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75
drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I loved the smell, color and the general flavors that are in this tea, but I found there to be a little too much lavender in it for my liking. I happily finished my cup, and it was a very calming zen type feeling tea. I just wished I had a little less of the lavender and more of the other flavors like mint and blueberries.

Maybe if I am having a little spa day or I am in need of some relaxing self reflection time, I could see myself enjoying another cup.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Blueberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA
2747 tasting notes

I wanted this to be super creamy, thick, sweet, maybe some ice cream and sugar notes. I do taste blueberry, but it takes more like apple and coconut than cream in the base. Also there is a fairly noticeable rooibos flavour that doesn’t make me think of a dessert. If this was called blueberry granola I would be more accepting of the flavour combination, but there is nothing that makes me think smoothie or milkshake.

Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Coconut, Nutty, Oats, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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82
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I was brewing this tea this morning and my roommate woke up and said it smelled so good she thought I was baking snickerdoodles. Granted it wouldn’t be out of character for me to be whipping up a batch of cookies at 7 in the morning… all I was doing was brewing this tea.
I cannot say this tea taste like snickerdoodles, but it does have a wonderful cinnamon taste mixed in with the nuts, apple and buttery goodness.
As I have been sipping this tea throughout the morning I go back and forth between absolutely loving it and feeling it is just not what I want right now. I came to the conclusion while this is a wonderful tea, it is a tea I need to enjoy later in the day,while reading a book or eating a snickerdoodle cookie.
The apple brings out a really nice sweetness to it all, keeping it nutty but not bitter

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cookie, Nuts

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec
Roswell Strange

I’ve heard people say this one reminds them of donuts/apple fritters, so snickerdoodles don’t seem like too much of a stretch :P

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78
drank Valerian Nights by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I had not read too much on this tea before purchasing, but I did notice it is a rather popular blend. I let it brew for a good 6 minutes before I tried any and actually decided to just leave the tea bag in the cup while I drank it. I could really taste the different things that went into the tea, I had that slight creaminess and a hint of coconut. I did not get too much caramel until I was about half way through the cup so I think next time I’ll let it steep longer. As much as I was enjoying this tea, there was some herb or flavor that I kept getting, that I was not the biggest fan of, I didn’t mind it but it just felt a little out of place for my liking.
Overall I did enjoy the tea and will enjoy what I have left of it, I might purchase more if my next couple of cups don’t have that same taste, or if it changes more after a longer steeping.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Creamy, Herbs

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pomegrateful by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

This is a very fruity tea, being a white tea I was expecting a lighter flavor.
After my first few sips my first thought was that I would rather have it iced.
Then I started to really taste the pomegranate and the complexities of tea and I enjoyed the rest of the cup hot and with the decision I would probably have it hot the next time I brew myself a cup.
The pomegranate is very strong, so if you are looking for a light white tea with a pomegranate flavor this is not it.
I can see myself enjoying more of this as we transition from summer to fall and even deep into the fall/winter seasons.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Definitely makes sense that this feels like a transitional tea for you into autumn/winter – pomegranate is usually consider a winter flavour, and it originally launched during the holidays too. Personally not a fan of this one as I find it really similar to a lot of teas on our wall; but I get why it’s so beloved.

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78
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
66 tasting notes

I’ve said in the past that green rooibos doesn’t really have a reason to exist (meaning that it doesn’t have much flavor and doesn’t help make a tea distinctive). As a base for amazing cotton candy flavor, though, it works.

I only get to visit David’s Tea when I go to New York City, and the last time I was there I didn’t get to go, so this packet of tea is nearly two years old. Rummaging around amid my tea packages, it popped up, and I don’t really want caffeine at 2 in the morning, so I brewed some up. I did a paper-filter mug brew because it’s the only thing that keeps bits of rooibos from showing up in the brewed tea; it’s also convenient.

