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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
945 tasting notes

I wasn’t impressed with this tea straight. Enjoying it more after adding some cream. It does have a nutty flavor to it, but I don’t know that I would pin it as pistachio if I drank it without knowing the name. It’s okay, but not a restock for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Overdid the steep time on this cup of tea earlier in the week (I left the sachet of tea in the cup on my bus ride home, like an idiot) and that resulted in a bitter and astringent cup of what is normally a very, very lovely tea. So that was a HUGE disappointment. With that bitterness, it almost tasted like overcooked rice!?

Just, not a good experience – but completely my fault.

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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Made this one up as a big pot of tea, to sip on in bed while binging season 5 of Bojack Horseman earlier in the week…

Gotta say; I’m continuing to love this one! It’s got undertones of very refreshing and more vegetal/hydrating cucumber but the body is strong and rich with notes of malt and brisk, tannic black tea (which the cucumber definitely helps to balance out), vaguely citrus/orange tinged tangy notes, and a finish that is spicy like chutney without over doing it. It’s a very, very pleasant and well balanced amount of spice.

I mean, this whole tea is just so well crafted and put together; it hits a TON of different flavour notes and types without any of them feeling overpowered or overdone and they all play off one another in some sort of way. I have to increase my rating and just sort of bow to Anne, because this is a visionary blend. One that I hope will be reblended in the future…

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Just a tiny bit sad to see this one finished off. It was a nice before bed kind of tea, with a surprisingly relaxing profile. Distinctly turmeric flavoured, without over doing it at all either. Could make have used a brighter citrus note to really nail that aspect!? But overall it was good! Makes me very thankful that I received it as a free sample, since I think it’s one of those blends that I never would have picked out for myself.

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Thank you VariaTEA for the share!

I thought that this was a little bland/lacking in flavour, but the flavours that were present were nice enough – kind of a soft herbaceous quality, hints of orange peel, and then more of a clove heavy finish. The clove was the strongest thing in the blend, and I deeply enjoyed it. I just wish there had been more flavour overall; maybe a longer steep time would have helped!? IDK; I did follow VariaTEA’s written instructions of ten minutes though and even after all that I just found it kind of… “meh”.

I think at this point, my general attitude is that if a Western style cup of tea takes more than ten minutes for me to steep then it’s probably not worth my time.

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I actually thought that I’d finished this one off already, but I was packing up a box last night and I saw the tin of it pushed way, way far back on my teacupboard. Similar to Orange Blossom, there was only a single cup worth of tea left in the tin and that’s just not enough to justify the space it would take up in a box so I just drank it instead.

I’m glad I did; I think I caught this one right at the point of the bergamot in it getting gross – because it was mostly a nice strawberry blend with undertones of bergamot but it did taste just a little bit ‘off’ so I think that bergamot was about to take a much worse turn soon. That’s what I get for hoarding. Still a decent cup though despite that very mild weirdness/‘off-ness’.

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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I was craving this one really badly last week, and even though I do own it I’ve already packed my bag of it up in a box and sent it out to Montreal so I had to wait until my shift the next day and make it at work in order to sate my craving.

I definitely didn’t let it steep long enough though because of my impatience to drink it right away; and in being impatient I ended up with a very thin and bland/weak version of this tea that was a pale comparison of what it could have been. So, I was disappointed for sure…

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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Finished off as an iced tea; it was so sour though that I had to add two pumps of agave just to make it drinkable and even with that agave added in to it the flavour was still really, really tart and hibiscus heavy. It was kind of like having an orange flavourd Warhead candy. In so many ways, just not what I want out of a nice iced orange blend.

Glad to have finished it off – I wanted to like this one a lot but despite a couple decent cups I just think it was underwhelming as a whole.

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Last tea from the staff meeting tea tasting.

Another one that I feel like didn’t impact me a whole lot because I’ve not only had this one fairly recently (a few months ago, I suppose) but I had a LOT of exposure to it back when it was originally on the tea wall. And I’ve never really liked this one; you can go back and see my tasting notes from five/six years ago LONG before I worked at DAVIDsTEA and see that my distaste for this tea has been really well documented. So this wasn’t something I was necessarily stoked to revisit. I do see why people enjoy it; and it went over pretty well at the staff meeting with the staff who had never had the chance to experience it before.

It’s just not my cup of tea.

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 Caramel Brownie by T2
2188 tasting notes

360/365

This one turned out to be more pleasant than I thought it might be, but then I’m not sure why I didn’t think I’d like it to begin with. A minor trepidation about chocolate teas, maybe? As it happens, it’s a good one! There’s lots of caramel – it actually reminded me very clearly of a Cadbury’s Caramel bar, which can only be a good thing. The caramel tasted smooth and glossy in the same sort of way; sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The chocolate is nice also; a tad artificial, maybe, but at least not watery or weak. While the overall impression is of milk chocolate, there’s a background hint of cocoa that’s really pleasant, and only adds to the overall effect.

I drank today’s cup black, but I think this might make a decent latte. If not, then I like it fine anyway – a good thing, given that I have 100g…

Overall, a really decent cup. One of the better chocolate teas I’ve tried recently.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Another from the staff meeting tasting.

