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drank Gaba Guava by DAVIDsTEA
3868 tasting notes

oh no, I made the mistake of steeping up two of David’s heavy stevia teas at the same time.  So. Much. Stevia.  Anyway, I haven’t made a note for this one yet, so here goes, the blend is a bunch of tiny chopped things — very colorful.  It even looks like rooibos, but I don’t think there is any here — probably one of the many flowers.  I think the selling point for me here was the GABA (always can use more focus), not sure if there is much even contained in the blend.  The flavor is strong fruit!  There might be a cloying element to this, but I don’t hate it. Would probably enjoy it more in summer. And it also has the coconut that likes to go bad the fastest.  The coconut isn’t bad yet though.
Steep #1 // 1 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min

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Followed up my cup of Vahdam’s Earl Grey Spiced with this new EG from DAVIDsTEA that quietly launched alongside Lemon Ginger Reset earlier in the week, as part of a wellness/adaptogen focused collection.

Honestly, it’s kind of crazy to me that DT hasn’t carried a Lavender Earl Grey before this because it’s not a super uncommon twist on the classic EG profile. I think, because it’s not unexplored within the industry, that’s why I wanted to do something with this profile that I hadn’t seen before – so we added ashwagandha to the blend! Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic root that been using in traditional medicine for ages but it recently becoming very trendy for its purported ability to help the body relax and adapt to stress.

For those reasons, it just seemed like such an incredibly natural combination with lavender, which is also used a lot in aromatherapy and traditional medicines for its relaxing properties. So, I guess you could think of this as a sort of “super relaxing” Earl Grey but without sacrificing the caffeine. Perfect for starting the morning or as a midafternoon cuppa when you don’t want to carry tension with you for the rest of the day, but might not exactly want to feel “sleepy”…

What does it taste like, though? Well, lavender. Also bergamot. It’s honestly pretty straight forward but that doesn’t mean it isn’t plenty flavourful. I find the bergamot pretty bold in this blend, and the lavender is also really distinct in both aroma and taste. It’s probably not a blend for someone intimidated or turned off by florals. Though, if you find it strong a bit of milk or cream really helps soften things up and make for a beautiful but still full bodied cup. Very “British tea time” vibes – you could for serve this at an afternoon tea time with your grandparents. Personally, I like to add a bit of honey because the combo of lavender and honey is just superb.

I’ll also say that it’s definitely not a sweet Earl Grey and it’s also not creamy either. Closer to DT’s classic Earl Grey than Cream of Earl Grey, and by quite a bit. Plenty of room to add whatever sweetener you prefer in whatever quantity works best for you, or to just not sweeten it at all. I don’t know that I’ll be adding this one to my own stash, as I do prefer a sweeter or more highly flavoured twist on an EG, but I’m happy this exists! It’s something we’ve been asked for so much, and it was really cool to challenge myself to find a way to take the classic Lavender Earl Grey and honor that style of EG while still kind of giving it something distinct.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Zomba Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
180 tasting notes

Oh wow, I’m almost finished with the pouch and I’ve yet to actually write a review. Another that came during the frantic few months of the office move and I just completely forgot.

Amazing enough this is a white I’ve actually enjoyed. Its not 100% my thing, but there is a lot of flavor and its not heavy hitting on the flavors that I usually dislike with white teas. This feels much more robust but not harsh even at my normal steeping parameters (boiling for a couple minutes). Resteeps well.

That said, I don’t see this as a regular drinker or something I would strive to keep in my drawer, but its still nice to have once in a while. I won’t mourn it being finished, but I’ll enjoy what I have.

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This tea is like … perfectly acceptable and mid. It’s sweet, not tooth-achingly sweet or melted sprinkle sweet like DAVID’s Tea sometimes can be. It is not the finest vanilla tea blend, or the most developed or most delicate of teas, but it totally works. However, if you were expecting any other vanilla flavours, don’t, it’s just vanilla. I feel like this would be really nice as a latte, but I haven’t tried it that way yet.

