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92
drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

One of the strangest and tastiest teas in my cupboard. Very earthy at first with a delicious sweet after taste that lingers. So wonderful when sick or any time for that matter!!

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80
drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
234 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Another from David’s! I love melon, especially honeydew, so this sounded delicious. It smells very strongly of cucumber and melon, and very sweet. There are definitely big chunks of something, it’s hard for me to tell what kind of fruit it is. I brewed for 5 minutes.

It smells very minty! Thankfully, the mint is much milder in the actual taste. It’s a lovely honeydew and cucumber medley with a little touch of spearmint as an accent. Very nice and refreshing, I’m sure this would be amazing iced! I’m not really sure why they chose black tea as the base, as I can’t taste it and I feel like green or white would make more sense considering the flavors. But that’s okay, this is quite tasty as is! :)

Flavors: Cucumber, Honeydew, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is my second favourite iced tea. I haven’t tried it hot yet but it is AWESOME iced. Added a bit of lemon juice, a bit of sugar and its perfect. Yum!

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

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
475 tasting notes

I got to try this one in store yesterday, and it was kinda good, so I picked some up. They brewed it iced, and it almost had a cream soda taste to it. I’m enjoying a large mason jar of it iced right now, and it’s a little too light on flavor. Maybe I need to add more leaf next time. I think it does taste like cotton candy, although it’s been like forever since I’ve had any real cotton candy, and it also has a creamy element that reminds me of cream soda. As brewed, it’s not anything I would fall in love with, but it’s not bad. Caramel corn is way better! Next time, more leaf.

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This was my pick today at David’s Teas, Cranberry Pear. To be honest I probably wouldn’t have been able to pick this tea’s name out of a list from its taste alone. It is sweet and fruity in a tangy, natural way, the particular sweetness of the apple pieces being the most forward. The pear is there, but mingles so well with the apple is get a little muddled. Although I think the pear is to thank for the gentle, almost-cream finish to this flavor. I was surprised to learn this was a black tea blend, because the color is yellow and the flavor very sweet and juicy. It is marked as low caffeine so the black tea but be at a low percentage. The cranberries are a bit of a mystery. I imagine cranberries as the super tart part of my thanksgiving or the punch in the mouth of cranberry juice. In this blend, I wouldn’t have even noticed there were cranberries, however knowing they are there, I imagine that the tart depth to the fruit come from the cranberries. If that’s the case, I’m glad they are in the mix. David’s Teas tend to be a bit sweet for my tastes, and this tastes more like fruit and less like candy. Having a touch of black tea in the mix adds other notes to the fruity herbals and makes for a better balance.

Flavors: Apple, Creamy, Fruity, Pear

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Go-to, quick cup of pu’erh. Steeped for 5-10 minutes, today. It will do for now, until I can make a better shou, later.

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drank Sheng Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

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drank Sheng Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

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92
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
379 tasting notes

Wah! Sipdown! I really loved this one. Smooth vanilla awesomeness. Thank you Christina!

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
475 tasting notes

I’ve been trying to be good and focus on my current stash and not buy more tea. I was doing really well for awhile, which explains my lack of recent tasting notes…I just don’t feel like writing more about a tea I’ve already posted about unless I discovered something new and exciting about it.

So today I needed a break after 6 hours of continuous meetings/work. I decided to take a walk to DavidsTea of course! Tea shops always brighten my mood and put an extra pep in my step! I hadn’t tried any of the carnival teas because, honestly, they didn’t sound like the teas I usually go for. David’s has really gone herbal this summer. So, I went and smelled the new teas, and decided to get some of this one and some of the cotton candy tea. I have to say, I was a little disappointed with the new guy at this store. I said I wanted 1 oz. and he poured 1.8 oz. and said, “Is that okay?” I adamantly told him “No,” and he fixed it. What is this, Teavana? I don’t think so!

