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drank Peach Mai Tai by DAVIDsTEA
508 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells nicely of peach and some nutty scent as well. However, I do not like this tea either. I am not liking the new collection at all so far (which is good-my wallet will finally breathe a sigh of relief). I find the peach light in flavor and the ginger overpowering in this blend. Tried it iced.

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drank Lemon Smash by DAVIDsTEA
508 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells nice and lemony. but it doesn’t taste very good to me. I think it must be the sage ruining this blend for me. Tried it iced.

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drank Apéro Spritz by DAVIDsTEA
508 tasting notes

Got a sample to try with my online order. Brews a beautiful bright pink color. It smells like my childhood chewable Flintstones vitamins I used to eat-and it tastes like it too! That might have been a good thing back then but it turns my stomach over now as an adult. Tried this iced.

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drank Peach Mai Tai by DAVIDsTEA
6256 tasting notes

Iced!

When this one was announced, I felt a little ‘meh’ about it. Peach isn’t my favourite flavour in the world, and DT has had its fair share of peach black teas in the past so I didn’t know how unique it would be. Personally, my favourite DT peach blend has been Southern Belle but there was also Peachy Lychee last year – though I wasn’t a fan of that one personally.

This one, I would say, falls somewhere in between those two. In a lot of ways, I think it tastes very similar to Just Peachy – and so it loses points for uniqueness, but of course I do enjoy Just Peachy so of course I enjoy this one also. It’s slightly less sweet overall that Just Peachy, and has a subtle black tea taste to it on top of the lightest ginger undertones. So, it’s kind of like a more ‘grown up’ version of Just Peachy.

I bought a small amount of this to play with at home – I think it’ll be fun for cocktails, and nice for caffeinated cold brews this summer.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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It’s better cold than it is hot. No as flavourful as I had hoped.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank Southern Peach by DAVIDsTEA
6256 tasting notes

Very excited by these three new ‘cold brew’ teas.

My only issue with them is just the marketing that these three new cold brew flavours are ‘safe’ for cold brewing because they undergo a special processing step, implying that typical cold brewing with normal teas isn’t safe. I mean, I get it to an extent; there definitely is an issue regarding sun tea and bacteria growth but I’ve never found any study that’s proved the same about cold brewing so long as you’re keeping the steeping tea in a controlled temperature environment (like your fridge). So that’s just a personal thing that kind of rubs me the wrong way.

That said, I’ve always wanted to make sun tea because of the romanticism/aesthetic of it but never have because of the bacteria growth issue and this gives me the solution to that…

This is the flavour I’m least excited about, so it’s the one I’m starting with first. Better to not end of a disappointing note – hopefully, anyway. The dry leaf certainly smells nice; very sweet and peachy with an almost lemon curd quality to it too. I was a little taken aback trying this out though; I followed the package directions but the flavour was a lot lighter/milder than anticipated. I will say that it was very smooth and silky, with zero bitterness or astringency but it also lacked the robustness/juicy quality that the dry leaf aroma has.

The peach notes were nice – definitely a more natural/realistic take on peach rather than the peachy candy sort of notes I’m used to from Just Peachy. I didn’t get lemon the same way I did from the dry leaf. Very grassy tasting green tea; like very apparent base tea flavours. No mistaking this as green tea, which is probably why I didn’t love it. Peach just isn’t my favourite flavour in the world nor is green tea my favourite kind of tea. So while it didn’t taste but it just didn’t taste good, to me at least, anyway.

Probably better suited for someone who actually likes green tea and has a stronger appreciation of peach…

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank ME to WE India by DAVIDsTEA
300 tasting notes

I got 50g of this for at home, since it tasted pretty good in store. Surprising, because I’m not a huge fan of cardamom or black pepper… I mostly taste the mango, pineapple and coconut. Although I do get the aftertaste of turmeric/ginger. It’s a pretty tropical taste. Also, I kinda get a hint of banana, even though there is no banana in this tea. Weird, but pretty good. (Could do with less coconut though) hahaha

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Ginger, Mango, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea is… weird.

