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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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98
drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

Mmmm i made this into a soy latte with a splash of vanilla. Mmm one if the best lattes I’ve made so far and gotten into lattes making lattes lately so that’s saying something haha. I love green tea and the addition of soy milk is just heavenly.

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51
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
93 tasting notes

I’ll start this off by saying that I’ve never tasted a maté that I’ve liked, nor am I a fan of coffee. Needless to say, I was not thrilled when I received this as one of the free samples I received with my Boxing Day haul. Despite this, I decided to give it a go. It was surprisingly drinkable!

The leaves have a nice coffee smell and there are several coffee beans visible. When brewed it had a light amber color and smelled mostly of coffee with hints of maté in the background. The flavor was not unpleasant and would likely be very pleasant to someone who actually enjoys coffee and maté. That someone is just not me.

If you enjoy maté and/or coffee, definitely try this out!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82

I rarely want this tea (and have a lot of it – always the way) but it went nicely with lemon cupcakes today. :D

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82

I had this with milk and sugar this morning. It felt criminal but it was still good.

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82

Resteeped as well, yummers. Preferred the one that Cavocorax sent me from Tea Desire, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Crazy! I was considering checking out DT’s version. Guess I’ll stick with the one I have!

I didn’t realise they didn’t have stores out your way, and that the shipping was $15. I could probably pick some stuff up from Tea Desire and send it to you cheaper, if you ever need it!

Ozli

I’ll send you some & you can see what you think! I’m gonna do the other one next and see if it was all in my head.

COOL, thanks. I’ve not looked at their stuff YET.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I can do a tea-off! :D

Fair enough. I don’t know enough about them to know what’s great or not either.

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73

I love Earl Grey tea and most assorted variations of it. Something about the citrusy bergamot serves to wake me up in the morning and soothe me in the evening after a day of work. This is the first green tea Earl Grey that I have tried, and I have to say I like it!

The scent of this tea from the bag is very strong and it’s all ORANGE orange ORANGE. You can smell the orange peel and orange fruit and maybe a slight hint of muskiness from the green tea leaves. After brewing the scent tones down a bit, making it more similar to typical Earl Greys. The color from this tea is not very strong, it looks like any old green tea (pardon me while green tea enthusiasts cough and beg to differ). The taste of the tea is amazingly like Earl Grey. If someone handed me a cup blind, I would proclaim it delicious and request they steep it slightly longer because it is missing the black tea undertones. The green tea leaves act as a carrier for all the orangey bergamot, you cannot taste the green tea at all – and yet the taste is different than if one had simply stuck a couple orange peels or drops of bergamot oil into a teapot of water. The green tea gives it body, but goes completely undetected. The ingredient list mentions cornflowers, which you can kind of see in the loose tea, but I don’t taste them at all. Granted, I don’t really know what they’re supposed to taste like.

The second steeping was just as good as the first, but by the third it started to lose flavor. All in all, delicious! It won’t replace my staple black tea Earl Greys, but it’s a nice addition to my collection. I believe it has less caffeine than my black teas, which could come in handy.

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76
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

First time I steeped it per the instructions. It was bitter and pretty near awful. It seems very prone to oversteeping. I’ve taken to steeping for only 2 – 2.5 minutes at a lower temperature – this actually lets me taste the peachy tones to it and it is quite enjoyable.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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76
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

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53
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

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This smells SUPER rootbeery. Totally not a word, but I’m using it anyway. I stepped out of the house after brewing this and when I came back in the whole place smelled like rootbeer! It is an odd flavor without sweetener. I can taste the rootbeer, but it has this cardboard flatness to it. Much better after sugar! I love the idea of rootbeer tea, but actually drinking something that tastes like hot rootbeer throws me off a bit, like I found a forgotten half drunk bottle in the car on a hot day and decided to take a swig. It is a very well done tea, has a creaminess to it and is right on the nose with the flavor it is trying to replicate. I want to love it, but it strikes me as strange. Still it doesn’t stop me from resteeping it for all it is worth!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This smells like root beer syrup in the bag. That is the only way I can describe the concentrated root beer smell which carries over to the steeped tea. The first sip was horrible. There was some root beer taste in there with an overpowering bitterness that hit the sides of my tongue. I hate bitter. I added a little sugar to it and it tasted slightly better, but still quite bitter. The next delivery of a metric ass ton of sugar seems to have tamed the bitter beast, but I’m left puzzled. Why make a drink that tastes like warm flat root beer, but isn’t root beer? Would I think to pour tea into my root beer? Nope. So why this mix of flavors? It tastes like quality old fashioned root beer at least, not that cheapy mass produced stuff, but it is probably not any better for me after balancing the balancing all the bitter with sugar. Sadly, I didn’t catch any of the creamy float part of the name. Amusement of making an apple taste like an orange aside, I really don’t get this tea and would rather just have a glass of real root beer instead.

