The vanilla flavouring in this is… powerful. Aroma-wise, I’m reminded of cookie dough (when I accidentally spill the bottle of $$$$ vanilla extract) – particularly that bittersweet alcoholic sheen that vanilla extract uses to punch you in the face when you least expect it. The addition of maple sugar, coconut, blueberry, and nutty manoomin means this plunges right into cozy fall sweater (and scarf) dessert tea territory. Just to be extra mind-bending, the lingering aftertaste is tart-sweet cranberry sauce. So, it’s fall in a cup.

For this initial tasting, I was too much of a coward to drink it without first diluting it with milk (vanilla and violent both start with “vee”, and did I mention it’s punchy?); I don’t know if I’d want it any other way either.

Rating TBD at the end of pouch consumption. For now, I think this tea is a cool collab and a complimentary addition to David’s Tea’s shelves.

EDIT: I did a second steep and drank it plain. It was pretty good too; still very sweet, with malt and a more diluted citric berry component.

Flavors: Blueberry, Brown Sugar, Coconut, Cookie, Cranberry, Malt, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Roasted Nuts, Sweet, Tart, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.


Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

Citrus Fruits, Passionfruit, Banana, Pineapple, Melons, Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Elderberry, Persimmon, Rhubarb..

Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai, Cardamom

Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc.

Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.


BC, Canada

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