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81

Citrus, creamy, floral, minty and sweet. I’m really enjoying this tonight and am bumping up the rating a bit. I will have to end up getting more and trying it iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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81

Backlogged from last night.

This tisane isn’t too bad, I can smell and taste just about every flavor listed…except the goosberries. I’m sure I smell and taste them but I have no idea what they are supposed to smell or taste like, although I have figured out what they look like. I would say the prominent notes are the apple and the citrus, but as someone else noted, the citrus is more creamsicle-like.

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

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74
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
69 tasting notes

Pom Powerful! After smelling this tea at David’s on my last visit, and have been dreaming of it any since! I had to pick it up when I got the call that the long-awaited Perfect Tea Cups came in with the pattern I’d been waiting for. It was fruity and luscious. I was a little skeptical when it looked to have disproportionate amounts of fruit with very little tea. Fortunately, this was not the case. Although there was a predominately pomegranate flavor, it was well-mixed with the hibiscus, although the hibiscus was not prevailing. There was still enough tea to hold its own as well, thankfully. I’m not usually too keen on iced teas, but this makes me want to give them a chance. I’m longing for a spring thaw and this on ice :)

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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98

Wow – this tea is so amazing! I save it for after lunch, at a time I call “the best part of the day”. It really takes me through that tired bit in the afternoon when it is hard to stay motivated. You can really taste the strong cinnamon, but it is tempered by a richness that makes this a real treat. If this tea were a wine, it would be a Shiraz. Very full and “fat” as the Aussies would say. I put in milk and more sugar than I usually put in tea so it tastes like a proper Chai.

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41
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
515 tasting notes

I used 2 David’s Tea Scoops for my ~470 ml thermos.

Sweet and floral with smooth almond flavour coming through. The fruits give the tea a fuller flavour but it has an overall slightly dilute taste. Unpleasant artificial-type aftertaste that lingers.

For the second infusion the artificial aftertaste becomes muted and the tea develops a cherry flavour.

Very bitter flavour when cold-brewed. Highly unpleasant. Artificial after-taste- reminds me of the flavouring of the pastes used for teeth cleaning.

Preparation
Boiling

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89

It’s about time I raved about this in full detail.

I love this mug. I absolutely love it. There are some things about it that I wish were different (I’ll get there in just a second) but overall it’s such a great travel mug.

So: my beautiful mother got me this as a gift for Valentine’s Day because I needed a better way to make loose leaf tea for on-the-go. And I absolutely love it. It’s my most used tea-tool in my kitchen.

Pros:
-Very stylish. It’s sleek and smooth and very good looking. Literally every time I take it to school I get a compliment on it in some way or another.
-It doesn’t hold flavors like other mugs do. Neither does the strainer. The cap does, but that’s okay. But I love that the mug and strainer don’t (even with strong flavors) so I can make different teas in rapid succession (I use it at home to…. I love it THAT much).
-The glass feels so good to drink out of. I’m SO glad it doesn’t have a little sippy top thing like most other mugs do. At first I was hesitant about this fact, but I can’t imagine it having one. I love drinking from the actual mug, it makes it feel more like a cup. Given, it does make spilling easier, but I’m willing to compromise.
-It keeps your tea warm if you leave the cap on it. If the cap is off it will cool more quickly, but with the cap on it will keep your beverage warm for a pretty long time.
-It’s relatively easy to handwash.

Cons:
-Okay so there are quite a few cons, but overall I still love the mug
-The strainer is a little small so it kind of sits sideways in the mug.
-It isn’t dishwasher safe. This is by far the biggest con for me. I hate that I have to handwash it ALL THE TIME. The mug is easier to handwash because like I said, it doesn’t really hold flavors, but the cap holds them BIG TIME, and so it makes it VERY difficult to clean.
-More on the lid-like I said it’s hard to clean because it’s like a huge plastic block with a little ring around the edge (if that makes sense…….), and so I can’t fit ANYTHING in there to clean it out. All I can do to clean it is squirt some soap in there and rinse it a bunch. Also, the lid warps/chips pretty easily, but it does still look good and adds aesthetic value to the mug.
-It smudges really easily and you can see almost EVERY fingerprint on it. That makes it kind of uncomfortable to hold because it feels grimy.
-I realized while writing the con above this that I sound like a whinny American…..
-I’m not I swear
-Okay I can be but not all the time!
-It’s hard to fill it up all the way. This is another big one for me. So the strainer fits onto a lip at the top of the mug (the picture does a pretty good job of showing this). But, you can’t fill the cup up all the way because (as I said) the strainer is a little small and so the leaves leak out (especially if they’re small). Also, when the strainer is in, the water level is higher, so when you take it out the amount of tea goes down :(
-And lastly, I can’t put the cap on when I make herbal or black teas because they use boiling water (I like to put it on to help make the flavor stronger but you have to let the water cool for at least 3 minutes so as to release any pressure) and those are the teas I drink the most, so that is sort of frustrating.

