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88
drank Sencha Ashikubo by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

This is the last of the samples from the DAVIDs order I placed a few months ago. Don’t tell me it’s time to get more…

Straight senchas are usually a bit too grassy and vegetal for me. This one’s good though. In the scent I’m picking up the usually straight grass notes, but there’s also something toasty and sweet, sort of like kettle corn. There’s a little fruitiness in the smell too. I can’t quite put my finger on it – apples, maybe, or grapes.

I think I steeped it a little too hot, as there is a bit of bitterness, but it’s good anyway. Primarily it’s vegetal, but there’s a toasted note to it, almost like a very light gyokuro. DAVIDs website says that it’s dried using wood fires, so that’s probably where it comes from.

It’s good. I probably won’t order it again, but it’s good nonetheless.

EDIT: Thanks to a suggestion from ScottTeaMan, I tried steeping it at a much lower temp. I guessed on my kettle to bring it to about 155, 160. Suddenly all the bitterness and much of the vegetal has gone away, and it’s buttery and sweet with notes of fruit, so I’m upping the rating!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec
ScottTeaMan

Try steeping around 160*

Michelle

The problem is that my kettle is only set to 180 or 212… I have to estimate to get other ranges. But I’ll definitely try that for the second steep. Thanks!

ScottTeaMan

I always guess ….hehe…Look for light steam rising from the kettle. Next time you steep at tea at 180*, look at the steam. There should be less steam at 160, and the more practice you get-you’ll get better at it.

Or you could set it at 180* and let cool for 3-5 min. or set at 180, pour water in seperate mug and wait until water cools to 160* with thermometer, and then pour it over tea.

A lower steep will reduce bitterness.

TeaBrat

Michelle, I got a thermometer I use it a lot for japanese green teas. :)

ScottTeaMan

Even if you oversteep the water, pour it in a seperate container, and with thermo at 160…….WALLLAHHH! Next stop…….tea leaves.

I need one especially for my Shincha! :=))

ScottTeaMan

Any special thermometer Amy?? Have you seen the ones Upton’s sells?

TeaBrat

nothing fancy, I got it at a hardware store, I think it’s a candy thermometer

Michelle

@ScottTeaMan – tried it at 155 – SO GOOD. Thanks!

Michelle

@Amy – I have an espresso thermometer, and I used to use it a lot… but after getting my variable temp I’ve gotten spoiled and don’t want to wait :)

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100
reviewed The Steeper by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

ohmygosh, this is fantastic. I’ve only used it for Iced Tea so far, and its perfect for that. I’d use it for regular hot tea, but I’ve got the mug and travel mug that have steepers with them so I use those at home or work :) I love this, it doesn’t leak, ever, its so easy to clean, a quick rinse and you’re good to go. Sometimes I add a little sugar or agave nectar right into it while its steeping, then I’m good to go :D this is a must have for any tea lover!

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79
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

I was in David’s Tea last week with my boyfriend while shopping around for other teas (He doesn’t like tea, dunno why) when another lady was buying this tea, and he caught a whiff of it, turns to me and whispers “that tea smells phenomenal!” and oh sweet baby jesus does it ever! When I bought some this week, I tried it as iced tea first, it turns a lovely bright red, and oh so delicious, a bit tart, yet sweet at the same time, I have yet to try it hot, but my boyfriend did ask me to make him some iced Goji Pop to take to work, so I’m slowly getting him hooked on David’s Tea haha, anyways, its yummy, with just a lil bit of agave nectar, its fantastic! Mmm mm good :D lol

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70

We meet again Three Wishes, for one last cup in my stash!
This time I went really conservative, 2.5 mins, 175f. Much much better!

Very floral, peachy with depth of the black tea. The black tea isn’t getting bitter here. Not sure why DT had the steeping times so nutty – sometimes I think they just stamp 98c for 4-7 for most teas.

Three wishes?
1. Never get injuries in jiu jitsu or weight lifting again
2. Always get the perfect cup of tea
3. Free tickets to all the concerts – pfpfffff $200+ to see BIGBANG tomorrow? I’ll just admire GD from afar on youtube for free http://youtu.be/6IHq9yv_qis

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

I think my concert-related wish would be for more bands to make stops in my city.

But $200 is ridiculous. I’m glad most of the bands I listen to don’t charge that much.

Mélissa

Injuries while lifting = tiger balm. ouch.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Me and tigerbalm are good friends. Epsom salt is another close friend.

Calla

this is one of my fave teas

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70

Second review of this tea.

In my last review, my cup turned bitter and strong – but had so much potential in being a good tea.

This time – 165f/70c and 4 mins. It made a world of difference! 80% of the bitterness is gone with more of the floral and mysterious peachyness.
That 20% bitter tastes like black tea to me – still oversteeped a little – but a significant improvement.
I might dropped the tempurature some more, or reduce the steeping time to 3 minutes.

