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75
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Very fruity. Smells like citrusy mango; tastes like citrusy mango. The mango is definitely more apparent in the smell, though. Great for a nice, light afternoon cup. Still can’t taste the white tea though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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75
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this one as I do all fruity teas with their light flavours and natural sweetness. The dry tea smells very fruity with overtones of citrus, making me think of a tropical juice blend… which is great, because I quite like to drink tropical juice blends! :D

Once steeped, I find the tea to be a bit less than I was hoping. Although pleasantly sweet, with mango and citrus the dominant flavours, it is weaker than I’d like, and I can’t detect the white tea at all. However, its very tropical flavour and ample sweetness make me want to keep a small bit of it in the cupboard…. and to try it iced, as I noticed that the flavour improved as it cooled.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I had a cuppa brewed up at the shop, it was wonderful! I just wish I’d tried it before I was halfway home, I would have purchased 100 g!

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84
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

Apparently this tea has gotten some mixed reviews here. Personally, I love it and am sad that I’m drinking one of my last cups until they hopefully bring it back. Maybe I like weak tea… It’s hard to say. I love the combination of the banana and nut taste- sweet and delicious!

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80
drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Day 65 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge. More backlog catchup!!

I found that this had a… rounder, sweeter flavour than the mint did. In something like chewing gum, I might prefer it. However, in tea, I much prefer the straightforwardness of the regular mint.

I oversteeped it the first time, which brought this out more. However, I still got it a second time around (new leaves) with a much shorter steep, though to a lesser extent. Short steeps help, but I still prefer the peppermint amour.

My mom loves mojito and mint teas, and she likes both of these as well. I’m slowly beginning to understand her tea preferences, even if my own seem much broader! (My tea selection has long-surpassed hers to the point that I’m storing most of it in my room to not clog the kitchen. …eep?)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
50 tasting notes

Backlogging:
I have a hard time loving Oolong, but I love Kombucha so this one makes it in my good graces. This one is so totally awesome dude (psychedelic even) :) It’s lovely and tropical and I’ve had it straight and with milk, and I think i prefer it without. If you have a hard time with Oolongs, try this one. Becareful to follow brewing instructions, it can be bitter if you oversteep.

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

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79
drank Saigon Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

Day 79 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.

2.5tsp in my two cupper.

It smells SO FANTASTIC — like a spice cake. And this comes out a bit in the taste a bit as well. Buuut…. it oversteeps easily, and doesn’t resteep well.

I think that it would’ve tasted great if I’d had the first cup with milk in it — it was a little strong on its own, but it was too strong for the milk the second time. I’m going to have to try it again — perhaps as a milk tea and see how it tastes that way. I think it would be much improved.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Uniquity

This tea requires some milk or sugar to work for me. I also steep it maybe 2.5 minutes. It’s SO tempermental.

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90
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

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99

Wow! I was very much in doubt that this tea would be as amazing as the reviews suggest. It sounded good, but not particularly special… rooibos with cinnamon, I could blend that on my own, right? Well, definitely not like this!
The smell is good, pretty much cinnamon with a bit of cloves, but not very strong as I would’ve expected. But the taste… whoa! It’s soooo rich! Cinnamon-y indeed, but also sweet, very sweet! The citrus oil also adds a really nice light note of tartness, just in the back of the mouth, to make the blend even more complex. I often forget how rich rooibos makes blends, but when used right, like here, it really is quite amazing.
Now, I understand the hype!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Faith

It’s especially good in recipes too!

Eisenherz

Oh I bet, the taste is so bold! I bet it would fit well in most desserts, I’ll need to try that out, thanks!

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7
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
160 tasting notes

What a day for disappointments!!! Today, I am traveling for a few days to visit my brother in the US. I woke up early and when I got to the airport I found out that my flight had been delayed until 5:50pm!!! My connection got ruined, my short trip just got shorter, and worst of all, I am going to have to stay in a hotel in Miami and get up at 3am to catch a plane…. I am not a happy camper… And I am very annoyed at American Airlines for doing nothing to let me know about an entire days worth of delay… Oh well…

So, I spent the day at work and made some of this tea. I was very excited to try this one. I was hoping that I would love it. I did not. It was a sad experience. A days worth of disappointments…

The dry tea leaves smelled like paint thinner. I was very very confused. The more I sniffed, the more I was sure that it smelled very chemical. I was weary to brew it, but I went ahead and prepared it.

The brewed tea was a nice orange color. The scent, sadly, still strongly resembled paint thinner. My office smelled like it had just been painted. Was this tea really drinkable!?! Would I live through ingesting something resembling paint thinner? Time to find out.

