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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

Finally got my hands on the cake teas! This is nice, though it doesn’t shout cake to me. It is very sweet (though I don’t have an issue with it being sickly-sweet like some other reviewers), and nicely creamy. I would have guessed it was a vanilla rooibos, and I can also see where others are getting maple. You probably could have told me this was the Oh Canada rooibos and, especially in my present sleepy state, I wouldn’t have questioned it.

It’s funny; when I take a couple-minute break and come back to my cup, I get BUTTERCREAM ICING at the very top of the very first sip. And then, bam, red rooibos. It’s sweet enough that I can tolerate the rooibos, but it has me wishing this were more honeybush or green rooibos-heavy than red rooibos. Very tasty vanilla rooibos is what I’m coming away with, basically.

Tina S.

That is totally describing what my thoughts on it were too. I’m glad I’m not going crazy!

Erin

I can’t wait to try this one!

Indigobloom

Buttercream, yes I can see that too!!

Angrboda

Okay, I give. What is up with the names? I’ve seen several people do that. Tina S further up in these very comments for example. What’s going on?

aisling of tea

It’s a Toronto Tea Party thing. All the mediocre kids are doing it ;)

Cattibrie

This is the only cake tea I haven’t tried yet. I haven’t been wowed by Chocolate Cake and Ice Cream Cake so I hope this one will be up my alley. Glad I only got 10g of each of them though.

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98
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

Holy crap. This smells exactly like chocolate cake. This tastes exactly like chocolate cake. I don’t even know what else to say. Amazing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Backlogged sipdown! One of my favourite desserty rooibos blends. FInished off during the unlogged period.

VariaTEA

Have you had this cold brewed? I was inspired by Roswell Strange and no that’s one of the only ways I drink it because it is amazing!

Kittenna

I haven’t; I’ve really only cold-brewed the Della Terra chiffons as far as rooibos’ go. Maybe I’ll try that next summer if it’s still around!

VariaTEA

Chiffons!! I miss chiffons :) and you should definitely try cold brewing this one if you get a hold of another sample

VariaTEA

And now I am on Della Terras website…

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90
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Absolutely delicious. My roommate (who is leaving me in two days :( ) wanted to have tea with me tonight, so I was scouring my rooibos/honeybush blends and came across this one. Too precious to let her have a cup of it, but I had some myself (she had Alpine Punch and loved it, so I don’t feel bad!)

Why on earth do I have this rated so low?! Dessert in low-cal beverage form!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Sil

gross gross gross gross gross :P

Helena

oh don’t worry Sil I’ll drink yours :D

Sil

Helena – thankfully i only got a small sample from Indigobloom. you can have all of the rest of mine..it’s at the store waiting to be brought home grin

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90
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Comparing this one to Oh Canada tonight.

Definitely much creamier/richer in aroma.

Perhaps a result of brewing it stronger (although I thought I used a similar amount of leaf, 2tsp, and an identically sized and filled cup), but this one is definitely richer and creamier in flavour as well. It’s sweet and with a lovely sweet aftertaste that, when compared to Oh Canada, makes me think buttercream more than maple.

The biggest downside to this tea is the one I noticed last time – that the sprinkles make the cup scummy and waxy up the sides as it cools (because of course I like my teas warm, not hot). It’s a little gross. But the flavour is definitely better with this one. So, I guess I should be glad that it’s sticking around on the wall, because if I had to choose, I’d go for this one over Oh Canada. Which is convenient as I still have a couple cups worth of this one left, and none of Oh Canada :)

ETA: Second infusion in half the water was good.

Preparation
Boiling

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90
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

I am trying to concentrate on catching up with posts on here… but I’m having trouble because the amazing smell of birthday cake is sooooo distracting! I can’t believe how delicious this one smells! I really had low expectations for it, but the aroma is intoxicating. Sweet and mapley vanilla, perhaps? VERY sweet. So sweet that just sniffing this makes my tastebuds think they’ve had dessert. Gah. Pleasepleaseplease let this taste as good as it smells, because then I’ll have another wonderful go-to dessert rooibos for those nights (or days) when I want something disgustingly sweet, not just hinting at it. Steep faster, delicious-smelling tea! (Side note: I’m moderately concerned that I may have steeped this one too hot – in my excitement to get it going, I grabbed my cup out of the microwave with boiling water in it, and plunged my filter basket in, which caused it to go all fizzy and bubbly and boiling. I probably should have given in 30s or so…)

Review pending the stupid tea cooling down! ARGH!

