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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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I LOVE THIS TEA.

To me, it smells like going to the spa. It reminds me of eucalyptus saunas and zen mint eucalyptus warm tea while going into the temperature baths. It’s completely relaxing, soothes, clears your passages and just feels like it’s detoxing you from inside out.

Some people may find this strongly medicinal, whereas, I find it to be super natural and soothing. I absolutely love this tea, will always keep 1 or 2 tins in my cupboard.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

This is so fruity, I love it! It reminds me of a fruit roll-up. It’s absolutely great iced, and warm. Because it’s herbal, I can drink this whenever. It’s fool-proof (temp, steep time). I much prefer this to pink lemonade or pink flamingo. Definitely a re-purchase when I get through more tea in my stash.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I absolutely expected to hate this tea. It smells really strongly of ginger with slight pepper/spicy/woodsy notes. I don’t love this if I steep it longer than a minute or two. It isn’t the most tasty tea if you don’t enjoy the taste of ginger on it’s own, but if you’re making an effort to try more ginger it’ alright. Just alright. There are better tea’s with ginger in it. This one for me can’t be over steeped or else it becomes much too strong.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Super yummy, it’s definitely a rooibos. If Rooibos teas bother you, I’d say this one woudn’t be an exception.

I mostly taste caramel and maple in this tea, slightly creamy. Doesn’t burn easily nor does it oversteep easily. Great dessert tea, makes your whole room smell of maple.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Honey, I Dew by DAVIDsTEA
1709 tasting notes

I missed out on the Honeydew Maté when it made its brief reappearance, so I decided that this tea might be the next best thing. The salesperson joked that she was disappointed that the blend wasn’t called ‘Melon Degeneres’ but I think ‘Honey I Dew’ is pretty cute as well.

I love melon flavours, particularly honeydew, so I was really looking forward to this tea. The flavour of the hot tea was very much sweet honeydew and cantaloupe melon, though it could easily be a herbal for all the difference the white tea base made in the taste.

I started off really enjoying it but interestingly as the tea cooled off the flavours started to get a little bit strange. The melon became more artifical and the tea left a bit of an odd aftertaste in my mouth. Usually I like fruit tea more as they cool off and I was thinking that this one would be good iced – but the opposite seems to be true of this blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
2880 tasting notes

Backlog (from this past week). Really meh. Basically just a white tea with some peachy flavour, and not even a white tea that has much flavour by itself. Not really a fan.

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
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I was a little vary of this one due to the lavender (I’m not a huge fan of floral teas), but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the taste (and I do love the fact that it’s organic)! I got a strong strawberry flavour (yay) out of my cup, and the lavender wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. I had this hot (it still feels like winter out, le sigh), and it is definitely a relaxing-type tea. I’d love to try it iced, see if I like it as much. Out of the three samples I picked up yesterday (this, Spa Day and Vanilla Rose), I think this is my favourite. I

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Drinking up as much tea as I can while I have the time/energy for it!

I got this one as a sample in my last Davids order. Normally, I’m really not a chai person. This one though …

Dry, it smells strongly of cinnamon. Steeped, it’s cinnamon and black tea with the barest hint of astringency. Yum! I’m really enjoying this one.

(And it pairs nicely with Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate things! YES!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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1.25 tsp for 300mL water @96C, steeped four minutes.

Very strong scent of licorice. It dominated. I can even smell it through a sealed plastic bag, where I dumped the wet leaves. Could not even try to drink this.

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drank Spa Day by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Spa Day by DAVIDsTEA
1709 tasting notes

So the Canucks lost the series against the Flames tonight and I’m a sad hockey fan right now.

I’m a bit low on non-caffeinated teas at the moment so I caved to my inner tea-hoarding dragon and bought a small amount of this new blend. The salesperson said that it reminded her of the now-discontinued Coco-Lemon Thai and I can sort of see where she’s coming from, but this blend is a bit sweeter and more fruity. It lacks the body and substance of its predecessor as well, though I might just need to steep it a little bit longer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried this tea as part of the limited edition “They’re Back” collection, which included three discontinued teas from past spring collections. With this collection, you got a small amount of each tea. You could, however, get larger quantities of each of the teas online only….which was too bad, because by the time I tried out the Honeydew Mate and discovered that I loved it, it had already sold out online! So, I could not pick up any more of this tea, which is a pity, because I really like it! Oh, the dangers of finding teas that you love only to have them discontinued! But it is a risk that you just have to take when you love tea!

