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So I spent a very cold day working outside in the cold, wind and rain today (to those that don’t know in Lower Mainland, BC anything colder than 5*C is to the bones chilly as it is a damp wet cold!). Had to go to a meeting right after cold day at work, and got home wanting a hot drink to warm me up…

Enter the Chocolate Chili Chai! I had this tea as a tea Latte made at my local David’sTea on Remembrance Day and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much that last night, before my training session at my gym, I went and purchased a milk frother!

So excited to try out a homemade Chocolate Chili Chai Latte, off to work in my kitchen I went. Took me a few moments to figure out the milk frother… and then I was down to business!

So EASY to make! Smelled like HEAVEN! Tasted….. Dare I say? Better than S… E… X…?

The first Chocolate Chili Chai Latte was amazing. So good that 20 minutes after I was done the first drink I had to go and make another! I resteaped the tea from my first drink and although not as strong as the first drink, and not as chocolatey, it was definitely just as good!

Out of the Winter Teas that I have so far tried this is my favorite and as much as my wallet is going to be groaning… I will definitely be buying a tin!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
1397 tasting notes

OK my buds are seriously messed!! I quite enjoyed this (for a sencha. I hate sencha) but I tasted MINT! fresh, springy, mint! There is no mint in the ingredients… so how is this possible hmm?? Some of the fruitiness came out as well though I can’t be sure what exactly I was tasting. and there was no nuttiness whatsoever :(
agh. Anyhow, I went for a second steeping and the sencha came out more. I was not a fan.
I can’t remember enjoying a green tea more, except dragonwell. No nausea… I guess the “fruit” masked it for me

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1397 tasting notes

So with my buds being absent has an upside… I can tolerate pu’erhs now! yay :)
This was amaaaazing when hot, not so much as it cools. The chocolate and orange work really well though. Next time I’ll try it with a splash of milk!
It smelled and tasted a tad fishy, which made me a little sad. It could have been so perfect!
and it was why I didn’t bother with a resteep. So… big points for the flavour when hot… but less so when cooled down. Ah well! I’d definitely have this again. In fact I may buy a small sample once I get through the other newbie teas

Amariel

I’m hoping to try this soon. It smelled way delicious at the store in the tin. Maybe a tea to go tomorrow? Hope I can get there.

Indigobloom

good luck! I look forward to seeing your review :P

Amariel

Had it tonight! YUM!

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100

I’m really surprised by this tea, the balance is perfect. Most flavoured teas tend to have the flavouring mask the actual taste of the tea, but this one does a beautiful job showcasing the awesome taste of oolong. When drinking, I first get the banana taste, something similar to banana daiquiri which was part of the summer collection, but the taste isn’t too strong nor sweet. I do not really like bananas, but for some mysterious reason, I seem to enjoy most banana teas…! Then, after 4-5 seconds, the banana taste seems to vanish completely, and I fully taste the oolong, almost as strongly as if I was drinking a straight Tie Kwan Yin. The aftertaste is a great, light mix of these two flavours, which screams for one more sip… one more, and one more!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Isabella Luna Gadbois

I bought it this morning! Can’t wait to try it !

Amariel

I definitely noticed the banana taste fade..it was strongest when I first got the tea, and then dissipated as it cooled. It could be from leaving the bag in the whole time, but the oolong in it alone was pretty awesome.

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100

This is an absolute favorite of mine! The combination of blueberry, peony and pomegranate could not be more divine! I find it almost impossible to over-steep this delightful treasure. I usually toss in about two teaspoons, and if I’m using the same leaves again, I’ll add just one more teaspoon.

It’s fantastic on its own, but now and then I stir in just a bit of agave to sweeten it up. I haven’t tried it, but I think it would also be a wonderful chilled tea.

Regardless, I went out on a limb to try it and oh my goodness am I ever addicted to it. Cleaning out a tin of it in less than a month speaks for itself, I think!

