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83
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
71 tasting notes

A very pretty tea in its dry form and its name. When I got right down to brewing it for the first time I enjoyed the seasonal scent that filled the room. It was much like a mellow spiced hot chocolate. The taste too matched this special familiar note. With the rainy season upon us lately in Victoria it felt very comforting and warm to the spirit. It made being outside late at night much nicer and the dance rehearsals even more energy filled. A sweet option for certain!

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82
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

A wishful blend of intrigue and taste.

I really don’t know what to say about this blend, it smell great but when you steep it, it has a different aroma and then when you finally drink it the taste is totally different then what you may expect, well at least that is how it went for me.

Dry this tea has tons of color being a mix of green and black tea’s and then there is jasmine and rose hips it will remind you of the jars of potpourri your parents had. It has a very similar aroma of Buddha’s Blend but with a floral addition, from the rose hips. Steeped it mostly has a rose aroma to it.

The final brew is a bit darker then a green tea but lighter then a black tea, it has a peachy rose taste to it. I found it to be a bit tart without sweetener; however with some raw sugar added it took on a nice flavor. As suggested by the packaging I will have to try this one iced as well. Overall I certainly would drink it again but I don’t know yet if it is a tea I would keep a bunch of on hand.

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

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87
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

The flowers are in full bloom in the Earl’s Garden.

Everyone should have a Earl Grey tea in their stash as it is probably one of the most commonly asked for tea’s, probably something to due with being a great blend. I am going on a streak of trying out DT’s Earl Grey blends as it is one of my favorite blends of tea and they seem to have some unique takes on it, this being one of them.

Dry you have your typical black tea leaves, in amongst them there are pieces of freeze dried strawberry giving it a bit of a contrast in color. It has a heavy bergamot aroma with a light berry undertone, this is certainly an Earl Grey tea no mistakes about that! Steeping reduce’s the bergamot aroma a little and enhances the berry aroma as well creating a perfect balance of the two.

The final brew certainly tastes like an Earl Grey, but with a hint of berries. I felt the amount of bergamot might have been a little high but I also did steep it at a slightly hotter then recommended temperature because I wasn’t paying attention. Even with my mistake it was still a great cup of tea, I am certainly going to keep this one on hand. Especially since it mixes with Cream of Earl Grey really well.

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

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97
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

First impressions- Visually one can tell exactly what is in the tea. The pomegranate seeds and white tea leaves are easily visible. Scent is sweet, very pomegranate-y.
How I prepared it- 94 degree water for seven minutes, 2 tsp in 1 cup of water. No sweetener.
First sips- Very sweet as soon as it hits my palette, even without sweetener. Almost like a warm juice. The white tea flavour is so delicate that the pomegranate masks it almost completely. Lovely dessert tea. Would also be wonderful iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

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82
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

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82
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

Tart apple cider. I’m regretting not making Alpine Punch now, but this is still good.

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82
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

This is really just a tart apple cinnamon cider tea for me! :D Really good for this time of year. Aaaand it has caffeine, unlike my mulled apple cider tea.

It’s funny how this tea LOOKS like it should be the Merry Cranberry because it’s so vibrantly red/pink and the MC is greenish/yellow, I think? Anyway, had this last night for the closing of Glitch.

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100
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

this is a perfect ice tea, my favourite. And 100% of profits go to haiti

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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62
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

#10. I wasn’t expecting much but it’s actually quite good. I was a little concerned when it said it was a green tea but wanted to be steeped at 208F, I was expecting that to get bitter. The juniper berry smell also put me off but it’s growing on me now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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37
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes
  1. of 24. I wasn’t a big fan of this. I like spicy stuff but I guess not a cinnamon fan. I was getting more of a clove or anise kind of flavor. Maybe it was related to the cold I had. I’ll give this one another shot some other day.
Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Holy tartness Batman.
I don’t have the hibiscus hate everyone else seems to have (perhaps I’m too new to tea?) so I won’t blame one flavor over the other.

First I must say this smells so good! Fruity and a strong citrus scent. It reminds me of Mexico. Mmmmm. There are pretty flecks of red and blue and in my davidstea branch mug my cup of tea literally looks like a warm red autumn day.

I love the scent and red color. I couldn’t wait to dive I. And wowza!!! Tart.

German rock sugar and a little agave sweetener and still a bit too tart for me. Then I thought "this might be much better cold. MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

I poured it over some ice added just a bit more agave and oh what a sweet tropical yummy delight!!!

I really like it

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C

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89
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

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52
drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

At first I was nervous to drink this tea given that the scent reminded me ever so slightly of Gail’s Organic Cold Remedy, but I had to give it a shot since it came from my calendar and it would just be a shame to forgo one. (Sometimes the thought of getting a new tea is the motivation I need to haul my butt out of bed right now.)

Imagine my pleasant surprise then, when I find that this tea tastes pretty well nothing like the cold remedy. It’s still not, in my opinion, the most delicious tea I’ve ever had, but frankly it could have been a lot worse. I’m glad to say that the lemon grass does not over power this tea which is making for a much more enjoyable drink.

