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55

It’s fine with a gentle fruity/sweet taste, but kinda boring and WNRP

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88

A fruity, hibiscus-forward tea with warm spices like clove and cinnamon. I discovered a couple years ago that I love the combination of hibiscus and clove; this was no exception. Pleasantly tart and spicy at the same time, and with enough other flavor that I don’t notice the stevia. I’m curious about this iced, but will have to wait to get through some of my other hibiscus/spice blends first.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Hibiscus, Tart

Shae

I’m not sure I’ve ever had hibiscus and clove together, but that does sound like a good combination. Brings to mind a tart, spiced elderberry syrup.

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drank North Star by DAVIDsTEA
12111 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (1543)!

So I have tried this tea a ton of different ways now and not just as a cold brew but I did take exactly a cold brew’s worth of the tea home from work on the day it launched so that I could steep it that way since it was the last method on my list. So, I suppose this is a cold brew sipdown even though it’ll be a note about the tea in general…

There’s kind of a lot going on in this blend – it’s got the cute white star sprinkles that I suppose (combined with the name) are meant to make you think of, like, the North Pole? And the mint is one of those sort of ubiquitous “wintery” flavours because of the chilling/frost sort of aspects. However, then you also have orange and… spinach!? Yes, there is spinach in the blend. Why? Well, it adds a really nice lush green colour to the dry leaf visual of the tea. That’s sort of the primary reason which, truthfully, I find a little silly. Aside from that it does help offset some of the overall sweetness in the cup – which I guess is beneficial.

Orange and mint is always a weird sounding combination on paper. Makes me think of drinking orange juice after brushing your teeth. However, the taste doesn’t make me think of that at all and it’s honestly not so weird. I’d say it’s close to an even split between sweet orange and cooling peppermint, but perhaps just a little bit more orange and then a lot of emphasis on the menthol/crispness of the mint in the finish in particular. Especially when you drink this tea cold.

If I had to make a comparison, I’d say it reminds me a fair amount of Midsummer Night’s Dream but peppermint instead of spearmint and a little more mint/less tang that Midsummer Night’s Dream. You could maybe think of this as a wintery version of that tea. Maybe.

I feel like I’m not ‘selling’ it very well, but it’s important to me personally to make sure it’s clear that I do actually like this tea! It’s not overly rich but it’s also not weak and I thought it was a REALLY refreshing cold brew/iced tea. A good break up from all the spice/chocolate blends of the season. I have a lot of orange teas though, and when it comes to citrus/mint combinations my weak spot is for lemon/mint. I dig this though – I’ll likely not grab more for at home but I’ll likely take advantage of having it accessible at work.

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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50
drank Nordic Berry by DAVIDsTEA
76 tasting notes

Nothing special about it. It’s good but i have better on my tea wall right now

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drank Glitter Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
12111 tasting notes

Y’know, I’m not necessarily usually one to get excited about teas with fun sprinkles in them or that shimmer/glitter when steeped. However, this is one of the most fun teas I’ve gotten to work on developing and I feel like I now have a whole new appreciation for all the other tea companies out there with glittery sprinkle filled teas or the people who’s jaw hits the floor when they see those sparkles…

This tea came out late last week and I’m really excited that I get to talk about it now! It’s just sooooo incredibly fun looking. The visual of the dry matcha powder does have a bit of a sparkle to it but the magic reaaalllyyyy happens when you whisk it up because it is super glittery! If you’re familiar with luster dust or products that use luster dust, it’s the same idea – this is a gold glitter/luster that when stirred in the whisked tea creates these mesmerizing clouds and swirls. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to physically play with my tea so much.

The flavour is sweet and a little bit creamy vanilla – similar to DT’s Vanilla Matcha but without the distinct taste of the coconut nectar used in that blend. It’s not bad tasting but if I’m being honest I could probably care less about the flavour because all I want to do when I drink this matcha is look at it! I’m glad we went with something sort of neutral though – it really allows the glitter to be the star and it also means you can cut/mix this with other flavoured matchas without drastically affecting their taste. There’s more than enough glitter in this matcha to go around, so I really encourage experimenting with using it alongside other matchas to get a really cool effect on top of the taste of your preference.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWl2ucJr669/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7GWoX5e66M&ab_channel=DavidDeanBurkhart

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.

