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67
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

This tea has a strong, but fragrant smell, and a mild flavor. Was kind of soothing to drink. I found it had a relaxing feel about it

Flavors: Orchids, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet, Tropical, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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75
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I think this was the first tea I ever tried from David’s Tea! Loved it from the beginning! The smell along is enough to buy it!

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Apple Candy, Apple Skins, Caramel, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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99
drank Witch's Brew by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

This is up with my favorite flavors along with swampwater! Much like swampwater I didn’t realize you couldn’t buy these out of season and hope it gets brought back next fall to stock up! I found it nice and sweet, but not too sweet.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berries, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Cacao, Candy, Caramel, Cocoa, Coffee

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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100
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I loved this tea! It is one of my favorites and regret not buying a larger quantity. I was a little new to David’s Tea and didn’t realize that you couldn’t buy seasonal teas once they sold out. So hopefully this gets a revival next fall so I can stock up!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Grapefruit, Honey, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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80
drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I got a free cup of this today, and it was relatively good. It had a very light flavor, and a thick/smooth texture.
The jasmine was the predominant flavor, without overwhelming it. This is just because the green tea was so light (it actually looks and tastes a bit more like a white). After sitting for a while, it developed a natural sweetness that reminded me of marzipan.

Flavors: Jasmine, Marzipan

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90
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

For the price ($10/50g) it is exceptional. It’s a medium flavored black tea that is very malty, and a little musty (as though it was a pu-erh, or had been aged). Despite me brewing it with nearly boiling water, and steeping it for about 2.5mins, there was no bitterness or astringency at all.

Flavors: Malt, Musty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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82
drank Jasmine Crème Brulée by DAVIDsTEA
1168 tasting notes

Drank this iced. It’s the first tea I’ve had in weeks. Going through some stuff IRL and haven’t been interested in tea/hobbies. Sorry for being absent.

The jasmine flavour is quite subdued. Creamy caramel, brown sugar, milk, vanilla, fruity pineapple and sour rose hips. I don’t enjoy the rose hips at all. The green tea is very intense, I didn’t enjoy the base very much. Overall, I think it was tasty iced, but I can’t imagine enjoying it hot.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Jasmine, Milk, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Rosehips, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I hope the stuff works it out soon though it is nice to see you back!

Arby

Thank you! I’m going to be on and off for a while while I sort myself out, but I hope my passion comes back sometime. I’m just not in a place to enjoy things right now.

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Sipdown (202)!

#ProjectTeaWall

I’ve only got two more teas to go now before I’ll have tried all of the teas on the wall minus the one I’m allergic to. The only two left now are Japanese Sencha and Sweet Dreams, which I can’t drink because it’s backstocked. Seriously; we haven’t received a shipment of it in like two months. And on that note, if anyone is willing to send me a cup or two worth of it so I CAN cross it off the list I’d be happy to pay the shipping costs!

But anyway, this tasting note is about Gyokuro Yamashiro!

I drank this one Gong Fu, paired with this cute little Koala cracker/cookie things from Japan that one of my coworkers gave me as a birthday present. They has a nice matcha cream filling to this that was fairly sweet, so I thought that putting these two things together would work well because it was matching green tea with green tea, but giving a bit of butteryness from the cookie ‘shell’ and the sweetness of the creamy filling.

As for the tea itself; I expected not to like it because I’ve really yet to have a super positive experience with Gyokuro but I definitely didn’t hate this one. The big thing for me was that throughout the session it maintained a very clean profile without ANY bitterness or astringency and, while some people might not like this quality, I also loved that the finish was really brief and didn’t linger. What there was lots of was marine notes though; this was a very seaweed-y tasting tea with great floral and sweet undertones of peach or some other fruit similar to that. It was also quite grassy.

I’d say I got about seven nice infusions, with some noticeable tapering of flavour in the last two or so. However at that point it was time to head out for my birthday supper and so that was that for the session. This one was a great surprise though and while I certainly wouldn’t say I’m excited to revisit it, I’m also definitely NOT opposed to trying it again which is more than I can say of most green teas.

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.

MrQuackers

I like this one brewed weakly and drank with Sushi. Otherwise, I just find it too strong for a green tea. If I dropped this into a thermous and left it there, it would be grapefruit.

Funny that I love matcha though. My guess is that this is another overpriced tea.

