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Thanks Shmiracles! This was a random pick but I’m happy it was. 1.I had a tummy ache from dinner and 2. I’m watching a very frustrating scary movie. So that’s like doubling my tummy ache. This is enjoyable though. There is a lovely sweet note with the ginger. It’s pretty basic. Ginger tea with sweet notes. Thanks again :)

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
224 tasting notes

So I can’t quite remember where I got this from. I’m pretty sure I got it from Momo when she was selling some stuff, but don’t quote me on that. Lol. In any case, I didn’t realize it was rooibos when I got it. And I’ve pretty much determined that I dislike rooibos, so I had some major doubts when I opened the bag.

But it smelled so tasty that I couldn’t resist at least trying it before tossing it in my swap bin. It has the same smell as Davids Red Velvet Cake, which I love, but the rooibos gives it that particular minty-esque smell that I’ve come to associate with rooibos. Which also has the unfortunate side effect of transferring into whatever the tea is, if it’s rooibos heavy.

Anyway, it brewed up a nice reddish color that had the same smell as the dry tea. Without any sweetener it tasted vaguely similar to what it smelled like, kinda cakelike. Like a spice cake maybe. After adding sweetener, the taste was definitely much better, more like cake. But I could definitely tell it was rooibos because of the that dratted minty-ness.

Overall I didn’t mind the taste that much because it enhanced the overall taste of the tea instead of killing it for me. But if I had my choice between this and Red Velvet Cake, I would go for the Red Velvet Cake. Though in a pinch, this would do.

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

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95

This one has been on my radar for a while. I’m really liking fantasy island and I never thought fruity black teas would be “my thing”. Especially with a splash of milk. In my brain, there is just something wrong with that. In practice, it’s so good!

Blueberry jam is an exceptional blend. The blueberry is very overt and the base is quite bland, which is a good thing. It lets the blueberry take over. Ah, so excited! Will stock as soon as I can.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
104 tasting notes

I had a Pink Lemonade at DT to go today since I’ve been meaning to try it (even though I’m not usually a fan of rooibos teas). I can see why people don’t like it – if you don’t have a taste for stevia, this would taste extraordinarily metallic. However, the stevia doesn’t bother me (but I use stevia fairly often at home). I like it! Sure, it’s sweet. But it’ll be a nice addition to my summer iced tea collection (once I stock up). Couldn’t imagine this one hot though…

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86
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
224 tasting notes

I’ve had this sitting on my counter for me to brew for at least a week but never seem to have time. Mostly because I wanted to try a second+ steeping on it and I can only do that on days I’m off. But today was the day.
It has a wonderful peachy smell and chunks of fruits and such mixed in. As usual, I was surprised how much the leaves uncurled while brewing, but it’s always fun to watch.
I managed to get two infusions out of this. The first was pretty good. Nice peach flavor, but I had to add a bit of sugar to bring it out more. I was kinda disappointed it didn’t have more ‘oomph’ in flavor with as much stuff as was mixed in. But it was pretty tasty regardless. Had almost a mildly spicy-esque back taste to it, might be the safflower petals (which were pretty) or possibly the orange? I’m not sure. More testing required! Lol.
To be honest, I don’t think the almonds were necessary here. I didn’t think they really added anything, in my opinion, but I could just be overlooking the taste there.

2nd infusion – Brewed same temp but for 1 min longer. Not bad and I drank the whole cup, but it just wasn’t as good flavor wise as the first cup. Definitely weaker tastes overall.

At the price I wish I coulda gotten more steepings out of it, but two isn’t too bad I guess. I’ll consider keeping this around unless I find something better. But I do wish it was a bit cheaper to be honest. Lol. Though I guess that could be said of alot of teas. XD

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

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94
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
107 tasting notes

I’m a coconut fiend so I obviously had to give this one a go.

