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67
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

I was really hoping to love this one. I made a travel mug to take with me to my WW meeting last night. And the great thing about all these teas is that having them has reduced my craving for sweets. And they are 0 points if I put nothing in them. So since I like Carrot Cake I was hoping I would love this but no such luck. There is an odd smell to it. I can’t even describe it but it hits my nose and messes with the taste. It is an ok tea. I will try this one again. I put almond milk in it so I will try it plain and see if that changes anything. Maybe I will try baking with it.

aisling of tea

Yeah, when I got some to try, the girl was super busy and gave me 50g instead of the 26 I asked for. I didn’t notice until I’d left, so I was hoping I’d love it. No such luck. I might try playing with it and latteing it up, but we’ll see. It is definitely an odd tea. I know I could return it, but all tea returns are composted, which makes sense, but I hate to see good tea go to waste just because I don’t care for it.

Cattibrie

I wondered what they did with returned tea. I may see if my mom likes it since she seems to like different tea than I do.

Jenn

Noooooo! DaisyChubb didn’t like this one either and I have little hope that I’ll like it once my order arrives. Le sigh… TheNecessiTeas makes an excellent Carrot Cake Rooibos and I have plenty to share if you’d like to try it :)

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97
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Tried this one as a sample last night. I had it in the store months ago as a sample and didn’t like it at all. So when I got the sample in my last order I was thinking of giving it away. But it has so many things I like I decided to say “what the heck” and give it a shot. Well I loved it. So good. I will defiantely be rebuying this one.

aisling of tea

In my opinion, never, ever based your opinion on a DT instore sample. I don’t know how they mess things up so royally, but they do! I had one manage to ruin Jungle Ju Ju for me ages ago and I’m honestly confused as to how they did it >.

Cattibrie

I have learned my lesson now for sure.

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95
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Got this as a sample in my last order from David’s. I have always wanted to try this one and tonight seemed the best night to do it. Stupid furnace isn’t working. Not sure what the issue is but the house is holding at 60 to 62F and it is supposed to warm up over the weekend and next week so we can wait a bit to get it looked at (like until hubby gets paid next week) And to top it off I am having a case of the sniffles. So hopefully this will warm me up and help me hold of this cold that is coming.

Taste is very nice. Kind of overwhelming with the almonds but I like them so that is ok. I was worried about the licorice because the only licorice tasting thing I like is Sambuca shots but you can’t taste the licorice at all in this. I think this is one I will get a small amount of so that I can have it when in the mood for it as I don’t think this is an every day tea.

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

Oh my.
Oh my goodness.
I usually pre-amble before I taste the tea but didn’t in this case and I AM IN HEAVEN! (Which either means that I died quite recently or that I sipped the tea before typing.)
I accidentally added way too much sugar — which I’m kind of thinking may be ANY sugar — but hoooooly mackinaw, is this a tasty tea.
I’ve only tried it from the store before and it was too weak for me. I tend to throw in a lot more than the suggested tea. I likes it heavy.
It tastes like a liquid pumpkin bundt cake with that beautiful white cinnamon-bun-style icing drizzled heavily over the top. I couldn’t ask for more from this tea. Even the aftertaste is like a food.
The tea itself smells so sexy that even though I’m currently pregnant (and drinking a black tea, DON’T JUDGE ME), I think I might be having twins now. I want to grab a handful and shove it in my mouth like a snack mix. Crunch, crunch, crunch.
Put a TBSP in a 16oz steep, added a tsp of sugar and a splash of nonfat milk. Next time, no sugar.

Outside: it is unseasonably hot. Like… CRAZY hot for Winnipeg. If you don’t know where Winnipeg is and have seen the movie Fargo, that’s pretty close. We had to turn the air conditioner back on yesterday because it was 83 degrees in our house and my daughter couldn’t sleep. Unfortunately it’s paired with a wind so sharp that it makes even kite-flying impossible. Oh well.
Listening to: Lonely Island with Michael Bolton singing Jack Sparrow. Whoooole load of swears in this song, so like heads-up. (As if you haven’t heard it already.)
http://www.youtube.com/user/thelonelyisland#p/u/0/GI6CfKcMhjY

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Amariel

“The tea itself smells so sexy that even though I’m currently pregnant (and drinking a black tea, DON’T JUDGE ME), I think I might be having twins now. I want to grab a handful and shove it in my mouth like a snack mix. Crunch, crunch, crunch.”

Ha ha ha!

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81
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Bought this in Toronto because I couldn’t resist the cute packaging; I mean, c’mon, a popcorn box for tea? Love it.

The tea is delish. Unfortunately, it’s a little too light for me—which is saying something considering I am the QUEEN of light, barely-steeped teas. It needs to be steeped for quite awhile and I really just don’t have the patience.

