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85
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

This tea is still finicky with me. When you get it right, it is awesome but when you get it wrong, you are left with . . . something resembling tea. I took a bit off a friend’s hands who had given up on it and am drinking it up tonight. It is too finicky for me to buy again, though.

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85
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

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Lime Gelato, you were one of my first summer teas with Davids, and still are one of my favourites. Hot or cold, you are not too strong, not too mild. This summer I’m definitely going to try mixing in some of you brewed and turned into an ice with some french vanilla ice cream. I think that will be utter paradise.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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29
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Maybe I got some of a bad batch but this one tasted horrid to me. I got a taste that was almost burnt. Thinking maybe I’d burnt the leaves despite what I was pretty sure was the right temperature water I tried again with a lower temperature. And got the burnt taste even more. I tried adding some sugar to see what notes that would bring and it did change the flavour to more of a nutty and less of a burn, but it still wasn’t one I enjoyed. Having had this right after Dragonwell, which I adored, probably didn’t do this tea any favours.

Sorry Sencha Ashikubo, but with this experience combined with your price point, I won’t be adding you to my cupboard.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Made a halfpot of this one to finish it up. It is definitely vegetal but I’m surprising myself in that I’m learning to really like that. Definitely a tasty green.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Mmmm I liked this one! This is what I expected of a straight green when I started drinking them (using bags, which omg were horrid). Slightly earthy, not grassy, and full of flavour without tasting like I’m drinking the water I boiled my greens in.

I can see why some people experience a buttery or a nutty note, I suspect that those are what I was experiencing as well, but I was just too happy to be sipping a straight green that I enjoyed to put more thought into the why!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Morning cuppa as I try to finish this one up. Nothing new to report, but so much better without milk.

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74
drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Last time I had this one I was curious what it would be like milked, so that’s what I did this morning with my wakeup cup.

Guys? Don’t add milk to this one. It sucked out most of the notes and made it a very bland generic tea without much flavour at all. Next time I’m going back to black for this one!

Lowering the rating just a tad since I prefer my morning cuppa with some milk in it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I enjoyed this one. I liked the blend of the teas, and did find it astringent, which I’m discovering I really like in my blacks for my morning pick-me-up. As the cup cooled it changed flavour slightly and gave me similar hints to what I enjoy in Red Rose. The Kenyan from Davids will still be my black looseleaf, but I can see me grabbing some of this as well for times when I want to play with blends. Am curious what it will do if I add some milk, now, as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

SIMPLY AMAZING. LOVE THIS TEA. CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT.

When i went to buy it they said they were out, but right when I was leaving they had just received a shipment and i walked out with 100g. So happy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

AN AMAZING TEA! I love the blend of cinnamon with gold sparkles floating around. It makes this tea not only enjoyable, but beautiful.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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46
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I wasn’t a huge fan of this tea. The chocolate taste was overpowering the coffee taste and didn’t make it a good combination.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I prefer to only steep this tea for 1 – 2 minutes instead of 4 – 6. It is a very strong tea with a little kick. This tea does everything it promises with helping stomach aches and keeps you awake.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

I’m new to tea, I got this as a sample with the other tea I got from DavidsTea. It tastes like I poured in cream in my tea (and boy do I love that combination). Its absolutely gorgeous, great way to start teas.

Its great on the second infusion as well as the first. I steeped it with one of those enclosed strainers for lack of a basket, so I feel like I could have gotten a better taste if I had like the tea leaves unfurl to their full potential. I also ate one of the tea leaves after brewing, even the leaf is delicious!

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
368 tasting notes

This sample came to me courtesy of taite. The dry leaf aroma is invigorating!! Like fresh squeezed OJ. The jasmine flowers intrigued me. I have never had a tea with the actual flowers in it. The liquor is a pale yellow with a faint citrus aroma. I would compare the aroma to warm Orange Crush or Squirt. Initially the jasmine stands out. As it is cooling down though I’m tasting some nice citrus notes. I can see though how this tea might throw some people off. I’m thinking rather than the jasmine some vanilla would be killer in this. Almost like drinking a creamcicle. The second half of the pot has darkened a little bit. I have noticed this with greens lately too. Pale at first then a little more yellow. Theres a little more citrus coming out too. Almost like absolute citron, which may have been the goal in creating this tea. Or the flavor could be comparable to the scent of hand sanitizer. Either way I can tell this is one of those teas you like or you don’t. It’s pretty good but I’m not sure if I would buy a whole package of it. I am liking the chance some DAVIDs selections to my palette.