The scent of this one reminds me of coconut cake. I definitely get a thick cake taste from this and I imagine if I added a sweetener, I’d also get a nice icing finish. I tend to do without sweeteners and this one is tasty enough without it.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
165 tasting notes

I had to quickly run into the mall today and couldn’t resist going into David’s tea (after all who ever can!?). I had a sample of this tea iced and loved it so much I walked out with a cup. I don’t know if I would like this one as much warm but I will definitely pick this one up to have over the summer. I had a bit of agave in mine but I didn’t find it to be too sweet. I found it to have great flavours! It had a nice balance between tartness and sweetness which was really refreshing…I will definitely be stocking up on this :)

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
464 tasting notes

I asked the lady at the counter for something strong this morning because my mind was foggy from too little sleep this week. She suggested this and it smelled good, so I got it to-go with a little with soy milk because, hey, it’s chai!

This was an ok chai. I’ve had worse and better. It was fairly smooth and I liked that the cinnamon was prominent. A little ginger added some heat. I’m finding that I don’t like anise in Davidstea blends.

Also I really don’t know if it woke me up very much because I’m still wondering vaguely whether it’s Wednesday or Thursday. Then again, caffeine has never really had an overwhelming effect on me, which is why I can drink black teas at night and still sleep soundly.

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85

This tea is delicious! It is too bad that it is sooooo heavy! 100g barley got me half a tin! I think I will try to mix it with some plain rooibos or black tea to make it last a little longer. It is very fruity and the description of the tea is spot on! It is great both iced and hot, it does need to be steeped for quite a while, but luckily it doesn’t go bitter.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

This tea had such great potential! It smells amazing and the taste is definitely there, but I just can’t get past the stevia. I unfortunately have to agree with many of these comments that it is too sweet and the aftertaste from the stevia is very off-putting. If there wasn’t any stevia I think this could be one of my favourite summer teas!

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

This is definitely my most favourite tea ever! I could drink it any time, not just in the winter!! It is so comforting and makes me feel so relaxed! It is so hard to explain how this tastes…it doesn’t have an overwhelming peppermint taste but it is nice and creamy and definitely does taste like candy canes! The little candy canes included in the tea sweeten it just enough, I wouldn’t want to add any additional sugar to it. Best tea ever! I hope that it comes back again for next xmas…my stock will be depleted by then!

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
1899 tasting notes

It’s hard to find a good cherry-flavoured tea that doesn’t taste either like cough syrup or hibiscus, but this blend manages it surprisingly well. It has a lovely sweet cherry flavour and a hint of floral rose and cherry blossoms. I’m glad they went with a white tea base rather than a grassy green tea like many cherry teas are.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50

I got this tea as a sample this past winter and I was finally brave enough to try it out. To tell you the truth I’m a little impartial about it: it’s got the sweetness of cookie dough; however, I don’t find it tastes anything like it. It may be the nuttiness of it, but the first thought that came to my mind when I tasted the tea was that it tasted like those fruit filled Voortman cookies (but definitely not dough). To add to the effect of cookie dough, I added a splash of cream to give it a bit of heaviness; it complimented it very well. All in all, it was an interesting tea to try; however, it is not a tea that I will be putting on my list to buy.

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88
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
286 tasting notes

This tea was quite tasty. I drank it hot, and what I got a juicy refreshing brew with a bit ‘green’ flavour to it. It was light, a bit acidic without being too tart and juicy.

If I ever get my tea stash down (my cupboard is not reflective of what I have), and I’d purchase this one again, and give it a go as a cold brew.

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

lol when this first came out my friend and i walked along the waterfront and got really sunburnt… then we went to davids and sat in there drinking this till it closed, they ended up letting us finish the rest of their huge container of it… it was iced.. it was delish.. it made me buy a tin.. i think i’ve refilled the tin three times now?

scribbles

I’ll definitely keep this one in mind for those hot/humid days of summer

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
41 tasting notes

The smell of this in the bag was delicious and very promising. We had this iced and I must say I was pretty disappointed. There was a ton of stuff going on in this tea: too much lemongrass, my boyfriend complained that it was bitter (probably from all that stevia – yuck!) and I kept worrying if the sulphites might upset him. I really wanted to like this tea as it smelled so yummy, but oh well…

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95

Cold brewed, this is like blueberry juice. It is so freaking delicious. Hot steeping this is a waste of tea as far as I’m concerned. Why I only made 500 ml of this is a mystery. I need to make an entire pitcher. Litres and litres. Because now it’s gone and I’m sad. I must get this back in my cupboard for a summer drink. (Something’s happened to my favourite goji pop. This last batch I bought tastes funny. Chemical in a way. So I need a replacement “juice” tea. Might be this one)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
keychange

oooohhhh I need to try this iced!

