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97
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
504 tasting notes

Can I put this in both my cupboard and on my shopping list? It is way more awesome than I even imaged, holy.

I kept mouthing “OMG” while drinking it at work. mm!
Okay so, chocolate orange in a cup. I’ll just agree with that, because it is. 100%.

I won’t say the puerh is totally missing from the picture, I can taste a bit of gritty earthiness but it is quickly overwhelmed in both smell and taste by a strong delicious dark and creamy chocolate and perfect orange flavour. loooove.

I was sold in the Regina store with my favorite dude gave me a sample of this as a latte. Please do it. SO GOOD.

p.s. finally caved and bought the Advent Calendar! There are 15 teas on it that I haven’t tried, so I think it’s totally worth it for me ^^

TeaBrat

Advent calendar????

aisling of tea

I own most of the teas in the calendar, but I got it anyway! I think it’s a good way to get me to retry old favorites!!

Ninavampi

I wish I could get it to Ecuador in time to actually use it as an advent calender… I have set my mind to placing an order from David’s Tea, maybe I’ll buy this anyways… Might be a great way to try a bunch of new teas! : )

DaisyChubb

Maybe like.. save it for your birthday month or something :D
There’s always an excuse to count down a month with tea :D
And yes. Advent calendar ^^ http://www.davidstea.com/featured/the-holiday-gift-guide/our-favorite-holiday-gifts-1/24-days-of-tea

Ninavampi

Hmmm… Tempting good idea… : ) I might have to give in!

TeaBrat

that looks like fun…

Amariel

I really want to try this, but I gotta get some of my current cupboard down a little before I get more tea. Not sure I can wait much longer though.

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100
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
56 tasting notes

Everytime I get a hint of a sore throat I drink this tea and all symptoms disappear. I don’t know if its the tea or me believing its the tea (mind over matter) but whatever it is, I am not going to question its ‘powers’. Plus the tea smells and tastes great :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

Got this as a sample, and I think I’d have to be in the right mood for it. When I first smelled it dry I thought it was great! Now it’s a little too sickeningly sweet…and I must’ve let the water cool too much before steeping, because my tea ball is still in, and it’s sort of coconutty and bland. I might have to try brewing the rest of the sample in hotter water.

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

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99
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

This is one of my favourite tea ! I’m not the biggest fan of green tea but i’m absolutely in love with this one. The balance in this tea is incredible; It’s sweet, coconut-y, there is a little bit of bitterness that I like from the green tea with an subtle aftertaste of walnuts.
It smells like freshed baked cookies. So comforting and delicious, it’s the perfect tea for cold days!
I need to get a 100g tin of this .

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

Still Yummy! but i’m now officially out, gonna have to go buy a tin of this is guess….

EmyPouliche

I’m sad to tell you that this tea is out of stock ..:(!

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95
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
142 tasting notes

YUM YUM YUM

I have to say normally i dont like banana teas but this is different, if i close my eyes right now i can 8imagine myself on a beach somehwere, nice….

i really like this tea banana coconut strawberry, apple yummmm

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

note the longer this steeps the better! the other flavors pop out more and more as time goes by, yum…

Jessie

Same here! Don’t like banana teas, and this is pretty banana-y, but I love it.

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59

This is a tea that has really lowered in my esteem since first tasting. Even just smelling it now makes me uneasy, the bold dark chocolate smell (I don’t like dark chocolate!) is giving me a bit of a headache/upset tummy. Either that or I’m going crazy. I haven’t even brought myself to sip it yet! Can’t wait to have this finished off, I think I might pawn off a few cups on co-workers, that should do the trick.

The taste is not as bad as the aroma seems to me, but it really is not a favourite. If anything it is TOO chocolatey, and I am not feeling the chili love. At least not anymore. This has been my reaction the last couple times I’ve tried it, so I finally admit that this isn’t the best tea for me. I need to learn to stop trying teas at David’s just because I haven’t had them – usually my nose is a solid indication of whether I’ll like a tea or not and this one has always been a little off-putting for me.

Amariel

I find the tea to be more chocolate than chili…but I do get a sense of the chili in the back of my throat.

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59

Having a cup of this while in switchboard today. Unfortunately, today it isn’t quite what I wanted. The chocolate is still rich and bold, but I am not in the mood for that. I think I’m really in the mood (once again) for a lovely black tea with natural cocoa notes rather than a flavoured tea. I also desperately want to try the oolongs sent to me by MercuryHime (and the two I picked up at DT last night to go with them) but first I need to have time to sit down with my gaiwan (and the beau) to try them out. I am excited because I can use my tiny double walled glasses when the time comes!

Anyway, this tea. Getting dark chocolate, with a hint of sweetness (more on the end of the sip than the flavour). I am feeling a hint of chili burn on my lips, but it isn’t overly present in the taste. I do remember that coming out more as I got deeper in the cup last time though. Solid tea, just not to my tastes at the moment. If only I could afford to go home in the middle of the day for a couple hours and have lovely tea as I want it.

