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88
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
84 tasting notes

This one reminds me of an old SpecialTeas blend (White Chocolate Moon). It’s almost exactly the same, so it’s nice finally finding a replacement for a long-discontinued tea.

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

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

Well, and that’s that for that.

This tea is one of the few that I bought 100g from at DavidsTea and didn’t regret the impulse buy at all. I actually refilled my tin before they stopped stocking it because I KNEW I would want more.

I’m sad that it’s gone, but, strangely, not heartbroken. This was a really good relaxing tea, but I’m sure I can find something to fill its place.

Jackie O

Simpson and Vail created a replica of this for me, it’s called Jaclyn’s Cocomint Tea, the only difference is that SV uses unsweetened coconut flakes :)

Jackie O

www.svtea.com and search “jaclyn”

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s really awesome!
I didn’t realize they made custom blends either.

infused1

I was really excited for a minute. SV’s blend looks great, and it’s a good price too, except for the $28.25 they charge to ship to Canada. Agggh. I hope Davids brings Cocomint back this winter. I have the 100g I ordered last week, but it won’t last forever.

Jackie O

I wrote to them and begged haha, they were happy to do it! I sent them a sample of the one from David’s and they recreated it and sent me a sample back. Then I ordered a pound. infused1 would you like me to send you some? I have SO MUCH!!!

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed this a few times, and if not here’s the tl:dr: I like it a lot.

Now, I want to talk about Cloud Atlas (with little to no spoilers). Has anyone seen the movie? Or read the book? I read the book, and really enjoyed it, but was slightly disappointed when I reached the end. But then, it got under my skin a bit and after a day or so I was really pleased.

And so I finally got a chance to watch the epic 3 hour adaption that barely happened. And while there were times through it that I felt, oh man thi is long, but by the time I got to the end I was so enthralled and I laughed and cried at all the right parts.

And I can totally see why the critics would hate this sort of a thing because it’s weird but it’s also sorta beautiful too, and I have a feeling that this will be one I’ll come to every so often so I can peel back the layers just a little bit more…

Unlike this tea, which pretty much delivers what it promises. :P

Sil

I watched it! Haven’t red the book yet but I rather enjoyed the journey the movie was.

Terri HarpLady

Tony & I watched it, & we loved it! LOL, half of the time I had no idea what the hell was going on. After we watched it, I did some research at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Atlas_%28film%29,
which explained things a little more. Then I found this page, which has an awesome chart, telling you who played who (I had no idea!!!), what archetypes they represent, etc.
io9.com/still-confused-by-cloud-atlas-infographic-featurette-505751083
Then we watched it again a few days later, & loved it even more.
I want to read the book, eventually. Then I’ll probably have to watch the movie again, lol, but I do that all the time. The other day we watched The Matrix, for like the 50th time. I love that movie (the original, not the sequels).

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s also a great link! This one was also pretty helpfuL: http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/guide-to-the-characters-and-connections-of-cloud-atlas-confused.html

I’m happy I watched it on my own since it’s such a big time commitment and a bit of an oddball movie, but I’m hoping to get J to watch it with me again once I’m in Toronto.

Cavocorax

The book was enjoyable but structured differently – the 6 stories were nested inside the other, so you started off with the first half of the ship story and worked your way to the post-apoclyptic story, got the entire story of that, and then worked your way back in time to get to the end of the pacific story. It was beautifully written, although some might call the structure gimmicky.

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

This is a great thermos tea! I didn’t have much time to make tea this morning so I threw the leaves in and left. They were in there for nearly an hour, but the tea wasn’t super strong – just hot! So that’s a total win.

I’m starting to see why people want more than one timolino…

Kittenna

Yes! Multiple travel mugs ftw!

Shmiracles

i have four! cuz i’m goddamn crazy and they are goddamn beautiful things. just last weekend i brewed them up, drove to a park, ran a slow marathon, and then when i was done and changed clothes i still had warm tea waiting for me and my sore legs in the car! that’s over 5 hrs! i can’t gush enough about them.

Cavocorax

Do you actually use more than one at a time? I thought they’d be useful for work – hot tea all day!