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90

I picked this tea up in store this week – after fighting with Davidstea customer service about their online sale. (Total false advertising IMO)
It smelled weird, but I love creme brulee so I was like yeah, sure. I asked for 30g and the girl did the ol’ “Ooops I poured too much! Is 45g ok?” I’m sorry, did I accidentally walk into Teavana? Because they pull that all the time, this is the first time I’ve had it happen at Davids. And she did it with all 7 teas I bought. Seriously, Davidstea is not in my good books right now. (I also opened a pack of tea bags the other day, and half of them were not sealed on the bottom, which I only noticed when I dropped in the tea and it spilled out all of the floor)

I actually totally forgot about it, until I opened my tea cupboard this morning. It’s a very clumpy tea. One of those where it’s nearly impossible to accurately scoop it because just a few big chunks will fill your spoon.

I steeped at 85 degrees. I didn’t want to scorch the green tea in at, but then I started to wonder if that’s hot enough to get a good flavour out of the other ingredients.

First sip was very WTF. I needed a few sips to decipher the flavour. I definitely got a sense of burnt sugar – I could really smell this too. Similar to the flavour in genmaicha. Then there was a bit of jasmine, and some sweet and a little bit creamy. The more I drank it the more I was like DAMN GIRL WHERE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE. Though, I do think I made it a bit weak. Next time I’ll add more tea.

Flavors: Burnt, Cream, Jasmine

Preparation
1 tsp

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50
drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

Too floral for my liking, I agree that it smells too much like old lady. Ok to have before bed until I find something I like better.

Disclaimer: I’m far from a tea connaisseur/enthusiast. My notes are not meant to be a review for the tea community, but rather for myself so I know what to buy or not buy again (I wish there was a way to keep notes private).

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70

A very simple green tea. Has a prominent jasmine flavour. Would go well with peppermint flavouring or mixing with a peppermint tea. Don’t over-steep and sugar helps with the overall flavour. Pairs well with a meal with more complex flavours.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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71
drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
166 tasting notes

This is a pretty refreshing blend – probably more so iced, although I’m having it hot right now. To me it has a nice tropical taste to it, from the pineapple and prickly pear. This is the only tea I’ve had with that kind of pear and its pretty unique. This will be missed when I finish it all.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Pear, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Third and final tea from the Macaron Collection, also iced.

This was the tea that I was the least excited about when this collection was announced to staff. I’m not a green tea fan, don’t particularly love jasmine, and REALLY couldn’t see how floral jasmine would compliment creme brulee notes. Plus, I was just sure that this was a blend that DT was going to excessively sweeten. I would’ve been willing to bet real money it would have either cane sugar or stevia in the blend.

I was wrong. This is, by a long shot, my favourite tea in the collection.

For starts, there AREN’T any added sweeteners/sugars in the blend which genuinely shocked me. It’s also not overly, excessively sweet at all. If anything, I think this tea has the most delicate, nuanced and reserved profile of all the new teas. There’s a very real sweetness that captures the essence of Creme Brulee beautifully, but it’s relatively natural and not at all artificial tasting. Picture notes of toffee, cream, honey, custard, caramelized sugars, brown sugar and an overall butteryness. The undertone is a mix of very delicate, sweet pineapple and natural floral tones. Personally, I didn’t think the floral element screamed jasmine specifically though I did find it distinctly floral. My manager disagrees and says this is definitely obviously jasmine – for what it’s worth. The mouthfeel is very smooth and silky. As for the green base? Really lowkey; great for someone who’s not normally a green tea drinker like myself.

Honestly – I just really loved this one, as surprising to me as that was. If you try any of the new teas this is DEFINITELY the one I’d recommend the most. Everything about it worked for me; it’s well balanced, sweet, light bodied, and natural all at the same time. I even bought some for at home, to experiment with here.

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.

Super Starling!

(eyes widen) Totally adding this to my next DT offer. Lovely review.

Evol Ving Ness

Completely agree with everything you’ve summed up here, Ms. Strange. Lovely review, I second that.

Sophia

just bought some today! thanks for the review :)

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Next up for the Macaron Collection; iced for my first tasting.

Of the three teas, this is definitely the one I was most excited about…

Right up until I read the ingredients list, that is. Personally, a tea named Raspberry Meringue on a white base sounds phenomenal to me; something light, airy and fluffy with a delicate raspberry sweetness and maybe a sliver of creaminess? My biggest fear would be that there would be added sugar/sweetner, and this would become too sweet. Well, low and behold this IS sugar in this. Not even cane sugar either – just sugar sugar. Additionally, they’ve added green tea, chamomile, and a whole bunch of tropical fruits? The ingredients for this just sort of look like a mess to me, and I couldn’t see how they would come together in a positive way.

