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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I guess the crappiness of today has a second bright spot – the arrival of my matcha from Red Leaf Tea!

I’ll write a longer note later, but so far I’m sold. Having it as an agave-sweetened regular almond milk latte. The only concern? I swear it tastes like strawberry, not vanilla. But that could just be something funny that I’m tasting. It’s still delicious, and now I’m dying to try the actual strawberry one! And mango. And French vanilla. And…

ETA: Ok, so this was so much better than I was expecting! The flavouring tasted natural, not fake, and the matcha was obviously not low quality. The flavouring also didn’t overpower the lovely matcha flavour (I’m sure that might be a different story if I went for stronger flavouring options – which by the way is SUCH a good idea!) Another plus is that I didn’t find the matcha as bitter as straight matchas I’ve tried, so when mixed with regular almond milk, which is somewhat sweet, I definitely felt like extra sweetener was unnecessary. However, I needed an energy kick, so threw in a bit of agave syrup as well. The reduced bitterness also makes me feel like this might be a good matcha to try straight – which I haven’t been brave enough to try yet!

One of the best parts? I left about half my latte sitting in my car while I went to practice handbells with my group, and when i got back to my car it smelled SO WONDERFUL inside! And the smell is still lingering. It’s delightful. And definitely smells like vanilla, not strawberry, so who knows what’s up with my tastebuds.

Preparation
Iced
Azzrian

So obviously you figured out how to make matcha! LOL I have not tried again yet – any tips?

Azzrian

WAIT WAHT? You ordered different flavors of MATCHA? OMG trade trade trade incoming LOL hahaha

Kittenna

Hahaha, my matcha is not perfect, and it’s in latte form, which tends to cover up mistakes. Also, although it was a touch clumpy (entirely user error), they were not as bitter as when I make the one I have from DavidsTea. I just use a random amount of powder (2+ tsp) in a tiny amount (1/4 cup?) of hot milk, essentially beat it with a plastic spork thinger, and then top up with agave syrup and cold almond milk (I find heating up the almond milk is icky).

And heck yes, if you want to try this one you’ll find it in your next swap box :D

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Rough day. Good thing I brought this one to work. Sigh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Missy

D’oh! Hope your day goes better.

Indigobloom

just think of Sunday!! xx

Kittenna

Thanks guys. Just can’t wait for Monday to be over… (but so excited for Sunday!)

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drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Truthfully, only picked this one up because I need to TRYALLTHETEAS. It smells like Three Wishes Tea. I think I’m not as big of a fan of rose petals in tea as I thought I was.

Dry tea is perfumey, like rose petals. That’s about it.

The steeped tea smells perfumey, but bearably so. Likewise, that is how it tastes. I was scant on the leaf to avoid feeling like I drank a bottle of perfume, and I think I succeeded. This isn’t bad. For the third time, can’t taste the green tea.

It’s not bad, but I think this will be going into the swap pile. Not my favourite.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t think this tea was supposed to be out until tomorrow (ok, today), but it was there, so I bought it! I initially thought it would be loaded with juniper and other icky things, but it sounded interesting enough for me to give it a try. I have a weird feeling it’s going to be rather tart though…

The dry tea has a very interesting aroma. I honestly can’t place it at all. A bit of berry tart/sweetness, and perhaps I’m smelling the sea lettuce. It’s quite a strong aroma, as well. Also, the girl at DavidsTea was nice enough to load my package with fruit :D Cost more, but oh well!

Steeped, I’m primarily smelling blueberries. Yup. That’s about it.

Ok – definitely not tart like I was expecting! Actually rather refreshing. Tastes sweet and a bit like blueberries. I’m not placing the other flavours, but it’s cool on the palate. Again, no apparent green tea flavour, but I’m sure it’s there.

I think this one might be good cold-steeped. I think the berries need more time to infuse into the brew, personally, particularly the cranberries as there were a bunch in the infuser and I’m not tasting any cranberry (or if I am, I’m attributing it to something else).

Much better than I was expecting! Pleasant surprise :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lynne-tea

Oh I’ll be honest I am jealous. You live in a city with a Davids Tea don’t you? I am glad I only have a bike, as if I had a car I can assure you I would drive to a Davids Tea every second weekend (1.5 hrs). It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a car or live by a DT now that I think about it (being a student and all =\ ).

Kittenna

That I do :) In fact, the DavidsTea is in the same mall as my gym, and the mall is literally a 20-25 minute walk away from my house. I assure you, they now recognize me at my local store. I literally came in daily one week. And the one girl remembers the time I went in to get 10g samples of all the teas they were putting online.

Sadly, I am also a student. But with a car. And a (currently nonfunctional) bike. Easy access means I have ridiculous amounts of DavidsTeas… and am very, very poor.

Indestructible

I am so curious about this one. I mean, a tea inspired by David Suzuki? How cool is that?

