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100

Amazing! The best tea I’ve ever had!

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90

Really great tea!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

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Flavors: Flowers, Sweet

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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88

Sipdown! 261/365!

Made a large mug of this tonight just to finish it off. Yay for sipdowns of old things! I’ve been drinking a lot of new stuff lately. Anyways, this is one of my fave chamomile blends – sweet and creamy and delicious. I can taste caramel, but not as much banana today – which I’m totally fine with. And the coconut, which I think I’d remarked was on the way out, is just fine today. Fingers crossed this will counteract the effects of 3 cups of caffeinated tea before bed! Haha. (What good is a chamomile tea for helping you sleep when you pair it with a bunch of caffeinated beverages?)

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55
drank Stressblocker by Floragold
4410 tasting notes

Sipdown! 260/365!

Stressblocker… sounds like a good tea for me right now. The teabag smelled lemony and kind of a herbally sort of sweet, but not overly so; the herbally aroma predominates in the brewed cup, however. Likewise with the flavour – there are certainly lemony overtones, but it kind of tastes mostly like a herbally blend, which I can’t pick out specific ingredients from. But – something in here is bitter, like citrus pith. It lingers on the palate after swallowing, and I’m not the biggest fan of it.

I grabbed the packet to look at the ingredients, and this is a strange mix of ingredients! Mistletoe(?!), bean peels, birch leaves, lemongrass, nettle leaves, St. John’s wort, gingko leaves, flavouring. I’m not sure what is contributing the bitterness, but I’m unfamiliar with the majority of these ingredients, so who knows! Maybe I’ll be lucky and it will have some sort of stress-reducing effect, though.

Thanks for the share, Roswell Strange!

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76
drank 2005 Aged Mao Xie by Verdant Tea
4410 tasting notes

This is nice, but nothing too special, at least to my tastebuds. Roasted flavour predominates, there’s some sweetness, but there’s also a sharpness to it. Just kind of rough around the edges? I don’t think it was oversteeped. I’m sure this performs better gongfu, though.

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83

I liked this previously, but today I’m getting too much orange, and it’s coming off somewhat cleaner-esque. Still not a terrible tea, just not as good as I remember. It’s slated for the iced tea pile, though.

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71

My thoughts remain about the same on this tea. It tastes like cola and has a cakey sweetness (using Della Terra’s signature cakey flavouring), but not really getting any cherry. It’s nice for what it is, though, and might be tasty iced, though that may mask the cake flavouring more than I’d like.

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85

Aware enough of GOT/Pop Culture to understand the reference for this tea – but to be honest I bought it because I was interested in the combination of Lapsang and peppermint and not at all because of the GOT reference…

This is weird, but I think in a good way! It’s quite intense; definitely a very strong Lapsang Souchong with heavily full bodied smoke notes – the sort of “tire fire” smoke that turns off a lot of people, but that I find deeply compelling. The peppermint is also pretty strong; it’s really crisp and refreshing and I deeply enjoy this sort of intense smoke note with that menthol kind of finish. It’s so strong, but it’s incredible!

Wow – I love this! Refreshingly different.

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97

Drinking this tonight – really sweet, refreshing coconut with floral notes. Hard to describe exactly how good it is; but it’s just so fresh and buttery tasting. The perfect balance of both the coconut and the green oolong – feels very pouchong!

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Matcha topped popcorn!

I’ve been craving “Sweet Popcorn” lately, which I’m pretty sure is a flavour of popcorn that used to be carried by Orville Redenbacher years and years ago that isn’t produced anymore. I remember that when I tried it I must have been like 13, and it came in a box of mixed flavours of instant popcorn along with a DVD that had single episodes of various TV shows; House, Monk, etc…

It’s weird how the brain works; I tried this flavour ONCE like ten years ago and suddenly my body (for over a week now) has been like “Yo, WE. NEED. THIS.” What even is that!?

Well, since I can’t find it I tried to do the next best thing – make my own sweet popcorn! So, I made a bag of Orville Redenbacher instant popcorn and topped it with this matcha, which is basically just like a sweet honey flavour. That’s kind of Sweet Pop, right!? Well, it was tasty but not exactly like the flavour that I have locked into my mind.

Darnit, brain!

