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90
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

This tea is absolutely amazing iced!! I love it!! I don’t really fancy it hit but it’s awesome cold!
It’s very fruity and doesn’t really taste like rooibos. It’s awesome with some german rock sugar or agave!

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75

Another yummy iced tea in my fridge. Yay!

You know what this reminds me of? In the Philippines, my aunt would take a cantaloupe, shred it into a pitcher of cold water and ice, and put a tiny bit of sugar. This iced tea has that wonderful melon taste with a watermelon kick. I can’t taste anything other than melon, which can be a good thing since the carrot didn’t really appeal to me.

The only thing I messed up on…I put a cup of simple syrup in without thinking about how sweet the tea would be on its own. I really must learn to taste the iced tea before sweetening it. And sweeten it I probably will because I have an incurable sweet tooth. Luckily, I have more of this (unlike my White Malibu which I’ve consigned to memory) so I can try it straight next time.

And can I just say that the Takeya iced tea maker is awesome!! I got it through a gift certificate to Davids Tea that my sister-in-law gave me for my birthday. It is one of my favourite tea making devices, along with my Steeper, also from Davids Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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70

A nice, delicate tea, but there’s not as much peach flavour as I had hoped for.

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

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90

Add milk and sugar, and it tastes like hugs. This is the most comforting tea in my cupboard, and the one I usually reach for most.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Amanda

Lol. You said it tasted like hugs! That’s so cute :)

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80

My second tea that I’ve tried from Davids Tea and my second great review. This is the first Korean tea I have had. Japanese greens are my favorite and I thought that this was similar. It had the same seaweed, grassy taste but it was a little milder than say a Sencha. Overall very good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

this is definitely Mango! Very fresh Sweet taste i think I put a little to much sugar in this one so definitely need to go light on the sugar and let the sweetness of the Mango come threw! I love Mango in the Summer but its hard to find Good ripe ones so this is Perfect for days when i want mango and don’t want the hassle! This is a good Keep it in the cupboard for that special day!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

Great Nutty tea! I open the bag just to smell it.

I dont normally like nuts, but if i’m in the mood this tea is the one. I love the combination of nut, coconut, raisins.

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The black tea is too strong for me. Both times at the store and at home when I brewed it, it was a bit bitter. I can taste the blueberries, but the black tea over powers it. Adding agave helped bring out more of the blueberries, adding soy milk was good too. I wish it was more blueberry, and less black tea-y.

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85
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
1214 tasting notes

Very odd, I never rated this tea? Well that sucks!

I had made this tea cold-steeped – 4 hours.

TASTE: Slightly creamy walnut juice – DONE! Okay okay, also has a hint of sweetness with a background of green tea. No bitterness or tart. Very walnutty and the coconut creamyness go together nicely. I can almost taste the walnut skin. I love walnuts, they look like brains.

COMMENTS: Okay, I don’t like sencha because for awhile people kept giving me sencha fruity teas and I just got sick how they all tasted the same and the tea just came out too strong. Toasted Walnut isn’t like that – the green tea came out wonderful in the cold steep.
Come on, coconut water being really popular? How about walnut juice, yeh!

From what I can recall, hot this tea is more sweet but not as nutty, but I think cold is more interesting with that strong walnut flavor. I could see myself buying more, that or go on a hunt for more walnut teas.

Preparation
Iced

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75
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1214 tasting notes

Cold Steeped MODE!

Pom Power I prefer cold steeped – it’s sweeter and fruity, like how it was when I sweetened the hot version, but I didn’t sweeten it! It’s sweet and close to juice, it’s a good low calorie option.

Preparation
Iced

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75
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
1214 tasting notes

My pomegranate tree is exploding with lots of pomegranates, but still not ready yet! With that said, I kept thinking about this tea. Oddly, I didn’t review it yet, so here it is!

DRY: Sweet tart fruit snack smell. I gotta say this is up there on weird teas – it’s chunky, sticky and clumpy. I think I got scared when I bought this at DT and saw the sales gal scoop it. It’s got that appearance of hot rice crispy treats being spooned out of the cooking pot… but not stringy. I’m a little worried with the shelf life of this tea with it being sticky.
I tasted one of the pomegranate bits and it was tasty!

STEEPED: Pink colour – tart smell, like cranberry.

