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89

Pretty amazing.

I have to say, this tea really doesn’t taste like creme brulee, but whatever, it’s very enjoyable and drinkable. Rooibos tea’s are generally slightly sweet and this is no exception, the green rooibos goes well with the camamel-ish flavour. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it tastes like, but its quite something. The flower petals also add a nice touch. It just smells very sweet and creamy.

Sweet, very enjoyable as a desert tea, or when i don’t feel like having any caffiene. I normally steep it with a bit more than the recommended amount (something i do with all rooibos teas), good for about 2 infusions, best when it is hot.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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75

Sticking to the black teas, I just finished an exam and have another one tomorrow.. yay! Don’t think i’ll be sleeping much so… black tea here we go!

Having this with honey tonight, actually not bad.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Glitter and Gold is a fancy looking black tea, but in the end it tastes… pretty basic

What comes out of it all is a cinnamon black tea, a very light one at that. The tea was pretty to look at and smelled decently good, so i decided to give it a go. Honestly, it’s not bad; just not as jaw dropping amazing as the description says of my toes tingling and of a late night seduction. What this tea, is pretty standard affair, it is a black tea that tastes like cinnamon. It’s not overpowering and it smells stronger than it tastes. Which…
is not a bad thing. An intense cinnamon flavour would have been too much i think. The tea looks dark and when you smell it, you would think that it is quite intense black tea. But it isn’t. I think i may put a little more next time and see if that would change things.

Infact, it’s quite deceptive. I was expecting fastball, but they this threw changeup, it’s actually really light tasting, I didn’t get much out of it except black tea and cinnamon and sweetness. I could not taste the cloves or orange peel for that matter (the orange peel i got was way thick too, looks to me like from a jumbo navel orange or something). The gimmick in this this is the shiny gold balls, and the sugar crystals (which you will never see, they melt right away). The gold balls hold up well for the first infusion and for me just sank to the bottom of the cup, by the second infusion however, they burst or melted or whatever, kinda turning into a creamy like sugar that when mixed makes the tea look rather unpleasing with a cloudy tone. The second infusion was much the same, probably sweeter (as the balls broke open) and much less flavour overall.

If you are looking for a straight away light tasting black cinnamon tea that doesn’t overpower, your answer lies right here. If not, not that it’s anything groundbreaking or bad… it’s just decent and the gold balls are pure gimmick, granted they do look kinda cool when broken and floating around.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

Perfect tea. Like drinking maple syrup out of the bottle!

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80
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

Hmm I take back my comment about this tea not making me sleepy. Maybe it was just poor timing, but I just woke up from an hour and a half nap after finishing a cup of it. It seemed like one of those days where I wanted a special and unique type of sweet treat, and I immediately knew which tea to reach for…mmm…

…maybe I should restrain from having more today. I can’t afford to take another nap while trying to finish off my end of semester papers.

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

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80
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

This is the last of my new teas from my latest DavidsTea run. It has such a distinct scent and flavour. I have never tried anything with lavender before, so I was admittedly a little hesitant about thisinteresting taste experience.

In the end, the lavender mixes very nicely with the stronger coconut and rooibos flavours. There is a lot happening in this cup of tea! The coconut seems to take over the tea nicely in a smooth and refreshing way – I almost expect to crunch down on little white flakes while I’m drinking it. It’s just the right amount of sweet to make it satisfying as a stand-alone treat, without needing to add any milk or sugar (I like my tea straight). I don’t feel as sleepy as everyone else has mentioned, but I am definitely feeling calm and relaxed. I accidentally let it sit for a bit and to my surprise, it even tastes just as good cold.

I don’t know if this is a flavour I would reach for on a regular basis, but it is definitely delicious and would be something I will crave on special occasions. It’s a really nice tea to help finish up writing papers for the evening and unwind before bed.

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

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85

This tea is definitely full of flavour! Oddly enough, tastes like grapefruit, even though it doesn’t figure among the ingredients; it must be the combination of the orange and hibiscus that give it that particular citrus-like tartness. Steeps to a delightful, deep fuschia. I find that it doesn’t taste very good when very hot, for some reason it seems to bring out different flavours, but once it’s cooled down to a drinkable level it is quite addicting. Not very sweet, but if you like tangy things, this is the tea for you! I can’t wait to try it iced when it warms up a bit more (spring seems to be a bit late in coming this year).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
78 tasting notes

This is such a beautiful tea!! When you get a scoop you get pretty little gold balls that shimmer next to the black tea. The smell is extremely cinammon! So strong that I was worried that it would be to much cinammon, but once again I was fooled.

