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drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
115 tasting notes

Thanks to Super Starling! for this tea.

Unfortunately however, I cannot give it a proper review. While brewing it, I went to the teas webpage as I like reading about the tea before I drink about. I noticed in the ingredient list, carrageenan was listed. Instead of bore you, I’ll let you look it up if you care to but for people with a gastrointestinal disease like me, this particular item is something to avoid as it has been known to cause inflammation and intestinal discomfort among other things.

I almost didn’t write this but then I decided that I should maybe do a service/warning to anyone else out there who needs or wants to avoid carrageenan.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
115 tasting notes

Thanks to Super Starling! for this sample.

I had just spent the last hour or so mowing the lawn and weed whacking in the 85 degree summer weather. Beautiful day, really. A nice breeze to keep it from getting TOO hot. However, it’s still working in 85 degrees. So, when I came inside to cook and eat dinner, I wanted something ice cold to drink.

I’m not sure if I’m SUPPOSE to ice this tea. I’ve never iced a chai before, I don’t believe. The website said I could. So I did. And the reason I picked out a chai in the first place is I thought it would pair well with my dinner. We get our meat from a local farm. It is grass raised, organic, and delicious. We are kind of at the mercy of whatever they happen to have processed recently but I kind of like the surprise. Right now, we happened to have a nice bone in pork shoulder roast that needed to be cooked. So, I rubbed it down with some fresh rosemary, thyme, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper then I threw it in the oven while I went to work outside.

Aside from the roasted pork, I also made pine nut couscous and some sliced apples. It all felt very fall-ish to me so I thought that a chai would pair nicely. I think I was right. Mostly.

I really enjoyed the scent of this both dry and brewed. It has a typical chai scent with a hint of coconut. I made this with about half the water it called for because I knew I was putting it over ice. I did combine two steeps however, one of 4 minutes and one of 7 minutes. After icing it, the chai flavor became a bit subdued. It wasn’t too spicy. In fact, I’m having a harder time picking out the distinguishing flavor in it. It is pretty smooth though. And the coconut gives it a nice scent profile. The coconut is more of a background note in the flavor but it is there.

While there isn’t much boldness to this, it is a nice consistent flavor and does satisfy. I’m sure brewing it warm will leave quite a different impression. I intend to try it that way next time I make it. Overall, this is a fairly decent interpretation that I wouldn’t mind drinking again.

Flavors: Coconut, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Super Starling!

Warm is spicier, I suspect. I’ve actually never iced it. Maybe I’ll try that tomorrow. It’s SO HOT OUTSIDE. Please help me. I am dying.

mtchyg

We finally are getting a break today as it is only going to be 75 degrees. However, we have a heat wave headed our way. Next week we are supposed to have 4 days of 92 degrees or hotter. F. That.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

Sipdown! I finished this one very quickly, probably because I brought it to work and am really enjoying it. I love the coral-pink colour it brews, and the smell is amazing! This another one of those “apple pie in a cup kind” kind of blend, and it is quite enjoyable. The aroma is reminiscent of pulling a freshly-baked apple pie right out of the oven, and the baking smell wafts gently all over the house. It is slightly cinnamon, slightly nutty, with a sweet apple background note.

The flavour is much the same: the apple taste is quite close to sweet, gooey baked apple pieces rather than the crunchy fresh type! Goes really well with the cinnamon and nut flavours. It is slightly tart, but not overwhelmingly – I don’t think it needs any added sugar or other flavours. It is already jam-packed with its own flavours! What a yummy treat. :)

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drank Cold Zing (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1115 tasting notes

I’ve never reviewed this but I’ve fed it to people in my house when theyou are sick and it seemed to help them. Well it was my turn for the dreaded summer cold, I haven’t had a summer cold in years, last time I was sick was Christmas! Ugh I guess it was time. So I’ve been drinking various teas, unfortunately I’m low on my ginger go-tos so I decided to try this. Mild, soothing, lemon lime flavor with Lemongrass at the forefront and a cooling sensation from the mint. I added honey so it is helping my poor throat but I will probably need more meds for it soon haha. The caffeine isn’t doing much in terms of waking me up but then I have been sleeping most of the day from this beast. Gah. Decent tea for colds, hope it does the job!

Evol Ving Ness

Feel better, MissLena.

mrmopar

The crud has been through our house as well. Hope you recover quickly.

