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73
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I’m surprised I like Checkmate at all. Typically I’m not a fan of coconut or anything with that sort of flavour, but this is great. It’s easy to scald the white leaves while you’re perfectly steeping the black, so erring on the side of lower temperature water for longer will probably help.

It’s a light brown when brewed. Good sweetened, unsweetened, with or without milk; both hot and iced. (A co-worker told me to try it iced with milk and a big of agave. Agh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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96
reviewed The Steeper by DAVIDsTEA
86 tasting notes

I got this for my birthday; talk about a great gift! Up until then I had been using a Takeya tea maker. The Steeper makes the just the right amount of tea for me, however, so the Takeya will probably be used now just when I want to flash chill some iced tea.

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99
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
86 tasting notes

Mmmmmm…one of the great pleasures in life = a huge mug of pumpkin chai on a soggy Vancouver evening :-)

I’m on what feels like an eternal quest for the perfect chai. Ever since I had it made from scratch at a friend’s house a number of years ago, freshly ground spices and all, I haven’t been able to find something close to that wonderful taste. Along the way I do find real gems like this tea. With a bit of brown sugar and milk, Pumpkin Chai is a real winner in my books.

I love how the pumpkin is dominant. Too many flavoured chais that I’ve tried make it seem like the flavour was an afterthought. This is nicely spiced, although it would have been nice to have just a little “bite” to it. I normally steep this closer to the 6 minute mark, but today I was too impatient to get my relaxing time started.

Since I’m just discovering this now, it’s probably too late for me to get a tin to last me through the year. My chai search continues, but this will (hopefully) have a place on my tea shelf.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

Goji berries and hisbicus = *

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90
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

Mmm… so creamy and delicious!
Okay, this tastes like those creamy orange swirl gummy candies, only better.
It is heavenly, and rooibos only makes things better!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

what a wonderful treat! Right now it seems like all my rooibos is either very fruity or very chocolatey, so while this one is still sweet, it’s a nice little departure. Its maple syrupy goodness is amazing! It also has some warm vanilla notes, and smells like breakfast. Having a cup of breakfast after dinner, what could be better!?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

This is a novelty as it does not contain much green tea. It’s really good and buttery, and tastes like caramel. It’s quite likeable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

That one is almost an Herbal Tea. But it’s such a great one.

Mélissa

I know… my tin is almost empty! Needs moaaar :D

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85
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
443 tasting notes

This is such a lovely tea! It is warm and apple/cinnamon-y and it’s just lovely. My cousin and I loved it.
The flavours work so well together and the almond pieces add just enough of a special touch that it’s perfect. I’d love to see this one stick around longer than just for the winter season. I could see me drinking this one in the fall too, watching the leaves change colours.

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16
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

Way too coconutty for my taste but if you like coconut then this tea would definitely be for you.

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71
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

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92

Oh boy do I ever like this!

I don’t really love banana flavoured things – candy, chocolate, ice cream, etc. But I do love actual bananas, and this tea tastes like actual bananas.

As another reviewer has already mentioned, the smell is very strong, and a bit artificiall-banana-off-putting. Maybe it’s because the dried bananas have a more concentrated scent. Or something sciencey like that. Either way, I don’t particularly care for the smell.

But when it’s brewed, it’s just so lovely. The gold liquor tastes of tea! Not tea masked by layers of flavour, but actual tea! And delicious buttery oolong tea to boot! And the banana adds complexity and sweetness, complimenting it, not overpowering it. It’s so good!

Thanks, David, for bringing out these exciting new oolongs. I’m a fan.

I think the second steep is the best, by the way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Some things are black and white. This tea, by its name, and the types of tea it contains, probably should be. However, it’s got quite the intriguing flavour. They compare it to hot chocolate on the label, but I don’t quite see it that way. It’s dry, it’s a little sweet, and there’s a bit of coconut. It’s different than most teas that I’ve had, and I quite like it for it. I’m glad to have it in my collection.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Day 30 of my 101 days of tea challenge… complete with mood music! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_wLhUaJWw — the clip is also a perfect length of time for which to let the tea steep! Tee hee!)

2.5-3 tsp in my two cupper. This tea gets a higher rating than I would have given it on my own for one reason: my sister, a non-tea drinker, would actually drink it. If that is not high praise, I don’t know what is. (I was only going to give it a rating of a few percentages lower, but still.)

I did not find that it lived up to its claim of tasting like chocolate. I felt a little hint of it, more in the scent than anything, but not to the extent that the packaging seemed to suggest. A bit of milk adds the creaminess, adding to the illusion and making it taste very vaguely of a white hot chocolate.

Claims aside, this was a subtle but delicious tea. I would prefer something with a slightly stronger personally, but the taste was very pleasant. The coconut is the strongest taste, and apparently I enjoy it much more in tea than I do eating it. The Roman chamomile is beautiful to look at (I wish I had a clear teapot to watch them bloom and dance in the water!). Resteeped, it was even more subtle, though the flavours were still quite there and beautiful.