Ok! Finally get to try it! It’s not bad; the initial part of the sip is kind of strong (probably my fault – I was not skimpy on the dry tisane!) and rooibos-y, but the aftertaste is sweet vanilla-y maple. I have to agree with everyone else that it’s kind of sickly sweet… but I’m kind of in the mood for it right now. I’m definitely not getting ‘birthday cake’… but I don’t like birthday cake anyhow, so that’s not exactly an issue.

Overall not a bad rooibos, but not good enough to bump Alpine Punch or other tasty ones. It’s just a bit one-note for me, and I want more than that. But the sample will definitely get finished in the evenings as a yummy dessert tea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76

The primary flavour in this one is that of chocolate sourced from the carob. It is sweet throughout with a light roasted flavour. The taste of the spices are not very apparent but is definitely present.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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76

I was served this as the tea of the day at my local David’s Tea.

The flavour of the tea is a mixture of cocoa and cinnamon. The cinnamon flavour was more evident that I had hoped and took away from the chocolatey taste. These flavours were an interesting and nice match with the oolong which was able to provide a nice base.

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33

I was served this as the tea of the day at my local David’s Tea.

This tea was served cold. I liked the mix of green tea and citrus and it was quite sweet on the initial sip. This particular tea was quite bitter on the aftertate. The stevia leaf may be contributing to this undesirable flavour.

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68
drank Creme Caramel Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1021 tasting notes

I just got hit with an international headache, having to pay for interwebs in a place I moved away from over two months ago and for a time frame when I’m not even there. And with the threat that if they don’t get it within five days they’ll charge me even more, yet international money wires can take up to a week to process. My point? This calls for tea. Ugh.

I bought this like a-year-and-a-half ago, but I remember when I smelled this in the store, the waft of creamy caramel drew me in and I couldn’t say no. Dry, it smells so sweet and gooey, but of course, as expected, it has lost some of that charm after all this time.

I’m actually not really a fan of rooibos (and it took me a couple years to figure that out, after purchasing like 30 different rooibos blends), so the initial rooibos attack that hits me at the back of my throat when I take a sip is to be expected. But half a cup in, I’m starting to detect more of the caramel flavour. Now, memories of employees raving about how awesome this is as a latte are rushing back to me.

The colour of the liquor is a beautifully rich dark golden caramel. But alas, as I pour a second cup of this from my pot, I’m left with floating rooibos shrapnel, another groanworthy issue I have with rooibos. I’ll stop complaining, try to stop thinking about the interwebs crisis, and focus on the smooth crème caramel.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

If it wasn’t while you lived there, how can it be your bill?

Also, I strongly approve of your icon. :D

Fjellrev

Yeah, it’s nonsensical. I had it paid for until the middle of February, half a month after I moved away, but they claim that I still need to pay until the end of the month. They wanted a measly 137 kr, but it ended up costing another 300 kr for the bank to send it. :/

And thank you so much! Yours is also an excellent choice.

P.S. Copenhagen definitely wins hands down when it comes to Scandinavian capitals. LOVE it there. :)

Angrboda

Actually mine is probably, hopefully going to change soon. I had the hardest time finding something exactly like I was looking for and ended up modifying a logo from a Swedish museum. While I like the icon, its origins bothers me. We went on an outing to the local archeological museum and I had Mr Hobby Photographer take some pictures for me which will hopefully work out as a new icon. One that isn’t blatantly stolen. :)

Fjellrev

Ah, are you worried about copyright infringements? I’m sure you’re fine, but either way, sounds like your future icon will be cool too.

Angrboda

Not really worried so much as irritated about it. :)

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14

This tea tastes like medicine. Actually, I would rather have medicine instead of drinking it again.

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84
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

So my Saturday plans for the day were all cancelled, and I was ambitious. I tried doing this one on the stovetop. Little did I know how much of a horror it would be to clean up after letting the pot boil over. Oops.

The tea itself surprised me. I’ve always really liked how this one brewed tastes different to me than what I’d expect from the dry leaf. I get more of the spices and less of the stronger notes. I expected some difference in a stovetop brew but it tasted exactly like it smells dry. Exactly. Still not sure how I feel about that, but for my first stovetop chai attempt it was fairly successful. Cleanup on the other hand . . .

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84
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Icky morning before an icky day, so I made myself a comfort drink this morning. Did this one up as a double strength latte, sweetened with brown sugar and the milk blended with pumpkin pie spices. It hasn’t fixed my icky morning, but it did bring me at least a small smile.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Had a girls’ tea party with two childhood friends and found out my friend Chelsea is almost as big a DAVIDsTEA fanatic as I am! She mentioned that she’d been dying to try this tea, so this was the one that they chose of my vast collection.

