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44
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

The lemony scent from this tea is really different than the artificial lemon smell that we are used to—it was a much lighter scent. When steeped, this tea comes out in a light yellow. When I tasted this tea, I was hit with a very clean lemon taste. I was reminded of cleaners though. The boyfriend likes it.

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

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34

It was ok. I only bought this tea on recommendation for my stomach problems. It smells nice, but I didn’t really like the taste of it. Pu’erh comes off as too strong to me compared to black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

When this tea was tea of the month, I kept going to the sample cup and smelling it. It smelled amazing! I always got the buttery smell of popcorn. I don’t really eat popcorn that much, but I thought it would be a tea that I HAVE TO try. I finally tried it as a to go and it tasted great! I realized that this tea should not follow its instructions. This tea needs to be steeped at 75C. It brings out the buttery-ness and popcorn taste. I only have one more cup of this left. I don’t think I will be repurchasing though. It’s not one of those teas that I absolutely love.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I thought this tea was ok. I can pick up this tea from the chinese grocery store because they sell the exact same tea. The smell from the tea was really nice and fragrant, but I can’t taste it too much in the tea itself. Shame though, I thought this tea would be different than the ones I buy from the grocery stores

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I didn’t think much of this tea because I my goal was to finish the list by DAVIDsTEA and this one was one I haven’t tried before. I was pleasantly surprised! The jasmine and rose water made this tea sweet tasting. I enjoyed every sip and kept thinking how amazing it was! It’s definitely a recommend!

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63

I don’t drink alcohol, but the coconut in this tea pulled me in. The mix of flavours does pull out a rum smell and I showed it to an officemate who said it does smell like rum! This would probably have gotten a higher rating if I drank and liked rum. It’s definitely not bad!

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

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42
drank Some Velvet Morning by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I am disappointed with this tea. It tastes like any standard green tea. The only thing I was pleased about was the smell. It was really nice, but it never came out through drinking it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1391 tasting notes

Wow, I kinda like this one!! with my ‘buds existing in half-life zone(yeah they slipped back a little but I don’t mind because I know it isn’t perm!)… I didn’t expect much of anything from this or any other tea. Moreover, there wasn’t much leaf in the sample – I wonder, is that normal for this one? or did I just get a randomly overly fruit-filled bag?
Anyhow, the pear brings out some natural sweetness, and the cranberry is really nice, not too bitter or sour- kinda mellow (compared to what I expected).
I can taste the tea, which is nice. So many teas that go heavy on the fruit just drown out any camellia! I’m tempted to buy some- it seems to work with my condition :)
There is NO maltiness whatsoever(my curse I suppose), just that something extra that sings of “tea” but the fruityness rounds it out for me and thus for the first time ever since this whole mess started, I don’t mind!
I mean, I’ve enjoyed teas a whole lot more in the past… just not this much since I took my hiatus.
I’m cautiously excited here. Sorta toe-dancing happy. Still, I’m in a great mood!!! xx
P.S. I’ve tried catching up on everyone’s reviews. They really pile up when I don’t come around so often…

SimpliciTEA

I am glad to hear you are enjoying this tea!

Indigobloom

hehe thx SimpliciTea, it’s a relief to be sure! :)

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81

Mmmm Golden Pu’erh. Tastes like high class cup of pure earth! So robust; gotta love it!

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86
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

So it’s the middle of winter and I get a sudden craving….odd….but I still have a little bit left in my tin, so I gave in :P
I made this into a latte and OHMYGOLLYGOODNESS! I’m upping my rating from 74. I can really taste the coconut a whole lot more when milk is added. It brings it out major time! But the raspberry is still there, yays! I made it roughly two parts tea and one part 2% milk, frothed of course, and a bit of brown sugar.
This is so good as a latte, I squeed when I realized this was one of the ones DT brought back! Guess who’s refilling their tin tomorrow >D

Edit: Also, I think I just used to suck at resteeping black teas. On my first note I was disgusted with any further steepings when it came to this tea, but now……now it can work c:

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

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86
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

I agree with the others in saying that this tea is way too heavy for a spring tea…..but it’s still good! This tea really only works for me in the summer though. I just don’t enjoy it as much when I’m craving Autumn and Winter flavours. It’s a good thing I have this one in a tin so that it’ll keep fresh till next summer! (Though every now and then I pull it down to take a whiff cx )

When I have a bigger sweet tooth than normal I add a small bit of raspberry jam to my cup, it adds a nice extra boost!

