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67
drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
25 tasting notes

The beginning of some backlog:

Sweet! Kind of… sour? Not really what I was expecting. It was pretty tasty, and also tastes good after sitting all day in the refrigerator. Not my ideal tea, though.

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
8261 tasting notes

Holy jasmine….yeaaaaah so me and floral teas, we are not meant for each other. I feel like I’m drinking perfume that’s been watered down. shudder soooo yeah. I totally get the weird peach taste everyone else is getting too, but mostly it’s just a bouquet of blarg. It smells wonderful! But in a hey that’s a really nice scent you’re wearing…. So yeah. Thanks to indigobloom for the sample but we’ll be sending this off to a good home haha

Indigobloom

agreed on this one!!!

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What?! I haven’t logged this yet? How on earth did that happen! This is a standard at my house. The other half just loves it, and thankfully chips in his fair share of the 250g bags when I do orders. Its a really nice early grey, and the vanilla just sets it over the edge. The vanilla adds a lovely creaminess to the tea. Will be drinking cream of earl grey for years to come.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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59
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

I think I dislike this tea more and more each time I drink it. Thankfully, it’s all done now. No more apple cider vinegar tasting hot water! On to better teas that deliver the taste it promises. Although this isn’t the worst tea I’ve ever had, it doesn’t taste like pear, and it’s far from perfect.

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

I’m not sure if I scooped an odd mix, or maybe my taste buds are just off today, but for some reason I keep getting whiffs and a light taste of apple cider vinegar with this tea. It’s not overpowering, but definitely noticeable to me. I don’t dislike it, but in my opinion, I do feel that “perfect” pear is a bit of a misnomer.

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
357 tasting notes

Perfect Pear isn’t bad but it isn’t what I expected either. I was hoping for a smooth sweet pear taste, and instead I got the tartness of the apples, with only hints of pear here and there.

This is a random way to describe the taste, but it reminds me of the taste of the paper stick when I finish a lollipop = remnant sweetness overpowered with the paper pulp taste. But in the case of this tisane, the sweetness of the pear is overpowered by the tart pulpiness of the apple.

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of my sample of this today because the weather exactly matches an Indian summer – about 23 degrees C! Lovely day :) Anyways, this tea, although I oversteeped it by a few minutes, is still a bit bland to me. Just needs a bit more flavor! See previous note for full review.

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

First of all, a big thank you to DAVIDsTEA for including this as a free sample in my order! Been waiting to try this one, as it’s one of their few fall teas that I am not allergic to [nut allergy, :( ]. Anyways, onto the tea!

The dry smell…wow, I am pleased. A myriad of fruits..mmmm, what do I smell, cherries, watermelon, a bit of the fig or raisin, it actually reminded me a bit of a fruit cake! One of the dark ones my mom makes. I also detected a bit of an earthy smell, not sure what that was, I didn’t really like that note. Once water was poured on it, the smell diminished significantly. Must say, I am disappointed, I liked all those sugary fruits!

Taste- I steeped this tea for the full 7 mins, as I was a bit skimpy on the amount (only have the 5g sample, would like to try to get 2 cups out of it!). I now have to wait for it to cool, so will update in a bit!
Update: Finally tasted it, and must say, I am kind of disappointed. For there being so many fruits and veggies in this tea, I was expecting a bit different experience. The first taste is a bit tart, and I’m getting a mild hint of the cherries and watermelon. The taste kind of builds into a mixture of things, can’t really identify them. Aftertaste I find carrot, not my favorite taste in a tea to be honest. However, it does taste summery, which is very relaxing.

Another update: Tastes very, very similar to my mom’s fruitcake when it has cooled! Weird to taste that in a tea.

Overall, I don’t think I would buy a lot of this, maybe one more sample? I may have used too little leaf, or maybe it needs to steep longer, but it’s not really my thing. I’ll stick with less fruity blends I think. I’ll try one more cup at a later date and maybe change the rating. Not bad, but not epic.

