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74
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
541 tasting notes

Pineapple taste on the forefront of the flavour with hints of bubblegum. This tisane makes me feel like this is what I should be drinking if I were to be sick in bed. This tisane is very sweet throughout, maybe a little bit too sweet. The flavour feels like it is lacking some actual camellia sinensis or maybe a stronger floral base to balance everything out.
I left this one in to infuse while I was drinking it and got no bitter taste.

Tried cold brewing this tisane for about 12 hours using 2 scoops of dry tisane. The pineapple is the strongest flavour which mixes nicely with the coconut flavour in the background. It still feels that it could use a stronger floral base to balance it out. Slightly tart on the finish accented by the coconut taste. It leaves an unpleasant sugary after-taste.
Second cold infusion has an overall weak flavour and there is a bitterness brought out. This tisane is good for only one cold infusion.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

Got this as a sample & decided to give it a try even though I’d been thinking I’m not one for Japanese green teas. This smelled heavenly dry & steeped; lovely mango/tropical fruity aroma. The taste is more lightly green with a fruity undertone. Some astringency, but not bitter. Rejuvenated my curiosity in Japanese greens, but I think I’ll stick to the flavored Senchas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

I have been trying milk with all my favourite teas to see what happens. Sorry if that offends the purists! I imagine adding milk to white tea might be a sacriledge. However! It is delicious times a million. Tastes more like blueberry pie than before. Very light, refreshing (even when hot, which kind of blows my mind), I am sad this is now only available online :( I will carefully ration what I have left!
You must try this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Yum yum yum! My first white tea.
At first smell, it is a very powerful tea, very blueberry-y. So far, so good.
After first steep, like a delicate blueberry pie flavour. I enjoy white tea, if they are all like this. Very refreshing and soothing.
After second steep, less blueberry but still delicious. Even more light. Highly recommend.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Spring Break by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I was so sad to hear that this tea was discontinued. It’s so good! Such a fresh and light taste that makes you want to go back for seconds, thirds, ninths, etc. The smell of the coconut is so nice and it really does take you to the beach. Bring spring break back!!!!!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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58

So I had a huge meal of perogies, onion and mushrooms tonight, and – comfort food or not – my stomach was protesting mightily. One of those situations where you accidentally made more food than you can comfortably eat, but it’s not going to keep well so you eat it anyway. I remembered that I have this one in my cupboard, so I ran for it.

I recall looking up the reviews for this ages back when I was considering getting it, and saw Tina S.’s review which described this tea as “watered down samosa.” And that’s a pretty good description of it – particularly when you don’t steep it long enough. Luckily, I love samosas! So I gave it a shot.

The first time I tried this, I had no idea what sort of parameters you’d need for kitchen spices(!), so I stuck to the minimum on the bag, which is 4 minutes. Yeah. Forget that, unless you like the taste of water that cuddled up to a microwaveable package of Indian curry. This one needs to steep long time. At least the 7 minute “maximum” suggested on the package.

I double the amount of sugar I normally use for this cup. Might sound strange, but I find that the sugar blends well with the natural sweetness to this tea, which I assume is mostly brought about by the fennel at the forefront…followed by the coriander, with cumin coming in at the back.

Most importantly though (because while it’s not unpleasant at all, this is hardly a tea I’d reach for under normal circumstances), it actually works. Really. Does exactly what it says on the tin – I started sipping it, and my stomach started to settle and stop aching almost immediately! Okay taste, but five stars for “benefits.”

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

Perogies! YUM!! I always overeat with perogies, the only time I do that, typically!
For a quick fix, if I can’t get to my tea… I sneak an apple cider vinegar tablet/shot. It dissolves the food a little and feels sooo much better but it’s only immediate with the liquid version. and it tastes awful! :s

Azzrian

Ha we are making Perogies tonight!!

Missy

Then I’m coming over for dinner!!!!

Azzrian

Ha!! LOL dang I would have welcomed you but alas now they are gone :(

Missy

If I had just remembered that teleport spell I would have been there!

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81
drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Today is my second Mother’s Day and definitely better than the last: breakfast in bed, lunch at Earl’s with my Mom + brothers (although being gluten-intolerant means I can’t eat anything other than salad, but hey, it’s the quality time that counts right?), and free tea from DAVIDsTEA!

I went with iced Mamma Mia, since a) I’ve never tried it before and b) it was too warm out to merit getting a hot tea. I thought about adding sweetener, but I guess the stores brewed it extra strong because even over ice it was sweet and delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I mistakenly gave my 16-month-old a sip and she proceeded to slurp as much as possible before I took it away… thus I poured half of my Mother’s Day treat into her sippy cup.

