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drank Dulce & Banana by DAVIDsTEA
773 tasting notes

my own special version, which is where i take the chamomile stems and flowers out of the tea.
cuz i don’t like chamomile very much and this improves the flavor greatly in my opinion.
RIDICULOUS i know!
but i do like it this way. and it’s yellow warm and yummy nana flavor goes nicely with today’s overcast sky.

http://instagram.com/p/SoTu3Aoc0e/

who cares about this tea. i don’t wanna talk about this tea.

what i wanna talk about is that i have a davids tea order coming soon and i can’t wait!!!
it includes Movie Night, Vata Ayurvedic, The Chocolate Collection*, The Winter Collection**, the 24 Days Of Tea*** box, AND a new forlife Asian Style Tea Cup!! this means i can have a super rad tea sampling party with my sister over thanksgiving! (and obviously any duplicate teas procured will be included in the guest’s party bag) OMG YAY!

‘* Chocolate Orange, Mint Chocolate Rooibos, Red Velvet Cake
’** Cookie Dough, Banana Dream Pie, Chocolate Chili Chai, Alpine Punch, Cocomint Cream
’*** Buttered rum, Chocolate Rocket, Coco Chai Rooibos, Salted Caramel, Cream of Earl Grey, Glitter and Gold, Crème Brûlée, David’s Organic Breakfast, Hot Lips, Detox, Kiwi’s Big Adventure, Forever Nuts, Green & Fruity, Goji Pop, Japanese Sencha, North African Mint, Checkmate, Toasted Walnut, Read My Lips, Santa’s Secret, Sleigh Ride, Sweet Dreams, The Skinny, Vanilla Oolong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yei3ClP2U8
Hiccup – Buke and Gase (as covered by Anna B Savage)

DaisyChubb

I care! Only because I don’t have any! lol what an awesome order on the way, ahhh exciting!

Shmiracles

haha! if i could give you my Dulce & Banana i totally would (but i have very little left). i have to confess, i picked the chamomile buds out of it too. …and i like it more now.

when my order of tea arrives i’m totally gonna lay all the packages out on my bed and roll around in them.

Bonnie

Uh,Thanksgiving?

gmathis

Roll around in them…:) I paw through my boxes and mutter happily to myself like Gollum.

Shmiracles

this writeup was posted 4 months ago. i’m consolidating some reviews and deleting useless ones. but also sometimes i find a typo and just can’t help myself from correcting it! and it always moves the review to the top again.
SO my question to you guys is HOW ANNOYING is this to you? should i wait and update all my tea posts at 5am while i do this consolidation so less people have to see them all and i don’t clog up anyone’s dashboard too much?

Kittenna

@gmathis – ehehehe, I do the same thing. My teas. My pretties. Lol.

@Schmiracles – It’s annoying, but do what you want with your reviews (I do!). It’s an irritatingly-designed system that never used to behave that way, but it’s not the user’s fault at all. I edit my entries all the time, and if people don’t like it, I’ll suggest they use the ‘Explore’ feature instead of the dashboard. Posts don’t pop to the front there. Or unfollow me :P It doesn’t greatly bother me, because I “like” most reviews I read, and so I can see if I have already read it. If by chance I haven’t, then I don’t care if it’s old and I’m reading it four months later. I like old reviews all the time.

Shmiracles

hey Kittenna, ikwym!!! i actually “like” almost every single post that comes through my dashboard. mostly cuz i just love the conversations!! steepster is so free from the usual angst or competitiveness of other social boards that i just wanna hear what everyone has to say all the time!
also sometimes i just see a typo i made that i just MUST CORRECT hah! i don’t mind other people’s old post popping to the top at all. in fact it would probably be wicked cute to see some of the comment conversations i had over 6 months ago.

Shmiracles

sometimes i will open my tea drawer, and i think i am trying to pick a tea to have next, but really i’m just staring at them and touching their canisters lovingly.

Kittenna

Yeah, I know – I love reading everyone’s stories, and seeing them progress! And reading the comment convos is great too (liking, of course, also gets them all emailed to me, so I can keep up with things!)

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

Comfortably sweet with a creamy mint flavour that’s true to the smell of the tea loose leaf. Would love to bathe in this stuff, am I right? Super invigorating! Steep long for a stronger flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite mates, and reminds me of morning because of its delicious orange juice aroma. You just take a whiff of this tea and the morning and its magic.

