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93

Wow. Having this tea hot tonight before bed. I wasn’t thrilled at first. Found it quite weak but as is my usual custom with herbals I left the tea leaves in while I drank the tea. And it is wonderful after about 15 minutes. It is a very light colour but the flavour is not light at all. Apparently citrus is my go to flavour this year. I added a touch of Agave Nectar to this. Next time I will try it without the agave just to see how it is.

I can’t wait to have this one iced. Of course I need to get some more for sure.

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

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89
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

Seeing this tea name and description, I was a bit suspicious… steeping popcorn, really? Popcorn flavour in a tea, do I really want that?

Then I smelled it in store, and loved the smell. Though I couldn’t recognize it right away, I did when smelling it again after getting back home: it smells like Cracker Jacks! Which I guess makes sense. However, I was still unsure about steeping popcorn…

Drinking it now, all doubts have gone! It is really quite delicious, a bit of a treat (like Cracker Jacks, really, caramel included). It does taste as it smells, as another reviewer said, which is sort of sweet – don’t worry, no salt. The popcorn taste is also there, and surprisingly (to me, anyway), it does work! As the aforementioned reviewer also said, the green tea taste gets lost, which is not surprising, since I could barely find any tea leaves in all I put to infuse (maybe 4-5 in total for 4 cups). As for the apples, they do add a nice touch. Overall, the mix of ingredients blends well together and it makes for a nice “dessert” tea, which I’ll be happy to have once in a while.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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79

Hummmm, yummy! I like this tea because it reminds me “forever nuts” with a little Strawberry flavor. Really enjoyable during a sunny day! :)

The smell is MORE awesome than the taste, but it’s a good tea anyway.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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82

Re-visiting this one again today. I’ve been feeling very under-whelmed lately with my tea options at work so I have been bringing in bits and bobs from home. Of course, it doesn’t help that I seem to have no idea what I want, but I persist in my quest nonetheless. This tea is a bit unusual in my cupboard, I don’t think I have any others that feature bamboo and honestly not that many that are strawberry. I remember enjoying it quite a bit during the summer so I am hoping that enjoyment is still there.

Dry, the leaves have an odd smell (almost reminiscent of melon or white tea – I don’t know where I’m getting that from) but there is a strawberry sweet note as well, sort of like strawberry candy. I steeped two heaping teaspoons for 7 or 8 minutes, and the result is a liquor that smells almost exactly like the dry ‘leaf’ – sweet but something off about it.

The taste matches the smell. It’s pretty much like I remember it. Sweet artificial strawberry, with the taste of the bamboo coming through as almost hay or oat-like. Right on the top of the sip I get a note that is almost like dark chocolate which really boggles me. I’m enjoying this at the moment, though I think I might prefer it iced (rare for me). Glad I only bought 50 g, as it doesn’t quite have the lasting impression I hoped for.

Still no spicy note. Bringing down the rating from 93 to 80s.

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82

Oh man…Oh MAN! This is fantastic. These strawberries really are blazing (but not in a spicy way!)…I get a totally authentic strawberry tastes, complete with the occasional tinge of bitterness that strawberries have. I don’t know where that’s coming from – the bamboo, maybe? Either way, I am extremely impressed. My disclaimer is that I got this in store, and they used the proper amount of tea by their standards. I try to stretch out my tea, so I usually use one perfect teaspoon to two big mugs, but this tea would not work that way, I don’t think. Definitely use at least one solid teaspoon to a mug. I think I will be buying some of this, because when I decide I want a real strawberry flavour, (but no berries are to be found) this will be where I turn. Hoping it’s as light as it looks, because I definitely want this in my repertoire.

Preparation
8 min or more
QuiltGuppy

This sounds sooooo good!

Cattibrie

Wow. I think this is the first one we have disagreed on. I did not have any strawberry flavour in my cup just lots of what I thought was the bamboo. I need to try it again especially since you are recommending it.
did you use any sweetener to it?

Uniquity

Nope, no sweetener. I rarely put things in my tea, unless it’s a chai or it tastes horrible. I definitely had let it steep 5 or 10 minutes before I ever tried it, as we were walking. Also, as I said, they prepared it in store so I’m not sure of the amount of tea, but it might have been extra. I did not get any peppercorn taste though, lol.

