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95
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

Wow! So impressed by this tea. It tastes exactly how it smells in the container and the after taste brings out the saltiness which in turn brings forth more of the caramel sweetness. This is just fantastic!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
726 tasting notes

Still loving this tea…had some iced tonight, to go with my Singapore Cashew Curry for Noodle Box after work. Normally, this time of year, I would stick to it hot with my meal, but I opted for multiple cooling properties from it…the bamboo leaves and sweet fruits, but also that it was iced. Did the trick and was perfect with my dinner.

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88
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
726 tasting notes

I really really really like this tea. I was looking for an herbal to have hot since it is a bit cool tonight and I opted to see how this would handle hot instead of iced. I have to say, I think it worked well. I think I do prefer iced, but only just slightly. It is juicy and refreshing iced. Hot, it it still juicy and somewhat cozy. It is definitely peachy. I do really love the look of this tea…it is very colourful. It smells sooo delicious too. It feels like a nice fall tea…a little summery, but hot it feels a little fall. It doesn’t quite say fall to me like Alpine Punch or Amaretto do, or Orange Blossom even. Banana Nut Bread is another that feels really warming and hearty for a fall to winter tea for me. Bamboozled hot seems like a summer to fall tea.

Overall, I still really like this and will try to save what I can for next summer, but I might dabble in it again for a hot one.

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88
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
726 tasting notes

Tried this today, iced, as it’s actually a bit warm out here now. It was very refreshing and juicy. I think I’m gonna pick some of this up to take on my trip to Atlanta in a week and a half, along with some other teas that will be great iced. Actually, I’m thinking of taking the whole summer collection and the pre made bag of this with me to share with the group we will be with, though I might just get this a a few of the other teas, but not all.

It has a nice peachy color too. Not that that adds to the taste, but it is an aesthetic that I like.

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50

I think I need to try this stronger. I steeped it as I do all my black teas, and added milk and sugar. Unfortunately, it’s kind of weak and while it has the potential to be a lovely spicy tea with some vanilla, it falls flat.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Wintergreen Woods by DAVIDsTEA
171 tasting notes

First, I should note that right before drinking this, I had a TON of passion fruit sorbet, and the taste was still in my mouth when I drank it. I don’t know if it’s the combination, but wow, this was amazing! So different and soothing and minty and fresh.

I had a hard time deciding how much leaves to use. They don’t fit in any teaspoon, and the box says 2+ tsp per cup. I went pretty randomly, but I wonder if putting more or less would have made a big difference.

In any case, I’m really enjoying this. If you can, eat passion fruit sorbet before. It’s worth it. I swear!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec
DaisyChubb

If I can find passion fruit sorbet, I’ll do it! :D

Barb

I wonder whether using a 1/4 C measuring scoop would work to estimate quantity? By volume, that’s about 3 tablespoons.

The comments and tealogs on this stuff are so varied and interesting that I’m definitely going to have to try some.

Barb

It’s all gone! Tried to order a 25 gram bag (the only size listed) and it’s not available. Foo.

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70
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

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69
drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
3069 tasting notes

So I hear this one’s even better than Blueberry Jam…

The aroma reminds me a lot of Superberry. Perhaps the cranberry?

Huh, flavour-wise this strangely reminds me of bagged Celestial Seasonings tea. I’m not sure exactly why. I can taste a woody oolong base, with light fruitiness overtop. It’s alright, but not thrilling. If I try really hard, I can imagine a Saskatoonberry flavour, but as I didn’t really see any as I was measuring out the tea (I saw lots of cranberries though!), that doesn’t surprise me. The berry flavour here is pretty mellow and neither sweet nor tart, really. And there’s a bit of a lingering dark oolong aftertaste.

I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. I definitely think Blueberry Jam is better, and this one is certainly a decent cup of tea, it’s just not quite what I wanted. I’ll have to try icing/cold-brewing it as well though.