Once again though, I’m disappointed in any further steepings after the first one.
I’ve noticed with several of DT’s black tea leaves seem to be of low quality and that really bothers me :c

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

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86
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

I walked into DavidsTea today planning on refilling a few tins and getting a new chai since I couldn’t get the chai smell out of the tin I used to have this tea in. Well, I cried a little inside when I saw that they had a canister of this left from fall! Yays! I think this is my favourite chai right now c: I only got 50g though because Spring will soon be upon us and I doubt I’ll be craving chai flavours for a long time….not till next Fall when they’ll probably bring this one back again :P Anyways, I really like this tea best as a latte and at all times of the day. Heck, I stay up till wee morning hours anyways, regardless of my caffeine levels…..so I’m gunna make this right now. BE JEALOUS >D

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

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86
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

So far, this is my favourite seasonal tea since I first discovered DT earlier this Spring. EETS. JUST. SEW. GUD! Such a full-bodied cup of spiced pumpkiny goodness. But the spices really come out too! I have had pumpkin chais before, but this one really does top all of them. Just looking into my tin is a pleasant experience, what with the cute little candies and the intoxicating aroma! It’s like it’s my kind of autumn in a tin (a sweet autumn

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

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62
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I had great expectations on the chocolate taste in this tea…I thought i would drink a “Read my lips” with strawberries. In fact, that tea is a little bit bitter and the strawberry/rose petals tastes are too strong. We can’t taste much chocolate. I will try it again to be sure. But i don’t think i will buy it again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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85

So okay another one of these cult blends from Davids. We can pair this right up with Buttered Rum and the likes. At first, I had tried a small sample in store about two month ago, I wasn’t impressed. It tasted very weak and bland. Now reading the reviews on steepster seem to say otherwise and actually I was ordered by a friend to go buy some (and thus I did -50g worth of it).

The base of the tea seems very similar to the one they use for Glitter and Gold with a fairly crappy quality tea base but the core of the tea, with all that pumpkin themed stuff inside it that smells absolutely wonderful. The little candies and caramel pieces along with the pumpkin really make it look and smell great.

While steeping the tea, I noticed a few developments. The little candies melt and so does the caramel but not fully, this leads the brew to become slightly cloudy as those bits disintegrate into the hot water. David’s says there are no orange peels in there, but I’m pretty certain i saw one inside.. It was advised to make this as a latte with milk and brown sugar. I was too lazy to go steam up some milk, so i just added a small teaspoon of brown sugar inside. Generally I don’t like my teas sweet but I guess with chai’s it normally works out pretty well.

The tea tastes like pumpkin and cinnamon, which is pretty good (It had more taste than my experience in store). The thing about pumpkin, I’ve been having a crazy craving for this stuff especially in the pie format, and when I couldn’t find anywhere that sold pumpkin pie.. I decided to make it myself. MAN DOES IT EVER TAKE LONG. Cutting the pumpkin up, cooking up, separating it from the peel, squeezing the water out… it’s a fairly long process but I got my pie (which was pretty decent for a first shot effort) and roughly… the tea tastes quite similar. Which is good! Not as strong, but it does resemble real pumpkin pie. Awesome!

Now I do have a few issues with it, the unmelting caramel bits and also the rather weak “chai” part of the tea. I guess I was hoping for a stronger spicier tea like the Saigon Chai or something, maybe add some peppercorns in there as well. The cinnamon was sufficient but it lacked that spicy punch i wanted, which if you sweeten up becomes pretty good. I guess that’s a personal preference, so for a tea that tastes like pumpkin pie, I’m still pretty happy with the end product. I have become more and more drawn to the higher quality straight teas that now, most of Davids “new” teas that come out every other week don’t really interest me anymore. I would add though that this one was interesting enough for me to go and try.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

welcome back! you DID say you don’t drink much tea throughout the summer!

politicalmachine

thanks! i’ve been just focusing on drinking down my current stash right now so I haven’t been as active..

