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drank Wild Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Pear Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Orange Glow by DAVIDsTEA
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So yesterday, for work, I got to hang out at this super cool event all day and hand out free cups of tea! Basically, it was an event where people got to repel down the tallest building here in Saskatchewan, to raise money for people living with disabilities!

www.thedropzone.ca

Anyway, it was really cool to get invited to be there and to be a part of the event. It was REALLY amazing getting to watch all the super brave people participating, and the costumes were pretty incredibly done too.

We brought down two teas for the event, this was one of them – as a hot tea.

I don’t normally drink this one a lot personally because I don’t love green tea, but I found myself off and on sipping at cups of it throughout the whole day. I mean, when you only have two tea options you work with what you’ve got.

Lighter flavour than I remembered it having, but with sweet apple notes! Very juicy, with tiny little whisps of the pear/quince. The quince makes it more floral tasting. Very, very fitting as part of the autumnal collection this year. It’s cider-like without being smacked in the face with tartness. I actually appreciated having it around a lot yesterday; it was very pleasantly comforting.

And, I think everyone else liked having it around too. It’s just that kind of perfect balance of flavours so that it appeals to A LOT of different people.

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.

VariaTEA

My brother-in-law repelled down city hall here in Toronto a couple years back

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drank Strawberry Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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People seem to be pretty med about this blend but I actually quite like it. I find it is sweet and juicy from the strawberry flavor but not too sweet thanks to the touch of lemon that comes in midsip. Personally I am really enjoying this one (at least this first cup of it…perhaps that’s new tea excitement though).

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drank Orange Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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This tastes oddly like Five Alive. So I guess that’s good.

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drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
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Beet lover here, thanks to my Ukrainian heritage. Dwight Schrute would be proud. But in spite of my love of beets, I am relieved that this doesn’t taste like them. I have had a couple fruit blends in the past with beet that tasted heavily of cellar. Granted, I have had actual beets from the grocery store that taste a lot dirtier than others. My grandma’s garden-grown beets have spoiled me.

But this is Berry Central. A lot more artificial, though, thanks to the wild berry flavouring. A pity the raspberries and elderberries are covered up by the fake nuance. Some goji pops through too but I would think that it is a little out of place here.

Only had this iced, and the hibiscus wasn’t out of control as a heads up.

Indigobloom

Second ingredient, whoa. I may have to try it. Replace my recent meh beet memory :P

Fjellrev

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised that the beets didn’t take over. It’s just too bad they put so much sweetener and flavouring in here.

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drank Orange Glow by DAVIDsTEA
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Last of the new Harvest teas, since tea #5 in the collection is a core tea.

Personally, this is the tea I was least excited about of the new ones. It kind of sounded boring to me? Plus, I don’t love ginger so that didn’t do anything to make me more hyped about it. However, it is the only tea of the new ones that DOESN’T have apple in it, so I wanted to really like it because then I could share it with my boyfriend – who is very allergic to apples…

Something about the dry leaf of this one is REALLY unappealing to me. I can’t put my finger on what it is, other than I know it smells strongly of carrots. That’s not it though; while the carrot aroma doesn’t make me all that into it, it’s also NOT the thing turning me off. Side note; this tea DOES have more carrot than I think I’ve ever seen in a DT blend, including the carrot flavoured ones like Carrot Cupcake…

We did this one as a staff tasting, and we tried it iced. I will say, for a tea with dry leaf that smelled so unappealing to me the steeped up tea was actually surprisingly good. However, for me that’s only by comparison to the smell. Just based on taste alone, I still don’t like it much.

I was shocked that the flavour was so light though! It’s also sweeter than I thought it would be. Now, that’s not to say that it’s a sweet tea – because it’s not. Just, sweeter than expected. The orange note is very similar to the orange flavour in Orange Passionfruit, bit less tart. It’s the best part, imo. The ginger? Not a fan of it at all, and I think it tastes weird with the orange. I’m guessing that tiny bit of sweetness I get is from the ginger though because it IS candied ginger in this one – so I guess I have to thank that ingredient for contributing some sweetness even if I don’t like the rest of what it’s doing. The finish? Pretty carroty, with an earthiness to it. I think the pumpkin gets lost with the carrot…

A few people have told me this is just so much better hot, but honestly I just don’t feel compelled to try it again at all. Maybe I will – for science sake? Morbid curiosity? Sadism?

