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95

Wow. This is exactly what I was looking for in a green tea. Lots of nice green flavour without being bitter. I even oversteeped this due to the afternoon nap battle with my 2 year old and it was still great. Nice light colour and wonderful flavour. When I bought it yesterday I was looking for a fairly plain green tea and I have found it for sure.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

ooooh, I hope the second steep holds up to! :)

Cattibrie

second steep was great. I left the tsac in while drinking and it still wasn’t bitter. I can’t say enough good things about this tea.

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72
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
1361 tasting notes

ugh! tart flowers!
Oh cherry… wherefore art thou…

Daniel Scott

My reaction exactly.

Lynne-tea

=O try Icing it! It worked for me.. the white tea came out and was a little creamy and it was sweet cherries all the way. I hope it works for you!

Indigobloom

I have just enough left for a cold steep. I’ll try it that way, thanks Lynne-tea!

Lynne-tea

You’re welcome! What I did was used 2/3 the amount of hot water required, then once the steep time was up I filled the rest up with ice cubes and put it in the fridge over night. Is that how you cold steep? I need to research ice tea making ways haha.

Indigobloom

I don’t really use ice cubes… since my teeth are so sensitive! I just hot brew and then stick it in the fridge once it’s cooled a bit.
but there are SO many ways to ice a tea :)

Lynn68

I really wanted to try Cherry Potion but now I’m not sure. I wanted that tart yet sweet cherry flavor, not flowers. :’-( How disturbing.

Lynn68

I really wanted to try Cherry Potion but now I’m not sure. I wanted that tart yet sweet cherry flavor, not flowers. :’-( How disturbing.

Indigobloom

Lynn68: try it out, no harm in getting a sample! I’ve been looking for a tart cherry tea as well.

Daniel Scott

@Lynne-tea – Cold brewing, to me, means that the water is never hot. So you’d put the leaves in whatever you’re steeping the tea in, and then into cold/room temperature water and place it in the fridge.

It takes much longer – like several hours, you might want to google for cold brewing steep times. With herbals and rooibos anyway, you’re completely safe to steep it overnight. So are blacks, I think. Not so sure about white/green/oolong. The longest I’ve left a white so far has been about four hours and it was nice, but that was a cup at a time. I’ve cold-brewed greens for pitchers and I’m still not sure if I’m getting the timing right or they weren’t all suitable, as they’ve all tasted slightly off. Oolong I haven’t tried yet.

I personally like that better than having the water ever be hot. To me, tea steeped hot and cooled just tastes funny, whereas tea which has always been cold comes out smooth and sweet and suitable to drink cold!

Indigobloom

I need to experiment more with cold steeping. I’ve only ever tried it four or five times. Lime Gelato is pretty good cold, as is Candied Almond from Tea Emporium. I also tried a white and a green iced with so-so results.
The fruity green, I tried cold brewing and it wasn’t that great. I hot brewed it and that was better but still meh! next time I’ll try black.
I’d like to be able to add milk as well, eventually.

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72
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
1361 tasting notes

well, this is interesting.
The cherry flavour is nice enough. I enjoy cherries… but the hibiscus does all sorts of nasty things here. I so wish that it wasn’t in this tea! Also, the “white” part is barely there. I would think it was some sort of a tisane if I hadn’t seen the label.
Otherwise, it’s decent. Naturally sweet on its own, and mild enough that it soothes my throat (a little hoarse today for some reason)
It may be better iced, fantasic even. Actually I think it was designed to be iced- but really, I am not an iced tea person…
So yeah, I am mucho glad I didn’t purchase any to take home!!

Cattibrie

I got some of this last night and haven’t yet made it. I have a silly question though. I am new to tea and am wondering what a tisane is? I have read that on a number of posts and really not sure.

Indigobloom

oh, don’t worry, I was confused about that myself until not long ago!
A tisane is a “tea” that does not contain anything made from the camellia sinensis plant. Black, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh are all made from variations(grown in various geographical regions makes them taste different as well) of that one plant but through different processes come out with the characterstics that classify them as such.
Rooibos, peppermint, chamomile etc are all tisanes.

seule771

I like to think of tisane as herbal teas or organic even and yes if one is not sure of tisane just think of Rooibos. I mean to say Rooibos = Tisane.

seule771

I forgot to add a good place to try and experience Tisane is at Tealuxe, their shops makes very good rooibos teas, iceteas to go. The Berry Rooibos a large is just under $3.00. Can you see yourself strolling down a sidewalk filled with local shops and window shopping while sipping a tall cup of Rooibos berry chilled…life is good I’d say to that.
I speak from experience, but I am broke these days and not from window shopping.

aisling of tea

I’m curious about this one, and will likely try 10g of it or so, but I’m not really expecting much from it. Between the heavy fruits and the hibiscus….meh.

