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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells very spearminty and vanilla-y. There are what look obviously like apple pieces and then a whole ton of little white cubes, which look like sponge pieces but I guess were pineapple? I taste apple, a bit of mint and chamomile – though that isn’t in the listed ingredients. I tried adding cream but that just made it stranger. Another David’s that is not for me. Thanks for the sample, NayLynn!

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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I love how the gold balls dissolve into a lovely shimmer in my cup. When you stir the tea, the sparkles swirl around like a tiny cosmos. You have to actively look for the shimmer (it’s subtle), but what a fun tea experience! The taste is typical black, with cloves prominent, and nice hints of sugar, citrus, and vanilla.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 30 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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For better or for worse, I have a tendency to overleaf any rooibos that passes through my hands/cupboard. In the case of this tea, it was a success! I haven’t had eggnog for years—no real reason why, I just wasn’t compelled to pick it up knowing I’d be the only one who would enjoy it (family isn’t too big on it)—so when I heard about an eggnog TEA, I was stoked. And given that it’d be a green rooibos, rather than red, or a even grassy green tea? YES!!

That said, this tea is LIGHT. It’s not knock-your-socks-off-BEHOLD-I-am-EGGNOG, but I think DavidsTea did as best as they could, considering the real stuff is mindblowingly rich and creamy. The nutmeg here is wonderful, and I’ve enjoyed both cups my Advent tin allowed, so I doubt it’s a fluke. Lightly creamy and subtly spiced, I’m probably going to grab more of this before it goes away. . .

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Day 24 of the advent calendar. I’m sitting here on Christmas Eve sipping away at a mug of this tea and watching Downton Abbey on Netfix. I like how smooth this tea is. A creamy mix of mint and vanilla. It’s simple and comforting. I’m glad I bought over 100 grams of it, so I shouldn’t run out any time soon. This is one that I can see myself cozying up to all winter long.

Flavors: Creamy, Mint, Vanilla

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
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Day 23 of the advent calendar. Let me start off by saying that I hate eggnog. My parents always drank it during the holidays when I was growing up but I couldn’t even stand the look or smell of it. I would never have purchased this tea had it not been one of the samples the day that I went in. When the sales person said “eggnog” I thought…..ewwwww, yuck!" I drank the sample she handed me anyway and to my surprise it wasn’t half bad. I actually liked it! This doesn’t really taste like true eggnog to me (which is a good thing.) I get a sweet, creamy nutmeg flavour with a hint of vanilla. I drank this with a splash of milk to make it even creamier. Nutmeg is the star of the show here. A nice, light, creamy, slightly sweet nutmeg. That’s what this is to me, a nutmeg tea. I think real lovers of eggnog or people who like really strong, bold flavours will be disappointed but for me, it’s perfectly understated and mild which is exactly what it is that makes me like it. Yum!

Flavors: Creamy, Nutmeg, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea has been in my cupboard for a while. Still tastes pretty good! I taste chocolate and a doughy flavor. There is almost a maltiness in there, a hint of coconut. It has a little sweetness of it’s own so I haven’t added sugar, but I bet it would be pretty decadent with some added. Maybe on the next cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cafe Mocha by DAVIDsTEA
144 tasting notes

Cooking TTB #4

I’m so glad Inkling tossed this in for me to try! I’m going to have to go 2 rounds with it, though. I made the mistake of putting some vanilla almond milk in it before trying it plain because I was really craving a latte sort of thing. After the fact, I can say that I’m pretty sure the almond milk just completely covered all the other flavors. At least I can say that I didn’t taste anything I didn’t like ;) I’ll withhold my rating until I drink it again with nothing added.

