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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #83 overall / Tea #50 for February

#2021steepstersipdown Mastress Alita Saturday, February 27th: National Strawberry Day – Drink a strawberry-flavored tea or a tea with strawberry flavor notes!

Sunday 2/28 pulled this out for the prompt. Fruity teas are my favorites and this is a classic from DT that in haven’t had in I cannot remember how long. Took two 5g sample packet brewed hot and plain and then took to work for my Sunday 2 to 9 am shift (which ended up being a 10+ hour day so I’m tired). Another one I’ll grab a like 4 oz sometime in future year if dt still has this when my stash is under control :) 

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Preparation
10 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #81 overall / Tea #48 for February

Sunday 2/28 3 PS left brewed hot with 32 oz water dusty in a ziplock baggie from some old dt Facebook swap or buy. Sounds like a tea i would have like but it was too old to get any sense of it.

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drank Sunset Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
71 tasting notes

I found a sealed 50g bag of this living in the back of my tea cupboard, so whisked some up today and gave it another chance. The first time I tried it, I was not expecting the powdery mouthfeel from the beetroot powder and the fact that the green tea taste is just completely absent. I had brewed some up in my DT matcha maker while at university one day and ended up dumping it because I could not get over the bitter Kool-Aid flavour.

This time I armed myself with the knowledge from my last experience and whisked up a cup of this with a little bit of rock sugar to take the edge off that bitter orange flavour. I still find the orange flavouring alarmingly synthetic, almost like orange Jello, but the addition of some rock sugar made it much more tolerable. I think it’s important to note that I can taste the beet powder in this, I noticed that it has the same flavour profile as Just Beet It. If you liked that, you probably won’t mind this!

The colour of this is so weird! I hate how the froth on top of my bowl was brown, not a gorgeous green like other matcha. Davids Tea must’ve been going through an alternative phase when they developed this… I like to imagine that they wanted to make an “edgy” tea that looks like old blood.

Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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80
drank Nutty & Spice by DAVIDsTEA
71 tasting notes

Drinking this as a tea latte with vanilla soy milk and a bit of rock sugar. Really nice warm, fruity spices that reminds me of Christmas fruitcake.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cookie, Cranberry, Dried Fruit, Spices

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

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drank Winter Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
4762 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 5)

Picked this up because it sounded delicious, but for some reason, was really disappointed in the first cup. I can’t recall why. However, because of this inability to remember why I didn’t like it, I dug it out again for another cup this past week as I was craving earl grey, and round two was significantly more successful – although there is indeed something in the mix that is not my favourite. Perhaps the peppercorns? I might try a cup without any next time, although I don’t recall being bothered by then before. (That said, I just realized what tea this was reminding me of – and it also has pink peppercorns. Coincidence? I would enlighten everyone as to this tea I’m thinking of, but the name is completely eluding me.) It could also simply be that for some reason, DT’s cream earl grey hasn’t quite been hitting the spot that it used to, and the same is happening with this tea. Hard to say.

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drank Campfire Hojicha by DAVIDsTEA
4762 tasting notes

(DavidsTea 3)

This has grown on me. The aroma has always been very appealing – delicious caramel – but it took a couple cups for me to really appreciate the flavour. It probably didn’t help that I initially had it alongside Salted Caramel Oolong, now one of my top teas from DT. I can’t say that the hojicha base nor the “campfire” element are really apparent to me, really just the caramel, but the roasted base doesn’t get that metallic taste like most green teas (but not hojicha), and it’s pretty forgiving on time/temp. I do wish there was a bit of smokiness here, as I think it would really enhance the “campfire” element. Perhaps I’ll add a pinch of lapsang souchong one day, or some other smoky tea I have sitting around.

Also, this tea resteeps pretty well – the caramel really lasts.

Dustin

When did this one come out? I’ve seen people mentioning it lately, but I never saw it on David’s site. Was it a super brief seasonal thing?

Roswell Strange

It was a very limited edition/seasonal tea from this past Autumn.

Kittenna

Blah, I knew I should have bought more! I only have 50g and I guess will now savour it a bit more – and satisfy caramel cravings with the absurd amount of Salted Caramel Oolong I picked up.