When we cracked the bag open to fill the tin for this blend it wasn’t promising either; despite being a fresh shipment of tea for a brand new launch and a sealed kilogram bag it just sort of smelled stale, flat and almost musty to me? I was really hoping to be proved otherwise though.

My first taste was not positive. I’ve tried to come up with a delicate way of putting it, but it really boils down to the tea just tasting bad. It’s not that it was over steeped/the leaf was scorched by too hot of water: I’m very careful about that, and there was no bitterness or astringency. That weird mustyness/stale quality carried through into the taste for me though, and it really negatively affected the profile. Honestly, what it made me think of was my Grandma’s storage attic where she has all these boxes that I’m pretty sure have just been sitting for like 30 odd years. They have a thick layer of dust on them and when I drank this I felt like I was licking the layer of dust. Bleck.

It wasn’t all bad though; the finish does have a nice raspberry note to it and if I could find a way to make the whole sip taste like that finish I think I’d enjoy it. The raspberry is somewhat tangy, with just a hint of acidity and it comes off pretty realistically/naturally. Like eating REALLY ripe raspberries out of my grandma’s raspberry bush. This is the aspect of the tea I’m choosing to focus on when talking about it to people coming into the store. Also, interesting that regardless of which element of the blend I talk about it all comes back to good ol’ Granny Strange.

It’s also interesting to me because I’ve had A LOT of customers come in and sample this as the TOTD and lots of them LOVE IT. I can’t help but wonder what they’re tasting that’s so different from what I getting. Taste is subjective though, so perhaps my tastebuds are just in the minority with this one? But yeah, of the three this is definitely my least favourite.

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.

Sébastien Tremblay

Maybe we dont have the same kind of raspberrys, because for me, this was the most on-point raspberrys flavours Davids Tea ever got. I’m loving it, and totaly get the meringue vibe from it.

Super Starling!

“Granny Strange” sounds like she’d be a wonderful character in a TV show about a young witch (adopted at birth!) discovering her magical roots.

Roswell Strange

@Sebastien

I’m really wondering if there’s just an ingredient in this that I’m rather adverse to because I’ve retried this since and I definitely still have the same opinion, but the store I’m at has had so many people come in raving about this one that I’m certainly in the minority.

Where in Canada are you located, out of curiosity?

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drank Cantaloupe Ice by DAVIDsTEA
4541 tasting notes

Soy Latte!

After my first iced tasting of this, I was genuinely surprised that this was able to be made into a latte. I was sure that the tangyness I experienced in the finish of the sip for the iced tea was tied in to some sort of citric acid type shenanigans and that would make this curdle were you to add milk. Not the case though, so I had to try it.

Let me just say, I tried this so you don’t have to…

This is no Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream, folks! The weird, tangy juiciness I experienced in the iced tea STILL comes through in this as a latte but it just feels mismatched against the taste of the soy milk. Now, it’s certainly still drinkable but I just really felt like there was a strange disconnect the whole time. Also, this tasted REALLY strongly of carrot juice too, which was… not great.

So, I just don’t know.

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 Cantaloupe Ice by DAVIDsTEA
4541 tasting notes

So we had a new collection launch on Tuesday – Macaron themed teas! I actually tried all of them then, but I haven’t been on the ball with getting my tasting notes up, so these are all coming somewhat late. For my first tasting of all of them, I tried them all iced: the reason was that we started with this tea, and it seemed wrong to try a tea with “ice” literally in the name as anything other than an iced tea. After that, I wanted to do them all iced for consistencies sake.

This was sort of the tea I was on the fence about prior to tasting; somewhat interested/excited but not overly so. After tasting it, I kind of stayed in the same place. It’s my second favourite of the three new ones; so right in the middle – and I’m still somewhat curious about it/intrigued by it, but not overly or excessively so. The dry leaf smells REALLY good; very juicy and cantaloupe like. Which is actually super interesting because there isn’t any cantaloupe in the blend. It’s all done with pairing the right ingredients together to recreate that flavour. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Taste wise? There is a robustness to this: of all three teas I think this delivers its flavour the strongest. I will say that despite there not being cantaloupe in the blend it DOES taste like cantaloupe! However, when you really focus on it I think it does become obvious it’s not really cantaloupe and it’s a recreation. Apart from that, I think there’s a juicyness/ripeness to this that’s quite pleasant, and I like the supporting fruit notes I can pick up, like the watermelon and passionfruit. The inclusion of roasted chicory root is a weird decision to me, but I don’t seem to taste it too much so I’m alright with that. The finish is somewhat tangy/acidic, and I think that comes from the passionfruit – it’s somewhat strange. Most interesting to me though is the carrot: I definitely didn’t really taste it the first time I tried this, but I’ve tried it a few other ways since and the more I drink this the more I really, really hone in to the carrot flavours. I’m not necessarily loving them, either. Overall, there really isn’t any issue with overall sweetness though, and while you can tell this is a “simulated cantaloupe flavour” the blend doesn’t taste artificial. If you know what I mean? There IS a difference.

