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91
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1538 tasting notes

One of the upsides to today was along with my purchase of Queen of Tarts and large filters, I ordered Goji Pop as a Tea Pop. My very first one!

Bright and sunny blend bursting with goji and apple, the topped off with the refreshing carbonation. I think the agave the associate slipped in brought out he melon flavours in this more, because I don’t recall that note last time I tried this.

I spent the next half hour happily skipping through Walmart next door tracking down the Beatles pencil case I saw on their site earlier whilst sipping on this ray of sunshine. I sense another purchase in the near future.

Nxtdoor

Goji pop is awesome. I must have gone through 5 oz of dry leaf in 3 months. If they ever discontinue this, I’ll have to remember to buy their whole inventory when they put it on sale.

Fjellrev

Seriously! They better keep this around. I’m tempted to go back today for more filters and a tin of this, then grab a bottle of sparkling water. Mmm.

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91
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1538 tasting notes

I tried this at the Victoria Tea Festival. Better than I expected since the hibiscus worried me. But it’s like drinking a fruit basket! One second I tasted berry, the next the bright citrus was there.

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88
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
160 tasting notes

Pre-steeped it has that cocoa smell common in Chinese teas.
That changed the second I steeped it, the smell and taste here is pretty unique. I guess the closest thing I would compare the flavor to is grilled artichoke, and/or maybe marinated olives? Rich and robust, kind of surprised others found it mild. Creamy mouthfeel. Held up well to multiple infusions. A winner for sure.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

Got this tea as a sample with my order from DAVIDsTEA and I’m SO glad I did. This tea is quite minty, but smooth, light, and sweet. I really enjoyed this and plan to get some more the next time I place an order. A pleasant surprise…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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86
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
1568 tasting notes

Dunno where to start with this one!! I’ve had it in my cupboard for so long… I think I was hiding from it? The reviews are so polarized that I was worried about being poisoned by perfume haha.
But ya know what, it wasn’t half bad. I fully expected to be tossing the rest of my packet (one serving left! Mucho thanks to whomever sent this my way)
So you could say that I am pleasantly surprised. And eager to make my last cuppa iced!
Now, starting off with the negative points, it is a tad soapy and peppery, when hot… except as it cools, I’m getting a citrus and caramel association more than suds. Hence, why I think this will go better iced.
Oh! also, I went with a really short steep. Two minutes I think? so I may get a second one out of it to!

Kittenna

LOL I have been hiding from this one. It’s at work, which makes that easier, but I really need to bring it back home and just drink it. There is probably 2 or so cups’ worth of leaf left. I think my first cup was oversteeped and horribly perfumey.

Indigobloom

How long have you had it? hopefully the perfume notes are toned down, now that its been awhile!

Kittenna

I feel like I’ve had it around for at least 8 months or so…. it has been a while.

Indigobloom

Might be worth trying again. Iced no less lol

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93

This tea is delicious! It tastes like all your favorite citrus fruits having a great party. It is very zesty, and sparkly (not so much transluscent) The smell of the dry tea is a great pick me up, and the golden elixir is just as satisfying. No need for sugar or any extras.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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84
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

first hibiscus tea! and it was hot pink!

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89

this was a sample that I got with my cyber Monday order, which actually weren’t in my order.

I’m still new to oolongs, especially unflavoured ones. let’s be real I’m new to unflavoured tea of all kinds. I took tiny sip to start & my immediate thought was, this is so yummy. my next sip it had cooled a bit because I was drinking another tea first, was ick, but then so good.

this is a really rich & buttery tea, and slightly floral. similar to cashews, something I could only have a little of at a time. I only steeped for about 3 minutes. not the suggested 5. definitely think I have to buy some of this one.

ETA: my 200th tasting note

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
MissLena

Happy 200th note! :)

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80

I’ve been wanting to try this flavor for awhile, so I was really excited to see this in the Christmas swap package that Ninavampi sent me! The dry leaves are pretty, with large tea leaves and a pretty mixture of yellow coconut slivers and blue cornflowers – it looks like confetti! The tea itself smells a little like artificial coconut, and kind of reminds me of tanning lotion. One of my favorite decaf teas (Tropics from Adagio) smells just like tanning lotion and I love it, so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The tea tastes nice even without anything added, and leaves a nice, toasty rum flavor in your mouth. The coconut flavor reminds me of coconut macaroons a little, or that may just be because I had some coconut macaroon ice cream last night. Although I like rum flavor, I’m typically not a brown liquor type of girl. However, I think this would the perfect Saturday night tea with a little rum and brown sugar, yum!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves, pieces of vanilla beans, slivers of yellow coconut and blue cornflowers.
-Dry leaves smell like artificial coconut. Tea liquor aroma is of nutty coconut.
-Tea liquor is a medium orange brown color.
-Buttery malty flavor with a lingering baked coconut finish.
-Best with the smallest amount of milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Soft toasty coconut flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94

SNOWSTORM NEMO SAMPLING DAY
While I drank this during blizzard Nemo I couldn’t log into Steepster. So it is a bit of a back log.

