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I’ve been enjoying trying all of the new DT matchas. I made this one as an iced latte with oat milk (as I’ve been doing with most of the new flavored matchas), and it was really tasty. It reminded me very much of a fruity cereal milk. I enjoyed it, but it’s another one that I don’t absolutely have to have on hand.

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drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed this and while I can get a tartness pop up at times, it mostly tastes like a cross between what I remember juicy fruit and hubba bubba tasting like. Thank you for sharing, Roswell Strange!

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
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I had some of this in a Christmas pack a few years ago and don’t remember being impressed, but it appeared in another Christmas pack I ordered, so I gave it a try. Without milk, the black tea is a bit astringent, and it’s not very chocolatey. When you add milk, it tastes much better, and you definitely get the chocolate. I wish I’d added it earlier! I wouldn’t seek this out necessarily, but it’s pretty satisfying with milk! Though I also had actual hot chocolate today and of course it’s nothing compared to that.

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I bought this during David’s sale and I’m very glad I did!  This is pretty much how I imagined it would be.  A trifecta of balanced flavors with a hint of honey, ginseng, and gojiberry.  It’s very straightforward and a unique blend to have around, I think.  It’s what it says it is, so not much else to report! 
In these trying times, I’m trying to watch comedies to make me feel better.  MOSS from the IT Crowd is especially helpful.  Or you can watch Travel Man which also has Richard being so much like Moss anyway.  Also rewatching The Guild from what is almost a decade ago now!  And catching up on the last season of Arrested Development.  If anyone also is looking for good comedies, I recommend my all time favorite COMMUNITY, but there are so many I have loved: Raising Hope, Great News,  Malcolm in the Middle, South Side, Dirk Gently (really anything that wasn’t a comedy from CBS.) I guess comedies usually help me, even without pandemics.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 16 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 14 minutes after boiling //  2 min
Steep #3 // 10 minutes after boiling // 4-5 min

Flavors: Goji, Honey

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Just wishing it would warm already, so windows can be opened. I mean… it snowed inches today. sigh.

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Atlanta, Spaced, Black Books, Freaks&Geeks…

gmathis

I love Moss. “Dear Fire Department …” However, my favorite episode is the Countdown Teapot. My doctor “prescribed” The Crown…we don’t stream, but we found a used copy of the first season on DVD and I love it. Have also been returning to gentle comfort books, authors like Jan Karon and Patrick Taylor.

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JUST watched the Countdown Teapot episode. “I came here to drink milk and kick ass… and I just finished my milk”

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87
drank Yuzu Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
470 tasting notes

Another new matcha! Tasting new teas has been a welcome distraction. I’m particularly pleased with this one. It’s nice and tart, and the yuzu flavor is distinct. I mixed it with sparkling water and it’s quite a treat.

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drank Blue Mountain Twirl by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

Such an interesting tea! I remember that if I steeped it just right, I could taste some sweetness in the first few sips. Then there was a spicy after taste that would briefly linger. I haven’t seen this tea at DT for a while but would love to try it again when it comes back.

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reviewed Timolino (16 oz) by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I have had this 12 oz thermos from David’s Tea since 2013 and it’s probably the best tea thermos that I own. It’s easy to clean, keeps tea extra hot, and is a great size that is portable. Also, it’s durable – there may be one or two scratches, but I don’t think you would guess this thing is 7 years old. I have a perfect tumbler from David’s Teas that is about 6 months old and the paint is being to peel on the bottom. Most of all, the Timolino is leak-proof – it has never spilled in my bag which is great!

The biggest downside to the Timolino is the extra tea compartment. Yes, it is a nice perk to advertise that it can hold extra tea for a later cuppa. However, the seal isn’t waterproof and condensation from your current drink does seep into it. I barely use this feature, so it’s a minor flaw. Also, the tea basket is a little small. Later Davids tea tumblers fix this problem with a longer basket or you can just use a teabag. Overall, this was a great purchase, and I do which Davids’ Tea would bring a similar design back to their product lineup.

