226 Tasting Notes


Sounded lovely for a cold brew, which apparently diminishes the “magik” color powers of the tea, as it was a bright and bold green instead (and the lemonade added only diluted the color). Pleasant citrus flavor but too mild to be memorable for much outside the color.

Flavors: Citrus

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Davids Tea Advent Day 6

I’m not sure what’s going on with this tea. It brewed so weak at first I added more. It smells like an overly sweet baked gingerbread, but the taste is more of a tart fruit covered in sugar with a hit of spicy ginger at the end. The gingerbread sprinkles were adorable, at least?

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

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Davids Tea Advent Day 5

This was fun! Mostly chocolate with just a hint of spice, a great blend hot that’s still tasty when it settles to room temp. Adding this to my shopping list.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

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David’s Tea Matcha Advent Day 10.

Almost got this froth right!

I got a little bit of a fruity scent from the tea, but I couldn’t taste raspberry at all (or any berry, actually) with or without the milk. It was a pleasant enough sweet matcha, but I wouldn’t call it raspberry.

Flavors: Sweet

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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David’s Tea Matcha Advent Day 9

Frothing seems to get better day by day but I’m really at a loss for new tricks to try, so maybe I’m just doomed to a frothless matcha.

I struggled to identify the flavors in this one; after adding milk the only flavor that comes to mind is creamy and I wonder if that’s the tea or the milk. It’s tasty though.

Flavors: Creamy

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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David’s Tea Matcha Advent Day 8.

We’re getting somewhere with this foam, I think.

This was delicious. While sipping it was lightly flavored, but the aftertaste was a strong maple syrup. I was worried it would be cloying but I found it less sweet than expected (maybe my bar is still off from the weird fake berry/fruit palate happening in earlier picks). This would be worth buying more.

Flavors: Maple Syrup

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David’s Tea Matcha Advent Day 6

I was putting this one off because I disliked the berries and cream so much due to artificial blueberry – this didn’t bode well. But honestly this wasn’t bad! Definitely got a hint of grass and sugar with a bitter aftertaste. I could drink this even if I wouldn’t buy it.

Flavors: Grass, Sugar

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Subtle raspberry, more subtle rose (I overthink things and I’m not convinced I could taste it except for the power of suggestion). Smells wonderful. Would like to try iced or cold brewed next time.

Sipsby Advent selection.

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David’s Tea Advent Day 4.

(Work is nuts, so I’m very behind).

Mint forward, pepper aftertaste. A perfectly fine mint tea but I have plenty of other lovely mints and I wouldn’t be likely to go back to this again.

Flavors: Mint, Pepper

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Sipsby Advent Calendar.

After reading the description I went with a cold brew for this tea and finished the jar over a couple of days.

I’m a fan of tart hibiscus, but I wouldn’t even put “tart” in the description of this if it weren’t in the title. You do get the hibiscus flavor, and another that I can really only describe as a generic “fruit”. I’d agree with the assessment that it’s a fruit punch copycat; every so often I’d take a sip and feel like I had poured Hawaiian Punch instead. It wasn’t bad, but fruit punch isn’t a favorite of mine, and I wouldn’t go looking for this again.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Hibiscus


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College instructor, mom of 2, and general homebody in California.

Great at buying tea, good at drinking tea, bad at timely reviews. Drawn to fruit, floral, spice, smoke, and flavored teas in general; prefer those that stand well without milk or sweetener. Black is fine, green is better, and red rooibos is trash.

I aim to rate when I finish a package or a complete sipdown, except in advent season.

My ratings are for me, so I don’t accidentally buy something that sounds amazing but I’ve already tried and disliked. I struggle a bit with wanting to be “fair” to a tea that other people would probably like, but then my system won’t work!

90-100 A: loved it; would make this a permanent member of my stash
80-89 B: tasty; would pick it up again
70-79 C: good; could grab with a good deal or to try in a different style
60-69 D: okay; would keep in a set but probably would not repurchase on its own
1-59 F: various shades of bad; would not purchase; closer to 1 means may not even drink again if offered.

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