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95
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Nice genmaicha. I love the light green color of the tea; some other genmaicha that I’ve tried had a darker color brew, which isn’t the case for this brand’s tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
73 tasting notes

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81
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

Second Review. Playing with Tea.
Today I’ve been in a playful experimental mood. This is not an infrequent state of being for me. Usually I whip up a new dish in the kitchen…and now and then I create a tea infused recipe like hibiscus tea honey or earl grey vanilla pudding. Tonight I was cold! With the temperature dropping from 81 at 5pm yesterday to 34 at 9pm tonight…I wanted some non-caffeine tea that tasted good to warm me up! The gears began turning. Ah, I have this Oh Canada tea but it’s a little too sweet for me. Maybe it’s too maple for tonight. What will I do? Light-bulb! Bing!
I went hurridly to my Spice Cupboard…picked out my Cube brand Applewood Smoked Salt (really good) then went to my Tea Cupboard and pulled down the Black Tea/Lapsang Souchong box picking out the Lapsang Souchong. Now ready for action, I was set to steep a pot of Oh Canada adding a small pinch of Lapsang Souchong and another pinch of Applewood Smoked Salt to the brew basket!
Steeping done, I poured the brew into my mug, added some sweetening (I’ve had this tea before and knew that even though there is lots of maple flavor, adding sweetening brightens the flavor) and took a big sip. This is a winner! Not too strong but just right! The slight salty smokiness really brings a fabulous sense of campfire pancake breakfast with syrup feeling to this tea that I find is better than the 52 tea’s version of pancakes. (I know that sounds conceited…but this has more smoke so I mean it at least for me!).
Try mixing this recipe if you have this tea!

Kittenna

Sounds really interesting! I am definitely not at the experimentation stage yet (nor do I have many ingredients with which to experiment). So I’ll live vicariously through you right now!

Indigobloom

*wanders off to store in search of smoked salt..
I must try this one day!

DaisyChubb

Wow sounds delicious, my mouth is watering for sure o_o

Invader Zim

I like how add Lapsang Souchong to a few of your teas!

Bonnie

Cube is in L.A. and they often have spice sales online. Their spice bottles are huge and beautiful! Love their smoked salts. In town we have Savory Spice Shop which was on Food Network and has an online store. They are fresh and fantastic! I love White Truffle Salt …just a tiny bit packs flavor on rice or quinoa.

Ian

That sounds sooooooo good! Like when your bacon gets in your maple syrup!

Bonnie

You are so right Ian!

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81
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

Hum…this tea is different. It’s really mapley. Good but I initially made it too sweet. Have to be careful. Think I want to drink this with breakfast…bacon and eggs and maple tea sounds good. Love the name. Would be fabulous steeped a long time and added into a desert recipe as a water replacement…might cook some squash in some and see what happens.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Bonnie

Friday night and in one of those creative moods…mixed some Oh Canada with some Pumpkin Chai and it tasted pretty darned good. Didn’t add too much agave since Oh Canada is kinda sweet.

DaisyChubb

mmm great idea for the squash recipe! Let us know if you get to try it :)

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88
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
73 tasting notes

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
73 tasting notes

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89
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

Another tea I have not had in awhile. I shared this yesterday with my grandaughter Schey (18) while showing her Steepster and how all you lovely people review tea! She loved Santa’s Secret…the little candy canes, the minty flavor. I forgot what I was doing and let it steep about 12 minutes!!! It did not get bitter!!!! Wowzer! Unbelievable! This is one delicious minty welcome to Christmas any time of the year tea. I still love it and it was fun to share with my sweet Schey. I’ve got 6 grandkids to share tea with.

Emilie

I got scared for your poor tea when I read 12 minutes! This tea sounds wonderful though, I believe you may have convinced me to buy some.

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89
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

I know it’s not Christmas, but if you look out my window there’s a new plop of snow…12 inches on the top end of the Frontrange. The Colorado mood is festive. Superbowl weekend, schools closed and many people had the day off work. Stores ran out of food because people are really cooking up the feasts. Me…I was ready early with my lemon rosemary chicken and good movies. Now to the tea. I’ve been sipping all day. Looking out my window at the pretty flakes. Enjoying my couch throw. SANTA CAME TO MY HOUSE A SECOND TIME>>YES HE DID!!! Snuck (this is a real word) me some yumuary candy cane tea that hits the festive spot every time. You can not be depressed and finish a cup of this. Dare you. I am going to celebrate all year long. (I was a wise-woman and got a stash).

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec
Anthony Bazic

Santa has definitely delivered the finest teas around! He sure is knowledgeable about teas beyond the usual milk and cookies!:)

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89
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

What a fun tea! Open the pouch and it’s Christmas! The smell of candy canes and chocolate is so delightful that I saved the first tasteing to share with my 3 young grandsons and my daughter on St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6th. They live in the country and it had snowed. The tea was ready and the smell…..WOW…what eye rolling yumminess! Tea for me is taste and aroma and experience. The Joy of the moment. This is a true experience maker. Drink with friends and add cream or stick a candy cane stir stick. Do Sweeten with agave. No tepid water and steep at least 4-5 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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100

This one is my favourite tea from DavidsTea (unless they make something that tops it one day!).
No need for sugar or milk. Actually has enough chocolate-y taste to substitute for a “real” dessert. Nice sweet and light green rooibos taste.
The best part for me is that every time I steep this (about 4-5min), I ALWAYS re-steep and it still produces enough taste to make a satisfyingly flavourful cup!

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