oolong · reviews

Berry Romantic: A DAVIDsTea Review



Will you berry me…


(Apple, oolong tea, cane sugar, blackberry leaf, gomphrena petals, jasmine buds, strawberries, rose buds, natural strawberry flavouring and artificial cream flavouring.)

For some, strawberries are essential to a successful Valentine’s Day, aside from chocolate and flowers, of course. Did you know that this popular red berry is a part of the rose family? No wonder they’re so romantic! And no wonder they were put together in Berry Romantic, a strawberries-and-cream oolong tea, newly released for V-Day. Strawberry shortcake is definitely one of my very favourite cakes to indulge in, so I have incredibly high hopes for this tea. Although it is not exactly what I expected, Berry Romantic’s loose leaf appearance is stunning. Largely in part to the gomphrena – a flower from Hawaii that symbolizes love and friendship – petals sprinkled throughout in all their pretty pink glory, while the cane sugar kind of makes everything stick together.

Fruity, and slightly creamy, which goes along with the whole “berries and cream” sales pitch. Too bad the smell doesn’t translate into the flavour. The oolong base is strong. After the minimum steeping time of four minutes, the oolong dominates over the aforementioned fruity aroma. The berry flavour is still there, but more so in the aftertaste, if anything. It’s quite subtle and underwhelming, all things considering. It’s a little surprising to me that I can’t pick up on much of the floral notes, considering the amount of flowers mixed in here, especially the jasmine and the rose. Although it’s already leaning towards being sweet, I find adding just a touch more sweetener helps bring this together somewhat. Berry Romantic is more or less appropriate for this collection, but at the end of the day, I don’t believe that it delivered on the flavour it promised to showcase.

black · reviews

White Chocolate Rose: A DAVIDsTea Review



Rose to the occasion…


(Black tea, white chocolate, rose buds, natural and artificial flavouring.)

Valentine’s Day is one of the most commercial holidays in the year (aside from Halloween and Christmas), a time when people spend the most money possible on cards, toys, chocolate(s) and flowers (roses, in particular) to shower their loved ones with the utmost affection. Now with V-Day just over two weeks away, it is never too early to get yourself into the romantic mindset. White Chocolate Rose (formerly known as English Rose) is everything you love about February 14th fused into a fragrant black tea. I personally love how simple (and pretty!) this blend is. It is literally just curls of white chocolate and whole rose buds sprinkled into a classic black tea. The dry leaves smells incredibly floral, like rose perfume or rose water, which leaves me apprehensive, because who personally wants to drink perfume?

It basically has the same aroma after four minutes of steeping, but toned down a bit. The white chocolate contributes that trademark oil film that you may sometimes see at the top of your cup. It is a nice, caramel-like brown colour, with slight creaminess from the chocolate, but honestly, not very much. The rose does a great job of dominating over everything, from the aroma to the taste. Although, I must note that the maltiness from the black tea base does help mellow out the intensity of the rose, avoiding too perfume-y of an overall flavour profile. If you are not a fan of strong floral notes, this definitely won’t be your cup of tea. Personally, I don’t mind it too much. It actually sent me through a loop hole, because the smell and taste reminds me so much of cream soda, oddly enough. And I’m probably alone in thinking that. But all in all, this is a very fitting tea to be part of this year’s Valentine’s Day collection. It doesn’t get more romantic than this.

herbal · reviews

Caramel Corn: A DAVIDsTea Review



Top of the pops!


(Apple, cinnamon, pineapple, caramel, currants, almonds, beetroot, coconut, popcorn, natural and artificial flavouring.)

If you ask me, there is one thing you should never have to choose between, and that’s eating something sugary and sweet or something more savoury. Life is too short not to enjoy the best of both worlds. Just think about some of the most popular sweet and salty food combos: peanut butter + chocolate, chicken + waffles, pineapple + ham, and of course… caramel + popcorn. DAVIDsTea’s Caramel Corn is honestly just as addictive. The loose leaf has a lot going on; not only are there huge pieces of cinnamon bark and bits of caramel sprinkled throughout, there’s also popped corn, coconut, slivers of almond, and dried fruit. The good news though, is that this caffeine-free blend smells absolutely amazing! 110% like Caramel Corn, but with a bonus nutty quality. The cinnamon in it makes it super warm and comforting when prepared hot and left to brew.

