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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
2246 tasting notes

Holy maple! Wow. The scent of this one is POTENT, both dry and steeped. Delicious. I brewed it up last night and the mug has been sitting in my room all day, and it smells absolutely lovely.

I find it difficult to believe this tea has no calories – it is SO rich and delicious! So mapley. So sweet. I can taste the rooibos, but it isn’t taking over, so I can deal with it. This one’s another for the supersweet dessert tea pile. Will have to compare this to Birthday Cake – I think I prefer Oh Canada due to the lack of weird sprinkles though.

ETA: Second infusion is pretty good. Predictably less mapley, but enough remains to make me happy. Downside? I’m not sure what happened, but my little teabag thinger opened in the mug, so there were rooibos sticks EVERYWHERE in the mug that I had to drink around. Annoying… and that’s why I used the teabag in the first place… to prevent that…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

brave girl!! I’ve only re-steeped rooibos a few times, with varying results.
Have you tried the Maple tea from Second cup? It’s so similar!! more maple like I think. and a bit astringent

Kittenna

I figured it was worth a shot – it still smelled super potent! I haven’t tried Second Cup’s Maple tea – I tend not to buy tea out as I always feel ripped off :P But I might keep it in mind for the next time I feel like treating myself at work (there’s a Scup in a building near mine).

Ptkelo

Oh Canada and Birthday cake are very very similar in taste. Birthday Cake has 10 calories per cup though. So Oh Canada wins most of the time. Unless you want to have an unbirthday party (or, I guess. a regular birthday party)

Indigobloom

the maple thing is limited at SC, I learned that the hard way with another of their teas I loved lol
Between birthday cake and maple tea… I’m not sure which one I’d choose!

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Indigobloom

brave girl!! I’ve only re-steeped rooibos a few times, with varying results.
Have you tried the Maple tea from Second cup? It’s so similar!! more maple like I think. and a bit astringent

Kittenna

I figured it was worth a shot – it still smelled super potent! I haven’t tried Second Cup’s Maple tea – I tend not to buy tea out as I always feel ripped off :P But I might keep it in mind for the next time I feel like treating myself at work (there’s a Scup in a building near mine).

Ptkelo

Oh Canada and Birthday cake are very very similar in taste. Birthday Cake has 10 calories per cup though. So Oh Canada wins most of the time. Unless you want to have an unbirthday party (or, I guess. a regular birthday party)

Indigobloom

the maple thing is limited at SC, I learned that the hard way with another of their teas I loved lol
Between birthday cake and maple tea… I’m not sure which one I’d choose!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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