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drank Orange Pekoe (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
145 tasting notes

I cold brewed a cup of this for almost 24 hours and it’s nice and refreshing. Kind of mild. I feel like this would be a good base tea to mix with other teas and cold brew… hmmmm..

Preparation
Iced
Daniel Scott

Wow, you cold-brewed it for 24 hours and it’s not bitter? I’ve always wondered if there was a point at which tea would still get bitter if you cold-brewed it.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s been soooo long since I’ve put up a review! Gaahh

So, I’m drinking a Christmas tea in July… yes my bag is still one that says “Oh Christmas Treat” on it… and it is messing with my head. I want to be wearing a big sweater and watching the snow out my window! Early winter/late fall is the best time of year, I think. But I feel like whatever time of year it is, I’m often wishing for something else.
So, I guess summer really isn’t that bad. Lots of produce is in season and the summer thunderstorms are awesome. And I love iced tea, even though I go through so much more tea so quickly. I’m sure there were times in the winter when I said “I wish it was summer!” so I should appreciate it while I can.

UM ANYWAY… this tea is still awesome. It’s like a grown-up chocolate orange. It came out a little bit weak/watery this time though, but still enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Well,‘Tis the Season to be Jolly…Emilie just drank Gingerbread Chai so I’ll look for something Wintry to drink like Brandy Peppermint! Ho Ho Ho! (No I ain’t callin anyone a ho!)

mid

I think Chocolate Orange is fine any time of year.

Daniel Scott

I still have a tin that says Oh Christmas Treat as well…I have trouble with the name change, because “Chocolate Orange” is so generic. I just continue to call it OCT.

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drank Cream Earl Grey by Sawadee Tea House
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Cream earl grey is my favourite kind of tea and this one is very very good. It’s even competing with the Davids version for the #1 spot in my cupboard. It smells amazing dry and even better steeped. The cream comes through in a totally satisfying way, but I wish the bergamot was a little bit stronger. Maybe with a 3 minute steep next time it will be better. Still creamy and delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I think this may be my first-ever straight pu’erh. If not, it’s at least my first sheng. Excited! The Verdant site says that this was picked in 2001, when I was 10… it’s strange to think about.

The dry leaves have a pleasant musty smell that makes me think of venturing into my grandparents’ basement when I was a kid. It’s almost eerie how spot-on it is.
I’m using my gaiwan and after two rinses, the leaves smell amazing. I tried really hard to think of words to describe it, but I can’t. You’re just gonna have to try it yourself, lol.

First steep – Definitely nutty, and there’s something spicy about it too. Something leather-like in the taste. I can’t help but feel calm with this tea. I feel a lot of stress slipping away while I drink it.
2nd – The texture is silky smooth and there’s a surprising sweet aftertaste! I actually did a double take. It takes longer to emerge on some sips.
3rd – The musty-ness is receding slightly and giving way to a clear, light kind of sweetness.
4th – The best steep yet. This is definitely a complex tea and probably one that I’m not really experienced enough to comment on yet… I feel like I’m trying to play a song on guitar and messing up all the notes. It’s amazing though!

I got up to around 12-14 steeps (I lost count). I want to try more pu’erhs after having this! Maybe after experiencing a few more I’ll be able to give better reviews.

Jim Marks

OMG, I was 10 in 1983…

Jim Marks

I got to try a shou from 1978 once. I’d love to find a pu-erh from my birth year as a 40th birthday present to myself next year.

Bonnie

You, by your unwillingness to say words without meaning, have said everything important about your experience with this Pu’er! (I was 10 in 1958) yikes! : (

Charles Thomas Draper

Sheng seem to go on forever….

Spoonvonstup

Happy first sheng! You’re in for some fun now, I reckon.

(10 in ‘97)
If you find a nice pu’er picked this spring, you can pull it out in twenty years and say, “This was picked when I was 21. Can you imagine?”

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Mehh, this kind of tasted like a lot of flavoured black teas I’ve tried. The caramel was there but I didn’t get the salt. Nothing special. But then on the second steep the salt really came out in a weird way, with this saltwatery aftertaste… blehhh. Maybe I’ll try it as a latte.

