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51
drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Oops – I thought for sure I reviewed this one already!
First of all, I’m a prairie girl (S’toon/Regina) and I loooove S’toon berries. Picking them off a giant plant was the best part about certain campsites. I would just stand there with a bunch of other kids and just shovel them in.

S’toon berry pies can be amazing or really bad – depends on the quality of berry. The big juicy berries make an amazing pie – the small hard ones make a crunchy/chewy type pie.

I digress! This tea smells soooo good – like a sweet, mapley berry pie! Sadly I can’t get the berry taste to come out in the steep. It tastes like a sweet, maple drizzled dark oolong – dry in texture, maybe a Taiwanese?

I’m definitely missing out on the berry flavour I get in the smell.

Okay now the important part! (lol) My birthday is next weekend and I’ve invited some new (non tea obsessed) friends for a tea party! I’m cooking and baking, trying my hand at some gluten-free treats as well, but I was kind of hoping for some tea party advice. I’d like to set up a little matcha tasting bar, I only have one big teapot, any advice or fun ideas on how to sample a bunch of fun teas? Thanks friends!

Sil

you might be able to pick up some tea balls at the dollar store so that they can make small cups of tea. ponders I’ll see if i can come up with some other creative things to do.

Azzrian

Happy Early Bday! Sorry no advice from me here – I have never had a tea tasting or party. :(

DaisyChubb

Thanks Azz!

Oh that’s a good idea Sil – dollarstore teaballs would save on waste from using a bunch of tea sacs – I will definitely look for those!

DaisyChubb

I’ve planned like 30 huge parties in my lifetime, I don’t know why planning a tiny tea party is proving to be hard lol

Although it’s not just that – I want to hear ideas from my tea friends!!

Mercuryhime

Happy almost bday! What a fun idea! If you only have one teapot maybe just have water available for people to brew their own tea? Just present basic brewing parameters and paper tea filters and they could do their own thing. Or! Get some pitchers or bottles and prepare a bunch of iced teas, which might be more appealing depending on the weather.

It’ll be great! Have fun with it!

TheTeaFairy

happy birthday in advance! shooter glasses, if you have them (they also carry them at the $ store) you could prepare cocktails with tea base and serve them that way, I’ve done it this summer, green tea mojitos at it was a hit! Have fun!!

DaisyChubb

ah thanks so much for the ideas!
Wonderful wonderful, I’m so excited :D

Mercuryhime

Daisy, if you trying gluten free, take a look at this recipe:
http://alpineberry.blogspot.com/2006/08/amaretti.html

I replaced the cocoa with some caramel matcha from red leaf. So good! also, no added fat! Tell that to your diet conscious friends. :)

Mélissa

Happy Birthday in advance! Sorry to read you have to restrain from gluten as well. Here’s some recipes/inspiration http://cookingwithtea.tumblr.com/

MissMylin

I can’t wait to try this tea! Like you, I grew up gorging on Saskatoon berries in the summer :)
Does Halifax have a Chinatown? You could get a bunch of little teapots for cheap, then give them as a thank you gift/“encouragement to continue drinking tea” gift.

Sil

oh i like that idea missmylin

Daniella T

Personally this is was I would do. Depending on how many people you are having you could always do the gung fu steeping (there is a cute teapot at DAVIDsTEA for that) then that way you can make a bunch of different teas everyone could get a sample and then they could make a cup of the one they liked the best.

DaisyChubb

THANK YOU so much everyone!
Such awesoem ideas, I’m looking into all of them! (Oh, I’m not gluten free, but a new friend is! Also my SIL is, so I desperately want to make treats for them! Thanks for the suggestions)

And I have the wee little gong fu style teapot from Davids, so that should help.

This has all been very helpful – I actually have NO idea if Halifax has a china town, I’ll have to ask around :) yay!

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72

This is a hearty, strong, bold tea blend – a great AM wakeup cup. I have a hard time judging black teas because they often taste similar to me – plain, or unflavored. So this is good, definitely better than your average run-of-the-mill grocery version, and does its job of waking me up – but other than that, it’s typical. Good, but not something I’d regularly stock as “stellar” from David’s Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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78
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
6770 tasting notes

Amanda – You spoil me! Thank YOU!!!

