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88
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Sipdown.
I have had this tea for far too long and now it is time to say goodbye.
I did rather enjoy this tea, it is chocolaty and very sweet. It is good as a treat, but certainly not something I would drink everyday.

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88
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Continuing with my DAVIDsTEA weekend.
I treated myself with a latte this morning and I added a splash of vanilla creamer. This was delicious. Very sweet and creamy.
Great to relax and treat myself on this holiday today.

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88
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

This tea is yummy chocolatey goodness.
Who knew you could get such yummy chocolate taste for only 15 calories. It is quite sweet, certainly doesn’t need sweetener. I certainly do get a cake taste, but I would say more like chocolate cake batter than cake.
This is good, but like the other cupcake teas, I wouldn’t drink them everyday. I might get a small 25g bag to have on hand for a while for my “treat Sundays” when I always have a chocolate tea in the morning!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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53
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

I am not the biggest fan of this tea, however I am a HUGE fan of the effects of guayusa apparently.
It has a wierd bitter taste that reminds me of good tasting lipgloss. It gives me tons of energy and with a bit of agave I can handle drinking it, but it’s not my first choice of energy teas. I’d much rather have a mate.
I’m also aware that this is the only guayusa tea i’ve had, so I intend on trying to find one that is a bit easier on the taste buds.

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89
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
29 tasting notes

This tea is very nice and does taste like creamy lime gelato or even key lime pie.

I like to use different teas for different occasions, and this one I use for the kind of mornings after the baby wakes up several times in the night, then I have a work deadline in the morning. Actually, I am having that kind of day right now and I am writing tea reviews to avoid it! This tea is my replacement for the handful of chocolate chip cookies or the big piece of cake that I used to grab for. This tea says “it is okay, things are not so bad, have some ‘pie’!” Hey, it’s not Xanex, but it feels awfully good to drink.

It brews very light – so light that at first I was worried about messing it up somehow. But, I think it is just the style. It is also a bit unsettling to see the chunky fruit pieces as they brew. I don’t think there is much caffeine here, since there are so many fruit pieces.

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

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70
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

After trying this one at home with milk and sugar added, I think I know why it isn’t a favourite of mine. Self-confession time, I’m the type of person who begrudgingly eats all the cake first to make the world happy while I’d be happier with just a plate of icing. I eat it separate so that nasty cake stuff doesn’t pollute the best sweet sugary part. This tea makes me have to have them combined, and honestly my inner five year old sits back and doesn’t wanna. Sorry birthday cake tea, I think I’ll go back to faking a love of cake to cover an addiction to icing.

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

Don’t feel bad … when I was in college, finals food was a tub of Betty Crocker fudge frosting, straight up with a spoon!

DaisyChubb

Hilarious realization :D

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82
drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

I still have a few stock in my cupboard. I love the strong coffee taste, I enjoy it especially after a rich meal, the same way I would enjoy a cup of coffee.

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78
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
138 tasting notes

So Teasuce bought this over and I really liked it . I love lemongrass and coconut together,they just pair well. I had this hot with nothing added to it. I know it would be awesome iced.

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80
drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I’m usually not a huge sencha or flavored tea fan, but sometimes I like the two of them mixed together. I can definitely smell the mango here, and the taste is a little sweet and a little grassy. It’s brought out with a little honey. I don’t love this tea, but I do enjoy it, and I may consider buying 50g of it in the future. It’s a beautiful pale green, and it smells warm and crisp and inviting.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50

This is a good tea, but not great. I don’t crave it, so my tin is still quite full months after purchasing. Wouldn’t buy it again, but my dinner guests like to give it a shot after their meals.

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80
drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I didn’t think I’d like this because of its floral notes, but I really like it! I added a bit of sugar, which brings out the lychee taste a bit more. I’d buy it again.

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100
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

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50

there is a nice slight minty taste but overall the tea is very weak

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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66
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I really wanted a bright citrusy tea to warm up today… it’s so dreary and rainy out. And I just remembered I still have a ton of David’s samples tucked away in a tin, so I pulled this one out to try.

This is tart and bright. It definitely smells citrusy dry, and it begins turning the water a light pinky-purple as soon as it starts to infuse. When it’s done, it’s a fantastically dark red. I can really taste the grapefruit and hibiscus in this.
While it is citrusy and fruity and summery, I’m not a huge fan of it. I think it’d be good iced as a summer treat with a little bit of sugar, but I’m not sure I like it enough to want to buy more than the sample I got for free. It’s okay, but it tastes a little artificial and isn’t really my style.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

This is my go-to tea. Love, love, love. It’s a staple in my home.

