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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

At long last, Pumpkin Chai. It was out last year when I got into tea but I didn’t get around to trying it despite the hype. I have to admit, this is pretty good, though pumpkin has never been my thing. It tastes exactly like pumpkin pie, with all the usual spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). Looking forward to trying this as a latte (maybe with some whipped cream ;) ). If you’re a pumpkin pie lover you should definitely give it a go!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Ok, so I probably tried this a stupid way for it being my first time having it since the naunces of flavour were lost. I’ll definitely revisit and make sure the next time I try it is slightly more proper and done in a way I can break down and taste the specific flavours of the tea.

But that said this was incredibly fun and tasty, and really what I’m getting at is…

MATCHA POPCORN!

Recently, I received a cookbook themed around matcha as a gift – there are actually quite a few recipes in it that I want to try out (a huge part of why I redeemed my free 50g on fancy ass matcha from DT) but since my cooking skills are crap the easier for me to make was salted matcha popcorn! So basically:

2 tsp of matcha
1 tbsp of butter
1 tsp of salt

All melted down and mixed together and then sprinkled/splashed over some fresh air popped popcorn! Holy balls it was such a pretty, gorgeous bright green colour! The taste was surprisingly great too; I actually don’t like salty food that much (cripes; pretzels are my worst nightmare) but it worked with the popcorn/matcha because it was like a very seaweed/kelpy vegetal snack but light and fluffy! Seriously, it was a strange juxtaposition overall but very tasty! I half believed after trying this I wouldn’t want to again but I’d totally revisit this!

Matcha popcorn and a movie night? Sign me up!

Holding off on rating until I can rate the ‘pure’ tea.

Kaylee

That sounds like an awesome popcorn recipe. Definitely want to give it a try now!

Roswell Strange

One thing worth mentioning; the ‘matcha butter’ is really thick, and really has to be stirred because it separates so easily and then you get gross clumpy matcha at the bottom of the mixing dish, and green salty butter on top.

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67
drank Spa Day by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

This is a very pleasant afternoon tea. The lemongrass and coconut blend quite nicely creating a natural creaminess. The pineapple flavour is faint, more of an afterthought, but a nice finish on the palate nonetheless. Best to finish it before it cools though, I wasn’t a fan of it cold.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Lemongrass, Pineapple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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55
drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

This is an alright mate that blends a grassy/earthy flavour from the yerba mate with citrus and orange zest accents. The pineapple and papaya notes are subtle, not overly prominent. Found this one a tad too sweet for my liking as a morning starter. Maybe it would be better as a late morning or early afternoon tea when you need a bit of a boost. For me, I find the sweetness a bit off-putting though.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Grass, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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33

First let me freely admit that I’m biased against this tea because of the hibiscus and beetroot. I chose this tea as a free sample pack on a recent David’s order without looking closely at the ingredients. Dried, this tea smells amazing and just like I envisioned from the name. However, I find the flavour very different from the aroma and unfortunately for me the hibiscus and beetroot dominate the palate and overpower the more subtle strawberry and cream notes that I was hoping more for. That said, if I was to try it again in the future, I would try a shorter steep to lessen the sour hibiscus and earthy beetroot notes.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Strawberry, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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100
drank Peanut Butter Cup by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

I was so excited when they first announced this as a new tea. I know many people felt peanut butter would not make a good tea flavour, but I was totally sold right away. I only worried that it would not translate well into a tea. But there was nothing to worry about! This is an awesome tea. One of my new favourites, in the top 10. An excellent dessert tea prepared as a latte. For me, the peanut butter flavour comes through prominently, so I am kind of surprised to read that others do not feel the same. I will definitely be stocking up heavily on this one. Another great tea from David’s Tea.

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80

Just picked this up because I was looking for something with ginger that could reset my system after a period of eating very rich food. It is delightful! Unlike what David’s recommends, I found that 2 mins was more than sufficient steep time without bitterness. It also resteeps well, at least twice. I’m finding this very cleansing and enjoyable, and I’m not normally a fan of white tea.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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80

I like this a lot more than I thought I would. I was surprised by the tartness, which in retrospect is kinda stupid considering it is cranberry and orange. Neither dominates, and I don’t know if it’s just a mental thing because of the name, but there it does have the feel of a baked yummy. I’m not sure where that would be from…? Anyway, don’t know if I’d keep this religiously stocked, but I’ll enjoy it while it’s around! Definitely a nice evening cup.

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Apple. Apple, apple, apple. And poor peanut butter, flailing around desperately behind the apple, just enough to be noticed. Maybe my pouch had weird proportions, maybe my tastebuds are broken, I don’t know, but this just is waaay too tart to be a peanut butter cup. It doesn’t taste bad, it just doesn’t taste like a peanut butter cup to me, and isn’t something I’d get more of.

Cold steeping some overnight, maybe that’ll do it justice.