I do appreciate that this is meant to taste like some sort of tonic, or one of those fancy schmancy cold pressed and healthy ‘juices’ though because, you know what, as much as I don’t like it I think it kind of hits that nail right on the head. That means there’s DEFINITELY going to be an audience that appreciate this one a lot.

I’m just not that audience.

Also – for the record, I did make a cup of this for the boyfriend just to see if he liked it. He has so few herbal tea options that he can actually drink because of his allergies. He didn’t like it either though – which is a shame…

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 Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
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Another from the new Harvest Collection!

I was thrilled to see a Mate in this collection; it feels like lately that section of the tea wall has really been pruned down, and the flavour diversity/options are quite limited. This is definitely unique, and I think it’s a really nice addition to the wall – even if it is only limited edition. I was a little worried it would be a little bit too beet heavy, but I try to be open minded – and I was intrigued to see what would come of this one.

I tried it iced for my first tasting, and I’ve actually had it a few times since then also as an iced tea. It was a little hard to put my finger on the first time I had it, but I think I’ve got a better grip on what to expect from it now.

For starters, I think the flavour of the beet is actually very, very light. Truly, I wish it had a more robust presence because that would be so refreshingly different, and I think would very much fall in line with the theme of this collection. Since the flavour IS pretty light though I’m guessing largely what it’s doing in this blend is contributing to the very pretty pink/red hue that it steeps up. It really is a GORGEOUS tea, both steeped and as dry leaf.

The flavour that IS present is great though: once I kind of let go of the idea of it being a beet-heavy tea it was easier to appreciate. It’s quite fruity, with a good natural sweetness and some tart undertones. I’d describe it as very much a balance of apple and berry. The berry could probably be further broken down though to a mixture of blackberry and raspberry, with goji undertones. I didn’t actually think I’d taste the goji because that’s a flavour I often have issues pinpointing but I think for the amount of goji in the blend it does come through well enough. Not a main flavour – but there.

I think this is likely my second favourite of the new collection, after Pear Blossom. I did buy a little of this one for at home – but not as much as I did for Pear Blossom. I think it’s probably going to be something I end up enjoying more in store, rather than at home. I’m curious to see how it’ll work as a hot tea, though!

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.

Helena

oooh a mate. Yeah now I have to try it. I wish they had more mates.

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Surprisingly I only tried this for the first time last week – when on the way to NB, I found some DT sachets at a gas station! Lucky me! Anyway, I decided to try this one because I read the ingredients and it said there was no bergamot, which is what I hate in earl grey teas – so I thought why not? I might like it, and turns out it was not bad! No bergamot, which is great, and a nice hint of vanilla flavouring… It’s nice with some sugar for a morning tea. I suppose it would be good with a touch of milk too, which I have yet to try, but I do like this tea.

Flavors: Creamy, Earl Grey, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Honeydew Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I would like this one the best but surprisingly I didn’t. It’s definitely okay, I don’t dislike it, but something about it gives it a little bit of an aftertaste… The honeydew flavour is pretty prominent as well. I like it, but it’s not my favourite of the new matchas.

Flavors: Honeydew

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
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I was given a sample by a lovely lady. She warned me that it was sour, but I was optimist. However, she was right. I tried it iced but this tea is just too sour for my taste buds. This makes me sad as I really, really wanted to like it because I LOVE beets!

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drank Pear Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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They did a nice job with this tea as it tastes like biting into a fresh pear-minus the gritty texture. Tried it iced.

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drank Orange Glow by DAVIDsTEA
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This was yummy iced. It reminded me of a healthy orange crush soda kind of without the fizz. Very refreshing.

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drank Wild Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this iced and find that it tastes a lot like DavidsTea Strawberry Rhubard Parfait tea. I wasn’t a huge fan of that one and was glad I used up one of my free tea coupons to try it. I wish they would make up bolder unique blends instead of tinkering with similar blends that they already sell.

