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I ended up with enough of this tea to fill one of those wall tins from DavIdsTea plus a tinzilla as we use to call it (holds about 250g).
One year later, I’ve drank it all. Yep. I drank that much over a year. This has been my comfort tea this past year. It’s been the only thing I’ve wanted to drink over the last year, and I’m ok with that. I have needed the comfort tea because of the world craziness. But as things are starting to look l Ike they might be getting better (hopefully????) I’m going to get back to drinking other teas and hopefully not just focus on my comfort teas.

Here’s hoping the rest of the year goes well!

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drank Mango No. 5 by DAVIDsTEA
845 tasting notes

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
845 tasting notes

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77

Wow, this tea smells amazing. Warm, the flavor was decent, but I could tell it would be better cold, so I refrigerated it. Now it’s quite candy-like with a lovely, creamy vanilla. It’s all pretty fake and slightly thin, but I still enjoy it. It’s a heavy blend, so you don’t get a lot for your money, meaning I probably won’t buy it again, but it was fun! Sadly, one batch of it was wasted when I took it to work in my tumbler and the metal made the flavor really weird.

Mastress Alita

I got a work tumbler that has a “ceramic” inner lining and only has the metal as the outer lining. I love it! Now my tea doesn’t taste weird and it stays piping hot all through the work day.

AJRimmer

I have an old Teavana tumbler, and it’s absolutely perfect (large, great seal so I can throw it in my bag, etc) so I’ll feel sad replacing it, but if I can have all that plus a ceramic lining, I might be sold! Would you mind sharing a link to the one you have?

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100

This tea is a smooth traditional taste. It is one of my go to tea’s. I miss it.

Preparation
1 tsp 16 OZ / 475 ML

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100

This tea is a nice addition of taste to the classic Earl Grey tea. It is a smooth tea it does not go bitter quickly.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 475 ML

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drank Sparkling Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
1188 tasting notes

This smells and tastes a little like alcohol, which I guess may have been the goal. Still, some low quality herbals I tried from Teavivre had that same flavor incidentally, and I disliked those. Due to that similarity, this whole thing ends up tasting pretty not great for me. I think I’ll still be able to finish the bag. Below the alcohol flavor is a mild fruity flavor. I feel like I taste melon most of all, but that can’t be right. It’s drinkable cold, but not really my thing.

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drank Dark Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
401 tasting notes

D is for.. Dark Chocolate Orange

Between the dashboard being down and me having to travel a bunch, with long drives through boring countryside, I fell out of the habit of checking steepster. I was in the middle of drinking teas alphabetically and kept drinking this one and forgetting to log it, so I’m going to do my best to sum it up.

I tried this both hot and as an iced latte. I personally prefer it hot, I feel like more of the flavor comes through that way. It tastes much more like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. I do miss the pu’erh of the old one, it brought something special that this one doesn’t quite have. But I know realistically that the pu’erh is probably intimidating or unappealing to a lot of people and therefore a tough sell. This blend does have stevia, and when it’s hot I can get past it enough to enjoy the tea. However, when I made it as an iced latte, the stevia ended up front and center and super strong to the point where I couldn’t taste the other flavors. It was pretty intense but my fiance liked it that way, so he ended up finishing off the iced latte.

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Though this is one of my internet hiatus sipdown teas, so it’s been a while, I really enjoyed this. The true pineapple flavour really came through with the the oolong trailing behind.

Would totally restock this if it were to come back. The downside, however, is that the chunks of candied pineapple were huge, so the price of the leaf would be hefty.

I wonder what would happen if I bought some dried pineapple at the bulk food store, if they had it, and tossed it into some green oolong that I’m not a big fan of?

And it’s a sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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63

Pleasant, but if you gave this to me in a blind taste test, “pumpkin” and “creme brulee” would not be my first, second, or fifteenth guesses.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Maple Syrup Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
35 tasting notes

Smells incredible, but the maple doesn’t really come through when brewed. The tea is so full of bits of apple, papaya, and raisin that you don’t get to appreciate the oolong much, either – which may be the point; they want you to have to use a lot of tea per cup in order to get you to buy more. Afraid it’s a “meh” from me.

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45

I did not enjoy this tea. It tasted of chocolate, but I didn’t get any of the spiciness that I associate with chai.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

This tea was…fine. It was very lightly flavoured and I prefer my flavoured teas to be bold. I wanted to love it because I love white tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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20

I really wanted to like this tea, because I love honey and chai, but it tasted too strongly of licorice for me to enjoy it. I tried it both hot steeped and as a hot latte with one pump of vanilla syrup.

Flavors: Honey, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1188 tasting notes

I enjoyed the DavidsTea matcha samples I tried a few months ago, so I picked this up on sale recently. I love bergamot, so the flavor could be even stronger, but I taste a decent amount of it. Maybe it would be too strong for some people if there were much more bergamot in here. I don’t get much matcha flavor underneath, which is fine. I’m glad I got this on sale because it doesn’t look like this bag will make many more cups (I use a tablespoon for 8 oz of milk). I’ve really enjoyed the cups of this I’ve had so far.

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1153 tasting notes

From my sipdown basket—ok, ok, if truth be told, I have more than one sipdown basket. Whatever it takes .

Quite enjoyed the final round of this bright lemony cup. Perfect for the end of summery days. Reminds me of the Lemon Poundcake one by DTs. This one, however, is less complex, lacking the pastry buttery element.

I was revving myself up to go to the post office to pick up a parcel and thought I’d call first to see what kind of ID they needed. Well, the parcel has been sent back. Great. Especially great as everything is locked up on Labour Day.

