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91
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

This is is super yummy (Not as 100% awesome as I was expecting… see my note on Cranberry Pear!), however, what a cool tea!

They classify it as a white tea, and although it looks black and I can’t pick out the white tea, I will trust that it’s there. lol.

The smell is divine, and the taste… tastes like chocolate! It’s kind of crazy.. the girl who sold it to me said she was allergic to chocolate, so I thought this tea must have been made for her! Of course, not for our favorite mew brew because of the coconut :( So that is a sad note.

I find it slightly light on flavour, but that may have been my steeping time. All in all, a very unique tea, but not my favorite. :)

IllBeMother221B

I really wanted to try this. That is until I saw that it has coconut in it. So I still want to try it, but I don’t want to have my epi pen handy. “sigh”

DaisyChubb

Well, if it helps, it’s not AMAZING, it’s really not! Well, not to me n_n
Oh! I forgot to add that it is reminiscent of DTs Buttered Rum, of course that is probably because of the coconut, oh I am so not being helpful . 0_0 Well, maybe my Cranberry Pear story will make you not want to try it as much? Or maybe not! haha ohes :(

IllBeMother221B

Haha! Too funny! It did make me feel better and I loved your tale of the Cranberry Pear!

Uniquity

I hate coconut and chamomile. : ( Also, I keep complaining to my local DT staff about how many blends have coconut lately – they now point it out when a new one is coconut free! I look forward to Christmas and Winter blends : )

DaisyChubb

Nice! My DT people don’t know me well enough yet to know that I know what a tea is and what to do with it, but I’m glad you have a good support system of friendlies when you go in! My hope is that Winter will bring a season of coconut-free-teas!

Cattibrie

I am not a big fan of coconut and chamomile either Uniquity but I am willing to give this one a try. I hope the chocolate taste will get rid of the coconut taste.

Amariel

I am not a fan of either on their own, but I am fine with them in blends, generally. I am still intrigued to try this one.

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72
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
83 tasting notes

This tea is pretty good. I added a little brown sugar like suggested and I for sure like it better with more rather than less sweetener. I would like to try it again to see if I can brew it differently for a bit more taste, as right now the taste is predominantly some type of spice I can’t quite put my finger on (maybe it’s the clove). I can taste the cinnamon in the finish. I have to believe there is a better pumpkin spice tea out there than this though-one that just screams FALL! I’ve got enough of it to keep giving it a chance :)

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

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84
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I love love love this tea. But I basically love anything with coconut in it. This tea has a very pleasant, subtle lavender flavour, with the coconut and rooibos really being the predominant flavours. ( I like to change this up a little by adding a little supplemental lavender ) I woke up in the middle of the night last night, and tossed and turned for an hour before deciding to make myself a cup of this. No sooner had a drank a steaming, honey-spiked cup of this was I off to sleep again. I haven’t woken up feeling this rested in ages!

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

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59
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

My husband thinks I have too much tea—it’s taken over a whole shelf in our cupboard—so, in an attempt to appease him I’m trying to clear some out. There was only about 1.5 tsp left of this, why not use it up?

I’m not gonna lie, I’m glad this one is finally purged. It took all my nerve to finish the cup since I didn’t want to waste it. All I could taste was a weak black tea with hints of artificial-tasting peach, stevia, and cardboard? Ugh. Definitely not my favourite. Not even close.

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

Too much tea? Never!

Faith

I know! Psh… but it does take up a lot of space…

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59
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

Tried this again… was disappointed again. The flavours just aren’t jiving with my tongue, which is sad because I love peaches, just not in this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

In the dry mix you can definitely smell the peaches and yogurt, not sure how it will translate when steeped.

Hot: Not really what I was expecting… maybe I crave more peach and less yogurt? And the black tea base isn’t really strong enough, in my opinion. Maybe it will turn out better if I leave it in the fridge for a while…

Cold: Okay, I’m not sure what’s going on, but it appears the yogurt drops have reconstituted and there are now weird floaty bits all over. Not really putting me in the mood to drink it. Upon sipping (apprehensively, I might add) I do get a bit more peach, but still not enough black tea and the stevia is giving me a strange aftertaste. Gosh, why did I buy 50g of this??

