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97
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
23 tasting notes

Just beautiful! Reminds me of summer with it’s fruit punchy taste and scent. Delicious and good for you? Can it be?

The after taste is quite different, its almost like there is something spicy underneath, I want to say cinnamon but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.

This tea shall be added to my favourites.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Day 6 of my Advent Calendar.

Yet another tea I’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

I like it, i can definitely see myself reaching for this after a night of partying.

might go to the store and pick up 25g to have for new years day!

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

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96
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

So I tried this a few days ago and told my brother it tastes just like Grandma’s Christmas cookies. Made a pot today and he agreed. So much so that he bought a tin when we visited Davids today…I love sharing good tea with people who appreciate it! This tea is almond-y and sweet and juuuuust right.

Plunkybug

I really like this one and should get more. It’s weird saying that since it is a rooibos, and I don’t usually care for rooibos.

sarai

Out of all the Winter Collection, I think this one is definitely my favourite! Just a great tasting tea!

DaisyChubb

Do you have a recipe for these Grandma’s Christmas cookies? :D

aisling of tea

Mine too, sarai, but that’s just because it’s a lesser of five evils…I’m not horribly impressed with the winter offerings.

I do, DaisyChubb! It involves a cookie press, though. But I’d be happy to share!

sarai

Aisling, I agree – I’m not a huge fan of the other winter collection teas.

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96
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Mmmmm. This is my Grandma’s butter cookie-press cookies. It smells like them, it tastes like them…and I only want to have it around his time of year XD.

That cardamom…why are you in there? I’d enjoy this tea much more if it were gone…I might just pick out the remaining pods. Also, I feel like the marketing could have been so much better on this one. I expected something like a fruit punch out of this. A description about almond cookies or some such would have been much better, in my opinion. But what do I know? ;)

But as others have said, this is just a big cup of beautiful almond-y goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Kay Kanada

Maybe they didn’t want to puch the almond angle, seeing as how they knew they would soon be releasing “Amaretto”?

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96
drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

This tea tastes exactly like the fruity, yellow Trident gum. I think it’s passion berry or tropical twist or something or other. It smells like it, too. I love it to bits, and it’s certainly part of my permanent collection. I don’t know if it does anything to keep me from being angry, but it definitely tastes absolutely delicious. I’m in love with the citrus-y floral flavour, and I actually quite like that I can’t put my finger on exactly what I’m tasting at each moment. As long as it makes me feel good and happy, it’s doing its job.

As a side note, contrary to what another person said, this tea doesn’t make me sleepy. But I’ve found that certain ingredients in tea definitely have different effects on different people, so try it out for yourself and see what happens :-)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

5/24
horray! another citrusy green to add to my collection. what a wonderful combo.
nice, light green flavour with a hit of citrus.
definitely adding to my shopping list!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

I am easily persuaded by postings of recipes.

Okay for a second can I just gush about where I live? It gets a lot of flack for outsourcing basically everything (ie garbage/recycling pickup is not done by the city so residents contract a private company to do it, 911 operations is shared with another city). Yesterday, one of the red lights was out on my street, so I downloaded an app the city has to report it and now I have learned it keeps me notified of all the steps along the way to it being fixed. It almost makes me want to stop using Atlanta as my location for everything. Almost.

Okay, recipe. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidstea/7166379689/in/set-72157629044618825/ This sounded good right about now, so I decided to make it. Except it turns out coconut milk (at least the kind in a carton for milk replacement purposes) does not froth very well. It’s just sort of like, yay let’s make giant bubbles! And that’s about it.

It’s still really good in here. I used more milk than necessary and probably more chocolate syrup than necessary to make chocolate milk, but right now I just really needed chocolate. Someone in my building really likes loud music and I can hear it so perhaps my need to make this recipe was assisted by the need to make more noise by frothing milk…you didn’t hear it from me.