Overall very nice, and I love it and would recommend it, so long as you can live with those cons.

mardee

Is it breakable? More specifically, will it break if I throw it in my backpack?

CHAroma

@mardee, It is glass, so I haven’t really tested its durability much out of fear. But I haven’t had any problems with it. I did knock it against a counter once in my haste to leave for work, and it didn’t break (but it did give me a heart attack ’cause I thought I had just broken my new tumbler).

@Ian, It’s funny that you say the lid retains smells. I don’t have that problem, but I also don’t ever fill the tumbler all the way to the brim. Oh, try one of those blue Scotch-Brite non-scratch scrub sponges to clean it. It works really well to get into the grooves under the lid.

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87
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

This is one of my top two rooibos. I’m not a fan of rooibos unless it’s flavored and I really love this one. The sweet, creamy coconut blends so well with the red rooibos with a bit of lavender. it does seem like there is a slight hint of mint in there as others have noted. Excellent rooibos!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Drunk From Tea

I totally agree with everthing you said! This tea is actually my absolute favourite and will always be on my shelf, always! (:

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87
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
174 tasting notes

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts diddly diddly dee There they are standing in a row bum bum bum Big ones, small ones, all shredded in my tea! If you like creamy coconutty goodness and rooibos then you should like this tea, and the coconut is not like tanning oil either. This is the best rooibos I’ve ever had and I’ve been having quite a bit lately…yum!

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

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92
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Another sample from Bonnie!

I absolutely LOVE how creative DAVIDsTEA’s are. Pumpkin chai had little pumpkin sprinkles in it, this has little maple leaf sprinkles, another one Bonnie sent me has little candy cane sprinkles. And the flavors they come up with are so fun and playful. I love it.

This was no exception. As I said, there are little maple leaf sprinkles in the leaves, and it smells strongly of maple. What I like about it the most though-it’s not OVERLY maple-y. I live in Vermont, so trust me: I consume a LOT of maple syrup. And as much as I like it, I don’t want to drink it. I really like that this tea helps me out with that.

Yet another thing I like about it-it tastes like REAL maple syrup. Again, I live in Vermont. I know the difference between Mrs. Buttersworth and Premium Grade A. And this tastes like Premium Grade A. It’s sweet but not gag-you sweet, and it tastes very genuine.

I reallllllly like this tea. I think it’s my favorite I’ve tried from DAVIDsTEA yet. For the third time now, I’m from Vermont, so it’s hard to please me with a maple flavored product. But this is really good to me, and I will DEFINITELY repurchase it.

Thank you again Bonnie and thank you on a lesser scale to DAVIDsTEA for making a nice and smooth maple tea.

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

You are very welcome!

Bonnie

Oh, hope you don’t mind the commercial, but I’m looking for someone to swap tea with me from our small world if anyone is up for it. I only did this for 1 tea before.

Ian

I’m willing! What are you looking for?

Bonnie

I don’t want to take your tea….you don’t have an income…I want to rob other people but thanks Ian!

Kittenna

I’m contemplating swapping with people at some point but I really only have teas from DavidsTea! Plus some Tazo, but yeah… Also sorry for thread hijacking _

Bonnie

It’s ok…love DavidsTea.Check discussion board for my new swap post offer too.

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82
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
119 tasting notes

Yet another sample from Bonnie!

This smells EXQUISITE! Like chai and pumpkin and autumnal goodness! I made this as a latte, and it turned out fairly well. It wasn’t quitte strong enough for the milk, but it did work out okay. It’s pumpkin-y and sweet, and reminds me of autumn. Overall pretty good, I’ll just have to try to make it differently next time!