Indigobloom

the wrong tea at the right time is terrible! Some of my faves have to be consumed at just the right time… *sighs

Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

I just want to try this one…

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59

A couple pre-emptive notes: there are three listings for this tea. I chose this one as it has the most ratings. Also, my sampling is from this year’s batch (I didn’t have the guts to try it last year!) Thankfully I learned the way of chocolate tea. I actually went in yesterday after some Christmas shopping (the earliest I’ve ever started!) to get this and Santa’s Secret but my local store had already sold out of Santa’s Secret and was waiting on stock. I need to try that tea!!! Anyway, the dry smell is chocolate heaven – I don’t smell any chai or tea, really, but chocolate sure delivers. Steeped, the aroma is still dominated by chocolate, but a bit lighter.

The taste is impressive, to this formerly chocolate-tea-hating girl. It’s extremely similar to Read My Lips, minus the mint. Occasionally I think I feel the chili heat a tiny bit in my throat at the end of the sip but it doesn’t really stand out. For those of you that like chocolate tea, this should be a guaranteed winner. Might need to get some more, for those odd days I don’t feel like having mint in my chocolate tea. The black tea base doesn’t come out to play but I feel that it’s very important to the balance of the cup, lending the chocolate some weight and really keeping the base a bit darker – I guess I’m trying to say it’s not too sweet and though the tea doesn’t shine I think it is a VERY important supporting character.

As I continue sipping, I find the impression of chili heat increases over the course of the cup. Still not dominant in the sip itself, but in the back of the throat after swallowing. This is different. I like it. Also, there’s nothing chai about this, but I don’t mind. Really impressed with this one.

68
drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

The taste and smell of this tea is fairly consistent. I can’t pick up on the vanilla, but I can pick up a bit of cinnamon. Drinking this tea reminds me of eating delicious mint dark chocolate :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go….. la la la la, oh wait. Those are dwarfs, not elves. Lol. I already have a feeling today will be one of those days where there just isn’t enough time in the day. Ugh. Work, then school and copious amounts of school work. Bring on whatever help these little elves are planning to give me! I have a little bit of this tea left over from some Christmas tree ornaments I received as a gift that Davidstea was offering for a limited time around the holidays. Such a sweet birthday present they turned out to be. The verdict? It’s yummy.
The leaves look really pretty all unfolded in my handy steeper, and the tart and fruity flavour is wonderful. You can taste the berry more than anything else, but it doesn’t overpower the lightness of the green tea base. Leave it to berries to win me over to a green tea. :) I’m fine with the fact that it’s seasonal though.

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40

I’m really undecided on this tea so far. I can’t say that the smell from my Winter sampler pouch is very appetizing to me… I get a bit of a rancid nut smell to it?

I grew up drinking black teas (again British parents), and always drank my tea with some milk in it – well as this one was steeping i could very definitely smell the bitter smell of the black tea (to me anyways) so I immediately decided I’d have to try this one with a splash of milk (and went for a small squirt of agave syrup as well).

So I sit down to my first sip… I can taste the hint of banana in it and maybe a bit of the nut (not smelling the rancid nut anymore TG!). But my overall impression so far? Its really not one I see myself wanting to sit down and relax with. I’ll finish my cup ‘o tea and after that? Well, I will be brewing a pot in the next little bit for the kids to try – but I don’t see myself rushing out to buy more of this anytime soon.

Avrilkira

My tea is cooling down now, I’m about half way through it… Got to say that I’m starting to find the flavour a bit more pleasant… Wondering if anyone has tried this one iced?

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86

MmmmMMMMMmmmm…. I have decided this one is my “treat tea”. I don’t have it all the time, but when I do, it’s perfect. After a weekend of soppy tears, tonight I have decided it will accompany me to study for my midterm later this week. It’s classy, decadent, and light. A perfect little cup (or 5) before nodding off to put this weekend behind me. With this tea I usually like milk and honey, but I’m a starving broke student at the moment, and don’t have either… so simply plain works for me. It’s decadent either way.

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86

I tried this one today at the random suggestion of one of the staff, as I’m at the point where I’ve tried most of the other teas by now.. and it was amazing! A completely random blessing! I was quite surprised, because I typically shy away from rooibos based ones, but maybe it was because of the green rooibos as opposed to the red? I had milk and agave in it, though I usually drink tea without either…. but I’m glad I did.
1. I finally found a decaffinated tea perfect for just before bed- no liccorice, mint, or cammomile…. (I’m trying to fix messed up sleep patterns lately) 2. I finally found a caramel-y tea that didn’t disappoint me…. 3. I found a rooibos that I’m quite fond of.

I say this was a complete success on so many levels, mostly by mistake.
I was surprised to see so many low ratings for this one….. but it deffinatly does need milk and agave.

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88
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

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88
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

Almonds? Yes please!

Love this tea. Some say amaretto, which I understand, but I personally find this tea more like a fruity marzipan. Delicious, this tea delivers everything it promised in the description, it’s sweet (without anything added) but not too sweet, nutty, slightly fruity, and warm from the spices. Good thing it’s caffeine-free, because I want to drink this tea morning, noon, and night!

