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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
470 tasting notes

How does this tea have no notes yet?! It’s sold out so certainly it’s popular! I don’t think I’ve ever had the first note for a 52teas blend before, how exciting. The magic of tea of the month club! Which, funny story, my mom accidentally ordered 2 of (in a 3 month increment) and instead of cancelling the second one decided to just give me 6 months. My family is pretty awesome in supporting my tea habits! Though part of the deal is that they get to try them all, which of course is no problem for me. I love sharing tea!

I am very picky about cinnamon tea. I love it when it’s done right, and man oh man… is this done right. My dad is a connoisseur of cinnamon teas and says that this is his favorite blend with cinnamon, and I agree. Let’s start with the base: it’s a dragonwell, giving it a nice lightness along with a buttery smooth quality. The cinnamon is hot, not mild and bake-y like cinnamon bark, but it also doesn’t have that fake Big Red quality you sometimes find in cinnamon. It’s pure and delicious!

It’s backed up by a punch of heat from the pepper, which gives it a bite that of course any dragon tea should have. The smoke is very subtle: in fact my only criticism is that I could have used perhaps a bit more, but I think going light was a good decision because lapsang tends to be really divisive.

Best of all, this tea stands up to a ridiculous number of steeps for a flavored blend. I did 4 hot steeps and a cold brew and the flavor lasted all the way through! As you’d expect the cinnamon fades a bit and the pepper was almost nonexistent by the end, but the dragonwell shines through a lot more and has a really crisp quality in steeps 3-4. And the cinnamon doesn’t seem watered down, just less strong. I think I’m going to shed some tears when I eventually run out of this blend, it’s perfect!

Starfevre

You can probably have the rest of mine after I try it. If your tasting note is at all accurate to my own taste buds, I’m going to hate it.

Kittenna

This is a tea I’m really interesting in trying, but I imagine I wouldn’t really like, haha.

Sil

Kittenna..that was my thought too. Sounds really interesting though…appreciate the solid review alpha :)

Alphakitty

If you don’t like cinnamon or spicy teas you definitely won’t like this! But I think it’s worth trying because, come on, it’s a dragon tea!

@Starfevre: if you don’t like yours I would be happy to swap with you! I’m in love with this blend (as are both my dad and boyfriend) so it is going to go fast.

Starfevre

Yeah, so I finally tried it and I was completely right and I don’t like it. I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would but I definitely won’t be drinking it again. Do you still want to do a swap?

Alphakitty

Yeah definitely, send me a PM and we’ll work it out ^^

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Starfevre

You can probably have the rest of mine after I try it. If your tasting note is at all accurate to my own taste buds, I’m going to hate it.

Kittenna

This is a tea I’m really interesting in trying, but I imagine I wouldn’t really like, haha.

Sil

Kittenna..that was my thought too. Sounds really interesting though…appreciate the solid review alpha :)

Alphakitty

If you don’t like cinnamon or spicy teas you definitely won’t like this! But I think it’s worth trying because, come on, it’s a dragon tea!

@Starfevre: if you don’t like yours I would be happy to swap with you! I’m in love with this blend (as are both my dad and boyfriend) so it is going to go fast.

Starfevre

Yeah, so I finally tried it and I was completely right and I don’t like it. I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would but I definitely won’t be drinking it again. Do you still want to do a swap?

Alphakitty

Yeah definitely, send me a PM and we’ll work it out ^^

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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