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83

I was quite surprised by this tea. I didn’t expect to really like it, but it’s actually pretty good!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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78

I got this tea after a suggestion of using it for allergies. Of course I got it at the tail end of allergy season, so didn’t really get to put that theory into practice, but we’ll see next year I guess. It’s a pretty spicy tea, but good for every once in a while!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Night Out by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

My husband and I both really like this one! It’s pretty tasty. I generally dream a lot anyway, so I can’t say if it did anything for me, but he swears he’s had some vivid dreams after drinking this one!

Uniquity

I want them to bring this one back!! I;ve got a little over 50 grams left : (

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87
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

When I first got this tea, I tried it and thought it was alright, then kind of forgot about it. But I tried it again recently, and you know what? It’s actually pretty darn good! It’s really got some great flavours in there that really come through. I sweeten my tea, so I’m not sure if that’s what helped, but after giving it a second chance, it’s become part of my regular list of go-to teas!

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

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80
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

This tea is pretty nice, and it’s a good one for a long day in a cold office since, being an oolong, you can re-steep it several times. I agree that it takes some getting used to, but I quite enjoy it now.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

This is one of my all time favourite teas – when it came back to the shelves of David’s Tea again this fall, I almost jumped for joy since my supply was getting to the ends (even though I was trying to ration it!)!!

This tea is so warm tasting and full and.. perfect. It’s like a warm hug on a cool fall day (not to sound too cheesy). I have to stop myself from drinking this one exclusively and give my other teas a chance!

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

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100
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
20 tasting notes

This is one of my all time favourite teas – when it came back to the shelves of David’s Tea again this fall, I almost jumped for joy since my supply was getting to the ends (even though I was trying to ration it!)!!

This tea is so warm tasting and full and.. perfect. It’s like a warm hug on a cool fall day (not to sound too cheesy). I have to stop myself from drinking this one exclusively and give my other teas a chance!

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

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60
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

This tea was kind of disappointing. I got it as a gift, and it sounds like it would be a great tea, but on first sniff it smelled strongly of berry bubblegum. Fruity to the max, but in an artificial kind of way. Once steeped, the flavour is very similar to the scent. The bubblegum is slightly toned down, but it’s still not the true berry flavour I would have liked.

I had a friend over who quite liked this tea, and the friend who gifted it to me loved it, too, so I think I’m the only one who’s getting this artificial kind of bubblegum note.

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

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72
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
141 tasting notes

I don’t have a lot of experience with lavender as a flavoring component so I was going into this one blind.

The fragrance is strong of coconut and very subtly minty. Since mint isn’t listed as an ingredient, I’m guessing that’s how I was interpreting the lavender.

When prepared, there was a faint slick at the top of the cup which I’m guessing was coconut oil. There was a creaminess to this and the coconut flavor was very strong. I picked up a very faint wintergreen or peppermint note and a tart-floral finish. There’s a lingering coconut aftertaste.

I received a sample of this with my recent order. It definitely isn’t something I would have selected on my own but I was pleasantly surprised by how good this turned out.

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

Thanks for the post, Paul. I’ve been considering this tisane for a while, but the coconut made me hesitate. I’ve enjoyed the effect of cococut in David’s Cocoa Paradiso, so I might try Jessie’s next.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I find some red rooiboses, especially when super-fresh, give off a slight mintiness.

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96
drank Baked Apple by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

David’s Tea! I am impressed.

I’ve tried three of their Holiday teas tonight, and each has been delicious and remarkable on its own merits. I wasn’t sure about ending the night with this, but now I’m glad I did! It’s perfectly sweet and cider-like. This was another tea that I loved to look at in the tin.

A bit like David’s Forever Nuts, with a nice apple-cinnamon edge to it.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I just read about this one on the David’s site yesterday … the anise stopped me, as I really don’t care for it, but I might buy a sacrifical amount to store in a clear jar just for looks. Do you taste much anise?

Beckara

You know, I didn’t really. But then, I don’t hate anise, so I might not have picked it out as easily or as readily as someone who doesn’t like it. I’m going to drink the tea again today, and I’ll get back to you on whether or not I can taste it. I’ll look for it. But, seeing as it’s something with such a strong flavour, I’ll say that is enough going on in the tea that you won’t notice it.

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

I have not discovered a tea that has brought this much satisfaction in a long time. But I do have a bone to pick with it!

First, I find the title to be misleading. The tea contains subtle hints of nuts, but nothing that would deserve to be chosen as the main element. Instead, I like to think of this tea as “apple crisp meets oatmeal cookie” (and what a delightful reunion it is).

I love the color, however! I feel a bit giddy every time I see the crystal clear water change to a vibrant (almost violent?) pink.
For a mild tea, it still demands attention. Surprisingly, I cannot consider this tea as “weak” but instead as “delicate”. The initial sip is decidedly apple, with a slight spicy aftertaste on the sides of my tongue. An indescribable sweetness ties the whole thing together into a cup of absolute pleasure.

50g bag? 100g tin? 250g tin? May I just buy the huge tin off the wall?
To be consumed in a clear cup for maximum enjoyment.

[EDIT] I decided to give this tea another steep to see how it faired. Giving it 8 minutes with boiling water, the tea still retained it’s beautiful pink shade. It had a slightly less emphasis on initial apple flavor, and a larger emphasis on the spice and nuts after. I think I will resteep this one more often.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Jaime

“apple crisp meets oatmeal cookie”?

Yeah, this one’s going to be on my next David’s order!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Ooh, I like the sound of the second steep. Must try.

