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93
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

Awesome iced.
I love this tea iced. I got a sample of it from a friend and I really liked it. I haven’t bought anymore- next time ;).

This one is really cooling and subtly fruity! It’s just nice on a hot summer day! If you like this he, you will like bamboozled! That ones great too!

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55
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

I tried this tea as the sample (tea of the day) in the store. It was really good- and I wanted more, so I bought 100 grams of it.
I then made a cup of it iced when I got home and it tasted the same- but for some odd reason I didn’t like it. I guess it was just in that moment that I liked it.
So, it is not a bad tea- I would be okay having maybe a 15gram bag, but I really don’t want a 100g tin. I will be returning this- maybe just for a gift card, or whatever the store policy is.
This is an okay tea- and I would suggest it if you like lavender- but for me that is really all you taste and it is a bit overpowering. So, in conclusion, it is a good tea, but not good enought to own 100g of. But if course that is just my opinion.
Thanks, Mac :)

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10

im sorry, david. But I really hate this tea. It just tastes like fake root beer and its just not good. I love David’s Tea but I really, really dislike this tea.
-Its a good thing I only bought 15 grams

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90
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
1843 tasting notes

Sipdown. I’ve been saving the last of this tea up for awhile, but last week the 40C heat and the prospect of company coming over prompted me to turn it into a big pitcher of iced tea. It makes a lovely refreshing drink that barely needs any sweetener – plus it’s caffeine-free so I can drink it in the evenings and not have to worry about it keeping me awake. It’s too bad Davids Tea didn’t bring this blend back this summer.

Preparation
Iced

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90
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
1843 tasting notes

A sample of this tea came with my last Davids Tea order and right now it’s perfect iced tea weather (ie. blazing hot) so I gave it a try. There was only enough for a single cup, so I drank half of it hot and then stuck the rest in the fridge to get cold. I’ll be honest in that I wasn’t expecting too much (fruit teas often taste the same to me), but in the end I was pleasently surprised.

First of all – no hibiscus, yay! The flavour reminds me very closely of a pina colada (minus the rum) with just the right dash of sweetness that I didn’t need to add any agave nectar. I think I prefere it iced to hot but it’s very nice both ways. Next time I’m in Vancouver I’m going to see if I can pick up some more so I can make a jug of this stuff!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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17
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

alright hot…. but man its awful iced- i will never be buying this one again.
Sorry- just my opinion. I dint really know what else to say except for gross.

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67

Tried this as TOTD, and will most likely purchase some to take home. The pineapple taste was strong, like candied pineapple, which I love.

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90
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
107 tasting notes

Finishing this one up – I have enough leaf left for one more cup. I think I can finish this one and maybe one or two more before Thursday, which excites me. The more teas I finish, after all, the more room I have for new ones! I have been good after all, and not bought any new teas in a few weeks now.

This one is not my favourite in any way, but that does not mean it is a bad tea – only that it is not so much to my taste. It’s actually a very well-flavoured tea indeed, which delivers precisely what it promises on the tin. The front of the sip is sweet, the middle of the sip is creamy and rich, and the end of the sip has a salty finish to it which is perfectly balanced with the sweet. None of the notes interfere with each other; they work together harmoniously. Really, I think this is one of DAVIDsTEA’s best blends of the year.

If only I liked the whole taste combination more in the first place, I would be all over this one. As it is, I’m weirded out by salty tastes in tea, and will probably not get this again. The rating is less for my personal taste, and more an acknowledgement of how well this tea delivers on its name.

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

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83
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Creamy, slightly sweet, spice flavours well-balanced.

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

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83
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

I used 1.5 David’s Tea perfect spoonfuls in my aqua-ovo tea tumbler. From my experience, this is a tea that does better with less dry leaf to avoid unpleasant astringency.

Gourd-pumpkin vegetable taste on the start of the sip. Ties in well with the flavour of the spices. There is a bluntness (almost bitterness) of the gourd vegetable taste close to the end of the sip with the blooming of the spices into the aftertaste. Black tea flavour present in the background. There’s a flavour that reminds me of whipped cream topping in the aftertaste.

