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I don’t drink alcohol, but the coconut in this tea pulled me in. The mix of flavours does pull out a rum smell and I showed it to an officemate who said it does smell like rum! This would probably have gotten a higher rating if I drank and liked rum. It’s definitely not bad!

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

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42
drank Some Velvet Morning by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

I am disappointed with this tea. It tastes like any standard green tea. The only thing I was pleased about was the smell. It was really nice, but it never came out through drinking it.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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1 TB for 450 mL, 100C water, 6-minute steep.

I like medicinal herbal teas. I like the idea of sipping on a hot drink that might help me feel better. So I’m always open to them.

This blend sounds enticing. Who doesn’t want inner peace? And I’ve wanted to try tulsi for a while but could only find it blended with lavender, which I generally don’t care for in a tisane.

This is very soothing. I usually stay away from fennel, anise and licorice, but they aren’t dominating the cup. Neither is the peppermint or the lemongrass. I can just catch the orange peel. A nicely balanced tisane, though I wish the licorice was less noticable. Hardly a fair comment to make, as I don’t care for licorce. Not a tisane I’ll turn to for pleasure, I expect, but for the effects. I definitely feel more mellow after drinking it.

Rating: 80.

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94

4tsp for 750mL tea, Breville One Touch, basket cycle on, 3-minute ‘medium’ steep, oolong setting.

I made this last evening to have after a heavy meal of take-out Chinese food to celebrate hubby’s birthday. He also adores this tea, comparing it to cognac. Delicious and well-balanced, this nuanced blend is probably the only flavoured oolong that truly works for me. (I’ve got somr Citron Oolong from DavidsTea but still can’t decide if I like it. Similarly, I have some Smoked Assam Oolong (!) from Stash and can’t make up my mind on that.) Properly made, Long Life Oolong will delight you, so long as you like peaches.

Rating: 90.

Wayne

I tried this yesterday, too, a cup at the store. I meant to ask for High Mountain Oolong (oops) but she gave me both cups anyway.

Neither me or the wifey really liked this, though – reminded me of peach juice .. the kind made with instant drink crystals.. glad you like it though! :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

The first time I made this, the water was too hot, and I ended up with soapy, slightly bitter hot peach juice. Once I got the temp right, each pot seems better and better.

How is DT’s High Mountain Oolong? I’m mad for oolongs at the moment.

Wayne

We both thought the High Mountain Oolong was excellent – I’m no oolong expert but I would definitely consider drinking it on a regular basis, if the price weren’t so steep.. no pun intended, haha. I really like to buy my tea there by the tin, but maybe I’ll get a small bag of that some time.

Michelle Butler Hallett

DT’s oolongs are pretty pricey. I can get Quangzhou milk oolong at my local indie shop for quite a bit less (and it’s identical). At least oolong can steep two or three times.

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92
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1289 tasting notes

Wow, I kinda like this one!! with my ‘buds existing in half-life zone(yeah they slipped back a little but I don’t mind because I know it isn’t perm!)… I didn’t expect much of anything from this or any other tea. Moreover, there wasn’t much leaf in the sample – I wonder, is that normal for this one? or did I just get a randomly overly fruit-filled bag?
Anyhow, the pear brings out some natural sweetness, and the cranberry is really nice, not too bitter or sour- kinda mellow (compared to what I expected).
I can taste the tea, which is nice. So many teas that go heavy on the fruit just drown out any camellia! I’m tempted to buy some- it seems to work with my condition :)
There is NO maltiness whatsoever(my curse I suppose), just that something extra that sings of “tea” but the fruityness rounds it out for me and thus for the first time ever since this whole mess started, I don’t mind!
I mean, I’ve enjoyed teas a whole lot more in the past… just not this much since I took my hiatus.
I’m cautiously excited here. Sorta toe-dancing happy. Still, I’m in a great mood!!! xx
P.S. I’ve tried catching up on everyone’s reviews. They really pile up when I don’t come around so often…

SimpliciTEA

I am glad to hear you are enjoying this tea!

