514 Tasting Notes

drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Whoo! HAd this iced as the tea of the day – it did leave a little to be desired, but I brought some leaves home because I knew I could coax some more flavour out of it.

I was right! Lovely natural pineapple flavour with a delicious oolong base (possibly the same base as banana oolong? either way I’m a fan!) Creamy, yet light and refreshing.

Pineapple is not my favourite flavour, but I can say this was done well! Now, strawberry or mango oolong and I might go bankrupt, I’m just sayin ;)


Same base as banana oolong?! I was really hoping for that. My wallet had other ideas, but oh well. I should have stopped by DT today… I actually was at the mall O.o


Whoa this sounds wonderful. And it is way cheaper than I was expecting it to be!!


I was thinking the same, that the base is very similar! if not a hair more jasmine-like

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Wow, when will I ever cease to be amazed by Verdant Tea’s offerings?

This Sheng is one of few teas to bring me to the brink of speechlessness. It’s so sweet and just keeps giving and giving. It’s creamy and silky, with definite bubblegum notes but with a wood aftertaste that refreshes and quenches.

Later steepings become peppery with a silky kick- slight astringency at the back of the tongue. Ever so slight notes of smoke on an earthy base. Gorgeous amber colour. Happiness. Content.


You are drinkin some good tea today!


Today was my first day at the new job, I needed to come home to a warm hug of good tea! And then of course share with my Steepsterites <3

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Made hot and poured over ice – I find the honeybush is a little too dominating, but I’m going to coldbrew and come back with the results! Every honeybush I have ever coldbrewed has won my heart, so I think this one will really thrive!

Until then, it’s a refreshing honeybush iced tea – very nutty and a hint smoky, with some of that great blackberry flavour (I love Frank’s blackberry flavouring, it really hits the spot) and a bit of watermelon in the aftertaste.

Can’t wait to coldbrew and hopefully coax a little more watermelon out :D

Edit: As my ice cubes water down the tea, it gets waaaay tastier and the honeybush is toned down! Now I see that I used way too much leaf, and to use a bit less next time for the perfect brew. (I used 2 heaping perfect tablespoons in my Steeper, which probably made it triple strength instead of just double haha)


Cold brewed this is AMAZING, so watermelon-y. One of my favorites iced!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Sipdown :(

… because I’m going to pick up my Verdant package and I need more room on my special Verdant wall. Also – they taste so much better when they’re fresh, so I need to just suck it up and drink the teas while they are fresh and delicious! So there. :)

Yummy today! I’m starting my job tomorrow, the shift is only 8:30-1 and you have to wear a white shirt. I am going to spill SOMUCH freaking tea on my white shirts! This is not cool.

But what is cool? This tea. Aw, now that I think of it, I never did get to try it iced! But hot it’s so good, so I’m not complaining ;)

Rich and smooth, yet textured and grainy. Savoury and sweet – I could stare into the cup and be taken away for hours.


You’re going to need a tea bib


What a lightbulb moment! I DO need a tea bib! haha!
It can have a lobster on it, sipping tea.


Are you working in a tea shop?


Sadly not, it’s a PR type job/customer service desk! But there’s a David’s nearby so I should always have tea on me – probably literally. I get the white shirt thing from my mom – she loves to wear white but whatever food is in hand inevitably ends up on shirt!


Get one of those portable Tide To Go stick things to do clean-up’s of tea on the white shirt. I’m a spiller who know tricks!


Ah great idea, thank you Bonnie! I’ll definitely need one – its home can be my purse :)


Loved this tea. Its like having a more liquid chocolate fudge. Or that drop of chocolate ice cream that is about to fall off the cone.


@ unfurl – definitely! I can’t wait to taste the subtle differences of next season’s Laoshan Black – maybe even more chocolatey flavour is in store? ;)

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Um, wow. This is more than amazing. TeaEqualsBills ,how did you know?! This has been on my mind since the very first tasting note popped up. It got me insanely excited about puerh, and then here it is, right in front of me. I can hardly believe my eyes! I’m in love and I haven’t even sipped it yet! THANK YOU!!!

I’m going to go into detail on my blog, and the post should be up Friday. Until then – there are some unmistakable sweet and light notes on the first steepings. Angel food cake for reals! I’m even imagining notes of small, colourful sprinkles – it’s just so rock sugar sweet! Yum!

A truly changing tea, each steep unlocks another layer of goodness and new flavours. An amazing tea that anyone afraid of puerh simply MUST try.


I have got to try this again, because I remember thinking it was completely unremarkable.


You know that I love this shu too!


I used super awesome water – I always save my special filtered water for Verdant ;)
Mostly because I’m too lazy to filter all of my water for all of my teas, but also because Verdant deserves teh special treatment <3


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drank Hazelnut by Simpson & Vail
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I wanted a gentle and sweet wake up this morning – this tea was just the thing! (Thank you TeaEqualsBliss ! I got hit by this tea ammo!)

