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34

Not overly enchanted….

The dry leaf smells promising, lemony and tangy; as I like my lemons sour, that’s good! Unfortunately, steeped it just isn’t what I was hoping for, although it is kind of what I expected. I’ve found that lemongrass can be an odd flavour in teas, and I’m getting it here, along with lemon zest and lemon peel which give me more of a lemon-scented cleaner taste as opposed to a lemon juice flavour. It’s a little sweet, and not objectionable, but I can’t see myself brewing this up again for myself. Maybe it would be tasty with some honey and lemon juice, but I suspect those flavours would overwhelm it and defeat the purpose of it tasting lemony in the first place!

Ah well, not too disappointed. A(n expected, for me) miss in the plethora of delicious teas from DT.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

This tea is the very essence of everything stereotypical about Canada…. in the best ways. This smells and tastes like the liquid form of pancake breakfasts in Calgary during the Stampede. It’s thick without being heavy and lovely right after waking up in the morning. The after taste is distinctly of maple syrup. The best part about this tea is that while it sounds like it would be overwhelming sweet, it’s not at all. It’s just the right side of warm and sugary. The perfect tea to send out into the world to represent the loveliness of Canada.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Irene Adler

IS THIS A HINT. IS THIS WHAT YOU GOT ME? I’M ON TO YOU

j

I KNOW SHE GOT ME THIS ONE SO MAYBE???? I WANT CANADA TEA IN MY MOUTH.

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91

perfect at the end of a long day. very calming.

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65

They aren’t kidding when they say this is a spicy tea! When I purchased it the girl told me that it was a both a spicy and sweet tea, if you steeped it long enough. So I brought it home and after making a cup I can tell you she was definitely right. This tea is basically the beverage equivalent of throwing more than a few cinnamon hearts into your mouth. That’s honestly the best way to describe the taste and sensation of drinking the tea. That being said, if you like spicy teas, you will LOVE this. I’m a big fan and I’m just polishing off the first cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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100

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100

This tea just fantastic. When you open up the tin and smell it, it smells exactly like an orange creamcicle. The best part is that it tastes exactly how it smells. It has a very subtle sweetness to it and a really lovely creamy orange taste. If you ask me this tea is perfect for after dinner or just before bed. It’s not overly fruity so if you’re not fond of fruit teas you’ll probably still love this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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81

This is almost a kind of tea royalty. There are actually silver and gold sugar crystals that dissolve when you brew it and add a gorgeous shimmer that swirls around your cup. The cinnamon smell and taste make this perfect for curling up on the couch with. It reminds me of dark cabins in the winter and fireplaces and the best quilt you’ve ever owned. Like it says in the description, it’s basically magic.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73

The light peach flavouring in this is just lovely. The first time I steeped this I did it for a bit too long and it gave off a slightly bitter taste, but still not over powering. It’s a tea I imagine would taste amazing both hot and iced. It’s such a light, summery feeling tea. Just fantastic.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Yeaaah, I liked this more the first couple times I had it. There’s an off-flavour now; I don’t know if it’s the white tea going off or what. It’s still ok, just not as enchanting as it was originally.

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

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Decided to throw some of this in a travel mug today, and it was kind of a nice change to drink as the mulberries made it quite sweet, whereas most teas I bring along are not overtly sweet. Tasty. Gave the second infusion a very long infusion and it’s pretty good as well. I don’t think I’ll restock this tea though. Too expensive for what it is.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Alas, my third and final cup (from a 14g bag). Yes, I use more tea than is perhaps required, but those mulberries are heavy too! Will have to go shopping for this and a select few others soon!

Just steeped it directly in the mug, since I know it doesn’t oversteep and I’m too lazy to try for more than one steep tonight. And I want to eat those mulberries!! :D

Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

So……. this is definitely just as amazing as everyone seems to be saying. Smells and tastes like liquid caramel. I probably used more tea than the 1.5 tsp it calls for (I usually do), and it’s been steeping for ages now… so definitely a ‘one-cup wonder’, but still. Mmmmm. I clearly did not get the right tea in my sample the other day – it definitely had icky peppermint in it.

