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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
225 tasting notes

Gosh darn it I love this tea! Only ever drank it iced. Well, ok, one time I wasn’t patient enough for the ice to fully melt so I did get a taste of it warm but it doesn’t count. I ran out a while back and I waited — I don’t know why because it’s my go to “juice” tea. Ok, who am I kidding, it is my only juice tea. It is so good that I stock no others. God, is that bad to admit?

So anyway my order came and I am so pleased to have this in the house again. I don’t know what I will do if they ever pull it. I mean, even if I buy several 250 gram bags, I will still run out at some point. That’s how much I like it.

I don’t even know what to say in a tasting note. Because really, how do you talk about love? Talking about love is like dancing about architecture. :)

But ok, since someone who hasn’t had this might read this I shall give it a go. The dry leaf is chunky because of all the dried fruit so you need a lot which would make it a bit expensive. It tastes like melon. It’s red from hibiscus but you can’t taste hibiscus — at least I can’t. The second steep gets a bit more tart but the first steep is all melon and goji berries. Which is odd because apple is the first ingredient on the list.

Good enough?

Fjellrev

This stuff is totally awesome, for sure!

keychange

How do you take this one?

Nxtdoor

About one heaped teaspoon of sugar to a 16 oz glass. I was just thinking that I might cut back a bit on that, last time it was quite sweet. A generous handful of ice cubes. I do not, however, fill my glass with ice cubes like they do for you at DAVIDs.

keychange

Oh ok. Do you like this one hot, also?

Nxtdoor

Dunno, never tried.

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83
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
225 tasting notes

I’m all out of this as of last night. Of course it meant I had to immediately place a DAVIDs order for this and a couple of other favourites. (I’m not even gonna bother removing it from cupboard since it will be back in by mid next week)

This is such a good peppermint chocolate tea. This and butiki’s Peppermint Patty are head to head for me in the peppermint category. You have to have them both if for no other reason that one is herbal and one is black.

It smells heavenly of mint, both brewed and dry leaf, it is very forgiving with steeping screw ups, it is not astringent, has a nice mild base and takes sugar oh so well. It’s just delicious. A staple for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

Hmmm, it’s been a while since I’ve tried this. Is the chocolate too chocolatey? how do you feel it compares against the similar offerings from dellaterra (shamrocks, bats in the bellfrey, minty cow, and other names)

VariaTEA

Oh Nxtdoor, we really don’t seem to be too tea compatible. I hated this. Although, I agree that Peppermint Patty is delicious. So I guess there is some hope for us to be tea friends :P

Nxtdoor

keychange, I have not had any mint teas from Della Terra. oh, actually, I lie, I had one small sample of their Candy Cane that was sent to me by Dexter3657. A distant memory, too distant for me to comment on how it compares to this.

VariaTea, Dexter3657 and I are great tea friends. She sends me all the things she hates and I love more than 80% of them. SImilarly, I seem to dislike all those she loves. Best tea friends I tell ya!

VariaTEA

I suppose that does make sense. In that case, we too would make great tea friends given I seem to enjoy the teas you don’t like and you seem to like the ones that I am not a fan of. And if we ever meet in person, we could at least share a pot of Peppermint Patty :)

Tuscanteal

I can’t say I’m a fan of this one either. I preferred Santa’s Secret to this one when I was going through the advent calendar. This one was a bit more sharp and the tastes I found weren’t as balanced. Glad you like it though :)

Nxtdoor

Tuscanteal, I included Santa’s helper in my order so who knows, maybe it will be my favourite of the two also. I did hear good things about it.

VariaTEA

@Tuscanteal – I also preferred Santa’s Secret. I think that one is a more simple tea so it is a nice cup to just relax and enjoy. This one I also found unbalanced.

Tuscanteal

I think you’ll like Santa’s Secret too, but we’ll have to see if you’ll like it more :)

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I think I now understand what people on here say about some (most) Della Terra tasting the same? To me, the smores and the eight candles are quite similar probably because of both having marshmallows.

Well, this one and pineapple upside down cake are quite similar also.

