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86
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Not bad, I was thinking it would have banana, anything with monkey in the title tends to make me think bananas. Anywho, it does have a strong coffee taste, lotsa visible coffee beans- green beans etc. its nice although pretty sweet on its own. Liked it most as a latte. Good for coffee lovers that are looking to switch to tea…

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84
drank Golden Spiral by DAVIDsTEA
5897 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 109)

I’d been waiting for this tea to show up on the website for a while so I could use up a free tea reward on it, and I think it was worth it. I overleafed, not considering that the rolled leaves are more compact, so it wasn’t as smooth or flavourful as it could have been, but I did enjoy it. I think the profile went more in the malty hay direction instead of chocolate (I’d hoped for the latter).

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70
drank Rainbow Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
36 tasting notes

This has a fruity citrus flavor. It’s decent, not bad, but not something I would really reach for often or feel the need to have on hand.

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95

I really like this tea. Perfect breakfast tea with milk and sugar.. nice and strong but expensive . It’s little bits of tea and maybe overpriced. 10 dollars for under two ounces when you can get 4 ounces of Harney free shipping under ten. I think the Irish breakfast is most comparable if my memory serves. I like it… prolly wont buy it again…

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73
drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
1071 tasting notes

For the May sipdown prompt, “A tea with a creative blend of ingredients.” Technically the composition of this isn’t too different from your typical fruit tea, but the flavorings make it quite unique. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tea with “juicy fruit” flavoring.

The dry leaf smells so strongly of pink bubblegum, it’s almost a little unnerving. I cold brewed the tea, and expected a purple or blue hue from the included butterfly pea flower, but instead it brewed a very faint pink-bordering-on-goldenrod. The smell carries over in the cold brew, too, though not as potent.

It tastes very accurate. It has that weird combined fruity flavor that tastes like bubblegum. It is sweet but not aggressively so given the candy tie-in. I have to really focus in to pick apart some of the fruit flavors (apple, pineapple, pear) but mindlessly gulping it ice cold to fight against warm weather dehydration, it just tastes like bubblegum. Classicly “pink” at first, with more of a “Juicy Fruit” gum flavor later in the sip that lingers on the tongue. Oddly enough, I get a very faint (a mere shadow, really) of a spearmint aftertaste, despite there being nothing minty in the blend.

It’s fun and definitely unique, but aside from the novelty of trying it, I don’t think it is the kind of thing I’d seek out again, despite being a bubblegum flavor fan.

Flavors: Apple, Bubblegum, Candy, Fruity, Pear, Pineapple, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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76
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

This is another swap sample from Shae. Realizing I am not doing as much gongfu as I intended this month. I guesss if I am drinking tea its still a good thing.

Preparation: Western (no additives)
Tasting note: Malty black tea, yum. Plus a slight be of sweetener in the blend or maybe some coconut. Anyways its a little creamy and a little sweet which is nice. I get a little bit of something nutty. And not sure if I totally get the raspberry in this cup, its the tiniest bit jammy but not distinctly fruity. Surprisingly nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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76
drank Vanilla Bean Black by DAVIDsTEA
36 tasting notes

I got this one from the TTB and I’m quite enjoying it! It’s nice and creamy with a decent vanilla flavor and some hints of coconut. I haven’t been able to try many flavored black teas due to their usual high caffeine content, but this one says it’s low caffeine. Makes me wish I could try more black teas because many of the interesting flavors I’ve seen seem to use a black tea base!

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

AJRimmer

Can you make a tiny cup of tea or share with someone? I try not to drink much caffeine, so I’m always passing mugs of tea to family members after a few sips.

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80
drank Wild Raspberry by DAVIDsTEA
439 tasting notes

I saw both the flavor and the stevia in this blend and knew that it called for cold-brewing as opposed to a hot cup.