Indigobloom

hehe thx SimpliciTea, it’s a relief to be sure! :)

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Made for me at DavidsTea — not sure of the measurement, mayb 1.5 tsp for their hot cup (350mL?)

While picking up a new-to-me herbal and some blends I cannot get at my local indie tea store (what can I say? I steep around), I tried a cup of Assam Banaspaty. The hot water at DavidsTea is too damn hot for oolong, green or white, which baffles me, but it’s just grand for rooibos and black. With their $1 straight tea promo, and the hail and wet snow falling this morning, an Assam sounded good.

This is a compeltely acceptable Assam, with all the good Assam characteristics. It finishes sweet and a bit mineral and tastes pleasantly malty. It lacks, however, a good body and heft. It’s hardly a weak tea, and it seems to pack the caffeine, but Assam from the Gingia and Kopili estates seem to have aheavier body. (Damn Fine’s Captain Assam is in a class, or ship, by itself.) It’s a good Assam, no bitterness after a six-minute steep, no faults, but no real ‘wow’ factor, either.

Rating:78.

Wayne

If the staff is trained well, they’ll actually add some cold water to the hot water before adding the tea. Pretty sure they did something like that for my oolong, since it wasn’t even too hot to drink when I got it.

Michelle Butler Hallett

The cold water addition is all well and good, but DavidsTea makes a big deal of water temp (rightly) on the tea labels, so why don’t they have at least two different water temps on the go, one for black and herbal, and a slightly cooler one for oolong, green and white? Scalded leaves are not going to entice anyone to the joys of oolong, white and green, unless all that extra flavouring hides the bitterness of scalded leaves. Personally, I’d be annoyed to see anyone (making tea for me) dunk tea into water rather than pour water onto tea. I’m still sore over the wrecked cup of vanilla oolong from a few weeks ago.

I just hit a new low in tea-dorkdom with this comment.

Wayne

I find it difficult when talking to friends and colleagues about tea not to go into a downward spiral of tea-dorkdom, and I often find myself rambling and asking myself “wait, do they really care..?” :P

And I know what you mean about the “dunking” – it just seems wrong, somehow.

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81

Mmmm Golden Pu’erh. Tastes like high class cup of pure earth! So robust; gotta love it!

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99
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

Note! Do not skimp on leaf!

haha today I used one level teaspoon instead of 1 & 1/2, and it was a watery rooibos-y mess D:
Bad man, almost sour… strange! So yes, that 1/2 makes a world of difference!

Faith

I still gotta try this one…

Amariel

I always use 1.5 to 2 tsp.

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86
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

I agree with the others in saying that this tea is way too heavy for a spring tea…..but it’s still good! This tea really only works for me in the summer though. I just don’t enjoy it as much when I’m craving Autumn and Winter flavours. It’s a good thing I have this one in a tin so that it’ll keep fresh till next summer! (Though every now and then I pull it down to take a whiff cx )

When I have a bigger sweet tooth than normal I add a small bit of raspberry jam to my cup, it adds a nice extra boost!

Once again though, I’m disappointed in any further steepings after the first one.
I’ve noticed with several of DT’s black tea leaves seem to be of low quality and that really bothers me :c

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

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80
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

So I bought this tea as an impulse buy. I love chocolate and I want to try more chocolate teas. This one smelt so much like chocolate (probably the coconut and almonds working together there), but had none in it. Plus the fact that it’s a white/black tea blend is pretty cool. So I’m home, I brew up a cup, annnnnnd……disappointment :c It doesn’t taste bad, no….but there is no trace of the chocolate that it claims to have. NOTHING like hot chocolate, not even close (of course I’m a hot chocolate addict, so I know my shit when it comes to it). Instead I taste a nice smooth blend. The camomile helps bring the white and black together. So for me this is a fail on what it claims to be…..but I still like it for what I taste. I did only buy a 50g pouch and I’m glad I did. It was fun to try out, but I definitely won’t get it again.

