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I was drinking this at Celebrations dinner theatre (I brought my own bag) and found out that they get their hot water from the coffee machine ICK! So I put another bag (I brought more than one) into my water glass and had my tea cool. It was still great though :D

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100

mmmm… just what I needed for this summer day.

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100

A very good lemon tea! It’s like eating a lemon but without feeling like you have to pucker lips. It will be great the next time I have a cold/flu. It will replace the Stash meyer lemon in my cupboard, something I didn’t think possible! Also it’s caffiene free.

Preparation
Boiling
DaisyChubb

mm love this one – it’s so flavourful!

Helena

Me too, just hits the right lemony spot.

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

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80

So I was one of the ones who managed to get onto the list for Peony Tea S.‘s “free samples for Canadians if you tell us how long it took to deliver,” list. I’m 99% sure that Canada Post just tried to deliver it, but I was the only one home, slobbily dressed and was also…indisposed at the moment they rang the bell. But I heard something drop into the mailbox, and ran happily to the door as soon as I was able, anticipating the package.

…Er, what? Failed delivery notice? I have 15 days to pick it up, starting after 1 pm tomorrow? They couldn’t just put the package in the mailbox like with my 52teas and Verdant orders? Surely 3 teas and a small spatula don’t make so large a package that they can’t fit in the box?

How annoying. Thankfully, I think the postal outlet it’s getting dropped off at is the one that’s a 20 minute walk up the road, so I guess I’ll go Wednesday. (I’m working tomorrow.)

IN THE MEANTIME

I believe I have mastered my own version of the flash-chill method!

1) Steep the tea double-strong in a Teaopia Tea Master filled a bit less than half-way with hot water. (“A bit less than half-way” because of the shape of the Tea Master. The best words to describe it escape me, but it gets wider towards the top.)

2) Fill a glass cup almost to the brim with ice to measure it, and then pour the ice into a stainless steel Thermos while waiting for the tea to steep.

3) Dispense steeped tea from the Tea Master into the Thermos, seal the Thermos up and shake, shake, shake for about a minute. (Dunno what the shaking accomplishes exactly, but the SAs at Teaopia always seem to shake the iced tea and cubes together before pouring them into the cup, and I wouldn’t want to skip an essential step.)

5) Open the lid of the Thermos enough for “pouring liquid” and pour into the aforementioned glass cup. (I have a model that allows you to pour liquid without completely removing the lid.) This strains any extraneous ice cubes.

6) Ice cold tea!

I am still trying to determine exactly how much milk or cream to use in Root Beer Float to get that perfect enhancement of floatiness without shouting down the tea. Nevertheless, this cup was much, much better than my failed pitcher from earlier!

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

You know your addicted to tea when you jump OFF the toilet and run after the postal guy anyway! LOL

Daniel Scott

Haha, I didn’t really. …It, uh, wasn’t an option. Not to put anyone off their tea…

Running after the postal guy is a thought, though. If I hadn’t basically been dressed in pj pants and the most unwashed shirts I own, I might have attempted that.

Azzrian

LOL I answer the door daily to our mail man in my pajamas which are tees with holes all over them and gym shorts! Sexy huh?! He is used to it – he is my alarm clock in the mornings – if he does not come I get to sleep in :)

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80

(Apologies in advance because it is 2 am and I know I will ramble.)

This one just came out yesterday with Cherry Cola; and while I’m generally too lazy to bother getting anything done before my work day starts, I hauled ass out of my house early yesterday just to get to DAVIDs for this one so I didn’t have to wait even a day to try it.

Getting the impression I like root beer? Oh yes. I’m such a kid. Depending on the day, I can never decide between orange, cream soda or root beer as my favourite pop. I’ve mentioned before that I essentially gave up pop for tea, yes? So I imagined this being the best of both worlds.

My local DAVIDs is busier and busier these days, to the point that I walked in last week and did a double-take in shock when the store was empty. That never used to surprise me! And when I got there yesterday, there was a line-up of about four people while all the SAs were serving people (including one little old lady who looked to be buying probably about two hundred dollars worth of gift sets and then being picky about how they were packed). The woman behind me – holding her $1 iced tea mug – was clearly agitated by this, saying, “There’s a line-up for the damn tea?!” I kind of wanted to ask her if she didn’t want the tea store she frequents to be financially successful.

(Unexpectedly though, she turned out to be quite sweet. As I didn’t want her making dagger eyes at my back, I offered to let her go first when an SA freed up. “Oh no, dear, you were first! You go ahead!” Some people, I can’t figure them out.)

ANYWAY. The tea.

I got 160g of this packed into a shiny silver tin and the tea in my $1 mug as well because they were, unexpectedly, serving this one at my store as the TOTD instead of Cherry Cola as scheduled. Not sure why. But I kinda squeed to myself when I tasted the dollar TOTD, because it really, seriously tasted like root beer! I know I’ve groused on here before (in my DT’s Tropicalia review) about people saying that teas taste “just like” something else, but this is as uncannily close to “just like” as I think a tea can get.

