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40
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
609 tasting notes

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86
drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1716 tasting notes

Link Drop Before Note/Story: http://www.upworthy.com/2-nerd-guys-shut-down-the-fake-geek-girl-myth-with-the-kind-of-logic-spock-would-be-proud-of?g=4&c=ufb1

So way back last week on my day out of the house shopping and running errands and stuff I stopped at two tea stores: Tea Desire, and DAVIDsTEA. At both I ended up stocking up on stuff. I also went to the Post Office and mailed off a birthday present for my little sister (more on that in another tea note coming up right away), and packages for VariaTEA and Cameron B.

From Tea Desire I got 50g of Sweet Toffee and 50g of Prickly Pear, since Prickly Pear was also the tea sample of the day I didn’t try it out since I’ve had it before and know I don’t love it hot nearly as much as I do cold brewed/iced. From DAVIDsTEA I got a bit more; 50g of Kiwi’s Big Adventure, 50g of this one (I redeemed my points for this one; it was the only way I could justify getting more given how heavy it is), 16g of Sangria, and 26g of Cotton Candy. I also got this one as a hot latte to go because I’ve thought it would be fantastic that way since first trying it. And man, I was SO right!

This was very rich and sweet (so not for people who are wary of sugared up tea blends), but that’s exactly what I was expecting given what this tea is based on. It had very, very strong caramel notes and a rich, buttery flavour that was distinctly like popcorn as well as cream and coconut notes. Even a week later I’m very fondly remembering it.

Just so good overall.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Cream, Popcorn

Cheri

I LOVE that link! Thank you!! (Fortunately, most of the nerd guys I hang out with realize that my own nerdiness is quite acceptable. Heck, I used to host D&D at my house.)

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
410 tasting notes

This is odd. I love carnival/circus themes, so I had to try this, but as I have mentioned before, I am distrustful of tea with sprinkles and candy. I didn’t add any sugar, but this tea has a sweetness of it’s own. I don’t get much on the sip, a little tart on the sides of my tongue, but the back part of the sip starts to taste like cotton candy as does the aftertaste. Afterwards I get that dry mouth rooibos thing happening and then a little sour taste. Not a horrible drink, but not amazing either. Glad I got to try some!

darby

I had this made in store for me, she added a bit of agave and it’s awesome!!! No Rooibos flavor.

Dustin

Hmmmm, I may try adding a sweetener next time and see how I like it. It was a little sweet on it’s own, so I hadn’t thought of adding more. Did you have it hot or cold?

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
153 tasting notes

Before opening presents Christmas morning, I got the kettle ready knowing I was getting this tea. As soon as I opened the can and smelled it, I quickly remembered I’m not always fond of raspberry and chocolate together. I must have picked this because of the decent rating and it was a high stimulant that I was looking for after getting away from coffee.

The handful of times I have had this, I find it most tolerable as a latte hot or iced because it helps mute the smell. 7 months later, the smell is not as strong as it was when I first opened it and my very last cup was the best.

I don’t regret getting this tea because I have happily shared it with those who wanted to try it and liked it but I don’t think I would get it again.

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90

Reminds me of rose petals. The green and black tea compliment each other in a perfect harmony. One of my favourite teas to relax with

Flavors: Rose, Rosehips

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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90

one of my favourite teas hands down. reminds me of like a sea salted caramel toffee bite. so good

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Salt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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78
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

Yeah for a TTB that arrived yesterday! So much fun to sort through the box and see what lurks for the tastebuds.

I wasn’t sure what to start with but this seemed to jump out to me last night. I wasn’t sure if the caffeine would bother me so late but decided it would be ok, didn’t have to be up early for anything if it did. Thanks to a couple of people here on Steepster I have certainly come around to citrus in teas, something I didn’t expect, but a good thing.

Dry leaf this smells chocolately orange. Steeped I get mostly black tea with a hint of orange and then chocolate in the background. Thankfully I don’t get a fishy note from the pu-erh, but maybe a hint of earthiness at the end of the sip which is ok. I think I would prefer this as an earlier cup in the day, mainly due to the earthy flavor that I’m not yet used to.

