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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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93
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1415 tasting notes

Sipdown. I’m actually kind of relieved about finally getting through this. I still think it’s one of the few awesome rooibos out there (at least for me since rooibos isn’t my thing) but I kind of got sick of this after a while.

Not sure what my problem is but the smell has made me feel a little queasy the last couple times I had it, but I won’t lower the rating.

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93
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1415 tasting notes

Seriously, how good is this rooibos? I still can’t believe I even like a red rooibos.

I’ve been going through a bunch of my teas and trying them with this soy creamer I bought the other week, and this one tastes so unbelievably amazing with it. Like a coconut spice cake. It makes me want to come up with a cake equivalent recipe, peppercorns and all.

MissMylin

My all time favourite tea!

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93
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1415 tasting notes

Today is cold and rainy, so in other words, hot tea weather. I just bought another pouch of this after going so long without it. That’s impressive, you know why? Because I don’t even like rooibos. But this one won my heart a long time ago, because it doesn’t actually taste like rooibos.

The dry leaf is a spice lover’s dream. Loads of whole cloves, green cardamom pods, pink peppercorns, and more. The smell is a balance of all of these spices with ginger peeking out a bit more.

The coconut shines through when this is steeped. Every sip is filled with creamy coconut and warming spices. The ginger is still the most prominent spice, and the peppercorns add a little kick to this. Not much, but just as an accent.

I just added some 2% milk, and in the words of the star of Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time, SUGAR FOR DA FLAVOUR. Ironically, the flavours have died down a bit too much. Just coconut and ginger now. I definitely prefer it “black,” or in this case, red.

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

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88
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Ooh, I do love this one. I forgot I still had a sample tin, and I made up a big mug to drink while playing UNO out on the hill. It’s really smooth and sweet, as long as you treat it right. No boiling water here!

gmathis

I miss UNO! Haven’t played since my kiddos early grade school days (sniff).

Helena

The last time I played UNO it was the harry potter edition which was different but fun. I think I have UNO on my psp for when I need something to kill time :D

Michelle

UNO is great :) We tried playing UNO online on Facebook, and somehow couldn’t figure it out. So we got cards :)

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88
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

This is the last of the samples from the DAVIDs order I placed a few months ago. Don’t tell me it’s time to get more…

Straight senchas are usually a bit too grassy and vegetal for me. This one’s good though. In the scent I’m picking up the usually straight grass notes, but there’s also something toasty and sweet, sort of like kettle corn. There’s a little fruitiness in the smell too. I can’t quite put my finger on it – apples, maybe, or grapes.

I think I steeped it a little too hot, as there is a bit of bitterness, but it’s good anyway. Primarily it’s vegetal, but there’s a toasted note to it, almost like a very light gyokuro. DAVIDs website says that it’s dried using wood fires, so that’s probably where it comes from.

It’s good. I probably won’t order it again, but it’s good nonetheless.

EDIT: Thanks to a suggestion from ScottTeaMan, I tried steeping it at a much lower temp. I guessed on my kettle to bring it to about 155, 160. Suddenly all the bitterness and much of the vegetal has gone away, and it’s buttery and sweet with notes of fruit, so I’m upping the rating!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec
ScottTeaMan

Try steeping around 160*

Michelle

The problem is that my kettle is only set to 180 or 212… I have to estimate to get other ranges. But I’ll definitely try that for the second steep. Thanks!

ScottTeaMan

I always guess ….hehe…Look for light steam rising from the kettle. Next time you steep at tea at 180*, look at the steam. There should be less steam at 160, and the more practice you get-you’ll get better at it.

Or you could set it at 180* and let cool for 3-5 min. or set at 180, pour water in seperate mug and wait until water cools to 160* with thermometer, and then pour it over tea.

A lower steep will reduce bitterness.

TeaBrat

Michelle, I got a thermometer I use it a lot for japanese green teas. :)

ScottTeaMan

Even if you oversteep the water, pour it in a seperate container, and with thermo at 160…….WALLLAHHH! Next stop…….tea leaves.

I need one especially for my Shincha! :=))

ScottTeaMan

Any special thermometer Amy?? Have you seen the ones Upton’s sells?

TeaBrat

nothing fancy, I got it at a hardware store, I think it’s a candy thermometer

Michelle

@ScottTeaMan – tried it at 155 – SO GOOD. Thanks!

Michelle

@Amy – I have an espresso thermometer, and I used to use it a lot… but after getting my variable temp I’ve gotten spoiled and don’t want to wait :)

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100
reviewed The Steeper by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

ohmygosh, this is fantastic. I’ve only used it for Iced Tea so far, and its perfect for that. I’d use it for regular hot tea, but I’ve got the mug and travel mug that have steepers with them so I use those at home or work :) I love this, it doesn’t leak, ever, its so easy to clean, a quick rinse and you’re good to go. Sometimes I add a little sugar or agave nectar right into it while its steeping, then I’m good to go :D this is a must have for any tea lover!

