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96
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

I bought a tin of this tea. Holy man. It almost makes me want to give away my Pink Flamingo and trade it in for more Kanpe. I am freaking obsessed with this tisane – although I’ll say it again, I would never ever ever drink it hot. Bleh.

But iced! mmm, it’s fruity, tart at the end of the sip, like a sour candy (I’ve sweetened with agave to cut a bit of the sourness and add the candy-like flavour), perfectly (lightly) spiced with cinnamon.
I think I need several hundred grams of this tea, strawberries, raspberries and oranges, a couple big bottles of cheap red wine – and I will have delicious tea sangria all summer long. But it’s only spring!

Oh well, I’ve started early.

DaisyChubb

I will say this, the only bad thing about this tea is it is heavy, bringing a tin of 100g to 14 bucks. :| I guess that’s what’s stopping me from buying a lot of it, so a treat it will remain!

Kittenna

Yeah, so I’m discovering about many of the “cheaper” herbals – they’re heavier and require 2 tsp – no bargain! In fact, perhaps more expensive than some of the white teas!

Tina S.

This is definitely one of my favourites, I compare it to cherry pie. Nom nom nom.

DaisyChubb

mm cherry pie, totally! It’s even “thick” feeling to remind me of that haha! Nor syrupy thick, but definitely not weak or watery. mm. I need another cup :D

This one is worth the price to me for now. We’ll see what happens when I drink it every day – it’ll be a good test! :)
Cattibrie

I really enjoy this one hot. It was a great fill in for Pink Flamingo while it was gone in the fall. Still prefer my Pink Flamingo though.

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96
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Wow, I was really surprised by how much I LOVED this tea!! Loved it!
I remember trying Sleigh Ride from the Advent Calendar and despising it, but this one is amazing. Iced! I should say Iced!

I went into the Halifax Shopping Mall Davids to see if they were accept applications and to see what else I could apply for, since it’s a close enough bus ride and I wouldn’t mind a mall job for a little while. The desk job was not so good for my health. Anyways -

I went away with this tea to go, Iced! mmmm it was so freaking good. The tartness came only at the end of the sip, in a really delightful, sweet lemonade way. I did have agave, which helped with the sweetness, but all the fruits and cinnamon and mm! Yum!

I’m the master of comma abuse.

Anyways – yum!
Oh, and they’re not hiring but I’ll bring in a resume anyways, just in case!

Kay Kanada

Good luck!

DaisyChubb

Thank you! :)

Bonnie

Would be fun to know an insider!

Uniquity

There’s also a DT on Spring Garden downtown, but if you’re in the Bayers Lake area that would be a bit much. Good luck!

Kittenna

I’m with Bonnie! :D

DaisyChubb

That we are! Yeah, my boyfriend’s sister lives on Spring Garden road. It’s nice down there, pretty pricey, and would be a bus ride I would dread haha. I’ll probably stick to looking for jobs in the Bayers Lake/Halifax Shopping center area, unless I get this desk job with Staples which would make a little more money, but would be farther to travel. Might be worth it! In the meantime I’m trying to sell some art. Art for tea anyone? haha

Kay Kanada

What kind of art do you do?? (other than portraits) What mediums?

DaisyChubb

Honestly, anything and everything really! I enjoy sculpting, designing ceramics, painting, drawing, crafting – whatever keeps my interest for an amount of time, haha! The only thing I don’t really like is oil painting, mostly because it never dries x_x

Indigobloom

I was surprised to love this one to! it has… hibiscus in it!! and I like it! odd.

Kay Kanada

Oooooh sculpting! That is something that I can NEVER get my head around. How the heck do people make something awesome and artsty out of a hunk of something, I’ll never understand! Good on you!

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99

I cannot express how much I love this tea. It’s become my daily go-to tea in the evening. It’s warm and rich and has a great smell.

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76
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Another great Rooibos blend. This is the first time I’ve ever tried a Green Rooibos and I was very impressed. Great smell and I can’t wait to turn it into an iced tea.

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83
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

This makes the most awesome Iced Tea. Fruity and refreshing, tart without being overpowering. Great smell too.

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82
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Love this tea. A nice adaptation of Earl Grey with a nice citrus note that’s not bitter. Goes well with a small shot of honey.

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13
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

OK I got this as a gift from a friend with a few other teas. The smell is almost sickly sweet and overall the flavour is kinda blah. This is officially the first Rooibos blend I’ve ever tried that I did NOT like.

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79
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

So last night I was up late at a friend’s show, and I’m feeling a bit groggy and grumpy having to get up and go to work today. So I turned to something that makes me feel comforted….apple-y, pastryish goodness. I need to remind myself to use a bit more leaf though, because sometimes I find it a bit weak. Its a wonderful apple tea on the whole though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

damn this is the best green tea no doubt. It reminds me of milk oolong but I like this one so much more. Screw grocery shopping im buying 100 grams of this

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

No matter how short I steep this or how little tea I use, I always end up with this rancidly strong cup of purple. Don’t get me wrong, the colour’s nice but it ends there. I don’t know what it is but I always get it really strong, spicy and gross. I’m not sure if it’s the cinnamon or something else but bleck this is terrible.
EDIT: I think this may be my preference despite the reviews similar to mine, but because of that chance I’m removing the rating and just keeping the review.

