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As I watched the season finale of Castle today, I wanted an appropriately-themed tea. Well… I’ve yet to see a Castle blend (yep, I’m looking into it as I type) so I drank this instead. I’d call this an earthy, creamy chai almost, with a marzipan hint of creaminess, with some very mild cinnamon and… puerh? Really? Wow, that’s smooth. I’m missing any sort of orange, however it’s still very tasty tea!

Thanks jump62359, you’re my Adagio pusher, and I love you for it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

ack!i need to catch up with my castle watching…

Marzipan

That episode made me so mad.

Cavocorax

It’s so odd, but I like it! (the tea. Haven’t watched Castle yet.)

mj

I was totally irritated too! (about Castle)

MissB

Castle… potential spoilers here…

I’ll bet anyone who wants to take it (some tea) that this is another one of the couple’s dares, and this time, it’s Castle’s turn to one-up Beckett. From the second the episode started, I felt like it had a similar vibe, and knew it would have the ending it did.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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I should know by now that these blends have something in them that I’m allergic to (even though the ingredient listing for this one seems shocking accurate and thorough on here). Regardless, I made up another 2L batch of this iced for the kidlets, and wanted to try it as my teenage daughter said, “This is my favorite so far, Mommy!” Funny, as we had this the other day, however I only steeped it hot for 4 minutes then prior to icing, whereas today it steeped for a good 15 minutes hot before icing.

It’s tart, even sweetened. I get more lemon-hibiscus than lemonade, but I get why my daughter likes it. While it’s infinitely better than the last time I had it, it’s still something I’ll shy away from. It’s also convincing me I just need to buy a boatload of TeaGschwendner’s Bamboo Pomelo and drink that iced all summer.

Preparation: 8 tsp tea in 4 cups of 200F water for 15 minutes, then with two cups of ice added and four teaspoons of Swerve.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Suziqzer

Looks like you really have to watch Davids.. they should be better about labeling what’s in their teas. Too many people have some kind of an allergy these days.
My husband really liked the Bamboo Pomelo too!

Cheri

I bought a tea from them recently and the ingredients list on the tea itself lists less than the tea on the website. I emailed asking which was correct, but haven’t heard back.

MissB

I wouldn’t hold your breath; few of the staff even know what’s what when I’ve pressed them for specific “flavors” that get listed. I should know better, I’m far from the first to get burned with them, so I just avoid them for the most part these days.

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Last cup of this about 14 hours ago, and while lovely, it’s still missing some of the WOW-factor that I remember the first time I had it. It’s likely user error again (read: I need to clean my Finium baskets more thoroughly), so I’ll just order more! :)

Thanks again jump62359 for sending this along my way, twice now. It’s a new huge favorite, and one that I’ll purchase in as large quantities as Lupicia will let me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Dammit! There are strawberries in here. Well, until I had the burning sensation take over (thank goodness I took my herbal antihistamine today!) it was sweet and mango, and surprisingly good… although only good iced, and only with way too much sweetener added. The kids will gulp this down in no time, even before it cools.

Preparation
Iced 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Suziqzer

At least you don’t have a bunch made that will go to waste thanks to the kids !

tea-sipper

I’m sipping (gulping) David’s Mango Lassi at the moment. :D

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drank Masala Chai by Zen Tea
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Gosh I love this stuff. A huge thanks to Dexter3659 for sending me a sample size, so that I could whet my appetite prior to ordering more. Smooth, spicy (with zero heat) and creamy delicious.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh. First off, there are more ingredients in here than DAVIDs lists (artificial and natural flavors). Out of the bag, this smells DIVINE. Like, I want my house to smell this peachy all the time. Steeped, it was okay, and iced it was just meh. My son wasn’t fond of it (said it tasted like “water tea”) and even my daughter just thought it was okay. Sweetened, it’s a bit more peachy and nice, and I have to wonder if I did something wrong to make it less…. less… yummy tasting.

I have another iced tea package of this to try, however it’ll take us a few days to get through this, only because no one is really loving it.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
JustJames

you could always put it in a sachet….?

MissB

Oh most definitely, I just brewed up a whole 2L of this at once, thinking it would be nice to have iced tea in the fridge for the kidlets to drink since it’s been so warm.

Kaylee

“water tea”! I love it.

OMGsrsly

Regarding the ingredients, I’m really hating that the ingredients are being taken out of the description and put into the “ingredient list” area. Especially when DavidsTea always loves leaving the flavouring out of their lists on here.

Mikumofu

Your kids are great reviewers already! :)

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drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
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I’m doing something wrong here. It smells amazing — very much like Lucipia’s Golden Honey Dew, and I’m assuming the flavor is the same — however I’m getting less flavor than expected. My son however just gulped this down like it was candy, and told me, “Mommy, this is very good tea!”

… so I’m chalking it up to weird tastebuds from the April in Paris earlier, and just leaving the rating off yet again.

Mucho gracias to jump62359 (hopefully I got the numbers right this time!) for sending some of this along to me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh, too bad, I had such a delightful experience with this. Lol, your son seems to know what’s good fir him :-)
If it helps, this how I prepared mine. Since it’s white, I used three teaspoons for a 16oz mug, water temp 80C, three minutes, and it was like drinking honeydew juice!

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Oooh, I love Stacy’s samples, they always surprise me, and 9 times out of 10, I end up ordering whatever it is that she’s sent along.

Now, I’ve got some dryness to my mouth right now from the teas I had earlier (one of which had flavoring that I’m allergic to), so I doubt this will be a very accurate read on this tea. It still tastes malty, thick, cocoa-y, and has a hint of honey in there somewhere. While it’s less ka-POW than some blacks I’ve had, it’s still a delicious tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I like this, however there’s something in the end of the sip that doesn’t appeal to me, and I think it’s the base. It’s a spicy chai with little to no heat, and there’s a fair amount of cinnamon and clove here, because it’s numbing my mouth a bit. I’d love this if it weren’t for the dryness at the end of the sip.

Thank you to the lovely Suziqzer for gifting this to me!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank April in Paris by SAHARA TEA
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Bah! Why did I get this? I normally stay away from floral teas, and this one had the “flavors” of Paris, which is usually strawberry. So.. of course, it’s a floral strawberry blend, or something along those lines. All I know is? My lips are burning, it’s a bit astringent for me, and I really wish I’d grabbed something else. I have a feeling those with more… refined?… tastes, would really like this.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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