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100

Loving this tea now. I have steeped for the recommended time and put milk in it. Wow. What a difference. I need to order some more of this before it goes away because it is amazing. Especially after it has sat for a bit. That is when you get the Chili hit from it.
Can’t say enough good things about this tea now. Glad I have given it another chance.

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

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100

I am still not 100% sure how I feel about this tea. I like my black teas quite stong and often leave the tea bag in when drinking them. Sometimes they get bitter so I decided not to leave my leaves in with this one. I steeped for 5 minutes in my Tea Tumbler travel mug. I found that quite weak so after a few sips I decided to put the strainer back in. I think I will leave the tea leaves in all the time I drink this although next time I will be adding milk to see how it changes my feelings about this tea.

I am enjoying it and will drink it often on cold days but I just need to figure out how to best enjoy it.

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

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85
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

So excited to go to the Westboro store and get this tea today since it is no longer available online. My first sip I was overwhelmed by the coconut which is not one of my favourite things. After it had cooled a little the chocolate and raspberry really came out and I am enjoying it alot more. I will likely try it again tomorrow with milk and see if that changes anything.

Still dissapointed this is a limited edition tea. Hope they bring it back next spring.

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

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84
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
500 tasting notes

My coworker wasn’t feeling well so I offered to make her a cup of tea while I was on my break. Realised that I don’t really have anything good for colds, sore throats, or sniffles in my slender work stash, so I made a cup of this and a cup of the Skinny and asked her to pick. Yum yum Buttered Rum for me!

The problem with making tea at work is that the water never seems to get quite hot enough and I can never seem to steep it for the right amount of time, and half the time the tea gets cold before I get a chance to drink it. This time, it was a little weak. There was just enough buttered rum taste to make me crave more but without fulfilling it. I did manage to get to finish the whole cup, though.

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

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84
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
500 tasting notes

Huh, thought I’d reviewed this one before. A delicious flavoured black, this is always a solidly enjoyable cup of tea. Not particularly exciting or daring, not of my diehard favourites, but a warm and comfortable cuppa when I need something as an emotional pillow. Great for cold, wet days.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

I got a new perfect mug today (purple and white, like my kitchen!), and decided to break it in with a cup of this standard. But much like the other night, the cord of my kettle was wrapped around the drawer AGAIN and I opened it without looking AGAIN and the kettle started to fall AGAIN and idiot that I am, I reached out to catch it…AGAIN. Luckily it did not spill this time. Tea is out to get me.

I still love it, though. And this tea….it is just love for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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92

Yum. Orange Pekoe, especially this one, is the tea that reminds me why I love tea so very much. It’s so simple and so basic, but so very delicious. Just a touch of sugar and I’m good to go. It’s just…soothing. Calming. Reminds me of home and makes me happy about my new home all in one.

It’s a classic for a reason, and this one is delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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92

So I was talking to my mother online this morning and she was in a great mood (see sarcasm), so when I took a break to wake up the wife, I also made myself a big mug of this. Sooooo good. I love how creamy it manages to be without any milk or cream. I love how happy it makes me…hmm. I might have to go for a Second Cup. (hahaha see what I did there? Yeah, okay it was lame >.>)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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92

I think I blocked this one from my memory out of sorrow. I had it yesterday, the last of my little pouch. My timer was in use at the moment, so I tried to eyeball the time. Turns out, I need something to make noise at me. I got distracted loading the dishwasher and next thing I knew, it had been steeping for a full 10 minutes. I only got a single sip out of it, but it was too bitter and down the sink it went. We’re trying not to buy tea at the moment, so it will be a while until I can replace this one in my cupboard.

Farewell, Orange Pekoe. I’m sorry I wasted you! Not going to adjust my rating because I still love this tea, the poor taste was my own darn fault.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this myself… it really is sad! :(

QuiltGuppy

Same here…

aisling of tea

I almost cried, it sucked LOL.

Wayne

I can’t stand to waste, I usually just drink it anyway

aisling of tea

Ah, but drinking it would have utterly killed my love of their Orange Pekoe.

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92

Oh, I am loving this tea. I grew up on bagged orange pekoe, as most of us did, Lipton was my mother’s brand of choice. However, we didn’t drink much hot tea, Lipton was reserved for the summer and sun tea. Sun tea, for those who don’t know, is when you put several bags of tea in a clear pitcher with a tight-fitting top and set it outside to brew in the sun for a few hours. A lot of my summer memories involve mom’s sun tea and how she never let me add sugar to it.

