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69
drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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So I hear this one’s even better than Blueberry Jam…

The aroma reminds me a lot of Superberry. Perhaps the cranberry?

Huh, flavour-wise this strangely reminds me of bagged Celestial Seasonings tea. I’m not sure exactly why. I can taste a woody oolong base, with light fruitiness overtop. It’s alright, but not thrilling. If I try really hard, I can imagine a Saskatoonberry flavour, but as I didn’t really see any as I was measuring out the tea (I saw lots of cranberries though!), that doesn’t surprise me. The berry flavour here is pretty mellow and neither sweet nor tart, really. And there’s a bit of a lingering dark oolong aftertaste.

I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. I definitely think Blueberry Jam is better, and this one is certainly a decent cup of tea, it’s just not quite what I wanted. I’ll have to try icing/cold-brewing it as well though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Sorry it was not as good (for you) but happy for me as I just ordered Blueberry Jam and I would have been bummed if there was one like it but better lol

Kittenna

Hahaha, yeah, definitely not nearly as good. I think you ordered a good selection.

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Picked up the latest DT offerings today, of which one was this lovely tea!

The aroma is very fruity-peachy. I can believe there’s pineapple in there too, but it doesn’t have the tanginess I associate with fresh pineapple, so my brain is thinking peach instead, I guess. The flavour is super fruity, with a bit of a cooling aftertaste. Mostly peachy/pineappley. Very tasty!

I think I was expecting something a little more subdued, where you can taste the bamboo (like Blazing Strawberries), but this one is very much in-you-face fruit flavour. I’m cold-brewing a bit right now too, and we’ll see how that turns out! This is great as a juicy fruit drink :) I just wish that there was a bit more complexity. I wonder how mixing this with a vegetal green would work out? I might try that.

ETA: Second infusion a weaker but still good version of the first. Fruit still has flavour, so I imagine I could have gone for a third. Word of warning though, the “peach crunchy” looks like rotten fruit and disintegrates as such. Yuck! Good thing I remembered it was in there before I got too grossed out :)

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

I got this – can’t wait to try it! I still have not found the Blazing Strawberry you sent but it will show up. :)

Kittenna

I’m pretty sure I sent it to you, as it’s on my list and I thought you’d find it interesting. It may have been bagged with some other teas? Possibly White Whisper/Jiaogulan? It’s a bag with little greyish-green trapezoidally(?) cut pieces.

Azzrian

Trapezoidally haha I love that word! I will look more today once I get my head on straight. I can’t wake up!

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39
drank Plum Lov'en by Design a Tea
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I swear I’m going to bed after I write this…

Continuing on the trend of drinking tea from my latest box of samples and ignoring all others…. this is another sample from Azzrian! I haven’t really tried a plum-flavoured tea, and thought it could be interesting.

The steeped tea smells a bit like a winey/grape-juicy rooibos. Yes, definitely smelling the rooibos. Boooo!! Surprisingly, it doesn’t really carry into the flavour… but neither does the fruity plummy taste. Oh wait, there’s a bit in the aftertaste… maybe. Ok yes. But there is really not a lot of flavour here, especially given how much tea I used and the length of the infusion. And… I’m suddenly tasting flavours reminiscent of Fisherman’s Friend cough drops…. blech!!! Not sure if that’s a medicinal-rooibos thing, or what… eek, not a big fan!!! Definitely a miss for me…. but that’s ok!! Had three hits tonight, two of which were new flavours for me, so three outta five ain’t bad! (And I think the tea from Kally Teas has potential, so it might be 4/5!)

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

You haven’t been to bed yet?!?

Kittenna

Errrr… well I had a 3-hour nap in the middle of the day, and then ended up going to work from midnight to 3am… now it’s 6am… I have bad sleep habits. Going to sleep now :)

ScottTeaMan

Goodnight…….

:))

Azzrian

LOL you night owl! Worse than me even! Wow I really love this tea – it taste like wine to me. Its cool though can’t win em all lol

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40
drank Wild Watermelon by Kally Tea
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Whoops! I thought this one was a fruit tisane! Therefore made some really silly mistakes. My bad! Thanks for the sample, Azzrian, and I’m glad you sent me enough to try again! Original review (minus the part about it being caffeine-free) follows!

