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drank Spiced Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
5573 tasting notes

Well, I said I was gonna set this one aside until the fall and that’s what I did!

Come the first day of Autumn, I pulled this tea out and whipped myself up a nice hot mug of it. I did add a splash of cashew milk for creaminess, and some pumpkin agave to amp up those pumpkin notes as well! It was really good, although QUITE sweet. Even with the pumpkin agave, the pumpkin isn’t as strong as I’d personally want it to be – I think the apple is a far more piercing, full bodied and forward flavour. I still enjoyed it though, and I was right that it feels a little more natural to be drinking this one in autumn over the summer.

I’m also a little surprised just how many other people must have been fans of this one! People have been coming in and asking for Pumpkin Chai since I started working at DT (it happens like at least once a week) but ever since September first we have two or three people come in a week looking for this blend in particular too. I just never realized it was that well loved…

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.

Evol Ving Ness

This one is yum. Thanks for reminding me of it. Now, where did I put mine?

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drank Gourmet Root Beer by 52teas
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Iced.

Dry, this one smells SO MUCH like root beer to me, but when I steeped it up as an iced tea the other day I found that the illusion was actually sort of broken? I mean it still reminded me of root beer and it was still delicious, but mostly I just tasted the individual flavour notes and I had to actually focus on not viewing them that way to taste what they were forming as a ‘whole’.

I know there isn’t cinnamon in this, but it still STRONGLY reminds me of cinnamon regardless. I’m convinced at this point that it’s a combination of the clove and the black base tea itself that comes together and creates that flavour in my head. I just can’t shake it; for me the whole body of the sip was strong, but smooth, cinnamon notes.The top is more sweet and anise heavy, and I thought the finish was the most Root Beer like aspect to me because it had the most vanilla and sarsaparilla notes to it.

I wish it blended together a little bit more to create a more concise flavour, but I do still really enjoy it regardless – it just takes a little more work for it to feel like a “root beer” tea this was, and not just a smooth, creamy mix of spice elements. It was a little more root beer like as a hot tea, funnily enough.

Song Pairing: https://youtu.be/jHu160KUB3M

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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So, this is my first time drinking this tea since it was brought back as a TOTM/core tea.

It’s not that I actually dislike it in anyway or that I’ve been putting off drinking it; I actually liked it a fair bit when it was a limited edition tea. My biggest thing was just the mouthfeel/general oilyness from the melting down sugar brittle. However, taste wise it was totally fine. It’s just that there are a lot of other sweet/dessert teas I generally reach for over this one, so it’s kind of been forgotten about?

I drank this one as a latte though – after months, I finally decided it was just the sweet treat I really needed to perk me right up on a day I was feeling a little down. My immediate feeling was regret. Not for making the tea, but for waiting for such a long time to revisit this one after it was brought back as a core tea. It was so good! Instantly made me think of cotton candy/cotton candy flavoured candies but with a bolder flavour and a strong creamy factor. Of course, the creaminess/silkiness comes from the latte style prep. Regardless, it was REALLY good and not actually as cloying as I was bracing myself for. I mean don’t get me wrong, it was sweet. However, for something cotton candy flavoured I didn’t find it over the top.

Also, the mouthfeel/texture thing? Really not an issue for a latte – the milk hides that unpleasant feeling. I’m sure I’d still get it if I were drinking this one straight but not this way.

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 Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold Brew!

Very smooth, and tasty with creamy pineapple and coconut notes and then softer, ripe mango and sweet apple undertones. The perfect example of a sweet, but not cloying, and smooth tropical flavour. However, mouthfeel wise this was a total mess. I don’t know why, but the coconut peeling completely disintegrated in the water as this was cold brewing and so the the whole liquor had this weird, oily/pulpy coconut aspect to it that was…

No.

Anyone know why the coconut shavings would have done that? I’ve never really had that issue with this tea before and I’ve had it quite a few times – so it seems like a weird thing to have happened just out of the blue.

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.

MrQuackers

Coconut milk. It’s pressed from the shavings.

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Currently sipping on this one.

This is a really interesting Australian black tea that I got my mom to pick up for me on her vacation to BC; it was one of a couple teas from Terroir Tea Merchant that I was specifically interested in. I’ve had a few green teas from Australia now, but I think this is my first black tea? What’s really interesting to me is that basically Australia is modelling their tea growing after Japanese practices – but Japan isn’t exactly renowned for the black tea, are they? So I’m curious what exactly this will taste like…

The dry leaf is certainly inviting enough though; lots of sweet malt and cocoa notes coming off it, and a bit of an earthiness? I wonder how that will translate flavour wise.