I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying this! It tastes like raspberry and hibiscus, which are perfectly refreshing flavors for the beautiful 70 and 80 degree weather we’re having lately. I do keep forgetting that this isn’t an herbal blend and theoretically has green tea in it, since the raspberry flavor is so strong. The upside to that is that the stevia flavor is also overpowered by the raspberry meaning this just ends up sweet, fruity, and refreshing

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Growing up back in the 70s and 80s, there were two types of tea. Lipton tea bags and some disgusting instant iced tea mix that I believe we tried once and never bought again.
- Edit – It was Nestea, and at the time, it really was quite horrible. At least to my tastes as a kid.

My parents, especially my Dad, were coffee drinkers, so we almost never had hot tea. That was usually saved for the rare times we would get take out from the one and only Chinese restaurant in town at that time.

Instead we always had it cold. My Dad would take an old large glass bottle that had once contained orange juice (back in the days before everything was made out of plastic), stick in some tea bags, and fill about 1/3rd full of boiling water. And there it would sit on the kitchen counter for what seems like an obscenely long amount of time. And then he would fill the glass bottle up the rest of the way with tap water. And there it would sit, tea bags and all, until we finished it I don’t know why we never put it in the fridge. It was just what was done and I never thought to question it.

To this day, no matter how my tastes have evolved, no matter how many excellent teas from all over the world I have tried, I still want to go back to that Lipton tea bag flavor when it comes to iced.

And, with summer fast approaching, I know I’m going to want a lot of iced tea. And while I have tried so many excellent teas over the years, I can’t help but want iced tea that tastes how it tasted when I was a kid. Instead of me going out and buying a bunch of tea bags, I decided to see if I couldn’t try something that was the same, but yet of a higher quality than tea bags.

And thus this.
Whew! Took me a while to get to the point, didn’t it?

Anyway, my order came in and while I have slated this in my mind for iced, I felt like I should at give it a go hot at least once.

And what does it taste like? Very reminiscent of those tea bags from so long ago. There’s a bit of astringency, but its not harsh and its completely expected. Its not the kind of flavor profile I normally look for in a hot tea anymore, but if I were stranded on a cold mountain top somewhere and I was craving tea, this would be acceptable.

If I were to rate this now, it would likely sit at a solid 50. But my intentions for this aren’t for hot, but cold. And I’ll reserve my rating until after I’ve tried it that way.

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81
drank Bumbleberry Burst by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Very berry….Maybe currants? Surprisingly nice. I haven’t had many puerh teas and was very pleasantly surprised by them. Never thought you could get such a fruity tea. Mostly drank it cold but its nice hot too. Most berry teas that tends not to be true. I wouldnt buy again but I enjoyed it.

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78

Coldbrewed this for the May prompt “a lemon tea.”

It reminds me of other “Pink Lemonade” fruit teas I’ve had in the past; it has a strong lemon citrus flavor, that is pleasantly tangy with an herbaceous lemongrass edge, followed by a sharp and pithy orange note and a sweeter, fruit punch/raspberry finish.

This is a refreshing tea and I’m always happy to have this flavor profile as a coldbrew, but this particular blend doesn’t really stand out to me over any of the other “pink lemonade” style fruit blends I’ve had.

Now if only the weather here would turn sunny and warm, to fully enjoy a refreshing lemonade coldbrew… (It snowed yesterday! AUGH!)

Flavors: Citrus, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Orange Zest, Raspberry, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Shae

It’s in the 90s here this week! I don’t like the heat, but I couldn’t imagine snow this late in the year either. Stay warm!

Mastress Alita

Last year we had a warm May like that! I’m not a fan of the heat either, but it appears this year we are just going from Winter to Second Winter to Summer without ever getting a proper Spring!

ashmanra

Snow? Wow! We did have a couple of days of cool down but it is warm and sunny again. I can not imagine snow in May.

gmathis

It’s not unheard of in SW MO, either; flurries, anyway. Last time it happened, a few years ago, the flakes were as big as quarters and melted almost before they hit the ground.

Mastress Alita

Here, most of our May snow has not stuck, but my sister is only two hours away and they got enough of a build-up this last Monday that their tree, already full of spring leaves, capsized under the snow weight. Craziness!