Revisiting this one might have been more impactful for me had I not just finished off a small tin of it while I was on vacation in Las Vegas. So, it really hasn’t been that long since I last tasted it. The blend doesn’t taste any different to me from last year’s version; so if you were a fan of it last year I’m pretty confidant nothing has been tweaked. Lots of sweet cranberry notes, and some creaminess alongside tartness. Personally, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this one.

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 Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
6952 tasting notes

From the staff meeting tea tasting.

This is one that I might have been interested in seeing return, if only for making lattes with it in store. I does make for a really damn good latte. Not really much to add for this one; it’s a really intense mint chocolate flavour. Trying it was kind of like revisiting a familiar friend.

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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Another from the staff meeting tasting.

I’m glad we didn’t bring this one back; I’ve never been a fan of it. It’s really sweet and almond heavy with a thick taste of marzipan paste. However, it also gets bitter really quickly, and it tastes super strongly of the green tea in the blend. This just reaffirmed, for me, that I don’t personally mesh well with this tea.

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 Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
6952 tasting notes

So, last week(ish) we had a big staff meeting at the store. Part of that staff meeting was trying a handful of the online exclusive teas that will be out this year with the winter collection! This was one of them, and it’s actually one that I’ve never had before so I was pretty excited to get to try it – since starting at DT I’ve been pretty obsessed with trying literally every tea that we’ve put out, and I’ve done a pretty damn good job. What can I say, I’m a completionist!?

I do think that this may have still been on the tea wall when I first started drinking tea at DAVIDsTEA – but at that point I wasn’t trying to be the very best like no one ever was, to taste them being my real test, finishing the tea wall as my cause. I just drank whichever teas interested me at the time…

I don’t hate this; it’s pretty simple in terms of flavour. Especially compared to a lot of the blends that come out now. Normal mix of chai spices, some vanilla, and… Oh. Wait. What is that!? A HURRICANE OF LICORICE ROOT in the finish of the sip. That’s kind of gross. If it weren’t for all the licorice root in this blend, I think I’d be into it. It’s just so much licorice root, though.

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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Blah I feel like crap today, currently taking a break from work and just so thankful I’m allowed to have a proper tea station set up at my work bench. It really makes a huge difference on days like today. Creature comforts and such.

Anyway, I’ve broken into this 15 gram sample of oolong and I’m quite pleased they included it. I like it significantly better than the jade oolong I purchased. Although it’s a rather green “high mountain” oolong, it’s super mellow yet somehow rich, fruity, and sweet. Not at all brothy and umami like some of the other oolong in this order. The citrus notes are enjoyable, but they’re actually not the flavours that stand out the most to me. There’s something like vanilla or white chocolate coming through, and a gentle floral sweetness too. The liquor is thicker than the other oolongs from this order as well. Amazingly smooth mouth feel, with some light astringency after a few cups. A distinct floral and vegetal aftertaste is present. Really quite impressed with this to be honest. I’m going to order more when I restock for an every day tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Vanilla, Vegetal, White Chocolate

Preparation
7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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drank Peppermint by Tadin
9 tasting notes

Yesterday I was under the weather, however towards 6pm or so I began to feel the dreaded scratch at the back of my throat. It progressed throughout the night and I knew that I was catching a cold. I took immediate action. I made this brand of peppermint tea for the first time. It was very strong in smell when I opened the box. It needed to steep longer than my usual brand but the taste was perfect. I fea little better but not like I would with my usual brand

Flavors: Peppermint

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drank Ginger Drink by Gold Kili
9 tasting notes

I made this 2 days ago because I caught a bug and I was feeling terribly nauseous. I actually suffered the whole day before it came to me while laying in bed that ginger was an excellent remedy for nausea. I knew I had run out of ginger tea but I made myself go check the cupboard anyway. Low and behold, there was one pack waiting for me. It was a perfect remedy that allowed my nausea to settle down enough for me to fall asleep. The next morning, at least in the stomach department, I was whole once more

Flavors: Ginger

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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
4157 tasting notes

Slowly but surely making my way through this.

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I made this loose tea again a couple days ago and I’m finally getting the flow of the right combination of milk and water down. It was always too watery or too milky but this time was just right. The tea was creamy and spicy without being too much of one element. Practice makes perfect

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Spicy

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I got this one from Cameron B, and I love it! It’s probably the most authentic melon taste I’ve experienced in tea before. The oolong doesn’t contribute much flavor, it’s just the tastiest melon. I can never buy DavidsTea sour watermelon again after this tea!

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I feel like this tea has been sitting in my cupboard for ages (because it has). I stocked up bigtime on this one when it was discontinued and then forgotten it in the madness that is my tea cupboard. With the weather cooling down a little, I decided to bring my tin of Poached Pear to keep in my desk at work and boy has this been a good decision! Of the four teas that I keep in my desk, this one is the one I reach for most. I have enough left at this point for about 2 PSs and while I will miss this one and the memories that it brings back, I will be glad to be getting another tin out of my collection and moving a new tin into my desk.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Pear, Sweet

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