Suuuper nutty, and the base is so smooth. It reminds me of Florence, but I’m not missing the chocolate notes. Sweet and perfect all on it’s own – but I was naughty and added a splash of vanilla creamer for a treat. Ah, yum.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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On a search for a minty tea to add to my re-steep of Luscious Watermelon – I couldn’t find anything! Except … Wintergreen Woods (both by DavidsTea).

I was kind of wanting a watermelon mint julep kind of flavour… but wow. This was SO GOOD. So refreshing!~ It was 3 tsp LW to 2 large pinches of Wintergreen Woods. Wow. Sweet and minty with full watermelon flavour, almost like a real watermelon puree. With a splash of bourbon and lots of ice – I was surprised!

This is one of the first blends I have ever successfully tried. Freaking yummy. Something to remember when I blend a few teas for public consumption ;)


Mint and watermelon are so good together!


bourbon helps a lot of things… ;)

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I drank the last of this extra strong with a splash of coconut rum. Refreshing and delicious iced, but I think that’s the last I’ll have of it this summer.

Until next time, Luscious Watermelon.

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This was my least favourite of the 4 SBTs I tried, but I think it was because Bubblegum & Cotton Candy were SO flavourful by comparison!

That said, in this one, the black base really shone – just didn’t get enough of that icecreamy goodness that I get from the original honeybush blend. Not bad, just not my favourite! That is all.

OH – and this does end on a happy note – with the return of Earl Grey Cheesecake it gave me a chance to order some more SBTs! So… yeah!

Oh ALSO I got a job! It’s a PR/Customer Service desk at a mall. A mall job which gives me a discount on DavidsTea AND Lush! So for now, I’m a happy retail camper <3


Score for job with discounts!!! Congratulations. :D


Thanks! I figure since it’s kind of a PR job, it can count towards some sort of “You need 3+ years of experience to apply for this job” stuff. Then I can get a legit PR job! Or something. Something good will come of this!

Will Work For Tea

Congrats on the job! Just don’t go spending your paychecks at the mall! J/K – lol!


haha it’ll be hard, but I’ll try! ;)


Congrats! I worked at Lush for two years and will try to get a job at one of the stores here now. It’s always lovely to have a discount there. :)

Hesper June

Yeah! Glad to hear that you got a job and also that there is “benefits” ;)


yay! congrats! now you will always smell like a bath bomb :P


Congrats! Wow, 2 great stores!!


Congrats on the job! ^^


Congratualtions on the job! I’m happy you do get benefits :D

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drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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This tisane is delicious and refreshing! Great pineapple and peach flavour – it’s super juicy – I looove bamboo and want more tisanes with it as a base!

Of people mentioning a strange aftertaste – I get it when I ice it, but not when it’s hot. I prefer this tea hot! I also think the aftertaste isn’t from the bamboo (in my opinion) because I drink a lot of Blazing Strawberries and that doesn’t have the same taste – I’m thinking maybe the peach crunchy thingies?

Anyways, I think this blend is hilarious – it’s so pretty and bold that I feel like a kid. huge bright yellow flower buds and deep red petals! Giant chunks of pineapple! feels like I’m playing with megablocks instead of lego.

Anyways, I probably won’t stock up, but this was a nice summery treat and a great choice for tea of the month!


to me it tasted like dying flowers hot. Cold however I found it to be just fine. Quite refreshing and perfect on a hot summer day. It’s different for each person :D


I’ll have to cold brew instead of brewing hot then icing it! That will help with the flavour I bet


I really, really want to try this! I think I’m going to add some if I break and go for their Perfect Tea Mug promotion… :)


I love bamboo bases too! Blazing strawberries is one of my favourite iced teas, and I just tried bamboozled yesterday and it’s darn tasty too. I love your megablocks comparison – so true! :D


haha glad to see someone gets my crazy comparison :D

This is really really good Michelle, go for it!


I don’t really get that strange aftertaste if I cold brew it.

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You can call me Daisy.

I’m a 24 year old (not so budding) thespian – just moved to the Maritimes from the Saskatchewan Prairies. I’m way too polite, aka Proud to be a Canadian. I love it here by the water – it must remind me of tea or something ;)

My favourite tea companies are DavidsTea and Verdant Tea. They please my palette in different ways – and I love them both for it.

My rating system is as follows:
95-100: I will stock it as soon as I can, if I haven’t already! Permanent collection worthy.

86-95: I would stock this tea if I could, but my collection is just too full to warrant it. But it is that good.

76-85: This is a tasty tea and I will have many cups and share with friends, but won’t go out of my way to keep it stocked.

50-75: It was alright! It was… alright! Not horrible, but I might not re-steep.

25-50: Ew. But I will finish the cup.

1-25: Please no, I want to dump it.

The Steepster community is my safe place. Thank you to all my tea friends!

<3 Daisy


Halifax, NS [Canada]



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