So I’m hanging out with this sunny tea while the construction of yet another condominium vibrates the floors.

Sorry, had to vent. This tea, however, is lovely. I think I am enjoying it much more now that It is the last cup.

And it’s a sipdown!

ashmanra

Well, carp. Sorry to hear that happened to you.

mrmopar

Hope you can get it back without issues.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, both. Thankfully, my parcel was not tea. :)

Evol Ving Ness

It was a book through Amazon. The vendor insisted that it be picked up at the Post office rather that delivered. Not the most convenient thing, especially with a time limit.

Leafhopper

I hope you can get your parcel back without having to pay extra. Requiring it to be picked up at the post office seems strange.

CrowKettle

Oh, that sucks! Sorry to hear about that. Maybe the vendor had some bad experiences in the past, but what an odd and inconvenient stipulation for shipping.

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drank Magic Potion by DAVIDsTEA
11804 tasting notes

The new Halloween collection is out and I have to admit that this is one of the most fun Halloween collections that I think we’ve had (in terms of teaware) in quite some time – I’m really in love with the collection!!

As far as teas go, the focus this year was more largely on bringing back fan favourite teas and the only “new” tea is this one – which is a revamp/update of the previous Magic Potion. Obviously they share a name so there’s a bunch of similarities to the previous blend but, similar to the “Oh Canada” update from a couple years back, this isn’t really intended to be a match for that blend – there are absolutely differences.

The first one in the steeped colour: rather than a “blue” when steeped this is a little more naturally purple already. Depending on how many of the butterfly pea flowers you get in the cup, it can range from a lighter purple to a deeper dark indigo colour. A little less bright, IMO, and more “mysterious” and witchy feeling. The tea will definitely still colour change with lemon though – so you can still produce a more magenta-y purple looking cup for sure.

The taste is still berry inspired but we wanted to get more direction and clarity to the berry flavour. Where the “OG” Magic Potion was sort of just a sweet but non descript berry, this is a little more tart with some cranberry notes that stand out alongside the wild berry leaning base berry flavour. A hint of coconut adds creaminess and body, without actually tasting distinctly like coconut.

Personally, I always went back and forth on if I liked the OG Magic Potion – certainly it was better iced/cold brewed to me but often I just found it a little much. I’m still not as big of a fan of this tea as I am with many of the other berry leaning DT herbal blends, but I do prefer it to the original Magic Potion. I’m curious to know what other people think about it because I know that any time there is any blend change that can be hard to get used it – but I hope this is one for the better.

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.

Tiffany :)

First off I want like 342424829403289 of everything in this Halloween collection, definitely my favourite in a long time as far as teaware/accessories.

Thank you so much for posting this Kelly! I always skip by Magic Potion when promoted because I’ve been buying DT for 5+ years now so I’m familiar with the old one, and never would have looked twice to know this was a reblend. I see the new one has stevia (one of my main tea aversions but not a complete deal breaker) but I’m absolutely going to pick up a bag or two in my next DT order.

Roswell Strange

Actually, both the new and old versions have stevia – this one actually has less overall though.

Tiffany :)

Yeah, that’s what I meant.. I was familiar with the old one and I’m not a big fan of stevia in general but without this tasting note I would have never known this was a reblend, and despite the reblend ALSO having stevia I will still be grabbing a bag or two of this to try it out (also I love cranberry anything :)).

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drank Confetti Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
6057 tasting notes

The dry tea looks cute with the chocolate and sprinkles but all that chocolate comes at a price and in this case it’s an oil line in my latte. It looks like someone put melted butter in my latte and that’s throwing me. However, if you can get passed that it’s an okay latte. Just sort of sweet and white chocolate-y. I suppose it’s a little cakey. It’s fine but maybe not worth the oiliness.

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drank Choco Chaga Detox by DAVIDsTEA
186 tasting notes

Sipdown. This smells like chocolate, but is just too weak to be truly enjoyable. I liked the few cups I had, but won’t be purchasing again. It was worth a try, not something I need to drink again.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

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87

This is absolutely delicious! Such a wonderful pumpkin flavor, with a nice creaminess and delicious blend of spices. Really heavy on the nutmeg, so it smells a lot like eggnog to my nose. The bergamot is pretty mild, with it being more in the aftertaste than anything.

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drank Wild Grown Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

It’s ok, rooibos is not my favorite so a plain one isn’t really going to make it on my shelf but its not the worst one from the subscription box

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drank Pumpkin Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Wasn’t bad but not much flavor for the smell. Not really into pumpkin so wasn’t for me. Although turns out i like Earl Greys and that surprised me

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(DavidsTea 171)

This sounded so good but I found it very disappointing. I’m really not sure what this tea tasted like, but it definitely wasn’t the creamy custard I expected from a creme brulee tea. I don’t hate it, but definitely fell very flat for me. This bag is a year old, but I felt the same the first time I tried it, too.

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drank White Pumpkin by DAVIDsTEA
1306 tasting notes

I absolutely could not resist ordering when I saw this tea released, as I’m always looking for new fall goodies to try. I decided to go for it, despite the stevia, hoping it wouldn’t be detectable. This smells absolutely delicious. Warm and cozy, with tons of nutmeg and clove. My excitement was dashed when I took my first sip. So.much.stevia. It absolutely ruins an otherwise lovely tea. So irritating. I cannot understand why DT continues to put stevia in their blends. I tried to push past the awful stevia flavor, because the tea is lovely otherwise. Nope, almost instant headache. Stupid stevia.

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