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73

Very sharp lemon taste today. I like this tea, but I’ve found so many other greats in recent times that it’s been put to the back of the cupboard. A recent relocation of all our teas had us rediscovering old favourites…and this is one of them!

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73

Hello old friend…

A long standing favourite. Historically, it is my favourite lemon tea, but I don’t know where I stand on that now. I’ve only just realized it has green rooibos in it. That makes three teas I own with green rooibos that I didn’t realize.

I just took a lemon meringue ppie out of the oven, and thought a pot of this would hold me over until it’s cool enough to properly enjoy. The dry smell is a rather sharp lemon, and it’s a beautiful tea to look at…if you like lemongrass, etc. It steeps up a fairly vivid yellow – This tea never lets you forget that it’s loaded with lemon. Much like 52Teas Lemolicious, but obviously without the guayusa taste.

The steeped smell is spot on lemon…But the tartness of lemon. I suppose it could be easily compared to lemon cleaners, but that’s an authentic lemon smell to me, so what can I say?

The actual lemon taste is not so tart as the smell would lead you to believe. I find this a nice smooth lemon tea, and a great precursor to my lemon meringue!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
ambientqueenie

Interesting thought, to sneak some green rooibos into an essentially lemon tea. When did green rooibos hit the market, anyway? I’ve only recently heard of it, and I’m curious as to when it emerged. I will ask you instead of Google, because well, why not? :P

Uniquity

I really don’t know. I don’t know anythign about it, actually, other than that it seems like people who don’t like red rooibos often like or don’t mind green. I think KeenTeaThyme also doesn’t get headaches from green rooibos, but does from red. What a difference oxidization makes!

Muiriddin

Green rooibos is a recent addition for adagio it seems, or at least their green rooibos sampler pack is. It definitely has less wood to its taste and my wife who can’t stand red rooibos really likes a lot of the green rooibos teas. I’ve never had one with lemon that I can think of but I could see where the green rooibos would mix well with it. I would expect a malty undercurrent added to something that was pure lemon…

Michelle Butler Hallett

Green rooibos has a much cleaner and lighter taste than red roobios, and, if blended, does not dominate as red rooibos often does. Drinking them solo. the difference really is comparable to green vs black tea. I love green rooibos. I have less and less patience with red rooibos these days.

Uniquity

I really liked red rooibos. I think I still do…but I’m getting tired of it. I think I’m going through another tea cycle. : )

ambientqueenie

Ah, I see! Color me wary on red rooibos as well; I have tried it several times, and each time, flavored or not flavored, I am left thinking, in a word, “Yikes.” There’s a certain amount of guilt involved there, though, heh. I always feel like my palate isn’t developed or hardy enough when I admit to disliking the “tobacco underbelly” of rooibos. (Caveat: a dash of Adagio’s rooibos vanilla chai in a blend can be pretty darn tasty, but I suspect that’s because the chai spices cover up the malty/woodiness of the rooibos.)

Is green rooibos just an Adagio thing? That’s where I first heard of it, too, but I wonder if this new infusion comes from a new-fangled plant (i.e., one that was bred to produce this tea recently) or … uh, an old-fangled one (i.e., one that has been producing green rooibos for many moons, but we just haven’t heard of it before). Maybe green rooibos should be next on my trial list, since everyone is in agreement about its marked difference!

Thanks for the food (drink?) for thought!

Uniquity

Green rooibos is a global thing…my green rooibos teas are from david’s tea, they’ve got a surprising number of them. From what I understand it’s from the same plant as red, but dealt with in a different way. Lezz oxidization? more? Something like that!

Muiriddin

I believe it is less oxidization based upon what I’ve read somewhere. That being said in a quick search I can’t find the “somewhere” that I read it!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Here’s what davidstea.com says about green rooibos:

“When South African rooibos is quickly withered and steamed to prevent oxidation, it retains its green colour. The benefit? Studies are showing that green rooibos has more antioxidants – making it comparable to green tea. So it may be better at preventing cancer, slowing the aging process and all those other great things that red rooibos is known for. Plus it has a light, fresh taste all its own.” (http://www.davidstea.com/rooibos/green-rooibos-organic, accessed 16 March 2011.)