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81
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
49 tasting notes

I’m still drowsy from meds but here goes:

For the past week I’ve been drinking cup after cup of this because of a stubborn developing cold that is taking forever to get worse. It seems like my immune system is fighting a good fight (darn you sudden cold Vancouver weather!) and I’m at that stage where it feels like I’m beginning to get really sick or I’ve just gotten better from being sick. UGH! I’m not a mint tea fan and this is the only tea I actually enjoy and want more of that has peppermint/mint.
….uhm and..
Yay for cold 911! You will be my go to when I’m sick.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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78
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Part of me thinks this tea is misnamed. It’s called “hot lips”, which I associate with a slightly spicy gummy candy. Lip-shaped, bright red. However, this reminds me more of the cinnamon hearts from valentines day than that particular dime store candy.

However, a tea by any other name should still taste as…. …tea-ish, right?

Steeped: 1.25tsp in tea ball. A splash of cold water in the bottom of the cup, then boiled water poured in.

First Cup: Steeped 3 minutes. Clear.
Without taking a sip, already I can really smell the cinnamon. Wow!
The spiciness is the most obvious thing about the flavour. The first few sips seemed hot in both senses of the word. As it cools, I’m noticing the slight sweetness to the tea itself, though the spiciness is still quite strongly coming through. I’d probably like a bit more of the cinnamon sweet, actually, to balance the spiciness, like in a cinnamon heart.

Second cup: Resteep. 4 minutes. Clear, then sugar added.
Again, the heat of both kinds is the first thing I notice about the tea, outside of the cinnamon scent. There is a bit of a dry taste, I think it’s from the cinnamon.
I tried adding a bit of sugar, and it brightens up the flavour for me. The spiciness isn’t really as strong as it was in the first steep, though it’s still there. The sugar adds a nice balance to the cinnamon flavour though, I quite enjoy it.

Third cup: Re-resteep. Approx 5 minutes. Clear, then sugar added.
The flavour seemed rather dull (mainly the cinnamon) until I added a bit of sugar. Again, it really brightened the steep up. Still, starting to fall a little flat. This will probably be my last cup.

Overall impression: I never really got a taste of the tea at all. I’m not sure if I consider this a good thing or not, as it’s the first ingredient. Still, the flavours that did come through were fairly enjoyable. I still would have liked a hint more sweetness in the tea itself to brighten up the spiciness.

My rating: 78. B+. Certainly not bad, but (again), the ideal tea, in my opinion, should need nothing added to be its best. By that standard, this needs to be a bit more sweet to get an A from me.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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75

Advent Calendar Day 9! Where is December going?

I really really really hate cinnamon hearts. I feel the way that some people feel about candy corn towards them. They taste gross. But I actually enjoyed this tea today.

It tasted like them without being overpowering. Maybe my tastbuds are getting weak and I actually liked them now. No, I think it’s that this tea takes away a lot of the gross sugar overpowering the gross cinnamon, and leaves me with a sweet spicy flavour. It had a kick to it to be sure. Would I buy more? No, there are far better chais other there. But I will look forward to finishing this sample.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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87

This tea smells heavenly. The combination of spices makes me want to cuddle up by a fire and perhaps toast the mini marshmallows in this blend. There’s a little bit of an odd alcohol-like scent amid the spices, but it’s not overwhelming.

The tea steeps to a cloudy orange-brown, and the smell dwindles down to a light cinnamon scent. Sipping the tea, I taste cinnamon first, with a touch of sugar – the marshmallow or brittle, I assume. Although the tea is slightly creamy as is, I decided to try it out with some milk… And it’s incredible. A perfect, toasty winter blend for a cold night. The tea is sweet enough as is, and I find that adding sugar or honey changes the taste too much for my liking.

This tea has officially found a place among my favourites. Looks like I’ll have to buy a tin of this tomorrow! If you want a winter tea, something to look forward to on a snowy morning, this would be it. It’s the perfect blend of cinnamon, brittle and adorable marshmallows!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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59
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this tea since day one, so it’s a shame I didn’t get around to writing about it earlier. Now that I’m at the end of my tin, I think it’s time to talk.

This is a very, very fruity tea from David’s Tea. Dry, it smells amazing. Very strong lemon and orange scents with a hint of something very different – my guess is the eucalyptus. As the tea’s steeping, it goes from a light, lovely pink to a deeper, richer almost-red pink (hence the name). Steeped, it smells incredible: a very light, sweet citrus scent. It’s important to mention that the leaves and grass in this tea are very pesky. Without a very fine infuser, you’ll end up with bits of green floating around your mug.

This tea is pretty delicious! A great replacement for a summer juice, since it tastes very much like a light, unsweetened lemonade. After taking a sip, the zest stays on the back of my tongue, a little sour. It’s a very flavourful tea, and I usually steep it for the maximum suggested time to get everything I can out of those dried fruits! I definitely prefer this tea with a little sugar or honey though. It becomes a little less sour, while still maintaining its strong citrus taste.

