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This tea = not for me.

I can see what it was maybe trying to taste like… but to put it in few words, I couldn’t even finish my cup.

It tasted like bath water. Dirty bath water. wtf?

Anyways, something in the cinnamon.. apple.. crumbly type flavour.. is not working for my tastybuddies.

LiberTEAS

eww. Reading Dirty bath water made my stomach wretch. yuck!

DaisyChubb

I’m sorry! I feel like a total traitor writing about bath water and cardboard in my reviews, but I have to say it is totally possible it tasted this way because my first cup of it was with microwaved water. The second cup was when I decided to write the review however, and it was with regular water.. so I don’t know.. but I’m sorry :(

rosenose

This is the ONLY green tea in the world that I have been able to drink. I honestly can’t get enough of it

Amariel

It still smells awesome. I haven’t tried any yet though.

KeenTeaThyme

So sad! I was looking forward to trying this…but thank goodness hadn’t purchased yet. Thanks for the warning, though I am sorry it didn’t work out for you. Boo. :(

R4iNB0W

Cinnamon taste is strong…but actually it’s one of my favourite! We can’t love all the same teas:)

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42
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

Not much to say about this one, it was fruity – that telltale peach flavour David’s loves so much, but then the flavour fell flat mid sip. I’m not sure if I didn’t have enough leaf or… well – I’m just happy that I got this sample from my coworker. Who “only drinks coffee”. And now has 6 different teas on her desk, mwahaha

Amariel

I love this one.

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So I got this for the $1 straight tea deal,
at first it didn’t taste any different than the Shopper’s Drugmart life brand tea bags I have… and it was overbrewed because I wanted to keep the bag in my cup when I walked back to work.. which was of course like a 5 minute+ walk, teagods forbid..
and whoof it was syruppy jasmine suuuper strong from the overbrew.

But I couldn’t stop sipping it. And it made my tummy feel really really good. And.. I just couldn’t stop. Something about this tea… I don’t know if I can rate it until I (ever) try it again

aisling of tea

If you ask nicely (and explain you’re going to work) they’ll give you the hot water and the bag of tea separate and you can steep when you get there!

DaisyChubb

Oh awesome, never thought of that! Ill ask next time for sure :-)

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68
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1911 tasting notes

Another DavidsTea sample thanks to DaisyChubb! Thanks for sending me the last of your packet of this to try, you are too kind! This one smells peachy peachy peachy dry. It’s not what I would consider an absolutely natural smelling aroma—it’s not what most peaches smell like when bitten into—but it’s still a very pleasant one. The slightly rolled green oolong leaves are mostly buried in a relatively fine powder of flower petals, with some obvious fruit and almond chunks in the mix. Steeped, the aroma of the peach has transformed into a more natural profile, like the smell of baked peaches. This mental picture is helped by the buttery oolong scent that has joined it. The liquor is murky with an odd color that looks reddish amber in the middle but intense yellow on the edges. I find it hard to believe that there isn’t also saffron in this mix, but it doesn’t show up in the ingredients.

I’m unsure if I got a good tea:extras ratio here because there was so much flower petal powder in the bag, I just dumped the rest of it into my steeping basket. Still, it’s a nicely flavored tea, with different flavors that are distinct but also work together pretty well. That tart, fruity peach flavor is there of course, along with an almondy nuttiness. I don’t get as much buttery flavor as I did scent, and the green, fresh notes I would expect from the oolong are a bit suppressed here. There is a kind of rich, almost savory note in the back of the aftertaste at times… which also makes me think of saffron. Overall a pretty tasty cup of tea, especially for anyone who’s a huge peach fan.

Update: I tried a second steep of this after rinsing some of the “yellow” off and got a cup that actually looked like tea (clear orangey-yellow), and tasted like tart, fresh peaches with a lightly vegetal, greenish accompaniment. I do think I prefer it in this second steep.

