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50

Tart, lightly creamy, with an overbearing general fruit flavour. Lacks the cake/grain/nutty flavours that one would expect from a “muffin”-flavoured tea.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Creamy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Not too bad! I was a little hesitant to try it, this tea takes me so far out of my tasting spectrum. I tried it iced with my tea press. It reminds me exactly of the watermelon gummies or of a watermelon jolly rancher. Delightfully tart at first, but it settles down for a relaxing experience afterwards. Recommended for when you are craving something sweet but don’t want to indulge on crazy calories! This is the PERFECT sweet tooth fix!

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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22

Gross. This tasted like dank lemon weed. It is so overpoweringly WEED tasting that I couldnt think of anything else while drinking it. Practically gave me cottonmouth as a reflex.

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22

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Preparation
Iced 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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49

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75
drank Cocoa Boost by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

A smooth, rich chocolate tea with intense cocoa flavours. It brews a deep, rich brown colour, and the liquor smells like milk chocolate. The pu’erh flavour does come through when you drink this tea, adding a pleasant earthiness to the tea. Overall, it’s a lovely, well-balanced cocoa tea that forgoes the cloyingly sweet tendencies that other chocolate teas tend to acquire.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Earth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

I’m not rating this tea because I see there is a good amount of people who do enjoy it but for me I’d be dragging that bar all the way down to zero. This tea for me is disgusting, one of the few that I’ve dumped down the drain rather than muscling through it. I find it to smell (and taste) like the restroom soap you find in malls, gas stations and chain restaurants.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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86
drank Butter Sencha by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

Great tea! Really good with a quick steep time

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100
drank Vanilla Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

This was my favourite tea for a while, really good with a thirty minute steep time. Its a really great tea prepared hot. Still have yet to try it iced

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
270 tasting notes

Hmm. I’m not getting much of a vanilla taste or smell to this matcha. Much more like a coconut kinda taste, which may be from the coconut nectar they use as a sweetener? Hmm, I don’t know if I really like it, but I’ll drink it. lol

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
4668 tasting notes

So, I am allergic to mushrooms.

I have been essentially my whole life but when I was pretty young I got a scratch test/allergy test done and afterwards I was given this big list of stuff to avoid because it would cause a reaction. Anyone who’s been reading my reviews here on Steepster long term will know that, one, kombucha was on that list and, two, when I come in contact with mushrooms I go into anaphylaxis for which I have an epi pen. So, I’ve avoided kombucha like the plague, and it’s been relatively easy to.

…Until I started working at a tea store that sold a tea with kombucha powder in it.

So last week I went and got a new scratch test/allergy test done because I thought I should kind of ‘check up on things’ so I knew just how at risk I was of a reaction working around kombucha all the time. Well, they actually removed kombucha from the list of stuff to avoid completely, and it looks like I no longer react at a strong enough level to warrant an epi pen! So, that’s kind of really exciting news! I mean, I know allergies can by cyclical but I’ve been living with mine so long that I just always expected to have it forever.

So, I tried the scary Kombucha tea! …On my way home, instead of during my shift. You know, just in case. And you know what? I didn’t die.

Actually, after having avoided it for so long it was a little underwhelming if I’m being honest. It was nice; tropical with good fruity notes of fresh mango making up the bulk of the flavour and then some lighter pineapple and floral orchid/magnolia notes in the background. However, I guess I just expected to have my mind blown/world drastically expanded and that didn’t happen. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a tea, though.

Maybe I’ll try actual kombucha next. Who knows.

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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#ProjectTeaWall

Well, this is the last of the three new straight teas for me to try! I was excited to see this one in the line up for this collection, but somewhat cautious just because Moonlight Whites are something I enjoy a lot and I feel like I’m pretty conditioned to a higher standard for them because the ones I’ve tried and currently stock are really good quality overall. I find DAVIDsTEA’s straight teas are usually alright, but struggle to compete against many other popular vendors of straight teas here on Steepster.

My coworkers are all FASCINATED by the tea though, and the process of making it. I need to bring in some other ones for them to all try – maybe we’ll do a nice side by side tasting of ours and other company’s and see what they think.

Personally – I didn’t dislike OR like this one. I mean, it was smooth and I thought displayed a lot of the general flavours I’m accustomed to with Moonlight teas: more body/deeper flavour, sweetness, perhaps a hint of a ‘cream’ like note, and some slight fruit notes in the undertones. The liquor is also visually quite dark; very brown and almost toasty looking. Despite decent flavour notes, it had an overall flatness to it that I couldn’t overlook though. I’m 90% sure that just circles back to my being used to higher quality Moonlight teas right off the bat. I’d be willing to overlook the quality difference if the price was more reasonable, but at nearly $25/50g that’s a steep price.