This is like a perfectly acceptable vanilla ice cream flavour. It is not the super cheap ‘frozen vanilla dessert’ but neither is it the fanciest vanilla ice cream to ever exist. It’s okay! Would I go out of my way to buy it again? Probably not. Do I like it and enjoy it anyway? Yes. Would I recommend it? If you think you’ll like it, sure. Other reviews are much more glowing than mine, but it’s a solid tea.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Sweet, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Banana Bread Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1827 tasting notes

There’s something about this tea that I really didn’t enjoy when I first had it, but I’ve come to sort of like it. I taste a candy-like banana that’s pretty nice. I think I don’t like the base tea very much, and maybe there’s something adding an unnatural/weird sweetness? I taste some sweet cinnamon, but there’s nothing bready or baked here. It’s all sort of fake and strange, but not terrible when you add milk.

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Found a box of sachets in the tea cupboard at work. I tend to be picky with earl grey, if the ratios aren’t juuuust right I can’t bring myself to finish the cup. I was very pleased to find that this one hits all the right marks. The bergamot was less present than the vanilla flavoring, balancing each other well. My only issue is the flavorings have an artificial tang to them at the end, other than that it’s a fine dessert pick me up

Flavors: Artificial, Bergamot, Vanilla

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We have a new adaptogen/wellness focused collection that dropped today, and this is one of two new teas included in it!

No adaptogens specifically in this very straight forward blend, but definitely still plenty feel good. Truly though, it is a veerrryyyy simple tea. Just three ingredients! Shou pu’erh, ginger, and lemon. It steeps up with a rich full body from the pu’erh and lots of zesty and earthy ginger with just a hint of lemon. I like it a lot hot, with just a bit of honey. It’s pretty great for when you have an upset stomach, but also has that classic “sick tea” kind of vibe that I gravitate towards when I have a cold.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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I disliked the flavoring in the regular peach matcha, but for some reason I’m okay with it here. The matcha whisked up a lot less smoothly than it usually does. The peach is a candylike peach, which was fine. Not a favorite, but a nice idea for those who don’t want presweetened matcha. I even sweeten the presweetened ones, so I had to add an obscene amount of fake sugar here, but I know I like things super sweet.

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80
drank Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
889 tasting notes

Day 20 of the DavidsTea herbal advent calendar. I liked this one a lot! It tastes like hot apple juice, in a good way. I did want it to have cinnamon, because I personally am a big fan of cinnamon (no really, when I order ice cream I ask them to put on an amount of cinnamon that they think is too much, and then add a little more on top of that). I added some cinnamon chips to the leaf when brewing up the last cup, and that made a difference – it gave the cup a gentle kick and some depth that it had been missing before.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet

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Just realized I missed writing a tasting note for this new instant tea latte mix than came out with the Valentine’s Collection! We actually released a bunch of the quick latte powders over the winter, but they were all ones we’ve carried in the past – this is the first new one since, like, 2018??

It’s honestly pretty close to tasting like an instant hot chocolate – sweet, creamy notes of cocoa. The coolest part is ABSOLUTELY the colour. It whisks up a colour that reminds me of the beautiful deeper shade of pink that ruby chocolate has. Really cute looking!

Truthfully not my favourite product in terms of taste; I find it a bit thin in taste and texture unless you add an extra scoop or two. However, it’s hard to argue with the convenience factor and I’d still rather a cup of this to an instant hot chocolate mix.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This tea is considerably less minty than other Moroccan mint teas I’ve had in the past. The trade-off is the wider variety of spices in the blend that lend it a bit more nuance and depth of flavor. I can taste some licorice and fennel in this tea that other Moroccan mints don’t have. If you’re looking for depth of flavor, this is the Moroccan mint for you. If you’re craving a more mint-forward tea, there are other Moroccan mints out there with a stronger mint flavor.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Mint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Merry Mistletoe by DAVIDsTEA
1827 tasting notes

When I first tried this, I found it to be a bit too tart with a weirdly artificial note that completely takes over the end of the sip. It has some herbs/spices mixed in that are just sort of strange together. Later I sort of liked it by keeping my steep time short and drinking it cold with plenty of sugar. The spices and tart fruit create a sort of mulled cider vibe that still has a weird artificial tartness, but it’s not awful. Unfortunately, I got tired of it before I’d quite finished my 2 oz bag, so I’ll be passing the rest along.