So I rushed home to make my own pitcher of this one. In order to do this, I was planning to throw out the last fifth or so of my pitcher of DT’s Lime Gelato.

Now, I would not normally do that. I’m not really the child my taste buds think I am. I would normally wait and drink the last of the last pitcher. Unfortunately, that particular pitcher really, really didn’t turn out so great. I cold-brewed the Lime Gelato for about 4 and a quarter hours, and then yanked the leaves out because I was concerned about it eventually getting bitter the way Kiwi’s Big Adventure did. And it was unbelievably tasteless. Faintly lime, faintly green tea, and…that’s it. I talked to an SA in the store, and she told me that she doesn’t think Lime Gelato cold-brews well. Oops. So I’d just been using it up in boozy mixed drinks. And I planned to throw the rest of that failed pitcher out, because it just wasn’t that pleasant to drink even then.

As it turns out though, my loose-leaf hating sister actually drank it! Although she apparently told my mother, “Weird, it smells much stronger than it tastes.” (gigglesnort) And then she and my mom puzzledly went through all my teas in the cupboard trying to figure out which one it was! …Of course, they didn’t because they don’t know that half my stash (including that one) is actually in my room so that no one in my family but me knows how many teas I actually have. Shhh…

So. This isn’t a review of Lime Gelato, but I had to mention that because it’s made me nervous now about cold-brewing. This was the first time ever that the cold-brewing method has failed me, and I couldn’t help but think, “What if it doesn’t work for Root Beer Float?!” But I figured, nah, none of the listed ingredients are things I haven’t cold-brewed before – I think? – and it should work, no problemo.

But. Twelve-plus hours of cold-brewing later (yes, I lost track), guess what?

Root Beer Float cannot be cold-brewed either!

Now, I might not have realized that if I hadn’t had a to-go cup from the store, because it does still have a root beer taste to it and is drinkable. But nothing like what I had from the store! Sheesh! So just a heads-up for anyone thinking of slow-brewing this one cold…nope. Don’t waste your leaves.

So I just made some hot. This review is for that instead. If I can cool this enough before I go to bed, I will maybe try half the cup cold.

First, the smell is amazing. It does smell like root beer, both dry and wet – even hot. It’s another one of those “huff over the cup” teas.

Hot: The first sip was disturbingly tasteless, but it seems to be one of those that gets more flavour as it cools rather than less, so I gave it a few minutes and…yeah, there we go. Root beer and vanilla! I taste the base more hot, and I think it is rather middle-ing…there’s a faint bitterness to it. But I’m okay with it as the flavour is pretty well done. I can’t really separately taste white chocolate in this, and for that I’m grateful as I despise white chocolate.

I really just wish it was sweeter. I know that people have been bitching endlessly about stevia in DT teas lately – although I’m not sure why, it’s even considered safe for diabetes according to what I’ve read – and this tea does not have it. I wish it did. I have not had much of an opinion on the stevia thing until now, but now – I think they should have added it to this one in particular, and I do not understand how so many recent teas have that ingredient which probably don’t need it and this one doesn’t! I do not want to be adding too much of my own sugar to the tea because I don’t want to change the flavour, but this is supposed to be root beer. It should not be about subtle flavours. I don’t want to swirl this one on my tongue trying to pick out notes. I expect tea, but I also expect it to taste a little more like it will rot my teeth.

Cold: Okay, I should probably save this as I’m falling on my face. But this is definitely better cold (as I’m sure you’d already assumed); I keep seeing people on the FB page saying it needs fizz, but floats go flat! It has that nummy flat float taste.

I’ve also been experimenting with adding milk or cream and a swirl of DT’s vanilla agave to bring out the float-y aspects more, and that’s AWESOME. This is another get-me-through-the-work-day tea.

And with that, I’m up too late and talking too long and I’m out!

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

Have you tried Golden Moon’s Vanilla Jasmine? Some people say it smells like root beer, most say it tastes like cream soda. I didn’t cold brew it, but I did ice it this week and it was yummy!

momo

I found that if I made Lime Gelato hot first, then put then cold steeped the leaves, it works better. But its’s definitely just easier to make it hot then cool it off.

Kittenna

Oh holy something, I think this is the longest review I’ve ever encountered! Just had to say this before I read the whole thing :) Also, I had forgotten that it was you who had been inquiring about the soft drink-flavoured teas; glad they finally came out!

Kittenna

Ahahaha, loved the review, and love how you stash tea in your room so nobody knows how big the stash really is!

