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100

I found out this was actually available today since the other cake-like-teas come out on the fourth, but my god. It’s amazing! I tried both iced and hot and they both taste equally yummy. From smelling the inside of the bag to steeping it; it always maintains the cake flavour. Plus the sprinkles inside make it super cute. I personally have a huge sweet tooth, so kudos to davidstea for this!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

This tea is getting a bit aged, but it’s still so good. And I’m planning to finish it soon. I think this tea is so amazing. I don’t like hibiscus, but somehow it works in this one. I don’t even know how! But again, it really works.

Oh I wish this one would come back…

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100
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

I’m having this one today again after not having it for a long while. I’ve reorganized my tea collection and moved it under the microwave on the microwave stand. While doing this, I decided it was time see what was nearly gone and condense things. I’ve got a bunch of small tins that I bought from Teaopia before they closed (they hold about 20-25g) and I moved all teas with small amounts into these tins. They are going to be the ones that I try to drink up first.

Anyway, onto the tea. I thought I’d have this one again as I can’t for the life of me remember what it tasted like. It is so perfect for tonight. I’ve been sick and I think I’m finally just about done the cold. So, this one was great ‘cause I could actually taste it really well! The strawberry is smooth and the ginger is a nice little zing! When I worked for the chocolate company, we had ginger chocolates and they were awful. I couldn’t stand them, and to see me liking this one is so funny. The ginger isn’t too strong, but gives the tea just a little something extra. I like the combination and how it seems to all flow so well.

I would definitely get this one again, but I will wait until I have more space in my tea area. I want to get the collection under a bit more control before I buy anymore. haha

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

I got a lot of those tiny tins too and do the same thing. Sipdowns and when I want to try a new flavour at Davids, that’s what I use them for :D

And oooh, I never thought of this one for when I’m feeling ill. I’ll have to try it next time since I’m sick of all things lemongrass.

TheKesser

Any idea if Davids would refill these tins? (I wouldn’t expect a discount or anything) ‘Cause then I could just get them to put some in it and off I’d go!

I never thought of Lemongrass when I’m not well either! I have a TON of Three Lemon Green and I’ve never once thought about drinking it while sick. I think I’ll try that!

Tina S.

They will fill any tin you bring in at Davids. If it doesn’t hold 50 or more there isn’t a discount but I just like saving the environment a little. The stickers don’t fit well though, so you have to get creative with them. :)

Lemongrass is a good one, I actually prefer it to the mint ones that are designed for illness. Its more soothing on my throat.

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100
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
512 tasting notes

In some ways I wish I had let it steep a little longer, but in some ways, I’m glad I didn’t. The strawberry is lovely as always, and the ginger adds a little extra kick to it which I really like too. But I think I have to agree with some of the others here. I think they need to take a break from the hibiscus. It is good but I find it to be overpowering in some blends, and it leaves a weird after taste.
I bet this one would be very nice without the hibiscus. I almost wonder how hard it would be to take out the hibiscus to try it.
Anyway, I think I may have to try this one iced as well ‘cause I’m sure it’ll taste good.

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100
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
229 tasting notes

This is a new fave and now a staple for my tea cupboard..this tea blows my mind with how good it is…

I must formally apologize to ginger for the bad rap I have been giving it over the years.

Every time I sip I mention an expletive followed by awe struck adulation..

yummmmmm.

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100
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
229 tasting notes

Oh my goodness….so delicious and lovely.

Was so scared to try it but it turns out this is a beautifully balanced tea.

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94

Yummmmyyy. I have been deciding what to place as my next DT order, and decided to try the pineapple oolong instead of ordering another batch of this (though I am sure I will order another batch very soon!)

Deliciously creamy sweet banana with a nice oolong flavour to round it out. An all time favourite. I’ve been hoarding this tea.. though that seems shameful as it is so delightful, why not just drink it when I want? … I may just have to do that.

Side note: I’m going bungee jumping today and I’m nervous! OHHH my I hate heights. But.. I should live for the day. Much love Steepsters!

Indigobloom

ohmygoodness! have fun!!!

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94

I am giving this another taste using different brewing methods (thanks for the suggestions Krystaleyn!)
I have used about 4-5 oz of water and used a large basket that perfectly fits in the cup. This allows the leaves full room to move around, and the ability to remove them easily when the steep time is up. I also drastically changed steep times from Davids tea’s suggested times. So far I have gotten 5 very deliciously sweet and creamy banana oolong steeps from 2 tsp of tea. It is definitely still going strong. My steeping times were as follows: 30s, 30s, 45s, 50s, 60s…

Due to school demands I am unable to write an individual steeping analysis, but let me tell you – ITS ALL AMAZING! Honestly, if you like the taste of sweet creamy banana things, I suggest you try this. As well, the oolong flavours become more prominent as the steepings progress. It is making me crave Ti Kuan Yin.