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

Sorry it was not as good (for you) but happy for me as I just ordered Blueberry Jam and I would have been bummed if there was one like it but better lol

Kittenna

Hahaha, yeah, definitely not nearly as good. I think you ordered a good selection.

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
3069 tasting notes

Sipdown! 784. Aiming to drop my tea count low enough over the week that my meet up with Sil doesn’t push it back over 800… ahhhhh who am I kidding, I’m doomed :(

Anyways, brewed this one hot and then chilled it with the tea still floating in it – it’s pretty good! I see I rated it fairly highly previously as well, although I think I had only tried it hot and/or cold-brewed. The dominant flavour is peachiness, though I certainly taste some pineapple as well. I do understand the slight weird aftertaste that apparently other people have mentioned. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s not terribly bothersome for me.

Overall, tasty summer tea. I’d drink this again :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Chizakura

Wow. I can’t even fathom having that many teas. XD That’s incredible. Good luck sipping them down. Just be sure to drink the smallest amount one first to thin the herd, to make it seem less hopeless.
What’s your goal?

Kittenna

Yeeaaah it’s rather ridiculous. I have lots of 1-2 cup samples to drink down, but I don’t always like to focus on those. Icing things is helping me get through some teas a bit faster, though!

I don’t know what my goal is, really. It would be great to be down to 500 by September or something like that, but we’ll see how things go. More to the point, I need to stop purchasing, which I’ve been doing quite well with lately :D

Sil

Not going to happen….orders + samples from me + samples from jackieT + samples from Terri.

Kittenna

Excitement… but tears….

K S

OK, I hope this is taken in humor as intended. When I read this I said out loud 800! there may have been something about crazy in there somewhere My wife says that sounds like you. I replied, why? I only have a little over 100. She looked at me like do you hear yourself? Yeah, I remember when I had a drawer full of 12 boxes of different tea bags and I was the most obsessed person I knew. We are a scary bunch.

Kittenna

Ahahaha. Yeah, it’s horrible isn’t it. People who come over look at the basket of teas I have downstairs and are all “WOW you have a lot of tea”. Sometimes, I just don’t tell them that it’s not even 1/8 of it all….

Sil

lol i’ve seen pictures…i know what 800 looks like. I’m deamn close to 300 and i can’t imagine tripling that. lol

Fjellrev

800 blows my freaking mind. 800! I feel like I’m drowning in my ~60. Some of the Steepsterites ought to contact Guinness Book of World Records.

Kittenna

Ahaha. I think momo is in a similar position to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if people like TEB and LiberTEAS also have ridiculously large numbers of teas into such a range. I’m pretty sure that 3/4 of my stash could be sipped down reasonably quickly, but the remaining 1/4 would probably take a fair bit of work, e.g. I have a lot of those teas, and don’t necessarily like them a great deal. I have grand plans to swap things like that out, but don’t currently have the time to deal with it :(

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
3069 tasting notes

So apparently I had already reviewed this as a hot beverage. Thought I had only cold-brewed it! Either way, pretty much the exact same opinion as last time, that it’s a very fruity tea with a hint of cooling from the bamboo, and as Azzrian pointed out, it does very much taste like the tea entitled “Mango ’N Friends”, available from various tea companies. I’m getting more tanginess this time than last, as well. Although this is a great “juice tea”, that’s all it is, and I seem to be moving away from straight fruity blends and more into blends that actually have tea in them with a discernible tea flavour. Good for what it is though!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
3069 tasting notes

Cold-brewed in the fridge overnight. Pretty similar flavour, like peach juice. Therefore quite tasty but lacking complexity, as with the hot brew.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Azzrian

I love peach juice! I can’t wait to get mine from David’s!

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
3069 tasting notes

Picked up the latest DT offerings today, of which one was this lovely tea!

The aroma is very fruity-peachy. I can believe there’s pineapple in there too, but it doesn’t have the tanginess I associate with fresh pineapple, so my brain is thinking peach instead, I guess. The flavour is super fruity, with a bit of a cooling aftertaste. Mostly peachy/pineappley. Very tasty!