In the package you can smell the cotton candy flavor. It’s that particular cotton candy flavoring that the cotton candy Lifesavers in the Easter mix had—I used to buy bags of those just for this flavor. Some cotton candy flavored products have it; some don’t. For example: Dippin’ Dots cotton candy flavor yes, Ittibitz cotton candy flavor no. Pearl Ice Cream Parlor in La Crosse, WI yes, Chocolate Shoppe in Madison no. Now that they’ve discontinued that particular Lifesavers mix, it’s not easy to find it. So I was happy to smell this tea in the store and immediately catch the scent of the “good” cotton candy flavor. I don’t smell hazelnut in either the leaf or the brew, and I don’t taste it in the brewed tea, but then, I’ve never paid much attention to artificial hazelnut flavors in coffee or tea; I prefer roasted actual hazelnuts. The cotton candy scent may be covering it up for me.

In the brew, one reviewer is right that this has a thick, slightly oily mouthfeel, I assume from the bits of “brickle” (pink and blue cotton candy bits) that dissolve during brewing. The liquid is darkish brown and opaque, a little odd to see in brewed tea (again I assume from the dissolved candy bits). Neither of these things bother me. But if you expect tea to be clear and clean on the tongue, I could see where these characteristics would bug you.

I avoided adding anything to the cup, though I was tempted to sweeten a bit more—just because partially-sweet things bother me. For some reason I think tea should be not at all sweet, or quite a bit sweet, not in the middle. But after a few minutes I felt like it was plenty sweet for me.

In short: drinkable, might be good iced, might be good with extra sugar, but pretty nice just the way it is. I put this down to the particular cotton candy flavoring used, which is something I was already aware of and have been looking for. If it weren’t for that, I probably would find it pretty boring. (’Cause green rooibos.)

Flavors: Bark, Caramel, Cotton Candy, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

This is not a tea that I would typically purchase for myself, however this came with a few other teas in a set. I now however, could see myself purchasing more.
This was light, and a very natural oolong flavor mixed with a light pu’erh taste and a slight orange citrus background note.
This is a type of tea that I could drink when I am studying, relaxing, doing a spa day or reading a book.
Based on the description from DAVIDsTEA’s website, it is supposed to help with weight loss and general goodness for your body.
If I feel any difference or any slight weight loss it could become an after work regular. Overall, it is a very great and natural tea, a welcomed change from my typical dessert tea trend.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Wood

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Choco Chaga Detox by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I brewed this tea after wanting to have a nice late afternoon treat that wasn’t fruity or too dessert like but still sweet.
I cannot say that this tea was sweet, but it did satisfy my craving for chocolate. While brewing it smelled like a tootsie roll (according to my roommate), and while it did have a very strong nice chocolate taste, it was not a sweet chocolate, more comparable to a very dark chocolate. It did not have a creaminess, or a strong aftertaste. I could taste a little bit of like a natural bitterness as well.

I am someone who does love a good piece of dark chocolate, and so this is something I enjoyed. It was however not something I would recommend for someone looking for a nice chocolate tea unless you want that slightly bitter dark chocolate taste.

It is not a tea that I could drink too often because it is rather unique combination for me, that I do not crave too often.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate, Wood

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Maple Chai by DAVIDsTEA
4457 tasting notes

Wow… I haven’t had to add a DT blend in quite a while! I’m sure Roswell Strange has tried this, though. I got a couple packets as a freebie the other day, as part of a sneak peek promo.

I’m a bit over all the various chais (I’ve found some I like, and some are so far off that it’s hardly worth bothering anymore), but this looked like it had the right ingredients, so I was interested to give it a try. Unfortunately, something in here doesn’t appeal to my tastebuds. I’m not sure if it’s oversteeped cinnamon becoming a bit sickly sweet, or the chicory root, or just this precise combination of ingredients – it just doesn’t taste how I’d like. (It’s not the maple syrup, or shouldn’t be – pure maple syrup is my sweetener of choice and I adore it). I’m leaning towards too much cinnamon, though. I suspect some milk and a bit extra maple syrup would make it more palatable for me, but I don’t have to worry about that, because my sample was just enough for a single cup, and now it’s gone! Or will be shortly.

Roswell Strange

Haha; I’ve not put it up yet because it technically hasn’t officially launched yet. I figured someone might beat me to it though, w/ the soft launch/sneak peak samples going out.

