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94

The perfect peppermint tea. I think I become more relaxed before even tasting it—just smelling this one in my cup puts me at ease. If you’ve ever had fresh peppermint tea, you know this is pretty darn close to the “real thing.”

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73

Drinking a few cups of this tonight (thanks to lovelylotus) and am quite content for the moment. I love how this tea is easy to relax into, and just tastes so
warm and cozy. I will however , mention two details which are leaving a bit to be desired with this tea tonight. Firstly, there is an oily sheen to the top of the cup (I’m guessing from the chocolate) I love chocolate in tea, but seriously, not at the expense of feeling like I’m drinking a cup of oily sludge. Ew. (I added cream to my first cup and that helped solve the issue but for people who want to drink this straight, the oily sheen looks terribly unnappetizing. Also, aside from the cinnamon notes, I can’t taste much else. (Maybe I steeped this not long enough??) This is turning out to be kind of a watered down, murky, cinnamon-y drink tonight. Not the worst tea atrocity I’ve encountered, but it is still disappointing. I am feeling cautious about letting this become a permanent tea in my collection. Bummer. I really wanted this to be as good as I had remembered it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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73

Thank you jessiwrites for this sample, I’ve been dying to try it! This certainly did not disappoint. The leaves smell like cinnamon with hints of chocolate. Yum. Steeped, I can definitely taste the cinnamon with some underlying flavors of chocolate and vanilla. I added milk and sugar and this really reminds me of mexican hot chocolate- slightly less rich, but still toasty, sweet, with that perfect nudge of spice. This one has good potential for making it into my cupboard, for at least the fall and winter months.

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

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65
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
8 tasting notes

I’ve recieved this in the mail last friday and decided to try it today.. (Ordered so much). The smell is a bit weird, I have no idea what it is but I figured when I brewed it it’d be different. Its not a bad tea, but isn’t one of my favorites. I’ll have to try it cold, it might be a little better!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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95

This is probably one of my favorite teas from David’s Tea!

It is one of the stronger smelling teas and when I first opened the bag I thought “IT SMELLS JUST LIKE BLUEBERRY JAM!” I have drank this tea with a little bit of milk and I find it really compliments the blueberry. Because of the stevia, there is just enough sweetness to it and you don’t get that bitter taste some blueberry teas I have tried have. All in all, I think DT has really nailed this one! It would be perfect iced for the summer months as well!

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88

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Daydreamer by DAVIDsTEA
356 tasting notes

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

This tea has gone up in my estimation, as has David’s tea on the whole (though it was already really high haha). As I wrote about this tea previously, my first sample size was delicious, so I purchased a tin. The tin must have been from a different batch, because it tasted slightly different, and I didn’t like it nearly so much – very disappointing.

Today I went to Davids to get samples of their new fall teas, and happened to mention this to the person serving me (she happened to be the manager, what luck!). She was appalled that I had had a bad tea experience, and gave me a 50g back of their current batch on the house. I was so startled and pleased by this unexpected gesture! All I had wanted to know what how often they got new batches of teas in! :)

I have been a regular at this store since I first discovered it a few months ago, and I have loved it ever since I walked in the door. Situations like this just keep me wanting to come back over and over. I’ve tried loose leaf teas at Teavana before, but was always put off by the overly pushy sales people and the teas never tasted worth the bother. Since going to Davids, I have had nothing but great experiences and it has opened up a whole new world of tea for me! :)

As for the tea, this batch of Cream of Earl Grey was delicious, and exactly what I wanted the first time round! I am so happy that my little sample wasn’t a fluke!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79

This is such a disappointing tea for me! I bought a small sample size, and LOVED it – it was so delicious! So I went back a week later and bought a tin. Unfortunately, it must have been a different batch, because it tastes so much different then the sample. It’s just not as delicious! While it might deserve a higher rating, my disappointment knocks it down :). I will definitely try a new batch, but I’ll have to remember to purchase it immediately if I like it again!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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79

I don’t think I’ve ever tried a tea before that is just so buttery tasting! Yummy! At first when it was hot, I didn’t taste any of the fruity undertones, but as it cooled down I started tasting the coconut. It leaves a slightly bitter, nutty after taste that makes me keep feeling my teeth with my tongue checking for pieces of walnut! I don’t know if I’d drink this all the time, but this is definitely something I would have on occasion in the winter. It’s a very comforting taste.

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77
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
180 tasting notes

You know why I love Steepster? (Or, one of the reasons, at least.) Because I learn so much from all of you awesome people. Like cold brewing. I’d never heard of the wonder of cold brewing until I joined here. I used to make my iced tea like a barbarian! Boiling water on hot, sweaty days just to steep and pour over ice. And I’d always over-ice, so I would have to guzzle it down before it all melted and watered-down the tea.

But now, thanks to your knowledge, I just toss some tea and water in a big ol’ Mason jar, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and voila! Perfect ice cold tea ready to go. You’re all geniuses, I tell you, Genius!

