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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
2393 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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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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drank Let It Snow by DAVIDsTEA
368 tasting notes

Oh, this tea tastes heavenly! Cloves blend nicely with the green tea, fruit and chocolate. Wow, I am impressed and will definitely have to buy some more!

*Update: Tried it as a latte and it is AMAZING!! I drank it faster than I could make it. That’s how good it was.

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drank Caramel Shortbread by DAVIDsTEA
368 tasting notes

I had originally tried to make a latte with this one but it did not turn out well (the milk curdled). It was the first time that happened to me so it was quite the experience and quite funny after I got over the fact that I wasted $4 of tea. So I had to go out to get some more to try plain. What a tease-does NOT taste like caramel shortbread and the cherries should have been left out in my opinion then it might have had a chance. Not a good cup of tea.

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75

I received this one as a sample when I ordered my David’s 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar. (I just want to say, I have been a very good girl and NOT opened the tea advent calendar yet!)

I’m always looking for a good tea for a before bed treat. Something light and caffeine free, without hibiscus or chamomile. I know a lot of people love a nice, soothing cup of chamomile tea in the evening, but the flavor doesn’t appeal to me. This one is nice. It certainly fits my criteria, being both light and caffeine free. I may have under leafed it as the color is quite pale. Then again, it is a fruit infusion, so I shouldn’t expect a lot of color. The flavor is mild. I get a bit of minty burst, followed by a nice fruity taste. I will enjoy having the second cup of this sample, but I don’t believe I will order any more. But I’m really glad to have tried it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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59
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1904 tasting notes

I found that the tea was difficult to sift properly as something, possibly the coconut nectar, made it clump up into tiny pebbles. I made sure to whisk the tea extra thoroughly which seems to have done the trick to dissolve the clumps at least. The colour of this matcha is sort of a dull, dark, muddy green – I’m not super familiar with how matcha is graded but I think I recall that it’s an indicator of a lower-quality matcha. The flavour is a bit disappointing, as it’s largely the sweet coconut nectar and the vanilla flavouring the come across, with the matcha serving as a vegetal background. The tea is just on the near side of being too sweet, though I’m glad that they at least used a natural sweetener, rather than something like stevia.

I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from a matcha from Davids Tea and this tea neither exceeded nor disappointed those expectations. I might try this as a latte or perhaps in a smoothie, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a straight matcha. I get the impression that this is intended to be a sort of a matcha-for-newbies who might otherwise be put off by the grassy, bitter flavours.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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drank Orange Glow by DAVIDsTEA
434 tasting notes

Grabbed this one as my free tea just because it smelled good. Packaged it up for work, and ended up using it as a travel tea. I think I might be getting better at discerning by smell what I’ll like and not like, because I’m really enjoying this one. At its best, it tastes like a orange creamsicle to me. The orange is definitely the strongest flavor, but I’m loving the creamy undertones to this one.

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I think my cupboard has gotten messed up, because I sipped this one down months ago but Steepster is showing it. Hmmm.

Anyway.

I liked this one best as a cold brew – it was a little tart but bursting with citrusy flavor. Hot, a lot of that cirtus/sweet flavor translated but it was definitely more muted than in the cold brewed version.

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drank Peachy Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
434 tasting notes

Grabbed this one, kind of at random, as one of my travel teas and was kind of disappointed. It’s not a bad tea, just kind of bland? I kept confusing it with a pomegranate black tea from DavidsTea that feels similar. Kind of fruity/sweet kind of sour, definitely not a restock or a tea I’m going to miss.

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
109 tasting notes

So upfront I will admit that this sample is about a year old. There’s something about it that doesn’t quite work. The initial scent and taste is just like an almond cookie, but then the vegetal green tea is a jarring second note. There is nothing wrong with either flavor, but they just don’t blend together at all. I feel like there’s real potential here, but more tweaking is needed. I have cut back drastically on using additional sugar or sweeteners, but I suspect that might be helpful with this tea. I’d probably give it about a 60, but I won’t rate it officially since my sample is old and may not be representative.

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

Has a taste that reminds me of gooey, sweet, caramel apple pie with a cinnamon sugar topping. Makes a great latte and is one of my favorite “nutty” teas from DavidsTea. I find that it has a stronger, sweeter flavor than Toasted Walnut.

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drank Let It Snow by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

Yes! After being let down by all of the other Christmas/holiday teas released so far, I’m so happy to say that I love this one, lol. I’ve always wanted to drink eggnog, because I love the smell of it, but I can’t stomach the idea of drinking raw eggs. This tea solves my eggnog issue. It smells just like eggnog and has such a rich, creamy, sweet, spicy flavor. I adore it and will be hoarding it for sure. This is going to be my go-to dessert tea over the holidays. I love how strong and complex it is.

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

I accidentally bought 200g of this, thinking it was Santa’s Secret (which is also a black tea, vanilla, peppermint, sprinkles concoction). It looks amazing with the candy canes, white chocolate chips and snowflake sprinkles. It just… doesn’t taste good to me. No matter how much I use, it just tastes like I melted a candy cane into some hot water. Weak peppermint. And it kind of makes for a thick, oily-ish brew. I wanted white chocolate, vanilla-ish tones, creaminess, and actual black tea, and I get none of those things. All of the Christmas/holiday offerings from David’sTea have been absolute duds for me so far this year. Depressing. I don’t know what I’m going to do with 200g of this stuff :/

Roswell Strange

Hey HelloKoi! I work at DAVIDsTEA as a Keyholder – I’m not sure if you bought online or from a store, but if you’re near a store, pop back in and bring the tea with you! We’re not allowed to do returns on tea but we can absolutely do an exchange!

What your store should do is weigh out the tea, and then we can exchange it for whatever is left. So, say you drank 10g of tea then you’d get an exchange for 190g of something else that you will enjoy! :)

It’s definitely a better alternative to getting stuck with approx. 200g of something you hate!

HelloKoi

Thank you for the tip _ I’ll have to check in with my local store.

HelloKoi

There was supposed to be a smilie in there :)

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