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77
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

Brrr…I feel cold today. It’s not even that chilly outside, and here I am, contemplating turning up the thermostat. Bad Nadia! The Powersmart angel on my shoulder keeps whispering in my ear “nu-uh-uh – be energy efficient! Don’t touch that thermostat – go put on another sweater”. But there’s a limit to the number of sweaters that I can pile on before it gets a little ridiculous. Call me crazy but when it gets to the point when I can’t bend my elbows because I’m so smothered in clothes, I feel justified in turning up the heater a degree or two. Well, it seems as though my thoughts today are being sponsored by BC Hydro? Oh! Speaking of which, have any of you other BC residents been playing Hydro’s free October Power-Plinko game? http://www.powersmart.ca/ Oh Right! Where am I? Oh yes! The tea… sorry, I blame my being chilly for my lack of focus…

So in an attempt to warm myself up I’m trying to use this tea to trick my brain into thinking it’s a warm Fall day. Here goes!…

…yeah, no luck. But I do like this tea, it’s very fruity. Unfortunately the taste of cherries is making me long for a warm summer day where I can drink this iced….ICED! the very word is making me shiver. So here I am stuffed into so many sweaters that if I go out in public I might be mistaken for a Yeti and on top of it all, I’m drinking a fruit tea that I would prefer iced. Well that was an idea backfire!

Oh! I need to do a workout today, there’s a surefire way to warm me up…

WOOO! Workout done! Sweaters off! And I am SWEATIN’! Shaun T is my hero. Now I could really use some of this tea iced, but room temp will have to do. Best of all the sun is out now. Yep! I’m feelin’ the Indian Summer.

Kittenna

Completely random – I swear you have “followed” me like 3 times! I keep getting notifications! Strange :)

canadianadia

@Kittenna – that’s funny, I guess I really want to follow you :D

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77
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

I tried a sample of iced Indian Summer at Davids, and I found it fruity and refreshing. It tastes like a fruit punch that leans towards a cherry flavor. This would be perfect as a summertime blend, although I understand that the term Indian summer refers to a heat wave that occurs in the Fall. I bought a small sample to bring home and try hot, and although I enjoy this one both hot and cold, my preference is as a cold tea. I think it’s delicious with no sugar or other additives, just over ice and on a sunny day.

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100

This is one of my favourite flavoured teas; the flavouring ingredients don’t overpower the natural taste of the black tea itself, but add to the flavour in a fantastic way. The mouth feel is also amazingly smooth, and there is no aftertaste as with some teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Holy yum. I’d heard good things about this one, and even though I try to stay away from caffeine (I don’t want to become dependent on it like so many other people I know) I had to try it. Come on, just a little bit! Peer pressure! The first 50 grams are free…

(No, actually they weren’t. Just extending the metaphor.)

Anyway, 50g of this flew to me in a box with some other fall delights yesterday. I opened the bag with some fanfare and breathed in the luxuriant aroma of what to me smells like chocolate-covered raspberries (leaning heavily toward the raspberries). I couldn’t wait to try it, but it was night, you see, and I didn’t want to mess with that.

Morning came with its rosy fingers, and I was ready to try some—and as soon as the water hit the leaf, I was intoxicated. I felt like at that point, all the scent notes separated out, putting space between the chocolate, raspberry, phantom banana (I’m glad I’m not the only one), and the roasty mate. This was going to be good, I can feel it.

And oh, was it. Smooth, seamless intertwining of chocolate and raspberry, with phantom banana swirling in. This is truly one of the most fabulous teas I’ve ever tasted, and it’ll be hard to limit myself to 1 cup a day. (Speaking of which, I was intrigued to see how it would affect me. And I could notice a bit of a peppiness difference, but not anything astronomical. Good to know.)

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
1538 tasting notes

I’m trying this hot now. Still too Oikos lime yogurty for me. It just may not be my cup of tea.

If I would have wanted to drink my yogurt, I would have bought Yop!

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71
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
1538 tasting notes

I’ve been on the hunt for a green lime tea to cold steep since I am down to my last pouch of 52teas Lime Jello Salad, and I don’t even have it with me right now, so this sounded like a reasonable facsimile.

I only purchased 20g, so I put 12g in a 2L jug but filled it up halfway since it didn’t look like a lot of dry leaf at all. Let it steep overnight and this morning the liquor is still quite pale in colour. It doesn’t have a ton of flavour, but from what I’m getting, the taste is reminiscent of Oikos lime Greek yogurt. I really like that yogurt, but it’s just weird to drink something that tastes like it.

I’ll use up the remaining 8g to brew a pot of hot tea.

