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drank Cloud Nine by DAVIDsTEA
1325 tasting notes

I shouldn’t have had this. It’s my funky mood tea, and I was only in the mildest of funks! It didn’t really lift me and the first infusion was far too strong. I used the recommended 1.5tsp but should have used less for the porcelain cup and strainer I have. Oh well, now I know for next time. And the second infusion was amazing but by that time I was almost ready to leave so the good mood was wasted in terms of productivity.
Sidenote: I left my bag of teas that I received/purchased on Saturday at a friends place and will hopefully be getting it back tomorrow. So excited to finally try them :)

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I did not enjoy this at all. The steep time was two minutes, or so the tea barista said… so I am curious to see how I would have liked it with a one minute infusion. Maybe then it wouldn’t have been bitter!! bitingly so. except it wasn’t bitter in an “oversteeped” way and it wasn’t thick the way oversteeped tea gets.
Oh and the caramel just made the tea taste greasy, like toast that’s been over buttered. Also… where was the apple???
I generally enjoy the second steep of teas much better, but with a takeout tea that isn’t really an option. For that reason, I’m not sure this rating is fair but it’s what I have for now. Bah!!

2 min, 0 sec

I had a very similar (or the same) blend from Necessiteas quite a while ago, and it tasted worse than the vilest of medicines. I guess this might be a universal problem with this blend?


hmmm I fear you are right, as I’ve been struggling to find an apple tea I enjoy as well, no matter the base!

aisling of tea

The Candy Apple black from Adagio is terrible as well, though now I’ll be slipping some into your package when I get around to sending it. Not that there’s any rush right now, though >.<. I just want my permanent resident card!

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This was one of the free samples from the tasting I attended on Saturday… bagged, but not too bad. I added milk and some agave, but I think the milk at this workplace (I have two) is always on the edge of turning because this tastes really heavy and earthy. I’m not enjoying this cuppa much because of it :(
Not gonna rate it this time, I have another bag so hopefully it will be brewed under better circumstances then.
Atleast I’m getting some caffeine out of this deal. Hmph.

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drank Amaretto Cherry by Teaopia
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Mmmmm this is much better than I recall! I avoided this tea for months thinking it was terrible, and tastelesss… until today when I finally decided to give it a second chance— So glad that I did :)
I’m quite pleased that the flavour hasn’t been leeched out here(flavour that IS there, I have no idea what got that idea in my head), as I bought this one well over 18 months ago. Perhaps my palate has evolved after all.
The cherry is very mild, overtaken somewhat by the almond. Also, it doesn’t do to understeep, I have discovered— part of what I was doing incorrectly when I first purchased it.

Oh and errrr, unfortunately we had no milk left in the house, and so I was left to use my almond milk… but the milk was sweetened so now all I taste is the almond, and none of the cherry. Oh well, something to look forward to. Jessie, it looks like you and I had similar dilemmas today! :)
That said, this rating may increase. Fingers crossed.


Indeed! I’ve kept trying to make tea lattes with almond milk and even though I use the unsweetened stuff the almond definitely takes over.


I sampled this one at the store in Kelowna but I didn’t like the aftertaste it had.


a latte… mmmm. Almond doesn’t foam up like cows milk does. Sounds yummy.


I know what you mean about the aftertaste Jillian. I feel the same about their Monks blend

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drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
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well, this was much better!! perhaps not having the flu makes a difference. ok well probably!
Strange though, that I’m finding all the flavours much mellower this time.
And guess what… Mum LOVES this one!! There IS a tea god :)
The first infusion, I could taste he fig and carrot but it was second to the oolong. I added a dash of sugar, and served it in our porcelain cups… that may have improved the rating a bit haha.
Anyhow, the second infusion was great as well. More creamy, and smooth as expected! Yummmm.
I’m riding the “good tea” wave right now. Does anyone else get that feeling after a really good cup? not just the alertness, but a super satisfied feeling that leaves you in a fantastic mood… I’m not loopy I swear :P
ahhhh I love oolongs! (but not the green ones, I don’t think)


Yes, I find tea lifts my mood like that. Particularly good tea.


I was also sad to see that this is not available any more.
I liked this one too. And the answer is yes, it was another of QG’s


glad to hear I’m not alone on this one :)
ahhh QG- she has a 6th sense about tea doesn’t she?!?

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I finally tried this one iced. It was rushed, I only let it sit in the fridge for half an hour and had to use ice cubes… No matter, the green melon still tastes fake to me. And the watermelon, well I dunno how I feel about the way it tastes when freeze-dried.
Refreshing yes. Tasty? somewhat. I’ll happily drink the last of it but shan’t be replacing it in my cupboard!
On a side note: I got a tattoo last night!!! On my hip, so nobody will ever really see it, but it’s there :)
I can’t wait til it heals!


May we ask…a tattoo of what? :) I had to get tattoos for radiation – it hurt. And they wouldn’t even give me a butterfly…


ouch. Was it just to mark the lines where it was required? maybe you can have it turned into something else down the road :)
Mine is a tree of life, covering up a scar I had which I think is apropos for this particular tat lol
I’ve named him Twiggie. Yes, I am a nerd!


