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98
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1220 tasting notes

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90
drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

I cheated – this particular cup of tea was actually the binding agent for a fruit smoothie. Zing Me + two cups of frozen tropical fruit blend = delicious.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

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100
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
73 tasting notes

This smells amazing in the bag; warm, nutty, sweet.

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76
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
73 tasting notes

*Earthy
*Lightly sweet on it’s own
*Gets better as it cools

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

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85

Full disclosure: this is my third cup of green tea already today. Last night was a little rough, so I’ve been self-medicating. 1) Detox (Organic) from David’s Tea; 2) Electric Lemon from David’s Tea; 3) North African Mint from David’s Tea.
You know… this one.
I’m on a bit of a no-milk teas kick (I have almost a need to cloud my black teas and most tisanes and rooibos, so that leaves the earthy greens in my arsenal.) I did slip some honey in, though, because the throat, she’s not doing so good these days.
I don’t know what I think about the smell of the dry tea. I certainly don’t get a “mint” smell from it, like I love and am used to, but it has a firmly enigmatic and foreign sense to it.
Steeped it in my infuriatingly pine-green-interiored mug (but it’s such a great size and shape that I can’t stop using it), so I can’t tell if it has any colour to it. I suspect it has darkness, but can’t (am too lazy) to confirm.
Oh, THERE that mintiness is! It’s hidden in the warmth of steeping! It’s not as toothpastey as I tend to find peppermints. All the other spices really keep it in check. I am absolutely getting cloves in the smell. Very nice. The licorice is largely hidden, and the ginger kind of lingers in your nostrils as an after-smell.
First taste is a punch to the mouth. I took too big a gulp (because I steeped it so low and it’s so cold here that tea gets undrinkably cold very quickly, so I’ve developed the habit of chugging my tea. There’s so much happening. Heat, coolness, spiciness, body… let me take a proper sip and try to figure out some of this craziness.
Gingery burn is the first thing that happens. It teams up with the pepper and lasts as long as the tea is in your mouth. Immediately above that burn is the cold of peppermint. It’s a very nice sensation. The fennel and cloves almost make me feel like I should see my breath in a puff of ice crystals like I was outside on a very cold day.
I have to be honest and say that this little tin sat in my World Tour box for a long time because I just didn’t want to try it; that was a mistake. I’m finding that the teas I wind up liking the most at David’s Tea are the ones that I hesitated to try. I can see replacing my current mint (which was ruined by going to a different format and which will remain nameless) with this green tea version. Yum!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

dancing around with tea in hand

Filled up the travel mug with a big spoon of this. I love watching mint teas steep, the little pieces floating up and down like a trippy tea lava lamp. My only complaint is that the water at my work is never hot enough. Can’t wait to switch positions and locations, then be able to BOIL WATER!! YAY!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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89
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
688 tasting notes

Okay, first things first. Swamp Music by Lynyrd Skynyrd is hopelessly stuck in my head. I blame the tea. Secondly, I haven’t had this tea in months. It is one of the first I bought at David’s Tea so it must be getting on in age, but it’s been sealed in it’s tinand smells divine. I remember liking it well enough, it just fell off my radar with the constant influx of new treasure.

The smell is very fruity – I only have two teas with green rooibos so I don’t know what that smells like on it’s own. I don’t discern anything that I could point to in that regard. It does, of course, have the cute little candies in it. I assume those are what create the best part of the tea – the nasty colour. All morning people have “yuck!”ed when they see it, but then they smell it and start to swoon.

Being a rooibos, I just tossed a spoon of this in my travel mug this morning and it’s been steeping in there ever since (we’re 1.5 hours in, at this point). It tastes lovely – one of the many features of rooibos that I love is that you can’t really do it wrong. The smell is still fruity, and the taste is too, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s a surprisingly mild tea, considering the ingredients and the lengthy steep time. It’s naturally sweet and I would never even consider adding any sweetener to a rooibos, but I avoid most sweetener anyway. I used to go for a dob of honey in black teas, but it’s been months.

Anyway, I like this tea. Another great tea to travel with, and one to share with all ages since it’s got no caffeine but a lot of attitude. Yummy attitude!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
KeenTeaThyme

Kudos to you for mentioning a fave band, Lynyrd Skynyrd! And I’ve been eyeing up this tea for a bit… I’ll have to try it out. :)

teawing

I guess that is appropriate for a “southern” cal gal to like Skynyrd… :)

Uniquity

Who doesn’t love Skynyrd?? : )

teawing

True :) It was more a poke at KTT’s southern cal roots and LS being from the south. Always wondered how juke joints and kin translated out west…