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60

I was super disappointed that mine didn’t change colors. It didn’t even start as a nice blue, just a murky tea kind of color. The raspberry flavor is kind of that artificial blue raspberry taste found in blue raspberry flavored candy, which would be fine, but there’s some weird almost earthy aftertaste that I can’t get past. I don’t usually mind Stevia in my tea so I’m not sure if that’s the issue or if it’s something else. Won’t be reordering this one unfortunately because that aftertaste just sits too weirdly in my mouth and stomach.

Flavors: Artificial, Blue Raspberry, Earthy

Shae

I just noticed that DAVIDsTEA has two different blends under this name (one on the USA site and one on the Canada site), so that’s strange. The other has coconut and popped rice, among other things. I wonder how the taste differs between the two.

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50
drank Jasmine Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
738 tasting notes

Steep:
10g
212°F
6 min
Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, jasmine, perfume
Steeped Tea Smell: rooibos, sweet, woody, hints floral
Flavor: hint floral at the front, sweet, hint floral at the end
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: woody finish
Liquor: orange red brown translucent

Comments: I would not have guessed that hibiscus was in there, tastes more like chamomile and jasmine and apples and rooibos

Post-Steep Additives: honey
Comments: more desert like

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

YouTube Review https://youtu.be/4kc30EVenGw

TikTok Review https://www.tiktok.com/@circuitswan/video/7095564294900698414

Blog Post https://amazonv.blogspot.com/2022/05/davids-tea-company-loose-leaf-rooibos.html

Statement of Sponsorship or Advertisement:
I purchased this product.

Disclaimer:
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Unfortunately this one seems a little thin tasting to me; however, I only had a small sample and it may not have been large enough for the amount of water I put it in. Not sure if I should order a full bag of it to give it a more fair try, or just stick with one of my other blueberry teas.

After trying this one, apparently elderberry doesn’t mesh well with my food sensitivities so I won’t be ordering this one.

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85
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

So I just recently participated in a few new swaps with: getanzt, Shae and Emilie and I am finally getting to some of them now. Today I am sampling: Lime Gelato- DAVIDsTEA from Shae.

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: Wow. So the last lime tea I had was Lime Snowballs by 52teas and that was a zesty sort of lime that I really liked. For some reason, I thought this might be similar. Not at all but in a good way they are both good but completely different. This is sweet and vanilla-y kind of like a lime flavored yogurt but not overly creamy. I like this a lot. It is definitely a dessert tea. Wishlisted for someday when lime teas come back in vogue.

Flavors: Creamy, Lime, Sweet, Vanilla

getanzt

I also received this one from Shae in the TTB and am excited to try it!

Shae

My husband loves this one!

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85
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

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67
drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
1485 tasting notes

This is super floral, but I don’t taste the lavender, even when I add extra. The cold resteep was too sour for my preferences. Sometimes I find this tea to be okay and sometimes too savory and sour. I find that a shorter steep tones down the negative flavors a bit, though it’s still not great. My recent sixth and seventh attempts were actually okay, just lightly fruity and floral. I guess it depends on the proportion of ingredients you get in each cup.

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70
drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
36 tasting notes

I really love all of the David’s Teas I have tried so far because they are so fun and flavorful. This one is no exception. It tastes pretty much it like it says, bubble gum! It’s more of a novelty flavor and I’m glad I tried it, but not a flavor I’d want to reach for often so I won’t be buying a full size of this one.

Flavors: Bubblegum

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70
drank Wild Honey Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1485 tasting notes

I found the lavender honey matcha to be really gross, so I was sort of dreading trying this one. I’m happy to say that it actually tastes just fine! I don’t really notice much honey or other flavoring, so it’s sort of just mildly flavored matcha. With my usual prep method, it was nothing amazing, but perfectly decent. Basically just regular sweetened matcha.

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67
drank Maple Syrup Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

No particular flavor that stands out, just tea thats sweeter than normal. Not
Memorable. You can do the same by adding maple syrup to any old tea- or your fave.

gmathis

That’s kind of how I felt about it…the added goodies overwhelmed the tea.

Roxy King

Yeo very bland, I had high hopes because I love almost anything with Maple. Ill try to make
My
Own I think.

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