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drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
590 tasting notes

Oh chocolate, how I love you! Last night on my own before the DH comes back from his 12 day trip, and chocolate is nice right now. And well, this chai is very chocolatey. In fact, the most dominant flavour of this tea is the chocolate. It is nowhere as spicy as I was expecting, considering there’s two types of chilis in it, plus the peppercorns. But there is a certain taste on my tongue, after the chocolate. A sort of tingle. I can’t explain it.

I do like this tea so far, and of the 3 winter collection teas I picked up, it is probably my favourite, but I haven’t tried the Alpine Punch yet.

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So I tried this tea in store today… Thank you 1$ straight tea promo I finally had a chance to taste this tea. It’s been on my wishlist since forever.

I’m kind of tired so this review will be short… WOW! This is all i’m gonna say, i’m resteeping it right now so maybe another review tomorrow! (But a little bit oversteeped)

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes
iTea

What did you think of the Cranberry Pear? Please reply soon.

EmyPouliche

I really like it but i was hoping for a kind of tart taste (?:~e like cranberry juice)but it is not…it is actually really sweet. ~Really not a lot of black tea in it mostly big chunk of fruit. So if you are looking for a black or tart tea…maybe not this one ;) but again it is not what i was thinking it would taste like but it is a really good tea.

iTea

Yes, I enjoy sweet flavored teas and as well Samurai Chai Mate (which hints a lot of cinnamon could be used.) I have a broad range of teas that I enjoy except for the very strong tasting green teas I have experienced with store bought green teas. My favorites I have found to be are white teas.

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15

First of all, I live in Canada. I appreciate the nationalist pride here as well as the locals’ capacity of making everything with Canadian products. But this is taking things too far. Without an ounce of sugar and/or sweetener, this infusion is nothing but hot mouthwash. The peppermint is slightly overpowering, making the berry and apple into a sour mush. Yucky.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Amazing I should say. It is the perfect drink for winter times. Not to say the tiny Pumpkin in the bag.

It smell like havest fall and you will like it from the first smell. I am in office so there is no milk around so it might be better with milk in.

Pumpkin and cinnamon is well blended. I like cinnamon. It makes you feel warm and xmas is coming. I also taste the sweet in the tea. That might be the caramel.

I am addicted to chai tea lately. Will try other chai tea in Davids soon.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90
drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Wow, I was not expecting this tea to have a sweet lime creamy smell. The taste was not that tart that I was expecting it to be. I am sad this tea is being discontinued, I might purchase a tin before it is sold out.

I didn’t get much of the gunpowder taste though, but that’s ok because I really like this!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

I am a green tea / white tea / oolong tea fan as I drink a lot of these tea. Almost daily.

It is really surprise to see nuts in the tea when I went into the shop and ask for the best sellers. Well, so I buy 25g and have a try in the sunday morning. It taste wired in the first sip. But once you put it down for a while you will fell the nutty flavor leaving in your mouth.

I guess it is might be a good try for people who are a nut fan and an interesting alternative for regular asian tea drinker.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70

This tea is pretty good. Very citrusy, and I can really taste the ginseng and ginger in it. I find it odd (especially for an oolong/pu’erh based tea) that this one doesn’t re-steep very well – I find that you get only one really good infusion for it which is too bad. :(

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

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85
drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

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4 girls. 7 teas. 1 unanimous decision.

First impressions – This tea smells bad. End of story. It smells bad in the tin. It smells bad in the bag. It smells bad in the cup. Woah. We gave it a 0 out of 10 for smell.

Flavor – Reactions went from outright disgust to uncertainty. It doesn’t taste like figs and orange and cinnamon. So what does it taste like? Well, we all agreed that, whatever it was, it wasn’t good. 2 out of 10, just because we could still drain the cup out of necessity.

Loveability – If you’ve read this much, you know the answer to that.

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I remade this tea today for a tea tasting with a couple of friends.

Why is steeping this to perfection so bloody hard?? We all agreed that this time it was understeeped. I tasted like hot water with lemon (where did that come from?). And we all agreed that it has so much potential and that it deserves another chance to show us how awesome it really is. I am certain that the third time’s a charm!

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I have tried this tea twice now, with a year between those tasting experiences. My response is the same. It is a BEAUTIFUL tea. It smells intriguing. It tastes like, well, not like much. A hint of chocolate. A hint of spice. A lot of water. And not much interest on my part.

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Another $1 Straight tea, on the recommendation of the sales girl…

First steep: I think I left the bag in a touch too long because as lovely as this is there’s a bitterness that lingers on my tongue. Oops.

