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75

This tea smells amazing! And the brewed tea is just as good.

I got a bag of this in the summer, and used it for cold-steeped iced tea. Mmmm, so good!

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70

This is good, but you have to be in the mood for the mandarin orange flavour. I pretty much rotate between The Skinny and Ginger Pu’erh as my after-lunch teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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85

I love most pu’erhs, and this one is no exception. Be careful when smelling this one, as you might inhale a few ginger particles!

Makes a great post-meal tea—both pu’erh and ginger are supposed to be good to help digestion.

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86

I first tried this in the summer as iced tea, and it was so good that I bought a bag immediately! Creamy and minty, it makes some refreshing iced tea!

Now that it’s winter, I don’t quite make this as much, but it’s delicious hot with milk added.

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91
drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

Ommmmmmmmm nom nom nom nom. Super delicious – But I feel like THIS should be Mom’s Apple Pie, not the sham of a green tea offered by David. Anyway, in my opinion this tea is just not nutty enough to be named Forever Nuts. It is SO apple-y and cinnamon-y. But I do love it in its beautiful simplicity.
On an interesting note, I accidentally fell asleep while steeping it in my tumbler one night (whoops) but decided to drink it in the morning. THAT was Forever Nuts. It was so overly nutty that I could barely drink it (actually, I didn’t).
Another day, I was too tired to drink it and left it to steep in the fridge overnight, then put it in my fruit smoothie in the morning. Yum Yum Yum.
I should probably stop having this tea when I’m too tired to drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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1
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

I’m just not there. I want to be there, but this tea is not for me. I dislike the hibiscus in this blend, and the mixing of cinnamon is simply inappropriate. I don’t even know if I like the fruitiness. I’ll have to give this one a try on another day – I have one more cup left in my sample. I’ll let you know if anything changes, but right now, Sleigh Ride, is not me, it’s you.

**Edit: When first trying Sleigh Ride, I was revelling in how similar this tea smells to Forever Nuts. I wasn’t willing to give Sleigh Ride another chance but I needed to get rid of it (tea overload), so I decided to mix the rest with Forever Nuts and throw it on ice for a beautifully fruity iced tea (about 1.5 tsp of SR/2 tsp of FN, for 20 oz. cup). OH GOOD GOD. I tried it hot before I iced it – COMPLETELY AWFUL. It was so bad, I couldn’t even let it sit on my tongue long enough to figure out what flavours made it so awful. I tried it iced, marginally less awful. I put agave in it, still somewhat undrinkable. I had to put lemonade in this tea just to be able to drink it. Anyway, if anyone comes up with the idea of mixing this tea with Forever Nuts, unless you’re REALLY daring, don’t do it!
Sleigh Ride, it’s OVER. THROUGH! KAPUT.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

Love this one. I’ve just spent all day drinking a huge, huge pot of this tea. Both hot and cold, this tea is phenomenal. I love the light, palate cleansing orange and the lingering bergamot. I don’t crave this tea often, but when I do, the craving stays until I finally get it! For people who have previously had this tea and did not like it: It’s VERY particular in steep time and temp, so be careful and don’t blame the tea when it tastes bitter!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92

Such a fabulous tea. I WAS drinking it with milk and sugar, but I recently invested in some agave, and what a great investment that was. It brings out the lovely citrusy-bergamot flavours in this tea wonderfully, without over sweetening it or any of the strange stuff that sugar will do to your cup. I can’t drink this tea unsweetened, because for some reason it tastes bitter for me (anyone else taste that bitterness too?). BUT I love not having to put milk in it, because it just seems strange for a green tea. Not for an earl grey, but just the fact that it’s green. It’s not an everyday cup of tea for me, but definitely pleasant and enjoyable whenever I’m in the mood.
Another note, I wish it was as citrus-y as it smells, but I think that might just be part of my eternal quest to find a perfectly strong citrus tea. I should probably just be drinking orange or grapefruit juice, but alas, I have taken it upon myself to find the perfect citrus tea.
And one more thing: On my second steep of this baby, it had this weirdly long, string-y tail of sediment in it. Being as curious as I am, I tried to pull it out of my cup, but it was just as elusive as my perfect citrus tea. C’est la vie.

