For the past two years I’ve gotten dates direct from the grower in CA at this site:
The taste much different (better) than what you typically buy at the store. The “Wet pack” has a much higher moisture content and the flavors are much more potent than dates from the store. I’ve tasted butterscotch, maple, brown sugar, and vanilla notes.
My favorite is deglet noor, which tastes like a chewy ms. werther’s candy. (I don’t like the deglet noor from the store though, pretty bland)