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65
drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

I approached this sample warily because (as must be abundantly clear to anyone who’d seen my previous notes) I don’t like spice tea, and the last few spice tea samples have been particularly dreadful. This one smelled quite lovely though (the combination of ginger and anise, I think) and as it turns out, it was pretty well balanced too. Obviously it tasted like spices, but they weren’t overwhelming and the black tea came through. So though I wouldn’t buy it myself, I’d give it a thumbs up for those people who like spice tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I got this tea as part of the Fall sampler pack from David’s Tea. I used 1.5 teaspoon in 7 ounces of water. It smelled great while brewing but when I tasted it straight, and could barely taste anything – not tea, or any of the flavorings that were supposed to be present. It tasted more like slightly sweetened water. I then made a latte out of it with honey and coconut creamer, and that improved it enough that I could more fully taste the maple flavor, but the tea itself was still pretty weak. Honestly, I’ve had stronger and better grocery store teas.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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76
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
162 tasting notes

I wanted to like this tea…I really did. The pastry notes, however, fall decidedly flat and overall it was a slightly underwhelming cup.

It might be worth trying again, but I’m not sure I’d be rushing to purchase it anytime soon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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61
drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

This tea’s strongest flavor is cinnamon. There’s also a taste of cookie, similar to ginger bread and/or chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chip. Would I recommend this tea? Yes, if you enjoy the taste of cinnamon. Would I buy this tea again? Probably not.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie

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88
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
162 tasting notes

This one brews up nicely sweet due to the generous amounts of shiny sugar sprinkles in the mix…it even has soft hints of honey and clove layered over a comfortingly nondescript black base.

It’s not the best tea I’ve ever had – nor is it the worst – but it’s one I’d go back to in a heartbeat as a sure thing. I approve.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

A tea that makes you go “MMmm” out loud -at first sip.

This tea doesn’t need sweetener but if you REALLY want a desert-in-a-cup, go for it. Another tea going to my must-buy list. :)

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

I have a stock pile of empty sample bags but forgot to put the names of who they came from… sheesh. Anyone else see a reoccurring pattern here? (thanks brain) I worry that by the time I’m in my 60’s everyday really will seem like a new day… but I digress.

It was either NayLynn or Courtney that introduced this tea to me. ;) Thank you!
This tea is delectable. There’s a light orange undertone to the rich black tea with a nice chocolatey flavor. DavidsTea really does a good job of capturing and infusing flavors into their tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I had this tea after a long evening of trying to (quietly) assemble an Ikea tv stand. It was pretty much perfect. The lavender is the first thing I tasted. I’ve never had lavender tea before, so I was pleasantly surprised. There was almost a candy flavour to it. Nice subtle hints of coconut, and the flavour of the rooibos comes through in the end, a little bitter, but I steeped for a full 7 minutes, so that wasn’t surprising. Very nice, relaxing tea. I picked up a sample size this time, but I will definitely be adding this to my regular collection.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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81
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1917 tasting notes

When I got home from work, I decided I wanted tea but I knew I didn’t want anything too heavy which meant black tea was out. Honestly, if I had a more manageable cupboard, I probably would have reached for Butiki’s Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies again. Instead, I grabbed the Pineapple Angel Food Cake Shou Mei that has been sitting in my cupboard forever and hasn’t been touched and then I chose to splurge and open my bag of Vanilla Orchid that I have been saving since March and after all that, I decided I should at least try something new or work on a sipdown so I brewed up some of this as well.

My worry with this is that the oolong flavor would stand out the most. Luckily that wasn’t the case at all. This has a delicious coconut flavor to it – one that is sweet and true to the nut. However, the lemongrass also shines, particularly at the end of the sip. The flavor is really reminiscent of Coco-Lemon Thai tbh and the oolong base works wonderfully to highlight the flavors. I can actually see myself getting more of this in the future so that’s awesome.

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drank Cinnaberry by DAVIDsTEA
101 tasting notes

Based on the smell of this tea, I expected a more potent flavor. To my (pleasant) surprise it is not as overbearing as anticipated. I for sure get cinnamon and berry flavor out of it. It is blueberry but not. I will need another cup of this before I decide where it stands in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Can’t smell very well, but in store the lime/citrus really shone through, while drinking there is a stronger mint presence. Overall a nice relaxing tea. I love that it has echinacea for when I feel a cold coming on.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This was a bonus sample that Roswell Strange included in our swap. It is extremely smelly, ha ha… It definitely reminds me of Harney & Sons’s Hot Cinnamon Spice in that it basically smells exactly like Red Hots candy or any type of cinnamon candy really. This one is a green tea however, compared to black. The leaves are rather large and sencha-ish, and they’re mixed with red flower petals, cinnamon bark, and a few red peppercorns. I steeped about 1.5 teaspoons for 3 minutes at 175 degrees.