Nxtdoor

Cold brewed. Not iced.

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95

Someone (dexter) was having this the other day and seeing the note reminded me of this tea and made me miss it. So I went out yesterday and bought some. I’m having it now. I do remember there is a lot more flavour if this is cold steeped but I am impatient by nature so I rarely, very rarely have the foresight to cold steep. Usually when I want things I want them NOW! I definitely fall into the instant gratification camp when it comes to, well, mostly everything. Because, you know, “you can’t take it with you” and “what if that day never comes?”.

There was an article in the Globe and Mail a few weeks back, discussing the two types of people. The “now” and the “later” tribes. It was an interesting read. It started with a scenario like: you’re on the subway platform and it’s crowded. Do you a) leave because the train is obviously not coming or do you b) stay because it’s obviously been a long time therefore the train must be coming.

Yeah. This became so not about this tea. Let’s rectify.

I added sugar. I taste blueberry. I usually have fruit teas cold because I think of juice that way but today wanted more of a blueberry Danish type feel so I added creamer for the first time ever (first time ever for any fruit flavoured tea for that matter). It’s going to be cold again tomorrow, and snow (wtf) so I wanted me some comfort. I’m also having it with blueberry brown sugar with flax cookies (lifestyle selections). The end.

Dexter

B> if there are a lot of people waiting it’s obviously coming soon.

LOL yes I was drinking this the other day (for the first time). I thought it was really, really sweet. I haven’t tried it cold or cold steeped – if I ever buy more of it I’ll have to try it. :))

TeaBrat

my answer is it would probably depend if I was going somewhere important or not. ;)

keychange

I have no idea about the subway platform, but I definitely fall into the instant gratification category. I keep not caring about too far into the future because I think it’s presumptuous to think I’ll live that long (not in like, a suicidal way—I just mean I don’t cling to any notions that I—more so than other people—am going to be the one with a long life). Also I am extremely impatient and want everything yesterday in general. I can’t wait to hang out-we’ll get on swimmingly.

Nxtdoor

Keychange, I think we are dangerously similar. I have a feeling I should leave most of my wallet at home during our meets.

keychange

I’d probably do well to leave mine (mostly) at home also. Although I must always be prepared to pay for…you know..emergencies and stuff. So I couldn’t leave it behind. Because these emergencies…you just never know when they’re going to happen. ;)

mrmopar

Yum for blueberry!

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95

I am determined to get the blueberries in here if I have to drink this tea for a week and brew it different times, temperatures and quantities. GAH!

Everyone is raving about blueberries. Granted, some people don’t like the fact that they taste artificial or too sweet or too stevia or whatever but they’re getting blueberry. I, on the other hand, can smell blueberries and see blueberries but cannot taste them for the life of me. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck… holy hannah it’s a blueberry!

Seriously, though, I must be doing something wrong. It smells so intoxicatingly blueberry but I’m only getting a faint blueberry taste. I had it in my travel mug and drank it partly in the car and the rest at work. I could smell the blueberry wafting up from the cup and I so desperately wanted to get that in the taste too. I just got mostly black tea. Maybe I overleafed? I didn’t think I did, I followed the label, but maybe for me as a newbie the base is too strong and covered the fruit? It wasn’t too astringent but lightly bitter.

HELP me find the blueberries :)
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Two Days Later

Someone suggested cold brewing and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. Eureka!! As a cold brew it is indeed one of the most delicious teas I have had so far. My first attempt at cold brewing and what a success! Gawd, I just want to hug myself :) Maybe I’ll just start another pitcher instead.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C
Lala

Maybe try adding some sweetener to see if that helps bring out the blueberry taste.

