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70
drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

I passed this up over and over again. The samples they had out in the little cups just completely failed to grab me every time I’ve been into DAVIDs over the last several months. But today, I went in to redeem my Frequent Steeper points (Grand Cru Matcha & Butterfly Jasmine!), and the teas of the day were from the fall collection. Neither Snickerdoodle nor the maple one grabbed me, but the clerk said this was their favourite, and the tea in the top of the tin smelled so much better than the little glass cup samples, so I grabbed some. When it comes to convincing me to try new tea I’m ridiculously easy.

The smell of this steeped. Oh my god, it smells incredible. Sweet and tart and appley. It’s the kind of smell I want my kitchen to smell like all the time.

The flavour… I’m undecided. There’s a lovely apple skin, cider tartness, a hint of cinnamon, and the sweetness of cooked apples, all of which are amazing. But then at the top of the sip there’s a burst of something that reminds me of artificial sweetener. It doesn’t ruin the cup by any means, but it is a flavour that I’m not wild about and would prefer wasn’t there.

All in all, pretty good. A very nice balance of sweet and tart, and a really excellent apple flavour. I’m not sure I’m going to buy more than the 10g sample I picked up, but I might. We’ll see how this grows on me (or doesn’t).

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cinnamon, Stewed Fruits, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Kittenna

Yeah. There’s that weird artificial-ness that ruins it for me too. I LOVE the sweet apple/vanilla combo, so it really kills me. :(

Anlina

I’ve had some other teas with such a strong artificial taste that I had to dump my cup. This one isn’t anywhere near that bad, but it feels like it could be better.

TeaBrat

that’s too bad, DT really overdoes it with the artificial flavoring a lot.

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70

Ok, this is much different from what I was expecting. 1) It doesn’t taste like DT’s classic fishy-ish pu’erh; in fact, the base tastes like a good quality black. I assume there are pu’erhs with this flavour profile, but I’m not well enough acquainted with them to be sure. There’s some astringency, but I steeped longer than I intended to, so I expect that may go away. 2) The hibiscus in here appears to be a non-issue. All I can taste is an orangey citrus, which isn’t all that strong, but just present enough for me.

Overall, I’m quite pleasantly surprised. Not enough to pick up more of this for myself (too many teas, too many favourites), but I would definitely recommend this to lovers of citrus tea, and people just getting into pu’erh. And don’t be afraid of the hibiscus; I have to assume it’s an ingredient strictly for a touch of colour, and just a slight zing, which is just fine by me!

Amariel

I’ve been toying with trying, but the hobby scared me some, and I think there is stevia in this one?

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60
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

Not sure how I feel about this… it’s nice enough, but I don’t love it so much that I want to buy more. It’s fruity – I can definitely taste peach and papaya. I like the chunks of candied fruit; I don’t like the “artificial flavour”. I liked the mix of red and green rooibos as a base, though it was pretty overshadowed by the fruitiness of it all. Meh, decent as fruity rooibos blends go, but nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach

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

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88
drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

Ooh this is delightful. I love the fragrance of this. The dry leaf mostly has jasmine coming through, but steeped, there’s another intense floral note that is almost dewy. I want to say lilac and peony, though I can’t be sure.

Steeped this is light and jasminey, and some of that dewy quality comes through in the flavour as well.

I oversteeped my second and third steep every so slightly (45 seconds each), and so there’s a hint of astringency and an umami note that lingers on the finish, which was not present on the first steep. Fourth steep I did for shorter and added to the rest of my third steep, and the fifth I did with cooler water and shorter time, but I think these leaves are just about spent.

Definitely more complex than other jasmine greens I’ve had, and vaguely reminiscent of the jasmine teas I have which have additional sweet or fruit flavours.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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40
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

Also another in store sample for the day. I didn’t even bother finishing the sample. This isn’t terrible, it’s just nothing special and the flavours don’t work exceptionally well together. It kind of tastes like maple, kind of? But was missing something. Or maybe a lot of somethings…

caile

I sampled this too and didn’t like it either.

