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100
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Tastes just like cranberry juice when iced. Except unlike cranberry juice, its full of antioxidants and isn’t high in empty calories from all the sugar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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90
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I tried this I think it was over-steeped because I found the after taste stronger than the actual tea.

When steeped properly its delicious! Tastes how it smells. I sweeten it with a bit of maple syrup to bring out the maple taste. Really good hot and can imagine its delicious cold too :) I recommend trying it. Make sure you use 2 heaping teaspoons to ensure it has enough flavour.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

Smells like grapefruit!
Really good cold OR hot with a little bit of agave but it doesn’t really need it.

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75

The first time I tried this I think it was over-steeped because I found the after taste stronger than the actual tea.

When steeped properly its delicious! Tastes how it smells. I sweeten it with a bit of maple syrup to bring out the maple taste. Really good hot and can imagine its delicious cold too :) I recommend trying it. Make sure you use 2 heaping teaspoons to ensure it has enough flavour.

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81
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

Even though you can’t smell it, this tea is extremely fruity and full of flavour! Its delicious when iced with a bit of sweeter but you can also enjoy it hot.

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81
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea really took me by surprise. The maple flavour works with the rooibos perfectly. I like to use the travel press mug or a tea pouch so i can leave the tea steeping as I drink it. I sweeten it with a little bit of maple syrup and some vanilla soy milk :) You don’t have to love maple to love this tea – I highly recommend it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

This was one of those, “heeeey, what is this??? Let me try!.. oh waiit. you don’t have stock?” teas.. if that made any sense. I’m always a sucker for new things so when I saw this, with macadamia nuts (which I love). It was a purchase decision. Clearly though, I think when they put up this tea, it sold out way too fast and vanished from shelves for a good few months. I remember on the Davidstea fb fanpage there was one fellow who asked every week if they would restock it…

Eventually though, i forgot about it.. until now. Got 25g to try it out, also seeing that davids noticed the interest and demand for the product and raised the price from like $6.75 to.. $9.. wonderful.

The leaves remind me of grape leaves just more smaller pieces, taste is nutty and vegetal though not at all unpleasant, brew was fairly dark, it was enjoyable – innocent. Pretty easy to drink this one though it doesn’t come across as something memorable. I read somewhere that mulberry tea contains some extract that inhibits the absorption of carbohydrates? Oh noo. (well good for women looking to lose weight perhaps). I need caffeine.. and you take away my carbs that give me engery? nooo.

In all cases, nothing bad about this tea but probably not something I would really crave for constantly. It does come slightly pricey as you have to use more leaf than a standard black per brew.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

Of the three in the Wine Collection this is my favourite…

But that’s not saying much considering that it’s still not that great. Just better than the other two. A agree with Eisenherz, the smell is lovely both dry and brewed, but once you take a sip it falls rather flat. To me it comes off as rather soapy and slightly bitter, which is unfortunate because from the smell it had potential. I’m not sure where they went wrong… it’s quite bland for a black tea, with nothing to really give it oomph. So sad, not what I was expecting at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Kay Kanada

After seeing your experiences with this collection, I have stopped cursing DT for not putting this up on the wall. Maybe its better that way…

Eisenherz

I still need to try the other 2, but seeing you liked this one best, I sure am in no hurry now! Glad to see you didn’t hate it as much as I did, though!

Faith

Kay: They are all awful and not even worth it. The saddest thing is they all taste like recycled flavours… with better versions already out there.