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I love elderflower beverages- they’re light and refreshing, uniquely floral and a bit fruity. I also tend to gravitate towards oolongs. So, I was very excited to see this tea being released. I got this one, along with some of the new matchas, in my most recent DavidsTea order. I brewed this hot, with nothing added. It smells nice and light, and does remind me of elderflower. However, the flavor is a bit too abrasive. The hibiscus seems a bit unnecessary in this blend, as it makes the flavor too intense. Overall, it’s okay hot, and a bit better iced. But, not exactly what I was hoping for, and not something I need to repurchase.

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drank Mango Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
470 tasting notes

Just received my order of some of the newly released DavidsTea collection. I know mango matcha is being brought back, but I’m not sure if it’s the same blend as when it was first released. This one is okay. It smells like an overripe mango, which I like. I wish it tasted that way. It’s more of a mango candy (kind of like a mango Hi-Chew), rather than a fresh mango. Definitely not bad, but not something I need to repurchase.

Roswell Strange

Same blend! :)

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drank Deep Blue Spirulina by DAVIDsTEA
4751 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (331)

I cold brewed this and while I’m glad the coconut hasn’t gone rancid despite being almost two years old, that’s the only thing I’m glad about. It’s not bad because it’s really not much of anything. It’s sorta fruity water and that’s it. Meh.

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I’d been interested in trying this matcha for awhile, and finally caved with how cheap it is+free shipping. I know it was pretty divisive, but I absolutely loved it. I’m actually going to pickup a bit more, since the free shipping with any purchase promo is still going. I find it be exactly as a good golden milk should be, with the addition of a tiny bit of matcha flavor. I made it as an iced latte and slurped it down pretty quickly.

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drank Thailand Black by DAVIDsTEA
4751 tasting notes

I don’t actually own this blend but it is nostalgic because as Roswell Strange said, it was the tea that we had together in a gong fu session with one of her coworkers the first (and only) time we met in person.

It was a very exciting gong fu session for me because (1) I got to see Roswell Strange in person, (2) I was getting a sneak peek of a not-yet-released DAVIDsTEA tea (3) in the DAVIDsTEA tea lab and (4) I would finally get to do gong fu brewing with someone who knew what they were doing!

The session was back in December but I remember we got through a number of steeps and all were really nice and smooth. I recall this having a medium-full body, with plum-like/stonefruit flavors. No astringency from what I can remember. It actually was really nice, whether that was the tea or company I can’t be sure but it left me happy.

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drank Thailand Black by DAVIDsTEA
9284 tasting notes

Gongfu!

Trying to use up some of the produce in the house right now, which includes a hefty sum of Peruvian limes. I’ve brewed Gongfu before using lemon slices in the gaiwan/pot, so I knew that a lime slice could work too. I just had to decide what tea to try it with; and Thai iced tea is a thing right!? Something just told me that this combo could be REALLY good, so I gave it a whirl…

I will say that I probably could have used a little less lime because it was a PUNCHY and acidic flavour, but it didn’t completely mask the taste of the tea either so that’s a win! The lime tasted much more like a lemon, and so this had a strong Southern Sweet Tea type of vibe, except not iced. The tea was full bodied and smooth, with sweet honey and malt notes and a touch of plummy stone fruit. It worked very well! Around three steeps in seemed to be the sweet spot; the tea hadn’t lost body but the edge of acidity from the lime was gone.

This was a nice way to spend the evening!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-NHqi3gZWD/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN2c37ykat4

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 Thailand Black by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the last of the new teas – and also my favourite. Best for last, right!?

This was the only straight tea to launch today, it’s part of a sort of “Thailand Capsule” that started off with Golden Lily and few weeks ago. It’s, sadly, only in select stores and online but I still HIGHLY recommend trying it out if you’re a straight black tea fan at all, but especially if you like Nepal Black or Honey Black!!

I’ve had this Thailand origin black tea probably a dozen times now and it’s so easy to brew, forgiving, and flavourful. I think it would be a really interesting and unique regardless of what company was carrying it, but it’s especially cool to see such an interesting straight tea in the DT line up. I’ve had it Western, Grandpa, Iced, and Gongfu now and it’s really lovely each way – still need to have it as a latte, though! My favourite was definitely having it Gongfu though.

Something, actually, that I’ll always associate fondly with this tea is that I got to share a Gongfu session of it with VariaTEA and another friend/coworker over the holidays when she came to tour the lab/visit. It was so nice to be able to share that sneak peak with her, and have that moment! Plus, the tea was really good too – perfect for sharing.

