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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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I’d like to start off by saying that this tea is definitely the underdog of this year’s fall seasonal for David’s. This has been the first time in a long time that I have really enjoyed every tea in a seasonal collection, but this one really shined for me. Aside from tea, wine is my other beverage of choice and this tea is reminiscent of a mulled red wine with the addition of pumpkin spice. I’m a sucker for cranberries as well, so it was pretty much a perfect blend for me (even with the hibiscus, which I’m not too keen on). I love this tea hot, but I highly recommend trying it iced and adding some seltzer (sodium free!). It brings out some of the other fruit notes buried in the tartness of a hot cup.

Flavors: Spices, Tangy, Tart

200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kamiya Papaya Oolong by Teavana
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A friend of mine let me try this and gifted me some from her stash. I’m typically not a fruity tea person, but this one had just enough floral notes to it to balance out the rich fruit flavour. I’m kinda bummed that I’m out of it now considering it’s no longer in circulation, but it’s definitely an easily replaceable blend. Tasted more of fruit than of actual tea. Despite that, I truly did enjoy it.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

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Oh. My. GOODNESS~ I am so excited I found this tea, and this company. I picked this tea and another blend (Vanilla Rose Ceylon) up on a whim at a book store in Boston this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now that I’ve made a cup I have no regrets.

This tea is probably the most fragrant and most soothing herbal blend I have ever experienced. I was having terrible cramps and headaches and this healed me up right away. It’s wonderfully floral in taste and has a smooth citrus body. The smell is incredibly soothing on it’s own. Like lemon and lavender. It’s very aromatic, but it doesn’t have that horrible perfume taste like you would expect it to.

The whole blend is also organic. Most of the herbs used are grown in the USA. The tin and bags they are in are also made of recycled material. Sustainable tea!

The tin is also super cute. That was what caught me initially, and I’m so glad I stuck with the choice.

Flavors: Flowers

5 min, 45 sec

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Tea one of my cabinet clean out!
One of my first David’s blends ever. I remember being really into it, but now that I am revisiting it I’m a little underwhelmed. The aroma is amazing; strongly chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. No sign of mate. After steeped however, it tastes nothing of chocolate or cinnamon and is instead watery and bitter. Carob is noted in the blend, and that type of chocolate bitterness is definitely present in junction to the bite of mate, which i typically like. There is also this kind of dry, powder aftertaste you get on your tongue. If you are looking for a chocolate tea, this is not what you are looking for.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet

190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
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I love this tea because no matter how hard you try, you actually can’t burn it. It’s indestructible. And also, delicious. It’s got a really nice floral sweetness to it; more like a light hint of nectar than a really aromatic flower. There’s also notes of hay and newly grown grass. It’s got a very “spring air” kind of flavour to it, kind of like how it smells after a drizzle.

I am a big fan of straight white teas. I want to try more, but typically they are expensive and my wallet glares at me when I try to buy them so I don’t own many besides this. I love it and am heart broken that it’s been removed from the David’s collection.

Flavors: Gardenias

145 °F / 62 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Had my last cup of this very recently. May it rest in peace… I really liked this blend. It was one of the few chocolate blends that stuck with me. It was very well balanced between tea and blended additions. Tasted wonderfully of coconut, cinnamon, and chocolate all in one, but the black tea flavour was still present throughout the cup. It was a great “curl up with a book in a blanket” tea. I often wonder if I will every find anything like it again.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Earth

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas
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I am not much of a black tea person. I don’t do well with high astringency teas because they give me headaches, regardless of how tasty they might be. That is exactly why I love this tea.

It was actually the first Yunnan I knowingly had. No classic black bitterness to it at all. It’s got a lovely earthly taste, almost like a sweet sort of malt to it. I was sad when I got to the end of my tiny sampler tin of this. I just wanted to keep drinking it forever. I’ve had some other Yunnan’s that I’m pretty fond of, but this will forever hold a place in my heart as being my first.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea was SO GOOD. I had my last cup recently, and lamented it greatly. It’s a beautifully smooth blend of coconut and mint. It’s got a great sweetness to it. Reminded me of those multi-color melting mint candies I used to eat all the time as a kid. You can steep this forever and it only gets better. I’m gonna miss it.


Simpson and Vail has a version of this commissioned by a Steepster member.


I literally might cry I am so happy! Thank you!

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I was initially skeptical going into this tea for it’s medicinal values. I’ve had it several times, and while the flavour is good I never noticed much of the proclaimed relaxation effect that it boasts. Valerian root doesn’t work on me all that well. I never get tired from it. If anything , it has an adverse effect and keeps me up. I have a pretty sever anxiety disorder, and almost nothing but medication fixes it when I’m in crisis mode.

I was out of my usual vice a few weeks ago and not only was I an anxious mess, but had a raging head ache. I was desperate, and after realizing that my chamomile was stale, I decided to give this a whirl. To my complete surprise, a 16 oz cup later and I was feeling a lot better. I had stopped clenching my jaw and jittering, and I will admit I was kind of at peace with everything while I was engaged with this cup of tea.

As for flavour, it’s actually pretty extraordinary for an herbal tea. I’m not a big herbal fan, but this blend of chamomile and rosehips and peppermint really balances itself out well. There’s not too much of anything happening at once. Aside from the mint flavour that permeates throughout, there is a lovely hint of citrus that adds a touch of something exciting with each sip. They do a fantastic job of covering the the Valerian root stench. It’s a very accurate nose to cup, and I enjoyed every sip of it. I do believe this has become one of my at home staples.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemon Zest

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t understand the craze over this blend. I absolutely hate it. It’s aroma is totally misleading giving off that delicious spice and apple and nuts and… it tastes nothing like that. I find it to be overly sweet, but at the same time boring. There’s little to no nuance to it, it’s either sweet or tastes like hot water. It might just be my tastes; I personally prefer tea leaf to herbals. But I’m always willing to give them a go. I’m sorely disappointed in this blend. It’s just nuts in a cup covered in beetroot.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nuts


In my experience I have to over-leaf (over-nut?) this like crazy to get that flavour out. Like 3, 4 times the recommended amount.


I’ve used 4 tspns and steeped for 10 minutes once, and still to no avail. :/ Maybe more tea less steep time?

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Used to be a big coffee drinker, but over time I realized coffee all kinda tastes the same to me so I switched teams.

I am a bit of a foodie. I love to cook at home and try new things. I especially love to find ways to incorporate tea into my cooking. I am a huge book nerd (it’s the only thing I have more of in my house than tea), and I also collect and read comics. I’m a really big scifi/fantasy/horror fan across the entertainment board (books, TV, movies, games, etc). My dream is to have my own tea and book store where I can hang around with other people who really just want to talk about tea and books, and maybe show me pictures of their cats. I also plan on one day owning a very fat french bulldog.

In the tea world: Greens, whites and rooibos are my current favorites. I can always enjoy a good herbal or oolong though. Blacks are kinda bleh to me, but a good yunnan or blend of one could get me interested. I am way more into straight teas then I am blended, though I own more blends than straight teas (go figure).

Currently employed by David’s Tea, so I personally think for a tea junkie I have a pretty ideal job. I’m always down for steeping something new. Suggestions and trade are more than welcome!


Brooklyn, NY



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