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Back from the future in-laws! I went prepared this time, with my Timolino and some tea, but I didn’t have any the entire time I was there. I’m thinking of getting an electric kettle for my fiance’s mom so that she can make tea more easily and I will be able to make tea when I go over. (I swear, my own selfish desire to feed my tea addiction did not play into the formation of this idea at all …)

Anyway, I was desperate for tea when I got home. In keeping with my goal of trying the whole spring collection before I place another DAVIDs order, I made some Grape Expectations. (Insert pun-filled joke about this tea’s name and my hopes for its taste here.)

Dry and brewed, this tea smells like grape Tootsie Pops. Hooray! I like those! That’s the flavor I usually pick if I have to eat one! The taste of the tea, however, is sadly lacking. It’s edging on bitter and floral. It sweetens as it cools, but the bitter edge becomes more pronounced as well. Ick. I’m going to sweeten the second steep and see if that helps any.

So far, I’ve been mostly disappointed with the spring collection, which is just depressing. I was really hoping I’d find at least one tea that I absolutely loved. Maybe I’ll have better luck with Cool Cucumber. :-/

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

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10
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 11 of my Easter Advent calendar!

To be honest…I don’t understand how anyone can like this tea. Granted, I might be biased for two reasons: 1) I don’t like coconut (more on that below…), 2) I have two friends that make me chai blends from their home countries (Ethiopia and India), so I’m a tad spoiled on the “chai beverage” front.

I can’t usually tolerate coconut in anything, so the fact that I don’t like this tea shouldn’t be all that surprising. That being said, I DO like some teas with coconut in them, especially from David’s; Elf Help is one of my favourite teas on the planet, and that has nice big strands of coconut in it that I don’t even try to pick out (I thought of it at first…). So the presence of the coconut isn’t the only thing that makes this tea disgusting to me.

I can’t quite put my finger on WHY I find this tea so terrible. I think it might be the rooibos, but I’m not sure on that one, either. I love cardamom, I love peppercorns, I love cloves, I love vanilla. I should, except for the coconut, love this tea. But I don’t. I got 5 sips of the tea down before I was all “I can’t do it without barfing” and was about to throw the cup out. I thought I would try a last-ditch effort of throwing out half the cup, filling the other half with milk and adding some agave to see what would happen. I couldn’t make it worse, right? I was already at the point of feeling nauseous from it. Well, the “latte” didn’t make it any better. Five more sips and down the drain it went. I’ll try to find someone to pawn the other cup. Even if I detest the tea, I still feel bad throwing it out.

Verdict: you couldn’t pay me to drink this again.

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90
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

This smells amazing dry. However, I am mixing it with David’s Tea Blueberry Jam as I need some caffeine this morning. 3 tsp of each in the (boyfriend’s) 16 oz PerfecTea maker. My first sip, “Wow, I think I got it right!” and the boyfriend laughs. It likely is more blueberry-y than most would like because I love my blueberries. I am getting the vanilla and a bit of the caramel from the Oh Canada. This is a great way to start the day!

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

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80
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
153 tasting notes

I just made up the last of my sample. I’m not exactly sure why I did not add this to my recent order from them. This tea is yummy! More chocolate than mint, but wonderful all the same!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Yummy! Like chocolate brownies and chocolate fudge, just chocolatey goodness! I can taste the raspberry and a slight coffeeness too. Very nice and indulging. Perfect.

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

This tea is MARZIPAN! I reeeeally wanted a good marzipan but most reviews seemed SO disappointing!! This tea is the best! It has a “cake-batter” scent. And best of all, it takes like that too! A touch of apple in the back and cinnamon. Real nice.

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80
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

The bag says to steep this at 92°C but I never quite manage to do that. Also my brain is wired for delicate teas at 80°. Anyway, an 80° steep works well for this blend. There’s a bit of an oil slick across the top of the tea but I blame all the delicious coconut on that!

I still haven’t gotten around to icing this one. I might even try a cold steep for once! Gotta get some sweet jars for cold brews. My latest obsession is the More Tea Tea Bottle so no doubt that’ll be in the fridge soon enough…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

Of course I had to Google that bottle – very neat!