The only thing that annoys me is how this is yet another white tea where I can’t taste any tea, so I’m paying a higher price for…. heavy mulberries. So definitely can’t make this a daily tea, but I’m still probably going to get a 100g tin of it…

ETA: I maybe take back my one-cup-wonder comment… the mulberries were deliciously sweet and full of flavour even after probably nearly 30 min of steeping. Enough to make me think that I could get an additional cup out of them. Probably wouldn’t bother, as they were so tasty, but… yes. Excellent tea :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

I want!

Kittenna

Yes, yes you do!

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85
drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Strangely, the sample I tried today tasted oddly pepperminty. Wondering what the other TOTD was, or if the cup was dirty… I bought a small sample though, so will try this on my own later! No rating until then.

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38
drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

This one reminds me of Kanpe as they have similar ingredients. I found that Paradise Found had a more subtle flavour that left me craving the richer experience offered by Kanpe. Also, I normally drink all my black teas with milk however due to the hibiscus I knew it would not be possible with this one. Definitely my favorite of Davids Tea Spring 2012 collection.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec
Kay Kanada

Sad that your favorite of the collection only gets a rating of 38. Definately a disappointing collection this spring.

Cory Boehm

Last year I really enjoyed two of the five spring teas, and Pink Flamingo was not one of them. I am hopeful for the other new teas coming though.

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90
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
818 tasting notes

Quite good tropical flavour. It is slightly tart, and a little sweet.
I can taste the hibiscus and the papaya the most I think.
I cold brewed this.
I had this hot a long time ago when I bought this, but forgot to rate it.
It is certainly not my favourite, but it is refreshing.
Also, this is for a good cause, so I will be giving it a good rating.
I might re-buy this.

Preparation
Iced

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94
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

i enjoyed this tea so much that i bought 100g of it. Its like drinking liquid pancakes
(maybe not the best analogy) It truly is something to consider buying when you stop by davids. my whole family says this is their favourite and they are always asking me to make some for them. This rooibos is top notch in my list of favourites

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I picked this tea up just after Christmas having fallen for the intoxicating smell and rich, sweet flavouring. It’s definitely a dessert tea and goes great with a light simple pastry. Great for an indulgent Sunday afternoon.
Sadly I have noticed it’s a really heavy tea, and because of that I can never bring myself to steep a second cup of it. It’s also more of a treat, I don’t think I could drink it regularly. I’ll have to try it with milk and see if that lightens it up a bit.

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85
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

This was the tea that hooked me on David’s Tea. It was recommended on one of my first lunch trips when I was super stressed out at work and quickly became my go to comfort tea. It was also my first tin purchase. My boyfriend actually turned me on to drinking this with a teaspoon of honey. Really brings out the flavouring of the coconut.

The second steep definitely brings out more of the lavender and loses some of the coconut. If I’m making this for me and someone else I usually do a 30 second steep in each cup to get the flavouring and colour and then let each steep afterwards for a few more minutes.

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93
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

This was the first David’s Tea I purchased – and simply because I was looking for a Nettle leaf tea. I love this tea. Pure and simple.

While it is labelled as a “floral elixir”, it is not overpoweringly floral. There is a distinct hit of rose and rosehips with a light touch of cinnamon.

As one who likes to sip on her teas with the leaves continuously steeping, this tea doesn’t become increasingly stronger or sour after an extended period of time. It seems to maintain a balanced state of tea zen.

I drink this every morning and I really do feel it does good for my skin from the inside out.

It is crisp, clean, refreshing – no nonsense or fuss, it holds its own. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a light, feel good tea.

On a side note: The tea-barista at the store, told me that she had soaked in a bath with this tea steeped to soothe her skin after a bad sunburn. Interesting.

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

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82

This tea is simply a marvel of refinement and sophistication. First infusion and I am captivated by its rich aroma and its multiple flavors which interlace. Some milk, yes, subtly creamy and sweet. Comparatively to Teavivre’s milk oolong which I also greatly appreciated, I detect no floral note so far.  It might come through in the next several infusions I’m about to have today… I know that the milk aroma is natural in Teavivre. I wonder if it’s the same for this one, does anybody know if the milk is manualy added?  If it’s all natural goodness, then this tea is a miracle to be so naturally creamy!!

