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65
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 7 of the Easter Advent calendar (5 and 6 are coming eventually…I opened the doors to know what they were, but haven’t had a chance to consume them yet).

I bought this tea for a friend (not much; only about 25 g or so) thinking it sounded good in theory, but might be terrible. And what better way to find out if a tea is good than to buy some for a friend and see if they like it? :) She thought it was good, but something was “weird” about the taste that she couldn’t put her finger on. So with that in mind, I tried it.

And I agree. There’s something “weird” about this tea that I can’t quite place. The mango and pineapple in it reminded me of Mango Madness (white tea base) but the oolong gave it a bit of a different flavour. Maybe the weird taste of the tea is the kombucha? I have no idea what kombucha tea tastes like, so that might be it. The after-taste was especially strange. I dunno how much I like it.

Verdict: this tea tastes so similar to Mango Madness, which I already have in my cupboard and really like, that I can’t see myself buying it. Plus that “weirdness” to it. Puts me off. I don’t know if I’d recommend it, so I’ll refrain from that until I try it again.

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95

Well color me surprised. I’m trying all of the Easter Tea Trail teas coldbrewed (except for Chocolate Macaroon) and I am so happy with this one! I’m not an Earl fan, but this is like a bright, fruity lemonade-like tea. Yummy.

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94
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
177 tasting notes

Finally got to try this one, thanks ashleyelizabeth! I’ve had my eye on this one for a bit, because I really just enjoy the heck out of chocolate mint teas. Simple, no fuss, but usually good flavor, as that combination is not hard to replicate. I’ve been excited about this one, though, because apparently chocolate mint herbals are a lot more common than chocolate mint blacks, for some reason. Maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, this is pretty decent. The base is fairly nondescript, but the chocolate and mint are well balanced. Neither flavor is very strong. I see what other people were talking about, the way the sprinkles make a kind of oily sheen on the top of the water. I don’t mind it, as it doesn’t change the mouthfeel. I might try this iced at some point, although I’m not sure how chocolate would come through in an iced tea. I guess we’ll see!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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100
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

A jolt of caffeine to the rescue!

Nothing much to say about this blend. I’m tasting chocolate, but not a lot of the other flavours. Also, this tastes somewhat sour today.

There’s just enough left for one more brewed cup. I won’t miss it when it’s gone.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

This is my absolute favourite tea. It is sweet and nutty all at the same time. You have to make sure you steep it right though, or else it loses it’s charm.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
1188 tasting notes

My second go at a “tea cocktail” type vodka drink, this time with adjusted amounts. Instead of 2 tsp. of tea, I used a tbsp. to cold brew and only about a shot and a half of vanilla vodka. I also let this cold brew for slightly longer before straining it.

The smell of this one is incredibly rich and delicious; seriously the almost pudding like caramel aroma is very intensely emanating from my cup – no smell of vodka at all. As far as the taste goes, I think this is more of a success than yesterday’s cup (but maybe that’s because I’m using a tea that I enjoy a bit more). The “burning” sensation of the vodka is less strong, and the vanilla/caramel is very rich and flavourful.

It saddens me a little how much leaf this used of my precious Creme Brulee blend – but I’m very happy with the results! Even Tre remarked that it smelled really good. I think the next one I want to try is Blueberry Jam in the Wildberry Vodka…

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
944 tasting notes

More of a tummy tea for me, and I hope it works tonight. Bleh.

This cup is more juniper berry than anything, which is weird. Or, maybe I really am in the midst of some sort of stomach bug that’s thrown me off. All I know is, today this tastes weird, offputting, metallic and biting. I’m still drinking it.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Jillian

Feel better soon!

jump62359

Oh my gosh I am so sorry.
Please oh please, I hope you feel better!

MissB

No Miss jump, it’s not the tea prior – I’ve had a stomach bug for most of the week now.

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75

I drank this tea early in my switch from coffee to loose-leaf, and I found it impressive in both its ability to carry a lot of flavour and its efficacy as a maté. It maintains its dominant powdery chocolate flavour (powdery like cocoa, not like sugary hot chocolate mix) and like any other properly-balanced tea, its other ingredients bring out its main even more. This tea also stands up well to milk, both regular and flavoured non-dairy alternatives; I stirred this around with 20% vanilla soy milk and still got a huge kick of chocolate, with the vanilla flavouring marrying nicely with the cocoa and nutty flavours. I didn’t purchase this tea again, only because I found the flavour to be a bit too strong to drink more than two or three times a week, and that natural cocoa taste lingered in my mouth through the day. But it certainly does what it’s marketed to do, so I would recommend this tea for those looking for a “healthier” alternative to coffee and chocoholics of all kinds, alike.