Indigobloom

the girl promised me that the hibiscus wouldn’t be prominent but… it was, surprise! more cherry, less hibiscus pls!!

Ohhh I’ve never tried a berry rooibos before, not in the way you describe… unless you count strawberry shortcake but raspberry, now that sounds tasty!

Jenn

Oooh, I actually think I may like this one. I’m not adverse to hibiscus although, I can completely understand why most people are. I need to make another David’s order soooon :)

MaddHatter

Hmmm, I am still on the fence about trying this one… White tea is enough to send me running..

Indigobloom

Jenn: if hibiscus is ok by you, go for it! I’d be interested to see how you like it…
Erin: You can hardly taste the white part, it’s more “juice” than anything else!

MaddHatter

Ooo, it must be incredibly red in colour…

Indigobloom

it’s pink! but being in the paper cup, I can’t really recall… I should pay more attention!!

Cattibrie

Made this iced yesterday and was doing it the quick way. Normally I steep and pour it over ice and then add more water and resteep the leaves and let it sit. Well I got a light pink colour and hardly any flavour. Forgot to add more water so I tried what was left in the cup. It was great. Then I realized that I had forgotten to do double the leaves. Duh. Trying it again today and looking forward to a nice pink colour and flavour.

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61
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
59 tasting notes

So one of my coworkers gave me this tea as she did not like it. I’m not one to turn down free Davids tea so I took it off her hands for her :) I decided to finally try it before going to bed last night. I’ve had this tea for a couple of months and everytime I go to try some I am intimadated by the smell which reminds of halls cough drops – must be the juniper berries. I made sure to only steep this for 4 minutes as I didn’t want it to be too strong. The tea was not bad but not something I can see myself craving or restocking unless I can see uber health benefits. The taste was way more mellower than the smell but I still mostly tasted the juniper berries.

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

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95

Finally having day 8 from my advent calendar. I can’t believe that I opened the wrong day when I knew about the gold tree covering the 1 of the 18. ARGH.

Oh well. This is a great tea for tonight because I am having problems falling asleep tonight. My little guy turns 3 tomorrow (today actually since it is after midnight) and we just finished putting all the balloons on his floor and the streamers on his door and I am just so excited for him to get up and see it. I hope he thinks it is cute and starts his day off right. Birthday’s should be exciting and he gets gyped with it being so close to Christmas. Still can’t believe he is 3.

Indigobloom

aw, happy birthday to the cutie!! xx

Faith

My baby girl will be 1 on Christmas Eve, she’s going to hate us when she’s older…

Ninavampi

Aww… That sounds amazing! I agree that birthdays should be exciting. He must have been super happy! : )

Cattibrie

He was so excited. Loved the balloons but didn’t quite get the concept of breaking through the streamers to get out of his room. We talked him through it and he told everyone he saw today what his elf did. So cute.
Faith my wee man was due on Christmas Day so I was so excited to have him a week early. But there were 6 kids born on Christmas Day that year. Just make sure she has a special day and if not move it like many others have done. Happy 1st Birthday to your little girl.

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95

Bit of a strange taste to this but that is the licorice and next time I won’t likely leave the leaves in. I am feeling really tired after finishing this so maybe it will help me sleep.

Nice light colour to this tea and it is a good chamomile tea. Definately prefer this to Mother’s Little Helper. This may be my new night time tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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91
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Had this iced from the store today. I really enjoyed it and bought some more to try it hot also.
It was sweet and slightly tart. My 2 1/2 year old loved it and stole half my cup full. Nice and fruity but you really don’t get much of the actual tea from it. For all I taste it could be an herbal with no tea in it.

Preparation
Iced

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35
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

I had this iced from the store, so it’s not the best way to judge it. But, I found it rather tart and not very convincingly pomegranate. I don’t know. I kept thinking cherry instead of pomegranate, and I don’t like cherry flavours.

