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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
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Another one bites the dust. Dang. I was excited for this one. Unfortunately the 10g we bought had absolutely no jellybeans in it. I think the jellybeans are going the way of the watermelon bits in Luscious Watermelon, aka being eaten by the staff. There weren’t very many jellybeans in the wall tin either.

Anyway, without jellybeans, this tastes like your typical bourbon vanilla rooibos with just a hint of fruit. I am disappointed. This is another one I will not be adding to my collection. I will rate if I ever get some with jellybeans in it.

Lenny Wu

I went for 100g and there were Jelly Bellys that I got. :)


No jellybeans in my 26 grams either…


Hello Hello! I’m a David’s tea staff, and I don’t eat them! (cuz I don’t like jellybean) but f the staff seems nice where you buy it, you can maybe ask for a jelly bean? or just be nice and say ’’I’ll hope I’ll have some jellybeans in it’’! But with 10g, you would only have had a jellybean!!! And I find it doesn’t really make it better!

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Meh. The staff at my DT is great, but I’m not really interested enough in this tea to buy another 10 g. :) But, I mean, the whole point of the tea is the jellybeans, and so it just kinda sucks when you spend your money to try a tea and don’t get any of the “main” ingredient, 10g or 100g, it shouldn’t really matter. shrugs Just my 2 cents. And staff at other stores have admitted to eating the jellybeans out of the mix


So… they admitted to standing there and putting there hands in what they were then going to sell as a consumable? Are they really seriously allowed to do that, really? Because… isn’t that tampering with the goods? If something like that had been admitted to me, I think I would find a different place to shop, to be honest. I wouldn’t shop at a baker’s where the staff picked the raisins out of the raisin buns either.

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Because I have great faith and love for DT, I’m going to assume (hope) that scoops were used to get the jellybeans out, because I really can’t see them reaching into the tin and picking them out.


lol @angrboda. It would be really sad to not get jelly beans in there especially since it is advertised. but davids tea staff has been wonderful everytime I had a problem. I order On line to the states but they took care of everything right from the phone so maybe call and tell them the situation?

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lol crazy, this review is 9 months old, I’m not going to email them about this now. Besides I love my local Davids staff and this was an isolated incident, I’m not going to blow the whistle on them on something that happened ages ago. I’m on good terms with the DavidsTea customer service department, this isn’t worth bothering them about. shrugs


i know this is old… i can’t see eating bits of the tea straight out of the tin, but steeping a cup then eating the jelly bean? sure.

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So I got a cup of this to go when stopping in to pick up some of the new teas. I feel a bit like death warmed over, so I thought a cup of this might perk me up.

Um, well…it didn’t. It smells like Goji Pop and I realize now that’s because of the hibiscus in the blend. Blegh. While drinking it, I got absolutely no flavor in the sip, just a touch of berry and ginger and mostly hibiscus in the aftertaste. I thought maybe by tastebuds were off, so I made De try some. Nope. Hot water with an aftertaste of hibiscus.

Okay, maybe the flavor comes out when iced. I’ll let it get cold while I nap. Oh now it has flavor. HIBISCUS with an aftertaste of ginger.

I have 10g waiting for me to try at home, there has to be more to this tea…there just has to. I’ll rate this when I get to try it at home.


I’m scared for the entire spring collection – so much hibiscus!


Hibiscus, bleah!


nothing in the spring collection looks like something I’ll love! so sad :(
never thought I’d say I miss anything winter


Nothing in the spring collection appeals to me either. Damn hibby.

Kay Kanada

Ditto ditto and ditto. What a disappointing collection.

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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Now that I have learned to sweeten matcha “to hell and back”, I have started craving it in the mornings. That rush of energy, that sweet greenness…mmm. Love. And it makes me eat breakfast, as I get shaky if I have matcha on an empty stomach. So all in all, it’s a good thing for me. I have much love in my heart for this stuff and I am so excited to have three more matchas on the way from Red Leaf Teas!!

And I’m only 26!


Have you tried Matcha Lattes and Matcha Smoothies yet? To die for!!

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Danger! I try to stay away from lattes, but the reason I first tried matcha was to put it in my smoothies, I’m excited to try some!