Kittenna

I have five! But not all Timolinos, because I don’t like to drink HOT tea, and Timolinos are freaking expensive (though gorgeous). I have 2 Timolinos (1 black, 1 cream) and 3 Contigos (silver, red, blue). And yes, I use them ALL, often! When I head to work for a full day, I make them all up, so I have a selection of tea (and enough to get me through the day). I rarely finish them all, so end up drinking the tea at night, but it’s still fine (unless it’s in the Blue Contigo. That one has something weird going on in the lid, and it makes tea taste gross if it sits.) I also brew them all up when heading to the boy’s place, because then I can sip all day/take them wherever, and don’t have to bother making tea at his place, even though his Brita is now clean and working, he has a kettle, AND I have infusers for his place.

Kittenna

And Shmiracles – that is awesome. I have only run a couple 10Ks as yet, but am hoping to run a very slow half marathon this year, and eventually a full marathon (or more than one!)

Cavocorax

Wow! That seems like it would take a while to get everything ready in the morning, but I can see how it would be convenient to have so much tea ready to go. I couldn’t see carrying 5 on the bus, but I think I’ll snag another one so I can brew two. (That’s more reasonable for me! You probably drive so 5 isn’t a big deal to carry)

I love that they are so leakproof and trap the heat. <3

Shmiracles

Kittenna! watchout! hah that’s how it started for me, i ran my first marathon a year ago this week, and here i am a year later with 9 marathons/ultras under my belt and 3 more next month. it’s addictive behavior for some. obviously for me. much like tea. i swear i am still a super newb and i’d love to hear all of your training & running adventures. (i could talk about it forever, much like tea.)

Shmiracles

yay bus riders!

Kittenna

It does take a while, yes. My roommate had a 1.7L kettle; I need to fill it up once + a second time part way. I do drive to my boyfriend’s place, but I actually take all 5 on the bus with me to school! 2 in the outer pockets, 3 inside. Along with my laptop and charger, and lab book. Luckily I very rarely lug around anything else.

Kittenna

Cavocorax – I definitely prefer my Timolinos aesthetically, and I trust them in terms of leakproofness more than the Contigos. But I have yet to have a problem with either (except for the time that I didn’t put the rubber “secret compartment” lid in my Timolino. Then, it will leak. The Contigos actually hold heat really well too, but not quite as well (they cool off a couple hours faster… soooo like in 6 instead of 8 hours, haha), and they’re also a bit bigger. + way cheaper at Costco.

Schmiracles – I’ve been following your posts with interest, I’ve gotta say! I’m currently on hiatus as I prefer running outside to the treadmill, and I just don’t have the time to focus and train properly right now. I get shin splints easily, so it takes me a lot of careful work to work up to being able to run a full 5 or 10K after not running for a while, because even if my endurance says I can run more, my shins say don’t you dare. I’m sure I’ll post about what I’m up to on here once I get back to it! :D

Cavocorax

Woah. That is some srsbsns!!! I guess I have no excuse not to try bussing it up with ALL THE TEA!!! (My coworkers will be surprised to see me return from mat leave with a raging tea addiction).

Also, I envy you guys and your marathon running. It takes A LOT to do something like that. And I hatehatehate running. I think that if I am running, it’s because there is something seriously wrong, which I know is a terrible attitude. I should probably do more fitnessy things, and then my fear/attitude of running may change.

OMGsrsly

Kittenna, try unflavoured (usually store brand, do not get the ultra minty) denture tablets for your lid. It might take 5-10 soaks, but oh wow it helps so much. My old (4+ years, used to drink coffee in it) Contigo is now usable, what with denture tablets and a nice scrubbing with some labware brushes, to get into the nooks and crannies…

Kittenna

OMGsrsly – that’s on my list to try! I just haven’t had the opportunity yet. I have no idea what happened; I think something must have gotten gross from the ONE time I had hot chocolate (made with milk) in the mug. It makes everything taste a bit like it has rotted, if it stays in there too long (if I drink things quickly it’s ok, but I typically don’t).

Cavocorax

That’s a great tip. I… need to remember that somehow!

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

Today has been rough. So rough. The baby was miserable and wouldn’t sleep, and it’s just compounded so that it’s nearly midnight and she’s still awake and grumpy and I’m still awake and possibly grumpier. :| #momlife

Tried a few things and nothing worked so I took a little break to brew up a cup of Cocomint Cream while I left her to play with some toys. BEST CHOICE EVER.