EDIT: Cold steeping did nothing! Tasted the same, too tart, not particularly nutty. So sad, I was really looking forward to this one.

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80
drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
42 tasting notes

I’m not a big fan of fruity-tooty teas hot (warm kool-aid?), but this makes a great iced tea! I like to mix it with lemon lime soda and make a spritzer (is that like, sacrilegious?).

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98

Yumm!! So good! So easy to whisk. Amazing when prepared with milk! Thank god for the Frequent Steeper program, I could get 50g for free!

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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drank Cranberry Orange Muffin by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

This is probably my favourite of the fall collection so far. It absolutely tastes like muffins so there’s no disappointment in that respect. Nice light cranberry flavour supporting lovely orange notes. If I manage to sip down some of my cupboard I might pick some of this up towards the end off fall.

Flavors: Cranberry, Orange, Pastries

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65
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

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80

A sample from Roswell Strange. I like Elderflower a lot, but it seems to be fairly rare in tea (maybe that’s just the UK?) It’s always nice to have the opportunity to try one, anyway. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 170 degrees. The resulting liquor is a happy, sunshiny yellow – very cheering!

To taste, elderflower is definitely the most prominent flavour. It’s sweet and delicately floral, with a kind of honeyed smoothness that’s exceptionally palatable. It reminds me a lot of elderflower cordial. The white tea base is perfect here, contributing mild hay-like notes but letting the elderflower shine. I can see why this one was part of the spring collection – it’s perfect on a warm afternoon!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
771 tasting notes

Backlog from last night. I got this from the GCTTB4 a few months ago.

Drank this while finishing off “And When She Was Good” by Laura Lippman. The chance to just read and sip and read and sip…. I haven’t had that a lot lately, and it was very restorative.

This tea smells great! I didn’t get a lot of the pineapple notes that others have mentioned here. Instead, I got butter, brown sugar, caramel, maple – all the flavours that are perfect for when you’re starting to get hints of fall on the air.

It didn’t taste as good when it cooled, though. I think that I probably have enough left for only 2 more cups, so I’ll add sugar to those and see what that’s like.

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I purchased this on a whim; it was the last of DT’s permanent mates that I’ve been wanting to try. It is one of few DT blends that is appropriately named, and, given the name, you definitely know what to expect. While it is tart, it has a really nice subtle blackberry flavor that mixes well with the hibiscus. The tea also has an aftertaste that reminds me of unsweetened cranberry juice. It’s not my favorite, but I might consider a repurchase once I’ve worked my way through the rest of the 100 grams.

Flavors: Blackberry, Hibiscus, Tart

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85

L O V I N G it! I am a huge peanut butter fan. If I could just eat Reese peanut butter cups for the rest of my life and not become a huge greasy lazy slug then I would. So imagine my excitement when I heard about this one.

I jumped on the promo where I would get a sample ahead of the release by placing an order online. My order came on Monday and it was SO worth it!

I wouldn’t put this quite in the league of a Reese peanut butter cup. It makes me think more of a peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips.

Anyway, I practically ran to the mall yesterday to buy 100g of this. The $5 off coupon I got in my e-mail was certainly nice ;)

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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77
drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
37 tasting notes

The smell of the dry leaves for this is amaaaazing.

I’m having a hard time picking out the green tea flavour in this one. As well, from the smell I thought it would be a bit more like a tart apple flavour vs. sweet apple. It’s definitely very sweet. (And I drink my tea black) I can’t help but be a bit curious what they are using to make this so sweet…

Anyway, still really good. But I think I’m satisfied with the small bag I bought. Not sure if I’ll restock.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Kristal

This one is coming in the mail for me in a 5g sample. Didn’t realize at the time it was a green tea so idk if I would restock either..I like my fruit teas to be herbal and my green teas on the plainer side.

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97
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
37 tasting notes

Oh my flying spaghetti monster in the sky! This tea…this tea…is nearly the best tea I’ve ever had. By far, it’s the best chai.

I taste pumpkin, and spices and caramel. It’s smooth, and not over powering. I can’t wait to try it as a latte with soy milk!!

I sampled it in store yesterday, and got a cup to go, and a 28g bag. Then as I sat in the food court of the mall texting a co-worker/friend who had had a bad week and is also a tea lover, I decided to run back and get a small bag for her. I took it into work last night and she also fell in love!

The hype is real.

Flavors: Caramel, Pumpkin, Smoke, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Kristal

I miss this one- how I wish I could drink black tea! :(

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80
drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

I thought I would prefer this tea iced, but after trying it it would seem that’s not the case. The flavours don’t seem to blend as well iced. The tartness is more obviously hibiscus and the whole thing just seems a little off. I’m not sure if this would change if you poured the hot tea over ice rather than doing a cold brew, but I’ll finish off what I bought by it hot.

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus

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