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99
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

I love this green tea – it tastes warm and comforting. The walnut taste is very prominent and is nice with the taste of the green tea, I find they compliment eachother nicely. It’s even better with a teaspoon of honey!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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43

This tea is nice, but not quite what I expected – I think I wanted more strawberry flavour. I have enjoyed it w/ milk and sometimes a bit of sugar – it really does taste like strawberry shortcake. Without milk I’m not a big fan and find it a bit too tart.

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

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82
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

Picked up the other new tea to try as well – why not, right?

This one has a bit of an off-putting smell dry – I’m not sure what it is, but I expected the caramel/toffee would come out more when it was steeped.

The steeped flavours were definitely stronger and more pleasant than the dry smell – that odd off-putting smell has disappeared. The hint of salt is faintly there, but I think it mostly rounds out and balances the black tea. The caramel/toffee and smoothness kind of reminds me of a werthers candy – without being so cloyingly sweet!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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99
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

Visited Davids Tea today to top up on a few faves AND this new tea. I like nutty teas (hehe!) – toasted walnut is one of my favourite greens. I was excited to try a nutty black tea – and I definitely hadn’t tried a tea with brazil nuts in it.

Brazillionaire smells wonderful dry – nutty w/ a hint of coconut and a bit of sweetness from the raisins.

Came home and steeped a cup right away – the smell was great, nuttier and rich, it steeped to a medium amber colour. This tea is delicious – the nuttiness is definitely the dominant flavour, along with the tea – the coconut lingers in the background. Definitely a keeper!

Edit to add: still delicious – but the whole brazil nuts are kind of huge! I’ve been breaking them up ab bit when I scoop out the dry tea. On the other hand, the big steeped brazil nuts are delicious after steeping and cooling a bit – still crunchy on inside!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

The dry tea smells exactly the way I hoped it would… Rich and sweet, like the perfect pear. The dry mix is chunky and heavy, so you don’t really get much bang for your buck with this tea. Twenty grams only gave me 2 – 3 cups worth.

The steeped tea has a very, very weak pear smell. The tea steeps to a lovely light yellow, but little bits and pieces sneak through even the finest infuser and end up at the bottom of my cup.

At first sip, the tea is tart. But with a few more sips, I’m able to hone in on the aftertaste – a lingering, true apple pear combination. I’m not really tasting nor smelling the vanilla beans that are included in the ingredients. The tea is fruity but sharp, true to the description… And a touch of sugar makes a world of difference. The tartness tones down, and it lets me focus on the part I like most – the fruity taste!

When iced (with sugar), the tea reminds me of Vitamin Water, oddly enough. Light and refreshing, mildly sweet. Additionally, I can finally taste the vanilla! Mission accomplished.

I have to be honest and say that this tea probably won’t be a repeat buy. It’s definitely best when served iced with sugar, but it still doesn’t compete with some of the other iced varieties I’ve tried. It’s a touch too tart for my liking, like a mixture of pear with granny smith apples.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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96

I sipped this down earlier this week but never got the chance to log it. I really enjoyed this flavoured black and I would probably buy this again once my stash dwindles a little more! I really enjoy how “juicy” this one tastes

tea-sipper

oh man, I woke up thinking of blueberry jam today, and figured I’d just have this tea. Didn’t get around to it today though…

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96

Backlog from yesterday.
Even though there is stevia in here, and I would much prefer my tea unsweetened, I do really enjoy this black tea. It is sweet and juicy.

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96

I still really enjoy this one. Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits, so of course I would adore this one!
Sometimes I add stevia to my tea, so I don’t mind the stevia in it. However, I would prefer to add my own sweetener.
I had this hot and iced today and both are delicious!

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96

Wowza! This was great to wake up to, the aroma is very blueberry, fresh and sweet. This tastes just as good as it smells. I love blueberries so I really liked this tea. Sweet, fresh blueberries!
I didn’t find the stevia bitter at all. I am actually liking stevia more and more. I didn’t find that it was too sweet.
I had this hot, but I am sure it would be wonderful cold brewed. I will try that next week!

Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

I love this tea!! Smells amazing, tastes fantastic, almost exactly like blueberry jam! A bit of agave nectar and you’re good to go. I’d like to try this iced, and I’ve heard its good as a latte, so I’ll have to try it. You could probably eat the blueberries as is xD I like how it turns an odd color, similar to the green of the insides of a fresh blueberry.. or maybe I’m just going crazy. Anyways, its as awesome as it sounds.

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77

I love Watermelon, so when I saw a watermelon flavored tea, I had to! I’ve only had this one iced, but it is so good! Steeped in my steeper for about 8 mins, poured over ice with a bit of agave nectar, HEAVEN! Refreshing, smells delicious, and doesn’t have any particularly overpowering taste of any of the fruits and they all compliment eachother wonderfully! My boyfriend even likes this one, and he hates tea :P It would be an awesome one for kids, if I had any!