Brewed aroma is pretty much still cinnamon candy. And it tastes like cinnamon candy too, with a little bit of green tea at the beginning of the sip. The only real difference between this tea and Hot Cinnamon Spice is that this one isn’t sweet. Overall, not bad, but not something I’d regularly drink. :)

Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
468 tasting notes

Miss Roswell Strange was nice enough to purchase and send me 20g samples of the David’s fall collection teas that I was interested in. What a sweetheart! For some reason, I’ve been neglecting these since I got them, and this is only the second one I’ve tried out of 4 total. Doh! I really love maple-flavored things, so I have to try this one. The tea itself looks like an even mix of black tea leaves and dried apple pieces (why…). There’s also cinnamon bark and pieces of maple brittle. Dry scent is extremely sweet with more cinnamon and apple than maple. It does smell delicious though, like some kind of amazing fall pastry! :) I steeped mine for 4 minutes at 200 degrees.

Brewed, this tea smells like a cinnamon apple tart or some other form of pastry. And with maple glaze! :D Wow, it’s very buttery, which I did not expect! It’s definitely very similar to some kind of pastry, maybe an apple pie with plenty of butter in the filling! There’s only the barest hint of maple here, which is unfortunate, but this is a really good apple pie tea! I taste buttery, flaky crust along with buttery, cinnamony, brown sugary apple filling. Yum!

Also, this would make the best latte ever… Next time!

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

I received a bit of this tea in a swap. It was my first tea from Davids and I am not disappointed. The taste was obviously very fruity, and I could identify the unique jackfruit/starfruit taste despite it being my first time with that flavor. The tea has a small bit of natural sweetness, but not enough for my tastes so I end up adding some sugar to my cups. I had to be careful not to oversteep this tea even a little bit, because the one time i did it tasted pretty undrinkable. This was a good intro for me to Davidstea and I look foward to trying more from them soon.

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85

I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while and as soon as I took a whiff of the loose leaf I knew this is what I would be brewing up today. The leaves are highly fragrant with citrus oil and visually the jasmine blossoms are startling. This tea brews up pretty pale, yellow/green, even if steeped over the recommended 3 minutes. I love the balance of floral jasmine, tart, natural citrus, and the smooth oolong body. One of my favorite teas I’ve tried at Davids Tea, partly because it is flavorful without being too sweet.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Green, Jasmine, Lemon, Mineral, Orange

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63

I went into Davids Tea looking for a mid-caffeine tea that might not be too sweet. I had oolongs in my mind so I asked to smell a bunch of the loose leaf. I like gingery things so I thought I’d try the ginseng oolong but it was intimidating, both in its chunky appearance and earthy/dusty smell. So I thought I’d give vanilla orchid a try. This tea smells gently of vanilla, and gets much stronger when brewed. The vanilla flavor is herbal but still sweet enough not to be medicinal. I don’t take any honey or sugar in my tea so this was definitely not sweet on its own but had a pleasant green/mineral flavors like an earthy green tea rather than being too vegetal. It was more like hay or leaves in the best way possible. This oolong brews up light, more yellow/green than amber, and I suspect I let it oversteep, so it was a bit strong for me. The vanilla is vigorous but authentic and not at all candy-like. As long as you know that going in, this tea is worth the try.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Medicinal, Mineral, Vanilla

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70
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

Mmm nice. Light, vegetal, and fruity. A bit grassy, with a nice, strong kiwi flavour. Bright but not really getting into tart. A touch astringent, hints of bitterness.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Trying this tea for the first time. This was the fall tea I was most excited about, I love maple. Unfortunately I can’t actually taste any of it in the tea. Disappointed. Like others have mentioned, I would have been better off sticking with Oh Canada.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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65

Yup. Minty.

I got this iced when it was the tea of the day sometime in August, and it was nice. If you like mint. I’m not a huge mint fan, so this was just kind of generically minty to me. I suppose I can recall there being some sort of creaminess underneath, and I definitely noticed the caffeine later – oops, should have checked for that before getting it in the evening. Bah! Who needs sleep? Anyhow, it was refreshing and clean tasting and was the right thing to combat the heat of the day, but I don’t know that I would buy any, especially given that most people expect mint “tea” to be tea-free, heh.

If you love mint and want a bit of a caffeine pick-me-up, too, this is your dude right here.

