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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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I am such a loser. I spent the entire school year annoyed that I never had the time to do anything else other than write papers and attend symposia, and now that I have had nearly a week to do whatever I wanted before meeting up with my supervisor to get the thesis proposal ball rolling, I just wasted it all sitting around home. Tomorrow is my meeting so say goodbye to spare time? I blame it on my new toy and shoddy weather which has prevented me from going to the beach, Butchart Gardens and what not.

I was a little wary of this tea. Love oolongs but the flavour combination sounded a little too overdone, and I imagined juice crystal-like qualities with every sip. The dry leaf is primarily mango, so I went with a cold brew.

Sure enough, it is on the artificial side. The base is fresh but gets a little bitter towards the end of the glass. The strangest thing about it is at the end of every sip, a mango peach silken tofu flavour envelops my taste buds. It’s exactly like that dessert tofu you can buy at the grocery store.

That said, I’m afraid my hunches were right about this oolong. I’m starting to lose faith/interest in DT again.

CHAroma

Butchart Gardens?

Fjellrev

Yeah, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. :)

http://www.butchartgardens.com/

CHAroma

Wow! You weren’t kidding. That place is gorgeous!!

JustJames

must say i’m in the same boat… (also the same island) as you…. david’s teas is one of the fastest growing canadian companies and sadly it really shows. they’re not keeping up with quality controls or creative demand.

OMGsrsly

Pretty much every tea store I’ve been into has said that DavidsTea (and to a lesser extent Teavana) has been a boon for their business. So that’s good, right? :)

Cavocorax

They ate a great starter company for people looking for a friendly and convenient intro to tea.

JustJames

true… though i began with teavana. i admit i hold a bit of a grudge against david’s teas because i have food sensitivities and they haven’t been as diligent as they need to be for their customers.

Fjellrev

It’s definitely true that these bigger companies are helping out the smaller ones in a way. It’s getting more people into tea in general. But I’ll admit that when DT opened a store near me, I thought it was overrated even then. The only thing that traps me into giving them more money is the 10g allowance. It’s convenient and I don’t feel like I’m putting all my eggs in one basket by having to blindly purchase 50g or even 100g.

And nice to see another Steepster on the Island!

OMGsrsly

How do you mean, James? My BFF is severely allergic to mint, and this month especially it’s been a bit of a trial. Thankfully the local stores have been really good about helping her even when she can’t come in.

JustJames

@OMGsrsly… everyone has a different set of parameters and sensitivities. i have an auto immune disease which, in my case, had included a fabulous case of broad spectrum sensitivities. for the most part i know what they are and i handle the issue with a healthy dose of literacy— reading before i put it in my mouth.

this is where my problem with david’s teas occurred. i got a free sample from headquarters in montreal… not something i would normally buy for myself, but hey… it’s the thought that counts. i dug in. i felt rotten. i read the ingredients. no issue. figured it was random. it happened the next time i tried the sample.

i decided to look up the tea here on steepster. DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS WERE LISTED!!! the list here had something in it that explained what was going on.

i won’t say that it’s a store or an employee problem, it’s a diligence level that isn’t being met at a corporate level.

please keep in mind this is just my opinion after a very frustrating experience. i am very glad that your friend has been given good direction.

Fjellrev

I’m so sorry that happened to you, JustJames. Did you contact them about it? That is a very serious issue and they need to straighten things out like that. Show a little more consistency and accuracy with information. I’m so lucky that I don’t have allergies or an auto immune disease. I can’t imagine how extra careful you need to be.

OMGsrsly

Oh geez that’s absolutely terrible. I’m glad you’re ok. Just FYI, tea stores to be careful with are TWG/The Urban Tea Merchant, Murchie’s and Granville Island Tea. The first two do not list ingredients as far as I’ve been able to tell, although Murchie’s sometimes has them available. And Granville Island has different ingredients on their website and in store. I try to get ingredient listings for everything, just in case.

JustJames

i have to be diligent is all, i am careful where i eat and where i buy… but life gets alot more complicated if things are not clearly AND CONSISTENTLY listed. this borders on a rant, which i don’t want to do to your awesome post… as a company you do not get to have multiple ingredients lists in multiple locations. OR if you choose that option, you do not get money from me.

i do buy from DT, but it is very limited. they don’t list the ingredients in their artificial flavouring because it is considered proprietary (it is usually that stuff that gives me problems).

no, i did not contact the company about it, i just absorbed it into ‘buyer beware’. the reason i got the sample was as an apology from the company regarding an incident that happened when i was there one day.

i don’t know if DTs has an incognito presence on here or not, but i wish they more visible like verdant, butiki and teavivre.

argh! incendiare… sorry! another essay!

good luck on your thesis proposal! maybe just present it in ancient norse and have the prof nod and smile? lol. i’m sure you’ll sail through…

Fjellrev

Still, that must be a super inconvenience for you to have to triple check everything, especially when some companies aren’t consistent with the information they provide. But on the bright side, you’re not really missing out on the artificially-flavoured ones anyway!

I know DT has an account and announces/writes reviews of their new teas, but don’t think they have any reps reading our reviews and providing feedback.

