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So i took a trip to Davids today to pick up a replacement lid for my perfect glass tea mug. I got the bamboo one intended for the noble mug though. I’d like to see the lid shatter on me now! Hah! The glass mug itself is so pretty though and the bamboo lid matches well enough. I had wanted to pick up some samples of Luscious Watermelon, Mango Diablo, and Tropicalia while I was there but they wre all sold out! Apparently they are super popular! They took my email and told me they’d let me know when more comes in so hopefully I’ll get to try some of those teas soon!

Not wanting to walk out of there without tea, I ask for a recommendation on a fruity iced tea to go. After sniffing a bunch of teas, I settled on this. It’s pretty good! I don’t think I’d have enjoyed it hot. And I definitely would never have wanted to try it from the description! Minty citrus? Weird… But actually, the mint is very subdued. I tasted citrus and apple and then a smooth cakey vanilla at the end of the sip. Tasty and refreshing.

I always thought of teas as a primarily hot drink, but I’m beginning to see that some are only good cold. I foresee an expansion of the tea cabinet now that I’ve overcome my tea prejudices. :)

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Working through a bunch of old samples. I got this in a sampler pack and was wary of trying it because I haven’t had a sencha that I liked before. I do like this one though. It’s very light with just a hint of the vegetal, not overwhelmingly spinach-like as with some of them I’ve tried. All in all, it’s decent. I preferred their Sencha Ashikubo, but this was a good pot of tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Cheeky Lychee by DAVIDsTEA
141 tasting notes

Lychee-flavoured things are always attractive to me. I remember when I first discovered SoHo at the ripe age of 21, and couldn’t believe I had been missing out on such a delicious liquor during my underage drinking days. I also love those lychee jelly desserts found in the ethnic food aisle of the grocery store (I don’t even want to know whats in them, they’re so weird but tasty).

So when I heard that DT had a lychee black tea, I was intrigued at first. Then the tasting notes on this page made me put this tea on my “maybe when I’m really bored of all other teas” list. But recently, I somehow I decided to pick up 25g of this blend while stocking up on Midsummer Nights Dream, Pink Flamingo and Mango Diablo. I didn’t think I was going to like this dusty smelling tea, but once I brewed the first cup the choir started to sing.

This is a really light, floral lychee essence that grows on me with every cup. The black tea blends so nicely, and normally I like my flavoured blacks to not taste like black tea. I’m odd like that. But the black tea compliments the lychee exceptionally well, imo. I can also smell the lychee in the dry tea now. It makes me swoon! The little bag of tea I bought is all gone, and now all I can think about is when I can get another fix.

twitch

(Good for 2 steeps at 3 and 4 mins apiece. Very good iced)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

After a bit of an unfortunate incident with DavidsTea today (Oh Canada), I tried this from my shipment.

This steeps nicely and has the perfect amount of caramel to counterbalance the rooibos. With a touch of sugar, it was spectacular. I’ll gladly drink this as a nighttime tea on a regular basis.

I’m on a huge caramel kick lately and this is genuinely tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
55 tasting notes

At the risk of being tossed right off this board…

Prior to drinking this, I thought the Organic Grapefruit from London Tea Room was the worst tea I’d ever had. This topped that.

This smelled absolutely incredible in the bag. Yummy maple aroma wafting out of the bag. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. I love maple. I love rooibos. Then I steeped it. I promise this isn’t hyperbole: this tea steeped smells like a house with too many cats. It tasted as awful as it smelled.

I’ll be sending an email to DavidsTea. Yuk.

NOTE: Removing my terrible, 1-point rating. We’ll see if the sample works out and I just got a bad batch.

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

D’oh! That is a truly unfortunate experience.

Kittenna

That’s really strange. This one really tasted like maple syrup to me; nearly the same as the aroma.

Missy

I tried it too. I think the rooibos is off. I did get a lot of maple syrup but I also got the undesirable flavor. There is burnt flavor to it that doesn’t mix right with flavoring. I wonder if you can chemically burn rooibos with flavoring stuff.

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My big box of DavidsTea came today. This is absolutely lovely.

The aroma in the bag is fabulous. Very lemony with light bergamot notes. It steeps up clean and bright with a hint of creaminess and retains the lovely light lemony smell. I added a touch of honey for sweetness.

I typically like my Earl Greys resplendent with bergamot. It’s barely noticeable in this one, and that is just fine. I will buy this again and again.