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

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drank Checkmate by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

The dried tea smells like chocolate covered raisins, does anyone else agree?

I really enjoy this tea. I often describe it as tasting like a soft, straight black tea with a sweet warming flavour. I don’t even know if I would be able to tell it was coconuty based on taste alone, but the smell helps give it that coconut flavour.

I often oversteep it and find it a bit bitter. Today I used a lower temperature and only let it steep for 3 mins and 30 seconds. PERFECT!

I don’t ever get that chocolate taste that David’s Tea mentions in it’s description of the tea but it is still very tasty nonetheless!!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
238 tasting notes

Bad sleep!!!!!
Must have good tea.

This smells like a candy shop that mated with a giant angry pineapple.
I don’t even like Pineapple and this makes me salivate like crazy…TMI I know but I’m trying to be thorough here.

It is a lovely gold color all brewed up.Doesn’t smell quite as crazy good but I’m hoping the taste will follow through like a punch in the face.

woooo I’m getting graphic.

I know I’ll have to try this iced but first hot I think.

my verdict..it’s not what I was expecting simply from the smell.
It’s definitely Oolong with a nice pineapple frame.

I wanted so much more from this.I was expecting sunshine and got a hot,stuffy day with no sun.

LindaIrvine my bff will like it I think..

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This is lovely, sweet, and fruity. The strawberry is nice and natural – not artificial at all – and the brittle adds a nice subtle nutty flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
634 tasting notes

I inadvertently steeped the first cup for about 8 minutes and the second for 20+. Yeah, I totally forgot about this tea during both infusions. And yet, both cups were amazingly delicious!! How is that possible?!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
634 tasting notes

It’s fall, so it’s the perfect time of year to try this Pumpkin Chai from DAVIDsTEA! I’m so excited. I’ve been drinking Starbucks’ spiced pumpkin lattes to get my fall fix. But I’ve really wanted to try this Pumpkin Chai from the moment I heard about it. Thanks to Kittenna for making it possible!

The dry leaves definitely smell pumpkin-y. Part of me really wants to grab these orange hearts out of the mix and pop ‘em in my mouth just to see if they do taste like pumpkin. But alas, I’ll have to wait until the tea is brewed. Pouring hot water over the leaves releases a whoosh of pumpkin spice aroma. Mmm, wow. This smells awesome!!

And it tastes just as delicious as it smells. Mmm yum yum yummy yum! I’m not sure it can replace my Starbucks addiction, but this is pretty incredible. I’m definitely going to have to stock up on this myself! Thanks again Kittenna!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Yum, I liked this one too! I have some other pumpkin teas to compare it to now as well, should really get on that! Tis nearly the appropriate season!

CHAroma

I’m really on a pumpkin kick. Wish I could get more of this but I just can’t justify it with the overflowing tea cupboard I presently have and the waaaaaaay over budget wedding I’m currently planning. Plus, I’m moving across town in about 3 weeks, so it’d just be one more thing to move. :( Sometime in the future though!

fleurdelily

WOW! you really make me want some, OK< There!—it’s on the ‘shopping list’ to remind myself for fall tea shopping :D

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drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Surprisingly, this tea called out to me as I sit in this hot apartment waiting for the Canada Day fireworks to start with a cold face cloth on my neck haha. We live pretty close to where the fireworks will be, so I’m hoping I can see them right out the window. I haven’t had this tea in ages, and I really need to drink it more. The last time I had it, I tried making it with cold dripping ice on it, and it wasn’t very good haha. But this time I just made it hot, and it smells very veggie like and fresh. Just what I want at this time of night. Waiting for it to cool so I don’t over heat drinking it lol, hoping the taste is what I am craving tonight too, I steeped for 2 minutes this time to see if a shorter steeping helps me find the sweet spot for this tea.