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

I definitely don’t think the yogurt would hold up well to icing, as it would only be ‘liquid’ when hot. With my yogurt and chocolate teas I like to drink them as ot as I can for the full flavour. If you happen to have any unflavoured black tea lying around, you could try adding a bit (maybe 1/2 tsp per cup) to “tea” it up some. Of course, you can always pick out the yogurt drops too. : ) Hope you can find some way to enjoy it!

Faith

Uniquity: I will have to try both your suggestions, picking out the yogurt & mixing in a plain black. Plus, I suppose I could always serve this tea when guests come over…

DaisyChubb

I find if I use a paper tea sac then there is no yogurt bit problem, that’s what I do when I’m icing it for sure, as I think this tea is best iced :)

Faith

Daisy: Maybe that’s what I’ll do… I normally use a mesh strainer.

DaisyChubb

I do this for my read my lips as well, more because I can’t get the red candy out of my trainer very easily haha n_n;

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68

Sipping this tea is like slipping into a warm bed – you feel instantly soothed and are swiftly transported to dreamland.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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71
drank Kukicha (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I received this today in a surprise care package from my lovely former co-workers. My friend had been telling me about it for quite some time, and I was very anxious to try it. It was lovely. A smooth, warm taste and nice mouth-feel with a vegetal, almost hay-like aroma. It’s delicious, but has a distinctive after-taste that I cant quite put my finger on..

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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44
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
98 tasting notes

This is…strange. Maybe it’s because I have a cold, but the choice of flavors that are mixed in this seem odd to me. This is just my personal taste, but I feel like mango, chamomile, buttery-ness, and mint shouldn’t be mixed together. I drank it all, though, because any kind of tea helps when you’re sick. Not sure if I’ll have the rest of the sample pack.

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

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

TTG today, iced. I do prefer it hot over iced, but it’s yummy either way. I’m out and need to get more. Probably soon, but I’ve got stuff I need to sipdown first. Still a fave though. Might have to just get some regardless, as it’s my go to when I’m upset tea, along with With Open Eyes from Butiki. Hmmmm….

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

Sipdown once again…in continuing the comfort teas…had the rest of this tonight after seeing Fjellrev drink this. It’s one of my favourite teas, and was actually my first tea from DAVIDs. It’s back on my shopping list/wish list til I drink more tea down, but I will get more eventually. It’s just something I need fairly regularly. It’s just one of those teas I love but don’t always drink because I get distracted by shiny new samples and things.

But anyways…see ya around Movie Night…til we meet again.

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

sigh

This is my go-to, or at least one of my go-to teas for when I’m upset.

Hubby said he wants to go to his niece’s wedding next month. In Georgia. On the 21st. And he was thinking of doing Christmas with the family there.

Say what?!

I’m incredibly upset at the thought he would rather spend Christmas there, several thousands of miles away from me. I know, I’m the Jew, but since being married, we’ve always celebrated Christmas together in our small and intimate agnostic way. We have a few traditions. Am I being incredibly selfish to not want him to be with his family at the expense of being away from me? There’s other, more personal reasons why this news upsets me too.

I’ve been crying off an on since he told me, and I’m tearing up now just writing this…

OMGsrsly

I’m guessing you can’t go due to work and finances? That’s super tough. I hope you and he can talk about it and reach an understanding. :/

Amariel

Pretty much. I’ve used up all my vacation time for the year, but also, I work retail, so….yeah.

OMGsrsly

I wish I could invite you over for my annual movie watching tradition. I think it’s the Hobbit this year. Sadly, it’s a bit of a long trip, especially on a holiday.

keychange

I can’t really comment as to whether or not you’re being selfish, because I’d likely react in entirely the same way, and that kind of ruins my perspective. But I’m just sensitive and tend to get upset when he doesn’t “want what I want” when what I want is to spend time with him. Like, doesn’t he want that as desperately as I do? don’t our traditions mean to him what they do to me? so yeah, I get it. 100%. But just remember that there’s room in his heart for more than one person, even though he loves you all in very different ways. and that honestly, finding a partner for whom family is really important is so wonderful in the long run. Because you’re his family too now.

Amariel

It’s just rotten timing, and he was away for half of October, half of August, and earlier this year as well.

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

So, I have had a bit of a love affair with this tea again! I am loving it sooooo much! I have been having some hard and stressful days at work lately, and this tea is to me what Bear Trap is for ShayneBear. I think it is calming and light and nutty and sweet, and…just perfect. I had to get some to try at home again, after my to go cup recently, and I have been very diligent about setting a timer to not overstep it. I think that 4 minutes seems to be alright. I might play with longer or shorter steep times.

