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ehhhh, not as good as Teaopia. (minus serious points!)
There’s something missing, that certain malty depth that makes tea so satisfying for me. It’s smoky, but still weak. I almost wonder how this one would taste with milk(minus points). The teaopia one was just fine on its own but I had to add some agave here(minus points!!)…
Not much else to say about this one, not when I’ve had so much better. If it wasn’t for that I think this would get maybe five extra points from me.
EDIT: ok so I may have been quick to judge… I tried this with milk and it’s a bit better. Bumping it a few notches. The Teaopia version would be terrible with milk so I assumed the same for this one!

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I use this in everything I cook. My wife calls it our “Frank’s Red Hot”. Anyhoo, I recently made a potato soup with this and it is amazing. Completely out of this world. It tastes like a loaded baked potato soup with bacon, but there’s no actual bacon in it! I don’t drink this tea, but if you’re looking for a way to add a lot of flavor to cooking without adding sodium or calories, this is definitely one to keep around!

…I sound like an ad >.>

teawing

What an interesting idea, I will try it!

Indigobloom

oh my, that is a great idea!! I’ll try it one day soon :)

Amanda Earl

i agree with you, IB, there is definitely something missing with this version of the tea. the malty depth is a good way to describe what’s missing. thanks!

Indigobloom

heh, glad I could help Amanda! :)
I find it a bit scratchy to. Like I need to clear my throat constantly.

Amanda Earl

scratchy…hadn’t noticed that yet. i’ll have to brew another cup :)

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98

(Backlogging) I had this yesterday morning. I love how this tea is sweet and minty.

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98

This is my favorite mint tea from David’s tea. The spices and the mint make a good combination and there a random sweetness but I don’t know which of the ingredients could be contributing to this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
1381 tasting notes

Hmmmm, I think I like it! alot!!!
this one reminds me of the coconut oolong I bought over Christmas, but more “green” (obviously) than oolong. There is a definite essence of walnut, with that same walnut taste in the back of the throat. Then there’s the coconut, which lends the sweetness to this brew. No sugar needed here! :-)
There is something else there, but I’m not sure if it’s the pineapple- most likely. It doesn’t taste unlike pineapple, but not especially so either.
If it wasn’t for the coconut oolong, this would get a 95 but because that other tea is SO similar, and I love that one, well I give this one a slightly lower score.
EDIT: The walnut, while good, has gotten a bit tiresome now that I am at the bottom of the cup. Down another few notches…
Second EDIT: The second cup is realllllllly smooth, as usual with a green or oolong, but it still takes me by surprise every time! It’s significantly more mellow now, but some of the walnut is lost. Hiking the rating back up! Like a rollercoaster this one…

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drank Cocomama Lime by DAVIDsTEA
150 tasting notes

I received this tea as sample with my David’s Tea order. I tried it hot and that may have been a mistake. I really don’t detect much of a coconut flavor which is odd because the tea to coconut ratio looks to be nearly even in the dry tea. Also, the lime tastes a bit bitter to me. The black tea is nice and almost understated, but then I come back to a bitter lime rind aftertaste.

I’m a HUGE David’s Tea fan, but this one s not one of my favorites. Sorry David…

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Yeah, I don’t care for this one either, but I always feel a little guilty about not liking a tea from Davids. They introduced me to tea and I love so many of their teas XD.

MaddHatter

When I first had this tea (as a take away tea) I thought it was over steeped… I found it slightly bitter and almost burnt. The second time I made it myself I only steeped it two minutes and it still was not great, it is not my go to tea for sure, but some what enjoyable.

Jenn

LadyKittyKat, I’ve only recently discovered David’s Teas, but I feel indebted to Mr. David in the same way you do. A company that produces so many taste bud pleasing flavor home runs is bound to produce one or two that don’t suite me. I guess it’s not all about me :)

Jenn

Erin, I love that David’s Tea is so generous with the samples! I wish that I could have brewed it at least one more time to see if I might have over steeped it etc. Alas, I think it was a limited addition spring tea anyway. My sample had fallen behind my Vitamix and I only just recovered it today, and it’s always fun to try something new.

MaddHatter

I think it is a permentant tea, I bought it late May? Or maybe they hadn’t run out yet?

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Erin, nope, it was a spring tea, they just still have a lot in stock. (because it’s gross >.>)

Jenn

Ladykittykat, your comment made me laugh aloud like a crazy person! I needed that this morning :)

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Always glad to help ;)

MaddHatter

Oh, wow… if it’s only intended to be seasonal, then left over stock say’s it all… I hope that is not the same case for “Movie Night”

Jenn

Movie Night is now a permanent part of the David’s Tea collection, so no worries about it being only seasonal. I love Movie Night :)

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I was really looking forward to trying this tea as I love pears and apples, but I was really disappointed with it. The pear and apple scent is strong but I found the tea had a somewhat metallic taste, which made it unpleasant to drink and detracted from the light, fruity flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

Mmmm, MMM!

