442 Tasting Notes

57
drank Very Berry White Tea by Teavana
442 tasting notes

Yawn. Berries and hibiscus. I feel like Teavana’s done this a million times over. The white tea is visible (tea, actually visible in a Teavana blend!) however its flavour is completely overpowered by the hibiscus and tart berries. I tried adding sugar to see if this was salvageable or unique once sweetened (like some of Teavana’s are), but nope, it’s a wash. If I wanted to drink tart and expensive, I wouldn’t be doing it in a tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I have a soft spot for this one. Three Wishes bills itself as a black, but everytime I have it I remember how it actually tastes more like a beautiful peachy green, with a bit more body than a green usually has. Hot or cold I always enjoy it, as long as I brew it properly. Even though Davids has it as a brew at boil, I like to do it around 85-90. This brings out the peach and keeps it from being overpowered by a flavour of overbrewed black. I don’t know anyone who counts this in their favourites at Davids, which is a shame. It really deserves more fanfare than it gets.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Is there really black tea in this?! It’s been a staple in my cupboard for a long time now and I never knew haha

Tina S.

There is! Davids even classifies it as black on their tea wall. Anyone I know who likes it brews it green, though!

Alphakitty

I never would have guessed, tastes like a green all the way to me!

Kittenna

Yeah, the one time I tried this (I think I still have some left), I brewed it as a black and it was terribly bitter, because the water was too hot and the infusion too long. I think I noted to try it as a green next time (although I probably still won’t like it, not being a fan of overly perfumey/floral stuff)!

Tina S.

I’m not a fan of florals either, Kittenna . . . and yet this one mellows into a really nice tea. Definitely give it another shot . . you may be as surprised as I was!

Kittenna

It is possible that it’s not so terrible… perhaps I’ll try it today if it’s here and not at the office (although pretty sure it’s there, unfortunately). At least one friend initially recommended it to me, so I was surprised when I found it to be so terrible!

Tina S.

I can’t wait to see what your second experience is like!

Michelle Butler Hallett

I agree with Tina S and find this one definitely needs cooler water; boiling water makes it bitter.

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80
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I tried this tea over the holiday 2011 season and hated it. So colour me surprised when I tried it again this season and ended up buying an entire tin. It isn’t my favourite black tea, or even my favourite mint tea, but it is a mellow vanilla mint tea that is light enough for me to be able to take it to work without overpowering the office with the scent of my tea. I’m looking forward to try this blended with Cocomint Cream . . I suspect that they’ll be amazing in a latte together.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheKesser

Santa’s Secret and Cocomint Cream latte?! That sounds amazing! If you make one, will you write a tasting note on it? That’s something I may have to try.

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95

Its been ages since I brewed this one, so this afternoon I had multiple cups. I love this one because while there is definitely a great black base, the peach flavour is there and strong. Peach is one of my favourite fruit flavours and I find it really hard to find done well in a tea, so this tea has a special place in my heart. It’s actually the only bagged tea I keep in stock here on a consistent basis, I love it that much!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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92
drank Kiwi's Big Adventure by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

After all the heavy teas of Christmas spices, I’ve started leaning to lighter fruit teas. This one was a great choice that hit exactly the right spot. I’m not sold on the scent of it dry, sometimes when I open the tin it overwhelms me a bit too much. As soon as I get past that, though, I steep it up and fall in love all over again with the first sips. Sweet and fruity without being overpowering, I like this one a lot.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89

I’m a sucker for a quality genmaicha, so when I found this one at 75% off last week I couldn’t leave it behind. Today I finally broke into it, and mmmm, I’m glad I got some. I did my first steep as per Teavana’s instructions, and while it was nice, it wasn’t that amazing flavour I’d been hoping to find. Determined, I did a second steep of the leaves at 85C for 75 seconds. This cup now is exactly the flavour I’d been hoping for. The rich greens flavoured gyokuro compliments the genmaicha deliciously, making it a nutty buttery brew of awesome. I’m hoping now I can get a third steep out of this one now before bed!

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86
drank White Lemon by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

I hadn’t had this one in ages, so now that I’m trying to dig through the collection I pulled it from the back and dived into the pot. It’s still a favourite of mine, as I remembered with first sips. Straight, the flavour is light and a lovely blend, with the tea flavour dominating, hints of lemon and cream teasing in the background. After about half of the pot I added a small amount of sugar, and this is when the lemon blossoms, coming out to the forefront.

I react to some whites badly, and this one has none of those negative effects. It’s a quality tea blend, and an amazingly great price for it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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49
drank Pear Luna by Teavana
442 tasting notes

I got a sample of this one from a friend. Tonight I was craving something new and white, so out it came and into the pot. Dry it smells amazing, all peach and pear and just the type of scent I adore and that almost always lures me into buying a tea.

Brewed, this tea loses so much. There wasn’t nearly as strong of a scent, either of tea or of fruit. Taste wise, when sipped straight, there was very little flavour here. I could definitely taste the tea itself, however it wasn’t anything spectacular. Knowing that Teavana’s teas usually work better with sweetener, I added a little sugar. Still, blah, I tried a little more. Here I finally found the fruit flavour, but it was still understated and extremely dupeable. Overall this one is pretty unmemorable, and I can definitely understand why it was discontinued.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72

Not a bad tea, but why did they have to add the chocolate? My dream pie definitely is more whipped cream and less chocolate based. The banana notes are lovely and as a latte it blends up well, but I’m not going to be restocking. I’m kind of getting tired of most chocolate teas, especially those from Davids, and this one isn’t anywhere near as good as Read My Lips or Cookie Dough. So farewell, my dream pie. I hope to meet you in earnest one day.

Amariel

I will never get tired of chocolate teas. :P

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80
drank French Vanilla by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

Of course I finally figure out the best brewing on this one when its my last cup of it. When brewed at 85 for 1.5 minutes, its this amazingly lovely vanilla black. I sweetened it with Irish Creme agave and BAM, it was my favourite cup of the night. I may have to get more afterall!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 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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