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I brought this sample from Shmiracles over to my parents house and shared small cups with everyone. I was really excited to try a coffee pu-erh as I’ve had my eye on a few from other companies for a while. I didn’t know this had other flavors in it too, so we were all surprised by the caramel flavor. I was hoping I’d detect some coffee notes, but I did not. For the most part, I don’t like sweet/dessert flavored shu pu-erh. The unique earthy mushroom qualities really don’t seem a good match for most sweet flavors. There has been only one sweet flavored pu-erh that I liked (just a little). it tasted like the original dentine gum and hardly like pu-erh at all. I think that’s the only way a sweet pu-erh can work for me: the flavor has to completely mask the pu-erh. Otherwise, sugary mushroom flavor just makes me feel nauseous.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

basically if you ask me, the david’s pu-erhs that i sent you are the ones that nobody should be drinking. (except chocolate orange. that one is pretty tasty.)
but if someone told me that, i’d still wanna taste them. curiosity always gets me hah.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

The hype about this tea made me set my expectations high. Unfortunately, they weren’t met. At first, I found the peppermint flavour to be overwhelming, and the aftertaste to be somewhat bitter. I suspect that this was the “malty” note mentioned by other reviewers, as a product of the Chinese black tea base used in this blend. I was unable to detect any sort of chocolate flavour, which was quite disappointing as I adore dark chocolate, and wanted to find a chocolate tea to fill my cravings. As my tea cooled down, the peppermint flavour dissipated (perhaps it seemed overwhelming because of the combined potency of the smell and taste?) and the chocolate flavour became more pronounced. The underlying “malt” note was still present, which I didn’t mind as much when paired with the chocolate. I couldn’t detect any sort of spiciness to this blend, but my tolerance is quite high in that regard.

Note: I tried this in a variety of ways, but I found that I preferred it black, with sugar. The addition of milk made my stomach turn— perhaps because I let the cup cool down?

The bottom line: Peppermint fans will appreciate this, pure chocolate fans, not so much (unless you prefer your cuppa cold.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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100

THIS tea!! THIS is what I have been waiting for since finding out Pom Power had been discontinued. THIS is the tea that has filled that big gaping hole in my heart. I will be drinking this iced ALL summer. Please oh please DAVIDsTEA consider making this a permanent tea!!! I’m pretty sure I have half my office hooked on this tea just by the smell alone. When I love something, I go out of my way to “promote” it. I already talk about your company and teas all the time, but if you keep this one around, I swear, you’ll only find me talk about it 24/7. This is how much I love this tea :)

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100
drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
355 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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67

This one is only ok. It is not as peppery or spicy as I like. I much prefer the chai oolong from teavana.. it tastes more true to chai, and is much more spicy. This one is quite weak.. not the worst.. but definitely not the best.

sarai

Dude. I have a vanilla chai from the Thé kiosque that is potent as all get out. I will send you some of that and some of my citrus lavender sage.

Aimee Popovacki

oh that sounds fantastic… im going home eventually in the summer and will get to go to a teavana… but for now i’m hoping i can get some of the trades for the ones i realllly wanna try… vanilla chai sounds amazing… lol janet at work was telling me about some lemon chai she tried at a tea house in the country in ns.. it sounded unreal

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75

Backlog:

This tasty caramel rooibos comes to me from Shmiracles! yay \^.^/ I brewed it up this afternoon. The caramel is just enough to add a touch of sweet to the rooibos. I think rooibos and I got off to a bad start. The first few rooibos blends I had were not for me at all! Although I’ve discovered that rooibos can be good in the right blend, I still have to be in the right mood for it. . .unless its DavidsTea Birthday Cake blend! I like that one more than this, but hey, can’t be having birthday cakes everyday now can I?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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82
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

I LOVE Forever Nuts!!! The aroma by itself is enough to make your mouth water, it smells like Christmas :) I bought this today and I will forever buy Forever Nuts. Although it’s not really nutty it has a very strong apple flavor, which is the main reason I love it. Definitely a new favorite of mine.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
733 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Natural coconut flavour balanced well with the white tea. Slight creaminess. Coconut-vanilla sweetness.

Second infusion at 5 minutes. The tea takes on a tart custard-like characteristic.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
615 tasting notes

I might have actually rated this higher if I hadn’t had the AppleTEA’ni this morning. It’s kind of a let down in flavor after that. It’s flat tasting to me where the Art of Tea one had definite punch and better apple flavor. There is a nice buttery crust type flavor that’s imparted from the green tea here, but overall it’s just a big meh.

I’m still looking for some DavidsTea that inspires me to place an order because they genuinely have things that sound like they could be tasty, but everything I’ve tried so far (that has also sounded tasty) has been mediocre at best.

Still, thank you very much QueenOfTarts for letting me try this :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
286 tasting notes

I can’t believe how good this is!!! A few days ago I drank it as a hot brew, and I was really surprised how creamy it was, and that the lime was not over-powering or too tart.
I just had it cold brewed and it was delicious. The creaminess was not as prominent, and the lime flavour was perfect!
I foresee future purchases of this one. YUM!!

Aimee Popovacki

bleh I have a bunch of this one left.. its not one of my favorites

scribbles

Hi Aimee, I sent a message about lime gelato. I am willing to trade if you want.