Flavors: Cream, Mint

Preparation
Iced

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95
reviewed The Nordic Mug by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I have three of these now, and I don’t know when I’ll stop! I got two of the Breton Octopus motif from the 2014 Spring Collection (thanks to a friend who found them when they were on sale and had vanished from almost all stores and I suddenly decided I couldn’t live without them – oops!), and one of the Multi Raccoon from the Fall 2014 Collection. I’m about to swap out the Octopus at work for the Raccoon, since autumn is nearly upon us, so I imagine I’ll likely have one for each season. I wasn’t taken with any of the Summer 2014 Nordics, so perhaps next year. Eager to see what comes out for winter/Christmas!

Tea-wise, this is a giant mug of tea! It’s thick-walled, so it keeps a nice temperature for a decent amount of time (I’m kind of a delicate flower (hah!), so I don’t drink mine while it’s scalding hot…ymmv). I love having the infuser nestled in under the lid, and having a resting spot for it on the lid after steeping is great when you’re at work and not keen on making constant trips back and forth to the kitchen.

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Love The Perfect Mug! I got two in the Glass Octopus motif from the Spring 2014 Collection when they went on sale, and have been really pleased. I have infusers at home, but not this compact and tidy, which makes them great at the office. It’s the perfect size for a nice morning brew, and I like watching the darkening tea curl around the octopus tentacles like a roiling sea storm.

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69

One highly caffeinated To Go bevarage at DT isn’t enough, apparently, so to contrast my latte w. Kristina I also grabbed one of these babies, iced, To Go before me headed out for the day.

It was pretty good; it tasted like petrichor (the smell of the earth after it rains); very earthy, very fresh, with some natural sweetness to it. Rainforest, through and through.

The whole reason Kristina was in town was to go to a Metal Concert (Arsis; and four other bands opening for them) with me, but at this point it was about 12:30PM and the doors to the show didn’t open until 7PM so we had a lot of time to kill. We ended up taking the longer, more leisurely walk to the bus terminals downtown while I sipped on this. Along the way we stopped at this older, vinyl record place. I’d never been before, but it was really cool. The whole store had this very welcoming, but dated atmosphere and the staff were pretty low key and casual. It was fun.

I didn’t get anything, but she got a (Metal) album. It was fascinating watching the staff members find the CD; she brought the case up and they used an indexed filing system to go through these MASSIVE cabinets of archived CDs to find the correct one. So “old school” – which seems like such a judgmental thing to say? But it was cool. You don’t see a lot of stores using an organizational system like that anymore.

And then we caught the bus and were off to another mall!

Flavors: Moss, petrichor, Rainforest, Wet Earth

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

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73
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
1928 tasting notes

Just a little bit of backlog; I spent all Saturday out with my friend Kristina, and then yesterday I worked in the morning and promptly fell asleep when I got home so now, since I have the day off, it looks like it’s an appropriate time to log tasting notes. Man, it’s 9AM and it just feels so wrong that I’m wide awake. But that’s what I get for passing out on the couch at 8PM yesterday…

So lets get into my Saturday, shall we? Kristina was supposed to get in from Regina at 11:00 so I was going to meet her downtown at 11:30, but in order to get ready, shower and stuff and catch the bus in time I needed to get up at approx. 9:00 so that’s when I had my alarm set for. So I ended up waking up on my own thinking I was up before the alarm had gone off; I casually checked what my phone for the time and what time was it? 11:00. I fucked up. Apparently, I had my phone on vibrate so I wound up sleeping through the alarm. So I got ready stupidly fast; no time for showers or tea or really even like brushing my hair? And I had to take a taxi to meet her; even still I wound up being late. She was cool about it though. I guess she just knows me and what to expect, at this point…

We met up at DAVIDsTEA because it’s a good meeting place, and it’s close to the Bus Depot downtown; and Thank God we did ‘cause no tea in the morning or prepared To Go? That’s terrible! So, I met up with Kristina and we caught up on what was new with her life since moving back to Regina over a hot latte. I picked this one; mate is pretty well the only way to start off a busy day out.

This was pretty decent; you could really taste the coffee in it alongside the very roasty mate, which is sort of coffee like on its own too. There are so many different kinds of coffee beans in this though; and I am so vastly unknowledgable when it comes to coffee, so there’s no way I was able to pick up the differences between them all. I also was able to pick up on notes of vanilla and white chocolate among the creamy, frothy milk. Mmm! Man do I love lattes. I also feel like I very slightly tasted the chicory and some nuttiness, but mostly I think that was drowned by the milk.

But this definitely significantly jump started my day, which was the intent. And man, what a day it was! So much was packed into the day! It was fun though, and I look forward to elaborating in tasting notes to come!

EDIT: Should probably point out this was obviously with the new formula.

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