Tonight, this tastes very asparagus-y, with butter melted on top. There’s a nice saltiness and slight brine flavor maybe at the end of the sip, very oceanic. Yay! Maybe I needed to steep this tea for less time all along. I will still hold off on rating for now, as I’m too warm to make a solid judgement tonight. Also, hot tea tastes hotter when you are hot. Lol, good night steepster!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

Top o’ the mornin’! Happy St. Patrick’s Day steepsters! I am going to try to just drink green teas today! (with a notable exception being my Shamrocks & Shenanigans black tea, which I would have had for my first cup but it’s too sweet this early) So I decided to brew up this green! I don’t drink this one too often, I’m not sure why, I think because my go-to straight green is Laoshan green. But this one is still very good! I should have used my finer infuser, there’s a few too many green bits that made their way into my cup and it’s affecting the taste, but it’s still a nice and refreshing first cup of the day. Hopefully I don’t overcaffeinate today lol, I did a bit yesterday oops. Anyways, see previous notes on this tea, and I will continue my green tea day (and maybe have to have some green alcohol later as well lol)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Gyokuro Yamashiro by DAVIDsTEA
1125 tasting notes

I ordered this tea mostly for my boyfriend, as he loves pure green teas, and was a little wary of how it would taste because of the cost. Was hoping it would be absolutely amazing!

The dry smell reminded me a lot of seaweed, reminded me of the ocean. I steeped at approx. 75 deg C. The seaweed scent got a bit milder when water was added. Overall a nice, fresh smell.

As for the taste, hmm…this cup I made seems a bit stronger than the taste I had previously (bf made a cup last week to try it out). It might have been because I steeped it another minute for 3 in tot? Or the water was a bit too warm? Oh well. It still tastes pretty good, a lot of green veggies present. Reminds me of spinach, might be the color of the leaves as well. I love the color of the tea. Beautiful light green.

Update—I swapped cups with my guy, who just made a second steep. I actually can smell a creaminess in this one! The taste is much milder too, and yes, I taste that creamy veggie taste. Mmmmm. Must say, I prefer the second steep on this one, unless I just did something wrong with the first. Rating may change from future cups of this when I figure out how to make it exactly.

Overall, an above average green tea. Was hoping for a wee bit more, but it still is splendid. Definitely one of the better ones I’ve ever had!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Elixir for Her by DAVIDsTEA
634 tasting notes

I’m in an adventurous mood this morning, so I’m going to try something new. My very vocal kitty watched as I quickly brewed up this sample from Kittenna. The dry leaf aroma is chocolate and herbs and spices, while the brewed tea aroma is chocolate and licorice. Really strong licorice! No strawberry is detectable.

There’s lots of floaties that escaped from my strainer, and the liquor is a strange muddy, translucent brown. The taste is kind of strange too. I’m not sure what to make of it. The aftertaste is too funky for my liking. I guess chocolate, herbs, and licorice just isn’t my love elixir. Thanks to Kittenna for the chance to try it! Although I’m not sure it’s bothered me in the past, I think I share your opinion of licorice in teas now.

If anyone is looking for a true chocolate covered strawberry experience, go with Love Tea #7.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Yeah… this one was weird. Sounded like it could be great, but did not work for me either.

CHAroma

Yes, weird sums it up nicely. Just weird.

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
570 tasting notes

This tea always smells amazing, all spicy and mysterious. I just wish that it delivered. I have tried different steep times, from my usual two minutes up to a very bitter base, but the flavouring just never steps up. The florals – which I don’t usually like – are almost non-existent. It wasn’t a bad cup, just . . . disappointing.

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

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
570 tasting notes

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
12 tasting notes

This is my favourite straight black tea by far. It is such a bold flavour, with an almost malty sweetness to it. Once steeped it has almost a honey scent to it.

My advice is to let it steep for only 2-3 minutes, any longer and it will start to taste bitter. It is so finely chopped that the flavours and colour are released almost instantly. I was told that honey compliments this tea very well (as opposed to sugar) if you like your teas sweet, but I prefer it with only a splash of milk.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
171 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Bravissimo by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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