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drank Vanilla Chai Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1587 tasting notes

I really didn’t enjoy DT’s chai matcha, so I was a little worried when I opened my 2 oz bag of this one. Luckily, the flavor profile seems to go in a totally different direction. Whereas the other one was red hot cinnamon, this one is more difficult to describe. I taste mostly matcha with a bit of flavoring, but I really can’t tell what it’s supposed to be. Maybe it’s a bit cookie-ish? It’s not a favorite, but there’s nothing bad or too weird here either. The flavoring is quite mild.

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drank Organic Cold 911 by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I love love love this tea, especially for congestion or sore throats, I always keep myself stocked up on this one because I have to have it anytime I’m sick. Lovely without honey or with, especially good with lots of honey on a sore throat.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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For the sipdown prompt, “a raspberry tea.” Prepared cold brew.

I was surprised to find that this is blue raspberry flavored, but as that is a flavor I enjoy and one I don’t think I’ve encountered in tea before, I’m fine with it. It steeps a deep hibi red but there is so much sweetness here there is only a vague hint of fruity tartness… Mostly I get a strong fruit punch flavor followed by sweet blue raspberry. It’s a very thirst-quenching cold tea, which is how I plan to finish this… I’m not sure how I’d feel about the flavor warm, though.

Flavors: Artificial, Blue Raspberry, Candy, Fruit Punch, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Roswell Strange

This one definitely isn’t intentionally blue raspberry flavoured, but I’m happy you liked it regardless!

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drank Pomegrateful by DAVIDsTEA
3744 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – July Tea #8 -A tea you’ve forgotten about

BUT how do I KNOW if I have forgotten about a tea unless I haven’t actually forgotten a tea?  I’d have to randomly stumble upon it while looking for another tea.  I think I’m just very aware of my tea collection at this point, regardless of its vast ridiculousness… so I don’t think I forget about a tea TOO often.  But this is a sipdown and I haven’t written a first note for it yet, so I’ll go with this one. I “forgot” to write a note for it?  It’s a good idea for a prompt anyway…  I only had a bit of this in one of the David’s samplers I bought a while ago. Let’s just say this tea was not the reason I bought the sampler.  This is one of those David’s blends that SAYS there is white tea in it, but it’s probably a very small amount because it looks like mostly other goodies.  I have never had fresh pom before, so to me this blend just tastes like tartness. And probably pom flavoring if I’m stretching my imagination.  Not bad, but more white tea would have kept it interesting and not tart overload, where I feel like hibiscus is doing most of the job for the pom.   There is a syrupy quality that keeps it pleasant enough for a couple cups, but grateful when it’s a sipdown.
2022 sipdowns:  88

Cameron B.

Yeah I was thinking maybe I’ll steep up a tea that I haven’t had in a long time for this one?

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drank Pink Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1587 tasting notes

Bleh, I really don’t like something here, maybe rose? It makes this blend quite sour and peppery. There’s also something fake and strange tasting in there. With milk, it’s a little less unpleasant, but it really isn’t the tea for me. I tried it again cold brewed, and I still tasted way too much sour, fake weirdness. I won’t be having more.

Roswell Strange

Not sure about the peppery quality, but the sourness might be the rhubarb? This one was inspired by Ruby chocolate so it does deliberately have a sour taste to it to recreate the sharp berry notes of the chocolate – but I totally get not vibing with it. It’s a particular flavour, for sure.

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Did you know that DT carries straight hibiscus now?

We actually pretty sneakily released this tisane around two weeks ago, and it hasn’t really gotten mentioned/called out anywhere so it’s an easy one to miss.

When we started looking for a straight hibiscus to carry we ended up tasting a lot of different hibiscus samples from all different origins. Like, a lot of hibiscus. There were some tasting where it was just an entire cupping line up of hibiscus over and over. We tried productions that were incredibly tart and sharp and some that were surprisingly sweet with really intense berry notes. It was a rough tasting line up on the palate.

In the end, this was our favourite! Why? Well, we thought it had the best balance of all the things a hibiscus drinker would want but was also pretty approachable for someone who maybe hadn’t tasted a lot of straight hibiscus. It’s got some bright, lively top notes but it’s not super aggressive – unless you steep it for a really long time because you want that quality to come up – and the body and finish have more natural sweetness and a hint of a berry type of flavour!

