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86
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

Can’t believe I haven’t commented on this tea yet! Well, finishing one of my courses today allows me a bit of down-time to review this one. Especially when it was my companion at the end of that darned essay!

First impressions – Love the smell of this one. It reminds me of sunshine. That is all.

Taste – I really enjoy it. It tastes like mango-peach. It is borderline for me on the sweetness factor, but other than that I really love the taste. And the second steep is just as awesome. Plus, as you guys might be starting to figure out about me, I definately appreciate a tea that can be left to steep a long while without becoming nasty.

Loveability – Now, that’s a hard one. This was one of my favorites for a while, but it then got pushed aside come fall and the bajillion new teas DT came out with. When I pulled it out today, I was reminded of how awesome this tea is. But, it has artificial flavoring. And, because I am who I am, that bugs me. So, as much as I like this one, once I finish off what I have, I think I’ll have to pass on buying some more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

I had to add another review to my last of this tea. Somehow it totally escaped me the first time I reviewed this that the cup is full of golden glitter when the tea is brewed! I thought the glitter was just the sugar crystals. Soooo pretty! And I am definitely getting more, especially since David’s now has $5 shipping to the US! Woot!

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90
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

Another good one that I wish I’d gotten more than the minimum of. I don’t want to share the small amount I got! :)

I don’t generally care much for cinnamon teas. This one is an exception. Mild cinnamon, light black tea, slight sweetness. Melds together very well. Everything dissolves completely and quickly. It’s a lovely tea.

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

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98
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
532 tasting notes

Completely worth the shipping from Canada.

Mildly minty, mildly sweet, good black tea base. All the flavors seem to blend well together and none overpower any others. Goes without saying that the tiny candy canes are darling. They melt instantly, which was my fear – that they would be that hard and cheap insoluble “candy” and be a pointless addition.

I wish I’d jumped in and bought more than the minimum.

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

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81

This one came as a sample with a Davids Tea order a while back, and I’ve been saving it for a cold day like this. I was a bit worried it would be too rank because I didn’t rinse it in case I ended up rinsing the flavouring out. Turns out I didn’t need to worry as this is quite a mild pu’erh, mildly earthy and dark without tasting like a mouthful of dirt or manure. The smell actually has caramel undertones though the flavour is mostly cocoa, though it’s not as chocolatey as Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh. This tea however has a distinctly rich smoothness, perhaps from the addition of the coconut which is otherwise quite subtle.

I really enjoyed this tea, so it’s totally too bad that Davids Tea stop blending it. I voted for it a couple times when they were doing that Halloween Back From the Dead revival, but no luck. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Eisenherz

I voted for it daily!! I think this tea is the biggest loss of all seasonal teas :(

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85
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

More amaretto than alpine punch?

the dry leaves smell amazing, it’s enough to make you dizzy,mmmm i love amaretto

Steeping the smell is even stronger and the liqueur is a very light caramel color.

Time to taste: I taste toasted almonds sweet amaretto but not nearly as potent as the Alpine punch, if you like almonds but not a super strong flavor than this is for you.

Personally i’m glad i bought a tin of the Alpine punch because comparing the two it’s my favorite

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

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87
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
974 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon….

And tea 19 of 24. Man, the numbers are getting bigger and that means there is sooooo much to do! This sample is from DaisyChubb. Thank you very much!

I really like this. I do get the peach and a hint of almond. It is almost the perfect flavoring for this tea base. The flavor is light so that it does not overpower the base, and really does not need any additions. Would I buy more? Yes. The next time I order from David’s, this will be in my cart!

Mug method at 190 for 5 minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

This is the other free sample that came along with the new tins I ordered.

Not a bad rooibos tea, the fruit adds a nice touch of sweetness. My husband thought it tasted nutty (I don’t understand that at all). Not sure I’d consider buying this but it was a pleasant experience.

I think my favourite rooibos from Davids is still Jessie’s Tea.

