5828 Tasting Notes


This is a queued tasting note.

Brought this one with me to DAVIDsTEA to drink on shift earlier this week. Everyone was pretty excited about it/the dry smell. It’s so sweet and rich smelling and the name and then the appearance of the leaf really draw you in.

Here are the notes I scribbled on my cup drinking it:

- Added milk
- Malty, sweet, caramel, freshly baked bread, cocoa
- Smooth with no bitterness, minimal astringency
- Almost tasted like an Assam profile?

I loved it a lot overall; the one change I think I’d make is a slightly shorter steep time because I went with around five minutes, and I’m pretty sure that’s where the astringency came from. Also, I think I’d like to try it without milk as well – the primary reason I added it in the first place was to soften the astringency, and if that wasn’t an issue I don’t think the milk would be needed.

Nattie drools *
Evol Ving Ness

Totally love that you are exposing/converting DTs people to other brands, one by one, while at work.

Roswell Strange

It seems only right that people who work in a tea shop are familiar with everything on the market/try as much as possible ;)

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking a cup of this one cold brewed before I head off to bed.

Or attempt to head off to bed, that is.

Our roommate situation got resolved today: for a while we’ve been searching for a third roommate and struggling to find one. However, our good friend James ended his relationship with his girlfriend today – and since they were living together in her apartment that meant he needed somewhere to move, and quickly. So, that timed out nicely for us. It’s unfortunate circumstances for him, though.

It’s somewhat weird, though. James used to spend A LOT of time at this condo because he was dating our old roommate Shauna; and then they broke up and he stopped coming around because that would have been awkward. The room he’s moving into now is Shauna’s old room; I bet that feels strange to him. In addition, up until like three weeks ago he was technically my boss at work? I mean, I worked in a totally different area of the store (Value Village; not DT) but he was my superior. Eventually, because of mutual friends and what not, people are going to figure out we’re living together now…

That’s not a HUGE deal; it wasn’t a secret between coworkers that we were friends outside of work. However I think this MAY be an eye opener to some people just how close we were outside of work. I don’t know if that will affect things for me or not? I suppose I’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.

And then of course there’s just the fact that James is a LOUD person. He’s been in the condo less than five hours now “officially” and the sound of blaring video games and him and Trey drinking/gaming together is already significantly louder than I’m used to the apartment being at this time of night. I’m hoping it’s just the excitement of them living together (they’re best friends) and that over time that’ll tone itself down a little.

So yeah – those are the things I’m mulling over tonight while I drink my cold brew…

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally 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.


Yikes, I hope things turn out well for you. These types of situations can get frustrating over time, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I feel you on the noise thing. Some people seem to carry noise around them. They don’t seem to have the same need for silence and peace that others do.

My new neighbours, over a year now, are like that. There is always sound and noise coming from them. There are children jumping, crying, babbling. Adults talking or screaming or laughing. TV on. Sports noise on. Exercise motivation on. Noise and sound. All. the. time. I know, it’s just life for them, but damn.

In my experience, it is best to introduce your need for, occasional, quiet earlier rather than later with people who share your space.

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
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So let me tell you a tale…

A few nights ago this was my cold brew for the day – the same day I ended up heading to my mom’s for the evening rather unexpectedly to help out with a family project/Christmas thing for my Grandma. Whenever I head over to my mom’s house I try to bring tea with me for her to try.

So, she of course asked to try what I was drinking. I had to awkwardly tell her that I’d brought with me the one tea that she happens to currently have more than 30g of at her house. In fact, no only does she have more than 30g but she probably has closer to 300g of it. Oops.

I enjoyed it though! Happy I bought some of this for at home.

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Tonight’s cold brew…

I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this tea to be honest – and in fact I’m still a little undecided on it now that I’m drinking it. I enjoy the blueberry notes I’m getting a lot and appreciate that they’ve very natural and not overly sweet, but that said the flavour is a little delicate/fragile overall and I can’t help but wish for something a bit more bold. I’ll have to play around with steep times/leaf used, I think.