So, this one has pineapple and coconut like a typical ‘pina’ style drink, but it also has ginger, cilantro, tomato and jalapenos. I’m sure that combo of ingredients will speak to someone out there, but for me it’s quite intimidating. I don’t know why it freaks me out so much though; I’ve totally had my fair share of tomato tea (I even have two in my stash right now), and I’ve even had cilantro in tea before too. So, I should probably just get over my reservations…

I tried this one iced and I’ll be perfectly honest I did not like it. However, it’s very worth noting that the only reason I didn’t like it was because it was truly, genuinely spicy from the jalepenos and I just can’t handle spicy foods that way. Let alone spicy tea. The pineapple and coconut mixture was actually quite delightful though, and I didn’t mind the tomato notes at all either – if they were stronger than the spice maybe I could have gotten into this one.

But, for all those people who were disappointed that Lemon Cayenne Cleanse didn’t really pack much of a spicy punch, this one is for you.

I’ll be honest though, I did buy some of this because I think it’ll be really fun to play with either in actual cocktails (maybe I can get over the spice if I add some tequila) or even in cooking, since there’s totally a savory edge to this one from the tomato and cilantro.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Lemon Smash by DAVIDsTEA
6256 tasting notes

Iced.

I still don’t taste the sage in this at all; but mind you that could just be because I’m still sick and my sense of taste isn’t quite right. This is basically just part of my continuing ‘series’ of lemon teas though; and the lemon was strong and robust enough for me to taste it quite clearly today. I think it would have done more for my cold to try it hot, but I was so parched that I just wanted to suck back something cold and refreshing, so I went for an iced tea.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Lemon Smash by DAVIDsTEA
6256 tasting notes

New cocktail teas! Trying this one iced…

I get really excited by the cocktail collection every year; I love tea mixology and these teas are usually really fun and give me great inspiration for my own tea cocktails. Plus, the colour scheme this year is also really cute. I’m trying to limit what I buy right now, so apart from tea I’m only picking up one of the new Nordics and the popsicle molds – but it was very hard not to get more…

I was actually pretty excited about this tea; it’s not a secret that I get very bored with the surplus of lemon teas that DAVIDsTEA seems to do every year but this one seemed like it could be an exception because of the sage in it. I mean, it has a lot of sage in it; so if that flavour came through I figured it would actually be a refreshingly unique addition to our line up.

Unfortunately, I didn’t find that it was distinct at all and so mostly, to me, this one just tasted like a very strong and bright lemon flavour – not much unlike Lemon Cayenne Cleanse or Sunny C. I mean, it really doesn’t taste bad at all; but when we’ve had SO MANY lemon teas this year alone (not even factoring in the ones we had before_ I think this one will be forgettable in the grand scheme of things. I’ll try it hot at least once though; maybe I’ll get more sage flavour if I steep it that way.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Somehow in all the craziness that has been the last few months I managed to forget to right a tasting note for this one, but rest assured I tried it when it first came out; gotta keep that product knowledge sharp!

This one soft launched a month or so ago without much fanfare, but to be honest I think that was sort of the point? We retired our Dragon Pearls a while ago and this is the tea that’s replacing them as a core tea. I actually support the decision to retire the Dragon Pearls, though I understand while people were sad about the choice. We were stocking three green jasmine scented teas though and that’s A LOT. This was the medium grade, so it seems like the logical choice to retire in my opinion – and these Zen Pearls are essentially the exact same thing but with the white base. Up until now we didn’t have a jasmine scented white that we carried year round, so I like the diversity!

As for the flavour…

I enjoy them, for sure. I definitely don’t think there’s a drastic different between this one and the Jasmine Peony that we carried as a limited edition tea. Both are very smooth and soft with sweet, floral jasmine notes. It’s good. Relaxing. Peaceful. Yeah; no difference between this and the aforementioned other than the shape of the tea leaf and the fact we’ll be carrying this one year round.

If you like jasmine white teas, give it a try. Or if you need a Dragon Pearl replacement.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Assam Banaspaty by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

My favourite straight black tea from DT. Sweet, light, malty, with almost bitter hay notes. I love it.

