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I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while and as soon as I took a whiff of the loose leaf I knew this is what I would be brewing up today. The leaves are highly fragrant with citrus oil and visually the jasmine blossoms are startling. This tea brews up pretty pale, yellow/green, even if steeped over the recommended 3 minutes. I love the balance of floral jasmine, tart, natural citrus, and the smooth oolong body. One of my favorite teas I’ve tried at Davids Tea, partly because it is flavorful without being too sweet.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Green, Jasmine, Lemon, Mineral, Orange

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I went into Davids Tea looking for a mid-caffeine tea that might not be too sweet. I had oolongs in my mind so I asked to smell a bunch of the loose leaf. I like gingery things so I thought I’d try the ginseng oolong but it was intimidating, both in its chunky appearance and earthy/dusty smell. So I thought I’d give vanilla orchid a try. This tea smells gently of vanilla, and gets much stronger when brewed. The vanilla flavor is herbal but still sweet enough not to be medicinal. I don’t take any honey or sugar in my tea so this was definitely not sweet on its own but had a pleasant green/mineral flavors like an earthy green tea rather than being too vegetal. It was more like hay or leaves in the best way possible. This oolong brews up light, more yellow/green than amber, and I suspect I let it oversteep, so it was a bit strong for me. The vanilla is vigorous but authentic and not at all candy-like. As long as you know that going in, this tea is worth the try.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Medicinal, Mineral, Vanilla

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
160 tasting notes

Mmm nice. Light, vegetal, and fruity. A bit grassy, with a nice, strong kiwi flavour. Bright but not really getting into tart. A touch astringent, hints of bitterness.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Trying this tea for the first time. This was the fall tea I was most excited about, I love maple. Unfortunately I can’t actually taste any of it in the tea. Disappointed. Like others have mentioned, I would have been better off sticking with Oh Canada.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Yup. Minty.

I got this iced when it was the tea of the day sometime in August, and it was nice. If you like mint. I’m not a huge mint fan, so this was just kind of generically minty to me. I suppose I can recall there being some sort of creaminess underneath, and I definitely noticed the caffeine later – oops, should have checked for that before getting it in the evening. Bah! Who needs sleep? Anyhow, it was refreshing and clean tasting and was the right thing to combat the heat of the day, but I don’t know that I would buy any, especially given that most people expect mint “tea” to be tea-free, heh.

If you love mint and want a bit of a caffeine pick-me-up, too, this is your dude right here.

Flavors: Cream, Mint

Preparation
Iced

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reviewed The Nordic Mug by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

I have three of these now, and I don’t know when I’ll stop! I got two of the Breton Octopus motif from the 2014 Spring Collection (thanks to a friend who found them when they were on sale and had vanished from almost all stores and I suddenly decided I couldn’t live without them – oops!), and one of the Multi Raccoon from the Fall 2014 Collection. I’m about to swap out the Octopus at work for the Raccoon, since autumn is nearly upon us, so I imagine I’ll likely have one for each season. I wasn’t taken with any of the Summer 2014 Nordics, so perhaps next year. Eager to see what comes out for winter/Christmas!

Tea-wise, this is a giant mug of tea! It’s thick-walled, so it keeps a nice temperature for a decent amount of time (I’m kind of a delicate flower (hah!), so I don’t drink mine while it’s scalding hot…ymmv). I love having the infuser nestled in under the lid, and having a resting spot for it on the lid after steeping is great when you’re at work and not keen on making constant trips back and forth to the kitchen.

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Love The Perfect Mug! I got two in the Glass Octopus motif from the Spring 2014 Collection when they went on sale, and have been really pleased. I have infusers at home, but not this compact and tidy, which makes them great at the office. It’s the perfect size for a nice morning brew, and I like watching the darkening tea curl around the octopus tentacles like a roiling sea storm.

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One highly caffeinated To Go bevarage at DT isn’t enough, apparently, so to contrast my latte w. Kristina I also grabbed one of these babies, iced, To Go before me headed out for the day.

It was pretty good; it tasted like petrichor (the smell of the earth after it rains); very earthy, very fresh, with some natural sweetness to it. Rainforest, through and through.

The whole reason Kristina was in town was to go to a Metal Concert (Arsis; and four other bands opening for them) with me, but at this point it was about 12:30PM and the doors to the show didn’t open until 7PM so we had a lot of time to kill. We ended up taking the longer, more leisurely walk to the bus terminals downtown while I sipped on this. Along the way we stopped at this older, vinyl record place. I’d never been before, but it was really cool. The whole store had this very welcoming, but dated atmosphere and the staff were pretty low key and casual. It was fun.