Naturally sweet and a nice little night cap. I’ve definitely sipped while watching movies more than once!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

So clearly my first encounter with this tea did not go very well. (See earlier Tasting Note).
However, on a second run – I have to say that I did not give this tea its due the first go-round. I’m still not sure if I absolutely LOVE this one yet, but I’m certainly enjoying it much more than before. A little bit of agave goes a long way with Pom Power, as it cuts the tartness just slightly over a much longer steeping (I put the leaves in my tumbler and went to class and work so it was pretty much steeping all day). The tartness of the real pom seeds is pretty wonderful. I’ll definitely bee looking for this one on the shelf again!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

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69
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Can’t say that I’m a fan. Tastes more like juice than tea, and the pom just seems to turn super scidic right away. Will not be turning to this one again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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86

I was a bit skeptical about this one to say the least, especially after having tried Cinnamon Hearts (Davids) and not being thrilled. boy was I judging this book by the wrong cover! Cinnamon Rooibos Chai is a wonderful tea, especially during the fall season when I always crave these spices. The cinnamon is quite strong so if you’re a fan of Cinnamon heart candy I’d say definitely give this tea a shot! I like mine clear with a little bit of honey to cut the acidity since I let mine steep quite a while. I also drop half a cinnamon stick into the teapot to make it even spicier. While there is not a ton of caffeine in this one, it does help to maintain focus and mental clarity if you’re up far too late working on an essay for instance… :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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67
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1385 tasting notes

More of the same… I couldn’t even finish one cup. I tried a second steep and that was even worse :(
it started out ok but by the time it cooled down it was just terrible. Le double sigh

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75
drank Gyokuro by DAVIDsTEA
1385 tasting notes

buttery? yes. grassy? a little. unique? yeah, I’ll give it that…
However all of these things are overshadowed by the fact that this is yet another green tea which makes me nauseous :(
I couldn’t even finish a second steep…
—funny, the teas that I expect will be ok are not, and vice versa. le sigh

Kashyap

so sad….if you want to use it in a recipie…its great sprinkled on salmon, or crushed in a mortar ’n’pestle and emuslified in butter as basted on fish

Indigobloom

sadness indeed! :(
thankfully I only bought the cup… so I have none to use up!

Indigobloom

but I do love me some fish… mmmm…

Winter Salo

Good thing you only had the cup – I hate it when I have tea sitting around that there’s no way I can drink again.

Kashyap: Never thought of putting it on fish will have to try that. Great tip.

Indigobloom

yes, I agree that is the worst! I usually end up giving it away to whoever wants my handmedowns…

AliPants

Do you tend to try your green teas on an empty stomach? Or near empty stomach? For some reason, green tea can nauseate when you are drinking it without much in your stomach. I’ve come close to throwing up before. Anyway, I find that heavier/nuttier green teas will keep this nausea at bay – Try David’s Toasted Walnut! Or Genmaicha, if you haven’t already.

Indigobloom

AliPants:
This particular instance was maybe 2 hrs after breakfast… so I was neither hungry nor full. Maybe I’ll try it shortly after lunch sometime. I really do enjoy most Genmaichas. The rice seems to cut the ick factor for me.
As for toasted walnut, I did try that! It was nice :)
thx AliP!!

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93

I’ve been suffering from a nasty stomach ache all day. This morning, I wasn’t thinking right and made mint green tea, and a regular black tea. D’oh!
To be fair, this was my last resort, since I only had one cup left of my meager sample. Well, that’s my fault because I only ever have any of this one when I’m ill, which isn’t often, so I don’t want it to go bad and don’t keep much on hand.
Sad thing is, I can’t even consider it a real sipdown, cuz I’ll be going by the DT store asap to pick up another 10g… maybe 15g. That’s what I did last time and it lasted me nearly a year. Still it’s an essential part of my cupboard and one of the very few blends I actually enjoy from them.
Bah! It is what it is. Right?! (ie a delicious blend that I adore when sick!)
My tummy feels a bit better now, but I fear it’ll get worse again once the effects of the tea wears off. Too bad I have a conference call in a few hrs, and lots of housework to get done before that!

Veronica

Hope you feel better soon!

Bonnie

Get better girly!

Amariel

I love my ginger teas for upset stomachs, which i get all too frequently.

Indigobloom

Thanks ladies!! I’m a bit better today :D

Heather, I’ve been getting this strange, sudden knot in my stomach that lasts usually an hour or so. But this time, it was less intense and didn’t go away! :/
I should have known my ginger tea would do the trick!!

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93

So after Cold 911 denied me any relief, I just had to have some of my precious Ginger Pu’erh tea. it really did work wonders! Tea gold this one is.
Oh and I know I’m super congested because I could barely taste the ginger! and there was no hint of fishiness either. Hey, I’m not complaining! :)

Amariel

I’m drinking Organic Nettle right now to help kick out the crud that wants to take residence. I think I need a super duper ginger tea too.

