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100

My first time trying this tea, and I have to say I am good and dopey now! I am generally not a huge fan of herbal teas, but I love this one with a little splash of milk. I think it will become a part of my nighttime routine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

Malty and very strong. Just the thing if you want a cuppa to keep you going.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

If Mango Diablo’s anything to go by, I don’t like spice in my tea. (Perhaps an iced spiced tea was a bad idea to begin with).

I found that the spice worked on me like flavourless pepper, making my throat and the back of my mouth itch and burn a little, and it overpowered the mango.

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84
drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

I smelled the chocolate chips first (the recipe says “white chocolate,” but I just smelled cocoa), then got the delicious light taste of banana (not overripe banana), with a very slight creaminess.

I don’t know if I would drink this tea regularly enough to buy some. Having said that, my girlfriend makes a mean banana bread with chocolate chips, rhubarb and ginger, and I think this tea would go well with it…

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
37 tasting notes

This is one of my all time favourite teas, and not just from David’s. I love going to Japanese restaurants, and they always serve this variety of green tea before each meal. I make a cup of David’s genmaicha when I need a positive pick-me-up after a stressful day.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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85

Ah, root beer float. The dry smell of it repulsed me slightly but I’ve learned not to judge teas before I steep and drink :) I love this tea. It’s not too float-y to me, but very root beer!! I love it. Spot on. I think a latte would be super.

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85

I really enjoy this tea! I wasn’t sure when I smelled the dry leaves, but I decided to buy it and give it a shot. I really enjoy the root beer taste, and I think I can sense a little bit of vanilla in there. I left the bag in to see how the flavor might change and it did seem to get bitter with time. Next time I may try and make a latte with a little bit of sweetener for fun, but all in all I really like this tea! It’s a nice treat.

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drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

La la la LEMON!

So I have been on a mission the last week to try all of DT’s Earl Grey themed blends and at this point I have almost crossed them all off my list most recently adding The Earl of Lemon to the list, it was hard to select between this and Countess of Seville, next time Countess, next time.

Dry this tea has a lovely aroma that just makes me feel great, it almost reminds me of a lemon meringue pie just not as powerful, this was pretty much the selling feature for me on this tea. The steeped aroma is even lighter with a hint of your typical Earl Grey aroma combined with a lemon twist.

The final brew is very light in color and has a softer taste then I was expecting, that said it was absolutely great its hard to say but this may have trumped Cream of Earl Grey as my favorite Earl Grey blend from David’s it’s certainly a different twist on a classic, but man oh man it is just so good to drink. Will certainly be keeping this on hand for myself and friends that want to branch out from the traditional Earl Grey. Probably would have scored 100 points but the soft flavor ruined it for me a bit if it was 10-15% more flavorful this would be a deadly tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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1

I tried this while I was in the store, and I was not impressed. I didn’t really like any part of this tea, glad I didn’t buy it before I tried it!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
795 tasting notes

There is a jukebox that lives in my brain and it plays what I’m thinking to the tune of various songs or sometime the original songs. For example, this cup is a sipdown and whenever I have a sipdown I hear it repeated in my head to the tune of Jungle Boogie. When I see the word rocket, like in chocolate rocket, I hear a part of the Flight of the Concord’s Boom Boom song “Like a rocket taking off to the moon”. My head is a ridiculous place to live.

Onto the tea? Roasty, with a chocolate raspberry candy aftertaste. It was interesting at first, but as it cools I’m getting a flat cardboard like flavor. It just gets worse as it cools further. Pitty, roasty chocolate raspberry has so much potential.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
__Morgana__

Heh. Love the brain jukebox.

jeweledthumb

I think this performs best as a latte.

Dustin

I don’t think I have tried a mate as a latte before! Surprisingly, my brain has no song for that!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
795 tasting notes

First thing I noticed was a chocolate raspberry smell which was promising. While waiting for it to cool, the scent seemed more raspberry truffle like. Chocolate raspberry and raspberry truffle might sound the same to some, but it is not. Raspberry truffle is more like if two Vulcans, one drinking raspberry tea and one drinking chocolate tea did a Vulcan-tea-mind-meld where the flavors were shared with each other instead of being tasted on their own. They merged so to speak. But I digress… When it’s cool enough to sip, I taste that same flavor, not a mouthful, but the flavor is there and it’s good. Adding sugar hides the chocolate and makes the berry more pronounced on the sip, but the chocolate comes back as an aftertaste. I like it, but I’m not amazed although I would like to revisit it again sometime.

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76

So hubby and I made the long trek yesterday from the east (central) part of Canada to the western part to come home for Christmas. I gave my mom an advent calendar for her birthday, so we went got home she brewed DAY 16’s tea for us to enjoy together. I don’t think she brewed it properly, and I may have pointed this out and been called a tea snob….

It was spicy, but I felt like the mint was subdued. I think it was over-steeped and I’m going to try remaking it myself this afternoon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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63

My first sniff of this tea brewed revealed buttery tones, but I swear the dry leaves smelled like chocolate. Strange. Each sip is quite bland, forgettable even, but once I forget I start noticing a buttery aftertaste. Adding more sugar than I normally use speeds up the arrival of the butter, but it’s still pretty mellow and I’d like to have a mouth full of flavor instead. I feel like the flavor is a little more pronounced as it cools, but still not as strong as I like. I see that there is coconut in it, but it seems the coconut has somehow been coaxed into tasting more like butter than it’s normal self. Power of name suggestion or some sort of coconut wizardry? You decide!

