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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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