However – the best part of this brew is by far the aesthetics! The liquor colour is a gorgeous borderline periwinkle though, obviously from the blueberries. So pretty looking!

Holding off on rating for now…

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drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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A green chai!? Well, after my delightful Green Rooibos latte I figured I better get something I wasn’t looking forward to out of the way on the Project Tea Wall list…

I’m never going to be the world’s biggest Chai fan, but honestly this wasn’t awful. I’ve certainly tried worse green teas since starting Project Tea Wall, that’s for sure. Part of why I think this didn’t completely flop for me was that it’s not actually that ginger heavy, and the vanilla does a wonderful job keeping this sweet and balancing out the spices. Also, the green base does a nice job keeping this lighter feeling too. Though, there was definitely some astringency going on.

I actually think I may need to make more of a legitamate effort trying some green based Chai from other companies ‘cause I’ve tried a few green Chai blends now and I think I have a better success rate with them over traditional black based Chai. In fact, Tea Desire’s Apricot Chai with a Gunpowder base is one of my all time favourite Chai blends, and by a long shot…

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally 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 Green Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve obviously had green rooibos before – but this was just my first time trying DT’s version of it. This has been the case with a lot of the straight/pure teas on my Project Tea Wall list; I wont have tried DT’s offering even if I’ve had it from another company. So, still crossing them off because only after I’ve tried the DT version is it completely honest of me to say that “I’ve tried every tea on the tea wall”.

I got this one as a hot latte for myself today on shift, and with some added honey as well because to be honest I was just craving something sweet and milky, and without caffeine and the list of rooibos/herbals left for Project Tea Wall is quickly dwindling, so options were limited…

Green Rooibos isn’t my favourite tea to drink straight; but I will say that it’s MUCH better than it’s red rooibos counterpart. This one is sweeter/lighter overall and the wood notes that do come through just seem fresher? So yeah, this is woody/grassy but more of a sweet dewy grass? Freshly grown Spring time grass, if that makes sense? It goes really nicely with the honey, and then the milk/latte format just makes it creamier and thicker. It’s a very nice fresh, and naturally sweet tasting combination overall.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally 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.


Interesting, I don’t recall ever trying green Rooibos before, although I know I’ve had red Rooibos. Sounds like I might enjoy green better!


Agreed. To me rooibos in general (+ honeybush) teas are ones that I really like STRONG flavourings with.

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Advent Calendar Day Eleven

I feel like DF including this blend in their advent is a lot like DT including Forever Nuts; when I think of the big/popular blends from DF this is one of the ones I automatically think of. I’ve seen it reviewed here on Steepster – though actually this is my first time trying it.

It’s strawberry and rhubarb, so that was really exciting for me! I love rhubarb teas so much, and while I’d prefer it without the strawberry pairing it’ll do so long as the rhubarb is still distinct. Drinking this one on the bus ride before starting work, I was really impressed with how smooth the flavours were and I very strongly enjoyed that it stayed away from the trap that strawberry/rhubarb teas often fall into where they’re quite tart/sour. This with soft and sweet, with sort of a borderline baking/pasty like undertone? It wasn’t buttery enough to make me think of a danish or strudel or anything like that but it did have a powdered sugar/icing sugar sort of vibe? And the black tea itself had bread-y notes, which combined with the powdered sugar I guess enhanced the idea of a strawberry/rhubarb flavoured baking type thing.

And yes, the rhubarb is distinct and separate from the strawberry although the two notes do come together in a wonderful way.

Another one I greatly enjoyed from the calendar.


I liked this cold brewed.

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I’ve had Kenyan black tea before; a lot actually. In particular, it was a type of black tea we explored very thoroughly in my Sommelier courses – but this is my first time trying DT’s offering of it. From previous experience, I find Kenyan blacks to be very full bodied and brisk, with strong malt and dry citrus notes so that’s what I was looking for.

First impression was that this one is rather astringent. It doesn’t take over the entire cup, and does seem a bit more muted as the liquor cools, but the first half of this cup definitely left my mouth with that dry pucker-y feeling after each sip.

