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Initial impressions- A quick smell of apple and then a strong shot of peppermint. Very refreshing!
How I brewed it- 98 degree water for five minutes with 1/4 teaspoon of agave nectar. 1 cup, 1 3/4 teaspoon.
First sips- The refreshing peppermint hits your palette first and is immediately sweetened by the apple and coconut. All the flavours mingle together nicely. This has instantly become a staple in my pantry!
Other ways to try it- This would also be wonderful iced on a hot day. I would be willing also to try it as a mint tea latte, though I’m not positive if it would be as good as a latte. I like the mint tea lattes from Starbucks, so I think it’s worth a shot, as this is the smoothest peppermint tea I’ve found!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Vanilla Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

keeping with the reoccurring theme of long steeps, i made this one up while putting on supper. it smells SO YUMMY but found the taste to be lacking. vanilla orchid oolong definitely picks up what this one forgot.
but it’s in my tea drawer, so i shall drink it. which is ok, i don’t ‘not’ like it, just probably won’t restock, is all. well, as long as vanilla orchid is in stores!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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I ended up finishing the last of this sample after all, along with Main Squeeze, this night/morning… My eternal clock is really messed up right now and it feels like 4pm despite being 6am.

I dumped nearly 6 grams in my 700ml (24 oz) teapot because, like the Main Squeeze, the first time I had this I found it to be on the weak side. It reminds me of Tetley’s Pomegranate Green Tea, as well- watery,fruity, and green. Kiwi apple flavour is very prevalent with a finishing taste of lemony green. Sweet, puckering tart, clean green with a A dash of prickliness.I do like that flow of flavours and that I can taste the tea in this one but I’m, unfortunately, not the biggest fan of kiwi. I’m also not huge on the watery broth that this tea has. I guess I’m craving something with more body. Despite all of that this is a unique tea that kiwi and fruity green tea lovers should try at least once.

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

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

Dry leaves smell almost like Elf Help. The first time I had this was little over a month ago and I found it to be a bit weak for my tastes.

Tonight I decided I wanted something fruity- it was a toss up between the remainder of this or Kiwi’s Big Adventure. Remembering how watery it was the first time, I dumped the last of my fourteen gram sample into my teapot and let it sit for six minutes.

Taking the wet leaves out, wooooo! Is there really no ginger OR orange in this? It smells almost exactly like my ginger pineapple orange drink that I get at the university. It’s zappy.

The flavour is more toned down than the aroma but it’s still deceiving! The leafy materiel and pineapple come together to give it a pleasant acidic citrus note but it’s mostly sweetness- like SunnyD? Safflower contributes a nice oily sweet texture.

This time around, Main Squeeze wasn’t a bad drink at all! I bet this would be good iced. Still, I can’t help but think this is some relative to Elf Help every time I take a sip. Maybe it’s the candy orange papaya notes.

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
crazy4u

Main squeeze was one of my favorites I have tryed yet. I also like elf help. And now that I think about it they do taste similar, but I think I tasted more things in elf help. But both yummy but they both can be bland at times, but I think it has more to do with r lol

CrowKettle

It’s been ages since I’ve had Elf Help but it was my first fruity candy tea so I compare it to almost everything (maybe unfairly)! I can understand where the love for Main Squeeze comes from though- it’s so sweet, refreshing and clean. Maybe in the summer I’ll appreciate it more!

I hear you on “it’s more to do with me” too. Sometimes I read the tasting notes on hear and it feels like I’m drinking a completely different thing. Once in a while i can blame that to having an odd ingredient ratio in a blend but oftentimes it’s just my funny preferences kicking in :)

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I am a big fan of tea that glitters. This feels like I’m drinking liquid gold. Or possibly magic. Magic tastes like cloves and a slight hint of cinnamon. The flavour could be a bit more refined, I think, but still— as far as teas go, this one is incandescent.

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85
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
50 tasting notes

Lavender, Coconut and slightly minty is what I taste with this one. Again I’m on some weird ICED HERBAL tea rampage so this one was also iced with a tiny squeeze of agave.

I actually like it and may even add this to my cupboard!

edit: I added a tin to my cupboard, too good to pass!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
514 tasting notes

Got a latte from my coworker with the tiniest bit of agave.

mmmmmmm SO good! Banana! Creeeeamy and sweet with a hint of chocolate. But oh the banana! Apparently it makes a kick butt iced latte too. I won’t be buying any for myself, too close to Christmas, but it’s on my list!

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
23 tasting notes

Wow. WOW. It’s been a while, and I’ve been off drinking all sorts of fancy sprinkly chocolate jellybean marshmallow teas, and that’s been fun, but David’s have finally wowed me with a (fairly) straight tea.

