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I’m in heaven. The dry tea has a very, very sweet scent that reminds me of summer. It actually smells a lot like watermelon gummies! But similar to Perfect Pear, once steeped the scent becomes very light. It steeps to a pale yellow, but little pieces sneak through my infuser and end up in my cup.

This tea is yummy! A little sweet, a little tart, and definitely chock-full of melon. Personally, I prefer stronger tasting teas. I added a bit of sugar to see what would happen, and unfortunately it didn’t really work out. The tea gets far too sweet, and I find the sugar distracts from the flavours in the tea.

When iced, this tea is amazing! A light and delicious replacement for an iced tea or iced lemonade.

Overall, this tea is pretty good although not quite as strong as I’d hoped, given its incredible dry tea scent. If you want a very light tea, give this a shot. I find that it rates very closely to Perfect Pear. Light and a little tart, appropriate for a hot summer’s day.

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

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

This is hands down my favourite summer tea.

This tea is as close as you can get to pina colada. The smell is bang on, with heavy pineapple and coconut scents. Chock full of dried fruit, the dry tea is fairly chunky in consistency.

The tea steeps to a lovely light yet bright yellow, but the smell decreases in intensity. As far as taste goes, it’s spot on. It’s like a light pina colada: sweet enough without being overpowering. Once I’ve finished the cup, the taste of coconut remains. And although it’s delicious hot, it’s incredible cold…

I don’t have any rum in the house right now, but if I did I would definitely throw some into the iced tea. This tea would definitely make a great base for a cold, alcoholic pina colada. Maybe throw in some coconut milk to give it that creamy texture? Perfection.

As my little intro note says, this is my favourite summer tea from David’s Tea. It’s a real, true pineapple/coconut flavour, no silly substitutes. It’s great hot, it’s great cold, and I’m sure it would be best alcoholic. But that’s just my opinion… Now excuse me while I tan in my backyard with this delicious tea in hand.

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

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Yup, just like everyone else says… there is only the barest hint of berry tucked away in the middle of this rooibos. Hmmm.
Except… it’s super smooth. I don’t mind me some plain rooibos. It’s a little juicy, woodsy, and sweet. If you don’t get hung up on the lack of fruitiness, well you know, it’s pretty durn good. Just what I needed after battling it out today with my headache. Shame this was only a sample. All gone now.
The coyotes kept me up all night, plus I had a few drinks with friends at a bday party(cake pic is posted on my twitter account. @Marilynblooms, feel free to follow me!)
I’ve come across the alcohol/interrupted sleep equation three times recently, that I recall(twice due to those yappy creatures) and yup, that seems to be a trigger. Cosmopolitans followed by a quality snooze? makes for a happy me. Go figure. Heh.
Anyhow, caffeine helped so I was downing that all day. I am so grateful to the tea farmers around the world who work so hard to supply my habit. Really, I am. That thought crossed my mind several times today. Now it’s time to calm down!
OK I am rambling. Off to bed I go.

tea-sipper

Yeah, get your appreciation. I don’t think everyone can have back yard tea gardens!

Indigobloom

Haha, wouldn’t that be nice though! one of my bucketlist items, is to have a Camellia Sinensis tree. (even if I can’t harvest)

TeaBrat

I find that alcohol makes for a bad night of sleep too…

Indigobloom

Oh man I am so tired and I didn’t drink any alcohol, it was the coyotes again. zzzzzz
Why must there be so many factors concerning a good nights sleep?!

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
624 tasting notes

I used 1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The brewed tea has a definite alcohol quality to the aroma. I am smelling a mixture of peach and pineapple which is reminiscent of champagne.

On the sip, I am detecting a very mild green tea flavour on the forefront which blossoms into a peach/pineapple taste. I am getting a bit of a fizzy mouth-feel which I think is sourced from the tangy-ness of the pineapple. Sugary sweetness in the background is strong in the aftertaste. Mild toasted astringency coming from the green tea close to the end of the sip into the aftertaste.

I would like to try to infuse this for a shorter amount of time (maybe only 2 minutes 1 minute) in the future.

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

Yes Raritea my friend that works at Davids says to flash steep it (they suggest 1 min actually) and that will allow it to have the best flavour. I trust them because all they do is experiment with this :)

Raritea

I still have at least one serving left in the sample that I got- I’ll use that to experiment with the 1 minute infusion time. Thanks for the suggestion, I can’t wait to try it out!

momo

I just got 1 1/2 ounces of this so that’s good to know. I was worried with the poor reviews it had but I will have to try that too!

Sweet Canadian

Np! I hope you like it, me and my friend are kinda in love with drinking it iced right now.

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84
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
4 tasting notes

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drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

The obvious comparison (given that many reviewers have mentioned it, and it was my first thought as well) is to Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice black tea . Which personally, I find is like getting kicked in the face with cinnamon (which sometimes I am in the mood for…but usually not).

This one is slightly less cinnamony, and it does have a little kick to it, but from the chili peppers! I never imagined having a “hot,” in the chili peppers sense, tea but … I like it :) The heat comes right at the end, and it’s pretty mild. If you enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, which usually has cinnamon and some kind of chili, then you should try Hot Lips!

I should add that sometimes I find that green tea tastes like soap…this one doesn’t :)

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

This is a lovely rooibos tea, nice and light. There’s a lot of sweetness to it already, which means that it doesn’t really require much, if anything, in the way of sweetener. That’s a definite upside to me, since I’m in a mood where I want sweet things, but don’t actually have anything in my apartment to satisfy the craving.

It makes me sad that I’ll likely only be able to get one last cup of this out of the advent calendar tin, since it really is a lovely tea.