When I moved to Canada, one of the first things my mother-in-law and I bonded with was an after-dinner cup of tea, where she and I (and sometimes other family members) would sit and just chat about everything and nothing. She’s a Red Rose fan and though I do enjoy looseleaf teas much more now, whenever we’re at her house for dinner, I always say yes to that after-dinner cup of Red Rose.

When drinking bagged orange pekoe hot, I have to add copious amounts of sugar and cream, yes, cream. This has the sweetness and touch of creaminess I was looking for in the bags I used to drink. I added 1 tsp of sugar, as is my habit, but next time I might try less. I only let my black teas steep for 2 minutes, and that worked well for this tea.

Long, long story short, this is the best orange pekoe I’ve ever had and definitely one I plan to keep in stock and use year ’round.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

AGH. And I had decided pre-emptively that I wouldn’t even smell this one when I go to DT after work to continue my black tea quest. So much for that…

aisling of tea

XD. I’m starting to try morning and breakfast teas, De’s heading to DT after work today too to pick me up some simple black teas. Great minds think alike! I really enjoy this one, though.

Uniquity

Well, my black teas from David’s venture failed. They’ve discontinued the cheapest ones and the ones with highest ratings on steepster. Still online, but not in stores. Surprise surprise.

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95
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
576 tasting notes

Thanks to Wifey_Woman for sending my way… This is the first David’s Tea product I’ve tried and I’m very impressed! Tastes as tropical as it smells when brewing. The coconut is a nice touch, making it sweet without needing to add more sweetener. I gulped this right down (once it cooled, so I didn’t choke on burning water!). I’d love to try this iced… guess I’ll have to try more teas from David’s Tea!

The Purrfect Cup

Glad you liked it!

aisling of tea

To order online from DT, you have to order in multiples of 50g. I live close to a DT and can get you smaller samples if you like, I’m always willing to work out a swap and share the DT love! But if you want to order more of this one, I’d act fast, as it’s a spring tea and was discontinued on May 3rd :(. It’s one of my favorites, though!

KeenTeaThyme

Yikes! Thanks for the tips! I saw the summer collection online – I think I will have to acquire it asap. :)

Uniquity

Maybe I should grab some more Goji Pop…I never know things are discontinued until it’s too late.

The Purrfect Cup

I have a sample of Goji Pop guess I should try it to see if I like it so I can order it!

aisling of tea

As I understand it, the seasonal teas are discontinued as soon as the next season’s teas are released. Normally, you’d still have a few months of being able to find them online, but goji pop they can barely keep in the stores…it might be worth making an order for.

The Purrfect Cup

Thanks for the heads up!

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10

2 tsp (1 sample tin) for 250mL water, bare.

Reminds me of stale Halloween candy mixed with bubblegum, but this sweetness then gets undercut with a stab of hibiscus. Not for me.

Muiriddin

ugh, that sounds awful!

Michelle Butler Hallett

I am definitely in the minority. It’s mostly love, love, love for this one.

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64
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
698 tasting notes

Sick again so having some of this. I had the beau add extra mint – all I can taste is berry with a mint background. None of the lemongrass I had last time. Hopefully it helps!

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64
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
698 tasting notes

Bought 26 grams of this last weekend. Finally gave it a go this morning as the beau and I both woke up stuffy and have been fighting half-colds for a few weeks. I was taken in by the dry smell…I am a mint nut, so this seemed right up my alley. Steeped, it’s less exciting smelling. I don’t really like lemon and mint combined, so I don’t know what I was thinking when I got this.

The flavour was, to me, largely lemongrass with a hint of mint. I couldn’t distinguish any other ingredients. I like all the things that are in this, but together they don’t make anything impressive. I will use what I have, but I have no motivation to get more. I find DT lately has had a lot of less than impressive teas for me. I don’t know if I am trying things that aren’t really my “cuppa tea” or if there have just been less than stellar selections. Anyway, this is decent enough, but no superstar. Much like Some Velvet Morning…

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84
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

I really like this tea. But I use half the amount of tea and steep exactly 4 min, not longer, because it’s a quite strong tea itself. If you didn’t like it, you should make it really weak and you may like it.

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

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