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drank Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
8947 tasting notes

Hot cuppa w/ chocolate oat milk.

As I mentioned earlier in the week in a different tasting note, this tea is being retired from the wall. However, before any rooibos fans have a heart attack it is being replaced with something that I think is going to be drastically better. I can’t go more in detail on it at the moment, but I look forward to eventually getting to share more information!!

I think it makes sense to retire this tea – purely from a flavour/sales perspective anyway. I mean, there should 100% be a straight rooibos on the tea wall, but this specific one has never really done very well and I find the flavour of it mediocre to average at best. I just don’t see a reason that, if you like straight rooibos, you would want this one over any other available options to you…

As for this farewell cup, there was a group of people from Oatly at one of the major metro stations downtown giving away four litre containers of chocolate oat milk, so I grabbed one a few nights ago and then wasn’t sure what to use it with. I mean, I’ve got tons of it left that will still need to be used, but I figured that worst case it would make this cup a bit more interesting!? It kind of dominates in flavour though, so this mug was sort of like drinking hot chocolate milk, with an undertone of woody and red fruit tasting rooibos.

It was weird, but not bad.

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 great, very sweet. The strongest elements of flavor are the cinnamon and clove. Tastes good with milk or with a spoon of brown sugar. Would recommend to those who enjoy very sweet teas and dessert teas. I think this tea is good for 1-2 cups, but any more than that might be too much sweetness. Note: there is no peppermint flavor in this tea at all.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

I made a nice big mug of this to take to work, and it was really nice to sip on throughout the day. I’m currently working out of a different shop, so I don’t have my kettle or tea ware to make tea throughout the day, so I have to decide on one tea to last me all day. It’s definitely something I need to adjust to.

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One of the ‘new’ teas to launch today with the Spring/Detox collection…

I debated if this tea should get a new entry or not – but since it’s got a different name than Dandelion Detox (just slightly) and is being treated more as a ‘new’ tea in stores than an updated version I opted for a fresh page here on Steepster. In my own personal opinion, I think it’s more of a revised/updated version on the old formulation of Dandelion Detox, though…

That are differences between the two blends – but they’re small. It mostly boils down to a different type of cranberry used in the respective teas; in the case of this one, they’re freeze dried where in the previous they were not. It doesn’t translate into the taste too much, but I’ve had both blends side by side and I do feel like this one is more tart and crisps than the former. However, I think they’re pretty interchangeable when you’re not directly comparing. I sipped down my last cup of the former earlier today – it’d been holding on to it until this tea launched.

However, now that this is out I’ve grabbed myself a tin of it – I do enjoy the tart cranberry and hibiscus flavour a lot, especially with the wisp of cinnamon. It’s probably the only one of the new teas that I’ll keep at home.

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 Turmeric Glow by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

TTB #26

Turmeric is so good for you, I’d love to find a turmeric tea I actually like! Unfortunately, this is not it. It’s super earthy and spicy with strong notes of ginger and turmeric and also a hint of…carrot, I think? I like my tea sweet rather than savory, so this one’s not for me.

Flavors: Carrot, Earth, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Fireside Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

TTB #25

If they’d only left out the stevia, I think I would have really loved this tea. It had a mouthwatering aroma and a delicious flavor of chocolate and coffee, marred by the overly sweet stevia. I added some milk to cut the sweetness and that was better, but it still had that stevia aftertaste that I really don’t enjoy.

Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Coffee, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I just don’t like blenders deciding how much and what kind of sweetness I need. Has often ruined many teas that would otherwise be quite tasty.

Inkling

Totally agree!

tea-sipper

I really need to remember to drink this fresh before the stevia gets old…

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drank Maple Syrup Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2148 tasting notes

This is my first David’s tea, and my first thought upon opening the packet was, “Oooh, I smell maple!” That was quickly followed up by “Where’s the tea?” This is full of dibbins and nubbins of fruit and other ingredients.

Hubby’s comment was much the same on his first sip: “I get the maple, but where’s the oolong?”

Don’t get me wrong…this is still extremely tasty; great for afternooners when you need a sip of something sweet. But the general impression it leaves is maple with fruit, not pancakes and waffles. I think it just needs to be more accurately renamed.