Flavors: Ash, Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Licorice, Nutmeg, Nuts, Stonefruits, Taro Root

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78

This is the only tea that I’ve eaten, with my fingers, in all of its soggy goodness, after about three piping hot steeps to get every last drop of flavouring out of it. A fan favourite, Forever Nuts adds a good sweet but still authentically nutty flavouring to any combination of teas. I purchased it as a new DavidsTea customer, and it was sold to me by a green employee who told me “it’s really pretty when it steeps pink and sparkly.” What really got me, once I actually brought it home to try it, was the smell. I have a peanut allergy (but not to any other nuts) so I was skeptical of making myself a nut-based beverage. It doesn’t smell like nuts but rather like cane sugar, honey, vanilla, and even strawberries. If this tea is too sweet for you, steep it a bit longer to get a stronger flavour with nuttier undertones. Also makes a great iced tea without any flavouring needed, but if you must, I suggest honey.

Flavors: Coconut, Honey, Honeydew, Stewed Fruits, Vanilla

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93

For a product marketed as a consumers-choice experiment, I was honestly expecting this tea to be a messy combination of flavours without any balance or harmony whose taste would reflect its lack of care or craftsmanship. I took a cup home once it was named and was blown away. True to a black tea, it carries a dominant base backing coconut and cane sugar flavours on the nose and tongue, but finishes with a 50/50 balanced, simple yet prominent mint that dances all the way down your throat to cool the belly. Appeals to both the seasoned, former-coffee drinker with a heavier palette (that’s me) and the tea newbie looking for strong flavours that are familiar and easy to identify. A fan favourite, and therefore an obvious consumers’ choice. Well done David!

Flavors: Caramel, Corn Husk, Flowers, Honey, Pine

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82

Every insomniac needs to keep at least 100g of this stuff in their cupboard. A foolproof sleep aide, needs no sweetener but smells of honey and flowers, and will have you dozing in 30 minutes or so. A little messy to clean out as the flowers disintegrate into a mushy powder with each steep. And, if you don’t like chamomile – which is a category I definitely fall into – you’ll love this. Take it from me.

Flavors: Cedar, Flowers, Honey, Leeks, Mushrooms

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68

Off-balance. Caramel pieces provided too much sweetness to contrast the natural rooibos flavour, creating a dulling aftertaste that one might get after putting too much maple syrup on a pancake and having the insides of your mouth stick together uncomfortably. Smells phenomenal but didn’t carry through post-steep. However, blend 1/2 and 1/2 with a standard vanilla rooibos and ICE, and this makes for a delicious alternative with no sweetener required.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Molasses

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50

As a mango-lover, I had high hopes for this tea but found it fell short in the flavour department. The mango taste was certainly authentic but not prevalent enough to hold up against its counterparts, which could have better complimented mango, the namesake of the tea. Certainly light and refreshing and perhaps it would have been better if steeped longer than the recommended time at a slightly higher temperature than the usual calling for green varieties. Would not buy again but would purchase for others new to tea who enjoy fruit flavours.

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88

Am v happy for QueenOfTarts for contacting me and wanting to swap because if if wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have had this tea!
Ahhh I freakin love rooibos because now I’m forcing myself to actually listen to my doctor and try to cut caffeine out of my diet. I stop it with the caffeine at 5 now, and soon enough, that’ll slowly creep up to 12 dang. Not cutting caffeine out completely, but this is the closest I’ll get!

But ahhh THIS SMELLS SO GOOD.
It like cake and dessert and caramel and cream and luscious goodness.
Steeping and it smells a smidge like blueberries because I didn’t bother cleaning out my infuser completely before moving onto this one oops. I better not taste the blueberries when I drink it!
Mmmm it tastes like caramel cake. Ahh so good! I really like this tea wow. I freakin LOVE how it’s rooibos, too! Like seriously. I wanna thank all the people I’ve been swapping with who gave me a ton of caffeine-free teas. Like I freakin LOVE my flavoured blacks, but I actually need the rooibos and herbals. If only all my favourite teas were all caffeine-free.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
QueenOfTarts

Yay! This one is one of my favorites.

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12

Tried this in the DavidsTea 2013 Advent Calendar. A disappointment. Gives off a pungent, rot-like smoky smell both dry and steeping to precede an equally foul-tasting product. Does not marry the flavours of the popular holiday dessert with nearly as much harmony as the real thing. Might be a creative gift for an acquaintance over the holidays who you know loves chocolate oranges, but has received more than their share in stocking stuffers in their lifetime. Spice it up and gift this tea, but do not drink it.