Anyways, brewing this up, I could have sworn I was brewing up DavidsTea’s Goji Pop! Yes, another tea very similar to one I’ve previously tried! Although the ingredients here are completely different (ok, not completely, I think melon is the similar ingredient, but the blends look quite different). The aroma is hibiscus-tart-tangy, which doesn’t bother me likely because my tastebuds are anticipating a cup full of Goji Pop! We’ll see what they get…

Holy. Reminiscent of, but definitely not, Goji Pop. Also, I oversteeped this one; it is a bit bitter and overly sour from the hibiscus. I’m finding it difficult to distinguish anything else because of those two things. To be honest… I definitely prefer Goji Pop (which does not have an oversteeping problem). But I will have to give this one another shot with a) less tea and b) a shorter infusion time! Given my recent decision not to drink icky tea, this one barely passes due to the sour/bitter, but I’m still going to drink it because it’s not that bad. Rating reserved until the next time :)

ETA: Second infusion unpleasant – some different flavours coming out. Will just have to try again.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Yeah I mean hibiscus is not my fav in anything I have to try this again as I see I rated it pretty high for a hibiscus blend.

Kittenna

I think it’s probably just fine if attention is paid to infusion time :)

Josie Jade

I really liked this tea and have been wanting to try Goji Pop for awhile. I think you just talked me into ordering some!

LiberTEAS

This is actually a green tea, not a caffeine free tisane like Goji Pop … eight minutes is a lot of time to steep a gunpowder green tea.

Kittenna

… that could explain a LOT! Whoops! Good thing I have enough to try again! Going to edit the silly bit out of my review. Clearly I wasn’t paying attention :D

LiberTEAS

Yes, I’m glad that you have enough to try it again, because it’s really good. Also, I thought that the second infusion was better than the first… definitely must brew it a second time! :)

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94
drank Almond Cookie by Joy's Teaspoon
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Another generous sample from Azzrian… and another new tea company for me to try!

Now, initially when seeing this tea, I had a suspicion that it would be similar to DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. I am not wrong in the slightest. I’m not sure the two would be distinguishable based on aroma, at least. It’s hard to say if the flavour is much different, since I don’t have any Forever Nuts on hand, but I feel like there’s a bit more apple flavour coming out here, which combines wonderfully with the bready, slightly nutty cinnamon flavours. The blends are extremely similar though, but luckily, I absolutely ADORE Forever Nuts, therefore the same goes for this tea! It just won’t be one I need to purchase, since I have a local DT. [My rating should be 1 point lower than Forever Nuts, simply due to availability, but I don’t know what that rating is right now. Will change later.]

ETA: Two fabulous additional infusion (both in less water).

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

This is my nummy night tea. I love this stuff to pieces!

Kittenna

Then it should be comforting to know that DT’s blend is so similar; you have a backup! I adore it too. I really should pick some up tomorrow (today!?)

Azzrian

:) so did you make an order during your overnight spree? LOL

Kittenna

Haha, no online ordering. I just need to head to DavidsTea today to pick up some tea for Amanda (and myself).

Azzrian

Haha good girl

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Wow! This was way better (and different) from what I expected! Thanks for sending me a sample, Azzrian!

The coconut flavour in this blend is definitely different from the typical coconut you get in many teas – it smelled and tasted much like fresh coconut water or milk, which I adore. But it didn’t just taste coconutty – I tasted the white tea underneath as well! Delicious! Unfortunately, I put it in a travel mug after the first sip, and I guess I hadn’t washed the mug out well, because it tasted soapy :( And this time, I definitely don’t blame the tea, because I sampled it pre-mug and it was amazing. Second infusion (180/5.5 min) loses flavour but is still delicious. It’s also a little teeny bit bitter, but I did kind of oversteep it…. (also, just noticed there’s a wonderful creamy aftertaste. Heaven!)

I must say, I’m very, very impressed with the first blend I’ve tried from The Persimmon Tree!! That order is probably going to happen sooner rather than later…. (I want more of this!)

ETA: Third infusion was alright. That was enough, though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
tigress_al

Hmm….coconut white hey…2 of my favourite things for tea. I guess I will “have” to look into this company!

Kittenna

Their Canadian shipping looks awful, so if I order, I’ll be sending it to one of the lovely American Steepsters to re-send to me. If you end up wanting to sign up, get some to refer you, because we get points that way (=free tea!)

tigress_al

Grrr it is frustrating some of these amazing looking tea sites and they have atrocious Canadian shipping :(

Kittenna

Yeah, 20-odd dollars for anything. Absurd. Luckily there are kind Steepies :D

Emilie

You should look into trying out their Mandarin Silk Oolong, it’s really good

Azzrian

Emille yes it absolutely IS amazing! I love Mandarin Silk !!!