Also, it is categorized as a white tea, but the temperature it says to steep it at is that of a black tea. I feel that scorches the white tea leaves and I’m left with a nasty bitter tea. I prefer to steep it at a lower white tea suited temperature.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

So far, this is my favourite seasonal tea since I first discovered DT earlier this Spring. EETS. JUST. SEW. GUD! Such a full-bodied cup of spiced pumpkiny goodness. But the spices really come out too! I have had pumpkin chais before, but this one really does top all of them. Just looking into my tin is a pleasant experience, what with the cute little candies and the intoxicating aroma! It’s like it’s my kind of autumn in a tin (a sweet autumnm sure it helps that my favourite kind of pie is pumpkin too :P
I do not like re steeping this one though….probably because the leaves are not of that great of quality and after the first steeping all the flavour is sucked out, so there is nothing left to it after that.

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

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100
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
24 tasting notes

This was the first Oolong I ever bought. I did expect more peach, but I was a novice back then….I now have a special relationship with this tea, one that I expect to last many years. It’s expensive, but it’s one I’ll always keep stocked up.
It’s light, refreshing, and the peach, apricot, and almonds go oh so well together. The oolong itself is a buttery heaven. The smell just takes me in and doesn’t let go. Yup. I’m in love :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I had great expectations on the chocolate taste in this tea…I thought i would drink a “Read my lips” with strawberries. In fact, that tea is a little bit bitter and the strawberry/rose petals tastes are too strong. We can’t taste much chocolate. I will try it again to be sure. But i don’t think i will buy it again.

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

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85

So okay another one of these cult blends from Davids. We can pair this right up with Buttered Rum and the likes. At first, I had tried a small sample in store about two month ago, I wasn’t impressed. It tasted very weak and bland. Now reading the reviews on steepster seem to say otherwise and actually I was ordered by a friend to go buy some (and thus I did -50g worth of it).

The base of the tea seems very similar to the one they use for Glitter and Gold with a fairly crappy quality tea base but the core of the tea, with all that pumpkin themed stuff inside it that smells absolutely wonderful. The little candies and caramel pieces along with the pumpkin really make it look and smell great.

While steeping the tea, I noticed a few developments. The little candies melt and so does the caramel but not fully, this leads the brew to become slightly cloudy as those bits disintegrate into the hot water. David’s says there are no orange peels in there, but I’m pretty certain i saw one inside.. It was advised to make this as a latte with milk and brown sugar. I was too lazy to go steam up some milk, so i just added a small teaspoon of brown sugar inside. Generally I don’t like my teas sweet but I guess with chai’s it normally works out pretty well.

The tea tastes like pumpkin and cinnamon, which is pretty good (It had more taste than my experience in store). The thing about pumpkin, I’ve been having a crazy craving for this stuff especially in the pie format, and when I couldn’t find anywhere that sold pumpkin pie.. I decided to make it myself. MAN DOES IT EVER TAKE LONG. Cutting the pumpkin up, cooking up, separating it from the peel, squeezing the water out… it’s a fairly long process but I got my pie (which was pretty decent for a first shot effort) and roughly… the tea tastes quite similar. Which is good! Not as strong, but it does resemble real pumpkin pie. Awesome!

Now I do have a few issues with it, the unmelting caramel bits and also the rather weak “chai” part of the tea. I guess I was hoping for a stronger spicier tea like the Saigon Chai or something, maybe add some peppercorns in there as well. The cinnamon was sufficient but it lacked that spicy punch i wanted, which if you sweeten up becomes pretty good. I guess that’s a personal preference, so for a tea that tastes like pumpkin pie, I’m still pretty happy with the end product. I have become more and more drawn to the higher quality straight teas that now, most of Davids “new” teas that come out every other week don’t really interest me anymore. I would add though that this one was interesting enough for me to go and try.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

welcome back! you DID say you don’t drink much tea throughout the summer!

politicalmachine

thanks! i’ve been just focusing on drinking down my current stash right now so I haven’t been as active..

