4771 Tasting Notes


So I’m kind of obsessed with this tea, although I’m not always 100% successful in brewing it (user error/laziness?). I love the lavender, I love the bergamot, I love the base (smooth!), and the creaminess (when I can manage to get it to appear). I’ve had mad cravings for earl greys lately, and 52teas is my go-to (I have multiple EG cream-type blends to choose from) – the only other tea that I’m enjoying as much in that respect is DT’s EG Cream matcha, which also hits the spot. All of the other EGs that I can find in my stash (others from DT, Bird & Blend, Dessert by Deb, misc companies) are either too harsh, or have a weird flavour that I’m not totally fond of. Even made into a latte, they’re not as good, and I’d really prefer to enjoy my teas without additions.

Long story short, thank you for making this, Anne! I think it’s very much along the lines of my submissions for the contest, and I was thrilled for it to be blended.

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 16)

Well… to nobody’s surprise, the coconut in this 6-year-old tea has gone a bit off. That said, only a bit off, so I was still willing to give it a whirl (I’ve had mixed results in the past). It’s actually not too bad – creamy coconut, and probably less mint than there once was, so more tolerable in that regard. It appears that there is a single cup of this left now, so I guess I’ll keep it somewhere nearby and hopefully take care of the last bit soon?

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 15)

I was so excited that this tea returned this year! I had given up hope that it would ever come back, so what a nice surprise it was. Of course, I was planning on heavily stocking up but missed the boat on this one as well… however, my order history tells me I purchased 350g, so that should be enough… right? (Except I’m pretty sure I’ve already latte-d through at least 50g of it). Plus side, I found 2? old pouches of it that I can now confidently finish off. One is already done, I think, and the other I ran across the other night. Not sure where it ended up.

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(DavidsTea 14)

I’m conflicted about this tea. Sometimes it smells/tastes deliciously like creamy, sweet candy strawberries, and other times it smells/tastes rotten. I blame the hibiscus, which is too bad – chocolate strawberry should be a fantastic combo. I think it’s best with a short infusion. I also wish it wasn’t sweetened. Stevia, yuck.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 2/365!
(DavidsTea 13)

A second sipdown, hurrah! I thought I had a bunch of this tea but my spreadsheet suggests only one other bag, which I think is nearing or already at its end… so this might be a final sipdown. Hard to say.

Anyways, this is a very satisfying dessert tea, basically liquid caramel popcorn. Even years later, that’s still how it tastes.


I miss this tea!


It’s yummy! I’ll be sad when it’s all gone.

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 12)

This tea should have been finished long, long ago (but there’s still a cup’s worth left, and the spreadsheet tells me that there’s another small amount somewhere, too). It was purchased before DT started putting dates on their bags (which is no longer a thing – back to square one), so a reasonable estimate is probably like, 8 years old? Yikes. However, it actually tastes shockingly good. I didn’t remember liking this tea (but a 93 rating suggests I did indeed), but it is most definitely topping Lavender Buttercream and Matcha Ice Cream from today. The flavour is somewhat muted, but deliciously fruity (berries), and there’s probably some lavender (but at this point, I don’t think I can taste low levels of lavender). A surprise particularly because it’s a rooibos and I tend to dislike those.

Happy discovery!

ETA: Read through my previous notes and it sounds like I rediscover this tea every time I have it. Hilarious. I’m not sure why I have such a mental block on realizing I like it.

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drank Lavender Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 11)

Really surprised I rated this as highly as I did… maybe it was better fresh? I guess I’ll leave the rating as is. It’s not that old in comparison to many of my teas, but it’s almost devoid of lavender flavour, and is pretty much a vaguely sweet rooibos at this point. Not buttercreamy at all, either. Odd. It makes me want to pick it up to try a fresh batch, but I do not want 50g of it. Dilemmas.

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drank Lavender Swirl by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 10)

Wanting to find Matcha Ice Cream and my lavender teas from DT was what kicked off this latest mission – so here’s lavender tea #1! I know I wasn’t the biggest fan of any of DT’s lavender teas due to a weird flavour that I found offputting, but this one really smells amazing in the bag – so much so that I was having regrets about not having picked up more.

However, the flavour does bring me back to why I hesitated in the first place – it’s delicious, creamy lavender… with this odd chapstick(?) flavour that I just can’t place and am not a huge fan of. That said, the creamy lavender is good enough that I can look past that a bit, so I do wish I had another 50g of this somewhere (but I actually have 1-2 cups left).

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drank Matcha Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 9)

Whoops, already off-track with those sipdowns. I don’t tend to drink as much tea on the weekends because I’m either resteeping teas I’ve had during the week, or just don’t really have the time.

Anyhow – finally found this tea, which I’d been wanting to have for a while since I noticed it was back online. Unfortunately, this cup was particularly stevia-sweet, and as a bonus, the almonds are somewhat stale, so it has certainly seen better days. Not a tea to stock up on, that’s for sure, or if you do – remove the almonds. The cup was drinkable but I’ve reconsidered ordering more and will probably just finish off what I have (likely ditching those almonds for future cups – I am thankful that they haven’t gone as off as coconut tends to).

Disregarding the almonds and stevia – this is a nice and creamy, tasty cup. But… you can’t really disregard those two, haha.

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drank Frozen Raspberry by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 8)

Completely addicted to this as an iced tea and keep buying more pitcher packs. It’s the perfect blend of tart, sweet, and flavourful, and very refreshing even in the winter. It’s a whole-family favourite, with my husband, son, and MIL all enjoying it as well.


Sounds intriguing!


It’s a great, balanced iced tea. The only downside IMO is that the blend does include some sugar, which some people don’t like. I personally think it’s a small enough amount that I don’t care and besides – I sweeten many iced teas for my husband anyhow, and this is significantly less sugar than I usually have to use.


This one is really great with a splash of lemonade added to it too.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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