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95

One of my favourites at DAVIDsTea! I purchased 30grams of it to try (my usual method to buying tea) before work and it steeped into a beautiful pink in my Libre travel mug at work later that day.
It’s slightly sweet, refreshing, melony, citrusy and a little tart as you sip it down. Very lovely!

After work that day at around 2am I woke up and I really wanted more Goji Pop tea! I actually got up and made more!

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95

I’m drinking this right now – I purchased 30 grams when it first came out and still am plugging away at it. The tea leaves are light and a small amount goes a long way by weight. I plan to get a tin of it, but I still need to finish off the 30 grams! 100g grams might be too much of this tea.

It totally smells like chocolate, but isn’t chocolate, with a nice smooth, earthy and coconut taste. It’s like drinking chocolate and it messes with your brain.

I love this tea in my Libre travel mug as it looks beautiful steeped with the white flowers and chunks of white coconut with black tea leaves.

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85

sipdown of Oh Canada

I will miss you Oh Canada and your strong maple flavor! I made the last of my tea as a latte with honey. Super maple!
Oh, I ran out of honey and asked my husband to buy some. He came home with 5lb container of it!

Mercuryhime

Costco? :) I had that jug of that much honey once. It got all crystallized a third way through. Eventually, I had to cut the jug open and scoop out the honey to use like a spread. Sealed it between uses with plastic wrap and a rubber band. :D

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

he got it from Ralphs, a large grocery store chain. I was surprised a typical grocery store would sell a bulk thing of honey!

Faith

Sounds like something my husband would do! Haha, gotta love ’em, eh?

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85

I’m one of those proud Canadians – I had to try this tea!

Smelling the leaves – it gives a barky-tree maple scent without the sweet – real maple, not that pancake syrup crap. The 3 colours of maple leaves add a nice cuteness to the tea.

Now, made as a straight tea is nice, a slightly sweet maple tea with woodsyness and rooibos.

BUT.. if you want the ultimate Oh Canada (maple conspiracy) make it a latte (I made with straight soymilk, boiling the tea for about 5 mins) with a bit of brown sugar and holy cow! It’s wonderful! Mapley, smooth, sweet, hint of woodsyness! It’s Canadian comfort tea (maybe add a couple slices of bacon to take it over the edge, OH MAN!)
I totally chugged it down and was sad when I realized I drank it all. Now I want another one, but I’m cut off for the evening.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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95

I had this tea for breakfast. Just a few more cups left, then I should buy more. I made this as a latte and it was kind of flat, not much spice and ppumpkin – simply bad luck again or since I’m at the bottom of the tin I’m missing all the delicious tea bits.

Uggg, seriously I’m accident prone. I hurt my knee a few months ago. Last week I thought hey my knee feels 100%, then I hurt my shoulder. Yesterday, I noticed my shoulder feels fine and during a sparring match I sprained my pinkie. I should really stick to tea, less painful accidents!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

me too, I’m always on the “injured” list. ;-)

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95

Drinking Pumpkin Chai this morning, you know, to make room for fresh pumpkin chai when the Fall Collection is released.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
caile

I am really looking forward to trying this!

Lala

You know you are addicted to tea when…

Stephanie

I need to get some fall flavored teas soon!

Cavocorax

I was gonna say -HOW DID YOU GET IT EARLY???
Now I know. :P

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

hahaha, this pumpkin chai is probably over a year old! I stocked up before it left for the season.

Cavocorax

You must have! I think I stocked up on 50g, but then I drank it all quite quickly anyway. :P I don’t mind though. I didn’t really miss it during the summer, and even if it’s an artificial thing I like having soemthing to look forward to! I’m housebound now, packing and cleaning before we move, so I am using Wednesday as an excuse to get me out to the mall (to buy supplies AND to look at the new Fall Stuff.

mrmopar

Yep the pumpkin is always at our home . Never to run out as the “better” half likes it!

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95

I’m thinking this chai is a staple for me, but not in a sense that I drink everyday, but I love to have on hand – also seems a decent shelf life to last a year until it comes back in stock. It better go back in stock in the fall! With that said, bumping the rating on this tea!

Anyways, very good latte this morning – pumpkiny, sweet, smooth. Very awesome with dark agave syrup, the maple adds even more oomph.