Flavour wise it reminds me strongly of Kanpe, but with a few more flavours going on, probably due to the abundance of ingredients. Makes a deliciously juicy iced tea, sweet enough that it’s almost like juice! Still, I slightly prefer Kanpe, but that also might be the fact that whenever I drink Kanpe I feel good about all the proceeds going to Haiti…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

This is a sip down from last week but I forgot to log it.
I actually enjoyed this tisane and I think I would even purchase more if they brought it back.
The ingredients seem like an odd pairing, but somehow it works as a cold brewed or iced tea.

Preparation
Iced

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90
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

I still have a tad bit of this left from last summer. I still like it cold brewed. Cold brewing brings out sweeter notes I find. I also like the vanilla paired with the pear. I will enjoy the little amount I have left

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90
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

This one is pretty good cold brewed. I mostly get the pear flavour and then I get some light hints of vanillla. I think they go together fairly well. It isn’t as sweet as I would have thought maybe, but I will still drink numerous pitchers of this in the summer.
Bumping the rating up a little bit.

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90
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

I actually thought this was pretty good. It kinda tastes like this dessert I had once with grilled pears and vanilla syrup, but not as sweet.
I like the pairing of pears, apples, and vanilla. And the fact that there isn’t artificial flavourings to get this flavour.

I need to try this cold-brewed and then I will determine how much I really like it because to me, pears would be best enjoyed cold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lynne-tea

Ohh grilled pears are amazing!

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84

This was just ok for me. I really liked the strawberry taste and the brittle was good. I was kinda suprised though when it was a little bitter. I didn’t think that I had oversteeped it or anything but I guess maybe 5 minutes was a little too long.

I will give this another chance and steep for less time and see how that goes. Otherwise, I certinaly won’t be re-stocking my 25g sample bag.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Mmm, I still have a bit of this from last year. Only maybe one more cup left. I made this iced yesterday and made it quite strong. Very refreshing and delicious! Mostly I am getting just pineapple notes today.
I will certainly be picking more of this up this year. Hopefully they didn’t change it

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94
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Hot, this tastes less like a pina colada than cold brewed.
I mostly get pineapple, with hints of apple and coconut. It is fairly sweet. Something that I probably wouldn’t drink everyday, but nice for a sweet dessert!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Pina colada? Exciting!
This does taste fairly close to a pina colada, not as creamy of course but that would be impossible I think. I am definitely getting the pineapple and coconut. With some sweetness. Those little candy hearts are cute.
I think I might get a tin!

I will have to do a comparison one of these days to 52teas Pina colada honeybush. DT’s version is cheaper but 52’s version has less artificial flavouring I believe.

Also, I am curious how this would taste hot.

Preparation
Iced
Kittenna

IMO this is better than the 52teas version, but I find I’m not incredibly keen on rooibos/honeybush.

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89

Hmm, what a unique taste! I have never tasted anything remotely similar to this. It has quite a nice taste, and the after taste is even better. It’s quite an interesting (for lack of better words) blend and it calm and mild and likely could blend in with whatever you’ve got going on. If you haven’t tried it, buy a sample it’s quite the neat little blend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
807 tasting notes

Thank you Indigobloom for this sample! Everyone probably knows by now Im not a big DT fan but this is one of my absolute favs from DT! As an oolong its not all that … I mean there are far better oolongs out there BUT this tea offers a sweet and yet tart but not TOO tart yummiess, no scummy oily top coat I get with many of DT’s blends, tropical flavors abound, I do agree with other reviewers that there is a peachy flavor to it even though there is no tea in the ingredient list, I taste the mango, but not so much the pineapple but the blend of all the fruits is perfect! I am sure this would be excellent iced but its soothing and yummy hot tonight! This would perhaps even make a nice drink blend – add some rum perhaps? I don’t drink anymore “oh no no no I don’t drink no more” some of you may remember that song, although I changed one word…I digress …. YUM YUM YUM!
If I were ever going to place a DT order I would get this. Thank you Indigobloom for a GENEROUS sample – I have enough to make this again sometime! I am sure I will!

Indigobloom

yay, we have a hit!! I think I need to make some tomorrow… while I listen to some classic Winehouse!