I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this blend, but would drink it again if someone offered some to me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange

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71
drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
1641 tasting notes

I finished this one last night and am a little ambivalent towards it. I’d drink it if I had more, but I don’t know that I’d go out of my way at all to get more. It was enjoyably fruity/minty but not memorable enough to clutch onto.

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30

A sample from ashleyelizabeth. I thought I’d logged this one, but apparently not! I’ve been experimenting with leaf and brew time for a few days, because somehow I just can’t seem to get this one quite right. *ashleyelizabeth*’s recommendation was for 1.5tsp of leaf in 98 degree water for 3-4 minutes. Unfortunately, I get a fairly astringent brew with little lemon or earl grey flavour when brewed this way. I cooled the water more and shortened the brew time, and that helped a little — 170 degree water for 3 minutes is where I found this most to my liking. There’s a light lemon flavour and a light creaminess, maybe the tiniest hint of earl grey. Sadly, this one isn’t really doing it for me. I’d try it again in the future if I got chance, though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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60

A sample from ashleyelizabeth. I thought this was a green tea for the longest time, so I was quite surprised to find it was actually a rooibos blend. It pays to read the pouch, right? I’ve been drinking this one as my pre-bedtime cup over the last couple of nights, and it’s certainly a fruity treat!

I gave 1 tsp of leaf about 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions. The main flavours I can pick out are mango and papaya. When hot, it’s a very fruity, refreshing cup. As this one cools, the flavouring does pick up a slightly over-the-top, almost artificial kind of flavour. I usually detect this most prominently with peach, as it tastes kind of plastic-like, but I’m getting it slightly here too. It’s not a huge problem — it just means I need to slurp it quickly! I do like the fruitiness here, and how it’s the main flavour rather than the rooibos base, but it’s not my favourite fruity rooibos because of the slight chemically bent to the flavour. The green rooibos is a good base here, though, and it definitely ticks more boxes for me more often that red rooibos does. Food for thought.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Memily

Yeah it’s interesting hey! Good note.

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40
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
609 tasting notes

Hooray, one of the teas that inspired my swap with VariaTEA went into a cold brew last night—only for around 3hrs. That was almost too long… darn sencha. Maybe I just overleafed. Still good, but mostly sencha, not much other flavour. My main trouble with flavoured greens! Darn them all to heck.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry you didn’t really enjoy it. It was not for me either.

Memily

No it’s ok! I’m still very glad I got to try it and still looking forward to sampling it hot :)

VariaTEA

Hopefully it improves for you.

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80
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

This was my first introduction to Genmaicha – I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The background story was unique as well. Definitely a go to in my tea drawer.

Flavors: Rice, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
32 tasting notes

Had this a few times hot before and always thought it was a little weird – hot pineapple juice? So I decided to use the last bit of this tea as a cold brew and I definitely enjoy this more. The pineapple is so strong that the tea actually tastes like it’s sweetened, and there’s just a light tea flavour in the background.

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91

Winding down for the evening with a nice cup of Fantasy Island. One of the girls at DAVIDsTEA recommended it since I’ve recently taken a liking to teas with nutty flavor (like DAVIDsTEA’s Brazillionaire). Mostly your tastebuds notice the coconut flavors, however, the light flavor of raspberries add a nice touch at the end. Overall, a very enjoyable black tea that puts you in a good mood :)

Flavors: Coconut, Raspberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90
drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

Having this again…I have had this several times since my initial tasting note, and I have to say that it is becoming a go to tea for me lately. It’s got body with enough weight, but still not super heavy like black, so it does still feel a little lighter and summery, but heavier than a white or green. In fact, on the oolong scale, I’d have to say that this tea is like right in the middle. The leaves are dark, but the brew is light, but it is not vegetal, floral, or grassy like like lighter oolongs are. The notes are creamy and buttery like a milk oolong, almost, but with a nutty taste…probably from the roasting. There are plummy mineral notes, and almost a peachy or apricot note too.

