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69
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
573 tasting notes

It’s rainy and cold out and even though I’ve spent most of my day indoors, I’m in the mood for something warm and tasty. The dry leaf is adorable with the tiny orange pumpkins. I love basically ANYTHING pumpkin: pumpkin muffins, bread, pie, cake, tea, lattes. The scent of this tea is pure comfort. A little bit of spice and a little bit of something creamy. I don’t taste pumpkin or a mouthful of chai, but more of a sweet tea with some smooth spice. I wish I could taste the pumpkin a bit more, but this is a very tasty cup. I’m glad that the chai element isn’t strong, but a bit smooth. This was the perfect choice for this evening! Thank you ladykittykat!

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72
drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

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72
drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

Cold-brewed again, for quite a long time this time.

It gets very limey and it is refreshing, but the lime starts tasting a little artificial. I don’t know. I don’t know if I am tasting the coconut, either. It’s interesting and it’s refreshing but I think I prefer it cold-brewed for less time.

Anyway, it’s a relief for there to be a tea I won’t miss terribly when it leaves.

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72
drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

So, the only time I’ve had this hot was an in-store sample. They said it was steeped quite lightly and it was alright but I wasn’t a huge fan. The warm + lime kind of bothers me.

I cold-brewed some today and am quite enjoying it. It’s really light and brewing it hot and then icing would lead to a more flavourful tea, but this is really refreshing and tasty and the right amount of lime for me.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Right from the get-go, I thought this blend sounded like it would be best cold-brewed. (Or used in cooking.) Thanks for the note.

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72
drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

I love all the tea recipes floating around lately. I was intrigued by the Cocomama Lime chicken idea in the March newsletter, and decided to give it a try, albeit with turkey. I steeped some Cocomama Lime extra-strong and marinated the turkey with the tea, lots of garlic, salt, and a tiny bit of lime juice for a few hours then baked it.

The flavour was really interesting! It tasted very Thai-inspired with the coconut and lime. I sprinkled a little extra coconut over the meat when serving, and it looked great as well. I think this would work well on fish especially, maybe lightly breaded. I’ll also have to try it in a more Thai-themed meal. It’s very cool adding flair to meats with tea. So many options!

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87
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
50 tasting notes

Pretty good. Actually tastes like its namesake.

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73
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
424 tasting notes

Soothing lavender, sweet coconut, what is there not to like?? the mix could have been overpowering, but it’s not. It’s well balanced and you can easily steep twice. Love flavoured rooibos, it always mixes well.

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25
drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
424 tasting notes

Yeurk, for my taste, this one is nasty… I just tried it for the first time. I so agree with Uniquity, the smell is exactly as she described, a fishy-doggy-muddy kind of smell… the taste is is not as bad, but it’s so weird that I can’t describe it. It certainly tastes nothing like creme de menthe! It’s actually the only tea I’ve ever tasted that I really hate!!
It’s such a disappointment, I ordered it online and the kitsch idea of a «creme de menthe» tea was really appealing to me. The smell in the bag is not bad, but once you steep it, oh boy… I hate wasting, so I have yet to try it cold, maybe that ugly fragrance fades away on ice…will give update on that later :o)

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96
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

This might be my favorite black tea ever! I first tried it with a friend of mine, and cup after cup I just kept being like “I don’t even usually like black tea…but this is amazing!!” all enthused about it. I’ve had the worst trouble finding flavored black teas I like since I generally don’t have much of a taste for black tea as a base (or on its own, really), and this has been the first tea to give me hope that it’s not impossible to find good ones.

It really does have that buttery flavor, like a buttered rum Lifesaver only less artificial. There’s a creamy sweet scent as you raise the cup up to drink, and surprisingly it’s almost as strong in the actual taste as it is in the smell. Just all-around delicious, like a morning (or evening!) cup of candy. Yes!

