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83
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

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79

So I had this iced today…yum! I was so pleased! It did taste fruity and light and tasty. It was still weak, and it could have used more sugar, but I don’t think it will be quite as much of a hardship to finish the 60g we have.

You know what’s cruel? Receiving a shipment of matcha at 8:30 pm. Boo.

Jessie

That just calls for an all-nighter!

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79

So I got a cup of this to go when stopping in to pick up some of the new teas. I feel a bit like death warmed over, so I thought a cup of this might perk me up.

Um, well…it didn’t. It smells like Goji Pop and I realize now that’s because of the hibiscus in the blend. Blegh. While drinking it, I got absolutely no flavor in the sip, just a touch of berry and ginger and mostly hibiscus in the aftertaste. I thought maybe by tastebuds were off, so I made De try some. Nope. Hot water with an aftertaste of hibiscus.

Okay, maybe the flavor comes out when iced. I’ll let it get cold while I nap. Oh now it has flavor. HIBISCUS with an aftertaste of ginger.

I have 10g waiting for me to try at home, there has to be more to this tea…there just has to. I’ll rate this when I get to try it at home.

DaisyChubb

I’m scared for the entire spring collection – so much hibiscus!

TeaBrat

Hibiscus, bleah!

Indigobloom

nothing in the spring collection looks like something I’ll love! so sad :(
never thought I’d say I miss anything winter

Amariel

Nothing in the spring collection appeals to me either. Damn hibby.

Kay Kanada

Ditto ditto and ditto. What a disappointing collection.

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86
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

So glad I chose to steep this green tea from David’s Tea first.

The aroma is very planty, less grassy and more fruitful, and softer than a green tea would be.

There are various details of fruits among it’s bright planty body, with a soft grounding buttery flavor, the hint of toast most would say.

It is not as strong as a regular straight green tea would be, an almost perfect level of taste, color and aroma.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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59

I have had pu’erh tea before, which is typically deeply earthy and in between mild and strong. This is no different to the one I’ve had before.

I like that there are no surprises, as this tea can be consistent from anyone. It is a good mild tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Smooth, sweet and yummy!! Bought 50 g just to try it and I want to go buy a tin of it when its done….a keeper for sure!

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58

This is a nice white tea. The leaves are quite beautiful, of course, and the aroma is fresh and grassy.

The flavor, though, is not as complex as I would have imagined. It is a simple fresh tea.

It’s a pleasant drink to experience, but not something out of the ordinary.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

I found it to be fruity, sweet with just the right amount of tartness from the hibiscus. I actually really enjoy the slight tartness that comes after the fruity flavour. The colour is gorgeous, reddish-pink and it smells amazing! I’m not a fan of iced teas but I may try this iced!

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72
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

Not too bad.. I think I am going to need a little bit more time with this one… it tastes like kool-aid, and is quite good… but I don’t know.. for some reason I was expecting more of it…. it steeps well, and tastes quite good though.

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100
drank Strawberry Ginger by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

I like this one. A lot of people aren’t fans of it, and I think maybe I might like it a lot because its my first strawberry tea and I have nothing to compare it to!. The scent is extremely strong when you steep it and really fills the room…. but the ginger isn’t so overwhelming that it ruins the light taste of strawberry… I like this one both iced, and hot.

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92
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

As much as I am not a fan of hibicus, I got 25g of this to try.
I cold brewed this, and I will be getting more for sure.
The hibiscus actually works well here with the citrus, making a nice grapefruity tea.
It is still too cold here, but spring is soon here, and this will be great when it is warmer out.
I added a bit of stevia on the last sip and it was alright but I actually like this one tart.

Preparation
Iced

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22

I’m so sorry but this tea isn’t for me at all.. I made a jug of it and all I could taste was watery sugar.. I literally had a sip and threw the whole pot of it away… I was so disappointed because I really wanted to start getting back into more herbal tea.. turns out I don’t like them still.

Preparation
Iced

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81
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

It’s been positively ages since I’ve written any reviews and my cupboards are still stocked to overflowing with tea so I thought I might as well get back into it. Few things I like better than writing about tea anyway!

This, I think is the Chamomile tea for anyone who has ever decided they hate Chamomile tea. The supple mango and the light honey cloverish taste to the tea blends in nicely with the Chamomile and somewhat cuts the overpowering taste the flower has when it’s brewed by itself.

