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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
282 tasting notes

It’s not Christmas but so what? I wanted to try this because it’s the only chocolate peppermint I have and I’m in the mood. Thanks for this sample goes to Dexter3657

Sadly, I find it weak. I’ll try more tea next time but right now it’s not too minty, not too chocolatey and really not much of anything. It’s pleasant but really weak both in flavour and in mouthfeel. I was thinking it might be something along peppermint patty but it’s not.

Maybe I shouldn’t have read all the other notes as it might have given me a bias. But no, because if I hadn’t, I might have expected this to be even mintier. Most notes agree that it’s more vanilla chocolate than mint. It would have been perfect had it been.

Will add more leaf next time and revisit note if warranted.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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My mouth hurts like a sonofabitch (for those who just started following, I had oral surgery yesterday) even with all the ibuprofen I’m taking. So I sent my partner and temporary nurse to the liquor store to get some vodka. Imma brew this hot, ice it and booze it up for a nice anesthetic. :)

Will let you know how it goes.

18 hours later

This tea promises Passionfruit and it does give you just that starting with the nose of the dry leaf to the aroma, colour and flavour of the liquor. Aided slightly by artificial Passionfruit flavour and a little tangy for me because of the hibiscus. Before you write this off because of the hibiscus, I’ll tell you it doesn’t bother too much. Personally I don’t mind hibiscus but for those who do, its presence is not agressive. As i mentioned, it lends a tangy-ness to the blend but that’s what sweeteners are for. Brewed following label instructions and poured over ice does make a pretty good cocktail should you happen to have vodka lying around.


Surprised they didn’t send you home with something stronger. Hope you feel better soon!


I have T3s from my last oral surgery in November (I’m on an ongoing quest to line the pockets of oral surgeons everywhere) but to tell you the truth ibuprofen works better for me because it reduces inflammation as well, not just painkiller.


ibuprofen works best for me to. My sympathies about the pain it can’t be pleasant. Best of luck riding it out and hope it is over soon.


i was going to write and ask how you were feeling! not sure this tea would help…. its awesome but pretty acidic. a chamomile might help because its a diuretic and will eliminate some swelling…. feel better.


I’m ok. cranky but I’ll make it! How are you feeling, justjames ? Surprised to hear from you already. Speedy recovery?


surprisingly well! pain meds muddle things a bit, but drinking tea helps to clarify. all in all not bad for all the stitches! did this tea help?


The vodka did. I don’t like chamomile so I don’t have any such tea in the house anyway. As for you, hope you’re going home soon if you haven’t already.


Nxtdoor – tea infused vodka is also quite nice….I “brewed” one of my blueberry teas in vodka as a cold brew….and then I just added the vodka to other things heh


Genius. Thanks!


no, i can’t abide camomile either. vodka is brilliant, and i never considered steeping my tea in booze… thank you Sil!


NP there’s a discussion somewhere about cocktails as well that was started by someone… Makes for MUCH better flavoured vodka than you buy in the stores imo haha


Tea flavored alcohol – how clever! Hope you’re feeling better soon


I’m late on the news, but I sure hope you feel better! Oh la, la, mouth surgery is nasty and so painful…Boozing it up sounds like a plan :-)

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Nobody rated this or logged this. Not sure a newbie should be the first to do so… Ah, the pressure. Especially since Rooibos is my least favourite of teas. However, Dexter3657 sent this to me and I can’t possibly not try it! Rude and wasteful, right?

It’s a coffee flavoured Rooibos so it gets points from me right off the bat. And the thing is that whatever is going on in this blend masks the Rooibos quite well so I’d say this is a better introduction to Rooibos for those who are just not sure.

There’s coffee on the nose, and in the aroma and flavour of the brewed liquor. I do find it a little on the weak side at 1.5 tsp for 8 oz with near boiling water. It brews a clear caramel brown liquor. That’s the best I can do without sounding too pretentious.

It’s one of the better Rooibos I’ve had even if a little on the weak side.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Dang. Someone at work said this was their favourite DAVIDs tea. I don’t know the woman at all so of course I didn’t buy this because of what she said. I bought it, coincidentally, just the weekend before having had this conversation. I didn’t open the tea until today.

