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This is the last of the three samples that came with my DAVID’s 24 Days of Tea. I’m trying to decide if I like it or not. i’m usually a pretty big fan of spicy teas, but sometimes rooibos tastes off to me. That is the case here.

The scent must be quite strong with this one because I caught a faint whiff of it. I used twenty ounces of water in my small bubble tea pot and the whole sample package, and let it steep for 3.5 minutes. It is a lovely dark color, and as I said, it must have a wonderful scent. At the beginning of the sip I get a warm, cinnamon-y glow on my tongue. However, it is quickly followed by the woody rooibos. That quite ruins it for me. I drank about half of this and decided to pour the rest out.

I am giving this one a recommendation because I think someone who enjoys chair and rooibos would love this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Wood

Arby

I’m actually a huge fan of chairs. I use them for sitting and sometimes to pile used-but-not-dirty clothes on.

But seriously, I can see how someone who dislikes rooibos wouldn’t like this. I’m a fan of this blend, but it is certainly rooibos-heavy.

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55
drank Glitter and Gold by David's Tea
6 tasting notes

It’s fine, but very mild for my taste. Its possible I didn’t steep it long enough so I’ll come back to this at a later date.

Flavors: Citrus, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Tie Kwan Yin by David's Tea
55 tasting notes

I am usually all about sweet, creamy, dessert tasting teas, but I am addicted to Tie Kwan Yin. It’s a little vegetal/earthy, a little bitter, and tastes so amazingly roasted, toasted and dry… like toast burnt on the edges, burnt popcorn and roasted nuts (so I guess it is dessert-ish, in a way, lol), but not sweet. Has a woody quality to it, a hint of golden, honeyed goodness, and an addictive warmth, and I love how strong the aroma and taste are. A little like roasted coffee beans, but so much better.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
193 tasting notes

I really didn’t like this and the other 2 blends in this chai collection. I felt like they were far too sweet, leaving nothing but the sweet taste and oily mouth feel.

For more on tea: www.TastetheTea.co.uk

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

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100

Beautiful peachy/apricot flavor

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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96

This tea has been one of my favorites so far. It has a floral taste, and smell that isn’t overpowering, with a slight fruity flavor, but still allows you to taste the blend of white and green tea. Very relaxing and tastes wonderful. I would only recommend one steep, however, as it gets a rather bitter aftertaste if you steep it twice.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
55 tasting notes

I usually hate ‘pumpkin spice’ scented and flavored things, but this tea is amazing to me. Earthy black tea with tons of sweet caramel and a rich, spicy chai with lots of clove and cinnamon. So yummy. Sweet, rich, spicy.

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
55 tasting notes

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70

First tea of the morning as I continue to experiment oomphing up my pumpkin spice teas with pumpkin seed oil. Not bad. Even better with dark chocolate. But that hardly counts as a tea review.

It’s all been more or less said about this tea, so I don’t really have more to add. It is probably far better as a sweetened latte, or at least with milk or cream.

I am moving my way through this tin of tea. Just a few more cups and that will be that. Out of curiosity, I checked in with the DT’s website to see the cost of a rebuy, though truly, I have far too much tea to consider restocking a tea which, though fine and enjoyable, is not a must have.

Further, I find that I am moving more towards removing the bulk of imitation flavours and colours from my world—not completely, mind, but slowly, slowly. Health continues to challenge me, so I do what I can to simplify and purify. With the occasional binge, of course. But only when it is well worth it.

And ouf! How their prices have escalated! Quite a number of their products are now sold prepackaged and they seem to be putting even more effort on packaging and presentation, if that is even possible.

All in all, clearly, someone like me is not in the demographic their marketing team is aiming for.

And I still have mountains of their teas from before they decided to imitation and stevia everything to death and boost up their marketing frenzy. So, for the time being, I will content myself with those before I maybe maybe maybe make another purchase with them again. If absolutely necessary.

Arby

Ugh I know. Do they actually think stevia is adding to the blend? I’ve been moving away from DT because I’m not interested in dairy and stevia in my teas, and that seems to be almost all of their new teas. I can add milk and sweetener myself is I choose to.

VariaTEA

Dairy I don’t mind, but stevia is disgusting. I just wrote a review for Caramel Shortbread for Sororitea Sisters that was basically all about how it is weird for them to throw stevia in everything, especially in a tea they also added sugar to.

Evol Ving Ness

Sadly, stevia is becoming their trademark taste. Ouf! They could do better.

Evol Ving Ness

VariaTEA, I can’t seem to locate your review. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

VariaTEA

They don’t post right away. It’ll probably pop up in 2-3 months :P

CrowKettle

I completely agree with your DT observations.

I could rant on and on about how much I despise stevia. They completely lost me when they made that a signature ingredient- I was forgiving of the overuse of apple up until that point.

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, yes!

There’s also the thing where dozens of their herbal blends seem to taste like exactly the same thing, give or take an apple or handful of hibiscus or two.

Evol Ving Ness

Sad too because to me it used to be such a joyful brand.

