9 Tasting Notes

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I’m sipping on a large-ish tumbler of this, iced, as I review. I was in one of the Victoria BC DAVIDs this past weekend and stocked up while I was within reasonable distance of a store… The closest stores to me are around 500 miles away. ((Sob)) Upon smelling the dry leaf I promptly asked for 50g of this maté as I’ve been in dire need of some new ones.

Dry leaf: lemon zest, lemon juice, sour berries, maté leaf
Liquor: lemons, bright berry, weed (for real)
Tasting notes: (iced) berries, Meyer lemon, blackberry leaf, fresh blueberry

Oooooh, this one. I am loving this iced! I was worried that if would be too tart but it definitely isn’t. I actually appreciate that this doesn’t taste exactly like lemonade… But rather a greener, fresher, more berry infused lemon concoction. (Since you know, that’s what is is…) I was also pleased to NOT taste the smell of weed that I briefly, yet unmistakably detected when this was steeping. Phew. This is really refreshing and the flavor profile happily does not echo any teas I currently have in my cupboard, nor that I have previously tried. Yay for discovering new teas that are GOOD! I see this being a moderator between me and this annoyingly hot summer weather that I am 100% done with at the moment. Thank god.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cannabis, Citrusy, Fruity, Honeydew, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I ordered 50g of this sometime ago… Around April. At the time of ordering I was still in that cold weather, not ready to accept the increasing warmth of the days, mood. But by the time I got around to trying it, the days were hot and this tea just didn’t feel right. So to the back of my tea cupboard it went where it sat forgotten for the most part.

Today, however, I’m trying to blatantly ignore the irritating 90-100 degree days that we have been having and am dreaming of cool weather and comfort. So whilst vacuuming the house and spritzing some caramel pear room spray around, I began contemplating what I wanted for my next cup of tea. Movie Night immediately bounded into my head and no other tea would do.

Dry leaf: caramel, buttered popcorn, maple, apple
Liquor: caramel apple, buttered popcorn
Tasting notes: caramel popcorn, caramel apple, hint of maple

This tea is exceptionally better received today and I am now finding myself seriously bummed that I only have about 2 servings of this left. ((Cry)) The overall caramel popcorn flavor seems much more put together than I remember it tasting previously, though I don’t know why. The green tea base is very light, resulting in a barely noticeable flavor in the tea and a citron-gold liquor.

Overall I am absolutely loving this tea today. It is just sweet enough, just caramel-mapley enough, just Fall enough to help me daydream away the scorching heat & relentless sunshine outside. Thank you, Movie Night!!

*my second steep of this was surprisingly good… Still had plenty of flavor

Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Butter, Candied Apple, Caramel, Kettle Corn, Maple, Popcorn, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I’m drinking my first cup of this as I write this review. I picked up 50g of this when last at DAVIDs because I’m running dangerously low on good matés and sadly, all of my all-time favorites are no longer available. So I scooped this one up hoping to fall in love with it.

Dry leaf: slightly sweet, honey?, dry leaves… not much going on here
Liquor: hm.. cough syrup, honey, artificial lemon, spun sugar
Tasting notes: lavender, lemon balm, honey cough drop

Okay, these are really odd flavors to so readily pick up in this tea. And even more odd, the fact that I continue to go back for sips.

I don’t love this tea… But the more sips I take the more addictive it becomes. It’s definitely keeping me coming back for more. ** I just added a squeeze of lemon to this (in addition to the 1/2 pack of Truvia that I added at the beginning) and it definitely enhances the better flavors in this tea and brings a brightness that I, for one, feels it benefits from.

All in all, I really enjoy how drinkable this tea is. And my love for it is definitely growing each sip I take. I appreciate how smooth & round the flavor profile is, even once lemon & sweetener is added. The honey-lemon throat drop flavor (MINUS the gross menthol/eucalyptus flavor usually associated with those) is definitely prevalent but strangely, that’s kinda part of what I’m enjoying. It’s like a hug in a cup and super soothing- even with me not being remotely sick. I could definitely see this being a cold buster !

Definitely going back for a 2nd steep of this one.

Flavors: Artificial, Burnt Sugar, Honey, Lavender, Lemon, Medicinal, Rooibos

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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Oh, how I love this tea! I have always loved Earl Grey teas but have been getting easily burned out by them as of late. They either have been coming off as too perfumey to me or overly astringent so I have been avoiding them… All the while kind of craving them. So when I smelled Countess of Seville the last time I was in DAVIDs, I crossed my fingers, held my breath, and picked up 50g.