Azzrian

Sounds like a plan!! :)

Kashyap

Thought Kombucha was a live, lightly fermented liquid beverage (Wiki : Kombucha is an effervescent tea-based beverage that is often consumed for its anecdotal health benefits or medicinal purposes. Kombucha is available commercially and can be made at home by fermenting tea using a visible, solid mass of yeast and bacteria which forms the kombucha culture, often referred to as 酵母 (koubo, lit. “yeast mother”, see etymology for disambiguation with 昆布, kombu, kelp). How can they name it after such? Is it probiotic? seems misleading…

Azzrian

I have no earthly idea honestly. I have recently seen these Kombucha brew kits popping up for sale online and a couple of threads on here about brewing it but I have no personal idea what it is, other than what you just pasted above and something Bonnie posted in her review of this same tea about it being really popular with the hippies lol.
You may be on to something here though about it being misleading!

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66
drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

SPICY!! HOT!! Mango? Not so much. Maybe I need to add more dry tea than required on the package label because I found it weak and slightly watery but spicy hot. It’s so strange because to smell it in the tin, the mango makes my mouth water!! I will try it again tomorrow and we’ll see. I’m not unhappy with it because I enjoy the hotness of it, but come on mango, speak to me!!

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61
drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

Well, I won’t say Strawberry Shortcake is an awful tea because I’d be lying. BUT it’s not all that I thought or hoped it would be. I find the brittle to be a little too strong tasting, it almost masks the strawberry flavor and I thought strawberries were the first ingredient in the shortcake. I don’t think I would buy this tea again, however I think I’ll try it iced before I make that decision final. As soon as I do have it iced, I’ll be back to either change or keep my rating.

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85
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

Oh the raspberry. Strong raspberry smell and taste, not really getting any chocolate. Added some creamer for a little body and creamy mouthfeel. Has a little bit of tang at the end mixed with the sweetness. Also getting a little bit of drying/coated feeling on my tongue. Doesn’t taste bad, but does feel a bit off. A nice tea though, and I’m dragging a bit today so the caffeine kick is needed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

Raspberry! I taste that way more than any chocolate. Raspberry, mate, & a mix of almondy sweetness without being sickly. I opted for a thicker, creamier mouthfeel & added a little creamer. I think I’ve found a great replacement for Teavana’s My Morning Mate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Strawberry Shortcake by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
212 tasting notes

Yay! Another herbal I enjoy. Thanks Krystaleyn!

I get mostly apple and mint. There is some thing in here that reminds me of the way pine trees smell. I’ve not had raspberry leaf or juniper berries to my knowledge before. I haven’t a clue which one does that, or if they in combination provide that flavour. I’m not rating this one because I’m fed up with manipulating the slider on my nook.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I would assume the juniper berries would account for the pine tree smell. I haven’t tried raspberry leaf alone, but I would think it wouldn’t be terribly flavourful?

Autumn Hearth

Ooo juniper, must try a tea with juniper! I post almost all of my notes from my iPhone and yes the slide bar is frustrating, somehow it is easier of you go back to just the rating page, it lets you know the number you’ve selected.

Missy

@Krystaleyn It may very well be the berries. I’ve never had either so I have no way to compare. It’s not a bad taste mind you. I really like the tea. I just think it’s very interesting. The area I grew up in had lots of pine trees, so it’s a good memory association for me.

Thanks for the tip Autumn.

Daniel Scott

I’ve had raspberry leaf on its own, and it’s assuredly not that. :P It’s pretty bland by itself.

Missy

One down now I need to taste juniper berries solo. Thanks :D

Kittenna

Have you ever had gin? Apparently that is made with(?) juniper berries? Or something along those lines? Feel free to correct me, anyone.

Missy

Once a very long time ago. I was 18 I think, but I was also already drunk when I tasted it. I have no clue what it tastes like really lol.

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66
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I don’t hate this one! A pear tea I don’t hate! Sadly though, I don’t love it either. There is something . . . chemical in this one that I could only remove with liberal amounts of sugar. Sweetened, it was definitely a lovely pear flavour, but I am on the lookout for teas that I don’t need to sweeten to enjoy and sadly this one doesn’t quality. So no, Perfect Pear, you aren’t perfect, but you were much more pleasant than I expected.

TheTeaFairy

I usually love how DT’s flavored teas taste so good without a bunch of artificial ingredients but they have disapointed me with the latest blends I have tried (refering to the cake series) Although this one claims all natural ingredients, it does have a chemical aftertaste… having said that, they have so many other good teas that I am hooked on, can’t hold a grudge!

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