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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
109 tasting notes

Gah-I REALLY don’t like this! Giving this a lower rating. I dumped the mug and have decided that I won’t finish this tea. The artificial flavoring is overwhelming and nasty. There is very little tea in this “tea”. The dominant ingredient in this tea is cranberry, and I can’t taste it at all thanks to the artificial flavoring. I deleted my old review so as not to bury a tea with multiple poor ratings but you can read it below:

“Actual steep temp 208, to be precise.

My first order from DAVIdS and I had high hopes for this one-good Steepster reviews and a great flavor pairing with Cranberry and Pear. And it’s just, meh.

First off, the photo on here for this tea is misleading-I have hardly any tea at all in this. Basically, I had to look for stray strands of tea leaves. It’s maybe 10% tea. I would call this a glorified tisane, really. It’s not a huge deal, because then it means less caffeine and I could always use less caffeine, but I was expecting more TEA. Perhaps there is more tea on the bottom of the bag if I transfer to a tin and shake it around. However, I am not doing that because I imagine the oily and strong artificial aroma would be really difficult to remove from a tin. I only bought 50 grams in a quality, re-sealable foil pouch, so that is where it stays.

So, in the brewed aroma I smell some pear and the artificial flavoring (wondering if it is alchohol-based? Sure seems like it.) I don’t smell or taste much cranberry at all. The artificial flavor is really strong-shame there’s no cranberry in it. I taste some pear and apple. Had one cup with sugar, one without. Sugared cup is better. It’s not bad or bitter, but it’s kinda dull. The artificial flavoring is predominant and I don’t care for that. I’ll probably finish this-especially on days where I want lower caffeine. But I will do it without any enthusiasm. Won’t be buying this again. I am not big on flavoring added to tea, but after this, I think I am banning any tea with artificial flavors from my cabinet."

Dinosara

FYI, your rating only affects the tea’s overall numerical score once, so you can write as many reviews as you want and it won’t get oversaturated with poor ratings. In fact, usually your reviews on the tea’s page will clump together with the most liked/commented one first, then the others hidden until you click “1 more tasting note” or something.

Scott B

Ok, thanks. Maybe I should withhold rating numbers on teas until I am certain. I gave this a 64 last time.

Kittenna

You can also change your rating to your heart’s content. Just go under ‘tea ratings’ in the top right (under ‘You’). I think many people adjust their ratings after trying a tea a second time, or after they’ve explored other options. I certainly do.

Kittenna

And yes, it won’t let you leave two different numerical ratings for the same tea anyhow.

Scott B

Thanks, Krystaleyn. Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of people up ratings as they become more familiar with a tea. I’ve never seen anyone lower a rating, though.

Kittenna

They just don’t say they did :P I’ve done it!

TheTeaFairy

DT’s has many very good flavored teas but I do agree on this one, not their best!

Scott B

Well, this one has really scared me off the flavored stuff-seems like they use artificial flavors in most of them.

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Dinosara

FYI, your rating only affects the tea’s overall numerical score once, so you can write as many reviews as you want and it won’t get oversaturated with poor ratings. In fact, usually your reviews on the tea’s page will clump together with the most liked/commented one first, then the others hidden until you click “1 more tasting note” or something.

Scott B

Ok, thanks. Maybe I should withhold rating numbers on teas until I am certain. I gave this a 64 last time.

Kittenna

You can also change your rating to your heart’s content. Just go under ‘tea ratings’ in the top right (under ‘You’). I think many people adjust their ratings after trying a tea a second time, or after they’ve explored other options. I certainly do.

Kittenna

And yes, it won’t let you leave two different numerical ratings for the same tea anyhow.

Scott B

Thanks, Krystaleyn. Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of people up ratings as they become more familiar with a tea. I’ve never seen anyone lower a rating, though.

Kittenna

They just don’t say they did :P I’ve done it!

TheTeaFairy

DT’s has many very good flavored teas but I do agree on this one, not their best!

Scott B

Well, this one has really scared me off the flavored stuff-seems like they use artificial flavors in most of them.

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Started drinking tea for health benefits maybe 5 years ago-exclusively bagged tea. Usually went for various Celestial Seasonings type of stuff. I bought a tea infuser at a gourmet shop once and then I realized there was almost no loose tea available. Eventually tiring of bags, I started ordering loose tea online and I have never gone back. Initially, I was exploring all the wild and exotic flavor combinations, but now I mostly drink straight teas. I still enjoy blended teas-but prefer those without “flavoring”. Hope to learn here and find some new teas I might not otherwise find. Am a vegan, so “milk” generally means “soymilk” to me. If it’s almond, rice, or coconut, I will mention that fact.

I am new here, and new to reviewing tea. Many of my initial reviews will be from memory and may not be very detailed at all. I hope to write more informative reviews on current and future teas.

I won’t let external factors affect my rating of the tea-such as slow shipping, too expensive, etc. I’ll mention any customer service problems in my reviews. I also won’t let my mistakes in not following the seller’s recommended parameters affect a rating. I can’t believe people who say “I forgot about it and oversteeped it” and then give it a rating. If I brew outside the parameters, I will wait until I brew it right before I give it a rating.

TEMPORARY RATING SYSTEM- Don’t hold me to these numbers and descriptions-like George Bluth, I like to tweak.

90+ It’s awesome, right?? I’ll probably try to keep it on hand.

80-89 – I really like this and will buy it again at some point, but there are so many teas to try!

70-79 – This is a pretty good tea and I may buy it again based on my mood, what tea store I am buying from, and what kind of deal I can get.

60-69 – This is okay. I finished the bag. I would drink it again if offered, but would not buy it again.

40-59 – IF I finished the bag, I recall this tea thinking “Why in the hell did I finish the bag?”

1-39 – Did not finish the bag. Maybe not even the cup. Tea was given away or discarded.

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