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92

wow ppl do not seem to like this tea…got it as part of the winter collection and trying it for the first time.

this smells amazing dry and steeping, this is what my mom’s apple pie smells like, i feel all warm inside right now. and its the color of apple sauce, so neat.

the taste is a little weaker but still bitter apples, cinnamon, and i get the smoothness on my tongue and the warmth in the back of my throat.

ok i’m gonna sweeten this with an agave stick and see what happens…

mmm, i like it! i don’t see what everyone is complaining about, this is good!
sweetened the spice really pops and it tastes like a baked apple with lots of cinnamon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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69

buttered rum just reminds me of my dad, he likes rum, and this tea! definitely smells like sweet, buttery coconut with an aftertaste reminiscent of rum. a really nice, differently flavoured black tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Rough morning, Imagining this is a glass of straight amaretto lol

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

I needed something comforting after i broke my glass tea bottle…

This is sweet and is doing the trick!

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

it’s official i’m buying a whole tin of this stuff next time i go to david’s tea it’s amazing!!

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Wow this tea smells amazing dry, it’s all amaretto…i love amaretto!

steeping the first thing to hit my nose is black pepper it’s all i can smell, ok the smell is mellowing out it’s more amaretto now and the color is so amaretto!

and the taste doesnt dissapoint! Amaretto! it’s like having a drink at my desk YUM!

this is one of my new favorites!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec
Jessie

I really like this tea, but have never had Amaretto! I think I’ll have to try it so I can understand.

MTLCynthia

if you don’t drink you can try amaretto cookies, not the same but it’ll give you an idea

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

I’ve been having trouble getting a perfect cup out of my orders from DavidsTea (I’m a loose leaf newbie), so I decided to experiment with one of the samples that came along with my purchase. At first sip, I thought I’d steeped it for way too long — it seemed really bitter — but after adding a little soy milk and sugar, the flavor really mellowed and became quite delicious. I can’t say I taste the rose at all (maybe that’s just my tiny batch, though). The key flavors are the strawberry and dark chocolate, which really meld together very nicely. On second steep, the flavor is much less intense but still pretty tasty. If I buy from DavidsTea again, this will definitely be on my purchase list.

One note: unlike a lot of their teas, this one recommends 1.5 tbs of tea as opposed to 1.5 tsp, so you’re not going to get as much bang for your buck with Love Tea #7. I think it’s worth it, though.

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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drank Electric Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

I have no clue what this was supposed to be. All I taste is the ginger, and whilst it is good – since ginger is fail proof I believe – there’s nothing else about this blend that I’m particularly pleased with. It also leaves an unpleasant “zing” on my lips after I drink it. Probably the lemon?

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84

First David’s tea whose rating I actually agree with.
This one is a real success and it makes my impression of the place (after oh so many failures and wasted money) that much better.

The tea is real delicate, as expected of white tea, and the strawberry flavour mingles nicely with the whole airy taste. I can’t think of anything to enjoy it with… But that’s not a problem since it tastes full in itself – surprisingly, since it is very light tasting.

Overall, good tea! One of my favourites from the place! Tastes better than it smells for once too. :)

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drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

So, this isn’t something I’d just reach for but it’s pretty inoffensive for an herbal remedy tea. I appreciate DT keeping the cold teas somewhat more interesting than most. I was in store today and should have grabbed some Cold 911, because the boyfriend woke up sick today and now tonight, in the middle of a paper due tomorrow, I’m feeling it! Oh no. I’m glad I have this on hand. With some added chunks of fresh ginger and steeped for eight minutes, it’s a pretty noxious brew but in a way that feels healthy and not unpleasant. It helps me feel a little less fuzzy and out-of-focus. Mostly mint and lemongrass flavours.

I’ve got to get myself off Steepster when I have impending schoolwork doom. I tell myself I’m not allowed on Facebook but just wind up checking Steepster non-stop!

Indigobloom

I hope you’re feeling better now! :)

Kay Kanada

I hope the paper went well, and that you didn’t steepster/FB your way into the wee hours!

Jessie

Thank you both. Kay: you know I did!

