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Swap from Cameron B aka Obligatory Tea #1.

I’m generally getting dried kiwi. Dry leaf aroma, wet leaf aroma… I can mostly taste dried grass and hay, but as I let the tea sit in my mouth, the kiwi and apple appear (mostly the kiwi), but they’re weak. The aftertaste is the best part – it’s like I’ve just eaten dried kiwi. Yummers! Funny how the flavoring works.

Not a keeper though it was nice to try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I probably wouldn’t purchase this tea if I was at a tea house but when I am at a coffee/tea cafe this is a good choice, especially if you are getting tired of having the same selection of Darjeelings and basic greens. (nothing against them but it’s always the only selection!)

This is a full flavor with a taste of orange and chocolate. I am not really sure where the pu erh taste comes in….This seems much more like a black to me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I probably wouldn’t purchase this tea if I was at a tea house but when I am at a coffee/tea cafe this is a good choice, especially if you are getting tired of having the same selection of Darjeelings and basic greens. (nothing against them but it’s always the only selection!)

This is a full flavor with a taste of orange and chocolate. I am not really sure where the pu erh taste comes in….This seems much more like a black to me. If you are looking for a pu-erh then I would look elsewhere because you are not going to get that infamous pu-erh flavor out of this tea. This is much more of a dessert tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

So good! My new favorite tea of all time, which makes me sad that it’s only available seasonally. I’ve been drinking this every morning as a super strong latte with almond milk, and it’s really helped me with the transition of switching from coffee to tea. I’ve missed my pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, but this tea is ten times better.

Truly tastes pumpkin-y, which is delicious. I wish it had a teensy bit more cinnamon flavor to it, but I’ve always been someone who loves the strong cinnamon flavor. I kick it up a notch by adding some of my own to the top of my latte. Amaaaaaaazing.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
167 tasting notes

Holy wow this is delicious. I accidentally steeped it for about an hour and it’s just smooth and tasty. The dominant flavours are cinnamon and coconut. There’s a nice heat at the back of the throat, a touch of fruitiness and lots of really delightful sweetness. And not a trace of that woody dryness that sometimes comes with rooibos – it almost has a creamy mouth feel. I may make myself a second cup of this right away, it’s that good.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
sweetea

Yes to all of this note! It’s rooibos without being overly rooibos? Confusing and delightful.

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Interesting. I did a comparison between this and the Ashikubo Sencha by David, as I bought 10g of each to sample. Both teas were steeped as recommended by the David’s Tea Thermometer – 74C for 2mins 30seconds. Just under a tsp of tea for each.I don’t always do that but for the sake of comparison, I followed the directions. I made them at exactly the same time in identical mugs, water from the same pot and all that jazz. Only thing is I forgot to give either of them a rinse!

The Ashikubo’s liquor was a shade darker, slightly murkier. It is very vegetal and woody, kind of bitter, with slight nutty notes, and a lot of astringency (which I hate). I’ve tried it before and felt meh about it and I still do.

The Japanese Sencha’s liquor is lighter in color and clearer. Lighter in flavour too but not in a bad way at all – light vegetal base, very slight sweet floral and wood notes (compared to Ashikubo), very smooth with no astringency. Really pleasant to drink. I’m not a green tea person because every one I’ve tried so far is too astringent (besides genmaicha) and I really don’t dig that, but this changes things.

Anyway, final result is – I dig this a million times more over the Ashikubo! Which is great because its a good 6 dollars cheaper per 50g, lol. If you don’t like astringency this is for you. I’d dig a stronger flavour but that can probably be adjusted with steeping. Both my brother and my dad preferred this one too.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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Interesting. I did a comparison between this and the Japanese Sencha by David, as I bought 10g of each to sample. Both teas were steeped as recommended by the David’s Tea Thermometer – 74C for 2mins 30seconds. I made them at exactly the same time in identical mugs, water from the same pot and all that jazz. Only thing is I forgot to give either of them a rinse!