Flavors: Leather, Tar

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70

DavidsTea Tea of the Month for April 2014. Goes well with a bit of honey but any other sweetener will overpower its delicate notes. Coconut adds natural sweetness with hints of lemongrass; tastes like the tropics. Well-balanced.

Flavors: Coconut, Flowers, Grass, Lemon Zest

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86

This is my go-to whenever I start to catch a cold. I brew a whole pot of this and sip on it for hours until I fall asleep. Instantly, the peppermint clears sinuses while the orange peel sends waves of relaxation through your entire body, and the peppercorns provide a lasting kick. An incredible sensation when you’re feeling less-than-stellar – and one you can depend on to work every time. Do not oversteep; it kills the flavour and will not make the medicinal properties any more effective. Honey complements but agave is often too sweet.

Flavors: Earth, Orange Zest, Pine

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39
drank Sweet Ginger Heat by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

This tea smells much spicier than it actually tastes.. My fiance loves this tea – he said he likes the balance of the ginger with the peppercorns. I don’t enjoy it nearly as much. There’s a hint of ginger and I love the peppercorns because it gives a lingering spicy taste. But I also get a very earthy, dirt like taste. It must be from the green tea?

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68
drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

This was a random add on to a DavidsTea purchase from a while ago. I’m going through my cupboard and trying more teas I haven’t had in a while. When I opened the package I was surprised by how little of a pistachio/nutty sent there is. When it steeps the mulberry leaves really open up. This is a very mellow tea but I like it when I’m in the mood. I don’t get a lot of the pistachio flavor and you definitely need to like mulberry in order to enjoy this tea.

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68
drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

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75
drank Lychee Bloom by DAVIDsTEA
1363 tasting notes

So far today I have had a cup of tea spilled on my laptop and my dinner dumped on my roommates shoes. It has not been a very good night thus far. Though I have been with friends and that is fun.

Now we are enjoying a pot of this pretty tea. It tastes nice enough but nothing spectacular. Lychee is definitely present and the base has a full body.

Courtney

Agh. I hope this evening looks up. :)

Cavocorax

Aw crap. :|
Is the laptop ok? My friend spilled tea on hers and after drying it out for a long time it was fine again…

VariaTEA

The laptop is all good, thankfully, especially given I have an exam at 6 pm

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64
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

So, about 2 hours ago I found out that a job I really wanted went to another candidate. I’m still upset, and also a little freaked out that it’s taking me so long to find a job.

Anyways. I’m on the hunt for the perfect caffeine-free tea for the evenings, so this is tonight’s experiment. I love the dried smell of this – I smell almonds, cinnamon, vanilla, and overall it smells like a nice pastry.

Brewed, this wasn’t was I expected. I was prepared for it to steep up a bright magenta based on all of the other reviews here, but instead it was a gentle rose, tinted with amber. The smell of the liquor was very true to the smell of the dried tea. I added a bit of cinnamon honey to make sure it tasted nice and dessert-y.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn’t live up to my expectations. I was hoping for sweet, almondy, marzipanny goodness, but the taste was mild, and the aftertaste was sour.

This was a good experiment, though. I have enough left for one more cup, so I’ll see how it is to steep this up with Big Apple to get Apple Pie tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
teaqueen

I’m job-hunting, too. It’s sooooo stressful. I’m sorry to hear about the job you wanted. Don’t give up, something will work out :)

Also, good luck with your perfect evening tea search!

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81
drank Sweet Ginger Heat by DAVIDsTEA
2170 tasting notes

La la la…
I am back from my new doctor’s office, I can’t believe they took more x-rays, pretty soon I am going to be radioactive. I guess my fracture is all healed up but he agrees I have a frozen shoulder and soft tissue damage and this will take another 6 months to a year to clear up. Good times!

I thought I’d have some more of this spicy ginger tea this afternoon, I like this one for the belly and for the anti-inflammatory effect. It’s spicy and zingy.

Cheri

Oh no! When I messed up my wrist, it took quite a while for the soft tissue damage to clear up. I.hope yours goes quickly. Will you be doing physical therapy?

TeaBrat

yes, I’ve been doing it for the last 6 weeks and it’s really painful!

Veronica

Wow. I’m sorry you’re still hurting. I was in a car accident years ago and ended up with a frozen shoulder. I remember how not fun that was. Good luck with the physical therapy, and remember to be gentle with yourself (my physical therapist would always say that to me before I left her office :)).

TeaBrat

Veronica, how long did it take your frozen shoulder to go away?

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