I have had trouble with Pu’erh tea in the past. I WANT TO LIKE IT! However, no matter what I did it just did not seem like my thing. HOWEVER, I REALLY like this tea. (As you can see from my copious USE OF CAPITAL letters!) The earthy pu’erh tea in conjunction with the citrus flavors was REALLY great. Also, I am not a HUGE licorice fan but the lingering taste in the back of my mouth of licorice was actually a nice flavor-feeling element. I put this tea in the shopping list and will savor the rest of my sample.

I got this as a sample in a swap with Aimeepopovacki. Thanks Aimee for sharing!

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84
drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
1338 tasting notes

Let me officially introduce you all to Sooty (yes that name is official too).

http://tinypic.com/r/1j3kuw/5

Right now he is fast asleep and buried into my dressing gown by my side. He has taken a liking to me straight away and he wont leave me alone (not that I’m complaining). My other cats aren’t sure what to make of him yet so there is some hissing and low growling going on (mostly by the kitten) but it’s only been a couple of hours.

We are having a pot of Earl Grey to celebrate :) I really like David’s Teas – Earl Grey (original). So bold and strong, simply delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Angrboda

They’re probably just trying to establish their own spot in the hierarchy. He’s so cute. :)

Tealizzy

Awww! My little black kitty is asleep on my arm, making it hard to type, but he’s so cute. :) Congrats!

MissLena

So cute! I love cats, mine is staring out the window wondering what all the snow is about right now haha :)

Josie Jade

Congrats! He’s very cute. We have a foster kitten right now that looks just him. Have fun, kittens are just the best!

MooKiwi

OMG he’s cute! I love cats! My cat loves to sneak a few sips of my tea when I’m not looking :p (I’ll admit though that he does have great taste in tea lol :p) I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while…guessing this will be my next tasting note :)

CHAroma

Yay! Congrats on the new addition to the family! He is super adorable. :)

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84
drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
1338 tasting notes

Thank you Courtney for this Earl Grey. :)

Whilst raw this tea has a sweet and very strong bergamot scent that it also rather perfume like. Different to what I am used to…It’s a nice, strong, fresh smell but there is a sort of muskiness in there too.

Once steeped the tea has forms a classic Earl Grey scent. Sweet and citrus bergamot with earthy black tea that smells fresh.

With milk: The bergamot is very strong and a little waxy in the first few sips. I love strong Earl Grey. It’s also slightly sweet and floral with a strong bergamot after taste. It’s a little on the sharp side but I could drink this without sugar very easily.

With milk and sugar: The milk has lightened the sharpness of the bergamot and created a much smoother tea. The bergamot is still strong and not overly sweet but the waxy taste has reduced.

It’s delicious. More so than their creamy blend. Great for fans of strong Earl Grey.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Better than the creamy blend? Interesting!

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88
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
45 tasting notes

Shinny! This tea looks amazing first off! I’ve never seen a tea literally shimmer…but this stuff did. It was like looking into a cup of stars. So pretty looking I almost didn’t want to drink it. And as I drizzled my honey in, the shimmers swirled around so elegantly…if that’s possible in tea??

Anyway, dry this tea has a nice sweet smell to it, but not too sweet. Looking at the ingredients (sugar crystals and gold sugar balls)-lots of sugar seemed to be added to this tea, so I was a little nervous about this tea being too sweet.

This tea has a nice aroma during/after steep as well. It reminds me of fall/winter teas. I wouldn’t mind buying another package of this tea.

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77

This was from one of my samples from my last order from DAVIDs TEA. I was wondering how well this would taste with the chocolate in it. Chocolate teas don’t always seem to do to well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with out any creamer it was very chocolaty. Plus the cinnamon in it was awesome, not too little, not too much. Just a good amount of cinnamony goodness. Though if your not a fan of cinnamon, you should probably pass this one up. I kinda wish they used a toasted mate instead of yerba.

Overall it was a good tea. Not something I am dying to go out and buy, but not bad by any means. I would recommend it to someone who likes hot chocolate and cinnamon.

Check out the full review on my blog.
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/
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Brewing Specifics

Pot: Porcelain
Water: 8oz per steep
Leaf: 5g
Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave

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

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59

Upon hearing the AMAZING reviews this tea got, I knew I had to get my hands on some.
I love chai, and when I would drink coffee, pumpkin spice was my go-to during the holidays.

I must say that while it was good, and had a nice pumpkin aftertaste… it’s not the ABSOLUTE best chai I’ve had. Will finish my 2oz and maybe come back to it in a few months to change things up.

ChewingGum_Guy

If I can back-track a bit, I must say that the more I drink it, the more I enjoy it. EVERY TIME.

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100

OH MY GOD. For the past few days I’ve been sampling multiple kinds of tea, and was becoming disapointed in my search for REALLY good teas.

