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100
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
879 tasting notes

Wow, I would have never bothered to try this if I didn’t get a sample. This is so good! It’s very unique. It’s lemony, slightly spicy, and slightly fruity. But it’s all very subtle and warm. Many people said it reminded them of Thai Curry and as soon as I tasted it I agreed 100%! There is just something weird about this tea that makes my taste buds dance. Oh, DavidsTea I am impressed yet again..

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

So far I’m impressed with all of the teas I’ve ordered. I LOVE the little marshmallows :) it’s toasty and sweet, even a tad spicy.. mmm :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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52

I got this as a sample with an order. A bit disappointing to be honest. A nice dose of hibiscus which acts as the tartness from the rhubarb, but not much else. Wasn’t getting anything berry or crumbly. For me the tartness would have been perfectly balanced if I’d had a stronger strawberry taste, but it was about all I got, so it was too strong. Was a bit sad to not be able to taste anything crumble-like, given my increasing fandom for DT’s cake teas.

Not for me, but thats fine, I have many other options!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Once again, hibiscus doing its evil thing! It seems that rhubarb is a hard flavour to achieve in tea!

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75
drank Tuo Cha Bonbons by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I’m giving this one a better score. I popped one of these in my travel mug yesterday. Cheap shou pu’erh for the road. The extra steep time really helped.

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

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75
drank Tuo Cha Bonbons by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

After reading comments here, to be honest I was not expecting much. I was not disappointed. For a cheap shou pu’erh, it’s ok.

I’ve put one of those bonbons in my yixing, rinsed it, and let it steep for about 3 minutes. It was a mistake, I only wanted to do a 1 minute steep. It has the earthy smell you’d expect from a shou pu’erh, but weak. And so the taste. I won’t do multiple steeps for now. I had a cold last week, so maybe that’s why I don’t get much taste. I’ll try it again in a few days. I may change my rating if my experience is better.

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

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85

When I was told 2 weeks ago by an employee that they were getting this tea, I was excited. I bought a 100g today, and I was eager to try it. It did not disappoint.

The pearls have a strong floral smell. Obviously it smells like jasmine with a hint of lilac (keep in mind I’m still recovering from a cold). The taste is very refreshing, perfect after a copious dinner. I don’t get the caramel and honey notes they are mentioning. I was hoping for the Yunnan black tea to be more present, but I’m still satisfied. It’s exactly what you’d expect of a good jasmine tea.

Highly recommeded.

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

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97
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
18 tasting notes

I brought this tea along in my travel mug to my son’s hockey practice tonight. I ended up having a bunch of people catching a whiff of the amazing cinnamon smell and drooling over it. I love how it smells up the room as I enjoy a cup…yum :)

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97
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
18 tasting notes

Cannot get enough of this tea. The smell and taste of cinnamon in fall cannot be beat.

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84
drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I picked up a sample of each of the new straight teas at DAVIDsTEA yesterday – which I think is a fantastic marketing strategy. I love being able to try a new tea in my house, where I can brew it exactly how I want to… Yep – I pulled out my thermometer for this one.

Onto the tea!

I am a big fan of white & green teas, and I know that I prefer lighter more delicately flavoured teas so I was fairly certain that I would like the White Peony tea.

And I do! It’s light, slightly floral and the corn silk notes add a really delicate texture that is very subtle but great.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

WOW! As a huge fan of the Quangzhou Milk Oolong, I was really excited to try this new oolong, and I wasn’t disappointed!

The tight “mossy pebble” leaves are perfect for adding to a travel mug and just topping up the water as you go along. It’s definitely the greenest liquor of all my oolongs, and something about that makes me happy.

It’s a sweet, slightly creamy tea with a subtle almost honeysuckle undertone. After drinking, it leaves a lingering sweetness on my breath, which in turn leaves a smile on my lips. I’d never had ginseng before, so never would have thought to combine it with oolong, but I’m really in love with the combination!

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95

I participated in a tea tasting with the staff at the Uptown (Victoria BC) store (I consider them to be my friends now, really), yesterday evening to try the three new teas they received. I can’t wait to try the other new ones when they come in too!!

