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Okay, as promised I revisited this one today in the middle of the day to give it a fair chance. And I tossed milk and sugar in since that’s how I prefer my straight blacks.

It has redeemed itself. Actually with milk and sugar it’s a delightful cup that may become one of my black tea staples in my cupboard. There’s definitely malt and astringency but at the same time with the milk it mellows to a great morning kick, which is what I prefer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80

Not sure what I think of this one. It’s leaving a kick of flavour in my mouth after that I’m not fond of, but I’m also drinking it without sugar or milk so it may be that. Will have to try it again in the morning and give it a rating then.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I tried this one a year ago when I was new to David’s and I must have got a bad bag or something because man did I hate it. It tasted like I was licking burnt trees.

Fast forward to today when I retried it. I don’t know if this time maybe I actually read the directions, or got a better sample, or what happened, but no burnt trees. Actual raspberry flavour. A cup of tea I could finish. Wow! I don’t hate this anymore! Two mates in one day which don’t make me want to toss my cup. I’m going to have to change my preferences for the next tea exchange, now, aren’t I?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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37

I think the pomegranate in this tea is making this cup not as enjoyable as it could be. I like pomegranate in fruit form but it is leaving a funky taste that I’m not really happy with in my tea.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

This is my favourite black tea from David’s! Before pouring milk, I love seeing the gold swirls around in my mug. At first sip, you can feel the zing from the cinnamon with the deep resonance of the cloves and warmth from the vanilla. It’s such a warm, comforting tea perfect for a rainy or snowy morning while reading the paper. If you have an open house or friends over for dessert, brew this tea to make your guests feel warm and invited.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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81

I was curious to try this tea because it apparently alleviates several digestive issues. With ingredients like fennel, ginger, and peppermint, I wouldn’t be surprised. Needless to say, I didn’t feel like it alleviated those symptoms, but it’s definitely delicious. I enjoy having this as an afternoon tea if I am in the mood for something herbal. Cats love it too! (To sniff not to drink!)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

The floral, bold aroma from the vanilla combined with the tropical coconut is quite intoxicating and I am sure this would taste awesome with rum. I love to sip this tea in the afternoon for a quick pick-me-up while working. I wouldn’t suggest this as a breakfast tea as with most David’s black teas, they are just not strong enough to get the am going.
Try this tea with a piece of chocolate pound cake.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

At first, I felt like I was drinking thai fried rice because of the predominant ingredient lemongrass. Supposedly, lemongrass is good for stomach ailments or head aches. Didn’t really notice it helped much in those regards, but it tasted pleasant nonetheless.

In fact, if you like thai food or fragrances, this tea can be brewed with rice and spices if you crave a milder version of thai rice.

Exotica is more a tangy tea with hints of nuttiness and would go great combined with a straight green tea.

Would I buy again? Probably not. Would I suggest it? Hmm…not necessarily.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

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71
drank Green Mate (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Final sipdown of this one. Strangely it didn’t keep me awake today, but I don’t blame that on the tea so much as my horrid sleepiness today.

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71
drank Green Mate (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Had this one this morning to kick me in the pants. I was groggy and out of it and knew that a standard tea cup wasn’t going to do it. So, mate to the rescue! The high did the trick, and lasted until about 3:30, when I was stuck in a meeting of dooooooom. Flavour wise it isn’t anything extraordinary, but I do enjoy it, and it does the trick when I need a kick!

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

yay for mate!!
I’ve been thinking about mixing mine with straight up alkanized cocoa. mmmm.

Tina S.

I’m sitting sipping a creme brulee that I added cocoa powder to right now! I love mixing and blending and trying out new things!

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drank Green Mate (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

This is only my second time having a pure mate, and wow what a different flavour than the first one I tried (Adagio’s). I was dreading this one, since the one I’d had from Adagio had been a very green and unappealing flavour to me. But I’m working on the entire David’s wall so sacrifices must be made.

And I’m so glad that I tried this one! It has redeemed mates for me. I agree with the other tasting note that compares to Genmaicha. There’s a roasted toasted type flavour to this that makes it a pleasant tea to sip while I’m reading all the reviews you guys have posted while I slept. I just finished my cup and I have an aftertaste in my mouth that is like toast and caffeine, but not offensively so (less burnt coffee and more pleasant). I’m very glad I tried this now, and am looking forward to the rest of the mates on the wall!

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

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100
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Yes, this tea is amazing. Limes are one of my favourite flavours in the world, and this tea tastes as wonderful as it smells! It would be wonderful iced, but I haven’t tried it that way yet. I’m sure I will come summer, though. ;)

The lime agave syrup sticks enhance the flavour of this tea VERY nicely, too.

Highly recommend! _

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

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

So I’m on a caffeine “cleanse” (I miss my oolongs… 2 weeks to go) and I picked this up the other day. Dry, it smells like cough syrup to me but then again, I think that about most rooibos teas so I bought 50g to try. I tried it both hot and cold.

Hot: It was pretty good. Very smooth, mellow flavors and it’s definitely relaxing. I drank some before bed and it had me nodding off. It tastes a little cough syrupy when it’s hot, but it’s not a horrible taste somehow!

Cold: YUM. this tasted like a creamy, orangey bubblegum! Weird I know but somehow it works and it’s sooo delicious when cold with a little honey. Tastes like happiness in a cup :)

Next, I’ll try it as a latte. Yay for new tea discoveries.