The Ashikubo’s liquor was a shade darker, slightly murkier. It is very vegetal, kind of bitter, with slight nutty notes, and a lot of astringency (which I hate). I’ve tried it before and felt meh about it.

The Japanese Sencha’s liquor was lighter in color and clearer. Lighter in flavour too but not in a bad way at all – light vegetal base, very slight sweet floral notes (compared to Ashikubo), very smooth with no astringency. Really pleasant to drink. I’m not a green tea person because every one I’ve tried so far is too astringent (besides genmaicha) and I really don’t dig that, but this changes things.

Anyway, final result is – I don’t like the Ashikubo. I wouldn’t freely decide to sit down with a cup of it. If you dislike astringency, like me, this isn’t for you! Go with the Japanese Sencha. Funny how I like the cheaper one….

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I love snickerdoodle cookies and this did not do too bad a job emulating the cinnamon sugar part. I loved the smell of it brewing. However as a tea—even though I was warned by the label that it would be sweet—I found it really, really, really sweet. I normally don’t sweeten my tea very much and this was pretty overpowering, sweeter than apple cider. I think it could be nice if you have your expectations set to ‘candy’ but for my own taste it was a little too much.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Visiting Davids Tea today I got to try their “mystery tea” which is melon-themed. It was nice in that it felt authentically melon-like and wasn’t just another tropical pineapple, fruity tea blend. It was sweet, as expected, but actually kind of nice. Melon’s not a flavor I go crazy for, nor is is one that replicates super well without flavoring. It was alright and I think it will be a hit in the Spring/Summer.

Back to Buddha’s Blend…
I’ve smelled this tea few times when I walked into the Davids Tea store, so I figured it was time to actually try it. The loose leaf is gorgeous with big, white hibiscus blossoms, and smells very floral. I was warned when brewing it, not to go over the recommended 4 minutes, which may explain why this tea wasn’t a favorite for some people on Steepster. That said, it still brewed up a lush golden color, and smelled richly fruity, with a focus on peach. The scent has gentler tones of jasmine underneath. Drinking the tea, it definitely seems like a white tea (it’s a white and green blend) and there’s a lightness to the body and mouthfeel of it. The earthy (almost dusty?) flavor of white tea plays nice with the fruity notes, and comes through most at the end of the sip along with the jasmine. I can see in the aftertaste how this tea could get bitter so easily. I feel it being a little sticky or prickly on the back of my tongue. This is a delicious tea, in my opinion, and it is what I wish some of the other summer teas (like Just Peachy) had been. There is natural fruit-sweetness, lush floral fragrance, and genuine tea flavors, all without needing sugar or too much candy-flavoring. Probably too blended and sweet a tea for hardcore white and green tea analysts, but nice for a playful tea drinker.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Flowers, Hay, Jasmine, Orchids, Peach

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drank Bollywood Chai by DAVIDsTEA
167 tasting notes

My partner and I love this chai and were very sad to see it discontinued, particularly before we could stock up. So right now I have four cups of chai sitting in front of me, in the hopes that I can find/create something comparable.

This one quite sweet on its own, and surprisingly not at all astringent for an 8 minute steep. A very light cup. I’m getting a fair bit of ginger and fennel, with some cinnamon and clove. A slight tingling sensation on the tongue and roof of the mouth from this one.

This is pretty delicate for a masala chai. Not peppery or spicy or bold. Just nice, and substantially different from all the others I have. I could easily drink this one straight, which I rarely do for masala chai.

More fennel and ginger, much lighter and sweeter than all of them.

Less coriander and pepper than Masala Chai from Cornelia Bean.
Less earthy, no smoke, bitterness or woodiness and more cooling than warm compared to Indian Spiced Chai from Metropolitan Tea Co.
None of the chocolate, coconut or caramel notes, and more cooling than warming, compared to Chai Black Tea from Bulk Barn.

The Masala Chai from Cornelia Bean is most similar but is still pretty different. Throwing some candied fennel in and giving it a much shorter steep might make a rough approximation, though I think the pepper might just be too punchy, and the body is just so different.