I didn’t get anything, but she got a (Metal) album. It was fascinating watching the staff members find the CD; she brought the case up and they used an indexed filing system to go through these MASSIVE cabinets of archived CDs to find the correct one. So “old school” – which seems like such a judgmental thing to say? But it was cool. You don’t see a lot of stores using an organizational system like that anymore.

And then we caught the bus and were off to another mall!

Flavors: Moss, petrichor, Rainforest, Wet Earth

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
1943 tasting notes

Just a little bit of backlog; I spent all Saturday out with my friend Kristina, and then yesterday I worked in the morning and promptly fell asleep when I got home so now, since I have the day off, it looks like it’s an appropriate time to log tasting notes. Man, it’s 9AM and it just feels so wrong that I’m wide awake. But that’s what I get for passing out on the couch at 8PM yesterday…

So lets get into my Saturday, shall we? Kristina was supposed to get in from Regina at 11:00 so I was going to meet her downtown at 11:30, but in order to get ready, shower and stuff and catch the bus in time I needed to get up at approx. 9:00 so that’s when I had my alarm set for. So I ended up waking up on my own thinking I was up before the alarm had gone off; I casually checked what my phone for the time and what time was it? 11:00. I fucked up. Apparently, I had my phone on vibrate so I wound up sleeping through the alarm. So I got ready stupidly fast; no time for showers or tea or really even like brushing my hair? And I had to take a taxi to meet her; even still I wound up being late. She was cool about it though. I guess she just knows me and what to expect, at this point…

We met up at DAVIDsTEA because it’s a good meeting place, and it’s close to the Bus Depot downtown; and Thank God we did ‘cause no tea in the morning or prepared To Go? That’s terrible! So, I met up with Kristina and we caught up on what was new with her life since moving back to Regina over a hot latte. I picked this one; mate is pretty well the only way to start off a busy day out.

This was pretty decent; you could really taste the coffee in it alongside the very roasty mate, which is sort of coffee like on its own too. There are so many different kinds of coffee beans in this though; and I am so vastly unknowledgable when it comes to coffee, so there’s no way I was able to pick up the differences between them all. I also was able to pick up on notes of vanilla and white chocolate among the creamy, frothy milk. Mmm! Man do I love lattes. I also feel like I very slightly tasted the chicory and some nuttiness, but mostly I think that was drowned by the milk.

But this definitely significantly jump started my day, which was the intent. And man, what a day it was! So much was packed into the day! It was fun though, and I look forward to elaborating in tasting notes to come!

EDIT: Should probably point out this was obviously with the new formula.

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I jammed some keys trying to write while working on my felt and yarn parrot. Thus my chai is a private indulgence that’s lala luscious

Flavors: Lemon Zest

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1710 tasting notes

Making the last of this in a large pot to chill, later.

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
773 tasting notes

Sippin’ on some cold brew this fine morning. It’s very sweet hot, so I would never recommend doing it that way, but I find that this steeping method harnesses the crazy sugariness lying beneath. I would say this tastes closest to cotton candy than any other previous blends from other companies, but it’s still not quite right.

Time to reorganize my virtual cupboard. I’ve sipped down soooo much over the past half year. Comparing the virtual cupboard to the real one actually makes me quite proud!

CHAroma

I wish I could say the same. My real life cupboard is an overflowing disaster, LOL!

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @85C, steeped four minutes thirty seconds.

Pine and plum notes for sure, though the pine is stronger. A note I dislike in tea: I don’t know if this is called ‘vegetal’ or what, but there’s a a taste and scene that reminds me of scallops. I’ve detected it in some green and white teas, and I don’t care for it — well, not in tea. Scallops on my plate is another matter. Some shea butter notes in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Bok Choy, Broth, Fish Broth, Mushrooms, Pine, Plums

TeaBrat

Fish broth? ewww

Michelle Butler Hallett

Yeah. I’ve not tried to make a second cup. I don’t want scallops in my oolong. Add a pinch of salt to this tea and you’re halfway to soup. Not for me.