To me it smells and tastes like banana bread. Not the banana part, but the spices part. Although I taste nutmeg not cinnamon. I can just see the moist pieces of banana bread in my mind as I drink this. The colour screws it up for me, I really don’t know why it has to be pink.

Not my favourite, not by far. Glad to have tried it but sample size was enough. Moving on.

Dry nose: roasting nuts. Clear pink liquor with aroma matching the nose. Flavour… Apple Nutmeg. Sorry, can’t say almond cause it ain’t there!


Yeah…. this one is misnamed as a nutty tea in most people’s opinions!

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drank Kokomo Green by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed this for 24 hours in a pitcher. No infuser, just free leaves and cold water. It is way better than the hot and iced version but we’re still far from friends. Still has that mild bitterness. What is going on? Flavour is good though, this could be so yummy with a white base maybe?

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I will be enjoying a few cups of this courtesy of Dexter3657 . It probably would have been a while before purchasing Verdant on my own since a) it is a little pricy and b) I would have been afraid I’m not ready for such goodness.

I don’t know much and since the bag says laoshan village chai — black I brewed it like a black tea. Afterwards I read all about the stovetop method and also infusing milk but alas, too late. I probably would have been too lazy to do the stovetop thing.

I like it, the spices are nice and everything, but can I ask why this tea tastes almost like milk at the end of the sip of the 1st steep?!?

The second steep doesn’t have the milky taste, it’s all ginger and cardamom.

I really wish I liked milk so I could drink this like I’m supposed to.

I should add — although it has nothing to do with tea — that it’s my last tea for the evening, and possibly the last in the next 24 hours. I’m having oral surgery first thing tomorrow and I’m supposed to stop drinking/eating for at least 8 hours before. And afterwards, well, one can assume that I might not be thinking about tea right away. So that’s why I picked this, I wanted to have something good!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

Actually you might be having tea sooner than you think. The tannins in black tea can help to stem any residual bleeding in the mouth. Anyways hope it’s nothing major and that it goes well.

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I had a cup of this 17 days ago according to tea log. Don’t worry, I don’t have a spreadsheet or anything. Can you imagine?!?

I didn’t like it then but I thought it was because of the Rooibos. I have since made good friends with Rooibos so I decided to try it again as this is my first honest to goodness sipdown weekend. I placed a rather large DT order last night — large quantity-wise not necessarily price. I basically bought 650 grams of tea, the most I ever bought in one shot so I’m freaking out a little.

This tea is still not for me. The first steep of 1.5 tsp for 3 minutes was too strong. Not astringent, just strong and reminiscent of smoky bacon. Of course, maple at play. I don’t mind maple at all but there’s something weird about this. I left the first steep in the pot and put the second steep on top, and sweetened with maple syrup. Makes sense, right? It tastes better and I can finish the pot this way — I was worried I’d have to dump it and I hate doing that — but still there is something about it I do not like. And there’s just a touch of bitterness barely there but it’s there and I don’t dig it.

Thanks goes to Dexter3657 for this generous sample that is not yet a sipdown.

Terri HarpLady

I love the name of this tea, but when I read this list of ingredients, it was like, “what?”
I can’t imagine why anyone would want to ruin black tea by adding rooibos.
Just sayin’.

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drank Oo Nutty Delight by Tealux
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This is delightful. I can’t articulate what is it about it that I like. I like the spices for sure. I’ve only had cheap bagged chai before but I like the cardammom and the cinammon. Ever put a pinch of cardamom powder in your smoothies? or sprinkle just a pinch on top before drinking a smoothie? try it sometimes.

As for this tea, I sweetened it and added creamer. I tried it without them first but I figured for the sake of emulating authenticity I shall do as the Romans. Or in this case, the indians.

My goal is to collect a bunch of chai and make some for my brother-in-law who, after a two-week trip to India, said he misses the chai there most, and that he has not been able to find any here that tastes anything like it. And they make it with milk. I hate milk though, what am I going to do?!?


