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I loved the sample of this in the 2016 Advent Calendar, and bought myself 100g. This is a stimulant, so I usually save it for days when I really need the caffeine but couldn’t get my hands on a good cup of coffee. This tea has a comforting effect and satisfy my coffee cravings.
I usually drink this with a bit of almond milk to thicken it, otherwise, it tastes much too much like a weak cup of coffee.
Flavors: Burnt, Coffee
Of all of the 24 teas in the advent calendar, this is one of the few that stood out for me. I loved the scent of this one – rich, buttery, caramel-y. Whereas a lot of David’s Teas tended to have a better aroma than test, the taste measures up well enough for this one.
I liked this one plain with no milk. It was a great way to end a heavy (carb-laden) meal, when you just can’t have a real dessert, and on rainy days when you want something light but comforting.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butterscotch, Caramel
The ginger taste is overpowering on this one, so flavour of the pear isn’t really discernible. I loved this when I had a cold or sore throat. It’s extremely soothing and I think it’d be amazing with a touch of honey.
The cost made me lower its score – there’s not a lot of white tea in there.
Along with the orange chocolate pu’er, English toffee was high on my “must try” list. Three things made me gift this tea to a friend (who loved it): the lack of a toffee taste, the film of oil at the top (which is especially disgusting since I put milk in it), and the alcoholic aftertaste. It’s like having Bailey’s Irish cream without the cream, the sweetness and just…alcohol.
One thing to note is that it smells DIVINE. And it tastes nothing like the way it smells! That probably made it an even bigger let down in my books.
Had mine for over and year and I love it!
Only problem is that the powder gets stuck all the time and never dissolves properly..
I follow the directions exactly. Water NEVER above the line and sometimes even use less than the 1/2 tsp of macha powder.
The only problem I am facing now is that the pressure button came apart from the rest of the lid this morning.. :(
I can still use it though. I am waiting to hear back from David’s Tea regarding this issue…
I tried this when I ordered the 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar (from 2016). I was surprised at how much I liked it – it tasted like After Eight in liquid form to me. (I have been cutting down sugar, so that may be why this tasted so sweet to me.)
I had it with quite a bit of milk – I’d say about 1-2oz. This was definitely one of the few David’s Tea that I liked from the Advent Calendar. I even bought more during the sale.
Flavors: Peppermint, White Chocolate
I was hesitant to try this tea because of the coconut, but the rest of the ingredients sounded good so I got an iced cup to go anyway. I definitely taste the coconut… Which I don’t like too much but there are other fruity flavours there too, which makes it better for me. I really don’t know why they would put coconut in this, it has nothing to do with Canada… I added agave to make it good enough but overall I am not too sure whether I’d buy any. It’s not bad, but it’s not the best either…
Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple
This tea is good, but very basic. The peppermint, spearmint, and green tea blend is nice, but not something I would reach for more than occasionally. I honestly prefer my Peppermint Amour over this one, but there’s still absolutely nothing wrong with DAVIDsTEA’s take on a Moroccan Mint blend!
Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint
Had this one iced. I was unsure about this tea, given that this was a tea with floral accents, but it was nice. Not sure I’d always have this one in stock, but I didn’t hate it. The lavender is definitely present, with a hint of mint, but there is a nice fruity taste too. The hibiscus is a tad stronger than I might prefer, but it wasn’t cloying and I felt it worked well with the strawberry taste. Sweet, refreshing and floral – not bad. Not sure how this would be hot, but I’ll give it a try next time it’s cold enough out.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Strawberry
First time trying this one hot! I actually was expecting to like it a lot less, it’s a tea I really enjoy iced and had strictly only drank iced. I found the green tea taste to be completely non-existent, with a lovely sweet goji berry flavour taking over. The stevia in this one is not bothersome to me, and knowing that I can also enjoy this one iced makes me love it even more!
Flavors: Black Currant, Goji, Red Fruits
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Flavors: Chocolate, Rose
As an introduction into pu’er, it was…certainly something. The tea, done gong fu style for tasting purposes, turned our smoother than when I attempted it Western. Although it was relatively smooth and the complexity was beyond what I’m used to in, let’s say run of the mill black teas, it has a distinctly ‘fishy’ smell.
This, I am told, is exhibited by low-quality, very young or incorrectly fermented pu’ers. They (I’m sure there are exceptions) are supposed to smell more earthy with darker fragrances (malt, etc.)
Although it worked well for multiple infusions (30 seconds – 1 minute), I still couldn’t get over the fragrance. If you can’t find any pu’er locally, this might be your best bet at trying a fermented aged tea (other than oolong).
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Malt, Smoke
Rich black base, creamy, quite aromatic and floral. I thought this was an earl grey type tea, so I was expecting bergamot. I’m still not sure if there was any or not. I made this as a soy latte and the creamy rose and malty base took centre stage.
Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Floral, Malt, Rose, Sweet, Tannin
New tea alert!
This one is sort of DAVIDsTEA’s Canada Day shout out for the year! Plus, this year is extra special as well because it’s the 150th year Canada has been around. We’re doing several neat things in store to celebrate, and this is part of that. In fact, the whole blend is inspired by things that are red and white to sort of show that Canadian pride: coconut, watermelon, rhubarb, rose, white tea – you get the picture.
Our whole staff was pretty excited for this tea prior to its launch, but I’ll admit I’ve been putting off my review of it here on Steepster because, well, I just don’t like anything about it…
I wanted to! So badly! However, there’s something seriously off about it to me. When I smell the tea leaf in the tin itself, it actually physically makes my nose burn. I’ve also had it both hot and iced now and no matter how I seem to steep it all I get out of the brew is lots and lots of coconut and this super aritificial/chemical taste that I only seem to be able to associate with the smell/taste of nail polish remover and nail polish itself. I mean, anyone who’s ever painted their nails will know the almost burning sensation of acetone and that’s just entirely what this reminds me of!?
And one you mentally make the nail polish associate you just don’t come back from that.
Seriously though! I’m so disappointed because I wanted to love this one A LOT! I mean, coconut AND rhubarb! That just sounds like the best combination to me. Plus, honestly, it’s actually been surprisingly popular in stores! The day we launched it it was a TOTD and we actually cleared three brews of it which is A LOT for our store to do in one day. So, people are into it.
I’m just not one of those 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.
I did not care for this at all.
DT has just been all over the place with their melon teas lately. Don’t get me wrong. I adore melon teas. Many of my all-time favorite teas are melon blends. That said, some of DT’s melon teas are great (Sour Watermelon, Melon Drop, Honey I Dew…), but most have been so underwhelming as of late.
Let me start by saying that I knew I wasn’t going to be a huge fan of this because…carrot. Ugh. It’s in everything and it makes my taste buds so very unhappy. In addition to that, watermelon is probably my least favorite melon to be featured in a tea.
Dry, this tea’s aroma is giving me shades of Bath & Body Works’ Cucumber Melon body splash. Once steeped, it’s very melon-y and sort of tongue-tingling tart (from the pineapple, I’d assume). I don’t taste the fig much, but the carrot is so present on my palate…and, again, it lingers. I had a few sips and dumped it. I just couldn’t force myself to finish the cup.
I’m so happy I have a stash of Honey I Dew and that Melon Drop is permanent because most of these LE melon blends from DT are just not doing much of anything for me.
Flavors: Carrot, Melon
It’s not listed on the ingredients list, but I’m getting the overwhelming taste of stevia or some other bitter, artificial sweetener. This has happened with a few of David’s Teas offerings; I wish they’d back off the fake stuff and rely on the tea itself. I’ll add sugar if I want it.
Flavors: Maple, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla