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47

ummm, Lemon grass, need I say more?

I love all things citrus, but lemon grass, a no! a thank-you! I should have paid more attention when I purchased 10g of this, but I am glad that it is only 10g and not a whole bag or whole tin.

But all is not lost, mixed with a little “green and fruity” and it is saved.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
aisling of tea

This is why I love living near a DavidsTea, you can just purchase 10g of the teas you’re curious about.

MaddHatter

Exactly, and now that we have a DAVIDs where people can sit and sip, it’s wonderful to pop in on my days off with Kobo in hand.

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97
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

I lost track of time while reading and accidentally steeped this for 16 minutes. To my surprise it’s not bad, the extra time just gave it a bolder apple flavor. Almost tastes like I steeped buttered popcorn in apple juice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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97
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

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97
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
158 tasting notes

Goodness gracious great BALLS OF POPCORN! This smells like the movie theatre, both dry and liquor. It tastes like popcorn balls and apples and heaven. I had no idea apples went so well with popcorn. It’s like kettle corn with a hint of sweet apple flavoring. I added a touch of german rock sugar and a pinch of salt. I am literally gulping this down. I need to order this pronto. Thanks Jenn!

*I steeped the recommended 2 tsp per 8 ounces for 7 minutes at 200 degrees.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

Yeah this tea is pretty much amazing. Glad you got to try it!!

Anna Vu

You have me pretty excited. I just ordered some tea from DAVIDsTEA and the next thing I know, you’re raving about the tea you got from them… Sounds like it’s going to be magical!

Ashley Bain

everything I’ve tried from them is great! I’ve got to place an order soon.

Teavangelical

I added a pinch of salt to this after reading this review. SO GLAD I DID.

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97

First off, I had really been wanting to try this one, Jenn! Thanks so much, really enjoying the samples!!
Dry leaves smell like buttered popcorn and butterscotch. Pretty blend, I love the color of cornflowers. Steeped 1 1/2 tsp per 8 ounces at 205 degrees for the recommended max of 6 minutes.
Steeps to a golden brown liquor reminiscent of rum. The buttered popcorn scent seems to have mellowed out and the butterscotch has taken the forefront. First thing I notice is the good base tea used, especially for a flavored tea. It’s crisp and astringent yet smooth and not bitter. I expected a darker, maltier black tea but this was a good choice.
I’m not tasting a lot of rum. What I am tasting is butterscotch, for sure. Especially as it cools, and especially after I added brown sugar and a splash of coconut milk. That really kicks it up several notches. Lots of buttery butterscotch. But it’s a touch darker than butterscotch, if that makes sense. It has more depth and isn’t as cloyingly sweet. That’s what had always turned me off to butterscotch flavor in the past – it’s intense richness and sweetness. It still tastes like tea. A very well balanced tea.
I’m going to take off a few points because I can’t really taste rum, and I like rum. I’ll have to order some of this and try it with a shot.
All in all a very enjoyable, bright, smooth, balanced butterscotch tea that keeps me wanting more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

You know, I didn’t get ANY rum flvaour until my 3rd cup! I know you just have a sample, but it’s strange, it just kind of stuck up on me when I wasn’t expecting it. You might find that happening too, next time you give it a try ^^
For me it happened in the aftertaste, at the top of the mouth, this woosh of rum that I had never tasted before. Crazy!

Ashley Bain

that is really interesting! well rum or not it’s still great!

Erin Hurley

I want it. Pretty much a lot.

Ashley Bain

David’s teas are REALLY impressing me, I have to say. I need to place an order soon with them, and The NecessiTeas.. because I’m craving their vanilla cola iced like no other.

Erin Hurley

I’ve never had tea from either company… maybe I need to set up a trade with miss Jenn :)

Cash & Chris

Definitely try it with a shot; I LOVE that cocktail. Gonna send you lots of davidsteas in this package, they’re my favorite brand by far..

Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

A great mixture for winter is… Try this tea with a little “Dulce de leche” Haagen Dazs ice cream, a little 100% pure maple syrup with rum. A delightful experience. :)

Ashley Bain

YUM! Winter? Heck. It’s summer and I’m trying that as soon as my shipment arrives.

Ashley Bain

oh and pure maple syrup is all I use, grade B! – obsessed with that stuff!

