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73
drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Finally trying this one! My first guayasa :) Brief not because I should really be working….

The dry tea smells almost earthy, and quite fruity. Yum.

Steeped, it smells peachy and fruity. So far so good!

This tastes better than I was expecting! I’m not a fan of candied papaya, so was wary of it in a tea, but this is pretty good! It tastes kind of earthy and green, a little bit bitter, and lightly fruity – I would go with peachy. We’ll see what sort of effect the caffeination has on me shortly…

Either way, a very pleasant tea! Probably something I’d pick up again only for the stimulant effect, though, as flavour-wise there are other teas I prefer.

ETA: Second cup, steeped for ages, is not really impressive. Weak and just a bit sweet. Not worth it. I don’t know if guayasa is one that doesn’t re-steep well?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I always resteep mine, but it’s never a strong cup!

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94

I remember in design school my professors used to say that if you want it to look like wood, make it out of wood. Plastic, metal and other materials with wood grain were not acceptable. And, if you believe that, this tea is not for you. You should stick to traditional tea, like English Breakfast, Earl Grey etc.

If you want something a little fun, a little whimsical, a little daring, and a way to get cake taste without the calories this tea is for you! I was surprised by some of the other reviewers here – of course it is sweet! Of course it is strong! It is tea that is supposed to taste like birthday cake! It is a very fun celebration of tastes! I have a little sugar and milk in it (amounting to 40-50 calories in all), and it does taste exactly like birthday cake (400+ calories). Usually rooibos teas make me gag a bit, but this one tastes really smooth. Nice to be guilt free with a Note: it looks pretty before you steep, but not during.

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89
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I picked up 10g of this and the manager told me that it was really good—and she is not a fan of Earl Grey…neither am I.

I finally got around to trying it today and WOW and I am really impressed! Normally it’s a meh taste for me, but I am really liking the smooth and citrusy flavours with a hint of bitterness that you normally encounter with earl greys.

I am definitely going to get a tin of this :)!

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

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95
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Finally bought a big tin! Make a huge pot – it’s totally what I crave in the evening when I don’t have a sick amount of baking around :)

Also I made a giant pot and attempted to drink it all. Got up to go to the bathroom 3 times in the night. Bad side effect! So the next time I made a huge pot, I put the last half in the fridge for iced tea the next day. Um, wow. It was 10x more flavourful and so freaking delicious. So because of the sprinkles I won’t make this one hot over ice – but I will make pots and put them in the fridge to cool. Because it is out of the world good!

Sweet meets refreshing in a way that Nestea just can’t do. That’s this tea iced. YUM!

Bonnie

Good job!

tigress_al

That sounds like a great idea, I will have to try it!

DaisyChubb

So so good!
Don’t be afraid of the sprinkle bits haha – I just let them settle to the bottom. The taste was worth it!

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95
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

I’m pretty happy with this purchase. Although when I realized I went into DT and came out with 2 rooibos’ I kicked myself in the butt haha. (This one and Jolly Jellybean).

However, I was really not disappointed. On the contrary!

The dry smell is suuuper sweet, like funfetti cake mix YES! I frequent a recipe blog that uses funfetti all the time, so the smell of this tea makes me smile :)
It smells sweet, and looks even sweeter. More sweet.

Brewed! It’s still sweet! Man it’s delicious. Almost creamy from the ice cream bits and there is a strawberry flavour that is reminiscent of a pound cake with fresh cream and strawberries.

All in all, I hate those Safeway/Grocery Store bought cakes, but having a tea that tastes like them is 100% better!

Kittenna

I really haven’t been enthralled by DT’s latest couple sets of offerings. Three cake flavoured teas? Four citrus teas? Bleh. Glad to hear this one’s not bad – I had low hopes for it (but plan to pick up samples of everything anyway when I make it back there).

DaisyChubb

Yeah it is kind of like… all the same thing inyourface! And the cake teas are all the same but.. slightly different… so it’s really weird. But! It’s tasty at least, I’m looking forward to the other cake teas, although I doubt I’ll break the bank on them haha

Indigobloom

this one reminds me of Oh Canada, only a little more vanilla ish..
I think they’ve all been done already, there is little territory to explore!

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96
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

I bought a tin of this tea. Holy man. It almost makes me want to give away my Pink Flamingo and trade it in for more Kanpe. I am freaking obsessed with this tisane – although I’ll say it again, I would never ever ever drink it hot. Bleh.

But iced! mmm, it’s fruity, tart at the end of the sip, like a sour candy (I’ve sweetened with agave to cut a bit of the sourness and add the candy-like flavour), perfectly (lightly) spiced with cinnamon.
I think I need several hundred grams of this tea, strawberries, raspberries and oranges, a couple big bottles of cheap red wine – and I will have delicious tea sangria all summer long. But it’s only spring!