Memily

They’re taking presales currently, my email address is on the list! I’m sure between the multitude of USA tea companies there are a number of similar products but sometimes getting cool tea stuff down under is a challenge, plus I am way too easily excited…

Memily

Errr USA *and Canada :"|

Courtney

Haha! I wonder why it’s such a pain to get things there. Although, everything is easier to get in the US. Even as Canadians, right next door, we have problems. I’ve contemplated getting a post box right over the border at times.

Memily

Land of the free indeed…

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72
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

And to round out my day, I figured I’d go with a tea that is approaching sipdown status…

This one is ok, but I think I oversteeped it a bit. It’s a tad astringent. I have just enough of this left to combine with my remaining stash of Forever Nuts to make apple pie tea. I’ll do that Monday night, probably – double sipdown in the works!

EDIT: My husband, who rarely drinks tea because he thinks most teas taste weak and “watery”, says that he would probably enjoy drinking this tea! As a caveat, he’d probably only drink it if he were sick, but this is progress! One day, with my tea wiles, I will slowly wean him off of diet coke. The only problem is that this tea is being discontinued soon. Bah.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
81 tasting notes

Just an average tea for me, I think… I liked the honey taste, but I think there was too much straight rooibos taste for me in this one. I didn’t realise that was part of this blend, and I probably wouldn’t have gone for it, otherwise. Nice caffiene buzz (no pun intended, haha), though, which was appreciated. If I try this one again, I’ll probably add sweetener (which I don’t really like doing, because tea shouldn’t have to be additionally sweetened, in my opinion!)

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
78 tasting notes

TTTTB 1/?

I’m so glad I got a chance to try this tea. I have been curious about this one for awhile. It tasted very similar to birthday cake but flatter and with black tea. I almost always prefer black tea over others so I’m surprised how much I prefer birthday cake over this.

VariaTEA

Initially I liked both but overtime I found this one too oily. As for Birthday Cake, I lost interest for a while but now that I have tried it cold brewed, there is no going back.

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
1363 tasting notes

Sipdown! (158)

Thank you Faith for the opportunity to try this tea. I expected a lot more from it however it is an older tea so I imagine some of its flavor might have disappeared. I mostly get the taste of green rooibos while subtle notes of strawberry float around and hide in the cup. Not bad, but also not a tea I am heartbroken to see go.

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86
drank Superberry (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1363 tasting notes

A while back I asked steepster what tea was good for coldbrewing. The response I got from so many of you was this tea. When I went to pick some up a while back, I was told it was retired so yesterday when I saw it on the wall, I jumped at the chance to try it. Sipping on it now, I definitely understand why it was so highly recommended. It is basically like sipping on a cup full of berries. No base, just sweet, fresh berries. Yum! Now I guess I better decide quickly how badly I need this around as it is getting retired soon.

ETA: For those interested, DAVIDs added more chocolates. Now they have Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate and Forever Nuts Milk Chocolate.

Courtney

This one is so good cold brewed. Why must they get rid of the very few teas I enjoy from them?

VariaTEA

I’m sorry :(

Courtney

Haha it wasn’t your choice. :P I rarely drink them anyway, it’s just unfortunate. There are plenty of other awesome teas in the world though. :)

Christina

Ooooh, new chocolates!

Roswell Strange

I’m going to DT on Monday or Wednesday (depending on whether my brother is ok with coming with on Monday when he’s in town) and will be attempting to pick up 100g of it and 50g of Cool Cucumber… Possibly some Redberry Tonic, as well. I’m crossing my fingers my store still has some!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 6 of my Easter Advent calendar!

Can’t believe I didn’t add a tasting note from when I bought a bag of this. Whoops!

This is a tea I always get excited about drinking, make it, love the smell of it, love the taste of it for the first few sips, then it’s just SO SWEET that I can’t finish the cup. It tastes like artificial cake (because: flavouring), has the oily layer on top of the cup from the chocolate chips (which I’m not totally against…works like lip gloss), and that OHMYGODIJUSTHADACUPOFSUGAR from the sprinkles. I don’t understand the point of the white sprinkles, and the red ones impart their lovely artificial colour to turn the tea pinkish (did you know that red velvet cake shouldn’t ever have red food colouring in it? It turns “red” because of a chemical reaction between the fine cocoa powder and the vinegar added to the cake base. Now you know). It doesn’t matter how long I steep this tea, I always get that raunchy after taste from steeping black tea leaves too long. Boo.

