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145 Tasting Notes

drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
145 tasting notes

Oh banana nut bread, you are so heavy, so impractical, so expensive, so good.
I love this tea so much. I don’t care how much artificial flavouring they might stick in there. It tastes amazing. That is all.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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There is something I really don’t like about the way this tea smells… it reminds me of baby powder or something. But it tastes alright. It’s a little sweet and verrrryy peppery. Usually I love ginger teas (plus ginger is my remedy for basically everything) but I think the green rooibos is throwing me off. Still enjoyable, and I think it would be great with honey.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Stormy Night (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This is alright, but not as good as I was expecting when I first bought it. The chocolate is there, and the cinnamon, but the vanilla tastes a little weird. I think it’s because of the coconut. Mehhhh.

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

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drank Acai Berry by Octavia Tea
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Just a quick note cause I’m about to go to bed…
This tea, in my experience, works best with a long steep time— I did 5 minutes for the first steep and 6:30 for the second. Then it is deliciously fruity and berry-y. The white tea comes through in a big but not overpowering way, which is awesome because in most flavoured white teas that I’ve tried the tea flavour is totally overwhelmed by everything else going on. I drank it next to the windowsill reading A Walk in the Woods!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I brewed this today using my death star tea infuser that my brother got me for christmas! (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ed08/) (not affiliated obvs)
The holes are too big for rooibos and the tea ball is too small for tea leaves to properly open up, but it’s great for chunkier herbals. Plus the tie fighter charm is awesome.
I used to have a tin of the original blend of this tea, but I gave it to my grandparents right before they switched to the new blend. So this is a review of the new blend. It’s true that it’s not as good as the original, but I mean… it’s still pretty good. It’s just a bit more flat tasting to me. Oh, and I drank it while playing star trek settlers of catan with my friends, so it was heavily geek-infused.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
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Heyyyy, do you remember me!? I took a break but now I’m back!! Happy new year!

I gave this a good long steep tonight and added some agave. I think this is the perfect way to brew this tea hot. The agave brings out the sweetness of the strawberries and the ginger has an almost sparkling quality. Yummmmm

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

welcome back!!

Erin

Thanks!! :D

Kittenna

Yay, you’re back! :)

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
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This is good, but I feel like I’ve had it before, or something very similar… maybe I’m thinking of Cherry Blossom? But with a little watermelon thrown in. I like it a lot actually, and I think it would be great iced. It’s definitely very fruity and juicy. I don’t know about the lemongrass though. It has a beautiful clear peachy colour in my new glass mug (I got the Davids one with the branches, it’s so pretty!). I find that flavoured white teas do best with either a very long or very short steep depending on the tea, so I tried a 6 minute steep for this one and it came out pretty good. Maybe I’ll try 7 minutes next time.
During the entire time I’ve been drinking this tea, I’ve had “Indian Summer” by Beat Happening stuck in my head. I love that song, plus it mentions cherries and apple blossoms! So it’s kind of perfect for this tea.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7KNRC8SSAw

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by DAVIDsTEA
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Is it just me, or does tea taste better out of a thermos? I brought this with me to the ROM today (free for students on Tuesdays!) and it seemed way nicer than when I tried it the first time, in a mug. I still didn’t get much marshmallow taste from it though. It actually seems very similar to Glitter and Gold to me, but sweeter, and with a little more creaminess. Well I like it anyway, even if it’s not super amazing. And I’m so happy that it’s finally cold enough to carry hot tea around again!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

YES, tea definitely tastes better not out of a thermos. Every time, I notice this. I just deal with it… I don’t know if it’s a case of sitting longer, or staying hotter longer, but yeah. Definitely agree!

Shmiracles

yay an excuse to buy myself that cute thermos i want!

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
145 tasting notes

This looks more like trail mix than tea! I have to say, I don’t really like the smell of it dry. But once it’s steeped it smells awesome! It really does smell like banana bread.
Okay, I’m taking a sip…
Wow. Banana and brown sugar. This is almost TOO sweet. But I love sweet, dessert-y teas. On some sips it tastes a little artificial. Overall though, I love this. I wish it wasn’t so expensive— 25g is barely enough for 2 cups!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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drank Persian Apple (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
145 tasting notes

Hmmm. This is kind of nice.
I’ve never seen a tea with pistachios in it before! The dry leaves smell like some kind of apple candy. Very sweet and very fruity.
I think this is kind of like a slightly spicy/floral, exotic version of Mom’s Apple Pie. The green tea base goes awesomely with the other flavours. But I also kind of thought it was bordering on too much of a fakey flavour like some cherry green teas have. I was kind of surprised that I could really taste the pistachios, mostly in the aftertaste.
Overall I actually really like this one. It seems like a very fall kind of tea, even though it’s not what I would think of if I were thinking about fall teas. You know??
Okay I am gonna stop here and go to bed before this becomes any more scatterbrained!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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University student and relatively new tea convert. It all started several months ago when my mom bought me a tin of The Glow from David’s. Now I want to try ALL THE TEAS.

If you know of any excellent tea places around downtown Toronto, let me know! I’ve found a few but am always looking for more.

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