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78
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Enjoying another yummy cup for my afternoon delight :0)

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78
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Love, love, LOVE this tea! It’s my go-to brew after lunch and makes my afternoon that much more enjoyable. I must stock up on this one before its gone….

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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62
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Having another cup of this so-called tea (seriously cannot see any tea leaves) and I seem to be liking it taste-wise less and less. Perhaps the novelty has worn off.

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62
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

I really do love this tea – especially since I have not had any popcorn in three years because of my stupid braces :(. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this one. It smells like popcorn and has a nice buttery/maple taste. My only gripe is the lack of green tea in this green tea. Other than that, it is a very different tea and very enjoyable!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I will be forever nuts about this tea, I have tried at least 20 other flavours from David’s Tea and this still holds the record. It tastes great any way you have it, as a latte, straight, with or without sweetener… amazing.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Damn this is a tasty tea! More so with just a splash of soy milk.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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88
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This tea reminds me muchly of Tealish’s Sweetie Pie Rooibos. I like this version but could do without the artificial flavouring. I don’t know much (yet) about tea, but I do think a tea should stand on its own without the need for added flavour and artificial no less. Still, I do like it with a splash of soy milk.

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

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67
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
254 tasting notes

On my second visit to the Prince George location of David’s Tea, I had requested suggestions of new teas for the season, which I have not yet tried.

Again, normally, I wouldn’t be interested in a rooibos blend, especially if it is mainly rooibos; but, it’s scent had enticed me. The leaves give off a ridiculously coconutty aroma, with hints of sweet spices.

Unfortunately, it is still predominately rooibos, as it is a rooibos blend, so upon steeping, the leaves are very red, and the cloudy liquor’s aroma is very rooibos. To be safe, I added half a teaspoon of rock sugar.

The flavor is surprising, as I had expected to taste rooibos. The spices and ginger are very present and very delicious, as is the coconut. There is a certain pale grounding to the flavor, which the rock sugar has sweetened to be less distracting.

I was extremely surprised, as I had not expected this to be as good as it is. The spices give it an appropriate kick, but the blend overall really works to take you to a very alpine place.

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

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80

My winner so far today. The spices combine well with the green tea, so neither is overpowering. No astringency. It’s an easy, soothing tea to drink.

I’m really glad I like this, as I discovered I accidentally purchased it twice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Finally, after a string of steeping disasters and teas I really don’t care for, I’ve tried one that I quite like.

I like mint, and I love all of the spices in this tea, so the only question was how well would the green tea meld with their flavours? Answer: Really well. Mint is definitely the dominant taste, but the green tea and spices help to give it a mellower, sweet taste. I would not really term it as spicy, though.

Overall, a very pleasant cup of tea. I’m not sure that I’ll ever wake up in the morning and go “I NEED to drink North African Mint today”, but I’ll probably drink a cup whenever I stumble across it in my cupboard.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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98
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

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95
drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

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65
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
321 tasting notes

I was attacked by the strong aroma of coconut when I opened the packet, which surprised me because I thought it was a pure Ceylon tea! And I was even more surprised to know that the “star” in its name came from one of its ingredients, star anise!!

I didn’t know what to expect as the combination of ingredients was rather unusual to me. The tea didn’t look too appetizing when brewed because there were oil droplets floating around… I guess the culprit was white chocolate? The tea was sweet and strongly coco-nutty. Too bad I am not a fan of coconut (but seems many blends from DAVIDsTEA contain it?). Then after a few sips, I realized that black tea + mild cocoa flavour + licorice-like flavour of star anise gave a taste that strangely resembled tie guan yin!! Indeed, this tea was so light that it’s more like an oolong than black tea. Overall, an interesting tea that’s worth trying at least once.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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84
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Will have to try this one again, possibly with milk and sweetener, but so far it gets good marks from me. Not very chocolaty, but that’s alright by me, it still has some nice bitter cocoa notes to it. I am tasting/smelling a sot of banana like aroma, which isn’t bad, what I like best so far is what I think is the chicory? Allover, it’s a nice toasty tea, that seems versatile. Not sure yet if it differs enough from Teavana’s matevana to warrant buying, though.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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67

Whoop, whoop, I am set up for school! Dad spotted me a bit of money to cover tuition until my Christmas bonus comes in on Friday (I hope), and I got all my tea gear in my locker, if not my tea – sugar, spoons, filterbags, wee travel mug. I went to SBUX tonight to test the hopeful hypothesis that they will give me hot water for free after the Market closes as long as I don’t need a cup, and this hypothesis has so far proved correct. Yes.

