258 Tasting Notes

drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
258 tasting notes

I got this as a sample with my latest DAVIDs TEA order.
Seeing as it contained a lot of hibiscus, I was a big nervous that it would be overtly tart. Thankfully, the flavour reminded me of cranberry (as it should) with the nice tartness that cranberries have. I do love cranberries (try them in a smoothy!!)

I was seriously surprised at the level of spice in this tea. It came at the end of the sip like a smack in the face, but I was loving every minute of it. The spices did seem to settle at the bottom of the cup (flavour-wise).

This tea was lovely I found. Nice cranberry tartness with apple sweetness and beautiful pumpkin pie spices that I absolutely adore. This tea reminded me of an cranberry apple crumble. I really wish I had gotten this instead of the Oh Canada!.. oh well. Next time!

Seriously don’t understand why it’s rated so low though. I definitely recommended this to my sister!


I actually rather enjoyed this one too. Perfect Christmassy spicing, IMO. Out of curiosity – did you also get Pure Vanilla and Brazillionaire as your other free samples? I’m hoping now that my two orders (placed less than a week apart) don’t both get the exact same :(


I did get Pure Vanilla, but not Brazillionaire. The other was Main Squeeze (not very good…IMO)


Yeah, I’m not a fan of either Main Squeeze or Pure Vanilla. Sigh!

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I grabbed 50g of this while ordering a large stash of Pumpkin Chai for my love for Christmas. I’ve been more sensitive to drinking caffeinated teas after work and staying up all night, so now I’ve been trying to get more caffeine free teas as my boyfriend and I have drank nearly all of my caffeine-free options.
Having smelled this about 1.5 years ago at a friends house, I remember how insanely maple it smelled. I decided to grab some when I ordered online. Unfortunately, when I opened the packet, the smell seemed a LOT less memorable. What happened to all the maple smell?!

Either way, steeping it up I was finally greeted with some maple flavour. Though, this flavour was not as intense as I was thinking it would be. Regardless, it’s a good enough night-time tea that I can depend on until it’s gone…. then not get more of it.

Who knows. Maybe the maple flavour will jump out of the cup the next time I steep it up? Here’s hoping so.


Have you tried Birthday Cake yet? I swear that one has a lot more maple than this one.


Yeah I did! It’s sooooo sweet and very maple. Which is strange since I’ve never associated ‘birthday cake’ flavour with maple…


Yeah, I was shocked! I honestly found this one too rooibos-y for me.


Well, in all honesty it’s good you didn’t get Pumpkin Cheesecake then!! I find it on par with the rooibos in this one

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I stopped in at Acquired Taste Tea Co. today to avoid working on a big presentation I have coming up… and midterm marking.
I was looking for a nice strong and rich black with some malty notes. The woman who helped me pick suggested this one, as she felt it would best fit the description of the tea I was in search for (basically bailin black if I must be honest).

I added about 1.5 tbsp into my tall mug and steeped it for about 10s using 90C water. What came out what a robust, thick and slightly malty cup. I definitely first noticed raisin notes and buckwheat, followed by a malty slightly astringent aftertaste.

As the tea cooled, I noticed the astringency increased, but not to the point where I would not drink it.

Overall, I am very happy I picked some of this tea up. I’m going to play around with the steeping parameters and see if I can increase the sweetness and decrease the astringency. I think a lower temperature water and perhaps less leaf might just do the trick.

4 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this tea a few months ago to increase my herbal tea selection, as I have found caffeinated teas before bed isn’t such a great idea anymore. Does this mean I’m getting old? NO WAY I’LL NEVER BE OLD..(in spirit)!

Anyways, I polished off the final cup of this and I’ve decided I really like it. I’m not huuuge on chamomile teas, which this definitely is, but the chamomile adds a creaminess to the tea. I really really enjoy it. The mango flavour is surely present and with the vanilla bean pieces (which are beautiful by the way), the whole cup turns into a magical creamy mango lassi.

I haven’t tried it with milk or sugar, but I’m sure it would have been great. I guess I’ll just have to grab some more and find out for myself!

Turrahh for TEA!

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This tea is so delightful.

It’s thick like syrup and has a clean, crisp taste of rock sugar. The jasmine is so delightful – not overpowering, but just tastes like jasmine syrup.

Oh man. No. I now need to make some of that. And some osmanthus syrup. How delicious would that be?

I really enjoying this tea.

4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Just delicious.

Nearly everything I would want in a black tea.. except maybe a touch more cocoa.

Similar to a thick liquor you would get from stewing cinnamon bark for hours. Thick and viscous in the mouth like warm honey. Robust body with punches of cocoa.


6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

One of my favorites!

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I had a packet of this from an online order so I decided to go for it!

I found it was pretty nice in general, though it was quite heavy on the hibiscus and therefore went quite bitter and tart. Perhaps the tart was from the rhubarb, but either way it could have been a lot more balanced.

The yogurt bits also weirded me out…. >.

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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I got a sample of this tea with my last order and was excited to try it.
I read a lot of reviews on it and many compared it to Read My Lips, except without the chocolate. I’m a big lover of RML… so I couldn’t understand how this could be better than that tea!
…. well… it is. Don’t get me wrong I do love the Read My lips, but this tea is so nice and sweet without having the chocolate muddle going on. I really do like the chocolate muddle but this tea is just so pure and deliciously minty without being overwhelming so. I really like how the black tea balances out the peppermint/vanilla-y flavour. Love it.


listen, i don’t even think i really like davidsteas tea in general really, but i freakin love this one. LOVE. i bought 200g 2 months ago the minute it showed up on their website again, then i bought another 100g a month ago to refill the tins, then just this week i bought 250g MORE because it is on sale and the tea will soon leave their website until next season. and i learned my lesson already, i’m not going through another year without this on hand!!
felt good to tell that to someone. hah :)


You both make me want to give it another try next time it’s around.

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Such heaven in a cup.

I steeped up a bit of this at work. I really like it when I use cooler water and let it cool off a bit. Out pops the most delicious rich chocolate brownie flavour with caramel.

Always one of my favourites.


Sounds exquisite. And hope uni is going well!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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Finished the rest of this tea off after arriving back home from New Zealand.

It was a beautiful trip, and this was an awesome comfort tea to come home and relax to.
Definitely reminds me of spice cake with vanilla, ginger, and clove.

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I am very excited to delve into as many different types of tea as possible… so this should be interesting. I am really looking forwards to tasting all the wide array of flavours that can come from pure tea leaves.

Currently, I am having a love affair with oolongs. Mostly green, though I am stretching out into more oxidized oolongs. Black teas are also in my love fest as they can be so surprising sometimes (I used to drink bagged red rose x.x)
I would really love to get to know green tea a lot more and white tea.. all tea to be honest. I want to know them all.

Tea rating system:

0-50: Do people actually enjoy this?
50-60: Slight improvement, not recommendable.
60-70: Alright, though easily forgettable.
70-80: Good flavour, though not a ‘go to’ tea.
80-90: Great tea – complex and memorable.
90-100: Extremely delicious and complex teas that leave me craving more.

On top of tea, I have a love for music. Generally all music, though I am partial to indie rock/folk/pop/electronic. Follow me if you also enjoy indie music and would like to trade some artists!

I’m always open to new tea and music suggestions. Happy tea drinking to you all.



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