I pretty much had a falling out with this tea because it just wasn’t tasting as good anymore to me hot. But oh man I am loving it this way. Despite what probably sounds like my best efforts to just make chocolate milk with a bit of tea in it, the tea is definitely present. I guess that’s the good part about the puerh, I’m pretty sure if this was a plain old black tea, I would have made chocolate milk. And the orange flavor is still discernable.

I must have like 15g left and at this point I’m not sure if I will buy it again, but I’ll enjoy it while I have it.

Michelle

Ooh, that sounds delicious!

MoonShyne

Thank you for that recipe!! After picking a sample of this up and trying it today, I decided I really like this tea and love having another delicious way to make it. This tea looks like coffee it’s so dark! I’m intrigued with the taste..it’s really interesting and is one I wander around sniffing and sipping trying to nail down all the flavours and scents..but I can’t lol! It’s earthy, sweet, strange, woodsy-pretty complex but yummy! It’s one I think I’ll pick up again.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

I’m so glad this is permanent now because chocolate oranges are way too good to be relegated to one time of year. Besides, legitimate chocolate oranges are kind of overpriced now and this really tastes just like one anyway.

I have two awful assignments to do for tomorrow and I decided I would drink this instead. It’s far less maddening and doesn’t ask stupid questions.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, I steeped it a bit longer this time around and I can smell the puerh. It’s kind of offputting but then the chocolate is like “I am still here to save the day!” I think I’m going to stick with 4 minutes from now on. I think it tasted more like chocolate oranges then.

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

This is AMAZING. It smells just like chocolate oranges. It even tastes like it too!

I wasn’t sure about this at first because I am a bit put off by pu-erh but I can’t even taste much of it at all. I steeped it for 3 minutes, and the package says 4-6. Or I might actually like it, but I’m pretty sure it’s covered by the awesome flavors. I am definitely getting a lot of orange mixed with chocolate. It seriously even tastes like those chocolate oranges.

I’m pretty sure I’m not supposed to want one now. But it’s for research purposes, of course.

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67
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2784 tasting notes

Thanks to Jenn for a sample of this!

This is a good choice for an afternoon tea. I am getting mostly white tea with lots of chamomile and a tiny bit of mango. I don’t really taste much butter or cream but it is very sweet smelling. This is one I liked better after adding soymilk to it. It’s nice but I don’t think I would buy it for myself.

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

I felt the same way about this tea. Lots of chamomile, something fruity, no real buttercream flavor. It wasn’t bad but I had built up some crazy, lick the spoon, decadent, buttercream frosting expectations.

TeaBrat

well that’s due to their marketing spiel, I think!

Jenn

I’m such a sucka!

Plunkybug

Did you try it with milk? If not, do yourself a favour and do it. I know it is odd to drink white tea with milk, but I think the flavour changes a bit with the milk, in a good way. Also, adding sugar brings out the sweetness, even if just a tiny amount.

TeaBrat

I added soymilk per the description above but I don’t drink regular milk. Also I don’t add sugar to tea as a general rule.

Plunkybug

Ahh, I missed the soymilk mention. I agree that it isn’t quite like frosting, but it is super yummy!

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4
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
35 tasting notes

Well, I had to cut my way into another tin… I couldn’t get the lid to screw off. David’s – I LOVE these tins, but please make sure they work!

Smelling it in the tin, I was curious. I could smell the vanilla and I had high hopes! Buuuuut brewed… it smells like rot. Rotting wood or something. I’m so disappointed. I can’t stand it. I’ve taken a few sips, but I’ll be pouring the rest out. :(

This is my day #14 of the David’s Tea “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

Dear Steepster,
I messed up terribly. Especially with money. Because of tea, most likely. Okay, for sure. So I need to ignore you for a long, long time. Badly.

If we’ve started talking a swap, we’ll still complete it. I’ll still be here for the tea boxes, those I for sure can’t ignore or leave. I missed a credit card payment. Twice. I barely have money as is because I don’t work, and I also just messed up school and at this point I don’t even know if I can keep going, which is an even bigger problem for money.