Dry leaf: fresh orange zest, fresh orange juice, bergamot, green tea
Liquor: orange zest, subtle bergamot, subtle green tea notes
Tasting notes: fresh & lively orange, soft bergamot

This tea is a perfect alternative to classic Earl Grey! The green tea base makes the entire cup so much fresher & the orange oil brings a super welcome brightness, all the while you’re still picking up on the bergamot nuances. You really get the Earl Grey inspiration but it’s such a lively cup. Mmm… Definitely keeping this in my tea cupboard.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Green, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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I’m really torn with this tea… I picked up 30g of this to try because the dry leaf just blew me away! It’s so nostalgic and delicious smelling… I could just wear the bag of it around my neck all day huffing it.

Dry Leaf: CHERRY! Cherry punch/soda, sour cherry, cherry tobacco
Liquor: a bit deeper smelling… Still unabashedly cherry-full
Tasting notes: ICED- black cherry syrup, blackberry leaf, sour cherry

So as I said, I’m torn with this tea. Dry leaf & liquor wise, the smell is fabulous. It’s important to note that I made teapop out of this, so my review isn’t going to be 100% legit, I realize. However, I made double strength and used plain sparkling water, iced. The flavor was good… I wanted to love it. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t blow me away. There was something in the background that threw me off… Possibly the blackberry leaf? It made everything go askew. It started off tasting just as I hoped then, blech, something off. I also wished there was more sour cherry flavor once steeped & iced.

All in all, I will eventually power through all 30g, as it’s summertime, but I’ll be honest… I may pawn some of it off on ice tea for my daughter. Probably wouldn’t purchase again… Unless to use for fragrance sachets! lol!

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Fruit Punch, Overripe Cherries, Sour, Tobacco

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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So. I am a mint tea FAN. I mean huge. fan. I’m always on the lookout for a new mint tea… chocolate mint, vanilla mint, and of course plain mint. But you can only have so many different “plain” mint teas until you realize they’re all pretty much the same. Wrong. Enter DAVIDs North African Mint tea… It’s such a lovely mint tea, but with a freakin fabulous cast of supporting characters to make this tea AH-MAZING.

Dry leaf: peppermint, ginger, black pepper, licorice
Liquor notes: fennel, ginger, black pepper, cardamon
Tasting notes: subtle mint, warm ginger, sweet licorice & fennel, warm cardamon, slight black pepper on finish

This tea is everything I want in a mint tea… Warming, yet refreshing, without the medicinal edge that can come from a mint tea that has so much else going on. The peppermint in the tea is balanced so nicely with the other ingredients; no single ingredient overpowers the cup, yet somehow each can be distinctly detected & savored.

Love. So happy to have discovered this.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Clove, Fennel, Licorice, Peppermint

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Gold Rush by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I’m trying this tea for the first time. Picked up 50g of this beauty when I was last in Victoria BC. Sigh… It’s criminal that there isn’t a David’s within 500 miles of me.

Decided to grab this one (along with 15 or so others) because it’s my sister’s favorite. The dry leaf won me over, so 50g into the bag.

Dry Leaf: butterscotch liqueur, caramel, coconut
Liquor Notes: browned butter, caramel
Tasting Notes: rounded butterscotch & caramel throughout

I adore this tea. I never would believe a white tea could pack such warm flavor. This is an awesome transitional tea (think Summer to Fall). I appreciate the caramel & balanced richness without having any spice. It’s just delicious & comforting.

All in all, this will definitely be a regular in my tea cabinet & I’m seriously regretting only picking up 50g of this one… So wishing it wasn’t so pricey! But oh is it delectable.

Flavors: Alcohol, Brown Sugar, Butterscotch, Caramel

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh, my dear Honeydew Mate… how I do adore you. And how heartbroken I am that you have disappeared, yet again, from DAVIDs site. ((Sigh))….

This tea is so lovely. Packed with flavor, yet light on the palette, it proves to be such a refreshing tea with a wonderful energy boost to it. The flavors are a round & soft melon with an ever-subtle sweetness lingering in the back. I’ve found this tea is super versatile with mixing!! Adds such a nice twist to other teas… such a DAVIDs The Earl’s Garden. It softens the earl grey base and adds a soft fruitiness that compliments the strawberry notes in TEG.

So sad to see this one go again… and SO HEARTBROKEN that I was unable to stock up before it disappeared from the site, especially as the closest store to me is a 6-8 hour drive! ((sob))

Until we meet again, my Honeydew. xo

Flavors: Floral, Green Melons, Jasmine, Melon, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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So delicious. Tastes just like a warm, sticky slice of baklava. Smells & tastes like Christmas!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Rose, Walnut

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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