175 Tasting Notes

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I bought some triple sweet cream coffee creamer while I was grocery shopping the other day with the intent to use it to make this tea taste better.

I made some this morning in the new tea canteen I got as an early Christmas present from DAVIDsTEA. With creamer, it’s nice and sweet — chocolate coconut and light on both flavors. I’d up the rating for the version with creamer to about a 50 — something I should have no trouble finishing now. Still really disappointed that this was so terrible straight.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

Do you mind sharing if you like or dislike tea canteen. I’m about to get it its 40% off now

sundaysipping

I love it! I bought it because it seemed more versatile than the Timolino. It keeps the tea steaming (had to put ice cubes in it and then leave the lid off to cool it down) and is leakproof. My fiance has the white one, I have the blue one. HIGHLY recommend. I did use a tea bag to brew tea in it; I don’t know how well it would work with an in – cup infuser. If that doesn’t bother you, this is awesome.

boychik

Thanks for the reply. Bought 2: red and green;)

sundaysipping

Yay! Let me know how you like them!

boychik

I will;)

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My fiance loved the smell of this one. He asked if he could eat the dry leaves for breakfast due to their sweet, chocolatey goodness.

I, on the other hand, should probably abandon hope in chocolate teas.

The steeped tea is still sweet chocolate. It tastes bland — no chocolate, no sweetness, just tea. The aftertaste is a less-aggressive licorice than what I’ve had in Yogi’s Throat Coat, but no less strange. I feel like this would be a great tea for a sore throat … but I’m not loving it outside that context. The taste gets more licoricey as it cools.

Not my cup of tea.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

This is my current favorite from the Winter Collection. All the comments about it being a really heavy tea that you don’t get a whole lot of “bang for your buck” with are accurate. In the 25g pouch I got from DAVIDsTEA, there’s enough for maybe three cups of tea.

The taste of the brewed tea is all apple cider spices. I can’t taste any fruit in this, but the spices are nicely blended and not overwhelming. I can see this being great blended with a tea with a stronger apple taste.

Resteep — 8 minutes, boiling water, 4tsp per 16oz: This resteeps really nicely! The spicy flavor didn’t degrade at all and it’s still nicely balanced. Yum!

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This is the Winter Collection tea I was most looking forward to, and I wasn’t wowed by it. I was expecting much more of a creamy, sweet taste from the white chocolate. The smell was sweet mint, the taste of the brewed tea was overwhelmingly mint. The mouthfeel was creamy from the chocolate, but mostly cold mint. Only towards the end of the cup did the heat from the peppercorns come through.

Not a bad tea, more one I’m on the fence about. I’m not in love with it, but I don’t hate it either. Really wishing this would be the herbal to end all herbals; looks like that title still goes to Pistachio Cream for me. :-/

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

I love the smell of this tea dry. It’s all peppermint and marshmallows and it reminds me of my freshman year dorm room around this time of year. It’s the joy of the holidays in tea form.

Steeped with no additions … eh, I’m not so sure. The taaste reminds me unpleasantly of Sugar and Spice. Remembering how much better Read My Lips was with the addition of some milk and sugar, I added just that. Marshmallow. Peppermint that comes out more as the cup cools. What a nice breakfast tea.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t tell if I oversteeped this one or not.

Dry, this smells like liquid caramel that you put on ice cream. Steeped, this smells like a very bitter gingerbread cookie. The smells gets into your nose and lingers — I was still smelling this hours after I drank it. The smell was so overpoweringly bad for me that I don’t even remember what the tea tasted like, just that it was smooth and decent and didn’t taste like the smell.

Not going to be trying this one again.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Backlog.

This tea jumped out at me when I first discovered the DAVIDsTEA website. I was looking for something sweet that would take the place of dessert and voila! Red Velvet Cake. I picked a sample up when I visited a DAVIDsTEA store a month later.

Dry, this tea smells yummy and sweet — almost sickeningly so. Steeped, however…

It’s thin, very bland and in no way a substitute for its namesake. Really disappointed by this one.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
175 tasting notes

I’ve been having a miserable week. Attended a burial on Saturday, had a long talk with my mother in which she pointed out how she wants to mend familial relationships while simultaneously brushing off my feelings and concerns, and have just been generally unmotivated.

I placed an order with DAVIDsTEA for their winter collection last Friday, thinking it would get here sometime by the end of this week. Imagine my surprise when I came home to find it last night! What a fantastic pick-me-up!

I chose Alpine Punch for my work tea this morning. And I am in love with the smell of the dry tea! It’s like someone mixed pistachios and ripe fruit together; I wanted to eat it straight out of the bag! Steeped, it starts off fruity and nutty and devolves into creaminess and finally coconut!

The taste of the brewed tea, however, fell short of expectations. Nuts. Some smoothness from the coconut, but bitter nuttiness all the way. Not bad … I’m just not loving liquid almond tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Another sample from the lovely Courtney!

I’m in love with this tea! The smell of the dry leaves is all sweet fruity goodness. It smells like a rich dessert!

I used 1.5tsp in my Perfect Mug and steeped for the recommended amount of time. There wasn’t a whole lot of leaf in my infuser and the color of the steeped tea was a weak yellow. I was so worried that I had misbrewed and was going to end up with barely-flavored hot water.

What a pleasant surprise when I smelled my tea! The same sweet fruity scent in the dry leaves was present in my cup! The flavor was sweet fruit too! The taste was light and full, matching the scent of the tea. I found that most of the flavor came out in the first sip, and the remainder of the cup had a smooth quality that didn’t add to the flavor already in my mouth but prolonged it.

Can’t wait to order more of this tea! Thank you again, Courtney!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Another sample from Courtney!

The flavor of this one was weaker than I expected. After reading the reviews here, I was thinking this would be a thick tea that was overwhelmingly maple/pecan pie flavor. The aroma of the dried leaves seemed to hint at this as well, but instead I got a much more subtle flavor.

This is a very smooth tea. Without sugar, I don’t get mapley goodness. I cheated a little and had some vanilla ice cream and then took another sip. Maple! Delicious, authentic maple. Yum!

Going to try this one again as a resteep with milk and sugar.

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I became interested in tea spring 2013, when some friends of mine brought me to a local tea shop. I’ve been experimenting since, and am absolutely in love! I am especially fond of blended teas, and I’m a sucker for gimicky flavors.

My cupboard is stocked with a lot of DAVIDsTEA at the present, although I do have a few teas from some local shops. I’m looking forward to branching out and trying teas from different vendors and shops. Let the journey begin!

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