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95
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

Fantastic. Smells like fruit punch and has an excellent taste. Seems like it should be great iced as well.

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61
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I love a good citrus tea. When I first saw the label for this, I was overexcited. The smell is excellent – just a nice orange burst mixed with vanilla.

It steeps to a rosy orange. Very pretty. I was surprised by the taste. While I got the orange-y notes and the mellow rooibos taste, it tasted a bit like bubblegum, which is not what I was expecting.

Great iced.

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64

SICK MODE!
Ugg, sick. So sick I messed up this steeping, so I have no idea how long I did this. However, I was slightly crazy and added a cm or two slice of fresh ginger to the steeping.

The taste? Uhh ginger mostly, the taste buds are shot! It’s making my throat feel better though!

Preparation
Boiling
ashmanra

Come on over and we can have a sickie party. We will drink tea and you can work on your shawl while I knit the Doctor Who scarf.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

hahah, totally! Ugg.. I’m doing a picot bind off and have been at it for 2 hours and maybe 1/4 done the shawl’s edging!

Indigobloom

feel better soon! this is the right tea for being sick :)

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64

Two things I can taste in this tea:

1. Pu-erh earthly, mellow, thick
2. SUPER GINGER PUNCH IN THROAT special attack

I like ginger and especially like on sick days or times I feel bloated. This tea is probably the best ginger tea I’ve tried for packing a delicious punch.

BUT

If I hadn’t tried DAVIDsTEA’s “The Skinny” first, I would of been in love with this tea. The thing is “The Skinny” is very similar as it’s pu-erh and ginger, but it also has much more complexity with oolong and citrus notes rounding out the flavour compared to “Pu-erh Ginger”.

My first sip of this tea was "Awww.. it’s The Skinny, but not as good. Wowza, lots of ginger! >.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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96

Enjoying the last evening of 2011 with a huge mug of Creme Caramel Rooibos, an oldie-but-goodie that I found in my tea stash.

Dry, it has a great caramel scent. Brewed, it has the combined sweetness of the caramel and rooibos to make me very happy. Just a touch of milk and a little maple sugar tonight – perfecto! I am a big fan of rooibos teas because I have such a sweet tooth and I don’t have to worry about caffeine keeping me awake if I have tea before bedtime.

I’ll have to savour this because I used the last of it tonight. It’ll definitely make a come-back to my tea shelf but I’ve got to get through some others first. Happy New Year everyone!

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

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77
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I ordered Pumpkin Chai at DAVIDsTEA in November after smelling a sample, and oh did it smell good! I drank it as a latte (with agave) hoping it would be even better than Pumpkin Spice from Starbucks. I am a huge Chai fan and I also like pumpkin, so I thought this tea would be a perfect fit for me. As I drank it, I experienced a slightly bitter taste on top of the creamy, caramelly taste that resonated in my cup. I’m hoping the tea was oversteeped, but I have a feeling the huge pumpkin chunk that I saw while my tea was steeping, was the root cause of the bitterness. I would be interested in trying this tea again to see if it does better a second time around.

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35

Smelled better than it tasted.

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89

I received this tea as a gift and have been quite pleased with it ever since. When I first smelled it in the bag, I was met with a warm tropical coconut/vanilla smell, and on second sniff it smelled almost like pineapples! This tea is delicious on its own or with the typical black tea accompaniment of sugar and milk. It has a coconutty/caramelly taste that goes down smoothly, and I will be sure to buy a 100g tin after my supply runs out.

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

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16
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I bought Cinnamon Heart on a whim after I smelled it in store. Cinnamon Hearts are one of my favorite candies, and the smell of this tea is bang on to the candy. I was elated to try this tea, but after it was done steeping, I was hit with an overpowering fishy smell that made it almost impossible to stay in the same room let alone drink it. Still, I tried my best to attempt to drink the cup that I steeped, as I had an inkling of hope left that perhaps it would taste nice. Again, the smell was too overpowering and affected the taste for the worse. I’m hoping I can take this tea back, as I bought 100g and I don’t even want to try drinking this tea in the future!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 45 sec
DaisyChubb

You can take it back to the store and exchange! No worries :)
Which is great because you can now get 100g of a tea you love instead ^^

aisling of tea

Although I do recommend maybe setting up a swap here on Steepster with someone who loves that tea, as when you return tea to the store, it is destroyed!

DaisyChubb

mm yes I second aisling! Swaps are way more fun, and everybody wins that way

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100
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
186 tasting notes

Happy New Year’s Eve, Steepsterites! I hope everyone has something just right for them to do tonight, whether it is a party, or curling up quietly with a cup of tea at home! This is my last tea of 2011, something sweet and shiny to ring in the new year. A little early, but you get what I mean.

I received a very generous sample of this (among other samples of delicious, delicious tea) from Aisling of tea. Wow. I love this tea. Its going in my very next order, for sure. The dry mix smells exactly like icing. I love icing. Even on crappy cake. I love the pure exquisite sugar rush and tooth-achingly sweet taste of icing. I knew this tea had to be right up my alley.

The brewed tea smelled more of chamomile than of icing, I noticed immediately when I poured the brewed tea. It also looks like chamomile, with that lovely yellow color. When I first tasted it, I was disappointed not to find it sweet. I was sure that evoking something like icing, I’d have to be able to pick up a trace of sweetness. Especially after the scent of the dry tea. Nope. Not really. But wait, not all is lost. I got chamomile, and a bit of mango, though it was more generic fruity rather than screaming “mango!”, and I got creamy and buttery, which I suspect is the white tea.