Kittenna

Azzrian sent me some!! :D It’s upcoming.

Bonnie

You guys up late again?!

Kittenna

It’s only just before 3am… hardly late! :P I’m watching the re-run of the Riders vs. Eskimos game (CFL football). And I’m folding laundry. :D

Azzrian

I went to bed early Bonnie :) Im a good girl hahaha yeah right I shut down my computer and played games on my phone until I could fall asleep around 5am! Eek!

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87
drank Green Apple Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Ok, so I clearly enjoyed my first matcha from Red Leaf Tea, the Madagascar Vanilla. But vanilla is not a terribly adventurous flavour, so for my second, I decided to branch out a little, and bought this one (found at http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/green-apple-matcha.html)! I was spurred to pick this one mostly because of aisling of tea’s idea (& successful attempt) at making a caramel apple blend, which sounds heavenly to me. Of course, I don’t have the caramel yet, but it’s next on the list!

Anyways, sniffing the bag’s contents, I got pretty excited because there was a distinct green apple aroma coming from the bag. Unmistakeable. I can’t tell you whether it was a “real” green apple or green apple flavouring sort of aroma because I enjoy both, but it was delicious. So I heated up some milk, dumped some matcha in… and whisked it. Yes, that’s right! I actually did it properly this time, thanks to Azzrian’s immense generosity in sending off her travel whisk to me! (So, this was by far the highest quality latte with the fewest chunks of matcha I have ever consumed!) Anyways, I didn’t really measure out the matcha (I was going for “strong”, since it was midnight and I was headed to the lab to do some things I neglected earlier, thanks to an ill-placed nap), but had thought I’d used at least a good teaspoon or so. However, when I mixed it with the almond milk, I literally could not taste the green apple – it was completely overpowered by the almond. Easy fix – heat up a bit more milk and mix a bunch more matcha into it! This time: success!! And by success, I mean I created one of the most delicious drinks EVER! I swear they accidentally gave me the “there’s matcha in this?!” grade of flavouring… because that is exactly what I was thinking the entire time I was drinking my latte! All I could taste was delicious green apple, and creamy almondy sweetness. Zero matcha. Zero bitterness. (I did taste the matcha-mixed milk prior to mixing with the almond milk, and it tasted bitter, so clearly there was some flavour masking going on.) And… did I mention that I didn’t add a single drop of sweetener? So my delicious latte was only about 120 calories worth of amazing, assuming matcha is essentially calorie-free.

The only somewhat concern I have is the amount of matcha I felt I had to use to get a drink that tasted like green apple. I didn’t measure it (I will next time) but it felt like more than I had to use with the other matcha I’ve tried. I could be wrong though. Another thing as well (ok, I guess I have two concerns) – I do almost get the impression that because of the flavouring in this matcha, there is less actual matcha, and that’s contributing to the fact that I can’t taste “matcha” in spite of how much powder I felt I used. I don’t know how it’s flavoured, or what the matcha:flavouring ratio might be if the flavouring comes in powder form, but I have to wonder about that. But all that said…. this was absolutely delicious and gave me a much needed treat (and presumably caffeine boost) to get through my work this evening!

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

wow you were up late!

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

My gosh that sounds delish!

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92
drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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84
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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93
drank Fruity Ginger by Teaopia
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Went on a not-date last night with the guy I had asked out, and it was fabulous. Only thing that would have made it better was if it had been a date. Siiiiiiigh. I can’t get it all out of my head; my roommates are all subject to my incessant babbling about it, so I figured you all could hear about it too!! :D

Anyhow, set this one up to cold-brew the other day, and it turned out marvellously, as expected. I’m actually thinking about trying to phone some Teaopia locations in the area to see if they have any left in stock, because I would really like more and it seems that it didn’t make it onto the ‘top 20’ list that are being kept around. It’s just the perfect amount of sweet and ginger, and no hibiscus (I don’t think, anyway).

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Bonnie

Sigh! Happy not date!

Indigobloom

I second the sigh!! fingers crossed that the stars align and you end up together :P

ashmanra

My hubby and I never once went out on a date until we had kids…just sayin’! :)

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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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