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38

Don’t really like it… Tastes proccesed and almost artifical.

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3 min, 0 sec

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61

This tea truly tart, and tangy. Delicious iced! Never tried it hot but I bet it would be good that way too.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

This is my all time favourite David’s Tea. It wasn’t even the first one I ever tried, but when I tried it I was determined to have at least 2 cans full at all times. Really fruity and refreshing iced, but also delicious warm. A perfect tea for me!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
103 tasting notes

I bought this tea on sale. It’s a Chinese black tea with a high amount of buds. Predictabley, the buds create a good aroma, that anyone experienced with tea will recognise. The colour of the brew was exellent and reminded me of the African tea that an English company uses to add colour to their teas.

Because of the amount of tea used in a serving, I didn’t find an extreme amount of taste. However, when brewed stronger the chocolatey taste was more apparent.

Astringency was low, as expected from Chinese tea.

Overall, a very good tea. The price is quite high, yet given that this is a black tea, it’s a better value than a high end green or white tea.

I had wanted to try this one for quite a while.

Preparation
3 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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85
drank Kale Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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Last of the new teas, also iced!

This is DEFINITELY my favourite of the three new ones, and by a lot. I mean, whenever DT releases a passionfruit blend I always kind of hold my breath because I have no history of feeling “middle ground” or neutral towards them – it’s all in or all out. The last passionfruit blend, Passion Punch, was an ‘all in’ one for me so statistically I was banking on this one being a flop. Nope!

So, some of my coworkers think I’m REALLY crazy for the comparison but the minute I tried this one the only thing I could think of was Five Alive! My brother and I used to practically drink that stuff by the gallon in elementary school and to me this tastes exactly like the Tropical variety which Wikipedia is now informing me was made up of “Orange, Apricot, Guava, Mango, and Passionfruit”. I mean, this has 2/5 – and they’re DEFINITELY the most major ones, too.

It’s honestly just really bright and refreshing and the balance between citrus and tropical fruits is really great – slightly more orange than passionfruit, but with that tangy sweet finish that passionfruit has. It feels both exotic, and really familiar like drinking a glass of orange juice with your breakfast. Plus, I think the sweetness level is right where it needs to be and it makes me so happy that’s been achieved without any sort of added sweetener and with an organic tea too, nonetheless.

I mean, obviously I have a bias here but I definitely recommend checking this one out! It’s a pretty solid iced tea option, and for the next little while likely going to be my go to iced tea recommendation.

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

I wasn’t going to try it, but you’ve convinced me.

Sébastien Tremblay

Same, I dont know why, but this one reminded me of the old Davids Tea, when I was excited for a new tea. This summer was really bad in my opinion, with new arrival every month, and just redundant blend. I hope the new director improve on that in the future

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Next up of the new teas; also drank this one iced.

I’d say thus far, within our store anyway, this has been the most popular of the three new citrus teas. I don’t mind it, personally it’s middle of the pack for me. It actually reminds me A LOT of Electric Lemonade but with a more clearly defined strawberry flavour and arguably less lemon. Plus, obviously, it’s caffeine free and Electric Lemonade is REALLY caffeinated. I think I expected it to be a bit more tart, honestly? But I thought it was pretty sweet and juicy.

It’s weird though because I’ve heard the full range now of “this is way too tart/needs a TON of added sweetener to be drinkable” and “this is SUPER sweet, DT needs to cut back with their new blends”, but not so much middle ground? And I feel like I’m kind of middle ground towards it…

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 teas!

This time it’s three herbal teas, all centered around a “citrus” theme. Whether this one is “new” in the complete sense of the word is debatable, though – all of the ingredients are actually identical to the Ruby Red blend from a few years back. I THINK it’s just a different proportion of ingredients? It’d be interesting to compare them directly.

I did all three iced – this was probably my least favourite of the three but I didn’t actually dislike it. I just enjoyed it less than the others. It’s actually a huge improvement upon Grapefruit Granita though, so if you were someone looking for a grapefruit tea that didn’t enjoy that one this might be nice to try out. I thought it was pretty accurate to actual grapefruit: very bright and sweet initially but with a stronger somewhat playful bitterness towards the end. I think the bitterness comes from all the chicory in the blend contrasted against the other ingredients, personally.