Oh well, I’ve started early.

DaisyChubb

I will say this, the only bad thing about this tea is it is heavy, bringing a tin of 100g to 14 bucks. :| I guess that’s what’s stopping me from buying a lot of it, so a treat it will remain!

Kittenna

Yeah, so I’m discovering about many of the “cheaper” herbals – they’re heavier and require 2 tsp – no bargain! In fact, perhaps more expensive than some of the white teas!

Tina S.

This is definitely one of my favourites, I compare it to cherry pie. Nom nom nom.

DaisyChubb

mm cherry pie, totally! It’s even “thick” feeling to remind me of that haha! Nor syrupy thick, but definitely not weak or watery. mm. I need another cup :D

This one is worth the price to me for now. We’ll see what happens when I drink it every day – it’ll be a good test! :)
Cattibrie

I really enjoy this one hot. It was a great fill in for Pink Flamingo while it was gone in the fall. Still prefer my Pink Flamingo though.

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96
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Wow, I was really surprised by how much I LOVED this tea!! Loved it!
I remember trying Sleigh Ride from the Advent Calendar and despising it, but this one is amazing. Iced! I should say Iced!

I went into the Halifax Shopping Mall Davids to see if they were accept applications and to see what else I could apply for, since it’s a close enough bus ride and I wouldn’t mind a mall job for a little while. The desk job was not so good for my health. Anyways -

I went away with this tea to go, Iced! mmmm it was so freaking good. The tartness came only at the end of the sip, in a really delightful, sweet lemonade way. I did have agave, which helped with the sweetness, but all the fruits and cinnamon and mm! Yum!

I’m the master of comma abuse.

Anyways – yum!
Oh, and they’re not hiring but I’ll bring in a resume anyways, just in case!

Kay Kanada

Good luck!

DaisyChubb

Thank you! :)

Bonnie

Would be fun to know an insider!

Uniquity

There’s also a DT on Spring Garden downtown, but if you’re in the Bayers Lake area that would be a bit much. Good luck!

Kittenna

I’m with Bonnie! :D

DaisyChubb

That we are! Yeah, my boyfriend’s sister lives on Spring Garden road. It’s nice down there, pretty pricey, and would be a bus ride I would dread haha. I’ll probably stick to looking for jobs in the Bayers Lake/Halifax Shopping center area, unless I get this desk job with Staples which would make a little more money, but would be farther to travel. Might be worth it! In the meantime I’m trying to sell some art. Art for tea anyone? haha

Kay Kanada

What kind of art do you do?? (other than portraits) What mediums?

DaisyChubb

Honestly, anything and everything really! I enjoy sculpting, designing ceramics, painting, drawing, crafting – whatever keeps my interest for an amount of time, haha! The only thing I don’t really like is oil painting, mostly because it never dries x_x

Indigobloom

I was surprised to love this one to! it has… hibiscus in it!! and I like it! odd.

Kay Kanada

Oooooh sculpting! That is something that I can NEVER get my head around. How the heck do people make something awesome and artsty out of a hunk of something, I’ll never understand! Good on you!

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99

I cannot express how much I love this tea. It’s become my daily go-to tea in the evening. It’s warm and rich and has a great smell.

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76
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Another great Rooibos blend. This is the first time I’ve ever tried a Green Rooibos and I was very impressed. Great smell and I can’t wait to turn it into an iced tea.

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83
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

This makes the most awesome Iced Tea. Fruity and refreshing, tart without being overpowering. Great smell too.

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82
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Love this tea. A nice adaptation of Earl Grey with a nice citrus note that’s not bitter. Goes well with a small shot of honey.

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

OK I got this as a gift from a friend with a few other teas. The smell is almost sickly sweet and overall the flavour is kinda blah. This is officially the first Rooibos blend I’ve ever tried that I did NOT like.

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79
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

So last night I was up late at a friend’s show, and I’m feeling a bit groggy and grumpy having to get up and go to work today. So I turned to something that makes me feel comforted….apple-y, pastryish goodness. I need to remind myself to use a bit more leaf though, because sometimes I find it a bit weak. Its a wonderful apple tea on the whole though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

damn this is the best green tea no doubt. It reminds me of milk oolong but I like this one so much more. Screw grocery shopping im buying 100 grams of this

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

No matter how short I steep this or how little tea I use, I always end up with this rancidly strong cup of purple. Don’t get me wrong, the colour’s nice but it ends there. I don’t know what it is but I always get it really strong, spicy and gross. I’m not sure if it’s the cinnamon or something else but bleck this is terrible.
EDIT: I think this may be my preference despite the reviews similar to mine, but because of that chance I’m removing the rating and just keeping the review.

