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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I got this as a sample packet from my last tea order and I thought it smelled amazing! I love pineapple and coconut teas. I was pretty disappointed with the actual flavour, though. As much as I love coconut, that was really all I could taste. I wonder if I used too much water and made it too weak. I’m getting another sample next week, so I’ll try it again, without filling my perfect mug all the way with water this time.

I’m really bad at reviewing things, so hopefully I did a semi decent job this time?

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
1829 tasting notes

My local Davids Tea was sampling this cold and since I love all things pina colada I HAD to try it. Unfortunately there’s something about the smell and something about the taste that I found really unpleasant. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t. I can’t even pinpoint as to what it was, as apart from the hibiscus i like all the ingredients individually and even the hibiscus wasn’t in a quantity large enough to be off-putting. Maybe my taste buds are off – that happens sometimes with the meds I’m on. And since it was such a small amount I got to try I’m going to hold off rating this tea for now.

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
2677 tasting notes

This is a sweet tea so when I cold brewed it last night I decided to mellow it out with some Tea Desire’s Buddha bamboo. It actually turned out quite nicely. I’m getting candied pineapple flavor with some coconut creaminess minus the overwhelming sweetness. The freshness of this bamboo is just making the whole drink taste cleaner and more bright. Definitely a good choice to mix the two.

Evol Ving Ness

And it sounds like a win.

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
2677 tasting notes

Everyday I bring my cold brew to school, I have a friend who excitedly asks “is that a teapop?” since she has never heard of them so she is curious. Today I decided to bring a teapop to show her what it is but I took a lazy route and cold brewed it. Since cold brewing in the carbonated water directly didn’t turn out so great and I am too lazy to wake up earlier to brew tea, I decided to cold brew 4 tsps in 8 oz of water and then top off the strained tea with the perrier in the morning. That actually worked though using a plastic water bottle wasn’t the best idea since the pressure built inside (don’t worry, it didn’t explode) and the bottom bubbled so it kept rolling around the desk.

As for this as a tea pop, for one thing, it was a lovely color (think dusty rose with a bit of sparkle). Unfortunately, lovely color doesn’t mean lovely taste. I found it to be too sweet brewed this way. Granted, a tea like this is bound to be sweet but it was just too much. Something about the tea pop just emphasized the coconut which thankfully was not lotion-y but still a bit much. Luckily I have 85g of it so I can continue to experiment. I will hold off on ratings until I do so.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

Note to self: you don’t hate this one. It’s just a bit weak for you, so you need to use more tea.

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The taste of this reminds me of an orange creamsicle. It’s good but rooibos based teas will never be favourites of mine. There is always that woody undertone that I just don’t love. This one is nice enough though. I feel like it would be good iced as well. Will have to try that this summer!

Flavors: Cream, Orange, Rooibos, Vanilla

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Hello Cherry Blossom!

This was one of those teas I was really curious to try out. It was the first time I had a green and white tea blend, and I was worried I may over steep by accident.

Right away when you open the tin you are greeted with the smell of cherries and florals. The cherry smell was pretty strong, but it didn’t bother me one bit. I know some people are really put off by cherry scents and flavourings because it reminds them of cough syrup. I can see that happening here as the cherry aroma is pretty noticeable.

I noticed that once steeped the taste of cherry wasn’t as strong as the smell of cherry. You could definitely taste the cherry flavour and florals in the background, but I did not find it overpowering. In fact I found it to be a very delicate and and subtle tasting tea – quite the opposite of how it smelled.

I was kind of surprised DAVIDsTEA decided to add this to the 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. It really feels more of a spring/summer tea due to the floral and delicate taste, especially when comparing to the more winter teas that have flavours like cinnamon and hibiscus. Cherry Blossom didn’t rock my socks off, but I still found it to be very enjoyable, and I didn’t over steep it – yay!

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Sipdown and backlog!

Good tea for my aching tummy a couple nights ago!
I recently just moved to Florida because of my Internship, and man oh man has it been a crazy week. Not with training, but just everything that has happened in the city of Orlando so far. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that have been affected and it’s scary to thing that every single event that has happened is less than a 30 minute drive away. Can we please just go back to being peaceful? I don’t think Orlando can take it anymore.

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Organic North African Mint by DAVIDsTEA was THE ONLY tea that I disliked the most out of the entire 24 Days of Tea.

I was going to use the word hate because that’s how much I did NOT like this tea, but hate is a pretty strong word to use in the same sentence as tea (and in general) and at the end of the day it’s still tea and I love tea.

But seriously, I thought this tea was so awful I couldn’t finish it.

The dominant flavour that kept hitting me in my face was BLACK PEPPER.

Holy cow was that pepper so strong, it entirely ruined everything.

It’s sad because I wanted to love this tea and I had really high hopes for it. It combined two types of teas I love – green and mint. In theory it should have been a magical tea but it makes me sad to say that it was really terrible.

After the shock of pepper subdued, you got a second round of spices in your face. Yes cardamon, ginger, and fennel – I’m looking at you.