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22
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I wanted to love this, but didn’t! Smells delicious, but ends up looking murky in the mud (weird filmy stuff on top). And the aftertaste was strange. Not going to purchase it again.

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61
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

The first time I tried this tea I didn’t like it (totally killed my mood for the rest of the day since I had been looking forward to it for so long).
Finally (ok, more like 10 days later) I gave it another try….and still didn’t like it, I don’t like adding cream to my teas because that blocks some of its health benefits, and i couldn’t find a sweetener thats taste really complimented it, well some did but it didn’t taste like cake and I wanted cake darn it!
Then I got an idea from my Teaopia fireside s’mores tea and (I bet you can get where I’m going with this) threw two mini (and very stale) marshmallows in with my tea leaves and voila! I had cake.
Now I love it, not enough to stock up with it before the end of spring like I will with the birthday cake tea, but enough that I look forward to drinking it.

On a separate note that has nothing to do with the taste the brown ‘chocolate like’ slime that’s left on the mug is icky looking, the slime left in my tea strainer is icky, and annoying (insert words not appropriate for this venue. lots and lots of those words) to clean, I basically had to put it in a pot of boiling water, now I just put the leaves straight in the cup (I didn’t drink the liquid at the very bottom anyway because as mentioned previously it reminded me way too much of sludge. I have never had that much of a problem with my strainer and other chocolate teas.

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72

I got a cup of this to go today while out with a friend and it was really good! He got it iced and I got it regular, and we both let each other sample them to compare if we liked the tea more hot or iced. I found that once this cooled down a bit (probably about ten minutes after I bought it) it was a lot better. Very sweet and smooth, with a perfect hint of creaminess.

Preparation
8 min or more

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
251 tasting notes

Such a great memory – the first time I was ever introduced to DT, I purchased Honeybee and Chocolate Rocket (it was a successful mate trip). I decided to try this tea to go and as soon as we drove away I instantly regretted not buying some of this. Which brought me to their website as I sadly don’t live in a city with a DT. Oh heavens am I glad (maybe not my wallet) that I found this tea!

Dry: Cute little red lips, chocolate chips, peppermint and black leaves. It smells like a peppermint patty! So delicious. This is another tea I often huff (I don’t have a problem I swear)
Liquor: Dark brownish with a reddish hue. I can see melted chocolate. Ooooh melted chocolate in tea is just fine with me! It also smells like a heavenly cup of peppermint hot chocolate (someone even asked if I was drinking peppermint hot chocolate because of the smell that filled the entire room!) The taste is just as great. I can drink this for hours at a time and not get sick of it. The leaves/flavour also stand up exceptionally well for two steeps (so I have found).. the third definitely does not have as much oomph as the previous steeps, but it still tastes like delicious pepperminty chocolate (peppermint becoming a more prominent flavour instead of the chocolate goodness). Usually I add one more tsp for my 3.5 cup cast iron tea pot if I want to get another good steep out of the leaves (currently, I am on my 5th steep – a lot more mellow in all flavours. Still drinkable, but it’s not a punch in the face chocolate peppermint anymore)

I love this tea. It loves me back by giving me delicious liquid peppermint patties. Thanks Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

I’ve only had bagged English Breakfast teas before, so I saw this and said I’ll try it. It’s very similar to the bags just with the higher quality and better flavour that comes with loose leaf. It’s got a deep flavour similar to that of an earl grey with a bit of a twist. But, it’s just a straight black so nothing extremely flavorful, but still good with breakfast or anytime of the day. Alright straight up, but much more enjoyable with a little milk or cream and a spoon of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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55

I steeped this starting at 80 degrees, left it for 6 minutes and there was a sweet scent, but when I tasted the tea it was rather bitter. I left it overnight in the fridge and came back to it in the morning and it was amazing cold. tasted exactly how Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble would without the bitterness of Rhubarb.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
704 tasting notes

The beau has been dying to brew some of this up, so I figured we’d give it a go. The first thing I noticed was a lot of “scum” on the top, likely from the chocolate, sprinkles and freeze dried ice cream. Neat idea, but not so attractive in practice. However, I have had a couple DT teas like this, and I’m not worried. The smell is yummy but very sweet – sweet is where my fear comes in here. I rarely sweeten my tea, and it bothers me that this one has stevia built in.

