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Really did not enjoy. I expected it to taste like a gingerbread vanilla cookie, but it was FAR too fruity. The pineapple (i think) overpowered all the ginger.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I got this tea as an individual bag when filling a box of 20 at Davids Tea. It tastes very similar to Forever Nuts (hence the name), but the cinnamon is far more pronounced and they added some candied almonds and pineapple. It almost tastes like nutmeg. I enjoy it, but I far prefer forever nuts more. Would not purchase 100g, but might get a few more individuals for the holiday season.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Pineapple, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

One of the best teas I have ever had. I know a lot of people don’t enjoy the flavour, but if you’re into peppermint/eucalyptus scents you will love how soothing this one is!

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Shae

I opened my bag of this the other day and I’m pretty sure the smell alone cleared my sinuses.

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90

DavidsTea has really impressed me with their new teas for this holiday season. I’ve LOVED Wintergreen Wonderland and Satsuma Spice Cake, but this is my favorite so far. It tastes just like a sweet potato pie! It’s really the perfect cozy fall tea. I added a bit of oat milk and it was wonderful, but I can’t wait to try it as a latte.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Marshmallow, Pecan

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

Whatttt. I thought I wasn’t going to make a Black Friday order from them this year, but it looks like I may have to.

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75

Definitely a nice, festive holiday blend that is a bit more unique. I’m mainly getting a candied citrus peel (caramely sweetness with some bitterness from the peel). I don’t get any spice, but I’m okay with that. I’m actually really enjoying this tea. I was hesitant my first couple sips, but the more I drink it, the more I want to keep drinking it.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Citrus Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

I was so excited to see this tea released, and immediately bought 4oz. I love juniper and fir flavors, but they’re so infrequently used. My order arrived last night (2 days early!) and I immediately brewed a cup of this up. The prominent flavor is definitely the blueberry/raspberry flavoring, but I also get a bit of tartness from the cranberry, some earthiness from the pine, and a bit of coolness in the aftertaste from the wintergreen. I do wish that there wasn’t any of the berry flavorings added, as that would’ve made it perfect for me. It’s also such a beautiful tea. I was so giddy watching it steep. It looks like a Scandinavian forest floor. Overall, I love this tea. I do wish the fir/wintergreen/juniper were more pronounced, and there was less berry, but it’s still an excellent nighttime winter treat.

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fir, Raspberry

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73
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
784 tasting notes

A gift from amandastory516. My brother and I had a cup of this together and he swears it tastes just like cotton candy. I didn’t get the cotton candy flavor much at first, but as it cooled I feel like it came through more for me. There is definitely a sweetness here that’s more than just sweet, like the flavor of the sugar itself. I haven’t had many cotton candy teas (though I do love cotton candy!), but this one is definitely the closest I’ve had to the real deal.

Flavors: Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pomegrateful by DAVIDsTEA
163 tasting notes

This is a strange tea. I don’t get pomegranate at all, instead get an artificial cream note, and hibiscus. Not a favorite. I definitely taste the stevia in the aftertaste, which I detest.

Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Oh, man. I’ve been craving a creamy peppermint tea, and this certainly hit the spot. I brewed it in oat milk on the stove, and added a shot of Candy Cane Matcha. So creamy, so minty, so delicious. I’m now out of CCC and nearly out of Candy Cane Matcha, which will have to change ASAP, as I want to drink this throughout the holiday season.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Milk, Mint, Peppermint

AJRimmer

I love this one too!

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100
drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

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100
drank Just Beet It by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

Sweet, tart, and smells strongly of fruit. Overall really loved this tea. Would purchase a full tin of it.

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I know I just wrote a review about this tea like two days ago, but I had another cup of it this morning – I woke up early and couldn’t fall back asleep so I made a mug to drink while I read some comics and had breakfast; I kind of like mornings like that where I don’t feel rushed to get out of the house to the metro but at the same time a few hours later that little bit of missed sleep really hit me…

I kept my steep time short with this mug – I’m experimenting a little bit to see if I can find brewing parameters were I extract enough of the sweet wintergreen and fir notes to satisfy the flavour I really want from the tea without getting much of the tart/crisp berry notes. I’d call this mug a half success – I got the sweetness and cooling finish of the wintergreen and minimal berry flavour, but didn’t get a lot of pine/fir from the infusion.

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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Another new holiday blend from DT!!

I’ve been excitedly waiting to talk about this one for a long time – the development for it was just wrapping up when I started working at the head office, and it was something that everyone in the tea department was really excited about. It was actually supposed to launch as a web exclusive on November 1st but as I’ve mentioned there were just some delays in updating the website with the new design changes, so I’ve been checking daily waiting for it to get updated so I could publicly talk about it!

