442 Tasting Notes

drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

I was lucky enough to be in the store when they opened the bag of this one, and the staff hadn’t tried it yet. So they did a traditional tea tasting brew and we all got to try it!

Dry, I got a combination of true rose scent with extremely strong peppercorns. I’m still not sure if I like or dislike the smell, since I love both separately but together they are . . . unique.

The taste was much nicer than I expected. I expected peppered rosewater, but it is by far more complex. There were definite hints of the coconut, and I didn’t get any perfume-ness from it at all.

I definitely recommend trying it, although I’m not sure if I’ll be buying it, and can’t figure out exactly what kind of numbered rating I’d like to give it, either.

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Despite how I just laughed out loud reading AliPants’s review here, I have to agree with her. That’s the flavour I got as well!

I got this one in store yesterday. No idea how they brewed it, but since I tend to be lazy about taking the bags out when I buy in store, I ended up leaving the bag in the entire time I was sipping. It certainly isn’t a bad tea. There was a mild spice on first sip, but as the cup cooled, it disappeared and left . . . warm milked down chocolate popsicle.

I did add milk to the tea, and a bit of agave. Perhaps that’s why I had a different experience than most?

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Got this one as a cup in store on my lunch hour today at work. Decided I’d try the more expensive ones that way since it is actually cheaper in the long run for me. Am glad I tried this, too, since it was a lovely mellow oolong.

Since I like my tea strong, I was a bad tea drinker and left the bag in until I’d finished the cup, which was long enough for me to eat lunch and cross the parking lot to get back to work. Even with this extended brew the tea wasn’t overwhelming or bitter. I seriously enjoyed every sip I had from the cup.

Now I have to decide if I can justify the cost for such a lovely tea!

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Disclaimer here, I’m not a coffee drinker. At all. The closest I come are iced capps from Tim Hortons, which, they’re more sugar than coffee. A coworker though had told me she got more a caramel flavour than anything else so I decided to give it a go.

Nope, to me it is totally coffee. I got worried when I saw how dark it steeped, it was darker than coffee itself, unless you have a good dark roasted kind. My first sip I tried black, and okay, I didn’t spit it out, but also knew I’d never finish the cup this way. So I added sugar. This brought out the caramel my coworker had told me about, but nope, still not one for me. So I added a small bit of milk. Still too coffee. I added more milk. Finally, when the almost black drink was now more resembling the colour of milk chocolate, I could drink it. And here I was getting vanilla more than caramel, but definitely still coffee.

I think this one is going to a friend or my mom, who is starting to discover that teas really are just as good or better than her daily caffeine provider.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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I swear this is a mystery tea. Its sweet and tart all at the same time. And don’t eat something like a cookie while drinking it or it’ll become extremely tart as you sip. I just made that mistake halfway through!

I get only a slight hint of cherry here, and the bamboo is lovely, but it seems almost to be too strong, as if it wants to beat my tastebuds into submission to convince them of the tea’s awesomeness. Which, I never did like when people tried to make me believe something . . .

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Had this one in store, so I don’t know if it was overbrewed, had been sitting, or really is this gross, but I couldn’t stand it and for once didn’t even finish the sample. I didn’t get any fruit in this, just really strong green tea with a sour twist. I’m not rating it since it wasn’t a fair shot, but yeah, not a fan thus far.

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A light drinkable jasmine, this is the last of the jasmines for me in my collection, and on David’s Tea’s wall. Not very remarkable to me, especially after having had so many jasmines this weekend. I did notice a strong aftertaste well after I’d finished drinking with this one though. The jasmine definitely lingered.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
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Genmaicha is a tea I love to try and describe, and yet always fail at, especially when one is really good. Sadly this one from David’s is simply average, with little to make it stand out. If anything I found it slightly weak. I tried it at 1.5 minutes and it was nearly tasteless so I doubled the steep time and was still disappointed. I think I was spoiled by another and now can’t fall in love with any that are sub-par. :(

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The Countess took me by surprise. I bought it on a whim as I was trying to break out of my tea-drinking preferences, and I’m glad I did. It is so mild and delicate, and yet a lovely cup to sit and sip when I’m doing my morning emails or flipping through a book at night. The orange notes are definitely there, blending seamlessly with the green tea to make a lovely cup that I reached for more often than I expected. I’m already out and will definitely be stocking up again.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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An interesting chai. I love cinnamon and was looking forward to one that had that as the dominant note. My chais fall into a like, love, or loathe pile, and this one is firmly in the like, at least until I try it with milk. For my first sips I tried it black, and it was nice. Nothing memorable, but definitely not a chai that was dominated by the notes I tend to dislike, instead riding the cinnamon to a nice high. I added the sugar, and the notes intensified, but not unpleasantly. I’m curious now how the milk will affect it next brew.

It isn’t my favourite chai, but it also isn’t one that I’ll turn down. Fairly standard, which isn’t a bad thing.

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.


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!


GTA, Ontario, Canada

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