david’s tea- a review

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Ok, so I was fortunate enough to be given two boxes of David’s tea for my birthday- I am an avid tea drinker, I collect tea pots and all things tea, so this was a great gift!

I had never heard of DAVIDsTEA before, which evidently is a Canadian staple.  The company started up in 2008 and has been enjoying wonderful success since then.  The teas are beautiful and vibrant, mellow and relaxing- all at the same time!  Apparently there are over 150 varieties of tea to be had at David’s tea locations found throughout Canada- I’m thrilled to have 24 in my 2 box sets, plenty for me to get started on!

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I’m planning to try one tea each week so that I could fully appreciate the flavor and blends of these beautifully packaged teas, so this is sort of of a ‘part 1 of 24’ series.

What I can say so far is that I simply adore the packaging! The boxes are beautiful and the individual canisters filled with brightly colored, tangibly textured and distinctly perfumed teas are genuine keepsakes.  I immediately thought of brewing the teas, drinking them and saving the canisters for some creative project or the other.  I can’t wait to see what I come up with.  For now though, I’m delighted to savor the flavor of these little unique blends.

With names like ‘forever nuts’, ‘pink flamingo’, ‘saigon chai’ and ‘happy kombucha’ I was enthralled!

My first taste came compliments of ‘saigon chai’ and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I could smell the cardamom, clove and cinnamon immediately after opening the individually packaged blend, the bright pink peppercorns jumping out at me.  The smell was familiar- those chai spices that I’ve grown to crave from time to time, especially when my mother visits. The saigon chai came in my ‘around the world’ box- an austere black box with beautiful dandelions imprinted in subtle lustre.

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I brewed the recommended amount by the suggested method and time and sat quietly to enjoy the unique fusion of scents and tastes without the addition of milk or sugar- pure, straight, uncorrupted.  The smell permeated our house- warm cinnamon intermingling with the spicy aroma of fiery pink peppercorns and familiar peppery ginger perfectly intertwined with assam tea.  The tea felt rich, yet soothing, hot yet cooling.  Needless to say, my first taste of DavidsTea was a pleasant, comforting and perfectly familiar experience. I look forward to sampling the other blends- don’t know if I’ll be able to try just one each week!

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8 responses

  1. BurgerBrains

    Dear Hiddencook,

    Just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this tea review! I am a coffee fanatic, but I have to admit that I feel like drinking some tea now! 
    I don’t know if you’re into coffee, but maybe a tasting and review are in the cards soon?
    My takeaway: You’ve inspired me to open my mind to something new, something that I always thought was not in my character – tea! Thanks and keep up the great writing and photography.
    PS: Just realized that I only have Lipton 

    February 27, 2013 at 19:15:34

    • Thanks BurgerBrains:) Tea is wonderful and so relaxing- I know it sounds like a cliche, but I love having a nice cup of tea to enjoy while reading a good book. I would love to do a review on coffee sometime, I just need to get some!
      I hope you try tea sometime, you may be surprised to find it quite enjoyable!
      Great to hear from you again…
      Jasmine

      February 27, 2013 at 21:15:34

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  3. Interesting review and I must say that your teasets shown in the pics are really beautiful…

    March 5, 2013 at 20:15:34

    • Thanks Saravani! I have a very small- but growing collection of tea sets 🙂 As you may have guessed…I love tea! Thanks for taking the time to visit thehiddencook.com and please feel free to come back anytime 🙂

      March 5, 2013 at 23:15:34

      • Hey that’s a really cool collection to have . Do you know of DH Gift @ West Mall ? They have such darling tea sets . Here is a link to their fb page :https://www.facebook.com/DHGift?fref=ts

        I’m looking forward to more of your posts 🙂

        March 8, 2013 at 11:15:34

  4. Hi Saravani,
    Sorry about the late reply, the site has moved to thehiddencook.com now! You can check it out there for latest posts. I’ve never been to that store, or maybe I have?! I can’t remember, but I will check them out! Thanks for that!

    March 11, 2013 at 23:15:34

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