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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve been so wary of trying this tea since it supposedly tastes like coffee. I love coffee, but teas that taste like coffee have disappointed me in the past… I desperately wanted something to wake me up, so when I went to DAVIDsTEA over the weekend, I picked up Jumpy Monkey at last.

It doesn’t really have much of a scent, but I do smell earthy, and I do smell a bit of coffee. The taste is not very strong at all, even having steeped it for about 5 minutes. It has a light coffee-earthy-nutty taste. No acidity whatsoever. I kind of wish it had a bit more flavour to it, though. It’s really bland.

As for its “jumpy” properties…. I was nodding off at work, and it seems to have done the job :) I’ll give the taste some time. Hopefully it will grow on me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pom Power by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought this as a sample a few weeks ago. As soon as I started ripping the little package open, I smelled incredibly delicious scent.

It steeped to a nice ruby red colour, slightly sparkly. I expected the tea to be a little sweeter from the smell, but it’s actually pretty sour. I’m really not a fan of tartness, and after a few more sips, I decided to add a bit of sugar. It’s better, but I doubt I’d buy any more of this. Seems like it would be a nice, refreshing iced tea, though! Reminds me a bit of lemonade. Maybe I’ll pick up another sample and try that one day…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked a sample of this up (and two others) at DAVIDsTEA when I was refilling my Glitter & Gold tin last weekend. I’m not a fan of green tea, but I figured trying just one cup of this wouldn’t hurt. It actually turned out to be quite good. I find it has a really toasty and healthy taste. It tastes just as it smells, which is nice. It really reminds me of these whole-grain crackers I tried once.

I can actually say I don’t mind this green tea at all, it has no bitter aftertaste like pretty much all green teas I’ve tried have had, so I could probably drink this again. :) I let my hot tea cool down to taste it cold, and find both are quite nice. Glad I ended up picking up this sample in the end!

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
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I got this as a sample with one of my online orders from DAVIDsTEA a few months back. I kind of forgot about it til now.

First off, wow this does have a strong taste! My usual teas are the flavoured kind, so they’re a little more on the sweet or nutty side. This one is rather bitter compared to what I’m used to. I’m glad I didn’t let it steep for any longer.

It tastes kinda grassy and earthy to me. I don’t really have much else to say about it. I’m trying to like it, but in the end, I can’t say I do. It’s not outright gross, I wouldn’t refuse it if it were offered to me, but unfortunately it’s not my idea of something pleasant to drink. Ah well!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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I live off coffee (and I’m trying to change that!) and when I told the guy working at DAVIDsTEA this, he took this tea out. It smelled amazing, like chocolate and coffee, so I decided to get it.

I’ve tried this so many times before, and each time was a major disappointment. To be fair, it was one of the first teas I tried, and at the time, I may not have been steeping it correctly, since I was new to this whole ‘tea thing’. Many months later, I’ve made myself plenty of tea and found that steeping it properly really does make all the difference. So I decided to give Coffee Pu’erh another chance.

According to some suggestions below, I decided to rinse the leaves for 5 seconds and to steep it for less time (4 minutes as opposed to 6) to see if it would make a difference. Thankfully, it’s slightly more drinkable—but still very earthy. Not a flavour to write home about IMO. I don’t get any hints of caramel (or sweetness, for that matter), but I do get a bit of bitterness of dark chocolate (which is nice). I thought it would help to add milk and sugar since that’s how I like my coffee, but each time I’ve tried it, it’s tasted much worse than drinking it straight.

I would not purchase this again. I’ll definitely stick to coffee if I want a coffee flavour. Coffee Pu’erh really doesn’t cut it from a coffee-lover’s point of view, sorry!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I find this tea absolutely delicious. As a coffee drinker, I’ve been having trouble being sold on tea and finding one I really love. So far, from all the teas I’ve ever tried, I think this is ‘the one’. Not only is it gorgeous to watch, but it’s rich and cinnamon-y, without being too sweet. It has some caffeine in it, which is what I wanted. Of course, it’s not nearly as much as coffee, but it’s nice to drink this late in the afternoon at work to get a small energy boost when you’re beginning to think you might nod off.

What I like most about this is you can drink it just as it is once it has steeped without having to add a thing. I find it difficult to add sugar or milk to tea, I find it makes it taste artificial and gross. Maybe I’m just weird… but the fact that this one is sweet on its own (probably because it has sugar granules in the mix) is a plus for me!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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