I think I was expecting something a little more subdued, where you can taste the bamboo (like Blazing Strawberries), but this one is very much in-you-face fruit flavour. I’m cold-brewing a bit right now too, and we’ll see how that turns out! This is great as a juicy fruit drink :) I just wish that there was a bit more complexity. I wonder how mixing this with a vegetal green would work out? I might try that.

ETA: Second infusion a weaker but still good version of the first. Fruit still has flavour, so I imagine I could have gone for a third. Word of warning though, the “peach crunchy” looks like rotten fruit and disintegrates as such. Yuck! Good thing I remembered it was in there before I got too grossed out :)

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

I got this – can’t wait to try it! I still have not found the Blazing Strawberry you sent but it will show up. :)

Kittenna

I’m pretty sure I sent it to you, as it’s on my list and I thought you’d find it interesting. It may have been bagged with some other teas? Possibly White Whisper/Jiaogulan? It’s a bag with little greyish-green trapezoidally(?) cut pieces.

Azzrian

Trapezoidally haha I love that word! I will look more today once I get my head on straight. I can’t wake up!

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82
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

nummy a great berry tea. Its great ice and hot, fairly sweet. I wish that there was more raspberry and strawberry flavours in it, instead of black currents and blackberries(which I’m not a huge fan of), but it is still good as is.
I double steeped yesterday for a ice tea, first and second rounds were both great, I enjoyed the second one even more than the first.

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83
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

Wow! This was my first time trying genmaicha, what an interesting tea! It tastes so earthy and nutty. I can definitely see this as a mealtime tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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81
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
470 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!

Another day, another cold brew. Doing a different tea a night is actually a pretty handy way to go through my huge sample box, and also a nice way to keep drinking tea when it’s so hot outside! I picked this one last night because I am on a cherry blossom kick after trying Den’s Sakura Sencha. Theirs is blended only with sakura blossoms it seems, and I have another blend with sakura, rose petals, and cherries. This one is different, because… well, there’s no sakura! Kind of weird since the name is Cherry Blossom, and there’s no cherry blossom in the ingredients list. There is a host of other stuff though, like coconut (?), dried cherries, rosebuds, and 4 or 5 different base teas blended together.

This tea is a little tart and a little sweet, with a nice cherry flavor. Not cherry blossom, but actual cherry. It’s not fresh cherry (which is a flavor I’ve never found properly replicated in tea) but it has a tart, juicy edge that’s pretty close to the real thing. I thought the rose would be more prominent, but I’m only getting a hint of it towards the end of the sip. The coconut is there too, in a mild way, adding some sweetness and another fruity dimension. If someone gave me this without me knowing what was in it I don’t think I’d ever guess “coconut” but there is definitely another fruit layer going on.

The disappointment comes with the base: you’d think with 4-5+ different kinds blended together, you’d get a ton of complexity. However, I’ve found that the more kinds of tea are in it, the less complex it is. Two is fine, especially if they are similar (white peony and a light Chinese green, for example), but add more than that and they are just competing for attention. There’s no fruity taste, no floral notes or grassiness, not even a hint of vegetal goodness. It’s just a basic “tea” taste, which is a shame because it seems like there are some interesting types in here: I think this would be better on a white peony or sencha base, to be honest. It’s not bad by any means and in fact I am really enjoying it, but you have to think of it as “cherry tea” rather than “complex floral cherry blossom tea.”

Kittenna

You beat me to it!! I have this one on the immediate cold-brew list, I was going to do it last night but forgot! I think this one was more floral-y and rose-y when hot-brewed. If you have enough (?), try it that way too?

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92
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

This was recommended to me by my favourite lady at my local shop. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this one is. I loved it hot but made a huge batch for iced tea and it was excellent.

