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92

Went back and bought a tin. Definitely tasting the ‘woodsy’ flavor that was advertised. It’s quite nice.

Cavocorax

Ooh. Can’t wait to try my sample!

Saryn

It’s really nice. I’ve been drinking flavored teas since June, and I think this – which I got as a sample – was the first time I had ‘normal’ tea. I had to go back and get more. XD

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92

I don’t eat mushrooms so I don’t really get the woodsy notes from this one… but despite having a box of Tetley in my tea cupboard, this is the first straight tea I’ve had since getting into loose leaf tea in June. It’s a nice, smooth tea that… well, sort of reminds me of Tetley. I think I’ll probably be getting more of this one, since I just bought the $1 sample they had.

Preparation
Boiling

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77
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

This tea has grown on me somewhat. I am not huge on chai, but sometimes it hits the spot. This one is lighter on the spice with some notes of pumpkin.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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79
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
71 tasting notes

An interesting tea to say the least. Much like a mint icecream with coconut shavings on top. It is very refreshing after a long day or as a night cap. With late night classes and new dances to master I found my energy return from savoring this sweet treat. The apple provides the balance between both the mint and coconut, yet stays in the background to boost the two. A perfect tea for those who love the mint varieties of teas and are looking for one that is very soothing indeed.

Plunkybug

My coworker is in love with with one. I’m a bit skeptical though…

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84
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
71 tasting notes

When looking for a vanilla tea prior to this it was often the “Cream Earl Grey” that caught my attention. Mostly because of my enjoyment of London Fog tea lattes. Now to have it in an Oolong I have to admit it is like drinking a vanilla cloud. Light and refreshing to the tastebuds yet wonderfully aromatic. Just the right amount of pure vanilla flavor to provide that comfort one hopes for in a very romantic tea like this. Loved it, very much so.

Kittenna

Ohhhhh this one excites me!!!

Plunkybug

I cannot wait to try this one. I smelled it Halloween as a sneak peak, and I have been waiting for a day off since, to have some.

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
141 tasting notes

Well , for someone not being a big chai fan, I like this tea. And what I like most about it is the fact that it doesn’t have that distinct chai taste that I have come to dislike. When I first tried this tea, it was because it was the tea of the day sample and who can refuse a sample? Well I tried it and wasn’t completely sold. Then my cousin made a recipe from this tea and she said it was amazing. So I decided to buy a 50g bag of the tea just to try out the recipe. I made the cupcakes and they were amazing. Let’s fast forward a few weeks to Halloween day where I tried the chai again, but in drink form. It was Halloween and I was feeling spirited and decided to have a pumpkin chai latte. And it was yummy, been hooked ever since. I’m sad because the fall collection is no longer in stores, but I will for sure buy some online.

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72
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

I really like this. it reminds me of northern lights, but better! I love mint teas, but they are hard to commit to when it comes down to picking which tea to make, so they end up staying in my cupboard for a while. But i have feeling this one won’t.
It’s very wintery :)

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

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100
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

AMAZING TEA! Smells like as rose garden, the flavour is very light and floral. Loved it.

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

So I am recently new to the tea drinking world, I used to think that tea tasted like a dirty cup of water. However when I was visiting a friend for the weekend she made me a cup of FOREVER NUTS, and I have been addicted ever since. This tea taste like I am eating a package of mixed nuts without all the extra calories that come with snacking on nuts, and the tea also turns a sweet pink colour as well.

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98
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Enjoying this as an Almond Milk Latte right now. Pretty darn tasty. I love the smell of it-it reminds me of Market Spice, which I also love. As a latte the cinnamon is a little bit harder to taste. I added sweetener while I steeped the tea, and as a result the latte tastes like warm, muted sweetness. It’s pretty tasty although, like I said, the cinnamon is lost. That could be because of the milk though. I will post again next time I drink this straight! None the less, very tasty.

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98
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

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98
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

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53

SIGH. Darn keemun ruins this for me every time.

I wanted to give this another shot because I’m quite tempted by Butiki’s Black Lotus, but apparently I’m just that sensitive to the Keemun that I won’t be able to enjoy it like I want to. Grr. I so want to place a Butiki order this weekend and may give it a try anyway to see how that compares to this.

As for this tea, I need to give it away. Actually I have a couple (read: most) of my David’s Tea collection I want to give away/throw out. I’ve found after a cup or two of a blend the novelty wears thin/quality doesn’t measure up and I lose the drive to finish what I’ve got. They have such great marketing that it’s a shame. Oh well, I’ve got plenty more tea companies out there to try, I guess!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Sil

have you tried adding a splash of maple to keemun?

