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80
drank Raspberry Jam (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
263 tasting notes

I went in to DAVIDs today expecting to buy a hot cup of their Lemon Pound Cake, but this one smelled so amazing I changed my mind (also swayed by the fact that it was almost 20 degrees out and this sounded better iced).

I really did like this one. Not as tart as I expected, but also not sickly sweet. I was a refreshing pick-me-up. The camomile is definitely there, but it blends with the raspberry well.

Not sure if I’d buy some, as I still have way too much tea, but it’s a great summer drink.

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100
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
144 tasting notes

Sometimes, like now, I crave this one. Yes, yes, it is not the most natural tasting tea in the world, but that thick vanilla thing held up on a barely detectable rooibos base is pretty stellar with milk or as a latte. A great tea when it late and it has been a hard day.

Absolutely fab for what it is. And the sprinkles make me happy.

Flavors: Cake, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Plunkybug

I love making “Oh Canada” into an iced tea strength, and adding a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk before the ice. So yummy.

TeaNTees

Still have yet to try this one! Shocking, I know.

Evol Ving Ness

Oooh, Plunkybug, that sounds delicious!

apieceofquiche

I’m not a rooibos fan, but I really like this one cold-steeped in almond milk. It tastes like melted ice cream to me.

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82
drank Monk's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
2816 tasting notes

This tea is rather delicate which is not something I’ve come to expect from David’s Tea, with their tendency to oversweeten and flavor pretty much everything. It’s a blend of white tea, jasmine and milk oolong. I did steep this Western style (i’m at work) but would like to try gong fu’ing it someday.

Although fairly subtle there is a lot going on here in terms of flavor. Definite milk/butter, though I understand this is artificial… also I’m getting a bit of nuttiness and some sweetness. It reminds me a bit of cookies, but not in a sickeningly sweet way. Definitely a good tea for the afternoon time, as it’s low in caffeine and pretty relaxing.

Better than I thought it would be!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Happy news! This sounds quite hopeful.

Evol Ving Ness

In my imagination, I meant.

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65
drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
2816 tasting notes

The first from David’s Tea spring collection I’m trying. This has a definite peachy/nectarine flavor but it is oddly sweet. Almost like there is stevia added… but I checked the ingredients and didn’t find it there. This reminds me of a tea I used to drink called Peach Blossom by Rishi. Though Rishi’s version is better, I think.

I may try this as a cold brew or maybe mixed in with some plain white tea. I’m not a fan of the lingering sweet flavor unfortunately. It reminds me a bit of Kool-aid, lol

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank ME to WE by DAVIDsTEA
1534 tasting notes

A little too much hibby. But otherwise, this is a surprisingly refreshing tea! I have to wonder how it’d do cold brewed. Or in a sangria. Noms.

Kristal

I’m interested in trying this tea when the weather warms up, even if the price is a high. I’ll look out for more reviews on how it cold brews as well!

Indigobloom

I hope it doesn’t get discontinued anytime soon!! I need to drink up some of my stash before buying more herbals

Kristal

Agreed! It would make sense to hold it until at LEAST the end of the summer

Indigobloom

Right?! I would love to try it as a tea pop as well

Evol Ving Ness

I was in store sniffing it today. It seems DTs has a partnership with something or other (NGO? Microfinance? Watersource-providing? Kiva-esque-something or other?) in which a certain percentage of the profit of this tea goes towards something positive and good, which leads me to believe it is unlikely that this tea will disappear anytime soon.

Indigobloom

Evol, yes that is a good point! they must have a contract to keep it around for awhile. Not sure how I feel about that particular charity though, they are rather lookist. I had already heard it elsewhere, but they came to a career fair we hosted and every single person there (all females as far as I could see) was supermodelesque… tall, thin, and classically “beautiful”. I dunno, it just made me wonder.
Not that it has anything to do with the tea lol. Sorry for the rant!!

Evol Ving Ness

Lookist—exactly what I thought without knowing that particular word when I was first recited that spiel about the tea.

Evol Ving Ness

No need for apologies; I feel the same way.

Indigobloom

Evol- hope I used the term right! I adapted it from lookism.
Super happy to hear I’m not alone in that, it made me sad to think that a charity would behave in such a way

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Peppermint smell which translates into the tisane; additional sweetness from the apples and coconuts.

Flavors: Apple, Peppermint

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70

Cold Brew Sipdown (135)!

