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88
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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89
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

Another tea I have not had in awhile. I shared this yesterday with my grandaughter Schey (18) while showing her Steepster and how all you lovely people review tea! She loved Santa’s Secret…the little candy canes, the minty flavor. I forgot what I was doing and let it steep about 12 minutes!!! It did not get bitter!!!! Wowzer! Unbelievable! This is one delicious minty welcome to Christmas any time of the year tea. I still love it and it was fun to share with my sweet Schey. I’ve got 6 grandkids to share tea with.

Emilie

I got scared for your poor tea when I read 12 minutes! This tea sounds wonderful though, I believe you may have convinced me to buy some.

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89
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

I know it’s not Christmas, but if you look out my window there’s a new plop of snow…12 inches on the top end of the Frontrange. The Colorado mood is festive. Superbowl weekend, schools closed and many people had the day off work. Stores ran out of food because people are really cooking up the feasts. Me…I was ready early with my lemon rosemary chicken and good movies. Now to the tea. I’ve been sipping all day. Looking out my window at the pretty flakes. Enjoying my couch throw. SANTA CAME TO MY HOUSE A SECOND TIME>>YES HE DID!!! Snuck (this is a real word) me some yumuary candy cane tea that hits the festive spot every time. You can not be depressed and finish a cup of this. Dare you. I am going to celebrate all year long. (I was a wise-woman and got a stash).

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec
Anthony Bazic

Santa has definitely delivered the finest teas around! He sure is knowledgeable about teas beyond the usual milk and cookies!:)

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89
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
673 tasting notes

What a fun tea! Open the pouch and it’s Christmas! The smell of candy canes and chocolate is so delightful that I saved the first tasteing to share with my 3 young grandsons and my daughter on St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6th. They live in the country and it had snowed. The tea was ready and the smell…..WOW…what eye rolling yumminess! Tea for me is taste and aroma and experience. The Joy of the moment. This is a true experience maker. Drink with friends and add cream or stick a candy cane stir stick. Do Sweeten with agave. No tepid water and steep at least 4-5 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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100

This one is my favourite tea from DavidsTea (unless they make something that tops it one day!).
No need for sugar or milk. Actually has enough chocolate-y taste to substitute for a “real” dessert. Nice sweet and light green rooibos taste.
The best part for me is that every time I steep this (about 4-5min), I ALWAYS re-steep and it still produces enough taste to make a satisfyingly flavourful cup!

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43
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

I live off coffee (and I’m trying to change that!) and when I told the guy working at DAVIDsTEA this, he took this tea out. It smelled amazing, like chocolate and coffee, so I decided to get it.

I’ve tried this so many times before, and each time was a major disappointment. To be fair, it was one of the first teas I tried, and at the time, I may not have been steeping it correctly, since I was new to this whole ‘tea thing’. Many months later, I’ve made myself plenty of tea and found that steeping it properly really does make all the difference. So I decided to give Coffee Pu’erh another chance.

According to some suggestions below, I decided to rinse the leaves for 5 seconds and to steep it for less time (4 minutes as opposed to 6) to see if it would make a difference. Thankfully, it’s slightly more drinkable—but still very earthy. Not a flavour to write home about IMO. I don’t get any hints of caramel (or sweetness, for that matter), but I do get a bit of bitterness of dark chocolate (which is nice). I thought it would help to add milk and sugar since that’s how I like my coffee, but each time I’ve tried it, it’s tasted much worse than drinking it straight.

I would not purchase this again. I’ll definitely stick to coffee if I want a coffee flavour. Coffee Pu’erh really doesn’t cut it from a coffee-lover’s point of view, sorry!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

I did two out of curiosity cold steeps last night and this is the first of them. The candy lips definitely turn this an interesting shade of red.

I don’t recommend this method if this tea also reminds you of Lip Smackers of the past. Once I get over the smell and initial taste that reminds me so much of the Mint Choco Ship flavor I had when I was 8 or 9. After that though, this is pretty tasty.

