1254 Tasting Notes

drank Buttered Rum by DAVIDsTEA
1254 tasting notes

They had to of changed the formula, unless my tastes completely changed. When I had this tea years ago it was strongly flavored of rum and butter. Now it smells like rum but the rum doesn’t come out for the steeping, and the tea isn’t as thick tasting or buttery. I used to love this one as a latte but it’s too weak for it as is.

I was very tempted to pour a bit of my homemade vanilla infused rum into my cup to compensate. I’ll give it a few more tries, just in case I had a freak steeping or need new parameters.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

I recently ordered this, and I agree! It doesn’t taste anything like the old tea. I even emailed David’s about it, but they denied everything, and said I must be steeping it wrong ;(

Oolong Owl

They changed it for sure! Ditto for the Pumpkin Chai and Oh Canada. All the teas I bought from them recently don’t taste like the ones I got previously. Pretty sad, I was hoping when they IPO’d things would stay the same and not cheap out. Even the tins changed, mine’s lid fell apart. :(


Oh I missed the news on the IPO, but that makes sense. So sad though, they had a good thing going and who’s going to buy a luxury product if it doesn’t taste good?

Oolong Owl

Totally! I gives a market to the smaller tea sellers who use high quality ingredients. I guess like Teavana they just want to attract non tea drinkers who don’t know better. It’s not that the tea is different as well, it just doesn’t even taste good now, everything I got from them is watery and weak.


Yep, I had 3 teas in my last order, and two of them were off. I’m totally for supporting the smaller tea sellers, but it was nice to go to David’s and feel like you had a 100 wonderful teas to choose from. Oh well, guess I’ll be shopping elsewhere.


I recently purchased a new batch as this was on the fond farewells… This doesn’t taste the same as the older formula. Yikes.

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drank Peanut Butter Cup by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the third time drinking this tea and I’m still undecided on it.

It’s certainly peanutty, kinda bland and watery. I think it’s neat that there’s no peanut in it (just almond) but tastes like peanut. There is a bit of chocolate in there but it’s watery.

However – you need to steep this one right to get the flavor. Boiling for around 4 or 5 minutes does the trick. If you steep it longer than that, it becomes more apple and tart in flavor which really tastes pretty yucky. Oh and adding extra tea helps get more flavor. But it is certainly too watery to make it with milk.

Meh. I think a Peanut Butter Cup tea can be done, but DT missed the mark.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

Have you tried it as a latte at all? I find I liked it a lot better as one personally :)


Really? I am obsessed with this flavor. I just finished the last of it to salty, peanut butter infused tears!

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I’m drinking the reblend from Liberteas/Anne.

Very delicious tea! I brought this tea with me on vacation and drank it a couple times. It’s got a maple sugar and cream flavor, with a background of grassy floral oolong. The flavoring isn’t overpowering over the oolong. The Canadian in me loves the maple! This tea pairs amazingly with fresh berries on the side.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/maple-cheesecake-tie-guan-yin-from-52-teas-tea-review/

6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank French Spice Quartet by Teavana
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This blend is supposed to be oolong and pu’er and I found it had next to no pu. The spices are very heavy, especially on the clove. There’s more cloves and spices than oolong. I got this tea at tea 75% off sale, this might be a cheaper way to get whole cloves than a spice store!

The spices are good if you love clove, however the base is meh. The oolong just does not do it for me, this tea should be a black or ripe pu’er, using a green oolong just makes the whole thing kinda watery with spices.

I steeped this tea hard at another session. 9 grams for a 12 oz mug. It was mega spice without any tea flavor. It makes a crappy latte too since the base is so weak. A meh. I can probably salvage by adding some other tea to it.

Boiling 9 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

I find almost all of teavana’s teas on the weak side…and their staff on the strong/overwhelming side.

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drank Hua Ki by Lupicia
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Exclusive Hawaii Lupicia Blend! This one is loaded with fruity chunks, I had one giant ball of fruit that weighed 3 grams.

The flavor is very fruity as tastes like the ingredients mango, papaya, and pineapple. The base is a malty black. This tea would make a really good iced one!

