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67
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Had a cup of Sencha Ashibuko this evening.

The scent was wonderful. Musky. The “grassy” scent came through as well, but in a pleasant way.

I found the taste to be less appealing, however. I didn’t think I steeped it for too long, but it was already becoming a little bitter. I suppose an even shorter brewing time would be best. Although I finished the cup, I found myself becoming bored of it halfway through. Not a bad tea at all, but not one of my favourites to date.

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67
drank Sweet Dreams (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

Tea . . . not bad . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

When I saw this in the store, I could not resist!! I’m a sucker for amaretto… every time. and wow is it good! I only wish that it wasn’t herbal.
The sweet amaretto really pops(too much I think!), and the almonds peek out a bit too. Not much mind you, I do wish they were more present.
It made me sad that the earthy Lapacho taste was so hidden. I was so looking forward to that part. Oh well.
I think I under-leafed the cup. Next time, this just might blow my socks off! :)
—I wonder, can you do milk with Lapacho?

revlisx

Are there whole almonds in the tea? That would make it realllly heavy :(

Indigobloom

not really, more slivers than whole pieces. The lapacho is super light so that helps to!

Faith

How does it compare to Alpine Punch?

Indigobloom

Hmm, Alpine Punch is ok… I enjoyed the sample I had but it didn’t blow me away. I’ve been meaning to buy a smidge to try it out “my way”- since they always mess it up in the store!

Amariel

I think I like this better than Alpine Punch, but there is a slight apple cider taste with AP along with the amaretto that I like too. I can’t decide. Wonder if adding some mate or pu-erh of vanilla oolong would be good to cocktail for a kick.

Indigobloom

oooh yes that might go over well!! let me know how it turns out if you go for it :)

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85
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

Eeek! I forgot all about my reaction to this one last time and ordered it again, only this time as a latte. Hey if I’m limiting myself to one hot tea per week I might as well splurge a tad, right?? :)
Anyhow, as a latte I like this much better. The fishiness really comes out, but in a tolerable way. I suppose the coffee/caramel notes battled the fish for my attention, and won! of course, I still paid for my forgetfulness with a slightly nauseous feeling for the rest of the day and the caffeine hit me hard as well le sighs
Despite that, I think the rating deserves to be raised few points. At the beginning of the cup it was a little bitter/overleafed but by the end, I was sad to see the bottom of my mug!
for anyone who enjoys lattes, I highly recommend trying this one

Thomas Edward(Toad)

thats sounds interesting :)

Indigobloom

it is. If you have the chance, do it! ;P

The DJBooth

I love this one it is one of my favorite flavored Pu-erhs.

The DJBooth

I love this one it is one of my favorite flavored Pu-erhs.

Indigobloom

it is pretty tasty!! do they have a David’s in Ohio?

The DJBooth

Nope…I wish they did. I have some from a previous swap.

Indigobloom

ah. Come to Toronto! we have good tea here :P

TeaBrat

A David’s Tea just opened in New York, I hope the rest of the country is not far behind!

Indigobloom

oooh nice!! now if only Harney and Sons would come to Canada :P

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Im in Jackson,ms and we just dont have any Tea Shops here, we have Coffee shops, they have tea but most of it has been sitting on their shelves for who knows how long. we have just one good place here to go buy good tea here.

TeaBrat

We don’t have a Harney and Sons in San Francisco either…

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85
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

This should really be called caramel pu’erh! with just a little bit of milk in here, my first few sips of this were… heaven. Liquid heaven!!
Smooth, caramelly, just the right amount of sweet with no added sugar at all… mmmmm.
However, as the cup cooled, I began to enjoy it less and less. I started to get vanilla, which I really don’t enjoy all that much in tea. I was able to finish the first cup, but grudgingly so. I also got a little bit of fish, as I do with all the other DT Pu’erhs.
The second steep was ok. Surprisingly, the first one was better.
This infusion was much fishier, and less on the smooth. *shrugs
Anyhow, I’d have it again though I’m not sure I’d be willing to pay for it!

The DJBooth

There is a Scottish Caramel Pu-Erh that you can get from enjoyingtea.com Why it’s Scottish I don’t know maybe because if it’s not Scottish it’s crap and if it’s crap it’s not Scottish

Indigobloom

LOL I assume you are Scottish then! ;)

The DJBooth

mmm maybe but I’m quoting the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer :)

Indigobloom

aha! I knew it sounded familiar. I have the memory of a goldfish…

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79

An explanation, first. I have tried a small number of flavoured oolongs but am not overly keen on them. Nothing wrong with them, but never my go-to tea. I have never really given unflavoured oolongs a try, though I did try a sip of the beau’s at Sawadee Tea House once (brewed Western style) but I mostly found it bitter and over-steeped. Tonight I brought out my gaiwan and my tiny cute double walled glass teacups to do “Western style Gong-fu” (I am not using flash rinses, but instead a sightly lower temperature for 1 minute or so). I don’t really know what to call it, but that’s what I think of!