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Hrmmmmm. Just….hrmm. This tea was my tea of the day today, my little liter thermos full as I made my way to what turned out to be a painfully long day at work. It was tasty, sure, but I dunno. It was presented to me as “Mom’s Apple Pie…but better!”, but I have to disagree. Mom’s Apple Pie kept me reaching for more. This tea is just…okay. Probably won’t restock.

DaisyChubb

I’ve only tried this one with microwaved water (I had to dump it, but I blame the disgusting radioactive water) However I have to agree with you that I’m not jumping at the chance to taste it again

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100

This tea is heaven in liquid form. It is my addiction. First thing I do in the morning is make a cuppa of this baby with milk and sugar to go with my breakfast. Even while staying at someone’s house or camping, this baby comes with me. Life would not be complete without it.

I grew up on Salada and Lipton orange pekoes, and spent years trying to find a tea that satisfied my needs yet was loose leaf and (if only possible) organic. I tried DTs Orange Pekoe and English Breakfast, and they were good but nothing special. David’s Organic Breakfast is everything I ever wanted in a tea, and more. It has a rich, bold, deep taste and the most inviting aroma. It is bagged orange pekoe X 10,000,000.

If you have not tried this tea yet, please do. Your mug will never be the same again.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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To start off, I am completely biased when it comes to tasting this tea, as I am a firm Electric Lemon user when the cold season comes around.

I got it as a ‘to-go’ tea one day when I was sick and wasn’t able to get my Electric Lemon (or medicine, as I call it) at home. The tea was ok. I mean, I was completely stuffed up so couldn’t taste much, but EL still packs a punch in the most dire situations. This tea was too faint to taste. It was soothing and warm, and I could catch a faint whiff of lemon scent, but it didn’t do more than any other tea to clear me up or fight the cold blues. Other than Electric Lemon, of course.

One day I will try this again as an actually tea instead of a cold fighter!

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3
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

I just don’t understand. This tea of the month was the first that I was excited for. The first that made me want the summer days to go by just a bit faster. I really, REALLY wanted to get my hands on this tea!

October rolls around and I run into DT to pick me up some Carrot Cake. I grab the canister and take a big whiff, only to be completely turned around. WHAT is that unidentifiable smell? Why is it so potent? Shouldn’t this smell like carrot cake or spices? I decide to buy 25g anyway, just because I had been waiting so long and still had the higest of hopes.

Nope. Shouldn’t have done it. It tastes just as odd and unidentifiable and un-carrot cake as it smells. I’ve tried it twice to no avail. And I agree with Nurvilya, it gives me a headache. Overall, it’s just a disappointing lost cause.

Kay Kanada

BTW, if anyone in the MTL region would like the rest of my bag, feel free to message me! :)

Nurvilya

sigh We seem to be similarly excitable when it comes to new teas… Sorry to hear this one was as disappointing for you as it was for me.

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drank Apres Ski (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

Really didn’t like this. Couldn’t finish it. I love figs so I thought it would be perfect but it tasted like overly sweet plastic. Not a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
141 tasting notes

Almost out!!! Egads, I must run to DavidsTea tomorrow!

This is downright awesome in a gaiwan. I am loving it. The “veggy” taste is more prominent, vanilla isn’t there too much, but I still need more of this tea in my life.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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35

I can’t get this stuff to work for me, regardless of brewing method, temp, duration, etc. I must say this tea tasted slightly better in a gaiwan, but not enough for me to want to keep it. Very very faint blueberry taste, no pom flavour that I can find, and it just tastes like plain fuzzy white tea. I find it even worse iced! WTH is wrong with me?!??! I’m starting to get the hang of other whites in my cupboard, but this one escapes me every time.

Gifting to the sister-in-law cause she gave me a whole tin of the skinny (tastes like fish to her…tea is so weird).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
46 tasting notes

I know….again….i have almost 30 teas (or maybe more?!) and i drink this one all the time but…there is nothing i can do, it’s wonderful! lol

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
R4iNB0W

I just wanted to do as my friend Oreole this afternoon…hhaahha! :)

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