DecemberMint

Mmm yes! I’m definitely going to be steeping this one twice from now on :) I tried it for a third time today, no good though — the flavor just seemed weak. But I’m likin two :D

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84

This tea smells like Welch’s grape jelly!

This tea promises delicious grapey-ness, and I can definitely taste it. It has a nice grape aftertaste too it as well. The white tea’s flavours are so light that, of course, they’re a bit overpowered by the grapes and other ingredients, but not so much that you loose the tea taste entirely.

I love looking at white teas in the tin. I don’t know why, but something about the texture of the leaves is something that makes me happy.

(Random fact: While writing this, a Welch’s juice commercial came on A&E! I think it’s a sign?)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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98

At the suggestion of one of the girls at my local David’s tea. I had this as a latte! Like ‘Read My Lips’ and other chocolate teas, I do prefer them with milk, anyway. This tea tasted just like Lindt’s dark chocolate with chili peppers: that dark chocolate bitterness and a bit of a bite from the peppers!

It reminds me of a really great cup of hot chocolate! This will certainly be a new indulgence for me.

Paul M Tracy

You really can’t beat a chocolate/chili combo.

Beckara

It’s the best! And the fact that it’s a tea? Extra good!

Michelle Butler Hallett

I started drooling when I read about this tea on the David’s site yesterday … now I’m convinced.

Beckara

It makes me weep with excellence.

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73
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

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80
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

I admit, I was a little hesitant about this intially — Peppercorns? With chocolate and mint? But I am always willing to try something once!
I actually really enjoy this tea. I find chocolate teas usually fall short of expectation, but this one has a full body flavor with a sweet mint finish. The aroma of the tea leaves seem sweet, but the steeped leaves more accurately reflects the minty flavor. There does seem to be a slight film that collects on the top when the tea begins to cool, but it doesn’t affect the flavor.
Plus the minature lip candies are cute!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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80

Mmmm, it tastes as good as it sounds. Looking in the bin at the store, what an interesting mix. I had mine with milk and sugar, just like dessert!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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85

This tea has a really unique and pleasant flavor to it. When you first open the package you definitely pick up on the sweet raspberry and pomegranate fragrance. When you steep it, it transforms into a light refreshing green tea with a mild sweetness from the fruits, finishing with a rather agreeable tartness. I like to enjoy this tea in a smaller mug at any time of day.

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

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92
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
328 tasting notes

This is a mint tea w a note of chocolate. Like a desert mint tea. Maybe it is the chocolate- maybe it is the peppercorns, but those additions give a mildness and sweetness to the peppermint. I would recommend this tea.

Michelle Butler Hallett

The sister tea to this one, Love Tea #7, is really good, too.

Lori

Great! I purchased that one as well..

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83

Enjoyed a cup of this last evening to “unwind” after putting the girls to bed…. still recovery from surgery (thank goodness my husband took off this week to be my nurse) At first I was a little concerned, (ok VERY concerned) because the cup smelled like black licorice after steeping. I hate black licorice! But when I took my first sip it was a nice mix of mint and camomile. Very enjoyable to taste, just had to get past the smell of licorice!

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80
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

Something I love about Rooibos tea is that I can just leave them in the water forever and they never get bitter or overpowering. Which is great, because one of my glass strainers practically demands that the tea be left in. I got it from work! Part of my company designs promotional products for other companies to hand out—etc, and they recently got a sample for a double-walled glass tea strainer that companies can put their logos on. Because I’m the resident tea drinker it was given to me to test out! I love company perks when there is tea involved! (and the strainer isn’t too bad, either!)

This particular tea is great on its own, with lots of flavour and sweetness. It reminds me a little bit of Buttered Rum, by David’s tea. It has a similar taste, but it’s like it’s red tea cousin. Quite nice! I liked it, very much.

Preparation
8 min or more
Michelle Butler Hallett

Mmmm, been tempted to order this. My local shop carries a caramel-infused red rooibos. I’m enjoying green rooibos more and more these days.

Beckara

It’s true! I’m becoming more and more a fan of rooibos in general! I would def. suggest trying some of that caramel-infused rooibos from your magic tea shop!

LauraR

Mmmmm! Buttered Rum? Drool.

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73

This was a free sample I received in a recent order.

The tea has a sweet, clean, traditional “tea” fragrance. For a majority of Americans, this is probably what they imagine when you say “tea.”

Prepared, it’s slightly sweet and vegetative with a moderate amount of astringency. This would be a good everyday and all-day-long tea. If I get a chance to make another purchase from DavidsTea, I’d probably throw a bag of this in as a staple item.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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72

There’s an incredible fragrance to this tea; sweet, malty and fruity. The appearance is very uniform with somewhat short segments.

The taste has a strong green tea base (which I think is required for a good flavored green tea) with notes of caramel and stone fruit. There’s also a sort of slick, creamy mouth feel to the tea which enhances the sense that it contains caramel.

On a later cup, I thought I’d try adding some agave sweetener. I thought its natural malt and toast flavor might really bring out the caramel. I was wrong. The sweetener totally ruined the cup. This tea is great by itself so leave a good thing alone :-)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Surprise! Delicious balance of mint and warming spices. Refreshing. Makes me break into a light sweat, which would be great on a hot day for cooling off. I got a sample amount in a recent order from DavidsTea, and I may add this to my next order. I’ve drunk mint and mint greens before, but the sharpness and, well, playfulness of this blend is fun. I can’t taste the fennel, which is good. Love the cardamom.

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

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77
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
193 tasting notes

I can taste the pumpkin, which is nice… however I am not sure I would categorize this as a chai for myself. The spice is not very strong. I am enjoying this cup of tea but it is not one of my favorites from my recent order. (I think my favorite is the Buttered Rum!!!)

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