Also, a note for poor Mercuryhime who sent me a couple of lovely looking oolongs to try – I wanted to cut my teeth on the relatively inexpensive and very available DT Tie Kwan Yin so I can (hopefully!) better appreciate the ones you sent. I WILL be trying them soon!

Initially, the dry leaves smell delicious and appealing, lightly sweet and floral, but mild (remember that I’m a dedicated black tea drinker!) First steep got 1 min or so and yielded a light greenish liquor, with a mild floral taste. As I told the beau, it reminds me of a blooming tea but not as strong in flavour. Likely a user error, but really nice nonetheless. The leaves unfolded a lot and are HUGE at this point, lovely full leaves. Stunning to watch.

Steep 2: Similar steep time/temp (I don’t use a thermometer or timer, hah!) Flavour is similar (sweet, lightly floral) but with a bit more strength. The liquor is a bit more yellow, and this too is a satisfying cuppa. I’m definitely not catching any nuances of flavour here, but there is definitely nothing objectionable. I am used to bold flavours, but for a lighter sort of tea, I have no problem drinking this. I know I’ve said it already, but this still reminds me of blooming teas I have tried. I presume it is the floral notes that I am being reminded of here.

Steep 3: Stepped up to boiling water, to see if it would add anything to the mix, really. I’m afraid that if I don’t I will just be drinking hot water. This steep came the closes to a hint of bitterness, but was really the same smooth sweet floral taste I’ve had all along. I’m out of time for today, might try some more tomorrow or might let it rest.

I’m gonna give this a rating of high 70s for now, likely to be adjusted when I have more experience in the field. This was a beautiful tea and experience, and I’m glad I gave it a shot. I didn’t experience any bitterness from this tea like I did with my bad experience Western style attempt many moons ago – Yay for potential oolong appreciation!

Mercuryhime

Ok, I admit I’m anxious to see what you think of the oolongs I sent, but I can wait. Take your time. :)

I tend to like my black teas bold as well, so I need to be in a certain mood for them. My default cravings lean towards lighter and more refreshing flavors. Lately, I’ve been really craving minty and desserty teas though. Anyways, oolongs can be an expensive habit. Just a warning. hehe

Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

It’s a great Oolong tea to start with the Oolong family and most of all, it’s cheaper! You can also steep it 3 times with the same leaves. I personally love this one. Great review!

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83
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Perfect cold steep!

I like this much better than steeping then pouring over ice, because my ice tends to have a slight freezer taste, no matter how fresh they might be.
Cold steep it is!

Used one perfect teaspoon for a 12 oz container.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Faith

Loooooove this tea, should probably buy more.

Jessie

Ugh, freezer taste! I know exactly what you mean and prefer cold brewing for the same reason.

DaisyChubb

Freezer taste ruins everything ; 3; popcicles.. hamburger soup.. grandma’s cabbage rolls.

But green and fruity makes everything better ^^

revlisx

I really loved this iced, so I will definitely try cold brewing

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44

I’m happy that a friend gave me some of this tea because I would not want to pay for this.
After tasting different rooibos tea, i just realised i’m not much of a fan of rooibos in general …the woodsy sent and taste are not my thing at all.

So, crème caramel roobois…. It do not taste caramel enough for my taste (and for my expectations) The rooibos taste is really empowering.
I’ve added a splash of milk and a little bit of sugar so I get a bit more of that caramel taste that I wanted so much from this tea .

I don’t hate it but its not my thing i guess …
Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
EmyPouliche

Green rooibos taste better in my opinion.I usually don’t like red rooibos tea because of it’s strong flavor empowering all the other flavor and having a kind of weird after taste but green rooibos definetly grow on me.

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85
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
974 tasting notes

Day #8 of 24…..

This sample comes to me from aisling of tea. I can’t believe I did not get around to trying this earlier. Maybe I was suffering from hibiscus worry…… Thank you so much for our swap eons ago that definitely fed my David’s Tea addiction! Now they ship for $5 for orders under $50, which so helps in just putting in an order to try things, in comparison to the $20 it used to be…..

This really is pretty good. It really does taste a bit like juice or a fruit lemonade. I can see kids really liking this one! A gateway for the younger generation……?

Mug method with a 7 minute steep time and twice the blend.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
367 tasting notes

Ran late this morning barely got in to do morning news on time. Mix this with JavaVana Mate from Teavana…bring on the morning!

TeaEqualsBliss

Been there…done that…as a fellow radio peep…lol…

The DJBooth

Ha yeah…are you a newscaster? or like most of us in the biz and wear multiple hats? :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Multiple hats :) I’ll PM you!!!

