300 Tasting Notes

drank Apéro Spritz by DAVIDsTEA
300 tasting notes

I love the bitterness of this blend. It’s very fruity, but the pomegranate stands out the most for me (aside from the bitter orange note). It’s great over ice. To my surprise, this is one of the best DT blends I’ve had this year.

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drank Lemon Smash by DAVIDsTEA
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The lemon flavor in this tea is so delicious. They’ve managed to create a blend that has fairly natural lemon flavor. The sage is a bit too strong for me. It makes the tail end of every sip quite savory, which is an odd flavor when someone’s sweetened the tea. I bought about an ounce to sample, but I don’t know that I’ll finish it. Shame. The lemon flavor is really quite nice.

Flavors: Lemon, Sage

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drank Sunny C by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried a bit of my friend’s iced tea to-go. As someone who loves citrus blends, the smell of the dry blend was just soooooooo mouth-watering to resist a taste. It’s definitely not a tea I’d buy for myself. The carrot flavor is too present – carrot pieces AND carrot flavoring?! Blasted carrots. I used to juice fairly regularly. Carrots, oranges, and a bit of ginger was my go-to when I started to feel a bit run down or sick. This tea reminds me a lot of that. There’s no ginger in this blend, but the pink peppercorn gives a slight hint of heat at the tail end of the sip for me.

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This was another in-store sample that was just…well…underwhelming. This isn’t a tea that would normally interest me, but a fruity tea with chai spices sounded intriguing. Thankfully it wasn’t just a spiced piña colada. It had some nice depth despite the sample tasting a bit diluted. The mango overshadowed the pineapple note for me (thankfully), and the spices were subtle but present. It’s not a tea I’d rush out to try again, but it wasn’t bad.

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drank Magic Potion by DAVIDsTEA
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Another excellent fruity tea with strong, moderately artificial raspberry flavor…and stevia. I don’t mind the stevia at all. Prepared this as an Arnold Palmer with some store-bought raspberry lemonade. So refreshing.

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This tea is so deliciously sour. I’m really jonesing for another nice melon blend (sans carrots!). It’s nice to have a mini stash of this blend in my collection on hot summer days. I might have to get some limeade and make an Arnold Palmer the next time around.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Reluctantly opened up a few more bags of Goji Pop to refill my tin. Sipped through an entire pitcher one afternoon while working from home. I really need to find a replacement for this tea.

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Got a BB + lemonade iced tea to-go. Don’t think the creamy flavor of BB meshes well with lemonade, but the drink was refreshing on a fairly warm day in Boston. Wouldn’t pair with lemonade at home, but I might try it as an iced latte one of these days.

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drank Sweet Lime by DAVIDsTEA
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Sweet Lime is probably my favorite flavored white tea from the core collection. I had an in-store sample of this while on vacation, and it tasted terrible. I’m not sure how they’re preparing cold/iced tea for samples, but it was horribly weak and diluted. Mind you, it’s a white tea, so the tea flavor is not very strong to begin with. That said, Sweet Lime is a pretty flavorful blend. If I’d never tried it before I wouldn’t even consider purchasing it based on the sample. Super bland. I now understand all the comments I’ve read about the quality of in-store samples. Yikes.

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This tea smelled like acetone as it was steeping, so I was fairly certain that I wouldn’t enjoy it. Thankfully, I had no intention of drinking it hot. As an iced tea, the blend was a very interesting combination of floral, fruity and citrus notes. If I’d have been given this in a blind taste, I would’ve never pinpointed the flavor as lychee. To be fair, I’ve never eaten a lychee. I’ve only ever had lychee-flavored things – boba tea, candy/jelly, tea, etc. That said, it was a very pleasant blend with nicely balanced flavor. I’ll be saving a bit of my sample bag to make some boba tea. Again, it hasn’t been one of my favorites during this week of sampling Tea Chai Té blends, but it makes a nice iced tea.

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I’m a 30-something Texan and wannabe globetrotter. I like my tea sweet and over ice.

I prefer: tisanes/fruit infusions, breakfast teas, (flavored) black teas, maté blends, dessert teas

Yes: hibiscus, goji berries, sea buckthorn, cantaloupe/rock melon, honeydew melon, berries (particularly cranberry, blackberry, and raspberry), mango, coconut, peach, plum, apricot, citrus, vanilla

No: cherry (on its own), watermelon, carrot, (overwhelming) warming spices, mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), most florals, eucalyptus, sunflower seeds, lapsang

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