It might be interesting to use this one in cocktails/mocktails though (with gin?), or perhaps in some kind of baking? Like if you infused it into an icing or something for lemon cake? I think that would probably be REALLY nice.

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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I’m a pretty big fan of this tea. It’s not a super strong, overwhelming fruity tea, but I enjoy it.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

This is my absolute favourite tea ever. I’ve managed to hoard a couple bags of it. My favourite way to prep it is poured over ice with lemon extract. Hope to see it return some day.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I poured this over ice and added a bit of lemon extract. Very tasty, one of my favourites.

Flavors: Cranberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Orange Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
208 tasting notes

This one sounded really good, so I got it to go today. It’s not bad, it has a nice orangey taste but it definitely needed sweetener. It also sort of does remind me of orange juice. Orange juice with a slight passion fruit flavour. I like it, but it’s not a huge favourite.

Flavors: Orange, Passion Fruits

Preparation
Iced
Roswell Strange

All I can think of when I drink this one is Five Alive :P

Michelle

^ Very accurate!

Fjellrev

Oh Five Alive, that takes me back.

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100

a really sweet and light grapefruit flavour,everything the grapefruit granita should have been tbh

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100

This tea is really good! It smells so orangey and refreshing omg. The tea is really smooth, orangey with that slight hint of passionfruit.

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86

A lot like electric lemonade. I usually would prefer teas without strawberries in them, but this one is pretty good.

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54
drank Nutty and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

Not too much going on…just a little spice. Unobjectionable.

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78

Am I the only one who’s really into this tea? Today was my first time trying it hot, and it was definitely not what I was expecting. This tea had been sitting in my cupboard untouched since it came out because I was so apprehensive about ginger being the first ingredient, but lo and behold, I can hardly taste the ginger! The ginger taste that I do get is very fresh and sweet, pairing well with the tartness of the grapefruit. I don’t taste any green tea at all, but the tea is somewhat astringent. While I likely won’t be reaching for this one very often, I’m glad that it’s not the overwhelming disappointment I was expecting.

Flavors: Cream, Ginger, Grapefruit

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Roswell Strange

Have you tried the new grapefruit tea yet? Personally I prefer the new one to this one, but if you liked this you’ll probably like the new one too! It’s called Grapefruit Squeeze :)

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I disappointed in this tea :( I was really looking forward to trying it but, I’m not a fan. It’s pleasantly tart but left an awful taste in the back of my throat. Bummer.

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

The description sounds divine, the scent was amazing. This was actually the tea that I wanted to try so badly that I bought the Advent Calendar. It was a huge letdown for me – it was weak and not at all chocolate-y and doesn’t hold a light next to my much loved TWG Chocolate Earl Grey.

To be fair though, it wasn’t “offensive” like DT’s English Toffee. It was just…pu’erh that smelled like hot chocolate. So glad I didn’t order 50g!

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

Out of all of the chocolate teas I got from David’s Tea, this one has to be my favourite. I’m not sure that says a great deal as I really loathed the others, but this one can be comforting when made with almond milk. The ingredients in this tea masked the alcohol taste that comes with the (dark) chocolate chips from this tea company. I certainly wouldn’t stock up again though.

I steeped this a little longer to ensure that the chips melted.

Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

When I ran out of jumpy monkey from (2014) my Advent Calendar, I moved onto coffee cake. It smells like caramel and coffee cake, and it was wonderful with milk. I found this black tea to be comforting and I was grateful to have asked for this as a sample for all of my Christmas orders.

When I finished the sample, I went ahead and got another 100g. Although I do see bits of pineapple in it, I can’t taste it in the actual tea. I suspect that it may be because it has been candied within an inch of its life, and melted during the steep.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Maple

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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50

I really disliked this tea with full cream milk. It had the same issue as English Toffee – smelling divine, but steeped in disappointment. I had varied my steeping time but that did not eradicate the taste of alcohol that permeated the tea.

That is, until I added Silk (0g sugar) almond milk. The almond milk thickened the tea, and perhaps added the almond flavour that it was desperately lacking. It went from unbearable to not bad.

Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

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