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70
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

Kinda like drinking cinnamon, maple oatmeal? It’s not super flavorful but it’s not bitter so I like that. Not my favorite, but I’ll drink it :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple, Oats

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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50

Not much to this one. I usually would try 4 tsps in 16 oz but I didn’t have that much left :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

I love the heat in this one. I think I want to try it with a little bit of beet sugar next time :) It’s a little too bitter for me without the sugar.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

A friend from Winnipeg drove down to Fargo and stayed with me last night. She brought a small sample of this with her so we brewed up a small pot. Yum. Really yum. Very minty and creamy. I really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if I like this one or Santa’s Secret more. I may have to order 50 grams of this.

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100

Honestly my most favorite tea there is. If you are into sweet teas then this is the tea for you. Although it’s labeled cotton candy tea it isn’t overpoweringly sugary as some might think it is. The loose leaf itself is quite a sight and all together visually and tastefully appealing.

Flavors: Cotton Candy, Honeydew, Sweet

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34

I have to argue that this is a pue’rh tea? I was gifted a bad of this tea from a friend but it didn’t have much info on the packaging except for some of the infused ingredients listed. Anyone want to confirm whether it’s pue’rh or herbal?

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6
drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
193 tasting notes

I really didn’t like this and the other 2 blends (pumpkin & white choolate) in this chai collection. I felt like they were far too sweet, leaving nothing but the sweet taste and oily mouth feel. This one had a slight note of toasted rice, but the sugar makes the other flavours barely detectable.

For more on tea: www.TastetheTea.co.uk

Flavors: Rice, Sugar, Sweet

Fjellrev

Ugh, your observations were exactly what I was dreading when I first learned of this collection, so looks like I’m not missing out.

TastetheTea

You’re really not.. I’m genuinely annoyed I spent money on it…

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12

I really didn’t like this and the other 2 blends in this chai collection. I felt like they were far too sweet, leaving nothing but the sweet taste and oily mouth feel. This one was perhaps a little creamier than the other two, but the sugar makes the other flavours barely detectable.

For more on tea: www.TastetheTea.co.uk

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

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drank Sticky Rice Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
425 tasting notes

When I was growing up, my mom used to make plain stickyrice as a side to almost every meal. I’ll admit right now that I hated it; it was bland and unappetizing and when you had it almost every day well. That said, I really wanted to try this tea anyways; see how it stacked up in comparison.

Dry, it just smelt a bit like an artificial milk oolong. /Brewed/ though. Yup, that’s sticky rice. The aroma and even the taste, light, sweet, vaguely pudding-like. As an oolong, it’s an interesting and different experience, but dang if it doesn’t give me nostalgia vibes. I hated the rice because it was always a big scoop of gelatinous filler, but this was a nice treat to try anyhow.

While it was still hot, you could make out the light vegetal oolong, but as it cooled the rice dominated.

Steep two (done several hours later) smells just of strongly (if not stronger) of white rice. As it cools, the taste is coming through just as strongly.

Flavors: Rice Pudding

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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5

Terrible burned marshmallow taste

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37
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

It’s okay

Flavors: Almond, Peanut

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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65

This was one of my samples from my David’s order. It sounded so good. I mean, I loooooove shortbread. One of my favorite things. and caramel is also a fave. And I am always looking for a caffeine free evening tea. So when I got this sample I was pretty excited.

I was disappointed. The first thing I noticed was a bit of tartness. It wasn’t a horrible tartness, like what I get with hibiscus, In fact, I kind of liked that. But then came the artificial sweetness. I rushed to grab the packet to read the ingredients. Grrrr. Yep. Stevia. Imagine my curled lip as I snarl the S word.

I don’t know why so many teas have Stevia. If I want my tea to be a bit sweeter, I have rock sugar and honey, and I know how to use them. Don’t get me wrong, as a diabetic I am happy to use stevia on occasion. but not in my tea.

I am glad I got this one as a sample, because it sounded so good I might have been tempted to order some. Now I know better. This might appeal to a lot of tea drinkers who like a sweet/sour flavor to their tea. And if a friend invited me for tea and served this one, I would be able to drink a cup to be polite, but it will never be my first choice.

Preparation
16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

That is way too bad! I too love shortbread, and caramel teas. Why oh why do they have to ruin a potentially awesome thing, and with stevia.

Evol Ving Ness

Grrrr. Yep. Stevia. Imagine my curled lip as I snarl the S word.

I don’t know why so many teas have Stevia.

I don’t know why so many of their teas have stevia. fyc.

And yes, I know! This could have been a winner.