MissLena

Thanks Evol Ving Ness and mrmopar, I’m still feeling poor but hoping with more sleep and a very green smoothie soon I can ward this thing off. Summer colds are terrible, how I’d love to be working outside! :(

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drank Honey, I Dew by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
102 tasting notes

I wasn’t expecting much of this tea, as I haven’t been terribly impressed with much of what I’ve gotten from DAVIDs. I was actually surprised at how much depth I got from this tea.

The flavors are malt and earth for the most part, with just the very slightest hint of bitterness. Below that is a very nice sweet potato and dark chocolate flavor, but not as strong as some other Yunnan blacks I have had. There is a mineral tang on the finish of the flavor.

Overall, I would say this is a very low grade Yunnan black. For the price of this tea, it would be better to stick with other sources.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
102 tasting notes

Sleep has been a very difficult thing for me lately, which doesn’t work well with my 7AM work schedule. Here lately, I’ve been loading up on the espresso shots, but I thought I would give this tea a try for my morning coffee fix.

It certainly didn’t have the stimulation of a 6-shot flat white, but the “coffee” flavor was there. Of course, this is nothing like real coffee. Imagine those cheap french vanilla powdered coffees that they sell in tins at the grocery store. The vanilla flavor is extremely strong, almost too strong. Though the website says that the nutty flavor is almond, it tastes more like hazelnut to me.

I can’t taste the puerh base at all, but it colors the liquid black, making me feel like I am drinking coffee. This tea is actually pretty great if you’re looking for cheap flavored coffee without the bitterness, but the flavoring is toeing the line on being too strong for my liking.

Still, the second steep is better. The flavors have mellowed a bit. It might be something I want to keep around.

Flavors: Coffee, Hazelnut, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
115 tasting notes

First off, thanks to Super Starling! for this sample.

I’m just going to come right out and say it. I think I used too much water in this one. I did about 1.5 tbsp and 16 oz of water PER THE WEBSITE DIRECTIONS so I wasn’t just winging it. Set the temp for near boiling. Steeped it for 4 minutes. The smell was pretty amazing. It made me want to eat the tea right out of the bag. However, I passed my civilized training course, so I controlled myself and just steeped it instead.

I was so surprised when I poured this out and it was a blonde yellow color. Didn’t see that coming. I feel though that my tea tasted a bit watered down. And that is probably my fault. I used more water than I normally would anyway because I was trying to follow instructions. The flavor was nice. I get some of that chocolate coconut. I really liked it… but I wanted more OOMPH. I imagine if I cut the water in half I could get that stronger, less watery flavor I am looking for.

The good news is that my dear friend is awesome and sent me enough to have multiple sessions so all is not lost. I’ll try this again at another time and adjust the rating as needed.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Super Starling!

Definitely re-try with less water (about 12-14 oz). Also, it’s safe to leave it in there for 5 or 6 minutes. (I am an oversteeping champion).

mtchyg

I knew as soon as I measured it out and poured it in there. I saw how much water appeared to be in the tea pot vs how much I normally eyeball and I thought, “Oh dear. That is far too much water. But, instructions ARE instructions.” Should have trusted my gut.

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
446 tasting notes

Sample from Tea in Spoons’ stash sale. Thank you!

This is very sweet and fruity, as if it were a fruit juice rather than a tea. I don’t know what guava tastes like, but this has the sort of flavor I associate with tropical fruits. I can definitely taste mango, and maybe some pineapple as well. This is definitely delicious.

Flavors: Mango, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I really like this one. I’ve eaten a lot of guavas and this doesn’t taste anything like the fruit. Still the tea is good.

rosebudmelissa

Good to know. I’ve never tried one, so I didn’t know how this compared. I do like mango’s though, and that’s what this one tastes like to me.

Evol Ving Ness

yeah, it is kind of mango/ pineappley. I haven’t had it in a while. Time to dig this one out.

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This is so good I didn’t even realize it was a green tea. I thought it was a white tea. It tastes a tiny bit sweet (like what you expect from flowery or toasted teas) with a light to medium amount of jasmine flavour. The butterfly rolls are beautiful as the unravel and expand. What I appreciate most of that even though this is green, it is not leafy/stemy/grassy at all, no tastes of vegetal that I expect from most greens. It also isn’t astringent as some greens are prone to. I really enjoyed this and will be buying some more.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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It seems strange to go against everything a particular tea stands for. A gyokuro is supposed to be minimally processed, is it not? Why roast a gyokuro? According to Steepster, Davids is the only one to attempt it.

The dry leaf smells kind of like a barn, but in a good way. It’s more than hay; it’s the wood, the humid smell, something a little horsey.

