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drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

This tea tastes a lot like lime. Which does make sense as it is called lime bang.

Have to say, that it smells great, kind of a kumquat smell
It has a really strong lime taste, that really hits you when you drink it. The sourness hits pretty fast and you taste some of the apple that’s inside. I don’t really taste the pineapple however just a lime green tea. Yet to try this iced but its pretty alright to drink, very fruity.

From what i can tell, this is a pretty low grade gunpowder tea, it is a bit over-roasted is some places and full of stems and broken leaves. There are whole leafs too and they are of the fairly big variety. There is tons of sediment, and the overall quality of this tea is not that great. Regardless however, it turns out a really nice green colour. The is a ton of lime peel as well but the problem is that the fleshy white side of the peel makes the tea slighty bitter sometimes regardless of steeping temperature.

I find it tastes best, 1st infusion @ 85 deg, then the second one with boiling water.
It wont turn the tea bitter and you will have a smoother tea on the second time around with a hint of sweetness (i’m guessing from the fruit pieces). I tried it with sugar on the first infusion, and i have to say, i prefer it without. I personally find the second infusion to be better than the first one, the lime is still there but the tea is much smoother and less bang, in-your-face taste the lime flavour. I would agree with the comment that says this tastes somewhat of a mojito, just without the mint.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

Yeah, definitely this blend just have a lower quality Gunpowder Tea which I just find… Sad!


totally agree with you, i just wish they used higher quality teas on the flavoured blends.

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A fairly light tasting jasmine green tea,

David’sTea claims this is “premium”. Well, it’s not. I’ll be honest, this tastes very much like a typical grocery store jasmine tea found in China, infact i’ve had many that tasted just about the same, just a whole lot cheaper than $7/50g. It doesn’t mean this is a bad tea, I had run out of China jasmine green tea, so i figure heck why not, lets see if this is anything special. It’s fairly decent as a jasmine tea, but we’ll leave it at that.

Don’t use boiling water on this one, the bitterness comes out, otherwise it’s still a very enjoyable tea to drink. It’s floral, its light, it’s what its supposed to be.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This is an interesting blend and a rather spicy tea, and a nice chai blend.

It’s better hot on a cold day and isn’t something i would drink as a daily tea. It’s great in the moment, and you’ll easily forget this is a rooibos tea. The coconut certainly helps bring all the spice together. I would drink this from time to time, it sounds like it would go great in a latte too.

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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This tea is simply odd, I don’t taste the chocolate but a medley of confusing tastes put together. I simply didn’t like it hot or cold…

It just tastes confusing, and its a taste that doesn’t really appeal too much to my taste buds. I find it funny that it’s called a spicy chocolate rooibos tea because i don’t taste the chocolate and i certainly don’t taste the spiciness. It’s also rather odd that there are bits of apple and banana thrown in because I’m not sure if i ever used spicy and fruit in the same sentence before.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Pretty amazing.

I have to say, this tea really doesn’t taste like creme brulee, but whatever, it’s very enjoyable and drinkable. Rooibos tea’s are generally slightly sweet and this is no exception, the green rooibos goes well with the camamel-ish flavour. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it tastes like, but its quite something. The flower petals also add a nice touch. It just smells very sweet and creamy.

Sweet, very enjoyable as a desert tea, or when i don’t feel like having any caffiene. I normally steep it with a bit more than the recommended amount (something i do with all rooibos teas), good for about 2 infusions, best when it is hot.

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Says “use fresh boiling water”…

Pretty intense jasmine flavour which i like. Kind of rough tasting though, and can be a bit too bitter if steeped for too long. Decent teabag jasmine tea for the price however.
Sri Lanka jasmine tea is something out of the ordinary too, very floral.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Glitter and Gold is a fancy looking black tea, but in the end it tastes… pretty basic

What comes out of it all is a cinnamon black tea, a very light one at that. The tea was pretty to look at and smelled decently good, so i decided to give it a go. Honestly, it’s not bad; just not as jaw dropping amazing as the description says of my toes tingling and of a late night seduction. What this tea, is pretty standard affair, it is a black tea that tastes like cinnamon. It’s not overpowering and it smells stronger than it tastes. Which…
is not a bad thing. An intense cinnamon flavour would have been too much i think. The tea looks dark and when you smell it, you would think that it is quite intense black tea. But it isn’t. I think i may put a little more next time and see if that would change things.

Infact, it’s quite deceptive. I was expecting fastball, but they this threw changeup, it’s actually really light tasting, I didn’t get much out of it except black tea and cinnamon and sweetness. I could not taste the cloves or orange peel for that matter (the orange peel i got was way thick too, looks to me like from a jumbo navel orange or something). The gimmick in this this is the shiny gold balls, and the sugar crystals (which you will never see, they melt right away). The gold balls hold up well for the first infusion and for me just sank to the bottom of the cup, by the second infusion however, they burst or melted or whatever, kinda turning into a creamy like sugar that when mixed makes the tea look rather unpleasing with a cloudy tone. The second infusion was much the same, probably sweeter (as the balls broke open) and much less flavour overall.

If you are looking for a straight away light tasting black cinnamon tea that doesn’t overpower, your answer lies right here. If not, not that it’s anything groundbreaking or bad… it’s just decent and the gold balls are pure gimmick, granted they do look kinda cool when broken and floating around.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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I like it, this tea is dark and intense and actually resembles coffee.

It’s been awhile since i tried a pu er tea, i am generally not very open to these teas even after hearing of all the health benefits they offer. The main reason, they normally taste like farm or rather it just reminds me of being in a barn with decomposing hay or whatever. I drink coffee, I love coffee just as much as tea; and i like to drink it black normally.

This tea, has subtle taste of caramel that comes along with very dark colour…. it looks like coffee! I’d say the second steeping is just as good as the first. It’s very drinkable when it cools down (more so than cold coffee), and is just slightly sweet.
I guess you would say that coffee is bitter and that this should be bitter, but it really doesn’t bother me. What is good also is that I did not taste any chocolate either, not a big fan of trying to use chocolate to make things taste of coffee but here, it doesn’t seem to do much harm

Overall, very drinkable pu er tea.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

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