TeaBrat

i’m not a big fan of keemun either, just tasted like dirt to me

TeaBrat

agree on David’s Tea also, I almost never shop there

Sil

david’s tea = great intro for the masses…if you like tea, move on quickly. at least in my opinion, especially for straight teas. I also don’t like their additives and it’s a little scary how often their ingredient lists seem to be wrong…

OMGsrsly

The ingredients lists. headdesk I still like getting samples of everything, although I prefer other flavored teas.

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53

It’s Sunday! It’s Sunday and I don’t have to go to work tonight!

This is a biscuits and tea kind of morning, for sure. I beat the boyfriend’s wake up by an hour so I had plenty of time to get the biscuits together, throw them in the oven, put on a pot of tea and clean up after myself. I love when days start off productive!

Lately I’ve been shying away from dessert teas for some reason. I’ve been wanting the heavier unflavored blacks and oolongs. This morning screamed breakfast tea and I remembered I had this and it had been awhile. The Keemun in this made me leary, from what I remember. I think I was able to taste the smoke and this girl does not do smoke in tea.

Luckily though I don’t get any of that this morning. With milk and sugar this is just a strong, clean, get moving kind of drink. A fantastically rich mouthfeel just rounds out it perfectly. Glad I found this one in my cupboard today!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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53

Steep notes: 3 heaping tsp. leaf, 750 ml. water, below parameters.

I had the first cup with milk and sugar, and the second straight – and both ways were pretty darn good. I don’t remember being so enamored with this last time I had it, but it is less smoky today and quite malty and chewy.

I’m really favoring more “pure” teas of late, so it’s a good thing I’ve got a Verdant order and a TeaVivre order coming my way – so many new black teas to try!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Lucky you!

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53

So, what is the deal with Keemun in this one??

I ask because on the David’s website, no Keemun is listed in the ingredients. That’s probably shame on me, because they do say teas from Yunnan, but they didn’t specifically list Keemun until I looked at the package that had been shipped to me.

Now I’m super picky about smoke. As in, don’t like it. Don’t like the smell from campfires, from cigars, all of it is super offensive to my nose. So I was on hyper alert and sniffed the heck out of the dry leaf to see if any of that Keemun was there. And I guess I lucked out – because maaaaayyybe in the back corner of the smell, that last tiny speck of a whiff might have hidden some smoke. But it didn’t set any warning bells off so into my Breville it went: 3 tsp. leaf, 500 ml. water, at the below parameters.

Once brewed that tiiiiny scent translated into maybe a few little sips with smoke on the back end. I added some milk and it went away though. Whew! This led me onto more important things – comparing this breakfast tea to my gold standard, Upton’s East Frisian Blend. (see: all 20+ plus reviews of me singing its praises.)

I’ll just cut to the chase here and say that this one didn’t win. Although this tea is less astringent, even with a slightly longer steep time, it’s also got that thinner mouthfeel that I’m 3 out of 3 for with David’s blends. Even with the milk, it just doesn’t quite measure up. Both breakfast teas are very malty like good blacks are, but Frissy has more of a caramel-sweet note that is so homey and comfortable.

Also – as this one cools, or as I’ve left it alone for a second to write this review, that smoke is coming back on my radar. Smoky tea/milk – not my favorite.

Sigh. I feel like I’m being so hard on David’s! I don’t want to be, either, so I’ll say something positive here – I love their perfect tea mug, I loved their shipping and packaging of the teas that they sent to me. Everything is done with care and I know they genuinely love their customers and their products. And I KNOW I will love some of their teas – but I may have to wait for a store to come here (which – well, I live in Atlanta, Teavana Central) so I can sample smaller amounts at a time.

Who knows, maybe that Chocolate Chili Chai will be a contender..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

That smoky tone just isn’t for everyone. It took me a long time before I was able to even have Lapsang Souchong in the house, because the smell was so repulsive to me. I’d say it took me about 10 years to finally come around to it. Ha!

momo

I have repeatedly commented on stuff DavidsTea posts about opening one up around here, lol. And not just “Come to Atlanta!!!!” like actually giving them specific spots that could work. If they open here in even the next two years I could die happily.

Arteest103

They keep changing the blend—it’s driving me crazy. The one I like best was from about a year and a half ago. Back then it was (in order of appearance: Darjeeling, Yunan, Ceylon. Now, its smoky with Assam and I can’t stand it. I, too, cannot drink Keemun. Yuck. As well, the stores labeling doesn’t match the actual ingredients. I bought 50gms about a month ago and the label still said ‘Ceylon’ with no mention of ‘Assam’. I can understand that being organic it might be difficult to use the same ingredients. I think, in that case, they should just say it’s not in stock. As well, its kinda coincidental that I find David’s teas to be very close to some of Murchies teas that have been around for years. When you order from Murchies however, you get the same blend each time.

