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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
43 tasting notes

Delicious creamy pineapple coconut. Mmmm.

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drank Golden Spiral by DAVIDsTEA
13114 tasting notes

A relatively new tea that was released as part of our Garden to Cup collection!

This actually came out a few weeks ago but I wanted to drink it more recently before writing my tasting note for it. I’ve had it a handful of times prepared the Western way just hot and straight and I find that brewing it in that method brings out a little more sweetness and quite a bit of malty and woodier flavours, with just a hint of cocoa and red fruits. My favourite way to brew this one, however, is gongfu! It holds up really well and if you’re generous with your leaf to gram ratio you can just get the most beautifully robust and full bodied session!

On top of a pretty thick liquor and a hint of pleasant astringency, the tasting notes for a gongfu session range from very dark almost bitter baker’s chocolate to deep woodier notes and maltiness with a hint of very black cherry sort of “peaking out” from the undertones around the midsession mark, sort of as if to say that the reward for such an intense and more umami leaning session is this syrupy fruit note that breaks the mold of those earlier steeps even though it’s not necessarily a bright fruit note in and of itself.

I do hope we carry this tea for a while, even though it was released with the intention of being limited edition since it’s a small batch production, because it’s nice to see a solid quality Chinese black tea on the wall – right now our only (unflavoured) Chinese black tea is the Jasmine Black Pearls and though they’re delicious and malty in their own right, there’s definitely a difference between a jasmine scented tea and just a very good plain black…

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This can be a little tart and bitter, but with enough sugar it’s decent. The orange is pretty authentic, but it’s not really something I would reach for over an herbal orange tea. This just doesn’t have a place in my cupboard. I shared it with someone, who wasn’t able to taste the orange and found the floral flavors to be much too strong. I shared it with someone else who loved the orange flavor and didn’t notice the bergamot. My final cup of this I drank cold, and I thought the orange and bergamot complemented each other very well. The bergamot definitely shows up in a very floral way, but it sort of works. I guess my opinions have evolved slightly over the course of my 2 oz bag.

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73
drank Raspberry Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1535 tasting notes

This had a subtle candy raspberry flavor in the first sip or two. Later, it faded and I really only tasted mild, sweet matcha. It was pleasant, but it didn’t have much character beside some other delicious matchas I’ve had recently. The flavoring needs to be much stronger, but it’s not a bad matcha.

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drank Tropic Tango by DAVIDsTEA
5948 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 120)

2022 Sipdown 135/365!
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge May 2022: Herbal tea

Searched my iced tea stash today for some interesting options, and found this one. Not sure if I’d ever tried it previously; the packet was unopened. Brewed it up fairly strong, and it was actually rather pleasant – not really what I was expecting. It didn’t really taste like mango, but was very tropical-fruity and pleasantly sweet with a tart undertone, but also an undercurrent of artificial flavouring. However, no stevia – a pleasant surprise.

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drank Yuzu Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1535 tasting notes

I taste mostly earthy matcha, but in some sips, I get a nice bright, tangy citrus flavor. I think the matcha flavor is stronger than usual because I let this sit for an hour or two, and the matcha all clumped back together. The citrus is definitely the aftertaste for this one, but it’s really pleasant. I wish it were a little stronger, but I appreciate how fresh it is and how different from other teas I’ve had before. Yuzu is such a fun flavor.

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drank Sparkling Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
13594 tasting notes

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drank Kiwi Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
13114 tasting notes

Another new one from this summer that I seem to have missed writing a tasting note for!

I feel like this tea is kind of weird to me because it doesn’t actually have any lemon in it, but when I drink it my mind fills in all those gaps for me and it just tastes so citrusy and refreshing. Like, a prettttyyyyyy mouth puckering kind of lemon (or “lemon adjacent”) pop of flavour! I do wish there was more kiwi to it, but I taste it in particular in the finish after that initial sour blast of flavour and it’s nice to finish on that hint of sweet and tangy kiwi. My recommendation is to drink this one iced or cold brewed because I find it a little weird hot, but of course experimention is always key!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by DAVIDsTEA
13114 tasting notes

This is the last of the three new cold brews from this summer!

