442 Tasting Notes

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drank Oatmeal Raisin Cookie by 52teas
442 tasting notes

This tea makes Tina a sad panda. At first I was all excited for an Oatmeal Raisin tea. I adore David Tea’s the Glow because it tastes close to one, so one that added raisins too? Awesome! And then the reviews started coming in and said it was grape. Okay, no skin off my nose since I DO love the Glow AND I love grape teas.

But while it does smell like grape koolaid iced tea, I don’t get that flavour. I get a tea that has undertones of grape but isn’t quite successful at being a grape flavoured tea. The tea base isn’t bad, but the full flavour isn’t either of the flavours it could and should have been to keep me excited and falling in love. Sadly this one is a meh for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Sipping this one hot tonight, trying to decide if I want to stock up before it joins the list of twenty or so which are going online-only status. I love this one so much iced, but hot it really is simply mediocre. Decisions are hard, guys!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank English Caramel by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

Sipped down the last of this one tonight. It came free with my order and while it wasn’t a bad tea at all, it isn’t what I hope for in a tea. Those who were disappointed in David Tea’s Caramel Spice may enjoy this one though, since there is a definite caramel flavour to it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
442 tasting notes

This tea is quite an enigma! I stole a sip from a friend a week ago and was awash in fake vanilla flavouring. Because of this I was hesitant when I brewed this up for my morning cup, knowing I wouldn’t get a chance to finish whatever I chose.

Reader? I loved it. I must have done something right with it because it was minty with just an undercurrent of vanilla and the green tea flavour was still there. I was very happy with the half a cup I got to drink before dashing out for work.

Which of course meant I came home to a half cup of room temperature tea. Curious since mint teas are usually pretty good even if left sitting, I tried it. And wow, cold this was so gross. I don’t foresee myself making this into an iced tea anytime soon! But hot, it was delightful.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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This is an average oolong for me. Slightly roasted, requiring some sweetening, but with nothing special to make it stand out. Even a second steep did very little for me. I definitely prefer my greener oolongs to this one.

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Made this one as my last pot of the night, in the mood for something light but flavourful. Flavour I am definitely getting, but it is anything but light and delicate. It is almost too strong in my mind, and my throat thinks so too. It is starting to tickle, and my tongue isn’t happy either. Definitely not going to be buying this one. :(

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

how long did you steep it?

Dinah Saur

Hmm…. I’m curious about the steep time on this as well. I’ve found that I generally prefer my Bai Mu Dan (Pai Mu Tan, White Peony… whatever) when I prepare it gong fu style to really control the temperature, steep time, etc.

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drank Hojicha by Tealish
442 tasting notes

Apparently I’m a sucker for a roasted green. This is lovely, and fills a nice hole in my collection since I ran out of my genmaicha. I can’t compare it to other Hoijicha since this is my first time having it, but I found it nice and light while also being toasty and slightly sweet. I am extremely curious how it would taste with a hint of brown sugar!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
442 tasting notes

I had so much hope for this one. Sadly for me, there was just too much ginger. It combined strongly with the lemon grass to make a blend that just wasn’t loved by me. So sad.

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Not a fan of this one at all. I adore cinnamon but that is the undercurrent here. I have no idea what the main notes are, but plum they are not to my tastes. I couldn’t even finish the mug. :(

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Maybe it’d be good for mixing :(

TeaBrat

maybe the hibiscus ruined it…

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85

Cold steeped this one last night so I could take it to work today in my jug. Even after a litre of it I wasn’t sick of the flavour. Sadly I used the last of the leaf I had to make it.

Preparation
Iced

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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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