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

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90
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
169 tasting notes

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

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84
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
6770 tasting notes

Thanks LiberTEAs for this one :)

I have been wanting to try this one. I will say it smells amazing! I see there are reviews all across the board for this one tho! I am not sure what to except, perhaps, that is better tho!

I had to look at what kind of berry this was…Golden Mulberries…neat…I’m game! I don’t think I have ever had a tea with Golden Mulberries in it before!

Prior to infusing the dry aroma was fruity and spicy but also quite caramel-E. I liked the aroma very much! When I started infusing the smell of the spice and citrus came out more! Again, I really like the scent! After infusion – liquid only – the aroma smells much like a chai.

The color post-infusion is a medium dark for a black tea.

In order of appearance taste-wise – I am tasting: Black tea then berries of some sort, then spice, then caramel, then spice, then citrus, then a bit of tartiness, then cinnamon, then mulberry, then a spice/black tea combo on the end of the sip. There is a little bit of cinnamon and berry flavor that lingers with the caramel onto the aftertaste.

All of the flavors were identifiable individually at some point during the sipping experience but they also seem to work well – for the most part – all together, too! At times the Golden Mulberry “Tartness” was a little the “town gossip” interrupting a serious conversation…it all seemed to work out at the end. I am glad the flavor intensity of all the ingredients was were they were at and not more intense or that would have changed my overall rating drastically. I think this is a “Ballsy” move on DavidsTEA’s part! I appreciate the creativeness of the flavors and how flavors interact like a conversation with each other…with an intro, a climax, and a conclusion.

The more I sip the more I like of this one! It’s a conversational-tea and quite memorable whether you like it or not. It just so happens…that I enjoy it! Interesting offering! Neat Tea!

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88
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
61 tasting notes

This morning I try Santa’s Secret for the 1st time!
Good Suprise! I love the chocolate taste and the sugar taste!!
I can drink this tea anytime during the day!!

It’s a tea between the Love tea #7 and Read my lips.
I’m gonna buy more before it goes away!!

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

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

perfect for grey winter mornings, this is one of my absolute favourite teas. and the shimmering gold sugar makes it that much more awesome!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
682 tasting notes

I just lost my post. : (

In sum: This is still delicious. Bought 100 grams of this which stays at home (the beau and I both like it) and the sample stays at work. Reminds me in taste of Joy’s Teaspoon’s Lemon Zest but the mate aspect really makes it stand out. Naturally sweet, but not cloyingly so (I find myself averse to too sweet tea lately). Highy recommended! (Disclaimer: I have no discernible reaction to caffeine and the like, but I’ve hear this one can be pretty “energizing”.)

CHAroma

Awww, I’m sorry! I usually write my notes in Word so I can spell check, format, and re-read it a million times till I get it just perfect. I know the feeling when you write something and lose it. You can never re-write it exactly the same way. So annoying. :(

Tabby

No! I hate that!! :(

Uniquity

Sometimes I type them up in Outlook if I am at work and just transfer it over, but today I was (foolishly!) typing online. Oh well, there was nothing profound. : )

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94
drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

Smells amazing dry, the tart apple smell reminds me of apple Jolly Ranchers. After steeping, this tea definitely keeps its apple scent and flavor. I do notice a pastry-ish note sometimes, but it feels more like an apple cinnamon tea to me than an apple pie tea. I’ve had this almost every morning since buying it, it’s amazing

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

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93

Green Seduction is one of the teas I keep refilling. It was one of the first teas I tried from DAVIDsTEA, and I still drink it on a semi-regular basis.

First impressions – Smells juicy and sweet, but not overly so. Steeped, the pomegranate takes the backstage and allows the green tea to shine through.

Flavour – Very nice. The green tea is slightly bitter, so there is a perfect balance between it and the pomegranate’s tart sweetness. I really don’t taste the black tea in it, and wonder just how much of a purpose it serves…

Loveability – This is a tried and true tea. While I don’t go through it in record-breaking time, it will be part of my tea cupboard for many years more. This is a great tea to make in the teapot and to accompany studying. A definate keeper in my books!