So I’m finally getting around to my sample of this that I’ve had floating around since…it came out. Yeah, that long. I let this steep longer than I meant to, but it seems none the worse for wear.

And ooooh pineapple!

I’m such a fan of pineapple-flavoured stuff. Not so much the actual pineapple, because I have difficulty with the texture. But juice and flavouring, that I can do.

This one just has an awesome balance of flavours, to me. There are some people who seem to like the base to be stronger than the flavour in a flavoured tea. I don’t quite understand that; if I wanted only tea flavour, I’d drink a straight tea. And I do drink straight teas, but I generally want a strong flavour in a flavoured tea…and a base which is not weak, but which takes to the background and meshes well with the flavour.

That is the balance I’m getting here. The oolong is nice, but I’m more aware of the pineapple. Pretty much exactly what I want when I picked up something called “Pineapple Oolong.” It’s very bright, and the bit of floral I get at the back of the sip is actually working with the other flavours. That’s nice, because floral notes sometimes make me rather queasy. Then again, that may only be when they are added to the tea and not natural to it.

There also seems to be another fruit in here. From the description, I’m guessing it’s apricot? It comes out a little more as the tea cools. I bet this would be amazing iced!

I want to give this a couple more shots, as well as try it iced, but I think this might end up being a cupboard keeper.

Very nice, anyway. And very relaxing, which I need just now. I had my first Women’s Studies class today, and I really don’t know about the prof… I was about 3-4 minutes late because the building the class is in is numbered in a really confusing way, and I went down the wrong hallway at first. She did not give me a chance to sign the attendance sheet. Um, okay? If this were even the second class, I would accept that, but geez, people coming late because they couldn’t find the room is something that HAPPENS on the first day!

And then she rushed through her PowerPoint slides and didn’t give us more than a few seconds per slide to write anything down – some slides she didn’t even show because she got so caught up TALKING, which I guess must be the only way to communicate! And her written notes suck – no complete sentences, because she’s one of those types that puts up the barest sketch of notes and then “fills in” during class.

ADHD makes my working auditory memory virtually non-existent, so I depend on clear written notes, and the shitty notes she gave us aren’t even on the student Blackboard, so apparently she’s also one of those types who withholds written material to blackmail people into coming to class. So now I have a few pages full of half-finished sentences, and the barest idea of what we discussed in class because I can no longer really remember it. In a few days, I will have no memory of anything she said at all.

I came to the library stressed almost to the point of tears, but the tea is helping immensely. I am definitely never going to her class from now on without tea in hand. And maybe a discreet voice recorder. But mostly tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Ugh, I hate professors who use powerpoint but don’t upload the slides. Like they couldn’t take the extra 5 minutes to do that!

Bonnie

I’d have trouble with my disability also but I’m up front. I tell the instructor…I have blah blah disability and this is what I have to do to accommodate it. Then I ask for any feedback suggestions to help me do well and leave it at that. They’ve now been informed of my recorder or whatever I’m going to need and I’ve enlisted them as agents of my success.

Bonnie

Oh, forgot…I was a special ed major in the 1970’s at San Jose State University.

Claire

I second Bonnie’s comment. I don’t know how University works in Canada, but in the U.S. you have a right to accommodation. I am very hard of hearing due to an old work injury (getting tested soon for a hearing aid, since it’s not getting better as I get older), and I have a right to sit near the front, and if need be I could also request notes. I would definitely check in with the Professor and possibly disability services if your campus has that.

Daniel Scott

You have the right to accommodation in Canada as well. I have never been to Disability Services before, and I didn’t want to use them to strongarm her, because fighting with your prof is never a good start to a class…

I think I will nicely email her first and explain, but I am not hopeful, TBH. Problem is that my ADHD documentation is long since lost if I have to go to Disability Services. My doctor might have a copy, I guess.