DrowningMySorrows

I’m not usually big on flavored matcha but this sounds gorgeous. I like the idea of having all the joy of a shimmer-filled bath bomb while staying wrapped up in a fluffy blanket! I didn’t realize glitter tea was something my life was missing.

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drank Mocha Chai by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 196)

Eh, yuck. I really wanted to like this but I am very averse to something in this tea, and even as a sweetened latte (!!), it was drinkable but not particularly enjoyable. Looking at the ingredient list, I was expecting to see chicory or something along those lines, but the only ingredient flagging to me is the roasted yerba mate… which I actually typically don’t mind? So it may be a combo of that and the spicing. Aside from that… elusive flavour I’m having trouble pinpointing, I thought it might have been decent…

I should really start a “giveaway” box…

Cameron B.

Ha ha I have a “rehoming” box where I put things that are just not my cup of tea. Like lavender… XD

Evol Ving Ness

Omg, I love lavender in tea. Funny how we are.

Mastress Alita

I’m a lavender fan too. In fact, I like almost all the “taboo” flavors in tea (hibiscus, licorice root, etc.) But I have an extremely strong banana aversion and avoid banana teas like the plague, which are always wildly popular on here. I’ve just settled into being the weird one out. :-P

Kittenna

Lavender’s high on my loved list too! (But not hibiscus or licorice, hahaha.) My problem is definitely remembering that I have these teas to get rid of… and then finding someone to take them! This one, I might be able to hand off to a friend’s husband who loves coffee in tea, although I don’t know his thoughts on chai/spice.

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72

A pleasant, light blend that contrasts well with some of the heavier seasonal flavors I usually enjoy this time of year. The jasmine stands out, with a creamy element that was surprising for a tea I was drinking on its own. I enjoyed this, but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it again.

Flavors: Cream, Jasmine

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70
drank Jingle Bell Chai by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 195)

Can’t figure out the difference between this and White Chocolate Chai, unless it’s stevia? And snowflake sprinkles?

Too much syrupy sweetness here, but the flavouring aside from the sweetness is nice. Probably a decent latte candidate.

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drank Silver Bell Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
76 tasting notes

This is my first unflavored tea and I liked it. The flavor is almost floral (probably the jasmine green tea pearls) but also smooth. Also works as a double steeping tea

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I feel like this past week I’ve been indulging in a bit of escapism with my tea selections as they’ve been pretty Spring/Summer inspired. I guess I’m just not quite ready to say goodbye to Autumn and welcome in Winter…

However, this newly released blend is pretty winter feeling.

Chestnut is a flavour that is, I guess, ‘newer’ to me? I mean, I’ve obviously had chestnut teas before and tasted chestnut notes in many different straight teas – in particular green teas – as well as, y’know, eaten actual chestnuts. However, it wasn’t until moving to Montreal that I was exposed to what I would call an actual range of chestnut incorporating foods and cuisines. My favourite of which is chestnut cream buckwheat crepes. Man, chestnut cream is just incredibly delicious!

I knew this tea wouldn’t taste like chestnut cream because, well, it’s not meant to. However, a part of me still kind of hoped. True to name, though, it’s a nice nutty chestnut taste with a distinct roasty quality. I taste a lot of roasted chicory and I know it’s in here to boost that natural toasty/nutty roasted quality but I’m not really a fan of chicory root. It has a sourness and almost acidic quality to the to note that really pops to my palate, and so personally I wish it hadn’t been included. It just personally detracts from my experience.

That aside, lovely nutty notes and good sweetness! There’s an almost fruity brown sugar undertone that’s just lovely and I like the overall sweetness level, though I do taste stevia in the finish a bit. It’s not an instant favourite but I feel like it’s a nice interpretation on a Roasted Chestnut profile. Plus, as a latte, it does get preeetttyy close to the chestnut cream I wanted – and I taste like chicory overall.

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.