I smelled Orchid next to Vanilla Oolong in the large wall tins at the store, and I said to the girl helping me that (for me) it was like the difference between smelling a fresh vanilla bean pod and smelling the yellow vanilla section of the big strawberry/chocolate/vanilla icecream combo packs (sorry, Vanilla Oolong fans): Orchid is fresh, natural and just so creamy, with none of that artificial vanilla taste that makes me run a mile.

Apparently this is a higher grade of oolong than the one used in Vanilla Oolong as it’s more tightly knotted. Steeped up for a good 5 mins, the oolong comes through light and delicate and the woodiness of it stops the vanilla-beam aroma from being too sickly sweet. Gorgeous.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
23 tasting notes

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70
drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

smells nice and sweet like the great white north

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87
drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Initial impressions- Opening the tin the scent of coconut is immediately evident. I also see yellow-white chamomile flowers and pieces of coconut among the small black tea leaves and broader white tea leaves. Love love the smell of this tea.
How I brewed it- 1.5 teaspoons in 94 degree water for five minutes. Quarter teaspoon of agave nectar mixed in.
First sips- For something with black tea it is very mellow and light. I attribute this to the white tea in there. I get a mixture of coconut and chocolate sensations on the initial sip, with an aftertaste of mellow coconut. This is a very nice, mellow tea and I would definitely buy it again.
Addendum- made a second cup later on a whim with steamed milk and it is fantastic as a tea latte.

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

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
554 tasting notes

I like this tea! It’s so warm and maple-y flavoured. I enjoy the toffee flavours coming out and I love that it’s got some green rooibos base to it. Maybe I’m crazy or alone in feeling this way, but I love me some green rooibos and I feel it isn’t capitalized the way it should!

Anyway, I love it. And I know this is probably terrible to say… but I seriously think that this would taste really good with milk! I dunno, but it sounds good to me.. maybe next time… :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
softrevolution

I never understand the taboo about putting milk in tea. I say if it tastes good, just do it! I’ve been known to sneak some in my dessert rooibos on occasion haha.

TheKesser

I don’t mind adding milk to black teas. I find most of the time I can’t seem to drink black without milk, but otherwise, I don’t usually. I dunno… I’m gonna try this with milk next time. i think it’d be good :)

softrevolution

Yum, it would probably taste like one of those maple sugar candies with the added creaminess

gmathis

Mmmm. I haven’t had one of those maple sugar candies in ages!

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drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Deck the halls with balls of…what the heck is this stuff? Are you sure I am not supposed to eat this with milk for breakfast in the morning? This is pretty much how I felt after smelling and looking at this tea, honestly it looks like granola, but smells better.

Dry this tea has a complex smell its hard to really pinpoint each one but I know my nose picks up the apple and popped rice pretty strongly; however as I said earlier the best way I can explain the smell is like granola or something you would eat for breakfast. Steeped the tea has an aroma that reminds me of christmas

The final brew is a reddish gold color and has a nice cinnamon aroma to it with fruity undertones. When I actually drank the tea I knew in the first sip I was not going to enjoy this tea and unfortunately I was right. I was slightly afraid it would be the case, but unfortunately for me it has a slight tart taste and the fruits simply didn’t appeal to me.

This is certainly a tea you will need to try to find out if it is for you, its too hard to determine just by the smell of it. Good concept by Davids unfortunately just not for me.

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

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drank Apres Ski by DAVIDsTEA
15 tasting notes

Initial impressions- An unidentifiable sweet smell. The prior reviews are correct, almost rotting fruit, but not horrible. Like something just overripe but not yet disgusting, just giving off a sickly sweet odour. Not my favourite in terms of scent. I can see lots of black tea leaves, some white leaves (marigold petals), some white and brown chunks (fig and burdock root?).
How I brewed it- 94 degrees (we have an automatic hot water dispenser at work, not a kettle, so it’s 4 degrees below what I would make it at at home, 1/4 tsp of agave nectar, 6 minutes.
First sips- Tea does not match its rotting fruit scent at all, but it isn’t spectacular, that being said. I haven’t eaten burdock root and do not like figs (with the exception of Forbidden Fruit, which was why I gave this tea a shot), so I’m not sure what I’m tasting, but I find it has somewhat of a non-taste with a very sweet aftertaste. Not horrible, but not something I’d spend money on again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Pass the Kombucha, man!

This tea for the longest time had me slightly concerned, and it really wasn’t the tea’s fault it was mine for knowing what Kombucha is. If you don’t know Kombucha is a culutre that grows on tea of all things, it is comparable to a mushroom like fungus, thus my worry when I read Kombucha in the title, but man was I ever wrong!

Dry this tea has a nice citrus aroma to it, the mango really had a presence to my nose, it was very appealing. The tea has a few nice bits of color mixed in with the oolong leaves. Steeping the citrus aroma becomes stronger and more pleasing, at this point the tea had me slightly salivating, a good citrus (or chocolate) tea is a weakness of mine.