Sil

Yay!glad you found your happy spot with this one :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! This really gave me a good laugh, it made me think of my other half when he’s trying so hard to «see» the hidden object in 3D stereogram images! He knows it’s there, people have been know for seeing them, but HE just CAN’T!
Glad you finaly figured it out :-)

Nxtdoor

TheTeaFairy you’re so kind. Thanks for getting it. That’s exactly what it feels like. It’s maddening, really. Like when you’re looking for your phone and you know it’s there but you can’t find it. Turns out you’re holding it. Ever done that? I have. I swear!

TheTeaFairy

I do that with sunglasses sometimes…where are they? Oh right, ON MY NOSE silly! Different situation but worse, I sometimes look at my watch…while holding a (full) cup of tea. Yeah, you can say it, it’s the dumb «brunette» in me, lol!

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88
drank Gyokuro by DAVIDsTEA
355 tasting notes

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Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
709 tasting notes

Follow up on my first note. Hot, this is extremely dissatisfying and way too sweet. The beau made up a pitcher yesterday of cold brew iced tea though, with equal parts of this and lemon myrtle. This way, it is actually really tasty and does remind me of pink lemonade. The lemon myrtle increases the lemon flavour and helps to drown out the sickening sweetness. We had it in the fridge for about 12 hours and the hibiscus didn’t take over but there was a tart edge from the myrtle and the hib. This is a much better way to use this up. I don’t really like iced tea a whole lot (I prefer water) but this is a definite improvement and the way to use up the rest of it, for sure.

Iced, this could be a 75 (would be higher if I didn’t have to mess with it so much to make it drinkable. Why is there so much sweetness?!?!?!)

Nxtdoor

Hah. I made a pitcher of this too this morning. I shouldn’t tell you that I added sugar to my pitcher, should I? But we pour it over ice and it gets nice. I also combine two steeps in the pitcher. I make half a pitcher with the first steep and the other half gets the second steep on top. Works for us.

Uniquity

I’m super aware of sugar in my drinks as I drink mainly water and tea with no additives. When I occasionally have a pop or a juice or tea with sugar it really smacks me in the face! The cold steep also seems to stop a lot of the sugar from mixing in, which I like.

Cavocorax

I think drinking it hot would make me think of Neo-Citran. So I’m not going to try it.

MooKiwi

The mixture of Pink Lemonade and Lemon Myrtle sounds great and is definitely something I will be excited to try iced this summer! Cavocorax- I completely agree with you and I am not at all a fan of the taste of Neo-Citran (Tastes like medicine) so I don’t think I would like this or many of the other lemon teas warm for that reason!

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
709 tasting notes

I tried a sample of this in store and found it way too sweet. Nonetheless, the beau talked me into picking up 50 grams. We made it hot last night (I still don’t really like iced tea) and it was, once again, way too sweet. Davids, you need to cut back on coconut and stevia. Like now. The beau enjoyed it (though he preferred it cooled) but I would be happier to never taste that much sweetness in a ‘tea’ again. I am considering adding some lemon myrtle or maybe a bit of a tart tea to try to bring it from sugar water to lemonade but for now it is just an unnecessary sugar bomb. I should have known better.

Sil

so glad to see this since i was nearly tempted to look into this one. now i don’t have to!

KeenTeaThyme

Yikes! I wanted to try this one too. I had hoped the stevia would balance any tartness but it seems like it overwhelmed it!

Aimee Popovacki

i still don’t get why mango has to be in pink lemonade ha ha..

Uniquity

This is one the rare times that I actually wanted MORE hibiscus. How strange is that?!

Aimee Popovacki

mmm you know what, with that combo of ingridients.. i could see that!

Nicola

Definitely wasn’t too sweet. It had a tartness to it. Your taste buds are off!

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69
drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
17 tasting notes

I Instantly fell in LOVE with this tea the moment I first tried it. I found that when making enough for two I tend to overload the tea into the steeper but it only made the tea that much better! it works out perfectly actually because my mother likes her tea a bit more watered down so i would take the bottom tea from the steeper and she would take the top! definitely recommend this for the fruit tea lovers :)

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