111 Tasting Notes

drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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Nice smooth an enjoyable cuppa. Allergies really have me down today so I’ll have to come back and add a better tasting note when I feel better.

Update: Yummy, smooth and a great cup for anytime.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

aww :( feel better soon, darn pollen

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drank Rooibos Sweet Amore by Teavana
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I mixed this (Rooibos Sweet Amore) with my morning mate both by Teavana. My morning mate is a staple around my house and for the past couple days I seem to be suffering with allergies (along with the rest of my household) so I thought to myself I better try to add some Rooibos into my tea so that I can see if I get any signs of allergy relief as rooibos is said to help fight allergies.

It’s actually not a bad combination of flavors but to be honest it’s not extraordinary either oh well (shrugs) at least I’ll get my rooibos in. It tastes like rooibos mixed with my morning mate. Sorry for the lack of taste description I’m stuffy and grouchy this a.m..

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank L'Oriental by Dammann Freres
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I can agree with Lori’s tasting notes. This tea is very light in flavor, the smell of the dry leaf mix is heavenly very soft like a potpourri smell but not like yucky potpourri like a peach potpourri. Which makes since because the ingredients read green tea, passion fruit, bush peach and wild strawberry, pineapple bits and cornflower petals. It’s quite beautiful to look at. The taste is mildly astringent and while I do pick up on the fruit I think I mostly pick up on the peach and passionfruit I will have to try making this a few more times to see if I pick up on the pineapple which is what I really want to taste in here. Not bad wouldn’t buy the again but I don’t totally hate it. I LOVE the tin though:)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lori

I think I liked this tea more than you did.. I didn’t feel like it tasted too astringent..However, it was very difficult to discern individual fruit flavors in this tea. They just meld together to to taste “tropical”.

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drank Shanti by The Simple Leaf
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This some how came in with my order from the Simple leaf ? I don’t know if I ordered on accident or if they sent me a whole pouch as a sample I haven’t went back to check my C.C. bill yet. (Please don’t tell :) anyway it is just as the other reviews have so correctly stated a smoky flavored green tea. I don’t love it I don’t hate it but I for sure would not order it!

BTW the leaves are dark green and quite lovely.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Okay so I’ve now had this tea three times. I waited awhile to review it as I thought maybe this is the kinda tea blend that will grow on me. Sadly no it’s not growing on me I do enjoy the smell of the dry leaf but once steeped I don’t get raisin I get fig or plum? On my last sip I do get a little crisp toasty flavor so while I don’t get the butter flavor which maybe a good thing. I don’t totally hate this tea I can see while people do enjoy this tea and I think that the flavors are there I just prefer a stronger range of flavors in my tea. Unless I’m having a green or white tea of course. I’ll rate this one high up there for being spot on flavor wise but it is not something I personally would reorder.

My hubby and son say this tea smells just like Honduran tamales. Which would make since since one of the ingredients in a Honduran tamale is raisins. I know your thinking raisins in a tamale(?) LOL all I can say is it’s a tropical thing! You’d have to taste to understand.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I had this a few times as well before I could figure it out. It did grow on me though. I wish it was stronger too =(. That’s my only complaint about 52teas. I feel that their teas would definitely be better as an afternoon tea instead of an early morning one.

SoccerMom

I know I’ve tried the mojito, chocomate, and the one above and none of them are strong enough. I am hoping the I will like their Pina Colada Honeybush that AmazonV and I have arranged to swap! :)

Ricky

True mojito, chocomate and pina colada are all strong enough. It’s the black flavored teas that aren’t. Though coconut cream pie was pretty strong. It’s weird… some flavors are stronger than other. Where’s the consistency!

Lori

The PinaColada one is strong enough and almost doesn’t need any sugar at all!

SoccerMom

Yea! I can’t wait to try it! I never use sugar or milk unless it’s a chai and I don’t drink chai that much. I do add sugar to my iced tea though so that my hubby and son will drink it they would probably gag if their beverage did not contain sugar LOL.

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drank Tie Guan Yin by The Jade Teapot
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I got my sample in from the Jade Teapot and Thanks Steven for sending this to me! I am not sure about much of anything about this tea only that it come from The Jade Teapot and that he sent it to me out of the kindness of his heart. The reason I don’t know much about it is because it is a sample from China and the sample pouch it came in is written in Mandarin. While I do not read Mandarin I do know that it is Tie Guan Yin (Which I know to mean Iron Goddess of Mercy) and it’s an Oolong Tea!

