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86
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
302 tasting notes

This is another sample that Kristen sent me in a swap (thanks!). I like it; not as much as the buttered rum, but it’s good. It’s very minty and the chocolate is more of a background flavor. The unsteeped tea is beautiful with the red lips candy and tons of dark chocolate chips. I wish it had more chocolate flavor but I still like it enough that I might order this one too. DavidsTea flavored black teas seem to have a nice quality base. I don’t detect any astringency or bitterness in this tea after a 5 minute steep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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98

Dude! This is great. I like this better than real Hot Buttered Rum, which I recently had over Christmas. With real buttered rum, the rum is very sharp and I don’t like that part of it. This tea has a rum like flavor but without the sharp bite of the rum. It’s tasty and mellow. The coconut gives it a fuller flavor but is mostly a background flavor. It even has a buttery-ness to it (and somehow a thickness that I associate with having butter in it). I steeped this 5 min, based on how long everyone else who’d reviewed this steeped it, and there was no bitterness or astringency in the black tea base. Lovely, lovely snowy afternoon treat.

I was a little worried about whether I would like this one, but I do and I will definitely be ordering some of this (I’ve asked to make a large DavidsTea order as my birthday present in April). I wish DavidsTea would open a distribution center in the US or get some cheaper shipping method!

Thanks to Kristen for sending some of this in a swap. This is one of many DavidsTeas that I have been dying to try.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kristen

So glad you enjoyed it!

Kristin

Are all of Davids Teas this good? :)

Uniquity

I love them. Most of them, at least!

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66
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Makes a great chai latte with a teeny bit of a kick from those peppercorns.
Would do well with a little bit more coconut for a richer body, but overall it makes a good cup either with milk or without.

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33
drank Tuo Cha Bonbons by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I was disappointed with this one, I was looking for more of the licorice flavors.
Not bad overall, but not something I would go for again.

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56
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I was hoping for a stronger fig flavor, but found the the first steeping offered a stronger melon flavor. I’m looking forward to further steepings to see how the flavor profile develops. On the whole I’m very much enjoying this brand new flavor of the month!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
682 tasting notes

So yummy. Long standing favourite from Davids Tea. I find the juniper berries come through very strongly, and I often get a slight ginger burn by the end of the cup. Just delish!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

Tasty and comforting as ever. It makes me wish it were still the holidays, but almost glad it’s still snowy. Still the only mint tea I’ve found that I like! I love the creamy quality it’s got going on.

I went to see an old friend tonight. She offered me tea and said “you know the options.” I tried to refrain from scrunching my nose up at the grocery store green tea bags I know she’s had in the cupboard for years. But then she surprised me and said “I also have this awesome peppermint one from DavidsTea.” I grew up with this girl and also lived with her for two years and have never seen her use loose-leaf tea. But she offered me Santa’s Secret! Amazing! Thanks, DavidsTea, for opening an Annex Toronto location and enlightening my peers.

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84
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

I drank this last night to warm myself up. It’s wonderful for that. I can see how people may find it’s not as nutty as advertised, but I love the combination of nuttiness and fruity sweetness.

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84
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
4323 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of the sampling that TeaEqualsBliss sent to me. This is really good – sweet and fruity. Very enjoyable.

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88
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

Interesting! The fig flavour is just so different and unexpected. I find this to be a lighter oolong. Like I said, the flavour is so surprising in a tea, and it really makes me feel like I’ve just bitten into a fig. The melon notes are floating around, too, making this feel very juicy. I like it.

I also love that DT will be featuring a tea of the month. I need constant stimulation so it suits me well.

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80
drank Black Needles by DAVIDsTEA
313 tasting notes

Smell: Before and after brewing, it smells like a standard black tea, maybe a bit “woodsy”

Flavor: Nothing strange here, just a pleasant, very smooth and kind of earthy black tea. I could easily drink this all day, multiple days throughout the week. To me, the best characteristic is how smooth it is.

Reminds me of: Other black teas I’ve tried, except much more soothing.

Aftertaste: No bitterness, just a hint of the initial flavor

Memorability: Very

Steeps: 2 (both were flavorful, resteep was 5 mins)

Would I buy this again?: Yes. I’ve actually refilled this 3 times so far, and will continue to do so.

