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91

This was a really nice herbal ‘chai’ – I found that the coco flavors helped mellow out some of the harshness that sometimes comes if you steep chai for too long.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Dark Chocolate, Rooibos, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Birthday Cake by David's Tea
7 tasting notes

I really like this tea, but I feel like there are a few caveats to my recommendation. First of all, the aroma is STRONG – nearly overpoweringly so. I was brewing a cup in the kitchen, and my partner on the opposite side of the house asked if I was making pancakes. This one might be best enjoyed at home (as to not fumigate your coworkers with vanilla-maple fragrance). Secondly, it’s also really sweet. I have a killer sweet-tooth, and found that it really scratched my dessert itch, but if you don’t like sweets, you should probably stay away from this one.

All in all, I really enjoyed this tea as an afternoon pick-me-up, or in place of dessert. It tasted more like vanilla frosting than cake, but was a very nice treat. It did have the ‘dry’ mouthfeel that rooibos teas sometimes have, which for me is what keeps it from being perfect.

I suspect this is probably one that you will either love or hate.

Flavors: Candy, Drying, Frosting, Maple Syrup, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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85
drank Monster Mash by David's Tea
7 tasting notes

I got more apple-butter than the described pumpkin-butter for this one, but I still really liked it. It was surprisingly smooth for a rooibos-based blend, and managed to be festively spiced (cloves and cinnamon) without veering too strongly into yankee candle territory. I found that the longer I steeped this one, the more the ‘pumpkin’ it tasted.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Pumpkin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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91

I really dislike walnut in foods, but for some reason, I love walnut-flavored teas. The flavor is so sweet and nutty. It goes really well with the green tea and the second brew is tasty as well. I got this as a sample in my summer order, and I am definitely impressed. There was enough in the bag to make a bigger cup than usual, and there was a huge walnut in there too. I would definitely order more of this…but I already made a Davids Black Friday order! I wasn’t supposed to order any more tea this year, but their sale was pretty good, and I ordered under a pound, so I wasn’t too too bad. Also sorry that this review isn’t on the official page for this tea. It redirects me to the Steepster home page when I click to review, so I’m leaving the review here!

Mastress Alita

When a tea page is stuck in the “Mobile” view you just have to hit the “Edit tea info” button like you are going to change info in the entry, then hit “Save” again (you don’t have to actually change anything on the entry). That will refresh the cache on it and force it out of the Mobile view that always redirects to the main page whenever you try to click “Review this tea”, “Save to Cupboard” or “Save to Wishlist.”

AJRimmer

Aha! Thank you! I’ve put the review in the correct place now. This definitely solves a mystery for me!

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100

the notes of floral, strawberry and raspberry are very subtle, but welcome. the milk and creme notes are very upfront, and linger throughout the multiple steeps. ( i can get about three to four steeps out of a single tsp. of tea)

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Milk, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Genmaicha by David's Tea
3 tasting notes

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84

Okay maybe I am just the outlier for this tea but I really actually enjoy this. Yeah, it lacks the pumpkin flavor smacking you in the face, but for what it is worth and for it being a chai tea, I loved it.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77

I will have to say that upon opening up the rainbow tin of this tea, I was regretting having not taking the time to stop and smell the tea leaves on this bad boy. I was worried because the smell is a bit repulsive when in the tin and not really the tea I got to to just sniff it. I decided to give it a try this morning as I have been waking up with upset stomachs every other day for most of the week. I am pleasantly surprised by the taste of tea blend.

Flavors: Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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94

Sipdown no. 123 of 2018 (no. 479 total). A sample.

Just enough to both taste for note-taking purposes and sipdown in a single steep.

The walnut smell coming out of the packet is quite intense. It’s not just walnut, though. It’s a sort of a sweet, candied walnut. That is likely the effect of the coconut and pineapple in the blend. It also says it has almond, which is interesting. Not sure why something called walnut would muddy the waters with almond?

But apparently, David knows what he’s doing because after steeping, what I mostly get is toasted walnut in the aroma. Some coconut, but not really any fruit and not any other nut. The tea is a lemon yellow color and cloudy.

The flavor is on the nose. It tastes exactly like what it advertised itself as, for which it gets some ridiculous number of points in my book. The coconut and pineapple are taste-able, but they mostly act as boosters of the toasted walnut flavor.

And the almonds? As the tea cools, I smell them as I stick my nose into cup to sip, but they, too, boost the toasted walnut flavor by enriching the nuttiness.

Pretty much a home run if you want a green toasted walnut tea.

