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drank Sunny C by DAVIDsTEA
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Stronger smelling than flavor but definitely a pleasant fruity taste

BBST

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R is not for Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, but it is for Red Rooibos Cinnamon Chai and you can find the note for that tea here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/418085

I remember having this tea a long time ago and not really liking it. Pairing it next to a Plum Deluxe rooibos cinnamon chai, I know why. This take leans more into the sweet apple and red hots cinnamon flavor. Chai (the Western interpretation of it, not just tea), in my mind, is more of a spiced drink and this is on the sweet side. It’s got the classic hot but sweet DAVIDsTEA cinnamon and then apples. Not a fan.

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drank Caribbean Crush by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

A pandemic gift from a fellow tea drinker, I decided to open it up for this morning’s cup. I quite enjoyed the tropical blend (though I wouldn’t consider cranberry or apples to be tropical). After my last pineapple tea review, this was a definite winner. I had it hot but I think it would a great iced tea too.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lightning Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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The other new tea from this year’s lemonade collection!

To be honest, of the four new teas that released in various formats this last week, this is my least favourite – there are some things I find very cool about it like the caffeine extract that’s added for that bit of extra kick – and I always like seeing another guayusa/mate blend added to the collection, but I just find it tastes really similar to Electric Lemonade.

Both are berry and lemon blends, without having them side by side with each other I think it’s a bit challenging to taste a ton of distinction. That said, to me, Electric Lemonade was always a bit more focused on the berries than the lemon – and I think this is the opposite. Much more of a very sweet and sticky/coating pink lemonade and lemongrass flavour, with the berry coming second. It’s veeerrrryyy sweet in my opinion, and I like it a lot more when it’s iced or cold brewed because both of those prep methods result in a bit less intensity and more of a mellow flavour. I also find that, of all the Lemonade teas this year, this has the most significant amount of stevia sweetness to the finish…

Ultimately you can’t love everything and that’s okay – I know that there were a lot of fans of Electric Lemonade and I don’t usually count myself among them, but I think that they will enjoy this blend for its similarities.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Mango Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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One of the new teas released earlier this week as part of this year’s Lemonade collection!

I’ll be honest, I don’t love the name of this tea – mostly because there isn’t actually lemon in the blend – but I do really like the tea. It never feels like there’s enough fruity black tea blends on the tea wall, and as a big lover of fruity black teas I selfishly want more and more and more!

There may not me lemon, but there are some other citrus flavours happening in the blend – grapefruit being one, and also just a pinch of pomelo and orange. However, it ultimately a mango blend and the mango!? Divine! If I were naming this tea purely what I wanted to name it, I’d probably call it “Electric Mango” or “Neon Mango” – something along those lines that conveys the fun and vibrant nature of this mango focused blend! Very sweet and tropical with a lot of tart high notes followed by a wallop of refreshing sweetness. It definitely piggybacks on the sour/acidic notes of the citrus, to create a dynamic and bright flavour while still having good body to the mouthfeel from the black tea. Not the most layered/naunced, but sometimes straight forward is the best direction. It’s yummy hot, but better chilled IMO.

And I love that it’s so flavourful and sweet without there being any stevia in the blend.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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This is the other brand new tea introduced in the subscription box!

If you get the subscription box then the tasting menu in the box has info pages for each tea with little QR codes that link you videos with the tea team talking about the teas. For this tea, I’m in the little QR code video discussing it my coworker and friend Celia, who conceptualized the original tea that became this blend!

To simplify… it went through A LOT of changes!

My favourite thing about this blend is honestly that it’s on a pu’erh base – it’s been such an incredibly long time since DT has done a new fruity pu’erh blend and I just felt like it was about time! We have so many sweet and indulgent pu’erh blends, and that makes sense because the rich full body of shou pu’erh compliments flavours like chocolate or caramel really well – but they aren’t the only thing that they go well with! Darker forest berries – like blueberry, blackberry, and elderberry among others – honestly go SO WELL with earthy, robust pu’erh and they bring out a different kind of richness – more like dense and juicy/syrupy berries just bursting at the seams with flavour. Well, if berries had seams, that is.

So, what is a bumbleberry!? Well, it’s not really one specific type of berry but more of a word for mixed berries – typically three or more – that is used here in Canada. It has origins in the maritimes and you’ll most commonly see it used as the flavour of pies or jams! Bumbleberry also usually has apple in it, and sometimes the pies will have spices too. Since this blend originally started as something that was inspired by Prairie berries, but then changed concept gradually over time, I thought the name Bumbleberry was a really beautiful homage to another part of Canada – and accurate for the blend too since this tastes like a juicy, sweet and tart mix of blueberry, raspberry, elderberry and hibiscus with hints of apple and warming spice note undertones from the ginger and nutmeg. I love the natural earthy shou notes that come through alongside those punchy berry flavours as well!

