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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
238 tasting notes

So this smelled like a tiny tropical paradise in the store so I promptly bought 25 grams and scurried home as fast as my legs could take me and prepared it.

It smells in the pouch very similar to many of the other pineapple teas they carry except for one thing ..this little smile at the end of each sniff of white chocolate sweetness..WHITE CHOCOLATE..and tropical paradise..I should be scared of such a bold combo but instead I am dancing inside.
and it doesn’t even smell like Pu-erh but something else…once brewed it smells richer and almost honey-like with a tiny lick of muskiness.

As my tea cools I have news! I GOT A JOB! Doing what I love helping people..I have never been this happy ..feels so damn good to be comfortable in my own skin..to feel i am a worthwhile person..that I belong and can make an impact in this world.I can’t wait to start.

Also new Tegan and Sara is dynamite! Buy now!

Aside:over.

First taste: nice..like watered down hot chocolate..in a very nice way.Sweet and dusky..the pu’erh just a sweet suggestion and the white chocolate is gently dancing with girls wearing grass skirts.Doesn’t blow my mind but it’s nice and light and warm.

Reminds me of:A shadow of hot chocolate,a light kiss of a tropical breeze.

perfect for : commitment-phobes,Pu’erh lovers(obviously),just one try.

Final verdict: Alright.Really didn’t like the sediment at the bottom.Pretty forgettable and I’ll be trading my 25 grams I think..there’s other drinks similar that are much better.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
68 tasting notes

Drank a cup of this while watching a movie with the kids at the movie theater. It was perfect! Best part of all it helped me control my popcorn cravings. Love this popcorny salty calorie free tea!

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
68 tasting notes

I got this as a to go cup today while I was at David’s Tea… it smells and tastes just like popcorn. I think I can even taste the butter. So as I sip my buttered popcorn I think… “I should not like this,” yet I do. The first sip was amazing and as it has cooled I seem to like it a little less. It is still good, it is just that the saltiness comes out more as it has cooled. I don’t know if I would buy 50g but I would definitely consider adding some to my stash.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
63 tasting notes

So Allie reminded me I’d forgot about receiving her samples today. (woops! and thank you!)
Pulled this one out since it sounded strange. I’m not usually a maple fan, but I’m noticing a lot of things taste better when just in tea.
Anyway, the smell out of the bag is in your face Maple. No getting around that one.
The Taste, for me, it good. I love the taste of plain rooibos and the maple adds a kick but doesn’t overpower. Not 100% sure I’d order it myself, but I do enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Hah, you don’t need to order it yourself… I sent you some, too. ;)

T.C.

Even better Jessi! :)

Lariel of Lórien

I’ve been eyeing that. Sounds good.

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Before I start this, know that I have two friends who absolutely ADORE this tea and say that it has a balance of spices, so I’m thinking that spicy teas are just not for me!

I really don’t like this tea. The only way I can stand it is if it is half a teaspoon not steeped very long. Even though I love spicy foods, it seems like that love does not transfer to teas. Too much peppercorn, and all the spices made my mouth feel dry afterwards. To me it just tasted like bark and spices, but not in a nice earthy way.

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86

I used to buy Tetley Earl Grey Green tea and Lipton Manderan Orange Green tea regularly, so I was excited to try this mixture of those two! I find the orange taste isn’t very prominent, but my friend whose tasted the same batch disagrees. It is a very nice Earl Grey Green and it’s not bitter at all! There is a strong bergamot taste that I like, but those who don’t like it might want to keep away from this green tea.

It does taste significantly better than the grocery store tea, but I will probably settle for the cheap stuff next time just for the sake of my wallet.

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80

This tea is refreshing and relaxing all at once. The coconut and mint surprisingly go pretty well together and create a light tea. One thing I found was that sometimes the coconut and mint seemed very separate tastes, but most of the time it’s a nice combination. I would buy this again, but not much. The relaxing/refreshing feeling is nice, but I like to have the teas at different times, so it makes it hard to find a time when I want to drink this!

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92

YUM! I love this tea! It tastes exactly like banana cream pie, but in a delicious black tea. It’s a sweet tea, but not too decadent. I like to have it on occasion after supper as a light desert.

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89

After having many sweet teas, this is a nice transition! This black tea has a nice nutty, woodsy taste that is quite dark. The raisins are a lovely sweetener that don’t taste like raisins. It is almost a bit too rich for breakfast, but the dark nutty taste seems to balance this and makes it a good anytime tea. Like another reviewer mentioned, the coconut is not very prominent but it does seem to add a creaminess/richness to the tea.

If you love nutty and black teas, this will be a treat!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
104 tasting notes

I love red velvet cake. It is by far my favourite of all cakes (especially with cream cheese icing, yum!). Needless to say, I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while given that it is fashioned on my favourite dessert.

It was… okay. I purchased 25g to see if I would like it, and I do. The black tea base is fairly weak, which is probably needed for the sugars to come through. At first, I really didn’t care for it, however, a splash of milk transforms it into a whole new tea. This would make a fantastic tea latte! I’m not sure how to describe it aside from black tea and sugar, but that’s what it is. You won’t need any added sweeteners with this bad boy.