Now, the body: so dense and silky, it is a creme caramel transformed into beverage! Adding anything to it would be a crime, to all the milk and sugar addicts (Seinfeld quote: not that there’s anything wrong with that! ) please have this one “au naturel” first, then decide if you need to pimp your tea :o)

I’m now having my second steep, the leaves have almost fully unfolded, and the taste is just as wonderful and milky as the first infusion, and I can now detect the orchid slowly emerging.

This is a favourite of mine, definitely!

Sandra Brassard

I agree 200% with you comment… My all time favorite tea. What a pleasure! AMZING!

Bonnie

What temp and how long to you steep yours? PLZ

TheTeaFairy

À SANDRA : oui, il est merveilleux, un peu dispendieux, mais j’en tire 5 infusions, alors on peut dire que c’est un bon rendement!
To BONNIE: I use a bit more tea and temperature lower than recommended, that’s how I seem to get more sweetness out of it, around 85C, (185F) for 4 min. the first 2 infusions, then I bring temperature up to about 95C, 5 min. I get a total of 5 delicious steeps!

Bonnie

Gracias! (so ok I lived in California!)

DaisyChubb

great review! Now I have to go drink some!!

Charles Thomas Draper

I have to try a milk oolong after reading this….

TheTeaFairy

I know!!! I love when a review makes me want to have that tea right here and now! The more when it’s already in my cupboard! Don’t you guys love when a tea stirs up so much emotions?

Charles Thomas Draper

The brilliance of Steepster….

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90

I hate when this happens:

I’m steeping tea. 3 or 4 minutes left on the timer. All of the sudden, I need to go to the bathroom, now! (probably result from drinking so much tea).
The options are:
A. pull the leaves out early and have a light cup of tea.
B. run to the bathroom and risk oversteeping
C. dance around the tea pot like an idiot, holding it in until the tea is done.
D. Compromise and hold out as long as I can, pulling the tea out with a minute or 30 seconds left.

I did a combination of C and D.

Onto the Banana Oolong – I’ve enjoyed this tea and on the dredges of the bag. The leaves are kinda in tiny flake mode and ARRRGGGG the taste is off! Like I ate a mouthful of stevia. Unless all that stevia was on the bottom of the bag? BLEECCCK! Poor Banana Oolong. Unless this was the result of me dancing around the pot and pulling out the tea early.. ehhhhhhhhh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Babble

Hahaha.. if given the choice, I’d totally go with C. but yeah, having to go to the bathroom all the time is totally a #teadrinkerproblem.

Rachel Sincere

I’m a B. I just try to pee fast. :-D

Indigobloom

I’d do a c/d mix. Teadrinkerproblem LOL

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90

I decided to give this Banana tea a try since it got decent reviews on Steepster. It is not normally a tea I’d try.

Banana – I like banana but I’m picky about it. Fresh bananas has to be yellow for me to eat. Not green, not brown. Minor brown spots are acceptable. Artificial banana flavour is gross to me. If the flavour tastes like brown banana I find it icky (with exception to Banana Bread, bananas can be ultra ripe).

So.. I was terrified this tea was banana chips or nasty overripe banana hunks in it. The dry leaves are curled up oolong with hunks of white bananas, freeze dried. Ok, so far so good. Smell.. well… banana and oolong tea.

Steeped… well… banana and oolong scent. LOL. Steeps a pale clear white-yellow.

Taste wise – sweetness that you only get from a banana. The kind of banana I like, not the sticky pungent brown ripe banana. Then at the end a hit of the oolong tea. The combination goes surprisingly quite well together. I can taste the swirls of banana and the delicious oolong tea melding, relaxing and sweet.

What I admire about this tea is how they paired it with the oolong, instead of what I see a lot – green sencha tea – for fruit tea blends. Since the oolong is mild and on the same wave-length of banana, it works. If they did it with sencha, the after taste would be too bitter and overpower the sweetness of the banana. Very pro DAVIDsTea!

I dunno who I’d recommend this tea too… maybe for oolong lovers who want a little twist. Banana lovers, Banana haters (like picky me).

Maybe I’m giving this a high rating as I was surprised, but I like oolong teas quite a bit, and the sweetness of the banana is a great add-in. I might buy more and this would be a fun tea to show others.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

I had bought this tea recently as Chocolate Orange, not knowing that I had bought it previously as Oh Christmas Treat. I have to say that it’s awesome no matter what you call it, but at the same time I feel that I have been cheated, thinking that I was trying something new.

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