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s one of my pet peeves with DavidsTea blends. Every time, I find myself asking ’Where’s the tea?’

tea-sipper

General info as this is the latest tasting note (now five hours old): Not sure if Steepster is updating right now. Most pages are getting a 404 Not found right now. Sent Jason an e-mail.

Roswell Strange

I think it’s probably fine? I have a tasting note on my dash that was posted after this (about four hours ago) and I just posted one and it semms to be visible? Maybe just a quiet Sunday?

tea-sipper

I JUST now see the one you posted about ‘The Night I Dark and Full of Terrors’. So it did take a while to pop up? hmm

Roswell Strange

I don’t think so – I literally wrote it just before replying to this comment? But maybe everyone’s dash isn’t in sync? IDK.

Roswell Strange

**seems

Also to clarify, when I say I have a tasting note on my dash from four hours ago, I don’t mean that it was written by me. I can see someone else’s tasting note that they wrote four hours ago.

derk

I experienced 404s and 503 timeouts for several hours. Only around 630 pm pacific was I able to access the site again.

tea-sipper

But since you wrote it right before I saw it, it would tell me it was from a few minutes ago instead of five hours ago. I’m confused! Your note is the only one I see after gmathis, but maybe you’re following someone I’m not. Steepster is definitely acting odd for me today. But maybe it’s just me.

tea-sipper

The “2 minutes ago” etc on the times of these messages seem accurate.

tea-sipper

Okay, now your ‘Night Is Dark’ is saying the right time – 18 minutes ago. What the heck.

tea-sipper

Yeah derk, that is the time frame it wasn’t working here. Glad Steepster’s back anyway!

Mastress Alita

I was receiving 404s yesterday too. Freaked me out because I’m convinced the next time the site goes down it’ll be for good now that the admins have abandoned it. So glad it came back up!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I dread that day. I think I actually had a dream about Steepster last night!

gmathis

Did somebody … I could’ve dreamed this, too … mention that they had figured out a way to conveniently access/download one’s whole tealog from the site? This has, over the years, turned out to be “my whole life with tea” rather than “my lifetime tealog.” Might be good to capture it.

tea-sipper

I think Kittenna can hook you up, gmathis.

LuckyMe

@gmathis, yes you can download Steepster tasting notes through your RSS feed: steepster.com/username/feed.rss. I do this every now and then because there’s no telling when Steepster might go down for good :)

gmathis

Ah! Thank you. I ended up with kind of a messy text file, but it’s there!

Martin Bednář

Thank you LuckyMe! It’s better than nothing :)

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drank Fireside Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
491 tasting notes

I bought this for my sister for Christmas, and she let me try a little. The scent of this tea fills the room, and it’s totally delicious. It’s pretty good both with and without milk. You get a mocha vibe from it without it being too strong. It’s sweet and desserty. Really nice. You might want to overleaf it because it could be a little thin for some people or maybe too appley – for me it was great.

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The ginger is surprisingly mild, and combines nicely with the lemongrass. But, there’s something odd and almost stevia-like in the aftertaste. It’s okay, but I think I’d prefer plain ginger steeped with lemon.

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drank Choco Chaga Detox by DAVIDsTEA
2932 tasting notes

I hate mushrooms.  But I like the idea of chaga teas.  I LOVED the Teapots n Treasures blend Chaga, Chestnuts & Chocolate.  I have sent two e-mails to them about it, but they never got back to me (they do mention on their site to ask about missing teas, so I tried).  I kind of expected to hate this blend (thanks chicory).  BUT it isn’t bad.  Everything in the blend is covered in cocoa powder, so I’m mostly tasting chocolate with a hint of that bitterness from chicory.  The brew is of course cloudy and dusty.  I wish this was more significantly CHAGA but it really just seems like a watery hot chocolate, so probably I might as well just stick with hot chocolate.  I’m not sure how detox this is, but it doesn’t taste overly healthy.  There is also an interesting raspberry note happening throughout, whether hot or after the cup is cool.  The second cup was certainly worth a LONG steep.  Just as strong as the first cup and the flavors really melded together more.  I didn’t think the blend had much tea itself since I couldn’t see it covered in the cocoa powder, but after steeping it looks mostly like tea leaves.  The long steep didn’t make it bitter at all. Roasty, cocoa, sweet, with just that touch of bitterness that makes it great (I’m a dark chocolate fan.)  I like it!  It does seem like it fits the missing Teapots n Treasures blend well enough.  I wish I could have tried David’s Chaga Chai blend too. Goes well with meatloaf. The second steep really won me over.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled  // many minute steep   
2020 Sipdowns: 5 (52Teas – Frank’s Strawberry Pie Honeybush (one pouch anyway))

