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78
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

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drank Ginger Peach Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
2489 tasting notes

So iced this is reminding me a lot of Buddha bamboo. There’s a hint of the herbal base but that is far more subdued than in the hot cup. The ginger is also muted and there is a generic fruity sweetness to the whole thing. This isn’t my favorite tea and I doubt I am running out to get more anytime soon but it’s nice enough. I think the last of this will be cold brewed to see if that makes a difference.

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drank Ginger Peach Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
2489 tasting notes

Apparently I wanted the ginger peach combination this evening since I made this at the same time of my Ginger Peach Rose tea and didn’t even realize. This one is certainly different from the sweeter and more floral tea I had before. This, though still sweet, is a lot more herbacious with more warmth from the ginger, for sure. The peach is much more in the background. I’m getting lemongrass as well as ginger flavor, in addition to the warmth, and I am not sure what Moringa is but I am assuming that might be what is contributing the herb flavoring to the mix. It’s not bad but this isn’t the kind of tea I typically drink and for that reason, I probably won’t restock once I finish my sample. Next time though, I will try cold brewing to see how that works with this tea.

Edit: As this cools, the peach is coming out a lot more and has more of a peach candy flavor as opposed to the fruit

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90

Very delicious! The right mix of mint and chocolate (with a bit more chocolate than mint flavor). The chocolate has some artificial undertones, which is why I didn’t give it a perfect rating. But it’s very tasty, especially hot! Perfect for a chilly winter day.

Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Honey, Mint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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50
drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I thought the mint was a little overpowering, so I wasn’t getting a lot of chocolaty flavor. A sweet flavor yes, but not a good balance of flavor for me to buy again.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Powdered sugar

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

This is got to be one of my favorite teas. It gives off a lovely smell of dark chocolate (makes my whole team at work drool), tastes chocolaty and nutty, and has one heck of a caffeine punch. I would drink this over coffee any day.

Flavors: Almond, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

Smells like roasted coconut, tastes like soap. Have to add honey to offset the initial soapy flavor.

Flavors: Coconut, Soap

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
35 tasting notes

Yum! Very decadent tea, with some milk and rock sugar. It will leave the cup oily with the white chocolate.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Wood

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84
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
200 tasting notes

Holidays TTB

I didn’t pick any of this up around Christmas time because I really disliked Adagio’s Candy Cane and figured this would be similar. But this one is actually quite good and kind of a more caffeinated, less chocolatey version of Tea Guys’ Peppermint Chocolate Vanilla. It’d probably be fantastic with chocolate chip cookies.

It’s minty, but similar to Andes candies, the mint doesn’t take over, there’s some creamy notes to it and it’s comforting in a strange way. It really enjoy this one because it’s actually blended quite well and you don’t get the whole picture in one sip.

Flavors: Cream, Mint

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82

Sipdown! A tangy, tart tea that I enjoy hot. I haven’t tried this cold yet, but this was a surprising sip. I never know what to expect with DavidsTea herbal teas but this was a nice surprise. The scent is enthralling, and thankfully the taste also delivers. I prefer my drinks quite strong, without sweetener or milk. The yogurt scent and taste is a good additive. I’m trying to steer away from teas with added flavourings, but it is quite difficult to wean myself off of these flavourful blended teas… Unfortunate. A new contender for my top tier of fruit teas.

Flavors: Strawberry, Yogurt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
43 tasting notes

This tea smells and tastes slightly like bubblegum. I like!

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89
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

This is my go-to tea for sore throats. I work backstage at a theater and always keep some of this stocked for when actors are feeling under the weather and need a little kick. It has a really soothing honey flavor on its own, with a really mild lemon tang.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Hot Chocolate Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

This tea is pretty good. Although I think it smells better than it tastes. It has a nice chocolatey aroma, but does it taste like hot chocolate? No. It’s chocolatey, but not rich. I find adding a touch of milk helps with this.
I normally don’t like the pu’erh from David’s, but I don’t mind this one. I guess it’s because the tea taste is lost amongst all the flavourings and stevia. Haha. I’m glad I tried this tea, but I won’t need to re-stock when I run out.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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73
drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
1400 tasting notes

Shockingly, this is amazing. The staffer told me she too was surprised with it, so I grabbed some to check. No sweetener needed, it’s rich, it actually tastes like a crumbly apple strudel. I’d say this is one of the first apple read teas I’ve really enjoyed.

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

How did you prepare this tea to find amazing?

MissB

Less than boiling (not sure how much, but it’s the same as every flavored tea I steep), and about 3 minutes. On my phone or I’d have put it in the proper place. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, MissB. I will steep again. So far, it has not been amazing for me. But I haven’t given up completely yet.

TeaBrat

How come you rated it a 73?

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drank Sugar Plum Forest by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

I detest licorice and anise, so I am probably biased. But even beyond that, this tea just tastes confused. Muddy, sour in a bad way, and any somewhat pleasant floral notes are drowned in spice. It tastes spoiled somehow. I’ve tried to like this, I’ve tried different preparations, and it always turns out foul. I dunno. Maybe this would appeal to people that like a smorgasbord of flavours, but for me all the notes are confused and unpleasant.