I cold-brewed Lime Gelato at least once and did enjoy it, but I may have way overleafed the cup in order to get that flavour. Good to know that this one’s not good for cold-brewing, as I certainly would have tried that myself after picking it up (I just haven’t made it to DT yet). Flat float, also, sound delicious to me :)

I also don’t know why everyone’s moaning about stevia; it certainly hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m pretty indifferent to it.

Ninavampi

Great review!!! I loved your gigglesnort! :)

Daniel Scott

@ashmanra – Never have, no, I will check it out.

@Amanda – that’s actually a cool idea, I will try that too.

@Krystaleyn – The longest?! Oh dear. I can talk so much more than this, but I try to keep it short on Steepster because there is no “read more” that I know of on here.

Yes, it was me! I was starting to wonder if they would come out in the fall after all, no joke, because there were all the fruity and berry summer teas and surely that’s enough, right? DT is just rolling them out these days…don’t know how I feel about that.

I just don’t get the stevia thing. People keep saying, “I don’t want sweetened tea.” Um, then why are you buying tea flavoured like pop?

@Ninavampi – Thank you! Yeah, it was pretty funny. I still haven’t gotten a chance to tell her that the tea was so flavourless because I screwed it up. She’s probably chalked it up to me being crazy to think loose leaf tastes good. :P

Hope this posts, guys; I haven’t been able to open my own tealog lately.

Kittenna

Haha, actually you might be tied with Ian for longest tasting note, as I remember he wrote quite a long one a while back! I don’t mind though, because long tasting notes are often filled with interesting stories! Take Bonnie’s notes, for example!

I’m a little… annoyed(?) that DT keeps putting out new teas. Probably because I can’t keep up, to be honest. It seems a bit overkill though, but I suppose they have to keep things new and fresh! I felt like 52teas put out quite a number of teas, but DT has Frank beat by a long shot!

Babble

I tried this today cold-brewed and thought it was pretty good. How long did you let it sit for? Mine sat for about 12+ hours. I may try it hot, though, and cool it down just to see.

Daniel Scott

It’s not that I didn’t think that it was good – like I said, if I hadn’t had it flash-chilled in the store, I probably would have decided it was great, and a decent imitation of root beer. Thing is, the flash-chilled version was even more true to a root beer taste, so I couldn’t be satisfied with a cold-brewed version after that.

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
107 tasting notes

Trying to drink up as many teas in my cupboard as possible before my next Verdant order arrives and my family loses their shit…

This one is astonishingly good with milk. I mean, it’s not the best tea in the world, but I’m astonished at the fact that it’s good with milk. I like it so much better than I did with only sugar. Who knew? I’ve been slipping back into drinking tea with milk, which I feel like I shouldn’t do (considering how much tea I drink, I should really drink it in as healthy a way as possible), so I’ve been drinking more greens and fruity blacks. But this strategy almost backfires, because now I’m adding milk to tea I wouldn’t have before, just to see what happens.

Anyway. I can recall before this that this tasted like a sweet rooibos, but nothing special. Somehow, with the milk, the pineapples and strawberries are both distinguishable but don’t clash while the coconut takes a nice backseat and just adds this note of creaminess. Lovely. I almost want to buy more now. Almost.

(Also, I applied at Teavana, and the manager literally almost jumped up and down with excitement. So we’ll see how that goes. I don’t like the company, but I don’t like the company I currently work for either, and I like tea better than the stuff I’m selling now. Although I talked to one of my friends who works there, and he tipped me off that THEY DON’T HAVE A BATHROOM IN THE BACK. How the holy hell do you have a tea store with no bathroom? I almost regret applying now, I go like every 1.5-2 hours…where the hell is the closest bathroom? I must find out.)

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

No bathroom!?! I just could not deal with that! Especially around tea my bladder would hate me! Hope there is a near bathroom!

Daniel Scott

It is a problem. Even when I drink practically nothing, I still have to go. My bladder creates urine from air and stardust, I swear.

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
107 tasting notes

This is nearing a de-cupboard, and I always hatehatehate removing teas from my cupboard without reviewing them (for my own records, if not for other people – I’m sure most people who were curious about this one have already tried it), but I have almost nothing to say about this one. Hence there being no review of it until, uh, June. I was excited for this because I love wacky teas, but eh. It’s just kinda meh on first, second and third impressions. And yes, I did get jelly beans in my sample, but I never honestly noticed them making a significant difference to the taste. I probably would have been better off eating them.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike it. Actually, I think I steeped this cup longer than previous cups and it’s pretty good. It’s mostly got a strawberry flavour with something else fruity and sweet underneath that and an underlying creaminess to the whole sip. Not bad at all.

And yet, there’s a fullness to the sip that’s just missing. Even for a rooibos (which never has the fullness of flavour that I associate with tea-tea). I don’t know – it has the same problem that much of the spring collection did in that there are Swiss cheese holes in the flavour. It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder if that whole collection was rushed for some reason.

