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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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One of the day’s two cold brews – I got fancy yesterday and prepped one ahead of time so I could have two. One thing I’ve noticed is that sans boyfriend I’ve been drinking a lot more tea. And, it’s not even that it’s a “fill the hole with tea” situation. I just have more time to enjoy a few extra cups throughout the day. And not gonna lie, I’m loving it.

I’m still really enjoying this one overall even though it’s not Halloween ‘season’ anymore. However, even though I like the gimmick of the liquor colour it seems especially weird to see those orange and black sprinkles in my tea now that cause it. The creamy strawberry flavour though? It transcends the seasons. We need to release a year that’s available year round without the sprinkles. Yummy strawberry campino tea..

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3pJZSTQqIg&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=7

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically scoring teas because I’m seasonally employed at DAVIDsTEA and it would be a conflict of interest. Any teas you see with numerical ratings were rated before being hired there.

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Got this one iced today for my bus ride home from work.

I don’t know what to say about this one other than it’s spearmint. I mean, it’s not complicated. If you like spearmint you’ll probably like this tea and if you don’t then you wont. Personally, I love spearmint. If anything I wish my iced tea had been more potent/less watery.

But that’s a leafing issue and not the tea itself. And, it’s a me leafing issue ‘cause I’m the fool who used to use like eight tsp. of leaf for an 8 oz. cup back when I still stocked Peppermint Amour. Clearly I like to overleaf my mint teas quite a bit…

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bllKLAiLo6g&index=7&list=WL

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically scoring DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m seasonally employed there and doing so would be an obvious conflict of interest.

Kristal

I should totally get back into mint teas. Le Digestif is one I enjoy. Hmm :)

Roswell Strange

Pretty sure that’s one of the ones I haven’t had yet – guess it’ll be one I check off sooner rather than later :)

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Cold Brew Sipdown (142)!

Well, I don’t feel particularly bad finishing off the last of my DF teas because I caved earlier in the week and placed the DF order I’ve been eyeballing for a while. I got two of the other “Noel” teas, the salted caramel oolong, and the advent calendar. That’ll actually be my first tea advent calendar out of all three years I’ve been heavily interested in tea and I’m actually super excited for it. It’s the one tea advent I’ve been eyeballing for literal years…

I almost got more of this one too; but after finishing up 100g of it I think it might be time to take a break from it so I don’t get sick of it. It does taste really good today though: mostly sweet lemon curd, and a little bit nutty as well. It’s a good balance/pairing. I’m happy with this being the experience I’m getting for the sipdown.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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This is another one with a simple reason for why I never got to trying it before now; I don’t like coffee so why would I need to try it? It’s actually the last Pu’erh on the tea wall that I haven’t tried though – so it was a good one to check off the list.

I actually hadn’t realized there was vanilla flavouring in this one; but drinking it on the bus this morning that was SUPER obvious. A quick check of the ingredients when I got home after work confirmed it, but yeah this had super strong, rich and well defined vanilla notes. Honestly, I don’t feel like it’s much of a stretch to say they were the strongest part of the blend! Stronger than the coffee and Pu’erh that it’s named for, in fact. It was enjoyable though, and it definitely made the tea a lot smoother because both the Pu and the coffee had slight bitter undertones to them that were softened by the added vanilla. So while it was a dominant flavour, it was a smart choice to balance the bold, brisk profiles of both those ingredients.

Other things worth note…

This is obviously really earthy because of the base; even with the silky vanilla note that isn’t changed. Fans of earthy teas/Pu’erh will like that but if you’re looking for a blend where the base tea is masked you’re not going to find it with this one. Apparently this also has added almond flavouring; but I didn’t pick up on it. One thing I also liked was the absence of chocolate; not every coffee infused blend needs chocolate in it to make it work.