It’s a really unique tea, and I find myself reaching for it a lot these days, which is odd, because I don’t usually flock to a straight tea so frequently.

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80
drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

Somehow this one ended up watery tonight :/ I wonder if there is a difference between using something like Teavana’s PerfecTea maker and a tea ball. That is the only difference I can think of compared to how I’ve prepared this in the past.

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60

I personally am a fan of spicy teas, and this tea is just that. It is jam packed of cinnamon and the flavor hits you in the face. This is really good in a latte, but way to intense on its own. I’ve had better chais, but this one is not bad, meh.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Strangely enough to me this tea tastes like a buttery cake. It has a really light and sweet taste, no sweetener needed. Pineapple just adds sweetness no tang. Walnut flavor is what you taste first. Great flavor for a green tea because it cuts the slight bitterness of it. Overall a really nice and relaxing tea.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Pineapple, Walnut

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Mmmmm. What a great go to tea. A twist on a classic earl grey with a creamy vanilla flavor that doesn’t taste artificial or jump out at you. With the smallest touch of cream and a little stevia this is a really lovely treat!

Flavors: Creamy, Earl Grey, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78

Got this as a teapop based on the recommendations of the DAVIDs employees. I gotta say, I did not love it. I think this is best cold brewed because it keeps the hibby from taking over. Today, this was a combination hibby tartness, seltzer water carbonation weirdness, and just a hint of yogurty creaminess.

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40

All I can really say is that this just isn’t my cup of tea. It tastes too much like perfume to me. I really enjoyed the scent, but I just wasn’t into the taste.

Flavors: Black Currant, Floral, Perfume

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81

So amazingly, I have not rated this tea yet, even though it is my go-to when my stomach is angry or I have a splitting migraine. Today happens to be the upset stomach kind of day, not sure if I ate something nasty for lunch or what, but I feel miserable at work, and this only started after lunch…I am also out of gum and forgot my Tums, so I busted out this tea. I guess we will see if it works its magic today, it usually does pretty good. Blargh. It already seems to be helping a bit.

Oh, and this tea is basically mint mint mint in your face haha, it’s fresh and good, if you like peppermint. If you don’t, well, why are you drinking pure peppermint anyways? :P haha a good tea for when I’m feeling sick or want a caffeine break.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! You’re right, this one will please any real peppermint lover…if you’re not, just stay away!

MissLena

Haha yep :) luckily I am a huge mint fan! Probably will be having more today, my stomach still is not quite right :/

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reviewed Glass Carafe by DAVIDsTEA
410 tasting notes

I am really liking this thing! I chose this one because there were no plastic parts to soak up and transfer flavor from one tea to another. The lid is silicone, but the tea doesn’t touch it other than when you pour, so I’m not too worried about it absorbing flavors and I’m actually not sure if silicone is known to to that. The basket for the tea is nice and long, reaching close to the bottom of the carafe, so it seems like the tea is well submerged. Only thing about the basket it that it is harder to clean out all the leaves, being so long and skinny. I’m sure a baby bottle brush would make that job much easier, but I haven’t tried it yet. The other thing that I go back and forth on how I feel about it is the size of the carafe. It isn’t very big. Sometimes I’m turned off by that. If I have guests over I’m not going to have much tea to offer them, maybe a glass or two then I’m out, BUT….. if I bought a second one I could have TWO different cold brewed teas to offer and choose from. I’m constantly cold steeping teas in a variety of mason jars in my fridge, so this is a much more elegant solution. I asked at a David’s store if they had any plans to make this pitcher bigger and they said no, it was an in house design. I’m not sure why in house design means they can’t make it bigger, but whatever. I think I’ll just go back for a second one and solve my problem/dilemma that way.

mj

This one’s so cute! I’ve thought about getting it….

Dustin

I say get one! I have no regrets.

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