I had this tea with milk and a sugar cube because it seems to be, more or less, a must with this kind of a tea and adds to the overall icing feel that it’s going for.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

I am not usually a fan of banana teas, other than snow bunny, but this was fairly good.
The flavours really complement each other, the sweetness of the banana and stevia with the smooth, creamy, butter taste of the oolong.
I like how each flavour isn’t too strong, they are both just right.
2nd steep: 7min, 95degrees, lost most of the banana flavour but it is still tasty buttery oolong

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

This is much better than I thought it would be! I’m normally not a fan of rooibos, and thought the jellybeans would be gimmicky, but overall this is very nice. Fruity and light, and very appropriate for spring time. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Sipdown of this tonight. I actually mixed it with my remaining amount if birthday cake to make up a pot to have with the inlaws. I didn’t have enough of either tea on its own, so I combined them. The flavours are similar enough that they mixed together ok. I enjoyed this tea while I had it when I wanted something sweet. It saved me from wanting dessert (which usually means a lot of calories) at least.
I am not too sad that it’s gone though.

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90
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

This was enjoyable tonight with a bit of vanilla creamer. Mostly strawberry and coconut tonight, no pineapple or jellybean

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90
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

I am getting lots of strawberry notes tonight. I added a little vanilla creamer and it made a nice evening dessert.

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90
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Pretty good cup of this tonight. Pretty sweet, but I still enjoyed it

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90
drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

This was better than I was expecting it to be.
I didn’t get any jellybeans in my scoop, but it was still very good.
I definitely taste the coconut, and it is a little creamy, which is good.
It is a little gimmicky but it is fun anyway.
It is a nice dessert-y treat at the end of the day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
644 tasting notes

Sipdown…love this tea. Need more. Wishing it was not so expensive. See past tasting notes for details…

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89
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
644 tasting notes

Perfectly light and sweet for a gorgeous day like today, however, I do think I did slightly under-steep it a little. I also ate all the yummy mulberries afterward. It’s a pricy tea to have lots of, but I might get a full bag and alternate it with other less pricy teas so I don’t burn through it too fast.

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89
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
644 tasting notes

This is actually pretty good, brewed and sweetened at home. I know some of you are like, “sweetened? really?” and yes, really. It is sweet on it’s own, but not sweet enough for me. I added sugar, but not as much as usual. I also added a smattering of white tea leaves from Teavivre since I only get a small amount of this tea, and there’s not much in the bag due to the mulberries being weighty, and because there’s not a very high ratio of tea leaves to mulberries and coconut shavings.

I think this merits a larger bag for more experimentation. Anyone eat the mulberries after?

Indigobloom

I did!! mine was really bitter for some reason. I’d expect that of the leaves, not the berries!

TheTeaFairy

Me too, I had to eat them! but strange, mine were actually VERY sweet! But from experience, blends can be different from one another, that wood explain why Indigobloom’s batch was bitter…

Indigobloom

huh, that is odd! but you’re right, even in fruit from the supermarket, one batch to another can be very different. shrugs

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89
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
644 tasting notes

This is a fairly complex tea. I got a sample of it the other day, and it was fairly meh, but my friend had it for her tea to go, and she said it was better, so tonight I made that my tea to go. It steeped for quite a long time actually, as we got it as we were leaving the mall, and it is about a 15 minute ride home. I was told that this tea could hold up to a longer brew time. I didn’t actually taste it til I got home, because we had a box of doughnuts from Timmy’s, and a tray with 4 teas (my Gold Rush, my friend’s Pink Flamingo, and her daughters’ Mango Madness and Movie Night) all on my lap on the way home. Plus, those cups are hot for a long time…and I can never sip right away without burning my tongue.

Anyhow, in the store, this tea definitely smells sweet and caramel-y, with a hint of the coconut. It looks lovely with the golden mulberries and coconut shavings. Steeped, and after 15-20 minutes, it is a little bitter. I shouldn’t really be surprised since it is a white base after all, and for this, I can’t fault anyone but myself for letting it steep for so long. I should have taken the bag out before getting into the car, but I didn’t.

But I can’t say that it is overly bitter. It isn’t bad bitter. It’s only a tad bitter. And the taste, as I said before, is pretty complex. I can taste a nutty sweetness from the mulberries and coconut. I think I lost any caramel flavours due to the steeping, but it might be layered in with the overall nutty sweetness. I think that it is interesting to see DAVIDs using white tea and coconut in this blend as they do so in Checkmate. In fact, I sorta feel like this is Checkmate’s younger sister. Both teas are mild, yet somehow complex.

I’m on the fence whether I’ll get this or not. I think I’d like to see how it is when I brew it, but also, as it cools, the sweetness is intensifying, and I think this might make a rockin’ iced tea.

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