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I can’t recall if I have ever had this one before, but I have no notes listed, so it is possible. It is also possible I have had it and never made a note.

I am having this straight. No milk, no sugar, no additives at all. And it is actually sweet enough for me this way. There is cane sugar in this pretty high up, plus the chocolate bits, so I’m sure that is why I am ok as is (though I still prefer to add my own sweetener thank you very much DAVIDs!). That said, it is on the artificial side. I wonder if milk in this would tame that aspect of it. I have a small sample that I can try it with. I might try to resteep with the existing leaves and try, though it may be less flavour all over this way.

Aside from the slight artificial notes, it is a creamy feeling tea. My guess is that the chocolate chips are providing this. They are also providing an oil slick on top of the tea. While I know some people are bothered by this, I’m not. It isn’t super pretty to look at, but meh…whatever. I’m not fussed. It’s just tea. It doesn’t really reflect the taste much, if at all.

I was admittedly nervous at trying, given the hibiscus listed, but it is really low down, and I do feel it lends a slight tartness to the raspberry component. It is not actually that terrible in this, and not a bully at all. If anything, the artificial notes override and bad hibby ones.

As for the pie aspect…nope, not getting any whatsoever. I can feel like I smell some kind of graham crust, but I can’t really taste it. Well, maybe just a teensy bit as the tea cools down. I think it is mixed with the artificial notes.

So the big question is whether or not I will buy more of this once my sample is out. I think the verdict is yes, despite the bit of artificial taste. What it has going for it that is important to me is that it is free of stevia or blackberry leaves, licorice or anything like it, and flowers like rose or jasmine. I am finding it really hard with so many new teas from DAVIDs having stevia or blackberry leaves. I’m mildly allergic (more sensitive than anything) to the stevia…it can be a headache.migraine trigger, and makes me feel like throwing up in an acid reflux kind of way. Also in its favour is that it is caffeine free and I am all about trying to monitor how much caffeine I have a day, and since I like tea, finding alternatives is good (even if not true tea). It also uses green rooibos, which I vastly prefer over the red.

Indigobloom

The dreaded hibby isn’t as big a foe anymore, I find. For some reason a lot of tea companies heard our complaining and backed off… and moved on to other now despised ingredients. Like stevia heh.

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I had this yesterday. I had no idea what I was tasting. as I’ll be honest and say I have not had this tea in a long time, and this was a sip down. I actually had I straight and it went down incredibly smooth. If I had had more, I might have maple latted this. Or just used a touch of organic cane sugar and milk. I really need to get back to Janet’s…been a long time since my last visit.

Indigobloom

This is the second time I’ve seen this one in my feed recently. What’s in it? Now I’m curious lol

Plunkybug

It’s from a local company here, and the other person and I probably got it from the same source as samples. ;)

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, but what does the tea contain? Inquiring minds want to know.

Plunkybug

Yes, don’t we all want to know.:P Sadly, mine was a sample, and I didn’t even know what it was for a while, because the bag was full, and the name was in marker pen, and I couldn’t see that it actually had a name/label until I began spooning it out to make a cup. I have zero details other than name and supplier. I have not been to Janet’s in a long time, but I plan to ask next time I am there. Sorry. Wish I could have been more helpful.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Plunkybug. Sorry to be a pest. I didn’t quite get it initially. :(

Plunkybug

Oh, no problem. Not a pest at all! I’m only sorry that I can’t be more helpful in telling everyone what is in it. Apologies if my last answer came off in a negative tone. It was not meant to.

Evol Ving Ness

No, no, not negative at all.

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Finally got around to having this one. I wanted to like it.The whole time I am sipping it I am thinking, something tastes strange…is there hibiscus in this? Why yes, yes there is. Even though Buiki’s use of hibiscus has always been on the conservative side (good move), I can’t help but feel like it covered up the mango flavour and white tea flavours. I am still happy I got to try this rare custom blend tea.