We had it with a dash of sugar + topped with whipped cream. So. Good. Exactly like a moist slice of birthday cake topped with buttercream icing, in a mug.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Ever since going gluten-free I’ve had to give up a lot of delicious, gluten-y things—cake being one of the hardest. Nothin’ like going to someone’s birthday party, only to turn the cake down because you can’t eat it. You then have to explain why you’re being such a party-pooper… “No, no, it’s not that I don’t want the cake… I just can’t eat the cake. Gluten-intolerance, you see.” Then they look at you with pity. Because really, what’s a birthday without cake??

I don’t feel so bad anymore though, now that I have this tea! With a sprinkle of brown sugar + splash of whipping cream I can almost feel the spongy texture of a slab birthday cake on my tongue as I sip. And the smell! The smell alone has my head spinning.

Next party I attend I’ll be bringing a thermos of this tea with me and sipping all through the chorus of “Happy Birthday” with a smile…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1385 tasting notes

This wasn’t bad!! it reminds me of Oh Canada in a way. Maple seems to be a strong note here even though I don’t see it in the ingredients. As for the “cake” part, well I get a faint hint of that when the tea is bare… but with milk that part peeks out more, mostly in the aftertaste. Though I am getting more batter than I am cake.
What I find odd is that the batter isn’t present in every sip, nor is it always in the same place. One moment I find it at the beginning… and the next, nothing at all! then it’s in the swallow?!
Anyhow, I’m glad to have tried it.
The tea itself is a bit sickly sweet for my liking. If I didn’t already have a bunch of other rooibos teas that I love in my cupboard I might pick some more up, and it’d likely get a higher rating to. Maybe I should keep some on hand for guests…

Daniel Scott

Blech, I lost interest in this one when I heard “maple.” Shame, I don’t like maple teas! I would have thought “vanilla” was more birthday cake flavour, kinda strange.

Indigobloom

ah well it could be that since I’m sensitive to vanilla, it tastes off to me! though it doesn’t set anything off so who knows :)

Bonnie

Well you know what I’d do. Throw a pinch of Lapsang Souchong in the steep for a maple bacon smokey type flavor instead of total rejection.

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92

They sell the exact same tea at LuxBerry Tea (www.luxberrytea.com) for cheaper… love this tea though! its great hot and cold!!!

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70
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
369 tasting notes

So, this one took a bit before I got any real flavour from it. I had to wait until it cooled down quite a bit and then I finally got the caramel/creamy taste that I was expecting… Given too… I did have it with dinner so that might not have helped.
Anyway, I did find it to be a nice sweeter treat. I don’t think I’ll be rushing out for this one, but it’s not bad.

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33
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
215 tasting notes

Tried this quite a few times but it never seemed to be the tea I imagined it would be.I honestly just ended up picking the jellybeans out of the bag and ate them instead of making the tea again.

It was worth a try but I think this was TOO gimmicky as a tea.At the end of the day it’s a sweet rooibos and the jellybeans only come out in flavor if you leave them to dissolve totally in the cup and don’t leave them in the strainer.

Fun concept just doesn’t work in practice.Thanks for the jellybeans though!

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76
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Sipdown! (Kind of… I’m giving the rest to a friend who likes it more).

Tested it with 3/4 tsp of leaf and a much lower temperature than previously – results are much better than previously. A mangoey, peachy tea with floral notes.

Too distracted to write more now – too many people talking here!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
darby

I have a tiny bit of this…you make it sound good…I’ll have to dig it out.

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76
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
2756 tasting notes

Another tea I’m finally trying!

The aroma of this one is SO delicious. Both the dry and steeped tea have this wonderful floral, rose petaly, juicy aroma that makes me drool (or as close as I am willing to get while in my office with other people).

Hmm, I steeped this one for only 4 minutes, but I’m getting a distinctly unpleasant oversteeped flavour from it. What is with me and screwing up teas lately?! It’s still drinkable, but bleech. Also, the floral aroma that I enjoyed so much is appearing in my mouth… and although I like smelling flowers, I’m not a big fan of eating them! Yes, definitely too floral in flavour for me.

Well, looks like another bust (my wallet says: thank goodness!). Another tea I’m happy to have tried, but will not be picking up again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Kay Kanada

Hmm this one has been in my cupboard for a long while (got it for Christmas) and I STILL haven’t plucked up the courage to try it. Now it’ll stay there for a couple months longer… :P

Kittenna

Haha, it’s not that bad, I just recommend a short infusion time (maybe 3 min) and also, don’t overdo it on the leaf – I may have done that. It might be more pleasant weaker, but it truly was kind of like drinking perfume. Unfortunate, because the smell is lovely…

Kay Kanada

Drinking perfume! I remember one time I had a really bad martini somewhere, and I told my friends how it tasted just like hairspray. They couldn’t understand how it could taste just like something I have never tasted. You understand me! (Well, that is, unless you’ve for some inexplicable reason have actually drank perfume.)

