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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
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87

Hmmm. I decided to try this one again, this time adding some ginger into the mix. Oh my goodness, what a difference! It tastes a lot like DT’s The Skinny, which is great. It has a bit more of an oolong-y taste to it than The Skinny, which I find mostly dominated by orange and ginger. This one still has great undertones of grapefruit and ginger, but the flavour is much more complex and interesting. I like it so much more now, and am glad to have an entire pot of it in front of me :-)

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

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
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I used to love Secret Weapon so much! But today, we are NOT getting along. It doesn’t taste as toasty as it should, the flavour is not as full bodied as I remember, it’s giving me a headache AND its triggered my acid reflux. I thought we were best friends :’-(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Kittenna

My work reward tea, Check Mate, triggered my acid reflux today. Very saddening, as it was a tasty cup :(

AliPants

It’s the worst!

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92

Love this one. I’ve just spent all day drinking a huge, huge pot of this tea. Both hot and cold, this tea is phenomenal. I love the light, palate cleansing orange and the lingering bergamot. I don’t crave this tea often, but when I do, the craving stays until I finally get it! For people who have previously had this tea and did not like it: It’s VERY particular in steep time and temp, so be careful and don’t blame the tea when it tastes bitter!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank China Green Tips by Tazo
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I’ve been enjoying this tea more these days than I would like to admit. I don’t know why, but its comforting simplicity is just magical to me. The best way to enjoy it in store is to get the tea bags on the side, and then put them in your cup about five or ten minutes after the water has had time to cool down sufficiently. Otherwise, this will be a big bitter mess.
The perfectly roasty, vegetative smell that this tea gives off is more than welcome right now. The slight astringency is also welcome. I’ve been feeling this tea even more than genmaicha’s soothing comfort these days, as I seem to be in a bit of a rut both tea-wise and life-wise, and China Green is an easy decision to make.
And who can overlook the ease with which this tea can be brewed? I love not having to measure, scoop, and clean my infuser. Not all the time, of course, but when the cup is this good, credit must be given where credit is due.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold remedy? Maybe, but I like Licorice Twist all the time!
I’m upping my rating, this tea has so much delightful complexity. The licorice is sweet and smooth, and the chili pepper is a surprisingly playful afterthought in the back of the throat. I can even taste the mint and a bit of the pineapple! There’s a lot of flavours but they mix very well together.
The aftertaste reminds me of my childhood, when I used to go to the bank with my mom and I would steal a small pile of envelopes to take home and lick shut. What I’m getting at is that the aftertaste tastes like envelope glue. And I like that.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m excited to try this one, and also so unsure of what I’m about to get. The dry leaf smells very fruity, and it wasn’t until I read that it was almond-y that I realized what I was smelling. I’ve decided to steep this for two minutes, because I only steep my greens for one minute and my blacks for three :-) When steeping, the smell changed several times, but was mostly centered around the almond.. Now that it’s done, it smells like something I can’t really define.. I’m getting more and more doubtful of this guy!
But it tastes like an almond cookie. How strange. I think it’s one of the truest almond teas I’ve had, though I’m not really a fanatic about almond, the way that some people are. It’s not as fruity as I had hoped, but maybe we can coax the exotic part of this tea out with different steeping methods. I’m intrigued, but not in love (thus far, anyway!).
But from a truly objective viewpoint, I can see that a lover of almond or almond cookies would completely love this :-) I wish that I had a tea that I can compare the flavour to, but really, I don’t think I’ve had one as unique as this before.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

This sounds so interesting! I really can’t wait to be able to expand my tea horizons a little farther, and explore different companies and try fascinatingly named teas like this one!

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I’ve found Cream of Earl Grey to be extremely temperamental. Don’t follow the brewing instructions, this tea needs to be lightly steeped for just 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and it’s completely divine even without milk and sugar. I need to set a timer with this guy, and as soon as that 2 1/2 minutes are up, I take it out regardless of how I’m feeling it might taste, and it always comes out great. It’s become my morning routine to brew this tea and do a 2 minute clean up while it steeps (I always think of Loonette and her Ten Second Tidy on the Big Comfy Couch).
I’ve been drinking it straight, just because I feel that adding sugar or milk to tea can quickly turn a good habit into a bad one. But this morning I had it with milk and some agave, and it was just blissful. Sometimes, you need to indulge yourself!
Yes, I had a very bad first impression of this tea, but God only knows how long I had steeped it for. With a little TLC, this tea can go a long way :-)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Definitely feel the same about this tea! A short steep is absolutely required, or it starts to lose the creaminess/become bitter, which makes it no longer so tasty sans milk/sweetener.

Also, curse you for mentioning the Big Comfy Couch! For some completely random reason, a couple days ago I had the theme song to that show stuck in my head on repeat… and now it’s back. “Lunette and Molly, a clown and her dolly, on the big, comfy, couch”. Uggghhh!!

DaisyChubb

there is lots to doodle do.. now it’s in my head too!

AliPants

HAHA!!! I love it. When I was writing that, I was thinking that everyone would think I was crazy and wonder what I was talking about. Turns out, I’m completely sane (this round)! I loved that show.
Also Krystaleyn, I’m so happy to have found the secret to this tea :-D liking teas you never thought you did is just as good as finding new ones you love!
PS Daisy, you rhyme!

DaisyChubb

oh myyy gaaah it IS a rhyme!

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drank Night Time by Pukka
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This tea is an elixir of the gods. The licorice gives it the sweetest flavour, successfully masks the bitterness of the valerian root, and pairs perfectly with the oat flower. You just get a hint of the chamomile and lavender, just enough to know that it’s there, and my goodness is it ever nice to fall asleep to! I just wish I could drink this all day long. I can’t wait to try more of Pukka’s blends.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I am a student on a mission to spend all of my hard earned cash on tea, and don’t have time to waste on a bad cup of tea!
I love DavidsTea, mostly because it is easily accessible for me and I like my tea on the sweeter side. I’m looking to expand further into the tea world, especially in terms of oolong and herbal teas.
My favourite teas are anything spicy, especially with cloves and/or cinnamon, anything nutty, minty, earthy, floral or citrus-y.
I am forever on a mission for a life altering grapefruit tea.

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