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Day 9 of the 2016 advent calendar! Ah yes, the classic Forever Nuts, I’ve never actually bought any of this tea on its own because its so common in sets that I’ve somehow gotten over 50 g of it anyways. Smelling this tea never gets old though because it really does smell just like an apple crumble, it’s amazing.

Steeped, this tea has a rose color from the beetroot, and smells heavenly. Based on my experience with this tea, it does benefit from a longer steep time for a stronger flavor. I would highly recommend it because the flavor is delicious, its like a warm dessert in a cup.

Overall, if you’re getting into more ‘fun’ teas, this is a good place to start. Or if you’re just looking for something desserty, honestly. I can see why this tea is in David’s top 3.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pom Cider by DAVIDsTEA
156 tasting notes

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Day 8 of the 2016 advent calendar, and my first time actually having this tea hot. I’ve been meaning to review this tea because I actually love to have it iced for morning classes sometimes, since the ginger helps my vertigo. The tea does have a very strong pear smell to it, with a warm note of ginger in the back. I love the smell of this tea, I wish there was a candle of it.

Steeped, the tea has a light yellow-green colour and maintains its strong pear smell. Like its smell, the taste is also predominantly pear to me, with ginger on the back of my tongue. Ginger Pear is a very apt description of this tea.

Overall, this tea is delicious hot or iced, and I’m very happy that David’s seems to be keeping it around as a staple.

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

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95
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
137 tasting notes

I will finally live near a DAVIDsTEA! I picked this one up (and 3 others) while I was up in Connecticut looking for an apartment. I love this tea so much, it’s very malty and pleasantly bitter. I think my excessive Keemun consumption has resulted in a love for medium strength black teas. This tea was by no means weak in strength, but it did not make me jittery and uncomfortable either. I was able to get 3 good steeps out of the tea, and can’t wait to drink more tomorrow and buy a huge stash of it in 3 weeks when I move back to the Northeast.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Nutty and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Day 7 of my advent calendar and another hit! :) It’s the perfect blend of spice and a bit of a nutty flavour. Nutty teas are my absolute favourite. Not to mention that the leaves brew from small little balls to big beautiful leaves! I definitely plan on adding this tea to my collection after Christmas!

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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100
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I got to try this tea in my advent calendar this week and I can assure you that it tastes nothing like coffee. It is soooo good. I didn’t get much of the fruit taste, just a faint amount (which was perfect for me) and a creamy cakey taste. One of my new favorite teas. I steeped a perfect teaspoon with a mug.

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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drank Serenity Now by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Advent Calendar day 4! This one is soooo good. It’s more of a sweeter tea that relaxes. I prefer this one over Mother’s Little Helper to relax in the evening for sure! I’m definitely going to be adding this tea to my Christmas list! I steeped one perfect scoop with a regular mug

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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80

Bought this one in store yesterday. I figured I like chocolate and I like almonds so it should be good. It has the taste of dark chocolate to me not milk chocolate. And the almonds are present too with a nutty note. Overall this is very tasty.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 4 minutes.

Flavors: Almond, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1701 tasting notes

Another new start. Apple, cinnamon, and almond feels kinda Christmassy to me, so I brought my sample tin of this one to work with me today. It’s one of the better “apple pie” esque blends I’ve tried – the apple strikes a pretty perfect balance between sharp and sweet, with just a touch of floury-floral. The cinnamon adds a hint of spice, but isn’t overpowering, and the almond rounds everything out with a kind of crumbley amazingness. I could probably have left the leaf in longer and come up with a stronger flavour, but I was in a hurry so 1.5 tsp of leaf got around 4 minutes in boiling water. It’s pretty delicious, even so. I’m looking forward to drinking a lot more of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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95
drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
1701 tasting notes

It’s that time of year again. Work really picks up from the end of November right through to February now, pretty much, and then there’s Christmas and all the associated hoo-ha that comes along with, and this year I’m also half-way through buying a flat. So I’m tired, and stressed, and a bit grumpy right now. And I have to do reception this morning as well as my own work (try concentrating when you’re being interrupted every ten fucking seconds), so that’s already put me in a fairly disgusting mood and today’s work day is only 10 minutes old.