More beginners like myself need to be very forewarned about some of the terrible steeping suggestions on the Davids Tea packages… I now realize what I was missing.

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

Yeah, this one’s good… I’m not actually sure I’ve tried it with super short infusions yet, but it seems to take to nearly anything I try with it. So good.

Lynne-tea

Your milk oolong comment made me think of trying to find a different steeping method that would be better, as my steeping times were too long.. after some research I decided to try short steeping times to see what that was like (.. if I didn’t like it, it was easy enough to steep longer!). It worked. This is my new approach to oolongs.

Kittenna

Awesome, I’m glad it helped you! :D Sometimes I’m lazy with my oolongs and give them 3 minutes, but other times I want to experience them more and go with shorter infusions. Oolongs are delicious.

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94

Okay so I am really supposed to be writing an organic chemistry formal lab report, but instead I have to write about this tea (it’s more interesting anyway).
Dry: straight up oolong and banana chunks. Delightful.
Liquor: 1st steep- it does taste like bananas. I wish it tasted like bananas a little more. Nice oolong flavours. 2nd steep- it tastes less like bananas and more like oolong. Which is okay, but I want more banana. hmmph. 3rd steep- This tastes like watery oolong and where the heck did my banana go!??!
--overnight rest——
4th steep + added banana slices! – HOLY BANANA OOLONG. It tastes like I’m on a banana rocket ship bursting off into a creamy milky way. Amazing. I will incorporate this step into the 3rd steep on from now on. I suggest you try it. Your buddies of taste will thank you.

I took some marks off simply because the banana flavour did not stick around anywhere near long enough.. but the added banana slices made it everything I wanted and more!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I love this tea, and in my experimentation with it, I seem to be finding that leaving the tea ball sitting wet overnight (after 1, 2, 3 steeps) and brewing it up the next day results in amazing banana flavour. It’s like the banana needs more time to break down than just the length of time you initially steep it for (which is limited because of the oolong). I need to test this out some more, but it’s delightful with the extra banana flavour! I got 6 steep out of a generous cup’s worth of leaves once, and it was still going strong! (I stopped there because I was sick of oolong by then).

Lynne-tea

Thanks Krystaleyn! I did leave the tea overnight after my third steep, but decided to just add banana anyways (as I had to pour out over half of the third steep due to it tasting like nothing). Maybe I jumped the gun in adding the banana slices too quick, but I do not regret it for a second! The added banana is outrageously good (plus I since I don’t eat my bananas.. I have to use them somehow!)
I ended up getting 7 healthy steeps out of this. I could have kept going but I was like you and got sick of oolong. But now I crave it again.. guh.

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62
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

Brewing infusion has a nice mix of tart and citrus aromas.

This tisane would probably be best as a cold brew with a bit of sweetener added.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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62
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

1.5 tbsp used for 375 ml

Hibiscus flavour overpowers the flavour just a little bit too much but there is a refreshing citrus flavour present which is complimented by the eucalyptus. There are definite sweet notes but they are mostly taken over by the tartness.

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

It’s funny you didn’t love this one, it’s my fav iced tea. I love it with Gin and Tonic :)

Stephanie

I can’t really picture how citrus eucalyptus would taste but I’m intrigued

Indigobloom

wow I haven’t had this one in ages! Miss your frequent posts around here :)

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62
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

I was served this as the Tea of the Day at my local David’s Tea.

This tisane was served on ice. It was slightly tart but had a nice balance of flavours

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

I was served this as the Tea of the Day at my local David’s Tea.

This tisane is too sickly sweet for my liking. It smells and tastes overwhelming like maple syrup.

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66
drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

I used 2 and 1/2 scoops of dry leaf for 473 ml.

Noticeably bitter, but the bitterness is balanced out with the chocolate flavour; it makes the tea have a dark-chocolate feel . The strawberry flavour peeks out a little bit and mixes well with the chocolate. This tea is not overly floral- the rose taste just barely makes its way through and blends nicely with the chocolate and strawberry taste

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

This tea does well at the lower infusion temperature. I’m not detecting any bitterness and the artificial aftertaste that I was detecting before (at a boiling infusion) is muted.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Indigobloom

I’ll keep that in mind when I try mine again, thanks Raritea!

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76
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

Strange aftertaste which I believe comes from the added flavouring.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 375 OZ / 11090 ML

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76
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.

Astringency is not present with a shorter infusion time. Sweetness present. I really like the mint paired with the black tea base. The candy canes gives a soft savoury sweetness that trails into the aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

Black tea flavour definitely present. Peppermint flavour throughout which is well balanced with the black tea. A little bit thin on the start but blooms on the finish into a very full sweet taste. The feel of this tea reminds me of drinking a cup of of thick hot chocolate. The flavour reminds me of chocolate mint. The slightest bitterness is present on the finish but not so much to make this drink an unpleasant experience.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
614 tasting notes

I drank this tea as a ‘Tea of the Day’ sample at David’s Tea. It was served iced.

