323 Tasting Notes

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I’ve never had a Canadian Breakfast tea before! I didn’t even know they exist!

My dad gave this to me along with a bunch of other teas. I’m so excited to try them all! This one is absolutely delicious! I love it. I finally understand the ‘malty’ term I think. This one has it and it’s nice. The tea is not overpowering in any way. I find it to be quite nice. I used 1tsp per cup and steeped for 3 mins. I’m starting to notice the Metro tea company’s black teas only need about 3mins. I’m not too sure why that is. I haven’t been able to figure out why some are short times and some are long. It really doesn’t make sense. If anyone knows, could you let me know? I would love to know why.

Anyway, so today is almost another snowmaggedon out there. I can’t believe it. Last night was bad and it only got worse. I think it’s basically stopped now, but I’m not even too sure about that. This tea was great to have today. I wish it hadn’t cooled off so much by the time I got to drink it, but it did ‘cause I had to get to work and my car got stuck in the snow. I had a neighbour come by and help me out. I don’t even know the guy, but he saw me stranded and he came and helped push my car plus helped shovel out my tires so I could move.
That’s the one nice thing about this kind of weather. You get a chance to help each other out and be there for one another. I find that something like this really can bring society together if they let it. I love seeing these blossoms of goodness in life when you finally get a chance to see the good in people and the helping, generous spirit that people have. Growing up, I always thought that was what people were like, and when I realized it wasn’t always the case, I really got upset. I didn’t understand how terrible people can be. But, like I said, I love these moments when people show their good sides and give me back the hope that maybe people really are good and have good hearts…
I dunno.. just my random thoughts this morning.

Anyway, definitely recommend the tea. I think it’s great!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m going to be one of the very few people to say this, but I don’t care for this tea at all. I find it to be… strange. The first steep, I didn’t know that you were suppose to rinse the leaves. I almost never drink pu’erhs and I didn’t see the rinsing thing anywhere on the packaging or on the website. But now that I’ve looked around a bit online, I see that, and I gotta say… that’s kinda weird.. haha
Anyway, so I tossed my first steep after I saw that, and resteeped it for a few minutes. The second steep is definitely better, but I still don’t really care for it at all. I think the earthy-ness is too much for me, and I definitely get the fishiness that someone else was talking about. I get that smell pretty good.

This came in a sample pack that I got as a gift, so I only have a little. I don’t think I’ll be keeping what little I have left. It’s too bad, ‘cause so many people rave about it. I think it’s just my personal tastes. I’m not for the more earthy smelling/tasting teas…
Sorry Oh Christmas Treat… I just can’t do it… :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I think this is a tea where the batches were not uniform. I received three packets of this tea last year (all from different DTs across Canada) and while one was definitely fishy and unpleasant, the tea from one of the packets was amazing and truly tasted like a chocolate orange (albeit a bit “earthy”). Unfortunate :( And I didn’t rinse, as DT instructions didn’t indicate I should (although being more experienced now, I might if brewing it again).

Indigobloom

I was about to say the same as Kittenna! My first batch of this was amazing, but my second one was sub par. Actually I find that with a few DT teas. Teaopia as well, not sure if the same applies to Teavana

TheKesser

lol I just got this one again in a sample pack that my dad got for me. I’m going to try it again. This one smells very different from the last one, so maybe it’s a better batch?

Kittenna

I’ve found that with multiple DavidsTeas, sadly. Like the fiasco with ‘Oh Canada’. I had no idea how people thought it tasted so, so awful, but I’m convinced now that it was a batch issue.

I hope this one’s better!!

TheKesser

lol thanks, me too! I think I might try it this afternoon after work.

Steph73

I wasn’t liking this tea a whole lot either (got it in a Christmas sampler pack). I also didn’t realize that I had to rinse the first steep, so I will try again. I really WANT to like it, as I enjoy orange chocolate, so my fingers are crossed that once I give it an inital rinse, it might be more tasty to me.

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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Delish! I like this one a lot. It was a soft, sweet peachy flavour that was nice and soothing/relaxing, and it was prefect for the evening. I’m really going to enjoy this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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I went to the Banff store today and it was awesome! I never thought I’d ever get to go there and it was made possible. It is a really sweet store with great service. I loved being there.
This was the tea of the day. It was delicious! I’d have this again. It was so good. Lovely orange flavour.

TheTeaFairy

Lucky you! In Banff for Christmas!!

TheKesser

Actually was just there for the day yesterday. I’m in Calgary for the weekend. My husband’s company flew us out here. It’s pretty amazing considering I’m from Ont. I’m really hoping I get to go back to Banff someday. I can’t get over how amazing it is there. I’d love a chance to see more.

