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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

My first herbal tea. When I was little my mother tried to make me drink chamomile once or twice. Yuck. Definitely never had any other herbals since. I’ve had teas with some mint in it before but never straight-up herbal.

So, the color. It’s sort of unpleasant, isn’t it? It’s kinda brownish green. As for the taste, I get the nuts and some spinach. Or spinach and nuts. I’m not sure I like it. I don’t dislike it, it’s not at all unpleasant but am at the moment regretting this choice as an afternoon tea. I don’t need to be quite this relaxed.

Dry nose: sweet macadamia nuts
Aroma: spinach or very faint chamomile (at least to me)
Flavour: nutty spinach.

I guess this is what mulberry tastes like? I’ll have to try others if given the chance just to make sure. But not too soon.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

That was my reaction to this tea too!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am at the cottage and bought a new teapot while antiquing. I guess “new” and “antiquing” don’t really go together but you know what I mean. I would have liked to brew an oolong in it but didnt bring any and I couldn’t wait till Tuesday so .. SoHo it is.

It’s just as good as the first time. I can’t detect any difference as a result of having brewed it straight into this pot. I’m wondering if I can drink any other teas out of it rather than just one. Anyway… The point is, this is a good tea! (And somehow I haven’t rated this until today)

ETA: oh, here’s the teapot. I feel like I should name it, I’m introducing it around :)


Sounds like fun!


the blend is so lovely !

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Tried this iced again yesterday, I’m all for giving things a good honest try. I think it needs a spark, like a splash of citrus. I wish I loved coconut water, man. This would be fantastic. But it’s just too one-dimensional for me.

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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sipdown. I made a cup at work this morning and gave the rest of it (1-2 cups worth) to someone at work as she wanted to try it. I warned her not to get her hopes up.

I don’t care for this one. There’s coffee smell, but it doesn’t taste like coffee. Almost like unroasted coffee beans. And to me it tastes kinda like straw. It’s not awful. If I was on a deserted island and all I had was this tea, hell, I’d drink it. But given all the other choices I send this monkey packing.

I have to say it does not get astringent if you forget about it, and it does not get bitter so … look for the silver lining?

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Dry leaf, this smells of chocolate, or crumbled up cookies, maybe some vanilla. Brewed, it is sweet enough that no sugar is needed but if you add sweetener it could be out of this world delicious. I only added a bit of caramel creamer.

I could do without the sludge tracks it leaves in my steeper and cup but it’s what you get what with the sprinkles and chocolate chips in there. When it comes to chocolate teas, I like Love Tea #7 better but not by much.

If you haven’t tried this yet, try at least a 24 g bag for those nights you want to cozy up with some cocoa or something.

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drank SBT: Watermelon by 52teas
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This will be a longer note than I usually write because there are several things I want to go over. First, I am really surprised by this tea. I had tried a few other SBTs and found them lacking in the flavour department, for me. Then, when I had lost all hope, along came this one. I brewed it two days ago and it was still in the fridge, untouched. This morning, I took some to work in a travel mug. I wasn’t getting as much flavour as I wanted so I added a tsp of sugar to my 14 oz travel mug. It is like I’m drinking a different tea, you guys. It is bursting with flavour. The interesting part that I want to bring up is the fact that at home I’m sweetening with agave, NEVER with refined white sugar. Could the choice of sweetener make this much difference??

Also, there is a woman here at work I occasionally give sips of my tea to try. She is used to drinking only straight Chinese black tea because her grandfather drinks that and ever since she was a little girl she shared her grandfather’s tea. I gave her this and she didn’t like it. Yet she loved a subdued in flavour “cheeky lychee”. I have come to the realization she would have loved all the other SBTs that fell short for me, simply because she relishes the subtle flavour, the “finish” more than the blast your mouth stuff.

The moral? These steepster ratings are so subjective.

As for this tea, dude, it is so freaking watermelony delicious I’m in danger of running into the open arms of white sugar!