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75

Fantastic, but one thing – don’t steep it too long! I love Earl Grey and I love vanilla, so the first time I walked into a David’s Tea and they asked what kind I liked, my response? Earl Grey (It was really the only tea I drank until now) and when she showed me one with vanilla, I was in love. It took about 3 trips to David’s Tea for just a cup of the tea before I decided to buy a tin and some supplies :P It smells like black licorice, which I love, but the taste is like a rich, almost bitter (but not in a bad way) with a hint of vanilla. But be careful not to steep it too long, I left it for about 10-15 mins once by mistake and it was way too strong, bitter and sour and tasted exactly like a gross black licorice.. bleh! But otherwise, an excellent tea (:

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Swampwater.. sounds appetizing doesnt it? I had smelled this one at David’s Tea about a month before I actually bought it, and I love this tea. Fruity, interesting and fun. I love roobios because you can steep it forever and it will never ruin the flavor (Organic cream of earl grey steeped too long is so gross). My favorite part is the fact it turns a disgusting color of green xD the little kid in me adores the little candy sprinkles. I love this one, naturally sweet, and definitely up there in my favorites :)

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73
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

It’s not bad, but it’s not something I’d buy regularly. Very smooth and light, similar to Kiwi’s Big Adventure (which I prefer) in that aspect.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82

It tastes like Blueberry Jam. I don’t taste any black tea (which is fine by me).

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

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78
drank Mamma Mia by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Finally gave this one a try!
You know, it was different than I expected. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the smell (mostly cinnamon) and I knew it would be quite tart with the first ingredient being hibiscus.

I quite enjoyed it! But it’s not a keeper (I’m not the hugest papaya fun), I’m glad I only got enough for a few cups. I had it iced, as is my wont, and couldn’t help but compare it to Kanpe. Even with the strong cinnamon association – the two teas are quite different to me.

The taste of this one is most certainly papaya! It took me a while to place it, but once I got it, it tasted just like the fresh papaya we ate at the sparse but satisfying buffet breakfast in cuba. Whoo do I win the longest sentence award?

haha well I’ll stick to Kanpe as my favourite tart iced tea – but I enjoyed this one and was pleased to find it unique and it really does stand on it’s own! I would definitely recommend it to papaya lovers.

Kittenna

I have yet to try this! For some reason I keep getting it confused with another new tea … oh yeah, Buddha’s Blend. I don’t know if it’s the double letter or alliteration or what, but all I remember is roses and it loses its appeal. Papaya though… yum!

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79

This tea is one of the 100g tins that I always have on hand. Not only is it delicious as a tea, but it’s great to use in baking as well. My favourite way to use it is to make half your mug’s worth and put 3 tsp in (for a normal mug), steep it for the maximum amount of time, then drink it with steamed milk and some honey or agave nectar. Perfection!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

I picked a sample of this up (and two others) at DAVIDsTEA when I was refilling my Glitter & Gold tin last weekend. I’m not a fan of green tea, but I figured trying just one cup of this wouldn’t hurt. It actually turned out to be quite good. I find it has a really toasty and healthy taste. It tastes just as it smells, which is nice. It really reminds me of these whole-grain crackers I tried once.

I can actually say I don’t mind this green tea at all, it has no bitter aftertaste like pretty much all green teas I’ve tried have had, so I could probably drink this again. :) I let my hot tea cool down to taste it cold, and find both are quite nice. Glad I ended up picking up this sample in the end!

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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75

mmmm yummy….smells like cookies or cake baking in the over. This has a nice creamy finish to it. I enjoy this as a dessert tea or even a morning cup.

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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100
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

Love love love this tea. Smells like popcorn, but I find it doesn’t taste that way. Has more of a caramel apple sort of flavour; sweet at first bite, then a bit tart, but not over powering at all. This is one of my favourite teas from Davids Tea (I am a HUGE fan). It is my go to morning cuppa. Would never want to see this one go away….

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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1

I was not happy with this one at all. I didn’t taste any pear nor did I sencha! At first, the smell of it put me right off. I brewed according to the instructions and it was…..not for me. Thank goodness I only bought a small sample of this. I gave it to a friend, who seemed to enjoy it – so there you go, some things you just never know.

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86

Smells like blueberry and tastes like it too…mmm. This tea is full of flavor. Blueberry is a hard one to capture, but this is pretty good.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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87

MANY THANKS again to Steepster Bonnie for sharing her very interesting teas with me!!!

The title of this tea is fascinating. I didn’t know what to expect from an Organic Cream of Earl Grey tea. When I opened the packet, I couldn’t detect the familiar aroma of bergamot that I was accustomed to in other Earl Grey selections. Instead, the scent was more like pipe tobacco or cough syrup.

I steeped this tea for six minutes at 212 degrees. A golden orange colored brew was produced.

The flavor of this tea is a cornucopia of fruity, flowery, sweet, and almost perfume-like taste. Ironically, the only attribute I don’t recognize is bergamot. However, it must just be a consequence of my allergy-plagued tastebuds because my fiancee commented on the bergamot scent when she walked into the house! There is no bitterness and nothing that I would describe as unpleasant.

This is a likable tea. It’s a little more flowery and fruity than I prefer but that isn’t stopping me from enjoying this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

It’s fine not to love a tea! That’s why I send variety! You’d feel worse if you bought it!

Stoo

I’m very grateful to you for the opportunity to try it, Bonnie. I didn’t hate it. I re-steeped it twice and drank it all! :-) Thanks again so much!

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87
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
1415 tasting notes

Normally whenever I see watermelon-flavoured or -scented anything, I slowly back away. Remind me again how artificial watermelon tastes and smells anything like the actual melon?

But this is an exception. It smells like fruit juice, mostly watermelon with a hint of strawberry in the background. It smells like a watermelon slice to the power of 27.

As soon as I take a sip and the tea hits my taste buds, it reminds me of biting into a fresh watermelon slice, but a split second later, even more flavours burst out. It’s ultra melon-y and the strawberry comes out too. And not overwhelmingly sweet either. Why would anyone want to drink juice packed with sugar and calories when you can just have this instead?

Way to be, DT. I wouldn’t mind having more of this.

Preparation
Iced
Lynne-tea

oh no >.

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