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4
drank Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Iced tonight. And all I can say is YUCK. Not going to have this one again. UGH. For some reason this tea just puts my teeth on edge. Oh well. It sounded like a good tea.

Ashley Bain

I just heard last night that this was the only BAD David’s tea.

Cattibrie

There have been a couple I haven’t liked but this was the worst.

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4
drank Dreamsicle by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Not sure how to rate this tea. I think I want to get some popsicle molds and try it that way.

It does have a creamsicle taste but there is something else there I can’t quite describe. Really unsure about this one so I am not giving it a rating until I figure it out.

I enjoy green teas and this really doesn’t seem like one. And the colour is quite muddy. Still stumped on this one but I am going to make myself something else for before bed so I don’t got to bed with this dissapointed note.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94

It’s light and subtle, a little bit grassy. I think, it’s meant to drink occasionally, definitely not every day or on the go

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C

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84
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1361 tasting notes

Ever have one of those tea days where nothing goes as planned? not a disaster exactly, just not what you expected.
That was today. See, I had planned to bring in one of the many samples I received yesterday… only to find myself running late and of course entirely forgetting the tea on my dresser. No biggie, I figured… I needed to run an errand for work that took me by the Tea Dynasty. I rarely get to stop in there, what a treat! except when I swung by, guess what?!? they were closed. Oh right, they are a retail business and not in the core financial district. Of course they are closed, until 11am!!
Anyhow, by this point I was desperately craving tea. ANY TEA! Having been promised some and denied twice, I was rather thirsty! and that’s how I ended up at David’s, the closest shop to my work.
Needless to say, this was a bit of a letdown. Malty, sure. Even a little honeyed. And smokey?!? Did I taste that right… how odd. Is it just me? has anyone else noticed anything even remotely like that? nobody looked at me oddly, so I doubt there were any seizures involved. Maybe it was the tiny bit of agave I added. Or aliens. They planted the smoke. yes, that’s it :)
Ah well. What can ya do…

Bonnie

Maybe you needed to stop at a bar after all that! (Joke)

Indigobloom

I like the way you think Bonnie ;)
I certainly needed a straight shot of sumthin!

Cattibrie

I love Nepal Black. I haven’t tasted smokey but you never know. Sorry you had a crappy tea day. Those just suck.

Indigobloom

thanks Cattibrie. Yep, who knows what happened to that particular batch. Maybe it was accidentally mixed with some Lapsang!

Daniel Scott

Definitely never gotten smokey from Nepal Black! That’s really strange.

SimpliciTEA

Sad to hear it wasn’t a good ‘tea day’, but I loved your narrative!

Ninavampi

Aliens… Hmmm… I agree that is the most plausible answer! ; )

Indigobloom

Daniel: right?! I’ll have to ask them about it next time I stop by.
SimpliciTea: thanks! I tend to put too much narrative, not enough tea talk in my reviews… but I can’t help it! lol
Ninavampi: Indeed! what else could it be… I only wish the aliens would introduce themselves. I’m sure we’d have a lovely tea party :P

Daniel Scott

Haha, too much narrative! Come talk to me about the narrative : tea talk ratio, Indigobloom. :P

SimpliciTEA

Definitely not too much narrative. One of the reasons I like reading reviews and responding to discussions is to engage on all topics, tea related or not. I also laughed at the alien reference. Picturing you and aliens having a tea party is a hoot! : )

Bonnie

Ditto SimpliciTEA!

Indigobloom

hehe thanks for the narrative support everyone xo

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84
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1361 tasting notes

Wow, this was pretty good! especially hot. I swear someone added honey! but no, that was just the tea. The honey could also be easily confused as a chocolate note, esp when freshly hot.
As it cools, it becomes more raisin honey and more delicate. The astringency comes out here as well.
I’m quite enjoying how complex it is.
For now, I’m suitably impressed but not rushing out to buy some for the house. My raspberry note tea is my go to addiction at the moment so I’ll wait til that runs out before deciding on my next indulgence!
Still, this was lovely and I’m so glad to have tried it! :)

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96
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