Dustin

Gah! I’ll have to hope it returns next year. I love a good flavored Hojicha and they seem super rare.

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(DavidsTea 2)

This is one of those times I really regret not being able to pick up only 10g from a store. I don’t tend to like a lot of orangey teas, but hoped the black base + earl grey would redeem it. Unfortunately, not the case. Not enough earl grey, and plenty of orange, but I’m finding it somewhat bitter (my money is on orange peel and/or hibiscus). Possibly a good tea for certain palates, but not mine.

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67

really ended up enjoying this a lot! warm, sweet, simple, a little artificial but not too bad – just a really easy tea to have in the evening.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Sweet, Toffee

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Monster Mash by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

smells so good, apply, spicy and sweet, but it tastes terrible.

Flavors: Apple, Cardamon, Pumpkin, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

super sweet, pepperminty and should be great but it’s just OILY from the wee candy canes. a real struggle i find with david’s tea, tbh.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #78 overall / Tea #45 for February

Saturday 2/27 only today and tomorrow to get 7 teas packages done including this one should be fine. This is one of my favorite teas from the regular collection of DT (North African Mint would be another one that comes to mind) and because of that I tend to skip over them. The cold brew pitcher made of this to finish a dt printed tin has made me feel like I’m sipping cinnamon red gum. Im sure I have more of this somewhere else but if not I’ll definitely repurchase a bag or two someday.

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85
drank Strawberry Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
930 tasting notes

Free sample from my last order. I enjoyed this much more than I expected. It really tasted like fresh strawberries. I didn’t taste any moringa, which was fine with me. It didn’t taste fake at all, just nice fresh strawberries. I had it cold, and I enjoyed it enough that I added a 2 oz package to my next order. I’m afraid the moringa will show up more in the bag, and I’ll like this one less, but as of now, I’m a fan.

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drank Pomegrateful by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #76 overall / Tea #43 for February

Thursday 2/25 — I like this tea… back when it first came out as a New Years/Wellness tea everyone was all over it. Glad it became a permanent fixture. This was from an open silver tin of this tea which means I bought it at work (since this was back when I worked as a casual tea guide at one of my local shops). I can’t say that I like it as a much as back then, but I have plenty more silver 2 oz bags of this in one of my basement bins and a bunch of sachet boxes from when those were on SAS back in the day so plenty more to go through! Definitely a fruity/berry tea, no taste of white tea base for me.

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Flavors: Fruity

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #72 overall / Tea #39 for February

Tuesday 2/23 16 oz gold tumbler (old style) hot and plain. I think this was the older version of this tea because it was just in a clear Ziploc baggie but I’m not sure I know the difference?? This was my last tea of 2/23 I think hallelujah!

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #71 overall / Tea #38 for February

Tuesday 2/23 hot cuppa in pink 12 oz(?) dt mug. I think I had this as a latte? I was sipping so many teas yesterday. I enjoy this one even though it has that C ingredient haha.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #69 overall / Tea #36 for February 

Tuesday 2/23 hot plain cuppa in pink 12 oz(?) dt mug. 8 to 10 oz of water with a DT 5g sample packet (like you would get in online orders) and good pour of cold milk to fill up mug. It’s a popular one but never been a fan. Glad to keep getting rid of it when I find some in my stash.

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Cameron B.

They seem to do teabag samples now instead. And the last two times I ordered, I didn’t get any! Maybe because it was teaware only…

Lexie Aleah

Cameron- Same here and I think I saw a tasting note from Ros saying that DT wasn’t doing samples anymore.

Tiffany :)

Yeah, it was nice to get the samples (and even back in the days where you could choose the three in case you had any preferences/allergies), but I have a small trash can (like one you’d have under a desk at an office) filled with them and that’s only maybe a 1% of my tea stash. :) — I did notice in past year or so they’d occasionally throw a couple tea bags in the box like you mentioned Cameron.

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drank Seaberry Spa by DAVIDsTEA
575 tasting notes

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Oh hello, new tea friend!

