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drank Monk's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

It’s like a more affordable blend of DAVIDsTEA’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong. The milk flavouring is most important to me, and it’s not smothered by the white and green tea flavours, so ultimately I’m satisfied. I even steeped my tea leaves twice and still enjoyed my second cup!

Flavors: Cream, Milk

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mao Jian Jade by DAVIDsTEA
1549 tasting notes

Yum. Glad I picked up a sample! I have way too many teas in my cupboard or else I’d definitely restock.
A traditional Chinese green tea. Mild, buttery, and sweet.
The moment where liquor first touches my lips reminds me of mountain spring water, full of minerals and freshness. An interesting contrast to the rest.
I kinda get where the plum reference comes from, but I would say the real plum notes come out in the aftertaste along with a honeysuckle sweetness. It also leaves my mouth super dry.

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Alright so this tea smells really weird dry leaf… I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. But I got a bag full from someone on the DavidsTea group I’m in. So I finally got around to trying a hot cup of this. I don’t even really know what the ingredients of this are… But I’ve got to say, it’s not bad. I’m definitely tasting the ginger. (I’m not a big fan of ginger but I can tolerate it) And I don’t know what nettle leaf tastes like but I’m thinking that might be another unknown flavour in this. All in all, I’ll finish what I have of this, but it wasn’t really anything special.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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92

When I opened the bag and took in the smell of this tea, it was amazing. Almost like smelling a fine wine. So much sweet, moist vegetal goodness with a hint of plums in my opinion. The aroma is incredibly complex and inviting. The leaves unfurl and turn beautifully lush and green in the water. The aroma after brewing very inviting. There is a smooth or perhaps “buttery” taste to the tea that is just delicious. I think this would be a great tea to demonstrate to someone exactly what a good daily Green Tea should taste like. The price is very reasonable too which is why I use the term “Daily Green”.

Flavors: Butter, Plums, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Blueberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

This tea is YUMMY! I had it made at the store with a small volume of water and added plenty of sugar. Every sip was full of blueberry flavour. I generally don’t like the idea of wasting matcha with flavour, however I could definitely drink this. The matcha had a good green colour, and although the employees whisking technique was average, it produced foam.

This might be a good alternative to blueberry muffin for a fall tea, if you like matcha.

Most store employees seemed to like this flavour out of the matcha summer collection.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I find that the instructions on the tin tell you to steep this tea for too long a time. I normally put 4 heaping teaspoons of tea to three cups (more or less), and steep it for 2 and to 3 minutes. Tastes like a clean mellow cup of green tea that hits you with a peachy jasminy flavor, with a faintly bitter after taste, which I love. I’ve played around with the steeping time and I find that it is much less enjoyable if you steep it for 4-5 mins, as directed on the tin. It gets very bitter very fast. I think my favorite part is chewing the white hiiscus buds after picking them out from the tea bag, haha, but I’m thoroughly tempted to buy a 250g tin of this stuff. Love it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m not usually a fan of minty tea but I rather like this one. The smell of it dry is quite overpowering but when it is steeped it is reasonable in smell and taste. I like that the taste is not super sweet. While this tea is marketed for colds, I tried it when I was feeling fine. I found this tea to be refreshing and even felt like it gave me a bit of an energy boost.

Flavors: Mint

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Apple tea that turns into Green tea:

The first time I made this, I used one of the David’s Tea bags that came in the package set. Well, that was not the best thing because I over stuffed it and the fruit pieces expand so after a minute it was a big floating blob. 5 minutes of steeping and it was okay, and I only got a light green tea flavor for the second steeping but even that was barely.

This time I used an infuser (IngenuiTEA) and and stirred it once. (1st steeping) After about 3 minutes for the first steeping it was a pleasant apple tea. No note of the green tea so I almost consider this just a herbal with a tiny bit of tea and caffeine (Still, don’t drink this after 2 PM if you are caffeine sensitive as it still contains some green tea leaves.)
Second steeping (7 minutes): Underwhelming. The apple flavor is a back note if even there. It might just be in my mouth from the first steeping. I will still steep this a second time, if anything to get my money’s worth from it. I hesitate to reccomend this if you like a second cup from the same tea leaves, but the first cup is good and has a strong wonderful apple flavor. *My rating on the second steeping would be 60 and barely recommended it.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
103 tasting notes

Another tea I brought home with me from DT. The girl working there let me try a sample of their cold brew of this tea, and I quite enjoyed it. It was flavourful and sweet, and she told me they didn’t add any sweetener to it whatsoever. I honestly didn’t believe her until I made a cold brew of this myself at home. It tasted just like the sample I tried in store. Very aromatic and flavourful! Tastes juicy and fresh, very unexpected from most herbal tisane experiences I’ve had in the past.

I’ve already finished the entire 36g I got in two cold brews. This is one I would like to get again, but probably won’t until next summer considering the weather has taken a turn for the worse now.

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Eh. This did not taste how I was expecting it to taste based on the name and the smell. It didn’t really taste like chocolate at all to me, oddly. Although there was a nice coconut flavor, there was also a strange sort of off flavor. Maybe it was just really old; after all, I received the sample months ago and didn’t finish off until now. (Thanks for the sample, Teasipper! I’m glad I got to try it.)