Definitely not something I would have ever thought to cold steep before. I think the chocolate seems more pronounced this way.

Daniel Scott

I would NEVER have cold-brewed this one! Now I want to try it.

softrevolution

I never would have made the association but you are absolutely right, it smells like lip smackers! Kinda makes me love it even more :P

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

Okay I just left this steeping for far longer than intended..and it actually made me like it a lot more. It still has that weird, artificial scent but it tastes way more chocolatey after that long steep. It was probably around 8 minutes before I remembered it was steeping. I was expecting it to have gotten bitter but it was all good!

Though the distraction…I was talking on the phone to my mom about tea (because I never shut up about tea) she didn’t believe me that tea could have a creamy taste without milk. Oh boy when she come back to visit is she going to be in for more tea than she wants.

It might require hiding half of what I have.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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When I was taking the infuser out of the teapot, I was hit with the smell…it took me back to when I got a mint chocolate chip Lipsmackers lip balm…wow. That is exactly what this tea smells like.

And it’s kind of not a good thing, because the chocolate scent in that lip balm was so clearly artificial. It smells like chocolate but it’s just not enough like chocolate, you know? That’s how this tea tastes, at least when it cools. Straight out of the pot though it’s not bad.

I do love the cooling of the mint, and every so often I feel a little pinch of the pepper.

I’m not gonna give up on it just because it cools into what tastes like liquid lip balm. It’s too cute for that.

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85

Tastes healthy and bright. Great orangy colour from the turmeric. Nice ginger taste but also not overwhelming or bitter. Highly recommend this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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80
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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92
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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92
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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17
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, I’m glad I just bought a teeny amount of this in store and didn’t get overexcited and buy a whole bag online.

I want to like this tea! I should like this tea! I like floral tea! I like roses, licorice, coconut, and chili! On paper, everything seems perfect.

The dry leaves definitely smell of roses. I don’t detect any coconut in my nose, and I can’t see any either. There’s also an acidic smell that reminds me of vinegar. I disregard this and continue on.

Brewed, the vinegar smell gets stronger, and I start to feel wary. I still smell rose, and maybe some licorice, but everything is sort of blanketed by that smell.

The flavour is definitely floral, there’s a lot of rose, and some sweetness from the fennel, but I still can’t find coconut, and I don’t feel any heat from the chili. But most of all, I taste sour. Not tartness, in your usual rosehip way, but sour. Vinegary. Not very nice.

I don’t know that this would be everyone’s experience. Maybe I had a bad sample. Maybe others will find a way to brew this that totally rocks my world. But for now, I will be letting this pass.

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

That’s too bad! The mix of ingredients was definately intriguing, but if they’re not all accounted for in the brew I can see how it would fall flat.

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72
drank Fired Up Fennel by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

Man, I’ve had a lot of tea today!

And I think I’ve found a winner from the bunch in this fiery sweet tea.

I love licorice, and licorice things. Fennel, anise, stevia (which I find a bit licoricey, do you?), I love it all. And this tea is just that, fennel seeds steeped with some tiny, wicked hot chilis.

This is the kind of kick I love! The tea is sweet from the fennel, but warms my throat with capsaicin heat. I got two little peppers in my infuser, so I figure my heat level was pretty high in this cup, and I definitely wouldn’t want it to go much higher, lest the heat turn to fire. I also wouldn’t steep it much longer than the 5 mins I did this time. But this is interesting and exciting enough that I can definitely see myself drinking a cup of this in the afternoon for a kick, or maybe even after a workout.

I guess this makes me a happy kapha, hey?

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

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70
drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Apparently a year means my tastes have totally flipflopped. Last year I tried this one and loved it, while totally disliking Saigon Chai (also from Davids). Now it is completely reverse. I got a bunch of chais to try and find the one that’ll get me through the winter and I’m pretty sure this one is not a strong candidate. I’m on a total latte kick and while this one definitely is strong enough to handle the milk, I didn’t find myself craving a second mug like I do with some of my other chais. Lowering the rating accordingly.

