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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
281 tasting notes

This seems to be a pretty hated tea, judging from Steepster ratings. It might be hated even by others so much so as it is being discontinued. I have never tried it before but when katgolik started freaking out that it was on a last chance sale I bought a 250 gram bag solely for making iced tea. Could have been a pretty bad move but this time the gamble paid off. We don’t like it as much as goji pop (we’re just in love with that tea here) but we can’t just drink goji pop all day, we need choices!

This tea has so much going on that it’s hard for me to pick out the hibiscus taste, like others have. It is the first ingredient listed though. It is tart though, I generously had to sweeten the pitcher. After handling the tartness, I pick up some orange peel taste. After that, couldn’t tell you. There’s mango in here too but I can’t taste it. It’s a muddled mess of green and black teas, beautiful to look at with the corn flower petals, the safflower, mango and citrus. Muddled, but it works. I am not weeping that it’s been discontinued but we should have no trouble finishing the bag by the summer’s end.

PS. I wouldn’t venture drinking this hot, nor would I drink it unsweetened.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I can’t seem to find my tea this morning. I’ve had several unsatisfying attempts, this being one of them. I will try it again changing the steeping parameters. Although I am not sure what to change.

The tea was not too strong but the spices were. I tasted the bitterness of what might have been too much powdered ginger. The rather large pieces of cinnamon bark also worried me but it turned out not to be the most offensive of flavours. So, how do I get rid of the bitterness? It wasn’t tea bitterness, it was spice bitterness. Those who accidentally put too much powdered ginger in their cooking once or twice will know what I mean. I try to only use fresh ginger in cooking but shamefully admit to having had to resort to powder a few times.

1.5 tsp for 8 oz, off boiling for 3 minutes. Beautiful clear orange once steeped. Fragrant, just as it was in dry form. Nicely done, just not what I expected. Although I should have, with the name " ginger Darjeeling Peach"

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
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I had a lot of iced tea this weekend. You see, it was Pride Weekend in Toronto so we spent the entire weekend downtown. I’ll tell you that no matter how much prepared tea you carry on your back, you will run out eventually and will be at the mercy of someone else, in my case the staff of the Church Street location of DT in Toronto.

I really wanted coconut grove. Sorry, we’re out. Ok, I’ll take mango madness. Out. Fine, how about tropicalia. Sorry, we’re out of that one too. Dude, really?!? So we ended up with Bear Trap and Sweet Strawberry. The sweet strawberry was yucky. Couldn’t even drink it. Tasted like someone was trying to save strawberries that have gone off by drying them and shoving them in tea. it didnt have that juicy berry freshness. Not to mention that it was mostly water by the time I was halfway through. sigh

Glad I tried it there before buying my own.

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Thank you Dexter3657 for a sample of this. It is hard to choose teas for others, isn’t it? This is so not for me. I couldn’t tell you what it is about it I do not like. The aftertaste for sure, it tastes like I just chewed a vitamin C tablet. Some sort of metallic thing. But even as I sip, there is something I can’t define. I have never had calendula in a tea so I don’t know what it tastes like. Maybe that’s what I don’t dig, I couldn’t tell you.

I seem to be in minority here but… Nay! I feel like I should just return the sample, there’s still two cups in here. Why waste it, right? To bad, it smelled so nice and creamy. Bummer

1.5 tsp, 8 oz water just off boiling, 6 minutes. Sweetened with honey.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I had this I had just bought the one iced cup to go from DT. Unfortunately they use so much ice that if you’re not a fast drinker you will only taste the tea in the first 3-4 sips after which you will get a very watered down version as your ice melts.

Now that I bought my own and can brew myself we can talk about it. I don’t think I would enjoy this warm. There is just something about it. I’ve had warm mint teas that are fabulous but I need ice in this one. It is good but I have not decided how I feel about the coconut in there. Sure, it adds another flavour dimension and it makes it different but I find it distracting. Just give me mint, son, don’t confuse things.

1.25 tsp for 8 oz, near boiling water. I get mostly mint and coconut, my taste buds need a lot of convincing that there is other stuff in here. I don’t get the Rooibos in the blend, which is just dandy by me!

I will not be replacing this when it’s gone although it is enjoyable. It is very enjoyable if you happen to be wilfully trapped away from home for an entire day, out in the sun, and you’ve made yourself two large travel jugs worth of stuff. You have no choice but to drink it and it is refreshing provided it is well chilled.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

If you’re looking for a good minty tea to try hot, then I’d recommend Santa’s Secret. I believe they added the coconut and citrus to Mint Julep so that it wouldn’t simply be a summer clone of Santa’s Secret ;)


Someone else recommended Santa’s Secret a month or so ago. Now I’ll have to try it, it’s a sign :) (one of the really good mint teas I’ve had is Butiki’s Peppermint Patty)


You definitely should; it’s one of my favourites! Though they’ve currently sold out on the website and it apparently won’t be back til Christmastime. Luckily I stocked up on 250g when the tea was available for the awesome $14.50/250g web special!