Inkling

Probably the coconut went rancid. I’ve had this one before and it’s FANTASTIC when it’s fresh and absolutely disgusting if you let it sit too long…

tea-sipper

Hmm.. I’ll try mine soon. I got in a swap, so I wasn’t really sure how old it is! Coconut is the worst in tea. haha.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

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I have been looking for some good caffeine free teas for either ice or hot tea in the afternoon or evening. I have come to love the taste of lavender, especially in Stash Christmas in Paris so I decided to give this tea a try.
The Rooibos flavor comes out with strong with subtle hints of the coconut with the lavender almost a background flavor. The flavor taken together is nice. If you are looking for a strong lavender tea then you will not find it with Jessie’s tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Quince Charming by DAVIDsTEA
103 tasting notes

I saw this tea on sale at DT’s a couple days ago and I knew I had to try it. The last quince tea I had I enjoyed especially because it reminded me of lychees, and this one is no exception! At least in the aroma. The dry leaf is very aromatic, and smells like sweet and floral lychee juice. When the tea is brewed, the apple notes start to creep into the aroma, and the flavour is primarily apple, slight tartness, and a sweet note to it that is barely discernible but enjoyable when it hits the tongue once in a while. I would have liked this tea’s flavour profile to reflect more than just the apple ingredients, but nonetheless there is just enough going on in this tea to keep me interested and enjoying the whole cup. I wonder if adding a little bit of rock sugar would help bring those quince notes out in the flavour? Will have to try this next time.

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drank Pick me Up by DAVIDsTEA
231 tasting notes

I did not think I would like this tea because it is a mate, but the tea guide gave me a sample anyways. I was intrigued but still wasn’t too sure if I liked it or not. Since I purchased that new click travel mug (which is so cool by the way-you just click the top to open and again to close it), you get 1$ tea of the day-so I decided to try a whole mug because sometimes that little sample they give you just isn’t enough to form an opinion. My opinion is that I need to be getting me some more of this awesome soothing tea.

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85

This tea really surprised me. I am usually not a fan of licorice in my teas but this one is yummy.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

I LOVE Santa’s Secret!

First off, this tea smells amazing. It smells like Christmas morning.

Second, this tea has mini candy canes.

I don’t need to say anymore.

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drank Gingerbread Cookie by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

This one was meh.

I had high hopes for a good gingerbread cookie tea but was disappointed.

First, I’m not a huge fan of mate. Maybe if this tea had a different base it would have tasted better. The rooibos part was fine and didn’t bother me, and I figured there would be some rooibos in a gingerbread tea anyways.

Dry, it did smell pretty good. It reminded me of maple and light cinnamon.

However once brewed it felt like it had no flavor. I couldn’t taste the ‘gingerbread’ or ‘cookie’ part of it at all, which is what it needed to bring this tea to life.

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

I loved loved loved Snow Day!

It combines two of my favorite things: peppermint and chocolate!

Now I’ve had some not so good peppermint and chocolate teas in the past, but I was really hoping the DAVIDsTEA version wouldn’t let me down…

It’s safe to say it didn’t!

Even if you’re not a huge fan of mint and or chocolate based teas, you have to admit that this tea at least LOOKS really nice… peppermint leaves, chocolate pieces, WHITE chocolate pieces, and white sugar snowflakes?!?!

It does have a fairly noticeable smell of peppermint when you sniff it for the first time. Once brewed it also has a dominant peppermint taste with the chocolate more of an aftertaste. If you’re not a peppermint fan then you may not like this tea, as it may be a bit more mint heavy then you’d like. But for a peppermint freak like me I did not mind it one bit.

It’s also a sweet tea but it’s not overly sweet. You can add in you choice of sweetener but I found it sweet enough just on it’s own.

I found Snow Day to be a delicious and comforting tea and give it two snowflakes!

ashmanra

My daughter just gave me some of this with the caveat that I have to wait for her to be here with me to drink it. I can’t wait!

Beatrice

Hope you both enjoy it as much as I did!

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
565 tasting notes

Disappointing cuppa. I got a lot of jungle and not a whole lot of ju ju. The guayusa was very strong – not really bitter, because it doesn’t get bitter, but just mildly unpleasant. No sweet kick from the fruit. Sad. Not a great cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

I just recieved a small amount of this oldie to try. So I made myself a hot cup – and it’s really good. I can actually taste the lychee fruit in it, and I like the flavour. Other than that, it’s a really fruity black tea. Wish I had more of it…

Flavors: Fruity, Lychee

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea makes me angry…

DavidsTea seems to rebrand their teas a lot since David left; teas are leaving the shops quickly, and then reappeared as a different name (Nutty granola crunch = Peanut butter cup???? Am I crazy? ).

For this one, this is literally Licorice Twist. Taste the same (way too much licorices), smell the same.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Michelle

I am sure they are different teas – just very similar. I haven’t tried this one yet, but I did grab a small amount to try when I do get a cold. As for Nutty Granola Crunch – hated it. I actually think Peanut Butter Cup was just a little bit better.

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I have tried this both hot and cold and I would not say that one way is better than the other. Like the previous reviewer, I’ve found inconsistency in the taste within the same brewed cup. Some sips taste great and others, not so much. I find that some of the tea is very fine and so this tea has a lot of “stuff” floating in it. I am wondering if that is possibly the problem. This tea definitely has a nice peachy smell and generally, I’m ok with the taste but I might try a different brand of peach tea next time I’m wanting this flavor.

Flavors: Peach

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