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This is an interesting tea. I can’t decide how I feel about it. The sweetness of the strawberry seems to conflict with the hay in the silver needle. It’s strange. The immediate aftertaste is cloyingly sweet strawberry fruit snacks. But once that fades, the taste that lingers is actually pretty great. Just perfect silver needle with a light strawberry essence. That after aftertaste is what I like most about this tea and keeps me sipping. I think I’ll re-steep this one and continue to enjoy it! Thank you Kittenna for sharing yet another great tea with me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

I finally bought some of the 2015 version of this tea last weekend, my last years was getting kind of gross and was hard on my stomach. Also strange, the online ingredients for this tea do not seem to match the ones on my bag, I could have sworn the bag said ‘pumpkin flakes’ and that is not in the online ones at all. Weird. I also made this to take to work, so I don’t have the bag in front of me, I should check that.

Anyways, I am really liking this year’s version better than last. This year’s is smoother and creamier, with more pumpkin flavor I think? I recall last years as very spiced with not much pumpkin.

I have already had about 3 cups of this since I bought it, I guess my brain is thinking fall. It also was very chilly here this morning, +6 and it rained yesterday so it definitely feels like fall! See previous notes on this tea, although note that this tasting is for the 2015 version. Rating still stands too :)

Fjellrev

Nice, I’ll have to try this year’s version then! I was so bored by last year’s.

MissLena

Yes last year’s was not the greatest, hope you like this years!! :)

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! I had an excellent weekend with the family, up at the cabin for turkey dinner last night and fishing today :) perfect weekend! I hope other Steepsterites that celebrated this weekend also had a lovely time with great people and great food!

I had a few other teas, notably the lovely Special Dark for my stomach after overeating last night lol, but I will write a review for it at a later time lol. In the meantime, I am having the 2014 version of this tea tonight as I unwind and prepare for the ridiculously busy work week ahead lol.

This years Pumpkin Chai is much similar to last years, maybe a bit more cinnamon and a bit stronger caramel flavor to me. Overall, it’s delicious as usual, but I still might like Pumpkin Patch a bit better for its stronger spice profile. This one still is comforting and cozy though, so I will probably restock a tiny bit to tide me over until next year. See previous notes on this tea :)

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Needed a cozy cup of this with the dropping temperatures and long week. I’m having a particularly rough night – missing my sweetie (day 17 of him being away working), stressful day at work, and just blah..this week needs to end. Thankfully I have tea. Especially this cozy tea. This is last year’s iteration and it’s still lovely. See previous notes on this one.

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

I had a ridiculously amazing cup of this last night before bed haha. I haven’t had it in ages, and it perfectly hit the spot while watching curling. Yes, I’m turning into a curling geek the past few years :D. Anyways, spicy, cozy, and it was almost caramelly. Perfect sendoff to sleep, which I wish I was back doing right now..it’s blizzarding here and I got up nice and early to shovel the sidewalk and by the time I finished it was covered in snow again :( and the roads are becoming horrendous. I’m actually the 3rd person at work today probably due to driving delays, I feel so early! Hence my early back log of this tea haha. I hope this comes back this fall! See previous notes :)

Fjellrev

Yeah curling!

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Backlog – this was my first Halloween cup yesterday, brought my bag of tea and I shared it with someone at the office as well! They also enjoyed it, but said it was a bit weak, so I may have underleafed as he had a tea pot and not a mug lol. Ah well, still a tasty tea! See previous notes.

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Ugh..I got a crazy migraine today..was not fun, pretty sure it was weather related, finally had a Tylenol after having some matcha for caffeine and it is mostly gone. Anyways, I am having this tea because I find that I feel better when I have at least one cup of tea with milk in it a day, whether it’s due to the calcium or something, it seems to help anxiety, head hurting, etc haha. So tonight, this has milk and brown sugar in it. And it is good, as always. Hoping my headache doesn’t come back anytime soon..although it seems like it probably will, right before bed. Ugh, gotta love weather changes! See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Josie Jade

I had a terrible headache yesterday and I think it was weather related also. Hoping for some sunshine tomorrow! :)

MissLena

Mine definitely was! It was sunny and really nice out, then some crazy clouds rolled in and it got super windy..the pressure was also dropping immensely :( I’m hoping it stabilizes tomorrow, even if it isn’t sunny! Hope your headache does not return!

