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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

I’ve been having a miserable week. Attended a burial on Saturday, had a long talk with my mother in which she pointed out how she wants to mend familial relationships while simultaneously brushing off my feelings and concerns, and have just been generally unmotivated.

I placed an order with DAVIDsTEA for their winter collection last Friday, thinking it would get here sometime by the end of this week. Imagine my surprise when I came home to find it last night! What a fantastic pick-me-up!

I chose Alpine Punch for my work tea this morning. And I am in love with the smell of the dry tea! It’s like someone mixed pistachios and ripe fruit together; I wanted to eat it straight out of the bag! Steeped, it starts off fruity and nutty and devolves into creaminess and finally coconut!

The taste of the brewed tea, however, fell short of expectations. Nuts. Some smoothness from the coconut, but bitter nuttiness all the way. Not bad … I’m just not loving liquid almond tea.

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Another sample from the lovely Courtney!

I’m in love with this tea! The smell of the dry leaves is all sweet fruity goodness. It smells like a rich dessert!

I used 1.5tsp in my Perfect Mug and steeped for the recommended amount of time. There wasn’t a whole lot of leaf in my infuser and the color of the steeped tea was a weak yellow. I was so worried that I had misbrewed and was going to end up with barely-flavored hot water.

What a pleasant surprise when I smelled my tea! The same sweet fruity scent in the dry leaves was present in my cup! The flavor was sweet fruit too! The taste was light and full, matching the scent of the tea. I found that most of the flavor came out in the first sip, and the remainder of the cup had a smooth quality that didn’t add to the flavor already in my mouth but prolonged it.

Can’t wait to order more of this tea! Thank you again, Courtney!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Another sample from Courtney!

The flavor of this one was weaker than I expected. After reading the reviews here, I was thinking this would be a thick tea that was overwhelmingly maple/pecan pie flavor. The aroma of the dried leaves seemed to hint at this as well, but instead I got a much more subtle flavor.

This is a very smooth tea. Without sugar, I don’t get mapley goodness. I cheated a little and had some vanilla ice cream and then took another sip. Maple! Delicious, authentic maple. Yum!

Going to try this one again as a resteep with milk and sugar.

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Backlog.

I got this as a to go cup because I had really wanted to try this tea, but didn’t want to buy 2oz of it to do so. My to go cup was lightly sweetened with their German rock sugar.

The aroma is very banana-y (is that a word?) and the scent carries over into the flavor. The chocolate is thin-to-nonexistent. It’s a pleasant tea, but not one that I’d purchase to brew at home. It has the same funky taste I found in their Strawberry Rose/Peach Tranquility blend and the Strawberry/Peach iced tea my friend made using their teas. Can’t tell if it’s the German rock sugar or something they use to flavor their teas, but it’s really disconcerting to find it here.

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Surprise sample in my package from Courtney (thank you again SO MUCH, I’ve been doing a happy dance since it arrived)!

I like this tea a lot better than DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake. The smell of the dry leaves is insane — sweet and sugary and just what I’d expect from a tea with this name! It retains that sweet aroma in the steeped liquor. The taste, however, is super light. It reminds me of cool vanilla frosting that’s been whipped up and then layered onto a cake. Delicious.

Looking forward to seeing how this resteeps tonight, and maybe adding some sugar to bring out more of the desert flavor.

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One of my coworkers gave me this to try. Steeped, with a bit of milk and sugar, it smells exactly like pumpkin pie! The taste is watery though, with no actual pumpkin flavor and some spices in the background. Kind of disappointing, but not a bad tea.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Dry, this smells EXACTLY like pistachio ice cream. Steeped, it loses some of that delicious, creamy scent. The taste of the brewed tea is smooth and sweet, it has a creamy mouthfeel. It doesn’t taste overtly like pistachio ice cream, but it does have a nutty quality to it.

I used my dad’s love of pistachios to get him to try this tea. Success! He actually enjoyed it and agreed to additional tea times with me, provided I get more of this stuff.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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My friend loved this one. Sadly, even though it was the second time I’d tried it and I was super careful with my water temperature and steep time, I did not. It’s not a bad tea – it’s vaguely fruity and gets better as it cools. There’s just something about the taste that doesn’t hit the spot for me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I actually wasn’t crazy about it until I had it as an iced tea. Now I keep smaller amounts around to occasionally cold brew.

sundaysipping

Hmm, I may have to get some more and try it that way.

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drank Cocoberry by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the fall collection teas I was most excited to try. I loved Coffee Pu’erh and thought that the combination of coffee beans and tea could only be improved by chocolate and fruit. Well …

Dry, this tea smells like chocolate covered cherries – mouthwateringly delicious. I added 1.5tsp to my Perfect Mug and brewed it for five minutes, as per the directions on the package. I added sugar to sweeten things up, remembering the odd sour taste I had gotten the first time I tried this tea.

Steeped, this smells like horse feed. I don’t get fruit or coffee at all. The taste isn’t horrible – this is drinkable tea – it’s vaguely fruity and the chocolate/coffee bean mix gives it a dusky quality,
but it leaves an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste in my mouth.

Overall, I’m just not enjoying this one. Looking forward to using up what I have so I can try out some teas from Butiki.

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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Still really enjoying this as a breakfast tea. The taste is lacking even with sugar compared to the original sample I had, though. Not quite sure what’s causing it. Maybe the huge Brazil nuts aren’t releasing a lot of flavor? I’m not sure. That’s really become my only complaint. I ordered a 50g bag of this from DAVIDsTEA and most of the Brazil nuts are HUGE. I have a quarter of the bag I ordered left and I got it a week ago. I’m tempted to crush them up to try to get more flavor out of them and more cups of tea out of what I have left, but I’m not sure it’s worth it.

Dan

I always crush the brazil nuts before steeping.. releases so much more of the flavor!

sundaysipping

Worth trying it then! As I’ve gone down through the bag, I’ve gotten more and more disappointed with the flavor. Time to find something to crush the nuts with!

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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