TASTE: Slight tartness comes out with a hit of fruity – a little pomegranate but could be mistaken for a light cranberry from the tartness. Sweetened with rock sugar, the fruityness is brighter and more pomegranate and less tart.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Fruity tea drinkers

COMMENTS: I’m happy that this tea has a good level of tart – it’s not overpowering and seems more natural to pomegranate. Overall, not bad but not blowing my mind – this might be good cold steeped though. I feel that I should kill off this tea before the stickyness mutates into something horrible.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Oops – I thought for sure I reviewed this one already!
First of all, I’m a prairie girl (S’toon/Regina) and I loooove S’toon berries. Picking them off a giant plant was the best part about certain campsites. I would just stand there with a bunch of other kids and just shovel them in.

S’toon berry pies can be amazing or really bad – depends on the quality of berry. The big juicy berries make an amazing pie – the small hard ones make a crunchy/chewy type pie.

I digress! This tea smells soooo good – like a sweet, mapley berry pie! Sadly I can’t get the berry taste to come out in the steep. It tastes like a sweet, maple drizzled dark oolong – dry in texture, maybe a Taiwanese?

I’m definitely missing out on the berry flavour I get in the smell.

Okay now the important part! (lol) My birthday is next weekend and I’ve invited some new (non tea obsessed) friends for a tea party! I’m cooking and baking, trying my hand at some gluten-free treats as well, but I was kind of hoping for some tea party advice. I’d like to set up a little matcha tasting bar, I only have one big teapot, any advice or fun ideas on how to sample a bunch of fun teas? Thanks friends!

Sil

you might be able to pick up some tea balls at the dollar store so that they can make small cups of tea. ponders I’ll see if i can come up with some other creative things to do.

Azzrian

Happy Early Bday! Sorry no advice from me here – I have never had a tea tasting or party. :(

DaisyChubb

Thanks Azz!

Oh that’s a good idea Sil – dollarstore teaballs would save on waste from using a bunch of tea sacs – I will definitely look for those!

DaisyChubb

I’ve planned like 30 huge parties in my lifetime, I don’t know why planning a tiny tea party is proving to be hard lol

Although it’s not just that – I want to hear ideas from my tea friends!!

Mercuryhime

Happy almost bday! What a fun idea! If you only have one teapot maybe just have water available for people to brew their own tea? Just present basic brewing parameters and paper tea filters and they could do their own thing. Or! Get some pitchers or bottles and prepare a bunch of iced teas, which might be more appealing depending on the weather.

It’ll be great! Have fun with it!

TheTeaFairy

happy birthday in advance! shooter glasses, if you have them (they also carry them at the $ store) you could prepare cocktails with tea base and serve them that way, I’ve done it this summer, green tea mojitos at it was a hit! Have fun!!

DaisyChubb

ah thanks so much for the ideas!
Wonderful wonderful, I’m so excited :D

Mercuryhime

Daisy, if you trying gluten free, take a look at this recipe:
http://alpineberry.blogspot.com/2006/08/amaretti.html

I replaced the cocoa with some caramel matcha from red leaf. So good! also, no added fat! Tell that to your diet conscious friends. :)

Mélissa

Happy Birthday in advance! Sorry to read you have to restrain from gluten as well. Here’s some recipes/inspiration http://cookingwithtea.tumblr.com/

MissMylin

I can’t wait to try this tea! Like you, I grew up gorging on Saskatoon berries in the summer :)
Does Halifax have a Chinatown? You could get a bunch of little teapots for cheap, then give them as a thank you gift/“encouragement to continue drinking tea” gift.

Sil

oh i like that idea missmylin

Daniella T

Personally this is was I would do. Depending on how many people you are having you could always do the gung fu steeping (there is a cute teapot at DAVIDsTEA for that) then that way you can make a bunch of different teas everyone could get a sample and then they could make a cup of the one they liked the best.

DaisyChubb

THANK YOU so much everyone!
Such awesoem ideas, I’m looking into all of them! (Oh, I’m not gluten free, but a new friend is! Also my SIL is, so I desperately want to make treats for them! Thanks for the suggestions)

And I have the wee little gong fu style teapot from Davids, so that should help.

This has all been very helpful – I actually have NO idea if Halifax has a china town, I’ll have to ask around :) yay!

