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I popped by my local DT today and decided to try this tea. It’s finally sunny outside, so I figured this would be refreshing!

This tastes very much like a Pina Colada! It’s quite tasty! The smell and flavour are really close, which is nice. There is cinnamon in this tea, but it doesn’t really come through. I kind of wish it did though…it would be an interesting take on a pina colada and would also add to the “hot” part of Hot Tropic. Maybe as a hot drink you can taste it more. I had this cold so I’m not sure haha. I got this with sweetner in it, but I’m not sure that it is necessary as this is very sweet.

Overall, it’s yummy, but I probably won’t keep a stash of my own. I would definitely drink it again though!

Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
847 tasting notes

I got this as a to go cup, since I was told it’s being discontinued, and I figured I might as well try it while I still can (and stock up if it’s amazing.)

This tea started off really nice – floral oolong, very authentic pineapple flavour (maybe the best I’ve experienced in a tea yet), but there’s also a very strong medicinal note that gives this a kind of cough syrup quality that I’m just not enjoying.

I thought maybe I oversteeped it (probably), but adding more water and resteeping the leaves didn’t help.

Ah well, pineapple oolong, I will not be sad to see you go.

Flavors: Floral, Medicinal, Pineapple

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
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I went into Davids today to see if I could score a free cup of tea from their Easter egg hunt. There was one stuck right on the sign at the front of store, which sort of bummed me out. I expected a challenge!

As soon as I was handed my tea I sniffed it. It was kind of weird smelling, but as it steeped it turned into a beautiful yummy candy scent.

Tasting….JUST like honey dew melon. I can’t wait to go back and grab a bag of this.

Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Honeydew

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
847 tasting notes

A hot sample in store. I was expecting coconut and orchid oolong flavours, but I couldn’t taste the oolong at all actually. The dominant note was ginger, with a hint of creamy coconut under it. Very odd.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Sampled this as a latte in store. I’ve had this before and was very unimpressed. It’s definitely better as a latte, but it still doesn’t have the flavours that I would hope for from a salted caramel tea. Ah well.

Flavors: Sweet

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
847 tasting notes

Sampled this iced in store today, and all I really remember is that it was a bit tart and a bit berryish, but nothing really stood out for me.

Glad I got a chance to try it but I won’t be buying any.

Flavors: Berry, Tart

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
647 tasting notes

This is such a weird tea!
I have gone back and forth thinking that I will like it.
And that’s kinda how I feel now that I’ve tried it. xD
I taste berries. Honey. Maple. Coconut. I feel like if it were just the honey, maple and coconut I’d love it without a doubt, but the berries kinda throws me off. It’s just a weird combo xD But I actually kinda really like it. Like I can see this one growing on me and me getting past the weird berry flavor.
This one might have to be in my collection :O
Thank you soooo much for the sample, Megan Low!! I’ve wanted to try it for forever!!

Flavors: Berries, Coconut, Fruity, Honey, Maple, Smooth, Sweet

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
647 tasting notes

This one has a pretty inky and malty flavor. It’s not bad. Not something I would buy either. Kinda expected it to taste like wood though xD So glad it didn’t!
I think I’d like this if it were more malty, but it’s not! Oh well.
Glad it was only a sample!

Flavors: Malt

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drank Strawberry Fields by DAVIDsTEA
647 tasting notes

This has a super strong smell and taste….definitely strawberries. Not even like a fake strawberry taste even. The strawberry is pretty spot on.
I just hate that they made this tea with a black tea base!
Fruity teas with a black tea bases just don’t taste right to me. No matter how strong the fruity flavors are, the black tea base just overwhelms it every time. :(
Sad times…
But glad I gave this one a try.
Thank you Megan Low for the sample! :D

Flavors: Bitter, Strawberry, Sweet

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Nice if you don’t steep it too much. The earthy pu-erh taste can get really intense. Sometimes I really like this tea and sometimes I actually can’t stand it. I thought I liked it a lot more than I did – I don’t think pu-erh is my favourite.

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
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I was way too excited to try this tea last night.. Probably because snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie ever :P I love the warm, gooey, mostly-baked kind. I don’t do crunchy cookies..

Anyway. My expectations were high… and this tea did not meet them. Does it taste like cinnamon? Yes. Is it sweet? Yes. Does it taste like a cookie? No.
It tastes like the mulling spices that I put in my apple cider. How does a snickerdoodle taste anything like apple cider sans apples? While the tea is “good” flavor-wise, I can’t be excited about it since it doesn’t taste like a cookie that Mom would make.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaNTees

Aw, what a bummer!

TeaBrat

wasn’t a fan of this myself

meakbot

Nothing will ever beat, let alone match Mom’s baked goods – sorry the tea was a bummer. I wasn’t a fan of it either… but then again I don’t enjoy the cookies :/

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drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
647 tasting notes

Got a sample of this in my latest swap with the lovely Megan Low! Have really wanted to try this one! Was surprised by this one actually…but at the same time I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on it! XD
Do you know what the skin of the peach tastes like? Taste kinda peachy, but also has that kinda like…dirt flavor. I don’t know another way to describe it. xD Just has that weird dirty skin flavor haha! There’s a touch of apricot in it too. I actually surprisingly like the blend of apricot and peach, they balanced each other out quite nicely. If it weren’t for the weird dirt skin taste I would probably buy this!
Glad I got to try at least before this collection goes away-thank you so much for the sample, Megan Low!!