Uniquity

That’s interesting, since there seems to be constant debate about whether red rooibos or green tea have more antioxidants…If green rooibos has more than red rooibos, then it would presumably have more than green tea!

Uniquity

Of course, but then I find a website claiming that white teas has the most with up to five times as much as green tea. Gah. (http://ezinearticles.com/?Antioxidants—-Foods-High-In-Antioxidants-Include-Loose-Leaf-Tea&id=757228)

Muiriddin

We need more scientific studies! I have seen something quoted that claimed white had more antioxidants than green tea as well. No idea who funded that study, if it happened to be white tea growers…

Uniquity

I guess the only consensus is that black doesn’t have the most..

Michelle Butler Hallett

But hey, it’s all good in the end. Even a cup of Tetley (blech!) doses you up with good stuff.

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91

This tea is seriously delicious. I keep a stash in my desk at work and have in the afternoon when I need a boost. It smells wonderful in the package and tastes just as good. I usually put a small amount of milk in my tea but this tea really doesn’t need it; it tastes great with or without. Highly recommended!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88

such yummy flavours together!

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88
drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
1341 tasting notes

what a cup of heaven!! oh my…
the first time I tried this tea, the David’s girl gave me an extra half spoonful. I love how they always heap it on to make it super tasty. Right away, when I smelled this tea, I knew it was going to be deeeelightful. (that was on my third try, the first two times they were out, and when I went back to purchase some as well!)
I was tempted to simply hold the cup in my hands and let the smell waft around me, bathing me in that amazing aroma. Banana. Nuts. Dates. They all come through in a blissful marriage of flavour that makes me weak at the knees.
However, I do have one complaint. I find it a tad weak, even after steeping for ten minutes. Squeezing the bag with tongs helped quite a bit though, but it must be done carefully, lest the bag rip and spill the precious contents. I Break the banana up into smaller pieces so that it doesn’t rip the bag when squished.
Too bad my tea is mostly gone now. Atleast it left it’s scent in the tin…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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88
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1341 tasting notes

Thanks Aisling of Tea!!! for sharing this with me :)
I had some of this after arriving at work. While it was tasty, it’s been awhile since I’ve had it, and I guess the “pu’erh” part has settled in more, and I can really taste it now. I’m undecided as to how I feel about that, given my stormy history with Pu’erhs.
I can certainly understand why some may find it offputting. Somehow though, in this tea, I don’t mind that part so much. I think the cinnamon cuts it just right.
However, I made this sans any sugar…. but with milk. Next time, I think some agave is in order. Not sure about the milk.
So… while this is still a great tea, I need to find it’s sweet spot. Also, the fact that it does better with some extra sugar brings it down a few notches, from 95 to 88. Still pretty fantastic in my books :)

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88
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1341 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure about this tea when I bought it… but my instincts said yes so I did! and oh boy am I ever glad I listened!! the cinnamon really comes through, though I really can’t taste much of the orange note. It’s like a pocket of cinnamon burst in my mouth…. good with or without milk, and just a pinch of sugar. I find that sugar, in this case, brings out the flavour a tad more. Oh, and it’s great for digestion. healthy and tasty in one mug? my kind of tea

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93

A really subtle tea, but it has really quickly become my favorite jasmine (out of a collection of several). The first infusion is very jasmine-like, but after that you get the white tea flavor coming through much more prominently. Really refreshing.
I brew it at a much lower temperature than the package suggests – then later infusions aren’t tasteless.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

Zing Me Tea is my “feel-better” tea from the David’s Tea line. Bits of ginger, peach and apricot blend together creating a complexly flavoured cup. The soft ginger spice brings a warmth to the lusciously soft yet deep notes of apricot and peach. The delicate flavours are perfectly balanced, and no one flavour note overpowers the other.

I find that steep time for this tea is critical. If steeped for too long, the ginger’s spice and the black tea’s astringency overpower the softer fruity notes. Likewise, when under-steeped, the flavours do not have enough time to develop and the flavour seems a little hollow. Just a hair over 4 minutes is all this tea needs to develop properly.