This one is really sweet. Very sweet. Some sips I enjoyed, where most I felt like I was drowning in sugar. Not quite the tea for me, though the idea was interesting. I could sort of see where ice cream cake was coming from, but it was sweeter than ice cream, if that makes sense. When I think of ice cream cake, I think of Dairy Queen cakes, and yummy fudge crumble in the middle with vanilla on the top, chocolate on the bottom and whipped cream icing. MMMM! Also, I did get an alcohol smell from the dry leaf – what does that? Is that the stevia leaf? Personally, I find it a little unsettling, though I have no problem with alcohol. Just not quite my thing.

LiberTEAS

The alcohol smell is probably a residual scent from the flavoring oil that is used in tea. Teas don’t always have that smell, but, if they’ve been flavored recently, they might.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, that makes sense. All my 52teas blends smelled really alcohol-y when they first came in the mail.

Mercuryhime

I had wanted to try this one but I was discouraged by the stevia as well. The DT employee tried to assure me that it’s stevia leaf and not actually stevia so it wouldn’t be too sweet. I raised my eyebrow at this and pressed my lips together. Otherwise I might have said some unwise things. In any case, I wasn’t convinced. Good to know that I judged rightly.

LiberTEAS

I’m not a fan of it when companies add stevia to a tea. I like to choose whether or not I am going to sweeten a tea … and when I do choose to sweeten, I rarely (practically never) choose stevia as my sweetener, as I am not fond of the aftertaste. Stevia leaf does taste better than the processed powder (which is processed from the stevia leaf), but, I still prefer a pinch of sugar to stevia. Even with the calories.

Indestructible

Agreed on the Stevia – it should be up to us. I think what they were going for was a Neapolitan type of ice-cream cake (if that exists?)

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

Trying to go through things I think I want to keep but you know, need to taste to know if I like it.

This is one of them. I’ve grown to like hibiscus based teas but I don’t know what it is about this one that just has something about it I don’t like. Maybe the strawberry leaf and lemon verbena with it? Or just that it’s such a mix of fruit, something in there might just not mesh with hibiscus to me.

It’s just TART. And it’s hard to find a way to enjoy it. Sweetening it really does nothing for me with this one. Bears like sweet stuff don’t they? I would make a bad bear if I don’t care for this maybe.

Apparently according to an old tasting note, I was supposed to try this cold brewed. Meh. I think this will join the list.

Speaking of, yes, I FINALLY have the first round of teas I’m trying to get rid of here: https://justamandathings.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/teas-for-sale/ all the info is there – wanted to open it up to those of you who still have followed me after all this time first. (btw to not waste anyone’s time, it’s US only because I don’t have time right now to go through everything to send internationally :( sorry)

And eventually I will make that my food blog. I have been showered with gifts from Olive Garden for food photos on Instagram from an event there a few weeks ago so I figured it was time to start one again. After I move though.

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

So I ended up with 2 ounces of this, although I wasn’t particularly impressed the first time around. I decided I’d cold steep a pitcher. I don’t know why I’m drinking it first thing this morning for me, but it’s overcast and rainy so it feels like 8am to me. It’s probably nice and cool out too, so I could easily have had hot tea!

But Bear Trap first. I like this so much better cold steeped. There’s not much sweetness, but it still has a good berry flavor. The tartness is there but subdued and I can handle it. Future cups might have me trying to sweeten it, but for now this is good the way it is.

And now I am trying not to buy everything DavidsTea introduced today because I hadn’t thought of it as an iced tea collection, and I really do need some of them in that case. But in 9 days I have to head up to my parents’ house to housesit for 9 more days so I definitely have to wait. Wahh.

I’m also thinking with this tea at least, making tea syrup with it. And then I’ll get some cheap snow cone maker and use it as the syrup instead of the ones they sell at the store. How good would that be?

DaisyChubb

uh it would be amazing good and can I buy some off of you? :D!!!

DaisyChubb

The made snocones that is ;)

momo

hahaha I wish, once it realizes what season it’s supposed to be here they’d be melted so fast!

Bonnie

This is one to steep with honey for berry flavor! Pretty too!

Daniel Scott

It would be awesome!

I bought this one specifically to ice, although I haven’t done so yet. I did try it in the store though – they were sampling it the day I was there, and this is basically one of the first teas I tried a sample of and didn’t want to spit it on the floor. (I don’t like many teas unsweetened.) So I took that as a really good sign.

Dylan Oxford

Okay, tea snow cones sound awesome.

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