Anyway, this is kind of a shameful waste of silver needles as I couldn’t taste any of that under the overbearing whatever flavours. It was drinkable, but it felt like I had bought a bottle of some kind of hyper-processed juice, not tea!

Cattibrie

I really enjoyed this one but I agree that you really don’t get alot of the actual tea. More the fruit. And mine was sweet with only a little tartness to it. Strange how everyone’s cup is different from a different store.

Jessie

So strange! I should really give it a chance brewed under better conditions, because I’d love a tasty pomegranate tea.

Cattibrie

I try hard not to judge the tea by the way it is prepared in store for the iced tea of the day. I am even going to give the Coffee Pu’reh another try.

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75
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

I’ve been waiting all week to try this!
When I smelled it today and last week, all I could think of was that this could be my yummy replacement for Strawberry White! of course then I learned that hisbiscus is bad for my tastebuds, but I still wanted to give it a try :)

It’s quite tart (of course) but I am having it with sweetener so that helps a bit. The pomegranate taste is genuine! Tastes just like eating a juicy pomegranate – I like that. The white tea gives it a solid base – it’s not bitter at all in that respect. They must have steeped it well for me today :)

It’s not my favorite fruit or tea but I have to say this would be a great one for tart berry-tea lovers. Yum!

Preparation
Iced
Cattibrie

Weird. Mine today was sweet with a little tart. No sweetener at all.
I am really enjoying it and I bought 50g and got it from a fresh bag. Yay. We’ll see how this is hot.

DaisyChubb

The girl who sold it to me loves it hot!
Ibet if they would have steeped mine a little less it would have been less tart for sure. I am tempted to steep it myself at home, it’s pretty quality tea. You’ve inspired me :D I’ll get a little bag today!

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87
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

My Problem with most cherry teas is the way that most of the cherry flavor comes across as artificial, this is hands down the best cherry tea I’ve tried

It’s not too sweet, and it has a great aftertaste that lingers in your mouth after each sip

I’m excited to drink this on a regular basis and can’t wait to try the pomegranate

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

Do I like this tea? I don’t know. I know that I don’t hate it… yeah, I defiantly don’t mind this blend of herbal oddness. I cold steeped a pitcher of this interesting melange of herbs and berries and it’s a refreshing brew for sure. Northern Lights is minty cool with a slightly fruity something or other going on too. I feel compelled to continue drinking even if every sip perplexes me more than the last. I’m refreshed and confused… mostly refreshed.

Cattibrie

I really enjoy this one iced but I am not sure if I am going to get more now that my stash is gone. Not sure how it would be hot though.

Jenn

Taryn, you made the right choice picking Northern Lights up for me. I drank the entire pitcher and I really did end up enjoying it. I don’t think I’d ever drink it hot, or buy it again but I’m really happy that I had a chance to try it :) XO

Jenn

Cattibrie, I agree with you 100%! This tea works iced but I think it might tast odd hot. I don’t even want to try it.

MaddHatter

Hot, there is no taste (IMO) all I found was a mild mint after finish… There is a slight berry taste, almost blueberry in nature, but really this is better cold.

Jenn

Erin, thank you for settling this for me. I have just enough left for another pitcher of iced tea, and iced only it shall be!

Barb

LOL, my reaction is almost exactly like yours! It’s the strangest stuff I have ever tasted. But I think I like it.

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85
drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

My mom likes drinking her chai clear.

Now, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with that (there isn’t) or that everyone should drink tea the way that I do (tastes are tricky, and chai purists would probably kill me). However, I tend to find that most chairs just aren’t right without milk and sugar.

Admittedly, I don’t make chai properly according to traditional rules. I preference is to brew in water and then add milk and sugar as with other teas, rather than making it as a proper milk tea.

In deference to my mom, I had this clear first. It seems nicely steeped, but the spices (cinnamon seems to be the predominant one I taste) were just begging for the sweetness and creaminess that milk and sugar would offer. Indeed, with a splash of milk and a scant teaspoon of brown sugar, the tea came into its own, adding the right richness and fullness to enhance the tea.

I’m not saying that it’s an absolutely perfect blend, but I do enjoy this tea from first scent (strong, you could almost get high off of it) to last sip.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

I think I used too much tea, or steeped it for too long this time. Probably both. Which isn’t a problem I’ve had before, but then I think my pallate has been developing.

