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Do you know what happens when you put 5 tsp. of this in a DAVIDsTEA mason jar (25 oz. volume) and let this cold brew for about…oh, 18 hours?

Well, first of all, you get the most fabulous fruity iced tea that there ever was. The base Dammann uses here allows for the juicy fig note to take center stage but this is still very much a good black tea that does not need sweetening to be awesome.

Second of all, you can use the leaves twice and get a lighter black tea with even more sweet figgy notes that is just as amazing as the first go around.

This was a definite win – the mason jar (I love it so hard), the tea, everything. I’ll be experimenting with other fruity teas cold but honestly this may take over peach tea as my cold tea of choice this summer.


Does the metal filter fit into all mason jars or just one it comes with?


I would say yes, though I don’t have any mason jars of comparable size to check for sure. It doesn’t snap in or anything, though – really it’s just like their smaller stainless steel strainers that I use with any mug.


Ah, I see. It looked like the lip was smaller than the perfect mug strainer when I checked the website. I do a lot of cold steeps in the fridge in mason jars over the summer, so it could be handy to have.


Sweet! I want the mason jar for cold brewing especially!

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Free sample included with my DAVIDsTEA order.

I was actually pretty curious to see how the samples would be handled with this order since I actually didn’t order any tea this go around. I love the aesthetic of most DAVIDs mugs and tumblers but their teas…I just haven’t found one that measures up to what its advertised to be.

So anyhow, I received a sample of this, their second flush darjeeling, and the peaches and cream herbal. The herbal was sorely disappointing but this seemed like a good option for breakfast this morning so I steeped it up.

The dry leaf looks a lot like Butiki’s Crimson Horizon, maybe a bit smaller though. Boyfriend says it looks a lot like grapenuts, but it has my favorite breakfast black tea smell, so very malty and rich. The resemblance to Crimson Horizon has me nervous though because that is some of the most bitter, astringent tea I’ve ever had and that happens after about 1.5 minutes of steeping, nowhere near my 4 minute norm (and the recommended steep time) for this.

After being brewed this is very dark and I chanced a sip plain, though I had the creamer ready. Initially it was a very rich black tea but then the astringence crept in. Great, thick texture but yeah, this cannot be drank plain. I can cut some slack for this because I never drink breakfast teas plain anyway, but it was worth noting.

Once creamer is added this tea is fabulous. The sugar/milk smooth out the bitterness, leaving just the malty notes and thick, chewy texture. This is a very strong tea and could definitely be a coffee substitute in the morning, and honestly, I really do like it. It’s easily the best DAVIDs tea I’ve ever had. I imagine it will give me the energy to start digging into my schoolwork all day – which is great…I really need a kick in the pants there.

Putting this on my wish list just in case I place an order in the near future.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

When I got this one the clerk told me to only steep for 45sec max, which I thought was weird, but I find that it’s perfect for this one. If you ever find the 4mins too much, try it for a short steep and it might surprise you.


Hmm, I wonder if the Kenyan Sunrise I just ordered from Whispering Pines will be anything like this. It looks about right.


I feel the same way about David’s. I love their teaware and gadgets, but haven’t been super impressed by their teas.

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drank Peaches & Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Free sample with my DAVID’s order.

I’m having a bad tea night. This one started out so promising, too – it smelled so peachy and fruity dry. Those vanilla bits aren’t really noticeable at all in the dry leaf scent but their sure are present in the smell and flavor of the steeped tea.

Unfortunately, it’s a very artificial, medicinal vanilla and really ruins any natural peach/strawberry flavors. Even more unfortunately, since I didn’t drink very much, I lost a nearly full cup to my coffee table when I forgot about it and accidentally spilled it all.

Sigh. Okay, I’m quitting while I’m ahead tonight. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have better luck.

Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sakura Tea by Obubu Tea
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Ever since that yummy encounter with the Obukucha tea I’ve been wanting to see if pickled cherry blossom would be as good as the pickled plum in that green tea.

Unfortunately that’s a no.

I think it’s because the salted, vinegared blossom also has a sweetness to it, and that’s like putting sugar on salt and vinegar chips. Or at least that’s what my tastebuds equated it with, and that is just gross.

