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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
513 tasting notes

I can’t believe how much I enjoy this rooibos. I am not a huge fan of most rooibos blends, or tons of ginger, but this has such a great balance. With a bit of sugar, it tastes like a liquid gingerbread cookie. It is not a flavour I want to have every day, but I enjoy it once in a while.

Yvonne

Mmmm…one of my favourites! Enjoy :)

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I tried taking this to work on more time today. I have been properly steeping my teas before I leave in the morning and this is one tea that I actually don’t think benefits from it. I think there is so much fruit and berries in the tea that is actually needs a longer steep than white teas should. I think this one actually steeps better as an herbal than as a white.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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This was amazing tonight!! I steeped it for ages and threw in a little raspberry agave. It was like a dark, raspberry chocolate truffle. So good!! I will need to try this with vanilla and hazelnut agave. It was such a great cup for the evening!

Yvonne

Wow – that sounds absolutely incredible. Great idea!

Cavocorax

How did you prepare it? I always find mine tasting flat lately, but it smells divine!

mewakeling

I boil my water to a good boil, over leaf just a pinch and toss in some sweetener, then cover my cup and forget about it for as long as I can stand. I find that it always smells amazing, but the longer it steeps the better it tastes. I also find it flat if I pull the leaves to early, so I steep for at least fifteen minutes.

Cavocorax

15 minutes eh? Ok, I will try to let it steep for a long, long time. I thought 10 was pushing it. :P

Cavocorax

(and thanks!)

mewakeling

No problem! I hope it works for you! They are the only things I let steep for that long. I learned to let them go because I took them to work in a travel tumbler a few times and the brew just got better and better as the day wore on.

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Some days, life is just not fair. Take today for instance, I over leafed my cup, sweetened it nicely, set it to steep, and forgot about it… My precious Love in a Cup, it got bitter on me!! I hate when that happens! This tea is so, so good when it brews right, but it is downright fussy. Still, the taste when things go right is worth all the trouble it takes to brew it!

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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This was better today when I tried it. I brewed it at just below boiling and steeped it for five minutes. What I got was a tea that was a lot more influenced by the mango and less overpowering chamomile. As it cooled, the chamomile became far more prominent, but still not overwhelming. This was far more enjoyable than I remember it being. I think the first time I tried it I was expecting pure mango. This time I new to be ready for the chamomile and, once I was ready for it, it actually lent a nice flavour to the blend. I will certainly be drinking this more often!

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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I have gone back and forth and back and forth on whether I want to order more of this while it is on special, or whether I can finish my tin and be okay when it is gone. I do like the spices in it, but I find the cloves a little drying when I drink it. I find it a lighter version of pumpkin chai, I think the spices are similar, but I am just not sure it merits anything resembling a permanent place on my shelf. At the end of the day, I like it, but I think I like sweeter teas like Coffee Cake a lot more. So I shall enjoy the remaining half tin I have of this, then bid it a fond farewell to make room for new amazing teas I am sure to discover!

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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I made a cup of it up this morning, and for once it was not what I was looking for! I drank the cup, but I am trying something a bit more fruit based for my next cup. I am sorry though, this is such a nice tea, I hate to waste it! Hopefully I will enjoy it more the next time I brew it.

Yvonne

I had been scouring Davids everywhere looking for this tea! Never was able to find it :(

VariaTEA

It is from an old seasonal collection. It may pop up on the sale page online in the future but most likely it is gone.

Yvonne

That’s what I was told. :( Saddens me that I’ll probably never be able to try it.

VariaTEA

As much as we wish we could, unfortunately we can’t try everything :(

Yvonne

You’re totally right there. :( Maybe one day though :) Can’t give up hope.

mewakeling

I hoard mine because it is ridiculous to come by, I wish it had been one to come back! I just had someone tell me they were going to give me a tin because they aren’t drinking it though, so, if she does, I will let people know and maybe I can send some out for people to try. It is a wonderful white!

Yvonne

If possible, if you could send me a tiny sample I would love you forever! :) Only if you get the tin, of course.

VariaTEA

mewakeling, you are so kind. I have a tin of this stuff and I still hoard it (although I did share some with a friend from high school and unwillingly gave some to my dogs when they ate through a box and went straight for this tea). You just never know when/if you will be able to get it again.

mewakeling

I would weep if this were the tea my cats chose to destroy. I have some Digestif that we fight over incessantly because of the catnip in it, but, to date (and fingers crossed because I just rescued a five week old kitten), the rest of the teas have not been of much interest to them. I do keep my cookie dough up high and to the back of the shelf just in case :-P

VariaTEA

It was funny because I took a box of teas with me back home to Toronto. The only reason I brought this was to give it to my friend and I brought about 6 cups worth. I went out for like an hour and the box of tea was in my backpack which completely zippered up. Somehow my dogs found a way to unzipper my backpack and shred the cardboard box. They ate all of this and they also got into some Laoshan Black though that was salvageable. It should be interesting trying to find some place to store my many teas when I move back home permanently in April.

mewakeling

That is nuts! It is amazing what cats and dogs can get into when they put their minds to it. Bronte opened a tin looking for the cat nip tea by rolling it around on the floor while I was at work until he could pry the lid off. He got the wrong tin though, so he left it and the tea was alright, it was certainly an inspired plan though…

VariaTEA

Haha. Animals can be quite devious with the right motivation. They are tiny evil geniuses sometimes.

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
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I remember when I first ordered this tea and I couldn’t drink enough of it. Now that I am used to its place in my cupboard I am not that desperate to have it ALL THE TIME, but I still brew a cup pretty regularly. I love the apple and cinnamon combined with the toasty notes from the popped rice. It is festive and wintery, but also just plain delicious. I adore this blend and I think it will continue to be one of my favourites!

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Took this to work for a sugar hit today. I do love this tea for its pure caramelly sweetness. It is not fussy, it take boiling water, a bit of sugar, and a normal steep time and turns it into something that tastes like it should have a whole lot more calories than it does. It was the decadent tasting tea I needed this morning!

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