Pumpkin chai distracted me temporarily, I’ve been CRAVING Beard Papa’s cream puffs for 24 hours, and I need to wait another 24 hours until I get some.
It’s distressing at times when I find something I loved back home in Vancouver, BC that I can’t find in the LA area. However, Beard Papas are all over here, so YESSS! Please have green tea flavored cream puffs!!! Oh man, need to take extras home to have with tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Backlogg’n

I had an interesting evening last night with my roommate – the coffee drinker that makes coffee 1 to 2 parts coffee, 1 part water in a french press, steeped overnight. His coffee is so black, light doesn’t shine through the glass press. My husband tried his coffee once and almost threw up. I’ve seen this roommate drink tea sometimes – the horrible lawn clipping cheap tea bag kind.

I was drawing and he came upstairs to visit, as I think he was bored or kinda lonely. I offered him a cup of tea – but my tea collection is so vast, it was hard to narrow down what to show him. He finally suggested a chai. I decided to go with Pumpkin Chai as it’s a pretty solid chai, without being too strong.

He doctored it with honey and a splash of milk and loved it! He then wanted to try a resteeping and enjoyed it as well. It was a lot of fun, he told me stories of drinking a really strong chai in Iraq while he was in the US Military.

Finally – I have a tea buddy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Perhaps he would like pu’erh???

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I agree – I’m going to show him pu’erh next tea session.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I love converting coffee drinkers! :) Also, in a totally non-biased way, might I suggest my Dark Chocolate Oolong http://whisperingpinestea.com/darkchocolateoolong.html

I’ve converted 4-5 coffee drinkers into tea-only drinkers with it :)

Also, suuuuper excited – I just moved back to Prescott, AZ and already have like 5 tea buddys! :D Definitely one of the greatest things in life – being able to share tea with another person :)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Ooh, that dark chocolate oolong sounds like a coffee converter for sure!

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95

Screw Starbucks pumpkin spice latte… this tea is WAY MORE PUMPKINY TASTEY and not expensive Starbucks.

Smells amazing, like pumpkin pie and spices. Tastes great – pumpkiny and spicey. I prefer it straight hot with nothing in it, but it’s pretty amazing steeped strong as a soy latte with some honey. Hot damn, I bought a 100g tin right off the bat, and ordered more online to last me the entire year until it goes onsale again (it better! /shakes fist)

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65

Finally finished up this tea from last year! I really need to finish up my older teas, I’m making that my goal before I do big tea order (I’m thinking Lupicia).

/waves fist! Curse you Mom’s apple pie! I still remember have that perfect cup once and never again! The last of this tea I get a bit of bitter apple.
Regardless, this still was fun trying to get that perfect cup.

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65

I just realized I’ve had this tea for close to a year! SHoot, better drink it up! Though, it looks like I got another couple cups to go.

Still good, but still just as finicky. I still remember the amazing steeping I got one time, tasted crust, spices and pie! Never again.. this cup is close, but not as strong flavored in the apple sense, but heavy on the cinnamon. Might of not added enough leaf. I love the direction of this tea, but I want it to work, mebe I’ll venture into other apple pie teas…

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65

The smell of this tea is amazing – Apple Pie with even the freaking crust!

Just the smell alone is freaking WOW.

Steeped… ehhhh… one time I had it taste amazing – just like how it smelled – liquid apple pie with crust. The other times I drank it it was just tart apple water. I discovered it works better with a short steeping time, like what is suggested on the label, but it is still a hit and miss.

I still love it though. And my fiance who hates tea (but loves pie) loves smelling it.

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90

What, I only have enough for a sip down? Boooooo!

Oh well – Valentines Day Read My Lips Latte.. for one as I don’t have enough for more!

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11
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
129 tasting notes

7/24
nice orange citrus fragrance to this tea. i’m interested to see how it tastes, as i love my ginseng & ginger tea from Silk Road. i can only imagine it would get better with some added oolong and orange.
hmm. that’s interesting. there’s a flavour i can’t place that isn’t very pleasant. i really hate to say it, but it reminds me of the smell of breakfast sausages cooking. so weird!
regardless, not a fan. gave the rest of my cup to my brother. he likes lapsang souchong, so ‘meat teas’ as we call them are no problem for him, hahah

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

Went for my almost daily walk to David’s Tea to pick up my tea for the day and some Citron Oolong that my husband decided to drink and finish off the bag. All this to say that today, I asked the girl for something not to fruity but citrusy. She made me smell a few and decided on Elf Help..boy am I not disappointed. I love the smell and the taste is a little orangey but feels nice inside and tastes nicer and nicer as it cools off. Other dilemma, do I go out tomorrow and get me some Elf Help to my overgrowing teas I already had? Well off to try resteeping this one in my David’s cup since I can’t get enough!