470ml glass mug with infuser, 1 packet (5g?), 1 steep

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
DaisyChubb

I got a bit of nuttiness as well! I think it’s from the rooibos base, even though it’s green rooibos :)

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84
drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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84
drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

My sister leaves for Halifax tomorrow, so she and my mom stopped by for an impromptu tea party before the day gets too busy with errands. They requested something green and toasty and, besides Genmaicha, this tea immediately sprang to mind!

My mom commented that it had a nice nutty flavour, while my sister liked how light it was on the “green-ness” (as opposed to a sencha). I like that I can re-steep it and still get another round of tea from the pot. All-in-all, a nice tea party staple. Would pair well with toast, dainties or sandwiches.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

Is your sister moving to Hali, or just visiting? It seems like everyone on Steepster is posting about Halifax today!

Faith

She goes to university there, so she was just visiting us until classes started.

With everyone going to Hali, makes me wonder if there isn’t some sort of secret club that we’re not being told about!

Uniquity

Oooh, I so hope she goes to Kings. Or at least not SMU. : )

aisling of tea

StFX all the way!!

Faith

Dalhousie, actually. So far she really likes it.

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84
drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

The name intrigued me, what can I say?

Frist steep: I’m not usually very good at steeping green teas, I usually make the water too hot or the steep time too long. Today, I brewed this up perfectly and on my first try too! Dragonwell is an interesting green tea, reminiscent of a Japanese sencha, but considerably less vegetal and more “toasty” in flavour. Pairs really well with bacon & eggs that I had for breakfast, cutting through the grease with it’s smooth and light flavour.

Second steep: Upped the temperature a bit for the second steep and it still came out lovely, light and toasty.

EDIT: 100th Tasting note!

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

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50
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Received this as a sample when I ordered some new tins online (yes they look cool, but they are a bit too big I think). Usually I go to my local store to buy from Davids, but I hate going to the mall in December.

This was one of those teas I’ve sniffed more than a few times in the store, but I never purchased any because the strong citrus smell was off putting. I enjoy citrus flavoured stuff but I have my limits.

Anyway, onto brewing and drinking this stuff. The oolong is present but the citrus really overpowers it. I’d enjoy this more if the citrus didn’t shout so loudly at my senses.

Disappointed but not surprised. I can see why people like this, but I am not a fan.

470ml glass mug with infuser, 1 packet (5g?), 1 steep

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

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64
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
518 tasting notes

It’s bubblegum. Very fruity, but candy fruity. Orangey candy. I’ve found that I really don’t like the smell of apple pieces in tea. Thankfully, I couldn’t smell the apple in the final product.
I dunnoooo… I don’t really want to drink a tea that reminds me of bubblegum. I think can drink this and enjoy it, but it’s not really for me. I guess this is the point after a second date where you decide you just want to be friends.

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

" I guess this is the point after a second date where you decide you just want to be friends." LOL ;)

Ninavampi

Exact same thing happened to me with Peachberry Jasmine from Teavana. Odd…

Maisonlula

If you ever want to get rid of it!! Please do let me know!! My twin is dying for a tea like this, she has a sweet tooth,, just let me know if you’re willing to trade or not, I don’t mind if not..x

Mercuryhime

If she likes sweet then this would be perfect for her. But I only had a sample size and I drank it all. Sorryyyy. when I get home in two weeks I can see if I have other sweet teas lurking around to trade. :)

Maisonlula

ahh no worries!!! Thankyou for getting back to me so quick!! x

CHAroma

Hahahahahaha!!! Let’s just be friends, LOL! Sooo funny!!

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98

So sweet, so good…. so expensive too… so it make me sad to see the bottom of the bag this morning :(

This tea is very unusual, i just love it !
Its hard to describe, green and spinash-y and at the same time so smooth and creamy like milk….and buttery too ! I can pick some of the orchid floral flavor . Every sip I take is a little bit different, sometimes its very green and floral, sometimes very milky and sweet. There’s a lot of layer of taste going on here ; It is so tasty and at the same time so delicate!