Unsweetened it tasted very chemically with an aftertaste of freshly painted office. Sweetened with Splenda it tasted initially of dough and nuts, but quickly transitioned into paint… I gulped it down hanging on to the doughy flavor, but in the end my mouth was invaded by a chemical paint thinner ghost of a flavor. The scent of paint thinner that persisted in the empty cup was so strong that I had to get up and rinse it out. I simply could not sit and work to that smell… I can’t believe I actually drank the entire cup of this…

I think that this negative review is highly influenced by my terrible mood, but I am sure I will never try this again. If anyone is interested in this tea, I will gladly send it out to you!!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
momo

:( sorry about your bad day! I was driving down a street today and something smelled like chocolate chip cookies at first and then it turned out to be overwhelmingly PAINT. Can’t say now I ever want to try this tea after seeing a couple people say it smells like it, yikes.

K S

Suddenly I feel better about my day. Hope things are looking up soon. Every tea I have tried with apple in it has that smell to me.

TeaBrat

I did not really like this one either…

Dinosara

Sorry to hear about your travel woes… hope things go as smooth as they can from here on out!

smartkitty

I hope you find a better tea to drink in the evening :( Bad tea on a bad day is the worst.

TheTeaFairy

after your misfortune, sounds like you really needed a decent tea to cheer up on…I think this tea is an aberration and should be forever removed from DT’s collection. Yurk, you reminded me how awful it tastes like! I hope you were able to indulge into something that made you feel better :-)

Bonnie

I think you are spot on!

Mélissa

You should’ve checked the reviews on this one before buying… A real bummer.

ScottTeaMan

How long are you in the States?!

Ninavampi

@ScottTeaMan- Only until today today! It was too quick and spontaneous of a trip to plan anything or order any tea… But at least I had a good brief vacation!

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54
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
226 tasting notes

smells exactly like apple cinnamon granola bars.

Tastes like unsweetened porridge.
Pleasant and warming.
Can see this as a night time relaxing tea.

Overall a future staple wellness tea.

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Sipdown! 820.

Delicious last cup of this, but I’ll take a break from it for a while. It’s good, but there are just so many other teas to try. This was definitely one of my “gateway” teas though – one that made me switch from sugary coffee lattes to straight tea!

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

jay-zus! 820??? that’s the highest number i’ve ever seen (yes, i know, you have 821 further down). Is that the quivalent of a (wo)man cave full of tea?

Kittenna

Yeah, something like that! A bunch of them are fairly small samples but yeah… I really do have that many different teas kicking around here. In fact, more than that, because there are a few swap samples from Sil that I haven’t yet added…

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Mmmmmmmm. Still adore this one. About a cup’s worth left of it now too. I hadn’t had it with proper water and such lately, since it sat at work for quite a while, but since I do most of my writing from home, I brought it here to enjoy properly.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Oh work tea (aka work brewing conditions)…. you are truly so terrible :( I almost don’t even want to drink this cup of tea because it’s just Not. Very. Good. And I know the tea is great.

I think I’m going to take the last of this bag to brew at home… and have my boyfriend take me to pick up 2 more thermoses at Costco. I’m so spoiled by tea at home, it’s just gross here now :( I’d rather brew 5 thermos-fuls of tea in the morning and nurse them through the day instead of attempting to make tea here. Blech. :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

What thermoses do you get from Costco? The Contigo no-spill mugs, or something else? (I need new thermoses/mugs, hence the curiosity!)

Kittenna

Yes – my mom and I picked up a 2-pack of the Contigos for Christmas, and I love mine. Well worth the price! I know Sil has about 4 in her house too, and they work awesomely. Keep the tea hot, and is the more important criterion for me, leakproof (not that I’ve tested it too much though, but it’s certainly better than the mug that spilled in my backpack before Christmas and soaked everything in Genmaicha…)

Sil

The mugs are pretty awesome. We do have 4 in our house, and i bring 2 in to work with me everyday. The keep the temperature pretty well and don’t leak. Mine don’t have a lock like Kittenna’s, but unless the button is being pressed, they don’t leak…and if they’re upright even pressing the button won’t necessarily = a leak.

OMGsrsly

Ahh, perfect. I have one, but I’ve dropped it a few times. I should go pick up another set! I find that as long as they don’t lay on their sides for too long, they’re good. Mine sometimes leaks if it’s just laying there, but it’s more of a dripping than a torrent of tea.

Kittenna

I have found that if the lid is wet (i.e. just washed) when I put it on, I will get leakage… but it clearly was just water, not tea, so my fault, not the mug’s!