I can’t say enough good things about this tea. Just wanted to share my love for it again. The last 2 times I have had it I left the steeping basket in while I drank the tea and it doesn’t turn bitter. Exactly what I am looking for in a black. I may add milk one of these times just to see what it is like.
Definatley going to rebuy this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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96
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Having this one naked. I didn’t usually drink my black teas with nothing in them. I always added milk to them but now that I am drinking better tea I seem to be doing this more often. I made this tea about 1.5 hours ago but it is so hot here I just couldn’t drink it. Now that it has sat I didn’t even now if I would like it but it is great. It isn’t bitter like some blacks can be after sitting for awhile. The thing I really want to say about it is that it has a really nice “tea” flavour to it. I am really glad I picked this one up yesterday in the store and look forward to getting more. I decided on “only” 50g to try this one and it filled the whole bag. The girl even had problems getting the bag closed. 100g would likely take up more than one tin.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I just tried this one to! it was pretty yummy with milk… but not so much once it cooled. Funny, how milk changes things

Uniquity

I assume this is new because I’ve never had it…Hmm!

Cattibrie

New on Tuesday.

Wayne

I got a tin and the girl could only fit 86g. Even then, she had to jam the lid on … I cringed at the sound of her crushing the tea …:(

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79
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

So I finally tried it hot today!
I see that that’s not the best way to drink this based on the tasting notes, and you know I will agree with that.
It tastes like honey and keeps the strong smell that accompanies the dry leaf. It’s really still delicious, but I’m getting some strong rooibos taste where there wasn’t before.

Still pleasant and gave me some energy, but I only have 25g so I will keep it for refreshing, energizing iced tea, where it truly shines!

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79
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

Yum.
$1 today!
First of all, I love that this tea has an energy boost. I can hardly taste the mate aftertaste (the only reason I can taste it is because I know it’s in there I think!)

I am baffled as to how it tastes like honey. I was going to sweeten this one actually but I totally forgot, and it didn’t need it! (Man am I on repeat? haha)
The lemon is very nice too. Not overpowering, just there, like a squeeze of lemon with no harshness or acidity.

It DOES smell like Lush’s Honey soap, which might make this a tea I stock up on. It’s delicious iced. Very unique flavour in my opinion.

Preparation
Iced
Cattibrie

I am not a huge fan of this tea. To me it tastes fuzzy, like I am drinking a bee. Is it better iced than hot?

DaisyChubb

You know, I don’t think I could drink this one hot to be honest. I think it would be too much! I love it iced (not brewed too long), but it doesn’t seem like a nice hot tea. I also think I would be reminded of neocitran or something haha. yuck.
So, unhelpful as I am, I’m really not too sure! It might just be a certain taste for certain people, this one def has a strong taste of.. something. haha

DaisyChubb

I have to add another comment – it totally does taste like drinking a bee. So maybe it’s better to drink a bee when it’s cold? At least the bee is a refreshing bee. AND at least the name of the tea is relevant to the taste? _;

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92
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

Prefer this iced, 100%

For any coffee lovers: My coworkers LOOOOVES this tea (of course, now she wrongly assumed all puerh tastes like coffee, luckily I gave her a taste of a few other puerhs from Davids before she spent all her money. I’ll have to bring her some Jerry Ma samples for a better idea!! :) )

Great flavoured puerh, but careful of the steep time. I actually find this one benefits from a rinse! About 3-5 seconds of a rinse and all fishiness disappears for me. It’s a lot more earthy as a result, but I don’t mind.

TeaBrat

i’ve heard you should always give pu-erhs a quick rinse b4 steeping.

DaisyChubb

I believe it for sure, I haven’t quite mastered how to do it at work, but I’m working on it haha :D

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92
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

I’ve had this twice iced in my $1 iced tea mug!
I am in love with it. I’m an iced coffee lover, but I have acid reflux, so strong coffee with cream and sugar does not do well for the heartburn situation, no matter how delicious it tastes.
This tea is like a gift from the DavidsTea heavens haha. It’s so smooth I’ve drank it with no cream or sweetener (which I could never do with an iced coffee) and it’s SUPER refreshing with that little kick of wake-me-up.