I use raw cane sugar most of the time, but I have found that the flavor of these SBT blends blossoms like mad if you leave them in the fridge for a couple of days to mellow and meld. In fact, that is how I like all of my flavored iced black teas! Now I have to run over to Frank’s store and order watermelon flavor…


Nooooo! Don’t give in, white sugar bad, BAD FOR YOU!!!! (lol)

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drank Hazelnut Honeybush by Fusion Teas
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Sipdown! I rarely write three notes for one tea, in fact I rarely write two, but this was so so good. Initially I had a sample and then I bought my own pack. I have just finished it and would gladly order more of it some day, in the not too distant future.

Purposely Overstepped and overleafed, 2.5 perfect measures for 16 oz of water. Didn’t set a timer. Still delicious. Soo forgiving. This is an awesome tea for those introducing themselves to honeybush. Go for it! Especially with cream and the sweetener of your choice it is an awesome beverage. Take it to work with you in the morning because it will take the “crabby” right out of you.

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I was going to enter this as a sipdown (yay!) and then realized it wasn’t even in my cupboard. Duh. I don’t think it’s a steepster bug, I probably never added it to begin with. Will not be replenishing this (come to think of it, this was one of their web special sales so they might be discontinuing it anyway)

I started pairing food with tea. We’re cutting down on our wine consumption with dinner — our wine bill was spinning out of control! — but we still feel the need for a drink that’s not water. I figured with mushroom chicken and braised swiss chard a good lemon ginger tea would go swimmingly. My other choice was mint julep but I wanted to finish off this one.

It goes alright with the food cuts through some of the heaviness of the creamy mushroom. I congratulate myself on my amateur first pairing.:)

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
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Meandering out and about Toronto`s Queen St. E for the Jazz fest I went into DAVIDs. They were sampling Happy Kombucha. I was there to refill Love Tea #7 and upon trying this I bought 24 g. I don’t know what Kombucha is. I could look it up but I don’t care enough. I like the name. The tea, well, it’s sort of mango oolong. Lots of mango and little other stuff but that works for me. It’s mango madness but oolong instead of white. I have a feeling 24 g is not enough for I like mango in tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

From what I understand, kombucha is fermented tea. I thought you had to make it as a liquid – ferment sweetened tea. So I am unsure what the Davids Tea blend is. I have never tried either form of kombucha.


Yeah, it’s fermented. From what I remember, this blend has powdered kombucha in it.


thanks folks!


Kombucha tastes like apple cider vinegar in water to me! LOL!

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drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
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I’m really raining on everyone’s parade lately aren’t I? Cover your eyes if you don’t want to read this. I don’t know what cotton candy everyone is eating but I must have been eating a different kind. This tea is not cotton candy for me. Even with a generous amount of agave I’m getting a strong base with something sweet at the back. I’d say it’s a cotton candy finish. I expected stronger cotton candy flavour and less base flavour. It smelled like strong black tea after brewing so was worried before I even tasted it.

The bag ripped when I opened the foil pouch but it was not a big deal, I just dumped it in my DAVIDs steeper and continued as per directions. It was interesting to see the base. The tea is very fine though. Like ground coffee. More like bagged tea than loose leaf tea. I meant to drink it without sugar but it really tasted like nothing to me so it was either suffer, dump it, or sweeten. I chose the latter. We’re going to the Jazz Streetfest and am taking this so I really didn’t want to leave the house with something not enjoyable.

Sadly I think this will be my last SBT adventure. I still have the watermelon one but if tastes like the other four I’ve tried, well, I won’t be in a hurry to brew it. They’re just too subdued for me in the flavour department, that’s all.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I am in total agreement. I haven’t tried the SBT, but the original loose tea, and it was underwhelming. Just black tea vaguely sweetened with sugar. No cotton candy.


i agree with you… i smelled the potential, but i got nothing in the steep. i didn’t even review it i don’t think. i like the baked goods, i loved the lime jello…. the rest? =0(

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.


Toronto-ish, Canada

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