding carrot to the list of ingredients to avoid when it comes to tea. I should’ve paid more attention back in 2012. I believe Indian Summer also contained carrot AND watermelon, and I loathed that tea when I had such lofty expectations for it. But, I digress…

I’m glad I’m not a fan. It’ll save me from scrambling to stock up on this re-released, but LE, fan favorite. That’s just as well. The new website is a nightmarish labyrinth of glitches and programming errors. They should have enlisted the help of some Frequent Steepers to BETA test the site before launching it.

Flavors: Carrot

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70
drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

Banana, yes, and a whiff of chocolate, but the flavour is mild. I liked it, but I did not love it.

Flavors: banana, Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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10
drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1747 tasting notes

Well I poured off about two cup’s worth and diluted the rest with water and that improved things somewhat but I’m still getting that distinctly medicinal aftertaste. I think it might have something to do with the licorice possibly(???). The boyfriend felt the same way about so unfortunately this is probably going to end up going down the drain as it’s not really salvageable.

Preparation
Iced

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10
drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1747 tasting notes

Argh, did I steep this wrong? Because it tastes like a particularly revolting brand of cough syrup. Bleh!!! I’m going to have to pour some out and then dilute it because it literally isn’t drinkable as is.

I made this up as an iced tea using the same method as usual (30 g of tea) in 1 liter boiling water steeped 5:30 min and then I filled the pitcher up the rest of the way with ice to make 2 liters. What about you – those of you who enjoyed it?

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 30 sec
Christina

I used the same method as you, though I don’t think I used 30g. Wasn’t weighing it out. Boiling water for about 4-5 minutes, then a top-up with cold water and a sit overnight in the fridge.

I don’t get the cough syrup flavour that you do, but I agree that there’s definitely something off in the background. A pity, because the tea smells great.

Jillian

30g is about the same as the 8 tsp they recommend. It could be that I oversteeped it, though given that the time range was 4-7 minutes I didn’t think 5.5 min was that bad.

Sil

didn’t like it…same boat as you heh

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82
drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
2907 tasting notes

Sipdown (125)!

I really wanted to try this out either hot or as a latte (or both) but I liked the cold brew so much that without thinking I dumped the rest of my sample in my mason jar to finish it off that way.

It tastes so good; like banana candy, fresh whipped cream, and chocolate syrup. I can’t get over the rich, sweet and accurate flavour – not sure when I’ll next be at a DAVIDsTEA store but I hope it’s in time to pick up more of this because I’d really, really like to continue experimentation with it. I have a lot of ideas for ways to play with it.

For the record, I hate that I love this one so much though. It has added sugar in it, which I’m so vehemently against, but it works so well here…

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82
drank Banana Split by DAVIDsTEA
2907 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

This was the only tea out of DT’s “Old Timey Treats” collection I was actually interested in trying, and I made a special trip out to the store after work last week just to pick up a sample of it because I was so damn curious.

It’s quite good! The banana is clearly a “Banana Candy”/“Bananas & Cream” sort of flavour and it’s super rich and sweet without being overwhelmingly sweet which was definitely my biggest concern about this blend given that it unfortunately has pre-added rock sugar. I’m not a fan of having my teas sweetened for me; but luckily it kind of works here. The cocoa is great too; I’m really happy to see the use of nibs over chocolate chips – maybe DT is finally listening to consumer feedback? And the green rooibos base is perfect too; it creates such a subtle backdrop and doesn’t really directly influence the flavour. More green rooibos please, DT!

Overall this is 100% banana split, like intended, so major brownie points for hitting the nail on the head with the flavor. I really enjoyed the cold brew, I can definitely see myself going through a lot of it if given the chance. And just imagine how great this would be as a latte! So creamy and delicious; am I right!?

Flavors: banana, Candy, Cocoa, Cream, Vanilla

TeaBrat

Ah, I may need to try this. Love banana teas.

Sil

it’s great as a latte!

tanyasew

Yes, you are right!!!

Plunkybug

I really like this as an iced latte! Sooo good! I am thrilled that they used green rooibos here. Regular would have ruined it.

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74
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
1747 tasting notes

Gah the heat just won’t let up here and I’m going through what feels like a pitcher of iced tea every day.

The colour of the tea is a vivid pink, not unlike some types of guava, though the ones that you can get in the grocery store around here are all the white-fleshed kind (and pretty bland). I’ve actually eaten fresh, ripe guavas when I was in Belize so I know what they’re supposed to taste like and this is actually a fair approximation, though it’s tarter than it should be and leans a bit more towards green apple notes. I could have done with less hibiscus but other than that it’s good.