It works, people! My palate works! I actually could identify individual flavor elements! You have no idea how happy this makes me! I’m actually pretty sure I’m at the opposite end of the taste abililty spectrum from a supertaster. So to actually have a tea that I can identify flavors in? Is amazing. I’m in love.

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

Awww… I placed my first order of Davids Tea and didn’t include this… Will be part of my order next time! : )

aisling of tea

yay! I’m glad the package made it! Enjoy your tea!

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95
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

After hearing rave reviews from many of my friends, I went in store to sample this tea and I fell in love! The smell alone is to die for, and it is great either straight or as a latte with agave. I wouldn’t mind if Movie Night had an extra handful or two of popcorn but nonetheless, I bought the tea for the caramelly/maple taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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65

I’ve had this a few times but I guess I haven’t logged it yet. Anyways, here’s to a cup of snow bunny in the morning!
I got this tea in the winter collection and I think its my favourite, aside from alpine punch.
I can taste the nuts and the banana and it gives a pleasant taste of banana bread or something similar. The downfall of this tea is the black tea – I really wish the flavour of the black tea would come out more, but it falls short next to the nutty taste.
I think the aroma of this tea is half of it too.
Anyways, this was a lovely tea to enjoy during the winter season, and made a perfect treat paired with my homemade banana muffins, but aside from that I don’t think I will be purchasing this tea.

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82

I like to make sure there’s loads of apple and gooseberries in my steeper when I make this.

I much prefer it iced to hot, but the blend of fruit and the orange oil along with the mint makes this a clean tasting tea that doesn’t need to be sweetened. Delish.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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34
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

Definitely not for me. I was careful to follow steeping instructions, but I couldn’t shake the notion that I was drinking perfume.

Sad, as the ingredient list is full of things I like.

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70

I’m hoping to grab some of this shortly.

The mint alone helps make colds seem less awful, but the overall taste of the tea is pleasant rather than medicinal. As with most things that contain juniper, I can’t quite shake the gin smell. But I’m over it. I drink this even when I’m not ill.

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82
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Day 31 of my #101daysoftea challenge. 1 tbsp in my… larger teapot.

I know this tea can oversteep easily, but I think I might have understeeped it this time. However, putting the bag in for another minute or so with each cup helped as I nursed this along.

The jasmine and rose create a floral taste that boarders on fruity. I found that a bit of honey brings out the full body of the tea perfectly.

I still don’t think I have the secret of a perfect brew of Three Wishes perfectly down, but I enjoy it more and more as I get closer to mastering this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

I didn’t steep this for too long so maybe I was in luck, but this is incredibly thick and creamy and buttery and… smooth! The vanilla comes in nicely. Which type of vanilla, I don’t know. What is the green background aroma I taste, I don’t quite know either… Go figure.
I don’t hate it :) ! Might try it iced next.

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92
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

Also a sample I got (but I end I might end up buying a 50g.)

This is supposed to be a chocolate tea? The strawberry flavor is so intense in this, very liquor-y. Under that strawberry swirl comes the little dark chocolate bite. The black tea and rose petals are just here to wrap it all together, methinks. Like a sweet gift.
If cute was a flavor I think it could be easily used to describe this tea. The name fits.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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91
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
80 tasting notes

This is a sample I received that I wanted to wait in the morning to try.
I was a bit scared because I’ve stopped all caffeine in the past few months, but alright:

This is a very mild/simple coffee bean that tastes round. Added is the taste of white chocolate and almonds (and I can’t believe how much you can taste them. This is one of my favorite combinaisons in pastry!) And a woody aftertaste that does not bother me at all.

Now can this replace a white chocolate mocha? This screams for experimentations.
I should add that I cheated with this one and added agave and almond milk shrug :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

Sad to use the last of my egg nog today, happy that it was in a Pumpkin Chai latte. ♥

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

Awww :]… there’s always more next year!

aisling of tea

Oooooh, you just reminded me that I have an unopened carton of soynog my mother in law found for me….hrmmmm.

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83
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I can see why this sucker has been brought back 2 years in a row. Man-oh-man.

It’s a bit… strange to smell. It has a nice scent to it, vaguely of pumpkin and a warm caramel note, but not what I was anticipating. And certainly not what I got when I made it.

Oh MAN. ♥

I drink this a lot, especially as a latte. It’s rich and warm and I feel very relaxed and happy when I drink it. Pumpkin Chai takes me to my happy place!

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95
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

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This is my favourite Davids Tea. Other things come close, but this is what I always go back to.

Brews a nice golden brown tea with gold sparkles. Smells like cinnamon and spice.

G+G is versatile and can stand up to any kind of mixing you want to throw at it. It drinks well hot, cold, with or without sweetener, and with or without milk. It’s a good gift if you know anyone in your life that loves shiny things (I get way too excited over revealing that it sparkles when its brewed).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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81

Nom!

Brews a dark, rich spicy tea. Works really well as a dessert tea. Nice blend of peppercorn and chocolate. Good with and without milk.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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73
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I’m surprised I like Checkmate at all. Typically I’m not a fan of coconut or anything with that sort of flavour, but this is great. It’s easy to scald the white leaves while you’re perfectly steeping the black, so erring on the side of lower temperature water for longer will probably help.

It’s a light brown when brewed. Good sweetened, unsweetened, with or without milk; both hot and iced. (A co-worker told me to try it iced with milk and a big of agave. Agh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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