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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
75 tasting notes

This was my chosen sidekick this afternoon while I was attempting to write a term paper. And another term paper. And a presentation. Hmm, unfortunately, my sidekick didn’t increase my productivity. It did, however, taste delicious. And keep me warm as my condo got colder and colder and I refused to turn on the heating. It’s all about layers. And tea. Warm candy cane tea. Mmm…

And now I must decide what shall keep me warm through my work tonight…

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75
drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
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New rule: I will stop tasting teas that are not permanent, as it only leads to heartache in the end.

First impressions – I would have never bought this tea if it were not for the wonderful Anastasia at my local DT. I don’t like mint (except recently in Santa’s Secret). I don’t like lemon. This tea was not even on my radar, and she convinced me to try it before it was too late (never again!). It leaf smell is pretty nasty to me (but only because I dislike mint). The liquor smells like a concentrated version of the leaf, so still not a fan, however it is a beautiful pale yellow.

Flavour – Surprising! VERY mild. Oolong with a supporting role of something and a dash of lemon. I hardly taste the mint, yet the tea is so much more than oolong. Wonderful balance, and smooth flavour.

Loveability- It has this wonderful effect of making me feel cleansed and energized and healthy. It’s a great study companion. It helped settle my stomach. AND it didn’t get disgusting as I let it steep in my teapot for a half hour. Plus, (I’m probably speaking as a mint/lemon novice here) it is unlike any of my other teas, filling a gap I didn’t even know I had.

Damn you, DT, and your horrible habit of making teas appear only to disappear!

ArynnMarie

Hi Kay Kanada! I also enjoyed the yellow dragon oolong tea. I just checked on the DavidsTea website and they still have it for sale. Maybe they have decided to make it permanent?

Kay Kanada

Oooh that would be nice!!

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I have only heard good things about this tea. Unfortunately, my first cup of it was sadly lacking. I got a good whiff of Earl Grey bergamot, but… the flavor was all lemon (not even orange…), and the green tea base was just weak.

I’m not going to grade this one just yet. I’m going to wait a couple of days, and then try it again. I’m still hoping to like this one!

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94
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Colour me astounded – I like a minty tea! This recurring seasonal tea has never been in my roster because I generally don’t like mint in tea. Or anything with mint, really. I like me my one candy cane at Christmas time, and my toothpaste. That’s about it.

I finally got around to trying this tea today because of all the wonderful Steepsterites that say ‘I hate mint but I heart this tea!’ So, thank you, each and every one!

Smell of dry leaf – candy canes
Smell of liquor – candy canes
Taste – candy canes

YET – not too sweet (no candy cane sugar residue on the teeth!), not overpoweringly mingty, and this wonderful richness / creaminess that’s hard to describe but oh so enjoyable. A wonderful compliment to Christmas music and never ending term papers on this rainy, rainy day.

And PS – I left the loose leaf in my teapot, so it has been steeping as I’ve been sipping away, and absolutely no bitterness a good 15 minutes later!!

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

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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Went to DT today to refill my David’s Organic Breakfast, and walked away with 5 new teas. Oops!

First impressions for Chocolate Rocket – It smells like a banana nutella crepe! The liquor is really dark and has the same aroma.

Taste – It’s actually really enjoyable. At first I taste choco-raspberry-banana (where is that coming from?), and then it mellows out to what I assume is maté. I agree with Uniquity , the flavor of the chickory came out more as the temperature decreased.

Loveability – I don’t know if I will refill on this one once it’s gone, but I’ll enjoy it while it’s around.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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I take my kukicha with a drop of honey.

I am currently having a pre-dinner tea while swathed in a Christmas throw, cuddled with my cat on the couch. This tea makes me feel cleansed and healthy, which is great when people are getting sick left and right, and fresh veggies have all but disappeared.

A very nice tea, but I must say that I love kukicha no matter the source. While I’m fearful that DAVIDsTEA will no longer carry it, I can always get it at my health food store if necessary… But seriously, David, keep this one around!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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An odd thing happened to me the other day. My girlfriend (after numerous obvious hints) came home with a tin of Alpine Punch for my drinking pleasure. I rip the tin from her hands, pop the top, and breathe in the wonderful scent of… blue Mr. freeze? No, wait, that can’t be right. Let’s sniff it again – still blue Mr. Freeze! And then, I made a tea a bit later in the day, and it tasted like (you guessed it) blue Mr. Freeze! I felt like I was in elementary school again.

I find it odd how something that smelled and tasted 100% like Amaretto almond goodness now tastes and smells like those delectable iced treats. And yet, in both cases, still an awesomely delicious tea! Maybe one day I’ll open the tea and it’ll smell like rooibos, apple, cinnamon and ginger? Nah, I know, that’s completely far-fetched…

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh goodness gracious, I love the smell of this tea. And watching the flowers swirl as it steeps is super relaxing. And the taste – mmm…

Each time I have this, I expect it to not live up to my own expectations. Yet, it always exceeds them. Each and every time. What a surprisingly awesome tea! I’m upping my rating for it (original rating = 80).

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Age 2 – Stealing sips of orange pekoe from my Grandpa’s cup.

Age 4 – Being spoiled by my Nanny with my own cups of tea.

Age 13 – A mug of camomile from my mother to accompany a good book.

Age 17 – Strong black tea with milk and too much sugar to wake me up for school.

Age 18 – A tea (or five) a day keeps the doctor away.

Age 19 – Exploration and experimentation. With loose leaf teas at “Un amour des thés” in Montréal.

Age 22 – I embrace DavidsTeas with open arms.

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