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85
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
938 tasting notes

“For almond lovers”? Pfft. This tea tastes like apple crumble or a delicious wholesome cookie, and for that reason I am INTO IT. What an awesome dessert tea! Needs nothing else added (in fact, adding kind of ruins it – I tried with some honey). I think my sample missed out on any decent-sized beetroot flakes, because I didn’t get the crazy pink cup that everyone remarks on! Mine was instead a lovely apricot shade.

(Yet another TassieTeaGirl sample.)

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

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60
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
63 tasting notes

I was surprised at the colour of this tea – it has a delightful, milk chocolate colour that I normally would associate with hot chocolate or maybe coffee, but not normally tea. I like it, it’s interesting.

I am the worst steeper ever. I am kicking myself for leaving it too long (next time I’ll try for about 2 – 2.5 mins). It probably only steeped 5-7 minutes though, so it shouldn’t be shot. It smells absolutely wonderful – sweet and rich with a malty element. I imagine it would taste better had I not forgotten about it :( It still tastes quite good, but not special. My parents drink a lot of tea – far more than me – but only Red Rose. This reminds me of a cup of too strong Red Rose that was allowed to become bitter. It’s drinkable, but for the price I’d rather have a cuppa what’s on the stove already brewed.

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92

Mmmm… this is good oolong!

I’m sad because it’s a sipdown and I’ve enjoyed this one a lot. On the other hand, I can’t be sad for a long time because I have more oolong coming… Milk oolong from DT and organic iron goddess from Teavivre. There will be more oolong sipping in the near future! :D

This tea is delicious and full of flavour. It’s got a bold taste and fragrant, flowery aroma that I love so much. As I continue my sip, a delicate well balanced astringency signals it’s presence.

I wish I had more…. darn.

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92

Yesterday I braved the cold and set out for one of the vintage shops in the area in a search of new teaware. Monday was a bust so I had my hopes high for Tuesday. I came back with a lovely teapot and a cup for one (fits about 2 cups of tea like I wanted, teapot sits on top of the cup), Skye McGhie Wild Rose design. I’m normally not into florals but this one was so adorable I couldn’t pass it by. I’m browsing the net now and see other designs by this artist that I would love to have.

On to the tea business… High Mountain Oolong from David’s Tea steeped in my new Skye McGhie teapot.

I read through my first notes about this tea and I’m surprised that I was unimpressed when I drank it for the first time. This tea is just so lovely and unique tasting and it’s got this delicate, well balanced astringency that I enjoy so much. I detect vegetal mixed with floral notes. Lovely, just lovely. Sadly, I only have a tiny bit of it left… I have a sneaking feeling that this one will be reordered.

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92

It’s been oooooolong time since I had this tea… A week precisely. I’m regarding this tea as a treat and I thought I deserved a treat today. To my horror, I’ve come to the bottom of the bag already and I have maybe enough fresh tea for one more steep. Not good.. I happen to enjoy it a lot!

Every time I take a sip it amazes me how unique of a flavor this tea has from all other teas I’ve tried. I sit there with a cup in my hand, sniffing the sweet and earthy aroma over and over… then I take a sip and rinse and repeat.

I think I know what I’m ordering next week… And here I thought I might squeeze by without a weekly order… Think again!

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92

For this afternoon I decided to dig into my High Mountain Oolong that I got last week. During my first tasting I couldn’t rate it because I wasn’t sure how I feel about it. I liked it but it wasn’t the over the heels love from the first sight (or taste… lol).

I steeped it at 94C for 5 min.

This tea intrigues me. I don’t know what it is, I can’t put my finger on it. The taste is slightly vegetal and buttery although different than the green tea… different vegetable perhaps? I detect mild and very pleasant astringency at the back of my tongue. There is something else though… Underneath it all I taste and smell something sweet… and floral, and that really intrigues me because I’m not sure what it is. When I close my eyes I see flowers in the wooded area after a pouring rain…

Overall this is a very delicious tea. I enjoy it a lot. What I don’t enjoy is the price. From time to time though this will be a lovely treat. :)

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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92

I just got this in the order yesterday, my first time trying out oolong. Not just any oolong either, High Mountain Oolong at $10 for 25g. This stuff better be good.

I’m not sure I want to rate it yet, I think I should give if a bit more time. After one steep, it smells slightly vegetal and a bit floral, very delicate smell though. The taste is vegetal with a hint of astringency at the back of my tongue. The color: very pleasant, bright yellow.

I don’t know yet how I feel about it. Very nice but my socks are still on my feet.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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81

I have a love hate relationship with this tea. I bought about 150g about a moth month ago when I started drinking tea and loved it for the first while. Then things changed and my love affair with the tea ended. however last night I decided to make a cup and it was delicious!!! Light, vegetal….the way it should be. Not bitter at all.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
151 tasting notes

This one is strange for me. I love the tea, once its steeped and I am drinking it, but the scent of the dry leaf is off-putting. I find the dry leaf smells like a package of honey lemon fisherman’s friends cough drops which made me think it would be a little mentholish like a cough drop. To my suprise it wasn’t. It tastes just like honey to me, without that sickly sweet thickness. It gives me a nice pick me up in the afternoon, and its nice and light as opposed to some of the other mate’s I have tried (chocolate rocket-to be exact.. that tea drinks like a meal!). I purchased some Jack Daniel’s Tenesse honey whiskey and used iced honeybee as a mix, and it was fabulous!