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for chestnut cream! Yes, yes, yes!

ashmanra

Youngest brought me my first chestnuts ever last year and we roasted them for Christmas! She had had them in Czech Republic the year before and fell in love with them.

Evol Ving Ness

Your family sounds just delightful! (good job!)

ashmanra

Evol: Thanks! They make me laugh a lot, and I feel really blessed to have them.

tea-sipper

Ashmanra – I’m not surprised they make you laugh! Youngest’s tasting notes are hilarious (though I don’t think I’ve seen any of Youngest’s tasting notes in a while – memorable, I guess!) :D

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Gongfu – in my little hojicha dedicated yixing teapot!

Sipping liquid gold this afternoon! This is the hojicha from the recent “Garden to Cup” Winter subscription; it’s a nice medium roast with particularly sweet and golden nutty notes of pecan and hazelnut with a more red fruit and nori undertone and a silky cocoa butter finish! Despite not being a big green tea drinker, I have a deep love for Hojicha and I was particularly excited to see the inclusion of one in our first Garden to Cup sub box. It’s warm, toasty comfort on this rainy Saturday!

Aside from gongfu it also makes an excellent cozy Western style mug of tea. Steep hot and quick for more roast and low and slow for a bit more of the nori/oceanic greener notes. Solid hojicha latte, also!

My personal wish is that we see this delightful straight tea extend past the subscription box and make an appearance in the main assortment; and it would be a dream to have a core straight hojicha in the line up. I also just in general want to see more blends that incorporate hojicha in them; it’s a delightful base and could really diversify the green tea assortment.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWOvTVTreYd/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXobUYZWfh0

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 Blue Magic Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
6133 tasting notes

I was trying to place the generically fruity/berry/sweet/creamy flavour of this iced latte the whole time I drank it. I was like this reminds me of something but what? It’s definitely got a berry candy sweetness vibe but it’s also creamy so what is it? Then I read Roswell Strange’s tasting note and she hit the nail on the head when she said fruity cereal milk. Yep – like the greyish-blueish milk that’s left behind in a bowl of Trix. Nostalgic and fun and not expected. And it’s pretty. Check out the pic here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWThaygL6HS/?utm_medium=copy_link

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drank North Star by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 194)

Certainly could have done with a 10g sample of this… it smells interesting – a bit citrussy, creamy, minty… but there’s too much mint for me, and it’s probably not a latte candidate because of the citrus. Definitely wanted to like this much more than I do.

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drank Roasted Chestnut by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

(DavidsTea already recorded)

This tea made a pretty good eggnog latte – good chestnut flavour and the sweetness of the tea was masked because the eggnog was already sweet. Kind of made me want to pick up a bit more before it’s gone.

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drank Roasted Chestnut by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 192)

I approached this tea with memories of Lupicia. However, they’re really not comparable, as this tea is sweetened, with all sorts of random ingredients, whereas Lupicia is black tea and flavouring. I found that I wanted more chestnut and less sweet; it’s ok but not a standout for me. Good latte candidate, though.

Cameron B.

Love Lupicia’s Joyeux Noël for a chestnut tea!

Kittenna

I’m craving that flavour so much right now! I’m fairly sure that the last time I ordered from Lupicia (a LONG time ago), they were sold out of Chestnut Marron (is that what the non-Christmas version was called?) so although I still have a bunch of other delicious Lupicia treats, I do not have any chestnut. One day!

ashmanra

I just ordered Joyeux Noel, mainly because from Cameron’s recommendation I think Youngest will love it. She brought me my first chestnuts ever last year and we roasted them. We tried Adagio Chestnut (a samole I had) and it tasted decently like the chestnuts, and I expect Lupicia will be mich better. I am hoping it will also make a great latte.

Cameron B.

Most of their chestnut teas are seasonal, I think the only one I see around regularly on the US website is Marron Chocolat.

Mastress Alita

TeaSource’s Roasted Chestnut is quite nice, and I think it is a normal tea in their collection, not seasonal.

Kittenna

This is all fantastic information, thanks everyone.

Ashmanra – I roasted chestnuts for the first time a few years ago, and loved it, except for how hard they were to peel. Maybe I’ll figure out a more foolproof way at some point!