Flavors: Absinthe, Anise, Herbs, Lemongrass, Licorice, Molasses, Rosehips, Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1437 tasting notes

Back on the matcha after yesterday’s blip. I went with one of my favourite combinations so far – 1/4 tsp whisked into a shot glass of cold milk. It taste just like vanilla milkshake, and I love it – no chance of queasiness with this one! It begs the question, though – what will I do when I run out of Vanilla Matcha?

ashmanra

I have both the French Vanilla and the Madagascar Vanilla from Red Leaf. They are so good as lattes, but I was shocked at myself when the Bavarian Creme one was my favorite! It has a light lemon flavor.

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95
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1437 tasting notes

Whisked 1/4 tsp into a shot glass of milk for my afternoon matcha. I think this might possibly be the nicest thing I’ve had to drink in…my life? Creamy, vanilla milkshake amazingness. That’s all.

Indigobloom

I shall have to try this one soon!

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95
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1437 tasting notes

This, I think, is my final pick from the EU TTB. I knew I wanted to try it, and as I’ve not that much experience with matcha I set it aside for a later date. It turns out today is that later date. There are a couple of reasons for this.
Firstly, it’s no secret that I’ve not been feeling great recently. I’m tired a lot of the time, and I never feel like I have enough energy to do all the things I need to do in a day. My doctor will only recommend vitamins and early nights, both of which I have already. I’ve lost interest in a lot of things, probably because I’m so tired, and I know something’s likely wrong by I don’t know WHAT. I’ve also had what’s becoming a permenant headache for the last week or so, but I’ve been drinking less tea so I’m sort of thinking that might partly be the reason. I do get headaches if I don’t have caffeine. That’s reason one – if I increase my tea intake so it’s near where it used to be, my headaches should clear up a bit. If they don’t, then it’s back to the doctors for me.

Reason two, specific to this tea, is that people tell me matcha has energy-giving properties, and I could seriously use some energy right now. Teapigs have a matcha challenge which I’m going to take – at least one shot of matcha every day for two weeks. I figure it can’t hurt to try, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Today is day one, and I’m starting with a matcha latte. I used 1/2 tsp of matcha whisked into boiling water, topped up with heated, frothed milk. I’m using an aerolatte whisk for now rather than the traditional kit, but if it turns out that matcha is my thing then it’s something I might look into. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m actually really enjoying it. The vanilla flavouring is pretty strong, so it doesn’t taste too much like milky green tea. It’s sweet, creamy, and mostly reminiscent of vanilla milkshake. The powder combined well, with no clumping, which is always a bonus in my book. I’d definitely drink this one again!

Preparation
Boiling 0 tsp
Rasseru

Over the last year or so I’ve been trying zero-carb or low-carb diets. I get tired when eating carbs and I feel better when I dont eat them. Not sure if this is something you have tried. Also – juicing fresh veg (& fruit when i’m allowing myself sugar) and drinking that instead actually gives me energy instead of sapping it.

rosebudmelissa

There are so many possible causes for low energy that it can be really frustrating trying to figure out what to do about it. I know Vitamins B6 and D can help. Making sure you stay hydrated and eating more protein and vegetables sometimes helps. Getting more exercise sometimes helps. I know thyroid issues or sleep disorders can cause it (you could try to see a specialist to rule those out?). I’ve heard that light therapy can sometimes help, especially in the winter. Good luck trying to figure it out.

With regard to caffeine, it is a mild drug that your body gets dependent on. If you have a particular amount of caffeine every day, your body will adjust to that amount after 17 days, and it will no longer give you any extra energy, you will need that amount to maintain your normal energy levels. Caffeine withdrawal takes 10 days. For me the first few are usually accompanied by exhaustion and a headache. I’m especially sensitive to caffeine so I’ve researched it, and mostly stick to herbals.

tigress_al

I hope you figure out what’s wrong

Scheherazade

Thanks for the suggestions. I’m up for trying anything at the moment, but one thing at a time so I know what works and what doesn’t. It’s horrible to feel so tired all the time, and I can’t ignore it any longer.

Fjellrev

I really hope the doctor figures this all out and doesn’t take it lightly. I’ve had similar symptoms for years and after getting off my butt and visiting several doctors, they finally found out that I am/was anemic (again). So you never know.

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30

Very tart, tangy and sour. Also astringent.

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40

Fruity, citrus. Strong mango. Milk okay.

Too much citrus for me. Not a fan of it in teas.

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75

Pretty nice, foresty tea.

- Nutty smell

Mildly astringent

Goes with milk.

A hint of mint taste,

Foresty/ woody

Walnut taste, natural.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Nutty, Walnut

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50

Strong mint taste and smell. The mint overpowers the chocolate.

Astringent.

Goes with milk.

Overall, pretty meh. Still looking for a tea that has perfect chocolate/mint ratio.

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