The flavour that stood out the most was a peach-like flavour. This tea was very bitter.

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83
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

In an attempt to finish (or at least try) all of the 4872876548 samples that I have, I decided that I would make a goal to finish all of the ones that the wonderful Bonnie sent me forever and a half ago (thanks again, Bonnie!).

I decided that since it’s still early (well, early-ish), I decided to pick this first out of my remaining selection as it’s coffee and it fits the theme. I did a quick (15 seconds?) rinse of this to get rid of the the fishy smell and then I brewed at 200 degrees for 5 minutes. This is good! I wouldn’t say I like it as much as the chocolate orange pu-erh, but I like this one a lot! It has a nice and smooth coffee flavor (like when you get iced coffee and it tastes like coffee but without the harsh bitter edge to it) and it also has a nice caramel flavor to it. This is good! Actually, the more I drink it, the more I like it! This will definitely be going in the basket with my next DAVIDsTEA purchase! I plan on steeping this one again and making a latte (as par Bonnie’s directions). I think that will be heaven on earth!

Thanks again Bonnie!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Good job!

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81

I’ve now finished the 25g of Collection bag I had. I came back to this one each time I had a cold/flu or even a hint of it over the last two months, and it never failed me. With a dollop of honey, this tea was a great pick-me-up. Glad I got some!

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81

And now, for the hot rating. I had this one at 100oC, Steeped for around5 minutes in a DT perfect mug to keep all the goodness in. A small dollop of honey was added. I’ve upped the rating for the hot tea.

So yesterday was the coldest day of the year thus far in SE Australia. Combined with my currently woefully insulated house, I spent the entire day blowing my nose. As in literally the entire day, I could get about a one minute break before needing another tissue. Not the way I’d intended spending Easter Monday. By about dinner time, I’d gotten so sick of the nose blowing I ended up taking some cold and flu tablets to stop the dribbling. By 10 pm I was actually able the get to sleep, which was a huge improvement (though I had that drug induced blocked dry nose. At least waking up very few hours for more water was better than not being able to sleep due to the runny nose). Anywho, by the time I woke up this morning the congestion had left my sinuses and move to my chest. Ick.

But then, my newly cleared head remembered the previously cold steeped Strawberry Ginger on my teashelf! Perhaps the ginger with a hit of strawberry and honey would be beneficial.

1st steep: the scent of the hot brew is fantastic! The tea smelled less tart than when iced, the strawberry and ginger were more prominent. The colour, just as when iced, is a deep magenta. The taste is much more a strawberry ginger blend rather than the tarter tea I tasted when iced. The strawberry and ginger are both easily identified, and are a tasty combination. The bit of honey I added made the tea extra tasty. I can feel the ginger doing lovely things to my throat. Very enjoyable.

2nd steep: a paler pink, and the ginger is more prominent in the smell and taste. Still very tasty.

Overall: I think I’ve enjoyed this one more hot than iced, and have upped the rating accordingly. Definitely worth a try hot for anyone wondering, and quite good on my sniffles!

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81

I had this one yesterday after returning from the weekend market in my city. It had unexpectedly warmed up (oh March/April in Tasmania, so unpredictable!), so the boyfriend and I decided iced tea was the way to go. I did his Pink Flamingo in the steeper, so I made mine in a cocktail shaker (so easy, the best lazy iced tea option – just chuck everything in, water, ice tea sweetner etc, shake to mix and leave to steep for the required time then pour!). It was pretty warm yesterday, so I ended up having almost three different steeps in one brew!

I poured my first one after 5 minutes. The flavour in the first steep was a bit mild, almost like a gentle green. I could taste the tartness, as well as a bit of sweetness (not sure if it was the strawberry or the agave I added…). The colour was a mild pink, almost a salmon pink. I topped up the glass at 8 and 12 minutes with the remainder of the shaker contents. The colour and flavour became increasingly strong, the tartness and sweetness were more pronounced and the tea became tastier. I enjoyed all the flavour levels, but think the stronger one was best.

Overall opinion? Tasty as an iced tea (will have to try hot), especially when left (or forgotten!) to steep. Not as good as Pink Flamingo, and while I enjoyed it I don’t think I’d order some (not worth the international shipping), though I’d probably grab a cup or two if I lived closer to a DT!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Grabbed my usual 10g of this one today when at the store to try it out. Dry it smells lovely, all lemony with no backhints or anything making me question if I’m going to like it. Once brewed my first sips were mostly a light lemon flavouring, making me wonder where the cream was, other than in the ever so slight floaties I saw as I pulled my infuser. A few more sips and I found the cream and it added a nice note. As the cup cooled, though, I found that I noticed the flavour less and less, and just kept drinking it because it was there more than anything else.

It is a nice tea, but I don’t think I’ll be restocking since I already have a white lemon which I prefer. Still, this is the first tea from Davids in a while that I’ve given a solid ranking to!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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