I ended up not writing a tasting note for this one initially because it’s the only one of the three that I didn’t have in my own personal tea stash, so I wanted to wait until I could retaste it from our office – just to have the taste fresh in my mind.

I have to say that of the three cold brews this year, this is probably my least favourite. It’s not even because of the green tea, which might be most people’s first though knowing my history with green tea. The base doesn’t really come out much at all in this brew though, so my main thing is just that I love another one of the Spring/Summer teas so much more and that’s Strawberry Kiwi Capri. It’s not a cold brew, but it still launched as part of our seasonal assortment and there’s no denying that there’s definitely some flavour overlap…

Big differences, in my opinion, is that I find this cold brew a lot more intensely sweet and tart strawberry. There’s still kiwi in it, but it’s just a bolder tea overall in terms of flavour and I prefer less tartness personally. I think fans of blends like Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait might appreciate some of the snap to the top notes of this cold brew because there’s definitely some similarity in style – but it’s just not personally my preference.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
810 tasting notes

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drank Wild Grown Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1535 tasting notes

I enjoy plain rooibos sweetened cold, and this one does the job. I never bought any from DavidsTEA because I always gravitate toward more exciting flavors, but I’m happy to find some in a recent TTB. Actually, I like this one best with milk and sugar. The resteep is good too. It’s not the most amazing, clear rooibos ever, but it’s good enough.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
5948 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 119)

2022 Sipdown 134/365!

Drank a cup of this just to say I had, before giving the rest to a friend and her husband to enjoy. It actually wasn’t bad at all, and was one of the better coffee teas that I’ve had. Perhaps it didn’t contain chicory and some other flavourings that I find thoroughly not coffee-like? I think I may have actually been able to get through it with milk and sweetener, but it has found a better home.

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
5948 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 118)

Definitely need to remember not to leave the leaves in the pitcher when icing this one! It gets too minty and I don’t like it. It’s not my favourite to begin with, but the melon and mint are better balanced with a shorter infusion (10 min, maybe).

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I love this matcha it has a nice berry flavor that is not artificial. I love this matcha as an iced latte. It is also delicious mixed with lemonade and fresh strawberries. Nice creamy texture.

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Sipdown!

A friend if mine reached out a few months ago to see if I can put together another tea box for her. Obviously I said yes! Work has been crazy and I finally had time today to get a package together for her. This tea box was a great way to get eyes on my collection to see which ones I could just drink/remove from my collection.

This tea is delicious, gives me a bit of a smoky taste and I love it. Bit of a darker amber color, mellow and smooth body.

Once I get my stash down, I’ll probs get more of this in the future.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Classic Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
13114 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

This is another one of the new cold brew teas from this summer! Honestly, this is the kind of profile that I was surprised that DT hadn’t explored in this format before. I’m really happy with final taste we landed on though! It’s incredibly smooth for a black tea without any astringency or bitterness at all, but still with solid body from the black tea. The taste of the lemon is very classic and traditionanal “RTD style” lemon that you might get from something like a Pure Leaf or Brisk lemon tea, but I think with a little more clarity to the lemon notes. A little sweet and very simple and straight forward.

I know that won’t be for everyone, but I don’t think you can argue that when you think of the standard iced tea available on grocery store shelves that a lemon black tea is almost always what pops into your head first. Like, we called this one Classic Lemon for a reason. It’s a staple flavour that is enjoyed by a whole lot of people across North America; and when it’s good it’s really good.

To me the obvious question about this tea is how it compares to Southern Lemon, which is another newly released tea from DT is also just a lemon black tea. Aside from the fact this tea is specifically intended for cold brewing while Southern Lemon was not developed with that style of steeping in mind, I would say that Classic Lemon is definitely the sweeter of the two. There’s no sweetener at all in Southern Lemon but there is a VERY LIGHT amount of stevia in this blend. Additionally, this blend is very round and “polished” tasting while Southern Lemon does have some faint astringency/texture to the mouthfeel and more body from the black tea and the lemon notes in that blend are a bit more like a lemon oil with more aroma compounds. So, they have some distinctions, for sure!

Personally, I do like Southern Lemon more just because I don’t mind that it’s unsweet and I’m at a point where I usually prefer at least a little astringency in my teas. However, I think the mood I would be when I would pull out this tea versus Southern Lemon would probably be really different, and so I’ve actually got both in my cupboard right now so that I can have that option situationally.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CeW8dVruGun/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuxdtgSd5qo&ab_channel=SUSTO-Topic

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Cold Brew!

