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SIPDOWN! I think? this is from raritea though i can’t be certain, as at a certain point i stopped noticing who was putting what into my box at our swap.
I vaguely recall being asked if i wanted to try this and i’m 90% certain that even though i pretty much hate earl grey, i wanted to compare it to the earl grey creme from upton that i actually quite like (because it tastes like lemon cream).

This one? much more bergamoty, and i taste more of a vanilla flavour than the lemon i get when i drink the version from upton. I think this pretty much solidifies in my mind though, that me and bergamot? we’re never going to be friends lol

Lala

Well sounds like you are becoming quite the Davids Tea connoisseur.

Sil

lol i blame raritea!

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55
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
8479 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! Thanks to courtney for this sample in our swap. Probably not a tea that i would ever choose to pick up on my own. In dry form this smells like candied, caramel popcorn. I steeped this for a long time, as i accidentally got distracted with someone else. The good thing being that this is one of those 5-7 min steeps, so it’ll take a bit of a beating i think.

In liquid form, this smells like caramel popcorn but only the initial taste carries that popcorney kinda of taste. The end of the sip is more like candied apple. While i’m not overly a fan of this, it’s a decent blend and i’m glad to have tried it. Thank you for this one courtney!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
165 tasting notes

This was the 4th tea in the spring collection that I brewed up. I am not the biggest fan of all herbals but this one was alright. The taste of this tea comes true to the dry smell…BANANAS! Although there are almonds in this tea, the nuttyness is not overwhelming and almost mimics the flavour of a banana-nut-bread. My only complaint is that the banana taste is so overwhelming that it almost tastes artificial. Overall, a good banana-flavoured tea that I will surely brew again.

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57

It’s ok. It’s not my favourite to be honest. But it’s good when i’m in the mood for it. I probably won’t refill my tin, but I did love the DavidsTea recipe that I tried for it. That was delicious. Just too much work to make all that often XD

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

This tea caught my attention from the first second I saw it advertised on David’sTeas’ website. Coconut? Lemongrass? Ginger? And white tea? All in the same cup? Yum! Sounds too good to he true.

Tart notes of lemon accentuated with a zap of ginger were the first scents I noticed with the dry leaves. Once steeped for 5 minutes or so, I can begin to smell the warm, creamy coconut seeping through the brighter fruits.

Sip wise, the first flavor to hit my tongue is the coconut, not artificial tasting at all, very silky and rich. Totally yummy! The ginger and lemongrass punctuate with a tart, spicy, clean finish. The back of my throat feels all tingle-y, and even after having swallowed I can still taste the coconut. (In a good way! Not in the bad I-can’t-get-this-taste-out-of-my-mouth-feel)

Fabulous blend! Now all I need is a trashy novel to read and my shades, and I’ll be ready for summer!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
sherapop

This was definitely my favorite from the sample box I ordered from DavidsTea. The coconut flavor is so yummy!

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21
drank Earl Grey by DAVIDsTEA
10 tasting notes

I really trust DavidsTea, and i love earl grey tea. I tought this could be the greatest earl grey i’d ever try, but in fact, it’s the worse. It smells like perfume and tastes like perfume. I like the price of this tea, it’s so not expensive, but I have to mix it with mint herbal tea so it hide the perfume taste. Really upset with this one, the guy at the store told me it was better than cream of earl grey, but he didn’t told me it wasn’t good at all. Bought 100g of it, I can’t wait to finish it and buy a new one.

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72
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
21 tasting notes

nice tea. simple but delightfully nutty.

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87

I use this tea to make iced green tea. I like it’s taste, I do not need much tea in my pitchet to make a strong tasting green iced tea and I can infuse it two times before it does not taste anything. I like less the fact that this tea taste a little bit like grass smells, but overall, i like this tea.