So this is apparently meant to be like a ‘spiritual successor’ to Cranberry Pear? I kind of get that ‘cause Quince is a little like pear, but I’m also skeptical at the same time. Cranberry Pear is one of my all time favourites teas from DAVIDsTEA and it’s sorely missed…

Actually, this doesn’t taste bad. It’s very potent and I definitely, definitely taste the quince which is coming off as a strong, floral pear type of flavour. It’s also apple-y, and I suppose that between the two it sort of evokes the pear notes in Cranberry Pear. However, it’s just too strong. The thing I really appreciated about Cranberry Pear was how naturally creamy that blend was, and the silkyness of it. This is bold and not all together super natural. Like, it does have that vague “chemically enhanced”/artificial vibe. Also, the hibiscus! I get that the tartness of the hibiscus is probably meant to be a little like the cranberry in CP, but it just doesn’t meld together as nicely with the quince.

Sorry, but this doesn’t work for me. It’s probably not 100% fair to be comparing it to Cranberry Pear so directly, but what other choice has DAVIDsTEA left me? You’ve discontinued one of my favourite blends, and even the staff members say this is meant to kind of replace it. Of course I’m going to draw comparisons, and when you get down to the brass tax this just isn’t as good as CP was…

Fjellrev

Still don’t get why they discontinued that one. Ugh.

Gooseberry Spoon

I’m glad you reviewed this as I almost impulse bought some due to my love of quinces. I like hibiscus but if it tastes anything liike quince should I do not see it working at all.

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100
drank Spearmint by DAVIDsTEA
201 tasting notes

This tea is delicious! I tried it hot but they say in the tea menu that it would make a killer base for a mojito. I might just have to try it. Yum.

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Okay all of my reviews will include the drag me things don’t work so none of my reviews are accurate. But yum friggin yum this tea is wonderful! I actually prefer it hot but it’s meant to be iced. Tastes like pomegranate black tea, which it is. Nothing artificial about it to me. I used to love this one raspberry black tea from bulk barn that got discontinued years ago, and this reminds me if that. By far the best if the three iced teas I bought. Luscious watermelon is meh. Mango fruit punch is slightly above a meh rating. This is one I would re buy.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50
drank Ginger Beer by DAVIDsTEA
201 tasting notes

This tea was just ok for me-it’s drinkable and I will finish my cup but I don’t think I will be buying anymore…plus it left an unfavorable aftertaste in my mouth.

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15

I received this as a sample and did not like it one bit. Way too tart for my taste buds.

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Note- the drag me things don’t work! On mobile don’t just drags the whole screen over.
Made some last night, packed it in my tea ball to take to work and make iced. The scoop I brought may have been to blame- it was more green so may not have picked up as much watermelon as other stuff? Tasted drinkable but made me regret buying this without trying it. Second chance this morning… brewed nice and light pink. Again tried it iced, and again it was just meh. Added sugar to the next glass, maybe 1/2 a tea spoon, that made it much yummier. Not that it’s not sweet, it just needed that kick. So I’ll finish the stuff, probably add sugar, but won’t re buy. I like how Davids tea normally never needs sweetening,even an accidentally over steeped something else that gets bitter…

Flavors: Cucumber, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

I picked up only 10g of this tea to try since it is an expensive one (cost almost 4$) Yikes! It has a wonderful aroma though and it tastes pretty good too. I enjoyed my cup but because of the high price of white teas, I only buy the ones that WOW me-this one didn’t.

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74
drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2816 tasting notes

I haven’t been to a David’s Tea in Forever, but I got a cup of this to go when I stepped in to get the spring collection today. I asked for this hot, along with sugar and soymilk. I wouldn’t say I got much “cake” flavoring out of this but it is very strong on the lemon flavor. I felt this tea was a bit too acidic for me and sure enough, when I checked the ingredients it does have hibiscus in it. I think perhaps this would be better as a latte. It would probably be good as an iced tea too. I can’t quite give it a high rating because it upset my stomach a bit. Overall it was tasty though.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Kristal

Between a sensitive stomach and not being able to drink oolong teas, this one will be a pass for me.

TeaBrat

I don’t blame you @kristal!

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84

Sipdown (131)!

Drank the last of this sample yesterday morning/early afternoon. I think I liked it even more than last time; the flavours are so simple but just really, really well balanced overall. And it’s both an insanely flavourful blend as well as a fairly refreshing and smooth one. I probably wouldn’t, but I think I could drink this every morning as my ‘ease into the day’ tea and be relatively content. I definitely, definitely want to grab more of this.