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85
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

“Dad, my tea tastes like a piña colada!”
“Did you put rum in it?”
“No…”
“Then it doesn’t taste like a piña colada.”

This tea is nice, refreshing an summery. No hibiscus, so not tart aftertaste. Also, the coconut is not overused (I have so many teas with coconut I’m getting a little sick of them, but not this tea). This is my second favorite tea of the summer collection (after Mango fruit punch, of course).

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 30 sec

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

I have no idea what actual Passionfruit tastes like, so my rating is not based on anything like that.

I can tell DAVID’S is being very careful with the hibiscus in this tea..as long as you only steep it for 4-5 min, it’s not overpowering. Over all this is a nice, summery and fruity tea with a little tart aftertaste to it. However, being the lover of sweet over tart iced teas, I prefer Mango fruit punch or tropicalia over this tea. It’s still good, though.

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 30 sec
onelazysummer

You should try an actual passionfruit sometime! They’re good, but quite ugly. They are dark purple little balls, sometimes shrivelled, and you scoop the yellow seeds outs from inside (they’re like slimier pomegranate seeds). They’re sweet and tart and taste similar to the flavor profile I’m sure you’re used to, but the texture is wild :)

Kristal

Maybe some day I will try it! Sounds messy, so I’ll be sure to enjoy it not in public, haha.

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

I don’t know why, but I prefer this tea hot as opposed to iced…I like my iced teas to be stronger and more fruitier I suppose.

Anyways, this tea is nice and light and the coconut and vanilla worked really well with the white tea. I like it. However, I probably won’t pick anymore up for a while because I’m getting all coconut-ed out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
415 tasting notes

This one tastes mainly like rooibos and black tea..I get a bit of coconut but hardly any mint taste. Also, I’m not big on lemon mixed with black tea… I guess this one is not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
599 tasting notes

Well, I can definitely taste the sweetness of the apple and the mintiness of the mint but I really don’t think that juniper berries are to my taste because the whole tea together just comes off as weird and unpleasant to me. It attacks the back of my tongue and just…I don’t know. Isn’t good.

Thanks to gigglegoddess for this sample.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

I had these a while back and didn’t log. I’ve been neglectful. :(

In any case, I found these pearls to be disappointing. The jasmine was pretty mild and the base none too exciting. I think my expectations were a bit high. I love the look of the pearls, but the taste was not memorable. It was a tad malty with a honeyed flavor. Nice but I won’t be buying again.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
576 tasting notes

I’m back in the land of tea and ready to go! I had to cut back for health reasons (doing an experiment) but it turns out that I was right Mr. Doctor and tea has nothing to do with my migraines. So there.

For my first cuppa back on the job, I grabbed one of this. It’s a nice, crisp, clean oolong with a kick of vanilla. I always think I use too much, even though it’s just one tsp, because the tight balls unfurl into long fingers of tea leaves.

This is just delicious! My husband loves it too (I’m working on him)…but prefers it iced.

Josie Jade

Glad you can still enjoy your tea!

KeenTeaThyme

Thanks – me too! :) :)

gmathis

Welcome back!

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drank Happy Kombucha by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

andy.lacy gave me a bit of this to brew a few cups so I could decide if it was one I wanted to order.

It smells incredibly juicy and fruity, and the tea is a deep amber color, so I was expecting a pretty sweet and fruity taste. It was not as aggressive as I expected it or wanted it to be — it was pleasant, but too weak. With some teas I find that you have to add a bit more when using the Breville, so I will probably try this again with more leaves in the basket to give a better opinion.

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

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
755 tasting notes

This in an interesting blend for sure. It sort of tastes like a heartier version of Cocomint Cream. This is definitely something that works better cold, or iced, rather than hot, but it is ok lukewarm too.

It is juicy, minty, light, and refreshing. I think that I will enjoy the rest of my small sample, and I might restock this.

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
733 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Very creamy coconut flavour mixes nicely with lemon flavour from the lemongrass. Flavours are very well balanced. Mild zing of ginger. Very nice combination. Slightly thin tasting.

Second infusion at 5 minutes. Coconut flavour is subdued. Lemon is most prevalent. Spiciness of the ginger comes out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
286 tasting notes

I cold steeped this one, and it was good. I love pina colada’s and this delivered. The pineapple was present, and smoothed out from creamy coconut. This one didn’t really need any added sugar, as it’s pretty sweet on it’s own. Maybe next cold brew I’ll kick it up a notch with coconut rum and a splash of pineapple juice.

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86
drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
64 tasting notes

I have been going through my cupboard in order to clean out what I don’t drink when I stumbled upon this tea again. I remember wanting to try it as a latte and finally got around to it. I think this tea is perfect in a latte form! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the base and couldn’t be happier. Now I only wish I had more. :-/

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

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drank Banana Dream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
64 tasting notes

I finally got around to this tea due to a pending swap! Thank you Cavocorax for the tea! While this tea has bananas in it, I guess I’m just not in the mood for it at the moment. It is good though! The dry smell is nearly pure banana. It brewed up pretty strong, which is always nice. Taste wise there is a hint of chocolate and a lot of banana. I added a touch of cream and sweetener in order to enhance the tea a bit. I really like it, but I need to make it again when I’m in the mood for it. I’ll have to update this one at a later date.

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

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