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80

This was my first oolong, I believe, so I had no idea what to expect.
I enjoyed it! When the leaves unfurled I was surprised at how large they were. I did not need many to make 16 oz, and I resteeped them a second time with great success.

The flavour was deliciously mossy, with an almost peachy taste. Very smooth.

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37

poor tea.
all these bad reviews really turned me off from trying it, but i got a sample in my latest DAVIDsTEA order, so i had to try. my brother was more excited about it, so he made it… with unfiltered water.
now, i’m not trying to be a snob, i will drink tap water, but in my tea, the taste really comes through for me, especially with this tea. which was doubly upsetting, because dry, this tea smells exactly like a caramel apple, so yes, i did get my hopes up.
i can taste a very faint hint of caramel/cinnamon/apple, but the tap water taste comes through strong.
maybe i’ll get another small sample if they still have it in stock the next time i’m near a physical DAVIDs store. and try again with some filtered water.
ah well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

On the sixth day of Tea-mas DAVIDsTEA gave to me….

It’s the lemongrass that really hits me with this tea, which is good — I happen to love lemongrass. It’s relaxing, and a nice, “natural”-tasting flavour. I look forward to having it again when I need the detox, to see how it makes me feel then. But today? It was just a nice breath of fresh air, and a relaxing match for my daily reading.

Oh, and it didn’t seem to oversteep when I left it alone for a long while, which is ALWAYS a plus.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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75
drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

New rule: I will stop tasting teas that are not permanent, as it only leads to heartache in the end.

First impressions – I would have never bought this tea if it were not for the wonderful Anastasia at my local DT. I don’t like mint (except recently in Santa’s Secret). I don’t like lemon. This tea was not even on my radar, and she convinced me to try it before it was too late (never again!). It leaf smell is pretty nasty to me (but only because I dislike mint). The liquor smells like a concentrated version of the leaf, so still not a fan, however it is a beautiful pale yellow.

Flavour – Surprising! VERY mild. Oolong with a supporting role of something and a dash of lemon. I hardly taste the mint, yet the tea is so much more than oolong. Wonderful balance, and smooth flavour.

Loveability- It has this wonderful effect of making me feel cleansed and energized and healthy. It’s a great study companion. It helped settle my stomach. AND it didn’t get disgusting as I let it steep in my teapot for a half hour. Plus, (I’m probably speaking as a mint/lemon novice here) it is unlike any of my other teas, filling a gap I didn’t even know I had.

Damn you, DT, and your horrible habit of making teas appear only to disappear!

ErinnMarie

Hi Kay Kanada! I also enjoyed the yellow dragon oolong tea. I just checked on the DavidsTea website and they still have it for sale. Maybe they have decided to make it permanent?

Kay Kanada

Oooh that would be nice!!

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70
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

Well, it’s certainly not like a cup of hot cocoa, as DavidsTea claims. :P That’s okay, though, because it’s light, sweet, and smooth (thanks to the coconut), but a fairly unique tea thanks to the blend of black and white. Tasty.

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

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

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

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34

I wasn’t too impressed with this one. It wasn’t a dump out for me, but I don’t think I’d buy it again. I am a big walnut fan, however I grew up in an out port community, so fishing was big, and for some reason the scent of this tea reminds me of the smell of the air around that time, almost like fish. Does any body else get that scent as well, or am I just a nutter?

Teavangelical

I accidentally oversteeped a cup today and both I and my coworker thought it tasted slightly fishy/seaweedy too.

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86

I found some of this in the back of my cupboard! Still smells amazing, light and fruity.. great finish.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

Hey look! I found some more of this! I thought i ran out long ago..

This was one of my first Davidsteas, I remember being sold on the smell of it (which is I guess, how they make most of their business). I’m actually pretty happy about this one; it smells wonderful, looks and tastes almost like white wine. It’s also on the expensive side, which i really wonder how i coughed up $20 for a 100g bag/tin.. Kinda sucks that they don’t make this one anymore, I would say that this was one of the better ones I’ve tried.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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