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

I BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE OF YOU

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69
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
573 tasting notes

I really like the little red lips and tiny chocolate chips in this blend. Adorable! Brewed, I was a bit worried at the scent of the peppercorns. I dislike anything spicy or peppery, but luckily, they aren’t too overwhelming! The taste is smooth and sweet (not necessarily a punch of chocolate, but a nice sweetness). I really enjoy the minty finish. It’s certainly refreshing and is the best part of this blend, in my opinion (besides the little red lips, of course). Usually I don’t care for peppermint all that much, but this evening I’m definitely in the mood. Thank you so much to ladykittykat for a sample!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

Tea of the afternoon……

I am going through all my favorite strongly flavored teas in an attempt to feel better. (It was Hot Cinnamon Spice earlier….) I need the strong ones because I am all stuffed up with a cold. This one just smells so good, even though the congestion. So thankful to have some of this one as it reminds me of the kindness of many swappers, too. Buttery, creamy, coconutty, and yum.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87

Tea of the afternoon….

I seem to be on a dessert tea kick. Not really a problem, as it is time to settle into a better routine. Somehow, the dessert teas help me stay away from the real thing….

This one is buttery and sweet like a Brach’s butterscotch candy. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teawing

Always loved those Brach’s butterscotch candies!

Fairyfli

love it!

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87

Oh Buttered Rum, How I love thee….. Creamy, buttery, sweet, coconutty, and something ‘otherly’ that must be rum.

And I am eternally grateful to my generous Canadian tea drinking friends who have helped supply my addiction! Thank you to Ottawa Tea, Uniquity, and the most recent package from aisling of tea. I do think I could be bribed to do just about anything with the promise of Buttered Rum. (I probably shouldn’t have said that!)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
aisling of tea

Be afraid, be very afraid…I have a phone interview with DavidsTea on Wednesday. stocks up on Buttered Rum for future Jen favors

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87

I owe so many for keeping me supplied in this tea. My first portion arrived from Ottawa Tea, then a sample from Jillian, and then I was able to do a great across the border swap with Uniquity for an amount larger than a sample just before the Canada postal strike. Yes, you could say I would go to many lengths to have this tea on hand. Thank you all for your generosity, and willingness to take a chance on the postal system!

This cup is smooth, sweet, and buttery tasting, with a hint of coconut. Yum. Definitely one of my favorites! I do think this one has the power to make any day brighter for me. Mmmmmm. And this time a brewed a small pot worth.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jenn

I LOVE the Buttered Rum so much!

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87

Oh Man! This is as good as everyone says it is! It really tastes like a butterscotch candy with a little sweetener added! Yum! I NEED it! Thank you Ottawa Tea for an awesome swap!

I am so torn on ordering, though. I DO NOT need $50 worth of tea…..as I already have a year’s supply and then some. I guess it is time to do some serious tea drinking so I can make some space!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Ottawa Tea

Glad you liked! I’m sending you the rest…it’s not my fave. You see, I forgot to send you read my lips, and since I’m mailing you anyways….

SimplyJenW

You totally just made my day! Thank you! :D

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67

Another sample to try, compared to the saigon chai this one is like… powder. It doesn’t nearly smell as spicy either. Personally, I hate tea dust. It’s hard to clean up and even using a french press doesn’t always stop bits falling in. So the kicker is that this chai comes with what.. guarana berries? Personally I have no idea what that is supposed to taste like (even after drinking energy drinks) so I was curious to see which one between this and the saigon chai to buy.

Smells a little bit odd, I can smell the cinnamon and the anise but not so much the ginger. It is pretty easy to drink, not too spicy not too overwhelming feels like the ginger is just in the background. It’s funny though, I always think cloves are necessary in a chai but this one has none. Anyways, the berries don’t taste like much I assume and this chai is rather pedestrian. Between this and the saigon, this one cost $2 more per 50g and comes in choppy flakes. I think it’s a no-brainer to go for the cheaper and more full flavour saigon instead. I guess you can buy some guarana seed powder and dump it in any tea if you really think it makes a difference.
Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

so after my vacation filled with deeeelicious but terrible (for my health!) food, I’ve been in need of some restorative teas the last few days!!! and this, well for the purposes of fixing my tummy woes, well it really did the trick.
The first time I tried it, I was evaluating for usefulness as a sleepy time tea. and now, well I think it’s more of a soother for the ill!!
The lovely girl in the shop recommended it, and we got into a conversation about the teas many uses… which then sold me on buying a cuppa and I am really glad I did.
Anyhow, my rating here is based on how effective it was in fixing me. and that when I needed it, it tasted like gold. Somehow, when I’m fiddle fit, it tastes ok but I guess that’s just cause the magic hasn’t been activated by need ;)