With that said – this is a great tea, but more care is needed to have a great cup. That and a snazzy hot water kettle that does multiple tempuratures.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I bought only 10g of this tea (before moving to California from Vancouver BC) because it smells like a dupe of my fav tea “Lovers Cup” by Silverhills(I think? I get it from the Famers Market in Downtown LA). Lovers Cup is floral, sweet, and a perfect mix of black and gree tea. If it was a dupe, hey I know another source of this tea… or maybe it will be better than my fav tea!
THen I held off on trying it because I only bought 10g of it! Doh!

Dry: Dry leaves smell floral and kind of peachy. Okay really peachy.. with no peaches. Very fragrant.

Steeped: brownish amber, a colour mix of black and green tea. Very pretty with the flower petals. Smells now more like black tea and floral jasmine. This would look killer in a glass travel mug or tea pot! 9/10 on prettyness!

Taste: Pronounced black tea flavour. After the black tea taste, the scent of floral hits me, with the strong floral taste and a tiny touch of sweetness at the end of my throat. Not much green tea taste, probably mixed in with the black tea.

Recommended: for black tea lovers (english breakfast variety people) and for people who love floral teas. I love floral teas, especially ones I wish I could wear as perfume! Hey tea companies, get on that idea!!!!!!!!!!

Me: The black tea is on the side of overstepped-bitter and strong. I steeped it for the suggested low-end time of 4 minutes on the package, but for boiling water (going with black tea). I wonder if steeping it at a lower tempurature would help? The lack of green tea taste is a bummer, but it might be mixing with the black to make it over-steeped bitter.
The floral bit is amazing though. Smells amazing and I’d rub it all overmyself looking like a freak. A tea addicted freak. Oh yeeeeah.

Would I buy more? Not sure. if i can make it taste less bitter, probably, but “lovers cup” has an edge on the perfect balance of flavours and floral, IMO. No I won’t add sugar to my tea (unless it’s a chai/iced). But hey, as a perfume, I’d buy it and lather myself in it driving everyone crazy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I find this one benefits from a lower steep time (3 mins?) and temp – I have a weird memory that there is green tea in it. The green tea can get mighty bitter if boiled.

katgolik

Also use less then recommended and do the shorter steep time..DT tends to have bitterness issues if the directions are followed..a little fussing will go a long way!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

sweet, I got a bit left, I’ll remember to try using less.

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76

I love mint, but haven’t tried any mint teas other than the generic tetley brand, but this one is fantastic! The dry tea smells like spearmint gum, which I love, then steeped it definitely tastes spearminty but not overwhelming or bitter. I’ve heard people say it’s good iced too, but when I tried it I wasn’t a fan, but I think I steeped it too long and too strong haha, definitely a good tea though, excellent for when you’re not feeling well, as everyone knows, mint is good for stomach aches! :P

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87

I very much liked this tea, a strong aroma, but definitely doesn’t taste as strong as it smells. A light banana flavor, but real banana, not fake banana taste. The tea leaves double in size when steeped, which I found slightly amusing xD I ate one of the dehydrated banana bits, definitely real banana! This tea is creamy and comforting, would definitely recommend it :)

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95
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

Myself being Canadian and loving all things maple, this is a huge favorite of mine! When most people think maple tea, they think of a hot drink that tastes exactly like maple syrup. Come on people, really? This has a light maple flavor, just sweet enough, its warm and rich (the only word I can think of to describe it) and definitely good enough to drink all day long. I let mine steep for 10 mins + since I like my tea strong, also because I forget about it as I bring my steeper mug to work and make it there! Anyways, awesome tea, very delicious, recommend to everyone :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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74
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
7 tasting notes

I woke up feeling exhausted and shaky this morning; I had forgotten I had a bag of this tea in my cupboard and figured it was exactly the right morning for it! I like it a lot. It’s very warm and comforting (of course, I mean it as more than the hot water kind of warm…). Very caffeinated, too, as you can guess from the name. If, like me, you are used to several cups of coffee per day along with your teas and infusions, it shouldn’t be a problem.
The taste is a little smokey, very earthy. Along with the coffee, there’s also a little cocoa and caramel, but it’s not overly sweet in a way lots of teas from DAVID’s are. It’s strong, but smooth, like a careful bear hug from a friend wearing a very cozy sweater. It wasn’t quite enough to wake me up this morning – perhaps because I lacked time to finish my cup – but it was a true comfort. I’d recommend it as a nice dessert tea, or for especially rough mornings.