Overall I likely wont revisit it because I just don’t like the coffee element of it, but at least now I’m familiar with it and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I’d imagined it to be. I see it taking milk really well as well; so would probably work as a good latte rec for a customer.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWpEZguQE8E&index=4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

I absolutely adore the song Honey Whiskey by this band, so I’ve been looking at their other music to see if anything else speaks to me. So far this is my second favourite thing I’ve seen by them (after Honey Whiskey, obviously). Very different vibe to it, though. Still it’s beautiful – and I definitely recommend watching the music video. It tells a beautiful, although sad, story REALLY well.

Friendly reminder that I’m currently not numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m seasonally employed by them and therefore numerically scoring them would be a definite conflict of interest.

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Just stopping in briefly to report another tea checked off the tea wall. This is another that falls into that category of “didn’t try because it was a green tea”. As I sip on it now I’m feeling a little bit “take it or leave it” about it. It’s essentially just Earl Grey with a green tea base; and the bergamot flavouring while nice is nothing special either. I’d say a nice, medium body overall. Very citrus-y. With the green base it’s a little more refreshing than a black base would be. Has somewhat of a “fresher” feeling, I guess.

As someone who’s not a huge lover of green tea or Earl Grey I’d say it’s never gonna be a blend I’m going to want to stock personally but I definitely see the market this one appeals to.

Not going to lie I’m super distracted right now though – following the election on Slack teachat with a whole bunch of people. I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for hours. Of course, that’s not the case but it’s a tense, tense night regardless. I can only imagine how those actually in The States feel right now. The fact it’s this close right now is so terrifying though. It shouldn’t be this close. One way or another history will be made; but will it be for a positive reason or a horrifying one?

Come join us if you want to talk politics. Scary, terrifying politics…

Friendly reminder that currently I’m not numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I am seasonally employed by DT and therefore there is an obvious conflict of interest.

Mookit

Oh it’s over. The writing is on the wall by now. Sad day imo.

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I was just wondering on my way home from the mall today if this was named for the biblical story/theory that Eve was tempted by a pomegranate and not an apple and then I stopped to actually read the description of this tea and it’s directly referenced on the label/tea description… so there’s that.

This is one of the tea on the tea wall that I skipped over, simply put, just because of the green tea base. I’m not a fan of green tea, and so there are a lot of green teas I haven’t tried from DAVIDsTEA. It’s not overly complicated.

This one smells really good though! I was just commenting this morning that I dislike the stevia in DT’s Pom Diggety blend (and Pom Cider as well) and this one actually doesn’t have stevia in at all. So that’s an automatic plus, in my opinion. It just sweet really sweet and juicy though; pomegranate for sure but also just red fruits in general. It feels like the fruit is about to burst!

The taste is really smooth; I think I enjoy the base as much as I do because it’s not straight green tea – it’s cut with both black tea and rooibos. So, in addition to the vegetal/grassy taste of the green tea it has some of the body of the black tea backing it, and is a bit more grounded. If that makes sense. I don’t think the richness of the red fruits/pomegranate is as juicy and in your face flavour wise as it comes across in aroma, but the distinctness of those fruits IS there. I know this is pomegranate and I know that it has other red fruits/berry notes in the background for support. Strawberry, raspberry, maybe even red currant. Again, I can’t reiterate it enough – but the fact this doesn’t have stevia in it is SUPER apparent in how the natural sweetness of the fruit is conveyed.

Yeah; I don’t really have much criticism for this one apart from the fact the aroma is more intense than the actual flavour. It’s still not weak/light bodied though; and the notes are there and what I want from it. I wish we carried a candle infused with this one rather than some of the other scents/teas we carry in candle format ‘cause I’d probably rather smell it than drink it. But regardless call me seduced, I guess.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating teas because I’m seasonally employed by DAVIDsTEA and therefore an obvious conflict of interest exists.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of the samples I nabbed today for Project Tea Wall; I know exactly why this is one I’ve never “tried” and that’s because I was with a friend who ordered it once and when I tried a sip of her’s it tasted way too tart to me. So I never explored it further. Well, I’m changing that today!