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drank 9 Berries (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
889 tasting notes

Day 19 of the DavidsTea herbal advent calendar. This is enjoyable, but I think perhaps 9 berries was too many? It feels a little kitchen sink, and therefore hard to make out the flavors of the individual berries. The strawberry is pretty noticeable to me, as is the hibiscus (not one of the titular berries), and what I initially thought was cranberry but since there’s no cranberry in this blend maybe it’s raspberry? This tea tastes sweet and tart, which is a flavor profile I like. I just might have liked it better if it was a little more focused.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Strawberry

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drank Nordic Berry by DAVIDsTEA
1827 tasting notes

Ha this tea is so unremarkable. I only keep a few teas open at once so they all maintain optimal freshness, but even so, I managed to completely forget this one existed. In past cups, I’ve found it to be generally red fruity and boring. As I get to the end of the tin, it’s becoming more herbaceous than I prefer and a little too sour also. Not a fan.

gmathis

Oh, to have your open tin self control!

AJRimmer

I’m also about six months behind, so if I buy a tea now, I won’t get to try it until July…trying to not buy anything for a little while so I can catch up with myself!

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
138 tasting notes

I’ve had this one in my cabinet for quite some time now and only remember drinking it this week. I must have had a cup before though, the package was opened and I can’t imagine anyone else going to the effort of making tea in this house!

We have a lovely spring day here in January and an alleged snow storm on the radar for tomorrow night. This may be another year where my skis go unused. It’s just too warm! I’m ignoring the house cleaning I should be doing and just made a cup of tea to further ignore the cleaning.

This packet is adorable with the little snowflake sprinkles in it. I can easily smell the mint in the packet. 5 minutes of Steeping makes me very impatient today. After steeping, I definitely get a whiff of chocolate off of my mug but not as strong a taste. The mint pushes the chocolate aside on my tongue and makes it’s presence known. I find the mint to be very strong; almost sinus clearing strong. It’s also very sweet.

This is not an every day tea for me but I would definitely drink it occasionally especially in winter. Maybe by having a cup or 2 this week, we’ll actually get some snow storms!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
1827 tasting notes

The apple here tastes pretty authentic. I enjoyed this single teabag from the TTB cold. I would totally drink this again. It’s just fresh juicy apple. I actually didn’t like it at first, but it really grew on me. I wish I had a few more bags!

gmathis

That sounds very nice!

AJRimmer

There were definitely a lot of winners in the last TTB! (I’m still making my way through samples all these months later!)

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
889 tasting notes

Day 17 of the DavidsTea herbal advent calendar. I have a little tin of this too from an older sampler, but hadn’t gotten around to trying it yet so this was still a treat. The aroma as this brews is just wonderfully peachy. The tea itself tastes like peach juice – I gulped down the first mug so fast it didn’t have time to get cold and I immediately made a second mug. Interestingly, tea-averse partner walked into the kitchen while this was steeping up and swore the aroma was peach-but-something-is-off. So make of that what you will. I think it’s quite on point.

Flavors: Juicy, Peach

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I’m a little bit behind on new tea releases from DT, but I’m giving myself a pass on this one since it didn’t really “release” in the normal way.

This was an inclusion in the “24 Days of Tea” advent this past holiday season, and it’s actually completely exclusive to that advent so there’s no way to try it without having bought the advent, getting it from someone who bought the advent or… well, being in the incredibly unique position I’m in where I can just walk over to the tea lab and make a cup of it.

