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57
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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99
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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53
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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80

I have never been a fan of peppermint teas, I’d only ever tried bagged ones before and didn’t enjoy them. I was having stomach issues though and picked up a tin of Organic Peppermint from Davids as I thought it was a healthier choice than drinking ginger ale all the time.

As noted, since I’d only drank bagged peppermints before, I can’t compare this one to other loose blends, but I do enjoy this tea, and find the scent is more pepperminty than the taste (which is good for me). I also still drink it occasionally, even though my stomach issues have passed.

I would probably re-purchase, but when I did buy it, the tin was filled practically to the brim so I won’t need to any time soon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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I can understand why it’s a favourite for some people, but it didn’t taste particularly creamy for me. It is very light and white tasting, but I’m not wild about the mixture of the chamomile and mango for some reason. It tasted a little sour on a second steeping.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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84
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

sharing a pot of this and a box of maple nut oatmeal crisp. lovely.

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84
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

final tea of the evening if a 24 oz pot of this. i’ve been adding a scant tsp of white sugar to each 6oz cup and it’s just… 15 calorie perfection. i have an intense love of apple cider and this satisfies this craving perfectly. i’m generally not a huge fan of hibiscus and i really am aching for a tea like this without the tartness, but i understand my sweet tooth is more pronounced than most peoples.
also, the toasted rice gives this a fullness. it’s like genmaicha but fun fruity and caffeine free!!!!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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84

this is my get the day started right tea. iced with a matcha shot poured on top it revs me up without any crash afterwards. i love it.

Will Work For Tea

Wow – this WITH match?! That sounds like the amount of caffeine I need some mornings too! :) I’m gonna try that.

mynameismoe

matcha? NEVER would have crossed my mind to do that! totally doing this the next time i have an early shift.

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87
drank Prairie Berry by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

saskatoon berries and maple syrup are the reason i tried this tea. it being delicious is the reason i continuously reach for it over most other berry teas. i am thinking i am going to try mixing it with pineapple oolong and see what happens…

Sweet Canadian

I realllly want to try this one. Which Oolongs should I get at the Davids Family and Friends sale Tea? I was going to get 50 grams of the skinny, 50 grams of vanilla oolong, and 25 g of milk oolong. But this could also be a contender. Any idea what the next tea of the month will be?

Teavangelical

vanilla orchid is absolutely amazing, it’s the tea of the month this month and i absolutely love it. it’s lightly floral, just perfectly vanilla and the oolong is absolutely exceptional. i also love pineapple oolong. it’s juicy pineapple awesomeness. and it’s wonderful iced. also, i went for like two whole weeks drinking it every single day, often a few times. what else are you getting?! i do know but unfortunately i’m sworn to silence.

Sweet Canadian

I already have/love pinapple oolong! I think it is the best tea of the month that they have done in the last little while.
I am planning on getting: 50 g of vanilla orchid (corrected, I always forget their are 2) 50 g of the skinny, 25 g of milk oolong, 100 g of read my lips, 100 g of mothers little helper, 100 g of chocolate chili chai, 100 g of cocomint cream, 100 g of brazillionaire, 100 g of Kanpe, 100 g of Pink Flamingo, and 100 g of Sleigh ride. I really need to restock on herbals.

Teavangelical

have you tried Alpine Punch? it’s so immensely satisfying in the evening when I want something with a richer mouthfeel than an herbal.

Sweet Canadian

Yes I have, I had it a while ago at a friends house as she still had some from last year. I wasn’t overly impressed then, but I tried it the other day in store and thought it was better. We’ll see, I’m really just looking to replenish my caffeine free selections since all I have atm is Birthday Cake and Strawberry Ginger.

Cavocorax

:p Aww man, I’m so jealous of you guys. All that tea!!! But then if I worked at DT they would get half my cheque. That’s what happened when I was at chapters.

Teavangelical

you kind of luck out though cuz unlike most jobs, you also get to consume the product all day at work. I mean I do spend a lot of money, but I’m lucky enough to also get to try everything new for free and also can drink whatever I want all day at work. That being said, my collection got out of hand so I’m on a hiatus.