So yeah, I cold brewed my sample of this. I’m not normally a huge fan of mate, but this one is good. I think the green rooibos helps to cut the mate taste. It’s very juicy, just like a big bite of melon. When I had tried this hot, I got more of an artificial watermelon taste (Anyone else remember Bubbalicious Watermelon?). But cold, it tastes more actual honeydew! And the smell… pure overripe melon goodness.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

teehee! I’m still boiling like a barbarian! I need to try this!

Lindsey

Oh, it’s the greatest thing ever!

CHAroma

I always forget I want to coldbrew something, and then I wake up in the morning and think, “Oh crap! I forgot to put tea in the fridge again!LOL!

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77
drank Honeydew Mate by DAVIDsTEA
180 tasting notes

Ok, so I know it says ‘Honeydew,’ but the dry leaf smells exactly like Bubblicious Watermelon bubble gum! (I mean, I haven’t had that stuff since middle school, but the second I opened the sample packet, it was pure nostalgia.)

Steeped, that Bubblicious scent is still there, but it’s now coupled with more of a fresh honeydew scent. And it tastes like a juicy honeydew melon. Seriously, this tea is actually juicy. I dig it. And that’s saying a lot because I don’t usually like mate. But I do like green rooibos, so maybe that’s helping to balance out the mate taste for me. I suspect this one would be delicious iced, but I didn’t have enough to try it.

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

I had the exact same experience with this one. Don’t like mate too much, but green rooibos is okay. This tea was good! I wouldn’t change anything about it.

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100

i like earl grey tea but something was all ways missing! and this was it! i love the fruity edge this tea gives and it’s perfect for any time, any place, any situation!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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100

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51
drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
103 tasting notes

Ok tried a sample of this and the citrus was too strong for me especially when the jasmine fought at times to be the dominant flavour…oolong flavour got a little lost in the mix. I like citrus on its own and I also like a subtle jasmine, but the two mixed didn’t work for me. Haven’t tried it cold yet but won’t be adding this to my collection after I finish the sample. Maybe I am not a huge fan of flavoured oolongs?!? I definitely like oolongs straight though.

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84

Chosen for medicinal purposes…I have the plague, and was trying to nap, so I didn’t want something too caffeine-y, but something with spice for my sinuses. Ear pressure got too bad though, and I had to get up. It’s good for this. I’m glad I have some. Thanks again to ShayneBear for this sample.

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84

This one is from ShayneBear, and it is right for me, right now. It has cooled off outside and gotten cloudy, and I wanted something kind of heavy and hearty, but not too much. I guess I wanted more comforting, but not too heavy, but hearty and warming enough. I know…that probably makes no sense.

So, it smells good, and the mixture is less tea and more fruit and nut. It does remind me a bit of Forever Nuts, without being pink, in that it is apples, almonds and cinnamon. I don’t get any caramel either, and it is very much like an apple cider. I’m actually ok with that.

I wouldn’t say it is my favourite tea of this nature, but it is certainly a very good tea. I don’t think I would repurchase on my own because I prefer Alpine Punch over this, and while it is a slightly different taste than Alpine Punch, it is too similar for me to justify the two. The main advantage is that this one does have green tea, so it is caffeinated for those mornings I want something like Alpine Punch, but with a little go juice as well.

Bear With Me

if you’d like a little bit more (since it is being discontinued online as well) I have most of a tin left and can share some with you if you’d like. It’s far from one of my favourites, but it does have that certain something for those days when I need it. haha

Plunkybug

Maybe. :)

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96
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Mango Madness by DAVIDsTEA
72 tasting notes

Shared a pot with my mom today! Delicious! Stronger then the first time I made it, added a bit of sugar for extra deliciousness. Really need that agave nectar :D. Resteeped it an hour later and it was also delicious, didn’t feel the need to add any suger for round 2.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
18 tasting notes

When I first opened the bag i was immediately and pleasantly overtaken by the scent of ripe mango.

The fruit appeared to represent the bulk of the dry material. I prepared the tea as per the package instructions using my mug with a stainless steel infuser.

The aroma from the liquor was dominated by the mango. It was so pleasant that felt I compelled to abandon my analyses in favor of uncritical imbibing – but I persisted.

I tasted the medium brownish liquor every 30sec throughout the 4-7min recommended steep time – opting for 6 min. where it seemed to my taste that the maximum fruit flavor without significant tea bitterness was attained (tea was spent at that time).

The mango flavor dominated the flavor profile and persisted well into the aftertaste. I’m beginning to understand the flavors of pomegranite now and I think its tartness modulated the sweetness of the mango without obviously declaring its presence.

The fruit flavors and the tea base were very nicely balanced thereby producing a very pleasant beverage. The aroma of the liquor and its taste seemed tell the same unified story which I enjoyed very much. This is the mango lavored that I expect to restock.

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

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65
drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
106 tasting notes

Very bland and I tried it from thin to thick with various amounts of water (i default to 1/2 a tsp per 3 oz of water for matcha) and water temps (80C). Harneys and DoMatcha 2nd harvest are much better at this price range. Matcha also didn’t give me the matcha calm alertedness greatness feeling I tend to get from a good matcha.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100

I love this one. I think I mainly love it because the lemon and the jasmine work to compliment one another. I tried it hot this time, but have been told it makes a really good iced tea! i’m excited for warmer days when I can try it out!

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100
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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