If anyone has this in their cupboard and doesn’t love it, you should swap it to me or let me buy it from you :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

A part of me REFUSES to believe I’m actually enjoying rooibos. I mean. Come on! Really? It’s like my world is being upended. What is truth? What is life? NOTHING IS CERTAIN NOW.

Usually, I find rooibos to have an odd, scratchy, hay-like flavour accompanied by a really unpleasant throat-drying sensation. I don’t know, I just felt like I was a horse on a liquid diet? Ughh. Anyways. Not so, in this case! This is soft, a touch sweet, and gently warming. None of the spices are clamouring to be heard, let alone trying to punch anyone in the face. I’m sipping this one back while gearing up to watch the final episode of Black Butler: Book of Circus, and I gotta say, it’s pure comfort. Which you know. I’m in need of. Because LAST EPISODE HOW WILL I SURVIVE.

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
495 tasting notes

Alas, time for another terrible note due to game-playing while drinking tea! :P This one came from scribbles’s giant generous swap package of awesomeness! It looks like a mix of a bunch of tiny pieces with some blueberries mixed in. Dry smell is mostly cinnamon with some sweet berry notes. I steeped for 5 minutes in boiling water.

This is actually quite tasty, even though I suspect hibiscus! It’s pleasantly tart with lots of berry flavor, but then the cinnamon really helps to sweeten it up and balance the sour. Very tasty, thanks scribbles!

Flavors: Berry, Cinnamon, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
131 tasting notes

From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

I don’t drink fruit tisanes because they’re not my thing (my last couple run-ins – both fig teas, one which was from DAVIDsTea – went into the sink), but “watermelon mint” sounded too appealing. I drank this hot-brewed because I didn’t feel like cold-brewing. Honestly, I was a little worried, but it was much better than I expected. The watermelon tastes good, though it is kind of on the light side for me, and it certainly goes well with mint, which takes over in the aftertaste. Good flavoring, too – not soapy or oily at all. I can guess that this one cold-brews well.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
albertocanfly

yum, yum…this tea is just so good. One of my favorites. It definitely has a dynamic flavor profile. And it cold brews wonderfully :D

KiwiDelight

I wanted to like this and I did! Gives me hope to try more fruit teas.

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

This was a sample with my most recent order—was stoked, as this was the blend I was most excited to try out of the new fall teas. The dry smell made me smile-cringe simultaneously, reminding me first of that delightful apple-y smell you find in orchards / pick-your-own farms, and second, of … apple gum? I think I’m thinking of Trident’s layered gums? Yikes. It brewed up a pale gold colour not unlike apple juice, and then I sipped and . . . well. There’s a zippy tartness to it, followed by a really chemical taste that lingers in the throat. And I’m saying this as someone who usually has no problems with artificial flavourings. But damn this was strong.

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drank Cold Zing (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

Having had a touch of congestion and sore throat last week (you have to love that rapid hot/cold temperature chang going on) I decided to purchase a small amount of this tea and sample it today.

I can definitely pick out the lemongrass and minty flavours and it’s pleasant whether you drink it hot or cold. It’s a nice clean tea without any nasty lingering aftertaste.

If anyone is drinking this while battling a cold, I would love to hear from you. At this point I’m not sure if this is something I would buy in a large quantity (I would have some on hand just in case, though). If it does work, definitely I will. I prefer to deal with ailments more naturally wherever possible.

…besides, since taking away PPA from cold medicines I find NOTHING works with congestion and stuffiness.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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My favorite.
It’s a soft sweet taste without being overwhelming. I also find it to be a very clean caffeine with little crash. If you’re caffeine sensitive like me this is perfect.

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I wasn’t very impressed with this tea. I found it sickeningly sweet, and I love sweet so that says something. However it really does taste like cotton candy, so if you love drinking what taste like a bowl of sugar, this might be for you.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
495 tasting notes

Another tea from the fall collection! This one is a mix of little baby dried apple pieces, crushed dried green leaves, and other tiny stuff. Dry, it smells exactly like those green and brown Caramel Apple Pops that I see around the holidays. There’s also some vanilla in there too. I steeped almost 2 teaspoons for 5 minutes in boiling water.