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

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100
drank Pure Vanilla by DAVIDsTEA
151 tasting notes

Because of my recent venture into rooibos land, I picked up this one. I was disappointed in the vanilla oolong so I figured this one might be the winner for me out of those two. This one definitely wins. I had this tea straight, but I also made a latte one night before bed with almond milk. It was fantastic. I find with this one, I am particular about how it is steeped because too long, and the rooibos overpowers the vanilla giving it a bit of a bitter taste but so long as it is steeped correctly, it is a good tea!

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

I’m picky about rooibos, but your review makes me want to give this one a try

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74
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
151 tasting notes

I love this tea! I had a period where I was completely off of rooibos. There was something about the taste that made me gag so I took a good, 8 or 9 months off of it completely and stuck to black teas, pu’erh’s, mate’s and herbals. Now that I am back to rooibos, I have slowly been going through the ones I hadn’t tried, and also all of the new ones to come out during my break. Jessie’s tea is sweet and soothing. I find the lavender really balances out the coconut, making it relaxing.. I prefer to drink this one mid-day after my caffeinated cup of black tea!

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

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68

It doesn’t have a very strong flavor, but I still like it on a cold, snowy day. I’m on my second tin of it now. I’ve found that using two teaspoons and steeping for about 5-6 minutes is ideal. Second steepings are too weak and a waste of time for this one. Very good with a pinch of sugar and a splash of milk. It’s not as spicy as I usually like. I’ve thought of adding a pinch of cayenne to it. I like super spicy stuff!

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
938 tasting notes

Sweet, light and delicate. I didn’t let this steep for too long because I wanted a second go at my sample. Don’t add anything to this beautiful tea, you heathens. (Thank you for the sample, TassieTeaGirl!)

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

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71
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

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Smells heavenly, but the flavor doesn’t do it for me — salty, buttery, and not much else. I never did get the “rum” undercurrent that others did. Disappointing, since I was excited to try this.

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86
drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
734 tasting notes

Smells awful (fishy), but doesn’t taste too bad, actually. I will say I had it with milk and sugar as I do with pretty much all blacks and dark oolongs, so this pu erh was no exception. Maybe that is what made it good.

It might just be that this brew was more fruit and less tea…when you have big chunks of fruit in the mix like this, the ratio to tea leaves decreases. Still, I can taste the tropical fruit in this mix. I can’t really taste the chocolate, but I think it helps smooth out the blend.

I can’t say if this is a tea I will refill or not…I only got 10g or so of it, so I might get more to test it more since I think with this bag, I may only have one or two more steeps out of it, though I did get two decent steeps with this first round. I bet this is gonna be good as an iced tea, once it gets warmer.

How does this compare to something like Life Long Oolong of Happy Kombucha? Ihaven’t had either in a while, so it might be worth getting some again to try, but I think they’ll all be pretty similar.

I say that you should ignore the smell, and if it is fishy, give it a quick rinse first. I do feel like this is a nice tropical taste, but the heaviness that gets me through the winter. I do tend to like pu erh teas and I do like this one.

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98
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
104 tasting notes

HOW HAVE I NOT REVIEWED THIS MAGIC?! I’m hoping that this tea is revived through the efforts of social media, because it look as if people miss it as much as I do.
This tea is pure magic – it was one of the first “blended” teas that I actually considered palatable and even just for that reason, it holds a special place in my heart. I’m not a huge cookie dough fan in that raw dough kind of scares me, but I do like freshly baked cookies and this tea reminds me more of that angle.

Needless to say, I have 500g just chillin’ that I bought on web special because I am a crazy tea lady.

EDIT: I guess I have reviewed this magic. OH WELLS.

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98
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
104 tasting notes

I was really sceptical about this tea. I don’t like cookie dough. I’m not a huge fan of candy and chocolate in tea. I received this tea as a sample and decided to give it a go as a dessert tea.

What a pleasant surprise! It’s like a nutty cookie – the walnut really comes through. But the tea itself is very light. Unlike chocolate chili chai (from DT), I don’t crave sick amounts of sugar after drinking this. I saw that it was a seasonal tea, so I ran out and bought the remnants of this at my local DT store. I’m excited that it is part of my permanent collection.

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
104 tasting notes

Pu’erh is what it is. It’s going to taste earthy. Or like dirt.

This tea smelt like cardboard. However, it tasted all right. I wouldn’t purchase it (I received it as a sample). I was surprised that I didn’t want any additives in it given it’s earthy nature. Plus I always think that coffee will go bitter in tea and I have yet to have that proven… heh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
938 tasting notes

Another sample from TassieTeaGirl. Best without anything added — with even a bit of sugar added, the sweetness became quite chemical, but without sugar it was just enough to scrape through as a dessert tea. The maple leaves are an adorable touch.

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

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68
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
7943 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! had this tasty little treat to finish off with dinner. Still not a fan of david’s tea but this one is alright by me. Nice to finally get through my 12 days of christmas teas…well except for the matcha from azzrian…can’t bring myself to open it yet hahaha

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