If I close my eyes and smell I can’t quite tell the difference. Ditto for the aroma of the brewed tea. This is not really a criticism it’s just… why would I buy different ones if they’re all the same? Just buy a big bag of the one and Bob’s your uncle.

Smells cakey. Brewed, it doesn’t deliver what your nose picked up. It actually gets better as it cools. A lot better. Ah, maybe I just miss my vanilla creamer to add the creaminess and mouthfeel. All I added was a bit of sugar. Not making this one a staple either. (I am, however, making a staple of the almond biscotti from Della Terra. Wowza!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Lol at Bob’s your uncle. Being French Canadian and having lived my whole life in french speaking communities, there’s a lot of English expressions I’m unfamiliar with. i’m guessing this one means and you’re all set or something like that?

Nxtdoor

…And Bob’s your uncle is an expression of unknown origin, commonly used in Britain and Commonwealth nations. Typically, someone says it to conclude a set of simple instructions, similar to the French expression “et voilà!” or the American slang expressions “…and that’s that,” or “…and there you go!” (Source: Wikipedia)

TheTeaFairy

Cute, thanks for the info, I like it! I’m gonna add it to my répertoire, but can’t use it much around here, people are likely to let my know that Bob is NOT their uncle, lol!
Will keep it for Steepster, haha!

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81

I am out of Florence but had an unopened 2 oz bag of this tea. I was oh so hopeful. I mean, double chocolate, right? I cringe at the name as they write it, by the way.

The dry leaf smells like chocolate and it looks a tad moist. Eagerly dumped 2 DAVID’s perfect measure into the 16 oz steeper I have from there, pour boiling water over it and tick-tock, tick-tock, waited the recommended 3 minutes. Added 1 tsp of raw cane sugar and took the tentative sip. Umm.. it’s bitter. Like dark chocolate bitter. It’s not a bad thing, just not what I expected.

I know all about how dark chocolate, couveture and the likes should be superior to milk chocolate (especially since I’m a chef with a short stint as a pastry chef) but the mouth likes what it likes, right?!?

I don’t like the taste of milk so I knew adding some would be a mistake but did it anyway. I added a splash. Probably a teaspoon worth of milk. It’s a good tea, folks. My partner had a sip of mine and promptly asked for a large cup of her own. So between the two of us we drank quite a bit, with resteeps. BUT be prepared for dark chocolate taste. I so wish that tea companies specify when they say chocolate. Because I think most of them use milk chocolate as opposed to dark and therefore that’s what a drinker would expect. Something about managing customer expectation comes to mind.

Florence continues to dominate the chocolate tea podium for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Ha! Bad timing…too bad, I just got rid of the 50g I had of this for my x-mas surprise gift box contest! I could have sent the whole thing to you!

Nxtdoor

@TheTeaFairy with your cupboard, I have a feeling that even with this one gone you still will be fine when it comes to variety.

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It’s ok, this tea. I can taste the caramel, oh how could one not for it is loaded, and it really is a pleasant tea. Not sweet enough for me so I would normally add sugar except I am really trying to eliminate sugar especially now that we are trying to lose the weight gained overseas. I know a sugar free diet is not sustainable for me but if I can get used to less, I would love it.

The dry leaf smells great. It is quite dark, has bits of caramel throughout but it also has those darned yellow petals I could do without.

Steeped for 3 minutes and added nothing to it. It is pleasant indeed. It could be oh so good for me with some sugar. It brews dark. Not caramel dark but black tea dark.

I am getting no citrus whatsoever but I am ok with that since I am not into citrus all that much.

Should you buy it? You can get a small pack, it won’t disappoint. You might get bored with more.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

i quite like della terra for that reason…sampler packs so you don’t get tired of the taste…now they just need to get rid of the candies and sparkalies etc.. :)

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After a traveling ordeal which ended 60 hours later with us getting home (at least I am thankful for that), we are without luggage. ALL that’s important to us is in those suitcases. power cords, medications, three weeks forth of clothing…

anyway, I am home and I am alive, for which I am thankful. But I am cold, starving and exhausted. Can’t go anywhere until we chip away three weeks worth of snow that’s now frozen. Somehow have to make it to work tomorrow on whatever fumes I have left in me. Not in my car, in ME!.

