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Happy New Year!! And happy 1000th tasting note to me! I waited until this first day of 2015 to log this monumental note :) start the year off on a good footing!

I am out at the lake and my mom has this tea out here. It is as delicious and cleansing as it was the last time I had it, mmmm. I feel like I should buy more of this at some point as it’s very good for the stomach and sinuses with the ginger and spices. No hangover today haha so I don’t need it for my tummy but it is helping my breathing a bit.

Here’s to a wonderful new year hopefully full of great goals, great tea and great accomplishments!

Sil

woot! grats!!

LiberTEAS

Ohh … congrats on 1000 tasting notes!

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So I was perusing my cupboard this morning, and I’ve been feeling like sweeter teas lately but I didn’t want to use another sachet of Paris. So I decided to try to change my sweet craving haha and i haven’t had this tea in ages, so I put this in the timolino today. Yes, a far cry from a sweet tea, but maybe I’ll start drinking some of my spicier green teas down now. This is indeed spicy and fresh, which is nice as I’m getting in a spring mood so I should drink more fresh teas. Also good to get out of my high caffeine mode I’ve been feeling lately haha. Must be stress that’s making me want sweet, decadent black teas lol:p anyways, see previous notes on this tea :)

ETA – this is doing the job! I now want fresh teas, the spring davids collection might be helping too, i want to try the Honeydew mate so bad! Making a shopping list… Uh oh lol

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I got this tea as one of three for mom this year for Christmas. She loves chais and mint and licorice/fennel, so this one seemed appropriate. Also got her Licorice Twist and her favorite, Pumpkin Chai. So this morning I made her and I a cup of this one, and we will see how it is!

The dry smell is reallly strong on this one, super minty and spicy. I was a bit worried that it might be a bit too much. However, after steeping for 4 mins in my new Brewt (love that thing!) it has mellowed substantially. Now, the steeped smell is reminding me of Splash! by DAVIDsTEA, but there is no burdock in this! Interesting.

Mmmm this is different! The mint is at the forefront, but the spices follow in a trail. I get the peppers and cloves in the middle, and at the tail end, I got a hint of the licorice taste. I like the pepperyness of this blend, and I enjoy that although it has quite a few chai spices, it is not too heavy due to the green tea base. I got a bit of the black pepper too I think, I just felt an urge to sneeze, so I think that might be causing it. It does have a bit of a similar taste to Splash! but a bit more potent and there’s mint in here, I love mint! I could swear there’s burdock root though, the more I sip.

Overall, this is a decent cuppa. I will need to try a few more steepings (if mom will allow of course!) before I form a full opinion on it. I might have to pick up a little sample of this to play with for myself. Oh, and loving that this has ginger in it, ginger has been my friend with all the rich food I’ve been engorging in this past week! Poor stomach haha.

ETA: Mom likes it! Yay! And I know she likes Pumpkin Chai, so I’m 2 for 3 so far, and have yet to try the third! :)

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

I almost bought this one today! But I was worried it would be too much licorice
for me…

MissLena

This one actually isn’t too bad! Mostly spicy and minty, the other one I had was too much licorice, but not this one :)

charchar

Hmmmm I may have to get a taster of this one next time I go to Davids Tea.

MissLena

Yes do it :D I think I’m going to get one too I really like the pepper in it, actually made my nose run at one point haha

Shmiracles

I just ordered 100g of this from davidstea and I RARELY order large quantities of anything. I tend to prefer variety in my cupboard, lots of small quantities and samples, but seriously this tea has something unique going on. I’m a mint lover and it’s near the top of my list.

MissLena

I definitely agree! It’s quite a unique mint tea :)

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85
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

Had been looking forward to another cup of this since I had that first one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

Breakfast tea this morning! Not overly sweet (phew!) & such a great scent. I think I’m gonna sadface when I run out of this sample.

Preparation
5 min, 15 sec

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81

I was initially sold on the description: coconut tea? Sign me up! There was quite a strong overtone of cocoa/chocolate in the dry mix, but it was definitely more subtle when brewed. I didn’t find the coconut/vanilla very present once brewed and it was mostly cinnamon/chocolate overpowering it.
I know some people have commented that the flavour was weak, but I found it fairly strong and think this tea is perfectly suited for a cold, rainy night.
While not my favourite tea from David’s, it’s become a staple in my cupboard.

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
14 tasting notes

Ah, Forever Nuts. The tea that finally swayed me to the side of Big Tea. (The husband imagines some large SPECTRE type tea conglomeration ruling over the world and desperately trying to put more people under it’s spell as he can’t fathom why anyone would drink it.)

