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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
87 tasting notes

I haven’t actually made a hot cup of matcha yet, but I’ve made several matcha frappes recently. In all honesty, I only bought a tin of this for my pony, Java, as a way to wean him off of his mineral supplement (a green powder, the colour derived from seaweed). Now, he won’t eat his dinner unless there’s “supplement” (aka matcha) in it! Little bugger!

I think I can safely say that this is Java’s favourite tea, seeing as he will not touch his bucket if he can’t see/smell the matcha in it.

Mercuryhime

Not to be a downer, but is tea okay for horses? I know dogs and cats shouldn’t have it. Also, if you’re looking for a tea name for your horse, how about Honey Phoenix? That’s one tasty tea too!

Bear With Me

I talked to both my vet and an equine nutritionist and neither could find any reason not to give it to him. (Asking them actually stemmed from one day when he swiped my paper take-out cup and drank my earl grey). There are a few add-ins that I need to watch out for, but the tea itself is safe :)

Mercuryhime

haha, I think I said this before, but I love your horse! I don’t know why I find rascally animals so endearing. :)

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

It seems like this tea is a, “love it or hate it” kind of tea.

When David’s first introduced teas geared towards children, I got really excited. I was looking forward to child-friendly flavours and fancy teaware (which is adorable!). Swampwater piqued my interest just from it’s name and delicious smell. The clerk at the store insisted it was amazing. I’m a huge rooibos fan.

I brought it home and tried it. I was not expecting the colour. Something that looks like it was scooped out of a backyard pond. The flavour was underwhelming. I put it back in the cupboard and tried it again two months later. I added more leaves and upped the steeping time. Still no dice. There was still no flavour.

Cute teaware and stickers aside, I think I’ll stick to less gimmicky teas next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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This is the second time I’d drank blueberry tea. I may be biased because the first (unbranded) tea was worth a score of 100+. When I found out David’s was carrying blueberry tea, I got really excited.

Initial thoughts: Lovely aroma— the smell of the loose tea fills the room. I didn’t have any issues with the stevia, and I normally hate any sort of sweetener. It was delicious. Nice and berry-intense with a lesser taste of black tea.

I drank this a few times through the summer and finished it happily. I’m not sure I’d go back for more because David’s has so many other teas that I’d much rather try.

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

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drank Dragon Pearls by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

My go-to tea for sushi, or something to save for special occasions. Bought 25 grams of this. I wish I would have bought more. Delicious, beautiful, and aromatic. Can’t say enough good about this tea.

This tea requires a fairly low temperature and a quick steep time. Otherwise it becomes bitter and overbearing. I quite love my temperature-controlled kettle for this reason.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

I loved the sweet notes of cinnamon and caramel. Seemed a little sharp and bitter at times, or maybe I didn’t steep it long enough. Wonderful on a fall weekend morning while reading. Not something I’d be buying lots of, but it fits certain occasions very nicely.

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

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
635 tasting notes

I NEED some tea. You don’t even know. I’ve had the worst past couple days of my life. The only thing that could have made it worse was if someone close to me died. Emphasis on the close to me part because someone did die, my dad’s best friend’s father. My finances are in tatters, I didn’t get a promotion that I was really counting on, my fiancé and I have been fighting nonstop, and my eye doctor sent my glasses out for new lenses and UPS lost them!

And did I mention that I can’t wear contacts because my eyes are allergic? I don’t have back up glasses, and my brother’s wedding is in 3 days, for which I’m leaving tomorrow. GREAT! Now I get to be blind for my brother’s wedding!! The eye doctor refuses to pay for the glasses, so I just went to Lenscrafters and spent about $450 to buy new glasses, which I can’t even see out of because they don’t carry the anti-reflective lenses in the store. They’re special order only. I need to see NOW, not in 10-14 days!

These glasses literally suck. I’m seeing at about 60-80%. I’m so upset and frustrated. It’s just problem on top of problem on top of catastrophe. My face is completely broken out, my eyes are super irritated from trying to wear contacts anyway, and I’m having a huge allergic flare-up from my cat. Yes, I’m allergic to my cat. Don’t ask me why I bought him in the first place. I love animals, and he wriggled his way into my heart. I just want to scream. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, now that I got that off my chest…I’ll try and concentrate on this tasting note. Sadly, I think my rant has tainted the tea. It just tastes mediocre, like barely flavored water. I think this is another sample that I let sit for too long before trying it. Oh poop. I’m giving up on this one. I’m gonna’ go brew something else. Thanks to Kittenna for providing the sample, and my apologies for ranting my problems to all of you and high jacking this tasting note with negative crap.

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

I am SO sorry to read all this. As a fairly blind glasses wearer, I sympathize with all your plights in the ocular world – on top of the other things. : ( I hope that if nothing else you can get some resolution on the eyewear front and that things settle down with your fiancee. e-hug

Invader Zim

Good Lord…HUG!