And actually, it gets more hole-y as the cup cools. Some teas have more flavour when they cool – this is absolutely not one of them, as it tastes more and more like sweetened water as its temperature drops. Ick.

It’s all right, but I don’t mind the fact that it’s gone from stores/online only now at all. It was a cute idea for Easter, anyway.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I thought this tea was far too gimmicky, and kind of a letdown since so many people weren’t getting enough (or any!) jellybeans in their samples. The flavour wasn’t bad, but I’d rather have something else.

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
612 tasting notes

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
612 tasting notes

I got this as a sample pack, and am glad I didn’t pay for it. To me it tasted like fruit gummies bought from 7-11.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
317 tasting notes

I received this in one of my orders as a sample. I just knew it needed to be an iced tea to help combat this 100 degree weather. I also decided that it needed to be subjected to my first attempt at cold brewing. I have to say that my experiment was definitely a success! I’d been making my iced teas so far by brewing them hot, then icing them. This definitely brings out the subtle flavors more. As for the tea, I really like it. It’s not overpoweringly mango, the mango feels much more subtle, almost as if it’s enhancing the tea. Overall, I’m very happy with this.

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: Juicy berries with dark berry notes.

Liquor: Classic brown tea colour.

Flavour: Darker-coloured berry notes with a rich, full flavour – like a very strong blueberry. Black tea is present and is sweetened throughout by the maple syrup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Saskatoon!! Yeaaah! :D

Kittenna

Also, I assume the numerical rating was unintentional and/or someone different posted this sneak peek? You probably want to remove it before there’s a backlash :)

Daniel Scott

Yeah, oops to the rating. You might want to delete this note and re-post it. Also, LOL @ “classic brown tea color.” Not that we don’t all know what it means, but it sounds funny. :P

And yeah, Saskatoon berries! My family is all from Saskatoon (although we’re not there now), and I might even be able to sell them on this one.

Kittenna

Saskatoon’s my hometown :D :D And the rating is easily removed by editing the post and clicking the little ‘x’ next to the rating scale.

Daniel Scott

Oooh, didn’t know that, thanks!

DAVIDsTEA

All fixed!

DaisyChubb

mmmm Saskatoon Berries. Now I get a taste of home all the way here in Halifax – can’t wait!

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

Interesting flavor.. it tastes like caramel apple popcorn. The smell is the best part about this tea, the taste is ok, and the aftertaste is a little bit sweet and maple-y. It’s fun to try but probably wouldn’t want to drink this regularly!

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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
612 tasting notes

I can’t taste chocolate but I could smell it when I opened the bag. I’m trying this as is. So no milk or sweetner. I think I’ll make a latte of it later and see how that goes. A good chai just not what I expected.

Preparation
Boiling
Helena

I tried it as a chai and still no chocolate… (Sigh) Either way I have the “I ate too much pineapple” feel in my mouth. I think I better try something else. So long Chocolate Chili Chai it was nice meeting you but it’s not working out.

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88

I can say that, by far, this is my favorite out of the recently released “Berry Teas”. I feel like this tea fills a void in terms of flavor profile in my collection.

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

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drank Sweet Strawberry by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

This one has a nice and light strawberry taste. It’s pretty simple, but not boring. I don’t know if this one will make it onto my tea wall…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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76

This one was an unexpected treat. I’ve never had a tea with Juniper berries in it before, but I was able to taste them as well as the Blueberry.

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

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61

I am a new tea drinker so I don’t have all the official terminology down but I will simply say, I did not like this tea at all. I was extremely disappointed because with a name like Blueberry Jam, I expected something amazing. I have never tasted or knew anything about Stevia prior to tasting this tea but I know now. It instantly made me sick to my stomach. I tried it both hot and cold and it was the same disturbing taste. I made my daughter iced tea with it and she felt the same about the Stevia. Not sure what to do with the rest of the bag!

Amanda

I think you should give it to your daughter. She’ll get used to the stevia :)
Thanks Ma!

Bonnie

Don’t feel bad, I don’t like some types of artificial sweetener. I use splenda or I’d be huge! I drink a lot of tea! I’ve lost weight since I started drinking tea which in my case was a goo thing. Sometimes it’s not only the sweetener you don’t like but artificial flavoring that can taste sour. As you taste more, you’ll notice more. If you want some samples PM me (personal message above…the envelope)…

CHAroma

Ooooh, Bonnie’s found you! You’re in good hands now. ;)

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SO have you ever had A strawberry shortcake? In your glass? Oh you havn’t? that’s because you havn’t had the Strawberry Shortcake by David’s Tea. NOw I got this as a sample with my Swamp Water and Kiwi..and trust me.. Its Good. It is really really good BUT I just can’t see myself drinking this as a part of my everyday regiment. It is savory.. and creamy. While It Is Great.. it just isn’t for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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