I totally get the hints of almond and caramel in the aftertaste. Everything about this tea is pleasant and I can’t wait to stock my shelf and start making refreshing iced “coffees” in the mornings b^_^

Preparation
Iced

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93

Thanks to the wonderfully awesome QuiltGuppy for sending some of this my way (along with many other samples). I’ve been dealing with allergies lately, and my throat is really sore. I can take benadryl, but then I pass out so it’s not a work-friendly solution.

This, on the other hand, is great! No, it’s not really medicinal, but it has a great placebo effect goin’ – I felt better after drinking it. :)

I love the eucalyptus smell (one of my faves) of the dry leaves. The peppermint is very strong as well. One sip later and I taste peppermint, menthol, a ginger-y/citrusy flavor, and a bit of the eucalyptus as well. The brewed tea smells as good as the dry version; my headache is starting to feel better too.

Thanks again, QG! :)

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91
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Went to the store today for my $1 iced tea hoping to have the Long Life Oolong but they were out of that so I grudginly took this one. I wasn’t sure I was really interested in it but figure hubby could drink it since he really loves his coffee. Apparently I was wrong. He only likes iced tea the way I make it and with lemonade in it. Ugh. I hoped he was up to new things. Guess not.
Anyway, I wasn’t really fond of this to begin with. It was somewhat bitter to start and I found the coffee flavour was overwhelming. I didn’t get the chocolate like the girl in the store promised. I really didn’t think I would get any of this one and would not try it again. But after over an hour in my cup I really started to like this one. I will have to try it hot with some milk since I really think that the reason I wasn’t enjoying it was that it was cold. Guess I need to get a small bag and try it hot.

Preparation
Iced
aisling of tea

I really like this one, and I’m not a huge pu-erh fan. But I don’t think I’d want it cold…that just seems wrong to me LOL

Cattibrie

It seemed a strange choice for an iced tea of the day but oh well. I think the Long Life Oolong would have been much better. Going to make some of that now for our super hot day here in Ontario.

DaisyChubb

I don’t mind this tea actually, it reminds me of an iced coffee that doesn’t need cream or sugar. That said, it’s not too “coffee” like, but I can see why it was iced! Sad, however, that Long Life was out. But hey, at least you got to give this one a try!

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81

A great tea. I was expecting a more explosive and unique taste but… It taste like a lots of citrus tea. Like “La La Lemon”, but with a smoother citrus tone.
The Pu’Erh give a little earthy burst, gentle is the burst.
Finally, the ginger give a fresh wave to the mixture.

Overall, it’s a really well made citrus tea. :)
Enjoy it!

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

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60

DT keeps sending me this as a sample in online orders. Not as bland this time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60

This is a run-of-the mill OP. With a little bit of milk and sweetner, it’s just okay.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75

Well, it’s a “magic” taste. Hahaha… No, seriously, I understand why everyone loves it. It’s impressive in mouth, it taste like nothing else i’ve ever tasted. A GOOD taste.

Ashley Bain

this made me giggle.

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70

When I first smelled this at DAVIDsTEA I wasn’t sure about buying this or not, just because I didn’t like the scent (green tea + fruit makes me think of flavoured medicine)
Well I needed some more green tea for the house so I bought it anyways. Of course this also has black tea and green rooibos in it, but it’s in the green tea section of the store so it must have a larger amount of green tea.

There are so many ingredients in this one that I can’t even really pin point what I like most about it. But it works together really well, and it tastes great. I also think it has a wonderful cost to price ratio. It’s also a good resteeper; during a party with friends, I resteeped it four times and no one seemed to notice a drop in flavour.

I’ve tasted better blends, but this tea exceeded my expectations so I’m happy with it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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59
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

I loved this one with my first cup but as time goes on I’m falling out of love with it :s It tastes a bit like rich pie crust but there is some “other” quality to it underneath that just tastes off to me, presumably the mulberry leaves. It is very minor but its there. Maybe because it tastes close enough to tea that I don’t mentally recognize it as “other” so it just seems off or slightly “weedy”?
Still a nice cup though, just would’t buy more than 50g next time ;)

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87
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure that the creamy taste would be possible but it really does taste creamy. I have only had it iced and I can’t imagine drinking it warm. This is one I’d be haPpy to drink on a regular basis.

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