My sadness is there is another mango papaya in the Hawaii collection, Kuuipo, and 2 other teas that have mango, papaya, and pineapple (so 4 teas out of 8) and 3 of those are the same black tea base. For the entire collection of 8, all are fruity teas except for one – Malama. I wish there was more variety between the collection. As I drink through the set, I’m getting a lot of “tastes kind of samey as the other blend”.

I reviewed a few others awhile back on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/exclusive-lupicia-hawaii-original-tea-blends-collection-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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This one smells amazing! Very sweet apple and the tea is mostly apple chunks.

I over leafed this sucker and brewed hot. The flavor is sweet, very distinctly juicy golden apple that has been baked lightly (not apple mush flavor). There’s hibiscus in there for colour, adding a golden hue, but doesn’t add any tart. This one is also weak flavored, if you were hoping for strong turkish apple this isn’t it.

My beef with this tea is the green tea is totally lost. They should of just turned this into a herbal as the green in it is doing nothing. I fed this tea to my tea hating husband and he liked it as he tasted no tea flavor. That said, it’s a tea for kids or people transitioning into tea from soda/juice. If you like apple herbals, this tea is worth a sampling.

EDIT: I just made this iced with the remainder of the sample I purchased. Nope, tastes worse iced as it came out sweeter (to be expected) but has a very artificial taste. minus 10 points.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Coconut Ice by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea tasted just like me smashing a dried up whole coconut on my counter then steeping it. Lots of coconut flavor and a thick texture. It’s got a coconut skin flavor along with some chocolate. The honeybush is in there but it’s got that usual weak tasting base.

This steeps up with a lot of residue. I steeped Coconut Ice late last night and this morning I went to make morning tea and there’s a coconut oily ring in my cup and my tea strainer was really oily as well. Clean your tea ware well after this one!

I’m happy to of tried this tea, but I won’t buy it again. It needs a little something something. More chocolate? Rum? Pineapple? A heavier tea base?


I vote rum!


Aw. I love the idea of tons of coconut taste but I hate that residue.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Nope nope nope. Admittedly I oversteeped it. I set my timer for 4 minutes but I accidentally set it for 4 hours. I realized this like 10 minutes in.

Turns out, despite oversteeping the tea was very weak. It was watery, pretty sweet (from the rock sugar that is in the blend), and kind of nutty chocolate with coconut. A pretty boring taste. Maybe I got a bad scoop from the DavidsTea store staff. I was hoping for a more rich, heavy black tea taste.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

I always have to overleaf and oversteep this. It’s not overly strong. I do like it as a desserty tea though.

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drank Clover Patch by White2Tea
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OMG what is this oolong sorcery?!?!?! Clover Patch oolong?

This oolong has a potent aftertaste, probably the most potent tea so far. I think the entire block could smell my tea breath. It’s floral, fruity, citrus, buttery, linen, custard and wet leaf. Later infusions the aftertaste is stronger than the tea. I really enjoyed the tea, though I didn’t get many infusions. I would of sold my first born for more if it was more roasty and higher oxidized, but that’s just personal taste.

Full review on Oolong Owl. Review also has the other W2t club teas – Fresh and Aged Dahongpao http://oolongowl.com/august-white2tea-club-featuring-dahongpao-and-clover-patch-oolong-tea-review/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

I was going to try this one tonight, but I opted for Duck Shhh instead. I think I’ll dive into the Clover Patch tomorrow, from your review it looks like it’ll be a nice Friday night treat!


whoa sounds amazing


Sounds incredible! To the wishlist!


Interesting. I am so glad I brought all the DHP with me to Vegas :P


Did you get the Lin’s roaster at the Expo? Maybe roast your own…;P


I think I could agree with you on the higher roast idea. It might curve off some of the sharp perfumey edges, which are immaculate in the aroma but come through a little harsh at times in the taste. I might try roasting a little bit of this sometime. :)

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Love this pu’er! It was nice and fruity with peaches, apricot, cream, and edamame notes. The balance of thick texture, bitter and dryness made me very happy. I got 13 infusions.

I drank this together with CTL’s 2014 Planet Jingmai Sheng

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/crimson-lotus-tea-20142015-jingmai-sheng-comparison-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


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