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72

I absolutely love this tea. I am an avid Rum fan, and I find this tea very delicious. It is by far my favorite tea by DAVIDsTEA.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
103 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking all sorts of different teas today. I am a little under the weather so I have been trying to keep up my fluid intake to help clear some of the congestion. Anyways I have been trying anything with coconut in it lately and this was a flavour that I decided to get a tin of. I had a couple of cups of this in the morning with honey and a bit of milk :)

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1127 tasting notes

And another sipdown. The last few times I’ve had this tea it’s been mixed with a rooibos or herbal, but for the final cup I’m having it just by itself. I like the jungle like flavor in this, it’s warming and invigorating, but definitely rather caffeinated to become an every day tea for me. It was nice to experiment with though, and helped me through some tougher work days! See previous notes on this tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1127 tasting notes

I added some of this to my green and fruity, and it is really yummy! To be honest, it mostly tastes like guayusa, but that’s ok i like the taste lol. And I’m more awake at work, which is good, altho so far today is quite slow haha. And a good combo so that’s it’s not entirely guayusa caffeine. I’ll definitely have this again! See previous notes on these teas :)

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1127 tasting notes

Today I decided to try mixing 1 tsp of this with 1 tsp of cocomint cream, as I saw that jessiwrites did this last week or so with excellent results. And I must say, this is really awesome! It produces just the right flavor that cocomint cream needed to not be as sugary sweet, instead, it is fresher and i much prefer it. I’m going to have to mix guayusa with a few more uncaffeinated teas! :)

El Monstro

I have some guayasa from another company and am kind of dragging my heels on trying it…I’m kind of intimidated by the caffeine content :O

MissLena

I’d try mixing it with something first if you are apprehensive, although I find it doesn’t actually bother me much at all, and i am pretty sensitive to it. I find Yerba mate much stronger, guayusa is a nice cozy awake feeling :)

jessiwrites

I love guayusa! And this is such a great combination. If you have any Copabanana, it is also quite amazing. Or Santa’s Secret, but that’s a lot of caffeine. :P

MissLena

I’ll maybe try it, I have a peanut allergy so I’m a bit leery to try almonds but id love to! I also want to try guayusa with rooibos at some point

jessiwrites

I’ve mixed guayusa with Della Terra’s Lemon Lime Cream Tart, and it was lovely.

MissLena

I’ll definitely have to try that, I have both of those :D

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1127 tasting notes

This was the last tea to grace my glass branch mug from DAVIDsTEA, it broke shortly after finishing this cup. :( well at least it was a tasty cup! I am liking guayusa so far, very fresh and veggie like, and I find it doesn’t have as noticeable of a buzz as when I drink mate, which is not a bad thing. I also like the rainforest feeling I get when I drink this. See previous notes :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1127 tasting notes

So I have just returned from the mall, and I am beat. Note to self: never go shopping on a long weekend Saturday. I have a lot of work to get done tonight too, so I thought I’d finally bust out my guayusa. This is my first experience with it, I have been a bit nervous about the caffeine buzz, especially because this is straight guayusa, not in a blend. But here we go!

The dry leaves are nice and grassy smelling. I didn’t really know how long to steep for, so I did the wimpy end of the scale at 4 minutes. The liquor brews up a murky green, reminds me of a river, maybe the Amazon! :P and yes I totally am getting that jungle feel, with the color and the smell. It is a very leafy, green, grassy smell, and there’s also a hint of sweet. I tried pouring this into my clear mug to fully see the color and sniffed the empty mug and there was a lovely sugary sweet scent to it!

As for the taste, it is very green tasting, definitely getting a grassy flavor out of this one. It is actually reminding me a bit of straight green rooibos! I think it’s the hint of sugar in the aftertaste. Oh, and this feels very refreshing to drink as well.

Overall, it’s not bad at all. I would really like to try some blends with this as well! Not bad, although I’m not sure if I would get more than my sample of it, that remains to be decided. So far it is pretty tasty though!

ETA – I can feel myself slowly regaining energy, which I like! This also becomes very smooth and easy to drink once it cools, and the feeling of refreshment grows. Very nice, and happy I tried this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
356 tasting notes

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

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Mini sipdown! 15g samples are the best thing.

I found this one to be on the boring side of things but it’s not a bad “tea”, or maybe “diet hot chocolate blend” would be a better label. The coconut and cocoa makes it creamy and smooth and the cinnamon gives it some flavour. Not a fan of the oil islands on the surface but that seems to be an inescapable trait with ingredients like these. Super scummy.

Like many DT’s, the base is nearly undetectable. I found this drinkable with or without milk. It sort of looks like it has something in it already, anyways.

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

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68
drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
299 tasting notes

IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, TEA. :P I dunno, this felt way too much like drinking hot juice.. and I didn’t really like it cooled down, either. I dunno! I dunno! I thought I’d really like it? It was very strongly fruity but too sweet for me.