I would say that the only downside to this tea right now are that the tea is bulky because of the popcorn, so it is hard to gage how much 1 1/2 tsp is, and in the bag, it is hard to get a good mix of ingredients. For this last part, I might opt for a tin, even though I have no space for one. Would a larger bag help here, you think?

Anyway, yes….REFILLING! One of my new faves!

Uniquity

Sometimes if you have enough room to shake the bag up that can help. Sometimes I even leave the spoon in it and see what lands in it. It can get dangerous if you drop or spill though, heh.

Amariel

Oh yeah, I already shake the bag, but sometimes all I seem to get is popcorn.

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

Mmmmmm, I am soooo glad I got more of this tea. It is actually my first tea from DAVIDs and I remember feeling a little disappointed that it tasted mostly like apple, and less like popcorn or green tea, but having had a number of teas from DAVIDs now, I see this tea in a whole new light, and I love it. So long as I don’t over steep it or have the water too hot for it to turn bitter. I do let it steep a little longer though, as I think that brings the popcorn and green tea flavours out more. I was also disappointed at the lack of leaf compared to apples and popcorn, but now I just don’t care. :P This makes it a perfect tea for later at night when you want a tea with less caffeine content, and I would say since there is less leaf, there has to be less caffeine too. I also think the starches from the popcorn aid in some way too. I have fallen in love with this tea! I can see it in my future for the next several months, as I think it is a great spring and summer tea, and it does work well iced too. Whether or not it will be hearty enough as my morning tea in the late fall and winter, I don’t know yet. I will be getting lots more of this, also, because it weighs so little, you can get a lot of it and not pay as much. I got 26g of this and paid $3 and change, whereas for the 24g of Gold Rush, it was over $5.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this. whatshesaid is sending me a sample!

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

Had to work downtown today. Picked this up on my way home (which I still am not at since DH took me to dinner at Bard and Banker). But anyway, I got really hot at work today and although I did cool off a bit once I got outside, I knew I wanted something light, but it wasn’t hot enough for iced tea, so I opted for a hot tea that was light and refreshing. I had not had this in a while, and since the caramel matcha yesterday, I’ve been in a sweet and caramel mood ever since. I even had some Big Apple this morning. Yeah. So between Movie Night and Gold Rush (both teas I haven’t had in a while) the Movie Night won out.

Man…I’d forgotten how good this is. And she even fudged the steeping because I had asked her to use the steeper rather than bag to reduce the risk of me leaving the bag in too long an she autopiloted the amount of tea to water for iced tea instead. We just reduced the steeping time and added a little more water for a second steep to add, and somehow it worked out. I tasted the first batch to decide how I wanted to fill my mug. Water would have diluted it too much, but the extra steeped liquid was just the ticket.

Anyhow, with this steeping, I was able to pick up on the green base, but also sweet apple. The popcorn was more in the back, but it was there. I think that I could smell it more than taste it, though. I do love seeing the popcorn in this tea also. And it smells soooo good. This was my first DAVIDs tea, btw, when the Hillside store had just opened up. It was recommended to me by the girl there, who I now know as Sue from the Johnson Street store, and my friend Amy who was living in Toronto at the time. Both said if I liked genmaicha (and I do) that I would like this. I think my initial issues with the tea were now getting enough green tea and not tasting the popcorn. That said, I do remember still liking the tea for how it tasted, rather than how I expected it to taste.

Given my bad luck with making green teas at home though, I might just let them make it for me, but I may just have to get more of this tea and try at home again. We’ll see.

Lynne-tea

Yay! I love movie night!.. Sometime you should try adding a pinch of salt and brown sugar. So so so good as an iced tea this way.
I may have to add this back into my iced tea rounds seeing as it was so warm and beautiful in Nanaimo today.

Amariel

It was nice here too. I might try the pinch of salt and see how that works. I do always sweeten my teas, well, almost always.

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93
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

I’m a bit undecided if I actually like this tea. It was my first tea from DAVIDs, on suggestion from a friend who was having some Genmai Cha when my DH and I met up with her for lunch on her recent visit out here…I mentioned that I loved Genmai Cha as well, and she told me about DAVIDs and Movie Night. I told her we had just gotten a DAVIDs here (she used to live here in Victoria but lives in Toronto now). Anyway, back to the tea…

Pros
-It smells wonderful.
-It tastes great.

