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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea has been on my shopping list for the longest time and I somehow never seemed to get around to it…until today! I needed a David’sTea pick-me-up and I went straight for this sweet treat. The smell of the leaves is really nice – a hint of vanilla sweetness. Reminded me a bit of Buttered Rum.

I don’t think I made the water hot enough, so I felt like I missed out on the first few hot sips (if that makes sense). It reminds me very much of the Quangzhou Milk Oolong in the same buttery, creamy way, but with a vanilla follow-through. I’m not too sure where the orange/citrus taste is, but I don’t mind.

I’m happy it’s not too overpoweringly vanilla and I think it will be a great dessert tea – especially since it’s thicker than other teas and more satisfying.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
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I got a little sample of this from an online order of DavidsTea. Since it’s hailing outside and the sky is dark and angry, I decided I could use a little dreamsicle magic this morning.

The smell of the tea is spot on like an orange creamsicle. I’m not a huge fan of those, but the smell of the chocolate and orange in the dry mix was really cheering me up. I used the whole sample tin, which was maybe closer to 2 tsp, but I chose an extra large mug to steep it in.

The taste is definitely more orange as others have said, with a bit of a green tea background and some sweet white chocolatey after taste. As the tea cools, the creamsicle taste really comes through in an extra creamy way, but the green tea taste has completely disappeared. Overall, it’s a nice treat, but it’s quite sweet. I don’t know if this is something I would have every day or if I would actually go and buy some, but the popsicle mould idea definitely intrigues me…

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

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Hmm I take back my comment about this tea not making me sleepy. Maybe it was just poor timing, but I just woke up from an hour and a half nap after finishing a cup of it. It seemed like one of those days where I wanted a special and unique type of sweet treat, and I immediately knew which tea to reach for…mmm…

…maybe I should restrain from having more today. I can’t afford to take another nap while trying to finish off my end of semester papers.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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So I decided to be adventurous and made this as an iced tea the other day at work, adding just a pinch of sugar to sweeten it. It turned out to be really delicious and refreshing! I found it much easier to drink chilled (even though I have nothing against the taste of this tea hot). I can see it being a great summer drink to help quench my thirst and spoil me with its added health benefits.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the last of my new teas from my latest DavidsTea run. It has such a distinct scent and flavour. I have never tried anything with lavender before, so I was admittedly a little hesitant about thisinteresting taste experience.

In the end, the lavender mixes very nicely with the stronger coconut and rooibos flavours. There is a lot happening in this cup of tea! The coconut seems to take over the tea nicely in a smooth and refreshing way – I almost expect to crunch down on little white flakes while I’m drinking it. It’s just the right amount of sweet to make it satisfying as a stand-alone treat, without needing to add any milk or sugar (I like my tea straight). I don’t feel as sleepy as everyone else has mentioned, but I am definitely feeling calm and relaxed. I accidentally let it sit for a bit and to my surprise, it even tastes just as good cold.

I don’t know if this is a flavour I would reach for on a regular basis, but it is definitely delicious and would be something I will crave on special occasions. It’s a really nice tea to help finish up writing papers for the evening and unwind before bed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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With the whole day ahead of me, I decided to dedicate my Saturday to essay writing and tea steeping, and this tea definitely wins the prize for best study companion. The ideal reward to successfully writing a few pages of an essay is getting to infuse another mug of buttery, milky, goodness.

I wanted to see how many successful re-steeps I could get from this tea. The verdict from this round? Five!

Infusions one and two were the best – there was a floral, buttery scent and a sweet, milky taste. The bottom of the cup was extra creamy. Infusion number three was still excellent, full, and milky, but starting to fade slowly. By the fourth infusion, the scent of the brewing leaves was still strong, but the flavour was growing weak. Finally, I had to stop at infusion number five – the leaves lost most of the scent for me. The tea itself was still had some flavour, but most of the milky essence was gone, leaving a light oolong taste.

I think this could have easily gone for one or two more rounds had I cut the infusion time shorter for each cup. This tea is definitely worth the price and is a perfect for long weekends days of work. The unique taste is absolutely delicious and having a cup feels like a treat.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t think it’s possible to review this tea enough. Every day I feel like my rating for it increases. And to think, I wasn’t sure about what to think when I first tasted it! It goes perfectly with a morning muffin while sitting in class and wakes me up gently and sweetly.

I have an admission: Fantasy Island is like my morning drug, or cup of coffee (not that I drink coffee anymore after meeting DT…). Sipping on my daily cup right now. I can’t go without it or I get cranky. I’ve managed to re-stock twice – I’m a little bit ashamed, really. This needs to become permanent! Seriously. I mean when you think about it, you need to take a trip to a dream island all year round…

Jessie

I thoroughly agree! Too good.

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
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This Thursday, I was sitting in my family/couples therapy class and we were discussing family-trauma and attachment issues…you can imagine it is a rough few hours sitting through that every week. I needed to dissociate a little bit from all of the heavy family-trauma talk and lighten my mood, so I escaped from class to get some hot water and steep a cup of Pink Flamingo tea. Best idea ever.

It stood up perfectly to the boiling hot cafe water and long steep time, as I left the leaves in my Timolino travel mug for all of class. This was exactly what I needed – a taste of spring and a reminder of warm sunshine and happiness. I still can’t believe there is no grapefruit in this tea, and this time, I really noticed the notes of the lemongrass and lemony-ness come through. Kind of like a re-vamped and amazing lemon-tea (which I love and haven’t had since the bagged versions…those kind of seem extinct now).

I’m still waiting to try this as a real glass of iced-tea (and not my makeshift version), but I think I want to wait until the weather gets nicer, as a sort of celebratory drink!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I’m recently discovering rooiboses (rooibi?) as a nice evening caffeine-free treat and I got a to-go cup of this from David’sTea just to try it out. I’m not a huge fan of caramel, but I found this to be very tasty. With no milk or sweetener added, it was nice, smooth, and caramelly with a rich rooibos aftertaste – very comforting. I think I might prefer some of the other dessert teas, but I would definitely try this again :)

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