Because this tea is on the heavier side, you’ll unfortunately need to use more in order to avoid a weak tasting cup of tea. After close to 7 minutes, Caramel Corn steeps up a pretty pink colour due to a touch of beetroot. Despite the obvious natural sweetness they bring to this tea, I feel like the fruit (apple, pineapple, currants) isn’t actually needed for the success of this tea. But it’s okay, because Caramel Corn is still rich with creamy, sweet caramel-y notes. Note: Adding a splash of milk/cream or making a latte really helps develop the creaminess, transforming the sipping experience into even more so of a treat. Overall, Caramel Corn is a satisfying tribute to its namesake and a great option for those with a massive sweet tooth in search of something truly indulgent and guilt free. It basically takes all the good qualities of the following fan favourites: Forever Nuts, Sleigh Ride & Movie Night and bundles them up with a buttery, caramel corn flavour.

herbal · reviews

Honey Lullaby: A DAVIDsTEA Review



I dream of honey…


(Chamomile, rose petals, cornflower petals, stevia extract, natural and artificial honey flavouring.)

It’s time to de-stress and let yourself succumb to the powers of Honey Lullaby, a newly released herbal infusion that is both sweet and soothing. Everyone has their own special way to wind down before bed, but sometimes all you need is a warm cup of tea. Perhaps after trying this particular tea, you just may make it a part of your night time routine. First of all, it’s got a calming base of chamomile – a flower renowned for its relaxing properties, then add in a nice touch of honey, and finally, rose petals to perfume the mix. Now, is this or is this not the prettiest loose leaf tea you’ve ever laid your eyes on? It’s basically a blend of colourful flower petals. Gorgeous!

Too bad I’m not the biggest fan of chamomile, because that’s all I smell. And after just over four minutes, it’s still all that I smell. The colour that it steeps to can be best described as liquid honey. That nice, golden hue. Let’s talk about the stevia, shall we? As per usual, it is doing nothing but making this tea taste overtly sweet and leaving a really weird aftertaste. It’s the first thing that I notice upon taking a sip, followed by the chamomile. If anything, it would have been better to leave it out completely or at least increase the honey flavouring. I wish I could say that the honey and chamomile compliment each other well, but here the honey is actually quite weak, just like the supposed floral undertones. Unfortunately, this is on the more expensive side, especially for a herbal tea, but because it’s so light and fluffy, at least you get a lot of bang for your buck…


DAVIDsTea – The Perfect Spoon

This is one of our very favourite products. It’s small, but has great powers. By helping you measure your loose-leaf tea correctly, it will ensure a perfect brew every time. Not too strong, not too weak. You’ll love it. Just the high-quality heft of the stainless steel is enough to make us want to buy another.

When I first got into DAVIDsTea in September of 2015, I made my very first online order about a week or two later, which included the following starter items:


It’s debatable whether the perfect spoon really serves a purpose, or how necessary it really is to the tea making process. Every tea drinker is different; some opt for using regular measuring spoons to make their daily cuppas, but for me, The Perfect Spoon is all I’ve known to use from the very beginning. It is an essential part of my day, especially where tea is concerned. And to be honest, that is every day. In the past year, DAVIDsTea has developed their accessories line, expanding on their variety of spoons. They’ve always had their standard silver, but recently they have come out with black for Halloween and gold for the holidays.

A couple days ago, guava pink, teal, mango, deep indigo, and sunshine yellow all joined the spoon family. They’re all limited edition colours, and as much as I was intrigued to have my very own spoon rainbow, I decided to stick strictly with the teal option. Any of the other colours would have added a nice added brightness to my tea corner, but I ultimately felt like teal was the clear winner, because it’s the perfect representative of DAVIDs Tea as a whole. That classic teal is splashed on their store walls, their website, and even the boxes that get dropped off at your home each time you order. Now, if they ever came out with a lilac purple or minty green coloured perfect spoon, I would be all over those in a hot second!


green · reviews

Zestfully Green: A DAVIDsTea Review



A citrusy splash…


(Ginger, green tea, apple, licorice root, orange peel, sweet blackberry leaves, matcha green tea, natural lemon flavouring.)

