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I have tried this tea twice now, with a year between those tasting experiences. My response is the same. It is a BEAUTIFUL tea. It smells intriguing. It tastes like, well, not like much. A hint of chocolate. A hint of spice. A lot of water. And not much interest on my part.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Today I hosted a couple of my close friends for a tea tasting event. We tried all of the winter collection, and some of the new permanent teas from DAVIDsTEA.

This was by far the winner of the afternoon, with three out of four choosing it as the tin-worthy tea. (I prefered Snow Bunny to this, but, heck, I can get more than one tin!)

First impressions – The yummiest smell possible. I could just bring Alpine Punch around with me, sniffing it periodically during the day. Amaretto all the way. And, surprise surprise, it smelled just as awesome once steeped!

Flavor – Oh. Goodness. Gracious. Wonderful. Warm and rich and complexe and just slightly sweet. I love it. I’m just confused as to how this wonderful tea that smells like almonds and tastes like almonds doesn’t even include almonds in its description. Let’s review the DT description:

‘’We like to think it’s with a fortifying brew like this spiced rooibos ( dont even taste it ), with apple ( nope ), cinnamon ( nu huh ), and ginger ( wha? ).’’


Loveability – heck ya. This one is a keeper.

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First impressions – I sent some of this tea to my best friend while she was studying in Ireland. When she got the package, she thought I had sent her gummy bears, as that was the sent permeating the wrapping! And I must say, when I open the bag, I do smell those overly sweetened confections. Steeped, though, it smells like Earl Grey with a little something extra.

Flavor – I really like it. It’s simultaneously a subtler and revamped Earl’s Grey. A little lesss bergamot, and a nice berry finish. As with all black teas, I drink this with milk, and it actually works.

Lovability – I can go a month without drinking this tea, yet, when I do, it’s a love affair for at least a week. Then, it drops off my radar again. Amazing? No. Simply all-around good tea that fails to disappoint? Yes.

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As a hot tea, it acheives the three Bs: Bitter, boring and blah.

As an iced tea: it makes the gosh-darned best lemon black iced tea I have ever made! Too bad it just don’t really like iced tea…

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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There is something in this tea that turned me off. Maybe it was the taste of maté. Maybe it was the honeybush (which I have the feeling I do not enjoy in any of its incarnations). Whatever it is, it made me unable to enjoy either the taste or the smell of this one. Sorry, Honeybee!

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drank Matcha Matsu by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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I had this one forced upon me by certain close friends of mine, all acting in my best interest I am sure! (I find it hard to dole out cash for something that looks like trail mix…)

I understand that some people ADORE Forever Nuts. I find it good. Just good. It tastes like oatmeal cookies. I like oatmeal cookies. That’s about all the enthousiasm this herbal – can it even be an herbal tea if there are no herbs? – this infusion brings out of me.

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Are you the kind of person who loves to put some loose leaf in your teapot, add some hot water, and then pour servings into your mug gradually, letting the tea steep as you drink? So am I. And this is exactly the sort of person we shouldn’t be while having Hot Toboggan. Letting it seep leads the apples to create a bitter mess.

I will remake this tea tomorrow following a strict steeping protocole followed by an update here, but just wanted to warn you guys to be careful!

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This tea is heaven in liquid form. It is my addiction. First thing I do in the morning is make a cuppa of this baby with milk and sugar to go with my breakfast. Even while staying at someone’s house or camping, this baby comes with me. Life would not be complete without it.

I grew up on Salada and Lipton orange pekoes, and spent years trying to find a tea that satisfied my needs yet was loose leaf and (if only possible) organic. I tried DTs Orange Pekoe and English Breakfast, and they were good but nothing special. David’s Organic Breakfast is everything I ever wanted in a tea, and more. It has a rich, bold, deep taste and the most inviting aroma. It is bagged orange pekoe X 10,000,000.

If you have not tried this tea yet, please do. Your mug will never be the same again.

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Age 2 – Stealing sips of orange pekoe from my Grandpa’s cup.

Age 4 – Being spoiled by my Nanny with my own cups of tea.

Age 13 – A mug of camomile from my mother to accompany a good book.

Age 17 – Strong black tea with milk and too much sugar to wake me up for school.

Age 18 – A tea (or five) a day keeps the doctor away.

Age 19 – Exploration and experimentation. With loose leaf teas at “Un amour des thés” in Montréal.

Age 22 – I embrace DavidsTeas with open arms.


Laval, Québec

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