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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
639 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
639 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

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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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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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70

A nice, delicate tea, but there’s not as much peach flavour as I had hoped for.

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

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90

Add milk and sugar, and it tastes like hugs. This is the most comforting tea in my cupboard, and the one I usually reach for most.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Amanda

Lol. You said it tasted like hugs! That’s so cute :)

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80

My second tea that I’ve tried from Davids Tea and my second great review. This is the first Korean tea I have had. Japanese greens are my favorite and I thought that this was similar. It had the same seaweed, grassy taste but it was a little milder than say a Sencha. Overall very good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

this is definitely Mango! Very fresh Sweet taste i think I put a little to much sugar in this one so definitely need to go light on the sugar and let the sweetness of the Mango come threw! I love Mango in the Summer but its hard to find Good ripe ones so this is Perfect for days when i want mango and don’t want the hassle! This is a good Keep it in the cupboard for that special day!

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

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

Great Nutty tea! I open the bag just to smell it.

I dont normally like nuts, but if i’m in the mood this tea is the one. I love the combination of nut, coconut, raisins.

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The black tea is too strong for me. Both times at the store and at home when I brewed it, it was a bit bitter. I can taste the blueberries, but the black tea over powers it. Adding agave helped bring out more of the blueberries, adding soy milk was good too. I wish it was more blueberry, and less black tea-y.

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
1213 tasting notes

Very odd, I never rated this tea? Well that sucks!

I had made this tea cold-steeped – 4 hours.

TASTE: Slightly creamy walnut juice – DONE! Okay okay, also has a hint of sweetness with a background of green tea. No bitterness or tart. Very walnutty and the coconut creamyness go together nicely. I can almost taste the walnut skin. I love walnuts, they look like brains.

COMMENTS: Okay, I don’t like sencha because for awhile people kept giving me sencha fruity teas and I just got sick how they all tasted the same and the tea just came out too strong. Toasted Walnut isn’t like that – the green tea came out wonderful in the cold steep.
Come on, coconut water being really popular? How about walnut juice, yeh!

From what I can recall, hot this tea is more sweet but not as nutty, but I think cold is more interesting with that strong walnut flavor. I could see myself buying more, that or go on a hunt for more walnut teas.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1213 tasting notes

Cold Steeped MODE!

Pom Power I prefer cold steeped – it’s sweeter and fruity, like how it was when I sweetened the hot version, but I didn’t sweeten it! It’s sweet and close to juice, it’s a good low calorie option.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1213 tasting notes

My pomegranate tree is exploding with lots of pomegranates, but still not ready yet! With that said, I kept thinking about this tea. Oddly, I didn’t review it yet, so here it is!

DRY: Sweet tart fruit snack smell. I gotta say this is up there on weird teas – it’s chunky, sticky and clumpy. I think I got scared when I bought this at DT and saw the sales gal scoop it. It’s got that appearance of hot rice crispy treats being spooned out of the cooking pot… but not stringy. I’m a little worried with the shelf life of this tea with it being sticky.
I tasted one of the pomegranate bits and it was tasty!

STEEPED: Pink colour – tart smell, like cranberry.

TASTE: Slight tartness comes out with a hit of fruity – a little pomegranate but could be mistaken for a light cranberry from the tartness. Sweetened with rock sugar, the fruityness is brighter and more pomegranate and less tart.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Fruity tea drinkers

COMMENTS: I’m happy that this tea has a good level of tart – it’s not overpowering and seems more natural to pomegranate. Overall, not bad but not blowing my mind – this might be good cold steeped though. I feel that I should kill off this tea before the stickyness mutates into something horrible.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Oops – I thought for sure I reviewed this one already!
First of all, I’m a prairie girl (S’toon/Regina) and I loooove S’toon berries. Picking them off a giant plant was the best part about certain campsites. I would just stand there with a bunch of other kids and just shovel them in.

S’toon berry pies can be amazing or really bad – depends on the quality of berry. The big juicy berries make an amazing pie – the small hard ones make a crunchy/chewy type pie.

I digress! This tea smells soooo good – like a sweet, mapley berry pie! Sadly I can’t get the berry taste to come out in the steep. It tastes like a sweet, maple drizzled dark oolong – dry in texture, maybe a Taiwanese?

I’m definitely missing out on the berry flavour I get in the smell.