I’m going to resteep this all day long :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Irish Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1243 tasting notes

Drew finally followed through and brought me the Irish Cream he’s been promising me for ages, yay! \o/

Though, to be honest, I was not impressed with it last night. It just didn’t knock my socks off. I’ll brew it again to my normal parameters, as he made the pot of this. Maybe I’m just being picky and the next cup will wow me. But it tasted like a vanilla black with an odd note of something that I assume is meant to be Irish Cream.

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86
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
487 tasting notes

What more perfect tea to sip while playing cards with family and friends on a Christmas Eve after a long day’s hard work? It was sweet and light and tasted like Christmas, which is all I wanted tonight. Definitely warming up to it.

Steeped twice, second time got a lot more of the tart cranberry and it was delicious.

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

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86
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
487 tasting notes

Mmmm. I haven’t actually tried this one yet. First trial of the variable-temperature kettle we got for Christmas, and the lowest setting seems perfect for greens. Did a short steep, which gave me a nice light flavour, not too overwhelmingly sweet. Lots of orangey goodness with a bit of tartness from the cranberries. A little too sweet for this late at night, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.

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

Yay! I’m glad the new kettle is working out for you guys :-)

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75
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
270 tasting notes

On the eighteenth day of tea-mas, DAVIDsTEA gave to me…..

Steeped for 1.5 minutes the first time, 5 minutes the second. Let the kettle sit, so I don’t know about the exact temperature….

This tasted… almost exactly like rockets (smarties for the American contingent). Unfortunately, that has never been a favourite candy of mine, and I found it a little too… tart-sugary-sweet as a result.

I guess elves like their candy.

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100
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

By far this is my favorite tea as of yet! Everything from the cute little candy lips and chocolate chips to the sweet smell of it brewing! The flavor is just a perfect cup of chocolaty minty greatness! It is also one of the few teas that I can drink cold as well. I love it with no sweetness added. OR with one of David’s Tea coconut Agave sticks!!! OH MY Goodness !!! MMmmm! I am addicted! Definatly my go-to Tea!

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95
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
325 tasting notes

Haven’t had this one in a loooong time! I’m so glad that I dove into this one again. It was the tea to keep me warm as I watched my husband play some baseball! And it got quite cold there at one point… I’m probably heading to bed shortly to try and warm up.

Anyway, just to recap on my review from 2 years ago, this tea is fantastic. It’s amazing how the popcorn actually tastes great and this tea is just perfect for that after dinner snack. It kills the popcorn cravings and really just hits the spot.

Absolutely dynamite. Love it and would enjoy it again without even batting an eye, which is good. I have probably 3/4 of a tin left.

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95
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
325 tasting notes

Movie night. When I heard about a popcorn tea, I thought it was going to be strange and gross, like liquid popcorn. I didn’t know how this was going to work out, but I knew that I wanted to at least try it and see if I could like it even just a little.
I ordered this online before even getting a chance to smell it. And I must say, I made the right decision. This tea isn’t just a popcorn tea. It’s more like a caramel popcorn tea. The apples and maple make it taste so good. It’s sweet without being too much.
Anytime I need a popcorn fix, I’m going to drink this tea. It’s just as satisfying. :)

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100

Cold steeped this for… 48hrs or so… kinda forgot about it…

Added some agave… not sure how much… a squirt and a swirl…
It’s delicious. So delicious. I want to make more now. Or maybe I should just make a bigger glass next time.

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100

So, it’s the end of January, and the weather is acting weird out there, and it’s been a long week at work. So, I thought I’d dive into this tea again, as it reminds me of warmer times and sunshine.
This tea has definitely helped me out today. It’s lifting my spirits a bit. It’s light and fruity and very delicious.

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100

LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This is one of my favourite teas ever! It’s like drinking a watermelon, and watermelon is my favourite fruit. I didn’t notice the carrot flavour at all in the tea, but I think that could be a good thing. I think that maybe it’s just meant to add to the sweetness of this tea. I bought extra this summer to get me through the long winter months. :)
I can’t say enough about how much I love this tea.

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