After the steep, the liquor is a dark dark tea with beautiful shimmer and sparkle, a starry night for sure, it really is pretty, it allowed me to take a moment and admire the tea. The smell is still really strong cinnamon.

The first sip it was surprisingly smooth, and mellow. This is a tea to drink if you need comfort.The cinammon is not spicy at all, it is a sweet cinammon which I love. It is almost a vanilla cinammon flavor to me. This is really good and I love how beautiful this tea is, it would be fun to serve this to friends! This is going to be a keeper for sure.

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

This sounds awesome. I’m gonna have to try. :)

Fairyfli I could probably send you a small sample if you would like. ;)

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74
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
78 tasting notes

Hmmm this is an interesting tea, I have not had very many oolong teas but this one is nice. The smell is vegetal with some sweetness, not sure if I really care for the smell or not. brewed it up and it is a nice light gold color.

The smell of the liquor is much stronger now, it almost smells like sweet spinach, yuck. After smelling it I was not sure if I going to like this tea at all. I hesitantly took a sip and was totally surprised.

It was sweet and definately vanilla, yum… and it was buttery, not really vegetal at all just a nice buttery sweet taste. It was very smooth and I drank this very quickly, and was sad that I was at the end of the cup. I did not get any orange at all but if you like sweetness try this, it is pretty darn good.

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

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87

Made a big mug of this today in an effort to sipdown some of my old samples. Well… it was awful, down the drain it went! Tea gone bad(and not in the sexy Colin Farrell kinda way) tears
Had another headache today. Now it’s finally gone I’ve sprung into purge mode. Tinned some teas, threw out the bad ones. Ahhhh it feels good.
I’m in a good mood to, because I was just told that a friend got me tix to the TUFF Gala Awards next Sunday. (Toronto Urban Film Fest. Don’t worry I wouldn’t misspell TIFF haha)
Another good friend of mine is a producer, so if he can clear his schedule, he’ll be my date.
Now, what will I wear?!

Sil

Sounds awesome! ;)

Indigobloom

yep, I think so to! I am SO looking forward to it. squeee!

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87

Hmmm, yet another tea that goes well with bug-fighting!!
It’s not a serious cold or anything. Still, this really helped me clear my head after a night of celebrating tea with great friends :)
YUP. Ginger and pu’erh have some potent mojo that somehow coax my sickness away. The pied piper of colds haha.
I’m glad to have another option besides DTs pu’erh ginger tea… I suppose that would be for more dire circumstances, whereas the skinny would be best for mediocre crisis.
Next time though, I am adding honey. My throat is all sore not only because of my cold, but also due to shameless shenanigans that shall not be named here ;)
Ahem boardgames Ahem
Bumping the rating significantly now…

Bonnie

U is silly!

Azzrian

Get well soon!

Ninavampi

Feel better soon! Also, board games that made you use your voice so much that your throat hurts1?! I am jealous… I wish I could play too!!

Kittenna

Those must be some intense board games!

Indigobloom

I is very silly Bonnie!! :P
Azzrian/Ninavampi: Thanks! I plan on it… gotta be at the gym tonight…
Ninavampi/Krystaleyn: It was actually a specialized card game called Crimes Against Humanity. So much fun! :)

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87

Sooooo many things going on with this tea!
First of all, the ginger is edging on too harsh for me. I don’t mind it too much, but really, I think it could do with less.
Second, the pu’erh adds a slightly fishy taste that is ok but not great… again with the goldilocks effect. I don’t remember my sample having so much pu’erh. Every batch is different, apparently!
and third, it doesn’t resteep well!!!! an oolong that doesn’t resteep? the horror!
and thus, as a regular ol’ tea I would give it an 82, but the mediocre aspects bring it down for me… so I’ll settle at 78.
Now, I was full but not overly at the time. Perhaps this would be tastier when I really need the digestive aid?