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

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99
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I have tried at least 20 or 30 teas, this is my favorite! experiment with the brewing a little to see how you like it. For me- i like it as hot tea or iced- i brew with boiling water- set for 5 minutes… 2 teaspons makes a nice sized mug.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1110 tasting notes

Yet another sample I received from DT.

This is so unique. It’s definitely pear, with a hint of crisp apple in the background, but it also tastes a little creamy too. Probably from the vanilla. The aftertaste is pear, but it sits on the fence between being artificial and real. It’s odd, because I normally love tart and sour fruits. Here, it’s tart, but it’s a little off. The way the pear lingers on the tongue after each sip isn’t so pleasing for me.

But it’s not bad. I wouldn’t buy it, but to me, it misses the mark. It was a good try, but there are much better teas out there.

Preparation
Iced

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100

Without a doubt my favourite tea EVER!! And not just from DAVIDsTEA but in general out of everything! The creamy and smooth flavour of this makes me relax so much I can only drink it when I know I’m not doing anything cause it makes me not ever want to get up. When I’m settling in to read my book, or cold and just looking for something to warm me up head to toe this is what I go for.

I’m not usually one for adding milk to my teas, and only sugar on occasion so I originally tried this one straight black. I didn’t love it that way and found it too bland.

Next I tried with milk and brown sugar as suggested. HOLY POOP AMAZING couldn’t get over how perfect it tasted. Smooth Creamy and just enough sweetness. I experimented with adding more and less brown sugar an found that the more added the closer it came to having a similar taste to hot chocolate. Even my boyfriend liked this and he’s not one for teas.

Having tried the brown sugar I wanted to compare it to regular white sugar. Although still very nice it just didn’t do it for me. I was so hooked on the perfection and sweetness the brown sugar offered.

Going even further into sugar testing I now had to try the difference between soft brown sugar and brown sugar cubes. Both were very very similar but for some reason I still prefer the soft brown sugar. I like being able to have more control over the sweetness of it and it just tasted more creamy that way. That being said after experimenting a bit I’ve found that two brown sugar cubes is a good amount (I will probably continue with this until my sugar cubes are gone and then go back to using soft brown sugar).

Of course with a buttered rum tea one HAS to try it with rum in it. I had no dark rum on hand as the tin suggested so i poured a shot glass of spiced rum in. I’m not sure if it was because I had to much in or the spiced rum just wasn’t a good combination but half a mug ended up going down the sink. I want to retry this with dark rum but I hate wasting my favourite tea and am scared to throw another one down the sink.

The only thing left to try I think will probably be the difference between cream and milk. As I said before I rarely even put milk in my teas so this will be a big step, however I’m confident that the cream will only add to the smooth texture….the only question will it be TOO creamy.

The only thing wrong with this tea is the name….it should have been more accurately called “Heaven in a Cup.”

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90

I’ve had a few other blueberry teas in the past and was ever so slightly disappointed with them. David’s really hit it out of the park with this one. The black tea base complements the prominent flavours of the blueberries and elderberry really really well, and the stevia sweetens it slightly without being overpowering. I’ve been drinking this straight with no milk or sweetener, but I’m dying to try it just with some milk and then also as a latte. There was a little astringency by the time I made it to the bottom of the cup, and a light floral tone to the black tea…. but overall I am really really pleased with this one. Tastes like a bowl of fat sweet blueberries. Delicious!

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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96
drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

SO GLAD THIS CAME BACK!!! I really love this fruit blend! It makes a fantastic iced tea without any sweeteners. I’ve been going through my tin and an alarming pace, so I’ll have to stock up again soon. The watermelon blends well with the other flavours and nothing is overpowering. I absolutely hate the taste of fake watermelon candies and such, so it was a relief to find that this doesn’t taste fake like that at all. I hope this one either sticks around, or comes back again for another seasonal rotation :)

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75
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

Wasn’t a huge fan of this one initially, But it has definitely grown on me. I love the tartness of this tea! Also, I really like how the pear comes through nicely and isn’t overpowered by the apple. I love it iced and without any sweeteners.

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93
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

I adore this with cream. I think it tastes most chocolatey after it has cooled off, so I think I’ll try steeping it at 200F instead of boiling next time. Ordered a large quantity today because it’s all gone sob. Bumping up the rating bc I’ve fallen even more in love.

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

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93
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
95 tasting notes

The first chocolate tea that I actually think tastes chocolatey! I mean, it’s not going to be the same as taking a bite of real chocolate, but this is good! Had it without cream or sweetener & it was lovely, but I’ll probably add creamer next time for the mouthfeel.