The flavour is definitely robust and full bodied with brisk malty and raisin notes. The tea description mentions this one having floral character but I didn’t really observe that at all. The pithy lemon/citrus notes I was keeping an eye tastebud? out for made an appearance as a lemon rind like note in the finish of the sip. It also felt a touch brassy, overall. Overall, this isn’t my favourite straight black offering that we carry by a long shot but I do think it keeps in line with other Kenyan blacks I’ve previously tried, and I bet with some milk and maybe honey it could make a really nice, interesting morning cup of tea.

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally 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.


#projectteawall—- a mission to drink every tea on the wall??

Roswell Strange

You got it :) I’m well on my way; 27 left to go as of tonight.


Wow that’s not bad at all!

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Morning cuppa!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Woke up this morning at like 8AM, but I didn’t leave my bed until 10AM because it was just so damn cold in the whole condo and I couldn’t bear to leave my warm, toasty covers. Of course, when I did, the first thing I did was make myself a hot cup of tea to warm me up before then immediately proceeding back to my bed to drink some tea and play FNAF: Sister Location before getting ready for work…

This one still tastes a lot like Cherry Cola to me, even hot. It’s sort of weird – though not for the ‘cherry’ part since cherry IS a flavour in this blend but for the “Cola” element, because I’m not sure where that’s coming from. However, as a hot tea it’s definitely not as seamlessly Cherry Cola flavoured as I can pick out ginger notes, especially in the finish, and it’s a tiny bit astringent as well. Still quite enjoyable, though.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQg11FO44K0&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=132

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You know, trying ALL the teas on the wall doesn’t get easier when we keep releasing new ones; but such is the nature of DAVIDsTEA. Plus, I did think it was cool we created a limited edition December TOTM this year since typically there just isn’t a December one. I tried this one the day it launched; I’m just only now finding the time to write about it. Obviously I knew it was coming out sooner than that; and I got a chance the smell the dry leaf a little bit sooner than the first official launch day so I was already practically drooling over the tin when I got the chance to sip away at it on shift…

Personally, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Santa’s Secret. I can’t really tell you why ‘cause I don’t know myself – but it just doesn’t excite me the way it excites others. This is a game changer though because I do really enjoy white chocolate and White Chocolate Frost is one of my all time favourite Winter/Holiday teas that DT has ever released, so I was hoping the flavour would be comparable.

Here are the notes I took on shift the day I tried it:

- Sweet, creamy and minty
- Sort of vanilla undertones?
- Tastes a lot like it smells but lighter on the mint
- Definitely an oilier/thicker mouthfeel w. chocolate goo
- Interesting, and enjoyable overall but I feel like it’s not very unique
- Doesn’t trump WCF; but is a satisfying enough option instead of it

For the record, I do like it better than Santa’s Secret as well.

I’ve since had the chance to try it a few more times, and what I’ve found is that it works best for me when it’s made in a gravity steeper rather than the sachets we use in store or a basket filter; I think that’s cause the white chocolate gets dispersed into the liquor a little bit better? I also enjoy it a lot with milk but shamefully I haven’t tried it as a latte yet even though it’s crazy popular that way. And, longer steeping times are generally ok ‘cause it lets the chocolate melt down better, and there’s so much added stuff in this blend that it wont get bitter if you tack on an extra minute or two.

I just wish it tasted a little bit more in line with the intense smell. That smell is just drool worthy; but the steeped tea is only a fraction as potent. If we could capture the smell in candle form I’d buy like a dozen of them, though!

Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently seasonally 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.


i freakin LUV santa’s secret so now i’m super pumped to drink this one. i think i have a sample…actually i don’t. i just went to go check. (but i did count 5 bags of santa’s secret still left.) guess i’ll HAVE to go shopping on the DT website.
a girl’s gotta do what a gurl’s gotta do.


I made this as a smoothie and the mint was intense. I think maybe its all just luck of the draw for what ends up in the cup because the mint when I had it definitely matched the scent.


I’m really disappointed that DT isn’t making any tea scented candles this year… :(

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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 a real life pet – 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.


SK, Canada

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