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84
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Wow – love at first sip!
My new Buttercream! :D It doesn’t have the same flavour notes as Buttercream, but it is naturally sweet like it (naturally as in no added sugar by me!) and it is delicious.

The first sip was an immediate reaction – oh my gah it tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough without the chocolate chips. That’s always my favourite part of cookie dough, smooth and sweet and buttery – yum!

I kept my tea bag in for about 10-20 minutes (I was in training) – I found that at 15 minutes (it didn’t get bitter at all) but it started to lose it’s signature cookie dough taste. At 5-10 minutes it shone and was great! So I say, don’t be afraid to keep the leaves in, but don’t use boiling water – experiment, smell and take sips as you go. Don’t put your leaves in and forget them for 10 minutes lol, everyone’s process is different!

On a different note, any “tea budget” has gone to Lush for the moment. How sad! At least I can get some DT with a small discount when I’m craving. Not that I don’t have enough tea, oi!

Ruby Woo Scarlett

Haha yes Lush seems to be getting everyone’s money at this time of year :D

Nik

GAH! I had just one more tea in my cupboard than on my shopping list, and then this review came along. Now they’re neck and neck! [shakes fist] =]

katgolik

I NEED THIS.

canadianadia

Sounds deeeelish!

Babble

Thanks for the tips about steeping it longer. I probably wouldn’t have thought that since I’m so afraid of oversteeping.

Do you work at DT? Or work somewhere else that gives you a DT discount?

DaisyChubb

Oh even at 3-5 mins it was tasty too, so it’s a very versatile tea! Love it!

I work at the mall where DT is, and all mall workers get a 10% discount! Not much, but hey, it’s something! :)

Nik

I like versatili-tea. [groan] Sorry.

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, I read your review after posting mine, and said a few nearly identical things! Did you try it with boiling water, as I did? (Well, mine was a few degrees below boiling. I was skeptical, but tried anyhow.)

DaisyChubb

Yep! 94 degrees! I’ll have to pick some up if I come into money mysteriously ;) lol

Plunkybug

I had some today and I was like, it really does taste like cookie dough. I know this will be an awesome latte too. I had it with milk and sugar, but milk was not frothy.

Drunk From Tea

Omg, more like love at first sniff!!! (:

CHAroma

Cookie dough white tea? Hmmm.

Anna

FYI: I was looking this up on the website to see how long to steep when I saw it’s hugely on sale right now. Thought you might want to know. http://www.davidstea.com/cookie-dough-250g-en?&TF=&DEID=

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85

Spending a cozy night in with my loves with a pot of this all to my myself :)

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83

I had been craving something like bagged orange pekoe but with a bit cleaner flavour (I often find bagged teas a bit “muddy”) I tried this one from my conisseur collection and it was perfect! Going to be rebuying a little bit for those days when I just want something familiar from my childhood.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank jesse's tea by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

A little bit of sweetener and this makes the perfect evening tea! I love it with agave-it accents the subtle coconut and warms you from the inside. I wasn’t super keen on the sickly sweet smell but it steeps wonderfully. Caffeine free to boot! Delicious hot tea for chilly fall nights. A favourite!

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84
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
863 tasting notes

One of the free samples from my David’s tea order.

After the disappointment of the Salted Caramel tea, I was relieved to open up the package and smell this one. It reminded me of pumpkin pie, which really was because of the strong cinnamon and pumpkin notes. It almost seemed to have a hint of graham crackers in it, which made me think of pie crust I think.

So anyway – wonderful smell. I used the whole sample in my new perfect tea mug and steeped it in around 10 oz. of water at the below parameters. Added only a splash of milk because the initial taste seemed a little thin.

That ‘thin’ texture seems to be my main problem with David’s so far. The tea tastes fine – it just seems so watered down. This chai was definitely on as far as the pumpkin and cinnamon was concerned, but I got no other real ‘chai’ spice, and the milk really had to help to get that creamier, chewy texture.

This was another one that was just okay. I have the Chocolate Chili chai sample to try next so hopefully that one will wow me!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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84

Day 6 of Advent Calendar happiness!

I was super super hung over this day which is why I am a few days behind in my tea reviews. I like Glitter and Gold a lot. It is really fun to make this in a clear mug, and then put frothed milk on time because it swirls together in a sparkly way. Very exciting. My mom also liked this one a lot.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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84

I was recommended this one for lattes by a friend because she said it tasted like a cheap chai. I also like it straight because of how it sparkles.

It is a nice rich cinamony tea, good straight or with milk and sugar. I don’t think it’s the best flavoured black, but it’s a good crowd pleaser since it caters to familiar flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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