Eisenherz: I did hate it, just can never bring myself to rate anything under 50 unless I truly could not drink it. Maybe I’m too soft on them…

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39

I’m not a fan of earl grey, so don’t expect this review to be the greatest one. And this tea didn’t really change my opinion of earl grey either. The smell from the bag gave me an impression that the bergamot will not pull through that well…and I love creamy teas. I definitely picked up on the vanilla flavour and for some reason…this tea leaves a bitter taste at the back of my mouth. Did I just steep it for too long? I think I might try this again using a shorter steep time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
515 tasting notes

I’ve been super boring and just drinking familiar old teas lately. I’ve been so busy and tired the past few weeks that I don’t have time to really taste and appreciate a new tea and I really don’t want to waste the experience. However, I miss my Steepster friends so I’m just logging this tea for the sake of checking in. :) It’s the same apple walnut cake flavor as I experienced before. Pretty pink color. Very nice and caffeine free. Which is important because I have barely slept in the last 36 hours. I think I passed out on the way home today and may have drooped onto fellow train passengers. eep.

This weekend, I flew to California for a surprise birthday party for my step father in law. It was fun, but I didn’t return home until this morning. Landed at JFK airport at 5:40 AM. Then I changed into my work clothes in the airport bathroom and went straight to my first day as a permanent employee at my new job. Did I mention that I absolutely cannot sleep on airplanes? Most exhausting day ever. I am also operating in a sort of dreamy haze. I hope I retain all the info they threw at me today. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I hope it’s only because I’m so sleep deprived.

Good news is, my new group and I went for lunch together and had some ice breaker conversations. We were each supposed to tell a little known fact about ourselves. I mentioned that I’m really into tea of all sorts. More than half my new colleagues said something along the lines of “me too!” I’m hoping to have tea time with my new colleagues! One of them said he would bring in his variable temp kettle. yaay.

I do find my two bosses kind of intimidating, but I hope that will wear off. I think it’s because they seem to demand such a high standard that I’m afraid I won’t measure up.

Anyway, this is a nice tea to end the night. I’m off to bed. Hope you’re all well. :)

I’m also raising the rating because even though it doesn’t taste as expected, it’s still quite nice.

Ninavampi

You’ve been missed! :) Happy to hear that everything is going well! Busy is good!

Azzrian

Welcome back!!

Indigobloom

yay for new tea peeps! see if you can get them on Steepster :)
Good luck gettin over your jet lag!

Bonnie

Welcome back and keep us posted. You are the new Fall line-up. Like the new series on Steepster!

Mercuryhime

Thank you all! You’re very sweet. :)

teataku

I think I may like to try this one someday. Your description of what it did for you makes me think it might be a nice one to fall back on when I need something to, well, fall back on. :)

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85
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
515 tasting notes

I bought this mostly because my husband and I love nuts. I was expecting to be blown away by the nuttiness. Unfortunately, this as much apple as nuts. I keep trying to ignore the apple but it’s just there, man. I can enjoy this but it simply didn’t meet expectations. It does taste like an apple cake though. That’s pretty awesome.

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72
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

Hmmm dry this tea smelled just like forever nuts. The taste is a bit hard to describe (and I’ve never tried Kanpe tea), but it was fruity and I guess picked up that oatmeal cookie factor of forever nuts a little bit…with a hint of tartness. But there was a super fancy piece of cinnamon stick in my tin which was neat.

It was an enjoyable day 10 cup of tea to have last night, but it’s nothing that I would rush to the store to try. It doesn’t really stand out as a unique tea, but maybe I would need another cup to make sure.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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53

Hmmm. I’m really disappointed and I never thought this day would come, but I think this is the first cup of DAVIDsTEA that I try and don’t like so much! I’m really not a fan of licorice, and even less of a fan of pepper, so I was a little bit worried to try it out on day #9 of the advent calendar.

I didn’t really get the licorice taste, which was nice – but it did end up tasting like a peppery cup of mint tea :( And it’s a shame because I LOVE mint…so I added a sprinkle of sugar, which made it more bearable, but I don’t really want to make the other cup left in this mini sample tin. So sad :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

It’s been a year since I first tried this tea and I hadn’t really planned on giving it another chance, but it was free, so I can’t complain.

It’s kind of ridiculous to try and Christmas shop on the second Saturday before the big day, but I needed to pick up a couple of the “mug tails” mugs as Christmas gifts. It’s a good thing I did it today too since the ones I picked up were the last of their “species” in stock, a fox and a bear. I had to wait in line for a bit while they fetched the boxes (the only ones left were the display ones) but my reward was a piping hot cuppa Bubbly.