Cavocorax

Oh well! At least you know and aren’t tempted to order 50g from DT or something like that.

Also, if you wanted smaller (10-20g) packs from DT sometime, instead of doing a regular order, just let me know and I could probably pick them up and send them to you. Good way to find out what you like.

It’s funny you say it was too sweet – I thought that about Blueberry Jam, so I’m glad you sent me a bit of that one.

Ozli

Ha! That is funny! I did end up sending you some Jam eh? I’m glad! I was looking at it all WELP, I DUNNO IF JENN’S GONNA GET ANY :P

That’d be sweet re: DT, thanks dude! I’ll have to take a look around the website ;)

Ozli

Oh yeah, also – it was the mango! Mango = sugar rush. When we lived in Vic, K was ADDICTED to dried mango… so I think that’s why Pom Tango was like juicy-juice to me. Associations ;)

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86
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
437 tasting notes

The dried leaves are quite pretty with long twisted wires of brown grey
and almost a camel colour. They smell like a slightly lemony raisin. Imagine my surprise that when first brewed the tea tastes and smells of chips and vinegar. It has malt tones and potato tones. I also smell lemon, a hint of rosemary and a hint of that spicy tone of some yunnans. It doesn’t taste vinegary just to be clear. It brews to a nice orangey brown. It is smooth with little to no astringency with a hint of artichoke, and bitter floral tone.

After the first steep the tea retains its malt with hints of potato, but is much sweeter (indistinct but slight reference to honey). There are hints of cocoa. It is smoother, and feels tannic at the front of the mouth but buttery over the rest. The tea has fading bitter vegetative note and citrus notes.

By the 4th steep indistint sweet flavour dominates, others fade but there are still aspects of malt, honey, cocoa, and a slight floral note with a slightly fading buttery mouth feel.

It retains a honey flavour, with hint of cocoa into a 7th steep, though by the end of this series it tastes more like dilute honey water.

The spent leaves are large and entire and smell of malt and chocolate.

This tea requires longer steeping than my indian teas of usually 4-5 minutes.

Considering my first impression of this tea it was quite fitting that I began drinking this tea on Good Friday. It certainly has an interesting variety of flavours and the leaves hold value for their money as they hold up to many steepings. I’m not sure that this would be an everyday tea for me but I would like to try some other Nepalese teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

It’s almost April (which means spring SHOULD be arriving sometime in the next few weeks up north) The sun is shining, and it’s a nice 30-some degrees. Tomorrow is Easter, and here I sit, curled up on the couch with a mug of Santa’s Secret. (quite happily so, I admit) I kept trying to reason and convince myself to try a tea that fit better with the season (Lime Gelato, Pom Tango, something more summery…) but I just couldn’t do it. But ya know, sometimes you just need Christmas in July. Or March. Same difference, right?

This stuff is so ridiculously intoxicating! I am totally swooning over here. It’s definitely more of a wintery flavor, with blasts of sweet, icy peppermint infused with a luscious black tea base. Mmmmm…..

I have officially found another staple for my tea stash. Can winter last forever so I have an excuse to drink this all the time?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

Out of the three teas from The Gentlemen’s Collection, this was the tea I was afraid of not liking. (I’m not a fan of the taste of raisins whatsoever) However, this very well may be my favorite out of the bunch. A toasty, nutty, smooth, buttery cup of perfection. Tasty! I’m taking it with cream and sugar (my weakness) but I’m planning on braving a cup or two without as well at some point. I’d bet this tea would make a fabulous tea latte too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

Oh my goodness! This is scrumptious. I could probably drink this by the gallons. (and I don’t like lime flavored anything, at least before now) It’s not potent or tart by any means, and very refreshing. It smells just like it tastes- like key lime pie. Sadly I only had a small sample of it so I’m going to have to re order some before I can try it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Oh. My. GOSH. This stuff is amazing!!! The first sip took me by surprise, being quite astringent, with notes of rum and black tea… not necessarily amazing in my book. However, the rich, creamy buttery-ness that follows in the aftertaste is divine. Pure decadence. New favorite tea, hands down.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Indian Summer by DAVIDsTEA
70 tasting notes

The smell of the dry loose leafs is very fruity and sweet- it almost reminds me of cough syrup I used to take when I was a kid. I let it steep for 6 minutes or so. Overall, it’s a nice tea. Nothing memorable for me, though. I did enjoy all the different combined fruit flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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