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drank Vanilla Chai Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 191)

Had this with milk; liked it. Nice mild chai flavour, lots of creaminess. I’d probably prefer a normal chai latte though.

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drank Gingerbread Blondie by DAVIDsTEA
5309 tasting notes

2021 Sipdown 103/365!
(DavidsTea 190)

Ooh, this is rated quite low. I’m definitely not a huge fan of it, but it’s not that bad! Quite gingery and fairly sweet and creamy. Too much ginger for me, but I feel like it might have made an interesting latte? I think this may have been the last of it that I had, though.

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drank After Dinner Mint by DAVIDsTEA
76 tasting notes

The licorice after taste ruined it. I was like hmmm this tastes ok…. wait what is that… ewww.

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drank Golden Dragon Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
120 tasting notes

Well this was a lets give it a try tea that I picked up back in July 4 months ago and finally opened today.

How to describe it? It doesn’t taste like fish. I know that doesn’t seem like much praise, but after my first attempt at a Shou Pu’erh, that’s massive. :D

Similar to the one I got from Whispering Pines, this has a lot of leather in it. In fact I will say its the dominating flavor, I don’t notice much else.

Its not unpleasant, but I just think this is not the kind of thing for me personally. Maybe I’ll try one of these balls again some time down the road to see if my tastes have changed at all.

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(DavidsTea 189)

Oh, I hadn’t reviewed this yet? Oops. It’s definitely a yummy matcha – had it as a latte (ok, more like half water/half milk, no foam because that’s too much work) and it’s creamy, sweet, and berry-flavoured; pretty much what you’d expect. Glad I pulled it out!

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
1324 tasting notes

Despite my complaints about DT’s generous and frequent use of stevia and so on, one thing that I really like is that I am able to buy 10 grams of any tea. Another thing that worked for me is that there was a DT’s shop in every single direction, in each regular stomping ground, from where I live.

COVId changed that. All DT’s shops closed and the one that remains is in a large shopping mall that I avoid like the plague. So my casual drop-ins for tastings and random small and big purchases have ended, at least for now. Who knows what the future holds for DT’s reopenings?

I still have a number of these 10 gram bags hanging around from various splurges. Given that often DT’s uses massive amounts of fruit and such additives with little leaf, 10 grams is a good amount to try something out.

So I used the full 10 grams in this cup. The leaf was full of fruit and spice, not much tea.

But wow! Really nice! Exactly like gluhwein—is that the spelling?

Tons of fruit spice and the flavour of a rich full-bodied red. I was pleasantly surprised. This one absolutely is a winner. Resteeps were good too.

Two things though. 10 grams is a lot for a decent cup of tea. Am I really going to buy 50 (expensive) grams when it only makes five cups? Madness.

And my pattern of picking up small amounts and leaving them hanging around means that, by the time I try it and like it, the tea has long ago been taken off DT’s wall board and been retired. I don’t know whether this one is still available. If so, I might pick up a bit from time to time.

It is delicious even though it confuses the taste buds, switching my tea to spiced wine. The execution of this one was excellent.

ashmanra

Wow! I had no idea you could buy 10 grams at a time! That would be so tempting…

Evol Ving Ness

It really was. Every time a new set of teas would come out, I’d pass by and pick up some of the more tempting ones. And some extra something or other because there I was.

tea-sipper

I envision the 10gram samples hanging off spinning racks in every Davids store…. but probably not. haha (never had a Davids around here…)

Evol Ving Ness

They do/did have premeasured packaged teas for sale in maybe 25 gram and larger sizes, but they have a wall with all their tins with a part that you could sniff the leaf. They also have/had three premade teas daily that you could sample. But you can/could buy any amount of leaf by weight. 10 grams minimum.

Evol Ving Ness

As in, minimum because usually their leaf is heavy.

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drank Cherry Berry Punch by DAVIDsTEA
82 tasting notes

It has Stevia and it is definitely too sweet. It would be better with just sugar, but not at this level of sweetness. Definitely has a cough syrup flavor.

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drank Matcha Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
82 tasting notes

Slightly bitter grassy flavor. I have had better.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass

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