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59
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
2101 tasting notes

This is another tea from my swap with DaisyChubb! Be prepared to see a bunch of notes on teas from that swap, heh.

I wanted to try this one because of the Earl Grey + red fruits (basically) flavoring, which would be similar to the bergamot, red fruits and jasmine tea I brought back from Argentina (minus the jasmine, of course). I read some reviews so I’m not expecting much bergamot flavor, but I did get a bright hit of it in the scent of the dried leaf along with a decent amount of berries. Right after brewing the tea smelled like black tea, berries and bergamot in that order, but after cooling a bit the berries take over. A lot of strawberry, a hint of raspberry and black currant.

The first sip on this was incredibly bitter! So disappointing. Remember that I’m very sensative to bitterness in teas, and someone else had problems with bitterness, so I should have known better than to brew it at boiling, I guess. Beyond the bitterness I can taste that it is very, powerfully fruity. Even without the bitterness this doesn’t seem like quite the right flavoring for me. The black tea base also errs on that side of whatever black that I really don’t like the taste of (and often that’s where the bitterness is coming from).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I haven’t had this in a while, but I remember loving it – Mostly because I enver got any bergamot taste. Must re-visit. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it though! : (

Dinosara

Yeah, I think it mostly has to do with my bad reaction to whatever that particular type of black tea is. I only encounter it occasionally, but when I do, uck!

DaisyChubb

Dont worry, I find this one bitter no matter how short a steep, so its not all of davids black teas, but def this one!!

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92
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

Think I should have steeped this one a little longer than I did, but otherwise delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

You know that scene in every Christmas movie ever, when it starts to lightly snow and everyone looks up at the sky in wonder? That was my afternoon! Except instead of learning an important lesson about the true meaning of Christmas, I was scrubbing out a frozen-over litterbox and trying to get cat urine off a vacuum cleaner.

I think I deserve a cup of tea and a slice of homemade fruitcake.

Caramel Spice is just the right amount of sweet and spice to warm me from the inside out. Kept the water under boiling and a short steep time to keep the cinnamon under control.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

You know when you get GoGurt or something and it’s two different flavours that you squeeze into your mouth at the same time? Caramel Spice is kinda like that. It’s a nice smooth black tea with hints of spice (without being up to an overwhelming chai) and fruit, and then a super-sweet orange tangy tea. A bit of an odd drinking experience, but I enjoyed it! I drink mine black, as always.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86

I only drink Pitta tea when my dosha is out of balance. It is more like medicine to me. For taste I chose other blends.
If a person feels irritated and their Pitta is out of balance it is best to drink the Pitta tea when it has cooled off.
In order for it to work you need to drink few cups a day for few days.

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69
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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69
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

Been having this every morning…to hopefully prevent any colds…keeping my fingers crossed….not my favorite tea, but enjoy it quite abit.

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

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28
drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

this tea is on the verge of a taste i dislike but cannot pinpoint exactly what it is. more one of the teas i’d drink for benefit rather than taste/enjoyment, similar to those cold/flu teas. who knows if it really works in terms of what the Davids description says, probably mostly a placebo effect, but i’ll take it. i have no issues with mind tricks to calm down.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

this tea is ridiculous. i love sweet/fruity teas, plus back currant is one of my all-time favourite flavours. the berry smell of the dry tea is so strong and lovely, it really wakes you up in the morning. i find to get the best flavour, a 5min steep in boiling water and then cooling until it’s almost not warm enough does the trick. haven’t tried it iced, but i’m sure it would be amazing. the best summertime tea (but it brightens up these cold autumn days too!)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

i compared this one side by side with last years blend (they added and subtracted some ingredients) and honestly, i couldn’t tell difference.
what joys! i was happily relieved.
another one of davids all-time stars, i think.
might just treat myself to the fancy tin this year ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

yeh they added artifical flavouring :(

Calla

I made the cupcake recipe… it was a hit with all of my friends and family. It was an easy to follow recipe and didn’t take all that much time to make. Definitely making these again.

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96
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

love this tea! smells like tart green apples with a hint of cinnamon. the taste is less cinnamon and more apple with a green tea aftertaste.
just lovely!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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87
drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

sometimes i want something fruity, but not too light, yet something cozy and warming, but not too heavy.
black tea with lemon! this is the perfect balance for me. plus, i am a fanatic of anything citrus flavoured/scented, so it was an instant winner.
one of my absolute favourites.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

ammmmmazing! smells like a fruit roll-up!
the taste is sweet and light with juuust a little hit of that tart hibiscus in the background, just enough to create a tangy fruit flavour.
i want to make little bags of potpourri with this dry tea and leave them all over my house it smells so good!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

perfect for grey winter mornings, this is one of my absolute favourite teas. and the shimmering gold sugar makes it that much more awesome!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

lovely light apple flavour. a tea i’ll drink when i want something warm, but wont overwhelm my senses.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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49

This tea is just ok. It’s very bitter to me and I have to add a ton of sweetener to bring it up to a drinkable flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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20

I really thought I would love this tea. I love pumpkin and I love chai. But no amount of milk or sweetener could save it. The flavor was musty – the best I can describe it as is rotten cinnamon. Makes me sad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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87

This tea is disgusting straight. The first couple times I tried it, I had no idea what I was doing wrong. But add some milk and sugar and it transforms into a sweet, warm butterscotch that is really, really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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92

This tea is sooo good. It’s light and creamy and flowery and wonderful. Probably my favorite oolong out there. Delicious and not heavy at all.

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

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21
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

Bah! The coconut in this tea is WAY to strong for my taste, and the raspberry battled with the other flavours instead of blending. I really don’t understand the fuss surrounding this tea…

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

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28

OK. I officially give up. I followed the steeping directions to the T(ea), and to no avail.

First impressions – This tea smells ok dry, very similar to Mom’s Apple Pie. It smells better once steeped, but still not unique or interesting. Also, I was super excited to be getting a kukicha blend, but… come on. There is simply nowhere near enough kukicha in this tea.

Flavour – Weak. Mild apple cinnamon flavor, not a hint of caramel, and this bitterness that I cannot seem to rid myself of no matter how I steep it.

Loveability – Unfortunately, this is a definate pass for me. Darn, I was really hoping for a flavoured kukicha to call my very own…

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28

I remade this tea today for a tea tasting with a couple of friends.

Why is steeping this to perfection so bloody hard?? We all agreed that this time it was understeeped. I tasted like hot water with lemon (where did that come from?). And we all agreed that it has so much potential and that it deserves another chance to show us how awesome it really is. I am certain that the third time’s a charm!

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28

Are you the kind of person who loves to put some loose leaf in your teapot, add some hot water, and then pour servings into your mug gradually, letting the tea steep as you drink? So am I. And this is exactly the sort of person we shouldn’t be while having Hot Toboggan. Letting it seep leads the apples to create a bitter mess.

I will remake this tea tomorrow following a strict steeping protocole followed by an update here, but just wanted to warn you guys to be careful!

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