DavidsTea better have something damn amazing to replace this because I am already sad that it’s going. I went into one of the stores and they are out of stock and don’t think they will get anymore in. I have one more store to check, otherwise I only have a precious 30g left.

Sadness. So much sadness. If I ever do experiment with blending teas, I’ll just have to make this one my damn self. :| #shakesfist

Kittenna

You should still be able to buy it online! I agree… this one’s pretty good even for a mint disliker like me!

Cavocorax

Yeah there is that! :D I’m not big on mint either but apparently I love coconut tea.

Kittenna

Have you tried any variants of coconut oolong? (E.g. Golden Moon’s Coconot Pouchong, ZenTea’s Coconut Oolong)?

Cavocorax

Yeah I have ZenTea’s Coconut Oolong. That free sample they sent was the best thing they could have done bc I’m addicted!

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, awesome! I was thinking that for a coconut lover, that’s definitely one you have to try (they’re all more or less equivalent, in my opinion).

Cavocorax

The baby is finally sleeping!!! I can enjoy the last few sips of my tea in peace, then crawl to bed.

Cavocorax

Kittenna – all coconut oolongs are equivelent, or all coconut blends in general? Those are the only two I’ve had but I’m instantly hooked.

Kittenna

Sorry, I definitely only meant green coconut oolongs seem to all be similar (I’m sure there are variations, but I’ve tried about four and they all are approximately the same in terms of deliciousness for me). Coconut blends vary like crazy!! I have yet to find a really good coconut black that works for me… some are soapy, others have terrible base teas… (Buttered Rum was good, but I think my last batch may have been bad…). But yeah, coconut in blends seems to be very, very hit or miss. Cocomint Cream is probably one of the best coconutty blends I’ve had. I also really enjoy Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai. I feel like there are others, but can’t currently remember…

Kittenna

Also, glad the baby’s finally sleeping! I should be sleeping as well, haha… just enjoying the last of my very cold teas first. And possibly placing a Verdant order…

Cavocorax

Hahah. Late night tea orders are the worst. At that point ALL WILLPOWER IS GONE. (I am not going to check out Verdan’t site… not gonna).

And I totally see what you mean. :) Good to know about the oolongs. Soapy doesn’t sound good – I guess I should be careful if I find a coconut black and test it out before I stock up. Well… that’s something I should do before buying 100g of ANYTHING really.

Kittenna

YES! Buy only sample sizes!!!! Don’t stock up on anything for a while unless you love it and it’s limited edition. Otherwise you end up with 100g tins of teas you thought you liked until you found something better…. (I made that mistake. Sigh.)

At least my Verdant order was already planned, and I added nothing extra to it, so that’s good. I don’t need more tea, but really wanted to try their new ones! Haha.

Claire

Hope you finally got some sleep!

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

Amazing! I’ve had such bad luck with teas the last day or so (with earl grey’s and variations of) that this was a relief. I love this one!!!

It had better be available in-store all year…

I drank a whole pot of this and enjoyed it with oranges, chocolate orange slices and cookies!!!

CrowKettle

I think this one is turning out to be my favourite from DT in the last little while. The tea name and description make it look like it could be year long too.

Shmiracles

i seriously love it also! (mint chocolate rooibos isn’t bad either.) i will keep this one in stock i’m sure. love love

Shmiracles

your snack time is also a twinsies snack of mine. hah

Ozli

Oh man, that sounds so good! CC is my fave tea, I can’t resist it. It’s really good as after-dinner tea…

BTW, got ZT order in yesterday so moar tea coming to yr house soon! (Mostly black/green!)

Cavocorax

I’ll have to try mint chocolate rooibos (although maybe just 10-20g because I am often disappointed with chocolate in tea – I don’t like watered down cocoa.)

And that’s awesome Ozli! :D When I get my new orders in I’ll let you know what you can pick from.

Cavocorax

And CrowKettle – I hope you’re right that this will be around! I think it’s part of the Winter Collection so I didn’t want to assume it was permanent, but… it seems like it would be amazing year round. And maybe iced?

Cavocorax

Guys!!! DavidsTea on twitter just told me that it’s only here for the winter collection:https://mobile.twitter.com/DAVIDsTEA/status/286913475899453440

Guess I better run to the mall!