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Picked some of this up, as my Coco Chai Rooibos from Davids was low, and I wanted to try this to compare. Both are pretty good, though I might wager this one is a bit spicier. I like them both. I do usually have this with milk, and sometimes honey, but usually no sugar.

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Really nice tea. Lightly sweet on its own without being overly artificial, though I do still like to have milk in this one (but I can happily say I can have this without adding sugar). If they get more of this, I will get more while I can. I like it, and it is a good winter tea for me.

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s hard for me to say whether I like this tea, as I am not usually a mint tea fan. But I am a chocolate tea fan. I love the look of the tea, with the little white snowflakes. I like that it is an herbal tea, and I like that I need minimal, if any sugar at all. I like that it takes milk well. I’m just not sure if I actually LIKE the tea. Part of me is compelled to keep making it, and part of me wants to steep this in milk and use it as the base for hot chocolate. Part of met feels it is too minty and too artificial with the chocolate…artificial tasting has been a theme of a lot of the flavoured blends from Davids lately.

So I don’t know, do I like it? I’ll definitely finish my sample. Will I buy more? Who is to say…

Michelle

I didn’t like this blend, it was way too minty for me.
But I heard others say its really good mixed in with the Hot Chocolate tea.

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
740 tasting notes

I decided to try this one again, after being underwhelmed last year. I will say that I am trying to have more green teas, and especially ones that may be more comforting in the cold outside, as I tend to go heavy and black in winter. I had hoped that maybe this would have the body and comfort of a black tea, yet as a green. In some ways it does. I absolutely love marzipan, which is why I wanted to try this again.

I have played with varying amounts of leaf, and find that going heavier on the leaf pulls more of the almond marzipan out. At the same time, there is an artificial taste that surfaces. I am really not sure how I feel about this tea. I want to be able to get it to work. I’m just not sure it wants to work with me.

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I’m pretty undecided about this one. Although I love chocolate and nut teas, I have been having issues with the chocolate in Davids Teas for at least a year, with them tasting weird…is it the alcohol taste others have mentioned? I am not sure. I definitely like this one better than Coffee Cake (belch!), but I am not sure I can call it a favourite of the collection either.

My initial steep was plain, with no milk or sugar. When I had it yesterday with milk as a latte, it was a little bland, so maybe a smidge of sugar would have helped a bit? I do have more to try. I’ve been trying to have more teas without sugar, but I feel some are better with some. That said, David’s Teas are now mostly sweet enough for me to have without sugar, which I am happy about. I have been cutting my sugar use gradually over the last few years and I was at a little bit of a plateau for a loooong time, so it is good to have progressed further, but I feel like when I do add sugar, I am regressing back to needing it sweeter. Still, progress is progress, and I am proud of myself for coming as far as I have. And I have to remind myself of this when I do choose to use sugar in my tea…I try to use less than I had been before, which makes me feel less guilty.

Anyway, I am still undecided on this and will leave it unrated for now.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
740 tasting notes

For some reason I thought this was new to the Winter Collection and picked it up anyway, but said to get the least of this one because I have not had luck with the cake teas…something really artificial in them. I love the smell. By god, I really love it, and I want to like it, but I can’t. I am just finishing the last of the bag now, as a latte. It’s not throw in the sink horrible, but it all came back to me when I tried it and when I added it to my cupboard and realized I had already had it before.

Sigh…

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, between the artificial and the sweetness and the cinnamon of so many of their latest offerings, there’s not much left to like.

Plunkybug

Oh, and my biggest gripes with the new stuff having sweet blackberry leaves and stevia. I’m totally ok with a little coconut sugar, though I prefer to sweeten my own teas, thank you. I don’t like the shift in attitude and marketing Davids has taken in the las few years. More and more teas are undrinkable for me, because of the blackberry leaves and stevia, and the artificial notes. I hate that they are trying to sweeten the blends to bring new people in, and the dumbing down of the instructions. They could at least have the temperature in parentheses so that the non newbies know what temps to use. And for god’s sake, just say teaspoon or tsp instead of your PS perfect spoon which is the same damn thing. Grr..

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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