The final brew is a nice golden color and has a great citrus aroma, the flavor is light but very tasty, one sip and all my concerns of Kombucha were dissolved. It’s the second oolong I have had, the other being Vanilla Orchid, I personally like this one a bit more. This is a must try for citrus and oolong fans.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
11 tasting notes

LOVE this one. I’m usually all about the crazy sugary flavours, but this one is wonderfully simple, while still having a discernible flavour (as opposed to the milk oolong, which didn’t taste like anything in particular). A little bit of vanilla is all I need to have a delicious cup of tea.

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drank Jungle Ju Ju by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

This is more of a practical beverage than one of pleasure but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste good. That’s just an added bonus.

Jungle Ju Ju is my most trusted friend when I need stay up all night to get something in. It’s also good to drink the morning of an exam after I’ve stayed up all night to get something in… See how that works?

I remember the first time I tried this: a friend was visiting me on the island and had decided to buy some of this after I dragged her to David’s Tea (I drag everyone to David’s Tea). She was leaving at 6am the next morning and, not wanting to miss a new experience, I decided to drink a pot at 12am. I Could Not get to sleep and was still running in circles by the time she arose to catch the first bus outside the house. Oh, my. I guess I’m very susceptible to caffeine stimulants, or placebos, or both.

The flavour is earthy leaf with the sweetness of candied fruit. Out of all the blends with fruit pieces this is my favourite one to snack on. There’s a bit of bitterness to this tisane but it’s a good kind of bitterness. Reminiscent of coffee beans. Perhaps, it’s because I steep it for a kalpa.

Anyways, If I’m drinking this it means I have school obligations to fulfill so good night world! See you after deadlines!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
crazy4u

I have been looking at this one for awile… I think I’m going to order this one next!

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
753 tasting notes

SO…I was at Davids again today, with my friend. She opted for the Merry Cranberry, and since I know I don’t like Sleigh Ride that much, I opted to try Santa’s Secret. I’ve always been a bit leery of mint teas, because I tend to find them either too medicinal, or I find them too cooling and refreshing to drink in winter (except for medicinally). But this tea, as a black base, holds the mint in balance, I think. It feels warming but refreshing, but not in a BRRR sort of way. Maybe the soy milk added then zen-like balance, I dunno.

I think I can say, I actually kinda like this. For a minty tea. I don’t know if I will get this one or not, but I think I might get some while it is available, and it will be a nice alternate to the very warming and comforting teas I have like Chocolate Orange or Alpine Punch, or one of the seasonal chai blends. I think that there could be a place for this on my tea wall.

Kittenna

I generally dislike minty teas but this one worked for me too!

Plunkybug

Yes, exactly. Something about it is very balanced and everything.

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drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
50 tasting notes

I enjoyed this as an iced tea with a bit of agave, wasn’t sure if it even needed that. I’m not sure what it is but there’s an interesting after-note/taste to it. Not a bad one though!

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec

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drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
50 tasting notes

Dried leaf smell was amazing so I just had to try this. I had it iced and it was oversteeped but I feel that brought out more of the grapefruit-y ness to it. It’s quite refreshing and apparently good with vodka :P

Edit 11/11/13: Had a whiff of this from my stash the other day and maybe my senses have changed but although I like this tea, it’s smell reminds me of.. cleaning detergent? LOL

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

I very much disliked this tea!!! I am really surprized to see that so many people really enojyed this tea. I’m not sure if i didmade this right but i have tried it 3 times now and each time i find it just as bad as the first sip. I’m new to this whole loose leaf tea and was surprized to dislike this tea so much.

crazy4u

hi, im excited to try and it and I will let you know what I think lol

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100

Amazing, just add milk and some sugar and your good to go. I am kinda speechless when it comes to this tea, i didn’t think it was going to be that good, but now i think its my favourite tea i have tried.

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83
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

This is the last of it! :O

Thanks ozli for keeping me supplied longer than I would have been otherwise. I hope to see this tea again next winter!

Completely off topic but I am teaching myself to knit and I think I just did my first row of purling. It sorta looks like my knit rows, but… I’ll keep going!

Sil

Uh pretty sure you can buy this on the website still….it was there and I almost ordered it last night

Cavocorax

That’s good to know! Thanks

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

And another Sipdown!

You guys should never have taught me that. :) It feels nice cleaning up some of my smaller odds ’n ends. Will have to repurchase next year!

Ozli

Hehehe. Burns’ hands I’m gonna send you mine… muaahahahaha!

Cavocorax

Oh no! No you wouldn’t!!! #yesplease

Saryn

What’s a sipdown?

Cavocorax

Apparently it’s when you finish up the last of your tea! I don’t know the origin though, although I’m sure someone on Steepster can explain it!

I imagine it’s the tea equivalent (tequivalent?) of touchdown!

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