644 Tasting Notes


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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This tea deserves a better note than I’m going to write for it, because it’s awesome and chocolate chili ‘things’ are the best kind of things. Unfortunately I drank up the last of it during what was otherwise a particularly terrible day, so details are getting fuzzy. Good pot of spicy sweet tea, bad everything else.

For me the slight spice is perfect. Chocolate, never being my favourite ingredient in tea is also pretty good. I do have to wrap my head around that this isn’t the creamy, milk infused chocolate, but good old dark chocolate of little milk, a pinch of sugar or honey, and a lot of nip. So, essentially everything you’d want in a dark chocolate chili truffle.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Honey, Pepper

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I’m sorry it was a bad day otherwise. Bad days usually end though, and I’m glad you have good tea.


there are chili ginger gummies here in toronto…. sooo good.


Sil I must know more!!!


(If I have space, with ALL THE TEA, I could bring some back for CrowKettle!)


omg – i can probably sneak one out for you to try . i bought some for the wedding party. Nearly ALL the gummies are gluten, vegan and dairy free. Just the chocolates that aren’t dairy free…


Yes! I only really care about avoiding gluten. :)


I really need to start coming back on here more often. I miss kind comments, awesome people, and small motivational things, like chili ginger gummies. XD


we miss you when you’re not around… :)




Happy belated birthday!!!


Thank you! :)

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It may be sunny and bright, but bloated white clouds grazing around the sky on a cool breeze right now. These weather cues mean I’m totally justifiable in my fall mindset and can bring out And the Birds Rained Down, Agalloch, Sigur Rós, and the spice teas with no guilt (ok, some of those verge on wintery things).

I’ve definitely not been swayed by the resurgence of pumpkin marketing that sweeps into the caffeinated world come September. Not at all.

I’m still not a fan of this “older new” reblend but it isn’t too shabby with some milk. It makes the spiced orange flavour pop.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m working my way through trying out the new 52teas very slowly before processing and sending them towards Sil.

I like maple, so seeing this and the maple tieguanyin included in this packet was pretty awesome. Both teas deliver on the maple but do it in different ways. This is more of a starchy maple as opposed to the equally good but buttery maple of the tieguanyin. It was delicious with milk and made a very sweet “wake me up” breakfast tea. I’m not sure it necessarily stands out from the other delicious maple black teas I’ve tried though.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Maple Syrup

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I love this rainy, cool weather; I can bring out and savor all the hot tea things again!

Tastes pretty fine with or without milk, and delivers on its name. Pecan nuttiness was most apparent at first, but the apple and honey/brandy notes really popped after it cooled down.

Flavors: Apple, Brandy, Cream, Honey, Pecan

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Sounds really lovely.

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There was nowhere near enough in my sample pack. I really wish I could casually sniff this tea, both dry and steeped, throughout the day without being stared at. My subtle sniffing skills are just not at that level.

I love the aroma of baked rice krispies, and here it is.

Needless to say, this was a much better experience than the last time I spent with this tea.

Flavors: Butter, Marshmallow, Toasted Rice

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so jealous! haha glad it’s as tasty as the original..or tastier heh


I can’t speak for how it compares to the original, but it’s definitely way better than the reblends I tried. You’ll have to tell me what you think. :)

My sample packet was also more rice and very few tea leaves. There may be one or two leaves remaining.


I love this note. It’s funny and perfect and now I want some of this tea. Sadly, mine has not arrived yet. Thanks for the laugh!

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
644 tasting notes

It’s been a few years since I’ve tried this tea and it still goes places I love. Needless to say, I like this reblend. I would’ve never pegged myself for someone who loves minty marshmallows.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Spearmint, Vegetables

160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
644 tasting notes

The instructions say steep at 180F, but I’m easily overwhelmed by strong green tea so I steeped mine at 10F less. This worked out to my tastes, with the green tea still being on the nippier, albeit acceptable, side of my preferences. A little nip and a generous temperature are probably preferable for coaxing out the lemon balm and lemongrass anyways.

I had this tea years ago, for Christmas advent, and, as far as memories of taste and smell are reliable, this is a true version to that older batch. I liked it back then and I still like it now.

The old image of a soft, kitten surrounded by citrus sunshine and marshmallow clouds is an apt metaphor for the textures and tastes that the ingredients invoke. That’s not to say it’s like drinking literal kittens, because that sounds horrifying in so many ways. Erm, this is what happens when I forsake my fantasy niche and pick up something like Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Only bad things- blame the media.

I hope you all go away with sunbeams, bouncy clouds, and soft, purring kittens today!

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marshmallow

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I can get behind this one, since it’s full of many of my favourite things: a creamy “hay” white tea with the smoother qualities of an oolong, flavoured to taste like baked goods and blackberries. Yep, Crowkettle tea.

Flavoured white teas don’t always seem to have the base thickness and consistency necessary for rich flavourings, but I think this one works out pretty well. The aroma of the liquor alone is alluring, full of fresh blackberry dessert goodness.

This tea makes up for the fact that there are no blackberries to be found in this household right now, except for the huge blackberry that magically appeared in my strainer (bonus). One (berry) definitely feels like many here. Now, I’m off to see if I can get a decent second steep!

Edit: This tasted better when I used a smaller cup with more leaves, and berries. It doesn’t have that “thickness” this time around. Eh. Will play around with it. The first session was really good!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Blackberry, Butter, Cream, Hay

165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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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.


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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