Azzrian

Wow :( I am just SO sorry (huggs)

Alphakitty

e-hugs I hope things start looking up for you soon

Bonnie

I’m not going to send you good thoughts brother, I’m going to PRAY for you! You need some HELP! Deep breath. You’ve come to a place to rant where you know that you are listened to, accepted and cared for. Really cared about, not some trite saying…not just words. Your brother’s wedding is about HIM, wash your face in white tea if you have it which will help clear up your face, put the cat in a room (with litter box), take a shower. Drink better tea. Anti-histamine maybe? Your eyes might adjust if you de-stress. God Bless you!

Indigobloom

big big hugs
So sorry you’re having a bad time. It will pass soon, I believe it. and feel free to rant here any time, we are here for you!

Babble

I really hope things start looking up :)

Kittenna

That’s a whole lot of things to go wrong all at once, I’m so sorry! Hugs! I’m sure things will calm down soon enough… I’ve been able to empathize all too well lately myself.

Daniel Scott

I broke my glasses once and spent three days without them. Without glasses, my eyes are something like 20/250. Not the worst in the world, but bad enough! It almost made me scared to cross the street. Since then, I’ve always kept my last prescription around as a back-up!

Hope things look up, sounds overwhelming!

CHAroma

Thanks so much everyone! The wedding went off without a hitch! There was some drama with late limos and a best man who almost didn’t make it, but in the end everything worked out perfectly. My brother and new sister had a wonderful day. The ceremony was beautiful (the pastor even teared up!). Once away from my cat, I was able to wear contacts without my eyes turning vampire red and I got to reconnect with family I haven’t seen in a decade. Overall, it was really really great. Sincere thanks to everyone for the kind words. It was very much appreciated. :)

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

Made as a chai latte as others have advised (2 tsp tea in 1/4 cup boiling water, tsp brown sugar, pan of semi-skimmed milk – allow to infuse 4 mins)
Delicious.
Wish the spices were a little stronger but overall really nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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I made this as a tea latte because I didn’t like the idea of marshmallows floating around in water.
It was pleasant, but like others have said the allspice is very strong and overpowers the rest of the flavours.
There are nicer teas to use in a tea latte so even though it is nice I wouldn’t buy again

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
38 tasting notes

I got this as a sample from David’s Tea. This probably sounds bad, but this tastes like cooked cabbage to me. I really love this. I’m fond if vegetal like teas and this is no exception. I will certainly be ordering this!

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
1235 tasting notes

Siiiip down, latte mode.

So, I saw Ronda Rousey at brazilian jiujitsu last night! I couldn’t say hi though, but I was 3 meters away from her! Totally busted my butt so I don’t seem like my usual arm flailing self, which was great as I beat up a couple blue belt guys who out stripe me.

With that said, woke up tired and required black tea – sip down! I love brazil nuts in this tea, needs to be more tea like it! But yeah, I don’t see myself buying more of this tea. Out of the flavored blacks from DT, Buttered Rum is my fav.

(see previous notes for review)

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
1235 tasting notes

While my family came to visit from Canada, they all brought DAVIDsTea goodies (in 20g sizes) for me to sample, after hearing too much of my rantings of missing having a DT store. Interestingly, I got all blacks and herbals. Weird. This one came from my sis in Victoria!

DRY: smells sweet and nutty. Good combo! Annoyingly, my first scoop of tea gave me 70% raisins. I counted 6 squashed raisins. I unstuck them and got a better mix for this steeping.

STEEPED: Amber brown tea, bit of clear residue on the top. Smells very smooth nutty.

TASTE: Nutty, rich brazil nut flavor, rounded out by smooth coconut. Slightly sweet. The black tea hums along with the flavors, no astringency or bitterness.
Sweetened, the raisin and coconut taste pops out more with a nutty aftertaste.

COMMENTS: I can see why back around Father’s Day they marketed this as a gift, unsweetened I can see this tea as “manly” with the rich nutty taste. Sweetened however, it’s a desserty flavor.
I see others comment this tastes like “Toasted Walnut”, I find this tea is a more nutty, rich alternative for “Checkmate”. Either way, all those teas are nutty.

Overall, pretty good. I love the brazil nut flavor – I think there should be more teas out there using brazil nuts. I may buy more of this, but I have other DT blacks I like more.

EDIT, pics with this review at my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/brazillionaire-from-davidstea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
23 tasting notes

When it comes to tea, I am definitely not a purist. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good cup of straight tea (gyokuro yamashiro for example), but I also have a very big soft spot for flavoured teas as well. When it comes to flavoured teas I like them BOLD. I want to still taste the tea, but if it’s flavoured, don’t pussy-foot around it. This one hit it right on the money, IMHO. It’s sweet, it’s maple-y and the smell is just out of this world delicious. Everything I could ask for in a maple tea. The caramel and toffee bits are a wonderful addition, and the honeybush adds an interesting flavour. It’s like dessert in a cup and I LOVE it. Will be buying this one again and again. :)

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

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drank Sencha Pear (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
230 tasting notes

Received this tea as a sample from fellow steepsterite Aimee Popovacki via the Facebook tea traders group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/416983045023545/)

This was a great mellow tea to start the day. I could taste the burst of pear flavor and the slight sencha base. I did not get any of the other notes (the apple or marigold) but this tea felt very balanced. It had a nice mouthfeel. I am not the biggest fan of eating pears (something about the texture) but this tea was really nice.