The tea wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing either. Guess that leaves it in the gray area of moderately good.

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
709 tasting notes

This is one of the straight blacks from Davids that I was always hesitant about, largely because of the size of the leaf. That and it always smelled a bit more bold than I might prefer. Luckily, a colleague of mine is entering the wonderful world of loose leaf and shared a bit of this with me so I can finally try it out. Thank you!

Steeped it for about 3 minutes (my standard for blacks) and it smells very much like the bagged teas of my youth. My Dad was a Red Rose drinker (with a tonne of milk and sugar) and it reminds me of that. It smells bold but not necessarily astringent. First sips confirm the thoughts I got from the smell. This is bold and strong, a step up from traditional bagged teas but not the sort of loose leaf I would drink a lot of. This is very hearty and would stand up to flavouring, milk and sugar very well but isn’t really for me. I prefer my honeyed Chinese blacks with cocoa and sweetness in every sip. That said, this is a little sweet and not at all bitter but it’s too vigorous for me! : )

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

The macadamia nuts add a nice buttery richness to this tea flavor.

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
795 tasting notes

Sipdown success!!! I like this tea. It smells like coconut, tastes like toasted coconut and has a creaminess behind each sip. It is a lovely tea! What I don’t get is the mistaken impression of chocolate, although adding some to this tea would be interested. I hate it when tea descriptions try to tell me what I might taste that isn’t in the tea especially when it comes to teas tasting like certain times of the day in various famous cities. Bah! Bah I say, bah! Anyway, aside from the disgruntled digression, I enjoy this tea and would consider buying it again.

Just read my first tasting note for this tea and I didn’t really like it much then! Funny how tastes and expectations can change over time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Mmmm…sounds delicious – I’m a huge fan of coconut! Congrats on the sipdown :)

Dustin

Thanks! I’m slowly working through my collection eliminating via sipdown or putting it into the get rid of pile!

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
795 tasting notes

When I opened day 17 of the advent calendar, it said this was a white tea. Although I do see some lighter leaves, it looks like it is largely black leaves. A little confusing, but on to the tea! It smelled coconutty when I opened it and tastes like toasted coconut aaaaand that is it. I really didn’t get much more than that out of it. Coconut and tea. Decent, but kinda boring. Reminds me of Zhi Tea’s Ambrosia, which I like better.

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90

Sample sipdown #1 of the day! I still have a bit more of this in my tea for the holidays pack, but I finished off the advent calendar sample. This still tastes like Christmas. I wonder how it would be iced in the summer. It isn’t my favorite black, but it has its place on days that I crave it. Don’t oversteep or it gets really astringent.

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90

I bought a little bit of this at the beginning of November to try. Another one I had experienced before but wasn’t super crazy about. However now I am craving it all the time like crazy, good thing it is in the tea for the holiday box!

I always thought I liked Read My lips better because it has chocolate. I’ve decided this one has redeeming qualities too, it is minty and relaxing, but black and energizing. If brewed properly it has this comforting candycane sweetness that I cannot get enough of because it is the holidays.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

this really is one of my current favorites. i’m craving it like crazy too! i feel like it’s nothing fancy, but it still has a lot of soul.

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80
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
125 tasting notes

Alpine punch. I have had a love/hate relationship with this one for a few months, mainly because my friend LOVES it and I had such high expectations when she offered me some. I had two cups of it at her place before Davids announced it was part of the winter collection, and when it came out at the beginning of November it was the only one I didn’t buy to have at home.

Fast forward to now, I decided to give it another chance. This was inevitable because I got the tea for the holidays pack from Davids for myself, and it is one of the few caffeine free options in there. And I had a really nice cup of it last night, and I see why others would like it. It is a very comforting winter blend that faintly tastes like marzipan.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Advent Calendar Day 15! I straight tea! I have learned a lot since last year when I was advent calendaring and was very conscious this time about steep time and water temp.

I had a truly delightful cup of this. The colour was a light bright green. The flavour was very light, sweet, and almost earthy as well. I haven’t been very into green teas, but drinkings this one the way I prepared it makes me want to try some more highly rated ones.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
749 tasting notes

I picked up 30g of this one last week at DavidsTea. Just boiling the kettle now. It smells pretty great dry – minty yet almost creamy.

And steeping (4 minutes). Already on my second cup of tea and it’s not even 8am – joy.

Usually I reserve minty teas (especially peppermint alone) for upset stomachs but perhaps this one will put me in the Christmas spirit :)

Update: Pretty good, seemed to be more so than anything else, a peppermint tea. I added a drop of milk when I had about half a mug left which was still pretty good. DavidsTea says it’s energizing and I’ll give it that. Perhaps not in my permanent collection but for someone who likes peppermint definitely a must-try.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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#16. Wow this smells bad. It might just be me but the smell put me off right away and I’m struggling to describe it, maybe clove? Luckily it doesn’t taste anything like it smells. Green tea and mint, that’s it. I thought it was quite boring and didn’t finish the cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
29 tasting notes

#14. This didn’t taste like I expected. I was thinking it would have more of a berry flavor but it’s like berry and lemon. This is a favorite of a friend of mine so I was expecting more than I got.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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