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drank Papayarama by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Meh. For some reason I taste soap. That’s the only thing I can really say about it unfortunately.

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Can’t believe I’ve had this tea for a couple weeks and only tried it once. Oh well, here we go again. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. A very nice light flavour of bergamot, and the underlying oolong is a sweet and floral one. I did get some of the orange, but none of the jasmine that knocked me over last time I tried it. Strange. Maybe it was the shorter steep time. Picked up some more, but it’s a little pricey so I won’t stock up unless it’s discontinued.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92

Hey, I found the bergamot! I think the trick is a shorter steep – longer, and the jasmine takes over. This cup was delicious, until it got a little cooler and it was all jasmine, all the time.

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

Good to know! I think I went with 3 minutes.

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92

“I have a surprise for you!”
“Oooh, what is it?”
“Well . . . let’s just say that there was something new . . .”
gasp! New tea at David’s!”
“And it’s one of your favourite things . . .”
extragasp A new Earl!|”
“And one of your favourite teas . . .”
“Green? GASP OOLONG?!”

Needless to say, I was excited to get home and try this one. My amazing wife even had a cup waiting for me. On the first sip, I could taste the beautiful buttery oolong – David always does a good straight oolong – and a hint of Early bergamot. Unfortunately, that bergamot disappeared beneath jasmine the further into the cup I got. I think I’ll need to make another few cups of this before I make a final decision – come back, bergamot!

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

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drank Baked Apple by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

just ‘meh’ for me. It’s like forever nuts but not as perfumey..
I must say, David’s has a talent for naming their products well and marketing it even better, but their products… I have yet to find a tea that I absolutely adore and be able to finish my entire cup…
And this is another one of those – my cup’s sitting here beside me half full..
It smells wonderful though. But I’d rather have my taste buds dancing. hahaha :)

Faith

I found that if I mixed this with Cinnamon Chai Rooibos it was SO MUCH BETTER! The cinnamon-apple-rooibos mix just seemed to work, now I don’t have any left to mix and it makes me sad…

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76

OK, tried this oolong Chai, not bad but had a little after taste that I was not crazy about, as it cooled it tasted a little bit better. Will have to try and give this another chance.

Will try again tomorrow…looking forward to trying the new Banana oolong.

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76

Just prepared a cup of it now….smell is strong but nice…will give tasting notice later.

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

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76

I was really pleased to see a nice, light Oolong in this blend. It smelled kind of perfumey, but pleasant. I really like my Earl Greys but don’t find myself reaching for them often at home, for some reason. But, I will always try a new Earl Grey blend.

This is pretty evenly balanced between green, floral Oolong and fresh citrus. This tastes more on the orange/tangerine than typical bergamot side, to me. And they don’t mention bergamot in the description, which makes me wonder if it’s perhaps not bergamot flavouring. The jasmine flowers are a really interesting addition, playing up the tea’s floral characteristics and make for a nice silky feeling on the tongue.

Like it, will happily drink it, don’t know if it’ll be a re-buy.

aisling of tea

None of the new oolongs really spoke to me, but I had to get this one for the wife, of course. We look forward to trying it!

Jessie

Yeah, they all seem enjoyable but not too exciting hence my only buying one (I usually have zero control when there are new teas).

Dinosara

I just saw this when I was looking through the DavidsTea site the other day and noticed it hadn’t been reviewed on Steepster yet. And now here’s a review! I am definitely looking forward to trying it (I am now amassing a list of teas for when DavidsTea opens in NYC).

Kay Kanada

I also wondered about the odd absence of bergamot in the description, but am assuming it falls under ‘natural flavouring’…? The description makes it seem like ‘citrus jasmine oolong’ rather than an earl grey, which may be why I’m not running out to try it.

De

I’d agree with the ‘citrus jasmine oolong’ rather than Earl. I got a faint hint of bergamot, but that was quickly subsumed by the jasmine.

Jessie

Odd! Their regular EG lists just natural flavouring as well, but the Cream of EG lists oil of bergamot as well as natural flavouring. Who knows.

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