Preparation
Iced

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85

Delicious sweet and tart

Flavors: Rhubarb, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Moment of Zen by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

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Flavors: Flowers, Fruity

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

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Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

Refreshing and fruity :)

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Raspberry Mojito by DAVIDsTEA
132 tasting notes

(steeped hot then poured over a cup of ice)

wonderfully perfect herbal tea, i’m SO sad it ran out before i could stock up. fingers crossed DAVIDs brings it back sometime soon!

gorgeous ripe red fruit aroma with a hint of tanginess – tastes just like sun-warmed fresh-picked raspberries in the summer. glorious. the mint isn’t present in the cup, but as a refreshing aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Flavors: Mint, Raspberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
132 tasting notes

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83
drank Ruby Red by DAVIDsTEA
132 tasting notes

(steeped hot then poured over a cup of ice)

really lovely, true pink grapefruit flavour; sweet and tart citrus aromas up front with the chicory root giving a bitter aftertaste. wonderful iced, would not drink hot but it would probably still taste just fine

Flavors: Grapefruit, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Tried this one iced today… Love! Nice and tangy, and the lime flavour is definitely strong. It isn`t my favourite fruit blend (must be the white base, I suppose), but I would happily get more of this to add to my arsenal of flavours.

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70
drank Moment of Zen by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

This one kind of reminds me of Grape Expectations – must be the fruit flavour, I guess. I do like this, just not as much as the grape, haha. And I am not getting as much jasmine as I thought there would be, which is also kind of a let down. Maybe I will try this one again later iced, to see if I change my rating.

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76

Almost logged this under the wrong header. Leave it to DAVIDsTEA to also have a blend called “Electric Lemon”…

This is DAVIDsTEA’s ‘Tea of The Month’ so the last time I was in store picking up some samples I decided this would pick this one up too. Lemon and Yerba Mate is not an uncommon pairing, but the additional strawberry and raspberry used in this blend are a bit interesting and more unique. And I can’t lie; the interesting name sold me too. Seriously tea companies take note; an interesting name draws me in almost as much (sometimes more) as interesting ingredients.

Because of the “Lemonade” in the name I figured this was obviously intended to be consumed cold so I drank it iced without any additives. When I took my first few sips I was definitely anticipating some tartness, but this was actually quite sweet and smooth. More than anything else I really tasted the strawberry with the raspberry, lemon, and some apple notes as background support. The earthy green mate was relatively masked, but peaked out in the end of the sip and aftertaste as the berry flavour faded out and just the lemon and yerba remained.

This is really refreshing overall, and a perfect tea for summer! It definitely gives off a “Pink Lemonade”/Berry Lemonade vibe which I believe is what DT was going for, so I’m pretty impressed. Worth a try if you like the ingredients; and if Yerba isn’t your think I wouldn’t worry too much – it’s well covered.

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81
drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

I tried it hot and it was not very good at all, and then I tried it iced (double-strength & poured over ice) and it was REALLY GOOD.

It’s not quite coconut ice cream like the description promises, but it’s not far from that. There’s something in the mouthfeel that makes it have more body than your usual tea. It’s naturally a little sweet, and tastes strongly of coconut.

Price of this vs. price of coconut water = this tea wins.

Sil

really? i didn’t try this one as i’m not generally a fan of coconut..

Cavocorax

Well that makes a huge difference I’m sure since I really like coconut. :)

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I usually LOVE earl grey tea… Especially in milk. But this tea had a heavy taste of black licorice… Which was less than enjoyable. Not my favourite but could potentially be someone else’s if you like black licorice!

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
736 tasting notes

I had this one iced to go this afternoon with a bit of agave nectar. It was nice! Good mix of fruit and green tea, with neither overpowering the other, and a lovely clear yellow colour. At the back of my mouth I felt as cooling sensation like mint. Quite refreshing.

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78
drank Electric Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

I approve. I like mate blends and can always go for more. And lemonade too!

It’s a little odd hot because the lemon makes me think of Neo Citron, but that’s not the tea’s fault I have this association.

Cold, it is nice and refreshing, and hopefully it’ll give me the motivation to get moving. Probably not though. It’s too hot this weekend and I’ve got new 3DS games to play and, I’m lazy.

Would I buy more? Possibly, especially since I can’t get flavoured mate from Butiki anymore. Oh, and I CAN taste the berries, but it seems nicely balanced and doesn’t take away from the lemon.

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65
drank Moment of Zen by DAVIDsTEA
211 tasting notes

I’m a big green tea fan, and whenever DAVID’s introduces a new green tea it always piques my interest. I was a bit skeptical of this tea, but decided to purchase 10 grams of it to give it a try.

The smell of the dry leaves (+ the brewed tea) is very strong of berry. I made it by steeping the leaves in 175 degree F water for about 2.5 min. Tasting the tea, it reminds me a lot of Elderflower Spritz. The only difference is this tea has a stronger berry flavor, with a jasmine green tea following instead of a floral white tea.

Personally, I don’t care for fruity green teas: it masks the flavour of the tea too much. Usually I go for a plain green, with a few exceptions for lighter flavours (such as jasmine, bergamot, and mild citrus- on a rare occasion I might even mix in mint or ginger). So with that being said, I’m glad I only bought 10 grams of this. I’m sure this would be better iced, which I might do to use it up, but overall I prefer my iced teas to be caffiene free.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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89
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

Everything my mouth wanted. Light yet decadent. It’s the slight caramel sweetness that hooked me. They coconut gave the creamy, fatty element to balance it out.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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