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I was worried the rumors weren't true, but I had the pleasure to find my own feather, some plastic strings a couple of chrysalis, some wood, AND..A Bird Turd!!! Yippiii! I just sorted it out and gonna drink it anyway, but could you (Mr. Davidson Tea) just pretend like you give a damn about what you put in the bag you sell, I'm sure MAPAQ representatives wouldn't be so kind. And please, sort it out before infusing it, I almost prepared me a bird turd infusion, Thanks for reading!
Beautiful whole flowers! Deep red hibiscus tea! It tasted great as tea - no more buying those store bought crumbs in tea bags. I will make kids-friendly caffeine-free Kombucha with this one! I will order again! <3
PS: After reading the review with the plastic piece (not nice), feather (not nice) and seed pods (nice!), and the review with the dead beetle (wouldn't bother me - I'd rather buy organic with beetle than pesticides or GMO), I dumped the whole bag of hibiscus petals on a tray. I am sad I only had one seed pod with three seeds - I planted them hehehe. I found a small piece of a peanut shell <10 cents. I am not allergic, but I am very concerned as so many people are, that this might get into some peanut-allergic hands. I love the whole petals, as then I at least see what I buy/get and they make a wonderful tea! Just what I wanted. However, peanut shells are really dangerous and that should not happen. I will buy again and I stand with my positive review, but some person with an allergy might want to stay away.
Reviews of 3 teas by Davidson's...since I can't seem to review them individually based on how the products are listed.
Darjeeling (Singell): I've had a lot of Darjeeling tea from various estates: first flush / second flush / "in between" flushes (etc.) since Darjeeling black is my favorite tea, and to my surprise this Darjeeling is also quite good especially for the price I paid ($20 CAD per pound) which is about 1/2 the price of the cheapest decent Darjeeling I'd found before this. I've bought this twice (a year apart) and have been happy both times with the product. The most recent time (Jan 2019) the tea was a bit "cleaner" tasting, less robust. A year prior when I bought it, the tea was closer to what I'd expect from a second flush. If you're very particular about Darjeeling, you probably have some things you already consider important about the flavor of the particular estate / which flush you're buying (arguably nitpicky things most people wouldn't even really understand) so you might consider this a bit of a guessing game. However I think it's fair to say this is a nice Darjeeling at a bargain price. I'd say even "nitpicky" Darjeeling drinkers could appreciate this and not just for the relatively low price.
Dragonwell Green: For the price I paid ($25 CAD per pound), my expectations were low. The Darjeeling suprised me though, so I was willing to take a chance despite some poor reviews of the Dragonwell. It's...ok. It tastes like decent Sencha with some Dragonwell flavor mixed in. The grassyness is a lot more apparent than in other Dragonwell teas I've bought and more in line with what I expect from Sencha. Some of the Dragonwell nuttiness is present though, but it's subtle. So for the price (and as "Dragonwell") it's a little disappointing, but I've never found good Dragonwell for this low a price, and it's still good tasting green tea at a reasonable price. I'd probably just recommend trying their Sencha instead for $6/pound less and if you want good Dragonwell, pay the higher price (elsewhere) that it requires. Their photo of Sencha actually looks fairly close to the Dragonwell that I bought.
English Breakfast: A very pleasant black tea blend, nicely balanced. For the price I paid ($15.55 CAD per pound) I'm quite happy. You can consider this to be a nice "normal" black tea blend, what most people would expect from a black tea (or "orange pekoe" tea) bought in a grocery store but considered "better" than those. Using 2.5g of tea per cup (what I use for strong black tea, similar to using 1 tea bag) means 181 servings at $15.55. So it's not the cheapest black tea, but it's still quite reasonably priced and worth it for the flavor.
Best bang for buck. it smells like deep green tea. Really nice. Easily make the green tea latte from starbucks. Not sure what these other reviewers are talking about "bland" or "Colourless" . This is a really nice green, lovely smell. I have a big nose, and strong sense of smell, so i would know.
I personally use it to make strawberry banana shake in the morning with collagen and scoop of Field of Greens (by brickhouse). Or manga pinapple shake.
Taste amazing. this green tea gives huge boost in energy that feels clean. where coffee makes me jittery. I get a constant energy boost for a whole work day. Very good mental focus.
Since it is described as chamomile flowers, I expected it to be whole flowers and not broken flowers and leaves with broken stems. I understand that dried flowers may break easily, but I really didn't expect it to be so broken up like granules (please see attached pics). I also expected that the flowers would sink to the bottom of the tea, but it was definitely not the case. I had to transfer the tea to a teapot with a strainer, otherwise my mouth would be full of flower petals and stems. For the taste, it is a bit stronger, but not better, than the organic chamomile tea bag I often have with my thermos.
Although I buy Davidson's organic matcha regularly, I would buy chamomile flowers from other sellers next time.
I only drink early grey tea and have tried so many different kinds of loose leaf tea. This stuff is amazing, my favorite for sure. When I first opened the bag, I knew it was going to taste great because of the incredible fresh earl grey aroma. And it tasted as great as it smelled :). so good !. I am definitely buying this again.
I had high hopes for this tea because the reviews were so good. I assume these reviews are mainly for other flavours because the peppermint tea I received was terrible - the taste was horrendous. I had one cup and will throw away the remainder, it was just that bad. There was barely a peppermint smell to the tea, there was barely peppermint taste... it was just awful.
I found rat feces in mine, just one large "pellet" but that's one too many. I just threw it out and wont order anymore. Theres no point in making a big fuss about it, since rodent feces makes its way into all our grains and cereal, but it is usually ground up and easier to ignore. It is what it is.
I love, love, love this tea and purchase it regularly. I am actually rather addicted to it: it seems to be the only tea I will drink in the evening.
There has been an outcry recently in Canadian media about microplastics in bagged tea, so you can rest slightly easier when purchasing loose-leaf tea. However, in my first bag of this, I did find a long plastic strand (approx. 1 inch) amongst the tea. I didn't take a photo as it didn't warrant enough concern for me, personally. Just be wary that plastic is pretty ubiquitous these days.
Additionally, it would be nice if the packaging for this was less plastic-y. The bag looks to be made of paper and then you open it to find a thick layer of plastic (or foil?) inside. I understand this may help with maintaining freshness, but it would be so nice to find a tea that has minimal plastic packaging.