It’s too bad there isn’t a puzzled or bewildered face to use for this rating, because that would have been perfect for me!

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

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91
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Wow. This is beautiful. So, In my mug it smells like gingerbread. Which is amazing. And it tastes sweet, but earthy and oolong-like. I don’t even know how to describe it. Well, now i’ve tried all Davids Tea straight oolongs, and I think that this may overtake the Guangzhou Milk Oolong (which I need to get more of). This tea is wonderful. Just drink it.

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53
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

I passed by a David’s Tea and the bright colors inside immediately caught my attention. I went in to buy tea tins and came out not only with the tins, but with Salted Caramel and Red Velvet Cake teas as well.

I had been wanting to try Caramelissimo from Teavana/Teaopia but since it got discontinued, I thought Salted Caramel would be a viable substitution. It smells AMAZING dry, though it didn’t smell as good after brewing. I tasted more black tea than caramel, which made me sad. I added a little milk, and there we go! I like this better, but it had a little bitterness to it as it cooled down. May have to try drinking this in an insulated tumbler to see how a full cup tastes before cooling down significantly.

I’d also like to try this blended with Teavana’s CocoCaramel Sea Salt.

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68

Rose is usually not my favourite floral, but something about the smell of this tea was just really intriguing, so I went ahead and bought it anyway. Even though it is indeed very strong on the rose, I really like this tea! It’s definitely quite perfume-y, but that’s sort of the appeal of it. It does feel very exotic when you’re drinking it. I find it can also be quite nice when mixed with other teas to mellow out the strength of it.

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

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80

These Jasmine pearls are HUGE. I’m used to the tiny little green tea pearls, so this was a bit of a shocker.

Steeped per the package (3 balls in 1 cup water), the first go was very floral, with that bit of astringency I expect from most black teas. It was fun sitting there watching the balls unfurl! This tea doesn’t need sweetener or milky stuff as it didn’t become bitter, but I greatly prefer black teas with something in them. The second steep I’ve added a bit of honey, and I like it a bit better. For some reason, adding milk to a jasmine tea just doesn’t work in my head. I might try it though, because this has the potential to make an excellent tea latte.

These aren’t bad by any means, just not completely to my taste. If you love your black teas without milk and/or sugar, then this would probably be a good tea for you. I think I like Jasmine green tea pearls better, so upon considering the cost I don’t think I’m going to buy more of this one. (Though if someone gave me some as a gift I certainly wouldn’t say no!)

(Edit: 1 month later, I gave what I had left to a friend who loves jasmine tea. If I want some I can just go to her house and have a cup!)

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

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79
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
23 tasting notes

This tea was one of my favourite buys from my first trip to Davids! It actually surprised me with how tasty it was. Very light and refreshing, and it does have a creamy taste on top of the lime that gives it a dessert flavour. My only complaint would be that it’s maybe a bit too sweet and could contain a little more actual tea in it, but I suppose it is a dessert tea after all. Still, definitely a winner in my opinion, and one I will be buying again!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88

I got a little sample packet for 50 cents at Davids, and I’m glad I chose this tea. It’s very light, and really good. I don’t know a whole lot about different black teas, but I know that I like this one and will probably get more of it.

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89
drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

Yum! I bought a bunch of teas today for a birthday gift at Davids and saw this in a little sampler pack for half price. I should have loaded up on them, but only bought two. Oh well.

It smells very oolongy and buttery and great. Guess what? That’s pretty much how it tastes too. It’s a nice light tea, and and the flavour just lingers after each sip.

:| Why are oolongs so difficult to describe? I like it you guys! Try it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Isaila

I got this one in the half price sampler pack too, and now i’m really excited to try it!
Happy Birthday!

Kittenna

This one is quite good, I agree!

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90
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

This is such a fruity, wonderful tea. It tastes like pineapple and peaches. It doesn’t need any additional sweetener. It’s great hot.

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

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84
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

When I first got this tea I didn’t like it. I thought there was more of a dirt taste than anything else. After giving it another try a few months later, it has become my favorite after lunch tea. It has a nice earthy ginger taste. I enjoy it while working. I guess my palate is improving.

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

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96
drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

One of my favorite green teas, has a hint of citrus in the scent to me, but very light and mild. Refreshing tea that you can drink often and doesn’t grow tiresome.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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77

Nice sencha, not seaweed-like at all. Vegetal tasting and the smell is almost nutty to me at times.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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