CrowKettle

Booo!!!!! Buying two tins, I guess.

Shmiracles

oh no, me too!! or in my case place another order online before the seasons up.
but no. i won’t. no more orders. i’m already embarrassed by how much money i spent on tea in 2012.

Shmiracles

(squeeks is seriously a great handle name.)

Cavocorax

It might be available online all year? Isn’t that how they do it?

And thanks. I used to play Glitch, which was a super cute MMO, and I needed a cute name to match.

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

First sip: coconut!
Second sip: coconut that turns into minty goodness
Third sip: mint mint coconut cream coconut!

I made a whole pot of this with 1.5 tsp. Looking forward to sipping it all night. I just bought 100g but I want to make it last.

I’m upping my rating a bit.

Ozli

Maaaaan I go so overboard, but I do like at least that for a cup /o\

Cavocorax

Hehe. I’m stingy with my tea. My excuse is that I want it to breathe in my tea ball? Nah, I’m just a terrible underleafer. I’ll add more if I think it’s not flavorful enough.

Ozli

you need a big open infuser! tea balls are a pain in the aaaass.

Cavocorax

I know! The hinge is worn out too so occasionally when I pull it out, it’ll open and dump leaves everywhere. I need to get that perfect mug from DavidsTea!

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

Wow! I bought this as my to-go cup of the day, and now I’m wondering if I should have grabbed 30g of this instead of Santa’s Secret.

It smells strongly of mint and that’s all I could taste at first but now…. each sip starts off minty, then turns creamy, while ending with a coconut note. I think I can even taste the apple! I’m happy I got to try it.

Oh and they added a bit of agave nectar to it. I think that helps to enhance the flavours.

ne14t

Hard decision, I have Cocomint Cream and Santa’s Secret both are great teas but its hard to pass up the caffeine kick in the Santa’s Secret!

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65
drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
19 tasting notes

Pretty good. As other reviewers have stated, this is definitely better than Silk Dragon Jasmine. This is perfumey and light-tasting, so much so that at times I thought I was drinking Jasmine Silver Needles. The two taste very similar, though I haven’t been acquainted with Butterfly Jasmine long enough to recommend one over the other. The first steep had a floral and vaguely fruity taste and a nice aroma. After the first steep I had to run out and do errands, so I left it in the strainer to hang out until I returned. Upon steeping it again, the tea had the strangest taste, jasmine at first and then resin and pine needles. Whaaaaaaaat?

A picture of Butterfly Jasmine hanging out in my new mug: http://instagr.am/p/SgqguXykX9/

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91
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
48 tasting notes

This herbal concoction is quite unique with its quirky addition of lavender. Coconut and lavender: definitely a different combination for me. Delicate, floral, spicy and sweet were adjectives that came to mind. True story: I woke up with a very bad headache, the kind that just settles in at the base of your skull and makes you dizzy and borderline queasy. I had this herbal infusion and voila, my headache receded and went away completely. Voila: the healing properties of lavender! The end.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

What a funky-dunky combination! I have a little of both around the house (some Adagio black coconut and lavender from local health food store). I wonder what coconut-to-lavender proportion would mimic this. Thoughts?

Serenity

I would send you a samp but I only gots a samp! The lavender is sprinkled throughout, the taste is present in every sip, more than just a fragrance, but the flavor of lavender does not overwhelm: it’s not ALL lavender ALL the time, you dig?

gmathis

Household alchemy awaits! (The way the week is going it may await a while, but I still want to experiment.)

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79

Initial impression- Smells like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange! Delicious! Looks pretty much as advertised- I see chocolate drops, orange peel, and pu’erh. I do wish there wasn’t artificial flavouring, but I’m not too picky about it. After brewing it still retains the wonderful bright orange scent tempered with the dark chocolate scent.
How I brewed it- In 94 degree water (as hot as the machine at work will go) water for six minutes in my fabulous Perfect Mug, I did not brew this with sweetener.
First sips- I only tasted a brief bit of pu’erh before the flavours hit my palette. The orange and chocolate mingle together nicely in this tea. Definitely something I’d buy again.
Would like to try it- with a touch of agave to brighten the flavours a touch or as a tea latte.

