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drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
641 tasting notes

I really like this one as a refresher, a palate cleanser. I don’t really get any of those yoghurt/creamy notes but that might be due to the age of the blend? In any case I really don’t mind; I’m a fan.

Rediscovered my enjoyment of this blend lately and am quickly getting through the last of the supply that ashleyelizabeth sent on my fateful first Steepster swap!

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This is really nice right now. It is chocolaty and minty. Could be a little stronger, but it’s nice with cream and sugar this evening. Not too much rooibos flavor, which I appreciate.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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80

Had this at the retail store near my workplace. Iced with nothing added. Nice cherry flavor, a tiny bit of tartness that added a refreshing note, definitely brought back memories of Fla-Vor-Ice cherry. A grown-up way to enjoy the flavor of childhood summertime! Too bad it’s a limited edition.

Flavors: Cherry, Fruity, Tart

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85

You know what Steepster? This tea is going on four years old and I still have 50 grams left. You know what else? It’s still really good. I get grapes, I get raisin, I get a bit of natural sweetness and a hint of white tea. I don’t get bitterness or astringency. I don’t get bubblegum. I don’t get anything overly artificial. This was a really well balanced white tea blend that Davids put out for Christmas nearly four years ago and I really liked it. I still like it. I wish they would return to these less flavoured blends that hold up to a bit of abuse. I am so happy with this right now. Trying out whites and green oolongs lately has inspired me to broaden my tea horizons, on occasion at least. Usually the beau takes care of everything that isn’t a black tea in our house but I’ve been on a sampling role lately and I will be keeping this one at work with me for the times I want a flavoured or light tea.

By the way, the grapiness of this is like purple grapes I find. No tart, not aggressive, not fake or candy-like. Really nice. A white base was the way to go. Way better than the newer grape tea they did a while ago.

Flavors: Grapes, Raisins, Sweet

Ysaurella

a tea never really dies…

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86
drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
101 tasting notes

I love this tea. After the in-your-face of assam, I wanted something a lot mellower today. This tea just fits the bill completely. I have quite a bit of it from last winter, but I SOOO want David’s to come out with it again, so I can stock up!

I posted before…the sip starts mulberry and ends pistachio, and I still think that is true. It is just an all-around good cup of tea, and one of my favorites.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
167 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: Coffee is the strongest aroma with hints of chicory and carob

Liquor: The slightly cloudy brown reminiscent of coffee

Flavour: Prominent coffee flavour with slight hints of carob and chicory. Vanilla provides some sweetness.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

My friends have been crazy over DT for over a year now but I was yet to hop onto the wagon. So the other day I had finally decided to try it. Myself being a coffee drinker I am definitely used to bolder flavors but that is not to say that I think tea in general is bland. Lately I’ve been drinking Tazo’s organic chai and find that it is very spicy and that it brews fairly strongly, which is what I like. That’s why I was so surprised by how weak David’s Tea is. Jumpy Monkey in particular.. It tastes like murky coffee filter water that comes out when the machine goes through a cleaning cycle! And the color of the tea just looked like chicken bouillon to me. However aromatic Jumpy Monkey smells in the container, that certainly is not how this tea tasted. I feel the same about the DT chais I had purchased. David’s Teas smell good and so enticing, and that’s why I think they’ve done so well. Sad to say I won’t be going back there.

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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80
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
641 tasting notes

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70

Another chocolate tea I wasn’t impressed with.

I get a lot of coconut from this one – if I overleaf, it’s a very sharp coconut flavor, verging on bitter. Today, the coconut overwhelms everything else and contributes to a baked goods-type flavor. The flavor reminds me more of pie dough (but, not entirely) than cookies.

Oh, well. It’s a decent breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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First off, this isn’t a real milk oolong. Milk oolong isn’t supposed to have milk or any other flavorings added to it. It’s a fake.

Secondly, it’s not even that good. A friend gave me a cup and I was polite enough to drink it, but the fake milky flavor was honestly pretty gross. It’s a sub-par tea at best, and certainly not worth the price.

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100
drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

Had this last night as a post-dessert treat while playing video games. I think I messed it up. I might have had two glazed donuts before drinking this and I can’t tell if they overloaded me on sweet to the point where I couldn’t taste my tea or if I just got a really bland cup. Both steeps of this didn’t taste at all like cotton candy — very disappointing regardless, and it’s making me reconsider if this is one I need to have stockpiled before it’s discontinued.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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74
drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
523 tasting notes

The dry blend smells exactly like caramel corn or maybe like the buttered popcorn jellybeans (one of my least favorites). For some reason, I wasn’t expecting it to be so accurate! Once it’s been steeped, it smells like brown sugar, cinnamon and popcorn.

Sipping… this blend starts off with a rather bland fruity base — quite similar to Forever Nuts. The rest of the sip is rather uneventful until the end when I get a lovely caramel corn flavor – faint popcorn with a strong and gooey caramel.

While this is a very creative blend and the flavor is as close to caramel corn as you can get, it’s a little too artificial for me. I also wish that it had a different base mixture because I really am thinking about Forever Nuts throughout this cup. Forever Nuts isn’t a bad tea, but it’s not really what I want with my caramel corn.

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70
drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
802 tasting notes

I cold brewed this last week as well, and I should have made some notes. But I don’t remember tasting any chocolate.
I thought there was too much going on, and it didn’t taste like a pina-colada. Too much hibiscus as well.