While this is obviously delicious iced, I personally actually like it better hot! Either way, I hope other people find this blend as fun as I do!

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

tea-sipper

‘Prairie Berries’ would be another great tea name!

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drank Maui Madness by DAVIDsTEA
11133 tasting notes

Hello new tea friend!!

The most recent DT Tasting Club subscription box has started shipping/being received by people now – of the eight teas in it, there is a mix of core and returning teas as well as two new teas that are making their debut in the sub box! This is, obviously, one of them…

I find this tea so pretty on every level. It has a brand new ingredient in it that we haven’t used before – and it is definitely very purple! The contrast of those vibrant violet hues in the dry leaf against all of the fruit pieces is so wild and pretty, but it also causes the tea to steep up a very unique and distinct magenta colour – and it was that stunning tea liquor colour that really inspired the rest of the blend.

And so, we created a blend that basically is meant to taste like a Hawaiian sunset. What does that mean!? Well, the flavour of the tea is pretty fruity and tropical – taking a lot of inspiration from vibrant and juicy orange citrus fruits, papaya and pineapple, kiwi, and even some exotic fruit flavours. To me, it tastes like a tropical fruit punch with a good squeeze of fruit orange juice. Very flavourful – good hot but great iced or cold brewed! It’s like more of a citrusy/tangy Caribbean Crush!

There’s even a link with the purple sweet potato, which provided inspiration on a whole new level since Hawaii produces some pretty stunning purple potatoes. Rest assured, though, the blend does not taste like potato – it just adds a nice thickness to the mouthfeel.

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 and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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drank Glitter Chai by DAVIDsTEA
3325 tasting notes

Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  Seemed a good day for a chai.  However, this seems much more like one of those cinnamon orange blends.  The orange is most apparent, and then the cinnamon takes over, which is also very sweet because of the sugary bits here.  The especially lovely sweetening ingredients in the description say “brown sugar pieces” and “golden caramel pieces”.  YES to those.  I wouldn’t say the glitter was very glittery… more like murky.  I saw plenty of coriander in the blend and some fennel, but wasn’t really tasting them.  I really wish more of these unique spices made a presence in the flavor. It was Cinnamon and Orange all the way.I do like a cinnamon orange tea but was expecting chai.  Possibly this should have been named differently.   Not bad though!
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 //  just boiled // 5 minute steep

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This one smells like DT unicorn fluff, which I didn’t like at all, but happily, the taste is different. The first time I made this, it was super thin, so I overleafed and oversteeped the next time…and it was still a little thin, but now also sort of sour. With milk and sugar, it tastes pretty good, but I’ve had better teas with this flavor profile. The rebrew is quite mild, but has enough flavor to be worth it. I have to say that this one isn’t at all like pumpkin and certainly not creme brulee. I’m disappointed because the name sounds delicious, but the flavor is pleasant enough that finishing it won’t be a problem.

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drank Lemon Cayenne Cleanse by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 123)

L is for… Lemon Cayenne Cleanse!

Ehh, this is a very lemony-flavoured tea, a little bit on the bitter side, and not too much else. I didn’t taste any cayenne and am ok with that. I’m not too interested in “cleanse” type teas anyhow, so would prefer a different type of lemon tea, ideally with creaminess.

Evol Ving Ness

To me, this one always tastes like cleaner. Something like lemony Vim.

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drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 122)

K is for… Kashmiri Chai!

A nice enough version of chai; very cardamom-heavy which is what I prefer, and heavy on the spicing instead of the tea, since it’s a green tea base (which wasn’t particularly noticeable). A nice chai for drinking without additions.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #150 overall / Tea #21 for April
Wednesday 04/14 — Sweet Almond Green by DavidsTea TINZILLA B***HES! This is the first green tea I ever fell madly in love with. Sadly I have so much of it now and it doesn’t have the same taste as it did in the past. I went to reach for this last weekend to make a cold-brew pitcher and I happened to have enough to finish the tinzilla! Most of my sipdowns are enough for a single cup so it’s always nice when I finish a bigger size of something. I guess I’ll need to keep working on this to get rid of it.. at this point it’s not like it’s bad or anything just a little stale/flat tasting.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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drank Orange Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
5879 tasting notes

Cold Brew Sipdown (244)

O is for…Orange Dreamsicle

I’ve had this cold brewed a couple times now. Mostly I gulped down the glass and never paid much attention because I only intended to write this note when I finished it. That implies I really enjoyed it but honestly I think I’ve just been plowing through it because it was caffeine free, cold brewed well, and I wanted to finish it.