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79
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I was in David’s Tea last week with my boyfriend while shopping around for other teas (He doesn’t like tea, dunno why) when another lady was buying this tea, and he caught a whiff of it, turns to me and whispers “that tea smells phenomenal!” and oh sweet baby jesus does it ever! When I bought some this week, I tried it as iced tea first, it turns a lovely bright red, and oh so delicious, a bit tart, yet sweet at the same time, I have yet to try it hot, but my boyfriend did ask me to make him some iced Goji Pop to take to work, so I’m slowly getting him hooked on David’s Tea haha, anyways, its yummy, with just a lil bit of agave nectar, its fantastic! Mmm mm good :D lol

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70

We meet again Three Wishes, for one last cup in my stash!
This time I went really conservative, 2.5 mins, 175f. Much much better!

Very floral, peachy with depth of the black tea. The black tea isn’t getting bitter here. Not sure why DT had the steeping times so nutty – sometimes I think they just stamp 98c for 4-7 for most teas.

Three wishes?
1. Never get injuries in jiu jitsu or weight lifting again
2. Always get the perfect cup of tea
3. Free tickets to all the concerts – pfpfffff $200+ to see BIGBANG tomorrow? I’ll just admire GD from afar on youtube for free http://youtu.be/6IHq9yv_qis

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

I think my concert-related wish would be for more bands to make stops in my city.

But $200 is ridiculous. I’m glad most of the bands I listen to don’t charge that much.

Mélissa

Injuries while lifting = tiger balm. ouch.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Me and tigerbalm are good friends. Epsom salt is another close friend.

Calla

this is one of my fave teas

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70

Second review of this tea.

In my last review, my cup turned bitter and strong – but had so much potential in being a good tea.

This time – 165f/70c and 4 mins. It made a world of difference! 80% of the bitterness is gone with more of the floral and mysterious peachyness.
That 20% bitter tastes like black tea to me – still oversteeped a little – but a significant improvement.
I might dropped the tempurature some more, or reduce the steeping time to 3 minutes.

With that said – this is a great tea, but more care is needed to have a great cup. That and a snazzy hot water kettle that does multiple tempuratures.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I bought only 10g of this tea (before moving to California from Vancouver BC) because it smells like a dupe of my fav tea “Lovers Cup” by Silverhills(I think? I get it from the Famers Market in Downtown LA). Lovers Cup is floral, sweet, and a perfect mix of black and gree tea. If it was a dupe, hey I know another source of this tea… or maybe it will be better than my fav tea!
THen I held off on trying it because I only bought 10g of it! Doh!

Dry: Dry leaves smell floral and kind of peachy. Okay really peachy.. with no peaches. Very fragrant.

Steeped: brownish amber, a colour mix of black and green tea. Very pretty with the flower petals. Smells now more like black tea and floral jasmine. This would look killer in a glass travel mug or tea pot! 9/10 on prettyness!

Taste: Pronounced black tea flavour. After the black tea taste, the scent of floral hits me, with the strong floral taste and a tiny touch of sweetness at the end of my throat. Not much green tea taste, probably mixed in with the black tea.

Recommended: for black tea lovers (english breakfast variety people) and for people who love floral teas. I love floral teas, especially ones I wish I could wear as perfume! Hey tea companies, get on that idea!!!!!!!!!!

Me: The black tea is on the side of overstepped-bitter and strong. I steeped it for the suggested low-end time of 4 minutes on the package, but for boiling water (going with black tea). I wonder if steeping it at a lower tempurature would help? The lack of green tea taste is a bummer, but it might be mixing with the black to make it over-steeped bitter.
The floral bit is amazing though. Smells amazing and I’d rub it all overmyself looking like a freak. A tea addicted freak. Oh yeeeeah.

Would I buy more? Not sure. if i can make it taste less bitter, probably, but “lovers cup” has an edge on the perfect balance of flavours and floral, IMO. No I won’t add sugar to my tea (unless it’s a chai/iced). But hey, as a perfume, I’d buy it and lather myself in it driving everyone crazy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I find this one benefits from a lower steep time (3 mins?) and temp – I have a weird memory that there is green tea in it. The green tea can get mighty bitter if boiled.

katgolik

Also use less then recommended and do the shorter steep time..DT tends to have bitterness issues if the directions are followed..a little fussing will go a long way!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

sweet, I got a bit left, I’ll remember to try using less.

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76

I love mint, but haven’t tried any mint teas other than the generic tetley brand, but this one is fantastic! The dry tea smells like spearmint gum, which I love, then steeped it definitely tastes spearminty but not overwhelming or bitter. I’ve heard people say it’s good iced too, but when I tried it I wasn’t a fan, but I think I steeped it too long and too strong haha, definitely a good tea though, excellent for when you’re not feeling well, as everyone knows, mint is good for stomach aches! :P

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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