VariaTEA

I find DAVIDsTEA’s cinnamon tends to be really sweet. Also, I get what you are saying about chais. I think chai is something that once you find one you like, best to just stick with that because it all depends on getting the right balance of so many ingredients. I am starting to think I should keep a random chai in my stash though because when people come over and want tea, they usually go “do you have chai?” and I have over 200 teas but not a chai lol

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58
drank Strawberry Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
4477 tasting notes

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I enjoy the strawberry candy flavor of this a lot but that herby/earthy quality for the moringa just ruins it for me.

Roswell Strange

Basically with you on this one – admittedly, it’s hard to make moringa taste good though. Not a pleasant herb on its own, for sure.

VariaTEA

It smelled so good. I had high hopes but that damn herb quality was just so crappy

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58
drank Strawberry Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
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58
drank Strawberry Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
4477 tasting notes

I cold brewed my sample of this tea and then came home and had it with a splash of orange juice. I wish I could remember how it was but I had a bad headache and ended up napping before really doing anything. I remember thinking this wasn’t as sweet as expected in light of the candy strawberry smell of the dry leaf. I got more of the cold brew in the fridge though so I will have more to say another time.

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74
drank Raspberry Meringue by DAVIDsTEA
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I was going to steep a straight black tea because I was feeling mighty tired after my endless shrimp lunch. However, I ended up napping instead.

So it was late and after my 4-day weekend, tomorrow is a long day of class so I need to go to bed at a normal time. So rather than a caffeine filled black tea, I went with a latte. This tea has caffeine but not much and also has chamomile.

I have had this since March 2017 but have clearly put off drinking it, probably due to the chamomile. However, as a latte, it is quite nice. It has a soft raspberry flavor that is sweet and compliments the creamy vanilla. The chamomile is hidden by the milk so if you have this and don’t love chamomile, latte is the way to go.

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This tea is a collection of things I generally dislike or outright hate. But I needed sleep (and to fall asleep quickly) before a flight last week, so I made myself a giant mug, and dosed it liberally with honey. The honey made it palatable, though I can’t tell you what it tasted like, and I fell asleep in short order, so at the very least it certainly didn’t do any harm. Perhaps I’ll return to it in the future for some more evening dosing.

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75
drank Honey Drop by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I bought this tea because it claims to be an immunity boosting orange, ginger, lemon tea. I do not typically like citrus based teas, however with honey being in the name, I was hopeful for some sweetness that would counteract it.
I travel on the subway a lot and so an occasional immunity boost would be a welcomed edition to my routine.

The smell of the tea before being brewed made me a little worried, but after I left it to brew for a good 6 minutes or so, the smell was more of a lemon citrus honey smell and I was pleased.

The taste was nice, well balanced not really sweet but certainly not that tartness you get from lemon and orange . I could taste the honeybush as well as a little bit of ginger.
I enjoyed this cup and it was better than I had expected. It is just not something I would reach for on a typical night. If I was feeling ill, or traveling or had a co-worker come in ill, I could see myself drinking several cups of this a day with no problem. (however I cannot vouch for how well it will keep me from getting ill).

Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Lemon, Orange

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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83
drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

This tea had come with a set I bought, and I was not sure how much I would enjoy it at first. It had a very strong and very fruity smell, once brewed. After the first sip I was taken back by how much I enjoyed it. It had a fruity strong taste, that made me feel like I could go out and do anything. I do not taste too much of the beet which in my opinion is good because I have never really enjoyed beetroot.

I plan to enjoy the rest of this tea and will probably purchase more at some point because I really do enjoy it, it just is not something I need to go pick up more of this weekend.

Flavors: Apple, Berries, Goji, Tangy

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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91
drank White Chocolate Chai by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I have been getting more and more into the chai flavor recently and this tea really hit the spot.
I had all the flavors I wanted with a chai, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and a little bit of ginger, and as a bonus it had a wonderful chocolate taste to it.
The white chocolate did not overwhelm or take over the flavor of the chai, it just added a nice chocolate sweetness to it.
I would still recommend this tea if you don’t like white chocolate because I feel like the white chocolate makes the chai flavors come out in such a way you only get a lighter more traditional chocolate taste, with the bonus of a little extra creaminess.