Evol Ving Ness

I tried a sample at their store the other day and nope.

gmathis

I just don’t like folks determining how sweet I want my tea, whether it’s stevia, sugar, or otherwise.

Maddy Barone

It sure sounded good. sigh.

Evol Ving Ness

Yep, and there’s the rub.

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81

This is really good actually. I don’t know why but lately I am always hesitant of DAVIDsTEAs new blends. I buy samples of all of them and then leave them in my tea drawers forever, and in the case of limited edition blends, that sometimes means leaving them until its too late to get more. I’m blaming the stevia.

Anyways, as I said, this tea is a good one. Caramel is captured so well but the jasmine keeps it from being overly sweet. More than that, it is caramel and vanilla and custard and cracked brown sugar and…creme brulee…with just a bit more. Honestly, I am crazy impressed here and really sad I waited as long as I did to give this a try because its awesome. Good job, DAVIDs on a successful creme brulee tea.

Evol Ving Ness

See, now due to DTs nonsense, I no longer buy small samples for this very reason.
With this one, I didn’t even buy a sample. Even though I knew that this was a good one.

I guess I am just well and truly irritated by their shenanigans: the stevia, the false flavours, the matcha changes, the prepackaging, and the outrageous changes in the FS program.

Sorry that I missed this one though.

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65

The aroma of sticky rice is absolutely indulgent, I almost prefer to just smell it than drink it. The actual taste is sort of one-note, primarily toast with only very little rice. There is the slightest hint of coriander at the end if you tilt your head and squint. It also turns quite bitter at longer steeping times, 4-5 minutes is ideal for me. It is a very soft and warming tea, but the price is a little high to justify the quality. Enjoyable, but not superb.

Flavors: Coriander, Rice, Toast

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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47
drank Mango Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
2392 tasting notes

THIS tea gets a 74 rating? I’m used to seeing pretty low ratings for Davidsteas so this one getting a 74 is very odd. But this is just very bitter with some odd ingredients. I guess turmeric is just bitter tasting because I’m not sure what it is. But Wiki says it’s part of the ginger family and if there is one thing I don’t like it’s ginger (after tomatoes.) None of the other ingredients here really played a part in the flavor either. Definitely no mango.

Fjellrev

I haven’t tried this one but recalled the leaf smelling ultra bitter in this store so I already knew there was no point in trying it.

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50
drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

Green Passionfruit is my go-to when I want a tropical tea, as I love how sweet and smooth it is (and that it actually tastes and smells like passionfruit). Guava Cadabra is too sour and dry for my tastes, with the hibiscus, elderberry, beet root and rosehips. It tastes like sour berries to me more than anything.

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95
drank Live Wire Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

I expected this to be sour, but it’s not at all. The lemon is like a sweet, creamy, bright lemon dessert. Yum. And I love the hint of warming, zingy ginger too. I also expected this to be more of an herbal tea, but it’s not that either. More like a lemon cream and ginger dessert. I’ve really been enjoying this one.

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70
drank Buchu Superfruit by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

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20
drank Tomato Turmeric by DAVIDsTEA
258 tasting notes

This was actually disgusting. I bought a to go cup and only had about 7 spoons, the spice was just too much. It was a really strange taste. After that I left it to get cold and dumped it later – in which the smell almost made me gag. :/

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75
drank Peachy Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I was pleasantly surprised by my enjoyment of this tea. I am not typically a fan of fruity teas, but enjoy iced peach tea enough to try it. It was refreshing and enjoyable over ice, but out of curiousity I also tried a hot mug with some cream and it was good this way as well.
Iced there is an extreme fruity flavour, the peach definitely overwhelms the palette, with a little bit of citrus notes.
Hot with cream it is reminiscent of peach cobbler. The aroma is similar to this as well.

Flavors: Apricot, Candy, Orange Zest, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Wild Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

I can’t decide if I like Wild Strawberry or Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait more. They’re both so similar. Berry teas are often too sour/tart for me, but I like both of the above mentioned blends, because they taste like sweet, ripe strawberries. Wild Strawberry isn’t quite as sweet or creamy as Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, but it’s still fairly sweet. There’s a little bit of an herbal edge to this, but just a tiny hint, and it’s not quite as creamy, thick or syrupy as Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait. It’s like this one is ‘candied, ripe strawberry’ and the other is ‘CANDY strawberry!!’ with caps and exclamation points. It’s easier to overdo Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait and make it too strong and thick, but Wild Strawberry is just easier to casually enjoy and tastes more quiet and subtle, if that makes sense. Still, they’re both very similar…

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