Also for those of you on twitter, I recently started up a feed over there for what I’m drinking. I don’t always get a chance to review but I find it fun to see what others are drinking and thought other people might be the same!

https://twitter.com/Sipofthemoment/

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70
drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Had this one to-go after dinner tonight while my friend Colin got his iced Forever Nuts. The boy said he hated tea to me last time we went out so I dragged him over to the wall and found one he enjoyed to prove him wrong. Now he gets it on his own at work sometimes :D

Anyways, this tea this time was very different to when I brewed it at home. There was a lot more cardamom on me than I normally like. It wasn’t a bad cuppa, but wasn’t a great one. Not changing the rating yet, but now I’m kinda glad I didn’t stock up on this one either.

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70
drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Finally a chai that doesn’t make me sit back and go, “this is nice, but it isn’t the chai flavours I love”. This one has the notes that make me happy, with it being a sweeter chai and therefore one I don’t have to milk for me to enjoy. It has a similar flavour to Chai Spice from the Tea Haus, but also has another note to it, I suspect that coming from the mate. I enjoyed this one, drinking it black, which is something I don’t normally end up doing for my teas. Definitely one I’ll consider re-stocking!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I love lemon teas, so I was looking forward to this one, despite the jasmine flowers. I’m glad I tried it, because I couldn’t find any jasmine notes. Black, I found that there was an intensity lacking, both as a tea and as a lemon flavour. Since I have a horrid sweet tooth I added some sugar, and voila! There was the lemon I’d been looking for. I’ve been told this one is excellent iced, so I’ll have to try it that way next time. Although since my cat broke my tea glass (my favourite, and the one I used to brew iced teas!) right after I finished this, I’m not quite sure when that will be!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

I got this in my online shipment as a sample and am I ever glad that I did!
The sample was enough for four people and everybody took a sip and made the “hmm” sound which was a mix of “mmm” and “????”
They all loved it.
It’s an intriguing mix of lemongrass and coconut and it smells amazing. It took me the whole dinner time to realize that it reminded me of thai curry, which didn’t bother me but effectively intrigued me even more.

I don’t add sugar or milk or anything else extra to it. Every time I brew a perfect cup (at least to my tastes) and am very happy with it.
Try it when you need some downtime in the afternoon or something to relax you as soon as you get home from work or school!

Femo

I love this tea so much. It was the first 100g of tea I ever bought from DavidsTea. This one and Midsummer Night’s Dream are my two absolute favorite teas ever. You should definitely try Exotica iced! Amazing!

daydrm_believer

Sounds good! What’s Midsummer Night’s Dream like? Similar to Exotica?

Femo

Sorry for the late response! It is like exotica but sweeter. Also I find it’s less tart, and it’s got a great cool aftertaste, due to the mint.

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40
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

I saw this when it was first being introduced in stores (I checked online and saw no description of it) and bought it without even thinking because 1. I LOVE amaretto and 2. it smelled absolutely captivating.

I tried it as soon as I got home, following all the steeping instructions. The tea came out very weak and barely tasted like it smelled (you know what I mean?)
Anyway, because it smells so delicious in the bag, I’ve been steeping it every now and then when I feel like giving it another try.
I’ve tried steeping it with just hot milk. I’ve tried hot water, a bit of milk, and condensed milk. I’ve tried Just water. Tonight I tried hot water and a teaspoon of condensed milk.

Conclusion: 1.5 spoonfuls might not be enough OR I’m just not familiar with how lapacho bark should taste OR this tea just isn’t actually all that great.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

For me this is like dessert in a mug. It truly does make a great latte with some frothed milk. What i love the most is that it is not too chai-ish. I don’t love traditional chai because of the clove but this one is awesome.

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