Now, I’ve never tasted Champagne and due to stomach issues and/or pregnancy I haven’t had any type of wine—sparkling or otherwise—in ages, so my perceptions of how alcohol should taste are wildly off. This, though, I would gladly drink as a safe alternative.

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70
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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20
drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
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If you’re looking for a good Earl Grey, this isn’t it.

It’s my first purchase at DAVIDsTEA. I got duped into buying the 100 grams for the silly tin, but I’m seriously regretting it right now. I feel like I’m drinking perfume water instead of tea. It’s really, really bad. I’m trying to figure out how I can finish the ninety-something grams I still have left.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Faith

They will allow you to bring it back in and exchange for something else of equal value… no sense in keeping tea you will never drink!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Wintergreen Woods by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

Baby, it’s cold outside! Why not drink a hot, yet refreshing tea? Mmmmm… this’ll do just fine. Minty, wintergreen-y goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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91
drank Wintergreen Woods by DAVIDsTEA
252 tasting notes

Oh. My. Gosh.

First I will start by telling you that I bought this for my mom as a birthday gift. She flippin’ loves teas like this; the more Canadian the better! What could be more Canadian than this: wintergreen leaves, cedar green, white pine needles, and red sumac berries. She was so excited about it she had to brew up a pot right away…

It’s like someone took the forest, steeped it, and made tea! Takes me to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park straight away, like I am smelling the pine in the air—only instead of just smelling I am drinking it as well. You definitely taste the wintergreen first, but there’s depth added with the pine, spruce, and berries. Light, refreshing, crisp perfection.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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87
drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1235 tasting notes

After quite a few tea misses today, I needed a win. The lemongrass and mint in this are wonderful and soothing and just what I need to wrap up a busy day.

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87
drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1235 tasting notes

My wife got a new tea set for her oolongs today, and since my brother wanted to try this one, I suggested it. It did not work out well in the gaiwan, but it was still tasty.

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87
drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1235 tasting notes

So before leaving for the border last night, I made a travel cup of this to help calm my nerves. I’d been curious about it and I hoped the new experience would distract me from my fears. (A quick rundown: On May 24th of 2011, I “landed” officially in Canada and became a permanent resident. Apparently on that date I needed to present the officer with a list of everything I had left to bring in with me. Because I was unaware of this, when I reached the border this morning with all of my things, they legally could have charged me taxes and duties on all of it. Spoiler: They didn’t.)

Anyway, the tastiness of this oolong did distract me into a conversation about it with the wife as we drove down towards New York, and I’m looking forward to trying this again with my new glass gaiwan. The lemon and mint worked well together, but didn’t overpower the delicious oolong…this is definitely one I’ll consider restocking.

Cattibrie

I really enjoy this one. It is often the tea I turn to when the 2 year old is being a 2 year old. And that has happened so often I need to restock tomorrow.

sarai

I’ve been wary with this one because of the lemon – a lot of the time I find it really overpowering. Maybe I’ll give this one a try after all. :)

Indigobloom

I find the flavours in this one totally overwhelm the Oolong-ness… a little more balanced and I’d love it though!

aisling of tea

I’ve grown to really love this one. I would definitely give it a try, sarai!

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92
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

Horrible, horrible, horrible day at work. Came in to a half-dozen crises in progress, with no support. I felt like screaming and crying for an hour and a half solid. Alpine Punch to the rescue. It was a like a mini-break from madness with every hurried gulp.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Tina S.

sends you massive hugs!

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92
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

Been drinking this almost non-stop for the last few days. I’m afraid of burning myself out on it, but I really love the sweet almondyness of it (yes, that’s a technical term).

In related news, it’s another big Stash Cleanse for us today. Cataloging and sorting all our teas and updating our spreadsheet, and then putting together a huge box of swap and destash teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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