Who’s ready for an all-natural detox… in liquid form? Now that we have officially left 2016 behind us, what better time than now to sip to a fresh new start, via another offering from DAVIDsTea’s Feel Good Collection that is chocked full of healthy, beneficial ingredients. There is matcha, as well as regular green tea; both are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. The addition of licorice root aids in digestion and helps to soothe irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract, while the citrus is hydrating and great for helping to improve your immune system. But best of all, there is ginger. It’s almost like a secret weapon. This spicy root is renowned for its powerful cleansing properties, and that’s the very first thing you can smell when you get a whiff of this tea, along with a splash of citrus.

Every ingredient in this tea is dusted thoroughly with matcha powder, so even after the minimum steeping time of three minutes, you’re left with a really murky looking cup of tea. It’s similar to swamp water. You know, like a very unappealing brown-ish green shade. I can already predict that this blend is going to get plenty of comparisons to the Tea of the Month, Live Wire Lemon, which makes sense, but there’s more of an earthy kick from the ginger here, as well as the licorice root that hits you at the back of throat with its natural sweetness. As you get closer and closer to the bottom of this brew, the ginger becomes more and more prevalent; ginger just has a way of stealing the spotlight and making itself known as much as possible, and here is no exception. You can’t really taste the green tea or the matcha at all, but it’s still there for a nice boost of energy. Zestfully Green, simply put, is the love child of the aforementioned Live Wire Lemon & The Buzz.


green · reviews

Moroccan Mint: A DAVIDsTea Review



A taste of the exotic…


(Green tea, peppermint, spearmint.)

In the 18th century, the British introduced tea to the country of Morocco, as part of the expansion of overseas markets and trade with Asia. Moroccan Mint is one of the most classic and beloved (green) teas of all time, comprised of gunpowder green tea and cooling, but calming peppermint. Because the recipe is so basic and straightforward, I’m surprised that DAVIDsTea hasn’t offered a blend of their own until now… Today, it makes its official debut as a part of this year’s Feel Good Collection, but with the addition of sweet spearmint leaves. The dry leaf smells very comforting. Comforting, fresh and super minty (as is to be expected). After close to four minutes, which is a minute past the recommended brewing time of 2-3, Moroccan Mint steeps up to a golden yellow-green colour.

Drinking this tea for the first time leaves me with mixed emotions, because all you taste is mint. Like a good 96%, at least. And the two types of mint leaves blend quite nicely. I have a hard time detecting one over the other though. As for the green tea base? It seems to be camouflaging itself as well. You can smell it somewhat once steeped, but ultimately, it’s almost nonexistent. I’m enjoying how despite the flavour being on the lighter side, how refreshing and soothing it still is. Fun fact about Moroccan Mint tea is that it is famously served extra sweet (with sugar cubes) – even though the spearmint included already contributes some sweetness – so it only seemed right to make sure I had the opportunity to sip this one the way it was intended. All in all, Moroccan Mint is nothing in particular to write home about. But if you enjoy mint tea like I personally do, but still crave a boost of energy/something caffeinated, then this would definitely be worth trying. Especially after a heavy meal! (It works as a great digestive aid.)

reviews · rooibos

Buchu Superfruit: A DAVIDsTea Review



Merci buchu!


(Black currants, blackberry leaves, green rooibos, goji berries, strawberries, buchu, blueberries, acai, stevia extract, natural acai and raspberry flavouring.)

The name says it all… Super fruit. Goji berries, acai, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry… leaves. You name it, it is all featured in Buchu Superfruit. Buchu, on the other hand, is a completely brand new concept to me. Apparently it is a smooth drinking herb native to South Africa that is traditionally used for renewal and detoxing purposes, and has a black currant-esque flavour to it. Off the bat, the loose leaf has a nondescript mixed berries aroma (obviously), but is also very reminiscent of grape candy (Jolly Ranchers, for example). Green rooibos is used as the base here, providing a lighter taste, that’s also fresh and mildly sweet. I have always personally preferred green over the typical red rooibos, which I find to be much stronger in flavour.