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

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75
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2728 tasting notes

Sipdown
This is not my favorite rooibos but it is enjoyable. I am sipping down a lot of my rooibos blends and seriously coveting a good rooibos chai. I just wish there was one I could find in loose leaf form and locally. This has some pleasant coconut, ginger and apple notes, it’s just that I don’t really love the combination of those things together somehow.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2728 tasting notes

Tea of the evening here…
It’s difficult to believe there was a time I didn’t care for rooibos, because now I really like it!

This is a somewhat neglected blend in my stash, I drank the Coco Chai Rooibos down before I made a dent in this packet. I like it though, it’s a bit chai like and a bit fruity, especially with some nice apple notes. Not my favorite but still quite drinkable. Might need to try this iced someday, I bet it would be tasty. ;)

Lion

Rooibos used to be a favorite of mine until I discovered loose teas and realized how diverse camellia leaf flavors can be. I need to revisit my rooibos roots. It’s some of the first stuff I came to really regularly love and enjoy as a tea drinker. I lived half a year in South Africa and that is the tea they will drink regularly there. It was really nice seeing it served as a refreshment at most events and gatherings. I was always apt to get a cup. I tried it straight and with a handful of other types of flavor. I think I’ll find some more rooibos soon. I’ve never even tried it loose.

Amariel

I used to love this, but the last batch I got was really cardamom heavy and it makes my throat prickle. I thought it was the rooibos, but it’s the cardamom.

TeaBrat

Lion – I drink rooibos mostly at night when I don’t want the caffeine from regular tea. I think I’ve ONLY had it in loose leaf form, lol. It’s cool that you were able to see how people drank it in South Africa. :)
Amariel – I like cardamom so that wouldn’t bother me!

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75
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2728 tasting notes

Well I am back from the doctor and have nothing much in the way of news to report aside from the fact that I “probably” have tendonitis as a result of my fracture and I need to keep going to PT and deal with the pain. I was hoping to get a cortisone injection but that won’t be happening for at least a month.

Evidently I forgot I had this one before and it’s a pretty good rooibos. A little bit of coconut, a little bit of apple, some ginger and cardamom. I would prefer this if it was a little more heavy handed on the spices so it was more like a chai, but I don’t think I will have any problems finishing off the little pouch I got. Nice for a low caffeine afternoon option.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Well, drat on the shoulder.

MzPriss

I’m sorry about the tendonitis :(

TeaBrat

Awe thanks – I am ok :)

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75
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
2728 tasting notes

Thank you to Krystalyen for this one!

I’ve had some pretty yucky rooibos blends in my day but am happy to report this isn’t one of them. I’ve been curious about this particular one for a while now. I can’t help but wonder if I would enjoy this more in the dead of winter but it IS kinda foggy here today so I’ll just pretend. :)

I’m getting a lot of cinnamon in this cup, then apple, almond & ginger. I’m a big ol’ ginger freak so I would have liked more, even! This tea reminds me a lot of hot apple cider with almond added. I think there’s also some coconut slivers in here too? The cinnamon seems VERY strong in this blend!

I like it but am not totally in love with it. It does smell slightly medicine-y in the aroma but I’m not too bothered by that. If you think you’d really like a hot apple rooibos chai then this would be your thing, for sure.

It is a good blend and one I am enjoying tonight. I added vanilla soymilk to this tonight to make it more dessert like, but this is one I could also drink plain.

Thanks again, K!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Michelle

This is one of the few Rooibos I like!

TeaBrat

It is enjoyable!

Kittenna

You’re welcome :) I really do like it myself.

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96
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Sip down just in time to make room for a couple chocolate mint teas I got from Della Terra.

I’m actually quite proud of myself for going through more than 100g of this tea by now. It’s an achievement.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Stopped by at DT for the first time in ever and picked up some more of this lovely stuff. I’ve been aching for that velvety mint chocolate!

ne14t

Careful, this one is addicting, such an awesome blend. If you want a caffeine free drink try Mint Chocolate Rooibos from them, tastes very similar.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Hat trick sip down! But who am I kidding. I love this one so I know I’ll be getting more sometime soon anyway. So really, finishing this one up isn’t getting me ahead in any way and definitely won’t let me justify making more orders to other places!

I added some french vanilla soy creamer this time around and it tasted like creamy mint milk chocolate. It makes me want a bar of Cadbury mint chocolate.

A special one, it is.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in a couple years, and bought a cup at the store back when DT just opened at West Edmonton Mall. I remembered liking it, but thought it was nothing special, so I never went back to it. But thanks to the Steepsterites, I have decided to give this another whirl and order some. So glad I did, so thanks to everyone for the suggestions!

