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73
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

My hubby loves the smell of this tea; he says it reminds him of orange flavored Campino candies. I’m not a huge fan of orange flavored anything and I’m even less of a fan of orange peel, so I’m not sure why I decided to get this tea. I do love the taste of fresh oranges, so maybe that’s what I was hoping for? I can’t ignore the peel taste as a hot tea, but as it cools it tastes more like an orange flavor that I don’t mind. That is, once I get past that initial sip. Regardless of whether it’s hot or cold, that first sip tastes and smells like dried orange peel.

I imagine I’d like this one best as an iced tea, but it’s too cold these days to venture to try that. I’ll have to hang on to some of this until the warmer weather returns and give it a try. Until that time, this tea will sit in my o.k. pile.

crazy4u

steepster wont let me like but good reveiw :)

canadianadia

Thanks crazy4u :D

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

After curiously looking up myfitnesspal (mentioned on Shmiracles’ post) and logging all of my meals, I quickly jumped to the conclusion that I don’t get enough protein in a day. what, how is that possible?!

While doing some late night emergency shopping with my roommate (her toothbrush died) I impulsively picked up some expensive soy protein powder. Maybe that wasn’t the smartest thing to buy on the fly; there were many brands and types of protein powder and surely there are better ways to incorporate protein into one’s diet.. Oh, well. I thought I could make some cool smoothies..

Or throw it into some tea. This tea. Why did I chose this tea? It tastes beyond funky. I think the powder might go better with the cup of sparrows tongue I have beside me or, perhaps, a fruit tea. I don’t know. A great experimental journey awaits me. Tomorrow.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Aaargh! I’m still waiting for my sparrows tongue order from Butiki! I swear the mailman rang the doorbell this morning, but I couldn’t get to it, and there was NO package OR pick-up card. :| It better be here sooooon.

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

Oh, no! I started steeping this around 15 minutes ago and totally forgot about it! I’m so angry with myself- I only have a 8 gram sample of this so I’m going to be drinking this cup even if it’s horrible.

Surprisingly, it’s not too bad. It’s not bitter in the traditional sense and astringency remains minimal. The flavour becomes more akin to banana flavoured dark chocolate than banana pie. Steeped this long, the malty smooth black tea is actually noticeable and I think it pairs well with the dairy notes. I ran out of milk but otherwise I think it would make a nice hot chocolate tea. All in all, not a complete mess up.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

I love pie.

I love bananas.

I was meant to love this tea.

It tastes like Murchie’s Coconut Cream Banana. (which, coincidently, tastes like banana pie). There are around two types of “sweetness” present: the creamy banana flavour followed by a smooth dessert-sweet cocoa finish. The black base is subtle and melds with the chocolate vibe, which comes out more on second steep. No bitterness, minimal astringency, lots of happy.

I was hoping to like Cookie Dough as much as I did this one but, alas… I think I’ve enjoyed near all the banana flavoured blends David’s Tea has put out, despite the “banana” having very different “textures” in all of them. Ok, maybe the Banana Nut Bread wasn’t a huge win but I did enjoy eating it as a trail mix.

Bananas: a sure way to make me very, very happy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Ozli

This teaaaa! So good.

CrowKettle

New best thing, ever.

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80
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2189 tasting notes

Sipdown, 149 (yay!). Didn’t remember that this one only had one serving left in it, but I discovered that once I opened the pouch up to check.

I’m not sure what happened when I got this in the store, but I’ve never in my life seen so much tea dust in the bottom of a pouch of oolong. Maybe the sales person was scraping the bottom of the bucket and I didn’t realize. In any case, I had to give this a very thorough rinsing with cold water to get most of the tiniest bits out that would go through my infuser, and then I only steeped it for 2 minutes given the obviously rapid infusion from the tea bits.

Yeah, this is far more on the green, grassy side of things than on the sweet vanilla floral side of things, and it must be the dust. Freaking tea dust! Ah well. It’s still good enough that I am enjoying this last cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2189 tasting notes

Backlog again. This was my second cup of the afternoon. It was quite nice, creamy and a tiny bit caramelly, and then nicely floral. I am noticing this time around that the base oolong is a bit boring for a green oolong… I mean, it’s fine, but it’s also less buttery and even less floral than I might have expected. Still, this was quite tasty and a nice blend of these flavors… I do love vanilla orchid blend.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
2189 tasting notes

Rarely am I that drawn to one of DavidsTea’s new flavors, but this one was intriguing to me and early reviews were positive. Vanilla flavoring on an orchid oolong, could be promising. It was actually the main tea that I wanted to get a sample of when I went to DavidsTea on Bleecker a couple of weekends ago.