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This is a hearty, strong, bold tea blend – a great AM wakeup cup. I have a hard time judging black teas because they often taste similar to me – plain, or unflavored. So this is good, definitely better than your average run-of-the-mill grocery version, and does its job of waking me up – but other than that, it’s typical. Good, but not something I’d regularly stock as “stellar” from David’s Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
6770 tasting notes

Amanda – You spoil me! Thank YOU!!!

This one, at first, didn’t have enough flavor for me. BUT…as I was typing my tasting notes – after it had just a few minutes to cool at room temp…I decided to delete my notes and start again!

While this is super hot – the Vanilla wasn’t all that loud. As it cools the vanilla seemed to come out and play a bit more. It’s still not overly flavored, tho.

The oolong itself is quite nice. A great Pouchong, indeed! In the aftertaste I can pick up a subtle hint of citrus which was a nice surprise.

After I gave this a 2nd chance – it turned out fairly satisfying. If you are looking for super intense vanilla – this really isn’t it, but it’s still tasty with the oolong base.

Tea and Trees

I was just about to order this one, do you recommend it?

TeaEqualsBliss

It’s ok…I like it for the Oolong more than the vanilla tho

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75
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

This tea is very Light and the cranberry is the star of the show! I always let mine steep for a longer time to pull the bright notes out, this was a very nice tea :) I must say as my tea cooled and became Cold tea the cranberry flavor got even brighter! this is defiantly a good Cold tea!!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

One of my absolute favorite teas. Winter mornings in Winnipeg are pretty much the inner circle of hell as far as I’m concerned, and this tea is my favorite way to make them seem more bearable. The peppermint and peppercorns give a very cozy, warm sensation.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Forever Nuts is definitely a favorite of mine; it was one of the first teas from DAVIDsTEA I ever tried, and I still keep a full tin on hand at all times. It’s just yummy. I love the colour, and the smell while it is steeping is so warm and nutty. It smells kind of like apple pie, except better, because I don’t really like baked goods. I’m so happy it’s caffeine-free, because that means I can drink it all day if I want! Which I do sometimes. Such as today.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

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81
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

The more I drink this, the more I like it. I’m putting this on the shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Okay, I’m 90% sure this came from Invader Zim So thank you! (And if I’m wrong, then thank you to whoever swapped me this!)

It smells really interesting – like the inside of The Body Shop or somewhere like that. Not complaining – it smells great. It’s a bit hard to put my finger on specific scents though.

The rooibos is a strong flavor in this one, and the dried currants, rose and lavender accentuate it. It’s definitely a rooibos tea tisane first and foremost, but the other flavors behind it make it interesting.

It’s interesting. That’s a good descriptor for this tea. Tastes like there’s some chocolate in there as well, though I’m not sure where I’m getting that from.

EDIT: I tweeted this tea, and now @DAVIDsTEA is teasing me about lavender fields in France. This company is great.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Invader Zim

Yup that came from me. It has too much red rooibos for me. I like my red rooibos blends to be heavier on the additions. It seems you’re enjoying it more than I did and that’s all that matters!

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I have to say, I was little skeptical about this at first, but it has wildly exceeded my expectations. When I first noticed it sitting on the shelf at DavidsTea I was very curious. In my head I was envisioning a sweet, artificial, and overpowering banana flavor. Still I decided to buy a sample.

When I finally tasted, I realized that it was just abou the complete opposite of what I had pictured. The banana flavor was surprisingly subtle and did overpower the oolong. In fact you may not even recognize it as banana if you didn’t already know. The two flavors are perfectly balanced.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72

This one surprised me. I had been wanting to try it (Hello – kiwi?!?!) but was hesitant as it’s a green tea. We grabbed it to go as the iced tea of the day yesterday and I must say it was good. It was quite weak, which was only hampered by the additional ice they added (anyone else notice how little tea volume you get with the TotD?) but I really enjoyed it. The green tea was not present at all, but there was the taste of something definitely kiwi. Worth playing around with to try to increase the strength but I managed to resist the urge. For now. : )

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

This tea is like a Cozy Saturday morning and the smell of Maple pancakes In the air, its its like childhood wrapped in a blanket! Just not all the calories ….

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Going to look for the Blair Witch?

Sare

No lol more like paranormal in Gettysburg ;)

Scott B

Sounds fun :)

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