It was not too sweet as I was expecting it may be, because when I think white chocolate I normally think too sweet.

I plan to not only continue to drink this blend often but it has inspired me to branch out and look for more chocolate chai teas.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, White Chocolate

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

Custard is one of those flavors that I enjoy quite a bit, but can never have too much of because I find it really rich.
This tea was a great solution to that, I found it to probably have the best creaminess I’ve ever had in a tea. I could taste the apple, which was surprisingly strong.
The custard flavor was light and creamy but not so rich that I wouldn’t enjoy this tea often. It does not require any kind of sweetener or milk in my opinion.
My critique may be that this tea has a very light and subtle flavor, so while I taste the wonderful custard and the apples, It could be enhanced with an even stronger flavor.
I will be enjoying this tea often and most likely will purchase more with my next online order.

Flavors: Apple, Cream, Custard

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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81
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

This tea was a buttery delight.
The tea was sweet and buttery and tasted just like popcorn! It has a nice caramel taste in the background.
The green tea taste is not really present in the tea, which I guess is a good thing because I can’t imagine it would taste as good with that green tea taste.
As much as I very enjoy this tea it is almost too buttery for me, so I sip it very slowly. So in the future this tea for me will be like a nice treat rather than a tea to sip while doing work.
I could surely see myself enjoying this tea during the next movie night I have with my boyfriend.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Popcorn

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

The smell of this tea is comforting.
It smells like a lot of very fall things, from a pumpkin candle, to a pumpkin pie baking in the oven.
I can taste the pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and just general fall, if that was a taste. The blend was smooth, and the spices where not overwhelming. I get a slight hint of apple in the background as well.
Overall it was a very nice tea, I just think it would be much better as a latte or even with some sort of honey or agave, or maybe maple syrup.
This is a shorter review because I feel the tea was exactly as described, it was well balanced and had a nice aftertaste.
I am just missing that one thing that makes me feel like it is a tea I want to drink everyday all the time… what that is, I am unsure.

Flavors: Apple, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Peanut Butter Cup by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

This tea was a creamy delight. From the peanut butter smell to the smooth taste. I very much enjoyed this tea.
I tasted the peanut butter, a little bit of chocolate. It was not a peanut taste, it was definitely a peanut butter taste and that is strange because I had always considered the flavors to be very similar but after tasting this tea, I feel like I can understand the complexities of the difference between peanuts and peanut butter.
I would say I taste less chocolate than in a traditional peanut butter cup, but I would not change that about the tea.
I am still learning about teas however I was surprised this was an herbal blend. It had a lighter taste than a black tea would have, I think it really brought out the peanut butter without weighing down the tea.

This is a tea I hope to enjoy for a long time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Peanut

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

After reading the description of this tea, I was excited. It looks cute has all the flavors I love and a clever name.
I was not disappointed, the flavors of peppermint, chocolate and the black tea. What I liked about tasting the black tea within the flavors is it made it feel less like a dessert tea and more like a nice flavored black tea. I am very glad it has dark chocolate chips rather than milk chocolate, it complements the black tea flavor. The flavors are present but not overwhelming. It is still a rather sweet tea however.
As much as I love the ascetics of the red lip sprinkles, I would be okay without them in the tea. It is still a brilliant brew none the less. One I plan to enjoy for many more nights… perhaps as a latte.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint, Sugar

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

I enjoyed this tea overall, but the flavor of the cardamom and the cinnamon lingered in my mouth for too long after.
I had a difficult time deciding how to review this tea because when you sip it, it has a beautiful flavor that can surely compare to that of french toast. I can taste the baked buttery bread, the sugar and of course the cinnamon and cardamon. After however, I just had this taste of pure cinnamon and cardamon in my mouth. It is very possible that I simply had too much of the cinnamon and cardamon when I was brewing it and another cup might be different.

While I do enjoy cinnamon as a flavor, as well as cardamon, it was too much for me for an aftertaste.
While this is a tea I may not be purchasing large quantities of, I would still enjoy it if I had a sample package or if I got a few individual bags because as I said the flavor of the tea itself is wonderful.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cardamon, Cinnamon

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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