Flavors: Almond, Coconut, Pineapple, Toasted, Walnut

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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21

I really don’t like DavidsTea pumpkin chai, so it was probably a mistake to buy this tea. It has the same weird flavor that I dislike. It’s like… artificial and smokey? Unsure how to describe it. I get absolutely no pumpkin of cheesecake vibes from this. I’ll have to add this to my pile of teas to exchange.

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34
drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
323 tasting notes

Not terrible, not great. Neither especially pumpkin-spiced, nor an especially good chai (unless we’re going with the literal “chai is black tea with spice added” definition).

I do get a hint of cloves and cinnamon in the scent, and a bit in the taste. It’s not sweet, despite the inclusion of pumpkin candies, but they don’t add much, either. It’s not a terrible black tea, but it’s not particularly good either.

I’m glad I only purchased 2 oz. It’s a bit disappointing, as I was hoping for a spicy fall treat, but I will drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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73

Sipdown no. 120 of 2018 (no. 476 total). A sample.

A sample of this has been staring at me for quite some time. I has just never seemed the right time to give it a try. Ordinarily, this would be the part of my tea tasting day where I’d be writing notes about a couple of greens that I’ve just opened, so that when I sip down the next take it to work tea I’ll have another choice for the one after that. But since I already derailed that project when I found the Canton silver needles sample, I thought what the heck. There’s just enough in this sample to both try the tea and sip it down.

First let me say that despite the description, I was extremely surprised by how fruity this smells in the packet. Pineapple and hibiscus is what I smell, even though as best I can tell there is no pineapple in this. Maybe it’s one of the flavoring agents? Under that is something floral. Even though I’m a major jasmine fan, I can’t say what I’m smelling is jasmine. It’s the strong fruity smell that is making it hard for me to discern the subtleties of the floral aspect.

I steeped according to the packet directions. As this is a mix of white and green tea, it looks like David went with green tea temperature and white tea steeping length.

The steeped tea is golden yellow and clear and has an earthy, hibiscus scent. I expected, because of that, for the tea to taste uncomfortably tart or even bitter. Happily, that is not the case.

What it does taste like is harder for me to describe. It’s easier to define it by what it is not. It isn’t terribly fruity, though I got so much fruity smell from the dry tea. There is some light, tropical fruit flavor around the edges which again reminds me of pineapple. The floral aspects of the tea open up more in the sip, and I do get some jasmine, but it is not a stand-alone jasmine so much as a contributing flavor. There’s a mild green-ish tea flavor underneath. Not super vegetal or super grassy. And also something like stone fruits in the mix.

It has a lot going on. I find the name a bit ironic, because I find it hard to let go of the busyness of this tea and just let it be.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Pineapple, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Monster Mash by David's Tea
548 tasting notes

It has a yummy pumpkin flavor and the spices are just right in this blend. I really like this tea. It is really delicious as a latte too!

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86
drank Cookie Dough by David's Tea
3465 tasting notes

Sipdown! It’s odd that I don’t have a rating for this, because I know I really liked it when I had it before. Despite its age, I still really enjoyed it. Light and sweet, maybe not cookie dough but a really pleasant dessert-y tea.

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85

I notoriously dislike pu’erh tea, so I was leary – but I love chocolate and orange together. I really enjoyed this – it was rich and actually chocolaty, with the definite orange peel flavor. I saw someone compare it to the chocolate covered orange peel candy (which my son always gets me for every birthday because he knows I like it and he won’t steal that one), and I’d agree. It definitely is the drink version of that. It is earthy but pleasantly so, and definitely dark chocolate as opposed to milk or cocoa. I did pick out some of the chocolate chips from the steeping basket and put them directly in my cup. Added some rock sugar and this was enough to get me to avoid the chocolate doughnuts on the counter. (But now the tea is gone, and the doughnuts are not…)

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Cookie Dough by David's Tea
133 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
1348 tasting notes

Home – 6:00 PM

There’s a pot roast currently cooking in my Instant Pot and it smells amazing! ❤

This tea is disappointing to me… It’s weak even though I used extra leaf and steeped it for 4 minutes. And it mostly just tastes of clove, with a bit of a creamy note in there. Definitely no pumpkin.

Womp womp. Someday I will try a pumpkin spice tea that knocks my socks off. But that day is not today!

Flavors: Clove, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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67

This tea really made me so sad that I dont like pumpkin. Like it was so good but im just dont like pumpkin which is what hols me back from buying a bunch of this tea. The pumkin taste is the main focus but its not over powering. Im just really bummed I don’t like pumkin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A bit of chai, not enough pumpkin. I thought this tea would be a pumpkin spice sorta thing, im disappointed. Maybe I’m making it wrong because no matter how much i over-steep it it doesn’t taste like much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by David's Tea
2 tasting notes

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