The brew tastes like roasted chestnuts and cashews. There’s a little buttery flavor, but the dominating flavor is roasted—roasted nuts and hay. There’s also a hint of cedar wood. It’s a little drying as well.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Hot hay, Nuts, Roasted nuts, Toasty

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Sample from Tea in Spoon’s stash sale. Thank you!

This is billed as a women’s tea that is specifically recommended for pregnancy. I tend to drink a lot less tea when I’m pregnant for a number of reasons. One of them is that I tend to become very sensitive to strong flavors. This is a mildly flavored tea, tasting mostly of herbs, apple, and hints of other fruits. It tastes like something that would probably actually be palatable while I was pregnant, and its the sort of pleasant but unremarkable kind of tea that I could see myself drinking everyday. I’m giving this a higher rating than I normally give “pleasant” teas since I haven’t had many apple teas that I like the taste of and it seems like it would work very well for its intended purpose.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Herbaceous

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
115 tasting notes

I received this tea in a swap with Super Starling! It’s actually clever because every time you type her username, you have no choice but to seem excited. Which you probably should be.

So, she sends me this tea with a note stating something to the tune of “I hate this tea. Hot Potato. You take it.” So I did. I bravely (stupidly?) drank that sample first out of all that she sent me. It was also recommended that I drink it iced.

I brewed it up and then poured it over ice. I tried it hot first. Just a few sips. Maybe I brewed it with too much water but it didn’t taste too horrible. Slightly sweet with a tang of sour apple candy. But fairly easy to drink.

After I iced both of my infusions and started drinking them, I realized what Super Starling! was referring to in her review. There is that artificial tangy apple taste/feel that kind of coats the tongue. While I was drinking it, I felt it but even after I was done that feeling and flavor lasted for even a few hours later. Mostly as a background but still there.

While I don’t think I hated this one as much, I can see why someone would dislike the artificial sour apple flavor that coats the mouth for quite a long time afterwards.

Flavors: Apple Candy, Candy, Green Apple

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

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Oh my gosh, yes. This tea steeps up a really bangin’ pink and tastes like an apple pie. I’m not getting a whole lot of “nuts” from this, actually, except for the creaminess.

This tea smells like an American BBQ dessert table.

You want to eat it, then watch a hot-dog-eating contest, then witness a man being shot out of a cannon, then fire off bottle rockets in your backyard.

Actually, I want to do all of these things all the time.

I wish it were a smidge richer, and had caffeine. Then it would be perfect. But as-is, it’s pretty great.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Creamy

mtchyg

The Nutty Almond Cream that I sent you is a lot like this tea. I have you 26g. Let me know how it compares.

Super Starling!

Mitch: will do! :)

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I’m going through my (OLD) advent calendar and thought, this founds yummy! Blech, I couldn’t even finish the cup. I’m not sure if it’s the cornflowers? But there was some weird flavour I couldn’t pinpoint and I’m not sad this tea is discontinued, lol.

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
216 tasting notes

Man, I was so excited to try this tea and finally ordered it online. However, it disappointed me…the smell and taste of it was just meh. It’s drinkable and that’s about it for me-It’s almost flavorless or it’s so old it has lost its flavor or something. I might have to try it double strength next time and steep it longer than the 5 minutes.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1118 tasting notes

Ewww…i tried this as a cold brew since I have been doing all my herbals that way lately. Since creme caramel rooibos turned out well as a cold brew, I though his would be ok too. I was wrong, so very wrong. It is WAY too sweet and just…yuck.

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
1118 tasting notes

This was a good cold brew but it was a little too artificially sweet. But, I really enjoy coconut, so this is definitely something that I would drink.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

I absolutly love this tea iced!!!! I have tried hot as well and its still delicious. This tea is also great for kids given its caffine free and pretty healthy, my younger sister loves it i make it her 2-3 times a day haha.

Flavors: Cotton Candy, Sweet

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
96 tasting notes

Refreshing tea with a light taste. I made it in the DavidsTea Ice Tea Press. The trick (for me) with this tea is to steep it for a while to really release all the flavours, and then ice it.

Flavors: Grapefruit

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Chocolate Covered Banana by DAVIDsTEA
7609 tasting notes

another one from variaTEA – wasn’t sure i’d like this one because of the mate. Turns out it’s not bad, just a little too sweet for me. The mate taste is buried, so that’s likely why i enjoyed it. Don’t think i’d pick up more of this on my own, but would drink it again if offered. It tastes like it’s name – chocolate + banana…just super sweet. I suspect this might make a decent latte to easy out the sweetness a little.

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