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

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56
drank Apres Ski (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

While usually David’s little descriptions make me laugh, this one is just way too high-energy for the actual tea. My overall impression of this tea was a resounding “Meh.” It’s a fairly tasty black tea with all the sweet fruity stuff, but nothing really spectacular about it. No one taste stands out in my mind, and it has this distracting scent that kinda reminds me of Barbies.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
485 tasting notes

You know when you get GoGurt or something and it’s two different flavours that you squeeze into your mouth at the same time? Caramel Spice is kinda like that. It’s a nice smooth black tea with hints of spice (without being up to an overwhelming chai) and fruit, and then a super-sweet orange tangy tea. A bit of an odd drinking experience, but I enjoyed it! I drink mine black, as always.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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86

I only drink Pitta tea when my dosha is out of balance. It is more like medicine to me. For taste I chose other blends.
If a person feels irritated and their Pitta is out of balance it is best to drink the Pitta tea when it has cooled off.
In order for it to work you need to drink few cups a day for few days.

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69
drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
28 tasting notes

Been having this every morning…to hopefully prevent any colds…keeping my fingers crossed….not my favorite tea, but enjoy it quite abit.

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

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59
drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
1911 tasting notes

This is another tea from my swap with DaisyChubb! Be prepared to see a bunch of notes on teas from that swap, heh.

I wanted to try this one because of the Earl Grey + red fruits (basically) flavoring, which would be similar to the bergamot, red fruits and jasmine tea I brought back from Argentina (minus the jasmine, of course). I read some reviews so I’m not expecting much bergamot flavor, but I did get a bright hit of it in the scent of the dried leaf along with a decent amount of berries. Right after brewing the tea smelled like black tea, berries and bergamot in that order, but after cooling a bit the berries take over. A lot of strawberry, a hint of raspberry and black currant.

The first sip on this was incredibly bitter! So disappointing. Remember that I’m very sensative to bitterness in teas, and someone else had problems with bitterness, so I should have known better than to brew it at boiling, I guess. Beyond the bitterness I can taste that it is very, powerfully fruity. Even without the bitterness this doesn’t seem like quite the right flavoring for me. The black tea base also errs on that side of whatever black that I really don’t like the taste of (and often that’s where the bitterness is coming from).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I haven’t had this in a while, but I remember loving it – Mostly because I enver got any bergamot taste. Must re-visit. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it though! : (

Dinosara

Yeah, I think it mostly has to do with my bad reaction to whatever that particular type of black tea is. I only encounter it occasionally, but when I do, uck!

DaisyChubb

Dont worry, I find this one bitter no matter how short a steep, so its not all of davids black teas, but def this one!!

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77
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

lovely light apple flavour. a tea i’ll drink when i want something warm, but wont overwhelm my senses.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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49

This tea is just ok. It’s very bitter to me and I have to add a ton of sweetener to bring it up to a drinkable flavor.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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20

I really thought I would love this tea. I love pumpkin and I love chai. But no amount of milk or sweetener could save it. The flavor was musty – the best I can describe it as is rotten cinnamon. Makes me sad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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87

This tea is disgusting straight. The first couple times I tried it, I had no idea what I was doing wrong. But add some milk and sugar and it transforms into a sweet, warm butterscotch that is really, really good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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92

This tea is sooo good. It’s light and creamy and flowery and wonderful. Probably my favorite oolong out there. Delicious and not heavy at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Snow Bunny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
658 tasting notes

I like it! Definitely banana-nut bread, but for someone who doesn’t like banana flavours it works. I’m also getting a delicious, rich caramel thing going on. I had to leave and didn’t return to this until hours later so I drank most of it cold (which was actually fine), so I’ll have to make more soon.

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