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drank Sencha Yabukita by DAVIDsTEA
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I have to admit getting home to Victoria just in time for the second of the “Garden to Cup” series release was fantastic. The tea leaves smell refreshing and look so bright and green in their dry form. I can only imagine what it would be like to visit Shizuoka to see these leaves in person. This is the next best thing.

The flavor when brewed is smooth and very buttery to the taste buds. Yet the scent is very soothing to the spirits perfect for an evening stargaze. It is a worthwhile treat and priced just right for a fresh green tea such as this. Truly en par with the Gyokuro varieties that are available. Delish!

Plunkybug

Welcome back to Victoria! Next time we have a Victoria meet-up, y
ou should come!

Cassie Eng

Thanks for the welcome home. :) It was nice going away for a little while but it’s always nice to be back. I’d love to come to one of those meet-up sessions, please do leave me a message when the next one is.

Plunkybug

I’ll message you some info.

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It was the day after the premier of Hangover 3 did I try this one and boy was it a refreshing fit. In comparison to the Valencia Orange that I tried when I came home and Mango Madness this one is the perfect blend of both. The natural goodness of a tart blend sweetened nicely by the nuances of pineapple. I have yet to try it cold but I can say with certainty that it would make a smashing tea pop or an iced tea.

On the note of a tea pop. This is also the time I tried the new tea pop at David’s. My first trial was the Lime Gelato. The combination of soda water and the tea was very refreshing I found. The flavors still came out just fine and worked great with the soda water without anything really getting muddled.

As for pricing, I can see why they charged $4 for the drink. It’s approximately $2 for the soda water and $2 for the tea. So it all evens out in the end and makes it worthwhile on paper. Especially if the clerk at the desk lets you experiment with the type of tea that you intend to use as a base. (The ones back home at my neighborhood David’s allow it and encourage it. :) )

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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I think it was mid-way through the week in Edmonton when I tried this tea. Yes, the Sunday when I went on the day trip to the Conservatory and TELUS world of Science. The creamy deliciousness that was Coconut Grove was what perked me up for the exploration. I’d say the vanilla notes are what made for the extra richness that was not in Coconut Oolong.

Not to say one is better than the other. I love both equally. But as I couldn’t naturally take my tea collection from home on the trip the Coconut Grove fit the missing spot that the oolong filled just nicely. It smelt fantastic in dry form but really shone once it was brewed. I just recommend if you are at a hotel with their coffee machine brew the water first rather than use their filter for the full effect.

It tastes more pure that way. Or if you are extreme or don’t plan on buying souvenirs bring your electric kettle from home. Haha, but I digress. If you liked the oolong you’ll love this. :)

Plunkybug

I find this one to be a nice blend of Vanilla Orchid and Coconut Oolong. Only with a white base.

Cassie Eng

No truer words have been said. :)

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It’s been awhile hasn’t it. May and June have been how you say “busy” with travelling for vacation in Edmonton. Although it was only ten days, scheduling the trip in the middle of the month makes it seem a whole lot longer. Wouldn’t you agree? While staying at the West Edmonton Mall I arrived just on the release date of the Summer Collection so the next few posts are going to reflect that. Hope you’re ready. :)

I have never tried passion fruit before so when I found out that David’s Tea was coming out with one for the summer I was very curious suffice to say of what it was going to taste like. At a first glance the soft rose hue of the elixir was enough to give a hint of what to expect but wow. It was sweet and light like one of those tropical flower petals.

The passion fruit gave it a very refreshing edge and made each sip a joy to the palate. It wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t too tart. On the whole it was very cooling to drink both on the vacation and when we had that heat wave a week back. I can say for certain that cold or hot you’ll enjoy all the subtle nuances of this tisane. Cheers!

Fjellrev

What did you do while you were there, if you don’t mind my asking? I’m from there so I can’t imagine doing much other than shop and visit Muttart Conservatory haha

Cassie Eng

I don’t mind. :) Besides the mall which has a great amusement park, sea lion show, concert stage and wave pool I went to the Muttart Conservatory. As well as the TELUS World of Science to see their Body Works exhibit.

