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So this is weird. Cornelia Bean is where we got this tea, but underneath the name on their website it says “Algonquin Tea Co” so that’s where I’ve put it. Sorry if that confuses anyone (Like VariaTEA, who has the other half of the pouch. I think.).

I decided to try this one tonight because raspberry leaves are useful. It smells really neat. Almost licoricey, which has got to be the anise hyssop. Very herbaceous.

Ooh, that’s nice. It’s a medicinal tea, so it’s very herbaceous. The hyssop and clover make it somewhat sweet. The eensiest hint of licorice. I sweetened with a little honey, as that’s generally how I like my medicinal drinks (Well, and sometimes with some whiskey or rum as well. Ha!). This could be really good iced.

Definitely drinkable. I’m not sure what all the medicinal effects are, but it’s tasty and so I’ll probably go through this fairly quickly.

(Shipping to Canada from Algonquin Tea is only $3, so I’ll probably get more directly from them. They have a sweet grass and sage tea! I love sage teas.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Uhh. I really REALLY hope that someone else has some of this because I only have 15g left, and this is the first time I’ve had it.

yyz

I like sage teas too. I’d be interested in that one because I’d be interested in how the sweet grass translatesinto tea. We had sweet grass in the garden when I was a teenager, non of the nurseries near here have it though.

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked this up the other day when I bought the precious root beer float.

It’s not bad. Mostly pineapple-tangerine, I’m really not getting any mango. It tastes very similar to Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom or Citrus Lavender Sage, with respect to the orange/tangerine flavouring.

I made it as a “tea pop”. Filled a big canning jar with ice and filled about half way with club soda. Then I brewed about 14 oz tea with 1 tbsp leaf, and poured it right on over. Because everything in the jar was already cold, and there was already liquid, I didn’t have to worry about the glass breaking and it chilled super quickly. Tea pops aren’t necessarily my favourite, but I needed to use up the last of the club soda, and it worked.

I won’t be getting this tea again, mostly because I prefer the ridiculous orangeness of Wild Orange Blossom. It’s also a little cheaper AND only has natural flavourings.

Flavors: Orange, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
MissB

Wow, two of you with the same tea in a row!

mj

Haha I noticed that too. Tea twins!

Cameron B.

Hello, tea twin! :P

OMGsrsly

That’s hilarious! And yes, it’s like Tang. :) Wild Orange Blossom is even more Tang-like. Must be why I like it!

Cavocorax

Ooh! That actually sells it on me because I’m done with teavana but I do like orange/tangerine!

OMGsrsly

I steeped it again and had it hot, Cavo. It was nice that way as well. I still got more pineapple and orange than mango, but I might just be weird. :)

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Steeped up my last bit of this, and was having problems identifying the lingering toasted/charred flavour. Almost like roasted chestnuts, but without the sweet creamy nuttiness that makes the flavour delicious.

Oh. Oolong. But definitely not a green oolong at all.

If it weren’t for this aftertaste, I’d really like the tea. It tastes cake- or pastry- like, and was really good with a little milk.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles! :)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)

Flavors: Cake, Roasted, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So strong. So good. If you like kick-in-the-pants teas, or have a fondness for CTCs, then find this and try it. This version is barely bitter, with a touch of that cardboardy assam-isness. Takes milk SO well. I would call this a comforting, easy tea… although you do have to be aware of the short steep time. Steeping in paper would add a papery taste reminiscent of bagged tea, although the tea flavour is so much nicer.

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Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is what I drank all day. A travel cup in the morning, a thermos at work, more at home. I kept the “leaves” (aka cinnamon chunks) and am resteeping to top up my pitcher.

#captivated

And here I was thinking I wasn’t as into DavidsTea anymore.

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2014 Version of the tea.

I did it. I bought 100g. Then I looked at the size of the pitcher packs, and came home and made a pitcher of iced tea. 16g tea in 1L water, 2-3 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (not that sweet, could add more), and poured over THREE trays of ice to fill the 2L Takeya pitcher. What.

It’s good, but underleafed. I wouldn’t be happy with this tea if I got the pitcher packs. Much better yesterday with 5 tsps tea to 1L final product iced. That’d be ~23-25g of tea for 2L final product, and really close to the 3 tbsp I usually use. This is where Teavana has it right, recommending about 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) for one of these pitchers. While that’s more tea than what I’d use, pouring it over more ice and drinking it on a hot and melty day… it would be pretty close to perfect.

Moral of the story: I should buy loose, not pitcher packs. Overleafing is better. Sweetened condensed milk is awesome in “creamy” teas. Tea, tea, tea.

Also, neener to Sil.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Booooo on you! Keep it up and I’ll. mail YOU half my cupboard

OMGsrsly

Uhh, please no. My numbers are still higher than 250. I don’t need more tea.

Sil

i need to save like there’s no tomorrow now… so my cupboard should steadily decrease until august…i hope.

OMGsrsly

Drink ALL the teas. :)

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Went into DavidsTea after work to get 100g of Root beer Float. Mmm… I was thirsty, so I got this favourite to go. Delicious as always. A little sweet, a little tart, delicious iced.

I might need a tin of this one as well, this summer. Iced tea is delicious.

Sil

stop it. stop stop stop it.

VariaTEA

I got this and found it too tart hot. That was before I tried cold brewing though so I may need to revisit this blend and see how it does iced. Now that I bought the ice tea mug, I can get it as one of my $1 refills.

OMGsrsly

LOL, Sil. :) I like a little tart in my cold brewed teas, I’m finding. Not a lot, but a little is nice. I do prefer it cold brewed, but I’ll take it hot and over ice if necessary.

Cavocorax

I actually like it so long as it’s cold!

Roswell Strange

I have a tin of this one for cold brewing :)

Sil

La la la la la la I can’t hear you guys

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drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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I wouldn’t call this a fruit tea, it tastes more like the chestnuts and biscuits to me! Maybe a little bit of floral fruit, but I added cream which can take down flavours like orange blossom.

So delicious.

I would like more, please and thank you.

hearts to Shmiracles for sharing it with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is the new one from Summer 2014. It’s not labelled as organic, I don’t think, and the ingredients are in a different order. Also, safflower isn’t listed on their website or on the tin, but it’s obviously present. The girls in the store emailed for clarification on that one. There’s also lemongrass in the Cherry Snowcone. So.

Anyways. I made this iced for myself and my BFF. 2 cups of tea, added 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, and then topped up to 4 cups with ice.

SO GOOD.

I do taste the cinnamon and vanilla, for sure. But the root beer flavouring they use is fab. Not quite a soda, not quite a float, but something delicious anyways. :) Highly recommend. I have a feeling I"ll be getting a tin of this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Root Beer, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

A giant tin perhaps?!?

Sil

i hate you guys lol

OMGsrsly

No, I think just 100g. I do like the s&v one as well though it’s not so creamy, and the Butiki one. :)

Roswell Strange

Blerg. I need to empty a tin out for this one but nothing is quite at sipdown level that I’m ok with parting with. And I totally can’t afford the closet space for a new tin…

OMGsrsly

Just… get a bag. Or two. Or three. :D

oddree

Root beer & condensed milk iced tea – wow, sounds so good!

OMGsrsly

Iced milky teas = awesome, I don’t really think it matters what the flavour is as long as you like it with milk. :)

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While this chai is pretty good, it does not compare to the classic masala of Chandernagor by MF. This one has all sorts of different flavours that all try to work together, but it’s just not working so well for me this morning.

It’s – dare I say – too complex.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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