The gentle, subtle flavour of this tea is best drank on its own rather than with anything, I think, but is certainly worth getting, in my humble opinion.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

First of all, I love the scent. You can totally smell those almonds, yum. They’re the strongest flavor note as well, which is fine by me. I’m just happy the licorice root didn’t present a strong flavor, which I was worried about — NOT a fan of licorice in tea. The packaging recommends steeping for 4-5 minutes, and I’d recommend the lower end of that spectrum. I went for 5 and it’s just a touch too bitter.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
27 tasting notes

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34

Not a fan of this tea. Black tea is my least favorite, although there are some that I find very tasty. This was not one of them.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Mélissa

That’s very sad, as (black)Darjeelings are supposed to be ’’celebration’’ teas. Not this one I guess.

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68
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I normally prefer something with more spice or herbal flavour in my tea (my favourite from David’s Tea is Mulberry Magic) but this tea is great when you need something fruity. The sweet and tartness of this tea are perfectly balanced (kind of reminds mee of cranberry and apple). Really enjoyable, especially when you want something fruity, but probably not my go to tea.

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64
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
141 tasting notes

This had a light fragrance of coconut and pipe tobacco. This is a bulky blend so I used 3 tsp to ensure I had a representative mix of all components.

This brewed to a very light champagne color with a faint slick from the coconut oil. This tea has been compared to chocolate a lot but I didn’t get that at all. I found the flavor to be simply coconut with a slight tart, grassiness from the teas.

This was really mild and would pair well with a light dessert but would be lost in traditional American or English breakfast fare.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

I tried this yesterday at home, i am not sure i like it, it is a very light tea with a little hint of spearmint, you really have to steep this on for a long time to get the full benefits on the bag it says between 5 and 8 minitues, I would suggest to leave it for the full 8 other wise is it pretty mellow, I will be sure to try it again but i prefer cold 911

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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100
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

this is a love or hate tea, personally i love it

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

this tea is one of my favorites from david’s the sensual flavors and smells are just amazing !!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
171 tasting notes

Having recently bought a traditional kit to whisk matcha, I had only so far tried one kind of matcha, DT’s organic standard one, which is fairly cheap. Since I don’t have enough comparison points, I can’t really judge of the quality of this one, but I sense for sure that it is much better than the other. The taste was much fuller, and after some pretty intensive whisking, the texture was so rich and creamy, it was really impressive! It was a nice treat and definitely the best matcha I’ve had so far, but I’m not yet certain if I love it enough to buy it again at $20 for 50g. Probably not, but I’ll very much enjoy it while it lasts!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
TheTeaFairy

don’t know why, but I feel a bit intimidated by matcha… probably from the ritual aspect of it. It,s one of those things that I’m pretty sure I’m gonna mess up if I don’t have an expert standing next to me to teach me how… Sounds lovely though from your description!

Eisenherz

yes, I totally understand what you mean! I felt intimidated too, so I watched a bunch of youtube videos about it and thought, well, no one’s gonna be watching me mess it up if I do! it’s worth just getting a cheaper matcha and experimenting with it… in any case, no one gets hurt if you make some mistakes :P

TheTeaFairy

You are right, mister, who cares if I mess it up? If it tastes good, that’s what counts, so I’m reconsidering buying a kit and as you mentioned a cheaper matcha to practice on. Great advice about youtube videos, I already feel more confident :)

kboby

Hey! I currently work in a tea store, I am by far no expert but I think I could give you guys a few tips. I completely agree and think it’s a good idea to start with some cheaper matcha. As for the kit, the most important thing is the bamboo whisk as it will be the key to beautiful and frothy matcha! So if you do not want to drop the money for a kit, all you need to buy is a bamboo whisk and make sure you have a shallow bowl (it will be easier to use). With lower grades of matcha, they will often clump so many people sift their tea first (a wire sieve will do, or even break the clumps with a spoon or something). After you have done that pour a small amount of water (1/4 or 1/2 a cup will do, and make sure it is NOT boiling water or it will be very bitter!) and use your whisk in the motion of an “M” and go from right to left in your bowl (try not to scrape your whisk on the bottom of the bowl for over time it will ruin it). At this point, some people pour the matcha into their cup and drink it, and others add more hot water to it – it’s just your preference! I hope this helps! If your still not sure though, I would highly recommend going into a tea store and ask for a cup of matcha and to see how they make it! I believe Davids tea would do this and I know that Teaopia will for sure, it’s also a good way to try different types of matcha and everyone is always so nice and willing to show people. Best of luck!

TheTeaFairy

to kboby: thanks for the tips, but too late, I have already made my first matcha attempt, total disaster! but I will try again using some of your suggestions…

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100

this tea is by far my favourite of the season

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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