Flavors: Apricot, Dirt, Peach, Sweet

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With any luck I had this early enough in the afternoon to not be up all night, but with no work/school tomorrow it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

This starts on a coffee note which quickly progresses into something akin to cinnamon coffee cake. I almost get a touch of caramel in there too. Very interested to see how this would do as a latte. Maybe I’ll pick up a little so I can make one at home.

Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Coffee

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The was one of the teas I bought on my first visit to DAVID’s. Again, I purchased way too much, but I’m almost through it now.

Had this cold brewed for the first time. First notes were a powerful orange, but about half way through the gooseberry started coming through. Most of the after taste is that pleasant sour of gooseberries. We had a gooseberry bush when I was growing up, but ever since we moved when I was eight I haven’t really heard much mention of them so I was really excited to see them listed as an ingredient. Funnily enough, I’ve never really picked up on them in this tea before now. I may buy more of this eventually, but after having it in my cupboard for about 7 months now, I’ll be happy to have it gone for a little while.

Flavors: Orange, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I picked up enough of this for a sample size at the local store. Probably about 30g.

I really liked the smell of this tea. It was quite fruity but it also smelled comforting (I don’t really know how to put this into scent form! haha). The first time I had it, it was enjoyable! very light and fruity. However, the second time I had it, it got really bitter really quick, and was not enjoyable. So I’m kind of confused about this tea. It was not bad, it just wasn’t great… maybe I left the teabag in too long.

I also tried freezing this tea into popsicle form! It turned out really well, but again they tasted a bit too bitter for my liking. Perhaps I just didn’t put enough care into my steeping processes.

I won’t be buying this again, but I would drink it again if somebody could make it for me. It was not my favorite, but I have had worse.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrusy, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lemon, Sour

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I tried this cold at my local DT with some sweetner. I really like it! When I was smelling the new teas the other day, I wasn’t expecting to like this. I’m not a huge berry fan unless I’m eating them. Otherwise, I find that it usually ends up way too sweet. As soon as I smelled this one though, I had to have it! It smells sooooo good. It’s not too berryish. It is well balanced. I think that the lemongrass in here really balances the tea because it tastes similar to a berry lemonade….it isn’t strictly berry.

With that being said, it is quite sweet. The first time I purchased this I had sweetner with it, but the second time I did not. It is still great without. The strength of it and the sweetness of it are perfect.

Although I have not yet purchased a stash of this, I probably will soon. It will be a great tea to drink iced this summer. Then I will have one to alternate with Magic Dragon!

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Lemon, Lemongrass, Sweet

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I looooooove this tea!

Lemon teas have always been a favorite of mine. I especially love honey lemon tea! I don’t know why I haven’t tried this sooner.

I went into DAVID’s TEA with a new friend the other day and we were smelling some teas. Then I stumbled upon this gem and ended up purchasing 50g (even though I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more tea!).

I love this so much. First of all, it’s a black tea. I love black tea. Secondly, it’s lemony. I love lemon. Overall this is really great. I bought this to go in store, and I got it with sweetner. The sweetner really brought out the lemon flavor. However, when I tried this at home with some agave, I really did not like the sweetner in it. I preferred it without. Maybe they forgot to put it in when I got it in store! Oh well! Without the sweetner the lemon flavour is more dominant.

I was very happy with this purchase, and I will probably keep a stock of this in my tea cupboard. It is very tasty!

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Lemon, Orange

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Mmm! I enjoy this! I bought this as a cold to go cup a week or two ago (I am getting behind in my reviews, so this one will be quite short!). It was quite tasty, although the flavor was very mild. I enjoyed it though, it was very refreshing. I love the lemongrass!

I did not stock up on this tea, but I wish I would have while it was here. This was my favorite from this collection by far. I should have bought more of this, instead of buying some Sunny Citrus. Maybe my local store still has some kicking around. I’ll have to check!

Flavors: Citrusy, Lemongrass, Pear, Pineapple

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Exceptional quality! Deep and rich, this is one of the best jasmine scented teas I have ever tried!

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Grass, Jasmine

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This is my favourite herbal tea! Whenever I fill stressed or under pressure I brew a cup or two before going to bed – and it works like a charm! And it’s actually nice tea, some other calming teas have strong valerian aftertaste, this one doesn’t .

Flavors: Flowers, Herbs, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
35 tasting notes

I love pumpkin spice everything. I don’t know why I’ve increasingly gotten the impression that that’s a bad thing to admit, but I do. When fall rolls around, I get all antsy in anticipation of the inevitable Apumpkalypse of pumpkin spice flavoured everything. The fact that some Tim Horton’s have pumpkin spice muffins in store all year long now was something I initially was wary of (“But it won’t be special any more!”) but have now embraced with open arms.

Anyway. Pumpkin spice speech aside… the tea. I love it. I saw it on the DAVIDsTEA website and knew I had to order it. And enough tea to get the free shipping, naturally, damn them. I ordered 100 g because there was no way this could disappoint, and even with my ridiculous expectations of pumpkin bliss, it hasn’t! Lovely cup, the spices are mellow, and it really does taste… not like a pumpkin pie, but like a pumpkin cake my mom bakes. Sweet, pumpkiny, and slightly spicey. I love it.

And how adorable are the little pumpkin sprinkles! Yet another tea that I look at and think it’d look cute in a little bowl.

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