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I’m not sure why I keep referring this as ‘Life Long Oolong’ but.. it sounds catchy I suppose. Anyways, this little treat came in with my teawares from DAVIDs as a sampler and after deliberating on it for a while, I cracked down and bought it.

It was my first Oolong tea and I found it not to be bad at all. It needed a touch of honey just to give it a little edge but other than that I found it very delightful. It made me like Oolongs! Though I’m not sure, when compared to a few other Oolongs, if I would buy an entire tin of it. It really is good but it may sit on my shelf for a long time when up against an even tastier concoction. Still, I would recommend a sample.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

Forever Nuts was one tea I was really looking forward to trying. I brewed this up on a dayshift after I brought a small sample of it from an even smaller sampler that I had bought at DAVIDs as a birthday present.

Now, I was expecting more than I got. I expected to be hit but a roasted, nutty flavor that filled my heart and stomach but I barely was able to detect a hint of nuts to it. And my entire strainer was full of them! I put it off as it being a more subtle tea, as you are not supposed to be overwhelmed by it as if you are standing in front of a bin of almonds and wrote down it would go good with a morning biscotti and to leave it at that.

A tin buy? Not warranted. If this tin is pretty? Ahhh… Maybe then. Just maybe.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec

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81

This tea I brewed up in the afternoon of my first dayshift. I needed a herbal tea to calm me down after working so hard and this one hit the spot well.

It is not a bad tea, I found. It is actually quite better than a lot of herbal teas I have been trying but it is very heavy with lemon which means it needed honey just to even it out to a smooth cup. I would definitely drink this again but… maybe not a lot of it. A tin buy is plausible but it would last me as long time.

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

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77
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
709 tasting notes

A wonderful co-worker of mine shared some of this with me and I truly appreciate it as I am sick at the moment and was looking for something more than plain mint! My sample wasn’t quite big enough for the mug I am using so the infusion is a bit weak after about ten minutes but I get lovely juniper and mint at the front, two flavours that I really enjoy. I’m not really picking up orange on it’s own but I think it’s there holding everything together. hey, I’m sick – what do you expect? : )

I think I prefer Detox for the bolder juniper but I love the mint in here. If the beau liked mint like I do I would keep a stock of this on hand but alas, he does not. I feel like this one cost a lot more when it first came out and that deterred me from trying it but now I’m thinking I should have some on hand for at work. If only my head would stop aching so I could enjoy it fully!

ashmanra

I hope you feel better soon!

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86

Well since my other DAVID’S sample went less than ideally, I figured I’d just dump it and give this one a shot in the hopes it will get me to bed sooner.

The power is flickering here because it is so windy outside, so I’m glad I’ve got something i hot to drink.

I haven’t really had chamomile that much, but my grandmother loves it. In fact I think the only time I’ve ever had it I was at her house. She is very fussy about how she likes her tea prepped – she uses a HotShot to brew up the water, then steeps the bag (always Celestial Seasonings, from what I remember) for the length of the cup, and adds an ice cube to get it to cool down because she’s too impatient to wait those few minutes and let it cool down on it’s own. It’s funny what memories get triggered, sometimes.

Anyway, chamomile has an immediately recognizable smell, but at the same time, it’s not one that is particularly memorable to me, either. I couldn’t tell you what it smelled like without it being directly under my nose, in any event. Just – floral. And like it would be good with honey. But in this case I have an extra tang of hibiscus pinking up the liquor and adding an interesting complexity to the scent.

I’m surprised, but I really really like this! I think it’s the hibiscus that’s doing it, too. There’s just enough to be noticeable, but not enough that I’m tasting that overly drying, metallic note. I think I taste the lemon/citrus addition as well, but thankfully no licorice – that really isn’t my thing.

Now if this sucker manages to get me sleepy on top of tasting good, I’m pretty sure an order will be in my future. Yay for pleasant surprises!

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

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40

This was a free sample from a DAVID’s order a month or so ago.

I’d forgotten about it really, but I’ve had a lot of tea already today and figured I should stick to something not black this late in the day.