Mate is what I usually turn to from mid-December until the Christmas break starts on the 23rd. I’m looking forward to having 10 days off more than it’s possible to communicate in words. I plan to sleep a lot, and be at least a little bit selfish. Until then, I’ve got this. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water.

It’s good. Maybe the best mate blend I’ve tried in a while. I like the freshness of the orange. It’s juicy and fruity and walks the perfect line between sweet and sharp. There’s also a hint of papaya, and just a touch of pineapple, but it’s mostly orange. Like orange juice orange. Orange perfection. The mate is a little earthy, but it works, somehow, and I’m really appreciating the energy boost. On the whole? A really good ’un. Love this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Nattie

I’m going to start taking tea to work! You’ve sold me. I’m a bartender though so it might be a little weird…

Maddy Barone

You deserve to be plenty selfish on your break!

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drank Nutty and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
349 tasting notes

DAVID’s Tea Advent Calendar Dy 7:

Yay!! I enjoyed this one tonight. So far this is the best tea from the calendar. The color is fairly pale amber. The flavor is subtle. I can barely keep my eyes open, so I’m cutting this short. I’ll just say I liked this one. maybe even enough to re-order.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I liked it, too! I think I am more partial to Coffee Cake and Jumpy Monkey, though!

Maddy Barone

Oh, I passed by Jumpy Monkey because it was later n the evening. Maybe I should brew up a cup of that this afternoon and see how I like it!

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
603 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’m two days behind on the Hannukah sipdown countdown, but I haven’t given up.

This blend tastes exactly like banana nut bread. It does. But… it’s got that heavy sweetness that certain DT, Teavana, and T2 blends have, where it’s hot and sweet and flavorful but doesn’t taste anything like actual tea or any traditional tisanes. It’s a pleasant brew but my tastes have mostly shifted away from this.

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Another tea from the boyfriend from 2014! I remember getting an extra 50g of this because it was seasonal and I was upset because some of my favourites in the summer collection that year were gone forever. Desperation with limited edition teas really does get the better of me. Regardless, this tea does smell kind of like a snickerdoodle. There’s some other scent behind it all that’s a bit strange, I might attribute that to the monk fruit. I also seemed to have forgotten just how dusty this tea is.

Steeped, the tea is quite cloudy which I assume is from all the dusty bits. The tea… sort of still smells like a snickerdoodle. There’s that strange note in the background again, maybe that’s what they were using for the cookie base? Anyways, this tea is already very sweet and does NOT need any added sweetener. With milk, this is pretty tasty and comforting. It’s not the best kind of hot dessert tea, but I am enjoying it.

Overall, it’s not a bad tea. I might play around with it since I have so much of it lying around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Pom Springs by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

In my effort to organize by tea cupboard a little, I’ve been clearing out my old teas, and this one my boyfriend got for me on my birthday back in 2014, so it’s bittersweet finishing this off. I never remembered liking having this as tea of the day in the summer though, I always found they made it really weak and the agave managed to always concentrate itself at the bottom no matter how much I stirred.

This tea smells strongly of the rosehips and hibiscus in it, I’m not really getting the pomegranate sadly. The tea turns a nice reddish color which I will probably attribute to the hibiscus. It also tastes quite refreshing, it’s got just enough sweetness with some tart from the pomegranate/hibiscus to balance it out. The floral notes in the background are very nice too.

Overall, I’m sad I can’t get this tea anymore because I’m really enjoying this over ice. Perhaps David’s will bring back another pomegranate tea this coming summer, though.

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

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drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
121 tasting notes

Yup, this basically tastes like nutella in a cup. Probably healthier though !

