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drank White Cranberry Bark by DAVIDsTEA
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I was sure after the first sip that I wasn’t going to like this one: it tasted like a straight-up hibiscus tea and I am NOT a fan of hibiscus. However, as it cools, the other flavors start to pop a bit more…I definitely get some cranberry and maybe even a hint of vanilla. Still not outstanding, but better than I thought!

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lexie Aleah

It seems like hibiscus is showing up more and more often in Davids tea blends unfortunately.

Maddy Barone

Yes, hibiscus and stevia. I am not a fan of either.

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drank Apple Pie à la Mode by Teavana
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Not going to rate this one, as I’m not sure how old my sample is. I’m getting a weak apple flavor and a bit of cinnamon, but mostly the rooibos base coming through. Apple seems to be a hard flavor to get right in tea for some reason!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pura Vida by DAVIDsTEA
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This one smelled divine, but the flavor was a huge let-down: sickly sweet artificial fruit with a hint of chamomile. Not a fan!

Flavors: Artificial, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve tried a lot of bad lemon teas in my day, but this is a good one. The lemon flavor is smooth and bright and not too artificial..fake lemon can make me feel like I’m drinking a cleaning spray instead of tea! And I do get a bit of a “cake” note as well. This is one I’d definitely consider re-purchasing in the future.

Flavors: Cake, Lemon, Nutty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I believe this was in my advent calendar from Sophia (thank you!) and I am loving it on this bitter cold winter day! The black base tea is warm and comforting layered with a strong (but not too artificial) banana flavor and just a bit of maple sweetness. I’m not really getting anything that reminds me of oatmeal, but that’s fine; I enjoy it just the way it is!

Flavors: banana, Maple Syrup

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

I want a candle that smells just like this tea! The aroma is creamy, spicy, sweet breakfast deliciousness. The flavor doesn’t quite live up. It’s mildly spicy and sweet with a hint of vanilla, but not as rich as I was hoping.

Flavors: Cardamon, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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This one was a nice surprise! The scent is AMAZING. The brewed tea doesn’t exactly taste like carrots, but it captures most of the other flavors of a carrot cake: the fruitiness of the raisins, the spices, and even a hint of the cream cheese frosting. I would definitely consider re-purchasing this one!

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Ginger, Nutmeg, Raisins, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blueberry Muffin by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea smells EXACTLY like a freshly-baked blueberry muffin! It steeps up bright pink (thanks to the hibiscus in the brew) and has a nice blueberry flavor. I wish there were more of a “muffin” flavor, but this is still a nice fruity tea.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Spiced Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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This one was a miss for me. It’s basically a cinnamon-flavored tisane with hints of clove and apple. Considering how many chunks of dried apple were in the blend, I was hoping for more apple flavor.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

This tea was a treat! While I don’t really understand the reasoning behind blending green and black tea (all I can taste is the black tea) the flavor combination in this one is delicious: lots of creamy coconut with a touch of caramel sweetness and just a whiff of hazelnut. The mouth feel is thick and rich and it’s delicious both with and without milk. I would definitely consider re-purchasing this one!

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Hazelnut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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