284 Tasting Notes

drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
284 tasting notes

I received this as a sample with my last order. I don’t keep DT samples around too long because I’m trying to go through most of their teas, pick out the ones I love and move on.

I don’t think this will make my shopping list, it is too nut heavy for me. My sample packet had two huge halves of a Brazil nut, two raisins and a skimpy amount of tea. I was tempted to blend it with something else to add more base but it would have defeated the purpose. So I put less water but I think I should have gone with even less than I did.

I sweetened it but it is not necessary. I was just in the mood for something sweet. And after the initial unadorned tasting sips I added caramel creamer. Now it’s good! Caramel, Brazil nut and coconut.

5g sample pack, 7 oz water, boiling water, 4 minutes. Predominantly nutty brew, not astringent in the least. ( I don’t get much of anything after the Brazil nut but they say there’s coconut here)

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

Really……….. I’m looking for a predominantly nutty tea. All the ones I’ve tried have been too apple/cinnamon to call nutty. I might have to try this if it’s heavy on the nuts. Not sure why I haven’t tried it.


This was a pleasant surprise for me when I tried it. Definitely a nut-heavy tea.


Ya, this one is very nutty. Try not to skimp on the leaf on this one. :)

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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This here is a sample I have to thank Sil for.

I don’t know why I am drinking this today, so soon after my unfortunate spice tea experiences from yesterday. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t reading these yesterday. I missed the mark with Ginger Darjeeling Peach and later in the evening I went for Glitter and Gold knowing full well I am not going through a spice tea phase. So today, what do I do today? I brew this one here. What’s in it? Spice and citrus.

I must be some kind of dumb. I think what’s happening is I am not in the mood for fruit teas and most of the stuff here is fruit flavoured teas (black, green and oolongs alike). So in trying to get away, I run into the arms of spice teas. What I do crave is chocolate, caramel and nutty things of which I have none.

This tea? I don’t know. Orange and spice. It brews rather dark at 2 minutes, probably more so if you go for 3 min. Smells spicy, like clove I think. The taste is not overwhelmingly spicy and the base is really not very strong. It’s a middle of the road tea. I had to sweeten it although not because it was tart but because it lacked something. I actually think this might be really good with Glitter and Gold. I have enough to try.

1 tsp, 8 oz, 90F for 2 minutes. Was afraid to go longer but no astringency at all, a braver soul could easily get away with a longer steep.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Tonight we found out my brother-in-law bought his first house. It is in an area very coveted by most people (The Beaches of Toronto). He is practically across the street from a DAVIDs location. He doesn’t know this yet but I think he might be getting a tenant :)

This tea is not doing it for me. I have had many misses with tea today. Like when you’re in the mood for something but you don’t know what it is and you keep trying different things only to be left unsatisfied. After the morning miss with the Ginger Darjeeling Peach, you’d think I learned to stay away from spice teas today.

I smelled this bag (smells promising, like sugar and spice) and even saw a clove or two but went for it anyway, although i will give myself credit and say there was a slight hesitation. The ingredients are unfortunate: gelatin, some chemically sounding things… Whatever. Brewed it anyway. FAIL!

I added some caramel creamer so I can drink this. All I can taste is clove and cinnamon. And it is sweet (cause they put sugar in it for you). Maybe one night when I’m in the mood for chai I can drink this. It is rather festive looking, I’ll say that, so it goes with the fireworks display going on tonight. Boom! Happy Canada Day!

1.25 tsp, 8 oz, near boiling. Beautiful sparkly fake looking tea :) taste: sugar and spice.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

Happy Canada Day! And congrats to your bro-in-law on the new house.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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This seems to be a pretty hated tea, judging from Steepster ratings. It might be hated even by others so much so as it is being discontinued. I have never tried it before but when katgolik started freaking out that it was on a last chance sale I bought a 250 gram bag solely for making iced tea. Could have been a pretty bad move but this time the gamble paid off. We don’t like it as much as goji pop (we’re just in love with that tea here) but we can’t just drink goji pop all day, we need choices!

This tea has so much going on that it’s hard for me to pick out the hibiscus taste, like others have. It is the first ingredient listed though. It is tart though, I generously had to sweeten the pitcher. After handling the tartness, I pick up some orange peel taste. After that, couldn’t tell you. There’s mango in here too but I can’t taste it. It’s a muddled mess of green and black teas, beautiful to look at with the corn flower petals, the safflower, mango and citrus. Muddled, but it works. I am not weeping that it’s been discontinued but we should have no trouble finishing the bag by the summer’s end.

PS. I wouldn’t venture drinking this hot, nor would I drink it unsweetened.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I can’t seem to find my tea this morning. I’ve had several unsatisfying attempts, this being one of them. I will try it again changing the steeping parameters. Although I am not sure what to change.

The tea was not too strong but the spices were. I tasted the bitterness of what might have been too much powdered ginger. The rather large pieces of cinnamon bark also worried me but it turned out not to be the most offensive of flavours. So, how do I get rid of the bitterness? It wasn’t tea bitterness, it was spice bitterness. Those who accidentally put too much powdered ginger in their cooking once or twice will know what I mean. I try to only use fresh ginger in cooking but shamefully admit to having had to resort to powder a few times.