This one, at first, didn’t have enough flavor for me. BUT…as I was typing my tasting notes – after it had just a few minutes to cool at room temp…I decided to delete my notes and start again!

While this is super hot – the Vanilla wasn’t all that loud. As it cools the vanilla seemed to come out and play a bit more. It’s still not overly flavored, tho.

The oolong itself is quite nice. A great Pouchong, indeed! In the aftertaste I can pick up a subtle hint of citrus which was a nice surprise.

After I gave this a 2nd chance – it turned out fairly satisfying. If you are looking for super intense vanilla – this really isn’t it, but it’s still tasty with the oolong base.

Tea and Trees

I was just about to order this one, do you recommend it?

TeaEqualsBliss

It’s ok…I like it for the Oolong more than the vanilla tho

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75
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

This tea is very Light and the cranberry is the star of the show! I always let mine steep for a longer time to pull the bright notes out, this was a very nice tea :) I must say as my tea cooled and became Cold tea the cranberry flavor got even brighter! this is defiantly a good Cold tea!!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

One of my absolute favorite teas. Winter mornings in Winnipeg are pretty much the inner circle of hell as far as I’m concerned, and this tea is my favorite way to make them seem more bearable. The peppermint and peppercorns give a very cozy, warm sensation.

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

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95
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Forever Nuts is definitely a favorite of mine; it was one of the first teas from DAVIDsTEA I ever tried, and I still keep a full tin on hand at all times. It’s just yummy. I love the colour, and the smell while it is steeping is so warm and nutty. It smells kind of like apple pie, except better, because I don’t really like baked goods. I’m so happy it’s caffeine-free, because that means I can drink it all day if I want! Which I do sometimes. Such as today.

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95
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

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81
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

The more I drink this, the more I like it. I’m putting this on the shopping list!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Okay, I’m 90% sure this came from Invader Zim So thank you! (And if I’m wrong, then thank you to whoever swapped me this!)

It smells really interesting – like the inside of The Body Shop or somewhere like that. Not complaining – it smells great. It’s a bit hard to put my finger on specific scents though.

The rooibos is a strong flavor in this one, and the dried currants, rose and lavender accentuate it. It’s definitely a rooibos tea tisane first and foremost, but the other flavors behind it make it interesting.

It’s interesting. That’s a good descriptor for this tea. Tastes like there’s some chocolate in there as well, though I’m not sure where I’m getting that from.

EDIT: I tweeted this tea, and now @DAVIDsTEA is teasing me about lavender fields in France. This company is great.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Invader Zim

Yup that came from me. It has too much red rooibos for me. I like my red rooibos blends to be heavier on the additions. It seems you’re enjoying it more than I did and that’s all that matters!

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84

I have to say, I was little skeptical about this at first, but it has wildly exceeded my expectations. When I first noticed it sitting on the shelf at DavidsTea I was very curious. In my head I was envisioning a sweet, artificial, and overpowering banana flavor. Still I decided to buy a sample.

When I finally tasted, I realized that it was just abou the complete opposite of what I had pictured. The banana flavor was surprisingly subtle and did overpower the oolong. In fact you may not even recognize it as banana if you didn’t already know. The two flavors are perfectly balanced.

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

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72

This one surprised me. I had been wanting to try it (Hello – kiwi?!?!) but was hesitant as it’s a green tea. We grabbed it to go as the iced tea of the day yesterday and I must say it was good. It was quite weak, which was only hampered by the additional ice they added (anyone else notice how little tea volume you get with the TotD?) but I really enjoyed it. The green tea was not present at all, but there was the taste of something definitely kiwi. Worth playing around with to try to increase the strength but I managed to resist the urge. For now. : )

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100
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

This tea is like a Cozy Saturday morning and the smell of Maple pancakes In the air, its its like childhood wrapped in a blanket! Just not all the calories ….

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Going to look for the Blair Witch?

Sare

No lol more like paranormal in Gettysburg ;)

Scott B

Sounds fun :)

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

I received a Box set of Sweet indulgence from my sister for my birthday and this was my fav out of the 12 in the box!!! It has this beautiful light flavor but if you want more just leave it to steep longer! even ICE tea is amazing the peppermint is Light but the Dark chocolate flavor is what I smell and taste the most!

