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One of my faves, especially in the cooler months; this tea is essentially like a gingerbread cookie in a cup, with a dash of chocolate thrown in for a little extra decadence. Sweet and spicy, even with no sweetener added, and flavours that carry through even when milk IS added, this blend is one of my all-time favourites. I’d have it constantly in stock in my tea cupboard if Adagio’s international shipping rates weren’t a bit exorbitant. You absolutely do not need to be a BBC Sherlock fan to enjoy this tea; I bought it almost purely based on its overwhelmingly positive reviews on Adagio’s site, as part of a group order. When it came time to do another group order, Mycroft was out of stock and, as a result, the entire order was cancelled because Mycroft was the #1 tea people were intending to buy anyway. If that doesn’t sell its good reputation, I’m not sure what might.

Again, absolutely lovely in the autumn and holiday months; warm, inviting, comforting, and a little decadent. One of my all-time favourites.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Orange

Preparation
8 min or more 3 tsp 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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drank Gingerbread Cookie by DAVIDsTEA
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I was pretty stoked originally to try this tea – the promise of gingerbread cookies in my cup was just too alluring not to get excited! Finally got around to brewing up a cup today, and looked on Steepster quickly beforehand to see what I might expect. One thing I wasn’t expecting was to see the tasting note “dirt,” which I thought was a bit harsh! But once I started steeping, I could smell what I’m guessing that tasting note may have been based off of. Not sure if it’s the Yerba Mate flavour coming through, as it’s not a type of tea I regularly consume. It has an undertone of, well, if you’ve ever had one of those capsule pills of echinacea or valeriun powder burst…? It tastes a bit like that. If I perhaps had avoided smelling it when it was so strong (the flavour of it is less powerful but still present) maybe I wouldn’t notice it whilst drinking.

It’s quite possible I oversteeped this, but based on others’ tasting notes saying the gingerbread doesn’t come through strongly, I thought perhaps I would give it a good, long time to steep. Perhaps next time I’ll time it more precisely and see – but I can say that even with a suspected oversteeping, while the gingerbread notes are lovely, they are, indeed, lighter than expected. As far as holiday blends are concerned, I can think of several that I am far more likely to turn to than Gingerbread Cookie, despite the concept appealing to me and being a loyal DAVIDsTEA fan. (For myself personally, the Adagio Tea blend by Cara McGee called Mycroft actually achieved what I was hoping for from Gingerbread Cookie a fair bit better.) Overall, the flavours of this tea, whilst at least 50% pleasant, are too soft for me to give a higher recommendation. If you’d like something quite light, however, this may be your tea.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Molasses, Sweet

Preparation
8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Amaretto by Steeped Tea
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For a tea with papaya, I didn’t find this pushed the wrong buttons for me. The scent is incredible, reminding me strongly of the now defunct Teopia’s blissful “Amaretto Cherry,” however the almond flavour notes do not quite come close to the strength the scent would seem to imply. It’s a little more vague than you’d expect, though the tea still packs a punch of flavour, enough to stand on its own even with milk added, which is my preference.

For me, it’s a nice approximation to a nutty amaretto tea, though not quite as obvious in its almond as I expected. I still enjoy it quite thoroughly, though! Simply be warned that the flavour will differ from the scent you might first preview. If you can sample it before you order it, I would highly suggest you do. Especially since I was ready to give it a miss based on the papaya, yet still found it enjoyable – many other reviewers, it seems, found the opposite to be true.

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Was happy to select a sample of this tea with my online order this week, as I love so many of DT’s dessert teas, but it wasn’t something I could see myself purchasing just to try.

Is the description of the flavours in this accurate! There’s a light nuttiness (pistachio & almond) that reminded me of Forever Nuts (also by David’s Tea) when I smelled it, but that’s very much toned down in the actual steeping of this blend. The overall flavour is smooth, soft, just a touch sweet, and very gentle. I don’t think I would place the flavour as being pistachio without knowing that’s what it’s meant to be, but the nutty flavour definitely does come through – it’s just very gentle, and perhaps the almond carries the flavour a little bit more than the pistachio does.

It is a very soft, light flavour, as I’ve made it – the sample only came with two teaspoons’ worth, and I popped those into my 45 oz teapot for…. well, I never really took it out – just eventually poured a cup after a good old wait. (Over 8 minutes, likely closer to 15.) The flavours may come through more strongly if I weren’t adding milk – but I seem to be incapable of omitting milk in my tea; it’s a texture preference.