Nice flavour with second infusion at 5 minutes. Pumpkin flavour is more pronounced but softer. The whipped cream topping aftertaste is still present as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

Very sweet. Tastes just like pumpkin pie with a good balance of black tea taste. Sweet pumpkin and spices taste on the finish. Almost bitter after taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I am home from work for two days, so I thought that I would use these days to compare a few straight oolongs. I decided to start with this one, the free tea I got a few weeks back when DAVIDs had a promo…buy…whatever it was, get 50g of any tea for free. (Unless you were ordering online, and then you got saddled with 50g of backstock of their hibiscus nightmare, Paradise Found. Sorry, online-only people! My condolences.)

I decided to go for this one – because it’s pricey as hell, of course. I don’t know what to make of it…maybe I should have just stocked up on something I know I like.

The dry smell in the bag is very milky, with a fresh green smell underneath.

Steeped, it tastes like…well, so far it tastes like warm milk heavily watered down with hot water. I’ve gone through 3 infusions now – one at 30 seconds, one at a minute and one at two minutes. The first infusion tasted like sweet milky water. The second infusion tasted like…water dipped in tea. This infusion finally seems to be showing promise of something, with a heavy, creamy mouthfeel and a distinctly milky taste. I do like it the best, so although I usually get bored enough to stop at three, I think I will try at least one more infusion to see what happens. I won’t rate it for now.

I still don’t think I’m quite seeing why people are so excited about this one, though. Am I doing something wrong?

Edit: ALSO, has anyone tried the 52teas Southern Boy Teas hot vs. cold steeped? I’m debating between cold steeping, or hot steeping and then cold-steeping the leaves again. Any opinions?

Edit II: Well, now I’m on the fourth infusion, and there is a thick richness to it that there wasn’t before. I won’t give it more than a 70 though, for how long I had to steep it to get any real flavour.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Michelle

I got this one in a sampler pack, tried two sips over it, and couldn’t shake the feeling that I was drinking rice pudding. So away it went to someone who’d appreciate it.

Daniel Scott

Now, see, I really LIKE rice pudding! I wouldn’t mind that! Haha, but I just feel like I’m drinking a “go to sleep” cup of warm milk that some overly-fat-conscious mother heavily watered down in fear of her children someday becoming “obese.” (Sleep-deprived would be fine, fat, NEVER!)

Michelle

Ha! I know what you mean :)

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

1.1 tbsp for 248 ml

Hibiscus is strong. There is a dry mouth-feel in the aftertaste from the tartness present. There is something in the smell of the brewed tisane that of this blend that is off-putting for me. I appreciate the cinnamon note.

Rating: 42

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
637 tasting notes

I was served this as the Tea of the Day on ice.

This tea is very sour and very bitter. I do believe that I have a strong sensitivity to the hibiscus. The overall taste was a sour, bitter fruity concoction with a stevia-like aftertaste.

Daniel Scott

It definitely has hibiscus in it that can get away from you. I have largely avoided this one because I’m not supposed to have banana, but I’ve given a few cups of it at my Mom’s store some sips. It’s okay if you keep the steep short enough to tame the hibby. Otherwise, it’s pretty blech.

Raritea

Thanks for the advice on this one. Maybe I’ll try it again in the future when I am able to control the infusion parameters.

krista-ramala

I find that hibiscus lowers my blood pressure. I try to avoid it. I guess it is good for people who suffer of high blood pressure.

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48
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

This one i cant place its Not bad but i don’t feel like it has a lot of flavor:( this made me sad, there is a sweet taste but that’s about it :(

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
6770 tasting notes

Amanda Special Thanks for this!

Hibiscus! Oye!

Trying to get past that…the almonds, pineapple, papaya, and cinnamon is what I can taste thereafter.

The way to go with this one is ICED – it’s too sweet for me HOT – but it’s totally doable cold. As it cools I can also taste the elderberries…and citrus flavors. There is a lot going on here but a brave attempt from DavidsTea. Not one I would buy for myself but darn happy I got to try it!

Jillian

Bleh, hibiscus. X(

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90
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
6770 tasting notes

Thanks to Amanda I was able to try this one!

This one seems to be a hit here on Steepster so I was wondering just what all the ‘steep’ was about!