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I enjoy mint flavoured tea a lot, but something about this tea I didn’t love. Most likely the camomile since I had a tea perviously that I hated with that primary ingredient. Otherwise it’s not too bad (Given to me as a gift)

Flavors: Floral, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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drank Pear Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
5157 tasting notes

Hot this time!

I think I may actually like the hot tea more than the iced! It comes off as a little more flavourful and sweet to me, with less of that soft cream/floral element and a more evenly balanced mix of peach and pear flavours. It’s still very ‘dewy’ though.

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 Pear Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I admittedly lost my shit when I found out we were getting a new pear tea.

I fucking LOVE pear teas; and DAVIDsTEA has yet to come up with a pear flavour tea that I haven’t liked. In fact, my favourite tea to EVER come out of DT is Cranberry Pear. Plus, a herbal pear!? That sounds like a great idea, and definitely different from any pear blends the company has done in the last few years…

Tried this one first iced; instantly fell in love. The flavour is really supple and dewy, and I very much love that it’s mellow and not overly sweet. I think it really tastes like ripe Bartlett Pears, complete with subtle creaminess and floral undertones. Of course, the floral undertones are only further drawn out by sunflower as well. I do find it interesting that it strikingly resembles Bartletts to me though, since DT actually specifically says that this is Anjou pear – I guess I just associate that floral flavour more so with the former? Both have a creaminess to them, though.

I also like that while this is mostly pear flavour it’s not JUST pear. While I get a sense of pineapple and apple flavour, the main “accompanying” flavour note for me is the peach. It’s also pretty dewy tasting, but it has a similar ripeness that the pear notes are giving off, and the addition of a stonefruit taste is a nice touch. I also sort of associate peach with the transition from summer to autumn as well (think like peach pies/cobblers) so maybe part of why I’m latching onto the peach more so has to do with the fact it strengthens the idea of this tea as a “Harvest” flavour for me.

I’ve heard others comment on how they noticed the papaya right away; but for me? That just wasn’t the case. I mean, papaya has never really been a fruit that I’ve found overly flavourful though – so I think in this blend it just hides really well among the other fruit notes. Also! The stevia wasn’t an issue for me: I didn’t notice it at all. Now, to be fair I am a little hot/cold when it comes to stevia. I find that unless it’s just REALLY heavy handed, I don’t taste it at all. So, maybe others would notice it but I found it completely not problematic.

I 100% bought this one – it’s easily my favourite new one.

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.

VariaTEA

I look forward to trying my sample :)

Michelle

I am LOVING this one too!!

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drank Wild Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m glad I was able to try this in the store because this saved me money. My mom always talks about the wild strawberries and blueberries that used to grow near her farm when she was a child, and spoke of the epic, flavourful, tiny little berries she would pick at her leisure.

This hardly has any strawberry flavour, but at least it’s not overly artificial. It has that generic hibiscus and apple base flavour that many tisanes taste like. I was concerned about the rosemary because I cannot stand the stuff but oddly enough, I couldn’t taste any at all in spite of being ultra sensitive to it.

Nothing special.

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This was the other tea we brought with to the drop zone event yesterday; as an iced tea. While the hot tea we brought was popular, this one did INSANELY well. Part of that I’m sure was because it was a hot day, so the repellers would come down from the tower and would want something cold to drink – but I found that even I ended up going through about three different cups of it as well.

With each cup, I felt like I tasted the rosemary more and more. Which is great, because my biggest complaint when I first tried it was that I didn’t taste the rosemary as much as I wanted to be able to. So this was an improvement, for me!

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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New Collection!

This last year, I’ve been pretty excited for most of the collections that have come out. However, I think this collection is probably the one I’ve been most fascinated by thus far: the variety of ingredients/flavours is just really interesting to me and I think there’s a lot going on with many of these herbal blends in particular that separates them from the other herbal teas to come out this year.

