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To celebrate the first of November, I decided I felt like having blueberry tea (why? I don’t know). The last time I had this was in the summer, as an iced tea which was SUPER yoms but today it was great as a warm tea. I had it straight with no agave and it had a nice distinct blueberry flavour and was slightly sweet. I’m glad this is on DAVIDsTEA’s permanent shelf because I’ll probably want to repurchase again :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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Jumpy Monkey turned me into a Jumpy Julie.

I believe this is the first Yerba Maté I’ve ever tried/had and the first tea I’ve had with coffee beans in it. It came in the little set of tiny tins that I bought, otherwise I may have not bothered with it. I decided to try it this afternoon because I felt like I needed that extra punch. I don’t drink coffee for a reason and that’s because I’m way too sensitive to it. Bad idea? Maybe. I was trying to focus on calculating a few numbers and it was totally jitterville.

Taste wise, it wasn’t bad. Kind of smooth, sweet, and woodsy/toasty/smokey? I was surprised that I did not hate it. Maybe I’ll turn it into a latte next time to try it out.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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A part of my tiny tins collection.

With a name like this, I expected it to be cinnamony and it is by dry leaf scent but once steeped is where it failed. It had a light scent of cinnamon to it but not as strong as I wanted it to be (like cinnamon hearts!!!). I was okay with the pu-erh scent. It wasn’t as put off as it could have been.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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Got this for a 2/$5 deal in those sample bags kits they had on for clearance.

I’m not an Oolong tea drinker but for the first time trying, this one is nice. Not sure what Oolong should taste like and it’s nothing distinct yet I’ve had myself reaching for this tea and had about 3 cups of this in the past week. I guess it’s good in my books!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I am pleasantly surprised at how well this one turned out! This one is similar to birthday cake. I liked birthday cake as a tea but I’m not a huge fan of it’s rooibos base.

When tasted straight, it’s not too strong and not bland either, you can really smell the cakey-ness to it. I guess you could say it smells like red velvet. I’m just a sucker for cake scented stuff so this one is good in my books!

Throw in some milk/sweetener and I got myself a yummy cake fix without the extra calories ;)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
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I love Earl Grey tea. So when I sniffed this tea at the store, I had to bring some home to try! It’s a nice light earl grey with a berry kick to it. I just used my last and I’ll probably restock but it’s not a rush, there’s just so many out there to try. This is nice though, it makes a great London Fog. :)

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Smells nice. Tastes okay.

Not much to say about it. Maybe on the second brew?

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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I’ve thought of tossing this into my purses/gym bags to keep it fresh because the scent is just superb. It’s the most floral jasmine tea I’ve smelt.

Taste wise it’s great but make sure you don’t steep it for too long because it does get quite bitter.

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I am a huge green tea fan and this is the only one that I keep going back to. Call it my staple green tea. You can find a bag or two in my purse, my work desk, and even my gym bag.

Only available at costco, this box is huge (100 packets each) but somehow within 4 months, I’m down to my last 20 bags.

During the cooler months it is perfect as a hot tea, the tea itself turns into a light green. These types of green teas are my favorite because they remind me of the ones at Japanese restaurants and those are the ones I find that taste best.

During the warmer months I steep it in cold water for about 5 minutes before drinking. Gives off less caffeine and it’s really refreshing!

Taste wise, it’s light! Sort of sweet but not really. Make sure you brew it like how the package says. I’ve brewed it for longer (by accident, in hot water for about 4 mins) and it turned out slightly bitter.

It’s the best bagged green tea I’ve encountered.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the tea that sold me immediately by smell. This and pumpkin chai were what I brought home from the David’s Tea Fall menu.
They captured banana nut bread perfectly, my nose would have been convinced I was sniffing a fresh loaf.

My first thought to looking at the dry tea was “is this trail mix?”. Once I brewed it in my tea strainer, I noticed bits of it were dissolving/falling apart.

The tea itself was a light colour. Smelt lightly like banana and the taste was a light with a banana after smell. It was alright for a banana tea (not usually a fan of banana flavoured anything). But since I had some chocolate milk in the fridge that was about to expire I decided to warm it up a little and froth it with my Aerolatte and made myself a chocolate banana bread latte.

After sipping a bit of the latte, I picked at the bits in the strainer and realized it’d be a waste to throw it out (the tea was expensive for what it is) so I threw the rest of it into my cup and ate it, which a first for me haha. I suppose it was tea turned soup?

I don’t usually bake but I’m pretty sure you can toss this into something.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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A casual tea consumer that typically enjoys plain teas (sencha/genmaicha green tea is a daily must have) and the occasional chai and london fogs but is willing to discover new flavors.

All thanks to DAVIDsTEA, I’ve rediscovered how fun tea consumption can be! So now I’m using Steepster as my own personal tea diary.

I usually try flavored teas straight first and then in a soy/almond latte with a tiny bit of sweetener (agave or honey). If it’s a fruit type tea, then after the initial straight taste test, I’d do it iced with a bit of sweetener.

My Aerolatte is my favorite tea tool. It’s cow printed too!

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