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Well, my quest today has been to tick off as many straight blacks as I can. Third one of the day. Hopefully I can fit in 2 more (I do have a late night of studying ahead). I chose this one because I wanted to determine if it was the Darjeeling in David’s Organic Breakfast that I wasn’t liking.

It smells great – like a black tea haha.

Oh my. That flavour is very distinct. And unfortunately I don’t think it’s for me. Though I’m also not sure if that’s what was bothering me in David’s Organic Breakfast. Hmm. I’ll have to ponder on that as I finish this cup.

5 min, 0 sec

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
740 tasting notes

I like the big tea leaves in this one. Not anything like an oolong but in comparison to my English Breakfast.

The taste I’m preferring over David’s Organic Breakfast. It doesn’t have that background syrup taste. Of course I wouldn’t have any milk, so I’ll have to pick some up and try this with a bit of milk and sugar and see how it stands up. Pretty good black though :)

3 min, 15 sec

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Feels like -34 here. I can’t wait to leave this city and finally go home. But hopefully David’s Organic Breakfast will brighten my day.

I picked up a couple different unflavoured blacks yesterday to try against my English Breakfast. This blend is slightly lighter in colour dry. But still smells pretty yummy.

Steeped it smells, hmm, perhaps a little less refined? More raw? There seems to be a syrup-y taste lingering in the background of this tea. Maybe that’s the orange black tea part – Darjeeling? Hm either way, great blend but I still prefer my English Breakfast.

3 min, 15 sec

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
740 tasting notes

I’m realizing (well, really I knew, just didn’t want to believe) that mint really only sits well with me when I’m sick. Any other time it just turns me off. However, this tea does smell delicious and I do so love coconut (also everyone raves about it). So I shall give it a whirl.

And there’s a sweetness overriding the mint smell that’s making me think perhaps this one will be alright :)
Well at least you can taste the coconut amidst the mint, but still too minty for an everyday tea for me. Darn! I can see why everyone loves it though, a great mix and smooth taste.

Update February 14/13: I’m trying this one again. Even though the scent of mint wasn’t exactly what I was feeling this morning. Perhaps it will help me finish off this psych assignment before I have to head off to work. I have been procrastinating so much as of late. I always procrastinate but it’s getting ridiculous. And I have an exam tonight. And I can’t seem to turn off Lana Del Rey.

Maybe the mint isn’t so overwhelming. I mean, there’s mint but I let it cool while I ate my cereal so it’s not so bad. The coconut is coming through nicely. Let’s hope this can clear the clutter from my mind so I can focus.


I really prefer this one cooled. I think the mint is overwhelming when it’s hot, and I don’t get to enjoy any of the creamy coconut flavor. It’s nice, though. Very subtle.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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So I went to Davids today. Again. And I picked up this one, even thought I’m not fond of chocolate. Also I picked up 2 pu’erhs. I have no idea how to drink them – and they’re brand new, not even on the website yet! Aloha and Berry Good. Can anyone give any advice or suggestions on how to properly drink a pu’erh?

This one smells pretty good. Everything seems pretty evenly distributed. Mint chocolate for sure. I did enjoy the red lip sprinkles mixed in haha. This is pretty smooth, a really nice drink, but not my cup of tea. My BFF would love this one – anything chocolate works for her!


Those Pu Erh blends sound nice. For loose leaf Pu Erh blends I brew them similar to a black tea blend. There is no need to pre rinse them or do anything fancy (imo) so just use 1 – 1 half tea spoons per cup and you should find they re steep well. Perhaps 2 – 3 minute steeps to test it’s strength at first.
If Pu Erh is in a cake form then it should be treated differently. :)


Thanks! Perhaps I’ll try one out this evening :)


hey i just had my first true pu-erh! the only other pu-erh i’ve ever had is davidstea Chocolate Orange. which i love. and i plan to get the pu-erh box from davidstea. very excited.
ALSO i finished my last cup of Read My Lips today! and i’m struggling to not place an order immediately for more. though i AM fond of chocolate in teas yessiree.

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Thanks to kimlovestea for this sample :)

A really lovely cream of Earl Grey. Neither the vanilla or bergamot is too overwhelming, a nice touch. Smooth. Really well done.

Now back to Fringe. So addictive.

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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This is hitting the spot tonight. Just got in from a 3-hour lecture (from hell) and this is just what the doctor ordered. Ah nothing like a cuppa and Modern Family.

This one is so deliciously light. I think I may actually prefer it over Gold Rush. Perhaps. The dry smell is very similar with the mulberry scent. I have been opening it and smelling it the last few days and then putting it back in the cupboard. But tonight when I got home the fiance requested this one so I made myself a cup too. The smell is definitely stronger than the actual tea. I’ll have to remember not to be turned off by the overwhelming sweet scent next time.


This is the perfect evening treat as a latte!

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Delicious! Another amazing sample from Will Work For Tea (I think I may have tried all of them from you now) – thanks!

This one tastes just like a pumpkin pie, which FYI is my favourite pie flavour. I can taste those Thanksgiving spices. Makes me think of leaves changing colour and warm sweaters and boots. Ah what an awesome matcha. Yesterday caramel and today pumpkin pie.

I actually placed an order yesterday for the 3+1 matcha deal and today at the last minute today decided I wanted to switch out one of my matchas for a different flavour. I sent a quick email and I was impressed with the near immediate response. I’m talking within 5 minutes I had an email back. My order was already prepared for shipment! Very impressed about how quick that was. It gets better – because I couldn’t switch out flavours I was offered a sample of the flavour I wanted to switch with to be included with my order. This is some seriously amazing customer service. I can’t wait to gobble up my matchas so I can order more! Red Leaf Tea you are amazing.

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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This smells like soft cookies my mom made when I lived home :) Like both summer and Christmas. Don’t ask me how or why but that’s what I’m reminded of when I smell it.

Oh darn. Bit too much of the lemongrass for me. I was really hoping I’d fall in love with this one. The smell is amazing. I can maybe get a hint of cinnamon, but nothing in the way of pineapple or coconut.

Update: As this cools (while I enjoyed my seriously delicious pumpkin pie matcha smoothie) the cinnamon is coming out more. Perhaps there’s hope for this one after all!

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
740 tasting notes

This one has a buttery, fruity smell dry. It wasn’t on my list but perhaps I will like it. Just steeping away.

Come onnnnn. Cool already!

This one’s lightly fruity with a hint of spiciness at the end of the sip. Is that the goji berries? I think I may try to steep it longer next time for a bit more flavour, seems like it could be a bit more flavourful. But definitely good.

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I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs, rooibos (specifically red, I’m more open to green), honeybush, and matés are not my favourite. I tend to avoid them altogether unless others find them so amazing it would be a travesty to not at least try.

Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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