Other notes: Out of all of the plain black tea that DavidsTea carries (excluding Lapsang Souchong), this is without a doubt my favorite.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

Still In Love with this tea!! I’ve dropped anther 4 pounds in 2 weeks!!! It really works people!

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92
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Ok so first time trying this tea, what first hit me was the smell, it’s se fragrant and soothing, I can almost smell strawberries for some reason lol. I like the taste and buttery feeling i get in my mouth this tea is great all around! love the way the leaves practically explode in my glass tea bottle very pretty to look at. Also side note, an inexpensive tea because it’s so light on weight you get more quantity than with other teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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32

1 TB for 450mL water, 1 packet stevia (equals 2tsp sugar)

Woody red rooibos and slick banana, as I noted before, with no discernible “spicy” or "chocolate’ taste. I tried to it today with sweetener … which brings out an orange taste, of all things.

If you like woody red rooibos, you’ll probably like this. I don’t. And dang, where’s the spicy chocolate?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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Smell: Dry leaves remind me of grape flavored bubblegum, which makes my mouth water. Brewed, it smells like flowers and grape juice.

Flavor: For me, the scent of the dry leaves builds up an unrealistic expectation. Its a strong scent, and then when I drink it, its very light in flavor. I’ve done this at a low temp and a high temp, either way I have not really enjoyed the flavor.

Reminds me of: Liquor reminds me of DavidsTea’s Champagne (also a white tea)

Steeps: 1

Would I buy this again?: No, this tea just isn’t doing it for me.

Other notes: The package says to do 94 C. at 4-5 min. I’ve always thought the liquor came out too strong & dark. Turning down the heat made it taste better, but with a loss of strong flavors. In my opinion the taste is not a good value at $11.75 for 50g. If you are really curious about trying this, I recommend getting a small size in store (25g)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

1 TB for 450mL water, bare.

First note: if you’re new to honeybush, taste the steeped tisane before adding sweetener of any kind. It’s called honeybush for a really good reason.

Honeybush sweetness balanced the lemon grass. I enjoy the additional sweet grassy notes form the lemon grass. And the ginger is soft, not blazin hot as in the Electric Lemon blend — soft, but not subtle.

I sipped this before bed last night and found it soothed a (new!) sore throat. Didn’t kill all the sore throat pain, but definitely eased it. The steam, plus the scents of lemon and ginger, opened up my nose a bit, and my nose wasn’t even stuffy. The taste is sweet and welcoming. Jusy might have me a new go-to tisane while I wait (and wait, and wait) for the return of Super Chocolate.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
682 tasting notes

Okay, I think I really like this. I’ve smelled it a couple times before but have been put off because I know it’s a heavy tea and wouldn’t make that many cups. I finally bought some a few days ago and had a chance to try it this morning. I accidentally poured too much water into the teapot for the size mugs the beau and I were drinking from, so I ended up with 2 cups, one steeped at 4 or 5 minutes, and one steeped at 15 minutes. The first cup was lovely and mild, reminiscent of an apple crumble or some other yummy dessert. Really good! The second had a much stronger flavour that I can only assume was the beetroot. I also enjoyed this cuppa, but found it a little more tart than the first, the obvious result of leaving the tea in the pot so long. In general, I quite enjoyed this. The beau says it’s not a re-buy, but I think it might be, especially since Night Out has been discontinued (a travesty, by the way).

Preparation
Boiling
Kristin

I keep trying to figure out if these are the same teas:
http://steepster.com/teas/teagschwendner/11467-roasted-almonds

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75
drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

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80
drank Black Needles by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I love the sweet, smooth taste of this black tea and prefer it to the Wild Black Yunnan tea that is also available at David’s Tea. This has a very clear, honeyed flavour that makes it very pleasant to drink.

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84
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
4323 tasting notes

Yum! This is really good! Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some!

This is quite sweet – almost candy-like in sweetness, but my sweet tooth happily approves. It is very fruity, but not so much that it overwhelms the sencha. Very tasty! YUMYUMYUMYUMYUM!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

1 heaping TB for 450mL water plus 1 packet of stevia (equals 2tsp sugar)

YUM.

Real freeze-dried strawberries. Decent white tea. Rhubarb. Lovely. Tastes like it sounds, and tastes like it smell.s

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

And best of all, provided you don’t steep it too long: no horrid hibiscus taste!

TeaEqualsBliss

SOunds awesome!

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