Cons
-It tastes nothing like what I’d expect. I got absolutely no popcorn taste at all, and additionally, I got very little green tea flavour either. I got maple and apple all the way, and thought I was drinking a tisane/herbal tea.
-There is very little actual green tea in the blend…it is take up mostly with the popcorn and apple.

This tasted nice chilled…very light and refreshing, like crisp apple juice. I have been told that the steeping time, and amount of tea used, greatly affects the taste. As of yet, I have not been compelled to try more, as I am too busy trying other teas instead, and have found some Holy Grail teas (MUST stock up on Buttercream before it’s gone!). Maybe if it is still around come next spring or summer, I’ll get some again and play with the steeping times.

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90
drank Xanadu by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

This tea is most amazing iced, and I hope it’s brought back in DAVIDsTEA’s Back From The Dead contest!! I liked it better that Luscious Watermelon, which was the returning favourite in the 2011 Summer Collection. It’s the perfect blend of tart and sweet. The cherry note is lovely.

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83

This has a deeper flavour than the usual matcha I have so I tend to use less. Really nice and velvety when made into a latte. I’d recommend people to try the non-organic offering first before investing on the organic.

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68
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

I’m having this now, and I don’t know how I feel about it. I did this brew, sans milk, and only with a spoonful of brown sugar. I can taste the whiskey flavour for sure. The tea is a lot heavier than expected. I taste a little bitterness or dryness, though I don’t know if it is the whiskey flavour, or my poor brewing skills. I kinda lost track of time while it steeped, and I have no way of knowing if the water was the right temp. I think I need one of those thermometer timer thingies they sell at DAVIDs.

So, judgement will continue, but…I think it is good I only got about 2 servings worth of this.

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77
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

So, having more of this today. I’m feeling a bit chilly and decided to have some tea. I was going to have some of The Skinny, but in a last minute decision, decided on this. I decided that The Skinny was much better suited as a follow up to tonight’s pending dinner of fish n chips. I can’t handle that much grease, so hopefully The Skinny will be helpful there.

Today’s brews were with a fair amount of milk and brown sugar, and this is a pleasing and comforting tea as prepared this way, however I don’t taste much of the tea. But I had some milk in a separate container I needed to clear out so I could use my little water bottle again for work. Anyhow, it is still comforting this way. I still aim to try it sans milk and see what it is like that way. I have a little of this left…just a serving or two (plus multiple brews).

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77
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

I initially had this as a tea to go, and I found it kind of weak, but I usually do find them weak, so I decided to get myself a small amount to try at home, as I always love smelling it at the shops, and have been debating on getting a tin while they still have some.

So today, I was working at my downtown store, on my own, and they have to keep at least one door open all the time to attract people. As it is cool out today, despite glorious blue skies most of the day, I knew I was gonna need some tea, and they have a kitchen with a kettle downstairs, so I brought my pouch of this tea, a small container of raw brown sugar, and a small container of milk along with my steeper. I knew they had mugs of all sorts there, so I was alright on that front.

On to the tea…

I used 3 tsp and shorter steeping times, and got multiple brews, though by the fourth, it was pretty weak. I did use milk and sugar the first few times, and no milk (other than what was left in the tea in the mug) after that. I can’t say I get the carrot cake flavour, but I can say that the flavour I get is quite pleasant and warming. I guess what throws me off is the coconut. I think that I am missing a spice and a raisin component in the tea. I have a little left, and I am going to try this sans milk and see how it goes.

I do like this tea, and I think I might get the special tin of it, though I really don’t know where I’d put it…I have so little space in my kitchen.

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65

I like this tea, but I don’t love it. I bought some the other day and am glad I didn’t buy the tin. It doesn’t taste like raspberries but it does have a pleasant citrus taste so I think I’m going to try mixing it with some other teas and hopefully I can create something delicious.

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100
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
422 tasting notes

Had a cup of this tea earlier today. It is such a great tea! It’s sweet, but I found to not be too sweet. I love the coconut in it too. And I love the rich pink colour that it turns when brewed. I only bought 40g, but I’m going to have to go back for more soon!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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