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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Whoa. This one is a keeper. I haven’t had a whole ton of DavidsTEA before, but oh. my. god. Smells like pie filling. Nutty pie filling. Imagine if you take apple pie filling and steep it. Yep, this is the result. Why, why have I not have this until now?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I love this tea. It’s green and beany, yet light enough to drink all day long. My favourite part is watching this one unfurl in the cup, makes for a wonderful morning.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hmm. Maybe I brewed this incorrectly but it was so, so flowery and flat for me. I will try it again, but I’m really sad because this is the only tea I haven’t liked so far from Tea Vivre.

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I like this one. The flavour is nutty and not flowery to me at all. The blossom is beautiful, and holds up well to resteeps. I would let it bloom over several steepings, otherwise the tea gets too strong and astringent for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I like this one. Green, sweet, refreshing! It’s very soft and delicate, great in the afternoon as a pick-me-up. I think I prefer the fuller flavoured oolongs, but I definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup of this :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Mmm. I like this one quite a bit. This is smooth, nutty, green, and full flavoured. Second steep wasn’t as good to me, so I don’t know if I would resteep this much. It’s as good as I remember. I’m definitely getting some more of this to keep as an everyday drink.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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79
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow. What the heck? Why does this tea smell so ridiculously good?? Not the most flavourful tea I’ve ever had, but it smells so amazing! Like key lime pie! It’s got a pretty light flavour and a light sharpness of lemongrass to balance out the cream scent. I wish I had more so I can make some iced tea out of this!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Fruit Garden by Teavana
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Meh, this is not one of my favourites. I’m really diverging from the artificially sweet, fruity teas, and this is one of them. It’s got flavouring as an ingredient, and it tastes too sweet and odd to me. It has a ton of hibiscus , so it’s sweet at first, then super tart. Also, it smells great dried..not so great brewed. A common problem with Teavana teas for me.

Looks: Fabulous when dry. After you brew it’s a huge mash of nasty looking mushed up fruit bits.

Smell & flavour: As I said, I like the smell when it’s dry. After brewing it’s kind of odd, too much hibiscus I guess. The flavour is like ultra tart watered down red fruit juice. Take the non-descript red juice in the aisles, water it down a bunch and add hibiscus tartness. Voila, sweet fruit tea!

Brewing notes: It’s just fruit, so it’s pretty forgiving. The longer you steep the more hibiscus comes out though, so a quick steep is preferable.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This tea is a clear indicator of how my taste in teas has changed over time. When I first tried this months ago, I wasn’t really into its herbal flavour, but now I absolutely love it! I’ve been drinking this almost every day before bed. Sure, it’s not decaf, but I find its silky texture and warm herb flavour really, really helpful as a sleepaid.

Looks: So very pretty! It’s got pieces of whole jasmine and chamomile flowers mixed with whole oolong leaves. I love the way it looks dried and brewed.

Fragrance & Taste: It’s hard to describe. Very silky in texture with an herbal minty flavour. Like sleeping in silk sheets..it’s refreshing and comforting at the same time!

Brewing Notes: This is so forgiving for me. I can easily get 5+ steeps out of this even with my giant mug. I start drinking it after dinner and continue until bed. This routine has helped me sleep better the last week!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Gah. It’s so hard to give a bad review, but I feel like it’s only right to be honest. I’m not going to add a rating for this one because I’m not sure Puers are for me at all. This was so, so strong. I found the flavour absolutely undrinkable. I tried to wash the tea several times, tried a few temperatures, but the taste was just..horrid.

It was, how do I quantify this..it smelled and tasted like I was drinking fermenting tree bark after a forest fire. I couldn’t find any sweetness and the flavour of the chrysanthemum was not detectable at all. I don’t know, this may be the worst tea I’ve ever tried. I tried giving some to a Puer-drinking coworker but it was too strong for him too, so don’t get this if you’re faint of heart!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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