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drank Witchy Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
1958 tasting notes

I unfortunately find this one to be lacking flavor. The color is beautiful, but the flavor is quite light. When I overleaf, there’s more flavor, but it’s still mostly empty. I get some fruitiness and starchiness, but not one particular fruit.

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drank Salted Caramel Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
959 tasting notes

Yay, the dashboard is back! Huzzah and hurray!

Have I really never written a tasting note for this tea before? I liked it so much that I bought an extra box of sachets before even finishing the first one.

I find myself really longing for comfort teas at the moment, so I pulled this one today and hoped for the best. Somehow I got a bit of maple syrup smell off it, but I think that was my brain forgetting what caramel is supposed to smell like. It did taste like caramel. This hit the spot for cozy and familiar and I was happy to have it.

tea-sipper

YAY! I was starting to actually worry about steepster this time.

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
959 tasting notes

Another sipdown and counting this as a limited edition or seasonal tea for ashmanra’s sipdown challenge. My sense of smell wasn’t doing too great on Friday, so I opted for teas that I already know I don’t super love. Even before covid messed with my smell, I remember finding myself struggling to enjoy this one. I got a watermelon blend from 52teas around the same time and found that to be juicier and more on-point flavor-wise by comparison. I also remember that this is better iced, though, so I brewed this up and waited for it to cool. Weirdly, I think having a weakened sense of smell helped me pinpoint why I didn’t love this tea to begin with by making me more sensitive to the sensations it produced. It leaves a very strong menthol sensation in the mouth that lingers long after the sip, along with an overly thick and sweet watermelon flavor. The overall effect is both very candylike and skews too heavily mintward. However! The bottom-of-the-bag steeps are different – more of a proper watermelon juice flavor and not as heavy on the menthol. So maybe if I had mixed the bag up I would have enjoyed this more.

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drank Orange Spice Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1958 tasting notes

For most of this cup, this really didn’t taste like anything. I mix it with cold milk, so maybe that isn’t the best preparation. Or perhaps I should have used less milk (these advent samples seem to each do best with a slightly different amount of milk). During my last few sips, I was really searching for the flavor, and I tasted a bit of…something. Mild spices, I guess. It tastes pleasant, but it should be several times stronger. Maybe I get a bit of orange too, it’s just a bit frustrating to have to search for the flavor like this. I didn’t even taste the matcha.

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Our most recent cold brew flavour!

This year we brought back the same three cold brews we offered last year with one new addition, this white tea based dragonfruit blend! Like all the other cold brews, it was specifically formulated to be made in room temperature or cold water and it steeps quite quickly. You can always leave it in your fridge overnight for a more potent flavour, but it produces a pretty solid cup even after just five or ten minutes of steeping.

This is our first ever white tea based cold brew, and I quite like it! White tea is so delicate already that making one into a cold brew format was trickier than most people would probably think – and then of course we took another delicate flavour, dragonfruit, and added that on top. Though I do feel like this is maybe the lightest tasting of the four cold brews I wouldn’t personally call it weak – I think the dragonfruit flavour is that very commercial ‘bordering on fruit punch’ type instead of the super weak taste of natural dragonfruit. Think, like, the Starbucks Dragonfruit Refresher. It’s dragonfruit, but like, “juiced up”. There’s also a hint of strawberry to this to just give it some added dimension and juiciness but it’s not as distinctly strawberry as, say, the Strawberry Kiwi cold brew.

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 not only tastes good, it has relaxing properties. I’ve almost fallen asleep while drinking it a couple of times!

Flavors: Lavender

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Sipdown 40

Really sipping through my work stash of teas. This was fine. Milk oolong and jasmine, balanced pretty evenly. The milk flavor wasn’t my favorite- a bit too intense.

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drank Cinnamon Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
469 tasting notes

Aah, my last cup… Well, slapdash gongfu sesh of the remnants.

This’ a really nice Comfort Oolong. I definitely should get more. Also kinda makes me miss the Sticky Rice Oolong.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cinnamon, Grain

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

I received a taste of this in a sampler pack I bought last summer, and liked it enough to order a package. I may get tired of it by the time I’ve used it up, but I like it well enough.