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Backlog from Saturday. This one also suffered from travel-mug-brewing syndrome, and didn’t taste very good until it had cooled down quite a bit (and even then, it tasted a bit off). Since this one usually tastes good even when brewed at the office, I conclude that brewing in a travel mug that doesn’t let heat escape is Not A Good Idea. Sorry Timolino, that infuser you come with is probably never going to be used again…

Cavocorax

Is that the Timolino mug from DavidsTea? I splurged on one with some bday money and I love how leakproof it is, as well as the secret compartment in the lid. I can’t believe how well it keeps the heat in. I’ve been known to forget tea for 4+ hours and it’s sorta a bonus to come back to warm tea then. I’ve learned to take the lid off after brewing if I plan to drink it any time soon.

Cavocorax

Does it actually taste like chocolate?

Kittenna

Yup, it’s the Timolino from DavidsTea, and it’s certainly amazing how long it can keep tea hot! Unfortunately I prefer my tea warm, so it’s annoying sometimes, so I usually brew the tea in a mug, then let it cool a bit before pouring it into the Timolino. I learned, however, that it’s not leakproof if you put scalding tea in it and turn it upside down (or if you forget the little rubber hidden compartment bit!)

I’m not sure that this tea actually tastes like chocolate or hot chocolate, but I quite like it, and found it to be a pretty darn good replacement for the super sweet lattes that I used to buy. I’d say it’s worth giving a try!

Helena

awww.. poor Timolino! I love a travel mug that can keep my drink at the right temp for hours. If you leave the lid off for a little bit or add cold water to it that might help keep it at a warmer temp for you. I don’t know how that will effect the taste though :D

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Grr, my data is being all stupid. What’s the point of a program that does automatic calculations of area under the curve when it doesn’t work properly and you have to do it manually anyways!? GAH!

In other news, this tea is delicious. I feel like I should stop drinking it so that I can keep it around longer so I don’t have to buy more, since I need to not be buying tea…. which kind of makes sense, but really is more backward than anything! :P Ah well. It’s one of the best replacements I’ve found so far for the sugar and fat-laden coffee beverages I used to buy from Second Cup a little too often…. and it comes without the upset tummy! Joy!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Oh I totally have that problem. Trying to get rid of some of my samples/teas I won’t reorder, but I keep drinking the ones I really like!

gmathis

I hate numbers that won’t stand still and let me beat them into submission.

Kittenna

Hahaha, pretty much, gmathis! >:(

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Another office tea I haven’t had in ages. Mmmmmm, delicious!! I frequently forget how much I actually really love this one. It’s still a great substitute for a specialty coffee drink without all the calories, in my opinion!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

mmm, I love Check Mate! I have just one teaspoon left and it’s been sitting in my stash untouched until I decide to do a DT order. Then I can drink it.

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

First tea I’ve had at work in a long time! And I brewed it perfectly. Heavenly!

tigress_al

This tea is so awesome when it is brewed perfectly, but can be finicky!

Fjellrev

I was going to buy this next time I make an order or visit a store. Sounds so good!

Bonnie

This tastes great! At first..average…but it grows on you…then you love it!

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Revisiting another tea I haven’t had in ages. Mmmmm, it’s good. I do think though, that this one may have been bumped by Malted ChocoMate, so I probably won’t be drinking it as often (or restocking much). I do like it, but for a caffeinated, treat-like afternoon-pick-me-up, I think my vote is now going to go elsewhere. No decrease in rating though; I still enjoy the lovely coconut/malty chocolate flavour.

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

I’m glad this gets good ratings by so many, it’s definitely going on my next order list!

Kittenna

Worth it.

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

I think I might be losing my love of this one. Or, I brewed it incorrectly. Either way, wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great, and I really think a fruity iced tea would have done me better. Oh well!

Settled down for an evening in the basement of the campus library… keep seeing Steepster messages but am not allowed to putz about on here and reply until this paper is quite a bit closer to completion!

Also, I got my Design a Tea samples in the mail today! Exciting! Going to try them once I make it home. Blueberry Hazelnut Oolong & Coconut Banana Green (I think). Of course, they’re from Buffalo NY, which is literally like 2 hours away, so a week to get here does not make me hopeful for everything else I’m waiting for. Sigh…

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

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93
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
3051 tasting notes

Definitely was craving this one like mad today. Sadly, I either screwed it up (steeped too long) or perhaps it was the sweetened yogurts I devoured around the same time, but it just didn’t have the subtle deliciousness as usual. Still very malty and comforting, though. I’ll blame this one on user error (as I’m pretty sure I’ll be having another cup tomorrow as a reward tea…)

Preparation
Boiling

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