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

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97
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Nice! With all these spicy combination and the perfect flavour of the lemongrass it’s like a sweet and sour lemon flavour, almost a hot spicy lemonade. Kind of hard to explain. It’s just this tart and sweet fruity lemon tea, a great addition to any tea collection. Just don;t steep it too long or the lemon takes over!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

So, I’m pretty much a citrus freak and like teas with a strong citrus taste *and after smelling this it clearly had one) so I grabbed a sample and shortly after tasting it went back and bought a tin! It is a very nice creamy orange flavour and the rooibos is in the back (but not overpowering) making it just perfect. I sometimes add a little sugar because I find it just a tiny bit sour (almost non-existant) and if you’re in a funky mood, add some cream….makes it taste just like a creamsicle!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
262 tasting notes

Holy baloney this stuff is the bees knees! Dark, deep, rich cup of heaven.
Dry: mmm chocolate pieces, orange pieces and pu-erh oh my! It smells like the taste of terry chocolate oranges. I want one now.
Liquor: Dark brown. Coffee dark almost. Small oil droplets from the chocolate I suspect. Smells like a chocolate orange. Steaming hot: I can taste a bit of the pu-erh, but it is nice. Orange is present. So it chocolate. Warm: It has a whole mouth feeling to it if that makes sense. It’s thick. and very chocolately orange. Delicious. I like it better warm then hot as more of the thickness and chocolate comes out. So so good.

Overall – permanent collection. Amazing tea for satisfying a craving, or whenever you want to drink the equivalent of unicorn tears. I suggest you buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

i have never quite figured out what I’m doing wrong, because it’s never tasted that great to me, yet EVERYONE raves about it!

Lynne-tea

How do you typically steep yours? I used a bodum for mine every time. I haven’t tried it in my wire basket.. Possibly you get the best out of it if the leaves have a lot of room?

Kittenna

Hmm, I’ll have to try it in my filter basket instead of a tea ball. A lot of people have been scolding me for using a tea ball lately (but it’s by far the easiest for me!) Thanks :)

Lynne-tea

Ahh yes maybe thats what is it. Some teas just need more room (not just for expanding). That would probably be the only difference between our preparation methods that could affect the taste. Even if you put the leaves in a cup to infuse, then strain that into your tea cup… the more room the better! That or maybe it’s just differences between taste buds. I hope its not and you get to love this tea too =)

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89

A nice twist on a great classic. There was not a whole lot of “cream” however there is certainly a smooth creaminess to it. Just like the original, it has a sort-of dark taste, so I still add a bit of sugar but hold off the milk because of the vanilla. Overall, a very nice cream based earl grey. Whether you pick this or plain ol’ earl grey you’ll be all set for tea time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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84
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

It’s a good ooling tea, however I found the peach to be very mild. That might just be because I love peach and was expecting a huge punch of peach. But just overall, a very nice tea, and quite relaxing. For that reason I am still giving it a good rating and saying go ahead and try it. If you like peach, you’ll enjoy it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

One word, WOW! I bout a sample of this and I will definately going back for a tin! At first, it’s this sweet, almost nutty taste. This transforms into an spiced apple, with the popcorn taste present in the back and a kind of toffee/caramel sweetness which is hard to describe any other way then just plain delicious! David’s has had another great tea once again! Highly reccommended.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Well…. At first, it’s just a sweet green tea, but then when you’re least expecting it the walnut smacks you in the face (or mouth?) and then comes the after taste (which is the best part!) it’s a nice sweet walnut, sweet taste with some sort of maple which is really quite delicious however the flavour is a little on the weak side, but still a decent tea. I just got a sample and I might go back and pick up a tin sometime this week. Orverall, not bad for a nice, sweet light tea. =)

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

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34
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

I can’t seem to pinpoint why I didn’t like this one. It certainly lived up to its name – it tasted like creamy sugary vanilla sprinkle cake, even down to the slight burnt little crusty bits that get stuck in the pan. It wasn’t overly sweet, but every sip left me feeling like I had just snorted straight cake mix. Unpleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

This tea keeps drifting in and out of our stash – we get some, we give it away, we get some more, we give some more away. I thought we were all out, until we started cleaning the living room and found a stash of a dozen or so teas. And lo, there was Southern Belle! This is another of those blends that bowls me over with the scent but doesn’t quite deliver. Even so, it’s a very pleasant sweet peachy tea that’s not too over the top in any way. I think I’ll keep it around this time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
520 tasting notes

This was unfortunately forgettable. I drank it this morning, and I really can’t think of any good way to describe it. Hmm. It was . . . fruity? And creamy?

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

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
1220 tasting notes

Finishing this…I threw out some less than savory in age/smell teas in the meantime…oh yeah and then found my hot water heater soaked the floor of my pantry. Of course after I get an illicit pet. And before I need to take a shower, but I can probably wash my hair in cold water and be okay for the time being. It looks to just be a pipe leaking so I can catch water in it since I’m hardly ever not here, and then they can come when illicit bird and I are off in Tennessee.