It’s a lot like DT’s Peanut Butter Cup blend that often gets brought seasonally around Halloween, but much more chocolate forward – like that tea it’s also completely peanut free, too. The peanut note is almost equal parts creamy and roasted, to my tastes at least, and I think it works really well with the stronger milk chocolate notes. I like the black tea base a lot – it’s not as present in taste as some of DT’s other chocolate blends but it adds a lot of body. Plus, it doesn’t have the fruity undertones I find present in Peanut Butter Cup – which uses apple as the base.

I’m not a massive fan of chocolate teas (and prefer them with fruit flavours) but this was nice to indulge in every now and then over winter. It’s pretty sweet, so not something I would drink habitually – which I suppose is good in a way because it’s not available to buy larger amounts of…

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Somebody wrote a note for DT’s Cranberry Gingerale recently, which made me really want to break open my new packet and try it out, especially iced. But I already had my caffeinated tea today and didn’t want to deal with anything too exciting on a migraine day. I opted for this caffeine-free cranberry blend instead. It’s better than I expected – the flavors are really well balanced and enjoyable. The dry leaf smells of hibiscus, cranberry, and lemon. Brewed, the flavor is cranberry-forward with a strong hibiscus note supported by the lemon and oat straw notes. I let it cool and turned it into a tea soda, which was so good. The bubbles really highlight the different flavors at play in this blend, and the tartness here makes for a really effective and enjoyable soda. It’s the kind I’ll probably end up hoarding the last few teaspoons of.

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Lemon

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This was a super cute end to the advent calendar. I was really trying to go into this without spoiling much for myself, so I didn’t know there was a “North Pole” inspired blend until the 24th, and I love the concept.

The tea itself… well, it didn’t work for me. The bergamot oil was a particularly potent scent, and there was something in the flavor that was so reminiscent of aniseed that when I read the ingredients to my partner he accused me of lying! The second cup we didn’t get so much of that, so I really couldn’t tell you what was going on. Still, I prefer other earl greys that lean toward the cream side.

DAVIDsTEA Around the World Advent, Day 24

This advent surprised me! It actually had the highest count of teas I truly enjoyed, which was not what I expected when I purchased it. I was really stretching my comfort zone to go with so much straight tea, and I wound up being very glad I did.

The biggest disappointment here was that of the 4 teas I was ready to purchase, only 1 was still listed on the website. I used a workaround to put them all on my wishlist, which keeps telling me to remove them because they are no longer available, but I’m really hoping that will change. I suppose the one benefit here is that I’ve learned some general preferences that would help me make purchases with other brands if they don’t come back.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I was really tempted by this advent. Maybe next year…

whosbradpitt

It was quite fun! I loved that it was so different from their typical advents and I hope they bring it back.

Roswell Strange

If you tell me which teas they were I can tell you if they’re going to be restocked any time soon ;)

whosbradpitt

Thank you! I saw that the Genmaicha is back, and I already ordered some of the Golden Lily on sale (along with a couple teas based on your reviews). I also wanted to get the Korean Sejak and the Emerald Jade.

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This is the other one I lost my tasting note for, so no number and just general impressions. I also marked this as “liked and would consider repurchasing” in my own spreadsheet.

My impressions of this were that the jasmine was quite strong, especially in comparison to the silk dragon jasmine, which was interesting. It also had a bitter note to it though that kept me from totally falling in love. I wouldn’t be disappointed to try this again, and I may need to just to get a better note!

DAVIDsTEA Around the World Advent, Day 23

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drank Moroccan Mint by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

I lost my tasting note for a couple teas here so I won’t give it a number rating and can only give general impressions. I’m a fan of mint teas; I liked that this was not an overwhelming mint, but I don’t know if it stood out enough to become my go-to mint. That’s a tall order though, honestly. I did mark it as “I liked this and would consider repurchasing” in my spreadsheet.

DAVIDsTEA Around the World Advent, Day 22

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