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87

This tea definitely makes me sleepy. Between that, and the Bikram yoga class I took a few hours ago, I am ready to crash!!
However, I am not all that impressed with the taste. It’s ALL mint and not much else… and ginger? is that the valerian? bah, I’m willing to give it another try, if I can manage to take out some of the mint… but if that doesn’t work, well I already have a peppermint tea, why do I need another just like it??
So, points for usefulness, but none for taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

My tin must be a freak aberration. i get mostly chamomile and valerian, and occasionally a hint of mint. I’d prefer more mint to cover up the chamomile I so hate..

Indigobloom

that is odd! I see very little chamomile in the sample bag I got. Valerian can cause heart problems, so it’s not something I want to get hooked on anyhow

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98
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

Probably one of my favourite from Davids so far. I didn’t pick this one up when I first grabbed some of the Spring Collection. I have no idea why I passed over this one!

First off: the smell is phenomenal. I wish this came as a candle. The taste is tart, but juicy and refreshing. Sometimes I find that hot teas don’t quench my thirst, but this one definitely did. It was still tasty as it got colder. The only problem is (as others have pointed out) that I feel like I have to ration it out since there’s two tsp per cup. It is a little pricey, but I appreciate that I can just freely drink it.

I did a cold brew to see how it was iced. Three tsp in a big glass of water (16-ish oz) in the fridge for a couple of hours. A little weak, but lovely and refreshing.

I’ll definitely be restocking this in case it disappears when the Summer collection comes out!

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64
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

I’m not a fan of fruit/herbal teas, but a colleague at work offered some to try so of course I said yes (it’s DAVIDsTEA, hello!!?).

I can say that it is pleasant. I was looking forward to the melon taste and I think that helps sweeten it up a little, but I find the lemon a little overpowering. Overall, I’d say, thanks for the cup, but I think I’ll go buy some David’s Organic Breakfast and/or drink some Black Needles. ;)

EDIT: The one thing I DO love about fruit teas is that you can eat them after you’re done! NOMNOMNOMNOM

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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73
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

This was a pretty enjoyable cup, forgotten and steeped a little longer than intended (about 9 minutes), but maybe that’s what made it probably the best cup of this I’ve had so far. I still don’t think I’ll be buying anymore, though.

It tastes somewhat like coffee, but like a flavoured, almost sweetened coffee but of course with a bit of the earthy pu-erh characteristics.

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

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92
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

Wish this tea would come back….delicate and lovely fruity flavor.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Faith

It’s back for a limited time!

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93
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

WONDERFUL!! My go-to tea at the moment.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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88

Another one of my samples I picked up last time, asked the sales associate there to recommended me one of the new teas from the wellness collection and she came up with the glow and this one. I chose this one because I do drink coffee and well… It simply smelled better. And well, it’s supposed to replace coffee right? So I will grade it based on those merits.

Steeped about halfway of the 4-7 minutes recommended on the label and used a teaspoon and a half of the stuff, comes out… looking really alot like coffee, well without any coffee creama. It does taste bitter (warning!) but I drink black coffees and espressos so I would say more bitter than a light roast but on par with a darker roast coffee. I would say you probably can get away with using less substance and a longer steep. I love the vanilla taste that comes along too, very nice. The almond comes through a lot less. Like coffee this is best when hot, there is also little aftertaste.

I never heard of this chicory root thing, so I googled it up and wow, people have been using it for ages for coffee substitute and I can see why. So it was fun to try out, colour and taste.. almost coffee-like. Slightly sweeter I must say too. Now at $8 for 50 grams, I don’t think I’ll be giving up coffee for this, besides I like my coffee and there’s plenty of tisanes that I can drink when I want no caffeine. Interesting to try and I am sure many people will like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I agree with everything here! but did you find the licorice?? for the life of me… I’m having trouble with that

politicalmachine

hmm that, I did not taste much at all, actually i wasn’t aware there was any licorice/anise flavour at all!

Indigobloom

that’s what the girl at the shop said… but I think she was mistaken now. There are so many to track

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