EDIT: Actually, yeah, this makes the best latte ever. Rating upped significantly. Will own simply for this reason.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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82

Huh. This was an odd one for me. Not in a bad way. I was recommended this tea for an iced tea, but I actually prefer it warm.

Iced, this tea starts with a strong hit of hibiscus (sorry for all you hibi haters), then fruit, then the pu’erh. I found it the opposite when I didn’t chill it. Warm, you initially get a strong hit of pu’erh (very earthy) and then it finishes with a the fruit, with a slight hint of hibiscus (I found once you ice it, the hibiscus kind of explodes). This will be a fantastic tea to start getting into spring with since it’s fruity but not bad as a hot tea.

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

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

I’m not generally a fan of mate, when I requested this in a swap from Artp I didnt realize it was a mate. but this morning I need my boost of energy, I’ve got a photoshoot this afternoon which I am so nervous about.

the dry leaves smells so fruity & juicy, something I would enjoy in smoothie form. as it steeps you can smell the mate, but as it sits beside me it smells like a cup of orange juice.

taste wise I mostly get the earthy mate, followed by some delicious juicy fruits.
however that mate comes out too much in the front for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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98

This may have been one of the very first Davidstea blends I ever tried. I would be heartbroken if they ever discontinued it. I feel that it is a perfect mix of everything I love, chocolate, mint, and of course it is black tea, which is my ultimate favorite for any dessert-y teas.

It’s the tea I like to gift to anyone new to loose leaf, because it is not only amazingly delicious but it’s also super cute, what with all those little red lips.

It only just occurred to me now that I can probably stop looking out for the perfect chocolate mint tea, because duh you guys, it has been sitting on my tea shelf for like three years!!

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50

If today was a Butiki afternoon, then tonight was a Davidstea evening.
I should have reversed that order, because now the day is ending on a sour note, literally. That tea note will be the next one I write.

After supper I made a mug of this. Not sure what gave me the urge, but I had this moment of realization like “OMG, you might not like those anymore, you should try them again to see” (I’d been thinking about all my old dessert tea faves, this, banana dream pie, pineapple upside down cake, etc).

So I made this.

And……no. Just no.
Not for me, not anymore.

Once upon a time I’d rated it in the 80’s, I could not believe such a magical dessert tea existed.

Tonight though, so sweet. Sooooo chemical. Oily surface residue. Overpowering smell.
I couldn’t finish the cup. I’m so over these ridiculously sweetened tea concoctions.

It had a bit of a cream cheese note in there, otherwise just…fake sugar.

To the swap pile!
I’m so happy that I decided to never drink this one again.
Rating is being lowered according to my tastes now.

Memily

Wowsers. Butiki’s ruined you for DAVIDs! Hahaha.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Butiki and Mariage Freres and Persimmon Tree and Kusmi and Verdant and and and…….

Sigh

$$$$$$ is all I see now, haha

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Stupid internet, giving me access to all these delicious teas I’d never even heard of before

MissB

Heh. I’m less of a fan now of DAVIDs as I used to be. Having said that, pricey tea does not always equate to good tea (meaning: tea that I enjoy and/or like). There are only a few DAVIDs that I’ll keep in stock now, but really? I’ll try almost anything now, and I’m finding that even more fun than just sticking with the “high end” brand names, that for a while I too only drank.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Oh I am banking on pricy tea not necessarily being equated with “good tea”

I just know that as I figure out what I love now, stocking it in my cupboard is not going to be pretty on my wallet!

I’m really hoping most of those loves will be reasonably priced rather than at MF levels, haha

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Strange that I am pretty sure I didn’t love this the first time I tried it. Or perhaps I did, but I may have gotten it confused with DT’s Birthday Cake tea, which to me just tastes purely of rooibos, which I don’t love. I was a huge fan when they came out with their original cake teas, including Birthday Cake (meh), Ice Cream cake (very artificial but also pretty true to the intent!) and, my personal favorite, Chocolate Cake.

I figured that the whole world would agree with me that Chocolate Cake (hereby known as “CC”) was the clear winner of the three, I was wrong! DT ended up keeping the Bday Cake as a permanent tea instead, and so I was left clinging to the rest of my CC Tin.

Until now! I know this Red Velvet Cake has existed for awhile, but clearly “David” took the original CC mix and ran with it! Now THIS is a definite winner. I am still a novice when it comes to writing these reviews and as far as being able to taste different notes within a single tea, however this one is easy. I swear I can taste the frosting! And somehow it is cream cheese frosting! It’s definitely a good chocolatey tea, not in a gross fake way. I will try some more of my beloved CC tea later to compare, but I’m so glad this one is permanent! I can see this being a great craving killer, it really tastes like dessert! It is VERY sweet. I’m drinking it straight up and followed the steeping directions on the bag.