Aimee thank you for the sample!!!!

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1 tasting notes

Just the aroma of the dry tea makes me want to eat it straight out of the can. Steeped, it is a lovely, nutty cup of comfort – delicious on its own or with milk and a bit of rock sugar.

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
554 tasting notes

So, after me completely raving about this one before, I have now decided I don’t like it. Poor tea… it’s just way too much today. Is it possible that time has actually… almost like sharpened some of the flavours making it less smooth and lovely than I remember it being? Probably not, but I’m not enjoying this one anymore. I only have enough for maybe one more glass so I shall let the rest of this one go and count it as a SIPDOWN.

I am seriously amazed at how my taste buds are changing… and quite fast too considering even just two months ago I loved this one and now I’m so over it.

Not going to change my rating. This tea is good in it’s own right, but I just feel like I’ve moved past it. Maybe it’s cause the weather has gotten so nice out and all I want right now is light fruity teas, even though today is sad and dreary out..? Anyways, bye tea!

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
554 tasting notes

For real. This poor tea keeps getting forgotten. It’s just not right. This tea is so lovely and yet I never give it a second look in my cupboard.

I have less than 50g of this tea and I decided that it was time that I should drink it up especially since I loved the Sugar and Spice tea by Davids so much that few weeks ago.

The mulberries of this tea make it just lovely. I absolutely love the sweet fruity taste this one has. And it’s so great, I don’t even need to add anything to it. Having it straight up is delicious.

I’ll probably inhale this in no time.

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drank Caramel Spice by DAVIDsTEA
554 tasting notes

Happy Steepster birthday to me! One year ago, I started this fun adventure of joining this community and logging a big passion of mine… tea! It has been an awesome ride so far, and I love that I’ve gotten to try as many teas as I have. I have to say, I have the best husband in the world for being so understanding so I can really explore and enjoy my obsession. He is the best.

So, today for my ‘birthday’ I decided I wanted to try something completely different. I’ve had this one a while, but haven’t tried it yet… shame on me!
This tea is so delicious! I’m really enjoying it! It has some lovely spice flavourings to it, and I absolutely LOVE the mulberries in it. I haven’t noticed much for the caramel flavour though.

Anyways… when I was growing up, my parents house actually had a mulberry tree in the front yard (technically it was more in the neighbours yard, but it came over ours). They are such a messy tree, but they also produce some amazing fruit! One year I remember my mom making mulberry pies. They were delicious! I use to pick them as snacks during/after bike rides and when I was just hanging with friends. There were many trees around our area, so I never had to go very far to find them. So, I really enjoy mulberries if you couldn’t tell. (And funny thing is, I haven’t tried the mulberry madiness I think it was called by Davidstea).

So, I must say, this tea is so good. I’m glad that I have some and that I get the chance to enjoy it for a while. I’d like to try this one as a latte too!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
TheTeaFairy

Happy Steepster birthday :-) and yay for great understanding husbands for putting up with our obsession!

TheKesser

lol Thanks! and yeah, it’s awesome when they are so understanding. Mine is slowly joining the obsession too!

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drank Apres Ski by DAVIDsTEA
6 tasting notes

It didn’t do it for me.
I made it with boiling water, tried in hot – wasn’t impressed so added milk. Milk improved it somewhat. It made it drinkable but to be honest I wouldn’t be rushing to make it again.
I then tried it with honey (figs and honey go together) and it didn’t improve. That said I rarely feel sugar improves tea plus I worry about it rotting my teeth so I am disposed not to like it.
I would not buy this tea again and I’m not sure I’ll finnish the 50g bag I have of it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
358 tasting notes

Oh, my does this smell awesome or what? I am pretty enthusiastic about maple syrup. But I am also very unfamiliar with maple syrup, so feel free to disregard my impressions.

This tastes nearly as awesome as it smells. I can not really tell apart the caramel from the toffee taste and those two tastes from the maple syrup. To me, maple syrup taste is wonderfully exotic and plain wonderful, full stop. But and there is a but, there was something a bit artificial, a bit cloying about the scent, it lingered and lingered and seemed one-note rather than complex.

The tea base underneath is green rooibos with honeybush and just does not have the same strength, depth than red rooibos. It might be a better base for non-rooibos fans.

Lovely idea, a good tea, though it somehow misses being a perfect hit with me. Perhaps my opinion will change as I brew the rest of the package and I am sure I will and won´t take too long about it.

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

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

Finishing up the last of my tin, I don’t think I have drank this in months. It’s still delicious but I think I’m going to refill my light green “white” DavidsTea tin with Checkmate (or maybe a 2nd tin of cookie dough) and give Secret Weapon a break for a while.

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
90 tasting notes

Currently drinking the most amazing cup of secret weapon I have ever tasted. I sweetened it slightly and added some chocolate almond milk to it and it’s like a hug for my tummy before bed. This is already one of my favourite teas but this cup meant I just had to increase my rating.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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