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
323 tasting notes

I’m just going to make a quick note of this one as I had this a few days ago.
This one smells like Bailey’s. It took me a while, but I finally figured out that is it. It smells good.

Taste-wise: It’s very good. I’m gonna have to have it again, but I remember it being very good. I’ll update again soon with more thoughts.

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I had this as a tea-to-go this week and it was pretty good. I wish the vanilla had been a bit stronger in it, but it was still pretty good. I would have it again, but I don’t think I would buy any at this time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
323 tasting notes

I like this tea! It’s so warm and maple-y flavoured. I enjoy the toffee flavours coming out and I love that it’s got some green rooibos base to it. Maybe I’m crazy or alone in feeling this way, but I love me some green rooibos and I feel it isn’t capitalized the way it should!

Anyway, I love it. And I know this is probably terrible to say… but I seriously think that this would taste really good with milk! I dunno, but it sounds good to me.. maybe next time… :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
softrevolution

I never understand the taboo about putting milk in tea. I say if it tastes good, just do it! I’ve been known to sneak some in my dessert rooibos on occasion haha.

TheKesser

I don’t mind adding milk to black teas. I find most of the time I can’t seem to drink black without milk, but otherwise, I don’t usually. I dunno… I’m gonna try this with milk next time. i think it’d be good :)

softrevolution

Yum, it would probably taste like one of those maple sugar candies with the added creaminess

gmathis

Mmmm. I haven’t had one of those maple sugar candies in ages!

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I am totally stealing this term and idea from PatchworkSheep! I’m making a franken-tea!

It’s half Chocolate cake and half salted caramel. I’m actually really enjoying it! It’s chocolate-y and slightly caramel and I’m even picking up on the salted part. I’m liking all the mixtures. It’s pretty tastey. I’d highly recommend it to anyone. Very yummy. mmmmm chocolate-y goodness. It’s a great option for anyone craving a hot chocolate too! I added some milk and it made it creamy and delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
PatchworkSheep

If you want a really decadent creation, make this combination of tea and then stir in a spoonful of hot chocolate mix. I do that when I need chocolate RIGHT NOW but there`s no chocolate in the house. :)

TheKesser

oooooooo that sounds good!!!

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reviewed Double Wall Tea Cups by DAVIDsTEA
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Love these. They are small, but nice to have with a tea that you just want to sip. I love the double-walled look.

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I have been looking at these mugs for MONTHS! Not even exaggerating. I finally decided to get one. I got the Eggnog snowflake one apart of the winter collection. It’s so pretty. I’m totally loving it. It is the perfect size and I love the filter with the lid. It just is awesome.

I’m looking to get the glass one with the DavidsTea log on it in the spring. :)

PatchworkSheep

YES. This is by far the best mug I’ve found. I’ve got 2 glass ones now, as well as a a noble mug version and the giant one. LOVE them! Seems weird to rave about a mug like this, but they’re that good.

TheKesser

lol it’s so true! I didn’t think I’d love them as much as I do, but I really do. I was thinking I could even request one for Christmas! It’s coming up soon!
I like the option of steeping a single glass instead of a whole steeper. It really is perfect.

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I’m a 30yr old aspiring writer. I’ve written several short stories that I’m looking to get published someday soon. Currently I’m actively looking for markets and avenues to get published.

I’m also looking to finish a novel that I’ve been writing for the last several years.

I work as a paginator (I do page layout for our local weekly newspaper) and absolutely love it! I’m also an amateur photographer and “mom” to two adorable “fur babies” (I have two awesome cats). I’m married to an absolute amazing man who “puts up” with my tea obsession.

It wasn’t until a few years after high school that I finally became interested in tea. I started with Orange Pekoe double double (milk not cream) and peppermint. Since that time, I’ve really opened up to other kinds of tea and I’ve well… I’ve kind of just went nuts since then.

I don’t drink much bagged tea anymore. It’s mostly loose leaf in my cupboard. The only except are a couple that were given to me and they sound too good!

I would have to say my favourite kinds are (in no particular order): black, herbal and rooibos (definitely prefer the green to red, but will drink the red too). White teas are rapidly becoming a favourite too. But, they must be flavoured white teas.

I don’t care for mate, green, oolongs, matcha, or puerh (although the puerh cake tea I have may convert me to a puerhs).

I drink tea every single day. I absolutely love it. I can’t image my life without it.

I don’t log every time I drink a tea as I don’t want to spam everyone with tons of duplicate loggings, but I will log when I have a new tea, which happens on a regular basis and when I do a SIPDOWN! :D

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