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I cold brewed this last night, and I am not liking it :(

The roobios is very very woody and leaving a bad aftertaste after each sip. The first taste is a tangy strawberry, but it quickly changes to simply rooibos.

I had one bag and tried cold brewing to see if I could somehow avoid the hibiscus ( – and it worked, the brew is not sour at all! So that’s something I guess haha.


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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Tetley
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I don’t think I oversteeped but I made a jug for iced tea, it was way too bitter even with lots of agave so, yeah! It wasn’t even so much that it was bitter, but that it was VERY flowery in cold form.

I’m going to stick to drinking this tea hot. Hot, it’s relaxing, calming and very tasty. :)

I’m going to mix the rest of the jug with some Strawberry Daquiri mix I have and make it into popsicles.

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When I’m confronted with one of those generic tea stands in an airport, tim hortons or cafe, I will always get some sort of peppermint/mint tea. I know it will be good. I know it will be refreshing, dependable mint!

It’s a Canadian holiday today, and I work in the US department so I am at work. Like all Canadian holidays. Anyways, I needed something to wake me up. I finished my McDonalds iced coffee (bad I know :( ) so this was great because mint wakes me up with no need for caffiene!

I find the green tea prominent in my cup this morning. Maybe it was the steep time or water temp but it’s definitely there. I like a little cream in my mint teas, but this one is good ol’ quality Stash so it’s just fine without. The green tea is what makes me not even want cream I think.

So there we have it! a nice mint tea for the rest of us.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Not cool! When in Canada, do like the Canadians. Poor form US department!


Agreed! Granted, we work very closely with Denver and make up a large team here. So if we don’t work, nothing gets done and people lose money (I work in insurance) But still! No buses on a Can. stat, nothing is open for food, the cafeteria in our building is closed. Yeah. No fun. All my friends say it must be illegal and against labor laws but I assure them that it’s just as legal as the Tim Horton’s workers that make their coffee on a Can. stat lol

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drank Lemon Chamomile by Tetley
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This tea tastes like what happens if you leave your cup out for a few days, a cup with cream and sugar, and it gets all moldy and gross. But you forgot and made a cup of tea in it anyways. At least, that’s what I thought I did when I first had this tea.

So I washed my cup really well, and tried again. Still gross.

Tried again a week later. Same thing :(

It smells lovely, like it would put me right to sleep, but I’ll give this one to my mom-in-law as punishment for her giving me DT’s Cinnamon Heart (Only half kidding. maybe she’ll like it! haha, I’ll warn her first of course n_n)

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This is one of my most favorite Stash teas.

My boyfriend and I just finished a week-long, stressful, sweaty move across the city in gool ol’ +30 Saskatchewan weather. I’m not complaining, just noting that it was a tad warmer than our usual crappy summer days haha.

We drink this tea hot all the time when we need a break from the world (he’s not a huge tea fan, but he loves anything with licorice in it so I convinced him to try this tea and he loves it, even if it doesn’t taste like licorice!) The mint flavour is usually just a nice hint in the background of the other fruity, mellow flavours.

Needless to say, I made iced tea yesterday to refresh ourselves as we unpacked. It was just perfect. because it’s herbal, I brewed a pot with 2 teabags and just stuck it in the fridge to cool, teabags and all over night. A little bit of agave and we were good to go!


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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow this tea is up there with the best of them.

It’s a tiny little bit peppery, and absolutely exotic! As usual, Davids gets the name of the tea just right. :D
I am so happy to be drinking this iced today after yesterday’s Citron Oolong mess. (I shook it and a bunch of bubbles formed.. then I realised I must not have washed all the soap out so THAT’S why it tasted like dish water)

Anyways – this tea is unique – very coconut/pineapple and spicy. It had me at the first sip.
Unlike some, I can totally image this hot and loving every sip. As iced, it’s a delightful treat for the tastebuds. Drink it. That is all.


I really want to try this one. It sounds nice.


Oh please do! it strikes me as a refreshing iced summer tea, but also as a hot fall-winter tea. It’s really unique.

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m having this iced today.
It’s an alright tea, just not for me, I think.

It’s quite lemon-y/flower-y and a little bit oolong-y.

Honestly, as I drink it, I can’t think of much to say. A nice lemon tea for lemon tea lovers b^_^

EDIT: Ok now i know what it reminds me of. I used to have these lemon-chamomile suckers I would suck on when I was feeling sick. Reminds me of those. Maybe I associate the tea with being sick and that’s why it’s so-so.


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I’ll start off by saying that I may be biased, as I am a HUGE Earl Grey fan. It’s my tea of choice. I’m London Fog obsessed.
Therefore – I quite enjoyed this tea!

The smell of it makes me want to give a higher rating, but I find it’s quite bitter and leaves the mouth dry more than other Earls I have consumed. The smell though.. wow. It’s amazing.

I just had it plain, nothing added, brewed hot. Had a little sample at my mother-in-law’s house.

I will probably purchase a small amount, 50 g I’m thinking, simply because I want to try it in a London Fog. Vanilla already added – me likey. I’ll rate again when that happens, perhaps my rating will go higher!


So good in a London Fog! Om nom nom…

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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Very very flavourful!
A perfect iced tea flavour. Berries and berries!

Got it for my $1 tea today. The berry taste is juicy and tart, which I will admit is not my favorite taste, but for people into fruit teas – this one is excellent.

As a personal note, it’s too sour for me, I should have added a bit of sweetener maybe? I’ve had a bad history with herbal fruit teas, though, which have all been sour and bleh since I can remember, so I’m reminded of those unfortunately. Pretty sure that’s just by psychological taste buds though, don’t let that stop you from trying it!

Edit: I don’t know why, but I really want to use this as a base for a bbq sauce for chicken. There. I said it.


points to my rant about hibiscus on the comment I just posted on Strawberry White That sourness and tartness you’re tasting is probably the hibiscus. That’s my big complaint with herbals. If they have hibiscus, they get really tart, really fast. My suggestion is to try some of this at home with a shorter steep time…that’s how I fell in love with this tea. It’s also amazing in pancakes!


Thank you! I’m still tea-learning so that is very helpful. Bear Trap just got worse and worse as I got to the bottom of the cup D: (I know David’s steeps for a long time though, so I will def give this a try at home another time!) It’s very good to know that I now have something to watch out for in other teas though. Thanks again!


Any time! It was such a revelation to me when I figured out it was the hibiscus. Blegh hibiscus ;). Yeah, the in-store teas are never steeped the way I like them, but they can’t please everyone XD. I’m just super picky.

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One more note!

So I cold brewed it overnight, and this is more of a hot tea for me I think :)

The black tea taste really came out with the cold brew, and it still has the tang of rum taste and coconut, but it’s not as rich as a hot brew.

Refreshing, but I’m really wishing I could put a splash of rum in there to add a little more flavour. (Totally possible that i didn’t use enough tea!)


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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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