Personally, I don’t know a ton of people who actually drink straight hibiscus – let alone straight hot hibiscus (unless you’re making a mulled beverage, perhaps). Mostly I think people use it as an ingredient to make other beverages, which is a great option for adding colour or a nice punch of flavour. However I have actually had this iced a few times because it’s pleasant enough that, if I’m in the mood for something stronger with some tang, I can get through a full cup with no issue.

In fact, earlier this week I decided to do a “teas I drink in a day” theme day and I ended up making a verrrryyyy strong iced cup of this to sip on over lunch and in the meeting I had right after lunch!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CgP-NpROgXL/ (The first pic)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uI2LF2iir4

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.

Kittenna

I’ve had a straight hibiscus tea once, sweetened lightly and iced. It was pretty good. I feel like perhaps blenders sometimes use lower quality hibiscus as an addition to their teas? I’ve definitely had some hibiscus that has particularly stale, unpleasant flavour as well. This one sounds worth trying!

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67
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
3744 tasting notes

I bought a tin of this years ago, have it at least once a year and never get around to writing a note for it. Probably because it’s underwhelming for me.  The leaves look so chopped.  I guess I liked the idea of peach and jasmine for an ultimate summer tea, but the peach isn’t my favorite and the jasmine is never there.  I definitely make sure not to oversteep this.  At least the tin is almost gone already?   At least there isn’t stevia in it?  

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Strawberry Rhubarb is one of my favorite summer flavors so I was excited to try this fruity tea. I always find it interesting to read the ingredient listings and see that the primary flavors are not the lead ingredient. Apple is listed first and then 3 other ingredients before we get to strawberry and rhubarb flavoring. I wonder if I had blind tasted this how I would have tasted the tea. I’m sure knowing the name of the tea influences my tasting.

I currently have pitcher of this iced in the fridge and a mug of it hot on the table to finish off the packet. I have found it to be a tart, fruity tea. Definitely taste hibiscus and strawberry. I am absolutely reminded of a strawberry-rhubarb dessert.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Dragonfruit Aloe by DAVIDsTEA
6005 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 126)

2022 Sipdown 146/365!
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge April 2022: “Health” tea

I understand this was intended to be a “detox” tea? I don’t know that aloe is used in many drinks, generally. I feel like it doesn’t have a great deal of flavour.

Brewed up the last of this into a large jug of iced tea. I recall not minding it, but it was kind of floral, and that bothered my husband. Wouldn’t refuse it if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again except by accident (because it sounds appealing, haha).

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80
drank Strawberry Bloom by DAVIDsTEA
6005 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 2022: 125)

2022 Sipdown 145/365!
Mastress Alita’s Sipdown Challenge July 2022: Tea from a Canadian company

Found these lovely little tea blooms that I believe were courtesy of VariaTEA some significant number of years ago. I think I have three flavours; somehow this ended up at the top of the pile. It’s a black tea bloom, which is different that most I’ve had.

Aroma was lightly strawberry, and flavour ended up being pretty true – a mild black tea with gentle candy strawberry. It’s fairly simple, but I did enjoy it. The bloom was also pretty, although I admit that I steep the blooms in an infuser, which kind of changes the experience, because they inevitably have little pieces that fall off and annoy me if they’re left in the cup. I do think that this might be an interesting one to have tried… grandpa-style? (Is that where you leave the leaves in the cup and just add water over time as you drink it?)

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drank Honeycomb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1554 tasting notes

I really like this tea. Probably because it has licorice in it. It’s been a nice tea to have around in the evenings when I need a tasty decaf option. The licorice adds sweetness without the stevia weirdness and the whole thing does have a light honey flavor to it. One of these days I need to add some real honey in it. I got to harvest a few frames recently from one of my 6 beehives, so I’m rich in honey at the moment!