Bonnie

Good you know to have caffeine for migraine. I like puerh for migraines too because it doesn’t upset the stomach (I get nausea migraines). Try it sometime.

MissLena

Ah yes I should have had that today! My stomach was a bit upset from it, that probably would have helped, i’ll keep it in mind for the next one (usually get one during every major weather change or if a storm comes)

Lariel of Lórien

I didn’t know it was good for headaches.

Bonnie

I had a neurologist who had the same kind of migraines as mine tell me about the importance of caffeine to help ward off migraines and the importance of doing things that make you happy every day.

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

I know it’s entirely too late for a black tea, but I had a 8.25 hour work day, 1.5 hours break then 3 hours of a class I’m taking to have a better knowledge of the electrical code for my work lol. Then I came home and worked on the assignments! You know you missed school when… Anyways, i had a splitting headache for most of the day, since 3 about, and Tylenol did nothing so I made a mug of pumpkin chai with a splash of milk (be good stomach!) and some brown sugar. It didn’t really help my head, but it was cozy and amazing before bed. Good night steepster!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Yes. It has returned. I think the absence of this tea made my heart grow fonder of it lol. Yesterday I picked up 50 g of this, 20 of Sugar and Spice, and 25 of Redberry Tonic. I will also get some Mom’s apple Pie at some point, but when the TOTMs are out. Oh, and the leaf print Nordic mug. I used it last night and it’s so cozy and I just love the shape and color :D

So this tea. It’s in my travel mug. I debated bringing my Nordic mug to work, but ehhh I’m not sure, I might bring one not as pretty lol. But yummm to this tea. A 4 minute steep just with water today, and it’s so good. I missed you tea, the few times in the past year that I had it at my moms was not enough. Oh, speaking of which, I took mom to DT yesterday with me and she got like double the tea I did! I have created a tea monster :D She got the majority of the fall collection, so I will try some with her before going out and buying more tea. I don’t need any more lol. See previous notes on this lovely chai!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

So I was going to do another sipdown, but I remembered i’m at mom’s, who has a tin of this tea that I got her for Christmas! Well, half a tin lol its probably her favorite tea :D so yeah, I’m having a cup, just straight with water, didn’t feel like making a latte, but man its good. Also a winter tea, or fall I guess lol, but I love it still haha. Can’t wait for it to come back in sept! See previous notes :)

Fjellrev

For me, this is one that I get tired of after a while, so I try to finish off what I have, but then months later, I kind of want some again but don’t have any!

Sweet Canadian

I am seriously patiently waiting for this to return. I have like 1-2 cups left in my tin, and its probably my favorite Davids. I drank it everyday in the fall. There are definitely better blends out there but this one is just so consistently delicious.

Aimee Popovacki

lol it BETTER come back this fall… I don’t like that there’s no guarantee’s.. but they’d be silly to not bring back this fave.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! So as it’s Halloween, I have been waiting to have my first taste of this supposedly amazing tea. And now it is here!

I prepared this according to a recipe DAVIDsTEA posted a while back. It called for 1 cup of water, 1 cup of milk, 2 tsps of Pumpkin Chai, and 2 tsps of brown sugar. I also subbed white sugar as I don’t have brown. That was to serve 2 people, so I halved it for just me. Unfortunately, when I put this in my 12 oz cup, I have a little weeny cup of chai! Booooo :( will just have to make more later!

It smells HEAVENLY. Dry aroma: very chai, but with a nice pumpkiny scent in there too, and something sweet, probably those candies! As it was being made it made the apartment smell lovely, all spicy and chai and warm.