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88
drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
802 tasting notes

I cold brewed this last week. I should have made some notes about it, because I don’t remember specifics, but this was fruity goodness. It would be good with some Arbor Mist! lol

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87
drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Well, 7 months later, I finally got to try this tea. I gave into my own laziness and bought a bunch of paper tea filters. I know it’s better to give tea the space to expand, but I find I’m usually too tired to clean out metal filters, and compromise with easy sachets.

Rarely do I neglect my lovely collection of looseleaf teas now! This being one of my favorite rooibos it’s perfect for a pre-bedtime cup. Malty and sweet, it reminds me David’s Oh, Canada! which I also previously preferred as a bedtime tea. Not as zesty or spiced, as I would have thought, which is a welcome surprise.

Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Maple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

For some reason I accidentally removed this tea from my cupboard when I still had more than half a pouch left. I made up a big pitcher of iced tea and for a change instead of agave I sweetened it with Meyer Lemon infused simple syrup from Sonoma Syrup Co. (check them out, they’ve got a huge range of flavours available http://sonomasyrup.com/ ). The result is crisp, fresh and (naturally) very lemony). There’s a bit of a herbal tang in the aftertaste that I’m not hugely fond of, but on the whole the results are good.

Preparation
Iced

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81
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
478 tasting notes

This is a really heavy blend, what with the huge chunks of nuts in it, but I adore the taste. I don’t get a lot of either raisin or coconut, but I do get a rich, nutty note on a smooth black base. This is a new try for me and I am glad I gave it a shot!

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78
drank Pure Vanilla (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
4825 tasting notes

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55
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB 2

This reminds me a lot of their Red Velvet Cake with a heavy after taste of cherry. It smells really delicious, my husband even wanted a sip. It has a much better smell than taste. I’ll finish it but I wish it had more black tea flavor.

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drank Hibiscus Punch by DAVIDsTEA
297 tasting notes

Herbal Traveling Tea Box

Bleh. I like hibiscus, and even this was just so sour. There was even evident tartness after sweetener, but at least it toned down the hibiscus some and brought out the cinnamon. Without, it was nearly undrinkable. The only way I would ever imagine this would be halfway decent would be iced and sweetened. Teavana Passion is tart, but it’s lovely iced and I don’t even sweeten mine these days. Something tells me this wouldn’t work as well.

Just under 2 tsp but steepster doesn’t allow non-whole numbers. I was hoping the cinnamon would somehow overwhelm the hibiscus and tried this hot. Big mistake, huuuge mistake

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Oh man.

Oh man oh man oh man.

Like I mentioned in my tasting note for Southern Belle; I made a couple different tea syrups today, and this is one of them. There was a toss up whether I wanted to use this with club soda for a tea soda or if I wanted to pour it over fruit; once I had decided that tea soda was too safe I was then daunted with the decision of peaches or pears. With the help of the fantastic people in the Steepster Chat Group I decided on Peaches, and also vanilla ice cream.

So I had a can of halved peaches, with the tea syrup poured over and then a scoop of vanilla ice cream situated in the center of the bowl. And holy shit it was heavenly. Everything came together in the most fantastic way and fireworks went off on the surface of my tongue.

The tea syrup alone was quite tasty; mostly it was just really sweet but faint notes of cinnamon could be picked out in addition to strong rootbeer/vanilla flavours. Of course this complimented the vanilla ice cream exceedingly well. And then, the vanilla ice cream complimented the peach halves, and that really helped to tie everything together. But the Rootbeer/Peach would have worked on its own too; it’s hard to explain but the contrasting flavours made one another pop while the sweetness shared by both helped to prevent them from clashing.

A+; Would make again!

Oh, and I posted it on the Southern Belle note but I’ll paste it here too for consistency/reference. This was my tea syrup recipe:

- 1 tbsp. of leaf steeped in about an oz. of boiling water for roughly 4 min.
- This highly concentrated brew was then strained
- I then added approx. 2 1/2 tbsp. of white sugar into the tea
- This is heated up to dissolve the sugar
- The overall “yeild” was about a shot worth of tea syrup

Mandy

I told you! Peaches and Cream Rootbeer Float Sundae. I would totally buy that from an ice cream shoppe.

OMGsrsly

That sounds AMAZING. Totally need to try tea syrups now!

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86
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
1799 tasting notes

So I made two tea syrups today; this one and Root Beer Float, also from DT. I’ve never really done a “tea syrup” before so my method might be a bit sloppy, but for each of them this is what I did:

- 1 tbsp. of leaf steeped in about an oz. of boiling water for roughly 4 min.
- This highly concentrated brew was then strained
- I then added approx. 2 1/2 tbsp. of white sugar into the tea
- This is heated up to dissolve the sugar
- The overall “yeild” was about a shot worth of tea syrup

It’s a little thinner than I was expecting, but still really sweet and yummy. I knew for sure I wanted to add one to club soda and the other to fruit, but Rootbeer seemed too safe for the soda so this is what one I mixed with club soda. Literally I just poured the syrup into a mug along with a can of club soda and stirred everything around for a couple seconds.

And, this is really, really good. It’s definitely very sweet and distinctly peach and as I’ve discovered before fruit flavours in general just work really well with club soda so it’s an automatic win on that account. All the sugar in this definitely makes this more candy like, and then combine the creamy, yogurt aspect of the tea with that and it’s like drinking a carbonated version of a liquid Peach Campino! Peach Candy with lots of sweet, rich vanilla. Instant success.

I am a very happy tea drinker at the moment. And now to do something with the Root Beer syrup…

Cameron B.

Milkshake! ;)

Tealizzy

That’s pretty neat! Might have to steal your recipe…hmmm, things to enjoy with tea syrup…

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