The taste is not for everyone. It can be very bitter (I don’t know if that is just because of how I steep it, but I like it either way) but still fruity. I would say I prefer it to Simply the Zest, but I think they are both on even footing to me. If I want something more refreshing than chocolate rocket in the morning I’ll have this.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
2 tasting notes

My friend made me discover this tea a while ago and I thought it smelled fantastic, but I could not describe the flavour. I later bought 50g of it and I absolutely fell in love with it! Before steepes, it smells like apple pie with a hint of a nutty flavour. But once steeped, the experience begins. We smell the whole nutty part of it with a cinnamon smell that fills your nose. The taste is somehow very complex: a soft taste of apple in the background that then changes with sweet hints of beetroots, that is mixed with a cinnamon smell. That is all completed with notes of nuts.

It’s an amazing herbal tea. That’s the only way I can describe it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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67

reminds me a bit of Love Tea #7 but sweeter and without the hints of chocolate and rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

Smooth tasting with a slight sweetness. DELICIOUS ICED!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

This one is as said in the description, light and piney with a little spice and other fun things. I find it very slightly resembles Quangzhou Milk Oolong (A great one if you haven’t tried it!) but I wouldn’t say they are similar, just a few notes the same (because they’re both oolong obviously) This tea has a very mild gentle calm taste which is what I like sometimes so I quite enjoy it. I sort of agree with Canadianadia where there is an increasing bitterness as it goes on, what I found was there was a little bitterness in the middle of my cup (just slight so it didn’t bother me any) but in the top & bottom it was fine and delicious! I will be buying more of this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

I’ve never had Pu-erh tea before so I figured I’d try this. Dry, it smells amazing, just like those chocolate oranges you get at christmas time. Steeped, it smells really odd and a bit off. The taste however, isn’t bad, it’s not as full bodied as I expected (by comparing it to the dry smell) but it tastes alright and would be nice in the morning or nighttime.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

First reaction to the dry leaf is a delicious vanilla-y sweetness. I can smell the butter creaminess. It’s such a pleasant scent.

I’m new to the world of re-steeping, but am going to give it a go with this. I don’t have a variable temp kettle (Yet! Getting one tonight!) so I have no idea how hot the water was. I let it boil & unplug, put some peanuts out for the birds, dished out my tea, then poured the water. I put a bit extra tea in and let it steep for 1 minute the first go ’round.

First sip is quite vanilla-y with a hint of that delicious butter creaminess. Fairly light flavour, which I expected for a first steep. In terms of vanilla, people were accurate to mention to think vanilla bean ice cream or yogurt, NOT extract! Oh gosh this is just so delicious. Every few minutes my rating slider creeps up a bit. I’m trying not to gobble this up, but I’m so impatient for a second steep! The after taste is pleasant and mild.

Second steep. I totally forgot to time it. 2 minutes? Maybe 3+? Dang.

Anyway. A definite change in taste. Still getting the vanilla, but it’s taken a backseat and now the oolong is coming through. Fascinating! After taste is now more tea-like. (Astringent? I’m not sure on the word I’m looking for, still new to this!)

I feel like a third steep might be too thin. Next time I’ll pay more attention to my second steep time. (plus I’m getting a bit full of liquid and don’t want the leaves to sit out)

Definitely picking up a bigger bag of this.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
553 tasting notes

Another sample that I got and haven’t logged yet.

I’m starting to find that I don’t care for the English Breakfast teas. This is the second one I’ve tried and I just think it’s not really my thing. I prefer an orange pekoe as it’s a bit milder. I think I just find the English Breakfast teas to be too much. They are quite strong and I don’t really enjoy them the way that I would want to. Gonna leave the last bit of my sample for my hunny to try. He said he tried some this week of a different brand and seemed to enjoy, so he might like this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I dislike EBs as well! more because I find them boring somehow. The aspects I love in an Assam or Ceylon disappear when they are blended together, IMO

TheKesser

Nice to know I’m not the only one :)

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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92

1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped four minutes, drunk bare.

Yikes. Oversteeped and a bit soapy and bitter and mineral. Treat this one gently.

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92

1.25 tsp for 250mL water @90C. 1st infusion: 3 minutes. 2nd infusion: 5 minutes.

1st infusion: A lovely genuine vanilla scent and taste here — vanilla bean, as several others have said. Something lactic, too — vanilla yogurt, again, as others have noted. I found the finish very clean, almost cool. I didn’t get much oolong.

Liquor is a lovely sunshine yellow.

2nd infusion: less vanilla, more orchid, more oolong. Clean and mineral finish. Much prefer the second infusion.

This 30g packet came to me as a gift from the DavidsTea fan who initially suggested this recipe to the company. She sent it in months ago, they played with it, then released Vanilla Orchid. Tea geekery!

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

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