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I got this in my first Della Terra order, and to be honest I have no idea why I grabbed it. Chocolate and strawberry is not my favourite flavour combo for some reason. Of course I’d never turn down an actual fresh chocolate covered strawberry (who would?!) but in candies, chocolates, and the like? No. Just no. I guess I mostly got it for the girlfriend, cause one of the only teas she likes is a chocolate strawberry blend.

When I made her a cup of it, she thought it tasted exactly the same as her other chocolate strawberry tea. I took a sip and yep, they’re pretty darn similar. So she really liked it, even though it wasn’t particularly exciting.

I ended up eventually taking the rest of our pouch to work with me to finish up. Sipdown was yesterday, and I’ve got to say, it was definitely pleasant to sip on at work. Not a reorder for me, but that’s purely personal taste. I will say that it’s very smooth, not at all bitter, and the flavours are nicely balanced. Glad I tried it, but also glad that I’ve finished it up :)

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Today is a perfect tea-day! Well I guess pretty much every day is, but today especially. It’s all cool and blustery and rainy, and on top of that my orders from Della Terra and Red Leaf both came! YAY!

So after making the trek to the post office after class, this is the first one I’m trying. I was a little bit nervous to try this one, since caramel can be hit or miss for me and there weren’t any tasting notes yet. But I have faith in Della Terra, and for good reason! This is good. Like, really good.

The dry leaf smells strong and rich, almost coffee-like, with a great burnt sugar caramel note. It smells sweet, but not overly so.

Brewed up, it’s nice and thick and rich. Prominent black tea base with that dark, luscious caramel aroma wafting up at me. It’s lovely as is, and retains that coffee-like quality. Drinking it unsweetened I get that burnt sugar goodness full on. A bit of sugar softens it up and gives it a totally different character. A little milk brings out the creamy caramel goodness, and makes it taste like there are melted kraft caramels in my cup!

Glad I grabbed a little pouch of this..it was a pleasant surprise.

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Thank you! That’s the exact same thing we noticed in tasting… The burnt sugar flavor without adding a sweetener. Delicious :)

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I already have a favourite blueberry black tea in my cupboard, so I don’t know why I decided to order this. So, so glad I did though because I need to have this at all times now too! They are both different but equally delicious. So apparently I really love blueberries with black tea!

This is sweet, creamy, custardy, and rich. I love the addition of rooibos, it really brings out all the flavours and works perfectly with them. It doesn’t noticeably taste like rooibos..this is really well blended.

I haven’t tried it iced yet, but I imagine it would be amazing! I need to order more of this soon, almost finished my pouch. Darn it, I keep finding more and more teas that I always want to have on hand.


This one is really good iced, the cream really pops.

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve had this for a long time, and I’ve just started drinking it again. I drank it quite often when I first got it, but got sick of it quickly. I brought it to work with me in hopes of getting it finished quickly, but so far I’ve even been avoiding it there.

It’s…weird. Kind of interesting, and definitely not common, but decidedly weird. I like the ginger and the bit of mint, but I think the cardamom’s throwing me off. It tastes healthy, almost like a tonic. Which I’m sure would appeal to some people, but not a selling point for me.

Oddly enough though, I never have trouble finishing a cup. It’s pretty smooth, all things considered, and the ginger is what really makes it drinkable for me. It’s nice to have after lunch. Maybe if I start thinking of it as my after lunch tea I can convince myself to finish my 25g pouch.

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Teaopia
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This is good, just not particularly exciting. There’s apple, there’s cinnamon. Ho hum. I generally like apple cinnamon herbals in the colder months because of the cider association, but this one doesn’t have all that much flavour. It’s pretty decent when mixed with Teaopia’s white pear though. But not something I’ll miss when it’s gone. If it’s ever gone!


Yeah, I wasn’t impressed when I smelled it in the store. Yet it’s such a lovely combination.

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Just restocked on a favourite! I love getting a new pouch of this tea, and drinking it while it’s still fresh and vibrant and full-flavoured. It’s always delicious, but nothing beats a fresh pouch!

This is a staple tea for the girlfriend and I. It’s our favourite to brew up a big pot of on a lazy morning and just take our time enjoying it. I love that it’s a totally different animal sweetened vs. unsweetened. With sugar it is light and fruity and candy like, but plain the floral bergamot and darker cassis-like notes really come out. I love it both ways!

Although I’m really into a variety of teas and always have something new I want to try, this is one of the few that my girlfriend really, truly enjoys. And for that, I love it even more! Tea is always better when shared with someone you love :D

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This is pretty tasty! I’m not loving it quite as much as everyone else seems to, but it’s good and definitely pulls through on the bakey cookie vibes.

I’m one of those folks who feels horribly deceived to find raisins in an oatmeal cookie rather than chocolate chips, so thankfully the raisin note isn’t too prominent.

I get cinnamon sweetness with vanilla and brown sugar, and a light fruitiness which I’m guessing is where the raisin comes in. I’ve found it to be a bit watery and lacking in boldness though, which is what stops it from becoming a favourite for me.

Still enjoyable, and I’ve almost finished my packet already. This is a good one to bring along in a travel mug to sip on.