Looking through my compiled tasting notes from the last dozen times I’ve had this, these are the things that I see very consistently described/as flavour trends in all the ways I’ve experienced this tea:

- Sweet and smooth
- Medium to full bodied
- Mixed notes of honey, plums, sweet potato, grains, and malt
- Cane sugar notes more present in Gongfu brewing

It’s late and it’s been a very stressful day so I’ll leave it at that – but there will be many more tasting notes for this tea to come! It’s great, and it makes me proud to have it in our collection now.

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.

Martin Bednář

Thank you for all the tasting notes! Since I can’t taste those teas, your tasting notes are complex enough to enjoy it as I am drinking it :)

Roswell Strange

Aww, maybe when all this craziness is over in the world I can put together a box of DT blends for anyone who wouldn’t typically have access to them (International and US maybe) if there’s enough interest!

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I… think this is the only green tea that came out today other than the matchas?? It’s from the organic collection, and it’s online only. It’s also probably my favourite flavoured tea from today’s launch, so you best bet that I picked some up for myself! Lately I’ve just really been feeling the more exclusive teas – what does that say about my taste!?

This was originally called Cardamom Grape Jam when it was being developed and, honestly, that’s kind of exactly what it tastes like!? That’s sort of a strange concept though for a lot of people. It’s a nice sweet, dense and jammy grape note though complimented by a warming cardamom. It’s like a fun way of elevating that classic grape flavour, without taking things to a mulled wine level. Really well balanced, and neither an overly fruity, sweet, or spicy blend. Sort of like the fancy grape jam you might have for an upscale cheese and wine tasting!

It’s rare I find a green tea I enjoy so much, and this is one of those few exceptions!

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 Bubble Gum by DAVIDsTEA
9284 tasting notes

Only three teas left to write about from today, so I’m feeling pretty proud of myself!

I talked about this herbal tea a little bit in my tasting note for Bubble Gum Matcha, but it’s essentially a very sweet and “classic bubble gum” tasting tea. I really am not sure how else to describe the taste because to me it is really that very typical Double Bubble type of flavour! I suppose it has a slight fruity undertone, but more of a hint of apple than “tropical fruit” like the website seems to describe. I don’t know why the website described this as tropical fruit (maybe the candied pineapple) because it’s DEFINITELY not that.

This is good hot and iced in my opinion, but sadly you can’t brew it as a latte because of the acidified apples. Which is disappointing because there is something kind of creamy about the flavour that makes you want it as a latte. It’s like that bubble gum ice cream that was very popular in the 90s/2000s.

I guess one other thing worth note; there’s butterfly pea flower in this so it’s easy to assume it’ll have a bright blue colour but it’s a weird enough amount that the colour can very A LOT from that trademark butterfly pea flower blue to a more grey/blue to straight up grey or even, very rarely, almost clear! It’s a little weird when you get a cup of grey tea, but that just seems to be one of the strange quirks of this blend.

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 is the last of the new matchas – and what a good day for matcha lovers!

I’ve had a lot of raspberry matchas from different companies, so I’m surprised that it took DT so long to create one. I had a hard time not immediately comparing it to what I’ve tried from other companies, and so I think the first time I tried it I was VERY critical. However, taking a step back I think it’s a really nice raspberry flavour – it’s just not massively different from what other companies offer. That’s not necessarily good or bad; it just depends on what’s easiest to get ahold of for you if you enjoy the flavour. Like, for me it’s REALLY easy to access DT products and I enjoyed the creamy, sweet raspberry flavour of this matcha a lot so it just makes sense that if I want a raspberry matcha in my stash that it will be this one. If it’s not easy for you to get DT matchas and you want a raspberry matcha and another company is carrying one you can buy much easier or cheaper then you’re most likely not missing out by buying theirs over this one. It’s all down to circumstance, IMO.

What really pushed this one over the edge for me was having it in latte form though – it’s so decadent, rich and sweet! Very much like a creamy raspberry milkshake, and that’s exactly why I enjoy both of DT’s Blueberry and Strawberry flavours so much. At some point I’ll probably do a side by side of those three matchas for all of the berry fans out there, but going on my gut feeling right now this is PROBABLY how I would personally rank them:

Blueberry, Raspberry, then Strawberry. All are excellent in my own opinion though…

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.