I’m working on applying to stuff, it’s kind of hard when you have an ear infection.

update if you were interested in buying tea Anyway, all the tea I had to swap, I put it here to sell: I figure it makes more sense than an auction first (thanks for the idea CJ). http://twominutesforbaking.net/2013/05/21/tea-for-sale/ I’ll be home all day so I can keep an eye on it and I’ll go now to look through the rest of my stuff so it’s all posted there.

Also if you ever wanted to buy stuff from my etsy shop I’d really appreciate it right now.

So after feeling like a total miserable fool I thought I needed something sweet, something I’ve loved, yet I’ve ignored in the midst of all this tea. I can’t believe how long it’s been since this one has seen the outside of the cabinet.

In that time though I have come to dislike rooibos a bit. Ok, a lot. While it smells good in the bag, brewed up it has the rooibos scent of taste bud death. I think it’s lost that mapley goodness. Though I do have some maple granules I could add to bring it back. I don’t have much of this left so that will do.

So that’s about it, I’ll miss you, but I need to get off the path of self-destruction.

xoxo,
momo

Angrboda

hugs you I hope you manage to get it all sorted out in the end.

Ysaurella

Amanda I hope everything to be fine soon. You’ll miss us too !

Dinosara

Aw, sorry to hear you won’t be around so much, and I hope things start working themselves out for you soon.

Shmiracles

so sad to hear. project new life 2013 commence!

Chelle

I understand how being here feeds our tea addiction. I hope your hiatus is short and things work out quickly for you!

silvermage2000

I am sorry to hear things are going rough for you. I hope things get fixed soon.

Tea and Trees

We’ll miss you! Can you give me a link to your Etsy shop?

Cavocorax

Teas and Trees: She has it posted on the right under her bio!

Momo: :( I hope you come back soon, but I understand why you feel leaving for a bit may be for the best.

momo

Yes, on my profile but here it is to make it easier to see also: http://blackbearlaboratory.etsy.com

I have to say though staying away from Steepster and not looking at anything involving tea does not make me want DT’s summer collection any less. Wahhhh.

TheTeaFairy

Miss you already, Momo… hope things will come around for you. I applaud you for having the courage to face this issue of yours. You’re on the right track and your fellow Steepsterites are supporting you :-)

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

I want to declare this my most favorite (or should I say favourite?) tea now. When I need more of it, I am so getting the giant bag+tin.

I just love to steep this as long as possible so all the leaf candies melt. It’s so sweet, maple and caramel are like my two favorite forms of sugars so that is why I love this tea so much.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

OH CANA-DRAMA!

So apparently my favorite hockey team is run by drama queens who took a player out MID-GAME AND SENT HIM OFF because they traded him. So to enjoy all the ridiculous rumors right now, like he’s going to 3 different teams, I figured this was a fitting tea as they are the Canadiens.

This is still super tasty, and somewhat of a soothing thing to drink so you do not blow up at people on the internets because you are too busy being like “it’s like drinking maple syrup!” to be mad. Now if only I could give it to people through the internet so they calm down…

Plunkybug

Ha ha ha! This is funny! :P

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
1212 tasting notes

I love Canada. I mean my favorite hockey team is the Canadiens. When I tell people I like hockey and Formula 1 they think I am Canadian (although really that always seemed more Finnish to me? And it was only after I said F1 that the Canadian question came up, surprisingly.) So when I first found out about this tea I knew I had to get some. I decided to blow all my birthday money on a big order and it came today and I immediately had to make Oh Canada right out of the box.

Let’s see, how many ways could this become my favorite tea (and make me start saying favourite)? I love rooibos, I love sprinkles, I love maple syrup, I love caramel.

And yes, I do love this. It’s sweet, but not cloying. It’s not something I would drink everyday and definitely not something I will drink at 5:30pm again anytime soon.