I’m actually drinking it for breakfast as we speak, which is kind of sick. I have never denied my sweet tooth though. Incidentally i am also in the middle of making homemade mayo for some deviled eggs to bring to a gathering later, and just in case you were wondering, as far as smell goes, mayo and chocolate tea do NOT mix.

To summarize, another win!

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Sipdown! Got a sample pack of this in my recent DavidsTea order (in which I bought another Timolino because retail therapy, to be honest). Anyhow, I remain not a fan, even though it was my fault that I wasn’t thinking and dumped the entire packet into my mug, overleaping it by about double, so it was quite potent. I just don’t care for the overly floral aroma and flavour, though once appropriately diluted it’s not too horrible.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Sipdown!

Ha, I love when I follow my own advice without even having read my previous tasting note! I cut 1:15 off my infusion time, and this is much better. Still a touch astringent, but definitely drinkable. And it seriously tastes exactly like liquid fuzzy peaches. The jasmine is really not much of a factor here, which is good, but I’m unfortunately missing the nice lingering “tea” flavour that I am used to getting in higher quality blends such as those from Butiki (and even Kally and the like).

Another tea to cross of my list – glad I tried, but won’t be drinking it again!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

TIme to cross another tea off the neverending list to try! (Although I’m thrilled – I just put 5 teas in the fridge to cold steep, which used up the last of three of them, none of which I’m likely to restock! Progress!)

Dry, the tea smells peachy and a bit floral. Steeped, much the same but to a lesser degree.

Ack! This tastes oversteeped and somewhat bitter. I can taste the peachy flavour (tastes like fuzzy peaches), something floral (jasmine? rose petals?), an oolong creaminess, but it’s just not doing it for me. Too floral, too in-your-face. To be honest, I’m making a face as I drink this too. Bleh. I guess we’ll try a shorter infusion next time, but I suspect this won’t be a favourite. The aftertaste is nice though, lingering floral and oolong notes, I think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
revlisx

If you like fuzzy peaches, you’ll like Three Wishes for sure.

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84

The perfect iced tea.

I’m not one for herbal teas really, but I do like to grab fruity ones to make a nice big pitcher of iced tea. This one fits the bill perfectly. It’s juicy, and pleasantly sweet — but not TOO sweet — and tastes like real fruit. The smell is almost enough to drive one wild.

I’ll likely be restocking this one many times. Especially in the summer. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
111 tasting notes

If I were to use one word to describe this tea, it’d be: nauseating.

I was excited to try a sweet new dessert tea, and to be fair that is exactly what I got, except the sweetness was cranked up to the max. The pure sugary taste was actually very enjoyable at the first sip or two, but by the fourth and fifth sip I knew there was no way I could finish this cup.

Trying not to waste the 50g bag I bought, I tried mixing this with a scoop of orange pekoe. While that made it much more palatable, I can’t imagine finishing the entire bag.

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

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96

So I asked myself why I was putting the half teaspoon of golden sugar in this tea (which, despite my previous note has not only become a cupboard staple the past few weeks, but I drink two of these a day now if not more) when it seems it’d taste so sweet without to begin with, so I put in just a splash of milk, no sweetening of any kind.

It’s interesting how much it changed the flavor. Before it was a tea that had a bit of a creamy note, but without the sugar to distract it, it taste full on like CREAM now. Somehow without the sweet indulgence, this cup of tea has become thicker, more decadent and far more dessert like. So it became more indulgent WITHOUT the indulgence, ha. Less is more as they say, I suppose. :)

Anyway, I’ve upped my rating considerably. Not because of this experiment, but because it suddenly became a can’t-live-without tea somehow even though during my last taste note I was simply trying to get rid of my remaining stock…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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The first thing that comes to mind at the first sip, is smooth.

David’s Cream of Earl Grey is true to its name, it’s very creamy, very smooth, but still with the pleasant perfumy taste of the bergamot.

While it’s quite good, the black tea base is a little on the weak side for my preference, the term ‘wishy-washy’ comes to mind.

While it’s a perfectly enjoyable cup, I prefer Infusion BouTEAque’s take on it over this, as it too is creamy, smooth, but stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87

This tea tastes as delicious as you’d hope it would, and much better than what you would actually expect.

I tend to be a bit leery with this sort of flavored tea as I find the idea is always extremely exciting, but the end result always disappointing. Not so with the Strawberry shortcake.

It’s the perfect refreshing tea for when you want the dessert but not the calories. It tastes good straight, it tastes good with a bit of golden sugar — my sweetener of choice — and milk adds an alternate, and quite nice, flavor as well.

I meant to try this iced as David’s marketed it as such when I purchased it, but before I knew it I finished all 50g as hot cups.

The black tea base is a bit disappointingly weak. It’s there, but just barely. Just enough to not mistake this as an herbal infusion.

While I definitely enjoyed this tea, I couldn’t drink this every day. This is what you drink when you want dessert, not a good strong cup of tea.

Will definitely purchase more when David’s restocks. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
111 tasting notes

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