Preparation
Iced
Lynne-tea

You should try the hot to cold steeping method with this one! It’s (in my opinion) wayyyy better that way!

Fjellrev

Yeah, I was thinking of that since I’m sure the yogurt bits would translate better. I was just lazy yesterday haha. I’ll definitely do it next time!

tigress_al

Or even brew up a really big batch and then chill overnight. That is what I do for this one. Then you don’t have to use double the amount of leaves (I am cheap!)

Fjellrev

Yeah, you’re right! It wasn’t until I already dumped more than half of the leaves into my jug that I realized it was going to be a weak batch, yet I couldn’t justify dumping the rest in. I’m just so used to cold steeping method.

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88
drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
63 tasting notes

This was the perfect cup of tea for me to pick this morning! Pineapple is probably my second favourite fruit (after mango!) and I was excited but hesitant to try it (the last oolong I tried from DT I either let steep wayyy to long or it just tasted way too floral). If anything I think this one is a little weak, but maybe I just didn’t use enough leaf. The pineapple definitely comes through in both smell and taste. It isn’t a fresh, juicy pineapple flavor, but more of a pineapple candy (clear gummy bears?). It is definitely sweet enough all on its own, and I can’t wait to try it iced!

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41

So tired…too early need caffeine and fast.

Chose this lovely smelling gem.smells like berries berries! my mind gratefully explodes it’s sweet and tangy and set my tongue a buzz.

Less and for shorter..rule of thumb for DT’s black teas.Maybe if I type it enough I can help others truly appreciate these highly touchy(and wrongly marked IMHO)black teas.Sometimes it’s just a bitter parade and NO ONE wants that!

Once brewed smells exactly the same.YAY!
that rarely happens.
It’s just richer,deeper and like a sexy jam.I want to drown in this.

For taste it tastes like black tea..no bitterness.
Black tea and hint of jam.The aftertaste is nice but over all not exceptional.

I will ice this soon and review that..but I’m not spending more on this tea(thank goodness I only got the 20 gram bag).

For fruity wonder try paradise found and read my review..and steep blacks like I do!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

I love this tea! It smells and taste great. Its fruity tasting because of the pineapple and peaches. It gets a bit murky when you brew it. I love that the bamboos cool you it’s perfect for summer. I think it’s very cool there are bamboo leaves something natural and not commonly used. Give this tea a try if you like fruit teas. I would get a bit first to try before committing to a tin. Some people claim it smells terrible but I don’t get that at all, it smells fruity in the tin.

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61
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

I bought this way back in April when it first launched. I got 100g tin before trying it which I guess i should have gotten less. At first the smell and taste was overwhelming. The taste seemed very artificial but I couldn’t figure out what it tasted like. When you brew this your whole room will smell like the tea. After a few more tries it grew on me and I now like it for the occasional cup with a bit of soy. I wish it was more natural and less artificial. If you love birthday cake and sprinkles and don’t mind artificial tasting tea, this tea is for you!

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77

I have to say this is one delicious tea! It was sold out for a while and they finally had stock late aug. I love this iced, actually it taste odd hot. It is sweet, so you don’t need to add sugar. I don’t think I taste a lot of watermelon. I get more honey dew melons as apples. In my 100g tin there is barely any watermelon pieces but it taste great regardless.

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65
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
39 tasting notes

I like this tea best when prepared using David’s recipe for their ‘Ultimate Pumpkin Chai Latte,’ simmered slowly on the stovetop in equal parts water and milk. Brown sugar is a must and it doesn’t hurt to add a bit more than 1 tsp of tea per 8oz liquid because the milk can mask the flavors. Top with whipped cream & a sprinkle of cinnamon for a really indulgent treat.

Preparation
8 min or more

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65
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
39 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this tea. I just can’t resist anything pumpkin flavored, especially around this time of year, and spiced chais are my favorite teas. The smell of the dry leaves is divine. Spicy, pumpkin-y, slightly vegetal, and with cute little orange pumpkin sprinkles. The steeped tea smelled only of pepper, however.

I added turbinado sugar and milk and had a taste. Hm. First impressions: Verrry bland, no hint of spice. However, it DOES taste like real pumpkin and has a slight creaminess, but no real backbone. Overall, I’m not impressed. This is also the first tea I’ve tried that does not really go well with turbinado sugar. Brown sugar would probably be much tastier, and I think adding cream would help give it some body.

I will try this again, probably steeping much longer than the 4 minutes I gave it and adding more tea than the suggested 1.5 tsp per cup. I might also try steeping it in milk on the stove, and hopefully that adds some flavor and richness. I’m not giving up on this tea that easily!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
237 tasting notes

After tragedy(tea disappointment)I need a win.