So, this tea smells like heaven! Caramel, toffee heaven! Like I said, I usually don’t go for these herbals without any actual leaf in them. This one is all fruit pieces and some caramel, coconut and cinnamon. I was a bit worried about the cinnamon because there are humongous pieces of cinnamon stick in there! Turns out it wasn’t a problem. Steeped, the aroma reminds me of those amazingly delicious caramel pecan sticky buns! Yum! Or maybe that mixed with an apple fritter! The caramel definitely comes through in a silky sweetness. I didn’t add anything to this tea and I’m loving it! And by the way, I can’t believe I am! It really is a perfect after dinner treat. The guilt-free alternative to a delicious sticky bun, although, I may have to go search one of those out! Ha!

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THIS TEA IS PERFECTION! It has the perfect amount of spice to give it some bite, and the perfect citrus to give it the right tang. I especially love this to warm you in the cold winter months, but it is good anytime of year! This is a regular that I try to keep on hand at all times :D

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Orange

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50
drank Sangria by DAVIDsTEA
234 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Holy cow, be careful that you don’t overleaf this tea! I took my first sip and literally almost ralphed. HAH! I used about a teaspoon and a half, but there was a giant slice of dried orange in there that may have been the culprit. So I added more water to bring it closer to 10 ounces before I drank any more. BLEGH. XD

Ahem.

I totally get the wine reference in this tea! Which is not something I expected. There’s definitely a bit of a winey taste there in the background. And the hibiscus and licorice root don’t really bother me in this blend, because the tart orange is strong enough to hold its own. This is, overall, a rather tart blend, so I added some sugar. It’s very fruity, I can taste the strawberry, the apple, and the orange. I don’t necessarily get raspberry, but the hibiscus is somewhat similar to tart raspberry, so that’s probably why. The licorice is not noticeable, thank goodness!

I will say, there is a certain bubblegum element to this that I do not enjoy. And overall, it tastes quite artificial… I don’t understand why flavoring is needed when there are giant pieces of fruit in here… Just seems excessive, and it hurts the blend overall. It’s not terrible, but the artificiality keeps it from being good.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Fruity, Hibiscus, Orange, Red Wine, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I have a sample of this that I was thinking about cold brewing.

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90

This tea tastes exactly like mint chocolate chip ice cream and if there’s one combination I love, it’s mint and chocolate together.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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86
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

My favorite tea to drink iced in the hotter months. Heartbroken that David’s Tea is discontinuing it! I wrote to them, posted on their Facebook page, all to no avail. Went to the closest store and bought a bunch of it. So, I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Flavors: Bamboo, Fruity, Pineapple

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Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Hooray, I’ve been curious about this tea since the carnival collection came out at David’s. I was lucky enough to try the Caramel Corn and Cotton Candy blends because I got them as free samples when I bought my cups. But I love root beer, and really wanted this one too! TTB saves the day! :P

I was surprised to see that David’s black tea samples actually have enough for two cups! The other samples I received definitely didn’t. So I used half the sample (about a teaspoon) for my cup and left the other half for someone else. It definitely smells like root beer, maybe with a bit more sarsaparilla and some vanilla added. Excited! I did a 5 minute steep.

The aroma is definitely root beer, with added spice! I’m fairly impressed by this tea. It tastes very close to root beer, even with vanilla ice cream added. My licorice sensor is going off, but I actually don’t mind it in this blend (it’s not listed on the ingredients, so maybe it’s just the sarsaparilla). It came out a tiny bit weaker than I would like, but I feel like it’s still a good representation of the tea. I’m not sure whether I would purchase this, but it’s certainly tasty enough and I’m sure it would be fantastic as a latte, either cold or hot. Yum! :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
1289 tasting notes

Yay free tea!! A friend gave me the rest of his sample. He doesn’t like coconut… I’m not sure why he bought it, maybe just to see if DT could change his mind :)
In any case, there are moments where I get some serious coconut macaroon mojo in my sip! I’m impressed, they managed to get the essence down pretty well.
But then, for the most part this is your average coconut black tea. Only sweeter.
The other odd thing is that I find my cuppa pretty smooth, with the occasional twinge of itchy throat.
Anyhow, this gets an overall ho hum from me. Not bad, but not great. Then again, I judge any tea with coconut in it pretty harshly so I’ll stick to the higher end of the rating I’m thinking about here. Fleeting moments of spot on taste gets you only mediocre points!