Did not drink this today, I steeped 4 heaping (perfect scoops) in a 2cup measure of hot water, let cool and used it to make pancakes this morning. WOW! This really added to the Sunday Brunch affair! I topped the pancakes with a reduction of strawberries and honey and got RAVE reveiws!

This tea really BROUGHT-IT!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I’ve been itching to try cooking with tea… this sounds delish!!

MaddHatter

I don’t know if it can be called cooking, since it was a just add water package of pancakes, but today I thought, plain water is so boring… Hmmm, Blazin’ Strawberries is not my favourite sipping tea… Lets use this instead of water, end result… DELISH!

Indigobloom

hey cooking is cooking, no matter how easy! :P
and you get credit for the idea so… extra yum!

Jenn

Very nice! I’ve used almond milk steeped tea to make pancakes and waffles before, BUT I never would have thought if using Blazing Strawberries! Genius :)

MaddHatter

I am tempted to use Banana Daiquiri to make banana muffins… Hummmmm?

Jenn

DO IT! Banana Daiquiri muffins with a rum glaze or crumble! Yes…

DaisyChubb

Oh my gosh, I am drooling all over the place o_o

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100

Glanford KK Taste Note

First off, Thank-you DAVIDsTEA for such a generous donation to our Site, we are truly thankful!!

The children enjoyed watching the bamboo leaves dance in the botum as this tea steeped and they also noted a marked difference between how loose leaf tea smells as opposed to bagged tea. The site was split on opinion of how the leaves smelled, and were even more unsure of the tea after it was steeped.

I left the kids to decide for themselves if their tea needed to be sweetened, only a small handful requested either agave or sugar, but most were certian the tea did not need any sweetening. Most could taste the strawberries, and few could taste the peppercorns, everyone noted the bamboo and were shocked to learn there was bamboo in this tea.

The site average for rating the tea is noted.

Again, Thank-you DAVIDsTEA for such a generous donation to our program

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100

I had this one on a day I was in DAVIDs and just looking (like that is ever possible) I think this one may have been under steeped (if that is possible). You can smell the strawberries, but their taste is far more understated than the title suggests.

I might get this one over ice to go today and give it at least one more try before I completely give up on it.

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97
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Mmmmm! This is so my weekend tea!

I know I probably say the same times each time I log this tea, but today I made an entire 8 cup botum and have infused the leaves for a second time and… wow! I feel spoiled and decadent drinking this tea!

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97
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Oh so still delicious…

This tea is certianly my weekend pick me up tea! So for sure my weekend day start tea is this. Yumm! and this weekend I tried soaking the tea first in cool water; I understand this is probably not best for a flavoured mate, but it worked and I must say it did bring out the flavour slightly. I did notice that soaking the tea first made the chocolate far more subtle and gave this tea more of an amaretto taste as it helped bring the almonds to the fore front.

I can’t wait for next Saturday, already!

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97
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

Ummm, maybe not the best tea to have at 9pm, but when I purchased it today, I could not wait to get it home, and there was no paitence to wait for Sunday breakfast… Nope, not at all!

When I first smelled the leaves I was struck at how much this smelled like that horrid “Raspberry Mocha” from Starbucks. This left me a little leary to try it, but I figured there really was nothing to loose since there is only one tea from DAVIDs that I truly did not like (Dolce & Banana) This tea is fun to watch as it steeps and I am a little sad that I left my glass bodum at work, since the raspberries plump right up!

I could only smell the raspberries and chocolate, but taste the mild chicory and almond taste… we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

There is not a lot of this tea left. I wish DAVID’s offered tins that held just 50g, because this one is a once in a while dessert tea the large 100g tins makes this tea seem daunting. Does that make sense? I like this tea, but just in small, small doses…

Indigobloom

that makes total sense!! I’ve been searching for a 50, or even 25g tin for months! Afraid to use the dollar store variety, filled with all that BPA blech!

MaddHatter

Try TeaDesire, they have beautiful tins…
http://www.teadesire.com/categories.php?cat=62
They don’t have 50g tins, but they do have 25g and beautiful 100g tins that I have sitting on my kitchen counter.

Indigobloom

thanks MaddHatter! I’ll keep those in mind for sure. For now, I’m trying to stay local… shipping costs and all *sighs

Indigobloom

looks like they have some really nice teas, I wish I could order a bunch!!