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I was so excited for this tea because I had only heard amazing reviews! But I obviously had heard wrong! Or it was a bad batch with WAAAAY too much vanilla flavoring! I used as much as directed in a latte and it was way to artificial tasting! And for a Naturally flavored Organic tea. I was appalled! I will try it one more time with the shortest steep time and perhaps less tea before I pass this one along because I really wanted to like it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This may have been sitting around for awhile. I’m not getting enough coffee to be excited about. I mean COFFEE Chai should have a good bump of coffee in it. I enjoy cardamom but it seems like there is an awful lot of cardamom pods in it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Spices

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Hello, my friends. Long story short, I quit the MA program even though I’ve done everything up to and including the rough draft of my thesis, largely due to a controlling supervisor who isn’t happy that I don’t want to go on to a PhD and was therefore making it very difficult for me to get this degree over with. Blah blah blah, that said, I’m back to enjoying other things in my life! Hope everyone has been super swell and enjoying all them wonderful teas.

I picked this up the other day because I ran out of tea filters for making cold brews. It’s fluffy and mildly, generically fruity-smelling. Perhaps I should have used more leaf but the liquor is pale and the taste is on the weak side. Maybe a bit of berry but that’s it. It’s still nice to drink when it’s hot outside and you just want something cold to drink.

Would I repurchase? Not sure, but I’ll enjoy what I got.

Tealizzy

Wow, that sounds familiar. I had a graduate school advisor that made it hard for me to finish too. I pushed him though and started working.

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you won in the end. How long did it take you? I told myself not to give up since I made it this far, but based on the ongoing unprofessionalism and manipulation, this can drag on for another 6-12 months. Also, every single grad student except one has quit on her since she came here so I know I’m not alone.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that is so frustrating! I’m so sorry that was your experience. :/ However, I’m glad you’re back!

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
160 tasting notes

When this collection came out I wasn’t even remotely interested in trying this one, but a few favourable tasting notes and it being cleared out convinced me to give it a try, and I actually quite like it.

They really nailed the flavour inspiration with this one. It has that tart, cherry candy flavour of a snowcone (and no overwhelming hibiscus!) Straight it was missing a tiny bit of sweetness, though half a teaspoon of sugar in my cup was overpowering. Just a pinch I think would have done it nicely.

I don’t think this is a flavour I’d be in the mood for often, but for what it is, it’s good.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Sour, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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I felt like a plain tea this afternoon so I picked this one out of the Canadian Traveling Teabox. It’s a fairly standard sencha, mildly grassy with a bit of a seaweed flavour. I can tell that it’s decent quality and not harsh or bitter for all that it’s a bit uninspiring. For those who want an intro into Japanese greens and don’t feel like shelling out a ton of money right off the bat this would be a great place to start.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
194 tasting notes

David’s sent a sample of this in my order. I was mystified when I first tried it, because it tasted SO familiar and yet I couldn’t recall where I’d had it before. It didn’t taste anything like cider, despite its name. Finally it came to me; this is the exact flavor of Quaker instant apples-&-cream oatmeal.

I can see from the other notes this tea hasn’t been a huge hit, and I think if you are expecting cider, you will be disappointed. I am kind of nostalgically fond of that oatmeal though (I don’t think I could get something so sugary down now, but I loved it as a kid) so I am enjoying the flavor in this new form.

Flavors: Apple, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
1922 tasting notes

I made this iced after having it hot and I think this is how I prefer it. It has the same flavors as the hot version and ultimately I feel those flavors lend themselves best to a colder drink. Nonetheless, like all the other Fall blends this year, I am still not sold so the rest of my sample is going to a friend as my relationship with this tea has run its course.

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
1922 tasting notes

So this smells like bubblegum both dry and brewed. Weird…very weird. Though now that I have tried it cold brewed and hot, I can say I definitely prefer it hot. It is still sweet but a different sort of sweetness than the cold brew. It tastes like those caramel apple lollipops except one that has been soaked in vanilla for a few days to make it that much sweeter. Ultimately, it’s not something I will be restocking once I finish my sample but that’s okay because I have a lot of teas anyways.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

It’s 10° out this morning, which always feels delightful in April, but it’s cold and shivery in September! Planning on a lot of tea to warm me up, so I timed my steep in order to have enough oomph left in the leaves for another round. I’m using the Nordic Mug today, so that’ll be a litre of tea! Nice!

Anyway, steeped for a bit less time this tea has a touch of apple to it somewhere in there. Still loads of cinnamon and clove – could just be putting me in mind of mulled cider…hmm. Also still presents pumpkin, caramel, and lemon, with some buttery taste in there. I’m not noticing as much smokiness. As well, I took a good inhale of the dry leaf first, this time, and it smells of butterscotch, spice, and malt.

I’m happy I went with this one today. Got envious remarks from co-workers again, too, haha. (I’m not a jerk and did offer to share)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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