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Found this bag in my stash of work teas – It’s one of the few bagged teas I really enjoy, you just have to watch the water temp since it’s oolong. I love the subtle chocolate flavor and pop of mint at the end of the sip; it’s simply yummy!

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OMG – I love this iced, but right now I’m enjoying a hot cuppa. This blend of strawberry and green tea is just HAPPY. :) Please see other notes, this is a fave of mine!

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Old Reliable. It’s all hot and gross outside here in MD, but once you recover from the shock of that and settle in a nice, air-conditioned locale, you get cold…and you want tea. So here I am drinking one of my faves.

Please see other notes – this is the tea I drink the most, other than my personal blends. :)

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No rating as this is my own. This is great wake-up cuppa without being too lemony or too in-your-face. Gunpowder green with citrusy green rooibos. Delish!

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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David’s Tea is quickly becoming my favorite online tea retailer. I’m pretty sure if there was a store nearby I’d visit every day, and drop hundreds, if not thousands, there!

This was a sample in my most recent order. I brewed it up last night, and added honey, as I’m battling a cold (already?!). This flavor is amazing! You can taste the spices and coconut flavor, which is unique and fun. I bet this is beyond delicious iced, but I finished up the sample last night when I brewed a larger pot of it, with the intention of sharing it with my husband…and promptly finishing it myself. Don’t tell. ;)

I will be ordering this one when I place the order for the fall collection.

Bottom line: LOVE IT! :)

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

Me tooooo, I have given them FOUR suggestions in Atlanta of where to open, thankfully I have nothing more to add. Yet. If they ever use one of them I will cry. And then spend hundreds.


I live in the DC metro area but rarely travel to DC. I would for David’s Tea though! I’d even ride the Metro by myself – heavily armed, of course!


They just opened a David’s tea in San Francisco! I am going after I get paid again. :)

Tina S.

@KeenTeaThyme . . . Rumour is DC is getting one by the end of the year!

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No matter how many teas I try, this is Old Reliable. I love the spicy medley and the POW flavor palette. This reminds me of fall, even though I drink it year round. I’m ready for autumn to get here – goodbye humidity, bad hair days, and weather-induced migraines! Please?


Everybody needs an Old Reliable. Or six.


@gmathis – agreed! :)

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
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Mango salsa in a cuppa. This is a fun, spicy blend, perfect as an AM wake-up – and a sinus wakeup! I love how the chili pepper complements the sweet mango flavor. I bet this would be great iced although I enjoyed my cup hot. Didn’t need to add any sweetener – which is perfect since I’m trying to cut back. The mango chunks are sweet enough.

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogged – had this yesterday while home sick with Yet Another Migraine From Hell.

Carrot Cake is one of my favorite varieties of cake. OK, look, I’ve yet to meet a cake I didn’t like. ;)

I love the medley of this – allspice with a hint of carrot, and a hint of cream cheese/buttercream flavor. Because it’s oolong, I would be very careful about steeping and the temp of the water. I kept it at 192 degrees and steeped for exactly 6 minutes; I like a stronger tea. Bottom line, this is a new fave.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

The like, of course, is for the tea; not the migraine. Sounds tasty!


Migraines are so awful, I hope you are feeling better! Caffeine and tea tends to help them for me, though I know it’s a trigger for some people. If only they were more predictable!

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Yum yum! This is terrific both iced and hot – there’s a hint of cherry and almond with lots of green tea deliciousness. This is playful and fun. A cupboard essential!


what a lovely name for a tea!


looks like we both made one for this tea lol

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I really love this cuppa any time of day. I’m enjoying it now as my tummy is being a bit mean and upset. It’s soothing and pleasant to the palate. Delish!


OMG! I read that really quick and I thought the tea was called Organic Turnips!!! LOL


LOL … tumeric is good stuff!

Scott B

I see that it has ginger in it too-also helpful for stomach issues.


TeaEqualsBliss – I did too, when I was building my order. I thought, well, if anyone could make Turnip Tea it’s either David’s Tea or Frank@52Teas. Then I realized what it was! :)

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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Happy Brewing! :)


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