If citrus is your thing, then this tea is great. More specifically, if lemon is your thing. Personally, the sour notes in this tea are a little much for me, so I don’t think I’ll be refilling my tea tin anytime soon.

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

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63

I’m in heaven. The dry tea has a very, very sweet scent that reminds me of summer. It actually smells a lot like watermelon gummies! But similar to Perfect Pear, once steeped the scent becomes very light. It steeps to a pale yellow, but little pieces sneak through my infuser and end up in my cup.

This tea is yummy! A little sweet, a little tart, and definitely chock-full of melon. Personally, I prefer stronger tasting teas. I added a bit of sugar to see what would happen, and unfortunately it didn’t really work out. The tea gets far too sweet, and I find the sugar distracts from the flavours in the tea.

When iced, this tea is amazing! A light and delicious replacement for an iced tea or iced lemonade.

Overall, this tea is pretty good although not quite as strong as I’d hoped, given its incredible dry tea scent. If you want a very light tea, give this a shot. I find that it rates very closely to Perfect Pear. Light and a little tart, appropriate for a hot summer’s day.

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

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79
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

This is hands down my favourite summer tea.

This tea is as close as you can get to pina colada. The smell is bang on, with heavy pineapple and coconut scents. Chock full of dried fruit, the dry tea is fairly chunky in consistency.

The tea steeps to a lovely light yet bright yellow, but the smell decreases in intensity. As far as taste goes, it’s spot on. It’s like a light pina colada: sweet enough without being overpowering. Once I’ve finished the cup, the taste of coconut remains. And although it’s delicious hot, it’s incredible cold…

I don’t have any rum in the house right now, but if I did I would definitely throw some into the iced tea. This tea would definitely make a great base for a cold, alcoholic pina colada. Maybe throw in some coconut milk to give it that creamy texture? Perfection.

As my little intro note says, this is my favourite summer tea from David’s Tea. It’s a real, true pineapple/coconut flavour, no silly substitutes. It’s great hot, it’s great cold, and I’m sure it would be best alcoholic. But that’s just my opinion… Now excuse me while I tan in my backyard with this delicious tea in hand.

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

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84

Yup, just like everyone else says… there is only the barest hint of berry tucked away in the middle of this rooibos. Hmmm.
Except… it’s super smooth. I don’t mind me some plain rooibos. It’s a little juicy, woodsy, and sweet. If you don’t get hung up on the lack of fruitiness, well you know, it’s pretty durn good. Just what I needed after battling it out today with my headache. Shame this was only a sample. All gone now.
The coyotes kept me up all night, plus I had a few drinks with friends at a bday party(cake pic is posted on my twitter account. @Marilynblooms, feel free to follow me!)
I’ve come across the alcohol/interrupted sleep equation three times recently, that I recall(twice due to those yappy creatures) and yup, that seems to be a trigger. Cosmopolitans followed by a quality snooze? makes for a happy me. Go figure. Heh.
Anyhow, caffeine helped so I was downing that all day. I am so grateful to the tea farmers around the world who work so hard to supply my habit. Really, I am. That thought crossed my mind several times today. Now it’s time to calm down!
OK I am rambling. Off to bed I go.

tea-sipper

Yeah, get your appreciation. I don’t think everyone can have back yard tea gardens!

Indigobloom

Haha, wouldn’t that be nice though! one of my bucketlist items, is to have a Camellia Sinensis tree. (even if I can’t harvest)

TeaBrat

I find that alcohol makes for a bad night of sleep too…

Indigobloom

Oh man I am so tired and I didn’t drink any alcohol, it was the coyotes again. zzzzzz
Why must there be so many factors concerning a good nights sleep?!

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71
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
615 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The brewed tea has a definite alcohol quality to the aroma. I am smelling a mixture of peach and pineapple which is reminiscent of champagne.

On the sip, I am detecting a very mild green tea flavour on the forefront which blossoms into a peach/pineapple taste. I am getting a bit of a fizzy mouth-feel which I think is sourced from the tangy-ness of the pineapple. Sugary sweetness in the background is strong in the aftertaste. Mild toasted astringency coming from the green tea close to the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

I would like to try to infuse this for a shorter amount of time (maybe only 2 minutes 1 minute) in the future.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sweet Canadian

Yes Raritea my friend that works at Davids says to flash steep it (they suggest 1 min actually) and that will allow it to have the best flavour. I trust them because all they do is experiment with this :)

Raritea

I still have at least one serving left in the sample that I got- I’ll use that to experiment with the 1 minute infusion time. Thanks for the suggestion, I can’t wait to try it out!

momo

I just got 1 1/2 ounces of this so that’s good to know. I was worried with the poor reviews it had but I will have to try that too!

Sweet Canadian

Np! I hope you like it, me and my friend are kinda in love with drinking it iced right now.

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