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I really don’t like red rooibos at all. Which is a bit of a shame because it has a lot of health benefits. However, I do LOVE its counterpart: green rooibos!

At first green rooibos doesn’t appear to be anything special: It’s yellowy green and smells a bit nutty. When brewed, it comes out to be a very nutty and fresh taste at the same time! It’s really enjoyable as a straight tea and it looks like it will be my to go tea when I just want something uncaffeinated and unflavoured.

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

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93

Mmmmm….I love this tea, especially a little sweetened and iced.

I have tried this both ways: hot and iced.

When hot, it tastes exactly like it smells as dry. Citrusy, minty, and sweet! MMMM! I believe it’s the safflowers that make the tea have more of a creamy taste to it.

When iced, oh my, this tea is absolutely amazing! The natural sweetness from the ingredients flavour the tea so well that you think you are drinking a sugary drink. There is definitely a lot of sweetness from the citrus oil and freshness from the mint. If I could drink a pitcher of this everyday…I totally would. It’s a really amazing one!

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec

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82

From dry leaf I got a very nice caramel and sweet vanilla-y type of smell. I usually like dessert teas because it’s a very nice way to indulge without the calories.

Unfortunately I was disappointed. Upon drinking the liqueur, I could still smell the sweet notes of caramel, but I really can’t taste anything other than the rooibos itself. I am getting a very round flavour instead of a nice full bodied caramel. I was disappointed with this one.

EDIT: So I am trying this tea again. I don’t know if it’s because of my new steeper or because my city flushed the water mains, but this tea tastes really good!

Dry notes mentioned above are the same, so I won’t change it. As for the wet notes, I definitely pick up the sweet, nutty scent. Upon drinking, I was amazed how much flavour came through. It’s a very nice flavour: nutty, caramel, and sweet! I really feel like I am eating a creme brulee with its sweet caramel on top! I really enjoy this one now :)

I will definitely pick up a tin of this one. I really enjoyed it :)

I bumped up its rating!

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

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91
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

Broke into this tea after dinner, my reward for a long day (and a longer one coming tomorrow!) I bought this tea because, like a magpie, I am drawn to all things sparkly. That it was a cinnamon black tea (one of my favorites) was just a bonus! It’s gorgeous looking in the bag and it makes your tea sparkly – brilliant!

The dry leaf aroma is of cinnamon and vanilla. I was surprised by that, as I wasn’t expecting the vanilla to be strong. I steeped for 6 minutes (the bag recommends 4-7, a wide range!) I was hoping this would be a cinnamon where I could taste the black tea. I was not disappointed in that, and I am very pleased with the quality of the black tea (which is often lacking in these blends.) I was delighted to find the vanilla very present in the cup as well as the aroma. It evokes a baked good, but doesn’t exactly taste like one, if that makes sense. I added milk and sugar, and I liked it that way. I might try no milk next time for a change.

In comparing this to the cinnamon I reviewed yesterday (Upton’s cinnamon chai) I find this tea superior in every way. The cinnamon tastes true, not artificial, the black tea is good quality and not bitter, and the addition of vanilla gives it a lift that carries it up near the top of my list. It’s not fireball spicy, but it’s not that sort of tea. It does have enough cinnamon that I (a cinnamon fanatic) am very satisfied.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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87

This tea has a nice peach & apricot flavour, delicate at first & then stronger as it cools. I added sweetener to my cup & intended to try it with milk, but ended up drinking it clear because I discovered the milk had gone bad. I’ll have to try it with milk next time.

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195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Flannelcat

I’ve had this a few times now & I like it better clear & without sweetener (I tried it with milk the 2nd time I had it & it didn’t really do much for the flavours). Still enjoying this tea quite a bit & the fragrance is pleasing. I’ve changed the steep time to approx. 4 minutes.

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

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88
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I’m just having this for the first time & I’m pleasantly surprised! Based on the fragrance, I wasn’t sure whether I would like this. It’s a bit odd & not like other vanillas I’ve tried. I have to say though, this is the best tasting vanilla I’ve had in a tea. Very creamy & very smooth (even before I added the milk). With other teas, I’ve enjoyed the vanilla fragrance & then been disappointed by the flavour. I can see myself having this in a latte for sure.
I steeped this for about 6.5 minutes as recommended on the bag & on first steep I haven’t been able to detect any citrus.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
2036 tasting notes

Well this is a polarizing tea! I got a sample of this one in my swap with brandy3392, and I’m excited to try it because I love figs. Also the dry tea smells really nice… definitely figgy and a little floral and sweet. I better not like it too much, though, because it’s apparently discontinued.

The steeped tea smells less darkly figgy to me and more other fruits, probably melons. The flavor is somewhere in between, a fruity blend that is pretty good but kind of odd. Fig, melon and carrot is not a combo I would have thought of! The oolong underneath is kind of generally formosa oolongy but not too notable… it’s neither very roasty or very green. Overall it’s a pretty tasty tea, but I’m not too broken up that it’s not available anymore.

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

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

I can already tell that the 50g bag isn’t going to be enough for me! The temperature dropped all of a sudden today while I was inside the library doing research. The thought of a pot of this tea sustained me on the way home! I steeped it too long (7 minutes) with no ill effects – I just adore this tea!

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Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
92 tasting notes

I love anything chocolate mint flavored, so when I was making my first order from David’s teas I had to try this one! The loose tea is adorable, with the chocolate chips and little candies. The smell is just like an Andes mint – quite minty! I steeped for 5 minutes at boiling, and then tested the tea plain.

Without additions there is a slightly bitter edge to the chocolate, and the mint comes across strongly. No real taste of the peppercorns. I’m actually surprised that the added bits don’t make it sweeter (I’m glad though, as I like to add my own.)