Ugh. Same with banana dream pie. I tried to stock up during the special but although the tea was listed, there was the “out of stock” button. I can wait, it’s ok


Hmm. I had thought against the Mint Julep, because while I like Minty teas, I am not huge on them, but Coconut with Mint….that makes the idea intriguing to me.

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drank Wild Cherry by Cornelia Bean
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I should have read my first note on this tea before making this batch but you know, it’s 3 am and I just wanted some iced tea. I said the first time that 1.5 tsp for 8 oz might have been too much tea. This time I used the same tea to water ratio and made two steeps combined in a pitcher. I sweetened and came up to bed with my too jars, excited. Then I tasted. Bleah.

So astringent with little, if at all cherry flavour. I had to sweeten the H out of this poor sucker and water it down so much with ice to make it drinkable. Won’t miss this one (sipdown!)

Thanks, Dexter3657 for sending me generous amount of this tea, but it was not for me.

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drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Upon reviewing my previous note, the first time I drank this tea I was at work and didn’t really have good equipment. A disposable filter and a pot to boil water in. The second steep was much more flavourful so I rated it high enough.

I am now drinking it again (sipdown) and it’s like I never had this before. I used about 2 tsp for maybe 12 oz. which I think technically means I overleafed. But it is so good! So different! I know it’s different because I never tasted apricot in tea before. I sipped this expecting peach and my mouth immediately said “this ain’t peach, hon, this here is a-pri-cot!”

I am really digging this tea! And also, no sugar, yay! What a flavour difference between this tasting and the previous one.
Very apricot 1st steep at 4 minutes. Orange liquor, quite clear. For the second steep I reduced the amount of water maybe too much because I’m getting a lot less fruit and a strong oolong. I always found oolong to be a fairly light tea so am surprised at the loud second steep, almost astringent. Am also getting some orange rind taste. I’m simply amazed. Have I changed, has the tea?, do the brewing conditions matter that much? I now feel like making tea is like baking bread, you just never know!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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I like this one but the steeping parameters give a thin cup. I tasted it at 4 minutes and wanted to continue steeping for an extra minute but I forgot about it so this steep was probably about 7 minutes. I thought I was screwed for sure but no, it is a good cup!

Yesterday morning I had the chocolate covered strawberry by Culinary Teas and this reminded me of it so much. Slightly tart, slightly chocolate. Sure, this one is a mate but the flavour is similar.

1.5 tsp, 8 oz, off boiling water for 7 minutes (accidental). I might keep this steep time.

ETA: I noticed my teas at work are weaker than at home, it might have to do with the fact I am using a ball here, as opposed to a proper steeper. I just thought of this, didn’t research it or anything so I’m not sure if this is the reason. It makes sense in my head

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I tried to get three steeps out of this but the third is a little on the weak side. I should have used less water. I did increase the temp and time but used 8 oz. of water all the way through.

The 1st steep, 1.5 tsp for 8 oz at around 94 C. I was maybe a minute off boil. Seems a little high for oolong but I went for it. I have a giant 250 gram bag of it so I can afford to screw up the first one. However, I did not screw it up. And it was so deliciously banana!

The second and third steep lost most of the banana so being a big banana fan (banana fan first, oolong second) I enjoyed the first steep the most. Still a very good tea. Thank jebus because 250 of the same tea is a lot of tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

brave soul…. i discriminate against bananas unless they’re in baked goods…. and then only if there aren’t any nuts! banana in tea? i would need a lot of convincing.


LOL I’m with you James, bananas belong in bread not tea…..
Glad you are enjoying it Nxtdoor….but not for me

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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I would never drink this hot. I have never drank hot lemonade so why on earth would I start now just because the base is tea? I see people think it’s sweet. I actually add sugar to mine. Like southerners add loads of sugar to make their nice sweet ice tea, I do the same both for ice tea and for lemonades. Beverages or foods that make my mouth pucker will seldom find a place in my kitchen.

This tea, I always brew a 1.5 L pitcher combining two steeps. I sweeten it while hot and then I add the ice. To drink, we further pour it over ice. We think it’s refreshing although it does taste kinda fake. And we had a couple of misses with it but I couldn’t tell you what happened.

I prefer the pink Passionfruit and Goji Pop to this one, however I will replenish if it’s gone before the summer is over.


Hot lemonade, bleh! But I’ll take homemade « Kinda fake» tasting lemonade tea as a cold beverage over any type of commercially sold soft drinks, including bottled iced tea :-)

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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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