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

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88

this is the first tea from the advent calendar i would actually buy. well, this time of year, anyway. green & fruity might be good for summer. but i digress.

this tea is delicious. it’s my first pu’erh and i will definitely try more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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95

This was the first chocolate based tea I’ve tried, and I fell in love with it.
It just reminds me of Christmas, spicy and sweet! More sweet than spicy however, the perfect blend. Very much a winter tea, but I believe I could drink it all year round!

All in All a great tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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74
drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
126 tasting notes

3/24
nice minty tea, has a smooth feel to it.
i guess this is pu’erh. i like it

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite fruit-infused white teas. For me, the delicate flavour of white teas make a wonderful pairing with fruit infusions, as both flavours mesh together instead of overpowering the taste of the tea.

For me, the aroma of this tea is better than candy. It is sweet and tart; everything there is to love about cherries. The taste is, as others have mentioned, laced with hibiscus but I don’t find it nearly as overwhelming as others seem to. I would recommend giving this one a try before purchasing a tin for home, just to make sure you like the hibiscus-y taste!

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100
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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The first day my DavidsTea store got their shipment of Sleigh Ride (Tea of the month for Dec), I couldn’t resist a taste. I was told it is a mixture of Kanpe and Forever Nuts, but to me it is very much like a sweet, nutty apple cider of sorts. It is absolutely festive, but I can imagine drinking it all year round, and can picture it being wonderful on ice.

Any lover of a fruity or nutty herbal tea – definitely give this limited edition a try! So good, so so good.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

This is the greatest tea ever. The roasty flavour of the rice is so very comforting and delicious. I just pop (hehe) a few tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) into the bottom of my mug, pour steaming hot water on top, let the leaves sink to the bottom and drink away. This way, the rice stays on the top and you can have a little snack while you drink your favourite tea! :-)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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75

Meh
This tastes like more of a “chai” than it does a chocolate tea. The gingery fennel taste overpowers the chocolate by so much that I would never name it as such!! I’ve always disliked fennel. It’s so pungent and what a bully!
Anyhow, when the cup is lukewarm, the chocolate comes out a bit more, but only for about five minutes.
I resteeped it three times, and took out the fennel on the last one… which seemed to make it a bit easier to bear, but not really enough to purchase any for the house. I mean, it was ok… but nothing special in my books. shrugs
Oh well. Watching the fennel puff up like a balloon was fun!

TeaBrat

I like fennel so, on this point we shall have to disagree. :) I can’t imagine fennel in a chocolate tea though, that sounds like a yucky combination!

ScottTeaMan

I love fennel too, but never had it in tea. I love going to local Indian restaurants. Sssoooo good…….

Indigobloom

It is an interesting combination!! Not something I would have dreamed up myself.
and Indian? Oh my, I looooove Indian!! I just put up with the fennel and gorge on everything else lol

Amariel

Uh oh. Don’t like fennel/licorice at all! Good thing I got just a small amount to try. Not sure when I will try it. Seems like Oh Christmas Treat is he way to start the day off tomorrow, even though I’m Jew-ish.

Indigobloom

I was hoping they’d throw in some seasonal teas for other holiday events… I guess Kanpe could be for Kwanzaa but what about Hannukah?? :)

Amariel

This one is going back, if I can find the receipt, though I don’t need it if I’m exchanging. It isn’t like chocolate at all.

Indigobloom

good idea! if enough people do the same maybe they will rework the blend to make it more chocolatey and less medicinal :)

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16
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

Before I write my note, I’ll admit: I’ve yet to try this iced, I probably steeped it for too long, and I drank it straight.
That being said, as much as I wanted to like this tea, I just couldn’t. It’s not sure what it wants to be. It asks me, Am I coffee? Am I pu-erh? I’ll just be a strange mix of both! I’ll have to try this again and see where it takes me.