Faith

Yow, good luck with the cleanse! It can be rough…

dee

Its been two weeks! I’m sleeping much better and I don’t really miss it much except for my oolong teas :( The first week was so painful I couldn’t even keep my eyes open. Doesn’t help that I work at a coffee shop LOL

Angrboda

How long are you doing this for? Is it something you decided to do for yourself or is it some kind of program you’re following?

I’m asking because I had a rooibos blend last night (very unusual for me) and no real tea, and today at work at around noon-ish or so I had a bit of a sleepy crisis. Actually had to go and buy me some sort of sugary sweet so as not to fall asleep on the keyboard. I wonder if these two things might be connected, and that if I can’t get through even half a work day, even though I’m drinking tea at work, then maybe I ought to have a closer look at my caffeine intake.

dee

I decided to do it for a month! I’m doing it for myself… like you I started to realize the effects that caffeine was having on me (as in, couldn’t function without haha). I went completely cold turkey and I’ll admit the first week, I just wanted to quit and I felt like a drug addict sniffing coffee beans and stuff to tide myself over.

It used to be REALLY hard for me to fall asleep, stay asleep and feel rested in the mornings. Truth be told, I’m on my secondish week and only now is my sleep schedule starting to readjust and I’m finally feeling rested in the mornings.

I wish I could cut caffeine out altogether but for me it’s not possible because my favorite teas contain caffeine but this has definitely helped me reevaluate what I’m putting into my body. I’ll definitely try and control my intake to maybe just in the morning or something because this whole experience has really opened my eyes to my dependence on caffeine (as cheesy as that sounds :P) Hope I helped!

Angrboda

Interesting. Maybe I’ll attempt something similar for myself. Especially now that I know there’s at least one rooibos that I don’t dislike. It would be nice to be able to visit my parents for a weekend and not have a low-level headache for most of the time because of the drastically reduced caffeine intake. (May also be liquid intake in general though. I’m not always good at drinking my water if I can’t have it tea-flavoured)

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78

Day 47 of my 101 days of tea!

I’ve been thinking about this one for a few days now, and finally got along to trying it now by getting a cup in-store. I was suggested a 5-minute steep time, so that’s the timing I went with. The bad news — it didn’t live up to my expectations. It smelled like a strawberry liqueur, but I found the white tea taste to be more powerful, and not quite my style. It grew on me somewhat, especially as it continued to resteep… I definitely liked it more with each cup, and the flavour didn’t seem to be diminishing at all even after the third time. If nothing else, you can definitely get your money’s worth out of this tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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65

Now, let me begin with a bit of explanation. Before I visited my wife up here in Canada a few years ago, I had never had Indian food. I grew up in Nashville with a mother who was…less than adventurous when it came to food. Even know, though I live where such food is very accessible, I don’t reach for it often. I haven’t worked up the courage to try much outside of butter chicken, which I can no longer have (boo)

Anyway, what this all leads up to is that these new teas throw me off with spices and flavors I’m completely unfamilar with. So this is another tea I just…I don’t know. The rooibos and lemongrass and ginger make me think of Detox, which I enjoy. And licorice root and I are besties. We go way back.

And yet I’m still not sure about this blend. The ginger is too in your face. I just don’t know how I feel about this blend, but I’m not sure I’d reach for it if given the choice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

A little more chocolate would have made this epic. Still, it isn’t terrible just a bit minty for my tastes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Detox (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

The first time I had this tea, my friend made it with boiling water and left it to steep for probably 30 minutes – It was the worst tea I’ve ever had. Flash forward to right now – I’ve steeped the tea at a toasty 80 degrees, 1.5 tsp, for 4 minutes in my perfect mug. Holy cows! The lemongrass is perfect. The rooibos, exquisite. The flavours in this tea are incredible, I just can’t believe it’s a detox tea. It doesn’t taste like there is much green tea in here, nor could i see any in the dry leaf – I just see it in my infuser, having expanded. Either way, I’ll be trying to keep this one on hand as much as possible. Who knows if it actually detoxes, it just tastes phenomenal.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

I decided to try this cold brewed because it is very nice out today. This was actually delicious this way. A little bit tart but it worked well with the cherry and floral taste. I will certainly cold brew this again.

Preparation
Iced
Indestructible

Haven’t tried it cold yet – thanks for the tip!

Kittenna

I should cold brew this one too! Wasn’t a huge huge fan, so now have 50g left to finish…. this will at least use up another cup!

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

This is a nice balance of the sweet/tartness of cherries and the floral taste from the roses. It is delicate and calming.
I am really glad it came “back from the dead” so that I could try it.
2nd steep: just as good as the first one!

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drank Splash! by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

When I first opened the package this morning, I thought to myself ‘Why did I buy this?’…the smell is very potent! As an avid tea-taster, I gave it a try even though the smell made me feel a little woozy. I steeped for about 4 mins and the smell of the brewed tea was certainly not as strong.

As a drink, I don’t mind this one although it is definitely not my favourite. I do like the leafy taste and after-taste of mint. This will likely not be a regular every-day drink for me…but that’s mostly because I can’t get over the smell.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81

If you want to have a good relaxing night make sure to drink it before going to bed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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