71 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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When looking for a vanilla tea prior to this it was often the “Cream Earl Grey” that caught my attention. Mostly because of my enjoyment of London Fog tea lattes. Now to have it in an Oolong I have to admit it is like drinking a vanilla cloud. Light and refreshing to the tastebuds yet wonderfully aromatic. Just the right amount of pure vanilla flavor to provide that comfort one hopes for in a very romantic tea like this. Loved it, very much so.

Kittenna

Ohhhhh this one excites me!!!

Amariel

I cannot wait to try this one. I smelled it Halloween as a sneak peak, and I have been waiting for a day off since, to have some.

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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It definitely lives up to the name of Cookie Dough. It’s wonderfully sweet and soothing on a cool autumn day. It reminds me a lot of the “Buttercream” tea of the past but more richer in flavor nuances. Especially with the toasty warm feeling that comes from taking in the delectable steam. Well worth the wait and the anticipation felt when I first heard about this release.

DaisyChubb

Oh I was hoping it would be reminiscent of Buttercream – but even better by the sounds of it! Yay!

Amariel

Yay! It looks awesome, and I was wondering how it would compare to Buttercream, which I loooooove!

Cassie Eng

I love Buttercream too. I’m glad they brought out a similar taste for this release. Happiness in a cup for sure!

Amariel

I can’t wait til I am off and can get some tea!! Have to wait a few more days.

Kittenna

Super excited to hear the comparison to Buttercream! I can’t wait to try all the new teas! I have 5 hours worth of work to do before I’ll let myself buy them, so hopefully Monday or Tuesday I’ll get the chance!

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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As Thanksgiving eve approaches and a chill nips the night air and the need for warmer blankets grows stronger tonight’s tea has done the trick. This oolong blend provides that ‘in’ to trying Saskatoon berries without having to search for them at the store. It’s definitely a deep flavored berry and is complimented by its partners in this tea. I like how the maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness to let the berries shine.

I can really imagine this easily being served during dinner with the Thanksgiving staples as an alternative to the traditional cranberry jelly without anyone missing the jelly. (Not that any would be tempted to do such a thing, right?) Haha. In any case I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend and delectable dinners on Monday!

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As the days get colder and the winds of autumn grow in their intensity this tea hits the spot. Tried this one today at the Hillside branch of DAVIDs Tea and its fantastic. Had a similar but richer nuance than the earlier Toasted Marshmallow. It gave a feeling of being wrapped in a warm blanket and sitting by the fireplace all nice and cosy. The smell was fantastic and the taste was a perfect compliment to the morning’s errand rush, made everything more relaxed. I’ll most likely take this one with me tonight at my late night lecture. Thanks for another winner!

DaisyChubb

mmm can’t wait to give this one a try!

Fjellrev

Yay! I haven’t even been to Hillside yet but was planning to visit on Friday. Will follow suit and try this wonderful-sounding tea!

Ursa Hawthorne

Hey! I’m in Victoria too, and picked this one up from Hillside mall too! Just steeping it now.

Cassie Eng

To Incendiare and Ursa: Would look forward to reading your thoughts of the tea. It’s always nice to fellow Victorians. Cheers!

Ursa Hawthorne

I am drinking it now, and finding it rather weak. Just made a tasting note. Am getting a bit of the chocolate, but that’s about it. Will make it stronger next time. Cheers to you! :-)

Fjellrev

I ended up buying it Uptown today! Bought 10g and can’t wait to try it. It smells a lot heavier on the cinnamon than I imagined.

I see a Victoria Steepsterite get together in the future. :D

Ursa Hawthorne

Victoria Steepster tea hang-out would be fab!

Cassie Eng

Definitely, that would be awesome!

Amariel

I’m from Victoria too!

Cassie Eng

To Heather: That’s cool! The Victoria crew grows even stronger. XD

Amariel

I would love to do a meetup thing.

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Happy autumnal equinox everyone! Whoo, it has been long since the last note. With seminar classes resuming in several subjects and new dance choreography to master it’s been a rather full September this year to say the least. But it’s been all good. To make the most of this last free friday night I decided on this antioxidant-rich tea. It definitely lives up to its name in both fragrance and flavor. Opening the tin the sweet blueberry notes greet you with its comfortable aroma.