Steeped up, I’m enjoying this one a lot! It’s very smooth and full bodied, with a thick soup that coats the inside of the mouth. The top notes are sweet, and are all elements/flavours that I would sort of associate with being inside of a bakery: malt, cocoa powder, honey, fresh baked bread, molasses, and a touch of cinnamon. The body is a bit deeper, a little more savory while still being sweet: malt, wood, dark chocolate, raisin bread, and maybe even something kind of like leather?

The finish is the really interesting part to me, though. It’s a lot less sweet than the rest of the sip, and has a bit more of a burnt toast and dense black pepper kind of thing going for it on top of that malty quality. It’s tickling the back of my throat in a similar way to how blends with actual black pepper or peppercorn in them do. It’s also a little drying.

I think right now I like this one on the whole, but I’m curious to explore it a little further and see if the flavour profile is consistent to what I’m getting from it now. I wish it was just a touch sweeter going into that finish because the black pepper tickling sensation isn’t my favourite thing ever. It’s not a deal breaker, though.

MrQuackers

Royal milk tea is quite popular. That uses other countries black tea like Assam or Darjeeling. :)

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Another sample from teabento!

Personally, I adore jasmine scented silver needle teas. In my opinion silver needle/yin zhen is the best kind of tea to be jasmine scented because it allows the jasmine to really shine through without any other flavours negatively impacting the flavour or drowning it out; and it’s the most peaceful/tranquil and relaxing form of jasmine scented tea. Greener oolongs and black tea aren’t bad options; but you’re always going to get a more full bodied tea flavour that’s in a way competing with the jasmine and not showcasing it.

This afternoon I’m in a bit of a ‘blah’ mood – it’s very dreary and gross outside, and there are some life things happening that have left me feeling a bit down as of late. I started the morning with some pretty rich tasting flavoured teas, but this afternoon what I really want is something peaceful. So currently I’m curled up in bed drinking a Western style mug of this from the cutest little robins egg blue mug covered in little white french dots. My cat Eric is curled up with me; coincidentally he kind of looks like teabento’s cute little cat design for this tea; he’s very white and fluffy – though also significantly fatter. It seems especially fitting that he’s joined me for my mug of Silver Cat tea.

The whole aesthetic right now is delicate, cute and peaceful.

The tea fits pretty perfectly with that theme, too! The first thing I have to point out about the flavour is just the overall freshness of it; everything about the jasmine flavour screams natural/authentic – though because we’re going for tranquility here I think it’s probably more apt to say that it ‘whispers authentic’. Truly, though, the jasmine is really lovely and relaxing: very fragrant and smooth with a bit of sweetness lifting it up to near ethereal stature. Like I said, one of the reasons I really like silver needle tea as the base for jasmine scented teas is because it REALLY lets the jasmine come through, and that’s 100% the case here.

The white tea itself is nice though; while this is mostly delightful jasmine notes you can’t ignore that the base offers some elements too. For starters, there’s a lovely mix of sweet, fresh cream and hay notes in the background of the sip that are definitely from the tea. There’s also just a hint of something fruity; like a fragile mix of sweet lemon and peach juices; definitely something you’d get from a really nice, quality yin zhen. The sweetness of both that fruit element and the jasmine lingers lightly in the finish of the sip, and the way it coats the mouth only to pop off the edges of my tongue makes me feel like a graceful ballerina is dancing in my mouth. Elegant movements, but so full of life and emotion.

This is exactly the kind of tea I wanted this afternoon; it captures exactly what I was in the mood for and all in all everything has come together so beautifully – from the flavour of liquor to my surrounding aesthetics. I feel at peace and relaxed; full of warm cozy tea and fat, cat cuddles. This might just be my favourite tea from teabento yet!

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drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a queued tasting note.

The night before I drank this one, I think I got probably about an hour of sleep. Maybe two, generously speaking. There wasn’t anything in particular preventing me from sleeping; no noise, I didn’t feel ill, and I was comfortable…

I just could not fall asleep.

So, I ended up starting my shift the morning afterwards with two large iced teas of these bad boys. This is, for the moment, my favourite high caffeine tea – it’s really refreshing and thirst quenching and I really like the combo of fresh, sweet red apples and ripe blackberries. Plus, I really don’t mind the beet either. The more I drink this one, the more I pick up on the flavour of it. It’s definitely light and more of a soft undertone alongside the light grassy/earthy yerba mate base and as a delicate lingering note in the aftertaste. Because of that more soft, nuanced nature I still think this is a nice tea for people who are skeptical of the taste of beet in their tea or who just don’t like beet in general – I’m just saying I appreciate it in addition to everything else, and I’m happy I can taste it even if it is really subtle.