I’ve historically and vocally not been a big fan of Earl Grey, though I do sometimes find Earl Grey “varients” that speak to me a bit more – but bergamot and I? Just not the best mates, y’know?

Though, sometimes I go through weird little mini stretches of craving Earl Grey (like what happened last year) and Earl Grey is also a great tea for guests (though, can’t say I’ve had many of those in the last year…) so I like keeping some on hand! When we started working on this tea, I definitely felt like it sounded cooler than I figured it would taste. Especially because, since bergamot is a citrus fruit, I’m always a bit dubious of twisted Earl Greys that just add another citrus on top of a citrus. It kind of just emphasizes the bergamot even more, and that’s the thing I don’t love…

When I first tried this tea, my thought was kind of “Oh, I get it – this is definitely more than just a strongly flavoured Earl Grey… but it’s not for me.” Thankfully, part of my job (one of the many parts that I love) is trying teas over and over again, and one of the things that happened with this tea is that the more I tried it the more it grew on me and now it’s the kind of tea that, especially in the mornings, I do find myself craving. It’s definitely got the strong/full bodied bergamot but because of the heavier sweet and borderline berry-like flavour of the blood orange it feels much more rounded to me and less metallic/brassy than my palate often perceives bergamot. It’s a rich and deep citrus flavour, appropriate of its namesake.

There’s a bit of hibiscus in the blend, so this is definitely not an Earl Grey intended for milk or a ‘London Fog’ treatment, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling this a tart tea. Not overly sweet, either. It somehow manages to strike the fine balance of fun and sophisticated, in my humble opinion. I’m glad I took the time to get to know it over multiple cups – given my own flavour preferences, this would have been a tea that would have been easy for me to justifiably write off for myself.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CLm_npWgknj/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F51EYwlRUYk&ab_channel=Daffodils

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

AJRimmer

This one sounds interesting! I always put milk in my EGs though, so I’d probably go for it anyway…

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #65 overall / Tea #32 for February

Monday 2/22 so my goal is 500 sipdown notes by end of 2021 (each one is a tin/package something minimum one 16 to 20 oz travel mug worth). To do I need at least 42 notes a month so 84 by end of February. This puts me at 3x/day for the rest of February so I need to step up. Luckily this 25g packet of tea from fall 2016 as a cold brew pitcher for my boyfriend is done with so I can count it. I had to come home from my day shift and make him a hot latte to finish the pitcher off so I still had to do some work to make it happen. Lol.

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84

So sad that my bag is gone! :( I think this is one of the few teas from David’s Tea that I really enjoyed. I dislike most of their tea blends now because they taste like chemicals and stevia :( However, most of their teas without stevia are actually quite good! :)

Sadly, I am not sure when I will repurchase it since I have tried a lot of things from David’s Tea already! :) Probably the next time they have a huge sale like they do closer to the end-of-year!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy, Vanilla

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84

Absolutely delicious! :)

Prep: I made this stove-top style with some milk and a bit of sugar, and it was so good!

Taste: I dislike DT because some of their teas taste so artificial/like chemicals. They also use so much stevia in most of their tea blends now. However, Saigon Chai tastes wonderful! It tastes warm, refreshing, and comforting.

I mostly get vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger notes. And the vanilla does not taste artificial, but like they used actual vanilla beans. I also think the vanilla notes give it a creamy quality?

Yum!!! An extremely good tea!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Ginger, Spices, Spicy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Melon Drop by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #62 overall / Tea #29 for February

Thursday 2/18 — cold brew pitcher made tues 2/16 at work then mostly sipped 2/17 shift then had last of 2/18 with dinner at home (M’s one pan dinner) after my 3 to 11 shift.
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I usually love cinnamon, spicy, and chai teas! Anything with Fall spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves makes my tea lover heart happy! However, this tea was just okay. I have had better cinnamon based chai blends (Celestial’s Bengal Spice comes to mind) than this one.

It mostly tastes like cinnamon bark that has boiled for a long time (I grew up drinking cinnamon tea that my mom would make me when I was sick). So it has no artificial taste to it.

I think I just disliked it because the flavour was very one-dimensional.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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