Upon tasting this, my eyes widened and I frantically began to look for my baggy because I wanted to verify the name. If it wasn’t 10:09 pm, I’d run into a David’s tea and buy their entire ‘pure chai.’ YUMMMMMMM.

PS- it has a slight chocolatey taste which i assume is the nutmeg but the cinnamon is definitely in there too, SO GOOD.

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79
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

It does what it says it will. This was my first time trying a nut tea. (And I am super happy that the girl who helped me encouraged me to get 1/2 oz so that I could truly sample with a clear conscience) It is exactly what it should be. A nutty tea. Beautiful aroma. But, I’m just not a nut tea person… if I were I would have scored it higher I’m sure.

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

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100

Just finished a delicious CoEG latte. Steeped one heaped tsp for five minutes in 1 cup water, then added 1 cup skim milk microwave heated then whisk-frothed. This with the vanilla has a good innate sweetness which is a nice change to the slight tartness of the Earl Gray which I drink regularly.

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

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drank Pure Vanilla by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

So I’m trying this one out again. First time I couldn’t pick up any vanilla. It just tasted like rooibos. This time, I think because I was really looking for it, I can smell the vanilla and taste it a bit too. Not that exciting, really, but if you want simple, this is it.

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86
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
604 tasting notes

I have two favorite pies in this world. The first is pumpkin and the second (and tied with the first) is apple. I love apple pie.. the sweet apples, cinnamon, flaky crust. Mmmm! A big slice sounds just perfect for this evening.

This tea smells like an incredibly tart bunch of apples. I immediately thought of Jolly Ranchers and became worried that it would just be apple Jolly Rancher candies. Beyond the apples there is an unmistakable buttery pie crust. How in the world did DavidsTea create this incredibly accurate apple pie scent? At this point I’m hoping that all of this wonderful scent translates to the taste.

Sipping… like most of DavidsTeas blends, the brewed tea is not quite as strong as the scent. I mostly taste watery applesauce with cinnamon. There is a little bit of that pie crust flavor at the end of the sip. This tea leaves a bit of an artificial aftertaste in my mouth, but I’m enjoying the apple pie flavor too much to really care. Could the flavors be stronger? Yes, absolutely.. but is this a good apple tea? Yes!

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37
drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Am pretty glad I only got a small amount of this one. David doesn’t do pu’erh to my taste so I went into this tea with trepidation . . . and I was right, but for different reasons. Normally all I get from their pu’erh is fish and count me shocked to discover that I didn’t this time, dry or brewed. I love how this tea smells in the bag, all fruity and delish. But brewed its just too dark of a pu’erh for me and the more I sip the more I’ve decided I really can’t finish the cup.

Kittenna

Ooh, I should try my sample of this one tonight. When I opened it up to swap some of it, I was re-intrigued with it, but then forgot, haha.

Tina S.

I definitely prefer the Berry Good that came out the same day. It is a blend though rather than a flavoured tea. Looking forward to seeing what you think. :D

Kittenna

I’ve tried the Berry Good, and liked it as well. Probably will prefer it to this one as well! Haha, can’t resist trying EVERYTHING though…. (is it bad that I was relieved when February’s TOTM was a tea I already had? :P)

Tina S.

Not bad at all, I was kind of the same way. I’ve done the entire wall, including the hard to find ones like gyokuro black. It was nice to have a month to sip down!

Michelle Butler Hallett

DavidsTea nearly scared me off pu’erh forever. Theirs is always rotten-fishy and gross. That they are now throwing fruit at it … eek. Thanks for the review/warning.

Cory Boehm

Thanks for the review. Been through the whole wall myself as well and on a break lately as none of the new ones have been interesting enough to get me in store. Going on two months now since I have been to store, however with the spring collection I will likely be back in to pick up small amounts. Heard that the fall tea Copabanana is making a come back as part of the spring collection.

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91

Oh wow, I like this one…. A LOT! It tastes just like I am eating a piece of Big Red gum. True to its name it is pure cinnamon. There is some nice heat to it as well. This is how I thought Hot Lips would taste. It is also a great rooibos, not woody at all. I also love that it’s caffeine free so I can have it before bed without worrying about the caffeine.

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77
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
307 tasting notes

This is pretty good. It’s a little bit sweet – I’m definitely getting honey – and a little bit malty. Very smooth, not particularly robust. Not much astringency and no bitterness. As far as unflavored black teas go, I usually stick to Darjeelings and while this tea is somewhat reminiscent of those I don’t like it quite as much. I prefer the floral undertones I get from Darjeelings to the honey ones here. This tea is nothing special and I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again, but I am enjoying it.

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74
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

This smells so good, just like an apple pie but is a weaker tasting tea,I think adding more tea next time might help.

TeaLover58

I thought the same thing about this tea. I added 1 tsp. of honey, and then it tasted just as described.

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