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drank Honey, I Dew by DAVIDsTEA
655 tasting notes

The candied fruits are pretty tasty. Unfortunately, they drown out the tea base when it’s all steeped up.

From the 2015 advent calendar.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Honeydew, Melon, Pineapple

4 min, 0 sec

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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When it comes to David’s Tea I’ve become a little jaded. This, however, I like as much as when I first had it years ago. I love how the cardamon, coconut, almond, apple, ginger, and rose come together and create so much marzipan goodness. It’s magical.

From the 2015 advent calendar.

Flavors: Almond, Cardamon, Coconut, Marzipan, Rose


I’m the same with DAVIDs too :(. They still “suck me in” with the odd tea, but I am spending far less there nowadays…

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When the green tea and spices decide to dissociate from each other and pretend they’re not living in the same cupiverse we all pay the price, especially my tongue.

I think this all initially stems from DT’s belief that lots of cinnamon is all it takes to make a good spice tea. Seriously.

They also discount the role green tea plays when it’s thrown in with strong ingredients like citrus and cinnamon:

“Is there any flavour combo more comforting than orange and cinnamon?” Oh, don’t get me started.

Flavors: Celery, Cinnamon, Orange

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, DT’s cinnamon obsession is just one more reason that I am not as regular there as I used to be.


Their cinnamon teas are just too powerful in my opinion :/

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Smells and tastes of banana bread, with a “spiced” (somewhat astringent) finish, but for whatever reason this tea doesn’t quite do it for me. I find it to be on the dry and nippy side, even when I lower the steeping perimeters . Maybe I’d like this more with a different base!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Butter

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is probably the most balanced “spiced” green oolong I’ve had. At times the base does feel swamped by the ingredients but it doesn’t have that “not mixing” vibe that green and oolong chai blends often give off..

The flavour profile is clean (eucalyptus, mint, cedar), warming (cinnamon, cardamom), and savory rich (buttery oolong). I still think oolong is a tad strange with spices but I keep coming back to this one because it’s such a relaxing and intriguing cup. It holds up well to multiple steeps, so bonus!

Flavors: Butter, Cedar, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Mint

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’ve had this tin in my cupboard for so long and it’s weird that it’s not there anymore. Gunpowder Green and I lived in some interesting places together.

Goodbye, old companion.

Flavors: Smoke, Vegetal


Ah, my favouirte “work day” tea. :)

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In a perfect world I would always have some of this in my cupboard. Alas, imperfect world…

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Maple Syrup

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hello new tea from David’s 2015 Christmas Tea Advent Calendar! This makes it year two where a well-intending relative gifted an tea advent calendar after the Christmas season; this can be cool if you do winter themed countdowns at other times of the year but we don’t, so..

I’m not typically a fan of stevia or chocolate in tea, or David’s flavoured puerh in general, but I can’t deny that this tastes like powdered hot chocolate of childhood past. Better late than never, right?

Flavors: Chocolate, Milk, Sugar

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Nice but tasted all the world like a fall candle (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Flavors: Pear, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

You know, I’ve never had this tea, but from your description I can guess exactly what it smells like.


mmmm… Maple..I wonder what a maple baked pear actually tastes like… sounds like a good fall dessert.


Yes.. maple baked pear sounds like a nice and simple recipe that even I wouldn’t mess up!

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Does Verdant not do flavoured tea anymore? I guess it’s been a while since I checked out Verdant Tea.. I was on the fence on whether or not to order more, and now the decision has been made for me!

This one is getting on in age too, which was made even more clear to me today after looking at Verdant’s website. I’ve been rotating pots of this with Whispering Pine’s Fujian Black, as both of those are showing signs of wasting away.

I’ll miss this when it’s gone. It’s very smooth and easy to drink. The chocolate and malt notes are emphasized artfully with the additional ingredients, to the effect that it’s smooth and roasty like a genmaicha. It’s main downfall is that it sometimes goes into “dirt” terrain.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dirt, Roasted Barley, Toasted Rice

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Verdant did stop making blends – this was a good one. You can get the version from Liquid Proust Teas which is based on the same blend and just as good ..or better. :)


Thanks, caile! Glad to know this blend lives on in another form. Looking forward to ordering more now, and I get to try out another company to boot :)

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, cedar, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, pine, rose, vanilla.


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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