1468 Tasting Notes


I got this as a sample with my 1st David’s Tea order. I opened it and smelled both the strawberries and rhubarb right away. It kind of looks like a dried fruit trail mix with large chunks of fruit in it. Tempted to eat it while waiting for the water to boil. Patience! After draining the tea bits I noticed some white chunks that didn’t dissolve. I’m guessing they are yogurt bits as they were sweet and creamy. Too bad, I bet they would have been good in the tea. First sip; blech… hibiscus! Not a fan of hibiscus. I’m also hit by a citrusy tang that I find unpleasant, but the lingering creamy strawberry taste is nice. Trying some sugar… It’s a bit better now. The sugar cuts down the tangy taste that I’m not fond of. I could see liking it if instead of the hibiscus it was a black tea base, but this just tastes like juice to me. Not for me and I’m glad it was only a small sample and that there are so many other teas out there for me to try!

Oh, and those yogurt bits took a little extra work to get out of my infuser.


Your review had me at “blech… hibiscus!” Couldn’t agree more.


Hibiscus is my tea Kryptonite!

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I love chili in my chocolate. I love the way the heat adds to the flavor of the chocolate. I love putting chipotle powder in my brownies and was intrigued by the idea of chocolate chili tea. Chocolate should be sweet in my opinion, so I added a little sugar to my cup which worked well. The chocolate taste is definitely present, especially at the beginning of each sip. The chili is quite mild and leaves a little heat at the end of each sip. There could have been more chili and burn for my taste, but that may limit its audience. The chai part I’m not getting. When I hear chai I think of super strong cardamon, cinnamon and clove, which I am not getting here. Maybe they call it chai to suggest you drink it with milk? I tried adding a little milk towards the end of my cup. It kind of just watered down the overall taste for me and voided the chili which is a shame. I like this tea, but it’s not wowing me. I want to be wowed. There is something missing to make it more full bodied and well rounded of a taste and I can’t think of what that could be. Either way, I think this flavor combo has much more potential than it was given in this tea.

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I had never tried a pu-erh tea before and was wondering what the hype was about. So when I was at Teavanna I asked to smell this tea and was socked in the face with a rich ripe mouth watering strawberry aroma. I decided to give it a go despite the fact that things advertised as weight loss aids tend to freak me out a little. I wasn’t thrilled with my first cup, but I found myself thinking about it and craving it over the next day or two and liking it better on my subsequent cups. The smell of strawberry is fairly strong when brewed and the taste is very distinct. It’s almost like strawberry candy; a little over the top, but I kinda like it. I can’t quite describe the taste of the tea behind the strawberry, but it is very mellow and smooth. Maybe that is the pu-erh flavor I’m tasting? I tried it with a little sugar which was very nice, but adding a little milk after that took away from it for me. It steeped well for two cups and was bland on the third. I’d sum it up as a slightly above average tea and a decent introduction to pu-erh although I don’t know that I’m hooked enough to buy it again.

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drank Mango Black Tea by Trader Joe's
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I should start by saying I’m not a huge fan of fruity teas. I bought this because I thought it may have been Trader Joe’s attempt at producing Paradise’s Tropical tea that they used to carry which I love as an iced tea. I don’t mind fruit as an accent to other flavors, but alone they rarely wow me. I find fruity teas have a tang to them that I dislike, but a little bit of sugar mellows it out and that worked with this tea. The smell and flavor of mango is strong and prominent in this tea. The taste is very simple and leaves a lot of room for experimentation with mixing other teas in. Overall I’d say it was decent for a fruity tea, but not something I feel compelled to keep in stock.

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drank Pure Jasmine Green Tea by Stassen
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BLAM!!! IN YOUR FACE!!!! Which is exactly what this tea and it’s bullying jasmine flavor do! I love jasmine and I love tea that has strong flavor, so being smacked upside the taste buds by this tea is alright by me. I find it refreshing as an iced tea, but a little drying in my mouth as well. I do enjoy it plain with it’s puckering taste, but like it better with a little sugar to take the edge off the bitterness that seems to accompany it no matter how I brew it. There is often a pitcher of it in my fridge during the summer (in true southern form) and find myself getting all hopped up after a couple tall glasses and getting a lot of housework done. So overall, it’s a win in my book.

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The first thing I noticed about this tea is that it is somewhat dense, probably due to the caramel and cacao nibs, so you fewer cups for your ounces here. When brewed, it resembles chicken broth in color and has an oily layer on the top like broth. When I smelled it, I caught whiffs of caramel which was exciting. I tasted it and detected only the slightest hint of caramel, maybe a touch of salt if I’m thinking about it really hard and a lingering licorice root taste in an overall muddled blandness. A little bit of sugar brings out the caramel a bit more, but it’s really nothing to get excited about. Since so much of it is nibs that dissolve with the first cup, there really isn’t much left for second steeping. Overall it was a disappointing venture to find a new favorite tea and it will probably sit in my cupboard until I either guilt myself into finishing it out of not wanting to waste or find someone else to pawn it off on.

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drank Peppermint by Trader Joe's
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This is my go to tea when I am sick, congested and want something non caffeinated and soothing. The mint is decently strong and because it is bagged, it’s a no brainer to prepare when I’m under the weather. The taste is clean, simple and minty. It’s also inexpensive compared to other teas that I favor, so I don’t feel wasteful when not tasting any subtleties while congested. I find it goes well with a little honey and is a good addition to my collection as a staple.

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I had a can of the TJ’s chai mix in the past and remembered liking it well enough, so when I saw that they had a pumpkin version (and I’m a sucker for trying anything pumpkin flavored) I had to nab it. The check out gal commented on how good it was while I was purchasing it, so I was even more hyped up to try it. The first whiff I took smelled a little soapy with pumpkin. When I tasted it, I found the same. It was sweet with a muddling of spices, some pumpkin flavor and that overwhelming soapy taste on the sides of my tongue. That was about all I got out of it for the whole cup. Not as good as their plain chai and not worth using up my self imposed one caffeinated cup a day ration. I can tell this one is going to sit in my cupboard for a while taking up precious real estate for other teas. Bummer.


I could not agree with your post more. I was so excited to try this. The first thing that I thought of after my first sip was soap. I wanted to give it a wholehearted try so I kept drinking it hoping that it would taste better. Unfortunately it did not. I felt like I was drinking hot spiced soap. I am going to return it and exchange it for their regular Chai Latte which I love. I also plan on trying their Caramel Latte. Will let you know how that turns out ;)


I live an hour an a half from the nearest TJ’s but I might just follow your lead and return it the next time I go. I didn’t know they had a caramel version. I’m curious, yet skeptical after this pumpkin yuckiness.

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.





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