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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
602 tasting notes

New 52teas rendition.

Yep, It may not be on the label anymore but a fabric softener soft, fluffy kitten is still the perfect metaphor for this tea: smooth and creamy until the tiny lemongrass claws come out, but hey, it’s not a big deal because they’re tiny, little kitten claws! So cute. I’ll miss this one.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Marshmallow, Vegetal

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I love mango fruits and desserts but I have yet to encounter a a mango tea that I’ve fallen in love with. While this isn’t a bad fruity rooibos it didn’t do it for me either.

There is a good dose of mango and papaya present. Pineapple is a listed ingredient but I didn’t pick up on that as much. Not bad, but moving on.

Flavors: Mango

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

The Tao of Tea has a very nice Black Mango blend. It’s a CTC black tea base, but the flavoring is genuine and very tasty.


Mm, I’ll have to check that out when I’m down a few more teas. I’m still hopeful.

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drank Snowball by Bluebird Tea Co.
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I currently have a big tea problem. Picture uncharted tea rapids whose vast force hasn’t found release in over a year. It’s all wild, untended terrain here. Poor tea.

Anyways, I’m going to try and use Steepster to work my way through this while also attempting to salvage tea appreciation.

This tea, which was poking out of an overflowing cupboard screaming from torture and neglect, seemed like as good a place as any to start. Also, “snowball” effect. Let’s channel that.

While coconut and chocolate teas are usually far from my favourites, this cloudy looking concoction was very easy to drink. Adding milk gave it some textural depth, which the chocolate, marshmallow, and coconut mentally tease me with, but there’s enough going on that it’s decent without milk too.

The last cup I had cooled quite a bit before being found in the house again, and it was still decent. The coconut flavour here was particularly strong.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut, Marshmallow

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

sounds fun :)


It would be more fun if I had more than three oolong types in this tea horde. After a year I guess I should count myself lucky that it’s mostly resilient puerh XD

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Steepsterites! I hope your day is full of warm spice, comfort sweets, and citrus zing like this particular tea, regardless of whether you celebrate or not!


Sipping Bluebird’s Mocha Chai right now. :D


Same to you, CK!

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I Realized I missed this tea but wasn’t sure if I would still love it after more than a year without, so I ordered a small amount.

Well, the verdict is in and it turns out I still like this tea enough to drink pots upon pots of it. Fingers crossed that it, along with the pricey White Wolf, help pull me out of my tea blues.

Flavors: Cake, Raspberry


You’ve definitely nudged me to make a Bluebird order sometime. :)


Oh, I’ve had my share of tea blues. Glad I’m not the only one! And it’s great you’re being nudged back to teaville.


You’re definitely not the only one, keychange. I hope I manage to get back on here more often; I miss reading everyone’s tea notes :)

I can’t vouch for the rest of Bluebird’s selection, but sponge cake has always been good to me, even if it can be a bit ingredient and temperature finicky.


Speaking of tea blues, CrowKettle, are we going to meet up at the festival, or did you want to do a tea drop at another time?

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drank Barry Lindon by Jardin du Thé
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I initially read this tea as “Berry Lindon” and expected berries. It’s more likely referencing Barry Lyndon, which I haven’t seen.

It’s lightly perfumed as a citrus-sweet floral with soothing violet, rose, lotus, and a touch of grapefruit to finish. It’s clean, fresh, smooth, and playful profile places it in my “spa tea” category. All the flavours flow well.

Thanks, OMGsrsly and Sil, for passing along MissB’s generous tea package!

Flavors: Grapefruit, Rose, Violet

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This one is quite nice- a different twist on the pineapple black tea. There’s a nutty, almost cocoa-like note here, that is reminiscent of unripe or ripening tropical fruits- A nutty, slightly sour tang.

The aroma of the liquid in particular reminds me of generic jack fruit and soursop smoothies, and it has that thick quality to taste. I can’t place it, but it’s good. Thanks for passing this along, MissB!

Flavors: Nutty, Pineapple, Tropical

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I know I said I don’t like honeybush but this one is pretty good, all things considering. It’s similar to the the delicious, pastry-like Blueberry Danish black tea that I got to try from the older 52teas, except instead there is raspberry and honeybush.

I prefer my buttery, berry-filled baked goods to have raspberries anyways. If there was a black tea version this would likely be a mandatory stock, but for now I will compromise with the honeybush!

Flavors: Butter, Custard, Pastries, Raspberry, Sugar


I might do this as a black tea at some point!


That would be amazing down the road, although this one is pretty tasty! :)

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Erm, I was trying to save enough of my sample for both OMGsrsly and Sil, but the flavouring kept “confusing” me.. shifting from maple to butter, then cream to floral oolong leaf, so delicious..

If I’m being completely honest, there wasn’t much in the sample packet to begin with. There’s about a serving left, but the temptation to taste test the rest is strong. Drinking more would clearly be for the benefit of the tea community.

This tea hit me at all my weak spots.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Flowers, Maple Syrup

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I tried and tried, because coconut suggestively told me to keep at it, but I just don’t get honeybush. I like rooibos, and rooibos-honeybush mixes.. I don’t know. I’m going to peg this down as a “me” problem. I’ll experiment with some plain unflavoured honeybush when I get the chance, to see what exactly it is I don’t like about it. Right now I have no clue.

Flavors: Coconut, Tangy


Honeybush just isn’t for everyone, I suppose – just as rooibos isn’t for everyone and not every type of tea is for everyone. Another one of my customers whom I adore has the same dislike for honeybush.


I don’t get red rooibos so I completely understand.


Luckily there are other teas out there that you will like! Not every cup of tea is for everyone. Probably a good thing otherwise your favourites would always be sold out.


The variety of tea bases is one of the things I appreciated about this 52Teas sampler; there was something for everyone! I knew going going into this that I have a honeybush bias, but the flavouring was still fun to try.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, rose, vanilla.

Coconut is a big hit or miss.


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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