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drank S’mores Chai by DAVIDsTEA
395 tasting notes

2021 Sipdown #32

I fell off the sipdown wagon for a while, and then forgot to log a ton of them but I think this is my 32nd sip down of the year. This one wasn’t bad but it never quite sat right with me. This didn’t read as s’mores to me, or even really chocolatey. It just kind of came off as a slightly toasty sweetness and something else I can’t quite place (I haven’t had a ton of pu-erhs so maybe it’s that). It’s not bad and I get why so many people love it, but I’ll probably move on to other teas.

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New tea from this year’s “Freshly Picked” collection.

Y’all… Y’all! I know I’ve talked about it on tasting notes for Peach Zing, but I fucking love juicy fruit blends when they’re paired with ginger and that’s basically exactly what this is only except instead of that sweet peach/stonefruit note it’s jammy tart blackberry. It’s so fun and flavourful and, in my opinion, well balanced. Maybe a smidge more ginger in this one than Peach Zing? Great hot, great iced!

I mean, there’s really not a ton to write about for this one – if you like Peach Zing then I think you’ll love this and if you liked the blackberry flavour from Blackberry Blizzard or Blackberry Jasmine Blast then it’s super similar. I prefer Peach Zing personally, but man is it close for me…

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 Candy Apple by DAVIDsTEA
1265 tasting notes

This is definitely an interesting take on a candy apple. It’s more of a red hot apple. I guess some candy apples have cinnamon in the sugar coating? It’s also very much a green apple. So, if cinnamon covered green apples are your thing, you’ll probably love this tea.

Shae

That is interesting. I feel like those flavors would almost be better suited to a caramel apple tea.

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 148)

Small sampler tin from when this was a Tea of the Month, I believe. Not really my favourite; I don’t tend to like blends with ginger, although this one is definitely less ginger and more fruit – but precious little, if any, sign of the oolong base.

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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

2021 Sipdown 64/365!
(DavidsTea 146)

Picked up some of this fairly cheaply recently, thinking it would be great for iced tea, as I like guava… but a) I had to use a whole 50g package for one pitcher of tea (yikes!) and b) there was too much floral and I found it offputting, while I couldn’t really taste guava (which comes off to me as kind of a strawberry banana combo). My husband thought it was fine, so at least I don’t have to drink the rest if I don’t want to.

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drank Moringa Mermaid by DAVIDsTEA
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2021 Sipdown 69/365!
(DavidsTea 151)

Ran across a pile of “M” teas, all variants containing melon, and thought to somewhat compare this to Melonade, so I brewed the last of it up and stuck it in the fridge. It’s definitely quite different – somewhat less sweet, a more complex flavour (particularly interesting as this one’s herbal and Melonade’s on a green base), and significantly less “melon” flavouring despite being branded as honeydew + moringa. I actually find it more interesting to drink because of the depth of flavour, and I’m getting that same refreshing quality as with Strawberry Moringa, which I like. Too bad I didn’t drink this back when it actually came out, as it might have been nice to have a bit more to play around with.

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drank Moringa Mermaid by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

Past sipdown – literally no recollection of this tea, though. I had it iced and presumably it’s melony…?

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drank Rhubarb Cream Soda by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

Past sipdown – wish I’d written a proper note about this one, but I don’t recall feeling too much like I had missed out. I prefer Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait – or even Rhubarb Fizz.

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drank White Cranberry Bark by DAVIDsTEA
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Past sipdown – of a 2017 packet of this. I really want to like it but don’t particularly; unfortunate as I have a silly amount of it that I picked up in a lot off facebook a while back.

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drank Tie-Dye Butterfly by DAVIDsTEA
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Past sipdown – I guess I never recorded this one? I bought a 100g tin of it thinking I’d be a big fan, but although I enjoyed the passionfruit flavour, there was a sort of bitterness that I found offputting. We drank it iced (3 pitchers, maybe?) but I managed to avoid most of it. I think it tasted a bit better sweetened, but I prefer not to do that. Would love to see this passionfruit flavour in a future tea, though!

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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(DavidsTea 144)

Almost didn’t pick this up because rooibos, but I’m glad I did! Very tasty both straight and as a latte; I likened it to watery hot chocolate, although that’s a bad comparison – it’s more of a muted hot chocolate, with lots of marshmallow. Didn’t really get as much toastiness as there could have been – I wonder how this would taste with a smidge of a smoked tea added in?

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The “Freshly Picked” collection is one of my favourite reoccuring seasonal themes each year; I just love that shift from high iced tea season flavours to the more autumnal feels. This year, there’s not a lot of new teas in the collection – mostly returning blends. I’ll write a tasting note about the one brand new tea at some point, but for now I wanted to focus on Strawberry Moringa since it’s gotten an update!

I know that a lot of people hate when blends change/get updated and I could go on a looongggg tangent about my conflicted feelings about that – though I’m not going to right now. I’m hoping, however, that this is a change people will like. Simply put, we took the OG Strawberry Moringa and converted it into an organic blend. It just seemed to make sense for this blend. We really, really wanted to keep the spirit/flavour profile of the blend that people know – and I think we were successful in that. I find this update just a bit more tart strawberry and a little less sweet, but overall really similar. Like, to the point of not being able to taste a difference if you’re not directly comparing. So fingers crossed that other people feel the same way too.