This is honestly such a cool blend. I know people are going to be sad that it’s not in stores, but the availability of a lot of the ingredients used in this tisane were just really limited because it’s blended with a mixture of very North American/Canadian specific ingredients – some of which were actually foraged. So, the quantity just isn’t at the level it would need to be to supply all stores. And to that point, it’s also a very limited quantity available online as well – more so than any of the other web exclusive holiday blends this year…

So what makes this blend cool!? Well, personally I love the taste of both wintergreen and juniper so the fact they’ve both major ingredients in the blend is a strong win for me – and this is the first blend that DT has done in like seven years (if not longer) that uses actual wintergreen leaves and not just wintergreen oil! So, with wintergreen leaves over oil you still get that signature sweet taste of mint but it’s a little gentler and takes a longer time to really steep out. One of my favourite things is actually sucking on the wintergreen leaves after they’ve steeped, it’s sweet and cooling and kind of like a natural breath freshener!?

The best part is the fir though! I really, really love basically any tea that has fir in it – it’s so woody/pine-y and refreshing and makes me feel like I’m right out in nature going for a hike surrounded by crisp mountain air – and as far as I’m aware this is actually the first time that DT has ever used this ingredient! I anticipate that it’s going to be a somewhat polarizing flavour – I know that thinks like fir/pine/spruce scented candles and things tend to either strongly appeal to people or really turn them off. For me it’s just relaxing and nostalgic, but also something with a strong Christmas association for me. I loved the years, as a kid, that we had an actual Christmas tree and not an artificial/plastic one – that smell was simply the most amazing thing. Plus, growing up in Saskatchewan there were fir trees all over the place – and while they’re awesome year round there’s something particularly magical about them in the winter time when they have that sheet of snow draped over and everything just smells so crisp and woody. That moment, standing surrounded by snow covered fir trees in your toque and woolen mittens catching snowflakes on your tongue, kind of just feels like the summary of what a “Canadian Christmas” is…

Now, there are some other things going on here – and I’ll be honest I’m not a fan of all of them. There’s a few berry flavours in the blend; raspberry and blueberry. I think I’d like this tea a lot more if it didn’t have the berry in it, but I respect that both of those play into the whole “forest” vibe/story of the tea, and they don’t taste unpleasant. However, my least favourite thing in the blend? The cranberry (and to a lesser degree the rosehip/seabuckthorn). Yes, cranberry is a Christmas flavour and it feels appropriate for the story this tea is telling – but the tartness that it brings to the cup is unwelcome to me, and I find it detracts from the magic of the wintergreen/fir/pine tasting juniper mix for me. I’m certain that people will enjoy that aspect, especially those that might not want to drink a cup of hot pine water, but this is just personally what I view as the weakest element of the blend. I could do without it. It doesn’t overpower the woodier elements though, and it’s not the level of tartness or sweetness you might see from blends like Queen of Tarts, Caribbean Crush or Dandelion Detox – much more toned down.

So yeah, that’s Wintergreen Wonderland!! If any of what I described sounds appealing to you, then I’d check this one out – as I said it’s really limited. I don’t know if it’s a little too out there for most people, but I’d like to think this is a cool tea!

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.

amandastory516

I was excited to hear your thoughts on this one! I love anything with pine, so I was super excited to see this released. I just ordered 4oz…can’t wait to try it!

Roswell Strange

Awesome, I hope you love it! Definitely let me know what you think when you try it :)

Michelle

Pine and Wintergreen sounds great, I do have a small bit of pine left from Vitaleaf that I need to sip down maybe I should find some wintergreen to go with. The cranberry doesn’t sound so appealing here.

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drank Caramel Shortbread by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

Very sweet buttery caramel and hazelnut flavor. A great before herbal.

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Another new tea from DT that quietly launched in select stores and that will also be online!

This is a tea that’s a bit tricky for me to talk about just because I’m not a green tea person at all and I’ve only had it once or twice – but it’s an absolute favourite of everyone else who works in the tea department, most of whom drink it basically daily. To be fair, I am the only tea department employee who dislikes green tea. Even still, I actually don’t mind this one but I find it more average than amazing. Which, on my own personal straight green tea scale does mean a great deal/put it higher than the majority of greens…

So, for people who might not have the straight tea familiarity to infer from the name, this is an Anji Bai Cha – which is a Chinese green tea that is kind of sometimes classed as a white tea?! But only in China, really. It’s a weird one for sure, and there’s a lot you could dig into to discuss that further – but the point is that this is a pretty traditional and established tea type.

I actually think this one is an AMAZING quality one as well – like, the leaf quality is OUTSTANDING and I say that as someone who is generally really skeptical of the straight/traditional teas that DT often selects. It’s very much a straight tea for straight tea drinkers, and something that deserves care, attention, and deep appreciation. I know a lot of the DT customer base (though certainly not all) doesn’t really do Gongfu style brewing, but this is the kind of tea that would just be amazing prepared that way and really well situated for it. Add to that the fact we got that awesome quality green tea and it’s organic!? Like, wow.