So yeah – after my first tasting I came away almost as confused and intrigued as I was prior. Of all three teas, it certainly is the strangest flavour choice for a “Macaron” and I still haven’t totally figured this one out yet as a flavour independent to the collection either. I don’t know whether or not I actually like it. It’s certainly interesting, and I think worth a try just because it is pretty unique – but before I come to any sort of consensus I’ll definitely have to try it some more.

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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1
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

Too much like straight black tea for my liking.

Disclaimer: I’m far from a tea connaisseur/enthusiast. My notes are not meant to be a review for the tea community, but rather for myself so I know what to buy or not buy again (I wish there was a way to keep notes private).

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72
drank Supreme Pekoe by DAVIDsTEA
1684 tasting notes

I wanted to use up some of that mocha orange biscotti tea but couldnt handle the intense flavour. Mixing it with this worked out ok. I think it needs something with more malt.
I’m not terribly impressed.
The pekoe tea alone is thin but it was the only straight black tea I had at work. It got me the caffeine I needed in the end :)

Tomorrow Mum is having surgery. I’ll be at the hospital all day. Nothing too risky, it is lapriscopic and they have an almost 100% success rate. Still. I worry. Don’t ever damage your kidneys. Seriously.
What teas should I take…

Nattie

My uncle just had similar surgery and it went very well. I know it’s useless saying ’don’t worry’ but… don’t worry! When he got to the hospital my uncle’s nurse told him that the most dangerous part was over (driving to the hospital). I hope all goes well for her.

TheKesser

Hope all goes well! Surgery is always nerve wracking but that’s really great to hear how high the success rate is! I’m sure it’ll be okay!
My 2 year old has to have hip surgery and in a cast for 6-8weeks soon. Same thing, very high success rate, but I’m still worried and upset about it… I just keep saying to myself, “just keep swimming” or “just keep breathing” (Sang in Dory’s voice of course. haha)

gmathis

I have a little poster in my office with a teacup and the initials KPO. Keep Plodding On. Some days, that’s tougher than others, isn’t it? Indigo & Kesser, praying for peace and confidence for both of you!

Indigobloom

Nattie – I mentioned that anecdote to Mum and she laughed. It made her feel better, so thank you for that!! Surgery went well

Indigobloom

@thekesser things turned out great. She’s a little crusty in mood lol. Sending positive vibes for your son. That must be so stressful. HUGS!!

Indigobloom

@gmathis yup it really is. Today was rough. But I got through it :)
Thank you for kind words xo

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75

I prefer the Coconut Oolong from DAVIDs to this Coconut Cream Pie flavour. Coconut Cream Pie is also nice and creamy but the roasted coconut comes out much more clean and crisp in Coconut Oolong. The white chocolate in this is pleasant, don’t get me wrong, but it just doesn’t win me over the same way. There’s a more artificial sweetness to this one.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, White Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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50

There is nothing special about this tea. I have tried it both hot and cold now and its just meh! The blueberry taste is just really watered down and I tried short steeps and long steeps and every time the flavour was barely there.

I truly do not understand the hype about this tea.

MrQuackers

Blueberry martcha done traditionally will wow you. Promise :)

Cindy

I have not explored match much I have tried the DavidsTea Vanilla matcha and did not like it at all. I actually couldn’t drink it! :(

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40
drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
326 tasting notes

Sipdown! (96/395)

Another one of my oldest teas that I should be moving out of my cupboard. It probably sat in there way too long, but I don’t think it affected the flavour too much. Sadly, I didn’t get any peach from this, like I was hoping – it was mainly a peppery holy basil drink with some lemon undertones. Drinkable, but not memorable, and I did notice a slightly scratchy throat after I’d finished the mug. I wish I had more to say about it but it really wasn’t all that memorable.

Thank you Miss B for my sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62
drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank Buchu Superfruit by DAVIDsTEA
166 tasting notes

I cold steeped the 2 samples I had of this – and with agave added it was pretty good. Not a tea I will buy but it was a good berry tasting tea – with something else in there I’m not sure of.

Flavors: Berries, Goji

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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