I didn’t even thing about it until just now, but I do have another vanilla orchid tea that I like, but it is a black tea base. Vanilla is an orchid itself, after all, and very fresh vanilla beans can have a lovely, light floral quality.

The steeped tea smells nice, very floral and orchid-y, but also super sweet and creamy vanilla accompanying it. This is quite a lovely tea! I am really enjoying it a lot. A great balance of creamy vanilla and floral orchid oolong. I’m really quite impressed, and I could definitely see myself stocking more of this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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21
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
863 tasting notes

Well. Keep this in your cupboard for too long and it turns quite disappointing. Too thin and watery (even when following parameters. Even when you add milk) and there’s a really cloying note in the back of your throat similar to when you’ve had too much sugar.

This one was an accidental decupboarding but nonetheless it’s gone. The steeped tea is getting tossed – yuck. Bad luck for tea today I guess!

Bonnie

I think it’s the alcohol in the sprayed on artificial flavorings. That’s how they flavor tea like this…it can taste sour too.

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21
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
863 tasting notes

Latte style while catching up on some TV.

The more I have this the less impressed I am. It gets a skin on top (maybe this is also from the milk, but still – ew), and it just doesn’t give me actual cake so much as a generic sweet flavor. I initially thought I would want it forever, but I’m thinking once I finish this I’ll probably be done.

It’s still good – just, not as mindblowing as I thought initially.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

I’m sorta feeling the same thing. I thought this would be a staple in my cupboard but I might phase it out, or keep just 10g on hand.

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21
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
863 tasting notes

Note #400!

So, red velvet cake is basically just dyed chocolate cake, right? I mean that’s what I’ve always assumed – never got anything really super special about it. With this tea, I get a cake note but more of a caramel taste than actual chocolate. Although if I’m not thinking too hard about it that caramel will sometimes transform into a chocolate flavor -especially with milk. I definitely don’t get icing, though. Just the cake part. But honestly, I’m someone who likes my cake and icing separate so I’m okay with that.

I have a soft spot for cake tea of all kinds, it seems, so I’ll likely keep this one around for awhile!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Red Velvet is also made with buttermilk, so it’s a bit tangier than regular chocolate cake. not sure if you can translate that to tea, though.

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21
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
863 tasting notes

Prepped latte style – half milk, half water, no sweetener.

I love my morning cup of tea before work, even if it is at 5 AM. Even if I don’t get to REALLY savor it. Something about that cup gets me nice and ready for the craziness that will be the next 12-13 hours.

This is even more amazingly cakey when milk is involved – and lightly sweet from the chocolate chips in the mix. I will definitely keep this on hand since I don’t eat cake itself anymore…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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21
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
863 tasting notes

My order came- and it was totally delivered to my apartment door!!!! That never ever happens! So now I have bunches and bunches of new flavors to try – SQUEE!!!

I fortunately got a lot of rooibos flavors (which I will be getting to after dinner) but I could still get away with one black blend if I got started on it immediately. So I went with this because – well, I haven’t had cake in a long time, really since going gluten free a few months ago.

Preparation: no additives, 1.5 tsp. leaf to 8 oz. water.

The dry leaf did have a sort of chemically maple smell that reminded me strongly of my first (not so good) impression of their salted caramel. But once I kept sniffing it there was a definite note of chocolate cake in there. It smells REALLY sweet – makes me want some cake frosting. My favorite part of any cake is ALWAYS the frosting!

It didn’t brew up as red as I was expecting, given that beetroot powder is an ingredient. It did brew up cloudy, though, which I was expecting because of the sprinkles/chocolate bits that are interspersed throughout the leaf.

Tastewise, I get echoes of chocolate cake and frosting – more an aftertaste now that I think about it. It tastes great – though not specifically of red velvet cake, if I’m honest. A little bit too caramel tasting for that.

Still – I do like it very much…and this is boding well for the next 10 or so I have to try!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
187 tasting notes

This came in my big package from momo.

This is yummy! Hot it wasn’t bad, but it did have this odd weird taste (probably from the bamboo). I put it in fridge overnight and I’m enjoying it today. This is MUCH better cold and it’s very refreshing. Nice pinapple flavor, although other fruits come through as well. No sweetener needed.