I will try this at least once more Gong Fu because I think it’s important to see whether it works well prepared traditionally – and that is how I prefer to drink my Moonlight teas anyway, so I feel like I can’t truly compare this to others without trying it that way too. However for the moment my impression is that this could be a nice tea to nab for a free 50g Frequent Steeper redemption but perhaps one to skip otherwise if whites tea or pu’erh teas aren’t typically your jam.

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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75

Strong hibiscus and coconut flavour, with a sweetness from the strawberries and pineapple. Can taste perfume-y when oversteeped. Quite a sweet tea, but not cloyingly so; it maintains a pleasant tartness from the hibiscus.

Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Sencha by DAVIDsTEA
4668 tasting notes

Latte!

So, this pretty well tasted like the Quangzhou Milk Oolong latte I made a few weeks ago but a little grassier and just better overall. I mean, I thoroughly liked it. I’m not gonna get specific though; so if you’re really curious just go read that review I guess?

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 Butter Sencha by DAVIDsTEA
4668 tasting notes

#ProjectTeaWall

Second of the new ‘Straight’ collection that I’m trying – though the wall tin for this one doesn’t actually have a “straight” indicator on it because the ‘butter’ aspect of the tea is done with flavouring, like our Milk Oolong. So while it’s traditional it isn’t straight, per say.

I was actually pretty bummed to see that this was one of the new teas – the last few straight collections have featured Sencha as well and at this point I’m sick of Sencha. I don’t like green tea much to begin with, but Sencha is generally my least favourite. So really any green other than Sencha would do it more for me than I expected this one too.

All of that said… this is actually my favourite tea of the collection!

It’s really smooth and silky both in flavour in mouth feel and flavour, much like our milk oolong. Definitely a strong butteryness to it, but in the way that Movie Night is a buttery tea or that pastries can be buttery. It almost totally masks that really strong, grassy and marine quality of the green base. Not completely; you can definitely pick it out and I think next to Milk Oolong the buttery quality would be super comparable but the bases distinguishable. However for someone like me who dislikes that strong Sencha taste, it’s the perfect amount of base cancelled out.

So yummy! And I hate that I love it, but that hate doesn’t make my tastebuds any less pleased when I take a sip.

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.

Arby

Would you say this is a good tea for someone who dislikes green teas but doesn’t have much experience with them?

Roswell Strange

If you don’t mind buttery tasting thing I definitely don’t think it could hurt to give it a shot! It really nicely rides that line between straight green tea and flavoured green, so it could make for a nice gateway green tea to introduce you to more traditional styles or just be a nice change of pace from other flavoured greens you might be drinking/enjoying. I also tried it as a latte today, and I thought that was really good too!

Arby

Good to know, thanks! I have yet to find a true green tea I like (outside of kukicha), but I’ll give this a shot.

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100

A really great tea! Perfect without sweetener!

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90
drank ME to WE by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

This was one of the first teas I bought in a tin at davidstea. Sipdown this tea is really close to a box of fruit punch. Tastes amazing with sweetener, kind of fell out of love when I stopped adding sweetener to all my teas :(. Still a great tea, defs recommend.

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100
drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

This tea is everything! It’s really smooth and has a good balance of flavours

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
1174 tasting notes

I was really pleasantly surprised with this one. It was extremely refreshing and it was very tasty. It woke me up enough before work.
Cold brew

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86
drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
1174 tasting notes

I really enjoyed this as a cold brew. It was tart but slightly sweet. The hibiscus wasn’t too overpowering.

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80

Strong artificial watermelon flavour (not a bad thing) that I found to be reminiscent of watermelon flavoured Jolly Ranchers. It was not sour in the way that strong hibiscus teas are; it’s not tart. Very smooth mouthfeel with no astringency that I’ve noticed in other tart or sour teas. A very sweet tea that works best iced.

Flavors: Melon, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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47

A very light oolong tea with hints of strawberry and a slight creaminess. Quite sweet due to the cane sugar being the third ingredient, but not achingly so. Very easy to drink and only slightly perfume-y.

Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine, Smooth, Strawberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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70

I had a hot cup of this to go yesterday because my lovely tea guide offered me it for free – since I waited patiently while she went to storage to get the sachets of the mothers day teas they are allowed to sell individually. (Which I am so excited to try) Anyway, this was a nice darjeeling black tea. I didn’t notice many differences really – but it was pleasantly astringent, and there was a slight fruity note. I don’t notice too much with straight teas. But it was pretty good.

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m jealous you got your hands on the Mother’s Day Sachets – we’re still waiting for them to be shipped to our store!

Michelle

Oh wow! So far I’ve tried Lady Marmalade and its pretty good :)

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35

DAVIDsTEA carries three jasmine-scented green teas currently, and this is the lowest grade of their offerings. I found it to be an average jasmine green tea, similar to what I’ve gotten in restaurants, but nothing special. Compared to their Butterfly Jasmine or Dragon Pearls, the Silk Dragon Jasmine is more astringent and oceanic. Tastes more perfume-y than other jasmine teas I’ve tried.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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