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Nutty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
121 tasting notes

Decided to yet again have this tea – as the first time I had it, it wasn’t my favourite, so I sold it. Now I’ve acquired some more and gave it a go as a latte, and it was pretty good. Although it was quite sweet, and vanilla tasting, I like the apple flavour too. I’ll finish what I have, but I won’t really miss it.

Flavors: Apple, Creamy, Fruity, Sweet, Vanilla

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
121 tasting notes

Backlog. I tried this on the weekend and I really wanted to like it. But sadly it was just too spicy for my liking. The mango flavour was good, but the spicy heat at the back of my throat with each sip was just horrible. Then after it was finally done, the after taste stuck around as well. Just not good.

Flavors: Mango, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Nice, smooth green tea. Lacks the bitterness that I usually dislike in green tea. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Would buy to have on hand.

Flavors: Popcorn, Salty, Smooth

Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

Day 7 of the 2016 advent calendar! I actually still have some of my Bubbie’s Baklava left, so I compared the smell between these two and they are basically identical as far as I can tell. It has a nice, warm kind of spiced fruit smell to it.

Steeped, the tea definitely smells a lot more well, ‘nutty’. The taste lives up the name pretty appropriately too, it’s very nutty with holiday spices highlighting it. With milk and sugar this actually might be my favourite of the winter collection this year (not the holiday collection though). I think this would be very good to have on a cold afternoon.

Overall, I enjoy this tea a whole lot and if it goes on sale after the holidays I will be sure to pick up some of this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Nutty and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
311 tasting notes

Day 7/24 of the DAVID’s Tea advent calendar.

This one is supposed to just be Bubbie’s Baklava re-branded, which is absolutely what is it. Super happy about this because Bubbie’s Baklava was always one of my favourites (particularly as a latte, which is how I had it today). I do get more of a cooked apple vibe than I remember, but I don’t know if that’s an actual change in the tea or if this particular sample just had more apple or if I’m just not remembering properly. Whatever it is, it doesn’t take away from the tea. I’ll probably pick up a substantial quantity of this before it disappears (not that I need more tea right now…).

I do find it funny that this was the third tea from the winter collection in a row from the advent calendar. Last year they were more spread out.

Michelle

The only thing different about this one is that they added pink peppercorns, and cranberry I think.

Evol Ving Ness

I didn’t detect the rose/walnut component from Bubbie’s Baklawa in this one. Or am I dreaming this up?

Fay

Michelle, that makes sense. I was looking at the peppercorns and wondering if they had been in Bubbie’s Baklava.

Evol Ving Ness, I definitely got a lot of walnut in this (though admittedly my small sample had two HUGE walnuts in it). Not so sure about the rose, though I feel all the milk for the latte would drown it out anyway.

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This tea has a lovely festive aroma in the tin! Definitely smells like a gingerbread cookie with the cinnamon, ginger, currants, maple and chocolate accents. The flavour of the tea surprisingly wasn’t too sweet even with the mate, sugar and white chocolate ingredients. It’s a bit of an underwhelming flavour actually. I’ve been in no hurry to finish it since buying it in the boxing day sale last year. It’s a decent tea, but nothing too special.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookie, Ginger, Maple, Molasses, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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30
drank Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

The “fake apple candy” flavor came out way too much. I couldn’t even finish a cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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1
drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I thought I wrote a review on this tea, but I guess I didnt. Apologies if I already did lol. I wanted to like this tea so bad!!! Like, so so so bad. I love green tea. I love Toasted Walnut. I wanted this to be more nutty. But to me, it tasted like Cherry tea. It tasted how I imagine almond body wash by Suave tastes or something. Smells like it too. I wanted more of a sugar coated almond nut taste. Like honey nut cheerios, without the cheerio taste obviously. Im so sad!!! Honestly, it doesn’t even taste like those almond cookies/biscotis they were going for. Just cherry. A sugary cherry.

Flavors: Cherry, Sweet

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