Verdict: I want to love this tea because I love red velvet cake, but nope. Just can’t do it.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 10 of my Easter Advent calendar!

It’s pretty obvious that I like this tea already (d’uh) and I have some both at work and at home. My mom loves this one, too, so we go through an obscene amount of it in this house! I like how nutty and pie-y it tastes, but almost more like apple crisp. I love it. And I love that it’s pink, and from rather flavourless beet juice. Doesn’t take away from the flavour of the tea, and doesn’t add tangy-ness. Yum yum yum.

Verdict: will definitely buy more when my stash is gone.

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83
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 8 of the Easter Advent calendar!

I still love this tea. I heard it was being discontinued…I hope whoever said that to me was full of it, because I’ll be sad if this one disappears. I love the creaminess that it has, almost like key lime pie. It’s lime-y, without being like green tea with lime juice squeezed in it.

I liked it so much I had both cups right away. Now I’m sad it’s gone. lol

Verdict: will go buy some on my next trip to David’s.

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75
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
984 tasting notes

Looking for something sweet after dinner and this tea has been calling to me over the last few days, I love the smell of amaretto and almond. I’m watching Man Of Steel for the first time, my husband is a huge Superman fan whereas I am predominantly a Batman fan. I love original comic references but most modern film adaptations forget the comics, so far this film has yet to impress me.

This tea has a strong scent, very much amaretto and almond, it’s heavenly. The blend itself may not look too tempting but it’s scent makes up for that, it looks dry and desert like. I just gave it to my husband to sniff and he said it’s like sherbet. It’s perhaps a little on the sour side and not as sweet as amaretto but sherbet…I wouldn’t go that far. Still it’s nice to have another’s perspective.

Once steeped the scent is still very amaretto but definitely more dry too and heavily nutty. The nutty part I don’t mind as I love nuts…..and I just realised that can sound a little rude.

Flavour wise again it’s heavily nutty, the almond being more dry than sweet and rather savoury at that. In fact the sweetness has been lost in preparation it would seem, raw it was sweet and sticky almost but now it tastes like I’ve eaten a handful of whole almonds. It’s nice but not amaretto so slightly disappointing there. Kind of toasty taste too it as well.

I wouldn’t trade for more of this, just not what I was expecting despite it’s wonderful raw scent. Oh well, still made a nice tea post dinner.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
mj1851

If you were stateside, I could send you an excellent almond black tea- very amaretto! But I’m guessing it would be very expensive to ship to the UK :-(

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61
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
225 tasting notes

A tea friend at work is expecting and can no longer drink this because “something in it induces labour”, she says. Maybe the licorice root, I am too lazy and too uninterested to actually search this out. It’s her body and her baby and totally her call. Because she has quite a bit left and cannot drink it she offered it to me. I took 2-cups worth of leaf and gave her back the rest because soon the baby will be here and she will no doubt regret parting with what she says is a favourite.

I can’t see why this would be anyone’s favourite though. I have never tried this before but I looked it up and saw gojiberries and orange as featured ingredients on DAVIDs site. The sample is full of almonds. Dry leaf smells like almonds, ditto for the steeped tea. But it’s weak at 1.24 tsp / 8oz, 195F for 4 min and I would have no clue there’s citrus in here were it not for the website. Not satisfying at all.

Flavors: Nuts

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

Saturday Sample Sipdown! I plan to do 8 sipdowns between now and Monday night, and this is the first one.

I really wanted to like this tea because it smells so nice and gentle when dry. However, the brewed taste is really disappointing. I want more orange and sweetness than there actually is. I do like how the tea glitters with gold specks right after you finish steeping. But alas, glitter is not enough. So long!

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67
drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
109 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

This is the tea I was most excited about from the Spring Collection. It has BLUEBERRIES, how could I not be excited about that?