I’ve been loving a lot of unflavoured teas recently, and flavoured ones haven’t been doing much for me… I may be moving into a somewhat straight-teas-only phase. I blame Verdant.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
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Bleh. The dry leaves smelled fairly peachy and just a little weird, but the tea smells totally plasticky and off to me. Maybe it’s the yogurt bits? I’ve heard this is better if you take them out. So I’ll try that next time. But yeah, the taste is plastic and weird too. I’m not even really getting any peach at all. :/
After it cooled a little I started eating some mint chocolate with it and it actually tasted better. Huh. Still hopeful about this one, gonna try it iced too.
EDIT: The second steep was much nicer and lighter on the weird stuff, but still not all that great :\

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

And bleh, my house is full of smoke fumes! The stupid High Park Fire has shifted wind direction again and the smoke hit the ground like fog, I have a headache and can’t sleep…HELP!

noordelijk

I hadn’t of this till your review, and sounded really weird! Just read the tea description. An odd tea indeed. Yogurt pieces just seems like a huge no.

Erin

Bonnie – I hope you got to sleep! Stay safe :(

noordelijk – Yeah, the yogurt pieces seemed weird to me too, and it left some weird scum on the tea. But the pieces are pretty big so it should be pretty easy to pick them out next time.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Of course I ended up buying some! And now I am finally trying it. I’m using my little gaiwan and I even took a bottle of filtered water from work to use with it (my first time using non-tap water lol, I knoww… but I think Toronto tap water is actually quite good as far as tap water goes). First I did a rinse.

First steep – I have never had a tea like this! This seems to be my first impression trying every tea from Verdant, lol, but it’s true. There’s something earthy about the smell of the dry leaves that makes me picture a forest after the rain, and it comes through in this first steep. When I close my eyes I see the forest from Totoro.

2nd – This steep is a little lighter. I can taste the same soft pretzel-y baked goods flavour I’ve found in other Yunnan teas. And there is a definite sweetness in the finish, mmmm. Almost like icing.

3rd – The sweet flavour is really coming out, it’s a bright, sugary taste, but subtle too. I had no idea what to expect with this tea, but wow. It seems like it would be right for any season, any time of day, as long as I had time to sit down with it.

4th – Slightly spicy, still sweet. The forest imagery has been staying in my mind the entire time. I feel like I have to comment on the texture, it feels somehow soft and makes me think of mushrooms. Everything comes together to create something I feel lucky to have experienced.

I got up to 7 steeps and it’s still going strong. I have to go somewhere but I’m gonna save the leaves and come back to it when I get home… I don’t want to waste any! This is obviously a really amazing tea, it’s like a secret place I didn’t know existed but am totally in love with.

Bonnie

Very nice job of describing this special tea!

Jim Marks

TOTORO !!!

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Mmm. This is helping me after a long night of essay writing.
Normally jasmine is too flowery for me, but this tea is serene instead of cloying. There’s something nice and sweet in the background. Yes… I am too tired to write any more, lol. But I wanted to update since I hadn’t posted in so long! Plus I like this tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed a pitcher of this and when I took it out of the fridge everyone in the room recoiled in horror. I hugged it to my chest and said “IT’S CALLED COLD BREWING, IT’S SUPPOSED TO LOOK THIS WAY! THERE’S A FILTER IN THE PITCHER! IT TASTES LIKE PINA COLADA!!” No one would try it so I have the whole pitcher to myself, which is awesome because it tastes amaaazzinnnggg. I was expecting to have to sweeten it a little but I totally don’t have to at all, it’s naturally sweet and creamy. I would love to try it as an iced latte! The pineapple flavour is really pronounced. Unfortunately I used up my whole bag making this pitcher, so I’m gonna have to go back and get a tin of this!

Preparation
Iced
Bonnie

Lucky you no sharing! All for you!

tigress_al

This tea really does look a little horrifying when it is cold brewed. Good thing it is so worth it and even better when you don’t have to share! Lol

CHAroma

Hahahaha!! I find it really amusing that anyone would look at a tea and recoil in horror. LOL!

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