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
114 tasting notes

Sipdown theme: Tea you’ve forgotten about
Got a lot to go to sip this one down. I have a little less than 50 g in a tin and then another unopened 50 g bag. So I definitely know that I wasn’t in the best place last year so I am not going to dwell too much on my tea buying habits of last year and focus on enjoying and sharing the stuff I have this one. So those of you involved in the TTB this year may see some of this in there. :)

Preparation: Western
Tasting note: I like the the grassy, rich notes of this oolong with the sweet creamy coconut. It has a tiny bit of oil but just little specks. It is a nice rich tea that kind of reminds me of a spinach creamy soup. My own drawback with the tea is that sometimes the flavoring can be a bit much. Noy sure if its the smell or strong flavor but it isnt always easy on the stomach.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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75
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
44 tasting notes

Yummy creamy lime. It didn’t seem as flavorful as most Davidsteas that I’ve had, but I used a new type of tea bag this time so I’m thinking that’s the culprit. I’ll have to try this one again with my old style of tea bags because I’m sure I’ll enjoy it even more.

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drank Hazelnut Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

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drank Pink Papayadise by DAVIDsTEA
6325 tasting notes

Made this iced. It’s ok. It’s pineapple. It’s stevia. Not as offensive stevia-wise but not great either. Just fine and mostly I drank it because it’s caffeine-free

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drank Confetti Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
1587 tasting notes

This tea is made up almost entirely of candy, but it was super on sale, so I bought it anyway. Yeah the flavor really isn’t great. It’s like the worst parts of candy – thick and artificial. It coated my mug in the grossest film that was hard to remove. The flavor was pretty mild, but what flavor there was I didn’t enjoy, even with plenty of milk.

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I was back at the office on Thursday (from vacation) so I got a chance to whisk this one up so i had a fresh memory in mind before writing my tasting note. If you missed it, this was part of a matcha collection launch from earlier in the week!

In the past we carried a rather unique Apple Ginger Matcha that had microground ginger powder and apple cider vinegar in it – I was a fan, but overall it didn’t seem to resonate strongly with people. For anyone who tried that matcha and was really disappointed, I just want to say right off the bat that this matcha is completely unlike it. We really, really wanted to focus exclusively on flavour and just deliver a very true bright and tart green apple flavour.

I personally think this matcha shines best when you make it iced. It’s got a pleasant kind of tart pucker to it that reminds me of biting into a Granny Smith Apple but it’s followed by a nice sweetness while still not being necessarily a candy apple flavour. I also think that (aside from the Unsweetened Peach) this is the flavour from this recent collection where you actually can taste the matcha the most. The gentle grassy umami plays off the bright green apple notes really pleasantly – it makes me think of apple picking around the end of the summer!

Oh! One thing probably worth noting is that because this is an acidified matcha you cannot make it into a latte – at least, not without curdling. I think the juiciness and brightness of the flavour you get from the lift the acidifier gives it worth the trade off, though…

Honestly, this is probably the new matcha that I’m the least personally excited about of the new releases – but I still think it’s really fun and I like how different it is from all of the other fruity profiles!

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 Caramel Shortbread by DAVIDsTEA
285 tasting notes

From the TTB 2022
Not sure what I expected, its mostly sweet caramel, with a cookie aftertaste and stevia. Glad I got to sample it but wouldn’t purchase or need to drink another cup. I should have looked more closely at the ingredients for the stevia, the tisane is perfectly ok, would be better without the stevia.

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Whisked this gem up while enjoying some fresh air outside. I usually like this better iced, but even hot I found the watermelon juicy and quite lovely in the Summer breeze. It just felt like a perfectly quintessentially summer moment!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgz_vIQueYz/ (The 5th Photo)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKzEhwiEdZc

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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Another one of the new matchas to come out today!

This one is especially exciting to me for a couple different reasons. The first of which is that this is DT’s very first organic flavoured matcha offering! Organic flavouring is a lot trickier to work with that other kinds of flavouring, and the flavours you can achieve are also a lot more limited as well so I’m especially proud that we were able to achieve such a juicy, delicious organic offering in this incredible flavour!

The second reason I’m excited? Well, watermelon! I mean, like banana, this is one of the matcha flavours I’ve been dreaming of DT releasing since long before I was an employee. Being a part of bringing this flavour to the finish line has just been yet another experience where I’m again humbled by the fact I’m lucky and privileged enough to be able to make teas that I had dreamed about nearly a decade ago a reality. That never stops feeling amazing to me!