Uniquity

I don’t have a disability so I guess this comment isn’t really relevant but in my university experience (in NS, just a few years ago) it was not the norm for teachers to post slides except for science classes. I don’t know why science teachers always did it, actually. The expectation was for the student to make their own notes and attend all classes, and as you point out not posting slides or notes forces that. However, having a disability would change things, I would assume. Tricky. I hope you find a resolution one way or another, perhaps via a ‘studdy buddy’ or something?

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67

I like the smell and the taste of this tea. I too don’t understand how is this mixture called tea.
There is not one ounce of tea in it.
I am starting to get a bit turned off by artificial flavouring and try to stick to the natural David’s teas.

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85
drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I loved this one as a latte! Steeped in half a cup of hot water, warm frothy milk added (and topped with whip cream, because why not). It’s rather weak, which works for me since I’m not a huge fan of strong chai blends. But it’s even weaker, too weak, straight. The latte version brings the flavours out I guess. Perfect compliment to Coco Chai Rooibos since I find that one better straight than as a latte.

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25
drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

I think spicy teas are not for me. Smells delicious – like cinnamon candy hearts. Tastes like it initially as well, but then burns my throat in a most unpleasantly way with every sip. I like the spice, like the cinnamon, but not the hot pepper kick at the end. Tried a first and second steep, a longer and a shorter one, but this one’s not for me.

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76

I recently snagged a 100g tin of this for 50% off (one of the Christmas tins). Not a flavour I’d normally go for, but since it was on sale I decided to try it anyway!

It smells fantastic in the tin – super dark chocolate-y with a hint of spice. I have opened it up just to sniff a couple of times since buying it. Yum.

I wasn’t sure what to expect for taste, I figured it would be chocolate-y and quite spicy – not so much. I first tried making it as a latte – I really liked it this way, it tasted a lot like black tea but the milk really seemed to bring out the chocolate as well. Not very spicy at all – a bit of a tingle in the mouth but that was about it.

Tonight I made it again, this time steeped in water with a splash of milk before drinking. This way was fine, but much weaker, like drinking black tea with a hint of dark chocolate and not much spice at all. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable enough, just not nearly as strong as I thought it would be (and I was pretty generous with my loose tea!).

I’m a bit confused about this one – it isn’t really what I thought it would be (and to be fair, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect in the first place), but I like it. I don’t think it is a tea I will be reaching for every day, but I know I will drink it again (in latte form at least!), most likely on a cold night or if I am craving chocolate.

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100

Hmmm, I’m surprised by all the mentions of heavy cinnamon as I get more of a cardamom/ginger/pepper flavor from this. Also mine looks nothing like the picture – it’s all green cardamom pods with bright red peppercorns and long leaves. Interesting.

This is actually one of my favorite chais, I really like the flavor of it. Somehow the peppery cardamom blend just really pushes my buttons. It does taste better if you steep it a bit (maybe 3-4 minutes?), and it tastes great on the second steeping as well.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

For the second infusion, I let it steep for just 1:30. The bitterness I experienced with the first steep was completely gone. There is still a nice apple flavor, but the vanilla I tasted in the first brewing is no longer detectable.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

This came as a sample with my Boxing Day haul. I probably would not have purchased it for myself, but I am so glad it came with my order. I love it!

There are generous chunks of dried apple in this tea. The smell is wonderful! Apple is the most dominant smell, followed by vanilla.

The package suggests brewing this tea at 92C/198F for 3-4 minutes, which doesn’t seem right to me for a white/green mix. I instead brewed it for 2:30 at 180F.

There was a slight bitter aftertaste which hints to me that I oversteeped it a little bit, but otherwise the taste was amazing. It’s like having apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Cinnamon would have been a lovely addition to this tea. I taste a very faint cinnamon flavor, but it’s not listed in the ingredients so it may be my imagination.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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48

Not a bad tea, but very much meant for drinking only when you have a cold. I tried it without one and it was lemony and rather bland. Probably nice and effective when under the weather, but definitely not an anytime tea for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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