Brewed, it still smells similar to those suckers, but with a bit more tartness present. Hmm, I’m not sure what to say about this one… It’s unexpectedly weak, considering I used a lot of leaf. The beginning of the sip is sweet and somewhat vague apple/vanilla melange, but then midway through I’m slapped in the face with a very tart, sharp green apple-y flavor. Yowza! And then at the end there’s a weird aftertaste that’s almost mineral or chalky in nature.

This is a weird one, and it seems such a simple concept to mess up… >>

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Candy, Green Apple, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @85C. steeped three minutes thirty seconds, drunk bare.

As is typical with a flavoured tea blend from DavidsTea, you’re hard-pressed to taste any actual tea. The liquor is a faint golden-green; I expect the green base tea is a fairly unexciting one.

The spice blend is, well, again, typical for DavidsTea: a bit bland, and somehow hollow. The leaf and spices look a bit like something from Stash, what with cloves and orange peel in it. I’m not sure what the “natural flavourings” are supposed to be, but the tea overall gives the faintest whiff of oranges, a little tingle from the cloves (I love cloves) and an even fainter tingle from chill peppers. Chili peppers? Where? Were they just waved over this blend?

I would not call this a spicy tea at all. It seems to be missing something — a strong heart, perhaps, either a more assertive and interesting tea base, or some more burn from what what can be decently hot spices.

Meh.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Cinnamon chewing gum. Some spice burn builds, but it’s still hollow. After half a cup, I feel like I’ve been chewing stale Big Red.

Michelle Butler Hallett

And it gets sweeter and sweeter towards the bottom — I’d swear someone put syrup in this. (I didn’t — I don’t sweeten my teas.) Strange.

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yes! finally a lovely nighttime tea without chamomile (i’m allergic)!
most nights i have such a hard time sleeping, and valerian root really works on me, so yes, i am in love! this tea is now a staple. plus lemon balm is super calming as well, so all in all, a beautiful blend. THANK YOU, DAVIDs!

smells quite minty at first with a hint of that sweet fruit and vanilla, but once steeped, the mint really mellows out. very subtly sweet, with a hint of that minty goodness and little bit of lemon peeking through. very well balanced and calming.

Flavors: Fruity, Mint, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Cold Zing (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
128 tasting notes

crisp, refreshing flavour! more peppermint and echinacea when hot, with the citrus notes taking a back seat, but as an iced tea this blend really shines. definitely more zesty and bright from the lime and lemongrass. very refreshing! and a nice bonus, as i don’t always want a HOT tea when i’m getting sick. would definitely drink this as an iced tea year round!

Flavors: Citrus, Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I love love love this time. I love the orange/ spicy cinnomon heart-like quality. I hope they never discontinue this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Me and this tea are not having a cooperative morning.

My first cup I brewed 1tsp/8oz at 170F/75C for 2 min, and it came out so astringent that I couldn’t get through more than half the cup before drinking it.

Second steep of the same leaves I did for 1 min at 70C and it was less astringent, but still pretty astringent and otherwise pretty weak.

Third try is fresh leaf with 63C water for 1 minute. This cup is drinkable, yay! It has the nice vegetal and umami, with slightly roasty notes that I was craving. Still a touch astringent, but not bad.

It’s satisfying my morning craving, but this is super finicky and I’m regretting leaving my tin of gyokuro at my partner’s place.

Edit: NOPE. Half way through this cup and my mouth feels so dry I just want to brush my teeth. Time to make something new.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Roasted, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Ugh, finicky teas suck haha.

Anlina

And I have other senchas (mostly blends, but still), that are nice and forgiving and that give me flavour instead of just astringency.

I meant to dump the rest of this cup but ended up drinking it by accident. It got less offensive as it got cold.

Fjellrev

That’s good then. Usually when I come across an ultra finicky tea, I end up cold brewing it and it’s usually better.

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