MaddHatter

I’m not about to give this company anymore money for teas. I went into their Naniamo store, and nearly died! as a former sales rep for various companies I was shocked and appalled at their up-sales tactics and lack of friendliness, their oolongs are impeccable, but I am hard pressed to spend the money. But They are the only place I have found tins I like (until DAVIDs gets some new fashionable ones)

Indigobloom

oh. another one of THOSE companies. Le sigh…

Cattibrie

David does small personalized tins for weddings and such. I wonder if we emailed them on-masse if they would get the hint we want smaller tins and sell them un-personalized.

MaddHatter

I remember an employee mentioning that there is something in the works for smaller tins – but that could be just me perpetuating rumour?

KG

If you find tins somewhere else be sure to bring them into DavidsTea, as you can get a 50 cent discount off your tea by bringing in any tin, not just a DavidsTea tin (so long as you are getting 50 grams or more) :)

Amariel

Teaopia now has some small washi tins. Not too expensive, and with Davids, you can get nearly any amount of tea as I’m sure you know. I haven’t checked out to see whether Silk Road has any small tins.

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80
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
232 tasting notes

This was my “tea to go” today, myself and two other co-workers piled into my car for a trip to DAVIDs for a between shift purusal… uh-oh, 3 women in a tea shop is like a bunch of kids in a candy store screaming for the attentions of the one person behind the counter. But I must say she was calm cool and collected!

When I first sniffed these maple infused leaves I was hit in the face with so much syrup I worried that it would come off tasting like a D grade maple syrup, but I decided to take the plunge and who knew this would be so delightful?! Drinking it hot reminds me of winters huddled around troughs filled with snow eagerly holding that precious popcicle stick, breathing in the scent of fresh snow, fresh tapped trees adn boiling maple syrup and waiting, WAITING for that sticky boiled goodness to be poured over the snow so you can wrap your stick in it and stand cheeks rosey and toes frozen as you savour that maple goodness that makes Canada Great!

This is a great tea and my first Rooibos that will leave me looking for more on pancake and french toast Sundays!

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97
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1381 tasting notes

I accidentally oversteeped this! Egad!!
Not a good thing to do with this tea, that really does ruin the flavour when it sits for too long.
I didn’t get as much “whisky” flavour this time around. It was good, but I’ve had better steeps of this one. My bad *sighs
Oh, but I did do a second steep, and when it was still hot… I had a few sips of overwhelming peach!!! I’ve never seen that particular aspect present itself so strongly in this tea before. Who knew??
By the time it had cooled, the peach was well and gone of course. I wonder if I do more steeps next time, will I get an entire cup of peach? Hmmm. Usually, I don’t make it past two, maybe three… Me thinks I need to push atleast four!

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1381 tasting notes

After my last tea-scapade I needed something surefire to pick me up. and no surprise, this did the job! Two steeps and I was in heaven. See my previous notes for the reason why!
Only now I’m a bit traumatized… it’s been so long since I had a new yummy black tea, I’m feeling the burn man! (yes, I am an addict, and I don’t need help!)
I’m considering drastic measures here— Renting a Telus bike on my lunch hour tomorrow just to score some goods. ha! I’ll find that evasive wonder tea somewhere even if I get jitters trying!

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97
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1381 tasting notes

now here we have a novelty tea! but I love it.
The first infusion was heavy on the whisky, not letting much else come through. It was strong, and generally what I had hoped for, except that the peach was far too mild. The second infusion was even better! I could really taste the peach here and it became super smooth, almost creamy. The third infusion was more or less the same but weaker… enough so that I doubt it could have done a fourth.
Next time, I’ll try shorter infusions and see if I can get more out of it.
Either way, this one is naturally sweet, complex, drastically different between infusions, and overwhelmingly tasty!! nothing but good things to say about this one.
Oh ya, and eating the nuts/fruit afterwards is fun to! :P

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I never steep my whites for more than 30 seconds on the first infusion, it somehow makes them stronger. I will definitely have to try this one hot! De had it hot first and was blown away by it.

Indigobloom

ah, see I’ve always done it for a few minutes, but I will try it for 30 seconds next time! I keep forgetting…. typical me!

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100
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

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100
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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100
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

Still dying of allergies. Mom suggested a hot toddy, but I’m not in the mood for booze, so I added a few drops of honey and lemon to this….yum. It’s soothing, it’s helping my throat…love. So much love for this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Allergies have hit me full blown as well.Yikes! Guess I have no choice but to get this one… ;)

Jenn

I can’t wait to try this one!

MaddHatter

So wish I have not over done my tea allowance for this month… :) Hopefully this one will be popular enough to keep around a while.

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1351 tasting notes

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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100
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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