949 Tasting Notes


UGH!!! I just closed out of my long and wonderful tasting note on this tea as I was trying to rate it…well I don’t feel like re-typing it, so in a nutshell – smells like tulsi and earthy spices, steeped for 40s with boiling water, steeped smells like Yabao (pine and brown sugar), tastes wonderfully like Yabao (pine and brown sugar), candied rose petals and jasmine. Sweet and nuanced. More similar to the summer version, which I adore. winter 8TY < valentines 8TY < Summer 8TY, although this is close to the summer version. Would definitely purchase again!

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drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
949 tasting notes

Made a cup of this at work today before lunch and just finished it off. A bit more green tea tasting today, but I think I steeped it a little bit longer than I intended lol (I don’t use a timer at work except my computer clock). A tasty, fresh cup on another spring-like day, now the temperature is actually warming up outside so I don’t really want to be in my cubicle another 4 hours lol. For some reason, I’m craving sweet, creamy teas today though, so this fresh green cup was nice, but I want a warming flavored black, or a nice honey unflavored black (enter Jin Jun Mei haha). Unfortunately I don’t have any of those today, so maybe some caramel rooibos from the kitchen will be the next tea (and some of the chocolates in the kitchen to satisfy the sweet tooth further lol). See previous notes on this tea!

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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First cup of the day! I had to try this tea, I bought some of it and Creme Brulee earlier this week to stock up on some new rooibos. Also I have this one in mind as a latte tea haha.

Anyways, the dry aroma is mostly oranges and cream. I steeped for around 4 or 5 minutes and put it in my travel mug. Weirdly, the steeped aroma does have a bubble gum note to it, as well as a creamsicle smell lol. First time I’ve gotten heavy bubblegum from a tea, Honeydew Mate has a little bit, must be some type of flavoring mixing with the rooibos.

As for the flavor, this is pretty mellow, orange and cream but again bubblegum..a weird little tea in my opinion. I need to try a few more cups, this has great potential. I also want to try orange & cream by Della Terra now lol.

Overall, not a bad rooibos but I need to have a few more cups before making up my mind about it. First impression = not the best.

Flavors: Cream

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
949 tasting notes

I am getting a huge headache – has been on and off the last few days from the weather being all messed up, but it’s building miserably now and I have an exam in my electrical code course after work, so I need it to be GONE. Thus, I am downing a cup of this tea. Tons of caffeine, amazing flavor, warming and refreshing at the same time..this is the real deal. I love this tea and am hoping SO MUCH that it returns in the summer. I still have a fair amount in my bag as it’s not one I have often (aka only when I’m not trying to cut back on caffeine mostly) but it’s still just SO GOOOD. Yum. Green rooibos is my friend. :) see previous notes on this tea!


Good luck on your exam!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Good luck!

If you can’t get this one once you run out … have you tried DavidsTea Main Squeeze? Its mate with orange and papaya — super-refreshing, with no acid from the orange.

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Mini sipdown – as I ordered 2 oz of the version without linden flowers on Verdant’s site recently :D this is such a cup of sunshiney goodness again this morning. I only steeped it for about a minute and it’s perfectly flavored, not too much rooibos, lemony and fresh. It feels like spring today, not necessarily weather-wise (-4 C) but to me it feels like it. And now my cravings of fresh green and white teas is starting, and pretty floral blends. Will have to have some of those this weekend! See previous notes on this tea :)

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Happy April Fool’s day! I can’t think of any tea-related pranks today, for at work or on here, my last year’s one was pretty good (I said I was quitting tea, haha not a chance) so I won’t try to top it I don’t think haha.

Having a lovely cup of this this morning, from my new 2 oz bag, and hmm it tastes different. It has more spice in it, tulsi and herby flavors than the ginger and rose that the last few bags had. Also can’t see many rose petals in my bag, maybe they are all at the bottom? I’ll have to give it a good shake, still an amazing tea but I’m missing the elements that just made it blend together into this wonderful ginger goodness. :D see previous notes on this tea, my favorite herbal!

ETA – here is the link to last years April Fool’s post haha (recycling jokes, haha you know you’re too tired when..) http://steepster.com/misslena1221/posts/166568#likes

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So I caved and ordered the extra February box from Amoda once I saw it was limited edition Verdant blends..I could not resist, especially the eight treasures one :D also, Amoda looks like it would be a good little investment! If I decide I need another monthly tea club, that one is definitely on the list :)

So I am trying this tea first as I felt like I needed a non-caffeinated tea right now haha. The dry smell is very chocolatey actually, with sweetness from the chamomile. I steeped with boiling water for 2 minutes. The resulting aroma is strongly of chamomile, with a floral and berry scent lingering in there as well.