Paying attention now I’m conflicted because it starts super orange forward and ends on a pretty accurate creamsicle/creamy vanilla+orange note. That sounds delightful expect the rooibos is so medicinal throughout that it almost seems like someone coated my creamsicle in EmergenC or some other orange medicine. So it had potential but lost me a bit.

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drank Orange Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
5879 tasting notes

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drank Orange Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
5879 tasting notes

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drank Maple Chai by DAVIDsTEA
997 tasting notes

This one reminds me strongly of Teavana’s gingerbread chai, which I remember liking. For a black tea, it was a little thin, but I’ve been able to enjoy it both with and without milk. I wouldn’t say I notice any maple, but the spices combine into a pretty pleasant cup. I can’t really identify for sure what I’m tasting, definitely cinnamon, but the natural sort, not the intense red hot variety. The bag rates the caffeine as being low, but I can definitely feel it. Yeah, I think I like this one. The spice combination works. The second steep is as strong and tasty as the first.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #140 overall / Tea #11 for April / #drinkwhatyouown February 11/25

Thursday 04/08/21 —— DT Me to We Tea single sachet // hot & plain in 16 oz water. Sometimes it’s nice to sip on something warm. I used hot water from tap at work and sipped later when warm/cool aka easy to manage. Another tea I used to love but now I’ll sip what I have but not sure needs permanent home in my collection.

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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drank Jasmine Peony by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 121)

J is for… Jasmine Peony!

Yay, a straight tea (in my estimation, anyhow)! One that, once I found it, was really appealing today for whatever reason. And it satisfied – a nice, light jasmine infusion with some pleasant hay-y notes. I believe I like Verdant’s jasmine white better (was it jasmine silver needle?) but that could have been because of the base. However, this was pretty good.

Daylon R Thomas

It is a silver needle.

Kittenna

My memory didn’t fail me!

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drank Tahitian Vanilla by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

Such a smooth taste and toasty smell

NT

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Sweet smooth tasting tea. Not too sweet though.

NT

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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 119)

H is for… Hot Chocolate!

Very sweet (maybe too sweet?), rich, not particularly fishy or anything. A bit artificial? If I really want a less-sugar hot chocolate, I’m going to pick straight-up cacao shells every time, because it’s 100% chocolate, but this tea isn’t too bad for a puerh version.

Sidenote, I did not really drink tea today (Saturday) for whatever reason; it was supposed to be “I” but I’ll just defer to tomorrow.

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drank Hibiscus Punch by DAVIDsTEA
4943 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 118)

H is for… Hibiscus Punch!

Well, if this isn’t an accurate tea name… It was definitely a big, sour hibiscus punch to the tastebuds! With backup rooibos notes, and cinnamon. However, strange as it sounds, I actually did not hate it, and drank it unaltered. It was ridiculously puckering but for whatever reason I appreciated it; I believe that some sweetener could have made this into a decent iced tea. Not a tea I’d keep around, but certainly appreciate that it was true to its name!

Evol Ving Ness

I wonder if vodka would help.

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drank Unicorn Dream by DAVIDsTEA
3325 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Friday, April 9th: National Unicorn Day Tea #2

Had this yesterday and today!  I went with actual Unicorn tea for actual Unicorn Day.  Thanks very much AJRimmer!     Such a plethora of ingredients here.  Various sprinkles!  The blend is sweet, though it’s from the sprinkles, so I love it.  At least any of the stevia sweetness is drowned out by the sprinkle sweetness. It has blue pea flower so the cup turns purple!  Flavor wise, I’m not really sure what it’s trying to do.  It tastes a bit like marshmallow, it tastes a bit fruity, possibly a hint of almond?  Description says citrus and cotton candy.  The fruit I was tasting was definitely not citrus.  This blend was okay.  Not great, not bad.  I’m sure it’s one of those blends that really depends on what you scoop up in the scoop.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Marshmallow

AJRimmer

I usually love sweet desserty teas, but I could never really get this one to work for me. It’s just a lot of sweetness without much content maybe?

tea-sipper

Agree, AJRimmer!

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drank Oat Milk Latte by DAVIDsTEA
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