The dry leaf seriously smells like a peppermint patty. And the candy lips and mini dark chocolate chips are adorable. Even the aroma of the steeped tea stays strong with the chocolate mint vibe.

Taste-wise, I don’t get as much chocolate, but the mint is clean and pronounced, and there’s a sweetness to this that separates this from most other peppermint teas. I don’t get any heat from the peppercorns, but once again (third tea I reviewed today that had this problem!) I think I should steep it a little longer. I’m always paranoid of oversteeping so try to take it easy on that the first time around. The tea base isn’t overpowering at all, so I’m quite positive that giving this another minute or two will only amp up the chocolate and wake up those peppercorns.

I think that was maybe the problem when I had a cup of it at DT? Perhaps the SA didn’t steep it too long, and together with the tea bag, the chocolate didn’t have a chance. Poor thing. But this is definitely a charming tea that I think would make an excellent gift, both because it’s so visually appealing and because it’s a more universally liked flavour.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Lynne-tea

Definitely one of my true flavoured tea loves. I like to steep it for a long time so a lot of the chocolate melts. I find the tea can handle the longer steeps and therefore you get a murky chocolate tea that is irresistible =)

Fjellrev

That’s so true! I brewed another pot a couple hours ago and let it steep for about six minutes. Definitely more flavour and not bitter at all. :D

Lynne-tea

Yay! Perfect =)

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Thank you TeaFairy for this yummy sample!

Tonight I had an early dinner of fish with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce with some Injera Bread left from the Eritrean dinner last night. I love that savory and sweet spice combination. Um.
After sitting for a bit I decided to try this Banana Oolong before having an ice cold orange for desert and later a square of dark chocolate before bedtime. Little bites of delight are how I celebrate and enjoy my life. And tea plays a big part in that picture!
TeaFairy had plastered a note on the foil packet containing this tea that said “One of my Favorites” in big purple letters. The dry tea had little dehydrated chunks of what I was assuming was banana. (Better than artificial flavoring)
My steep time was 5.5 minutes and produced a clear, light yellow brew that tasted like rich, creamy, warming oolong with a tender and light banana flavor. What a relief that the banana wasn’t a “Screamin Banana” (can you feel me here), but was gentle and true.

Since my dinner was over, I added some sweetening for that “AH” dessert tea-lishous cup, and another. It was very good.
I would drink this oolong over and over again. It is organic, and subtle. More of what I am looking for in a flavored tea these days. I seem to be changing.

(Oh Davids Tea is not entirely correct in saying a banana is an herb. It is an
herbaceous plant…a herb and a fruit….it has no woody stalk so it’s not a tree but has male/female parts, and the banana has black seeds so it is a fruit. It is BOTH)

Bonnie

Chocolate time ….dark bittersweet chocolate ….salted! I’ve lost my mind!

Kittenna

Being a herb and bearing fruit are not mutually exclusive :) But I do get what you’re going for… a banana is not an herb like basil or parsley. Botanically though, herb means herbaceous, not ‘good-as-flavouring’ :D (Yeah, I’m being annoying!)

Kittenna

Also – this one re-steeps so well. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think it’s one of their better offerings.

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87
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Surprise sip down! I kind of feel like I almost never drank this, yet somehow reached the bottom of my 50g pouch relatively quickly. Go figure!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Pumpkin Chai sort of latte today with half-and-half. Yummy. This tastes not much different than last year’s to me, but that’s ok. It’s like a creamy pumpkin candy.

Amariel

Surprisingly, I haven’t bought a bag of it this year like I did last year. I lived off this last year…it was a staple go to tea, but not this year. Probably because I have so much other stuff right now…

Fjellrev

Hmm, actually come to think of it, I skipped out last year and bought a bag from the 2011 round, but either way, seems similar. I used to view it as a staple too.

Amariel

I think if I didn’t have so much tea to get through, I might have gotten some. I did have it a few times as a tea to go though.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Another sip down. Pumpkin Chai was love at first sip, but I think after going through a 50g pouch, I feel like I’ve had my fill of it for a while so I won’t be buying more. Of course, let’s just hope it’ll stick around online or will come back next fall.

Just watch, a few months down the line I’ll be craving some Pumpkin Chai.

Jillian

Might be better to stock up. ;)

Fjellrev

Not helping! :)

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87
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

Since this came back in stores this year, I thought I’d celebrate with some I ordered online a few months ago.

