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97

Chocolate, Banana, what more could I ask for? I love love love this tea! It isn’t super sweet, so I added a teaspoon of raw honey to mine. The banana is strong, but doesn’t overpower the chocolate. This may be my new favorite!

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100

Favourite Tea by a long shot. I just wish I could find something less expensive online, but shipping costs tend to cancel that out. So I guess it really isn’t a bad price at all.

EDIT: Now that I’ve had a chance to try this and other Oolong tea Gong Fu style…it is a winner. For the price, it’s amazing. Hard to find Organic Tie Kwan Yin anywhere close to this cheap. I’ve tried many TGY, this is the best.

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

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79
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

There’s something to be said about fruity teas and dessert teas — the teas that remind you of decadence and dessert while having few to no calories. To date, the top caloric count I’ve seen on a tea is around 10 per cup (and I was surprised to find one that high!), and even that’s the approximate equivalent of around a minute or two of physical exertion. So, it really is a guilt-free way to enjoy something sweet, decadent, and delicious. Unless, of course, you decide to have your cake and drink it too. But even then, you’re only getting the large count from one, not the other.

Now, I’m not a total calorie-counting, healthy foods only person. I have my weaknesses and enjoy my share of sweets. But still, it’s nice to have some good teas around for when I’m in the mood for something, but aren’t quite in the mood for a full something big. Or, as I happen to have a strong preference over the temperature range at which I like my tea, when I’m in the mood for something hot.

Steeped: 2 tsp in a tea bag, brewed in-cup. Brewed with freshly boiled water.

First cup: Steeped 5.5 minutes. Clear.
There’s a bit of an odd scent to this tea. Definitely berry-ish, but not something I can easily place. It could either be the mix of the flavours, or the fact that I’m… less than familiar with goji berries on whole. The tea has a nice sweet-and-sour taste to it. A fruity sweet and a berry sour, I think — it reminds me a bit of a mixed fruit pie, but in tea form. There’s a nice richness and fullness to the flavour too. It’s strong, and lasts beyond an initial burst like some of the herbal teas do. It does leave a bit of a sour aftertaste, however.

Second cup: Resteep. Steeped 10 minutes. Clear.
It’s about half as colourful, and half as full in flavour. The flavour that is there is still fairly strong, however, just not as rich as before. The berry’s tartness still comes through, though the aftertaste seems sweeter, bringing more with it from the apple and melon perhaps.

Overall impression: I’m glad I still have enough of this to make another brew or two, because I think I may need the bit of further time to make a full impression of this tea. I like it — like I said, it’s kind of like a mixed berry pie, and I do enjoy my mixed berry pies. However, it’s not… quite something that I’d go out of my way to buy either. Probably on the level of tea I’d request if someone offered it to me, but not something I’d keep in plentiful stock on my own. We’ll see if this changes after another brew or two. ;)
I also slightly regret not having this tea loose, but I didn’t really have the time or the want for as many cups as normal today. Next time, provided I have enough, I’ll have it loose and see what I think of it then.

My rating: 79. B+. Again, not quite there at the yay level, but very close. A solid effort from a solid tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Probably one of my favorites. Taste great either hot or cool. I also like the fact that it’s a white tea since I can drink it late at night without getting too jittery. Really, a great tea in general.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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32

Very weak flavor. I’ve tried it hot and cold and with cinnamon like the company recommend. Either way I just got a weird bland taste with a slight pepper after taste. Finally, I decided to mix it with some Adagio Chocolate Chip. It helped make the chocolate flavor stand out a little bit more, but besides the weird pepper after taste. I get none of the spiced that’s been promised. Definitely not David’s best.

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81

Very pleasant. Not as smooth as other Oolongs, but the taste is pleasant. A very comforting and relaxing tea.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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83

Advent Calendar Day 13!

So I had this one iced last night. It is delightful as always. I had a tin of this a while ago, and when I finished it I replaced it with something else. But it is particularly delicious iced, the green rooibos flavour really shines and there is a light fruityness behind it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
KeenTeaThyme

I love this one iced! It’s one of my fave summer teas. :)

Sweet Canadian

Sososo good and so different/tangy than other rooibos blends I’ve had from them. I like to drink it with gin at parties :)

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99
drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

I am loving this tea. Nice and light but still Christmassy (is that a word). I was wondering about the star anise and wether it would take over the tea or not but it hasn’t in any of the cups I have had so far. The green tea comes out quite nicely even with everything else going on.
And my favourite part? I love eating the cranberries out of my steeper after the tea is done steeping. So yummy.
This even resteeps well once. I normally prepare my tea with the regular paramaters and then I just add more water to the steeper and get the tea when I have finished my first cup.
I do have to remember to pay attention when at David’s getting my tins refilled. I asked the girl for 100 g of this one and when I saw the tin wasn’t full I told her to go ahead and fill it. Well imagine my shock when I looked at the tin at home and it had 190g in it. Whoops. Guess I won’t need to refill this tin for awhile.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

This was my first Earl Grey loose leaf, and I’m still experimenting with it. Initially, I found the tea to be too bitter, but with a little sugar it became manageable. This isn’t the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had, but it’s still quite good if you’re willing to put some work into the production.

