76 Tasting Notes

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drank Snow Day by DAVIDsTEA
76 tasting notes

A nice mint chocolate tea. The tea itself contains mostly peppermint leaves, with a hint of milk chocolate. I found the peppermint made up most of the flavour, with the chocolate flavour as almost a top note. The chocolate tasted quite fake, like the cheap chocolates one would buy at the dollar store. This isn’t terrible by any stretch, but it’s not something I’d reach for. 15g lasted me a very long time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Rainbow Sherbet by DAVIDsTEA
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The most prominent fruit notes in this tea are pineapple and orange. There’s an underlying flavour of red fruit, likely raspberry, and a nice sweetness. The hibiscus adds body without the intensely tart taste I typically don’t appreciate in hibiscus teas. Honestly, I can barely taste the hibiscus. While this isn’t mind blowing by any stretch of the imagination, it’s a very nice fruity herbal tea that works well both iced and hot.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Orange, Pineapple, Red Fruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco Colada by DAVIDsTEA
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A somewhat perfume-y coconut and pineapple tea. The hibiscus makes the tea brew up a lovely shade of light pink, which was a smart addition on DAVIDsTEA’s part, because otherwise the tea would’ve been an rather unappealing light yellow/cream colour. However, I find the hibiscus competes with the other flavours of the blend. I found the blend to be too sweet and not as creamy as I would’ve preferred from a piña colada-flavoured tea. Overall, it was underwhelming. While there was nothing terribly wrong with the tea, I couldn’t find anything I liked about it either.

Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Pineapple

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 0 sec

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Out of the chocolate black tea blends I have tried, this one is easily my favourite. The tea naturally has a pleasant sweetness to it from the almonds, with the milk chocolate as a lovely base note. The black tea is very smooth, and when combined with the yerba maté, it gives the tea a wonderful toasty body. I’ve often found that chocolate teas taste best with a splash of milk, but this tea is wonderful on its own as well.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is a bit of an enigma to me. I’ve finally drank down my stash of it, but it has definitely been a journey. I find the orange, liquorice root, and hibiscus to be quite nauseating together. Something about the tea tastes like it’s trying to be alcohol. I don’t appreciate alcoholic notes in my teas, and Sangria is no exception. Some things can’t, and shouldn’t, be emulated in a tea.

As I was drinking this, I found myself physically grimacing. I couldn’t finish my mug; luckily this was also my last bit of the loose leaf. I think I specifically hate the liquorice root in this tea. After swallowing, the liquorice root leaves a sickly sweetness in the mouth, along the lines of very sweet liqueurs I have tried. If I drank an entire cup of this I would likely end up with a headache.

Update: I am feeling quite sick to my stomach after drinking about half a mug of this. It’s likely a mental reaction, and maybe I’m being ridiculous, but this has got to be the worst tea I have ever drank from DAVIDsTEA.

Flavors: Alcohol, Hibiscus, Orange

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Bear Trap is DAVIDsTEA’s most “berry” blend, containing everything from strawberries to black currants. It brews a very satisfying deep red colour and tastes like tart juice. The juiciness of this blend is what makes it a go-to iced tea for me; I find it refreshing without the astringency I find some hibiscus blends can acquire. The major notes in this tea are raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, black currants, and rosehips. The hibiscus definitely took a backseat to the other fruits, which is fine by me!

Flavors: Black Currant, Blackberry, Blueberry, Rosehips, Tart

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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When looking at the tea, the majority of the volume of the loose leaf is made up of jasmine flowers. This initially confused and I’m not going to lie, worried me, due to the distinctly lemon smell of the tea. I wasn’t sure if lemon and jasmine would play nice together. Luckily, they seem to complement each other nicely. The oolong notes are minimal, with lemon myrtle being the predominant flavour. The jasmine adds a nice floral element to the tea without overpowering it whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed my cup of this, but I likely won’t be drinking it on a regular basis due to the largely one-dimensional nature of this tea.

Flavors: Jasmine, Lemon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Kashmiri Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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The prospect of a green chai intrigued me as I’ve often found traditional black chai teas to be overwhelming. The green tea base made this a very light chai, which was easy-to-drink and borderline refreshing. As I’m not a fan of cinnamon-heavy teas, this one made the cut as I could barely taste the cinnamon! The nutmeg and cardamom made up the base notes of this tea, with the cinnamon taking a step back. Slightly astringent, but overall pretty smooth for a chai.

Flavors: Cardamom, Nutmeg, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A lightly minty creamsicle tea. The predominant flavour is that of the gooseberries, which adds the citrus flavour to the tea. While this isn’t a tea I would choose to enjoy frequently, it is one that I can understand why people would enjoy it.

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Mint, Sweet

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

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A light, creamy berry tea. There is definitely a sweetness to this one, very unlike the stevia or cane sugar flavours in other blends. The sweetness comes from the sweet blackberry leaves, which I’ve found are a welcome addition to all of my favourite fruity herbal blends. The flavour of Blackberry Blizzard is reminiscent of multi-berry or wild berry yogurt, as the tea has a creaminess to it (I’m assuming this is from the artificial flavouring).

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 6 min, 0 sec

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Law student from Alberta, Canada with a passion for all things tea after quitting coffee. Currently drinking primarily DAVIDsTEA blends due to proximity and convenience, but open to expanding my tea-rizons in the near future.

LIKES
Apple, peppermint, caramel, vanilla, coconut, jasmine tea, malty black teas, sweet blackberry leaves, guayusa, white tea, peach, strawberry, creaminess, raspberry leaves, Chinese teas, anything smooth and creamy!!! Highly caffeinated blends have my heart.

DISLIKES
Vegetal green teas, astringency, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, hibiscus, alcoholic notes, stevia. I prefer teas that don’t contain dairy or artificial flavouring (which begs the question why 90% of my blends come from DAVIDsTEA, the king of artificial flavouring in the tea world). Herbals, tisanes, and rooibos teas tend to sit at the back of my tea cupboard. That being said, I’ll drink almost anything at least once.

RATING SYSTEM
0-20: I cannot get through a cup of this, it will be given away/thrown out.
20-40: Tolerable. Will definitely not repurchase.
40-60: Average. Will likely not repurchase.
60-80: Good to very good. May repurchase if I’m in the mood for one of these teas, but these teas are not staples in my collection.
80-95: Will very likely repurchase, but these teas are something I could live without or easily find a suitable substitute.
95-100: Staples. Must always have on hand, would go to the ends of the earth to track down if discontinued.

PREPARATION
I make all of my teas Western style, but if I do get more into straight teas in the future you can bet I will be buying a gong fu set. If I’ve added any milk to my teas, it’s always vanilla soy milk, and I do not add sweetener unless otherwise noted. Usually I’m very good about making a note of any additional ingredients I’ve added to the tea.

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