I genuinely mean it when I say that I think this is the highest quality green tea that DT has ever carried. Nicest in terms of flavour is definitely subjective because people’s tastes can be so different. However, this is good quality tea.

As for flavour!? Well, I actually really agree almost perfectly with the little tasting note blurb/description used for the tea’s web page:

“Fresh, buttery and invigorating, with vegetal notes of artichoke, asparagus and a hint of roasted corn.”

How often does that happen!? (Not often.)

Honestly, I mostly just wish that this tea was getting the fanfare and promotion that I think it warrants. Quietly releasing it is just kind of sad in my opinion. It’s also a bit nitpicky of me, but I wish we’d just called this “Anji Bai Cha” instead of Anji Green. It’s a really good quality, traditional/straight green tea and for the price tag associated with it I think that the primary purchaser for this is going to be the kind of person who already has the knowledge base to appreciate the traditional name. Why are we playing it down by simplifying the name!? We found something awesome that I think straight tea drinkers will love – so use language that speaks more strongly to them!

But that’s just my two cents. The tldr is that I don’t love this one myself but I recognize the quality and how amazing it is that DT is even carrying something of this quality at all…

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Togo

Interesting, I should check out if they have it here in KW :)
It would be useful for that time in winter when I’ll run out of most of my green tea, but it’s too close to next year’s harvest to commit to ordering large-ish amount of year old green tea online.

VariaTEA

I think you are on to something with the name tbh but I think DAVIDs prides themselves on being accessible to the masses and I guess that is their way of trying to entice non-green tea/non-straight tea drinkers?

Also, I feel like it would be cool for DAVIDs to release a gaiwan or something to facilitate gong fu brewing. I wonder if they ever did!? I know when I first started going there, they had a small glass tea pot but I can’t recall anything else. This coming from someone who is just getting into gong fu brewing and buys almost all my teaware from DAVIDs…

Roswell Strange

@Togo We have a selection of stores we call “Straight Tea Stores” that have more expanded straight tea selections so this tea is in that cluster of stores – but I’m honestly not sure exactly which of the stores are straight tea stores. It’s one of those instances where I’m both very in the loop information wise and also completely out of it.

@VariaTEA Usually I agree that DT’s straight teas and approach to naming/marketing them really puts emphasis on accesibility and I think that’s a REALLY important thing to have for straight tea drinkers, I’m more on the fence with this particular tea though because it was selected more with ‘serious’ (though I hate that word) straight tea drinkers in mind as a way of sort of saying “Hey, look! We can do REALLY exceptional straight teas!”. So I think this is one of the rare times where I wish we’d leaned into that a bit harder. I know in the past DT sold teaware for brewing Gongfu (teapots – I don’t think we’ve ever done Gaiwans) but it was like 7+ years ago back when the number of stores was much more limited and we were carrying more straight teas that are realllllyyy intended for Gongfu (like compressed pu’erh tuochas). I’d personally love to see more Gongfu teaware introduced, especially if we want to continue to carry more high end straight teas specifically marketed towards straight tea drinkers. A lot of the straight teas we carry year round are more approachable straight teas that, while meant to appeal to both straight and flavoured teas drinkers, lean more heavily to catering to flavoured tea drinkers IMO. However, I think that for our current average customer base it would take A LOT of work educating them on Gongfu/traditional brewing before that teaware could really take off today…

VariaTEA

I could see that. It would just be interesting if they introduced a gaiwan or something b/c I know when I started drinking tea I did not know there were other methods besides Western style and I feel like it could be an interesting experiment to see how it’s received. (Mostly I just want DAVIDs to sell gaiwans lol)

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drank Sip of Sage by DAVIDsTEA
8596 tasting notes

Another new tea!

This one isn’t part of the holiday collection, but it did quietly launch in select stores around the same time that the holiday teas came out and it’ll be added online too. I think this is a really interesting tea for a few reasons – but primarily because it isn’t what I think a lot of people view as a typical “DAVIDsTEA Style” tea, which is to say the visual is a little more toned down from a lot of the crazy eye catching things that DT likes to include and the flavour is also a bit more soft/subtle and nuanced. To me, this feels like a very “European” approach to a flavoured tea – pretty clean visual accented with some flowers, softer flavour notes and simple ingredients list. This would likely fit seamlessly into Dammann Freres/Palais Des Thes/etc. tea line ups…