Dry, this smells chemically bordering on medicinal — not exactly what I’d expect from a fruity tea. Steeped, this tastes much more like lemongrass than blueberries. I like it and especially appreciate that it’s not oily like Exotica was … but I’m not really impressed by this one. Which stinks because I wanted so much to be blown away by it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
109 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday.

Dry, this smells amazing — fruity and light. I love the little chunks of pineapple! Steeped, this is a generic, almost-fruity tea. It has a sharpness to it that makes me think “chemical”, but not in a bad way, if that’s possible.

Overall, it’s not bad. I’m just not sure that this is something I would go out and purchase once I’ve used up my sample.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
153 tasting notes

I bought this on a whim and I’m glad that I did! I needed to get enough for free shipping ;)
This is super yummy: by itself, or with a hint of sugar. I would like to try this with honey, or maple syrup of course! (the GOOD stuff!)

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73
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 9 of my Easter Advent calendar

The smell of this one really got me. Smells very peachy, which is fun because there’s no peach actually in it. Interesting. Oh, right “artificial flavour”. Peaches. Expectations: decreased.

Tried to scoop out a little of everything to put in the steeping basket. I think I was at least mostly successful. Steeped probably too long, since it was a little bitter towards the end of the cup. Ah, well. No one ever said I was an expert.

The taste is distinctly peachy. Not like the fruit…like the sour candy. Since I don’t really like fuzzy peaches I wasn’t all that impressed, but I wasn’t necessarily disgusted. It was…weird. I would have liked the tea, I think, without any kind of flavour added. Why does it have to have flavouring?! Why not just the goodness of tea?!

I have at least one more cup of this left, maybe two. Before I decide if I’d recommend it, I’ll drink it again.

Verdict: because it’s a white base I doubt I’d ever buy it because it’s expensive and not outstanding.

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75
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Day 5 of my Easter Advent calendar! Catching up on the 4 days I’ve missed, all at once :)

I thought this one was pretty good. I had this as part of my Christmas Advent calendar, and thought it was…strange. Not necessarily unpleasant strange. But strange. I’ve bumped up my rating, because I think this one is starting to grow on me. I don’t like it as much as I liked luscious watermelon, but I do really like it. And I think it would be glorious iced. If I had enough left I’d try it, but alas…‘tis not so. Maybe I’ll go buy a small bag at David’s for the sole purpose of trying it iced.

Anyway, I still don’t know what goji berries taste like, so maybe that’s what tastes “strange” for me. Not sure. But now it’s becoming a good strange, not a bad strange :) One more cup left to decide for good.

Verdict: it’s growing on me. I may buy some.

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85
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
1184 tasting notes

Cold Brew: 16 hour total? Right around there – maybe a little longer though?

This was nice! It’s a refreshing peach punch type drink with a crisp, vegetal undertone. That said, it didn’t knock my socks off and I don’t feel that compelled to quickly stock up before DT stops stocking this one (it’s being “retired” as a blend; there’s a week or so left to stock up. Something like that, anyway…). Not when I know there are other bamboo teas to keep stocked/try out.

I am a little sad it’s being discontinued though; even though I don’t want a ton, it’s something I would have liked to occasionally refill for cold brewing…

It definitely put me in a peach mood, though! I have another peach tea cold brewing for tomorrow. We’ll see if this flavour craving carries on into tomorrow by the time it’s ready.

Courtney

It’s being retired?! WHY? Gah. I love this one cold brewed with the addition of pineapple juice.

Roswell Strange

This one, Superberry, Big Apple, and Exotica. They announced it on their FB page to give people a chance to stock up.

mj1851

This is such a basic question so please excuse me. What is up with this cold brewing business? How do you do it? Why do you do it? Steepster is teaching me so much!

Courtney

I personally add leaf to a mason jar, or other vessel, then pour in water and let it set in my fridge for hours – 8, 10, 12 type thing. Delish. I’ve also just put normally brewed tea in the fridge to cool as well. :)

Nxtdoor

Cold water.

Spencer

Have you tried cold-brewing Rishi’s Peach Blossom White?

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