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78
drank Grape Expectations by DAVIDsTEA
886 tasting notes

Sipdown of this tea. I have soo many teas that I have tried this weekend that I didn’t log lol, and I take time to log this sipdown. Oh well, I will get around to writing notes eventually. I had an amazing weekend and now the bf is back this week, so probably not much logging this week. Ah well I am still drinking tea! This is a work sipdown, and I enjoyed this tea, but I tired of it as I went through the bag. Nice to try, but not a restock. See previous notes!

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75
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
234 tasting notes

Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Hooray, another David’s tea! This sounds delicious and I have recently discovered a love for dark oolongs, so it was a no-brainer for me. Dry, it smells quite coffee-like. Definitely hazelnut coffee with some mocha in there too. I happen to like coffee, especially as a flavor, so not a problem for me! David’s seems like it’s been hit-or-miss for me so far, but I have high hopes for this one. I did 5 minutes at 200 degrees, using the whole sample, which was about 1.5 tsp.

The brewed aroma is very nutty, which is amazing! There’s definitely chocolate there too, but the nut is the main event. The taste is also centered around the hazelnut flavor. The chocolate is a lovely complement, and I also pick up on caramel and cream notes. There’s still something quite coffee-like about the whole thing, perhaps because the cocoa beans are roasted combined with the oolong base (it doesn’t specify the type of oolong here, but it’s very dark and I would assume roasted from the taste).

My only issue with this tea… LICORICE. HOW DARE THEY ADD LICORICE TO THIS! It doesn’t make any sense here and it makes the end of the sip have that weird creeping sweetness that reminds me of artificial sweeteners. I dunno, the licorice might be a deal-breaker for me… There’s just no reason for it to be here. >:(

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream, Licorice, Roasted nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

I hate licorice. And I hated this tea. High fives?

Cameron B.

Lol, I didn’t quite hate it, but it was definitely severely damaged by the licorice. So high five anyway! :P

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95
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
1829 tasting notes

Trying this iced and it is actually quite nice. Sweet and clovey and essentially the same as the hot brew.

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79
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
560 tasting notes

I feel a cold coming on and this is not okay since I have an 8day work week ahead of me!!
I got this as a free sample from my last DAVIDs order a while ago and I’ve been saving it for a day when I’ll feel under the weather… and today is that day.

Opening up the pack it smells so healthy and it smells like medicine. Gross. BUT AT LEAST AT FIRST SNIFF IT SMELLS LIKE IT’S GOING TO CURE ME IN AN INSTANT. Mint, juniper berries, citrus. Yeah I’ll stick to those ingredients for the next week or so just to make myself feel better.

I like how the orange peel is coming out as it steeps!
Oh gosh. IT TASTES SO HEALTHY. Happy that there’s no ginger in this, and the orange and eucalyptus oils are very strong.
I think… I think I like this? I might get some of this when I go to DAVIDs (in like a year ha) just so I have tea for when I feel all gross and groggy

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Mint, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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85
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
155 tasting notes

Another sample from months ago, possibly poorly stored.

I had this last night while cleaning and it’s delicious. It’s very creamy with hints of cinnamon and caramel; easily one of the more dessert-like teas I’ve had from DavidsTea.

I can’t decide if this is something worth having around or not.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
155 tasting notes

The more I have this tea, the less I like it. First steep was extremely vegetal, the second steep was mint with a vegetal background. I’m glad I’m going to be finished with this one soon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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