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

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90

Oh how lovely this tea is right now! I just love how juicy it is and how it makes me feel like I should be eating a scone or a sweet croissant with it. This is another one of those transition teas I love. It was nice to have today as it was overcast and cloudy, and this just sorta wrapped warm arms around me saying, it will get better soon. It also said, I am so much better than all that water you drank this morning for the ultrasound, right? Oh man was that ever horrible. I can’t imagine being pregnant and having a full bladder and a baby pressing up against it while the tech pokes and prods with the wand, but I guess for the pregnant woman, the sight and sounds of their baby make up for the torturous discomfort.

Anyway, back to the tea….ahhhh! Yummy, juicy, sweet! I think the funnest thing with this tea is the colour it turns…it is vibrant pinky purple, and when you add the milk, it makes it a purplish tinged colour. Kinda weird, kind cool.

Used up the last of this today, so I will have to pick more up soon.

Kittenna

Ouch! My roomie had one of those lovely full-bladder-ultrasound experiences over the Christmas break. She said it was sheer torture. I’ve been lucky enough to only ever have my legs and chest ultrasound(ed?), which didn’t require anything special of me.

Amariel

OMG, yes, just torture! What was worse was the washroom that was connected to the waiting area, with the door WIDE OPEN, like it was just begging me to go. They have to have a full bladder to push the uterus up enough to see inside it properly. I didn’t even drink the full amount of water. They could not have come any later. I was just about ready to convince myself to scrap the appointment and go pee. I had actually gone to the receptionist desk to ask how much longer when I heard my name down the hall and was thanking any supernatural being that might have had some influence on the situation.

tigress_al

Lol, those ultraounds are so uncomfortable. My bladder was so full, it was almost exploding I swear. So they let me go to the bathroom just a tiny bit!

TheTeaFairy

Heather, you reminded me I have a lot of this tea and I kind of forgot about how much I like it, you made me want to brew a big pot of it right now!

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90

I went in today specifically to try this, and I ordered it hot, sweetened with milk. It was very comforting hot on this chilly day. It’s true, there is a sort of strange colour to this one. It didn’t make it any less tasty though, and as it was to go, no one saw the colour but me when I took the bag out.

It’s juicy and sweet and a little tart (my guess is the elderberries?) and it was almost like my Tetley Black Currant…my standby for when I’m poor and get can only afford bagged tea from the supermarket. I think this might be a good tea iced, and I am game to try it.

This tea begs to be drunk with a plate of fresh scones and clotted cream. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get more of this once I have a few more sipdowns since I have little room left on my shelf, and 9 teas from Teavivre to get through.

Uniquity

Oh black currant flavoured tea, I love you. A blueberry tea with black currants as well? I can’t wait to try it!

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88
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
677 tasting notes

So, I went into DAVIDs after my acupuncture session as always, since it’s only a few blocks away. I was supposed to meet a friend, but she’d had a bit too much wine last night, but that’s ok, since I was going there anyway. My tea of the day there was actually Blueberry Jam, since I’d been craving it ever since it came out, but I also wanted to check out the new kids iced tea tumbler, because it is leakproof and mucho adorable. I actually prefer the feel of it to the adult one anyway…maybe because I’m small and it fits my hand better? Anyways, last minute impulse buy was about 20-ish grams of Tropicalia. I made this in my steeper and did the over ice method since I didn’t want to wait overnight for a steeping for cold brew method (though I am going to try cold brewing other teas in it).

It’s superb as an iced tea and I’m not sure I’d want it hot. This is probably one of the rare teas I have not sweetened (maybe the only one) and still liked. It must be the sweetness of the fruit and the candy hearts.

It’s a pretty good and fun summer tea, and I’ll probably get more and make iced tea with it in a bigger container like the Mist one.

Thumbs up for me!

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60
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

I tried this iced, and sweetened with agave syrup. It’s nice. Next I may try it with regular sugar.

I’m glad the hibiscus isn’t stupid overpowering, but I’m wanting a bit more fruity flavour to it.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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57
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
1110 tasting notes

Smells like piña colada! Both in the package and steeped. But the flavour falls short for me. It’s definitely pineapple and coconut, but watered down, and waaaay sweeter than I’d like. I cold steeped this for about seven hours, by the way.

Gah, I wish it were more pineapple-y. Tarter. And I doubt steeping it longer or using more of the “dry leaf” would have helped. Probably would just be more sugary. Sorry, not a fan.

But it does make me want a fresh slice of pineapple.

Preparation
Iced
Lynne-tea

Thank you for this post! I have been dreaming about this tea for a while.. and the bank account hasn’t been. Therefore, your post has helped me restrain even more! Yay! =)

Fjellrev

Haha glad to help. As I was straining the tea, it smelled so promising. So mind-numbingly heavenly. Like the juiciest pineapple ever. Lesigh.

Lynne-tea

Ooooh one of those teas. All smells and no tastes. Bummer every time!

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69
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
253 tasting notes

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