Flavors: Astringent, Hay

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This was a disappointment. I’ve only tried it once, so I won’t completely write it off just yet. The flavor was so muted and weak. I was expecting a tea that was a bit more tart, especially with rhubarb AND hibiscus. However, the ratio of ingredients in the blend is heavily skewed toward pineapple and mango. That wouldn’t be so bad if it was a more mango-forward tea, but it isn’t. This reads very much like a pineapple-flavored cream soda on my taste buds, and that just doesn’t jive for me. I purchased a lot of this because it sounded like something I’d really enjoy, but I daren’t open a second bag. I’ll give it another go this weekend before deciding what to do with the rest of it.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, maybe it needs to be steeped with far more leaf?

apieceofquiche

I did add more than I normally would, but it still seemed quite bland. I’ll play around with what’s left in my opened bag.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope you find the magic solution.

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drank Seaberry Spa by DAVIDsTEA
300 tasting notes

I tried a sample of this hot in store today, and then used my free tea coupon for an iced cup to go. It was really nice hot, and iced. I had a bit of agave in my iced cup, and it’s just really nice. Unlike any other tea I’ve had. It has a light and floral taste to it, with hints of ginger and the berries. I think I will have to get some of this for home!

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Ginger

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Superfood Splash by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut

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This is available.
I am drinking it now. I like the color. :) It’s a pretty strong strawberry. I don’t taste much rhubarb. Pretty straightforward in flavor and easy to drink.

Flavors: Strawberry

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drank ME to WE India by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I can definitely see the appeal. It reminds me of now discontinued Exotica, which I loved, but this one missed the mark a bit for me.

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drank ME to WE India by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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Flavors: Cardamon, Coconut

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drank Fruity Oasis by DAVIDsTEA
195 tasting notes

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
916 tasting notes

Sipdown 29

Third day of no caffeine past three.

Ancient, but thankfully, the coconut was still intact. Only 3/4s of a spoon remained, so I made up the difference with Pluck’s Canadian Maple Rooibos, one that I use when relatively delicately flavoured/flavourless rooibos is required. The combination was a good one though. That said, not sad to see this one go.

And it’s a sipdown!

Lexie Aleah

Interesting my package was unopened and went rancid while it was still unopened.

Mastress Alita

I had an unopened sampler with coconut in it that went rancid recently, too. Never even got to try it!

Evol Ving Ness

Which teas were they? This one?

Evol Ving Ness

I had one go rancid recently too. Not this brand. But I think it was near rancid just a couple of weeks after I got it.

Mastress Alita

The one that spoiled for me was Coconut Cacao Pu’erh by Art of Tea. I had another sampler bought at the same time by the same company that also had coconut in it, White Coconut Creme, and oddly enough, that one didn’t spoil. Both were still sealed in their sampler packages. I wish I could figure out just how quickly coconut teas keep, since I’m a tea hoarder.

Evol Ving Ness

Probably safe to say that we—most of us on the site—are tea hoarders. You are in good company.

Lexie Aleah

Mine was this one but I was never a fan anyway.

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drank Zestfully Green by DAVIDsTEA
44 tasting notes

No bueno. The ginger is all I can taste and OH MY IT IS STRONG. Burns my mouth with every sip. I hope it’s good for your health, because it certainly wasn’t good on my palette.

Flavors: Ginger

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
2360 tasting notes

Finally I’m back at my computer and able to review teas again. I finished off this sample today as an iced tea. 500 mL water, ~2 tsp leaf, cold water, ice, 30 minute steep.

It was a bit tart, so I added some agave and more ice. This brings out a lot of raspberry and berry notes. I thought the looseleaf looked like it had a lot of lemongrass or bamboo leaf in it, but I’m seeing either in the ingredients list. I also don’t taste citrus. Just a lot of rose hip (cranberry?), apple, raspberry, and blackberry.

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Raspberry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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drank Fruity Oasis by DAVIDsTEA
3942 tasting notes

Iced Tea Sipdown (375)

On the plus side, I don’t really taste much stevia. On the downside, I don’t taste much at all. Some fruitiness but nothing all that interesting.

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I don’t normally like teas like this. I prefer greens and herbals. This smelled amazing when I opened the pouch, and it tasted just as good! This is definitely going on my list of go-to summer/autumn teas. I feel like this would be perfect sitting at a campfire, just enjoying life.

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