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To make up for the other bland iced tea today, I made a pot of this one. This is my favourite black to steep cold and southern style. Sweet and rich without being too much of either, I treasure every pot I make of this. Especially since the company is no more.

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Another tea puzzle! Strawberry Lemonade was a nice tea, and I adore Blueberry Bliss. So then why does this tea come out generic and bland to me? Honestly it didn’t stand out at all. I made it iced, cold steeped with agave. I know this was a fresh bag, too, so I have no idea why it futzed out. Next time I’ll stick with straight Bliss.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
440 tasting notes

This was my cold steep tea to have iced yesterday at work. Wow what a difference a cold steep makes on this one. There were delicious cherries everywhere in each sip, and not a tart or off note at all. I’m glad that this summer heat is here so I can brew and enjoy this one up again this way. (And yes, summer heat in March is crazy, but my apartment hit 87 degrees yesterday!)


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I’m still not sold on pu’erh, so I thought that this one would be a good tea to re-dip my toe into the kettle water with. Dry, I get no fishy smell, instead I get an earth-balanced coconut. This got my hopes up since it is the fishy that really has turned me off in the past.

I really wanted to avoid the fishy, so I rinsed the leaves in cold water for a bit before brewing. It definitely helped since I didn’t get fishy at all (yay!!). The tea itself has lovely notes of coconut and a deep earthy flavour. In reading the other tasting notes I see that this is a mild pu’erh, but I still could definitely predominately taste the notes that make it such a specific type of tea. I’m not rating this one though because I’m not sure yet that pu’erhs are for me. This is definitely one of the best pu’erhs I’ve had from David’s, but I still didn’t really love it.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Lemon Gunpowder by Say Tea
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I’m not giving this one a number rating because I suspect that if I caught the right way ot brew this, it would be amazing. However after three attempts I have decided that I do not have the skills with this one. First cup I got a bland dull green tea with no lemon at all, and second steep on the leaves wasn’t much better. Second time I tried I got a strong green again with no lemon at all. And tonight when I tried again I found the lemon, but had oversteeped and it didn’t taste lovely at all. So farewell fair tea, and big thanks to De who was generous enough to let me steal some from her stash!


This. I offer to make her tea in the morning, and if she asks for this one, she’s on her own. I will not be responsible for making a cup of this XD.

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Like lemon and green mate? Think you may like them together? Then try this tea. It is exactly as advertised, a seemingly simple blend of intense lemon and green mate flavours. My first brew was a tad too mate for me so I’m going to ratchet down my boiling temperature next time, but overall it is a pleasant tea. There aren’t any surprises here, but I didn’t really expect any with a name like this one has, either.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Generic and dupeable. As much as it breaks my heart to say it, that is my impression of this one. It smells like an orange tinted earl, and that’s basically what it tastes like, except I didn’t get as much tangerine as I’d’ve liked. If you’re a fan of Earls, especially green leaf ones, then give this one a shot. It is a good tea, and you may find that you fall hard for it. But if you’re only a mediocre earl fan like myself, you may want to give this one a pass.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

THat’s not encouraging. I don’t really like Earl Grey at all, and I don’t like green tea. This is one I picked up 10 g of because I feel for the hype and always want a good orange tea. I’ll have to brew mine up this weekend and see!

Cory Boehm

I did not find that this tea had that typical Earl Grey flavour from the bergamont oils and I was disappointed as The Countess of Seville from DavidsTea being a personal favourite.

Tina S.

I definitely prefer the Countess. There’s no comparison between the two in my mind!

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drank White Lemon by The Tea Haus
440 tasting notes

Still in love with this one. It’s great for later at night when I want a mellow cup to enjoy as I calm down from the day. The fact that it gets better with a resteep is just a bonus!


Sounds lovely!

Tina S.

It definitely is, I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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What a lovely mellow fruit tea. The cherries are nicely balanced and true to the taste of the fruit, rather than an artificial flavouring. I drank it without any sweetener and it was naturally sweet without being too much so. I think it would be absolutely delightful iced. For those of you who wanted more from David Tea’s Cherry Potion, I recommend trying this one.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ola'a by The Tea Haus
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Wow, this green is just . . . there are absolutely no words. It looks and smells like a white, and taste wise? There’s green notes and white notes and hints of mango and just . . . this is practically heaven in a tea cup. Hawaiian tea may be a rare thing, in fact I’d never heard of it before this week, but wow is it amazing. This is the first speciality tea that I can actually see myself paying the premium costs for.

Extra kudos to The Tea Haus for selling such a rare amazing tea, and even more so for selling it at such a fair price. (And for letting us try it before it hits their store!)

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An avid tea addict in the GTA, Ontario, Canada. I’m always looking for new teas and new tea addicted friends!

My preference is loose leaf of all varieties, however the occasional bagged tea can come along and charm me. Flavoured or straight, there is a good chance that I will be falling in love.


My ratings system is based on the smiley faces above the ratings scale.

0-10 — This tea didn’t get past the initial sip process. I just couldn’t bring myself to drink more, I found it so horrible.

11-50 — It made it past first sips, but as I drank a bit more I realized I really wasn’t enjoying the tea, and would never drink it again.

51-60 — I probably made it through the cup, but won’t be trying another one.

61-69 — Either it’s a mystery tea and I can’t decide if I like it or not, or it is one that I felt was purely adequate.

70-85 — These are the teas that I appreciate and/or like. If they are falling in this area they are ones that I would definitely re-buy, however are not ones that I must always have on hand. The good, but not the amazing.

86-94 — These are the favourites. My cupboard feels empty if they aren’t inside.

95-100 — Tea perfection!


GTA, Ontario, Canada

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