I added milk and a bit of sweetener. The milk brings out the chocolate even more – the mint is not dominating! It’s very smooth, and the taste is true – it really tastes like chocolate, which I don’t usually find to be the case with chocolate teas. The other chocolate mint tea I own (Harney and Sons Chocolate Mint) is more dominated by mint, so there is room for both in my cabinet. I’m pretty impressed – I hope I like the other teas from my order just as much!
Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

Used the rest of my package to make a pitcher of iced tea…

Have I mentioned that this makes the best iced tea I have ever tasted? No? Well, there you have it; my expert iced tea opinion.

Add 4 tsp to Steeper, brew for 5ish minutes, strain into glass jar with an oz of lemon juice + oz of sugar (adjust this to your taste). Then I re-steep the leaves with half the water, brew 5ish minutes, and strain into the rest of the mixture. Let rest in refrigerator for an hour or so, pour over ice and voila! Summer in a glass.

Seriously. Summer. In a glass.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

It may have snowed 20-30cm overnight, but I’m craving iced tea!

I’ve had a jug cold-brewing in the fridge for a day or two, so I mixed it with lemonade and here we are. The tea holds it’s against the lemonade, balancing the acidity with its malty flavour. Normally, I go for Red Rose when I want to make plain iced tea, but on occasion this one will do just fine…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83

It’s a sad, sad day when I have to admit defeat on a tea… Alpine Punch, that is.

I’d tried and tried and tried again to make Alpine Punch work, it tasted so good! But without fail I would get a headache 3-4 sips in and then have to dump the rest. So, the other day I walked into my local DAVIDsTEA in shame, a bag of Alpine Punch to return. The sales-girl helping me was more than accommodating, giving me plenty of suggestions and recommendations.

In the end I exchanged for this tea, since I’ve been looking for yet another black tea to put into rotation with Nepal Black, Buttered Rum, and my collection of Earl Greys. This has a nice body that holds up to milk and sugar, which actually seems to get better as it cools. Right now it’s lukewarm and downright delicious! Nepal Black is still my favourite, but it’s nice to have a break once in a while…

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cee Long Green

You can make returns at DT?! You have just blown my mind and made my day! I have a little bag of All the Raj that always makes me sad when I see it in the cupboard..

Faith

You’re quite welcome! Hope you trade it in for something more worthwhile…

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98

This is hands down one of my very favorite teas. I keep over 40 varieties of white, green and rooiboss at work so I am never bored with my selection; this is the only tea that is on a daily rotation. It’s great hot or cold. In my opinion, the white tea is not completely overpowered by the pomegranate and I love that it does not get bitter if oversteeped.

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35

Meh. It wasn’t what I was expecting. It tasted like I brewed up some fresh grass clippings.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

I find I like Chinese greens better than Japanese and this one didn’t disappoint. Surprisingly little “green tea” flavour and with an interesting finish. I’d almost call it a little bit of a spiciness as it’s swallowed. First cup I steeped for 3:30 and it was ok, second I steeped for 5 minutes. 5 minutes still had the spicy flavour and added more of the “green tea” flavour without adding much bitterness.

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180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67

Good but not amazing. The taste for me falls between English breakfast and Kenyan Tindret. I think I expected too much from this tea but I’ll see how I feel after I finish the 25g I have.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

So I really wanted white tea this morning, and White tiger is up there on my fav white teas. However, I wanted something more.

Brewing up white tiger as normal, I sneak in a little DavidsTea “Blueberry Jam”. The result was very yummy! I used: 1.5t White Tiger and 0.5t of Blueberry Jam.

First off, this blend steeps up to a weird smokey quartz colour. Very cool.

Taste? Very very blueberry! The white tea comes out adding lightness, with white tigers own blueberry taste – however the Blueberry jam adds even more blueberry flavor, sweetness and a bit of black tea depth.

I’m going to do this again (also stretches my stash of both teas, lol)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

Great idea, blueberries are so good!

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90

MMMEERRRROOOOWWWW!

I shyed away from this tea at first – simple fruit teas with blueberry and pomegrante got RUINED for me after trying the bagged tea of popular tea brands sold in grocery stores which taste horribly tart, mulchy, grassy, and synthetic “red” fruit taste.

I dunno what made me try it – I guess a combination of my love for DAVIDsTea and decent reviews here and I quite like Bai Mu Dan tea.

First off – this tea is light! I got 20 grams and that was 2/3 of the silver bag. I could of gotten away with 10-16grams of tea to have a good sample. The price is a little ouch, but you get quite a bit of tea. Smell is good – that fresh blueberry scent.

Appearance wise, the tea steeps your classic white tea colour, with some blueberries and those pretty clear flowers (cornflowers) dancing around.
Taste wise, I tried this in my tea glass at work, leaving the leaves in without taking them out. Very delicate taste of the white tea (damn I love bai mu dan) with a great fruity natural sweetness from the blueberries. Tasted a little pomegrante at the end. It’s light, it’s simple but deadly. Like a tiger.. mostly the deadly part.
I shared this tea with a coworker (more of a herbal tea drinker) who enjoyed it as it was light.

Will I buy more? I think so – I could see this being a staple for my white tea collection and a great tea to share. I think I’d go with 50 grams at most.
White teas with fruit is popular (in those mulchy nasty tarty tea bags) and this be a great tea to TIGER PUNCH those fans in the face to show them real high quality tea.

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
59 tasting notes

On opening the package, I could smell the grassy elements in the tea for sure. I was a little wary about the grassiness, as rooibos, in my experience, tends to smell similar to this. I took my infuser out at about the five minute mark. I could taste the coffee, which was predominant, with undertones of chocolate. The finish was a little grassy though. Not sure if I’ll buy it though.

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

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67

I made this iced, with milk. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it turned out quite nicely.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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