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90
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

Not just for Christmas!

Santa’s Secret is one of the first teas I ever purchased from DavidsTea and I am just as happy with it now as I was those many years ago. One of my favorite combinations of mint with black tea, Santa’s Secret is a playful and delicious brew that I personally enjoy all year long.

Unsteeped, the tea has a strong smell of sweet peppermint and vanilla that initially drew me in. Once steeped, the tea has a strong peppermint flavor from the leaves, a light sweetness from the candies, and of course the rich, bold flavor of Chinese black tea. Unfortunately I find the vanilla flavor is less prominent once the tea has steeped which was a bit of a disappointment, but the end product is so delicious that I am willing to overlook the loss.

Overall, Santa’s Secret is a lovely, lightly spiced black tea which brings forth memories of Christmas and candy canes which is enjoyable either hot or cold no matter the season.

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81

I love lemon and ginger teas. I also love green tea. Keeping this in mind, and knowing that cold season is definitely upon us, one of the employees of DavidsTea recommended this tea to me. One whiff and I was sold. So much lemon-y goodness, between the lemongrass and lemon myrtle. The ginger smelled wonderful, and I knew it would be soothing for those scratchy-throat days. :)

Brought the little 25 g bag home and smelled it again. Just as enticing. However, I was a little apprehensive when I learned that there is licorice root in the tea. I am DEFINITELY not a licorice fan. Even fennel and sambuca are off the table for me, and they’re not even real licorice! But, since I couldn’t smell the licorice in the tea, I hoped I wouldn’t taste it once it was brewed.

Turned out that I couldn’t, which was great! (+1 for uneducated palate!) What I could taste was ginger, lovely mild green tea, and so much lemon-y awesomeness from the lemongrass and myrtle. Loved it. Felt great for my throat and left me feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Definitely repeats for me :)

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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68

Definitely not a bad tea. To me, it’s sort of like a Genmaicha, but without all the toasty rice flavour that I find so off-putting. I often find Genmaicha way too vegetal and sort of dirt-y tasting. The maté thankfully has none of those notes, just a subtle toasty-ness that is definitely not unpleasant :)

Nice on a summer evening after a light meal, or as a companion for your morning commute.

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

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85
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

There is something so inherently Christmas-y about a dark chocolate and orange combination. With midterms over and final exams (and Christmas!) on the horizon, I was definitely in the mood for a little pre-emptive Christmas cheer :)

Now, I’m not usually a fan of chocolate teas. In fact, before today, I had never found a chocolate tea that would ever entice me to take more than a sip. Most of them remind me of Sharpies, in some strange way. However, this chocolate flavour worked really well with the other flavours in the tea. The orange peel imparted the citrus note that kept the chocolate from feeling too heavy, and the pu’erh added a wonderful earthiness to the brew. It really brings you back to a sweet orange and chocolate treat you might find in our Christmas stocking, but without the cloying sweetness and the subsequent sugar coma. And as always, the pu’erh was great after what was, perhaps, an overindulgence at the dinner table :p

Overall, a nice holiday tea to be enjoyed when you want a little guilt-free indulgence :)

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

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84

With the cold weather months approaching and the days getting shorter and shorter, I wanted a black tea that would be a good pick-me-up in the morning, but also something comforting and warmth-inducing. Buttered Rum seemed like just the thing.

First of all, the smell is intoxicating. Lots of warm vanilla and some powerful rich coconut. Such a pretty tea too, with the pretty blue cornflowers.

Once steeped, the tea is a lovely golden brown, definitely reminiscent of a nice dark rum. The smell contains much more coconut than vanilla at this point, which disappoints me a little. The first sip, however, is great. Really nice vanilla flavour, the black tea comes out nicely, and just enough coconut on the finish. Piping hot, it warms you right to the tips of your toes. The perfect thing for an early morning commute. :)

Unfortunately, as the tea cools down, the vanilla and black tea flavours seem to diminish, and a slightly soapy coconut taste begins to predominate, evoking cheap coconut rum, rather than a richer dark variety. This is definitely a brew that is meant to be drunk hot.

Overall though, a really nice tea, great for the colder months :)

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

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94
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
5 tasting notes

I tried it as a sample, and I didn’t think I’d like it at first because I’m not a fan of lavender. But it’s one of my favourites. I absolutely love the creamy texture, and for me the cocount and lavender balance each other out nicely and I don’t find it too overpowering.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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87

pretty sure it’s all in my head – but I feel good when I drink this tea.
gingers and citruses always pick me up a bit I think.
Good stuff :)

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87

Is there something wrong with my taste buds? This has to be one of the best teas that David’s offers. Compared to their fragrant ones like Forever nuts, etc. this one’s so fresh and invigorating. Whereas their other teas tend to leave a “sticky” flavour in your mouth this one just snaps off and hits the spot! Ahahaah ;)

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