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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
753 tasting notes

I decided to try this one again, after being underwhelmed last year. I will say that I am trying to have more green teas, and especially ones that may be more comforting in the cold outside, as I tend to go heavy and black in winter. I had hoped that maybe this would have the body and comfort of a black tea, yet as a green. In some ways it does. I absolutely love marzipan, which is why I wanted to try this again.

I have played with varying amounts of leaf, and find that going heavier on the leaf pulls more of the almond marzipan out. At the same time, there is an artificial taste that surfaces. I am really not sure how I feel about this tea. I want to be able to get it to work. I’m just not sure it wants to work with me.

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I’m pretty undecided about this one. Although I love chocolate and nut teas, I have been having issues with the chocolate in Davids Teas for at least a year, with them tasting weird…is it the alcohol taste others have mentioned? I am not sure. I definitely like this one better than Coffee Cake (belch!), but I am not sure I can call it a favourite of the collection either.

My initial steep was plain, with no milk or sugar. When I had it yesterday with milk as a latte, it was a little bland, so maybe a smidge of sugar would have helped a bit? I do have more to try. I’ve been trying to have more teas without sugar, but I feel some are better with some. That said, David’s Teas are now mostly sweet enough for me to have without sugar, which I am happy about. I have been cutting my sugar use gradually over the last few years and I was at a little bit of a plateau for a loooong time, so it is good to have progressed further, but I feel like when I do add sugar, I am regressing back to needing it sweeter. Still, progress is progress, and I am proud of myself for coming as far as I have. And I have to remind myself of this when I do choose to use sugar in my tea…I try to use less than I had been before, which makes me feel less guilty.

Anyway, I am still undecided on this and will leave it unrated for now.

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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For some reason I thought this was new to the Winter Collection and picked it up anyway, but said to get the least of this one because I have not had luck with the cake teas…something really artificial in them. I love the smell. By god, I really love it, and I want to like it, but I can’t. I am just finishing the last of the bag now, as a latte. It’s not throw in the sink horrible, but it all came back to me when I tried it and when I added it to my cupboard and realized I had already had it before.


Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, between the artificial and the sweetness and the cinnamon of so many of their latest offerings, there’s not much left to like.


Oh, and my biggest gripes with the new stuff having sweet blackberry leaves and stevia. I’m totally ok with a little coconut sugar, though I prefer to sweeten my own teas, thank you. I don’t like the shift in attitude and marketing Davids has taken in the las few years. More and more teas are undrinkable for me, because of the blackberry leaves and stevia, and the artificial notes. I hate that they are trying to sweeten the blends to bring new people in, and the dumbing down of the instructions. They could at least have the temperature in parentheses so that the non newbies know what temps to use. And for god’s sake, just say teaspoon or tsp instead of your PS perfect spoon which is the same damn thing. Grr..

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drank Nutty and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked this up with the rest of the Winter Collection, even though I had already had Snow Day and Sweet Almond Green from last year (wanted to try them again). I loved the smell of this one….warming and spicy, though I could not pick up any nutty smells. I was worried about the rose petals but had hoped the spice would overpower them (it does).

Sadly, I don’t like this as much, due to the hot cinnamon taste, which becomes more prominent as the tea cools for me. I’m not sure if adding milk will change the flavour enough for me to tolerate the rest, or if it should just go in the box of my tea rejects that someone will eventually get, and maybe they will like.

I had higher hopes for this one.

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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I really wanted this to work, but they had to go and put licorice in here. Had to try it anyway. Blech! Dumped it. This was after the dump of the nutty granola. So sad…


Yeah, the licorice root seemed like a weird choice.

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Blech! Tried plain, with sugar, and sugar with milk. Dumped it. Something in it tastes really off. I don’t know what it is. Ingredients look like it would be good…

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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It was one of those weird afternoons here where it is warm in the sun, but there is also quite a cool breeze, so you can be in shorts and warm, and then brrr with the breeze because the contrast of warm and cold is that great. So I stuck to it and wore my jean shorts and a 3/4 sleeve summer weight pullover (sweater) and sandals. I’d be ok in the sun, but cold in the shade. So anyways, after I ran my errands downtown, I popped into Davids for a tea to go. I technically still had some Summer Shangrila from Silk Road from earlier, but I had wanted something warm and comforting for my walk home, so I picked this partly because it’s caffeine free, and partly because it is amazing as a latte. I’d buy a bunch of this to make as lattes, but the tea is so heavy that it is expensive, especially when using multiple teaspoons for a single serving. Maybe I will make this my next frequent steeper redemption (I just got the ceremonial matcha).

Anyway, this was perfect and delicious as always. Latte style is my favourite way to have this tea now…any other way seems weak and thin. If you have not given this tea the latte treatment, I highly recommend you do so, and indulge.


Lattes are definitely the way to go with this but also I made a smoothie with it and it was amazing!


Oh, interesting!

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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I haven’t had this in a long time….probably since last summer or early fall. It was a staple back then. As the weather is warmer now, with some cooler days still, I felt now was the time to get a little more of this. I decided to make a cold brew of this while I had the Summer Shangrila earlier, and some matcha. Either I used too much leaf for the cold brew (as I am learning how much to use with my new travel mug), or I simply prefer this hot, but it was just ok. Or maybe it was because I made it unsweetened? It does look fantastic in my new sloth mug though. :D I will be doing a hot steep of this once the cold one is done.

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drank Summer Shangri-la by Silk Road
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Had this the same way I did last time, with about a 2 minute steep, and unsweetened. It’s really good. I chose it because I woke up not feeling great and with a headache, so I gravitated to this. It really is nice and I am gonna have to buy a tin when my sample runs out.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
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Somehow I missed that this has blackberry leaves in it. They give the tea (and all teas with it) a weird taste on my tongue, which is more prominent when the tea cools down, and it is somewhat artificial tasting. Blech, It was a free tea though, as I got a new travel mug, since my beloved kids mug recently cracked internally, rendering it unusable now. So I will drink it, but it is not my fave…would likely love it more had it not had blackberry leaves in it.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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