Flavors: Peach

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I received it as part of a sampler pack, and liked it a lot, so was delighted to receive a pack of sachets as a Christmas gift. It smells and tastes wonderful and isn’t too sweet.

Flavors: Vanilla

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drank Blue Magic Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

When I first tried this matcha a year ago I wasn’t that impressed. In my opinion I did not want to try this matcha as a latte because of the butterfly pea flowers and ginger flavor. I tried it first with water. This time I made it iced mixed with lemonade. Wow it is so much better this way. It intensifies the flavor. The lemon turns the drink purple too. Unfortunately it is not available right now but I hope it comes back in the future.

Flavors: Floral, Ginger

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drank Jungle Crush by DAVIDsTEA
14452 tasting notes

So this is a new tea! It launched back on May 5th (the same date as Watermelon Heat), but as a store exclusive blend…

As I think I mentioned with Peaches & Cream Oolong, which was also store exclusive, I had a lot of mixed feelings with store exclusives. Some of it is, for sure, bias because of course I want the teas that I worked on to have a wider reach and be tasted by more people. It’s tough to set that emotion aside, for sure.

I think this is the first tea we’ve introduced with a Guayusa base since Queen of Tarts, and that was back in (I wanna say) 2013!? Maybe 2014!? So, like, it’s been a long time since we’ve worked with this ingredient again. I was really inspired to create something bright and tropical, but also very lush and juicy as well. Since I was looking at a lot of rainforest and coastal jungle imagery when conceptualizing the blend, guayusa just seemed like such a great addition to lean into that – and of course our Mate/Guayusa section is a little bit on the sparser side so tea wall diversity with types is always something I’m mindful of. Though we did introduce a couple other seasonal mate blends this year to help fill out the category, like Horchata Chai and La Vida Coconut.

As for taste… Well, I’ve already said that I was aiming for tropical fruits! In particular, I ended up going with a bright, sweet combo of mango and guava as the featured flavours. More fresh and sweet versus the very intense and borderline jammy or “cooked down” guava that people might know from Guava Cadabra or Guava Getaway. Also no where near the same level of hibiscus. If I had to make a comparison, Gaba Guava would be closest – but if you crossed it with, like, Mango Fruit Punch. It’s very, very iceable and refreshing!

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 Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
3514 tasting notes

Random tea time!

One from my latest round of DT frequent steeper freebies. I buy teaware fairly often from DT, but I’m not a fan of their tea blending style, so I often struggle a bit with what teas to redeem my rewards on. I figured sticking with their Garden to Cup collection is probably my best bet, so I got a few different straight/scented teas this time around.

This is a nice enough jasmine green. I’m always unsure how much to use with balled and shaped teas like this one, I think I ended up going with ten or so pieces for my 16-ounce mug, and it seems about right. The main flavor is the sweet, natural tasting jasmine that has a slight fruitiness to it. I honestly don’t taste a lot of the green tea, which doesn’t surprise me since the little butterflies hadn’t fully unfurled after 3 minutes of steeping.

Definitely a high quality jasmine tea. I certainly wouldn’t pay $25 for it, but it’s a nice option for my frequent steeper redemptions.

Also, I just ate a little kyoho grape jelly pouch, and now I feel like grape and jasmine really needs to be a tea flavor combo! :P

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Nectar, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Watermelon Heat by DAVIDsTEA
14452 tasting notes

Iced Tea!

This new online exclusive blend launched last week, on Cinco de Mayo! This was one of my favourite blends to develop from this year’s new summer teas; getting the balance of fresh, juicy watermelon and slow building heat just right was about as tricky as it was fun – so, like, very! The inspiration was a mix of spicy margaritas with a chili salt rim and fresh fruit sprinkled with Tajin, like you might find at a Street Cart in Mexico. I love how nuanced and layered the flavours are; the (very) subtle addition of salt brings out the juiciness of the melon, while more herbaceous notes of nettle and moringa balance out the sweetness and give this more of an upscale cocktail kind of vibe versus melon candy.