So I made a pot of this. It’s gotta be good if you reach for it after weeks of deprivation, right? :) I sweetened it. Got nothing else I can put inside (unless curdled cream is your fancy) but it is so good. It raises my blood sugar enough that I don’t feel I’m going to pass out from exhaustion anymore.

Now I have to deal with more pressing problems. Happy 2014 everyone!

EDIT: I am not sure this is going to work but this is a shot of pearson this morning. There are THOUSANDS of unclaimed luggage. all the cancelled flights’ luggage being sent back, plus all the passengers who made it somehow, their luggage. there is not enough staff to deal with it all and some aircraft is frozen so the bags cannot be obtained. anyway, for your entertainment… hope it works.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151811545351927&set=a.10151180632941927.450131.582971926&type=1&theater

Sil

eep! i hope you get everything sorted out!

keychange

My gosh, what an ordeal! I do hope you get your luggage, because that’s such a stressful experience, and you get hit with a fresh wave of panic every time you remember yet another thing that you don’t have until you find it. Yikes. I’m so glad you like this tea, though. I should try mine very soon.

KiwiDelight

How awful! I, too, hope that your luggage soon returns to you.

TheTeaFairy

Luggages are a problem obviously, but I am so happy you are home finally. If I was closer, I’d give you a hand (though a small one!) with the shovelling part :-)

Nxtdoor

thanks for the kind words you guys! or gals, more like it.

JustJames

oh no! hope it all sorts out!!

Stephanie

Ooh, sounds rough :/

Nxtdoor

hah. Trudeau’s twitpic could have been mine. And he wasn’t even there. Bah.

yyz

Sympathies, travelling and the weather… Memories. It once took us 4 hours to push off the gate in Montreal. First the gate was frozen, then not one but two AC got stuck behind us then we had to deice twice!. Nothing you can really do about it, just pray that everyone is a patient lot. The worst is when your stuck on the tarmac waiting for your gate to clear which could be minutes could be hours, with no way to get fresh catering and trying to keep passengers in the seats so you can move when your given permission. If it gets too cold nothing works, the baggage equipment freezes, the waterlines freeze etc. Altogether not fun. Glad you got home safely. My friends house has once again lost power after being out for more than 72 hours the last time! Hope you had a blast in Romania though.

Anna

Please don’t turn into an icicle. <3

Anna

(Or would it be a tea-sicle?)

Anna

(Oh NO, that looks so much like another word. I’m just going to be quiet now.)

Nxtdoor

LOL.

@yyz Yes, we were on the tarmac for over an hour after finally being able to land. All the troubles you mentioned, we experienced. Thankfully our house was ok and we were able to get warm and sleep a bit. ANyway, that’s enough of this saga. Thanks again everyone!

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84

Maybe I like this a lot more than the average guy (this is only rated an average 67 on here) because it’s my first tea in 9 days. I’m in Romania and a) I only brought this with me b) I drink a lot less tea when I have a lot of other beverage choices.

Usually at home I drink tea when I’m trying to avoid alcohol or curl up with a book or a movie, neither of which I’ve done here. I’ve been drinking like a fish because I’m on vacation and because it’s cheap and because my family is so high strung you couldn’t possibly relax here. So we drink. Like any good Eastern European.

This tea is better than the salted caramel from DAVIDs. It smells more or less the same — sweet and caramel — but this one delivers on flavour. You don’t have to try and figure out different steeping parameters that might bring out the caramel or the salt or the chocolate. If anything, I’d say it’s a bit weak but I’m not sure I did everything as I should given that I’m not in my normal environment. My mom threw out my leaves before I could resteep so I can’t comment on how good a second steep might be either. In any case, with creamer and sugar this is pretty spot on for me. I taste the a caramel, it is sweet, and it’s a delicious dessert tea. I might even say I’d replace it when it’s gone.