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60
drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I added honey to this one…and it gave it an odd flavor. I think I’ll have to re-try it with something a bit different

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62
drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
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I did this one cold and without much sweetener. I might have to try it again with a bit more sweetness

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65
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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83
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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tasty and a bit odd. I love the creamy scent and I get happy every time I brew a cup

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76
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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82

quite tasty and a great hot chocolate substitute

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82

I needed a little bit more stevia than usual, but nice and tasty

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90
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

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75
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
171 tasting notes

Probably the most coconutty tea I’ve ever had. It almost feels like I’m drinking coco milk. The addition of mint creates a nice fresh feeling, both work really well together (who would have thought!). I’m happy they left this one so simple, because it shines just like that, without any complex flavour profile. I can easily see this as a dessert tea with the addition of a sweetener, but I’m glad they didn’t add any ingredient that would have made it such dessert tea (people can do that on their own!). It’s just so refreshing and comforting this way (I never, ever sweeten my teas). The apples probably add something to the flavour, but I don’t really taste them.

DT has been on fire lately! First Vanilla Orchid, then this… they are really hitting the spot with such simple yet delightful flavours, I’m impressed! Surely, this one is my favourite from the new winter collection (well, not counting Alpine Punch since it’s returning from last year…!).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Azzrian for sending me a bit of this tea – it’s yummy! I’ve had a few different root beer float teas/tisanes, and some were better than others … this is good, but not the best that I’ve had.

I feel like it misses the mark slightly. The root beer part is definitely there … and I’ve got to say it’s a little weird drinking hot root beer! But, I am not getting a creamy “float” part so much. There’s a hint of vanilla in there, but, it’s just not creamy enough, nor is it sweet enough for me to say that this is definitely root beer float. Had I tasted it “blindly” (without brewing it myself so I knew what I was brewing), I would have probably guessed root beer because that’s there, but, I don’t think I would have guessed root beer FLOAT.

I find myself wishing there was some sarsaparilla and some anise (and maybe a touch of wintergreen) in this, too. I think it would make this a better root beer.

By the way, the best root beer I’ve ever had (not root beer tea, but the soda), is this one: http://hungryinportland.com/2012/07/07/root-beer-from-maine-root/

Plunkybug

Did you try it iced, as a latte?

LiberTEAS

No. The float should be in the flavor, not something that I add to it by making it a latte, in my opinion.

TheTeaFairy

Frankly, I don’t know how to handle that one…there’s definitely something creamy missing to make it good, but the milk doesn’t do it either…and as you point out, if FLOAT is in he name, it shouldn’t require any addition!

LiberTEAS

Yes, this tea does have the potential to be great, but, it really needs to enhance the float part … or just call itself root beer.

Nik

I love the Maine Root brand! I’m not sure I’ve had their root beer, yet. (Virgil’s is my favourite, so far.) Their lemon-lime soda reminds me of Limca, the lemon-lime soda we have in India, which I like better than Sprite. They’re one of those companies whose products I’d buy blindly, because I trust it’ll be good. Sadly, that backfired recently. They make a Pumpkin Pie soda. When I saw it in the supermarket, I thought ooooh, maybe it’ll taste like the pumpkin fizz I had at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and bought some. Unfortunately, it’s pretty bad. =( It tastes soapy and nothing like my beloved pumpkin fizz. Oh, well.

LiberTEAS

OK well, that makes me NOT want to try that pumpkin pie soda, to get it here, I’d have to order a full pack of it (not just one bottle) so I don’t want to order a whole pack of it only to not like it.

Nik

Yep, I also got a four-pack from the supermarket. I drank the first bottle and didn’t like it. I drank another bottle thinking that maybe my taste buds were all wonky the first time, and still didn’t like it. The other two bottles are in the fridge. I’m planning on experimenting with them. :D

LiberTEAS

Yeah, hopefully you can do something with them. I did want to try the pumpkin pie soda before reading this, it just sounded so intriguing, and given how well they do the root beer, I thought that the pumpkin pie soda should be amazing, but, I don’t want to get a full pack only to find that it’s not to my liking. If I were able to get a solo bottle, then that’s another thing … but as they aren’t local, I can’t pick one up in one of the upscale type markets either. ah…well!

Nik

I dunno, LiberTEAS, it did win an award at some expo or something…maybe it’s just me. If I knew how to package the bottle so it doesn’t break in transit, I’d be happy to send you one.

Formathe

I added just a bit of raw sugar to my hot RBF and enjoyed it immensely.

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