Even once its steeped, as gorgeous as the pink flower looks floating in the tea, it just doesn’t ever have a flavor I can stand. Sweetened vinegar is just not my thing. Oh well, I’m really glad I got to try it and see for sure!


did you try rinsing it first? I have some sakura tea from another seller, and they specifically told me to rinse the salt off before brewing it. Thanks for reminding me actually, I need to try mine soon! :D


Yeah, I rinsed it per the directions. I think my problem was the sweet/salty combo. I like one or the other and not both together (the Obukucha was very savory, which is what I loved about it). I hope you end up liking the latte – can’t wait to read your tasting note about it!

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Such a great black tea. It is equally good with creamer or plain, but this morning I had it with no additives.

The cream/vanilla flavor doesn’t come in until the tea cools but the sweet lemon is present from the beginning, tasting so fresh and natural. I wish the cold ready to drink teas could figure out how to use this lemon flavoring- it’s the most authentic I’ve ever tasted.

I have no faults with this tea…it’s one of my favorites.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I got my DaVIDsTEA order! But it didn’t have any tea in it besides samples (I was dying to get my hands on the mason jar and glass travel tumbler), so I’m tempted not to even really count it as a tea purchase, per se.

I have been quite intrigued by the tea chocolates and needed a little more to get me to free shipping so i opted for two bars of this since I love both Earl grey and dark chocolate. Sadly I was not super in love with this. I mean, it’s chocolate, and a good dark at that, but here are gritty bits of tea leaves in there…I guess I was expecting more of a tea infusion than anything else. I do get the bergamot and dark chocolate together and they are every complementary but the texture is really off putting.

Eh. I’m almost kind of glad I’m not in love with it…at least if it ends up being a limited edition thing I won’t be sad when it goes away.

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Needed to make iced tea tonight (because it’s ICED TEA WEATHER at long last, PEOPLE!) and I found one last bag of this among the three of so I have of rainbow sherbet.

So, I was making this while making dinner and added more sugar than I usually do – like, a tablespoon more, because I forgot this makes a half gallon and not a whole gallon. But you know what? Even though it still tasted like pink lemonade in sherbet form (still has an ice creamy texture thing going on, which I found off putting last time), it was pretty good. Good enough that the boyfriend said “what’s this?” and I told him honestly and he still took a sip! And then he proceeded to ask for a glass.

Which I gave him after I picked my jaw up off the floor. Figures he’d like a tea when I’m in the middle of a sipdown. Maybe I should take my chances with the rainbow sherbet and see what happens…

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Had a bag today with breakfast at the Cracker Barrel.

Just in case you were wondering, guys, there are not a lot of breakfast restaurant options between Columbus, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia. Like, Cracker Barrel or nothing, pretty much. And then when you get there, your options are Twinings English Breakfast, Darjeeling, or green tea. Being breakfast and all, this seemed like the obvious choice.

And it really wasn’t that bad. Considering the server just kind of gave me a small pot of hot water (16 oz. max) and left me alone, I just kept topping up my mug and left the bag in, adding a packet of sugar for each 8 oz. It never got astringent, had the bright citrus like notes of a ceylon, and generally didn’t make too much of itself.

I can see why it’s a good restaurant tea (it wasn’t fussy at all) and I for sure would order it again if I was going to be in a breakfast place somewhere.

I’m not going to lie, though – I was excited to get home and have some real, time-intensive tea to drink. I imagine I’ll be drinking some Japanese teas tonight while I (finally!) finish reading Shōgun. Yay for weekends!

Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Haven’t read Shogun for years…I associate it with a wonderful road trip memory back when I was in high school. Came home with it finished and with a red derby hat I deeply miss.

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Tasting note number infinity for this tea – I know.

But it’s Friday and I had it with pancakes and that makes me happy. That and the fact that it may get up into the 70s today. So excited its Spring!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I have a can of this, and now you’ve motivated me to brew some up! But I’d better wait ’til morning… ;-)


Haha. This is my most favorite breakfast tea ever… it just is so consistently good and affordable. I hope you enjoy your cup this morning. :)

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
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Had last night for dessert – I pretty much only got chocolate, which is sad, especially considering I was wanting caramel, nuts and cheesecake.

I think I’ve decided that as a whole chocolate in tea is just not for me. Now, vanilla? I can do that ALL day long. But chocolate just never comes across as anything but fake and chemically. Boo. But, lesson learned. I need to just do some spring cleaning in my cupboard and send this along to someone who will enjoy it more.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

i’d try it! haha


Me too! :)

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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