30 Tasting Notes

Taste wise, this blend reminds me of Genuine Tea’s Elderberry Hibiscus, except Lemon Berry Scone is a black tea and features a handful of ingredients that help cut what would otherwise be a sharp, tangy tartness. I don’t really get much scone vibes from this tea, but it’s nice enough…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I didn’t get scones either, but thought the elderberry flavor was nice. :)

Silent Kettle

I’m curious is the lemon prominent in this one? I love a bright, fresh, sharp lemon! :)

Antonia

@silentkettle Sadly, no. The berry portion is definitely much stronger than the lemon/citrus.

Silent Kettle

Thank you, Antonia! :) Oh no! I wonder why Deb goes lighter on the lemon in her teas? :O I suspect it would help balance out the berry notes to have that bright pop of citrus. I might request this one as a sample in my next order since I also love a good berry tea! :)

Antonia

Yeah… I don’t know what that’s about, but the orange teas are always much more fragrant and distinctive compared to those with lemon. Maybe a boost is needed via lemongrass or another citrus forward ingredient.

Silent Kettle

Antonio! :D Yes, her orange teas are super fragrant! I especially like her blood orange cider. :)

And mhmm! I think maybe having more lemon grass or lemon peel would do it! I actually ordered this one before she goes on vacation after reading your review; looking forward to trying it! <3

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drank Candy Cane Crush by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 6 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

Hot latte!

I really didn’t expect to have Santa’s Secret & Candy Cane Crush back-to-back… what an ironic coincidence. But I suppose that was bound to happen, right? Candy Cane Crush tastes like the result of combining white chocolate and candy canes, then liquifying the mixture. It’s sweet, creamy, minty, and as a latte, it’s such a rich, festive tasting beverage. As a fan of both candy canes & white chocolate, my thoughts on this tea are already pretty biased. But just like Santa’s Secret, I don’t ever really crave or reach for CCC outside of the holidays, but still enjoy wholeheartedly when that time goes back around.

Flavors: Creamy, Peppermint, Sweet, Vanilla, White Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 5 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

If you’ve been a fan of DAVIDsTea for long enough, you know how quintessential their Santa’s Secret blend is, especially around the holidays!

Peppermint and vanilla on a solid black tea base, how could you go wrong? It was nice to start my day with such a comforting and familiar tea blend on a frigid December morning. I prepared this hot with some milk and a bit of vanilla agave. This way, it has a bit of a ‘peppermint marshmallow’ vibe that I’m digging while trying to warm up.

Overall, I think it’s a good tea to sip on here and there throughout the colder months. But otherwise, it doesn’t do a whole lot for me outside of those couple months…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 4 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

I was first hesitant to try this tea, because I’ve never been a fan of DT’s Cream of Earl Grey, but I knew I had to try Winter Earl Grey at least once to satisfy my curiosity.

I have to say, thankfully this blend has a palatable difference from CoEG. I’m enjoying the smooth, softer flavour. It has a strong enough citrus flavour to stand up against and not get drowned out by the creaminess of the vanilla & cream flavouring. It’s a good enough cup of Earl Grey that I don’t need to add any additional milk/cream, which is great.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Just popping on here to say that this matcha makes for a phenomenal hot latte! It’s so, so good!

I’m currently working on my full review for my blog, which is still a couple weeks away… STAY TUNED :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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drank Jingle Bell Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 3 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

I remember this one from when it was called White Chocolate Chai, but now it has some red peppercorns and snowflake sprinkles for a more festive flair.

I can still do without the stevia, but I otherwise enjoy the sweet, creaminess of the white chocolate and the warming spices. It’s a pretty comforting cup of tea, especially where chai is concerned. Although I will say that I didn’t find this particular cup to be as flavourful as I would have liked/expected.

For what it’s worth, I liked being able to revisit WCC 2.0, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth the stevia induced headache going forward…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sheng Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 1 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

I totally forgot that I had meant to review each tea I open up leading up to Christmas, so this is coming after day two, but I digress…

This one was slightly unexpected, but I was also happy to open up a traditional straight tea before delving into an array of festive blends. Since purchasing this nearly two years ago, I’ve grown to appreciate the complex notes of this puerh. It still has a nutty earthiness, along with a scent and flavour laced with notes of tobacco.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Forever Frosty by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 2 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

This blend is Forever Nuts’ more festive cousin, and I honestly think I prefer it more. Although sweeter, with a bit more ‘spice’, I am a big fan of the bright, citrusy orange. I luckily snagged several ounces when it first re-appeared online, and I look forward to having it as a latte next!

I don’t usually start my day with a herbal/fruit infusion, so I made a cup of matcha for a much needed caffeine boost!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea immediately appealed to my inner sugar cookie fiend. I also love Earl Grey, so that was a bonus.

First and foremost, Deb uses a very solid Earl Grey base. The bergamot essence is always incredibly fragrant and undeniable whenever it’s used in a blend. In the case of Earl’s Sugar Cookie, the flavour is predominantly Earl Grey, which is to be as expected. The coconut appears towards the end, contributing a creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel that helps reinforce the idea of cookies. Personally, I would say it feels more in line with shortbread cookies as opposed to sugar cookies, but the flavour is enjoyable just the same.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Silent Kettle

How did you like this one, Antonia? I might request this as a sample! :)

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I received my holiday Dessert By Deb haul this morning, and this is the first blend that I opted to try.

The coconut took me out of enjoying this blend fully, unfortunately. I don’t get an essence that screams ‘apple pie’ in the scent nor in the flavour once steeped. The coconut does a well enough job at mimicking the taste of pie crust and there’s a nice natural sweetness throughout, but the apple-cinnamon profile that is the epitome of apple pie is incredibly light. Almost to the point of being nonexistent.

I’m not sure if my deviating from the suggested steeping parameters had a hand in my non-positive experience, but I will make sure to play around with the steeping on my next go-around with this tea. I’m not ready to give up on it just yet.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Silent Kettle

I got this one too in my latest order! So excited to try it! :)

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