Thankfully it’s still hot enough. That cleanup was a hot mess. I ended up having to take out recycling and trash.

Of course now that this is the end of my sample from Kittenna, I’m starting to like it! I wonder if it’s because I most likely used a far lower water temperature…not that I’m very certain what I did before, but I actually do get apple pie and not just cinnamon apple. There’s just the faintest note that is reminiscent of pie crust, just a little buttery. I’m really liking the apple flavor especially right now.

I wonder also if this has to do with how my tastes have shifted for fall? Apple is perfect right now, when I had it in April not so much.

Okay I want more. Here I am so happy I removed this from my spreadsheet and I keep sipping and sipping and not wanting this to be the last cup I possibly ever have of this tea.

Have a never ending corgi chase gif: http://i.imgur.com/xDDDG.gif

TheTeaFairy

ok, now I really feel dizzy!

momo

I like watching the one in the background to the left…he wants nothing to do with the two running and his face cracks me up…can you tell I’ve watched this a few too many times?

DaisyChubb

I was looking for a gif for my blog post since I have no time to blog! yoink

DaisyChubb

thanks momo you the best! Hope your little bird friend gets comfy soon :3

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, I can understand why, it’s kind of hypnotic! I’ve watch again, I see what you mean about the funny face in the background, he’s like the grumpy old dog!

momo

Haha you’re welcome :P He gets very comfy when I sit and talk to him. When they’re really content, they grind their beaks so after I gave him his seeds again and got him to drink some water, he was doing so while I talked to him. SO CUTE.

Kittenna

Haha, illicit bird…

If you want more of this, I can totally sent more…. I have plenty left, and it’s definitely not a favourite :P

Kittenna

*I can totally SEND more. Oops.

momo

Yay! I will take more, because I realized this morning it’s online only so telling my boyfriend to get an ounce would be useless.

canadianadia

I love how much the back corgi leans as he rounds the bend

Nik

Yes! I was thinking that about the back corgi, too! I expected him to just tip over at any moment like a motorcycle wiping out. momo, so cute that Seb’s getting more comfortable. =)

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
1220 tasting notes

Yay Steepster’s back. I was trying to remember if this tasted like Hot Toboggan when I was greeted with “oops! Google chrome can’t open this page” or whatever it is.

Sad times. (Actually the real sad times is that I burned myself with steam on my right wrist while cooking dinner. And I have no idea how to not look nuts in public tomorrow since for right now I wrapped a washcloth around it and secured it with a hair tie.)

But yes, in the end, this does taste like HT BUT it also tastes like green tea, which is useful. That was the downfall of Hot Toboggan for me.

But in the end I am not sure cinnamon apple is something I really like as a tea flavor, at least for a green. But other than that, this is good.

I have to say that apple works since I plan to make Mariage Freres Tarte Tatin au Thé for Easter and it involves steeping vanilla tea in butter. I am so excited I want it now…so you can see why I picked to try this tea out. Thanks for sending me some, Krystaleyn!

Dylan Oxford

I’m sorry, steeping Vanilla Tea in butter? Can you boil butter? What does 8 ounces of butter do to a person, I’m sure it isn’t pleasant but very nice to get there…

Bonnie

Dylan you steep the tea in butter to infuse it with flavor….you can infuse tea into many things…vinegar puerh used in salad dressing, fruit tea’s in honey, earl grey in pudding, and the list goes on.

momo

haha I wouldn’t recommend eating it on its own unless you’re Paula Deen; it gets poured into a pan and put apples on top for this

Bonnie

ummmmm

Missy

LOL @ the Paula Deen comment.

Dylan Oxford

An earl grey pudding sounds GOOD.

Kittenna

Hope your wrist is ok! Mom’s Apple Pie tasted much like unsweetened apple cider to me. I didn’t ever compare it to Hot Toboggan (perhaps I will now!)

momo

I just finally removed the washcloth I had around it and I have a heart shaped red spot! It just hurts to touch it to my laptop so I’m worried about note taking tomorrow, if I actually wake up to go to class at this point, oops

Indigobloom

Ouches!! I hope your wrist heals quickly. Mmmm apple butter!

Ninavampi

I am glad I didnt imagine that steepster disapeared for a bit. Lifenwithout steepster would be sad…

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84
drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This tea isn’t jam-packed full of flavor like others from David’s, but what it does have is really good. It got the grassy, nutty taste of the Sencha and the mango adds a punch of fruit. It is very refreshing and not overpowering like some fruit teas. Very relaxing and recommended.

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

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62
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

What the hell is up with David’s Tea and hibiscus? Like rooibos, it seems to want to ruin any fruit teas that I’m mildly interested in.

It smells like it could be better, as it needs more strawberry and ginger than hibiscus, there is barely any strawberry flavor in this, and the ginger is there once you go through the hibiscus tart after taste.

Unlike rooibos, I am more indifferent to hibiscus, as it is not disguisting, but it seems to be overpowering potentially delicious blends, and it is becoming more commonplace in my recent David’s Tea blend purchases.

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

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