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I love, love, love this tea. It is one of my all time favourites. It is a black tea with a hint of blueberry. I love to drink it in the morning because the fruitiness is not too forward. There is also a hint of burnt sugar.
When you open the tin it is a beautiful tea. It is full of dried blueberries. It absolutely reminds me of wild blueberry season in Ontario.

Flavors: Blueberry, Burnt Sugar, Jam

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I got a sample of this in one of my online orders. I poured out the package into a filter only to realize theirs enough in the sample for at least 3 cups so I poured it into an empty tin. That being said my tummy wasn’t feeling well, I think due to a lack of food but it’s too late to eat, so I made this an went without sweeter or milk. I have Moroccan Mint from Teavana but it just doesn’t measure up to this! I always burn the Teavana one and it’s bitter and gross and I have to have honey (though I did get a decent cup last time), but not Peppermint Amour. It has a nice minty flavor that cools your throat and it’s not so vegetal that you need sweetener to make it palatable. Definitely a win on this one DT.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

One of my free DAVIDsTEA samples. I didn’t think I would like this, but it’s very good! Mild maple flavor so it isn’t too sweet. You can really taste the cinnamon. This is perfect for a cold winter night.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
67 tasting notes

Picked up an oz of this while at the store today. I had to sugar it up a bit because it wasn’t sweet enough on its own so i put in a few pieces of rock sugar and a little caramel honey stick. Yummy :) I made it as a latte but it didn’t stay frothed like I wanted, oh well, next time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Our Pennsylvania store opened today and of course I went to check it out! I got this as a to-go because I was unsure of wether or not I would like it and $11.50 is a lot to pay for a mistake. I have never liked more traditional teas but this one was delicious! It was so creamy and it was sweet on its own. I will be buying this one next time and I’m hoping I get the job there on Monday after my interview :)

teamaniac

I love this tea too Lindsay. The interesting thing about it is that different batches taste different. I guess tea is like wine where growing seasons determine the taste of the tea. But it is delicious. If you like brie cheese, taste it with that. Or shortbread cookies..

lindsayb

i love brie, I’m so happy tea has so many different tastes so it can go with anything.

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90
drank Coffee Cake by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

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drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

I hate eggnog, I don’t know why I bought this. Whatever, I guess it smells pretty good and it’s full of white chocolate.

Brewed at boiling for 8 minutes. It got really cloudy, probably from the white chocolate pieces.

It’s… Okay. Wouldn’t buy again, but not undrinkable.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

Because having the flu means sampling all the teas I just bought!

Smells like chocolate cake, very indulgent. The sprinkles are fun but probably unnecessary?

Brewed with boiling water for about 5 minutes in my new Adagio IngenuiTEA brewer.

Pretty good, I think I’ll brew it stronger next time to get more of the chocolatey flavor. Definitely needs sugar given the dessert like nature of the tea.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
103 tasting notes

I think this is on par with Sugar Plum Forest as my favourite tea out of the Winter Collection. I do love a good, nutty tea! I was very sad when my cup of this was over, and I think I’m going to have to order some more of it before it goes away. Very nice with a splash of milk.

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100

This is my go to tea for headaches. I suffer from migraines and I find just one cup and I’m feeling so much better !!! It is such a great tea to enjoy anytime of day. Very soothing and relaxing.

Flavors: Fruity, Lavender

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 240 ML

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70
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

I was really excited when I heard of this tea. Pumpkin? Cheesecake? YES PLEASE!
But… I don’t really get anything special from this tea at all. There’s an aftertaste that reminds me of the name? And it smells like pumpkin and lemon and sweet…. but I really can’t find myself loving it. There’s just not enough to it, and what there is just isn’t spectacular. Not… bad? Just… not anything really great either.

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90
drank Yellow Gem by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

This was my first yellow tea ever, and what an introduction. I love this tea. It’s delicate and brews this brilliant honeyed yellow. It’s brews smooth and naturally sweet, almost like honeysuckle. There are notes of hay, fresh grass, and a lingering floral note with each sip. The flavour will stay with you long after your cup is done. I’m excited to check out more yellow teas as that honey-flavour is a very typical note for them.

Flavors: Hay, Honey

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76
drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

this has become my go to dessert tea especially due to the low caffeine. It’s got that classic oolong smoothness (thought not strongly “tea” flavored) with the addition of sweet papaya and smooth pistachios. I think I want to try infusing this into some of my baking experiments. The best part is that the lingering taste very reminiscent of actual baklava. The first steep is best on this one as the fruit loose a bit of their body the second and third time around, but as the base of this is an oolong I encourage multiple steeps. (I’ve gotten 5 good ones).

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Nuts, Toasty

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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81
drank Vanilla Chai by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I’m OBSESSED. I drink this at least three times a week (and that’s with about 30 other teas I have up for grabs). It’s delicate for a chai (no ingredient overwhelms another) and has a super smooth mouth feel. I like the addition of licorice root to it; adds a little extra zing i haven’t seen in many other chais by David’s. I’ve found that even an accidental over steep yields a good cup, though I’ve found a 3 minute steep at 175 degrees is perfect.