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

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97
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Nice! With all these spicy combination and the perfect flavour of the lemongrass it’s like a sweet and sour lemon flavour, almost a hot spicy lemonade. Kind of hard to explain. It’s just this tart and sweet fruity lemon tea, a great addition to any tea collection. Just don;t steep it too long or the lemon takes over!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

So, I’m pretty much a citrus freak and like teas with a strong citrus taste *and after smelling this it clearly had one) so I grabbed a sample and shortly after tasting it went back and bought a tin! It is a very nice creamy orange flavour and the rooibos is in the back (but not overpowering) making it just perfect. I sometimes add a little sugar because I find it just a tiny bit sour (almost non-existant) and if you’re in a funky mood, add some cream….makes it taste just like a creamsicle!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

Holy baloney this stuff is the bees knees! Dark, deep, rich cup of heaven.
Dry: mmm chocolate pieces, orange pieces and pu-erh oh my! It smells like the taste of terry chocolate oranges. I want one now.
Liquor: Dark brown. Coffee dark almost. Small oil droplets from the chocolate I suspect. Smells like a chocolate orange. Steaming hot: I can taste a bit of the pu-erh, but it is nice. Orange is present. So it chocolate. Warm: It has a whole mouth feeling to it if that makes sense. It’s thick. and very chocolately orange. Delicious. I like it better warm then hot as more of the thickness and chocolate comes out. So so good.

Overall – permanent collection. Amazing tea for satisfying a craving, or whenever you want to drink the equivalent of unicorn tears. I suggest you buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

i have never quite figured out what I’m doing wrong, because it’s never tasted that great to me, yet EVERYONE raves about it!

Lynne-tea

How do you typically steep yours? I used a bodum for mine every time. I haven’t tried it in my wire basket.. Possibly you get the best out of it if the leaves have a lot of room?

Kittenna

Hmm, I’ll have to try it in my filter basket instead of a tea ball. A lot of people have been scolding me for using a tea ball lately (but it’s by far the easiest for me!) Thanks :)

Lynne-tea

Ahh yes maybe thats what is it. Some teas just need more room (not just for expanding). That would probably be the only difference between our preparation methods that could affect the taste. Even if you put the leaves in a cup to infuse, then strain that into your tea cup… the more room the better! That or maybe it’s just differences between taste buds. I hope its not and you get to love this tea too =)

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89

A nice twist on a great classic. There was not a whole lot of “cream” however there is certainly a smooth creaminess to it. Just like the original, it has a sort-of dark taste, so I still add a bit of sugar but hold off the milk because of the vanilla. Overall, a very nice cream based earl grey. Whether you pick this or plain ol’ earl grey you’ll be all set for tea time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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84
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

It’s a good ooling tea, however I found the peach to be very mild. That might just be because I love peach and was expecting a huge punch of peach. But just overall, a very nice tea, and quite relaxing. For that reason I am still giving it a good rating and saying go ahead and try it. If you like peach, you’ll enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

One word, WOW! I bout a sample of this and I will definately going back for a tin! At first, it’s this sweet, almost nutty taste. This transforms into an spiced apple, with the popcorn taste present in the back and a kind of toffee/caramel sweetness which is hard to describe any other way then just plain delicious! David’s has had another great tea once again! Highly reccommended.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Well…. At first, it’s just a sweet green tea, but then when you’re least expecting it the walnut smacks you in the face (or mouth?) and then comes the after taste (which is the best part!) it’s a nice sweet walnut, sweet taste with some sort of maple which is really quite delicious however the flavour is a little on the weak side, but still a decent tea. I just got a sample and I might go back and pick up a tin sometime this week. Orverall, not bad for a nice, sweet light tea. =)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

I can’t seem to pinpoint why I didn’t like this one. It certainly lived up to its name – it tasted like creamy sugary vanilla sprinkle cake, even down to the slight burnt little crusty bits that get stuck in the pan. It wasn’t overly sweet, but every sip left me feeling like I had just snorted straight cake mix. Unpleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

This tea keeps drifting in and out of our stash – we get some, we give it away, we get some more, we give some more away. I thought we were all out, until we started cleaning the living room and found a stash of a dozen or so teas. And lo, there was Southern Belle! This is another of those blends that bowls me over with the scent but doesn’t quite deliver. Even so, it’s a very pleasant sweet peachy tea that’s not too over the top in any way. I think I’ll keep it around this time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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