There are lots of different fruits and petals in this mix along with some candy hearts. It has a small pina colada aroma paired with apple, perhaps. Not that fake Pina Colada either…coconut – YAY!

The taste is pretty amazing! I don’t have much to compare it with! I can taste apple, citrus-family members, sugar (from the candies), floral tidbits, coconut…the hole sha-BANG! I’m totally impressed with the way these ingredients meshed with each other.

I had half a cup hot and the other half cold and both are pretty delightful!

KeenTeaThyme

I love this one! I blended with some fruity green rooibos and almost died of total bliss!

Daniel Scott

You drank it hot? How is it hot? I adore this one, but have never dared to drink it hot.

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69
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

First tea of the day and it did not disappoint, This wonderful smooth pink elixir is full of nutty goodness!!!! it smells of toasted nuts at the mall, you know the ones there roasting in sugar and cinnamon in the center of the mall that you cant help but follow your nose too! Or maybe that’s just me.

I will say the almonds when you first take a sip is there and then it moves to cinnamon and leaves this floral taste on your tongue.

I was so Excited when this tea turned a beautiful pink I kept thinking this is a clear glass teapot tea! It happens to be the beetroot in this tea that makes this beautiful color, Which makes me want to bake with it!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
107 tasting notes

This tea continues to be one of my favourite blacks. Not because I haven’t had better by now – I have. This is just a comforting, don’t-think-too-hard about it tea that I like to have on mornings when I don’t need to go anywhere. It’s light and sweet.

On my last few trips to DAVIDs, I also bought a bunch of their flavoured honey sticks – peach, coconut and lemon – because I am a complete sucker for gimmicky shit like that. I sweetened this with one of the peach sticks, hoping it might come out something like a lighter version of Southern Belle.

It…didn’t, really. I could barely taste peach. I think it might need two sticks, although that tweaks that uneasy part of my brain which is aware of how much sugar there already is in my diet.

And speaking of sugar…I also have a can of Coke in the fridge. You know how they say that once you’re addicted to something, the addiction is forever? I have discovered that my soda pop limit is now something like ONE every few days, and it’s best to keep it to one a week and only sip it a bit at a time. If I do that, I enjoy it. If I drink it more often, the normally-tamed beast of my Coke addiction wakes up and says, “Go get more of that. RIGHT NOW.”

Which I did, the last time I drank too much Coke, too fast. But I have resisted drinking the can I then bought, so now it’s just sitting in the fridge. I’m trying to decide when to drink it, because its presence kind of makes me nervous and I want it gone. And I’m not truly committed enough to clean my toilet with it.

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

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

YUMm. I got some samples from a friend and i loved it. It was that yummy chai taste but also has a sweet pumpkin, cinnamon taste. I cant wait till the fall to buy some. i’d have to say, this is my favorite tea :)

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83
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

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90
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

blended with bamboozled. Still trying to use up all of my teas before teavana opens in a couple weeks. SO i used up my green and fruity and i have a little bit of bambooled left.
These two teas actually taste really nice together. Nice and smooth! Aewsome! Happy Thanksgiving (to those in Canada) and good night!

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90
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

This tea is absolutely amazing iced!! I love it!! I don’t really fancy it hit but it’s awesome cold!
It’s very fruity and doesn’t really taste like rooibos. It’s awesome with some german rock sugar or agave!

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75

Another yummy iced tea in my fridge. Yay!

You know what this reminds me of? In the Philippines, my aunt would take a cantaloupe, shred it into a pitcher of cold water and ice, and put a tiny bit of sugar. This iced tea has that wonderful melon taste with a watermelon kick. I can’t taste anything other than melon, which can be a good thing since the carrot didn’t really appeal to me.

The only thing I messed up on…I put a cup of simple syrup in without thinking about how sweet the tea would be on its own. I really must learn to taste the iced tea before sweetening it. And sweeten it I probably will because I have an incurable sweet tooth. Luckily, I have more of this (unlike my White Malibu which I’ve consigned to memory) so I can try it straight next time.

And can I just say that the Takeya iced tea maker is awesome!! I got it through a gift certificate to Davids Tea that my sister-in-law gave me for my birthday. It is one of my favourite tea making devices, along with my Steeper, also from Davids Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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