108 Tasting Notes

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A little more than a year ago, when I was desperately searching the internet for any kind of home remedy that might help increase my milk supply/allow me to pump more, I found this tea. I just had to try a bag. Since I’m just finishing it now, you may be able to tell how well that worked.

The tea itself is a strong herbal flavor and very medicinal. It’s not my preference in flavor. I generally prefer teas without added sweetener, but this one called for honey in my book. Honey made it almost more reminiscent of medicine to me; thankfully it also helped take away from the feeling that I was drinking a cup of herbs randomly tossed together.

Does it work? I noticed no difference in my experience. Staying hydrated in general helped, so if this is the way you want to do that, it’s a fine choice. I didn’t enjoy the flavor and didn’t notice any impact. Drinking it now, with lactation behind me, it mostly tastes like the sadness of those several months; I’m glad to have the bag behind me.

Flavors: Herbs, Medicinal

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

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drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
108 tasting notes

This was a sipsby selection, and on the surface is very much my vibe – a dessert tea with a little spice. They sent it in teabags, and of the four I drank, two had a solid spice component, one had a noticeable but tame spice, and one had almost no spice at all.
Without the spice, it’s still fine for a dessert! I like a little chocolate tea, and this sweetness makes sense because it’s very much a s’more. The inconsistency just makes it hard to take this tea from a like to a love.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Aside from its terrible name, I’m generally in favor of this tea, which has surprised me all over again with each cup.

Rose, cocoa, and clove don’t feel like they should go together, but I am a fan of all three. The scent gives clove and smoke with a background rose. On a sip, the bitterness hits first, but is quickly followed by the cocoa, with the clove and rose finishing at the end. Every cup out of this sample pack has been balanced and strong.

I’m a huge fan of a strong, potent rose and spice, so this is mostly a win for me. The bitterness up front is my biggest sticking point and keeps me from putting this up with some of my other favorite teas. I find it fascinating, but don’t feel like I need more.

Flavors: Bitter, Clove, Cocoa, Rose, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Drink Me by Dryad Tea
108 tasting notes

This tea really struck two different chords when hot vs. iced. The clove is most noticeable when hot, and especially when sticking to the shorter end of the recommended steep time. Steeped longer and colder, the mint stands out above the clove. Both are noticeable in either version, but depending on which flavor you want to see most, you may choose a different brew!

Flavors: Clove, Mint

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84

The scent here is very fruity, which makes sense given the wide range of fruits listed in the ingredients. No particular fruit flavor stands out over the other. The cinnamon was evident to everyone who tried it, but not overpowering (which is how I would prefer it given I drank it iced). I would be interested in trying it hot.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity

Preparation
Iced

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drank Glashtyn by Dryad Tea
108 tasting notes

The cinnamon here dominates the scent and flavor, especially early on in the sip when it’s piping hot. Rose is evident, but both cinnamon and rose fade overall as it cools. This seems like a better fit for a quick, hot sipdown when you want something a little warming.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rose

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

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71

I wanted to love this based on the description. It’s a pleasant enough green tea dominated by an artificial strawberry flavor and scent. The other fruits are masked heavily by this. I will admit that I’m not a big fan of how strawberry often comes across in teas, despite loving both strawberries and strawberry candy flavors; if you do enjoy strawberry in tea, this would be worth trying.
Both hot and iced, the tea felt similar.

Flavors: Artificial, Strawberry

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72

A chocolate mint that brings the chocolate in particular. The mint here is noticeable at first, but as it cools the chocolate dominates. I can’t place why it feels a little like chocolate covered candied fruit, since there’s not fruit to speak of in the ingredients, but I definitely get that vibe more than the Thin Mint claimed in their description.

Flavors: Candy, Chocolate

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

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92

I’ve been getting so many variations of chai from sipsby that while most of them are fine I had no real expectations for this particular tea. It was a pleasant surprise. This is spice-forward in the best way. I love a heavy hand with spices and rank some other Davidson’s teas among my favorites for this reason. The blending on this is done well in particular; no one spice completely overwhelms the others, and I do still taste the tea both hot and as it cools.
I completely forgot to set the timer for steeping and wonder how much that factored in here! I’ll have to get more and experiment.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Even though bergamot and citrus are not listed anywhere, this reminded me strongly of an earl grey lavender tea and gave me (and my partner!) a bit of citrus flavor.
Unfortunately for me, the lavender dominates; perhaps that’s due to my own sensitivity to lavender or perhaps it really is that strong. I’ll never know, but my partner wound up drinking most of this cup for me.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Lavender

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

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Early 30s mom of 2 (ages 7 & 1) and lecturer in California.
Great at buying tea, good at drinking tea, bad at timely reviews. Drawn to fruit, floral, spice, and flavored teas in general; prefer those that stand well without milk or sweetener.

Still figuring this out, but slowly adding to cupboard. I rate when a package is finished as I’m deciding whether to reorder.

I think of my ratings as letter grades.
90-100 A: loved it; want to rebuy immediately so I have it on hand
80-89 B: tasty; would pick it up again but okay to wait until I get through other teas
70-79 C: good; could grab with a good deal
60-69 D: okay; would keep in a set but may not repurchase on its own
0-59 F: various shades of bad; would not purchase; closer to 0 means may not even drink again if offered

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