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100
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
367 tasting notes

So yet another swap with Brandy3392 I must say that she has been awesome every time that I have swapped with her. This is maybe the third offering that I have tried from DAVIDsTea. I’m thinking I may have to start trying some more. There are many teas that I have seen described as coffee teas to try and emulate the taste of coffee…or coffee type drinks. For those of us love our coffee as much as we love our tea. Or are trying to get us to kick the coffee completely. Most of them I have tried are very good and equally as tasty…but don’t quite have it spot on. Until now! Spot on I am loving this tea! The chocolate is great but doesn’t take over the tea. There is a coffee essence that really makes this tea, and yes the schnozberries taste like schnozberries ;) After seeing what that means in the urban dictionary I don’t know that’s a great comparison but I’ll run with it. With all that being said the Pu-Erh is not masked either like in some other flavored Pu-Erhs. Ahem. Uh(cough) The Pu-Erh is a little more earthy/musty than others I have had but still an amazing tea. So far I been able to get 3 great steeps out this one. The fourth one is where I lost the flavoring, but the base tea was still great. Absolutely a teagasm tea! I think I’m going to be trying some more offerings from DAVIDsTea

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86
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Another back from the dead tea!

the dry leaves smell like a buttery croissant very comforting this is promissing…

steeped it smella like a raspbery danish, yumm.. the liqueur has a nice redish tint.

Time to Taste: buttery, rich black tea and a little tartness from the raspberries i like it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Day 10 on my advent calendar.

I’m not changing the rating on this tea I still find it very underwhelming.

See previous notes…

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67
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Another Christmas tea!

in the bag this smells like forever nuts and cinnamon.

steeped this smells like forever nuts and cinnamon sugar.
the liqueur is very nice though looks like holiday punch.

Time to taste: bitter but not unpleasant, then i get cinnamon and salt?!?

this is OK as a tea not my fave… probably won’t replenish on this, looks and smells pretty though

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

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82
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Interesting. This is a well loved and I picked it up because many people raved about this tea. I thought I would too, but it’s just ok for me. I am usually not a huge fan of black teas because they are strong for me, so that is probably why I don’t enjoy this one as much as others.

The coconut and raspberry smells amazing though! That’s what got me super excited about this tea. Once steeped, I found that the tea was really bitter and strong (maybe I steeped wrong?). I got a good taste of coconut, but not a recognizable raspberry. I resteeped this tea and it tastes a little better—less bitter.

My office smells like Fantasy Island…mmm I wish it tasted a little less bitter though.

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

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90
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

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90
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

i have been wanting to try this for so long but it was discontinued and now it’s back from the dead!

this is so cute in the bag the little orange sprinkle and the black cats smells fruity.

steeped it smells like candy! and the liqueur is the color of swamp water. my coworkers are giving me the “what is that!” look…

time to taste: sweet, fruity but not overwhelming and a little nutty there at the end i like this but don’t know if i’ll reorder i have 50g of this it should last me a while something to drink when i’m feeling nutty!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Its the first time I try this tea . The smell in the bag is definitely chocolate with a hint of strawberry. I can’t really find the floral smell of the roses but it’s ok. I expected a chocolate taste but really it taste like strawberry and fruity with dark chocolate in the background. I can’t find any rose in the taste too. There is some bitterness in the tea, maybe I should steep it less next time or add some milk to balance that.
Overall this tea is intense, sweet, romantic and girly .

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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45

I got this tea as a free sample with my online order.

I wished I liked it.. but I found all the flavours to clash together.. something about the almonds not doing it for me.

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90

Wait what, I only had a serving left? That sucks. /sipdown

I’ve been freezing all day, which is pretty sad for a Canadian getting cold in Long Beach, CA. It’s not cold here, but I’m cold! So, I made the last big cup of this tea while I cooked up some japchae (aka, operation cook leftovers) for dinner.

I’ve had better cups of this tea, but still a fun tea blend. I keep wanting to get more pu’er blends but I simply have too much tea, especially after Black Friday.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I’m cold too ;-)

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90

Ah, this tea is old! I got after sampling it when it was released. Was that two years ago? My tin still has the old name, Oh Christmas Treat on it.
Anyways, 1 serving left! I made a mega mug size this morning of this tea.
Of course, I was so zoned out, I dumped the leaf into my mug without a filter in it. Sigh. So I had to scoop the tea out.

Yum, I feel the pu’er is mellow here, I couldn’t tell I was drinking it if I was unable to see the colour of the tea. Smells chocolate orange, taste chocolatey with a zesty orange flavor. I used to love love love this tea, but I found Butiki’s 3 Friends even better!

Preparation
Boiling

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90

I’m really on a pu’erh kick these days. Something about pu’erh this weekend that has been calling out to me “DRINK ME” and each sip is very delicious and fires me up!

Annnd, lowering the rating on this one, as Butiki Tea’s Three Friends is much better for chocolate orange flavor! However, I think coffee drinkers would prefer this one more for the deep pu’erhness.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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90

Oh hell yeah…

I made this tea again, but steeped it a longer time. In my cup, it almost looks like black coffee.

I took one sip and said “Oh hell yes!” Damn, so deep and earthy with warm chocolate and a sweet hit of citrus. I said in my last review that its like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange… I’m thinking this tea is better overall for taste and less calories. And I can keep drinking it without feeling crappy that I ate the entire chocolate orange.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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