Second steep: Much improved from the first steep: earthy, smooth, slightly floral, and very much a “Darjeeling”. There’s just something about that flavour that one can’t quite describe.

Third steep: Not as flavourful as the first or second, but still steepable!

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

One of my favorite Darjeeling tea estates!

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94
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

Today I hosted a couple of my close friends for a tea tasting event. We tried all of the winter collection, and some of the new permanent teas from DAVIDsTEA.

This was by far the winner of the afternoon, with three out of four choosing it as the tin-worthy tea. (I prefered Snow Bunny to this, but, heck, I can get more than one tin!)

First impressions – The yummiest smell possible. I could just bring Alpine Punch around with me, sniffing it periodically during the day. Amaretto all the way. And, surprise surprise, it smelled just as awesome once steeped!

Flavor – Oh. Goodness. Gracious. Wonderful. Warm and rich and complexe and just slightly sweet. I love it. I’m just confused as to how this wonderful tea that smells like almonds and tastes like almonds doesn’t even include almonds in its description. Let’s review the DT description:

‘’We like to think it’s with a fortifying brew like this spiced rooibos ( dont even taste it ), with apple ( nope ), cinnamon ( nu huh ), and ginger ( wha? ).’’

ALMOND.

Loveability – heck ya. This one is a keeper.

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drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

I really love this as a morning/breakfast tea, better than their Orange Pekoe actually – sorry aisling (and aisling’s cat)! ;)

I kept going through different straight black teas and blends trying to find the “perfect” breakfast blend for me .. not thinking that it might just be the cheapest one that they sell, lol! I will definitely stay stocked up on this blend and enjoy it on a very regular basis. To me it just has the right blend of floral and sweet/malty notes, without being smoky or bitter. But anyway, to each his/her own!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Snow Bunny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
89 tasting notes

This was one of the Teas of the Day in the store and when I tried it.. well, let’s just say I wasn’t at all planning on getting this before I walked in the store.

Not sure I made it just like they did in store (not steeped as long probably) so I will try steeping it longer next time to make it more flavourful (I dare say, sweet). Usually not a big flavoured tea guy, but I’m starting to think that’s what David’s does best, or at least it’s definitely what they’re known for, eh?

I definitely picked up the walnuts AND bananas in the aroma. I think the tea gives a great base and overall I get a slightly nutty, caramelly flavour, really pleasant but not sickeningly sweet. Very nice!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I love this tea. I’m not a very regular green tea drinker, but I do make this one fairly often. It’s wonderfully earthy and vegetal with a buttery finish. I’ve managed to get my steeping time and temps just right a few times and it is absolutely fantastic!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I tried this one as a cup of tea in the store – and it is pretty darn fantastic!
the cinnamon was what sealed the deal – I love the fruity notes and it is really well blended. But the cinnamon wrapped everything up beautifully. I had it with only a little agave. Definitely a tea that I will be getting again!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

Wow ! I love the smell of eucalyptus! If you’re sick, that tea will be perfect cause it makes you feel cleaned up and it creates a fresh feeling in your mouth and throat and even in the oeasophagus! lol! I tasted it at the boutique and i bought some!

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

I liked this tea. It had a great smell to it and tasted great. it is great to have to sit down and watch tv. with

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
108 tasting notes

Much fruitier than my usual, but I’m trying to expand my tea cupboard since I can’t drink black tea any more. I enjoyed it. Quite sweet and fruity, but not very tea-like. I think sharing a cup with my daughter while we went shopping together will mean this tea will always remind me of a lovely afternoon. :)

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drank Yun Cui (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
108 tasting notes

Mmm, what a lovely Chinese green. I love that I can distinguish between greens. Now if only I had the vocabulary to describe what I’m tasting … hmm. It’s warm and round. Powerful in a quiet, understated way. It’s not grassy or bright the way a Japanese green can be. Fairly close to an oolong, I think.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Not a fan.
I had this as a cup of tea in the store. I’m not sure if it was the prep, or the levels of sweetener/lack thereof.. but the jasmine was overpowering and the rose did not help. It quickly turned bitter on me and I could not finish the mug.

I’m hesitant to write this one off alltogether, but at the same time I’m not that inclined for a repeat performance.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Love this!
I was surprised at the strength of the almond that came through in the steeped tea – sometimes I find that the nutty essences are lost when they’re steeped, but this was wonderful. I agree with the other commenters that it would be much better suited to an afternoon or night-time tea than morning. Definitely a rooibos that I really love, which has been difficult to find lately, and one that I hope sticks around for a while.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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