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1709 tasting notes

I can tell just from looking inside the pouch that there’s not much actual tea in this blend, so calling it a white tea may be a bit of a stretch. I have a love of all things jackfruit – I tried it for the first time when I was in Belize in’08 and have loved it ever since. Unfortunately it’s next to impossible to find here in my little British-Columbian town. Much to my joy I can actually taste it in this tea, along with the crisper flavour of starfruit. There’s something that’s just so juicy and fresh about this tea that makes me love it. I bet it’s a great tea to drink iced.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Spa Day by DAVIDsTEA
207 tasting notes

Finally, a new tea for me to try! :) Quickly grabbed 10g of this to go this afternoon, and made a mug when I got home. A little too heavy on the coconut for me (though that might have been the amount of coconut pieces in my particular cup, I could certainly try and make it without), but the mango flavour does shine through. I do enjoy a good mango tea, and since this is cheaper than Mango Madness, I may be picking up more of this one in the future.

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drank Vanilla Rose by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This is heaven in a cup – it smells like cinnamon and tastes very similar – light, floral and a hint of fruity. Rose is my absolute favourite scent and I wish this were sold in perfume form. *Although I don’t love that David’s Tea is taking a turn into that market, it’s weird.

I brewed this hot and enjoyed every last sip. I will be stocking up on this blend, for sure!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Floral, Rose, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I like this tea, it has different flavours throughout the drinking experience. I get jasmine, wood, smoke, sweet, caramel and a touch bitter (on the second steep). It is also a fun tea to steep, the cute little spheres open up, very pleasing.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Jasmine, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Strawberry Colada by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

I received an order from Davidstea yesterday, and this came as a sample! I’m very intrigued since it doesn’t seem to be on the Davids website. (Which was also sort of a let down because if it was good I wanted to order more during the Free Shipping promotion)

The dry tea makes me think of a red lifesaver candy, but with a tropical edge.

My first cup (no sweetener) is a bit tart from the hibiscus, but then I get the coconut notes. The smell of the hot tea is very similar to Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.

I feel like adding sugar would make the strawberry flavour pop, but I’m avoiding all sweeteners right now.

I brewed extra so I can also try this cold later :)

Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Cool Cactus by DAVIDsTEA
1709 tasting notes

I’ve been on a bit of a Davids Tea spree lately and I’ve got a bunch of new teas from them that I need to log and add to my cupboard.

I’ve only tried prickly pear fruit a few times as it’s quite expensive and hard to find here, but it does make for a great mojito. It seems to be the dominant flavour in this blend along with pineapple. The tea is quite smooth, slightly sweet and pleasantly fruity though in a way that’s quite distinct from the myriad of other fruit-flavoured green teas that I’ve tried.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I found this tea creamy and it has a very nice strawberry flavour to it. I did not find it bitter at all and the second steep was just as good as the first steep.

Flavors: Creamy, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

Love it! My favourite chai from David’s Tea (well… I disliked all the other chais from DT…). Also, I disliked most of the rooibos I tried but this one is really great! I finished my stash of it so I have to go buy some more.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coconut

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This is a great tea as a breakfast latte. The strawberry and cream flavour balances well with the black tea, and it doesn’t need agave or any sweetener. I might try it with a touch of vanilla agave the next time I drink it.

I also enjoy it with just a touch of warmed up cream.

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

I don’t know what it is about this tea, but it’s completely hit or miss for me. I drank it iced today, and I’m kind of glad I only have a bit of it left. I like my teas to be a bit more dependable in the enjoyment category.

Maybe it’s the amount of hibiscus in each cup? I think I want to like it because the store sample I consumed had a nice balance with the fake cream flavour…

For this particular cup, I poured boiling water over the tea in my steeper and then left it overnight. In the morning I threw it over ice. I might have benefited from a touch of sweetener.

Flavors: Berry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped four minutes.

Dry leaf smells nice – cinnamon, vanilla, roses.

Steeped tea would make a good bath soap.

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