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

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97
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

This peach-scented oolong is probably my favourite DT out there. Whenever I brew it at work my colleagues always comment on the strong peach scent (in a good way). I really like oolong teas and even though this one has a ton of fruit in it, I don’t find that it takes away from the oolong flavour. The second infusion is MUCH much better than the first, so don’t forget to steep it twice.

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100

Do you remember those little caramel squares you used to get Trick-or-Treating? Those are exactly what this tea smells like. It’s not until you taste the tea that you sense the apricot and green tea as well. I never would have thought of combining such different flavours, but they blend wonderfully together. This tea quickly became one of my candy substitutes. I should probably also mention that the packaging has cute ghosts on it.

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92
drank Zing Me by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

I love love love this tea. I’m really sad that DT will be discontinuing this tea, so I’ve stocked up, and will continue to until they run out.

The ginger-y flavour is great in the morning, and I often find myself making a hot cup for the morning commute. The peach and apricot play down the ginger flavour, making it a bit sweeter and milder (I don’t like a really strong ginger flavour).

I really hope that DT can bring it back at some point. I’d hate to see it go! :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

This tea is just all around amazing at every stage in the process, from smelling the dry leaves in the store to curling up at home with a big cup of it. It absolutely does smell like freshly baked cookies with hints of coconut and pineapple mixed in – makes it hard to wait patiently while it steeps.

The taste is perfect. It comes out as a naturally sweet green tea with an aftertaste of toasted nuts and a feeling of baked goods in the distance – for someone who is not a fan of nutty teas, don’t be scared of this one! Once I get my hands on a cup of this, I can’t take them off. Sipping it warms me from head-to-toe and makes me want to curl up on the couch and relax for a long long time with a good book or movie.

I’m not a finicky tea-steeper, so I’ve left in in my Timolino travel mug for a few hours at school and I still find it as tasty as ever. For those who are though, I would recommend not steeping it for more than 5 minutes to avoid the slightly-bitter-green-tea-effect.

Mmmmm.

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

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5

I’m a huge fan of David’s Tea and was extremely excited to find this delicious sounding tea in the Spring Collection. I walked past the store today, and decided to grab a cup of this. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. This is one of the worst teas that I have ever tried. Trust me, I tried very hard to enjoy this one with every passing sip – but I could not get past the flavours that did not seem to mix well. What was left was a sour, almost medicinal taste. It smelled GREAT, so when I had a sip, and it tasted like cough syrup, you can imagine my disappointment. I don’t even know how to explain the flavours that came through – it tasted like orange fruit gone bad. I didn’t even notice any chocolate in it. Hopefully the other teas in the Spring collection won’t let me down!

Leesa P

i totally agree with you. it was gross. i’m just glad i didn’t buy more than i did.

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58

Now, with David’s teas specifically, I have had very little luck with white teas. But this came in the world tour box that I got for Christmas, so I figured I’d give it a whirl.
Trying this one naked, since it’s got so many sweet things in it already (blueberries, pomegranate, flowers… That last one may be the death knell, though, since it’s the floral nature of all of the white teas that I’ve tried that has turned me off.) A darker steep than I expected from a white tea to be sure, and that pomegranate comes out swinging! This smells like it could be an unexpected treat (like many of the ones in the world tour box that I didn’t expect to like at all.)
Nope.
Nope, it’s still a white.
I don’t know what it is about them that I just don’t like! I mean, it’s okay and I’ll finish this cup, but white teas are just not my bag.
So it’s a good thing that A) this was a gift and B) I don’t have very much of it! ;)
I can’t really get much in the way of taste out of it, it doesn’t have much of a smell, and there’s a strange combination of juciness and dryness in the aftertaste that I just don’t care for.
Le sad.
Maybe I’ll have FOUR cups of tea today so that I can end my tea day on an awesome high.
(Although, PS, my mum gave me her space-foam mattress topper and I snuck it home and on the bed before my husband got home from his evening shift. I’ve been campaigning for one of those for A G E S, because our bed is crappy and when my husband even THINKS, I go pitching around like a small paper boat in rough seas. I mean, the bowling ball mattress it ain’t, but it is niiiiice and cushy. I’m wondering how long it’ll take him to figure it out, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be right when he comes home and asks me how my day was and I burst into peals of giggling. I have no poker face. Long story short, THAT should end my day on a high regardless, so I may succumb to my abject laziness and not brew another cup of tea after all that.)