The dry leaf smelled like oatmeal to me. I think because it had a strong cinnamon note and then was kind of appley too? And when I think apple cinnamon, oatmeal tends to be the main food type thing with that flavoring. Smells kind of good, actually, but I’m ambivalent about apple cinnamon flavored anything so I’m not particularly riveted here.

I’ve never had stevia before and I’m kind of nervous because I HATE the taste of any sweetener that isn’t honey or sugar. Agave is too thin for my tastes, and even Splenda has something off about it that doesn’t work. So I’m assuming stevia will stick out like a sore thumb.

Now that it’s steeped something smells medicinal. Boo – I want the apple cinnamon back. I can’t taste any added sweetness from the stevia – but maybe it’s the culprit for the fakey taste? Blech. I’m only getting cinnamon flavored water – this doesn’t even have any oolong flavor to it. In fact, if I hadn’t seen the leaves I’d have though it was an herbal.

Nope, this doesn’t work for me at all – I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to finish this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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94
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

Love this. So much that after I received my sample from darby (thank you!) I ran to DT and got my own bag. It’s delicious! Brings happy feelings similar to a warmed up chocolatey dessert. I don’t find this to be overly sweet or overly chocolatey. It’s delicious on a winter’s night!

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I got this with a sampler set I lovingly purchased from DAVIDsTEA and I brewed it up to rejuvenate myself and ended up soured by the cup. This is not the tea for me.

A lot of people recommend this iced – and I can see how it would be wonderful – but I rarely ice my teas and prefer them hot and warming to myself during the cold weather days I experience too often. So this one equalled disappointment hot. It had a tartness to it that did not sit well with my tongue. I like sour tastes but it has to go down smooth and this one just seemed to slap my face and trickle down my throat.

Still, I have to give it to the tea… The pink shade was bright and cute. But it does not reach my rebuy list at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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Well, this one was… a story.

I had bought a bunch of DAVIDsTEA samplers from their website and this one came with.. I believe Caffeine-Free teas. I naturally was finding a lot of teas through these tiny, cute tins and after deliberating for a while, I picked this tea to try when I went up to see my crew. It smelled heavenly. Alas, it decieved me as so many do.

I could not stomach it. When it went down my throat, it felt as if it left and egg at the back of it and left my mouth feeling like I had just thrown up! I was horrified! The second sip proved to be the same! The heavenly smell was gone and now it just had the aroma of dead grass clippings from a swampy golf course. I couldn’t stand it, dumped it, and proceeded to complain to deaf ears.

I stand by my dislike. This tea was the worst I have had as of recent and I will not rebuy such a thing in the future. I’m glad it came in a tiny tasting tin instead of 50g!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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91
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

I like this one! Got to try this one from a friend who ordered it before it was sold out…(ALSO, it’s not even on the site anymore!!! Is it gone?) Anyway, I don’t really taste ice cream but I do like the flavour and the sweetness of this tea!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

This “tea” smells great but honestly seems that it would be best suited as a topping for a yogurt breakfast granola deal. When steeped its a bit gritty and not really my “cup of tea”….. Something I would serve to children or non-tea drinkers.

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80
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

I really like this white tea blend but it is one of the most delicate blends I’ve had. If its over-steeped or steeped in overly hot water it is ultra bitter. Follow the suggested temp. and time and you too will enjoy this delicate tea.

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

This is a great maté! Yummy! Reminds me of summer and tropical places :). Papaya is the main flavour I get with this tea.

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91
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea in my latest order from DAVIDsTEA. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I never had rooibos before.

Glad to say I was pleasantly surprised. The tea was delicious. The dry sample smelled great of cinnamon and coconut and I liked the visual touch of pink peppercorns.

I steeped it according to directions: in boiling water for 7 minutes.

After steeping the tea continued to impress me. It filled my kitchen with beautiful smell of cinnamon and spice and it tasted delicious. Coconut was less pronounced now and instead I got a strong taste of apples with cinnamon. Kind of like eating apple cinnamon pie. Yum!

My only problem with this tea was that it contains artificial flavouring. That something I definitely want to avoid in my teas. I really like the taste though and so I will probably look for something similar but with all natural ingredients.