I’m the opposite. I always am disappointed when it’s a chocolate chip as opposed to a raisin.


i want both! always! the raisins for that chewy yummy taste and the chocolate chips for the chocolatey goodness :)


I don’t like raisins in baked stuff. They just get all dry, so I"m with you on the chocolate chip preference!


I’ve had a reeeeally nice raisin cookie with nice plump golden raisins – but more often than not they can be dry and hard. Plump and chewy and I’m all over it!


I got this tea as part of the giveaway I won today. Let’s see if it’s as good as everyone says :)


I am one of those types who definitely, always wants raisins in their oatmeal cookies! To prevent the dryness, I plump the raisins up by microwaving them in a bowl of water and then patting them dry before using them. Delicious. And because I’m super nitpicky, I poke through them and make sure any little bits of stem are gone too.

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It’s funny, when I took my first big sniff of this glorious aroma in store and ordered a cup to go, my girlfriend looked at me with that knowing look of hers and told me I should get a packet of it to bring home. I should mention that she doesn’t like vanilla or coconut in tea, but she knows me and my tea tastes pretty darn well.

I scoffed at her and said I just wanted to try it, so we left with just my cup to go. After I had my first sip, I let out a big sigh. Yep, she was right. I LOVE this. How could I not? It has several of my favourite tea flavours all combined into one warm, creamy, sweet, comforting cup.

It’s very rich, in that chocolatey coconut way, and has a smooth nuttiness to it too. Yum! These flavours just work so well together. It just begs to be made like a chai, on the stove with milk. I think that would really make the flavours pop.

This tea is somehow familiar, in the best way. Something about the way the flavours all meld together really reminds me of something happy and delicious from my childhood.

My only real gripe is that it has the dreaded signature DT sludge. Why they couldn’t have just used chocolate flavouring and those mini chocolate chips rather than big chunks of oily, messy milk chocolate is beyond me. I really hate the oily scum! But I look past it, because this tea is all kinds of wonderful.

So next time my girl tells me to buy a tea, I’m just going to get the damn tea! She knows best, as I’ve now got a 50g pouch of this that will likely be replaced when it’s gone. This is the first new tea from David’s that I’ve really loved since blueberry jam.


I am going to New York soon and hope to get to stop by David’s tea and get my hand on some of this and some Blueberry Jam!

Also, you have a wise Girlfriend! :)


I’m psyched that we have a DT now in San Francisco!


you posted this review 2 months ago, but i just wanted to say that i am ordering 100g of this strictly based on your opinion. cuz i think we have THAT similar of tea tastes.


Hope you love it!! Your comment inspired me to go make a big mug of it. It is so warm and cozy, perfect fall/winter tea. Just make sure you give it plenty of steep time, or it can come out a little watery.


great tip thanks!
also the fact that you still love this tea months later is very promising. because speaking for myself, i’m quite finicky. :)

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I’ve been drinking this at work in the afternoons. I always find it chilly in the office and this warms me right up. The scent is pretty intriguing. I get a well balanced blend of pungent guayusa herbal goodness and sweet, comforting apple spice.

I usually add a bit of brown sugar as suggested, which really brings everything together. The flavours are subtle and really nicely done. I also enjoy the thick, creamy feel that it has too. I love that about guayusa.

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I am absolutely loving this chocolate and pumpkin combination. It’s sweet and spicy and rich, and the flavours are perfectly balanced.

A nice change from your usual pumpkin chai, this one is a little quirky and different, but they’ve pulled it off wonderfully. I find myself craving it more and more often. It all melds together into this creamy-sweet concoction with just a touch of spice.

I love all these twists on pumpkin tea that I’ve been trying lately. There are evidently many different ways to create a pumpkin blend, whether it be sweet and subtle or packing a spicy punch.

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Queer femme looking for love in the form of tea. Currently on a (seemingly never-ending) quest to convince my girlfriend of the magic of loose leaf.

Let’s see..I’m a 23 year old seemingly perma-student, having finished at university and moved on to college. I love reading. I love tea. I love reading while drinking tea. It really doesn’t take much to keep me happy.

Black tea is my all time favourite, preferably hot with milk and sugar. I like flavoured blacks the best, and my taste is embarrassingly unrefined. If it has some outlandish candy or dessert or fruity sounding name, I’m all over it. Especially things like coconut, caramel, chocolate (the usual suspects), bubblegum, cotton candy, and the list goes on. If it’s supposed to taste like something it’s not, odds are I’m going to love it. I also love a good earl grey, floral teas, and anything with currants. Love me some currants!

When it comes to iced teas I love fruity herbal blends and matés, for the most part. They are my hydration option of choice in the summer and I always have at least a glass ready for me in the fridge, if not a pitcher.

I am a self-proclaimed David’sTea fangirl, so please excuse the fact that most of my logs tend to be a little biased in their favour. I just can’t help myself, I must try all-the-tea from David’s!

I’m starting to get interested in matcha, and though I’ve loved the cups I’ve had prepared for me by others, I’ve never tried making it myself. I’m going to have to break down and order some soon, if only just to try.

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