Taste: Exactly how it sounds! DELICIOUS!!! Pumpkin pie! Spicy and warm and amazing! Definitely will have to make some more of this so I actually have a giant, full cup of it! I want moree to have more taste!

Overall, awesome! Kind of sad I waited so long to try it, but it’s still available online mwahaha. Also, I added a little bit of extra sugar to bring out a bit more of the pie taste. I like this :)

ETA: As it cools, MORE PUMPKIN! Mmmm I want pie now, and this tea, together. :D

ETA again: Just made another FULL cup of this using Faith’s recipe. Turned out FANTASTIC. I love it. Oh, and hello caffeine, we meet again :P gonna be up all night! Woooo for Halloween!

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54
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

I’m pretty much over this tea. Too bad I have 1-2 cups left of it in my tin. :(

I’ll probably focus on finishing it up, and then I’ll have to decide what green tea to fill it back up with (fill as in 50g, not 100 – I learned my lesson!) I’m thinking North African Mint, Movie Night or Countess of Seville!

ETA: Those last 2 cups worth of tea had an “accident”. They were over a year old – I think it’s stale. #excuses

OMGsrsly

Lol. Those kinds of accidents are always so nice to have. :)

Cavocorax

Right? I’m sure we’ve all been there!

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s older, or I’ve just had more experience with green teas, but this is so boring. Boring. :(

ETA: Oh, I remembered to lower the rating. :P

Kittenna

Agreed. I wasn’t a fan. Also, IIRC it tasted fishy/seaweedy. I like those things, but apparently not in my tea.

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

So now I know what this one tastes like when you oversteep it! I can barely recognize it from the gentle delicate green I know and love.

This is… like seaweed? With a bit of roastiness like a genmaicha?

Summary: NOT GOOD.

I wish I knew what I did, but I guess I wasn’t thinking when I steeped it. Maybe I used water that was too hot?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Mercuryhime

Your description actually makes it sound tasty to me. Haha

Cavocorax

Haha. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to taste? I just like it muted.

Alphakitty

That sounds good to me too haha! I love seaweedy greens.

OMGsrsly

A local place has a Golden Lily Oolong that tastes like you’re drinking wakame -the seaweed out of miso soup. So, Alphakitty, you might like that!

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

I don’t know what happened but I did something terrible to this tea. It tastes like boiled grass! :/

I guess I made it too strong. This is one that’s better to underleaf because it’s the delicate vegetal flavour that makes this one so enjoyable. I think I did 2 tsp for my travel mug when 1 would have worked!

I’m keeping the rating high because normally it’s great.

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54
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

Reviewed on Sunday (Oct 28)

I decided that my cupboard was sorely lacking in green teas, so I perused my David’s Tea catalog and narrowed down the ones that sounded tasty but weren’t super expensive: Genmaicha, Japanese Sencha and the Korean Sejak. I smelled all three of them, and the Sejak was the clear winner. The brown rice in the Genmaicha smelled interesting but I’ve had that type before and I remember it being one I need to be in the mood for.

Anyways… Today is when we do our weekly role-playing session (geeeeeks!) so I thought this would make a great pot that I could sip at all afternoon. I’m really enjoying this blend. It’s really smooth and refreshing.

I don’t have a fancy kettle so I don’t know what temperature I steeped it at, but I steeped it for 3 minutes for the first pot, and 4 for the second. I used 1.5 tsp overall and I found the flavour was still pleasantly strong.

Drinking it made me wish I had little ceramic tea cups. I imagine they would be great because they would keep the tea warmer longer (as smaller quantities are exposed to the air at a time). If I’m just wishing for stuff, a better tea pot would be nice too – one that traps the heat in better! :P

Anyways, I don’t have much experience with green teas, but I absolutely love this one. I’ll sample a few other blends to get a better idea of what’s out there, but for now this is one I’ll want to keep on hand.