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64

Hrmmmmm. Just….hrmm. This tea was my tea of the day today, my little liter thermos full as I made my way to what turned out to be a painfully long day at work. It was tasty, sure, but I dunno. It was presented to me as “Mom’s Apple Pie…but better!”, but I have to disagree. Mom’s Apple Pie kept me reaching for more. This tea is just…okay. Probably won’t restock.

DaisyChubb

I’ve only tried this one with microwaved water (I had to dump it, but I blame the disgusting radioactive water) However I have to agree with you that I’m not jumping at the chance to taste it again

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3
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

I just don’t understand. This tea of the month was the first that I was excited for. The first that made me want the summer days to go by just a bit faster. I really, REALLY wanted to get my hands on this tea!

October rolls around and I run into DT to pick me up some Carrot Cake. I grab the canister and take a big whiff, only to be completely turned around. WHAT is that unidentifiable smell? Why is it so potent? Shouldn’t this smell like carrot cake or spices? I decide to buy 25g anyway, just because I had been waiting so long and still had the higest of hopes.

Nope. Shouldn’t have done it. It tastes just as odd and unidentifiable and un-carrot cake as it smells. I’ve tried it twice to no avail. And I agree with Nurvilya, it gives me a headache. Overall, it’s just a disappointing lost cause.

Kay Kanada

BTW, if anyone in the MTL region would like the rest of my bag, feel free to message me! :)

Nurvilya

sigh We seem to be similarly excitable when it comes to new teas… Sorry to hear this one was as disappointing for you as it was for me.

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24
drank Apres Ski (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

Really didn’t like this. Couldn’t finish it. I love figs so I thought it would be perfect but it tasted like overly sweet plastic. Not a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I bought this tea yesterday. I love it. It’s very sweet and it’s a good “fight” between cranberries and pears. I love cranberries so this tea is perfect. I’m not very much into pears but when pears is not the same principal ingredient, i like it! This tea smells wonderful too!

If you don’t like much black teas, you may like this one cause it doesn’t taste much as many others black teas. The blending of this tea is lovely too cause of the big cranberries (even if it’s more difficult to adjust your quantities in the teaspoon).

I drank it as a hot tea but next time i think i’ll try it as a iced tea, it’s probably fabulous!

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

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81
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

Apline punch was my moning treat for the last time!
I like the taste but it’s like Amarretto.. no fun to drink in the morning!!

I’ll give an other steep on a cold night when I need a dessert after a big meal!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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75

Ooooo chocolate tea :O I didn’t think it could work….especially not for a green/rooibos blend….but it does and I am happy ^^ It’s just the right amount of chocolate too. I think it’s the green rooibos that actually makes it work too! Creamy, sweet, and fresh is what I’d call this one. I drink this when I have a chocolate craving yet don’t want to pig on chocolate bars! The smell of it is the same from the bag to brewing it. Chocolatey and fresh! The colour is…..foggy? I suppose that’s just the chocolate bits making it do that, but that’s fine. Also, letting it cool…it tastes better to me when I do that – but not too much, I don’t like it cold. When resteeping it I find I taste more of the green tea and rooibos which is nice c:

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

I got this tea as a birthday present. The smell is soooooo lovely, but the taste….I can’t say I’ll be buying it after I finish the pouch I have now. Not that it’s not good, no! Oh I love the tart and the flowery cherryness of it all….but it’s just not that special. It’s mostly disappointing that I can’t taste the white tea in it at all :‘c
All in all, it’s a cute tea that smells good and has a pretty colour.
It works for a second infusion hot.
OH! And it tastes waaaay better iced.

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

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90
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

Forget adding milk.
Frothed coconut milk is the way to go ;D
Best thing ever!

CrowKettle

I’ve never dreamt of adding milk, let alone coconut milk. Both sound amazing!

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90
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

This was the first tea I ever purchased at DavidsTea. It was very strange to me because I had never had nuts in my tea before…..but it works c: And the smell is divine!! So yummy, it makes me hungry for baked goods. The taste – I feel is more apple like than the nuttyness that it claims to be, but that’s okay. It’s like apple crumble! Sweetener is definitely not needed here. I don’t taste the beetroot like the other reviewers do….I like it being in there for the vibrant colour. And it goes any even cuter shade when you add milk! Anyways, I really love this tarty, fruity, nutty tea :D
Fantastic hot or iced!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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