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
277 tasting notes

Sampled this in store today, and my first impression was that wow, this really does taste like the cookie! but subsequent sips just didn’t seem to carry the same complexity. Nice to sample, nothing I really need.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Sweet

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61
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
43 tasting notes

A sample with my David’s Tea order, a bit too tart for my taste. Won’t be ordering, especially since I generally don’t like decaffeinated tea.

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90
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
2459 tasting notes

Hmm, I don’t believe I have ever had this one before and I am really liking the salted caramel. It tastes like toffee, especially when sugar is added. It seems very rich and delicious! Sorry for the short note but I have a lot of stuff going on today… hopefully I will write a better one later.

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

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45

All I taste when I drink this is the hibiscus. So, I guess if you like hibiscus but want some caffeine in your tea, maybe it would be a good option? It’s very tart and refreshing, but I was disappointed by how little I could taste of the pu’erh.

Flavors: Hibiscus

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

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100

This was my first loose-leaf tea. I sampled it in October 2013 at the David’s Tea in Metrotown and instantly fell in love – bought a 100g tin, and went back a couple months later to get some for a friend.

It smells absolutely delicious dry, and just as wonderful once brewed. Water temperature definitely makes a difference to the flavour. I also love this tea because it doesn’t need anything added to it, it’s just perfect clear.

I hope David’s Tea will continue to release this every winter, because it’s definitely a staple in my cupboard.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Ginger, Nutmeg

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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71
drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
319 tasting notes

No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Pouchong Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2352 tasting notes

Fairly standard but of course tasty pouchong. Buttery oolong flavour, some vegetal, a bit of a minerally note. Held up just fine to other pouchongs I’ve tried, but nothing overly special, and since for some reason I prefer dong ding or roasted/aged oolongs, it’s not a tea I’d get again.

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52
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
1962 tasting notes

This is definitely a nut a tea. I take a sip and I get the earthy sweetness instantly. Unfortunately the coconut isn’t rich, creamy, and tropical in this cup. Instead it is giving the tea a sort of oily slickness (though not as bad as many other teas I have tried). Also, at times the flavors come together in a sort of earthy muddiness that is not the greatest taste. All in all, I am happy I tried this but I won’t be getting this again.

NofarS

Have you given Palais des Thes Coconut (Noix de Coco) a try? It is a pretty great coconut tea.

VariaTEA

I have never tried that one but I will keep it in mind. I have only tried a couple palais des thes but I recall them being nice.

Hannah F.

You want White White Cocoa and Geisha Getaway from T2.

Amariel

I go from liking this to disliking it, then to wanting it again, and the cycle repeats.

VariaTEA

Well you are welcome to the rest of my small sample if you like

Amariel

Are you offering me or someone else the small sample?

VariaTEA

You, Amariel :)

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57
drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
536 tasting notes

Hmm. I’m not sure about this one. It smells quite strongly of a winter/autumn candle. My mom also said that it smells “like Christmas” to her. It does steep up to a beautiful deep crimson color.

Sipping… hibiscus is the first thing I notice and wow, it’s very strong! It lingers for a long time, but slowly changes into something like a spiced cider. I suppose that it’s cranberry that I’m tasting, but to be honest, it’s more of a weird cranberry candle + spice mixture. This is surprisingly drinkable given how much hibiscus is in it.. I think it also helps that I’m in the mood for something tart. I don’t hate hibiscus, but wish it didn’t take over everything in the universe when it’s included in a blend.

While I finished the cup, I don’t think that I would repurchase more of this blend. I think less hibiscus and more of a real cranberry flavor would have helped it out. It really is like drinking a candle only without a waxy flavor.