As many people know I’ve been dreaming of DT carrying a Salted Watermelon inspired blend for many, many years and this tea let me realize that dream but with a gentle, spicy twist!!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cr_jMjdO11b/

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

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 doesn’t really taste like watermelon. I mostly taste the sort of savory matcha. The watermelon flavoring is a bit too mild. Perhaps it contributed a slight fruity sourness, but that’s it. Still a refreshing way to start the day!

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drank Banana Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1958 tasting notes

The banana flavoring is pretty mild, and the matcha base is mild as well. This is sweet and tasty, but I wish it were a little bolder. I feel like I could taste a nice powdery banana flavor in the first few sips, but then that disappeared. I got this single serving in the advent calendar, but I wouldn’t mind trying it again to see if I can coax more banana out of it sometime.

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drank Headache Halo by DAVIDsTEA
1958 tasting notes

From a TTB. This is about what you’d expect from a tea like this. I taste some mint that’s not the freshest or most delicious, but it’s okay cold. There are a bunch of other ingredients that combine to taste sort of generically herbaceous. This was fine, just very not exciting.

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drank Trick or Treat by DAVIDsTEA
1958 tasting notes

This reminds me of DavidsTea’s caramel corn tea that I really enjoyed from a few years back, though not quite as good. The flavor is desserty, but in a more popcorn direction. It definitely shares features with a lot of other teas from DavidsTea, but I like it more than most of them. It’s nutty and desserty and really nice with some milk and sweetener. It’s a heavy blend, so my 2 oz only made four large mugs, but luckily the resteeps were delicious as well.

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drank Sugar Cookie Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
6062 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I felt like it would be hard to really pull off a sugar cookie matcha, and I was right. It’s somewhat buttery, but I preferred last year’s Eggnog Matcha as it was creamier and more interesting.

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Can’t resist trying out all of DT’s new unflavoured teas, even though I usually prefer these from other vendors. This wasn’t bad – very classic TGY, as one would expect. Not particularly creamy, just bright and vegetal.

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This was nice. I liked it more than DT’s regular earl grey/earl grey cream; the flavours blended quite well together without either the bergamot or lavender overpowering. I do still prefer 52teas’ Vanilla Whipped Lavender Grey, but this is a nice substitute to keep stashed away as well.

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I have really enjoyed this tea. The dry leaf has a lovely sweet, lavender-forward aroma which carries over to the steeped cup. The flavor does make me think of a lavender frosting… it is very sweet with a vanilla cream undertone, and the lavender is lovely, strong enough to be a pervasive flavor but not so strong that the tea gets floral-bitter. My only complaint is that the apple comes off a bit strongly fruity, which does break the buttercream illusion a bit. The tea is also very sweet, so it has taken me a while to sip down my package, since it very much became a “mood” drink.

I’ve been mainly drinking this hot and plain, but decided to use up the last of the leaf in a frothy vanilla almond milk latte, which is very indulgent. The added creaminess of the milk and vanilla really pushes the sweetness, without drowning out the lavender which is by far my favorite part (I’m a big lavender fan).

Flavors: Apple, Cream, Floral, Frosting, Lavender, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
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Team Lavender here too. I really need to try a lavender tea one of these days that isn’t earl grey.

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Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – April 2023 Tea #2 – April 5 – National Caramel Day

From the caramel prompt day! This was one of six teas in a Davids sample set that is almost gone now!  I haven’t written a note yet for this one.  It’s pretty straightforward — a caramel flavored rooibos.  The rooibos pieces are fairly larger than I usually see.  An occasional tiny square of caramel.   The resulting cup is a deep red, so be prepared for full rooibos!  The sweetness is there.  Sometimes it could seem like vanilla.  Sometimes rooibos itself has a hint of vanilla all its own, which I’m just now realizing.  It’s a straightforward recipe that I don’t think has stevia, so it’s good enough for me!
Steep #1 //  1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  just boiled // 5 minute steep

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