So right before my LA trip DAVIDsTEA released this year’s cold brew collection! I wanted to wait to review them until I could retaste them, and then of course when we came back from LA I was sick (still kind of am) so I waited a little longer after that…

But here we are!

First big thing about this year’s Cold Brew collection is that the line up was completely differently formulated so that, instead of the 2 Hour steeping time of previous years, these cold brew teas will brew up very quickly and can be ready to drink using room temperature or cold water within ten minutes time. I am of mixed feelings on this because I personally think one of the best parts of cold brewing is being able to start something in your fridge in the morning before going to work or right before bed and then having the freedom to just forget about it for eight plus hours until you’re ready to strain and drink it. Like, the long form nature of cold brewing is a selling point to me.

On the flip side, the quicker steeping time was customer requested a lot and I don’t want to hold back on doing something that a lot of people are asking for just because I have a different personal opinion. Also I have spent a lot of the last year drinking cold brew formulations from other companies like T2, Twinings, and Fortnum & Mason and I would completely be lying if I said that a part of me hadn’t at least partially fallen in love with the “quick cold brew” method of steeping as well. I don’t really make the 5-10 minute steeping cold brews a lot on a regular basis as part of my normal tea drinking, but I do use them a lot for travel when hot water might not consistently be available or when I’m sick and don’t have time/energy to wait eight hours before getting that refreshing cold cup of tea…

So, I see it now WAY more than I did even just six months ago.

But onto the taste of this cold brew! Honestly, it’s my favourite of the three of them. I didn’t want to develop just another straight peach tea because DT already has a lot of those for people who like that flavour, and we’ve even done the simple peach profile in the past with Southern Peach in the old cold brew formulation. So I thought a nice way to twist it would be the addition of passionfruit! It adds a great kind of tangy acidity to the ripe peach notes, and a lot more initial brightness/lively character to those top notes. It’s super juicy and I think a great balance of sweet and tangy. The tropical edge isn’t too strong, and the two flavours just play off each other really well. Sometimes it reminds me a little bit of Five Alive or some of the other peachy tropical fruit juices of my childhood, and I like that softer nosltalgic summer vacation sort of throwback feeling as well.

There are quite a few of DT’s older cold brew formulations that I like a lot. Berry Burst and Aloha Colada immediately Spring to mind for me. However, this is the first one that I’ve actually been a part of the development for – and I know that makes me biased, but I do think this one gives those two a little bit of competition. At least in terms of my own preferences, anyway!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Tea:
DAVIDsTEA Company Loose Leaf Green Tea ‘japanese sencha tea organic’

Steep:
175°F
2 min
kati loose tea system 12oz

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral not vegetal
Steeped Tea Smell: more floral than vegetal
Flavor: floral, vegetal, soapy
Aftertaste:
Liquor: translucent yellow brown orange

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/eQCL55Kv6dQ

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7099966885520739626

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/06/davidstea-company-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

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I purchased this product.

Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

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drank Vanilla Cappuccino by DAVIDsTEA
740 tasting notes

Steep:
212°F
3 min
kati loose tea system 12oz

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: coffee and spice?
Steeped Tea Smell: coffee, sweet
Flavor: cinnamon, apple, coffee, black tea toasty
Aftertaste: apple, astringent
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

Post-Steep Additives: milk
Comments: better, but still meh

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/7PEjHJaZPCA

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7105260600057417002

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/06/davidstea-company-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement:
I purchased this product.

Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

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drank Kiwi Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
5948 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 116)

Randomly found this one on the website so I bought it… I see that since Ros has added this to Steepster, that answers my question about whether this is a new or renamed tea! I can’t say that I tasted any particular kiwi, but it was a nice, refreshing lemony-fruity flavour – kind of lemon verbena-y? We had a pitcher of it iced. Not a repurchase for me but I’d drink it again.

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by DAVIDsTEA
5948 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 115)

I’ve actually now forgotten what I thought of this tea, except that it was a bit sweeter than I’d like, and I didn’t love it. I preferred Strawberry Kiwi Capri.

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