The flavor is a very unique chamomile blend! Yes, chamomile is a predominant flavor in here, but there are soft floral notes blending with the other herbs to create a very soothing, sweet blend. The florals are SO NICE in here actually. There is a mild cocoa note mid-sip as well. A soft, well integrated tea, I like this for a cloudy, dreary afternoon like today. Oh, and I am pretty sure I can taste the Goji berries in here too, or elderberry, there’s some type of fruity berry flavor melding nicely with the florals! The chamomile is also a very apple tasting chamomile, I like it :)

Overall, this is another well done tea blend, and I am extremely pleased I have the privilege of trying this limited blend with the lovely offer by Amoda! Soothing, calming, delicious. I would probably order more of this if it ever becomes available again, for now, I will savor the sample!

ETA – as the cup cools, it turns even more into mostly chamomile flavor. Hmm. I miss the variety of flavors that were present eariler..still a nice relaxing tea though at least!

Flavors: Berries, Cocoa, Flowers, Honey

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
949 tasting notes

Huzzah!! I have found an acceptable milk alternative, almond milk! I’m not allergic to it!! I tried soy last year and got an itchy throat immediately, cow’s milk has been upsetting my stomach, and I was scared to try almond because of my peanut allergy. But I tried a glass last weekend and was fine, and today, I made my first tea latte with it! And let me tell you, it is SO GOOD With this tea!

I steeped the tea in about 3/4 of a cup of water for around 6 minutes, nuked some almond milk for around 45 seconds, and then frothed it up with the Aerolatte I got last weekend. The result is a creamy and delicious cup of peachy, vanilla goodness! The almond milk provides a nice nuttiness and it is a filling, tasty cup. I am so happy that I am not allergic to it :) I will write a review on the straight tea at some point as well, I actually sipped down my sample of this today but will probably pick up a bit more now that I know it makes a tasty latte :)


I’m so glad you found a milk alternative that works for you!


Me too :)now I just have to get my cheese eating under control and I will feel even better! Haha :P


Aah, cheese is so hard to quit. But congrats on finding that almond milk is safe for you!


Yes cheese might be entirely impossible for me to not have :( although I had some lactose free cheese on pizza yesterday in a restaurant and it was pretty tasty surprisingly! I am very pleased I’ve found almond milk though, as it’s very healthy too so I will get my vitamins I miss from milk haha :) it is quite stressful trying milk alternatives with allergies, especially to peanuts, but I’m so glad it worked out :)


Have you tried rice milk? It’s my favorite alternative.


That’s one I haven’t tried yet! I have been wanting to, my brother switched to it as he has severe milk/nut allergies and soy was making his skin break out, I am also allergic to soy milk apparently lol, I will have to give rice a try! And coconut is also on my list to try, although it has a bit more fat


I recently started drinking almond milk and I love it too! The reason I started was because my unsweetened soy milk was all out at the store, so I tried the unsweetened almond milk and it’s delicious!

Amanda Anderson

I’m with you on the almond milk, amazinggg!! And I don’t have any intolerances.

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First cup of the morning! So happy it’s the weekend, I plan to relax and drink lots of tea after the crazy week that was this past one. This cup is so good again today, less honey than the last one, a lot of grains and malt. And a bit of a sweet fruitiness, still honey but with something bright in there making it full bodied and delicious. Mmmmm so satisfying. A great start to the day! See previous notes :)

ETA – actually the aftertaste is becoming caramelly today!! Yay! I haven’t found caramel in a black tea since Laoshan Black I don’t think, very tasty!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
949 tasting notes

Oops, I forgot to re-add this to my cupboard after stocking up before it went out of stock! Haha oh well, it’s in there now! A lovely spiced cuppa today, definitely as good as the first batch I remember I think, I recall finding this bag awfully weirdly carroty and not my favorite the first few cups, but now it has mellowed maybe into that spicy vanilla goodness that the first bag was. Yum. Anyways, back to work! See previous notes :)

ETA – Note 800!! A lot of teas reviews haha!


Love this tea! and woohoo for 800!




YAAAAY grats on 800!


Woohoo 800! :)


Thanks everyone!! Yes a pretty tasty tea for 800 :D can’t believe I’ve written so many notes on tea in the past year and a half or so lol

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)



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