It tastes like maple syrup more than anything. I get a bit of caramel, but most of all I get a need to take another sip each time I stop. This tea and I are going to get along very well.

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82
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

FINALLY finished off the last of this… and ended up having the entire tea latte guzzled by my 2-year-old when I wasn’t looking! Looks like I have a fellow tea-lover in my midst, one that’s barely 3 feet tall. It’s a good thing we finished this tea too since I could definitely taste some staleness happening…

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82
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Not sure what is going on with this tea today, but it’s tasting super orange-y and earthy. Not getting a lot of chocolate this time around… so sad.

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

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82
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Our landlords are useless. Mice in the walls? Nothing is done, so we have to buy traps and catch them. Stove blows up? Still waiting on that one. Front & back walkways need to be shoveled? They leave shovels here for us to do it. The worst part? They’re my best friends parents, which means that even if we find another place I will still probably see them around.

So, for the past 20 minutes I have been outside, shoveling the walkway to the apartment that I am paying to live in when they should be paying me to do their job. I came inside and decided to reward myself by brewing up a cup of this tea. Yeah, I deserve it.

I’m not familiar with pu’erhs, having never tried one before, so I’m not sure how this one rates on that scale. On my scale, this tea is pretty freakin’ amazing! I’m not really a fan of those chocolate oranges, but I’m a fan of this tea! One thing though, I tried this in-store and the chocolate came through much more, but now that I have it at home I find it’s more orange-y. Not a horrible thing, just wish I tasted more chocolate.

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

Oh no! We should swap apartment stories… I don’t think there’s a good place to live anywhere in this city D:

My most recent story involved a crazy guy harassing us to the point of me having a screaming, weeping breakdown in the halls. Good ol’ apartment living.

Faith

Regina is notorious for horrible rental situations, plus it doesn’t help that there are no affordable vacancies anywhere!

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82
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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82
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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80
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
707 tasting notes

I’ve had this for a while but somehow never got around to trying it. I only bought 20 grams, but it is such a light tea that I got one of those little silver bags DT uses almost full. The smell of the dry leaves is fairly typical black tea, in my opinion. The steeped smell however, is a different beast. I smell honeyed notes, a natural sweetness that I LOVE to find in my black teas. Honestly I am in the mood for something with cococa notes, but I don’t think this will suit that need. Also, I’m having some almonds with this, so we’ll see what impact that has!

Almonds aside, this was surprisingly mild. I get a honeyed sweetness in the taste, but it’s not overbearing. There is no bitterness at all, and this is a very smooth tea. I don’t know that I can pick out any specific flavours, but I am loving this. It’s a nice easy drinking black tea, the kind that would make a good companion to a lazy afternoon with a great book. MMmmm…

Cattibrie

This is my favourite straight black tea.

Plunkybug

Sounds great! I wish I had a better sense of picking out flavour notes in straight teas.

Uniquity

I pushed this one to three steeps in my small/medium sized Gaiwan – The first two were really good but the third was a bit of a stretch, I think. Can’t fault a black tea that yields two delicious steeps, though!

@Cattibrie – I’ve had a couple plain blacks that I am crazy for, but they are largely inaccessible to me (Harney’s Golden Snail, Keemun Mao Feng). This one is a pretty good stand in though, and I do love some natural sweetness. Now I need DT to have a yummy Golden Snail-ish tea! : )

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90
drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

I am drinking this tea alongside some dark chocolate. It feels like such an indulgence!
The tea is a little more metalic than I’d like; I have a feeling I had the water slightly too hot, even though I let it cool several minutes before pouring.
But. It smells amazing, buttery and grassy and a little roasted; actually it reminds me of nuts a bit. And the colour is amazing. And I know how wonderful this tea can be. I’m glad I managed to snag some of this for free; I will enjoy going through it, especially if I can perfect my steeping method.

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