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Review: David’s Tea Starter Kit

David’s Tea is a store well-known for its collection of loose-leaf teas. The creativity and variety of its assembled flavours have really peaked the interests of avid tea users and those, such as myself, who are beginning to try it out for the first time. A friend had purchased me David’s Starter Kit, which comes with 8 delicious loose leaf tea samples, 20 tea filters, and a perfect spoon to get the right amount for steeping the tea each time. In this article, I will be reviewing six “flavours” of tea and sharing my opinion on its taste. I pride myself on taking my loose-leaf tea with no sugar added to enjoy the taste and benefits of tea as it should be enjoyed.

Cinnamon Heart
Ingredients: Cooked pu’erh tea, black tea, cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, natural and artificial flavouring

The aroma is definitely sweet like cinnamon. The colour is a deep orange-brown and the taste is exactly like the name implies. It’s sweeter than I imagined but those who love cinnamon in general will adore it. One thing I noticed about this tea is that it really depends on the aroma of the cinnamon to enhance the taste of cinnamon. That is to say, if I pinch my nose and drink the tea, then you can’t taste the cinnamon at all. There’s no aftertaste as well.
I would drink this again if I crave a sweet tea, and probably around Valentine’s Day.

Mango Madness
Ingredients: Apple, white Bai Mu Dan tea, orange peel, pineapple, mango, orange and tangerine slices, safflower petals, strawberry, marigold blossoms, artificial flavouring

Although this tea advertises a mango taste, I actually believe there’s a central focus on citric ingredients. There is an orange fruit aftertaste and it leaves behind a subtle bitter taste in my opinion. Imagine eating a sweet orange but accidentally biting the peel so the change in taste catches you off-guard – that’s how I would describe it. The aroma is not as strong and overall, I feel like I would have to add a teaspoon of sugar to enjoy this to a greater extent, which is not how I like my tea. Thus, I wouldn’t drink this again if I had the choice.

Forever Nuts
Ingredients: Apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot, artificial flavouring

Wow, this tea by far has the best aroma ever. It’s sweet and it reminds me of honey roasted nuts or even something along the lines of caramel. I definitely taste the almonds and the hint of apple. I would definitely drink this again and definitely recommend it to my friends.

The Skinny (organic)
Ingredients: Chinese oolong tea, Chinese pu’erh tea, ginger, eleuthero root, orange peel. With natural flavouring. Kosher.

Like all organic teas, the taste of the leaf from which it is extracted from is really preserved. In this case, the Chinese oolong tea is the star of the show. I enjoy this tea because it’s similar to the ones Ive already tasted in the past so familiarity wins. However, those who are trying it for the first time may find it to be too bland, or in fact, too strong with the taste of the oolong. Sugar can be added like always, but I prefer to take it as it is.

Japanese Sencha (organic)
Ingredients: Fine steamed Japanese green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kosher.

The Japanese Sencha is essentially green tea. I’ve had my fair share of green tea in the past (even green tea ice-cream, which is delicious by the way) but this taste is very strong to my liking. It’s to the point where the bitter after-taste lingers for a long while after I’ve drank it and it’s unpleasant. Green tea has its benefits no doubt, but I would have to add sugar to enjoy this drink. If I had to drink an organic tea similar to the Japanese Sencha, I recommend Gingko Tea. It’s a tastier and lighter alternative to the Japanese Sencha and even has touted health benefits like increased brain capacity for cognitive knowledge and memory work.

Coco Chai Rooibos
Ingredients:Rooibos, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, coconut, pink peppercorns, natural and artificial flavouring. Contains coconuts. Kosher.

What first comes to my mind when I drink this tea is that it’s the “darker” version of the Cinnamon Heart flavour. Like milk chocolate, dark chocolate has a refined taste. This is what I envision Coco Chai rooibos to be like. For those who do not have a sweet tooth but enjoy the subtle taste of cinnamon, you will enjoy this drink. There is a subtle after taste of cloves and cardamom but it adds to the tea experience. I suppose I would enjoy this tea once in a while.

Final thoughts

Some loose-leaf tea samples are better than others. It really depends on the taste you prefer when you drink tea and you will not know unless you try. I prefer organic teas but I would enjoy a sweet sample, such as Forever Nuts, once in a while. Fortunately, David’s Tea does offer free samples every now and then on new flavours for promotional purposes and you can definitely take advantage of that. I believe tea is a greater alternative to coffee and companies are starting to notice this. David’s Tea continues to create new flavours to entice more customers to enjoy what tea has to offer. With the holiday season right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to warm up to a nice cup of hot tea! Cheers!


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