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442 Tasting Notes

80
drank Pink Flamingo by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Why do I not hate this tea? It is full of hibiscus and brews up bright reddish pink but I love it! Pink Flamingo, your lemon and awesome additions just make me love your uniqueness in my collection. I didn’t realize how much I had missed you until the weather warmed up and I wanted something like this on ice. Definitely glad I can keep some for a while longer. And that there is at least one thing I like in the spring collection.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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5
drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
442 tasting notes

I knew going in with this one that it would be an offshot for me to like it. It was almost a tea-dare for me to try it.

And yeah, I got burnt lemon ass. No, I don’t mean lemongrass. Dry and brewed the smell almost turned my stomach and now . . . not so much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
52teas

I’m always stunned to see some of these tasting notes pop up. This blend is almost two years old now. I’m kind of not surprised it’s not so good any more. Still, I’m sorry you had a bad experience with one of our blends.

aisling of tea

So, Frank, how long after blending would you like us to throw out your blends? Perhaps an expiration date is needed if they age so poorly?

52teas

Wow! I didn’t think I implied that they aged poorly. MOST tea has a shelf life of around 18 months.

aisling of tea

Well, if her bad experience is due to the tea being over two years old and changing dramatically due to it being old, then it ages poorly. I have teas that are over two years old and while they taste a little different, they still taste like the tea I purchased, they didn’t change radically. So personally I think there was more going on with this tea than just the age because I know four people who have tried it (myself included) and none of them would bother with a second cup. Maybe there’s a reason this blend in an almost full bag is being traded away two years later, but that’s just my humble opinion. shrugs

52teas

You could absolutely be correct. It’s possible I made a terrible, no-good, very bad blend. Or maybe it’s just that everyone has different tastes. I enjoyed it, and I know several other people did. I’m sorry you did not.

aisling of tea

Absolutely. I’m glad there are others who enjoy your teas. I just prefer to brew my teas with a simple kettle, infuser, and timer :)

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88
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Ooooh, apparently if you make it a latte that’s when the spiced notes come out! Normally all I get is a lovely dark chocolate flavour, but tonight I used this to make a latte with vanilla soy. The result is a delicious cup with a bit of a tingle and all sorts of flavour. Delicious!

Erin

How do you make a tea into a latte? I feel like I should know this, it sounds so good!

Tina S.

I brew the tea up double strength, then heat some milk and froth it with a cheap hand frother I have. Then blend, and top with foam if you choose.

Erin

Ah, that sounds pretty easy! I’ll see if I can find a cheap frother somewhere. Thanks!

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This was as lovely a coconut oolong as the one I have from Rishi, if not moreso. Mellow and flavourful and just . . . delightful. Yum.

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90
drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I definitely love this one. I think it may almost be my favourite straight black. Had a nice big pot of it to nurse all afternoon. Mmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Erin

I just bought some of this yesterday, now I’m excited to try it!

Tina S.

It does really well with sugar. I was warned against adding milk to it by the store, so you may want to try it without first if you’re a milk-er!

Tina S.

It does really well with sugar. I was warned against adding milk to it by the store, so you may want to try it without first if you’re a milk-er!

Erin

I will do that, thanks for the advice!

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87
drank Blazing Strawberries by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Cold steep overnight last night (can you tell I’m looking forward to iced tea season already?) This is a tea that most definitely benefits from a long steep and being on ice. The peppercorn pop comes out and really accents the strawberry flavour. I’m actually kind of sad that this didn’t become permanent because it really is a lovely summer tea.

Preparation
Iced
Indigobloom

Maybe it will come back this summer :)

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97
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Wow it has been over a month since I had this? No wonder I have been craving it. Made a pot this morning and just revelled in how delightful the flavours are. This is a must- have in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Mango Sencha by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

How have I never reviewed this one? This was one of my favourite teas almost from the beginning, and was possibly my first green. The mango flavour here is true to the fruit, unlike some that add pineapple or other random citrus flavours. And even better, the tea and the fruit flavours combine into a lovely cup. This is the tea that taught me to appreciate a good sencha, and a more delicate cup to a black or herbal.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I had my doubts about this one, and between that and my fear of it, I left this one as my last 52teas tea to try from my order. I had no idea what to expect, and so it was with trepidation I sipped tonight.

My first sips were of a roasted flavour with a slight sweetness. Curious I added a dash of sugar, and there, in the aftertaste notes, was most definitely pancake. Pancakes cooked much more well done that I have the preference for, but definitely an identifiable pancake taste.

Not sure yet if I actually like the tea or not, but it does fulfill its name. I think I’ll need another pot or two to decide if I actually like it or not, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

This tea did nothing for me when I was sick. It seemed flavourless, I was that ill. This tea when I’m healthy is anything but flavourless! If you like mint-like teas, especially ones with more of a juniper woodsy feel, this is a great tea. The only reason I’m not stocking up more on it is that I prefer Northern Lights just a little bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Erin

I love this tea whether I’m sick or not! I’ll have to try Northern Lights :)

Tina S.

It’s less minty, but I love it. I’ve still got 100g of it and that’s after drinking 250!

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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!

Location

GTA, Ontario, Canada

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