Tonight I’m going to try it with whipped cream and baileys for a super nice treat.

Happy holidays folks!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Happy holidays to you too! I’ve also been meaning to add some Bailey’s to various blends. It’s Bailey’s season. :)

TheTeaFairy

Awww! Nice to know you’re having a good time in Romania with your family!
(And talk about pimping your tea, you go girl!!!)

Anna

(I’m right across the street from the Romanian Academy, and boy, do they throw the best parties…)

Nxtdoor

Wow, Anna, I had no idea :)

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
225 tasting notes

Dang it, this tea is not doing it for me. I’m rarely the odd man out so I’m wondering why it is so with this tea.

Dry, the leaf smells great. It also looks moist. Like chocolate cake crumbs or something. I see the marshmallows in the dry leaf and I also see them floating in my steeper as I wait for it to steep but the base is quite strong and it’s not coming close to s’mores in flavour for me. I get marshmallow aftertaste and as the cup is sitting next to me I get the nice aroma wafting up at me but the taste is lacking.

I have 2 oz so I’ll play around, maybe I overstepped, maybe I overleafed (although other notes say it is too weak if you just use the 1tsp for 6 oz) at one perfect scoop for 8 oz. I added sugar only so aside from sweetening there is nothing to take away from the tea’s flavour.

Everyone is raving about this tea and it sounded so so good. Gonna rate next time around, see if I can make it work.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Can’t STAND that one, the smell makes my stomach turn. Same with 8 candles, but I know that’s also a very popular one, so it’s probably me!

VariaTEA

I was not a huge fan at first but I ended up mixing it with DAVIDs Toasted Marshmallow and that helped

Fjellrev

I used to absolutely love this one but after 50g or so, I got really sick of it, and it was a huge chore to finish the other 50g I purchased during my S’mores craze. So looks like you’re not alone!

Tuscanteal

I kind of feel like with S’Mores in general… you go camping, you bring your chocolate, marshmellows and graham and you go nuts for your 3-4 day camping trip. Then you go home never wanting to see another marshmellow again, until the next time you go camping or are by a fire.

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Pumpkin spice I got. Pumpkin, I’m not too sure. And I’d like to say I am not getting chocolate except distant in the aftertaste. But after being spoiled by the mother of all chocolate teas, Florence, I’m not surprised. These are not complaints, however. It is a good tea. I’ve added only sugar. I’m out of creamer and I’m not buying any seeing how we are working on eating the contents of our fridge before we leave for the long, and long awaited holidays. This could be wonderful with a splash of my vanilla creamer.

As it stands it is still a nice cup. Pleasant base, brews quite dark, not astringent at all at 3 minutes with boiling water. It doesn’t blow me away so I won’t repurchase. I’m trying to narrow it down to a few must have teas and stop this madness of constantly buying and trying teas. If I can get down to say 5 of each straight and flavoured black, green, oolong, herbal and white I think I could settle. That would make about 50 go-to teas. That’s my goal folks!

ETA: gives a decent second steep. I think I actually prefer the second steep, the spices are more mellow.

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Today I had two green teas from Della Terra. This and Almond Biscotti. I like the other better. I brewed this at 167F because I was impatient to wait to 160. Could 7 F make such a difference? It is just a touch bitter. The strawberries are a good presence but it feels a little too green also. Like if you’re eating the entire strawberry, leaves and all.

Am not getting the " cream" part of “strawberries and cream” yet. Not in the possibly too hot first steep. Good tea for sure but not after Almond Biscotti sets the bar for flavoured green tea everywhere. :)

167 F, 2 perfect scoops for 16 oz water. No additives (yeah!). Good flavour, definitely not timid. Nice fragrance, you can smell it a few feet away. I don’t love it though. Can’t put my finger on why. Will try a pinch of sugar and lower temp for second time around.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. 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, I’m a chef and a wine lover with a trained palate but find that I lack the linguistic prowess for tea tasting notes. Now there’s something to learn!

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! 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.

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