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70
drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
947 tasting notes

Its been a busy day! I went to get a haircut, and then wandered around. I found a fancy yarn shop, and bought some yarn, as I’m learning to knit. And, next to it, was a tiny hole in the wall tea shop. I didn’t know it was there! That’s probably a bad discovery.
I went and tossed old teas, things I did not like, and things I was, honestly, never going to drink again, and its amazingly freeing! I feel so much more relaxed about my cupboard now, and excited to drink things and try new teas! I’ll remember this, for the next time my cupboard feels overwhelming.
So, this tea. A sample from my latest David’s order, and I was pleased to have it. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie.
This smells and tastes very much like cinnamon, and a touch of nuttiness, but its feeling heavy and lacking in the bright sugar note that I associate with a proper snickerdoodle. But it is not unpleasant, and I’m glad to have tried it.

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100

This is by far my favourite tea from DAVIDsTEA and I highly doubt any tea from this company will beat it. When I got this tea from the wonderful tea guide in the store, I just couldn’t wait to let it steep a little longer. I had to take a sip. At first, the green notes were strong and the jasmine was okay for my taste. But after I let it cool a little bit, the jasmine starts to become more intense, which is GREAT since I love jasmine in green tea. The tea guide told me that this tea can be steeped multiple times, and it did last quite well. I was able to get 5 nice steeps out of it and it was a great experiment sipping down different steeps and trying to experience how different flavour develop in each.
purity + serenity

Flavors: Green, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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15

First of all, this tea is called MANGO MADNESS, but what’s mad about it?! The taste is just weird, with a hint of bitterness, which I find a bit odd in a white tea. The 2nd steep is even more horrible. I haven’t found a tea with such bland 2nd steep until I taste this tea. Yes, there’s a bunch of fruits added, which I’m guessing is to make this tea more palatable, but the artificial flavouring is just too overwhelming, which makes the delicateness of white tea nowhere to be found. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I even want to call it a “tea”. Good teas, by my definition, should be aromatic in a pleasant way, definitely not this artificial stuff.
Such a disappointment.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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23

Sipdown (110)!

Firstly, I’m dying right now. I opened up Tumblr and this was the first thing on my dashboard. http://kraftworkorange.tumblr.com/post/100112444150

I spat out my cold brew I was laughing so hard. But this tea…

This one I spat out for a far different reason. After really hating the cold brew, I decided to try it hot – but still didn’t have high expectations at all. Cold just seemed like a naturally good route and since that was a fail, hot being good was a bleak outcome.

When I took my first sip, the two words that came immediately to mind were rancid and vomit. To me, this is just nasty, unsweetened and extremely tart hibiscus/orange and then mud. And not good mud. Like, filthy smelly mud.

I got down a few sips but then had to give up and really thoroughly clean out my timolino to purge the smell/scent. And I feel guilty, because I definitely passed on the rest of my sample to some poor unfortunate tea drinker instead of throwing it out like my gut told me to.

However, the fact I have read a few good reviews on this makes me feel a little less terrible for passing my sample along to someone else.

Kittenna

Very weird. Mine was actually quite pleasant, and as I mentioned, it tasted like black tea, not pu’erh (which I did see are the first two ingredients, in that order, so it makes sense). Bad batch of pu’erh, maybe? Or too much hibby.

Roswell Strange

Perhaps too much hobby; lots of visible hibby and orange in the sample I had.

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23

Picked up a sample of this when I went to DT earlier in the week. It was one I was very skeptical of based on the description, but I thought it smelled nice in person so I got a sample anyway. I was wrong to do so.

This was a cold brew; and it tasted rather oily/fishy with definitely muddy notes and a very tart, unsweetened hibiscus/orange combo that drastically clashed with all the other flavours and probably would have been bad on its own. I think it goes without saying that I did not finish the brew; though I tried to give it a fair shot. I did about a third of the 25 oz. portion…

DT, I think this blend was a mistake.