So I went with this peachy pineapple lovely smelling brew with an awesome name and the mention of PANDAS. what’s not to love..

put huge amount in and steeped full time recommended.

Smells like awesome hot juice..apple juice..pineapple and peach juice…every smell of it makes another note more and more apparent..the cruise of smells.I actually want to eat the steeped leaves…I just might…………..

waiting for tea to cool is hellish sometimes…COOL DOWN DAMMIT!!

My reviewing gets a little hyper at night..I see this now.

Finally ready to drink..so excited..

So,first taste judgment:
Oh my…best juice ever..rich with so many awesome flavors dancing on my tongue..yummy yummy yummy…NEEDS to be tried iced.
THIS is what I wanted Swampwater to taste like..

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Papayarama by DAVIDsTEA
237 tasting notes

So this was backlog.Decided I needed to drink it up.
Smells kind of like dried or stale fruit snacks.Not unpleasant but not Papaya-esque yet.

I heaped the tea and over steeped..as I do with all DT herbals..I need full flavor…I will settle for nothing less.

I am afraid that the Rooibos(red honey bush) will kick all other flavors to the curb..like a bad significant other..taking all the sheets with them and leaving the other bum out and cold.

Once brewed smells fresher but still the same.I don’t smell fruit bursting out but I try all at least once..it’s a strength and a curse.

as for taste…..well…………….tastes like honeybush..and a tiny fruity nudge not worth mentioning really.I oversteeped and doubled the amount and the fruit is barely there..

Tastes like a plain Rooibos..will trade to lindairvine ..because she likes the Rooibos.

Not much to say the numbers will say it all.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87

mmmm, chocolate on chocolate on chocolate on cinnamon…
this has the means to be a favourite. my tea to water ratio was a bit off, so things were a tad watery, but the cinnamon and chocolate did come through.
i’m dying to try this as a stove top latte (similar recipe with the pumpkin chai – steep the tea in (almond) milk on the stove and add brown sugar). i think it will be an incredible start to my early morning classes when it starts to get a bit chillier out!
horrah for chocolate! and davids! :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
734 tasting notes

Mmmmmmmm……hug me again, Red Velvet Cake, you sexy beast…

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99

This is one of the best teas that I’ve ever had. The flavor combination is flawless, to me anyways.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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50

I tried this neat – not bad, a little heavy on the chocolate powder. I added milk and honey. It was surprisingly thin bodied. The flavor was kind of boring and uninspiring. Meh.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

I had always wanted to try this one, and I’m glad DT brought it back! It’s pretty tasty. I prefer Copabanana still, but I’m honestly glad that they brought back one similar to it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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41
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

I received a sample of this with my last DavidsTea order and I have to admit, I’m pretty disappointed in this tea. For one, it doesn’t taste a thing like creme brule and the flavors don’t really make a whole lot of sense. It tastes like a really watered down version of DavidsTea’s Creme Caramel. Pretty mediocre and I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on this.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Awee bummer sorry :(

Meowkattack

On the bright side, the other two samples they sent me were teas they don’t even have on their site yet. A sneak peek of what is to come perhaps! I’m pretty stoked about that.

Azzrian

NICE!! :) Makes you feel special I am sure – I know it would me :)

Azzrian

Oh not to imply that you are not special haha

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67
drank Cocoa Canela (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
63 tasting notes

This was pretty good – I probably won’t buy more, but sometimes I surprise myself! It had a really nice consistency, creamy and smooth (I added a bit of milk, but not much). The cinnamon was present but not overpowering, and the chocolate was tasty. It just seemed to be missing something…I think it needs a bit more spice! I don’t think I would crave this one, but there certainly isn’t anything wrong with it.

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100

On my second try of this tea, I decide to use boiling water, 3 teaspoons, and 2 min steep time.

And it turns out to be excellent!! The oolong flavor was brought out, no longer shawdowed by the milky flavor. The milky flavor still stays, and blends in very well with the rest of the oolong…uhmmm~~ this is going to be my personal favorite oolong now!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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100

This oolong has a nice milky smell. I don’t know how they got the smell though. The sales rep told me the farmers left the leafs over the winter so they collect the moisture. Does it explain the taste? I don’t know. Maybe I will dig into it.

I steeped the tea twice. Fist time at 6 min and second time at 7 min. The taste was still good at the second steep. I have to say I don’t like the milky part after the second steep. It somehow feels…too creamy for my taste. If you are like the traditional taste of oolong. This tea may not suite you. However, it can be a nice change.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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