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51 Tasting Notes

I decided to try this tea one evening, and asked the mister if he wanted a cup as well (he’s not a tea lover, but he’ll have the occasional cup) and he declined. I went ahead and brewed myself some and as it was steeping I hear “my god that smells good. Like cake!” Good sign, since that’s exactly what it is haha.
It was really quite delicious, the rooibos worked well in this and it was very mapley, which I wasn’t expecting as much, but it worked and was delicious.
I think the mister regretted not having a cup of his own, as he kept looking longingly at mine until I let him have some. He liked it also.
I don’t know that this would be great iced, I definitely see it better as a hot tea. It’s really quite tasty, but I probably don’t need another bag. And since it is so mapley, I suspect that the maple tea from DavidsTea would be a great substitute.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Kittenna

I agree, I can’t see this one icing particularly well. I think it would be even scummier than it is hot.

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65

I don’t know, I can’t decide what to think of this one. Maybe I didn’t use enough tea, although I used a tiny bit more than recommended, but this just didn’t taste very tea-like. It had a bit of an artificial strawberry/chocolate/creamy flavor, which was nice, but it just wasn’t that strong. Next time I’ll double the amount of tea. I also found that despite the reviews saying this is pretty sweet, I needed to sweeten it a tad. Granted, I sweeten pretty much everything a little bit, so this isn’t out of the norm for me. I found it sort of weird that the ice cream balls (?) didn’t dissolve completely, I had expected them to be made of mostly sugar, so it was weird when they stayed intact through steeping.
This was alright, and I do want to try it iced. I’ll certainly enjoy what I have left, but wouldn’t repurchase.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I’m a chocolate fiend and I knew I needed this in my life. In the bag, it smells like legit chocolate cake. Cocoa, and even a sort of “dense” smell. Like dense, moist cake. Reaching into the bag and eating some of the dry tea actually crossed my mind before I came to my senses and went ahead and brewed it.
It made my kitchen smell divine! Once brewed, the tea smelled different from the dry tea; it was more tea-like and less obviously chocolatey. I sweetened it with sugar, because you can’t have unsweetened chocolate cake, now can you? What fun is that?
I liked that this one had no scum, but it was completely opaque, which was interesting. It didn’t have a ton of flavor from the start, but after it had cooled some the chocolate cake flavor really did start to come out more. I found it unlike the chocolate flavor used in other DavidsTea chocolate teas, it was more real I guess. More like actual cocoa powder, which could be why some people are finding it sort of dusty.
I really enjoy this one. Unfortunately though, it didn’t stop my chocolate craving, it made me want chocolate cake or brownies.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67

I got this as a sample in one order from DT, and for a few months I was afraid to try it because I’m a wimp and am kind of afraid of spicy things. Chilis steeped in hot water sounded terrifying. Finally I gave it a shot, and it was good. Very very similar to Read My Lips, sans the mint notes. Same chocolate flavour, and perhaps a slightly warmer note from the chilis (although Read My Lips has peppercorns, so even this is very similar). Not spicy at all, but there’s a little more warmth and depth added from the chili I think. I also got no chai spice notes, so that is worth noting.
Overall, very tasty but I would not purchase because it’s similar to Read My Lips which I love (and prefer because of the mint).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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72

I’ve had this hot, and it was nice. Very berry-ish and fruity. Iced though, this REALLY shines. Its got a hint of tartness to it, and the red color from the hibiscus makes it feel like you’re drinking some sort of sugary punch, when in reality this is actually sort of good for you! Extremely refreshing and a great thirst quencher. I double the amount of tea because I prefer a stronger tea. I find I need to do this with most Teavana teas. I would strongly recommend getting this for iced teas, especially in the summer.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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31

The name for this one gets your hopes up that its going to be this decadent, delicious foody tea. Even if you get past the name, this is the most disappointing tea I’ve drank thus far. It’s thin, weak, and flat. I added 2-3 times the recommended amount of tea to the water and still got almost no flavor. It’s weakly flavored coconut water, and nothing more. It doesn’t taste like tea, chocolate, or anything else. Just wishy washy coconut. Very disappointing, but happily I’ve found other fabulous teas to satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth.

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
51 tasting notes

Yep, this one gets top score. Chocolatey, but not overwhelmingly so. Minty, but again, not overwhelmingly so. It’s a very smooth tea and the balance of chocolate and mint is perfect. This one just screams late fall/winter to me because it’s so rich, so I try to save it for the cold months (or at least cold days). It’s my absolute favorite tea in the world.
The little chocolate chips in it melt, as do the red lips and it’s just perfect.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
51 tasting notes

I like white tea. I LOVE buttercream. This tea should have been the best thing on earth for me. Unfortunately though, the scent in the bag was sort of a sickly sweet fake fruity scent. I got mango from it. I figured it might improve with brewing. It did not. The weird fake fruit scent remained. The tea tasted not too bad if you could try not to smell it before you got it into your mouth, but it was something I did not enjoy drinking at all. This was not at all gourmand and foody like I thought it would be, it was more like an artificial fruit tea. It just smelled very odd and not at all like frosting, and it certainly didn’t taste like it at all.
Not sure how I’m going to get through the rest of the 25g bag that came in my sampler. Maybe I’ll try it iced since its so fruity. That might actually work.

CHAroma

“not too bad if you could try not to smell it before you got it into your mouth.” Hahahahahaaaahaaaaa!!!!! Classic!

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71

So I’m not a lover of green tea, but wish I was because I know its good for me. I can just never get past that grassy taste. This one came in my Fall sampler, and I’m glad it did. It’s apple cinnamon goodness! The tea taste is definitely there, but the grassiness is overshadowed by the fruity apple and the warm cinnamon. I really enjoyed this after work in the winter months.
This gets the honor of being the first green tea that I actually like. I still have enough left for a couple of mugs, and I would probably repurchase this if it came back this fall.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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93

So delicious! Hazelnutty, rich yumminess. I drink this with a bit of vanilla bean infused sugar, and it’s like a rich Starbucks drink. It’s thick tasting and rich, robust and reminiscent of coffee without the bitterness. Love the nuttiness and slight hint of chocolate. It’s not chocolatey, but there is something a little bit like chocolate there. One of my absolute favorite teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Vanilla bean infused sugar?! Where do you get that?? Yum!

PatchworkSheep

You make it! Put some sugar into a container, slice a vanilla bean down the middle hotdog style so the little seeds inside are exposed, and stick it into the sugar. I left it in there until the sugar was finished. That reminds me, I’ve got to make some more.

CHAroma

Wow! That’s pretty inventive. Go you! :)

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Recently graduated sociology student trying to decide what to do with her life.
I don’t drink tea every day, but I do love tea and trying out different flavours. My favorite is black tea, followed by white and mate teas. I enjoy rooibos and oolongs, but haven’t tried enough of them yet to determine how much I like them compared to other types. I don’t like straight green tea, but if it has a good flavour added to it I can enjoy it quite a lot.
Mostly I drink DavidsTea since its Canadian and they tend to have stronger teas and more interesting flavors than other places I’ve tried. I don’t care for what I’ve tried from Teavana for the most part; their teas seem weak and overpriced in general as far as I can tell. The exception is My Morning Mate, which is incredible.
My city has not a single specialty tea shop, so DavidsTea online ordering is my friend. I highly recommend their Perfect Mug. It really is perfect. Nice thin lip, large hand, larger than average mug without being too big, and I have it in clear so I can see the beautiful colours of my teas as they steep. The strainer that comes with it is my favorite because it doesn’t let any tea through, and its metal and dishwasher safe. Love it.

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BC, Canada

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