This may be one for the shopping list.

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drank Hot Lips (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
40 tasting notes

Perhaps it’s just because I don’t really drink a lot of green tea, but this tea did not appeal to me in the slightest. I enjoyed the spicy aspect of it, and the smell of it is quite appealing, but that seems to conclude the good things I can say about it.

By the time I finished my mug of this tea, it had reached a state of lukewarm, which certainly also did not help flavour my opinion of it as I found it difficult to drink without gagging at that point.

I will be giving this tea another chance as I still have quite a bit of it in the tin from my advent calendar, but at this point I cannot see myself enjoying it or giving it a permanent home in my tea collection.

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Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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99

Great for when the soul needs warming

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96
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

Thank you so much KASUMI for a sample of this! I think I may have fallen in love with this tea! added a little bit of milk and sugar and it was amazing…. now I am gonna have to order some of this and try some of David’s teas!

Kasumi no Chajin

It is a wonderful thing to find these favorite teas!

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
33 tasting notes

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Advent Calendar Day Huit!

Urgh, really DT? ANOTHER BLACK! I’m glad to get this one out of the way because I really have a so so relationship with breakfast teas. I’m sure there is a breakfast blend out there somewhere for me, but I really prefer earl grey if I am going to have something plain.

I think this tastes like what I conceived tea tasting like as a kid. And for that I deem it ok. It is a bit bitter, and I have to drink it with milk and sugar to really enjoy it. It’s not something I am going to be running to repurchase, but I’m sure lots of people who like these traditional flavours love it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Amani

I’m following along with the 24 Days of Tea advent calendar too, and as a lover of flavored blacks, I’m not complaining that so many of the early ones have been right up my alley :) I think it was a nice breakfast tea, but that’s it—hard for breakfast tea to be really special. I did really enjoy it with a little honey and milk, though—the way I think every breakfast tea should be enjoyed :)

Sweet Canadian

I really like black teas too, it’s just nice to have them spaced out more you know? Last year no two days in a row had the same type of tea (at least as I remember) and this year they just packed them all in the beginning. This makes me sad too because if they were spread out I would be looking forward to them. Ah well, excited to try todays :)

Amani

Yeah. Now we’ve had two greens in a row…I agree it would be nice if the order of different types of tea were more random.

Sweet Canadian

I have a feeling they are like this for the rest of it, and that is unfortunate…

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

Advent Calendar Love Day 7!

I was excited to see a rooibos. I agree with the consensus on the DT facebook and Twitter, they did a horrible job this year spacing out the different types of teas. And some people haven’t been getting the right ones. I hope they still do an advent calendar next year because it seems to have been a big hassle for them.

I want to experiment more with this one. It had a nice light flavour, but I would like it to be more intense. I didn’t steep it that long though, and didn’t add anything to it, so maybe if I do it will be better.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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If you steep this less time it really improves it. The stevia doesn’t have a chance to get so powerful and the base doesn’t have time to get bitter. Smells and tastes like big juicy blueberries. Improved over time…Mmm!!

TheKesser

How long did you steep it for?

Uniquity

Maybe 3 minutes. That’s about how I do all my blacks but this one in particular needs to be watched, I find.

TheKesser

Good to know. Thanks :)

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I’ve had this one a couple times now but I seem to forget to log it! For me, it comes out a bit more bitter than I would like so I tend to add honey to it to balance that out. I don’t like adding sweetener to my tea but the honey really rounds it out and adds enough sweetness that I think JAM. The blueberry is really strong in this one, reminds me of tart boiled blueberry sauce and with the honey it really does become jam for me. I won’t be re-stocking but I won’t suffer to finish it. Pretty good!

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

I took this out of my trade it away pile so I could have a cup of it today, but …. it’s just as awful as I remember.

Back in the swap box it goes. Maybe someday, someone will love it.

Plunkybug

I know licorice is good for you, but I just can’t stand it.

Cavocorax

I love licorice, but for some reason I just don’t like this tea. The spices are all… wrong.

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

Burn it! Burn it with fire!

… that’s actually what this tea is doing to my throat right now. :| I take back every nice thing I’ve said about it. A tea with chili pepper and a bunch of weird ingredients is not what I want to keep around to soothe a sore throat or help with sinuses. Well maybe that’d help with the sinuses but I’d rather be able to drink something atm. :P

Maybe I’ll put this up for a swap? I think I have 40-50g of it.

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

This has got a twist all right! The licorice is very nice, but something in it has a bit of zing. It’s good, and I’ll be sure to try it when I have a cold, but as a late night tea I’d be better off with Mother’s Little Helper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
1774 tasting notes

This really does taste a lot like licorice. I bought way too much of this, but it’s not the end of the world as it is enjoyable.

Each sip just creeps up on you: warm water, licorice, this crazy numbing mouthfeel that makes me feel like I’m sucking on licorice candy instead of drinking tea…

It’s definitely a step up from Stash’s licorice tea, which is all the licorice tea experience that I’ve had so far. I may up my rating as I empty my tin, but there is an odd spicy aftertaste I’m not sure about.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
petitecanuck

Do you find it tastes like red or black licorice?

Cavocorax

Definitely black licorice! I guess I had better clarify as black licorice is a love it or hste it thing to most people.

petitecanuck

I don’t mind it, but I don’t know how I feel about it in a tea. I think I’ll grab a cup first!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
60 tasting notes

Yup, this one again. I added waaay too much cream but didn’t want to let the cup go to waste. Even weak you still can taste that lovely chocolatey goodness.

Now I’m afraid I’m cheating and going with something a bit stronger for a Friday night — hot chocolate with Baileys irish creme. Shhh…

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