Need to clear out tin space first, though…

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84

First TOTD.

I stopped at DAVIDsTEA yesterday and got small sample sizes of all these newer teas; originally I was gonna hold off and wait ‘cause I hadn’t seen reviews of any of them up yet on Steepster but since I was in the area I figured I’d take the plunge and be the first to review a lot of ’em…

First things first; I like that the feel of this tea is really basic. Lately DT has been both over complicating their blends to a point of excess (I know the employees at my DT pretty well, and I know they share the same opinion so it’s not just us consumers), and adding in ingredients that most tea drinkers have very mixed thoughts on. Stevia and hibiscus, I’m looking at you! By contrast to those newer blends, this one is simple with its three/four key ingredients.

That’s all it needs though: every single flavour is represented in the steeped up cup and they’re all very well balanced. In each sip I can taste the cinnamon, mint and mate without feeling like any one is more powerful than the others. Like marketed, this is refreshing and relaxing and it does indeed freshen my nasty garlic breath (I’m eating garlic pasta for brunch) to a point where I wouldn’t feel guilty kissing my boyfriend with garlic mouth. I feel like sometimes DT thinks that “simple” means boring, but it really doesn’t have to if the flavours are there and the blending is good.

More teas like this please.

Kristal

Haven’t tried this tea, but I agree 100% with you in your other sentiments!

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85

This tea is simply amazing.

The smell of it literally smells the pound cake came straight from the oven ready to eat. I had it at the store in sample size. It was iced with no sweetner so I wasn’t to crazy about it. But I wanted to give this tea a chance because the smell was so amazing. It was like having lemon pound cake with no sugar in it so that’s why I didn’t like it at first. I bought a tin of it, and the first thing I did when I got home was make a latte with it. It was so delicious! I may sound weird saying this but you can actually taste the cake flavour in it. Go out and buy this tea!

Flavors: Cake, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 237 ML

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85
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
201 tasting notes

This is my last sample and I could smell the watermelon when I opened the pack. I was a little skeptical because I usually don’t like artificial watermelon flavor, but this tea was delicious! I had it iced but it was a bit weak-like the Caribbean crush one and will need more tea added and steeped longer. I will be buying more when it comes out as the summer collection-gotta make room in my tea collection for it now.

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85
drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
201 tasting notes

Another free sample from my online purchase. I find it quite weak but from what I can taste it has a nice flavor. I might have to get some when the summer collection is launched and try adding and extra scoop and brew it longer.
*Edit: The summer collection came out today so I bought some of this tea and it is way better with an extra scoop. Brewed it 5 minutes but it could go longer. It’s a nice refreshing candy like flavor. Yum!

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85
drank Pura Vida by DAVIDsTEA
201 tasting notes

I got this as a free sample when I ordered ME to WE tea online. It smells yummy like fruits and coconut. Iced, it is fantastic. I am going to have to buy some for summer-but just a little bit as my taste buds change and I fall out of love with certain teas-like last years Hard Candy. I loved it back then and just lately I couldn’t finish what I had left because I didn’t enjoy it any more-maybe because it’s a year old or so and the flavoring isn’t as strong? Anyways, this is a very refreshing iced tea-and I didn’t even mind that chamomile is in it because I could barely taste it.

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50

This tea smells lovely-very fruity. But there’s a lot of powdery and thin tiny twig looking like stuff in my bag and I’m not sure what it is because of the ingredient list, but I must have gotten the bottom of the bag when they filled their tins. I tried it hot and I did not mind it…but I can taste the chamomile and I’m not a huge fan of it. It’s drinkable though but I find that it tastes more like strawberry jam to me. I made it iced too but did not like it that way at all. Overall, this was just ok for me-I don’t think I’m gonna be buying anymore and I will be giving the rest away to family to try-my mom loves chamomile teas and raspberries so she might like it.

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85
drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
201 tasting notes

I had a sample of this tea in store and liked it. I bought some and made a full cup of tea at home and it was so delicious. You can taste the lemon pound cake flavor. I also tried it iced and it’s not too shabby. It might just make it into my collection-but I better make up my mind soon because it’s a limited edition tea for Mother’s Day I think and it may run out fast. Oh, Decisions, decisions…

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