When brewed that is when the real blueberry jam experience comes to life. The sweet jammy flavor tantalizes the taste buds and just perks the senses. A perfect breakfast tea to have with some fresh hot buttery scones. For evenings like this it was really refreshing and a nice partner to my late night readings. Tonight in particular…was Jude Deveraux’s “Knight in Shining Armor.” A favorite of mine that is worth quite a few re-reads. Just like how this tea deserves an encore each time a cup is savored. Cheers, and happy tea drinking!

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Very berry strawberry. That was my initial thoughts as I smelt the dry version of this tea at the store yesterday. The strong sweet aroma was incredible. When it was brewed the scent was enhanced further. The deep red color of the tea was delightful to say the least. Now onto the flavor itself,its definitely a balance of tart sweetness. I could see this being refreshing in its iced form. In its hot form it is not too bad at all. For strawberry lovers the notes are just more pronounced by its tart partners. The creamy yogurt is what really connects the two extremes of sweet and tart so the senses are not completely overwhelmed by either one. Of the herbals this year I have to say this one has me excited the most. It’s wonderful.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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A temptation that I just couldn’t resist in Harvest Tin form. It has a wonderful aroma and does remind the senses well of the actual cake. In both dry form and when it is brewed. Much like the other cake teas did for their match all the way up to the cute sprinkles. The flavor is very rich and mellow with just the right notes of sweetness. Just like a hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream only a little more milder. Between this and Chocolate cake I’d probably say that this one is a bit more creamier than the other with its more complex nuances. I will definitely be drinking more of this one or stock up if its a limited edition.

Cassie Eng

Had this tea for my birthday on the 10th and it was a perfect fit for the evening.Very maple-like in its syrupy sweetness and just what I needed. Especially for the first of the late night management seminar classes. Thank you DAVIDs for providing a treat like this tea for all those special moments.

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
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After a nice long evening soak the allure of something sweet called out to me. The winner this night was “Southern Belle”. I first came across this one in the last fall collection. It still captures me with its intoxicating peachy perfume. The taste is quite similar to enjoying a bowl of fresh orchard peach slices with a dollop of whipped cream. Like with many dessert teas the flavors are enhanced nicely while hot. I have tried this cold during dance rehearsals as a refresher too and it works wonderfully to perk the spirits. I can see how it fits the image of September, the tea is the perfect representation of the transition between the seasons. Not too bad at all. Delish!

Lynne-tea

I agree! Well put.. it is the perfect representation of the transition between seasons =)

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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A lovely autumn night and the full moon is still shining bright casting its soothing glow over all. Much like the taste and scent of this tea. The sweet concoction of toffee, caramel and sweet coconut is balanced nicely by the sea salt. It can also be said that the sea salt enhances these sweet flavors. The nice perk of these candy based teas is that they are guilt-free and allow people to give into their beloved sweet temptations. Way to seduce the tea-drinker’s further, eh? The scent alone is enough to be a magnetic draw, it’s like being in the kitchen while these treats are being made. Wonderful.

Fjellrev

I loooove the scent of the dry leaf.

tigress_al

Even the scent of the brewed tea filling the kitchen is wonderful!

Cassie Eng

To Incendiare: Much agreed there. It’s so deep, dark and rich.
To Tigress_Al: It’s definitely a comfort and soothing to say the least. I love the evening’s when I brew this particular one.

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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After a day spent at the annual Saanich Fair checking out the harvest splendors, artisan craft exhibits, midway games and the toasty warm cinnamon doughnuts it was only fitting to wind down with a cup of tea. The one on the top of the list was Buddha’s Blend with its fresh peachy flavor notes. I can only assume that the combination of jasmine and white hibiscus resonate to create the essence of peach for there is no peach to be found in the ingredients. I admit that is a rather magical effect to say the least as well as very delicious.

The wonderful floral perfume is rejuvinating to the spirits and has an unmistakable warmth which works well for those who love their floral teas. Not to mention as well as drinking these romantic offerings while reading romantic literature set in a historical period. A pleasure I do admit to indulging in, especially on moonlit evenings such as tonight. I hope whatever books you all enjoy that this tea accompanies those reading sessions at least a few times. It’s well worth it.

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“The rich nuances and flavor notes, who could resist the healing powers of tea?” That is just one of the thoughts of this musical dancing tea lover. When not wrapped in some literary or artistic pursuit you’ll find her enjoying a cup while taking in the beauty of nature.

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