Kittenna

I thought it was kind of neat too. And so thrilled that it contained neither juniper nor peppermint (as I had expected)!

tigress_al

That is super cool, honestly, I was expecting some pretty bad reviews of this tea. I wasn’t going to try it, but now I think I will.

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drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
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NEW TEA FRENZY! Can’t believe my local DavidsTea had all three out today when I went to restock some Chocolate Cake! Nice surprise :D

Dry tea smells deliciously fruity, and although I might not have figured it out on my own, it does smell like kiwi. Interesting!

Steeped, it definitely has a different sort of fruity smell than usual. A sort of tropical fruitiness, but not pineapple.

The taste is sweet and light, and the aftertaste is of kiwi. No obvious green tea flavour, but I’m sure it adds body. There’s a small amount of kiwi-like tartness and astringency (definitely from the fruit, not the tea).

Overall quite pleasing! Better than some of the other greens I’ve tried from Davids lately. Not likely a re-stock, but I’ll have an enjoyable few cups of it :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Hmmm I guess I’ll have to try it! when I saw yet another fruity green tea from DT I was a little disappointing… but perhaps this will make the grade!!

Ian

This one sounds SO good because I love kiwi, by unfortunately I’m allergic to it :(

Kittenna

Aww, that sucks. I love kiwis. I feel lucky not to be allergic to any foods.

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Thanks to Frank for letting me keep this little ‘oops’ in my order – I wanted Strawberry Pie Honeybush, but got this one instead! Now the honeybush is en route, and I get to enjoy an unexpected treat. Yay!

The dry tea and steeping liquor smell amazingly of strawberries. It’s not entirely authentic to me, but I admittedly like fakey strawberry flavours, so I really don’t care. As it has cooled some now, the aroma reminds me quite a bit of sugared strawberries like my mom makes in the summer for over ice cream (i.e. sliced strawberries mixed with white sugar to create a syrup). Makes me really hungry. My stomach is growling like crazy (I don’t think I’ve eaten very much today, oops.)

Mm, it definitely tastes fruity, not as fruity as I was expecting given the intensity of the aroma, but it’s nice. I can’t really taste the green tea, but I’m sure it’s lurking behind the strawberry, and I think I’m getting a hint of pancake at the end of the sip. Hmm, another few sips and I’ve changed my mind to tasting more green tea/buttery pancakey flavours at the beginning of the sip, and strawberry at the end.

I think it’s perhaps a stretch to call this a Strawberry Pancake tea, but it is quite a lovely strawberry green. I am definitely not going to have difficulties finishing off this package! I wonder what it’s like iced or cold brewed???

ETA: Second infusion has predictably less strawberry, but at three minutes, it does make a lovely lightly flavoured green tea! Oh man – I’m even getting the signature green tea flavour! Wonderful. Worthy of a second infusion simply because of that. Third infusion, however, is worthless. Fine by me, though! Makes my life easier :D (Ok, I shouldn’t say worthless. The flavour is just too much reduced for me. I think I’m getting some green tea flavour though, so would do this if I had no other tea around.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
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So my first cup of this, waaay back when it first came out, was a major oversteep. This time I got it right…. I thought.

Aroma is fruity… and a touch plasticky?

Hmm. The flavour is a little off. There’s a touch of fruitiness, but mostly green tea flavour. Boo. I wonder if it needed a longer infusion to get more fruitiness, which would probably cause the green tea to oversteep.

Sigh. I thought this was good the first time I tried it, but if it’s not reliable….

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

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Every day I drink an ancient tea (3+ years) from my cupboard, I give myself a pat on the back :D Go me!

So this one’s old, but not too old. As in, I think it is still going to taste reasonably true. Certainly smells like it! The dry teabag had little scent, but once it hit the water it did smell like delicious peachy goodness. I can smell a bit of creaminess too.

I remember as a kid always thinking that the peach-flavoured teabags were the best, and then heaping tons of honey into them because they were never as sweet as I wanted. Thankfully my palate has matured, and I no longer require massive amounts of sweetener, as long as a tea is not oversteeped and has some flavour.

I must say that this does taste like a bagged tea to me. Whether it’s the influence of the bag itself (i.e. papery taste) or just associations of this tea with bagged tea, I can’t tell. It is actually sweet, and the flavour does remind me of peaches, though. It’s actually a little bit like Southern Belle from DavidsTea, although with more peaches and no black tea (duh, it’s a herbal).

Not bad, but not a winner either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
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Revisiting another tea I haven’t had in ages. Mmmmm, it’s good. I do think though, that this one may have been bumped by Malted ChocoMate, so I probably won’t be drinking it as often (or restocking much). I do like it, but for a caffeinated, treat-like afternoon-pick-me-up, I think my vote is now going to go elsewhere. No decrease in rating though; I still enjoy the lovely coconut/malty chocolate flavour.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

I’m glad this gets good ratings by so many, it’s definitely going on my next order list!

Kittenna

Worth it.

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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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