Even though it’d probably be better iced, I’m drinking this one hot tonight while I munch on some Pink Lemonade flavoured popcorn at the same time. I’m getting my little sister a whole bunch of different watermelon flavoured things for Christmas ‘cause that’s her favourite food overall. So while I was downtown I got watermelon popcorn for her and a couple other weird flavours for myself. It just made sense to me that pink lemonade popcorn would be nice with pink lemonade tea.

Well, the popcorn sucks. Sure, it’s SUPER pretty looking. But the taste is actually a little medicinal lemon tasting and for some strange reason the popcorn is still buttered and salted as well – neither of those two things are flavours that taste nice next to lemonade. So; I’m gonna pass on the rest of the bowl of popcorn and hope that my roommate likes it better than I did.

But I’m not here to write about the popcorn. Lets get into the tea! Firstly, the dry leaf actually smells really good. I mean, it’s pretty much exactly like canned pink lemonade. Acidic, tangy, and with a sweet undertone. When I steeped it up though my initial fears that the tartness comes entirely from the hibiscus in the blend resurfaced though: the liquor colour is a deep hibiscus pink purple.

I’m gonna go on a limb though and say that this is one of those few times where hibiscus is an appropriate addition to convey the intended, titular flavour that the blend is going for. The tartness of the hibiscus is apparent, but it’s also a good match for sweet and sour lemon notes in the blend. And while the merging of the two seperate flavour notes, hibby and lemon, is not seamless it’s pretty smooth. Apart from that this has a sweetness to the end of the sip that extends past the natural sweetness of the lemon; gonna go on a limb and say it’s the sugar cane rather than the stevia because it’s a pleasant sweetness and when stevia really makes itself known it’s not all that pleasant.

Other major points of note…

This is a good rooibos for people who don’t generally like rooibos because it’s completely masked by the other strong flavour. Additionally, the lime is a bit noticeable in the finish of the sip but the mango is totally lost amongst everything else. I wouldn’t be completely surprised if it was more intended as a filler.

Anyway, I’m happy I gave this a real try ’cause one thing I can definitely say with confidance is that this cup did not taste medicinal which was what I expected from it. Surprisingly, as a hot tea, two thumbs up from me!

Friendly reminder that I am not currently numerically reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends because I’m currently employed by them and therefore an obvious conflict of interest exists.

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So I worked it out the other day, and there are just over 50 different teas currently on the tea wall that I haven’t tried. Overall, I’ve tried over 200 of DT’s various offerings – but product knowledge on those blends doesn’t do me much good when most of them aren’t sold anymore. So, I’m starting #ProjectTeaWall – the goal of which is to try every single tea currently on the tea wall that I haven’t yet. Yes, even the ones that I’ve avoided because I typically hate the ingredients in them. Which, it turns out, is like 80% of the teas I haven’t tried.

So we’re starting with this one: I stopped in store today to get some samples to begin with the project and while I was there I also caved and got the rosy pink “gold dipped” Nordic because even though I don’t have space for it with the staff discount that wasn’t a good enough excuse not to get it.

I asked one of our associates to recommend a good green tea for an iced latte. Unsurprisingly, the category of tea that I have the most untried teas in is the Green Tea section. There are nineteen blends in total from that section I need to tick off. After his first recommendation was a tea I’ve tried (Ceremonial Matcha) this was the one we settled on. When I was going through the Tea Wall trying to figure out what I hadn’t tried yet I was actually surprised this was one I hadn’t tried: but I guess I never got around to it ’cause when it was released Hot Lips was also still on the wall, and I was stocking that one at the time. The two were pretty similar, and so this is one I just never got to.