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87

I honestly expected to dislike this tea… and I was pleasantly surprised!
Ginger is typically a bad add to any sort of food for me, unless I’m sick, so I figured it would overpower my tastebuds and send them into hiding—but it didn’t!
The ginger works really well here, and brings out a sort of orangey, sweet flavour. Maybe it’s the oolong that gets me. The oolong base is nice but I’m having trouble finding it… it’s rather mild. Don’t buy this tea if you want something with a strong oolong flavour.
I have a few other teas with ginger in it but they taste very medicinal to me, and well one of them IS meant specifically to soothe a sore throat…
Anyhow, the finish is nice but quick, with an orange aftertaste, and a slight ginger burn. I didn’t add any sugar either, and it’s definitely sweet enough on it’s own but also has a mild tang to it.
I would buy this tea regardless of any health benefits, so the fact that it’s a fat blocker/metabolism booster is definitely a big bonus.
Overall, a great tea! One I am actually considering buying again, before I use up all my others… and that’s saying something

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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87

A lovely light green with the perfect citrus twist and bergamont flavour. Absolutely delicious in flavour and aroma. A must have!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

This tea works wonders and clears the nose in an amazing way and it tastes good, and minty.

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82

I like it, this tea is dark and intense and actually resembles coffee.

It’s been awhile since i tried a pu er tea, i am generally not very open to these teas even after hearing of all the health benefits they offer. The main reason, they normally taste like farm or rather it just reminds me of being in a barn with decomposing hay or whatever. I drink coffee, I love coffee just as much as tea; and i like to drink it black normally.

This tea, has subtle taste of caramel that comes along with very dark colour…. it looks like coffee! I’d say the second steeping is just as good as the first. It’s very drinkable when it cools down (more so than cold coffee), and is just slightly sweet.
I guess you would say that coffee is bitter and that this should be bitter, but it really doesn’t bother me. What is good also is that I did not taste any chocolate either, not a big fan of trying to use chocolate to make things taste of coffee but here, it doesn’t seem to do much harm

Overall, very drinkable pu er tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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35

Bye! Last bit. You will not be missed!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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35

In my ever-pursuing quest to make use of this tea, i had the bright idea of mixing it with some quality chinese oolong with some dried figs that i found lying around. Perhaps i wanted the fruity taste profile to come through like the Forbidden Fruit. I put in massive chunks of fig lol. Turns out, it sucked. No matter what i seem to do with this tea, i can’t find myself to like it. Second steeping, i added some blueberry honey and it tasted much better. I guess this tea tastes best when you can’t taste it..

Indigobloom

have you tried adding mint? that’s my answer to all teas that need fixing lately :)

politicalmachine

noted, thanks! will keep that in mind next time :)

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35

Ok, disappointed with this one..

Clearly this is not an earl grey, as it pretends to be one. The fruitiness absolutely kills the tea, so much i don’t taste the bergamot anymore. When I read the description i was actually quite interested as perhaps i was more interested as the citrus (lady grey variations) were rather good. This on the other hand is overpowering, the raspberry flavour is actually too intense, and I am not sure whether or not it tastes to be a natural flavouring. I stop at one steeping with this one, as the second one just tastes even worse. Good for those of you who like fruity black teas but certainly not one if you are looking for a drinkable variation on the standard earl grey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85

Had another cup, I’m upping the rating. For an oolong, this one is really decent.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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85

This is a great tea, slightly sad to see it discontinued as now the next replacement for it i think would be the high mountain oolong, which costs like almost twice the price. I love the floral taste of oolong tea’s which to me is my version of a jasmine green tea. So when i saw the name of this tea, right away i knew it was something of interest to try. It’s a rather light oolong tea, and is in fact quite similar to a green tea. The tea unfolds to rather pretty looking big tea leaves still connected to the stem, i found the recommended steep temperature to be way too low for this tea, i think it said something like 80ish degrees. I tried that once and almost got nothing out of it really, the taste was just way too light for me as an oolong tea. Subsequent times, i did a quick wash (10 seconds or so) with fresh boiling water and then filled it up again. The trick however is not to keep it at a high temperature for long as it might burn the leaves and leave a bitter taste, but if you do it right, the floral taste is rather sublime and enjoyable. What’s great about it, is that you don’t need to use much of it as the tea really unfolds quite well and is good for about 3 steepings.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

The pear taste is bang on, so much so that it feels slightly artificial. The taste is crisp with a hint of sweetness it is an overall enjoyable tea, and my first ever from David’s Tea. The apple pieces compliment the pear quite well and the flowers adds to overall presentation of the tea. My only real complaint was the quality of the sencha tea used, i found that it contained almost half of twigs (Kukicha) rather than tea leaves which was rather disappointing, to further complicate the matter its hard to steep alone in a cup without a tea bag or a tea press of some sort as the tiny bits of twig just kind of float at the top much like a rooibos tea would. Mostly it was enjoyable but i would not buy it again unless they do something about the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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