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

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86

Having tried most of DavidsTeas already, and making a noble effort to try a new one everyday, AND feeling a bit under the weather, this was today’s new tea to try. I hate the smell of the leaves, and considered it utterly un-drinkable for months. But I’m proud to say that I’ve finally taken the leap and tried this tea. And I quite like it. I can’t taste anything but the ginger, but its sharp bite is great. It feels a little bit scratchy on my throat, but it is probably just because I generally don’t drink such ginger-y beverages on a normal basis. I truly can’t taste the green tea, and I can’t taste any lemon or licorice. But, I’ve been steeping it for about an hour and a half now (which might be my problem), and it still isn’t bitter, which I’ve never seen in a green tea. It’s not my favourite and I wouldn’t drink it everyday, but it’s definitely a great go-to when you’re not feeling your best.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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97

Ahhhhh. The delghtfully tasteful Cinnamon Rooibos Chai. I still remember the first time I had this tea, it leaves such an incredible impression. This is such a warming cup of tea, I could drink it anytime, anywhere. I would drink it much more if it weren’t for the horrendous acid reflux that this tea provokes… >:-O
Dropping the rating just a little bit for this tea’s negative effects.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaBrat

that sucks. I like the West Cape Rooibos Chai by Rishi if you ever get the chance to try it.

AliPants

Ooh! I checked it out – looks like it only retails in the US! :-( I’ll keep my eyes open for it though!

TeaBrat

I normally just order it from their website but I don’t know if they ship to canada…

AliPants

True! I try not to order teas online that I haven’t tried yet.. I’ve been finding that I get stuck with tea I won’t drink! Plus there’s nothing better than going to the store and smelling everything yourself :-)

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97

My new favourite. This tea is phenomenally cinnamon-y, so much so that the rooibos is practically non-existent. If I couldn’t see it in the loose leaf, I wouldn’t know it was there. Which is good, because I’m not much of a rooibos fan :) I’m THERE.

**Just as an added note: This tea must be made with boiling water for the cinnamon to be prominent: If made with 80 degree water, the rooibos REALLY comes out!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I recently received this as a gift from a good friend of mine. Holy fabulousness in a mug! I’ve been really partial to peppermint teas of late and this one does not disappoint at all!
The candy canes add a nice creaminess to the overall tea, and I find that it didn’t get bitter after sitting in the tea pot for a little while. The peppermint is not overwhelming at all, and the teas are extremely well blended. I noticed the black tea a lot more after it had been steeping a long time, but this did not detract at all from my original opinion of the tea. I’ll definitely be stocking up on this one before its taken out of rotation after the holidays!

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

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77

I’m somewhat new to the Rooibos family, but so far have really enjoyed all the ones I’ve tried. This one is no exception.

It has a nice fruity taste (love the hints of peach) but also that full flavour that rooibos tends to have. In a weird way it almost tastes like oatmeal, but not in a bad way. It gives the tea a more full-bodied flavour rather than an overly light fruity flavour. It also keeps the tea from tasting artificial.

Being caffeine free this is a perfect tea to sip on before going to bed.

Overall, very pleased.

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

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41

I gave this tea a try today, and I have to say I’m not a fan. Judging from the reviews I might have got a bit too much licorice in my cup!

I don’t mind licorice, but it sticks to the back of my throat in a strange way… anyways!

This tea wasn’t as minty as I was hoping, given the name. I looove mint tea with cream and spice teas with cream, so I gave it a try since this has both! It worked out pretty well, but again, a bit too licorice-y for what I was expecting.

I probably won’t go out of my way to try this one again. I’ve been having some bad tea luck lately o_o hopefully my tealish order will remedy that ^^

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