1.5 tsp for 8 oz, off boiling for 3 minutes. Beautiful clear orange once steeped. Fragrant, just as it was in dry form. Nicely done, just not what I expected. Although I should have, with the name " ginger Darjeeling Peach"

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a lot of iced tea this weekend. You see, it was Pride Weekend in Toronto so we spent the entire weekend downtown. I’ll tell you that no matter how much prepared tea you carry on your back, you will run out eventually and will be at the mercy of someone else, in my case the staff of the Church Street location of DT in Toronto.

I really wanted coconut grove. Sorry, we’re out. Ok, I’ll take mango madness. Out. Fine, how about tropicalia. Sorry, we’re out of that one too. Dude, really?!? So we ended up with Bear Trap and Sweet Strawberry. The sweet strawberry was yucky. Couldn’t even drink it. Tasted like someone was trying to save strawberries that have gone off by drying them and shoving them in tea. it didnt have that juicy berry freshness. Not to mention that it was mostly water by the time I was halfway through. sigh

Glad I tried it there before buying my own.

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Thank you Dexter3657 for a sample of this. It is hard to choose teas for others, isn’t it? This is so not for me. I couldn’t tell you what it is about it I do not like. The aftertaste for sure, it tastes like I just chewed a vitamin C tablet. Some sort of metallic thing. But even as I sip, there is something I can’t define. I have never had calendula in a tea so I don’t know what it tastes like. Maybe that’s what I don’t dig, I couldn’t tell you.

I seem to be in minority here but… Nay! I feel like I should just return the sample, there’s still two cups in here. Why waste it, right? To bad, it smelled so nice and creamy. Bummer

1.5 tsp, 8 oz water just off boiling, 6 minutes. Sweetened with honey.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I had this I had just bought the one iced cup to go from DT. Unfortunately they use so much ice that if you’re not a fast drinker you will only taste the tea in the first 3-4 sips after which you will get a very watered down version as your ice melts.

Now that I bought my own and can brew myself we can talk about it. I don’t think I would enjoy this warm. There is just something about it. I’ve had warm mint teas that are fabulous but I need ice in this one. It is good but I have not decided how I feel about the coconut in there. Sure, it adds another flavour dimension and it makes it different but I find it distracting. Just give me mint, son, don’t confuse things.

1.25 tsp for 8 oz, near boiling water. I get mostly mint and coconut, my taste buds need a lot of convincing that there is other stuff in here. I don’t get the Rooibos in the blend, which is just dandy by me!

I will not be replacing this when it’s gone although it is enjoyable. It is very enjoyable if you happen to be wilfully trapped away from home for an entire day, out in the sun, and you’ve made yourself two large travel jugs worth of stuff. You have no choice but to drink it and it is refreshing provided it is well chilled.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

If you’re looking for a good minty tea to try hot, then I’d recommend Santa’s Secret. I believe they added the coconut and citrus to Mint Julep so that it wouldn’t simply be a summer clone of Santa’s Secret ;)


Someone else recommended Santa’s Secret a month or so ago. Now I’ll have to try it, it’s a sign :) (one of the really good mint teas I’ve had is Butiki’s Peppermint Patty)


You definitely should; it’s one of my favourites! Though they’ve currently sold out on the website and it apparently won’t be back til Christmastime. Luckily I stocked up on 250g when the tea was available for the awesome $14.50/250g web special!


Ugh. Same with banana dream pie. I tried to stock up during the special but although the tea was listed, there was the “out of stock” button. I can wait, it’s ok


Hmm. I had thought against the Mint Julep, because while I like Minty teas, I am not huge on them, but Coconut with Mint….that makes the idea intriguing to me.

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drank Wild Cherry by Cornelia Bean
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I should have read my first note on this tea before making this batch but you know, it’s 3 am and I just wanted some iced tea. I said the first time that 1.5 tsp for 8 oz might have been too much tea. This time I used the same tea to water ratio and made two steeps combined in a pitcher. I sweetened and came up to bed with my too jars, excited. Then I tasted. Bleah.

So astringent with little, if at all cherry flavour. I had to sweeten the H out of this poor sucker and water it down so much with ice to make it drinkable. Won’t miss this one (sipdown!)

Thanks, Dexter3657 for sending me generous amount of this tea, but it was not for me.

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Upon reviewing my previous note, the first time I drank this tea I was at work and didn’t really have good equipment. A disposable filter and a pot to boil water in. The second steep was much more flavourful so I rated it high enough.

I am now drinking it again (sipdown) and it’s like I never had this before. I used about 2 tsp for maybe 12 oz. which I think technically means I overleafed. But it is so good! So different! I know it’s different because I never tasted apricot in tea before. I sipped this expecting peach and my mouth immediately said “this ain’t peach, hon, this here is a-pri-cot!”

I am really digging this tea! And also, no sugar, yay! What a flavour difference between this tasting and the previous one.
Very apricot 1st steep at 4 minutes. Orange liquor, quite clear. For the second steep I reduced the amount of water maybe too much because I’m getting a lot less fruit and a strong oolong. I always found oolong to be a fairly light tea so am surprised at the loud second steep, almost astringent. Am also getting some orange rind taste. I’m simply amazed. Have I changed, has the tea?, do the brewing conditions matter that much? I now feel like making tea is like baking bread, you just never know!

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.


Toronto-ish, Canada

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