A couple new teas today – in fact three in total and one returning tea. I’m not going to write a separate review for Happy Valley Darjeeling since it’s the same tea (but obviously a different year’s harvest) but I’ll get reviews for the others up sometime this week – if not later tonight.

Let’s start with this one though – there’s a fair bit to unpack.

For starters, this is NOT the first time DT has carried a decaf tea before; but it is the first time in at least six or seven years – so it’s a pretty big step out of the regular for the company. The other decaf tea we carried was an Earl Grey, which is a pretty standard decaf option for companies but this is definitely a little bit more fun/unique, for sure. I find it interesting we’re now carrying a decaf tea since we’ve tried to stay away from them the last few years and have instead focused more heavily on the fact we carry such a large range of naturally caffeine free herbal and rooibos blends. If my understanding is correct though, this was actually something that we chose to bring in to our line up based on customer feedback from the surveys we recently put out!? But I could totally be wrong about that – so take it with a grain of salt.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that this is ONLY coming to US stores, but will be available online both in the US and in Canada…

I was curious about this though; I don’t love green tea and decaf teas are generally pretty flat/dull tasting because the decaffeination process strips flavour at the same time it strips caffeine – but maybe that would be a win for me? This could be a green tea that tastes less like a green tea…

So, all in all, I think of the three new teas and returning teas this is actually my least favourite – but I don’t dislike it/like it better than I expected to like a green tea. It’s definitely pretty peachy, with a hint of lychee that comes off quite floral to me. I think the best way that I can think to describe it would be like comparing it to a mix of Peachy Lychee from a few summers ago (the black tea) and the Southern Peach cold brew tea. Also, of course, because it’s decaf it IS a pretty delicate flavour – so don’t expect this to punch with with bright, juicy peach notes. It’s more subdued.

I’m interested to see how this does – whether or not people are actually interested in picking up decaf teas. I think the success or failure of this blend could really inform future decisions about decaf teas…

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.

EDIT #2: A second edit to point out that this is my 7700th tasting note – time to start thinking about something for lucky tasting note 7777! If anyone has any ideas, definitely hit me up with them!

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer originally from the prairies, but recently relocated to Quebec. I was introduced to DAVIDsTEA and started drinking tea fairly casually about six years ago. At some point, that casual hobby became an ingrained part of my daily life; I became a part of a greater community, incorporated tea into my daily routine, and it became my career.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

I’m a TAC certified Tea Sommelier!

I drink a balance of flavoured tea and straight/traditional teas – in all formats. I prefer to have a wide, and general knowledge over many types of teas and catagories rather than focus on any one specific tea: a jack of all teas, master of none. Loose, bagged, matcha, Western style, iced, latted, Gong Fu…

You name it, I probably drink it.

In that vein, I’ll drink just about any type of tea – the only ones I have a particularly strong distaste for are green teas and Chai, with some exceptions of course. I have a weird relationship with Sheng pu’erh, but have been gradually increasing the amount of it I consume – currently I have a particular fascination with Yiwu Sheng. Other types of tea that I greatly enjoy are Yancha and other dark, heavily oxidized or roasted oolongs, most shou, black tea, and compressed/aged white teas. I’ll absolutely try anything once though; and I like to have an open mind and explore lots of tea types, even if I have reservations. I’ll probably never leave that “Exploratory” phase…

Usually I drink my tea straight, but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea, I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though. If I’ve not mentioned an addition, you’re safe to assume it’s been prepared straight up.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gong Fu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strong Chai spice profiles, mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, artificial tasting mango or peach, stevia, saltiness, or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

Tea Pet Reference Guide:

Clay Pixiu Dragons: Zak & Wheezie
Clay Goldfish: Dot
Clay Monkey: Enzo
Jade Pixiu Dragon: Whitaker
Ruyao Carp: Splashy
Ruyao Dragon: Pablo
Ruyao Frog: Bebe
Sculpted Pig: Nelly
Sculpted Tuxedo Cat: Pekoe
Sculpted Tabby Cat: Marmalade
Ceramic Rabbit: Rupert
Ceramic Stringray: Irwin
Ceramic Horse: Bergamot
Ceramic Snail: Snicket
Ceramic Cat: Saffron
Wood Fired Man: Leopold

Currently I’m employed in the tea department of the DAVIDsTEA head office. While I’m still sharing my own personal thoughts on new & existing DAVIDsTEA blends, I am no longer numerically rating them due to the obvious conflict of interest. Any comments expressed are a reflection of my own thoughts and opinions, and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the company. Any DAVIDsTEA blends you currently see with a numeric score were reviewed prior to my being hired there and have not been adjusted since becoming a DAVIDsTEA employee.

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