VariaTEA

Bought 50g of this today to use to recreate the white chocolate matcha latte I had at the coffee shop the other day. Figured raspberry and white chocolate matcha latte would be a whole new level of yum!

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drank Yuzu Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
9284 tasting notes

Another new matcha from the Spring/Summer flip!

This is quite different than other citrus flavoured matchas I’ve seen – which is important to me personally because it’s actually the second yuzu matcha in my cupboard at the moment. It’s completely unlike the other one that I own, though!

For starters, there’s citric acid in the blend for this matcha which gives it quite a distinct pop of sourness/acidity! It’s really weird when you drink it hot, but iced it’s so flavourful, intense and refreshing! Really captures this crisp, puckering lemonade type of vibe with the yuzu/citrus note that has just a little more depth of flavour than a straight up lemon flavour would have…

I definitely snagged this for myself; I look forward to having it around iced for the summer!

(Also, it hopefully goes without saying but you can’t have this matcha with milk because of the citric acid in the blend)

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.

VariaTEA

How do you ice your matchas? I get lazy and just mix them in cold water and that doesn’t usually work that well

Roswell Strange

Usually I whisk three to five matcha spoons with like 4 to 6 oz of water, and then pour it over ice.

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SO MANY TASTING NOTES!!

(Seriously – I’m trying to get notes up for all the new teas today, but it’s been insane balancing that with everything else going on in the world right now.)

This is from the Spring/Summer flip, which means it’s seasonal but will be around for a longer period than your typical limited edition tea. That said, it’s only in limited stores and online. I like this matcha – in fact, I really like almost ALL the new matchas. I’ve struggled coming to peace with lavender as a matcha flavour because I personally associate lavender so strongly with sleep/relaxation but matcha with stimulation/energy. However, it terms of sheer flavour it’s very well balanced. Sweet and floral but not soapy or like perfume. The lavender is detectable but not overpowering and the same can be said for the honey. In fact, the honey reminds me a lot of Wild Honey matcha so for people missing that tea I think this could potentially be a get substitute. It’s also so creamy, dreamy and soft/soothing as a latte! Definitely the best way to make it in my opinion – hot or iced.

I definitely nabbed some of this for myself, despite thinking the idea of lavender and matcha is a bit strange.

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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One of the Spring/Summer teas that came out today, which means it’ll be around a little longer than your typical limited edition tea…

This blend went through a lot of revisions before it reached its final form and was launched. Initially, it was a kombucha inspired blend and from there is sort of became more of the berry and lemonade inspired tea you see now. I personally think the name leads you to think the tea is something it’s not though – based on “Elderflower Oolong” I would personally picture a more simple and very overly floral forward blend, perhaps something like a Rose Oolong or jasmine scented tea? In reality, this is very fruity and fresh and the floral taste is a lot minor and more in the undertones of the tea. It’s sweet and slightly tart, with a defined lemon note, more generic red berry taste, and a pleasant, sweet floral/elderflower undertone throughout the sip. Good iced; but I actually prefer it hot. It reminds me a lot of Electric Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Rainbow Lemonade (all the lemonade teas, really…), and Strawberry Moringa so I would recommend it for fans of those teas.

If you know my tastes well at all, you also probably know that I generally like basically all of the teas I just listed but none of them are cupboard staples for me – and so for that reason I didn’t grab any of this one for myself. However, I think it’s a nice addition to the oolong category and despite the name it’s not all that flora – so if fruity is more your thing I’d give it a try!

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 Unicorn Dream by DAVIDsTEA
9284 tasting notes

Decided to make a mug of this tea after Tea-Sipper commented on my first tasting note. I bought a lot of self isolation snacks when I did my grocery shopping, but I’m trying not to each them too quickly or gravitate towards them during moments of stress or boredom. The solution for that has definitely been drinking very sweet teas that sate some of those sugary cravings I’ve been having – this is basically cotton candy in a cup, so it fits the bill pretty perfectly…

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.

tea-sipper

haha :D I did some stocking up as well… but didn’t buy any extra of my beloved Cheez-Its. Dang it.

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