I swear, I own half the wall.
My boyfriend tries to steer me clear of this place every time we walk into the mall, but to no avail. I cannot help but go in here and smell all the teas and then buy half of them.
The staff is very friendly and helpful (and in my case patient, since I have most of the teas and it’s hard for them to suggest new ones I might not have that I may like, and also because I usually get them to take down the whole wall for me to smell!)
The thing I love most about DAVIDs is that their blends are very original and interesting. They tend to get more creative than the smaller companies, and include lots of unique ingredients in their teas such as heart candies, chocolate shavings, toasted coconut shavings, yogurt drops, and even popcorn! So it’s always a surprise when they bring their new teas in.
I have only been disappointed with a few blends I’ve gotten there, and as a result have several large bags or tins of their teas because they’re so yummy.
My only complaint is their prices are a bit higher than most other places. Smaller tea companies that I frequent such as Great Tea Wall, Granville Island Tea Company or Infusion Bouteaque charge between $7-10/100g, DAVIDs tends to be between $10-14/100g.
But alas, I cannot stop, and so my wallet cries every time I go into this store. I guess this is the price one has to pay to feed the addiction!
A great little place along the water. The first time I went there I picked up a couple kinds (I think they were Lady Londonderry and Blueberry Green, both which were great) and got a free sample for a tea I wasn’t sure I would like. Bigger chains don’t tend to give tea samples so that was a really cool gesture. I’ve become addicted to their Cream Irish Breakfast too…
The service is really nice and they take their time to talk about their different kinds of tea with you. And once when I asked for a kind of tea that they didn’t have on their menu they told me that it was possible to make a custom blend of any of their teas on the menu which is really cool.
The only thing I don’t like is the recent discovery that they only sell their tea in 50g and 100g increments. This is kind of a deterrent for me to try new teas that I’m unsure of because the lowest amount I can buy is 50g which is a lot of tea and what if I don’t like it? And it’s unlikely they’re gonna send me on my way with 10 free samples…
If this changed I would definitely go there more often. I go into DAVIDs all the time and buy like 20g or 30g just to see if I’ll like it and often times it’s successful and I return to buy a larger amount, or if I turn out to not like the tea, well then I only have a small amount of it so it wasn’t that big of a loss.
Still, their prices are lower than Teaopia or DAVIDs so that’s a plus.