442 Tasting Notes

75
drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

A pleasant surprise in this one. I’m not a fan of nuts, on their own or in baked goods, so I’ve avoided nut teas until now. What a mistake that’s been!

This one has a nice woodsy outdoors like scent that made me want to go for a walk when I smelt it dry. Brewed the tea is more mellow. There is a definite nut smell to it, although I’m not sure I’d label it specifically walnut.

Tastewise there is a strong general nut flavour, but it is tempered nicely with the green and the hint of fruit to make it a lovely brew. I can see myself reaching for this on an afternoon I’m curling up with a magazine or if I’m having a relaxing day at work.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

This is probably my favourite of the Jasmines from Davids that I’ve tried so far. It is more mild and doesn’t make me feel like I’m drinking flower extract. It was lovely to watch bloom and I admire how beautiful the dry leaves are. Sadly, it was also the tea that secured that jasmine teas are not for me. I’ll keep this one for guests who do like it, but I probably won’t be brewing it for myself again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Original Blend by Red Rose
442 tasting notes

My staple tea for orange pekoe in bagged form. I tend to only use it now when travelling because I’m addicted to my looseleaf, but it is by far superior to me than Tetley or Lipton or PG Tips.

**Note on my steeping time . . . I’m a bag-in girl with this one, with added milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70
drank English Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

This tea makes me want to quote one of my favourite movies. “I know you can be overwhelmed, and I think you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be . . . whelmed? — I think you can in Europe.”

Well this one left me whelmed. Nothing stood out for me, and nothing made me dislike it. It was the quality I expect from a looseleaf brewed cup of black, but it wasn’t memorable at all. I guess since it is a staple tea of choice for most people, that’s a good thing? Myself, though, I like my blacks a wee bit more distinctive.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Damn I wish I’d watched this one brew. Most of my blacks barely unfurl and so I don’t think anything of just stepping away until the timer goes. But this one opened like a green or a white. Definitely going to watch next time.

Scent wise it is fairly standard to me, and when I sipped it black I felt it was a little weak. (I prefer my blacks to be pretty strong). I added a wee bit of sugar, though, and suddenly it had more flavour, and the honey notes were very present. I am really enjoying this, and am wondering how it’ll taste if I blend it with some Kenyan Tinderet next time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81

You blend chocolate and mint together and you own me forever. At least when it is done well, like it is here. Sipping this one is like biting into one of Laura Secord’s mint squares, only with fewer calories.

I still prefer Read My Lips, but this one definitely hit the spot for me tonight with my cravings. The chocolate here seems a tad more milk chocolate flavoured than in Read My Lips, so dark chocolate lovers may want to sample it before buying.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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69

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Strawberries and white tea, perfection, right?

Well, it wasn’t perfect but it wasn’t horrid either. If you like your teas tasting more of tea than fruit then this is a perfect one for you. There was some lovely undertones of strawberry which blended nicely with the needle flavour. I’ve finished up the small amount of this one I’ve bought, but I definitely don’t hesitate to recommend it to people who like their teas more . . . teaful.

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

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70
drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

Second and last cup from the mailed sample. Still feel the same as before, it is a lot more delightful than I expected. But yeah, if you aren’t a lemongrass fan you should steer well clear of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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37
drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

This was definitely not the tea for me. The first time I tried it I was sick with a horrid cold, and I didn’t mind it. I love black licorice and there was enough of the flavour in the tea for me to be content.

Now that I’m healthy I revisited the tea and was overpowered by the combination of the flavours. If you’re a fan of licorice or anise teas, you’re going to love this one. But if you’re like me and only like the candy, I’d give this one a pass.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I am in love with this tea. It reminds me so much of my first looseleaf tea that I ever had, which led me to my tea addiction of today. It’s mellow and fruity and just such a lovely tea to sit and sip while I’m doing just about anything. I enjoy it at anytime of the day, and at any temperature.

This is one that I will never be without in my tea collection, and which if I share with you, you know you’re one of my favourites!

Preparation
Boiling 5 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!

Location

GTA, Ontario, Canada

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