I’m not positive if I would purchase more for my collection; I do enjoy it quite a bit, but it may be a bit TOO light for me – at least for a black tea. Maybe if I increased the concentration of tea-to-water. When I poured it, I did say to myself, “That is light for a black tea,” and so I wasn’t surprised by the very soft flavour. But it is lovely, creamy, and nutty – just not perhaps as full a flavour as I generally prefer. Nothing wrong with this blend, simply a matter of preference!

Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m not normally the biggest Rooibos fan; typically I prefer something black, but every now and then, I find a tea that I just can’t resist taking a chance on bringing home with me. This is one of them.

Unfortunately, it sat at the back of my tea cupboard unloved for a long time after that, but today it saw the light of day once more, and I think that perhaps because I wasn’t expecting anything earth-shattering this time, I was able to enjoy it just a little more.

The overall flavour of this tea, I would say, isn’t necessarily of cotton candy – but the aroma certainly is. The tea itself is a little bit subtler, though it is certainly still sweet. Still, I actually enjoy the sweetness. I typically dislike the taste of sugar in my teas, or even honey, though I do enjoy dessert teas on the whole. Something about the colourful little gems of brittle (which are gorgeous to look and delicious to simply pick out nibble naughtily) doesn’t translate to the sharp twang of sugar in your tea. This, I can deal with.

Maybe not a whole pot of it, but in small doses, certainly. Which is good, because the original packaging, with its adorable carnival-themed boxes, enticed me to buy two packs!

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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reviewed Teal Perfect Infuser by DAVIDsTEA
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I have to admit that at first I was reluctant to switch from tea balls and bags to this big old cup-like infuser. I think it was largely simply that it seemed so different from what I’d been used to – but I’m really glad I eventually gave it a chance.

First off, let’s talk a bit about the fact that Davids Tea have made this design kind of cross their different product range – the first one I got was for one of their large bubble teapots. But the infusers also come with their range of Nordic Mugs (and likely plenty of other things).

The greatest part is that you can use it for single servings in a mug (and not just the DT mugs; with the protruding handle and lip around the edge of the unfuser, it balances with relative ease within most mugs large enough to contain it), or for the whole teapot (providing you can fit in into said teapot.) And once in, you can hold a LOT of tea. I typically use two teaspoons whether I’m doing a cup or a potful of tea, so I don’t need a heck of a lot, but for people who use more than that, it’s great.

What’s more is that because there’s all that space in the infuser, the tea has plenty of room to expand and really brew that perfect cup. I never realized that some of my regular ball-style infusers were kind of cramping the tea and as such releasing less flavour until I started using something with a bit more space.

The infuser has plenty of holes, and is easy to wash – easier, I find, than mesh infusers, and the cup part isn’t too small that you can’t fit a proper washcloth in there to give it a good scrub. Mine does tend to look quite tarnished after a while of hand-washing only, but once done in a dishwasher, it comes out sparkling like new.

If they suddenly announced that they were discontinuing these infusers, I would likely go out and buy a couple more, just in case. I like them that much.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Teaopia
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To me, there’s nothing particularly “pumpkin” about this tea; it’s Papaya Spice. Sure, the spices here are those associated with pumpkin pies, but coming in expecting something with that great, earthy pumpkin flavour… I was deeply disappointed. The papaya is too summery, as well, so even as a seasonal tea I wouldn’t care for it.

If, like me, you’re also not a fan of Papaya, this really is a miss of an autumn tea.

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This one’s a sometimes-tea for me. Another blend we have for my boyfriend’s benefit in the house. I find this blend very dark and rich, but not earthy. There’s a light note from the “buttered” side, but generally I find this one a little strong for me. A nice tea for wintertime, but not my favourite!

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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This one is a Love it/Hate it situation; my partner loves it and I cannot stand it.

I’m afraid I personally have nothing good to say about it; something about this blend makes me feel nauseous when I drink it, which I can’t say I’ve ever experienced with any other tea. It smells SO LOVELY and like a banana-coconut blend dry, and I don’t pick up the whisky at all. But once the water’s in, it transforms into something much stronger, earthier, and, for me, over-powering. Even with milk added, something about it is just so strong I can’t handle it.

That being said, as stated before, my partner does really like this, and it may be his favourite from DAVIDs TEA’s Cigar Box collection.

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