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

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52

Meh. For the price and the hype I expected a far more impressive jasmine than what I tasted. The smell is quite nice, it’s that borderline sugar cookie smell that jasmine perfumes sometimes get (which I like), but the taste was bland. So, basically, not the worst jasmine tea I’ve ever tasted, but nowhere near the best. The search continues.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
230 tasting notes

I often have trouble with Chai teas. I can never seem to find one that I like. The same thing happens with pumpkin spice teas. HOWEVER, I LOVE this tea! As someone said in a earlier note this TRULY tastes like PUMPKIN. The spices are balanced and it has a very nice flavor. I drank it without any sugar/milk and I thought it tasted like a great pumpkin tea. When I added in a little bit of rock sugar / milk the chai flavors really became apparent. Since I am not a HUGE chai fan I will go back to drinking it straight. THIS IS A REAL winner for me.

P.S. I got this from the tea review blog monthly swap. If you are interested you can look check it out at http://www.teareviewblog.com/?page_id=1706 or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/teaswap/.http://www.teareviewblog.com/

Nik

I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to chai, I’ve found, but I’ve yet to drink a pumpkin blend that doesn’t just taste like pumpkin pie spices. Definitely have to try this.

CHAroma

@Nik, I know what you mean. But this one definitely doesn’t have that overly spicy flavor. It’s just fantastic!

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100
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Sinfully Delicious!

Well I found another ‘dessert’ tea that I will be hoarding and consuming as if it were a necessity of life! Even more so since it doesn’t contain the calories of the real deal.

Dry this tea is colorful to the eyes and smells great under the nose, the most powerful smell I could pick out was the chocolate and sprinkles, you know its a good tea when it has sprinkles! Brewing the tea does have a slight baked goods aroma to it, was very pleasing and made it hard to control myself from drinking it before it was ready.

The final brew is quite red from all the sprinkles, it has a cake like smell to it, but at this point the tea has settled into the aroma. The flavor is great, not a dead on accurate RVC flavor but it sure hits the mark pretty good for a tea. Highly recommend this one to any of the ‘dessert’ tea lovers, just wash your items out promptly after this tea the chocolate and sprinkles leave a lot of residue.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

The Pineapple is strong with this one!

I had this tea over the weekend, and I must say it has a strong and long lasting pineapple aroma to it, and not a displeasing one at all. The flavored was similar to the aroma, leading to a pretty nice cup of tea.

Dry the leaves are green and there are tons of pieces of candied pineapple to offset the darkish color of the leaves, the pineapple smell will hit your nose the minute you open the tin. Steeping the tea takes on a gentle green color and a powerful pineapple aroma that will fill the room.

The final brew is a light green hue with the aforementioned pineapple aroma the flavor is bold and fruity, similar to that of champagne, of course missing the carbonation, surprising really. I have had cheap champagnes that miss the mark in flavor compared to this tea. Certainly wont be a winner for everyone, especially those who do not like a floral fruity taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73
drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
50 tasting notes

Every time I walk into/by/near a DAVIDsTEA it has a distinct smell and I feel this is exactly what it smells like (when brewed and tasted). I’ve been exploring all their herbals lately and The Glow has always been on my to try list. I brewed it for 4 mins and it turned out a nice mild, not overly powerful blend. Not looking at what’s in it but what I can pick out right away is cinnamon but it’s also blended very well with something floral.. that I cannot seem to pin point (also maybe because I am a tea newbie :P). Not a bad tea. I wonder if the health benefits are true because the cold air has been taking a toll on my already dry skin! :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Sleigh Ride by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

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87

YUM!
The last few times I’ve had this, it’s been a bust. Either completely flavourless or too strong. This one is pretty darn good! I could have let it steep just a smidge longer maybe..

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87

This was my first memorable cup of DavidsTea. It was the absolute most best cup of tea I had ever had (at that point)! DavidsTea is new to my city, so I’ve been on a tasting spree and haven’t gone back to revisit this one for awhile. I bought a tin of this last weekend, so decided I’d brew up a cup at home.

I did brew 2 cups at work recently and they were duds. Not sure if there’s something wrong with the lot or I screwed something up, but I actually paid attention to steep times, even let my second cup brew a bit longer.

