Here’s an answer to this message (it’s in a weird format, that’s why I decided to answer like such)
” I agree with you 100% about the artificial flavoring. I think it’s misleading and I feel like I don’t even know what I’m drinking, and that makes me sad. You should make your blog a general tea blog. So even the skinny had artificial flavoring? I just bought buttered rum and caramel spice for the sole reason that I thought i was avoiding the articial flavors. :(
- Julie ”
Glad you agree with me :D
Yes, even The Skinny had, until now, because it seems on their website it sais only natural flavoring now. Well then…
The two teas you bought have only natural flavors (or at least for now that’s what we know). Natural flavors are ok, since it’s just fruit extracts. But then again, in some while maybe we’ll find out they are not :<
Hello ladies and gents. Most of you were probably wondering where I have been. That means you missed me, how sweet :D
Truth is, I’ve been here all along. Busy during some time, but here nevertheless. I did not write anything in a while because of personal conflicts with the worlds of the David’s Tea.
As probably most of you noticed, I have a thing against all them artificial things, especially flavoring. Now I know there are many laboratory prepared ingredients in most things we eat and drink, but I try my best to avoid them.
Point is, I got really hurt when I started seeing “artificial flavoring” on the DT’s labeling. I understand you might add it in some teas to make them taste like whatever you like. And I was pretty aware that they have used them in early teas, when they would add candy and powders and such. And then BAM, suddenly the started adding flavors to teas like The Skinny and Honeybee? But WHY? HOW? What is this?? So I asked them on their facebook page why are they adding flavors to old teas that were perfect the way they were. Well figure yourself that these teas have always HAD artificial flavoring. What now? So how come we never knew you ask. Well the reason they gave was, I quote:
“When we first opened up four years ago, there were a lot of missing details. Processes hadn’t been developed, our staff was small, and in the case of our teas, the ingredient lists weren’t even a part of our labeling (as you probably remember, our older labels only included descriptions)”
Fair enough. Sounds about right, no? Well, my opinion is they should have fixed those missing details BEFORE opening, not after. Anyway, let’s assume that they were “learning” their way through the marketing business (-__-). But then this came to me. Their website. It had the ingredients list. Teas were marked as organic and some had natural flavoring in the mix. As mentioned in many of my posts. Their FAQ page was explaining that their natural flavors are natural oils and such. No mention of ANY artificial business. Not in the FAQ and not in the ingredients list. Yet they told me they always had artificial flavor in some teas (that, of course, didn’t have candies or such). I’m sorry what now? So again, I asked how come they never mentioned the artificial flavors never before. You’ll never guess what they said, or maybe you will because you are a magical purple unicorn with frog eyes :O. I quote:
“If ever any ingredients weren’t included, it certainly wasn’t intentional.”
Are you kidding me? FOR REAL? Like…really? Seriously?
And that’s the whole story. The conversation ended there. I am reluctant to go there again. My collection is slowly getting smaller. I have lost all interest I ever had in DT. It’s a shame, it started out as such a nice place to go. Unfortunately, there are still some teas that I am addicted to, like The Skinny and Honeybee and some that help when I’m sick and such, and of course, the one who have no flavoring at all (or at least that’s what they tell us). So I will go get these teas, but with a broken heart. Because it’s now just a name and a brand and no longer a tea store. Their packaging is overpriced for nothing. I believe that teas are supposed to not have any flavors but their original taste, and be healthy. Adding flavors makes it no longer tea per se. Now it’s all juices. Dried artificial stuff you add hot water to and make JUICE.
I am sad and disappointed. I’m not sure what to do with this blog, whether to leave it as a DT blog or just make it a general tea blog like ALL THE OTHER ONES OUT THERE :O!
I’d like to hear from you and see if anybody shares my opinion or not, and why. :D
Here are the FB screenshots (with censoring and all for privacy), so you don’t think I dreamed of this or anything :>