So yeah; this tea was a life saver! The caffeine boost was so important to me making it through the day – and the flavour was spot on and delightful!

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.

MrQuackers

You did listen to the song while drinking this? (No, I don’t expect an actual response)

Cat-Nap

Good to know that this tea is better drank in the morning, perhaps it will be one that I stock in my classroom for those draining days where I need a pick me up mid day.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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So, it’s the first day of Autumn today!

I’m celebrating/getting into the Autumn spirit by wearing the biggest, coziest sweater I own and curling up under the covers with pumpkin teas – nothing says “Fall” more than that except for, perhaps, the crab apples tree just outside my window that’s beautifully transitioning from bright green leaves to crisp, warming yellows and oranges accented by the bright red crab apples covering the whole thing.

So; this is my first Pumpkin Chai of the year – and possibly my last. I just don’t really love Chai tea, and to be honest I find this one a little bit overhyped. It’s just a little too much spice for me, with not enough sweet, rich pumpkin pay off. I’ve kind of found a way to rectify that this year though: I’ve added in a nice squeeze of pumpkin agave to both boost the pumpkin flavour in the tea and give it more sweetness/dessert like qualities so that it’s a little more in line with what I want out of a pumpkin/autumnal Chai.

It’s still got lots of warming cinnamon notes, don’t get me wrong! And the black tea is nice and rich/full bodied and adds a nice layer of malt to the warming cinnamon elements. It’s just that it’s got a brighter pumpkin flavour, and the caramel/burnt sugar notes are a little more exaggerated thanks to the extra sweetness of the agave.

Oh! I also topped it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! That way the mug cooled down a little faster, and I got to sip the tea through the melted down ice cream foam, which made it even creamier/silkier and kind of replicated the feeling/taste of eating pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. Only thing that would have made it better would have been a pinch of nutmeg sprinkled on top.

Happy first day of Autumn!

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.

MrQuackers

It’s a heat wave. Make my an iced pumpkin latte. :))

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Sipdown (339)!

Anytime you have to say goodbye to a fandom tea is sad, but this is one of the oldest teas in my cupboard so having finished it off feels pretty satisfying/like a solid accomplishment. This certainly wasn’t just a straight forward hot cup either; for this one I finished it off as an iced latte, sweetened with pumpkin agave. Let me just get it out of the way now, it was magical – and not just because this is a Harry Potter themed tea.

As always, this was rich and sweet with a great mix of nutty flavours: almond, hazelnut, and peanut! It’s undercut with caramel sweetness, so it just kind of bonds all those different nutty elements together to create this rich overall flavour. The milk from the latte makes it creamier and silkier, and the flavour comes together in a way that reminds me of the sweet, creamy and nutty nougat in an Oh Henry! bar; though obviously without any trace of chocolate (as it should be). Icing it just makes it more refreshing.

The pumpkin was the crown jewel though: it was just like this lovely autumnal flavour that really added a sweet, dessert like element without taking anything away from the flavours that were already there. Plus, with all that creamyness and nutty flavour, it was SORT OF pumpkin pie like, with fresh whipped cream and everything! Just no spices. And who needs the spices, really? Pumpkin is better when it’s creamy and on its own.

I think this was the best possible thing I could have done with the tea leaf to finish it off!

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Sipdown (340)!

Made this one in my tea press, and this time I’m doing it iced just to see how the flavour differs from trying it hot. Mostly, I think it’s the same: a very sweet, juicy berry flavour. I find it a bit less tart overall, but that makes sense given that it’s an iced tea over a hot tea; in general that iced style of prep tends to soothe tartness or at least take a bit of the edge off it. The berry flavour is pretty straight forward blackberry, but has some elderberry and raspberry kind of elements to it too. I think I find it sweeter overall than I did as a hot tea; maybe even on the cusp of being a little too sweet? I know the blackberry leaf is responsible for A LOT of that intensity and sweetness, but something else reminds me faintly of icing sugar too and I can’t totally place what it is. The whole profile is undercut with the faintest, softest herbaceous element. Again, probably the blackberry leaf.

I liked this one overall; both as a hot tea and an iced tea. I do think the iced version was maybe just a little too sweet, so I think I’d opt for drinking it hot if I were to revisit it in the future.

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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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