This cup at home was pretty decent. My first two sips were kind of weak, so I tossed the steeper in a bit longer. Ended up forgetting about it so it may have steeped for 8-ish minutes all total. The bitterness was my fault, so I’m not holding it against this tea. The sweetness from the pomegranate was there, which is what I like most about this. Sometimes I want a slightly sweeter, not so vegetal green tea, and this hits the spot! People seem weirded out by the black & rooibos. I can tell there’s a bit of black tea in there, but had no idea there was rooibos in it until I read the ingredients. I think the black just gives it a bit more solid base. Or something.

Not the most forgiving green tea, I find. I can’t seem to replicate that first amazing cup. Well, I have about 94 grams left to get it right.. (I still love it, though!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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88

I think I am easy to please when it comes to Chai tea. And I really under appreciate/neglect them, so if anyone has any excellent chais they want to recommend I would be a happy panda :)

Got this one as a sample with my online order. I haven’t tried many of Davids chais outside of the seasonal ones. But this makes me want to try more, I just love the spice so much. It is a great thing to have on a winter’s night, and since it just snowed here I wish I had more.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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42

I got this as a sample with my 1st David’s Tea order. I opened it and smelled both the strawberries and rhubarb right away. It kind of looks like a dried fruit trail mix with large chunks of fruit in it. Tempted to eat it while waiting for the water to boil. Patience! After draining the tea bits I noticed some white chunks that didn’t dissolve. I’m guessing they are yogurt bits as they were sweet and creamy. Too bad, I bet they would have been good in the tea. First sip; blech… hibiscus! Not a fan of hibiscus. I’m also hit by a citrusy tang that I find unpleasant, but the lingering creamy strawberry taste is nice. Trying some sugar… It’s a bit better now. The sugar cuts down the tangy taste that I’m not fond of. I could see liking it if instead of the hibiscus it was a black tea base, but this just tastes like juice to me. Not for me and I’m glad it was only a small sample and that there are so many other teas out there for me to try!

Oh, and those yogurt bits took a little extra work to get out of my infuser.

CelticBrew

Your review had me at “blech… hibiscus!” Couldn’t agree more.

Dustin

Hibiscus is my tea Kryptonite!

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56
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
795 tasting notes

I love chili in my chocolate. I love the way the heat adds to the flavor of the chocolate. I love putting chipotle powder in my brownies and was intrigued by the idea of chocolate chili tea. Chocolate should be sweet in my opinion, so I added a little sugar to my cup which worked well. The chocolate taste is definitely present, especially at the beginning of each sip. The chili is quite mild and leaves a little heat at the end of each sip. There could have been more chili and burn for my taste, but that may limit its audience. The chai part I’m not getting. When I hear chai I think of super strong cardamon, cinnamon and clove, which I am not getting here. Maybe they call it chai to suggest you drink it with milk? I tried adding a little milk towards the end of my cup. It kind of just watered down the overall taste for me and voided the chili which is a shame. I like this tea, but it’s not wowing me. I want to be wowed. There is something missing to make it more full bodied and well rounded of a taste and I can’t think of what that could be. Either way, I think this flavor combo has much more potential than it was given in this tea.

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79
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1328 tasting notes

Very first order of the agenda here, can we all please agree that the country is called NEpal and that there is no such country as NApal? Thank you. This seems a common error, and some people do it with such consistency that it can’t be a typo. NEpal. (Sorry, but it bothers me. I can usually overlook this sort of thing, but certain mistakes just jars the eye. Same with the whole palate/pallet/palette thing. (Hint, on Steepster I can with 99.9% certainty guarantee that you want ‘palate’))

Secondly, Fleurdelily shared this one with me, and I’ve been slightly afraid to try it. I’ve tried a couple of Nepalese blacks before and found them quite Darjeeling-y. But then I seemed to see a lot of good things said about it on Steepster. Claire even had a discussion board subject. So I decided it must be time to be brave.

The leaf doesn’t look like Darjeeling and it doesn’t really smell like it either, although there is a certain note of that Darjeelingesque grassy floralness.

After brewing it smells quite flora, but not in a sharp, pointy way like Darjeeling. There is a sweet, slightly malty note and also a touch of something that reminds me of raisins and other dried fruits. It’s kind of like a much milder version of Assam, rather than Darjeeling-y.