Being an avid oolong fan, and having a great love of the Quangzhou Milk Oolong, I was extremely excited to see a new straight oolong! This is even more special as it is the first tea they’ve received from Vietnam!

We did both a gongfu and western style brew to taste it, each brew style bringing out slightly different notes of the flavour. The gongfu brew brought out more of the delicate floral notes (reminds me of orchid? Magnolia? It’s definitely more floral than piney), and the western style brew brought out a rich sweetness reminiscent of the Quangzhou.

I went home with 100g and will likely need to get more before the month is up!

Plunkybug

How lucky you got to taste them with the staff there. I know some of the Johnson Street staff, but not well enough for a tasting, though I did have an impromptu tasting with them and the Quangzhou. I felt this one is a little more floral than the milk, and a little less creamy, but still quite tasty. Nice to see another oolong fan in Victoria.

Bear With Me

I absolutely adore the Uptown folks, and find myself there almost daily to say hi to everyone. (my entire social life as of late has been to go to the tea shop and have tea/hang out with my staff friends).

Plunkybug

They’ve always been pleasant to me when I’m there, but I’m not at Uptown a lot, to be honest. I live in James Bay, so downtown is easier to get to.

Bear With Me

Touché. I’ve been to the Johnson Street store twice, but didn’t have a great experience with the staff there. Been to Hillside a few times and got to know one of the girls there quite well when she did a stint at Uptown. But I’ll go out of my way to go to Uptown just because I adore the folks that work there (and I have pretty severe social anxiety, but it’s nonexistent while I’m in that store, so that’s a big part of it too I think)

Plunkybug

Hillside is pretty relaxed (more relaxed than Johnson Street). I like it there, perhaps as it was the first, and fell in love with it. I’ll have to try to make it to Uptown again. Last time was a few weeks ago.

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93

I LOVE jasmine teas, so when a jasmine black tea was released, I jumped on it!

The black base is rich and slightly sweet and creamy, and the jasmine makes its presence known without tasting like a punch in the teeth. One or two pearls makes a great light cup, two or three for a stronger or larger mug.

Plunkybug

Where’d you get this? I didn’t think any of the local stores here had any?

Bear With Me

Uptown had it, but sold out and it won’t be returning. I stuffed a tin the day it came out, after trying it in a tea tasting with them.

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92

1.5 tsp for 250mL water @90C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

I was hoping for a that high note, almost a fruitiness, but this Tung Ting tribute is more of a buttery oolong with a distsnt whiff of tart plum. And that’s fine. Sweet and steady but definitely buttery.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
879 tasting notes

Finished off my tin of this. It was amazing. Now I have an excuse for another order :P

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
879 tasting notes

Well my order finally arrived :) this smells SO good as I’m waiting for it to cool. Deep chocolate smell with subtle hints of spicy notes and mint. The flavor is even better! It’s very smooth and creamy. Someone had mentioned it tastes like a Peppermint Patty and I agree! But it has a small spicy note to it. This might have to be one of the teas I keep around when I need a chocolate fix :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96

1.5 tsp for 250mL water @ 98C (DON’T DO THIS), steeped 3 minutes.

I lost focus on the kettle here at work and poured boiling water on this beautiful tea. YUCK. I can still get some ginseng sweetness, but mostly it’s a bitter medicinal horroshow, like getting a powdery pill stuck on the back of your tongue. Totally my own fault. I put this up as a warning.

Generally, I find this tea good for at least 3 steeps of 3-4 minutes each, if the water’s at the right temp.

gmathis

Never had any luck with ginseng myself … tastes like you’re licking a tree root.

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96

1.5 tsp for 250mL water @ 90C (guesstimate), steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

So my local DavidsTea was late getting their shipment of this one … and my husband bought me a whole bunch of the little sample packs to keep me going. Yes, it’s THAT GOOD. The first infusion is sweet and crisp; the second infusion gets more mellow, more oolong-contemplative. I’m greedy and steep the first infusion a good four minutes leaching out a lot of the ginseng right away. And it’s refreshing. Really refreshing. I really hope this stays part of the permanent collection.