It’s on the green forum of oolongs and the smell is like (and I can’t believe I am about to say this) but smells like hairspray! And not like the great smelling Salon Selectives (of the 80’s and 90’s) but sadly more like AquaNet :P ewww but surprisingly the taste is not bad!!

I love greener oolongs this one is very vegetal in flavor and leaves my palate with the slightest whisper of jasmine flavor. (Patting myself on the back for ordering that Jasmine oolong from Adagio sample) otherwise I would not have been able to place the jasmine flavor in this cup.

Thanks The Jade Teapot! Aquanet smell aside this is not a terrible cuppa! :)

BTW the packaging says “The Famous Tea of China”

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Okay so I received this as a gift from AmazonV thanks AmazonV!:) I don’t totally hate this tea it’s not something I would ever purchase to drink but it’s not disgusting either.

The smell when I opened the envelope was amazing but I know from 52Teas Chocomate that smells can be deceiving! So I proceed to steep it up following the directions and the result is a very dark liquor it’s quite nice looking the taste isn’t what I was expecting after reading others reviews comparing this to girl scout thin mints while I am more of a Caramel Delights kinda gal myself I thought what the heck!?!

The flavor allows you to still taste the tea base which is a plus (to me) but the chocolate and mint just don’t pack enough punch to balance out the black tea base.

While I am not a huge Adagio fan I would rather drink cocomint green tea by Adagio than this. Or H&S chocolate mint. I guess I am still on my quest to find a 52Teas tea that I adore. Thanks Again AmazonV! It’s not a total loss my son is enjoying it iced with milk, sweetener, and crushed ice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Moorish Mint by Samovar
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
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Nice aroma but (Bethanny is correct) the ceylon black base Adagio uses leaves something no not something ALOT to be desired. If they would just change the ceylon base their flavored blacks could be much more enjoyable. I won’t rate it yet since it seems some other reviews say 3 minutes instead of 4 minutes (I used 4 minutes) and see if that takes away the bitterness of the ceylon.

Lori

Maybe this is why I don’t like Adagio’s hazelnut…

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Okay so my first order from 52 Teas arrived and I rip it open and smell this wonderful deep dark chocolate Mate smell. I boil some hot water and let it go for about a 5 minute steep and to my surprise the liquor is not very dark in fact it is kinda ambery in color. I then take a whiff and I still get chocolate only not as much as post steep. I let it cool and take a sip and I get nothing! I mostly just taste hot water and a hint of chocolate flavor. If this is the case I’ll be sticking with Teavana’s My Morning Mate but I won’t give up on it just yet I’ll try some different steep times and maybe more Mate and see what happens I’ll wait till then to rate it to give it a fair shot.

Update: Giving this tea a second time this time going for seven minutes at the suggestion of some of my fellow steeps and I still get a hint of cocoa flavor but honestly nothing about this tea is WOWing me. :( I like big bold flavors unless of course I am drinking a white or green tea but otherwise I like big bold flavors and this just doesn’t do it. My rating on this tea is not because it’s bad but because it lacks flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This is the 1st mate I’ve had so I’m leary to mess w/ the steeping time too much. More leaf maybe? I agree w/ the “not so chocoaltey” though.

AmazonV

in the past i have to say for mate in general i steep like 7 minutes, and with heaping tsp’s not even (my morning mate teavana, ROT double chocolate mate etc)

SoccerMom

@cofftea I love mates but all the mates I have tried have been from Teavana (I liked them all) because they have alot of flavor and was disappointed because I expected 52’s to have just as much flavor but it’s just not there so far. I know people say that the flavors of 52teas are very light but I only want “light” if I am going for a green tea or a white not a MATE:)

@AmazonV I will try the 7 minute steep time tomorrow morning. I almost always use heaping teaspoons with mates too!

Cofftea

Some of them are light, some are IN YOUR FACE=D

AmazonV

I should update that in my profile, i like teas that are “in my face=D” i think that does describe my likes well….weak teas i have on occasion but i don’t really fall in love with them and want them around all the time

SoccerMom

AmazonV I am with you I like in your face teas too! I also like your profile “I love caffeine” I love caffeine too!

Lori

I definitely brew this one for 7-8 minutes to bring out the flavor. Although it is not necesarily chocolate-y, it does have a strong, bold flavor to me.

Although I haven’t tried Teavana’s My Morning Mate yet, both Teavana’s Matevana and 52teas Mate are comparable. Both are great in the morning as a substitute for coffee.

SoccerMom

Lori Thanks I will do 7-8 minutes in the morning. :)

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