Flavors: Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I’m not big on strawberry flavoring in teas, and this tea reminded me way. I don’t have much to say about it other than our tasted like the nerds candies.

Flavors: Strawberry, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
711 tasting notes

This is a non-winter/holiday tea that I was curious about, and Roswell was kind enough to send me a sample out of her own stash. I don’t have much experience with maté, but anything roasted appeals to me and the other flavors involved sounded so yummy that I wanted to try it anyway.

The tea itself is definitely quite chunky. There are lots of big pieces, like sliced almonds, cacao shells, dried raspberries, etc. The maté kind of resembles a darker roasted kukicha in some places, while in others it’s more fragmented and reminds me of fish food. Dry smell is amazingly raspberry and roasty.

Wow, I have to say, I really really like this tea. The raspberry flavor is strong and yummy and sweet, like raspberry jam. I can definitely taste the chocolate, and it melds wonderfully with the roasted and nutty flavors. Overall, it’s just yum, and so comforting. I can’t comment on the energy effect yet, but we shall see if I’m bouncing off the walls in a little bit. Delicious!

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Coffee, Jam, Raspberry, Roasted, Sweet

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

This is one of my absolute favorites for the morning! For me, the energy from it is great. I’m in my 60’s, I need all the energy I can get! :-)

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84

What a treat this gyokuro is. It’s richly vegetal with this lingering aroma and taste of browned butter. It’s the perfect compliment to sea food, especially the raw variety. Since its grown under the shade, it also contains a high amount of amino acids giving you the perfect little mid day boost! :)

Flavors: Butter, Spinach

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Sugar Plum Forest by DAVIDsTEA
711 tasting notes

Just chuggin’ along on the David’s winter tea train! Thanks again to miss Roswell Strange for providing me with 10g samples of all of these teas. I have to say, the notes that I’ve seen regarding this tea have made me rather scared to try it, as they’ve pretty much all been negative. Oh well, onward!

Now, on the pouch, this claims to be a rooibos blend. However, as far as I can tell, there is zero rooibos in my sample. So either there’s so little included that it’s pointless, or whoever measured out this sample didn’t bother to stir it first, leaving me with all of the food ingredients which tend to rise to the top as the rooibos sinks. Oh well! Dry scent is like a very heavily spiced apple cider.

Wow, I’m actually very surprised by this tea. I don’t hate it at all. Thankfully, I can’t taste the chili, which was the ingredient that really worried me (I do not enjoy spicy foods). The hibiscus is present but in a complementary way instead of being overpowering. I really enjoy the star anise in this blend, as most blends with licorice only include the root and there’s no actual licorice-esque flavor. Speaking of licorice root, I can taste that sweetness at the end of the sip, but it’s actually balanced rather well by the tart.

Overall, I’m surprised to somewhat like this one. There’s a lot going on, but it ends up tasting like a simultaneously spiced, tart, and sweet mulled apple cider.

Flavors: Anise, Apple, Hibiscus, Licorice, Spices, Sweet, Tart

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

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50
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

Okay, so I like rooibos in general, and I like caramel. But for some reason this tea just doesn’t do it for me. There is some other scent or flavor in there that is a bit gamey. That spoils it for me.

Flavors: Barnyard

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85

This came as a sample with my recent DAVIDsTEA order. It has a nice, light flavor and I think it would be really great in the summer as iced tea!

Flavors: Citrus, Spearmint

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70
drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
711 tasting notes

Yay, another of my new David’s samples! I love eggnog, so I was pretty excited when I saw this is one of the holiday teas. When I opened the bag, I was shocked by how many white chocolate chips are in this blend! The picture is indeed accurate in that respect. The dry smell is quintessential eggnog. I admit that I made sure to stir a spoon around in my brew basket when the tea was done steeping, just to try to get all of that white chocolate to dissolve into the tea a bit.

I’m actually pretty underwhelmed by this tea. It comes off as quite bland to me. Yes, there is a strong nutmeg presence here, which is appropriate for eggnog. Other than that, all I really get out of this tea is creaminess. I feel like it’s unfair for me to expect more from this tea, as eggnog is so much about the thick and luscious texture, which can’t be replicated here. Overall, it’s just ho-hum.

Flavors: Cream, Nutmeg

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

if you made a lat-tea out of it would it be better?

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90
drank Rhubarb Chai by DAVIDsTEA
291 tasting notes

I decided to try a cup of this today after my aunt graciously offered to buy me a cup. It’s very fruity, rounded out by the taste and feel of the spices.
It tastes very comfortable and makes me think of coziness and home, but it doesn’t really make me think of rhubarb. The main fruit that I really get is apple; it’s not tart or, well, rhubarby enough to live up to the name.
Still, it is delicious and I definitely think that I will have to get more of this for my home collection soon.

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