After close to 5 minutes of steeping, Buchu Superfruit results in a nice, “burnt orange” type of colour, but the brew itself seems to lose a lot of its original fruity/berry-like scent AND taste, unfortunately. The black currant is very much at the forefront, along with the blackberry leaves, when you take your initial sips, but as time passes, it just tastes more and more watered down to me. Medicinal too, kind of like cough syrup. The good news is, that no sugar/sweetener is technically needed. That’s what the stevia extract is there for… BUT I find it ruins this tea for me. There are times when it’s not as noticeable, but here, it leaves a strange aftertaste that just coats your tongue. For an all-natural, organic tea, this tastes a little too artificial for my liking. Preparing it iced certainly helps, and I will be doing so in order to finish what I have left of Buchu Superfruit, but because it still leaves a lot to be desired from it, I will not be purchasing anymore of this juicy, caffeine-free blend…

herbal · reviews

Turmeric Glow: A DAVIDsTea Review



The golden standard…


(Carrots, ginger, turmeric, sweet blackberry leaf, pineapple, beetroot, natural pineapple flavouring.)

Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been widely used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, and is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world. This year’s Feel Good Collection from DAVIDsTea features yet another herbal blend with this “golden root” as the star. What better way to start the new year off than with a cup of none other than Turmeric Glow? You would almost be surprised by just how many things turmeric is good for. For example: improving one’s ability to digest fats, reducing gas and bloating, decreasing congestion, as well as promoting better skin. Not surprisingly, before steeping, Turmeric Glow smells primarily earthy and spicy, but you can’t deny the sweetness that the carrots and pineapple bring to the table. The loose leaf of this tea contains vibrant pops of yellow, orange, and more. It is chunky enough to see nearly every ingredient, especially the first ingredient: carrot.

But you can’t count out the beet root in this blend, it is what fills your cup with a beautiful reddish pink colour after Turmeric Glow has steeped for about 6 to 7 minutes. The sweetness of the candied pineapple is no longer present in the scent of the tea at thi point. It’s the spice that dominates, but it’s not super strong or anything. The overall fruitiness here really helps to mellow out the flavour of the ginger and turmeric. The fact that this wasn’t as “spicy” or “spiced” as I thought it would taste… was a total relief. There’s a subtle tart quality from the beetroot, but the pineapple is the most prominent note. With Turmeric Glow, additional sweetener is really not necessary. It already has a lot going for it, thanks to the four sources of natural sweetness. Admittedly, I enjoy Turmeric Glow more than I did Mango Turmeric from the previous year’s Feel Good Collection, but even with that being said, it is nothing groundbreaking or memorable. It’s hit or miss, but still worth a shot. (Especially iced!) I guess I should just be thankful that it didn’t completely stain my cup yellow…

mate · reviews

Live Wire Lemon: A DAVIDsTea Review



Once yaupon a time…


(Apple, ginger, lemongrass, yaupon, lemon peel, natural lemon flavouring.)

Similar to yerba mate and guayusa with its stimulating properties, yaupon is a wild-grown herb native to southeastern North America, that is naturally caffeinated, but also virtually unfamiliar to many. I, for sure, used to be one of those people. Yaupon is an ingredient showcased in Live Wire Lemon, a citrus-y tea that originally made its debut around this time last year, as a part of DAVIDsTea’s Feel Good Collection. But it has since been resurrected and given the honour of “Tea of the Month” for January, meaning that it will be available all year long! The smell really packs quite the one-two punch, it is so undeniably lemony, with a slightly vegetal note and a hint of ginger.

To put it simply, Live Wire Lemon is a pretty fuss-free blend. It doesn’t seem to get bitter, even after more than 10 minutes of steeping. The extended time only allows you to enjoy that much more flavour (and to be honest, more ginger) out of it. The colour of the liqueur ranges from a pale yellow to a nice amber tone, depending once again on how long it sits for. Now the lemon taste is not nearly as overpowering/strong as the scent is, but it still holds its own. If you enjoy lemons, you should have no problem at all finishing a cup of this tea. For one, it’s not too tart or too sweet. It has a clean, fresh taste. Its light, but bright flavour profile really wakes up your taste buds, while keeping you alert without the fear of jitters or crashing later on in the day. And you know what? The more that I think about it, Live Wire Lemon is starting to make me nostalgic for lemon lollipops from my childhood…