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

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70

I got 50g of this tea for free off a DavidsTea newsletter/promo thing. Pretty cool! I think a few months back I was wanting to buy this tea in the store, but couldn’t get it as they moved it to online only.

DRY: strong, sweet, lemon. Totally like lemon curd. I see lots of lemongrass chunks, oh my!

STEEPED: brown-gold. Hint of lemon smell..rooibosy for sure

TASTE (HOT TEA): Lemongrass comes out a lot with some other lemon flavours coming out like the lemon peel. Not sweet unlike the smell. Rooibos comes out. In the end, lemony without the tart but a little bitter from something – the lots of lemongrass or roobios.
Sweetened with honey: very mellow lemony – like a weak lemonaide. Still can taste the lemongrass.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Lemongrass lovers. Maybe rooibos drinkers. People who like to sweeten their tea. You like lemon, but dislike tartyness of other brands of tea.

COMMENTS: I had to sweeten this tea or this woulda been a pour out. I love lemongrass, but not this much. I wish it was more lemony like the smell of the dry leaves. With honey (and i’d love to add a lemon slice to this) the tea tastes good and mellow – not bitter.
I think this would be better iced – if I get around to it, I’ll review it again iced. But hot, I’d give Three Lemon Green a 60 rating.

EDIT: ICED TEA
I prepared this tea iced with honey and dropped thin lemon slices into the pitcher.

Very good for iced tea, much better than hot, especially with the lemon slices. Lemony with lots of dimension with the lemongrass flavor – no tartness. Very refreshing with the rooibos flavour.
Very different than the typical black tea lemon ice tea – no caffeine and no bitterness.

IMO, I would stick to this tea cold, it is very good. I don’t know if I’d buy again since I’m more of a hot tea drinker, but this is pretty good. 70 rating for Iced

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

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79
drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
1832 tasting notes

The dry tea smells quite minty – spicy mint basically – but when the water was added it took on an aroma more like a chai tea. Interestingly it’s the spices – the cinnamon and the cloves that are at the forefront of this tea. I’d expected it to taste more gingery given the discription, but this blend had only a light trace. The licorice is an interesting touch – I’ve found that it often overwhelms the flavours of anything else it’s blended with but in this case the blenders seem to have gotten it right and it’s just a dash of sweet flavour.

It’s an interesting herbal blend and nice to have around when I get bored with my honeybush teas in the evenings.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

The ayurvedic teas from DT are about the only ones I have very close to zero interest in trying. Interesting to hear about though!

Azzrian

Someday you have to try them though – after you get through all the others! :)

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5

I love cherry cola… i mean LOVE it, but this tea tasted like cherry crap. i am disappointed. i wish i had something nice to say, but i had to dump this down the drain.

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90

I normally don’t care for blueberries in my (hot) teas, but this is rather nice when it’s iced!

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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82

Very nice green tea. You can taste the kiwi but it is subtle which I enjoy. This tea is nice and soft and defiantly something nice to drink when you don’t want to be slammed with flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Gyokuro by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

My all time, by far, favorite tea I have ever had. This green tea is just in so many ways fantastic. It has the classic green tea taste to it without being too rich or too bitter. I don’t really know what else to say about this tea except ignore the high price tag and TRY IT. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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77
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
31 tasting notes

This tea is so delicious. I love drinking it on a cold winter night because of the mint and chocolate combination however I also enjoy it in the summer as well. I usually hate teas containing chocolate so it says something that I enjoy this one.

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91
drank Xanadu by DAVIDsTEA
86 tasting notes

So, I moved from Vancouver to Red Deer, AB about a month ago. Of course my entire tea collection made the move with me. I haven’t had the chance to sit down and enjoy some tea, however, until today.

Taking the last of my precious Xanadu to make iced tea. It’s so hot here! And it’s supposed to get hotter. And I don’t have a fan of any kind. Here’s hoping that some delicious berriness will help beat the heat.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

Wow that’s quite the move! Hope AB treats you well :)

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