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

TTB #5

Honestly, this blend is not really something I would have picked up on my own, as I’m not the biggest sweet potato pie fan. But I’ve seen such positive reviews from others and there was just enough left for one cup in the TTB, so I decided to give it a go. And wow…this is SO GOOD! It smells just like a pie baking and the flavor is pure decadence: creamy and spicy and sweet and rich with a unique flavor that I don’t remember ever tasting in tea before (I think it’s the allspice). The black tea base was such a good call…it gives this blend a depth that you just don’t get with herbals. Overall, this is a pretty amazing tea – maybe the best thing I’ve ever had from David’s Tea! – and I’m really sad I can’t get my hands on more right now. Fingers crossed they bring it back for the holidays next year!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Nutmeg, Nutty, Pecan, Spicy, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

TTB #4

I’m a sucker for banana-flavored tea, so I had to give this one a shot! David’s Tea can be pretty hit and miss for me, but I like this one! The flavor is creamy banana coconut with just a touch of dark chocolate and almonds. I wouldn’t mind if the flavor were a bit stronger, but it’s very pleasant and they didn’t ruin it with hibiscus like so many of their other herbal blends! I’ve definitely had similar teas I liked more, but this is one I’d happily drink again.

Flavors: Almond, banana, Coconut, Creamy, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I taste candied nuts mostly.

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Nuts, Roasted nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

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drank Flamingo Fresca by DAVIDsTEA
4646 tasting notes

Sipdown (351)

It’s January in London and there is a lot of snow on the ground but it is above freezing outside and sunny and apparently I am channeling Summer since I have been thinking of iced tea and tea pops and am currently cooking mango salsa chicken in the Instant Pot.

This tea definitely says Summer, especially with its cute flamingo sprinkles. My preference would have been to make a teapop but I only had a single serving pouch and thought it would be too diluted so instead I went with a plain iced tea.

This is quite nice. No artificial or waxy note that DAVIDsTEA’s fruitier teas sometimes get. It is strawberry and some passion fruit/tropical. It is nothing earth shattering but it is making for a nice and refreshing iced tea which is what I wanted. Personally, I would probably pick up more of this in the future. Is it even on the tea wall still?

Roswell Strange

It is not on the tea wall anymore, sadly (but maybe still online?) – it was limited edition for the Summer. I found it a bit too tart, personally, but it was CRAZY popular/well received in general.

VariaTEA

It wasn’t tart at all for me so maybe I just happened to get a good mix of ingredients.

AJRimmer

I finished my last portion of this today too! It’s a bummer it’s not available now!

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This tea is wonderful. Sweet and full flavor, though not quite the flavor of sweet potato pie. Great with a little honey, too. Would re-purchase.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Pecan, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

It’s best with a little milk to mellow it out. I can definitely taste artificial flavors. It’s a nice option if you want something sweet and chocolatey.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, White Chocolate

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Wonderful! This green tea is light and smooth, and it has some obvious seaweed notes to it. Which I absolutely love! It reminds me of an ocean. Or a sushi restaurant. The fact that’s its organic is a bonus!
I feel like it would be easy to oversteep. I only left it in for a minute, and it’s perfect like that!

Flavors: Fishy, Seaweed, Wet Earth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

Light, but pleasant flavor. Apple adds a slight tartness and the popcorn and spices add a little sweetness to the green tea. Not my favorite of all time, but enjoyable and would repurchase.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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