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100

Fantastic vanilla+coconut mix with a perfect amount of caffeine!
I love having this one iced and naked. amazing!
It is delicious with steamed milk and I love having this with some rum or kahlua on dreary and muggy days.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
1363 tasting notes

Tasty!!
and guess what? I finally scratched some of that toasty oolong itch :)
Now, it was a little fruity to really rub out the craving, but a nice start! I love that the tea was sweet and tart all at once. I definitely got a “tropical fruit” flavour in there, and I think I can pinpoint the mango, and maybe even the pineapple but I’m probably just imagining that.
Anyhow, I found this quite enjoyable. Oh and bonus! I managed to keep the bag for a second steep even though this was an in store cuppa purchase :P
—the second steep was just as fruity, roasty, and flavourful as the first though maybe a tad lighter in a way that detracted nothing from the taste at all. In fact, I think I rather enjoyed the second steep more, since the first was a touch thick.
If I didn’t know for a fact that there are other oolongs for me to love out there, I would consider buying me a supply of this for the house.
One other thing: in a strange way, this almost reminds me of Forbidden Fruit. Am I the only tea-freak getting that???

Kittenna

I am getting serious Forbidden Fruit memories too!!

Indigobloom

yay, proof that I’m not crazy! (entirely that is)

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74
drank The Cardio by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

This wasn’t a tea I had chosen for myself, but a gift from tea-clueless dad. I had asked for tea tins, and he bought me tea in tins from David’s Tea.
When I remembered that I had it this morning, I decided that this was the tea for me. I made a pot to share with my partner, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I find the taste to be quite nice. It isn’t too overwhelming in taste, but not subtle either. Sort of middle of the road.
It was a very general ‘berry’ taste that I quite like. I’m not sure this is a tea I would drink multiple times a week, but it is one I would likely purchase when I’m finished what I have.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1350 tasting notes

Buying the iced tea tumbler was the smartest thing I ever did! This was the tea of the day along with Bear Trap the other day, and while I went in intending to load up on Bear Trap (which, with a little bit of agave, tastes just like candy), I took a sip of this and had to try it. I am so glad I did. Hot, I found the hibiscus was too much for me, but iced….it was glorious. And while I prefer to cold steep here at him, I can totally see the merits of making the tea double strong and then icing it. The hibsicus doesn’t have nearly as much time to contemplate world (and tea) domination. This is one I can definitely see myself returning to.

MegWesley

Hibsicus world and tea domination! Make me giggle so badly.

aisling of tea

Glad to be of service. tips hat :D

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78
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1350 tasting notes

I think I need to let this steep according to the package and see what happens. I’m just worried about that hibiscus.

Preparation
Iced

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78
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1350 tasting notes

Hmmm…this tea is only meh for me. It’s light and refreshing and kind of juicy, but it’s not knocking me off of my feet.

To be fair, I only gave it 30 seconds steep time, but I’ve never found that to be an issue with other white teas. I don’t know.

Let’s put it this way. I’ve been known to go through a two liter jug of tea in a day. I poured myself a cup of Pom Power this morning and it’s now 9:30 at night and I’ve only drank half of the cup. It’s just…meh.

Preparation
Iced

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

First steep @ 94°C for 2 min: creamy, buttery notes first, which subtly give way to something reminiscent of leafy greens, with the slightest hint of sweetness.

Second steep @ 95°C for 4 min: Like the first, but much more delicious!

Third steep @ 96°C for 5 min: Almost identical in taste to the first, less flavourful than the second.

Fourth steep @ 98°C for 7 min: Still delicious.

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98
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

It’s my birthday today… what’s better than birthday cake?

This tea. Oh, and smoked gouda cheese. But mostly this tea.

To reiterate my other reviews…
First steep @ 94°C for 2 min: creamy, buttery notes first, which subtly z give way to something reminiscent of leafy greens, with the slightest hint of sweetness.

Second steep @ 95°C for 4 min: Like the first, but much more delicious!

Third steep @ 96°C for 5 min: Almost identical in taste to the first, less flavourful than the second.

Fourth steep @ 98°C for 7 min: Still delicious. Might even get a 5th!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Happy Birthday to you…… :))

Angrboda

Happy birthday, Faith. :)

Faith

Scott & Angrboda: Why, thank-you!

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!

Kay Kanada

Happy happy birthday! Enjoy the freedom of eating copious amounts of cake!

Indigobloom

Happy Birthday Faith!!

Faith

Amy, Kay, & Indigo: Thanks guys!

DaisyChubb

ah I’m late, happy belated! :D

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94
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

I have time for an Oolong this morning, and the last of this sample is the perfect addition to the morning. I hate waking up early, but that seems to be my lot in life right now.

I always love the lemon mertyle in this tea, but I have a feeling that the murtyel to oolong ration is so disproportionate that I might be left a little unimpressed this morning.

and I am left a little unimpressed this morning. My water was slightly too hot, and the oolong leaves opened too fast this time. Oh and all I can taste is hot lemon water. SNAP! I should have purchased more of this oolong first. But at least my one good nostril does not smell “wet dog” it smells “lemon”!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

One would think that 10g would go a long way…

Nope! I already know that I will have to get more of this tea and FAST, despite all these little samples I have that should be getting tasted and drunk and enjoyed, I am stuck like glue to this one! I carted my little basket of leaves around all day and steeped, steeped, steeped, when possible.