Other than those attractions I went to see Iron Man 3, Hangover 3 and Star Trek into Darkness at the theatre. I’m not really a big shopper unless it is books or tea so films were my thing overall. Right up there with the chance to take a lot of pictures at the conservatory. I always love nature photography when I can get the chance. :)

Plunkybug

Body Works is cool, and shows what happens to your lungs when you smoke. Never saw so many black lungs! :P

Cassie Eng

The text books don’t compare to seeing the displays up close that I can agree with. It was all very interactive which I liked a lot. :)

Fjellrev

Great call on Telus World of Science! I’m glad to hear you checked out Muttart too. That’s the great part about WEM if you’re not a shopper. There are other things to do there. I’m happy you packed all of that into your vacation!

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drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
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Delicious, sweet and tantalizing to the senses. When I heard about the new “Garden to Cup” campaign I had to admit this really had me excited to see how this idea would play out. The Ceylon Spring didn’t fail to deliver on the excitement. It tasted fresh and healthy straight up. The deeper notes are also well accented in this way.

When a bit of the hazelnut International Delights cream was added (I have a sensitivity to milk so alternatives are key for me.)the tea was given an extra level of richness. Balanced and exquisite. I liked it both ways and found a soothing quality to it as I sipped it during my dance break. My fellow dancers also raved about how lovely it was. Both to taste and to hear the story behind this special tea. Bon Appetite.

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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With the heat wave and summer conditions in Victoria as of late this one definitely hit the spot. Hot, the tea tastes similar to Daydreamer and carries that nostalgia. Cold, ah it is just right. I made this as a straight iced tea once and then the second time I had it I made it as a tea lemonade with the mango lemonade that has just come out from Minute Maid.

It just perked up even further and after doing some gardening that is just what I needed to rejuvenate my energy in time for dance. As a May tea of the month I have to admit Kokomo was the perfect name to choose. For the weather has fit the description for both the song and this new tea. Hope everyone got a chance to be out in the tropical conditions and enjoyed this blend at the same time.

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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With a pending Edmonton trip on Wednesday thought I’d catch up with the backlog of reviews. Hope everyone has been having a great May so far and are planning special treats for Mother’s Day. On the note of treats, singing and dancing this chai definitely fits the bill for all three. It’s mild and refreshing hot and cold.

The bright hues of the candied fennel gives the image of the silk saris that those in the Bollywood movies, so that is a win there. It also gives the comforting notes that the tea has on the taste buds. All in all out of the chai teas I’ve had so far this one stands out as a great starter chai. Enjoy. :)

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Now this of the three I picked up on the weekend at Teavana really does send the message of spring. The alluring aroma and the taste are just heavenly. It’s a little tart but a little sweet at the same time. You taste more of the champagne notes than the strawberry that accents this special tea. The rose lends delicately over the predominant flavors that give this tea a slightly pink appearance.

Of the three I’d have to say this one is my favorite overall taste-wise. It’s just the romantic touch this one needed on this fine spring day. I hope everyone is enjoying the mild temperatures and the sweet sunshine. Cheers!

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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I have to say it was a worthwhile trip to try this tea in the gift set. The deep reddish pink of the sour-cherry elixir is pretty in the Japanese Sakura blossom tea set that the store used to carry back in the day. It’s like drinking hot cherry cranberry juice in a way. Not exactly “Zen” but what can you say? Unlike Snow Geisha it doesn’t give you a punch in the nose and make you feel like drinking medicine so that is another positive, right?

Which is ironic since the description given shows that this one is a sort of medicine for the immune system. BUT I digress. It is a very pretty and refreshing blend. Perfect for iced tea in the summer or for late spring. Especially in the thermos that comes with the gift set which is elegant simply on its own.

I have to hand it to them their tea accessories are par-none to most stores. I have yet to find anyone else who makes such pretty floral tea tins, cups and tea pots just like Teavana. I admittingly store a lot of my tea from David’s and other tea stores in their tins just because of the artistic mastery of their designs. I love them.

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drank Snow Geisha by Teavana
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I admit ever since I went David’s a few years back I haven’t really gone back to Teavana but considering my border-line obsession with cherry blossoms I just had to go. While picking up my Sakura Allure box set (which was the reason I went) this was second on my list of must try teas. For someone who likes cherry and rose teas…I have to admit the scent is powerful.

Once you get past that and the wonder of where they got the idea that this was delicate, it’s not that bad. It’s actually quite good. I was sipping it most of this afternoon while serving tea at the lodge. In comparison to “Cherry Blossom” by David’s it is not the most natural of flavors but I expect that when going into buying blends from Teavana.

So…drinker beware it’s going to be quite the experience. Sip slow and it should have less of a medicinal kickback. Hopefully. (Yes, I am doing my best to convince myself about that. Haha.)

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