Gotta say, as an iced latte I do think I like this better than I liked Hot Lips so maybe that was a bit of a missed opportunity overall in waiting to try it for so long. The reason I like this one better is very obvious to me though: Hot Lips was primarily cinnamon and this is primarily clove. Good, sweet clove! For anyone who doesn’t know this about me yet; I don’t like spiced teas very much ‘cause I can really only handle spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, etc. in SMALL amounts and generally on their own. Clove is the exception to that; I fucking ADORE cloves. In fact, I’ve been known to pick cloves out of tea leaf and just suck on the cloves for a few hours.

So other than that really wonderful clove note, this does have cinnamon among other spice elements. I couldn’t taste the chili pepper but I got cinnamon undertones. It reminded me a little of cinnamon candy hearts, and that was likely because in combination to the cinnamon notes this had a really sweet finish. Kind of like honey? If I didn’t know better I’d say that the associate had added agave to this but I literally saw him write the no sweetener identifier on the cup, and watched him make it; there was no added sweetener. This just has a really sweet finish, I guess. I’d say that overall that’s the element of the tea I like the least: I wish it was less sweet/cloying overall. Those spice notes/elements taste just fine without the honey like finish. Still, happy I finally crossed this one off the list! It wasn’t as scary as I thought it’d be, for a spiced tea.

Friendly reminder that I am currently not numerically rating teas because I’m seasonally employed for DAVIDsTEA and that would be a conflict of interest.

Cavocorax

I do like this one but I agree that it’s too sweet! I love having more orange/clove/cinnamon teas out there so I end up getting this one more than I probably normally want to otherwise.

A2ShedsJackson / MrsPremise

As a fellow clove fan, I’m glad you went out on a limb and tried this one. I love spicy teas and this was one of my favorites from Davids Tea. I do wish they didn’t put stevia or sweeteners in everything, but this was still super tasty. I always mix up which one of their teas has chili peppers in it… Sweet Heat? Or is it this one?

Roswell Strange

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This is the one with chili; Sweet Ginger Heat has pepper corns in it. And, the latter is also the one with the stevia in it.

A2ShedsJackson / MrsPremise

Clearly, I have them all mixed up! Then yes, Spice is Right is one of the better spicy teas I’ve tried from DavidsTea. Thanks for setting me straight.

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drank Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew (143)!

Enjoying the last bit of my pitcher of this sans alcohol; it’s still really nice. It’s especially apple-y today with that very long lingering apple skin note in the aftertaste. I’m actually not tasting cinnamon this time either – which is a little more in line with what the actual ingredients indicate this should taste like.

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Sipdown (144)!

Today this one smells a lot more peanut butter-y than it tastes; the flavours in the cup itself are a bit more muted and an even split between something nutty but not distinct and the jammy raspberry. I also feel like I’m tasting something fig like today as well, which is interesting because I don’t know where it’s coming from. The base is a little floral as well; the floral notes aren’t sitting as nicely with the nutty notes but they do compliment the raspberry nicely.

It’s a good mug overall, but now that I’m finishing with this one I’m a little happy to see it finished. I liked it well enough, but just don’t think this is a tea I could ever get really into.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Qxxx2SQoo&index=2&list=WL

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually about five years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more than straight but one of my mini goals is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

A personal goal of mine has been to do a proper Gong Fu session every week because it’s something I deeply enjoy doing but struggle to make time for. I can’t say I’ve been doing great staying on track with this goal, but I haven’t forgotten about it!

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives. The exception to this is matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives. So unless I mention otherwise you can assume that I’ve prepared my tea Western style without added ingredients/sweeteners.

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, and honey, but only in moderation.

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, often Chai spices in general, mushrooms, overly vegetal or marine/seaweed, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/looking to try: Shou Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends or straight teas with strong sweet potato notes, and anything with Goji berries. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas!

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket

I also have two real life pets:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, and a fancy rat named Wasabi.

Currently I’m employed at DAVIDsTEA. While I’m still reviewing DAVIDsTEA blends I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any tea blends you currently see with a numeric score that are from DAVIDsTEA were reviewed prior to my being hired there.

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