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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My problem with this tea is that I can’t taste the ginger! Strong molasses, sweet maple brown sugar…but no ginger zing. It’s a very gentle tea, rather weak in flavor actually, and I was hoping for a more robust taste. But, it’s nice. Kind of like a soft little cookie without any frosting. It’s just as well that this was last year’s seasonal offering. I don’t find it very memorable. If I’m craving a maple syrup and brown sugar taste I can always reach for David’s perennial “Oh Canada!” rooibos.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 30 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells like just chocolate oranges. The taste begins with a hint of orange, but it’s very brief. Then the strong chocolate flavor takes over and the taste ends with a long, earthy pu’erh finish. If you like pu’erh, you’ll probably like it. But, I felt the balance was off. Could have used more orange and less chocolate. It was a fun sample, but I won’t be ordering it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

There is definitely a smell of eggnog with this tea, both raw and then when brewed. The taste, however, is purely lacking. I even let this one brew for an exceptionally long time, and still it was almost devoid of anything. It mostly just tastes like warm water with a hint of something I can’t really put my finger on. Its not as disgusting as Fry warned me it might be, but perhaps she got more green rooibos in her sample than I, because that would be awful. Overall, nothing special and almost nothing to comment on.

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My weekly trip downtown to David’s Tea resulted in a cup of Pure Chai. I drink a lot of cinnamon flavored teas, but this one is different; it is savory not sweet. It is also a chai without cardamom which is a nice change since cardamom is not my favorite flavor and in some chai teas it is overpowering. This was a nice change.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Day #23 of tea! I was excited to try this one, as I’m looking for another coconut version to try (I’m not as crazy over Cocomint Cream as most people seem to be), and this one was delicious. Nice and creamy on its own, but I added a little milk for an extra oomph. Very tasty on a cold morning – I think I’d also like to try this as a latte.

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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It seems as if every time I go into a Davids, someone tries to push this tea on me. And every time, I obligingly take a sniff, and every time, immediately reject it. The combination of lime and lemongrass is so very savoury to me, and it reminds me of this one time I tried a PC Green Curry sauce and I could barely contain my gag reflex, the smell was so strong. The memory is potent! So . . . no. Absolutely not a fan of this. In fact, I dumped half of my tin because I was so horrified. Gotta say, I’m kind of disappointed with my Advent Calendar. The misses have been outnumbering the hits by a landslide :(

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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I thought I was in for a doubled-Forever Nuts, when I opened up this tin. The smell is identical. And to be honest, I wish the taste was identical, too. I’m not a fan of Forever Nuts—too pink, too artificial, too much apple when all I really want is almond—but it is in every way superior to Sleigh Ride. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much hibiscus going on in this! (Granted, as a hibiscus hater, any hibiscus is too much, so take the review with a fat pinch of salt.)

Maddy Barone

This one sounds so good! But I don’t care for hibiscus either. Thanks for the heads up.

sweetea

So disappointing :(

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Am rather in love with the smell of this tea: ultra sweet and creamy, all vanilla and yumminess. And as always, the scent promises what the tea itself cannot deliver. Maybe I’m just a wimp when it comes to fruit-heavy blends? Because I found this tea much too sour to be really enjoyable. Any creaminess was overshadowed by the tartness. Sad.

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
47 tasting notes

Day 22 of “24 Days of Tea.” The smell of the dry tea and the smell once it’s been steeped is delightful. I like the smell of this tea more than I like the taste. It’s not terrible but it’s far from being a favourite. It’s just “okay.” If the hibiscus wasn’t in this, I would rate it higher. Too tart for me. I even sweetened it up with some agave nectar and it was still too tart. Has a nice apple-cinnamon flavour that I like, along with a touch of nuttiness. Steeps to a beautiful, deep red colour. I like it but I don’t love it. Darn that pesky hibiscus!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nutty, Tart

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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Sleigh Ride smells exactly like forever nuts, and the ingredients are mightily similar and they brew up the same pretty pink, so I expected something very close in taste – although what I got was not as close as I expected. There are a lot of commonalities with Forever nuts in the nuttiness and sweetened beetroot flavor, but where forever nuts has a deep nutty overtone, Sleigh ride has a much lighter, fruitier taste that spotlights the hibiscus and apple. Funny this comes out as part of the Winter collection, because I would almost consider this a more summery version of forever nuts (and probably would brew excellent cold as well), but needless to say I love the taste.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Nuts, Nutty

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
143 tasting notes

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