However, another reason it’s interesting is that it was kind of developed as a “Call and Answer” to a lot of things that stores and customers were requesting – more spearmint, more green teas, more sage, more elegant blends, more things with lighter flavours, simpler ingredients lists, traditional flavours with a twist. So, it’s a lot of those ideas kind of in one – and in a way that actually feels really seamless. When people start to notice it in stores and it gets added online it’ll be really interesting to see the reception. I think that will probably dictate a fair amount if this different style/direction is something that gets further explored. I hope it does, because it feels like a lot of DT’s mellower/softer/nuanced blends have been retired in the last year or two in favour of the ones with more intense flavours but I think there’s definitely a group of people who want the style that this tea aligns more closely with…

As for flavour – despite the name being Sip of Sage (which is just adorable) I think the spearmint is clearly the main flavour profile, which is just supported by very soft elements of herbaceous sage and floral jasmine. It’s crisp and refreshing and a little bit sweet, but has that very smooth and relaxing vibe you would probably want/expect from a jasmine green tea or something with sage. Really clean tasting, and very no frills.

As most of y’all know I don’t enjoy green tea much and especially don’t love jasmine green teas but this is something that even I can get on board with in small doses, mostly because I have a deep love for spearmint. I have a small amount at home, and it’s already become a go to for me on days I want something relaxing and smooth to de-stress with.

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 regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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74
drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
784 tasting notes

Backlog from November 7th:

A generous gift from amandastory516! My husband loves herbal teas but I usually only drink them when I’m sick or as a caffeine-free option at night before bed. Amanda sent some amazing teas though and several, including this one, I wanted to try immediately.

This reminds me very much of DAVIDsTEA’s Magic Dragon but with a whisper of mint. Mint teas are generally not a favorite (aside from a few peppermint blends) but this was a gentle note that I really enjoyed. There was a fruitiness that I couldn’t places, but after looking at the ingredients I think it may have been the apple. This was a very relaxing tea right before bed and one I think I’ll plan to purchase in the future for nights like this.

Flavors: Fruity, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30
drank Honey Drop by DAVIDsTEA
163 tasting notes

I opened the package and was met with a beautiful orangey honey aroma. I was super excited to brew up this cup after my dumped cup of Fireside Mocha. Unfortunately, this is another no for me. I don’t get any orange or honey notes, but instead an odd herbal/bitter flavor.

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30

I found this tea pretty gross, and had to dump it after just a couple sips. The apples create an extremely odd flavor profile against the strong coffee notes. It is also sickeningly sweet, and was overly my main issue. A solid nope for me.

Flavors: Sweet

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drank Jasmine Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
88 tasting notes

I have a pantry full of over a dozen beautiful jasmine teas and this one is my least favorite. No matter what I do, the flavor just doesn’t come through well. It’s a very weak, watery jasmine flavor.

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70
drank Maple Syrup Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
88 tasting notes

The original Oh Canada blend from DavidsTea has the best maple cream flavor and I have hoarded a large amount of it. The original has no chunks of fruit in it, just lots of rooibos, a few maple leaf shaped sprinkles, and tons of maple cream scent and flavor. The new Oh Canada is mostly chunks of dried fruit and has a weird cinnamon taste. Maple Syrup Oolong tastes closer to the original Oh Canada. Maple Syrup Oolong has almost no oolong pieces in the 100g I purchased, and it appears to be mostly dried apples, raisins and nut pieces (the chicory root?). So this gets closer to the taste of the original Oh Canada than the current iteration of it. It’s like a softer, lighter maple cream taste with nutty undertones. Reminds me a bit of Forever Nuts as well, because of that nutty impression. Still, I miss the intense maple flavor of the original Oh Canada.

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
88 tasting notes

Looks very pretty with the dried blueberries, blue cornflower petals and stalks of lemongrass. I like that it has a strong blueberry flavor and enjoy it for a caffeine free blend. I was surprised that the lemony flavor doesn’t come through much for me. It’s mostly sweet blueberry and pineapple, and you get a good amount of extra sweetness from the sugar coated, dried pineapple pieces.

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60
drank Eye of Newt by DAVIDsTEA
88 tasting notes

Roswell Strange’s description of these as looking like little tumbleweeds is so accurate. They’re definitely cute and fun as far as the name and presentation. And I agree with kittenna that you only need one ‘eye’ per mug (I used two my first go and was overwhelmed by the sweetness, lol). I’m not the biggest fan of the flavor, to be honest. It tastes very sugary and herbal, sort of like I grabbed random, savory, dry herbs from my pantry and made a tea with them, and then added several heaping spoonfuls of sugar to the mix. I think I want to say it tastes sort of like oregano to me. Still, these were quite fun to try.

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I love savory tea blends, so I was really excited to try this. Unfortunately, it’s oddly sickeningly sweet, with just a spicy aftertaste. The cloying sweetness combined with the spiciness is pretty unappetizing.

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