You can see my review of this tea with pictures in my blog below.

http://paradiseinmyteacup.blogspot.ca/2013/01/coco-chai-rooibos-by-davidstea.html

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Sil

Nice pics! :) I hope you enjoy your tea journey. not sure where in Canada you’re at but if you’re ever curious about things (ordering tea, companies who do right by canadians etc..) from a canadian perspective, feel free to hollar anytime!

Kamyria

Thank you Sil!! I’m in Ontario :)

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82

This is a great mint tea. I like the green tea base as opposed to the plain mint herbal tea you often get. The licorice and cardamom add nice layers of flavourful to this tea. I like it best as an after dinner tea to aid in digestion.

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Interesting Oolong blend. Strong scent of bergamot and a nice flavourful providing its not over-steeped.

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drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

I’ve never had a Saskatoon berry but this tea is perfection in my cup! The hint of maple flavourful along with the oolong goodness as its base makes this tea great!! I can’t get enough of this tea :)
This is one of the staples in my tea cupboard

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Holy TURMERIC!!!! I love turmeric and I love tea, but this is a horrible combo. Great quality turmeric was used; however, it’s just too strong. I couldn’t finish off this tea…

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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

Picked up 25g of this gem at DT this afternoon. It’s packed with fruity flavourful and has a smooth base of the pu’reh. I steeped this twice and it was still great the second time around. I suppose this is due to the white chocolate, but I found it to be oily on top and I’d have to say that was my least favorite part of it. Made my glass tea cup look a bit scummy which I wasn’t too keen on.

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82
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

Having my second cup of Brazillionaire at the moment. This is my first ever black tea. I drink loads of oolong, green and white tea and was a bit reluctant to jump into the black teas. It’s delightful! Nutty with undertone of coconut. I’m only slightly blown away by the size of the nuts in this tea. Overall a very flavourful tea experience

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Gots me a free sample of this from a really nice girl at DAVIDs last evening. Woohoo free tea!!!

Well it smells like white wine to me when steeped hot. Am I the only one who thinks this? Probably lol! But it does. Anyway it is nice but I do find the oolong base a bit to light for my liking. With so many more oolongs to try, I probably won’t purchase again anytime soon.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I couldn’t taste anything but pineapple and water when I tried it. I agree — too much good oolong out there to waste time with this one.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

Backlog:

So glad I popped into DAVID’s last evening and gave this a try. It is a really lovely tea. Creamy and not too floral. This cuppa hit the spot at work this morning so I will make sure my work tea drawer is stocked with this!

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Brought this one to my Shakespearean Acting class today. We’re all sitting at the table, and my professor pauses in his lecture, looks at me and goes “Is that wine?”

The class turns to stare at me… I raise my eyebrows at my professor like “Come on. Please.” and he goes “Oh no, this is you, that’s tea.”

“I have wine-flavored tea,” I say. “Oolong Chardonnay’s my jam!”

It’s his turn to roll his eyes at me. “I have wine flavored… wine,” he says.

“What are those… things… floating in your drink?” one of the other kids asks.

“Leaves!”

“What, you mean, like, tea leaves?”

“Yup!”

“Woahhhhh.”

“If any of you ever want tea… Michelle can hook you up,” says my professor.

#shakespearestories

Love this tea, love it. Creamy and sweet and oolongy goodness. Ah. So good. Doesn’t get bitter either!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
TassieTeaGirl

Hilarious! Love that story Michelle!

Calla

any story with shakespeare is a good one :)

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I also picked up a bag of this and had it later on Monday Evening. Ps. I learned not to smell the tea before letting the tea cool a bit, I kind of burnt my nose smelling this tea.

Dry Leaf: smells kind of like clove, and hints of flower.

First Steep: Woodsy smells, as well as a smokey smell. The colour is very light. It is a lighter version of earl of lemo, it has lots of hints of taste that I just couldn’t name, which made it very mysterious and intriguing. The taste is delicate and pleasant.

Second Steep: The same colour as the first steep. Woodsy scent, very naturesque. Slight less smokey scent, it was more muted this time. The taste is still delicate and sort of fruity. It was stil a little confusing and intruiging. It was kind of a sultry feeling. There could have been kind of a orangey smell, but not too sure.

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