drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
1280 tasting notes

When I first heard of David’s Tea it was only in Canada. Two summers ago, while we were vacationing, I visited a location in Banff. That was in the middle of my tea hiatus, though, so it was sort of a weird one-off experience. I remember thinking the store was lovely and the tiny sample of tea I tasted, which I think was a jasmine green, was also lovely.

Fast forward to 2014 and my re-entry into tea. Come to find out, there is a David’s a few towns north of us now, in Burlingame, CA. Today we were running errands up and down the peninsula and stopped in.

First I have to congratulate myself: I did not walk out of there with any tea except the cup of this I bought. It took a Herculean effort not to rattle off my wish list to the salesperson, but I restrained myself and bought only a few tea ware items. No. 2 tried the Birthday Cake iced (it ended up being too much for him to finish), the BF had Redberry Tonic iced (he loves hibiscus, go figure) and I had this.

It being my first experience of buying hot tea at David’s, I did not realize until much later that there was actually a teabag in the cup. I guess I had the cup turned the wrong way and didn’t see the string, which was tucked under a paper wrapper around the cup, and when I did, I wasn’t sure what it was. I figured they’d use loose leaf in the preparation. Anyway, that bag stayed in there much too long. So I have to mentally discount for that and for the paper drinking vessel.

After doing so, I thought this was quite good. The raspberry seemed just right. The coconut was tasty and mixed nicely with the raspberry, but struck me as a little too much and a little too sweet. I wonder whether that was because of the over-steeping? It had the aspect of a dessert tea, and I think if I was going to try it again, I’d do so as a dessert substitute. I would like to try it again without the over-steeping and in a non-paper cup.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became less appealing to me — but I still enjoy nicely done blends where the base doesn’t taste like hamster cage chips. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation. These days, I’ve been drinking primarily green tea during weekdays after my first cup of coffee. On weekends, I’ve been drinking only tea.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)


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