Okay now the important part! (lol) My birthday is next weekend and I’ve invited some new (non tea obsessed) friends for a tea party! I’m cooking and baking, trying my hand at some gluten-free treats as well, but I was kind of hoping for some tea party advice. I’d like to set up a little matcha tasting bar, I only have one big teapot, any advice or fun ideas on how to sample a bunch of fun teas? Thanks friends!

Sil

you might be able to pick up some tea balls at the dollar store so that they can make small cups of tea. ponders I’ll see if i can come up with some other creative things to do.

Azzrian

Happy Early Bday! Sorry no advice from me here – I have never had a tea tasting or party. :(

DaisyChubb

Thanks Azz!

Oh that’s a good idea Sil – dollarstore teaballs would save on waste from using a bunch of tea sacs – I will definitely look for those!

DaisyChubb

I’ve planned like 30 huge parties in my lifetime, I don’t know why planning a tiny tea party is proving to be hard lol

Although it’s not just that – I want to hear ideas from my tea friends!!

Mercuryhime

Happy almost bday! What a fun idea! If you only have one teapot maybe just have water available for people to brew their own tea? Just present basic brewing parameters and paper tea filters and they could do their own thing. Or! Get some pitchers or bottles and prepare a bunch of iced teas, which might be more appealing depending on the weather.

It’ll be great! Have fun with it!

TheTeaFairy

happy birthday in advance! shooter glasses, if you have them (they also carry them at the $ store) you could prepare cocktails with tea base and serve them that way, I’ve done it this summer, green tea mojitos at it was a hit! Have fun!!

DaisyChubb

ah thanks so much for the ideas!
Wonderful wonderful, I’m so excited :D

Mercuryhime

Daisy, if you trying gluten free, take a look at this recipe:
http://alpineberry.blogspot.com/2006/08/amaretti.html

I replaced the cocoa with some caramel matcha from red leaf. So good! also, no added fat! Tell that to your diet conscious friends. :)

Mélissa

Happy Birthday in advance! Sorry to read you have to restrain from gluten as well. Here’s some recipes/inspiration http://cookingwithtea.tumblr.com/

MissMylin

I can’t wait to try this tea! Like you, I grew up gorging on Saskatoon berries in the summer :)
Does Halifax have a Chinatown? You could get a bunch of little teapots for cheap, then give them as a thank you gift/“encouragement to continue drinking tea” gift.

Sil

oh i like that idea missmylin

Daniella T

Personally this is was I would do. Depending on how many people you are having you could always do the gung fu steeping (there is a cute teapot at DAVIDsTEA for that) then that way you can make a bunch of different teas everyone could get a sample and then they could make a cup of the one they liked the best.

DaisyChubb

THANK YOU so much everyone!
Such awesoem ideas, I’m looking into all of them! (Oh, I’m not gluten free, but a new friend is! Also my SIL is, so I desperately want to make treats for them! Thanks for the suggestions)

And I have the wee little gong fu style teapot from Davids, so that should help.

This has all been very helpful – I actually have NO idea if Halifax has a china town, I’ll have to ask around :) yay!

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This is a hearty, strong, bold tea blend – a great AM wakeup cup. I have a hard time judging black teas because they often taste similar to me – plain, or unflavored. So this is good, definitely better than your average run-of-the-mill grocery version, and does its job of waking me up – but other than that, it’s typical. Good, but not something I’d regularly stock as “stellar” from David’s Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
6770 tasting notes

Amanda – You spoil me! Thank YOU!!!

This one, at first, didn’t have enough flavor for me. BUT…as I was typing my tasting notes – after it had just a few minutes to cool at room temp…I decided to delete my notes and start again!

While this is super hot – the Vanilla wasn’t all that loud. As it cools the vanilla seemed to come out and play a bit more. It’s still not overly flavored, tho.

The oolong itself is quite nice. A great Pouchong, indeed! In the aftertaste I can pick up a subtle hint of citrus which was a nice surprise.

After I gave this a 2nd chance – it turned out fairly satisfying. If you are looking for super intense vanilla – this really isn’t it, but it’s still tasty with the oolong base.

Tea and Trees

I was just about to order this one, do you recommend it?

TeaEqualsBliss

It’s ok…I like it for the Oolong more than the vanilla tho

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