Uniquity

I’m from Canada – I’m too North to really understand the Southern roots thing. Whenever I see/hear/read about “the south” I sort of have an unconscious belief that it’s not real, or all in the past, or something. None of this is intended to be negative, by the way! It’s like how all Canadians play hockey, havea beaver and say eh. Though I do say eh : )

teawing

Rush, Bob and Doug McKenzie, and Survivorman have been important Canadian influences for me (not saying much)
“not real, or all in the past” If you ever get down here, you will find it is real, but regionality is fading every day. There was a time you might be able to discern an Alabama from a Georgia from a South Carolina from an Arkansas accent. Television (media) and our tendency to migrate with jobs and promotions has flattened much of it. Every region has positives and negatives, both in the past and present. Some, like foods are celebrated while others like the Civil Rights era generate other feelings. I have just always been intrigued by the differences and the diversity. We are all Americans (or North Americans for that matter) our regional/cultural identities make us rich. And, just so ya know, I do wear shoes. :)

Uniquity

Hahah, I think it’s almost entirely accent for me. I watch the Ya-Yas movie, and wish that we said Vivi-ANNE instead of Vivian. Yanno? : )

teawing

You bet! :) oops!

teawing

or is it you betcha!

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

FINALLY!
I left my tin at a friend’s house a MONTH ago and I’ve been without my Forever Nuts since then. I’ve wanted it every single day and I finally have it back. (Of course, after this cup I have enough for one more cup and then it’s off to David’s. What’s that? Just in time for the spring teas, you say? Fortuitous!)
The pinkness makes me so happy when I bring it to my lips. It’s ridiculous. I feel like I’m drinking a princess drink in the best possible way.
It smells like a freshly-baked apple oatmeal muffin and it tastes as amazing as it smells. I can’t pick out any specific tastes (although the dried apples linger nicely), other than “muffin”, but that’s all the description that I require.
Even though this is a tisane, it’s what I chose to get me through tonight’s working blitz. More for the mood than any keeping-me-awakeness.
My mouth is happy. My face is happy. Even my mug is happy.
Thank you, Forever Nuts!

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

Have they listed the spring teas yet??? Oh man, by tea buying ban will never last..

heatherwassing

The specifics of the spring teas have not been disclosed to me, but you better believe that I’m going to start hinting on Twitter and Facebook that a little peeky-loo might go a long way. ;)

Uniquity

One of the people in my local store mentioned they were having atea parties soon, but none of that was mentioned in the Feb newsletter, that I saw. I was disappointed.

heatherwassing

Okay. Regarding spring teas:
If you follow David’s tea on Twitter, they hinted that they may be giving a sneak peek this weekend.
You’re welcome. ;)

Uniquity

Ahh, David’s Tea has gone Twitter nuts. I dislike Twitter (arbitrarily) and have no energy to get on another social network. I did the facebook and newsletter thing, isn’t that enough? ;)

This is best for my finances though, thank heavens! – Appreciate the info!

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96
drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
1220 tasting notes

I’m on my third steep with this tea and it’s still going strong! Well, not as strong, of course, but the flavour is still definitely there. And since I’m drinking out of a huge travel mug, I’m very impressed at the amount of yummy tea I’ve gotten out of his spoonful. I think three is the limit, I need to be switching to something decaf anyway, but I love this tea so very much.

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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96
drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
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87

I think I can see the bottom of the can. I need to go tea shopping soon…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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96
drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
1220 tasting notes

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100

I first tried the Creme Caramel Rooibos from David’s Tea in one of their sampler boxes, which I received as a gift. Best gift ever! It’s what I refer to as my “dessert tea”. It has this gorgeous caramel aroma that’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Once you had a spot of milk and a little sugar, it really brings out the flavours in the tea. (Depends on your taste, I suppose. I love my tea sweet and milky, whereas my boyfriend (such a tea grinch) just likes it plain black.) Just the smell alone is worth it when you’re buying this tea. I’ve turned so many friends onto this one by making them smell it. When you drink it, you’ll truly feel like you’re indulging in some divine, decadent luxury. The only thing I don’t like about this tea is how my cup gets emptied so fast. Every single time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

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50
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

I don’t like nor do i dislike this tea.

But the flavor wasn’t memorable for me.

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72

Winterberry Wine had to of been my absolute favorite tea out of the winter 2010 collection.

As long as i didn’t steep it for too long, it was wonderful, such a unique taste.

Great as a right before bed tea.

My last cup of winterberry wine, before my stash ran out, was so sad.

I really hope David’s Tea brings it back.

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82

If you like/love pomegranate, then this is a great tea to try!

The scent seems as if it would be TOO sweet, but the taste isn’t overly sweet, it’s actually quite refreshing, like fresh pomegranate juice.

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94

Green Seduction is my new love! The smell is a lot sweeter than you would expect from pomegranate, which makes this tea delicious! This tea got me through my head cold this winter by upping my antioxidants and soothing my sweet tooth. This tea is fruity and very addicting!

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