Indigobloom

I definitely recommend this one as a super duper ginger tea! if you can get ahold of some :)

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93

backlog!
So I had the flu… (I think? it was an odd one if it was) and this tea made it allll better. Oh yes it did!!!
On any normal day, I despise ginger. It is my food nemesis! It taints anything it touches… (except gingerbread cookies. Who doesn’t love those?!)
…But when I’m sick? well yeee haw! I love it!!
I consider it the only perk of being sick… all the teas I can’t tolerate for fear of drowning my palate in the pungent biting root are suddenly my best friend! and then it makes me better?!
Oh and my fear of pu-erh? Yeah, when I’m sick, that’s gone to…

now, I’ll never have the courage to try this when I’m a healthy human, so my rating is based on my flu-meter :)
Oh yah the tea…
So it was not as gingery as I expected, and I did need to add some honey so that the pu-erh didn’t come through so bitter… but I was really surprised about the creamy aspect that revealed itself as the cup cooled. Mmmmm.
I hope they don’t ever get rid of this one. I don’t get sick often enough to warrant buying any, but I’m so glad to know it’s around just in case!

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77

I’m a little sick today so I decided to break into my pu’erh and was quite happy at the slight smokiness and earth tones in this tea. I’m sure there are better Pu’erh out there but I’m quite enjoying this blend.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I hope you feel better….

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82

I usually bypass the rooibos section altogether, because there’s just something that I don’t like about the flavour of red rooibos. Fair enough.

But green rooibos? Oh hello!

The clerk at Davids convinced me to give this one a go, since I do enjoy lemongrass and citrus teas, and I couldn’t detect a rooibos scent from the tin at all, so I figured, why not.

And you know what? It’s lovely!

I’ve had it hot in the past, and it’s good. But I just poured myself a glass of this bright yellow iced brew, and it’s absolutely delicious. There’s a nice sweetness to it, and the lemon isn’t too tart. You can definitely taste the different layers of lemon flavour as well. Floral and fruity and all-around nice.

If I think about it, I can taste the rooibos note, but it’s definitely not the same flavour as red rooibos. Much gentler, with no aftertaste. I think I might just be a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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91
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

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91
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

A cup of The Glow before bed makes me a happy girl.

And maybe a prettier one. But not likely.

It’s got a gently floral apple cinnamon flavour. And while I don’t normally go for rooibos, if there is any in here, I can’t taste it. All I taste is relaxation and yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
170 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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55

Thanks Rumpus for the swap! This smelled so heavenly when I opened it that it jumped the line of new swapped teas to try. I seem to have forgotten how to make tea in my beehouse teapot (how many cups is it again? 2? 3?) so I tend to err on the side of using more tea rather than less. I think the pot holds three cups, but my mugs are technically 12 oz so I only get about 2 mugs full. So normally I’d use 3 tsp for a black tea and between 4 and 5 for a mate, but holdup, this wants 1.25 tsp per cup? Sheesh David’s Tea, I don’t think this early in the morning and I certainly don’t do math so it’s possible I didn’t brew this right (I put in about 4-5 tsps just to be safe).

This continued to smell heavenly as it was being brewed. I’m working from home today to keep my dog from trying to scare the bajeesus out of the guys installing carpet outside our condo so I poured myself a cup and sat down on the couch to get to work. First sip…yum…but weak. I get no real coconut or vanilla notes from it, mainly just rum. At least I think it’s rum. I’m not a big drinker and when I do drink it’s usually things that do their darndest to mask the alcohol flavor.

As it cools I’m getting more of the flavors and enjoying the tea more. Not sure yet if I’d purchase it myself, but I’m happy I tried it.

Thanks again Rumpus!

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

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72
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

So, Doctor says I have shingles… which also means that I’m feeling pretty lousy. Hopefully the tea will help, even just a little.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaBrat

sorry, I hope you are better soon!

ScottTeaMan

Get well soon.

Indigobloom

Oh noooos! I hope the tea helps!! xx

Kay Kanada

That sucks! Feel better soon!!!!!

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72
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Got two decent steeps out of this today… not bad. Not bad at all.

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

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72
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

As others have noted the smell is very medicinal, lets take a sip…

Hmmm… not unlike Raspberry Nectar, except I find the lemongrass much more tolerable in this. Not the greatest of flavours, but something about this tea just feels detoxifying! I like this so much better than some of the other wellness teas I have tried (Skinny and The Cardio, I’m lookin’ at you!) and it’s exactly what I need after a meat-and-junk-food filled weekend with the in-laws.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Gave another sample of this a try. I have a tin somewhere at home, but am trying to clear out samples. This one was composed more like what I am used to, with visible pieces of fruit. There was something that loooked like a strawberry in my cup, enticing me. While this is better than my last tasting (I decreased water temperature a bit in deference to the green tea) it still takes on a bitter edge toward the end. I truly wish there were no black tea in this blend, I think I would enjoy it more without that addition. At first I get a sweet green tea taste, not overly vegetal but clearly green with a hint of fruit and then the bolder black tea steps up the plate to dominate the finish. It’s rare that I want a green tea, but I think they are starting to grow on me…

Uniquity

Second steep yields a sweet hay sort of flavour with a hint of pepperiness at the end. Aftertaste is slightly astringent black tea. No discernible fruit, but actually really enjoyable. Used hotter water in the second steep and added a minute in steep time. Yummy!

Cattibrie

Glad you liked it this time. I really enjoy this one myself.

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