I love the lemon scent, followed by a mellow taste of oolong tea. I can’t describe the flavour past “mellow”, so-SO good though!

Indigobloom

agreed! I just put up with the Jasmine in this, cuz I love it! the only tea I know that can get past my allergy

MaddHatter

I don’t notice the jasmine, it must be really subtle or I am not aware of what it is like, both in scent and taste. But the Lemon Myrtle flowers! oh God! I hope they make more teas with this!

Indigobloom

I think you’re right about that, I can’t find the jasmine either but it’s in the ingredients list!
Lemon myrtle makes me happy :)

Cattibrie

The girl at the store suggested that this one shouldn’t be resteeped. Is that right or do you find it is possible to resteep it?

MaddHatter

If it shouldn’t be re-steeped I would not call it an oolong. I’ve re-steeped one serving 3 or more times…

MaddHatter

I wonder if maybe she steeped the leaves too long for the first steep and therefore was not able to steep it again?

Cattibrie

Not sure but she was explaining how oolongs are different to the friend I brought in with me and said Oolong’s can be steeped up to 5 times but just not this one. Maybe she isn’t a fan of this one.

Indigobloom

I’ve resteeped this one, and it was great! Not sure why she would say that… maybe it’s got something to do with the myrtle?

MaddHatter

I desperetly wanted this last night, I guess I’m picking some up this weekend…

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94
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

3rd and 4th steep…

Still delish, the lemon-y and citrus-y flavours are starting to dissipate. I wish it was not so late I would try to get more steeps out of these leaves.

It is wonderful to know that 2tsp would yield a full 8 cup bodum of tea!

Oh wow, can you smell that?! Refreshing, it is time to finish this cup and get me to bed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

It is too late for me to be critical about this tea, but I must say: “I LIKEY!!”

The lemon seems to get stronger as I steep it more and more, and the finish, though astringent is really refreshing. I am on the second steep, and I can’t wait for the third.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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83

When I first bought this tea it was earthy and strong, like a china black, but this second time I’ve purchased it, it is closer to a fruity light black tea, like darjeeling. I’m starting to wonder why the variability…

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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61
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

second steep

Umm, full oolong flavour (mostly green tea-esque) that subtle, hard to find vanilla flavouring is now GONE! (pout) but that is life I guess.

It’s still good and I will enjoy the rest of my 10g pouch but, this is not one I will buy, in larger sums, when vanilla is suggested, one expects vanilla!

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61
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

I bought 10g of this the other day and was so excited to bring it home. The flavour in this oolong is subtle, not exactly what I was going for on a Sunday morning, but against the scent of simmering peaches, apricots and red plums this guy is TASTY!

side note: This one does taste more like my osanthmus oolong, rather than vanilla

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95
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

This is one of the first teas from DAVIDsTEA that I fell in love with. Not THE first — that honour goes to a spring collection tea that they’ve never brought back — but it’s up there. I rarely treat myself to it, because it’s on the more expensive side, but I was getting a little of a lot of teas, and I felt like treating myself.

Having it now reminds me of how much I love and miss it. Oh goodness. It’s got a lovely white chocolate/nutty quality to it, and it’s got a smooth, creamy feel to it. Not too bold, yet strong enough, and patient — I don’t think it’s going to start tasting oversteeped any time soon.

I think I’m falling in love all over again….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheKesser

What was the first one?

C-chan

The first was Irish Cream. :) I enjoyed my tin of that one immensely, but sadly it is no more.

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95
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

On the 17th day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me….

I don’t think I made this quite strong enough (eyeballed the amount — just over half of the little container in my 2-cupper teapot and steeped for around 5 minutes), but I still am getting the wonderful white chocolate aftertaste. This is still my favourite tea for travel mugs — it steeps really well without bittering even through my “travel mug abuse” and, well… I LOVE IT. …I’m going to have to pony up the cash one day to get myself a large amount of it… it will be expensive but hopefully VERY worthwhile.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

This tea is fantastic. It has a great scent, great flavour, and can withstand my teabag abuse on school days. There is very little bad I can say about it.

The almond slivers and cocoa nibs are so aeromatic, it’s a joy to just smell this tea, let alone enjoy the taste.

Preparation
8 min or more

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88
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
4788 tasting notes

Thanks to Jenn for sending me a bit of this tea to try. I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about it that I was really eager to taste it for myself.

And I’m really glad to be trying it because it’s really fantastic. Chocolate-y with a delicious raspberry note. The mate provides a solid background of rich flavor that is earthy but not overwhelmingly so.

It’s awesome.

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