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

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73
drank English Rose by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I love the flavour of rose and it pairs wonderfully with the white chocolate, but I find this tea turns bitter very fast. Not terribly so, but it could definitely be better. Still a tasty cup :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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80
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1496 tasting notes

I finally get to try the illustrious Quangzhou Milk Oolong. I’ve been saving it until I had time to really enjoy it, and give it a good three steeps.

The scent of the dry leaf isn’t a surprise. That classic oolong semi-floralness mixed in with milkiness. Like a true cup of milk mixed in with the tea leaves. Weird side note, though. While I was waiting for the water to boil and had my tea ready to go in my Tea Stick, I caught a whiff of cheese. Like creamy havarti. Took me a while to realize it was coming from the tea!

I didn’t write down how long each steep was for, but if I remember correctly, I steeped this the first time for around four minutes at approximately 90°C. The steeped tea smelled similar to the dry leaf, although I found the milky aspect to blossom and take over the other notes. Now for the taste. Initially, I got a touch of floral, but the more I drank it, the more that went away. This has a wonderful, classic, underlying oolong, but the milkiness is domineering. It tastes like milk, but in a “dairy” way. I can’t really describe what I mean by that. It’s a more savoury milky note than sweet.

The second steep was even milkier. That slightly floral taste I was getting before was at this point gone entirely. And the milkiness got even creamier. A tad sweeter, as well. Second round definitely won. There was the perfect balance amongst all the flavours. It was more buttery, sweeter, and creamier.

The third steep was already getting rather weak. With the hint of floral long gone and the sweetness of the second steep gone as well, this started to almost taste like that havarti I was smelling earlier. That milkiness was going a little sour too. Not in an atrociously disgusting way, but it was noticeable.

Anyway, blah blah blah, that was my Quanqzhou Milk Oolong adventure. I bought about 16g or so, so I’ll gladly finish it off, but I’m not sure if I would buy it again? This made me realize that I prefer my oolongs on the more floral side. It’s still a marvellous tea.

Indigobloom

definitely not my fave milky oolong, the DT version… though it’s been eons since I had any and I know the season makes a difference.
Now I’m curious about the havarti!

Fjellrev

This is my first milk oolong, so I have nothing else to compare it to. The havartiness was interesting but not sure if I’d want to stock up on drinkable cheese haha.

Indigobloom

It does make a good starter MO! you can only go up from there :)

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70
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
86 tasting notes

Made a mug of this while I’m waiting for my Luscious Watermelon iced tea to cool. I got a small tin of it when it first came out; not a single jellybean to be found. I feel ripped off. It smells wonderful dry and I like all the other ingredients, but if the name says Jolly Jellybean and there are jellybeans in the ingredient list, then I should get jellybeans dammit!

It’s a nice tea when brewed. Creamy, slightly coconutty, sweet. I think my disappointment over the lack of jellybeans is colouring my judgement though. I have much better stuff in my tea stash than this, like Oh Canada and Coco Chai Rooibos. The second steeping wasn’t any better but it wasn’t any worse either.

I may change my mind if I ever get to try this with jellybeans. For now, I don’t think I would get this again.

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

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33
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
171 tasting notes

This is my 9 year old daughter’s favourite tea, So I’m going to let her review this one.
“I like this one as much as I can possibly like tea. The ingredients are really cool, not like you would have in a regular tea and it tastes really good. When it’s an iced tea it’s really sweet, as a hot tea it has an unusual flavour but I really like it. I prefer it as an iced tea.”

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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76
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
123 tasting notes

Very watermelon-y. I drank it hot; definitely think it should be iced instead. But surprisingly tasty and accurate flavor despite that!

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

I could not stand this one hot, it is way better cold!

Barb

It gre on me. ;) Maybe because it cooled off while I was drinking it! I put it on my shopping list because, well. It’s interesting.

Barb

GREW on me. Grew on me.

Daniel Scott

Cold, cold, cold! I only drank it hot at first, and it made me ill. Cold, it’s fantastic. Actually, it cold-brews well as well.

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