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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Whoop! Whoop!

Personally, the name of this tea just makes it for me. I didn’t really understand the name at first, but after I tried it, this tea just clicked for me.

At first, I was just sitting on my bed looking at tea reviews (lol) and I saw that DAVIDsTea had a new tea out. I didn’t question anything because it looked fruity and juicy so I asked my mother to go and get me twenty grams on her way home. As you all can see, I jumped into this tea blindly. When my mom came home that night, I literally jumped off the bed and ran to her!

My first sniff was such an eye opening moment. For me, it smelled very fruity medicinal, just like the cheap medicine that I used to take when I used to live with my grandmother (when my parents were still earning minimum wage) and we could only afford some cheaper things. Oh my goodness!!! Next time my grandma comes to visit me, I’m definitely going to give her some of this tea. The sniff was so reminiscent of my childhood in China. I remember when I was small and how happy my family was even though we didn’t have much. Anyways… Back to the tea! The smell was definitely fruity and medicinal (I’m just repeating myself now…) but not the type of aroma that is connoted with the term “medicinal.” This tea is what I would call “medicinal done right.”

My first sip was an additional layer onto the reminiscence of my childhood. Immediately I tasted the berry-apple base, followed by a light lingering goji and sea buckthorn flavor with a light floral note that blends very well with all the rest of the flavors.

My only complaint however, is that I feel that this tea was made to be iced (came out during summer, berry based, and THAT DEEP RUBY COLOR!!!) but I felt that the ice muted the teas flavors. Overall this tea blows me away.
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I wrote this last night and copy and pasted it for right now.

So, this tea is definitely the single best chocolate tea I have ever had. Probably even on the planet. I have heard endless raving about this tea to the point where I had to tell my friends to shut up about it! Two days ago on my bi-weekly trip to DAVIDsTea (only you guys will understand…) I picked up a little sample of this for around three dollars and rushed home to make a hot, frothy tea latte. Mmmm… This tea is very nice and dreamy as a latte. I can’t judge the color because I added milk and I can’t judge the smell because I didn’t smell before I steeped. After I steeped however, the tea had a very nice balanced chocolate-mint smell: Peppermint Patty? I’d drink that! (Oops)…

My only complaint is that the mint, I feel gets a little lost because of the heavy chocolate flavor of this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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So this week I was on a buying kick and I decided to try all of the Summer 2013 teas (again!) I bought a pitcher pack of each tea and I cold steeped it with a little rock sugar (because I’m a tea rebel! Wait… Those two words don’t go together! LOL!) for a couple of hours. When I tasted my first sip, it was strange. Not bad, yet not particularly blow-your-socks-off-kaboomazing either. It is like a tropical fruit punch with a strong mango flavour which are the pro’s. On the other hand, this tea for me had a very strong medicinal and bitter flavor that I could barely handle. Furthermore, I found that I really didn’t care for the little yellow and red debris that managed to get through the strainer in my steeper. SIPDOWN. Or should I say SIP-UPintomytoilet… #ain’tnobodygotmoneyforthis.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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I had seen this tea in the store for a while… My friends all liked it and told me to try it too but I was skeptical due to the weird (to me) piercing sweet notes just of the dry leaf. However, last week my friend finally got me to try it iced by paying for it (Now that is the best kind of tea!)

This tea to me is actually just right. It was not too sweet, and not too sour. It was a nice blend of fruity, and had nice honey like notes. My first sip was a punch of real tasting berries. No, none of that fake stuff! The color of the was also very nice because of how pure it was (think Goji Pop but a little darker and more blue-ish notes). To the nose, I feel that the aroma steeped is-what-it-is: the dry aroma but diluted with water. This is a great staple tea for me because I enjoy the fruity and fun teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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When I first smelled this tea, I fell in love with the nuttiness of it. However, I wasn’t convinced that a nut tea could taste good iced (following my misadventure with Forever Nuts). With a free sample from one of the nice ladies in store, I loved it! The dry leaf smell is amazingly nutty, and also very creamy.

The flavor is kind of bitter from the green tea (I love that it comes through) and also the creaminess and nuttiness of the walnut is also amazing!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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My new fave. I can talk about other teas until the cows come home, but this is personally the pinnacle of my tea love. When I first tried it. In the store, the smell was super fresh, and just as the name implied: The tea popped!

At home when I brewed it, it was fantastically red. It was like blood (that was a little creepy I know)… I enjoyed the sourness of the natural tea, but I just fell head over heels when I put a little bit of agave into it. Since this tea is a fruit infusion, it doesn’t have caffeine so it’s perfect for me 24/7! Surprisingly, I couldn’t taste the Goji in it (my only one complaint)… I find that it is very hard to find a good balance of hibiscus in a tea (since it is always overdone) but this tea worked hibiscus-wise.

This tea is going to be in my cupboard for years. I’m probably going to be drinking this tea on a daily basis! Although I cannot taste the Goji, this tea still has too many other things working for it to not give it 100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I tried this tea as a pop. Big mistake, because the flavor from the sparkling water (kind of sour) clashed with the natural minty-and-citrus-like flavor of the tea. I threw the tea out.

My second try was the pure tea, and it was good. Not great, and it had a little bit of curry undernotes I think. None of the flavors really shined. It was a muddled tea with neither the mint or the citrus coming out strongly, yet strangely both were present in my mouth.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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