Teavangelical

my store is perpetually at sauna temperatures so i literally chug iced bamboozled some days. I love it

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67
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
30 tasting notes

Pretty good! I don’t taste the salt or caramel, instead I’m just getting a vague sweet taste. Kind of reminds me of buttered rum.

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82
drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

Turns out I DID get this as a free sample from David’s when buying online! I found it underneath my bookcase when cleaning my room.

I like this tea, and will definately buy it one I run out of one of my other rooibos teas :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

Another one done! This tisane has a strong over the top almond taste and smell. It has a good variety of ingredients but it still seems like it needs more depth and dimension for my liking. This isn’t bad, and I’m glad I gave it a try, but it didn’t really suit my taste. I won’t be repurchasing this one – I’ll leave it for all you true almond lovers out there.

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72
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

Sweet marzipan! The smell of this tea is unmistakably, almost overwhelmingly, almond. It’s tasty, but I found it lacked a bit of depth in the flavor. Perhaps it might be because it’s on a herbal base rather than a tea base, maybe, it’s just the way the ingredients came out when I scooped them, or perhaps it’s because I still have a cold and I’m not experiencing the true depth of flavors? But as this tea cooled, the lack of complexity in the flavor became increasingly evident.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a decent tisane, and I look forward to having it again, but it doesn’t quite measure up to some of the other teas that I’ve been drinking lately.

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83
drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

Steeped up a small pot of this at a friend’s house the other day. No kettle, so we boiled water on the stove then let it sit for a few minutes. I lost track of steeping time, as she was on the phone and I have nearly zero concept of time if I’m not using a timer. I also think I put too much tea in, all she had was a big spoon. I’m not used to steeping in pots.

Yum! I had this as a sample in-store which was a bit weak and light, but steeped at home made it just like christmas in my mug! I could taste the cinnamon, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I could definitely taste the cranberry, but again, it didn’t over power the tea. I have a hard time with anything licorice-y, but the anise didn’t bother me at all.

I might buy a ~bit more, but this isn’t something I’ll keep in my permanent collection. It’s a nice tea for when company is over on a chilly day. (although I rarely have company…)

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89
drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
85 tasting notes

I don’t taste a whole lot of banana here, but it’s still a great tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
9 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

There are plenty of notes on this tisane, but I did want to add just one comment: I found that if I steeped this closer to 10 + minutes, the flavors mingled and mellowed and it tasted rich and sweet. The first time I brewed this, I stopped at around 4 minutes. For me, there was a marked increase in yumminess with a lengthy, leisurely steep. So, steep on, steepsters, steep on!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
3217 tasting notes

Sipdown! I brewed up a very thick cup of this today, and am enjoying it… but I don’t know. It’s just not quite working for me. It’s very nutty pina-banana-y. It’s definitely better with a higher fruit:water ratio as I used here (2 tsp or so for 6 oz??)

I think I’ll bump the rating a touch, as this is reasonably good cold, and I tea I would actually drink again… except I still have a ton of Luscious Watermelon and… shifty that other heavy fruit blend from the summer… Memory fading, apparently.

Anyhow, thanks again to kittylovestea for passing along a generous sample of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
3217 tasting notes

A huge thanks to ch3rryprincess for sending me a sample of this tea I’ve been so curious about (also, for the GIANT bag of Buttercream!! Oh, I’m so thrilled you have no idea!)

Anyhow, I brewed some of this up last night, and the smell overwhelmingly reminded me of DT’s Banana Nut Bread. Which was okay, but not a winner for me. The flavour was alright, quite banana-y, and coconutty, with some other flavours as well… but it really didn’t work for me. It was almost like a cross between Tropicalia and Banana Nut Bread. I’m drinking the second infusion right now, and am definitely underwhelmed. Don’t feel like I missed anything by not getting more of this tea, that’s for sure!

Anyhow, thanks again ch3rryprincess!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Plunkybug

Mmmm, giant bag of Buttercream…

Kittenna

She sent me the majority of a 25g bag of Buttercream!!! SO AWESOME! Three people have now been super generous and sent me their leftover/unwanted Buttercream… Steepster is awesome :D

Plunkybug

Why would anyone not want Buttercream? It is super duper amazing awesome!

Kittenna

I know!

Indigobloom

I wasn’t a fan of it lol

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