I like the description too – about monks DEDICATED TO TEA tending carefully to the leaves. :O That makes me want to sit and sip at this tea in quiet mediation. :P

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

will be looking into this one for sure!

Cavocorax

I really enjoyed it but other people haven’t reviewed it as favorably. Hope you enjoy it!

CrowKettle

I went through a full tin of Korean Sejak by steeping 3 tsp in a cup of boiling water for 3 minutes. Then I learned how to read instructions. I honestly enjoyed it even before that though- it had an edge :)

Cavocorax

:p It must have tasted like a completely different tea afterwards!

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82
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

I have been trying to figure out which teas I always need to have around, ones that are going to be my “standby’s.” More and more I think Cookie Dough, along with Checkmate and Read My Lips are it. (well, also my beloved Pumpkin Chai but that stuff is precious like rubies, for emergencies only)
I am enjoying this with a bit of brown sugar and vanilla almond milk. Also a glass of root beer but that’s neither here nor there.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

om nom nom nom rich buttery cookie dough while still feeling light. This will really hit the spot when I’m craving a dessert tea that isn’t as heavy or rich as say Red Velvet Cake or Creme Caramel

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

What a warm and refreshing nectar. The peach in this tea really tempers the oolong leaf – which I find is not especially pungent in this blend. The almond comes through as a nice addition to this melange, but does not have a distinct flavor of its own.

The mouth feel of this tea is a little dry and nectar-ish, although not negatively so. It’s a pleasant thing.

I like this as-is or sometimes lightly sweetened with stevia for dessert.

Great, well-balanced tea.

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91
drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
13 tasting notes

One of my favourite mid-afternoon teas. It is light enough that I don’t feel overwhelmed, but fruity and sweet enough that I can still enjoy it when I want something a little bit flavourful.

I would not drink this in the morning, as it does not have quite enough of a kick, nor would I drink it before bed, as I prefer richer tasting teas later in the evening, but when I come home from work in the middle of the day it’s absolutely perfect! Sweet, simple, full of a nice, subtle flavour that warms me up from the inside out without shocking my taste buds!

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83

This one is really nutty and sweet. However I find I don’t enjoy it as much without sweetener, so it falls a little short for me since I am looking for an amazing evening tea that I can drink straight.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Teavangelical

i have a recommendation for you! cocomint creme, it’s part of the new winter collection.

Sweet Canadian

I am so excited for the winter collection! Thanks Teavangelical, I’ll try it tomorrow :)

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This is my third David’s Teasane, oops meant David’s tea.
As I had difficulty to taste the tea base with this brand, I decided to sacrifice the whole generous sample kindly given by Darby for only one cup (4 ts)

I mentioned there was still few tea leaves in this blend so decided to cure this by having an heavy blend.

So, verdict…hummmm ! …can mean yummy , mmmmmmm or meah but really meah. Here you already guessed it’s hummm like meeeaaaaahhhhhh.

To me it’s definitively not a tea, I cannot taste the tea base. I am just drinking a warm tisane.

I get the nuts very distinctly + something which probably can be strawberry
This is sweet ,a nice tisane but the problem is this rating is supposed to be for a tea.

This is probably a fantastic iced beverage

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
momo

This was not good hot, but putting the “leaves” in water overnight made a much better drink. Not good enough to ever want it again, though.

KeenTeaThyme

I had issues with this one too; I thought it was just me. I even tried it iced and it was a no-go. I giggled at your “tisane” comment – it’s true! Or at least it feels that way!

darby

Wow, we got the same opinion from this tea!

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

This is one of my first tea purchases and one of my favorites. Perfect to help me wake up in the morning and the gold shimmer is always a nice touch i like to show my friends too!

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100
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I love this tea! I always buy this tea again and again! The tea smells delicious and tastes delicious as well. Just think of a vanilla birthday cake with sprinkles, that’s how it is!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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