Heehee! Love it! For radiation, they tattoo simple dots – I have four – in a line to get the machine in just the right spot. They run you in and out of a masking machine first while doing x-rays, then tattoo you. It wasn’t too bad until the one right ON the breastbone. OUCH! Felt like a wasp sting! I love that yours is a Tree of Life on a scar! So apropo! They won’t turn mine into anything else, because some of my lymph nodes were removed to check them for cancer, so I am supposed to be uber-protective of that arm for the rest of my life….nurses won’t even take blood pressure on it. But I use the heck out of it, and carry groceries, and dig in the garden!


ashmanra…your tatoos say that you are a survivor, and the plans for your life are yet unfinished. I would say that they are just as meaningful, if not more so, as the ones who chose what they had tatooed.

Indigobloom..Love it! I love to hear the stories behind peoples tats. I would have never gotten one myself, but I did on my 40th birthday last summer. For me it was more about knowing that I am not too old to drastically change my mind about somehting and live with it (I never even considered one for 39 years of my life.) I have the chemical formula of sucrose on my wrist right at the watch band line. My Hubby gave me the nickname of Sugar, and I am a chemist by training. Talk about a nerd tatoo……


SimplyJenW – I love your tat also! What a great idea! My youngest wears ThinkGeek shirts with the caffeine molecule in honor of tea, and we bought her the travel mug as well! And as for being nerdy – I told my hubby that if I were ever to get cosmetic surgery (which I have no plans to do), I would get elf ears! LOL!


@ashmanra – I would absolutely buy that t-shirt. :) I need to check out ThinkGeek!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Loving this thread. I wanted tattoos all my life, even as a little girl. I got my first one in 2006 to mark my first book contract. That’s been my promise to myself ever since: new book contract, new ink.


congrats on the tattoo :)


Ashmanra: ouch indeed! bones + tattoos = Owwww! glad you are ok now xx
SimplyJenW: omg I love that, nerd tats are the best :)
QuiltGuppy: me to!!!
Michelle Butler Hallett: same here, I’ve wanted one for years and now can’t wait for my next one! love your rewards system :P
PoliticalMachine: thanks!! I’m still reeling from the shock of actually making a decision LOL


congrat’s on the tattoo ; p


hehe thanks Ashika. I’m not sure how well you can see it in my profile pic but it’s there!

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This was great!
The first few sips were bitter, but then as it cooled the nutty oolong emerged, with an oddly sweet finish. I’ve never had a swallow of tea quite like that last part of a sip. Sure, it’s been sweet in the middle, but not in the closing! yummm. That was the only part making it complex though. Pretty darn good, but I’m not sure if it’s an essential to my at home collection. I enjoyed Red Robe so much more… but in that case the sweetness came in a hair sooner through the sip (minus points!)
I didn’t have time to take notes so will have to write a more thorough review next time. and there WILL be a next time :)

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backlog! from yesterday morning as takeout from the cafe. I wish I hadn’t!
They had no regular milk left so I had to use cream… oh boy was it ever terrible!!! The raisin note and cream don’t mix well together at all. Blech! Also, I suspect that the bag might have been underfilled, as the tea was incredibly weak. I drank the entire thing with the bag in and the flavour was just not there.
I’m not changing the rating on this, yet. Will see what happens next time, with regular milk. If it doesn’t shape up I’ll be crushed! this was my fave black tea.


Just ordered the tin of Lover’s Leap from Harney and Sons. Can’t wait to try it. Raisin notes! I didn’t know about raisin notes!


errr I hope I’m describing it correctly. I’m not all that experienced at tasting just yet! well, I can’t wait to see what you find in the Harneys version!

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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wow! I did not expect this tea to be SO yummy.
For the first brew, I tried it hot and it was supremely satisfying. The lime and gelato parts came out nice and balanced, which surprised me because some friends mentioned that they hated this tea after trying a sample in the store. (I should have known better- they always add too much sweetener and oversteep)
The green base was mild but appropriately so given it’s palate partners!
Second infusion wasn’t as great. a bit watery and worn(minus points) down but I’ll take it. Too much caffeine is bad for a girl anyhow.
aaaaaaaand for the first time ever, I am excited about trying a loose tea ICED! This one should be incredible. yay! :)


You… Will… NOT! … be… let down!!! I am not a huge fan of green teas, flavoured or otherwise and after trying “Movie Night” and loving it, this one was not a hard sell at the store. I have had it over steeped but it only seemed to make it more creamy? slightly bitter but more creamy, and when making it iced in my 20oz Starbucks iced drink cup I have only used three teaspoons to 1/3 of hot water in an 8 cup botum, steep for (in my case forget about it and come back) pour into venti cup over ice and voila! You have a delicious cup of tea with enough caffine to get you through a night meeting for Summer Camp. (Two days in a ROW!)


yes I can see how that would keep you up all night!!
They really knocked it out of the park with this one. Movie Night is not my fave tea of DTs but this one… wow, there are not enough wows!
My friend who tried it has very odd tea preferences so I need to learn that his idea of good tea is not anywhere near mine! ha.
Mmmmmm I can’t wait to try this iced… it will have to wait til tuesday as I left it at work :S

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Dynasty
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Well. I am NOT a fan of Jasmine. I’ve always known this, but decided to give it a go with some quality tea just to be sure. and it was confirmed. Jasmine and I do not get along.
The base was good, I enjoyed the nutty oolong and even parts of the floral but couldn’t get past the biting itchiness. As the cup cooled, I actually grew accustomed to it and started to hate it less and less… but then, well I became nauseous in a way only pu’erhs have ever done.
It makes me wonder if I have an allergy to jasmine.
As for the rating, I am of two minds. Anyone who enjoys this type of tea would find it lovely, surely… but this is my review! so I’ll leave it at how I feel about the brew. Any tea that makes me feel ill should never get a rating above 60! but the base was so good… ok so 67 then!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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