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My latest 52teas order arrived today!

I’m starting with this one, because out of the new ones, this is the one I was looking forward to the most. I have rather high expectations of this. Fruity and berry-y green and white blends have consistently been a hit with me from 52teas, and that alone is reason enough to give this one a try as well.

I really like raspberries and I really like watermelon, but the raspberry/watermelon combination isn’t one that would immediately have popped into my mind. I don’t think I’ve ever had a watermelon flavoured tea before, but I have had your various sorts of cordial or squash and such with watermelon in it. And always it seemed rather plastic-y and synthetic to me.

Please let this be different. Please.

The leaves have a funny sort of aroma. Fruity, but neither raspberry or watermelon. It’s a sticky, sweet smell. A little bit like… if you can imagine fruit-flavoured butter, that’s more or less it. If I concentrate, I can recognise it as primarily watermelon, but it’s a little difficult. I think it’s the aroma of the sencha mixed in that’s messing with my nostrils.

After steeping the fruit-flavoured butter is more cream-y. I’m reminded of ice-cream here, and the sencha is standing out more on it’s own here. Slightly salty and slightly vegetable-y. I like the steeped aroma better than the dry aroma, I think.

Now, the important bit. The flavour. The flavour really works! It’s summer-y fresh, but still a bit heavy on the sweetness so it’s got a lot of body.

I’m getting a lot of the sencha flavour profile primarily, but the fruity-ness sort of wraps around it and becomes a secondary thing. A companion piece, if you will.

This is not a bad thing. I’m a Kusmi fangirl, remember? I like it when it’s not totally in your face.

It’s not that it doesn’t have lots of fruit flavour, because it does. It just doesn’t cover everything.

I’m getting a lot of the watermelon, but again the flavour is a little twisted by the natural flavour profile of the sencha. Lots and lots of almost pure watermelon on the aftertaste, though. LOTS!

Not so much raspberry other than a creamy note on the finish, especially, and, to a smaller degree, aftertaste, which is a bit of a shame I think.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with this, and it’s totally living up to my expectations. And not synthetic at all.

Cofftea

I like the raspberry watermelon combo (well specifically black raspberries) I make matcha slushies w/ that combo often. Great w/ a bit of mint water.

Lori

And now it is sold out! So you are quite lucky to even have had a change to sample this…

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Cofftea

I like the raspberry watermelon combo (well specifically black raspberries) I make matcha slushies w/ that combo often. Great w/ a bit of mint water.

Lori

And now it is sold out! So you are quite lucky to even have had a change to sample this…

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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