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442 Tasting Notes

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When browsing for candy at Bulk Barn (best way to get munchies I swear), I found a sign in the tea section advertising this new addition to their tea lineup. I haven’t been overly impressed with most of their teas, but it smelled too delish to not bring home and try.

Since of course there are no brewing recommendations, I went for a 76 degree water, for 1.5 minutes.

The tea is sweet and doesn’t need sugar added. There are definite green notes there, as well as green, and something else that blends it all together. I guess that’s their mojito flavour. I’m drinking this one hot and it is nice, but I am actually really curious to try this one iced. I think it’ll bring out the mint and make it really pop. I just see it in a pitcher with ice cubes that have raspberries frozen in them for some reason.

For the cost, it is definitely worth giving a try. I got more than enough for at least twenty cups for just over two dollars.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
tigress_al

Their prices are pretty crazy cheap. The black currant one is probably my fav from Bulk Barn.

Tina S.

Aha! I knew someone else I followed bought at Bulk Barn! I’ll have to look out for the black currant!

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drank Blue Mountain by T2
442 tasting notes

In an attempt to work through a bunch of my teas to clean up the cupboard a bit, I tried this one as my breakfast tea. I added half a teaspoon of sugar automatically and on first sip really wish I hadn’t. This is a naturally sweet tea, extremely so, and now it is too sweet. There are definite vanilla notes here, and I can sense something possibly fruit like as well. Overall a nice cup, but not a black for first thing in the morning, and definitely not one that I’ll be sweetening again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I was lucky enough to get 50g of this free last weekend from DT in their newsletter sale (yay free tea!) and am I ever glad I did. This is a great mellow but flavourful black that I am really enjoying as my first cup of the morning. I love a black that I can drink without any milk or sugar!

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I am officially perplexed. The only nuts I enjoy eating are cashews, with the occasional peanut. So why did I fall in love with this tea? The nut flavours round out with the tea deliciously, and I am really happy that this was my morning tea choice today. Yum!

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

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I first tried this one hot, and it was interesting. There were definite root beer notes, but I wasn’t sold on the flavour. So instead of giving up I tried it iced. This time it was a lot better. I think I’d prefer it to be a straight root beer instead of float, though, as the cream factor is still slightly offputting for me. That said, I am going to try this with ice cream and see how that goes!

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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I got this one in a mail exchange recently, and so gave it another look. The first time I tried it was before I had a variable temperature kettle, so I felt it definitely deserved another look. I’m glad I did, because tonight it was an enjoyable cup to sip as I talked with friends. The flavour was dominated by pineapple, but not enough to turn me off since it is far from my favourite fruit. I definitely don’t see this becoming a favourite tea for me, or even a restock, but I’m not going to be trading it out of my collection, either.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose Congou Green by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I tried this one today in my one dollar mug. I ended up tossing most of it because I truly thought I was drinking a broth of pure rose petals. I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy this one, but damn did it taste like I was eating a flower.

(Also, hi guys! I miss you!)

Preparation
Iced
Ninavampi

We missed you!! :)
Funny how everyone’s tastes are so different!… Broth of pure rose petals sounds delicious to me!

DaisyChubb

Yay welcome back! :D

Kittenna

Yuck, I think I thought the same thing.

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Okay, I had this one iced and wow, what a difference. Bumping it up much higher now since iced it tastes just like jam. Om. Nom. Nom.

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drank Mango Fruit by The Tea Haus
442 tasting notes

This tea smells absolutely amazing. Sadly the hibiscus steals the show after brewing. There is a mango flavour to the tea but there is just too much tartness for me to enjoy the cup. I’ve cold brewed up the rest and am hoping that this takes the tartness out a bit. We’ll see!

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drank Banana Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
442 tasting notes

I’ve had this one a couple times now, and while I’m not loving it straight, you know how it is delicious? Make up the matcha a little strong, then add vanilla ice cream and fruit in the blender and whirl for a minute or two. That my friends? Is what I’m drinking right now and dang is it good!

(I’ve been a bit awol lately . . . RL kind of ate me. Hoping to get back and active now!)

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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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GTA, Ontario, Canada

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