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442 Tasting Notes

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drank Gunpowder by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

I love quality greens, and this is definitely one of them. I steeped it loose in the cup and just kept adding water as needed. The cup lasted me for hours, with the tea only getting better and better.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C

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83
drank Sweet Orange by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

Apologies for all of these entries, I’m totally behind on Steepster-ing!

Sweet Orange was my travel tea on both days, and it was almost exactly what I needed. Something with a slight kick but mellow enough to not distract me from driving. Putting 1000km on a rental car over two days is very very tiring!

This tea is lovely hot, but the orange seems to come out more the more sweetener that is added. If you’re not a sweet fan, you may not get as much orange.

De

I need to pick some of this up next time we’re there, I can’t believe it slipped my mind.

Tina S.

In your mind’s defence, you had quite a list there to get through and we were crunched for time.

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82
drank Raspberry Rush by T2
442 tasting notes

The more I drink this one, the more I really really enjoy it. I may actually reorder it!

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Wait, a Teavana blend that isn’t overloaded with hibiscus? Can it be?

This one surprised me. Hot, it really isn’t that great or different than the million other fruit teas that Teavana has, but I cold brewed it overnight and wow. I really enjoyed the cup I had this morning. I didn’t sweeten it at all, which is rare for me in my iced teas, and got a nice slightly dry cup of fruit flavour. I can’t pick out individual fruit notes, but overall this is lovely for a summer iced tea. I think it would be amazing as a punch with gingerale as well.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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83

A lovely tea, and an excellent caffeinated version of a watermelon flavour. On its own I certainly would love this, and I can see it being an amazing iced tea. I got two steeps out of this one. The first steep was lovely, and full of flavour, with the watermelon being the dominate but undernotes of the tea. Second steep was much lighter, but still enjoyable. There was little tea flavour, but still much fruit. I didn’t try a third.

The way I drank this was a contrast and compare to my previously reviewed Luscious Watermelon from Davids. As a single tea, I prefer the one from David’s. The flavour is slightly more watermelon and has more of a body to it. However since it is an herbal, it doesn’t rebrew nearly as well as this one. Those who like more of a tea flavour would definitely prefer this one, as well.

Note, first steep at 2 minutes, second steep at 3.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Luscious Watermelon by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I’ve been in the mood for this one for a while, and since my friend gave me a watermelon tea, I had to try this one first in order to do a fair comparison. I pulled the cannister from the back of my cupboard and nervously opened it up. I hadn’t touched it for months through the winter so I was afraid of how well it would have lasted. Thankfully it smelled just as amazing as ever and so I blissfully brewed up some summer tea.

I love how this one tastes. It has that light sugary flavour of watermelon. You can tell there is a flavour, and sweetness, but trying to pin down what exactly you’re tasting is nigh on impossible, just like the fruit itself. I’m hopeful that this one is coming back this summer, because I don’t have as much left as I thought I had!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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All of these lovely teas I got from The Green Tea House are from a friend who lives in the local area of the store. She offered to grab me some I was interested in when she sent me a couple of her favourites, so of course I excitedly chose some. Because I’ve had mostly bad experiences with pu’erh, I thought this was a great time to try one from a place that I wouldn’t normally have access to, and that seemed to have good ingredients.

As a pu’erh, this is probably a decent starter tea to try it. I say that because I didn’t notice until after I brewed it, but it’s half green leaves. Because of this I didn’t notice much of any of the usual pu’erh characteristics, good or bad. There was a bit more earthiness and body to the tea than there would have been if it was purely green, but I definitely felt like this fits more into a green family.

Tastewise there are raspberry notes, most definitely, however they seem fairly generic, even once the cup is cold and drank as an iced. Overall it isn’t a bad tea, but there was nothing about it to make it stand out for me, either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Had this with my cereal. Nom, what a great morning cup. Sadly, it is now all gone.

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This tea is definitely a winner. The smell after brewing is solidly caramel. And not that cheap fake stuff either. This smells like that english toffee that you bite into and it drips all over your chin in the best and messiest way ever. (Sssh, Aisling, I already know what you’re going to say so nyah :P )

First sips definitely had a nice caramel flavour, with some backhint of chai like spices. The tea was a little light on flavour for me, so I added some sugar to see what that’d do to the tea. And wow, there was the flavour that I’d been looking for. Caramel and spice notes and just a slight underhint of apple and damn is this tea a winner. Maybe a little out of season since it feels like the middle of summer outside right now despite it being March, but mmmm I do love it!

Edited to add: They call this a black but it really is a rooibos with black added. There is no way I’d call this a black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry Rush by T2
442 tasting notes

I had this one as a go-to-work cup this morning, and since I felt like crap I let myself sweeten it with a full teaspoon of sugar for a change. Dang but did that bring out the raspberry flavour. I loved every sip of this cup this time and was sad when the well became dry. Bumping the rating a bit because of it :D

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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.

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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!

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