The Darjeeling-y note is there in the flavour as well, but honestly, I would have been surprised if it wasn’t. It’s not as unpleasant as I find it to be in Darjeeling, though. In Darjeeling it’s sort of stabby and pointy and gives me a funky, sour aftertaste, but there’s none of that here. Again it’s mostly like a milder version of Assam with Darjeeling aspects mixed in.

Dooars! That’s what it reminds me of the most.

If you enjoy this, try if you can find something from the Dooars region, and vice versa. Where Dooars leans more towards Darjeeling than Assam, this is sort of leaning in the opposite direction, but it’s still giving me that same feeling of middle-ness.

It’s not my ideal tea (being not Chinese, really) but I’m enjoying it much more than I had expected I would. Very interesting

Claire

Great review! I’m going to look for a Dooars tea now.

cteresa

I had been eyeing a few nepalese teas, and this is only making me more interesting.

And just saying I might appreciate having a palette of words to use while posting from my pallet!

Ze_Teamaker

The English lesson gave me giggles.

Roughage

I like the English lesson too. I sometimes want to start correcting spelling but usually give up in disgust first. After all, it is the internet, so spelling is optional apparently! :)

Looks like I am going to be in Aarhus in mid-January if you wish to take tea with me. I was going to send you a message but could not.

Roughage

Oops, and then I remembered reading your contact details on your bio. How embarrassed am I?

Angrboda

Sometimes I find it disturbing that I, as an ESL, can be so irritated by it sometimes. I try to remember that I don’t usually know anything about the other person and that they might have a genuine difficulty with spelling and such things, but sometimes…! (I’ve come to the conclusion lately that it’s because I’m ESL that things I know to be wrong can bother me so much. If you lot can’t even work it out, it becomes even harder for me to learn!)

Claire, I hope you can find some. It shouldn’t be impossible, I’ve seen them around a few times.

Roughage, I saw. I think it should definitely be possible. I shall run it through Husband tomorrow as well if he wants to join. I don’t want to disturb him now, as he’s watching something on tv. Warning, though, we’re both fairly shy people, so awkward silences may occur as we flounder for something to say. :) And if you (try to) teach me to say your name, I’ll (try to) teach you to say mine. ;)

Roughage

It’s ok, Angrboda, I already know how to speak Danish:
http://satwcomic.com/stop-talking
Oh, and I have my own potato! ;)

Actually, I could do with working on my Danish because my nephew mostly speaks it and I only really speak Norwegian fluently, which makes communicating with him interesting. As for awkward silences, I am fine with that. We can sip our tea appreciatively and be companionable rather than chatty. I am not the world’s most outgoing person either!

Mark B

“palate/pallet/palette.” That’s awesome. Guilty as charged.

charab

haha, good point with that. When working in the art field it’s very common (more like second language, hehe) to use art terms such as ‘palette’. Thank you for reminding of the other option, makes my writing much more interesting. For an ESL person new words are always a treat.

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1128 tasting notes

Ah super late tasting note! Today was crazy, class, then job interview, then taking my friend to davidstea for the first time :D i actually managed to not buy anything while there! She picked up a few teas, this being the one we tried when we arrived back at my place.

The smell is super peachy. A bit of floral, but mostly peach, with a bit of melon. Wet leaf was also very fruity.. Hmm, I was hoping a bit more floral to be honest, but the leaves look pretty! They unfolded enormously, and the pretty flowers are floating about. Very magical :)

Taste – wowza, i got tons of melon and peach!! I could have sworn this was a fruit tea! A slight bitterness near the end of sips, black teas doing I suppose. I would have liked a bit less of that fruit flavoring and a bit more floral once again, definitely more Jasmine! I love Jasmine haha.

Overall, a surprisingly tasty tea, but maybe not quite the flavor I was wanting (expecting?) however, I might pick up a sample of this the next time I’m at Davids to play with temperatures and things.

Yay for introducing my friend to buying loose leaf though! She really enjoyed this tea, which I am super pleased about :)

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

I’ve introduced a few friends to loose leaf, so far, and it’s a wonderful feeling. Congrats to you and welcome to your friend. :D

MissLena

I’m so happy she finally bought some! She has been drinking DavidsTea Silver Needle White Tea at my place whenever she comes over for the past month, and she finally asked me to take her tea shopping. Such an awesome feeling! She always laughs at my tea buying, I told her it may have begun for her now! Haha :)

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