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96

1.5 tsp for 250mL water @ 90C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

I hardly know how to describe this one.

Sweet and crisp, as the write-up goes. Lingering. Almost floral — really hard to describe. Really good. This one shoudl be good for at least two more infusions.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Second infusion: less sweet, more ginseng-root sharpness, still exquisite. The ginseng gives a little lift, too.

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92

Three pearls for 250mL water @ 94C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

The packet copy reccommends a 5-minute steep, which is probably worth trying … or using 4 pearks at a time. My first infusion here is a bit weak …

Sweet black Hunnan with a clean finish, and some gentle honey and jasmine notes. Not a ravishing jasmine, but refreshing, and a lovely change from a green jasmine. A slightly stale note on the finish, as if either the tea leaf or the jasmine got exposed to too much air. Not sure this one lives up to the hype, but it is lovely.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Sorry — pearks = pearls.

Plunkybug

So the jasmine was mild then? I like jasmine, but only when it is not too strong.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Quite mild. As is the black tea part.

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92

1.5 tsp for 250mL water @100C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

I notice the directions suggest 94C water; I’ll try that next time.

Rich without being heavy. Scents of honey and fruit, as the packet copy promises. Enticing and nuanced. And it seems to pack a nice caffeine hit, too. Very happy with this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Made for me at a DavidsTea location. Steeped 3 minutes.

I didn’t know what to expect, but I can say I fell backwards into a tea-gasm.

Lots of Hunnan-like notes: oak, some wineyness, plums … clean finish … some Darjeeling-like earthiness without much astringency … definitely worth trying, if you like a good black tea.

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

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62
drank Pure Vanilla by DAVIDsTEA
3134 tasting notes

Bought the smallest amount possible of this one (8g) just to satisfy my curiousity.

While it was brewing, there was a most unpleasant aroma. Almost like…. stinky feet? Blech. Stinky, rooibosy feet. Since the tea has now cooled, the offputting smell is gone, and it now smells mostly like a sweetened rooibos.

The flavour actually isn’t all that bad; it tastes like a vanilla rooibos. A lingering vanilla aftertaste, like vanilla extract, is notably present, which is not something I’ve ever previously tasted from a tea, but other than that, it’s a fairly nondescript flavoured rooibos. No medicinal taste here either, which is a big positive. Not a tea I particularly want to drink again though, especially given a plethora of other much tastier flavoured rooibos options (e.g. Creme Caramel Rooibos, Oh Canada, etc.), but it probably serves its intended purpose well.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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49

Sipdown! And… blech. This is clearly one of the bigger busts from DT in recent memory. Just a whole bunch of ick. But, I sucked it up and brewed up the last of my sample tonight, because I feel guilty throwing anything out… and because I had notions of attempting it as a sort of latte to see if I could improve it at all.

A sip of the pre-doctored brew came up murky and cinnamon-y, a type of cinnamon flavour I don’t care for. There’s maybe some creaminess, some chocolate, but the fact that the water is ridiculously cloudy kind of ruins it for me too (is that cocoa, perhaps? It happens with Cocoa Canela as well, IIRC).

Anyways! As I was getting the milk out of the fridge to attempt to make this drinkable, my eye wandered over to the carton of Dark Chocolate Silk Soy Milk that I picked up last week. Guess which one ended up going into my drink :D Anyhow, with a good dose of chocolate soy milk, which contributes sweetness, chocolate, AND creaminess… this blend is made drinkable. Kind of like a mexican hot chocolate, as DaisyChubb described, but not as good as I would picture such a thing (also, not spicy).

Either way, this is tasty enough that I I won’t dump it down the drain, however I seriously doubt I’ll re-infuse the leaves. Oh, also – I used a Finum basket in the hopes of preventing cloudiness, but no such luck, so I suppose it probably is something like cocoa getting through. Not a big fan of that, in spite of loving hot chocolate…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Tealizzy

No love for stormy night…boo! j/k, I know what you mean about the murkiness.

Kittenna

Haha, no, I really disliked this one. It’s better than a few teas I’ve tried, but… not by much!

Shmiracles

i actually really love stormy night! but it did take a few cups for it to grow on me.

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