Sil

haha i haven’t tried mine yet…

Roswell Strange

I’ve had it hot too now; first two words that came to mind for the hot version were vomit and rancid.

darby

Ha! Perfect tea for a Halloween party!

Sil

totally going to put it on the list to try tomorrow then… i’m going to see if i can get to 110 this weekend haha

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89

Sipdown (111)!

I sure am glad I’m making good sipdown progress, ’cause I still have a swap with Marzipan and my Secret Pumpkin on the way still, as well as a probably huge package from VariaTEA and I think TeaAve Oolong samples (anyone heard whether these have shipped?)…

So to finish off my 20g sample of this one, I turned it into tea syrup using a Simple Syrup recipe, and then I floated it in club soda to make a tea soda – which I enjoyed sipping on while getting ready for work in the morning.

- Decided to try this one because the CB reminded me of gingerale
- Very sweet; actually relatively gingerale like
- Pear very supple, fresh and “breezy”
- I definitely want to restock this one

So next time I free up a tin this is what’s going to be filling it.

Tealizzy

I was wondering about the TeaAve samples too. Haven’t heard anything. Hopefully it’s not like the Par Avion incident.

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89

Cold Brew!

- Still very impressed with this, although the ginger was slightly more noticeable
- With the sweetness & hydration from the pear I was reminded of Ginger Ale
- Not as floral, though it wasn’t SUPER floral hot anyway
- I think this is really helping me get over my ginger fear!
- And the base was a little more noticeable as a cold brew

TeaBrat

oooh, I love ginger myself :)

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89

- Was wary because of the ginger; but PEARS so I had to sample
- Smell is sweeter and more floral/fragrant than anticipated
- Prepared this one hot
- The website pic has so much rosehip but I can hardly see any in my sample
- And it didn’t translate into the taste either
- Surprisingly well balanced between pear/ginger
- Especially when my sample was drowning in noticeable ginger
- The spice is mostly escaping me and this is refreshing/hydrating
- Perhaps a tiny bit floral
- Pear is supple and dewy
- I actually am really liking this one
- I think I actually WOULD restock this one or at least buy more to play with
- Got the impression this would be good cold or as a latte…

Flavors: Flowers, Ginger, Ocean Breeze, Pear

The Cookie Lady

I think this tasting note just sold me on trying this out when I order. I think it was the part about “Pear is supple and dewy.” :)

OMGsrsly

It smells so good, I just haven’t managed to try mine yet. How long did you cold brew for?

Roswell Strange

12 hours, I think?

OMGsrsly

Cool. :) That’s about what I usually do, just wanted to check that it wasn’t 6 hours or something!

Roswell Strange

I do all my cold brews over night; start ’em when I get home from work and then strain when I wake up in the morning. I just did the math; would have been 14 hours.

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73

Sipdown (113)!

And back to backlog… So much backlog.

My last set of days off I was making such good process in clearing out my queue, but then I got called into work to cover my coworker’s shift because she was feeling super sick. It sucked, ‘cause I hadn’t had a day off in ages – but we were so understaffed that I was literally the only person who could come in and fill the shift. So I did. Even though I originally said no; I changed my mind because my sick coworker has covered for me so much in the past, and I felt like a huge dick. But man; another five hour shift on top of a 45 hour week. And then Thanksgiving weekend happened (happy belated Turkey Day fellow Canadians!) and that made me not so tasting note focused. But here we are!

This time around I added milk to my cup. Here are the notes I recorded:

- Still reminds me of Gingerbread ‘cause of the spices and molasses flavour
- White chocolate still escaping me a little but the milk helps make this richer
- Thick mouthfeel
- Nice pumpkin flavour
- Tastes “confectionery” and I feel like I’m getting cheesecake crumb/bottom
- Just not the actual cheesecake
- Not gonna restock in bulk but may get another 20g or so

If I manage to make it into a store before this one is gone, I definitely plan to try it as a latte. I think it’s well suited to that.

Cameron B.

This one sounds pretty tasty. :D

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