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After a nice long walk in the snow with my best bud Finnegan, I was really looking forward to a strong tea with some kick. I brewed a 27oz pot of this with a level tablespoon of loose leaf. From experience I know that this tea steeps fast so set a time for a 4.5 min steep to avoid too much astringency. Added 2 tsp sugar and a splash of coconut milk to a mug and boy this is delicious. The color is a dark amber with some ruby tones and there’s tons of aroma. Just filled another mug! Careful not to overdo it with this one.. 4-5 min TOPS, happy steeping guys!

Flavors: Bitter, Hay, Honey, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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On sale at David’s Tea today. I am finding that I like malty, non-astringent black teas. Nothing fancy, but this one does it. It is a nice every day tea.

Flavors: Malt

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Flavors: Banana, Cacao, Caramel, Creamy

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
alex-eb

I was very fond of this tea. DAVIDs has recently introduced Banana Split which I find lighter and even more enjoyable.

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I keep this on my desk at work for breakfast. It brews up nice and has a good flavor. It’s versatile. I like mine with a bit of lemon. It also handles milk and sugar well. I like it.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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This is my current favorite black. I received it as a gift and am already halfway through the tin. It reminds me (in a pleasant way) of autumn leaves and I find it to be a great substitute for black coffee.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile

Preparation
1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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huh.

Bought this on a whim as there was a tin for $3.60 on sale at the mall after Christmas. I figured it would be a good one to bring to work for my morning cuppa!

I LOVE Damn Fine Tea’s Tiger Assam, and I was hoping this might come close. But it didn’t. It’s way cheaper and easily accessible, however. So as I continue to hoard my Tiger Assam at home, this will be just fine for mornings at work with some milk.

I didn’t find it overly malty though. It sure was strong, just not nearly as flavourful as I’ve come to expect from my quality assams.

But for $3.60 – who cares!?

OMGsrsly

I always read the name of this one as bananasplaty.

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I should have tried this before I added my milk and sugar but I didn’t so this is a review based on the after. haha

So far, I LOVE this tea. It’s sweet and malty, which is what I love in a black tea. I’ve come to realize this over the last few years. I’m not one for the floral black teas (although, since being pregnant, I have one decaff floral black tea that isn’t too bad).

Anyways, this one is a strong flavour that definitely can handle milk. It’s strong in a good way though. It’s not strong in a bad way where it’s in your face. It’s just right.
So far, I’m loving this tea.

Nightshifter

Sounds good! I am a sweet and malty lady, too. :)

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Nice! Malty, bold, full bodied!

Flavors: Malt

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a straight black tea. This is a rich, malty tea with a deep amber color. It tastes like your basic everyday black tea. No complaints but not raving either.

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Sunday Sample Sipdown #1!

I got this as a sample packet with my David’s Tea order and just put the whole thing into a single pot.

I’m still finding my footing when it comes to black tea, but I’m to judge by this sample, I don’t think unflavoured Assams are the tea for me. It wasn’t astringent, but it was a little bitter, and not naturally sweet. I didn’t taste much of a “malty” taste, either, if by “malty” most people mean “roasted and grain-like”. Ah well. Not for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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It’s unapologetically bold, in your face kind of tea. It’s malty and strong. I don’t mind some bitterness in a black tea and I don’t get the milk and sugar thing … Milk and sugar is for wussies!
Retiring to my library to smoke some cigars :)

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Woke up at 3:30 this morning to take the husband to the airport for another business trip. Needed something that was strong and tasty and got it with this. Lighty sweetened and dairied, I think this is a cupboard staple that should replace some tea from across the pond that I have too much of. Can’t yet justify a replenishment purchase of this until the other said tea supply has dwindled…
:(

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

It’s hard to dwindle, isn’t it?

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I bought a few sampler packs from DT’s a couple weeks ago to get a feel for the range of their teas. This was in the manly-packaged “The Tea Aficionado” – a selection of 5 “mannish” teas in cigar-shaped tubes. Yes, I’m a sucker for packaging… and for manly stuff (I’m a man’s woman, or so I’ve been told)…

Anyway, I’m on an unflavored black kick today (oddly), so this is my second tea of the day. Brewed 3 grams in 8 oz of water at the below parameters. The resulting liquor is very dark – it matches the black-brown color of my furniture!

Uh, wow – this is quite a change from the Bailin Gongfu black tea I had this morning. This one slaps you in the face and demands your attention!

Quite bitter upon first sip, I immediately reached for the milk and sugar to calm this cup down. There’s still a bitterness underneath the additions, but it’s much more manageable now. There’s a slight honey undertone that I’m also getting…

This goes nicely lemon squares, by the way! :)

Overall I like it and will probably keep this around on those days that I really need help focusing, which sometimes is a lot!

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

Maybe this was meant to drink with a cigar?! Like Lapsang Souchong goes alongside Whiskey!

Will Work For Tea

I was a little surprised the LS wasn’t in this sampler. I guess the Toasted Walnut is manlier?!

Azzrian

Sounds good really! I am also a sucker for packaging and tend to like the manly stuff as well – I think it reminds me of the fake father I have developed in my head lol

Bonnie

Mine is a fake boyfriend!

Kittenna

Toasted Walnut manlier than LS??? I think someone made a mistake there!!! What’s manlier than a tea that smells like a campfire? :P

Bonnie

A tea that smells like a gym full of sweaty men!

Bonnie

Sweaty men with a platter of bacon!

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The dry leaves have not much scent at all, but once brewed it smells very nice. I find that there’s something sweet and sugary about the smell, even a bit fruity. It smells somehow familiar. What is that??
The taste is not so sweet, very malty as I believe Assams are known to be. Somehow it seems astringent without being mouth-drying. I liked the Nepal black more, but this is nice. A good tea for a rainy day maybe.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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Purchased this on a morning when I did not feel like drinking coffee but wanted something strong. Another tea that was prepared by the David’s Tea staff.

I found this to be quite a strong cuppa. They did add soymilk but when I got back to the condo I was staying, I ended up adding some more. A good stout assam, with plenty of malt and a bit of sweetness. I particularly like the fact that this one is organic and free trade. Made a good breakfast tea for yours truly.

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EDIT: after having butiki teas’ lychee oolong this highly placed tea has to drop a few notches…. i find it comforting, but it is nowhere near as pristine as butiki’s lychee oolong. sorry david…..

Cavocorax

I’ve fallen out of love with David a bit since I met Harney&Sons and Butiki. And Verdant. <3

They have some good ones but I’m not as amazed as I was.

scribbles

Is funny how tastes change….I used to love David’s, but I have found that I love roasted oolong’s and pu’erh (pu’erh addiction due to you, JustJames :D!!) Won’t give up on David’s dessert teas… but I think have found my tasting preference. Although, still looking into black tea nuances.

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this is one of my all time favourites teas anywhere. i fell in love at first smell in the hillside location of David’s Teas as a result of Emily’s savvy suggestion. there are lots of almond teas out there, but i have never had one that so fully embodies an enticing marzipan flavour.

let me be clear: the flavour is well rounded and comforting, not overwhelming. in my opinion it is perfectly balanced and brilliantly creamy, regardless of whether you mix it with cream or have it clear.

this is a truly beautiful blend, and a lovely way to settle down before bed.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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