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I was told by the girls at my local DT that since this tea doesn’t have a whole lot of tea in it, it’s okay to let it steep for a while. So tonight I let it steep for a while. My 50 g bag isn’t as full as I’d like it to be and even with twice the amount of “leaf” I usually use, this tea is weak and now over steeped. I think we might end up using a lot of the leaf to get the same great flavor we get in store, but then I don’t think I’ll be interested in restocking. It’s just too expensive for the amount of leaf you have to use. Sadness.

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Tina S.

Yeah, that’s exactly why I didn’t let myself buy some today. I just couldn’t justify weight vs cost. :(


I haven’t tried what I bought yet, but if I end up really liking it, I’ll still buy it as a treat. Considering I am willing to purchase specialty coffees and such at Starbucks every now and then, I will let myself drink much healthier teas for still considerably below the $5/cup. :) But, I understand your reasoning.


Sounds like this might be better off purchased as a cup in the store. Boo :(

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@Krystaleyn yeah, see, I’m not willing to buy the specialty coffees from Starbucks or whatever, the most I splurge on is a cuppa tea from Davids at 2.25 (mall employee discount) and that even grinds my gears occasionally, especially if I have the tea at home. I’m glad we bough then 50 g bag, but I don’t see it being replaced. shrugs is cheap

@Indigobloom Yes, unfortunately. What I do is I ask for the bag separate and then steep it when I get back to my office. That way the water cools a bit and I have control over the steep time.


cool, I didn’t know they allow that. My office is a little too far, I’d have to pour out the water and reboil. I’ve asked for a cup without water, they said no! :(

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Oh man, this was good and I was so pissed that it was so good XD. It’s another heavy, expensive white blend, but it…guh. It’s amazing. It’s creamy and sweet and almost caramel-like, from what I can remember (I drank it at work while being BORED OUT OF MY SKULL). But I remember loving it. Definitely need to buy more tomorrow.


ugh this post is really killing me! I regret not living in Canada, as it takes so long for David’s teas of the month to make it to the New York store (usually not until after the month they’re featured in!) I was placing an order today and didn’t see this until after! I’ve been bummed about missing out all day, and this just added to my regret!!

I am glad to hear you enjoyed it so though :) And this will DEFINITELY be included in my next order!!

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It is beautiful. So much love! Definitely worth a try nods. Restored my faith in DT!

Tina S.

@teaNsympathy If you call customer service tomorrow they may be able to add it to the order if it hasn’t been packed yet!


I definitely want to try this one.

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So I used the last of my sample bag of this to make a thermos of goodness for work and try to decide if it’s worth restocking. Conclusion? While tasty enough, this tea didn’t stand out enough for me to make room in my cupboard. Sadness. I think I just want to like it due to the call back to “Celtic lore” in the description XD. This blend is tasty, but ultimately forgettable.

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drank OH LA LA OOLONG by Tealish
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Hrm. I don’t know. It’s good, kinda. But I don’t think I’d ever actively reach for it. I like the mango, but if I’m looking for a fruity oolong, I’m always going to reach for Long Life Oolong. De says it’s heavy and I would agree with that. And slightly artificial, but not overly so. All in all, I’m glad I tried it, the fruit flavors are lovely, but I can’t justify making room in my cupboard for this one.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m finishing up my day with this one, since it tends to calm my tummy and headaches, both of which I have at the moment. I’m just not hungry today, which is weird and tells me I’m sick. I’ve made two full meals for myself today and couldn’t finish either. Blegh. This tea is still delicious and tasty, but I’m just not in the mood to finish my teas today, I guess.

Tina S.

sends hugs No being sick!

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hugs and coughs on you for not loving Pink Dragonfruit


Ha! Cruel but fitting punishment.

Tina S.

Eeeep! For that I shall make you drink Teavana tea! :P

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We are not longer friends. </3


I haven’t tried it yet… so can’t comment on the Dragon debate. Must get on this!!

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Blegh. I think I oversteeped this, as I didn’t keep a close eye on the time (it’s a rooibos!). It just didn’t mesh well for me. Honestly, the aftertaste was exactly what I wanted the tea to be – smooth, creamy and delicious. But the tea itself….meh. I’ll have to give this another try.

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