I decided to try steep this for six minutes since I was planning on adding soy milk and brown sugar, something I normally don’t do, and I wanted a stronger brew. Letting it steep for this long really brings out the pumpkin. The steeped tea actually smells like the butternut squash I usually bake in the oven with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

And the taste is exquisite too. I feel guilty adding the sugar, but this is creamy pumpkin liquid candy, something that should be served on Thanksgiving. I’ve had a cruddy day involving flakey people and this tea is washing the negativity away.

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

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1083 tasting notes

This tea smells insanely heavenly! Wow, I ordered this online so it was a major surprise. It reminds me of a perfume oil called Marshmallow Pumpkin by BPAL/BPTP if anyone is into that kind of stuff.

And it tastes like it too. It’s like an ooey gooey baked pumpkin thing sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I steeped this for five minutes but I’m definitely going to try six minutes next time, because a little more flavour would be even better. And it’s not bitter at all.

Second steeping was for about eight minutes but unfortunately it was a little weak. Still a fabulous tea. Will definitely be a staple in this household!

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

One of the first teas I got with an online DT order! This is another favourite that got me addicted. A prof even asked what on earth I was drinking because the smell was so delicious. Try it as a latte… you won’t regret it!

Fjellrev

Ooh, thanks for the tip!

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Best green tea I’ve had from DAVIDsTEA other than Toasted Walnut.
With most green teas I’m able to leave the bag in for longer than I should without it going too tart, but with this one I found that 4 minutes was the perfect steeping time.
When my 100g tin runs out I won’t hesitate to buy more!

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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83

Big Trouble in Little Lapsang! #1 of 3

Let me start by saying that I like Lapsang Souchong (or at least the three I tried) as a deviation from the more popular or mainstream fare and my scores for all three in this series indicate to how much I like each one in relation to the others, not whether or not I like this kind of tea at all. After reading many poorly scored reviews on several different LS offerings from those who simply don’t like this kind of tea in any fashion, that seemed like it needed to be clarified.

Ouch! Sorry, I tripped falling off of my soapbox. Anyhoo.. Of the three I tried, this one from DavidsTea was by far the most robustly smoky in the bunch. I ordered it a while back and had never tried a LS before so I didn’t have any frame of reference although I thought it was passable in the evening when I wasn’t looking for much of a caffeine kick. I enjoy both a dram of scotch whisky and a taste of maduro cigars on occasion so my temperament for this sort of thing should probably be taken into consideration if you’ve never tried a Lapsang Souchong and are considering it.

This one is closer to a cup of burnt embers than smoky subtlety. While that is not necessarily a bad thing if it’s what you’re looking for, I found it to be a little over the top. It is the only flavor I was able to taste. Although I am rating this one between the other two, it actually would match my mood better from time to time and could be a go-to on those evenings. Adding sweetener of any kind here is a waste unless you plan to throw it out instead – look elsewhere for variations on this type of tea that will respond better to that sort of meddling. Drink this one neat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve only tried a couple LS teas, and found them both to be over the top. I tired of them quickly. That was quite a few years ago, and now I’d probably look for a more subtle version, or do shorter steeps.

jason

Of course the one I liked best was the LS from a local tea house that I can’t order online! Bonnie has gotten her backyard tea house’s hooks in me and is going to have me driving all over the state to refill teas that are great but hard to come by.. I may have a trunkload to bring home in a few weeks!

ScottTeaMan

Can you buy that LS from the tea house??

jason

Apparently so! Happy Lucky’s wide world of teas has been a hit on every varietal I’ve tried so far. I plan to drive a few hours north in a few weeks on one of my days off to check this place out. No idea where they source their teas but I’m impressed with the few samples that Bonnie sent me.

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes samples aren’t enough, are they?? They get their hook in you, and don’t let go!

jason

hehehe Yes I’d say there’s a very real difference between the power of word of mouth (which can be huge on its own) and the power of a sample tea in cup. My shopping list is starting to look like my Netflix queue!

Bonnie

My girlie version of the cigars and whiskey is fine dark chocolate and I have a great whiskey white chedder that is a sweet counterpoint to the bold smoke. Um.

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It is hard to believe that no one else has reviewed this yet.
This is alright, but nothing that blows my socks off either. It is slightly sweet and floral but it is a little pricey for what you get. It is very pretty in my clear mug and infuser.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
gmathis

The only chrysanthemum tea I ever tried tasted like … really dead flowers.

Kittenna

This one isn’t on the wall, is it? It’s just available in a canister?

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