For my first round of tasting, I tried all of the teas iced in store with our staff. I kind of like staff tastings a lot, because you get a lot of really interesting and often different observations from everyone that I don’t think you’d necessarily get otherwise. From the perspective of someone who works at DAVIDsTEA it’s good professionally because it gives you more to talk about with customers because you can draw from not just your own tastes but the tastes of others. But also, it broadens what I’m able to taste myself.

Like, many of our staff were a little thrown by the idea of rosemary in a tea blend – but I LOVE teas with savory elements, and for me it wasn’t that weird so I got to share my experience with savory teas with the rest of our staff, and I think that was beneficial for them. Personally, I actually wanted MORE rosemary flavour: while it was present, I thought it was actually very light compared to the rest of the flavour. It’s certainly a nice touch, though – adds an interesting/unique element and gives this a quality that REALLY separates it from DTs other strawberry teas.

And speaking of the strawberry: it’s nice! I found it a little sweet, honestly but the vibrancy is great and I think it’s a really juicy flavour overall. A coworker actually pointed out that it’s really similar to the strawberry flavour in Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait and I think that’s definitely true – the key difference, for me, is just that it’s A LOT less tart. I definitely prefer that. Finally, there’s a very interesting creaminess to the blend. Now, normally I don’t like the artificial vanilla flavour that DT likes to use, but this time around I didn’t mind it at all.

I think the difference MAY be that it’s not just artificial vanilla flavour though; it’s a combination of vanilla pods and then natural and artificial flavours. Anyway; something was different for me. I liked that it was more a part of the undertone of the flavour too: start off with sweet, juicy strawberry and apple notes and then transition into more of a strawberries and cream/campino candy kind of flavour. It flowed nicely, for me at least.

Overall? This wasn’t my favourite or least favourite tea from this collection. I did like it enough/have enough curiosity to buy the sachet version of it though. I have enough loose leaf right now; but not many decent sachet options so I thought that this was something that I wouldn’t mind having around as a sachet…

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 Pear Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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I also purchased this today while out mug shopping. I had not expected to buy any tea leaf while I was there, but I couldn’t pass this up after smelling the sniffer in store. While I will admit, the aroma wasn’t what sold me on the tea, it was the idea of a warm pear drink.

Dried the scent comes across as artificial with hints of candied papaya. Brewed the liquid is a clear yellow with a sweet cider aroma. I am now half way through the tea and have picked up on several flavours that enjoy dancing across my taste buds; it first started off as sweet papaya mixed with tropical fruits, later I started to picking up the pear and hints of peach.

Flavors: Peach, Pear, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Orange Glow by DAVIDsTEA
1663 tasting notes

Sipdown! One thing I forgot to mention in my last tasting note is that the scent of the dry leaf reminds me of my grandma’s carrot cake a lot. That ginger and orange combined with the carrot makes me want a slice. Stupid tea smelling like food I shouldn’t eat. I just wish this tasted like that too! That ginger floats away in the mug and lacks that desserty vibe the scent of the dry “leaf” has.

I’ve only ever had this iced, and it is good, but I can’t see myself picking up more unless it went on sale. I bought 50g more of Orange Passionfruit on sale last time I was there and added it to my half-filled tin, realizing that I could have picked up even more to fill that tin up. I’m sure if it weren’t for that one, I’d feel more compelled to get more of this one? Orange Glow just isn’t as tasty as it smells too, I guess. But if you do like orange, marmalade, spicy carrot cake, I don’t think it would hurt trying this one out.

I was bad and did have cake today, though. After an interview for a volunteer position at the museum, I headed down to a highly-rated, fancy bakery and ordered little, individual cakes to bring to my mom’s to share with her. One was a macaron cake loaded with coconut, raspberry, and passionfruit (seriously like my favourite freaking things), and the other was a lemon cake topped with poppy seed, cherries, and meringue. Both tasted like heaven, sigh.

And then I was even more extravagant on my way back home, popping in at Holt Renfrew to see what they were up to (I’ll admit, since I was headhunted there earlier this year and turned down the job, I wanted to re-imagine what it would have been like being there), and found a LE Marvis toothpaste with lemon, rose, tangerine, and nutmeg, so I grabbed that. What a weird day full of luxury. It just makes a person feel guilty.

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