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

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63

I received this sampler with my Earl Grey, and decided tonight to give it a try (being caffeine free, and myself wanting to go to bed).

I’ve only recently begun to drink loose-leaf tea, and even before that just switched from Lipton to single-brew tea bags. So I’d never had an herbal tea before. The first thing I noticed was the amazing aroma, I picked it up as soon as I first tore the bag, and it was quite unexpected.

Needless to say, I was very surprised to find that, once I’d placed the sample pack (conveniently the right measurement, I might add), in the perfect infuser (also from DAVIDsTEA), the steaming water turned pink! After five minutes of steeping, the liquid is now a dark pink/reddish color, much like the strawberries it’s made of.

Unfortunately, I’m not much of a strawberry fan, or at all, really. I didn’t find the blend very impressive in taste compared to it’s smell. A bit disappointing, but not the worst I’ve ever had. I simply don’t care for strawberries.

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

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Very good pumpkin flavor, creamy, good!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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67
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

This is a sample I was yet to finish from an order I did a few months ago. It’s one is tasty, but very fruity, almost lolly-like. Not very white tea-ish. But still quite drinkable. Probably would have preferred this as a herbal.

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73
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

omigosh, now that’s a yummy tea! DT’s advent calendar is giving me a new appreciation for rooibos! This one is fruity and sweet, but not toooo much of either. It’s not a fake fruity taste, just a nice clean simple fruitiness, with a tad bit of tang. Just right. Now if only rooibos had caffeine!!…said the law student :)

BF liked it as well—we might have to stock up!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

still enjoying it!!
it tastes kind of like sorbet ice cream more and more I drink it :)
definitely on my re-purchase list

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84
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

This is actually really decent!
I usually hate minty teas, but this one goes well together.
You can actually taste a bit of the sweetness from the candy canes
and it’s kind of like hot mint chocolate candy… In a good way.
I usually don’t like the blended teas from David’s but this one is definitely one I wouldn’t mind trying again – that’s saying something! :)

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100
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

One of my favourite “summer” teas. This is light and fruity and refreshing.

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60
drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

There’s something missing in this tea and I can’t quite place it. Maybe there isn’t enough spice for my liking, or maybe I’ve had so many Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks lately that my tastebuds are out of whack, but there you have it. This isn’t a bad tea, per se, it’s just not what I was looking for. I think I’ll try the Saigon Chai next time.

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93

Really good, pumpkiny tea! It does need just a dash of sugar, though, just to counter the cloves bitterness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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42

Not a blend I would try again. Personally, I think it needs a new name. I was shocked to know it’s really not a nutty blend. The look, and the feel resemble what their name states. However, the flavours I get from it is more cinnamon and apple. Also, the smell reminds me of a cinnamon cookie of some sort.

I agree with some of the other tasting notes for this blend: it does remind me of just a glass of very, very weak apple cider, even though it turns into a beautiful red liquid when steeped. I would most likely pick their Toasted Walnut over this blend any day.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
Em

That sounds disappointing :/

The Cup of Life - Lu Ann

I love their Toasted Walnut blend though, so it’s hard to compete with it! :)

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85

I feel in love with this blend right when I opened the container. The smell become it is steeped is invigorating! It’s a beautiful tangerine colour once steeped to perfection. I could definitely taste the papaya within the first few sips. Sweet, and fruity delightful taste.

The only thing I wish I would have done is had made it into an iced tea instead of drinking it hot. I can only imagine how amazing it would be iced!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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84

I’m sitting here in training at work, learning about employment expenses. This lovely vanilla and bergamot cuppa heaven is the only thing keeping me from losing my mind. It has a wonderful calming effect, is soothing, and the black tea has enough caffeine to keep me from nodding off mid-section. Nice astringency, great aroma, and an overall well-rounded tea. The black leaves are fairly large and of good quality. I love watching the little blue corn flowers open up and then bleach to pretty white petals floating around in my glass tea tumbler. Puts a smile on my otherwise bored face. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

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Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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71
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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