442 Tasting Notes

drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
442 tasting notes

{Backlogged Review}

Got this one as a sample in a mail order. It isn’t one I would have tried on my own, but I figured what the hey, it was free and in my hands.

Dry, I wasn’t a fan of the smell. I’m not sure which note it was that mixed it to where I wasn’t liking it, but I definitely sealed that package up again quickly. Afterwards I noticed that the wet leaves had a very similar smell, to the point where I had to take the trash out to rid it from the kitchen.

The tea itself? It was a blend of almond and licorice to my tastebuds. Which as much as I love licorice as a candy (yes, even black!), I’m finding I loathe in a tea. I didn’t finish my sample package of this one, instead giving to a neighbour down the hall.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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If you’re a fan of white jasmines, please take my review with a grain of salt since I, apparently, am not. I like white tea, and I like jasmine tea, but these two flavours together are something that I’m not fond of. I couldn’t even make it through half the cup. The jasmine is by far the dominant flavour, and it became much too floral for my tastes. If you like the floral flavours, you’ll definitely love this one.

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know why I keep brewing my whites according to the instructions given because it never turns out how it is supposed to. Seriously, does anyone have any luck with the whites done that way, and if not, why on earth don’t they change the recommendations?

Anyway, so I brewed this one up for the first time full of trepidation. I’m not a whiskey fan at all, and dry it definitely has that liquor smell. Actually it’s so strong dry it almost turns my stomach a little. But I’m determined to try every tea on that wall, so away I went.

Brewed, I was happy to note that it didn’t smell as strong. It was actually almost pleasant. I took my first sip and . . . weakness. I can’t even find notes to it because all I’m getting is a slightly sweet weak white tea in my cup.

Looks like I’m going to be playing with the brewing and seeing if I can get a solid steep.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Exotica by DAVIDsTEA
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I wanted to hate this one. It has so many notes in it I can’t stand, but I got it as a sample with a mail order and so I gave it a go tonight.

Am kind of glad I did. The lemongrass completely dominates this tea, which I’m happy about since that’s one of the few notes I really do like in the blend. There is a hint of pepper or ginger to it, which reminds me of Lime Fizz from The Tea Haus, one of my favourite herbals. As the cup cooled the notes remained consistent, with a strong lemon flavour with just a hint of something more.

I don’t see myself reaching for this one off the teawall, but I also won’t say no if I’m offered a cup!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

I wanted to hate this one too, but I was fairly surprised :) This one is quite delicious!

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I’m always hesitant when I drink straight whites and greens. I don’t enjoy grassy flavours, or ones that just taste . . . planty . . . at all. Thankfully this tea didn’t have that. It is very light, almost too light even more me. I had a few sips of it without adding anything and found it had a slight underhint of something. I hesitate to say vanilla but there was definitely something nice sneaking in. Wondering if some sugar would highlight it so I could pinpoint what I was tasting I added a halfspoon of sugar. And wow, suddenly the tea was almost tasteless.

I don’t dislike this tea, but it isn’t my favourite white so I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again. It isn’t a bad tea, it just isn’t memorable or something I see myself ever having a craving for.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

I see why this tea seems tasteless for you… You steep it at 90 degree and during only 5 minutes.

A white tea needs to be steeped during 10 minutes at 75 degree. I always infuse this tea in a ceramic teapot at the bottom of the teapot without any infuser. With that method all the taste is released and the ceramic keeps your tea hot during a long time when it infuse.

Hope it helps! :)

Tina S.

The first time I brew I try to follow the guidelines the store gives me. Of course half the time they’re wrong, but I like giving them the benefit of the doubt ;) I’m definitely going to go for a more traditional white steep next time to see if it has a difference!

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drank Sencha Mango by T2
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Dry, this one smells almost pineapply to me, which is a turn off. But brewed it mellows a bit. I don’t get mango from it, but it is a nice almost-mango flavour that I find inoffensive but not memorable.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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Forever Nuts was one of the first teas I tried from David’s, and I was really hesitant about it. I don’t like most nut flavours, and with it called Forever Nuts, I wondered why my friend had handed it to me. But then I smelt it and decided that with a scent like that, with cinnamon and fruit more than nuts, I had to try it.

Boy am I ever glad I did. This is one of my favourite teas, and one I love to blend with so many others. I’ve started calling it a gateway tea, because so many friends have told me they don’t drink tea, but have started after I made them a cup of this. Hot or iced, Forever Nuts is always a hit for me, and I’ll always have a cannister of it in my collection.

Just, if you’re hoping for nuts in your tea in any way, don’t be misled by the name!

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay, so I’ve rated this one based on my multiple experiences with the tea itself. However tonight? I finally figured out how to save this tea! For me carrot cake is all about the spices, and so I tried adding a teaspoon of my Chai Spice from The Tea Haus to 1.5 teaspoons of Carrot Cake. And voila, finally it is the carrot cake I expected the first time I eagerly smelled this tea.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Orange Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m a sucker for a creamsicle flavour, and when Dreamsicle didn’t win the Back from the Dead contest recently I was so sad. This is one of three orange cream type teas I have right now, and is my least favourite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely tea and I do like it, but it is sub-par compared to others on the market. (My favourite, for those hunting, is the Honeybush Orange from The Tea Haus.)

This one smells heavenly dry, and even brewed still retains a large portion of the scent. Drinking it black, however, is a slight disappointment as there is only about half the flavour I’ve come to expect in my orange teas. Adding some milk and sugar does make it a delightful cup, but it still isn’t exactly what I’d hoped for. (Although I have a friend who says to try it with a teaspoon of whipping cream so I may have to do that before ruling this one out entirely!)

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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I love the smell of this tea. The first time I opened the bag I felt like just dumping the leaves into my mouth and chowing down because it smelled like a bag of the dessert itself. I rushed home from work that night to brew and . . . was mildly disappointed. Brewed as is, I find the tea is slightly lacking as other reviewers have said.

Blended however with just a hint of another stronger berry tea? This tea sparkles and shines. I used a “Very Berry” blend I got from McNulty’s in NYC, with just a third of a teaspoon, along with half a teaspoon of sugar after steeping.

Man was I surprised to discover that now it tasted exactly how it smelled, crumble and all. And as it cooled, the flavour just kept getting better. Now I’m eager for my next cup!

200 °F / 93 °C 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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