Thanks, I need all the luck I can get with my proposal! First I need to read and listen to data in the lab to see if I can even do my topic. Aye.

JustJames

really? haven’t seen them here anywhere…. they are wasting a valuable insight resource if they aren’t paying attention to the reviews on here. (my opinion)

Fjellrev

They seem to write a tasting note for new teas: http://steepster.com/DAVIDsTEA

Maybe they’re here more for promotion than anything else? They appear to be following quite a few Steepsterites but I’m not sure if they comment on their reviews.

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CHAroma

Butchart Gardens?

Fjellrev

Yeah, it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet. :)

http://www.butchartgardens.com/

CHAroma

Wow! You weren’t kidding. That place is gorgeous!!

JustJames

must say i’m in the same boat… (also the same island) as you…. david’s teas is one of the fastest growing canadian companies and sadly it really shows. they’re not keeping up with quality controls or creative demand.

OMGsrsly

Pretty much every tea store I’ve been into has said that DavidsTea (and to a lesser extent Teavana) has been a boon for their business. So that’s good, right? :)

Cavocorax

They ate a great starter company for people looking for a friendly and convenient intro to tea.

JustJames

true… though i began with teavana. i admit i hold a bit of a grudge against david’s teas because i have food sensitivities and they haven’t been as diligent as they need to be for their customers.

Fjellrev

It’s definitely true that these bigger companies are helping out the smaller ones in a way. It’s getting more people into tea in general. But I’ll admit that when DT opened a store near me, I thought it was overrated even then. The only thing that traps me into giving them more money is the 10g allowance. It’s convenient and I don’t feel like I’m putting all my eggs in one basket by having to blindly purchase 50g or even 100g.

And nice to see another Steepster on the Island!

OMGsrsly

How do you mean, James? My BFF is severely allergic to mint, and this month especially it’s been a bit of a trial. Thankfully the local stores have been really good about helping her even when she can’t come in.

JustJames

@OMGsrsly… everyone has a different set of parameters and sensitivities. i have an auto immune disease which, in my case, had included a fabulous case of broad spectrum sensitivities. for the most part i know what they are and i handle the issue with a healthy dose of literacy— reading before i put it in my mouth.

this is where my problem with david’s teas occurred. i got a free sample from headquarters in montreal… not something i would normally buy for myself, but hey… it’s the thought that counts. i dug in. i felt rotten. i read the ingredients. no issue. figured it was random. it happened the next time i tried the sample.

i decided to look up the tea here on steepster. DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS WERE LISTED!!! the list here had something in it that explained what was going on.

i won’t say that it’s a store or an employee problem, it’s a diligence level that isn’t being met at a corporate level.

please keep in mind this is just my opinion after a very frustrating experience. i am very glad that your friend has been given good direction.

Fjellrev

I’m so sorry that happened to you, JustJames. Did you contact them about it? That is a very serious issue and they need to straighten things out like that. Show a little more consistency and accuracy with information. I’m so lucky that I don’t have allergies or an auto immune disease. I can’t imagine how extra careful you need to be.

OMGsrsly

Oh geez that’s absolutely terrible. I’m glad you’re ok. Just FYI, tea stores to be careful with are TWG/The Urban Tea Merchant, Murchie’s and Granville Island Tea. The first two do not list ingredients as far as I’ve been able to tell, although Murchie’s sometimes has them available. And Granville Island has different ingredients on their website and in store. I try to get ingredient listings for everything, just in case.

JustJames

i have to be diligent is all, i am careful where i eat and where i buy… but life gets alot more complicated if things are not clearly AND CONSISTENTLY listed. this borders on a rant, which i don’t want to do to your awesome post… as a company you do not get to have multiple ingredients lists in multiple locations. OR if you choose that option, you do not get money from me.

i do buy from DT, but it is very limited. they don’t list the ingredients in their artificial flavouring because it is considered proprietary (it is usually that stuff that gives me problems).

no, i did not contact the company about it, i just absorbed it into ‘buyer beware’. the reason i got the sample was as an apology from the company regarding an incident that happened when i was there one day.

i don’t know if DTs has an incognito presence on here or not, but i wish they more visible like verdant, butiki and teavivre.

argh! incendiare… sorry! another essay!

good luck on your thesis proposal! maybe just present it in ancient norse and have the prof nod and smile? lol. i’m sure you’ll sail through…

Fjellrev

Still, that must be a super inconvenience for you to have to triple check everything, especially when some companies aren’t consistent with the information they provide. But on the bright side, you’re not really missing out on the artificially-flavoured ones anyway!

I know DT has an account and announces/writes reviews of their new teas, but don’t think they have any reps reading our reviews and providing feedback.

Thanks, I need all the luck I can get with my proposal! First I need to read and listen to data in the lab to see if I can even do my topic. Aye.

JustJames

really? haven’t seen them here anywhere…. they are wasting a valuable insight resource if they aren’t paying attention to the reviews on here. (my opinion)

Fjellrev

They seem to write a tasting note for new teas: http://steepster.com/DAVIDsTEA

Maybe they’re here more for promotion than anything else? They appear to be following quite a few Steepsterites but I’m not sure if they comment on their reviews.

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