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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Interesting cuppa!

It starts off with a bit of distinct coconut sweetness but then transitions into this interesting creamy and nutty profile that tastes pretty distinctly of cashews but in the sort of way that a savory and especially sweet cashew butter might taste, with a hint of earthy and malty undertones. I don’t particularly mind that it’s not a super sweet cashew though; with the sweetness of the coconut at the start of the sip and the creaminess that carries throughout it still is a really tasty blend and has a pleasant balance of flavour notes!

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76
drank Maracuja Mango by DAVIDsTEA
8172 tasting notes

Writing this tasting note as a way of sort of putting it down in writing, for those who don’t get into a DT often, that this tea is officially… retiring!

I’ll be honest; I’m personally apathetic towards this blend. I don’t think it tastes bad at all, but it’s a rather underwhelming mango and passionfruit note and I really do believe that not only can DT do better but DT has done better – with both of these flavour notes! However, it does seem like a loss to me that we’re losing a fruity black tea from the core selection. Hopefully it’ll be replaced with something better.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Mango, Tropical

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Is there a NEW retiring teas list?

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Crazy question, but you wouldn’t happen to know of a discount code I could use on the site for free shipping under $50?

Roswell Strange

Yes – but much smaller; Maracuja Mango, Mango Madness, & Sparkling Sangria. I’m not aware of any shipping codes atm.

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drank Houjicha by Ujinotsuyu
577 tasting notes

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92
drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
2860 tasting notes

Additional notes: Sipdown! I’ll miss this one. I like the combo of lavender and plum on a white tea. This is an excellent candidate for the holiday box… why didn’t I think to request it for the vote? Darn it.
2019 Sipdowns: 64

52Teas

I will add this to the list of potential reblends to reblend at some point. I don’t put white teas in the 12 Teas of Christmas box because they’re way too bulky to fit in the box.

Kittenna

I feel like I don’t have this tea in my collection, so would be interested in it being reblended. (Disclaimer: I haven’t inventoried my Anne-era 52teas stash yet, but it doesn’t seem familiar.)

tea-sipper

My sipdown was Frank’s. Not sure if Anne reblended it!

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Oh yeah, I forgot about the no-white-teas in the 12 rule.

52Teas

I have not reblended this. I was considering doing my own take on a sugar plum tea to make it a more authentic sugar plum – or, rather, Alton Brown’s version of a more authentic sugar plum with almonds, plums, apricots, figs, fennel, anise, caraway, cinnamon & honey rather than the idea of a candied or sweetened plum flavor but I never actually crafted the tea. I might still create it at some point but it will have to be sometime when I have a little less to do than I will have to do this holiday season. (Hint: working on something for another company too.)

tea-sipper

THAT blend sounds AMAZINNGGG :D

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83

A free sample from my B&B order! Thanks so much, you excellent team of tea people! This blend was intriguing. First, I had to look up what mascarpone is. It seems like a fancy cream cheese, but also, how the heck would that translate in a tea?!?! Let’s say since I didn’t know what mascarpone tasted like, I was looking for cream cheese and definitely wasn’t tasting that… if anything there was a hint of salt, but that can sometimes be from oolong leaves itself. So there was a savory element more than not but only if you’re thinking about mascarpone. I’m not sure if I’ve had a B&B oolong before, except for the tasty Brighton Rock, but that might not even be the same base oolong. Another B&B blend where the hibiscus and rosehips are tame enough not to overwhelm. I hope nobody sees those ingredients and gets scared away from trying B&B blends… in most of the blends, the hibiscus and rosehips are subtle. I really wish the blend didn’t have orange peels though? They don’t fit here, but I’m also not tasting them. The first steep has the most flavors of tart cherry and cranberry. But those flavors slowly fade in the second and third steeps. With a slight cream note throughout. Credit for actually using cherries and cranberries in the blend though! The color of the brew was actually lavender which was different. I like this tea, but it just isn’t special enough for me to really crave or call amazing. But this is why I LOVE samples.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 7 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

Flavors: Cherry, Cranberry, Cream, Salt

Kittenna

I wanted more cream :( My recollection of mascarpone was that it was kind of like ricotta, but I might be misremembering.