You could experiment with different kinds and you don’t have to use full milk . I’m not sure about all of India but in Rajhastan the Chai Wallah’s usually used water buffalo milk which is thinner than cows milk to make Chai. You could also experiment with other types of Chai as well. I had a green tea chai in Jaipur made with Kashmiri type spicing lots of cardamom and a bit of cinnamon. However if you’re going the traditional route you need to use milk. I know how you feel though I don’t drink milk either.


Water buffalo milk sounds tastier.
Oh… I’m going to India next year. Can’t wait!!

High Adventure

It’s not traditional, but I like to use coconut milk in my chai. It’s so sweet I don’t need to add any sugar and it adds a nice flavor.


Its an amazing, fascinating and very diverse place. I met some amazing people there. Try to learn a little of the local language in whatever region you’ll be spending the most time in. You’ll be able to bargain for better prices. You’ll never get local price but you can at least over hear what the local price is and negotiate down. I ended up learning a little be of the hindi script because it allowed me to read the non-deluxe bus schedules. My cousin who worked in India for two placements had me read culture shock India before I went in order to better understand cultural differences and communication. I spent most of my time in central and Northern India but I have a standing invitation to stay in Mumbai with my friends family and from there I hope to explore a bit of the south.


yyz I’m going with a friend who was born and raised there. It’ll make it a little easier :) she has relatives all over , still, and we will be visiting and staying with them. Sounds like you had a blast.


That’s great it will make tings so much easier and I’m sure you’ll be invited to some great parties. I did have a blast. I travelled with my cousin for a little while, volunteered for a little while and basically was adopted by some friends I made my first week there. I travelled shared experiences with them for a little while and a little on my own. To be quite honest it’s up there with one of the best experiences of my life. I find with India people either love it or hate it. I’ve never met anyone who is neutral. I hope you love it.

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drank Genmaicha Japanese by Tealux
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Hey folks, Great news… I didn’t add sweetener to this tea!

I might have killed it a little (water too hot) because it’s a teensy bit bitter but I like it. And I like it just as is! Now this is likely because I eat a lot of sushi and all the Japanese restaurants serve green tea that tastes little like this. And they never give you sugar. So I got used to drinking it sans sucre. Hello familiar taste! Now where’s my sushi?!?

2 minute steep, 1 perfect measure.

Dry it smells toasty, a little like popcorn. There’s popped kernels in there too. A pale yellow liquor. Tastes like popcorn (or toasted rice, the bag says).

Thank you goes to Dexter3657 who sent me too many teas for me to ever be able to reciprocate.


I think that the act of steeping genmaicha should cause a plate of sushi to magically appear. Mmmmmm.

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drank Hazelnut Honeybush by Fusion Teas
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So it turns out I enjoy Fusion teas — the few I tried courtesy of Dexter3657 , anyway — enough to place an order. You all keep quiet now, my partner need not know, since I bought a bunch of DAVIDs on the weekend too. And I abandoned a couple of carts elsewhere. I wish the shipping wasn’t as high but I find their prices quite reasonable. The sad part is there is no size between a sample (10 cups) or 3 oz. Errr… no, I will no longer buy 100 grams of a tea I’ve never tried now that I’ve had a chance to see what’s out there.

Way to go, Fusion teas. Reasonable prices made for a quick decision. Are there teas out there of better quality? Of this I am certain. However, when one is just starting out and has yet to fully appreciate the finer teas, affordability plays a huge role.

Anyway, this little tea is really good. While I seem to not like rooibus a whole lot, honeybush is pleasant. I’ll be breaking out my hazelnut creamer for this one. I suspect the hazelnut flavouring is artificial, because it’s so there and I’ve learned that with nuts, unless you artificially flavour, the taste is not as strong (coconut being the exception for me)

Steeped for 8 looong minutes. The dry leaf smell is hazelnut and the liqour is caramel-coloured. And the taste is hazelnut but you get the honeybush too. actually, as it cools it gets less nutty and more … .. bushy :)

I’ll ruin it with hazelnut creamer for the second steep for what I’m sure will be heaven.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

mmmmmmmmhhhuuummmmm……. oh my grasshopper…..

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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.


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