I can tell you though, it’s still WONDERFUL with milk and sugar. But not as good straight as I remember.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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85
drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

There is no bad way to have this tea! Straight, with milk, sweetened, soy milk…. any combination I’ve tried, it’s wonderful.

One must be careful to make it strong enough, it’s very easy to make a too-weak brew, which is the only thing keeping me from giving it a perfect score. Still, it is probably my favourite of David’s chais, if not my favourite chai overall, and VERY delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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51
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Ummm, I can take it or leave this tea…

It was tasty iced, but it reminded me of curried rice while I drunk it…. I think heated with some coconut milk would make this tea a little more memorable.

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51
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
282 tasting notes

Another case of “I liked it but wouldn’t buy any more of it”.

The dry and steeping scent is of apple & cinnamon sweetened oatmeal or maybe apple crumble.

The taste is much the same, but weaker. I’d steep it for longer next time to see if that strengthens the flavor, as it was at 4 minutes it was a little watery.

It tastes mostly of apple, red apple flesh in this case, with a hint of cinnamon sweetness in the nose and a toasted flavor around the cheeks just as you finish your sip.

It’s much more an apple drink than anything else. Would likely be loved by those big on fruit tisanes, but I’m not one of those. Again, I think it’s good as a fruit tea but I, personally, wouldn’t get any more of it and will be trading a lot of it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Green & Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93

1 microwavable glass jar with a lid
4 0z of 1% milk
1 16oz mug
1.5 tsp Cream of Earl Grey
12oz of hot water

Pour milk into jar, place in microwave (in my micro) set timer to 1:20 minutes and hit start. Steep tea as usual. Take Jar out of microwave screw lid on tightly and shake. Pour over steeped tea including the froth and enjoy.

I will admit that Lucerne Milk (Safeway, Tom Thumb, ect) does not foam as nicely as I would like, but it still makes enough foam for a “Poor Mans London Fog”.

There is enough vanilla in this tea that I did not need to add anymore to it to get that London Fog quality you get at a coffee shop. I will admit that I thoroughly enjoy how sweet the milk gets when it is heated and shaken! Mmmmmm

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

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93

Sometimes things are better when the experienced co-worker makes the tea, and this afternoon she made the tea! Mmmmm!!

I have been struggling with this tea and flopping each time! eep! but today’s was perfect, Thank-you Lyndsey!!

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93

I did not smell the leaves before I bought this one, because I knew I would loose my nerve and turn up my nose in disgust and look for something that pleases my olfactory sense better, so I ordered 100g (knowing co-workers and family LOVES this tea) and went home to steep this one, but ended up waiting until this morning. (Window shopping without any intent to buy wears me out, it is a useless activity wit no real end result)

This morning as it was steeping I found myself pleasantly enveloped in citrus and vanilla. I went with a slightly cooler water, and an exact 4 minutes steep time. Mmmm, this was palpable, although I did find the finish tough to savour at first. To the point that the next time the husband calls to ask what I want from the store I will eagerly say: “Cream please”

This is a note worthy tea and with some practice and perfecting has the potential to become another weekend treat, Vanilla just does not seem like a day-in-day-out kinda thing…

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

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83

The leaf is a beautiful mix of green and dark…steeped, it loves to unfurl freely in the pot. Do not trap this leaf in a ball or bag, allow it room to move. It is medium and small broken pieces once fully steeped.
The liquor is golden and the aroma distinctly the woodsy, earthy Darjeeling.
It has the flavour of dark truffles, and lingers on the back of the tongue.
Enjoy this brew without milk or other adornments, as it deserves your full attention.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Mmmmmmm!

If I stick to using the DAVIDs"perfect scoop" this tea comes out perfect every time!

I think that I do, truly appreciate burgamont and strawberries!

Mmmmmm!

side note: I blew through 50g in no time at all!!

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

sounds like you went for something fantastic to offset your ick experience before :)

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97
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

As far as Earl Greys go, this one has been by far the most flavourful, there is a definable Strawberry flavour with a distinct citrus note, there’s black tea, smooth and enjoyable against the fruity notes.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Today’s advent tea…

Mmmm, it smells delicious before it is steeped and it tastes just as incredible!! I would say more but this little phone screen is not conducive to posting long comments.

Other than… Mmmmmmmm

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