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70

Yesterday, when I went for my tooth cleaning, the hygienist asked me if I was a tea drinker. aha. The proof is on your teeth, people! Tea only, she said, not coffee. Apparently, the tea residue latches onto something or other on your teeth and shows her where she needs to concentrate her efforts. All good then, I guess.

This tea would be far better with cream or milk, but after my recent fling with adding real cream to my teas, I am off dairy for the month for health reasons. We’ll see what happens in a month. I am hoping for big improvements.

This cup is ok. The pumpkin pie spice blend is a good one, with no one spice taking centre. There’s no pumpkin to speak of. The black tea base is ok, likely Ceylon, nothing special but a good carrier for the other flavours. Then there’s some sort of slight caramel whipping cream bit flavour melding all the things together and softening things up. I wouldn’t be able to identify the caramel flavour if it weren’t mentioned in the ingredients, just the vague slightly sweet whipping cream like flavour.

Not bad, but likely not something that I will reach for often.

Flavors: Cream, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CrowKettle

Interesting to see a breakdown on what it tastes like without milk! I’m too spoiled to try it without.

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89
drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
108 tasting notes

Sipdown (from last year!!!). Favorite autumn tea, perfect balance of chai spice and pumpkin flavor. I am an unapologetic fan and will be replenishing this shortly.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank coconut oolong by David's Tea
31 tasting notes

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70
drank Pumpkin Chai by David's Tea
3 tasting notes

This is a great black tea…. Unfortunately lacks Pumpkin & Chai flavor. I do love blending this with sweeter Pumpkin teas, like the Pumpkin Spice Brûlée from Teavana.

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95
drank Genmaicha by David's Tea
3 tasting notes

One of my all time favourite teas! The blend of sencha green tea and roasted brown rice is perfect for me. It’s nutty, smoky, and earthy — not to mention affordable!

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Smoke, Umami

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

This is my favourite matcha. It is a vibrant green colour, and it’s very finely milled. It has a high content of antioxidants. Also, a Davidstea tea guide once told me that it has approx 4x the amount of antioxidants that their flavoured ones do. The tea has a very bold and rich flavour. It’s very full bodied and earthy. I think that it really gives me a boost of energy and focus. I often mix it with my flavoured matchas. Even if it’s too much for you to drink straight up, I think it would be a great additive to smoothies and other stuff. I personally put about 1/2 a teaspoon into oatmeal and it’s incredibly delicious.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Tannic, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is one of the oldest teas I have. I got it in a boxed set way back when when I first converted from coffee to tea and disliked it immensely when I first tried it. I tried it black then. To me, it tasted of imitation flavours and false perfumey sweetness. Could not understand the huge fan base.

I may have mentioned that I am staying at a friend’s place to escape from baby world here. It feels like I am on vacation. With me, I brought just a skeletal wardrobe of clothing, a medium-sized batch of kitchen gear, and a huge colossus of teas as I had been in the midst of long overdue swap preparation. I was determined to not overthink things—this time—so I threw packets into my bag and then I threw more packets into my bag and then started another bag and threw some more into that one. Came across this one in a collection/assortment arranged in some order likely understood by me at some point, but not quite now. Now or never, I threw it into the bag. Now after all this time, I had a cup, added half and half, and wow.

I’ve had several cups of this now. Quite nice. I just may finish this one up before I move back home.

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86

This tea is pretty good but it doesn’t have enough pumpkin or spice. This is a great morning tea but I wish there was more flavor to it. I sometimes mix this with a bit of chai tea just to give it a stronger chai flavor, I love this tea but I would love for them to just add more spices to it and a stronger pumpkin flavor. It feels like the its black tea with a hint of pumpkin pie.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I love oolongs. My favorite oolong from David’s Tea will always be the Vanilla Orchid, but this is nice too. It has a comforting, slightly sweet, powdered milk flavor to it. I like their Butter Sencha green tea more for a similar, but more complex and sweet, flavor profile.

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drank just peachy by David's Tea
739 tasting notes

Only if you like the candy fuzzy peaches. I have a 35g of this and Just Beet It. I have given up on Just Beet It, I just can’t seem to like it. This one dry smells like fuzzy peaches. Steeped in cold water this tastes like the fuzzy peaches sour gummies. Not really what I was looking for but at not horrible enough that I feel the need to spit it out and toss the rest.

Flavors: Peach, Sour

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Yeah, I get the same thing from it. Even though I actually like those candies, I don’t like the idea of a tea tasting like it.

Helena

I love those candies too. Not sure I like my tea that way but I only had 35g so I can drink it and be done. I tossed the leftover Just Beet It because I couldn’t make it work for me. Always sad when I can’t enjoy a tea.

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90

Bought this for the sole purpose of making it an iced tea only. I want to find better options for my children over their regular sugar flavoured juices and ice teas. After a few disappointments for them, I was a little worried that this one would not go over so well.

Dried the leaf smells like tangy fruits. Brewed it is a deep red colour with a very sweet fruity aroma. Every sip of the tea is a perfect combination of sweet and tangy. My kids love the lemonade flavour and will often argue about what fruits they taste more.

I guess it is a hit with them too.

Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Sour, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 0 sec

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