EDIT: I did a second steep (just to see) for 10 minutes with boiling water and I didn’t try to make a latte and it’s pretty good! It’s pumpkin-y-er than before and slightly sweet, and it tastes all around stronger than before. Upping the rating, and I would like to get a full sized version of this so I can play around with it some more.

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

This is another one of my favs!!

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87
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Peachy and refreshing. If you aren’t a fan of peach flavored/scented things than I wouldn’t recommend this for you. It had savory undertones that kept the peach from feeling too perfume-y which I appreciate.

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12
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

Was hoping for more orange than lemon, but lemon it is. I do not find the flower perfume appetizing in the slightest. The taste wasn’t so bad, but just kind of meh, and the aroma is so flowery it put me off. Got this as a sample, so at least I’m not stuck with more!

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

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96
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I don’t mind hibiscus so this tea gets a thumbs up from me! I find I can get two steeps out of one serving in my travel mug (4 tsps) so that’s a great bonus. Just the right amount of tart. Haven’t tried it iced, anyone recommend it?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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32
drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

It tastes like sadness: enough like coffee to make me crave a cup, but not enough to satisfy that craving.

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100

there is a reason this tea is rated higher than forever nuts…

it is the best davidstea blend. it’s sad they didn’t keep it around (especially considering the lacklustre amount of white teas they have). it has a beautifully delicate flavour (grapey — but not overly! with a floral/berry twist) that lingers on your palate. pure heaven!

i keep hoping that one day they bring this one back. i would buy a kilo. sigh

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

This was also one of my favourites, and it is also very good iced or cold brewed. I would be so happy to see it come back.

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29

This is a decent white tea.That said…

There are NO strawberries or even a hint of them in my cup.

False advertising all the way.

I like plain white tea and will drink it thus but next time I will buy the plain stuff if I want just the white tea with a no extras experience.

Seems criminal to charge so much and make me have great expectations only to find out I paid for a basic white tea with no extras.This is even more disappointing because most of the other white teas from DT that promise extras..deliver.

It tastes like a nice white tea but because of my disappointment I’m rating it also based on price and what was promised.

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34

When I opened the package it smelled of orange – the scent of orange was amazing. I was looking forward to this tea. I steeped it for 4 min and it still had a strong orange scent. But once I tried it I wasn’t too sure. Maybe it was the ginger – I am not a fan… There is something about this tea that doesn’t make me a fan. I am still drinking it, now it is cold and it still has that weird taste, well at least for me. I don’t think I will be getting this one again.

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74
drank Rooibos de Provence by DAVIDsTEA
515 tasting notes

A hint of metallic taste on the sip. Sweet floral flavour. Thin feel on the tongue. Very full flowery and hint of fruity aftertaste that lingers in the mouth. Lavender notes are present throughout.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
306 tasting notes

Day 88 of my 101 days of DAVIDsTEA challenge.

1.5 tsp in my tea-ball, brewed in-cup.

I have to say, this is pretty much what I wished Dreamsicle was. It…really does taste like a creamsicle, and it’s LOVELY for that. There was a slight metallic taste, but not enough to dampen the enjoyment of the tea, really. For the most part, it was just a very nice creamy orange flavour.

On an off-topic note, I also love the unicorn on the DAVIDsTEA page for it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

Oh my goodness delicious.

Tastes exactly like those hard candies that have yogurt and creamy orange flavor in them sans sweetness.

I’m pretty sure I could drink this every night,

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54

I’m warming up to this tea each time I drink it it grows on me.

It tastes EXACTLY like taking a bite out of dark chocolate(which I am not actually a big fan of)It has the perfect bitterness and smokiness of dark chocolate with no sweetness.

Not an everyday tea but when I get a chocolate craving I’m going to reach for this instead.

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32
drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
213 tasting notes

Smells amazing,looks amazing enough to eat right out of the pouch.
It’s quite nicely tart but a little too bitter.
Not one of DT’s nice white teas which I have been enjoying so much lately.
Had a lot of potential.I’m truly sad to be disappointed.

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52

Nowhere near raspberry enough.

Decent enough but I won’t be buying it again after finishing my 50 grams.

Really hoping for a teagasm just got a decent rooibos.

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