Though I am absolutely one of those people who drinks every flavour of matcha as a hot tea, I will admit that this one especially shines when you make it iced. It’s a very juicy watermelon flavour with a nice pop of sweetness to it, but I don’t find it gets too far into that Jolly Rancher/candy territory despite that, and I like that you can taste some of the grassy umami flavours of the matcha still. It’s really yummy!

If you want a really wild ride then I recommend adding a little pinch of salt as well! I feel like I sound like a broken record when it comes to watermelon and salt, but it’s truly just an incredible flavour combination and I like how that small addition can really change the profile of this matcha in a fantastic way.

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 Banana Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
13264 tasting notes

New matchaaa!

I feel like it’s been a while since we had new fruity matchas from DT. I mean, what was the most recent matcha released? It’s always hard for me to mentally keep track because I’ve seen behind the curtains so far in advance, but I think it might have been the Glitter Matcha? And before that the other winter flavours…

We’re full force into the summery matcha offerings now, though! Today’s launch had one returning matcha (Berries & Cream) and four new ones: Banana, Watermelon, Green Apple and an unsweetened version of our Peach Matcha. New tasting notes for all of them eventually, but I’m starting today with the two that I have in my personal stash, and have for quite some time that I’ve been eagerly chomping at the bit to talk about!

Banana can be a really polarizing flavour and I suppose that’s why it’s taken DT so long to put out a banana matcha, but I’ve been personally dying for one to be in the collection since even before I started working at DT as a seasonal tea guide many, many years back. Way back in the height of Red Leaf Tea’s flavoured matcha offerings, the Bananas & Cream Matcha was one of my very favourites of their offerings. If you are a fan of that very sweet candy-like banana flavour then you’ll know exactly what that matcha tasted like and what this one tastes like. A banana matcha for the banana lovers.

I’m definitely paraphrasing (poorly) here but I read something recently where someone described how it pains them that there’s no word in the English language for when you’re just meeting someone for the first time while simultaneously feeling like you’re two old friends/kindred spirits reconnecting after a long time separated. They said it really beautifully, and it reminded me of something similar I’ve experienced where trying new foods/flavours can trigger a feeling a nostalgia for something that you’ve not actually experienced. I mention it because the moment I first tried this tea it left me feeling both of these distinct things. It’s was so incredibly nostalgic tasting and even though it was my first sip I felt like I was greeting a long forgotten friend.

I personally think this is as classic and delicious of a banana matcha as we could have possibly gotten, and I can only hope that when others try it they’ll experience even one of the two feelings I’ve just described. It’s just wicked delicious, and I’m happy to have such a flavourful and full of life banana matcha in my tea stash now!

(PS. It’s great hot and iced, but it’s ESPECIALLY good as a hot or iced latte. Tastes like banana cream pie!)

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cfo3CESOAcj/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1lfiy2_m3U

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.

AJRimmer

I love the sound of the new matcha flavors – especially this one!

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70
drank White Peach by DAVIDsTEA
1099 tasting notes

I just finished off an old package of this I had received in 2018 from a cupboard sale by Ost. Thank you, Ost! Using for the July sipdown prompt, “A peach tea.”

I’ve been drinking this cold brew. The apple pieces come through pretty heavily for me in this one, but there is a gentle, sweet peach candy note to the tea. It’s actually a bit sweeter than I prefer, but it makes a nice ice cold drink.

I had one scoop left in the bag after the last liter of cold brew I’d prepared, so last night I decided to use it up as a very late night cuppa. I actually liked it a little better that way, because it had a slightly tart edge that I personally prefer in fruit teas that smoothed out some of the sweetness. I think, however, that this was due to the fact that what few white tea was actually in the blend sifted to the bottom of the bag, and I had just left the bag in my cup while drinking (my go-to for herbals) which caused the tea leaf to get a bit astringent/bitter.

Not a favorite… I’ve had other peach herbals that were more potent on the peach and tangier in the mouth that I prefer over this. However, this could be a good herbal peach for those that are hibiscus-averse.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Fruity, Peach, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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