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74
drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
474 tasting notes

Sipdown.
Slightly overleafed today, but there wasn’t enough left for another cup. Chocolate and malt, a little bit of sweetness. And a bit of unpleasant taste – metallic and off at the very tail end. Aftertaste is creamy, unpleasant taste doesn’t stick around – so kind of a plus? I’ve had better keemuns than this tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Malt, Metallic, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Another tea I rediscovered in my cupboard! And another one incorporating rhubarb in a yummy way.
A wonderful blend with rooibos, where rooibos is far from imposing its “wooden” character (maybe because it´s a finer texture?), and strange but through the custard mainly comes through in nose and the rhubarb dominates in taste. Perfectly “guilt free” ;-)

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
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Another Rhubarb & Custard fan! :D

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88

Picked up this tea again a few days ago, and I must say I enjoy it still as much as the first time I smelled it in the Palais des Thés shop in Tours.
Not too sweet, not too mellow, but very smooth, what isn´t always the case with a fruity blend on black tea (from Sri Lanka+China here) basis. The fresh, acidic side of the rhubarb is balanced by the aromatic notes of the lavender.

Flavors: Honey, Lavender, Rhubarb

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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73
drank Elderberry Wine by Adagio Teas
357 tasting notes

This one smells a bit like wine, so that’s accurate, I suppose. I could totally buy that the flavor is elderberry rather than some vague berry mix, like most berry teas. There’s also something a little herbaceous in there. It’s pretty sour, but better with sugar. Overall, I think this makes a decent cup of tea. The elderberry flavor is fun, but I’d probably prefer if it were only going for elderberry and not wine as well.

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76
drank Vive le Thé! by Palais des Thes
13 tasting notes

This tin was gifted to me and my wife by a friend. Even though we have a Palais des Thés shop 10 minutes away from our home, I must admit that I don’t recall ever tasting any of their teas. And so, yesterday afternoon, my wife and I sat down for an afternoon tea tasting and opened this green tea.

What a nice surprise when we opened the tin! The leaves are beautifully long and unbroken. They’re mixed with bits of fruit and curled up in the nicest way – not saying that other teas are ugly but these leaves look so regular? Their smell made us think of candy and cake, it’s very sweet which is probably due to the citrus and ginger bits. The marine side of the tea is quite nicely combined with the citrus and ginger, there’s no one aroma overshadowing the others, it’s a pretty elegant mix. Both the citrus and ginger seem authentic; nothing to do with other teas I’ve tasted in the past (cough Terre d’oc cough).

Brewed this for 3 minutes. It has a cloudy aspect, in a good way – the cup in which I drank it was grey, it looked like water I had fished out of a lost pond deep inside a thousand-year-old forest. Like a moss infusion. But in a good way! It scratches a very specific itch.
The brew itself smells like a citrus cake with a ginger spin. My wife thought it was the opposite – a ginger cake with a hint of citrus. We agreed on the cake element though, this tea is incredibly creamy, almost butter-y, both in smell and taste. The marine element of the green tea is still very present though. Overall a blend that works well.

The first sip was incredibly sweet, in a nice way, because of the blend quality. It’s not too sweet and it didn’t bother either of us. My wife noted how the orange in the citrus brings that sweetness to the tea. It definitely brings some balance to it, as well.

In my opinion, this blend is a great one for both people who aren’t huge fans of the marine side of green tea and need some aroma with it, and for people who, on the contrary, love green tea for what it is and are looking for a well-blended, good quality and interesting citrus-and-ginger spin on it. A previous review of this tea mentions the Kusmi green tea one, which I will try to taste before I run out of the Palais des Thés one, as a comparison.

I would suggest drinking this tea on its own, without any biscuits or sweets, because of the blend’s own sweetness. If you usually like your tea sweetened I would advise trying it without any sugar first.

Rating it at 76 according to my own scale – rating may be edited as I keep tasting more green teas.

Flavors: Cake, Candy, Creamy, Ginger, Marine, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML
Kittenna

Sounds very appealing!

Olive

It’s really nice! I’m not very familiar with green teas and this one definitely made me want to taste more.

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80
drank Genmaicha by Tsujiri Chaho
14 tasting notes

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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Gokujo Hojicha by Ippodo
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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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