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 a really good comfort tea. It has very strong sweet tastes, which might be a bit too strong even. It’s one of my favorite teas, but I am not sure it’s for everyone. It has a strong marshmallow and chocolate taste.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Marshmallow, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

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I’ve really been trying not to place any tea orders lately, as I haven’t been sipping through as much lately (mostly because of the weather). But, DavidsTea sent me a 50% off everything coupon, so I couldn’t resist.
I mostly ordered sale stuff, so I got a ton of tea (just what I need) for extremely cheap. Though, I did get a lot of cold brewable teas, which is mainly what I’ve been drinking. This is one of those. It’s quite nice- well balances tart lemon and sweet strawberry. I wish it were perhaps a tad more tart, but overall it’s really pleasant.

AJRimmer

Their sale is pretty good this year! I ordered a bunch of things, and then they added more items to the sale, so I may have to go back for more…

Lexie Aleah

Agreed! I couldn’t resist ordering either.

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
3454 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge July Theme: A Berry Fruity July

Look at the photo for this blend though! Huge slices of starfruit! It’s a shame I’m only writing about this now. Thanks again M Mack! Tons of lovely looking fruits here. If there is any white tea it looks like the tiny minuscule chopped bits type of white tea. Maybe that was because the fruit pieces are so big, the blenders wanted to make sure white tea was throughout the big fruit pieces? Traditional leaves might not fit in a scoop if there aren’t that many. I didn’t get any big pieces of starfruit in this mug but there is a tasty variety here. Only hints of stevia which should be more noticeable now with age, so I’m glad the fruit itself is shining through. Very fragrant and perfect for hot days.

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
3454 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge #2– O

Not a sipdown on this one (not very many ‘O’ teas close to a sipdown), but I never wrote a note for this, so it can count.  Thank you M Mack for this one a while ago.  It’s older now but pleasant.  A nice orange on a rooibos base.  Tastes a bit like creamsicle orange, which makes sense with vanilla.  Not too many noticeable orange blossoms in the blend for a tea named ‘orange blossom’.  I like this.

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drank Matcha Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
807 tasting notes

From what I remember about this cup it had a really lovely sweet vanilla flavor. I was definitely reminded of vanilla ice cream.

Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Got a tin of this in the sale and I’m excited to try my first flavored matcha from DT.
The instructions were a bit confusing as it looked like they wanted a LOT of matcha for one cup something like 5-6 spoonfuls for a 16oz mug. I just decided to do a more normal preparation and see how it goes. It’s very watered down tasting so maybe it does need a lot more matcha. That’s a bummer considering the price but I do get a bit of gingerbread flavor and it’s really nice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
AJRimmer

I really like this one and considered getting a tin, but decided to try some new flavors instead. I’m not sure it needs quite as much matcha as they recommend, but it is more than you might expect!

Lexie Aleah

I’ll definitely be more generous with the amount next time then.

Cameron B.

There’s more sugar than matcha in these so that’s why it calls for such a large amount, ha ha.

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drank Mango Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 143)

This reminded me somewhat of DT’s Country Lemonade (is that what it’s called?), but with a subtle mango twist. And no stevia (I think there’s stevia in the other?) I had it hot/warm and it was ok, but I think I should try it iced. Not quite sure how I feel about it yet.

Of note, may not be a blend for grapefruit haters. That’s the citrus note I pick up on most, and it looks like there’s pomelo peel in it, which explains that. I can’t recall if it was dominant when drinking the tea, but it certainly is permeating through the bag of dry leaf!

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drank Bumbleberry Burst by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 142)

Not bad for a tea with stevia. I had it hot; it was quite fruity and did taste like warm berries, but I imagine towards the end of the pouch the stevia will be overwhelming. I may try it iced too.

Ze_Teamaker

I could never get into stevia. It has a weird metallic flavor that I find overtakes whatever it’s put into.

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drank Confetti Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 141)

Meh, gimmicky. I found it watery and sweet without much body. I guess it’s a rooibos so there’s not much base, but for whatever reason I expected more. Maybe I could mix it with something else to use up the rest? It just was so boring.

AJRimmer

The name of this sounded so enticing, but the picture of what was in the leaf itself looked so bare that I decided not to order any – maybe they can revamp it and bring it back at a later date!

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I really liked this one when it came out and repurchased a bag when it was retiring. I’ve been saving that bag of this and decided to open it and make a cup. This tea from what I recall was somewhat similar to movie night with that sweet buttery flavor. Unfortunately, it seems like it’s spoiled as it has a weird plastic-like taste or something to it. If only I hadn’t saved it and had drunk it right away…

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drank Blueberry Breeze by DAVIDsTEA
5040 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 136)

Annoyed that I missed that this contained stevia. I cold-brewed this tea while camping, and it was just cloyingly sweet, so much so that I couldn’t even concentrate on the actual flavour. Couldn’t even tell you if it tasted remotely like blueberry. My husband thought it was ok though, so looks like he’ll be the lucky recipient of the rest of this!

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