I’ll concur that there is more of an apple cinnamon flavouring, but I still do notice a nutty undertone. I drink this with increasingly less sweetener as time goes on, occasionally some honey but more often than not just on it’s own. This is the tea I give to friends who want to try something new and I’ve yet to encounter anyone who didn’t enjoy it (aside from the aforementioned husband who likened it to tree bark.)

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

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91
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I had just gotten a cute little teapot for christmas (orange, with two matching cups!) and I decided I wanted to go out to DavidsTea and buy some loose leaf for me to drink at home.

After a while of sniffing I was stuck between this and the Pure Vanilla, and decided to go with this.

I brought this home and oh boy, it smelled DELICIOUS. It was something I hadn’t really smelled before, light and vanilla-y with a floral hint.

That was yesterday and I was saving my first cup for today, and I’m glad I did. It’s a great tea with a smooth vanilla flavour that anyone would like!

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

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73
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

K liked this a fair bit more than me! I liked it, but I’m always a BIT disappointed by maple flavours. Mostly this reminded us of the maple whiskey that K bought.. so we added a shot :P and that was pretty good, too! Lovely to have with an apple crisp! ;) Won’t buy more of this one, but it was nice to sample. :D

Preparation
7 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Ah- this tea is really, really great. I usually drink it in the summer iced, and it’s a nice treat once in a while.
It tastes so much like lime jello, but smoother. It really is fantastic.

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74

nothing special, just a green tea (which can be good or bad depending on ur pallet) i didnt mind it though.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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83
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

this was a good tea. i enjoyed it, would make a great movie watching tea. I like the hint of chocolate flavour but wish Davids tea could have achieved the same flavour in an organic method

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
731 tasting notes

I love this tea – actually the first one I ever purchased from DavidsTea. The scent reminds me of Christmas cookies and really, who doesn’t like glittery tea? I’m not sure I taste the orange peel but definitely the vanilla, cinnamon, and clove (there’s something else underlying but I can’t quite put my finger on it – maybe it is the orange peel?). A nice creamy black tea overall.

I usually drink this one black, perhaps one day I’ll try a drop of milk, but for the time being why mess with a good thing?

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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drank Jolly Jellybean by DAVIDsTEA
45 tasting notes

My thought process through this tea experience:

Hmm…no smell
That’s a wimpy jelly bean
Surely there’s more than that pathetic little guy in here
Oh! Look at all the jelly beans!
I wonder if I can eat them???
This tea smells like puke!!!! (while steeping)
Hope it tastes better than it smells
Bland smell/no more puke! (after steeping)
No flavor
Tastes like honey (with two tsp raw honey)

This tea is pretty disappointing. And for anyone interested…yes I ate the jelly beans! :) This tea has no taste to it. I picked this tea to try something different, but I got nothing. No aroma no smell…nothing. The only thing saving this tea is the fact that I have some honey. Wish it would have been better.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
525 tasting notes

I was mostly interested in this tea because people have been saying that the tea shimmers. whaaa? That’s crazy awesome! So I picked up half an ounce to try. I brewed it up at a oolongish temp for 4 minutes. I looked for the shimmer, but it was very subtle if there at all. But then again, I only had one or two gold balls in my tea. Not too many of them in my pouch overall. :( But that taste was quite nice. I found the flavoring to be a bit heavy handed on the vanilla. It was sort of like a vanilla spice cookie. I would have preferred for the tea to shine a bit more, but from what I could taste, it was a very nice toasty malty black. Perfectly balanced between refreshing and dark. I enjoyed two infusions. The second one was less flavor and more tea. To be honest, I think the level of flavoring in the second steep is definitely better.

I enjoyed it!

Nicole

That’s too bad you don’t have many glitter balls. :( I love to sit and watch this tea. It’s a good tasting tea, but truthfully, if it didn’t glitter, I’m not sure I’d keep it on hand.

Mercuryhime

I have to try it again with more glitter next time. :)

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

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69
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

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The scent of this tea reminds me of a very artificially flavoured kiwi lip balm I had when I was…five?… Not exactly the sort of thing I would expect to think about when trying out new teas.

I never much cared for the flavour of that lip balm, and nor do I care for the taste of this tea. I wound up downing it as fast as I could just to empty my mug for the purposes of brewing a cup of tea that I would rather be drinking.
Definitely will not be picking up more of this once my tiny screw-top canister is emptied.

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81
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

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