Uniquity

I don’t find it very floral BUT I treat it with kid gloves. 2.5 minute steep and a scant teaspoon per cup. Most of the DT blacks are pretty hardy, but not this one.

Uniquity

Oh, and I forgot – this has green tea hiding in it so boiling water isn’t a good idea. Took me a long time to realize that one. At least I think this is the one that has green tea. That’s what my other tasting notes say at least.

Kittenna

AHA! Uniquity, that’s probably a really good point! I think it does have green tea; I should definitely give it a shot at a lower temp before dismissing it completely. I even knew that, I just forgot.

Kay – I most certainly haven’t drank perfume! :D I don’t even wear it. But I mean, taste and smell are highly linked, so it makes sense that you can equate something you smell to the way something tastes… right?

Uniquity

Best of luck! The steeping parameters that are printed on this one are way off – I think even Davids forgot this has green tea. : )

Kittenna

Well it wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve heard their parameters to be totally off. I just tend to be really naive and go with what is suggested :D Glad I’m on here to get advice from people who clearly pay more attention to things than I!

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Tangy with a touch of ginger. There might be a subtle after hint of strawberry but not much. I didn’t enjoy this much until I added a touch of agave nectar to sweeten it up. I’ll probably drink the whole bag over time, but I’m not sure that I’ll buy more.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

Maybe I did something wrong, but this really didn’t taste like anything to me.
I steeped for about 10 minutes, had close to 2 tsp of tea, and even had a jelly bean in there.

Well, I can taste a little bit of swamp water-ish taste, and I like that! But as the tea cools down, it tastes more and more like water. hum. Well, I got it just to get something, I didn’t really have anything in mind, so it’s not too much of a loss!

I might use up the rest or save some for a swap, we’ll see!

Kittenna

Ooh! Free portrait?! :D (I’ve always wanted a portrait done, haha.)

Also, I’m wondering if something went wrong with your cup of Jolly Jellybean. Mine tasted like fruitier swampwater, and wasn’t particularly weak. I wasn’t super thrilled with it, but it wasn’t bad! And the sample I had in-store was even good, with some lovely pineapple flavours. I’d give it another shot if I were you :)

DaisyChubb

I’ll try it again then! I was just so confused because it was boiling water and almost 2 tsp! But I will try again and maybe my rating is a little harsh lol! And you’re on the portrait list yay!

Kittenna

Yeah, it didn’t sound like you did anything wrong with it. Perhaps it’s just not for you!

And yay!

Amariel

I’m up for a free portrait. :)

Kay Kanada

ooooh portrait, fun!

DaisyChubb

Awesome, thanks for commenting gals! Tomorrow I will randomly pick a winner! And if I have time, I’ll try to do everyone. Who knows!

Amariel

Whee! Do everyone!

Indigobloom

me to me to!! and I hope your second cup of JJ is better :)

Cattibrie

I really enjoyed Jolly Jellybean when I first tried it. Sweet and swampwatery. I think I steeped it longer than recommended though.
Would love a portrait. Would you need to meet in person?

Angrboda

okay I’m in for a portrait if you can work from just a photo. :)

DaisyChubb

I’ll just use photos I think! If whoever wins is comfortable sending me a few photos or added me to facebook or whatever you’re comfortable with! I’ll pick a winner (or just winner #1 of many) later today :)

Kittenna

I was definitely assuming she was going to use photos :D As much as I’d love to travel to the east coast, I’m pretty sure my budget and schoolwork won’t allow it!

Kay Kanada

Well hey, if she was up for paying for that trip out east, who are we to say no? :p

DaisyChubb

haha, they do say you should suffer for your art!

Okay Random Number Generator time:

1. Krystaleyn
2. Heather Martin
3. Kay Kanada
4. Indigobloom
5. Cattibrie
6. Angrboda

The winner is Cattibrie!
http://i39.tinypic.com/jr2zwy.png

I’ll come back and draw more numbers if I have time to do more art :D
I’ll PM you if you win so you don’t have to keep an eye on this review haha!

Kittenna

Awwwwww I saw myself as number one and got so excited! :P

DaisyChubb

Aw I’m sorry – don’t worry I’ll try to work fast and pull a few more numbers n_-

Angrboda

Do we get to see it when it’s finished?

DaisyChubb

For sures!

Cattibrie

Yay. I never win anything.

Indigobloom

aww shucks. Next time, I hope! :)

Amariel

I hope you do more!

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