This tea was also way too spicy it left my mouth burning and overall in a very uncomfortable state. Maybe I just got unlucky with the batch I got, because I couldn’t taste any green tea or peppermint. For now I have no urge to try this tea again anytime soon, as it left me kind of scarred.

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Ah, Glitter & Gold. One of my favourite’s in the 24 Days of Tea samples and all around a DT fan fave.

Yes I realize it’s June and I’m still working on my 24 Days of Tea reviews. Better late than never right?

Anyways I literally had a cup of this yesterday and it reminded me why I like this tea so much.

It’s really smooth for a black tea and really easy on the taste buds. Plus that hint of cinnamon gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. It has a hint of cinnamon but not so much of it that it’s overpowering.

I found this tea so smooth that I just drank it as is. This is pretty rare for me when it comes to black teas – usually I always add in milk and sometimes a bit of honey. With glitter & gold I didn’t feel the need to add it in.

I also love that they added little gold stars, sparkles, and tiny square pieces of sugar. It definitely gives it that “glitter and gold” star power.

I only wish I came across this tea sooner. It looks like the earlier versions had these little gold balls instead of stars. When you swirl your tea around you actually see a patch of glitter swirling around in your cup. The first thing that comes to mind when I saw it was the milky way. I tried swirling my tea around with the newer batches but sadly it just not have that same effect.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
26 tasting notes

I was hoping for more buttery salty flavours, but unfortunately it is more on the fruity side. When I steep it weaker it is OK, but the stronger I steep it the more fruity and sweet it tastes. Just not what I hoped for… There is also no actual tea leaves in it. :(

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drank Grape Freeze by DAVIDsTEA
215 tasting notes

I had a free tea coupon so I used it up to try this one. I went to get a free sample in store but it was half hour before closing time and they did not have any left. Anyways, this tea is so delicious. Very light and refreshing-you can also taste the grape in it. I will be getting more of this one once payday comes around.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
215 tasting notes

I tried this as a sample in store and I did not like it…

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drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

I’ve never actually met someone who likes cinnamon hearts, I don’t know how those things are around they’re like … bleh but here this tea is in my cupboard (I didn’t buy it, people’ve got me sampler things from dt and this was in 2 of them) and it tastes exactly like cinnamon hearts which I think is just a terrible idea. The spice is not right :l

EDIT: Wait, sorry, this has a green tea base? W.. okay then I didn’t even notice. I don’t see any green leaves, all of them are black so I just assumed they had a black base.. Not that it matters, the cinnamon heartiness is way too over-powering anyways

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drank Monk's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
171 tasting notes

Tried this for the first time today. Interesting and strange mix of jasmine and milk oolong. I liked it, but throughout the cup, every sip was what? what? just getting used to the oddness of the two tastes in tandem.

The first steep was far more milk oolong on top of jasmine. The second steep was jasmine up front with milk oolong far in the background. Unfortunately, followed by an aftertaste of bitterness of oversteeped restaurant jasmine tea even though my steeps had been cool and quick.

I had left a full carry mug of this overnight and it is delicious cold. Yum.

Flavors: Cream, Green, Jasmine, Milk

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I did that one Gong Fu since the Milk Oolong was so bitter.

Evol Ving Ness

I thought it was the jasmine green and white that was bitter.

In my first steep, the milk oolong came in smooth and true.

Daylon R Thomas

The bitterness was with the thick buttery body when I had it, but I think you’re right.

Evol Ving Ness

To me, it seemed like two different happenings: the milk oolong and the jasmine rather than a united taste.

I was hoping that the creamy butteriness of the milk oolong would come through in later steeps too, but after the first steep, that was done. I didn’t bother doing a third steep after the bitterness of the second. Perhaps, I should try as an experiment. I will report on this once I get around to this tea again.

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Am I breaking some sort of code of ethics by using this grade in a protein smoothie? Overall, I prefer consuming matcha cold, so I haven’t tried this hot yet. I got this for free a few months ago, hence the splurgy behaviour.

Today’s breakfast:

200ml Silk original soy milk
50g Syntha-6 banana flavoured protein powder
2g Ceremonial Matcha
95g frozen banana
60g frozen blueberries

In comparison to Grand Cru, I can tell, even in a smoothie, that this is more vegetal, while Grand Cru is brighter. Both are grassy but this has more of a wheatgrass-like bite. I think I actually prefer the Grand Cru, whose batches are consistently brighter (emerald) green in colour. It’s crisper in flavour and not as vegetal.

Evol Ving Ness

I prefer the Grand Cru as well.

Fjellrev

Sweet! Go team!

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drank Monk's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Had a sample packet of this from DAVIDs. It has a nice grassy aroma. Once brewed, the creamy flavour of the milk oolong and milk flavouring mixes with the white tea and jasmine accents. There’s a small amount of bitterness to it especially as it cools, but it’s not unpleasant.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Flowers, Grass, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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73
drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

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