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

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86

I actually tried this in-store yesterday and forgot to log it (scandal!). Resteeped the leaves tonight for another go – and it’s still tasty! Definitely lemony without being sour. I like it, don’t know if I’m going to pick some up. It would make a nice routine-breaker.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
698 tasting notes

Mmm… One of my favourite fruit teas from David’s. At one point, we had this one, Berry Up and Xanadu at the same time. Now Xanada is gone and this is almost gone too…A nice treat, very juicy and fragrant. As with most berry teas, I have trouble distinguishing one berry over another, but I get a bit of tartness – Maybe the blackberry? Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100

This tea is so amazing. It’s an anytime of the day tea as far as I’m concerned. Of course, when you have those days that you just ate a little more than our daily recommended intakes, this tea makes you feel better. What I like is the ginger in it, so refreshing. It has a great taste and I never need to add anything sweet to it.

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95
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

Oh man, I loved this tea. (Trust me, love isn’t too strong a word to describe it!)
It’s a complex blend of flavours, with chocolate definitely singing through, though has a nice little kick to it from the Ancho and Aleppo chilis.
I sampled this one from David’s winter collection 2010 and this may have been the tea to hook me on loose leaf tea.
Either way, oh, so very, very yummy!

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88

Received this tea as a present, and thoroughly enjoyed every last cup of it!
It’s a light, delicate and fruity tea that goes great with long afternoons on cold days when you’re looking for something a little more mellow and flavourful.
Also? I secretly hum a little Marvin Gaye every time I prepare it…

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61
drank Chrysanthemum Nest by DAVIDsTEA
1629 tasting notes

I should have read the other comments about steeping this tea because the recommended 3-4 min at boiling temp give this tea a nasty astringent taste. Maybe the fact it was likened to a green tea should also have clued me in. Bleh.

I re-steeped at 80C for 2 min and that turned out better – apparently the leaves weren’t totally ruined. This cup was surprisingly sweet and a bit floral with an earthy undertone. It’s not a tea I’d immediately be able to identify as a pu’erh if I were to, say, drink it blindfolded, but then my experience with this type of tea isn’t really that great (working on it though!). I would’ve liked to try this tea again from the start with the reduced steeping temp, but unfortunately I only bought one nest, so that’s it I’m afraid. *sad face *

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100

OMG where do I start? I have been searching for a LIME tea for ages now and poked my head into DAVIDsTEA and low and behold they have Cocomama Lime and Lime Bang. I smelled the Cocomama Lime and was hooked immediately! Great coconut taste without overpowering and not too sweet mixed with the tangy lime and the gotu cola just rounds it off. This IS my NEW tea thank you SO much DAVIDsTEA for carrying not one but multiple versions of lime. I promise to try Lime Bang soon!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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75

So I decided to be adventurous and made this as an iced tea the other day at work, adding just a pinch of sugar to sweeten it. It turned out to be really delicious and refreshing! I found it much easier to drink chilled (even though I have nothing against the taste of this tea hot). I can see it being a great summer drink to help quench my thirst and spoil me with its added health benefits.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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75

This tea is perfect for sipping when I don’t feel so skinny or after I’ve overindulged shamelessly. Tonight, the culprit: a large order of sushi kept all to myself. The Skinny stepped in to save the day and helped to relieve my after-binge bloating and guilt.

The taste is refreshing, clean, and light. There is a real earthy base to this tea (must be the pu-erh or oolong – I’m not sure what they taste like separately) with a nice burst of citrus to make things interesting. Like others have said, this is not necessarily a go-to tea that I crave, but it is still really tasty and perfect with or after a nice filling meal.

Also, I have yet to try re-steeping it, but I have heard many people say that it works quite well with this one.

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

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