71 Tasting Notes

drank Apple Cinnamon Honeybush by 52teas
71 tasting notes

This smells wonderful in the packet. The brewed taste is a bit more subtle, but this is one of the more flavorful honeybush blends that I’ve had. Really lovely and perfect for the season. I also like the honey/caramel taste contributed by the honeybush. While not sugar sweet, this tea does seem sweet to me. And, the apple taste is pretty authentic and has a great apply aftertaste.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea actually tastes a bit like apple cinnamon oatmeal, but without the mushy texture that I dislike about instant oatmeal. It smells wonderful, just like apple cinnamon. The apple is just like the apple taste in instant oatmeal. The cinnamon is warm and sweet like in a baked good. The aftertaste is clean, pleasing, and reminds me of cinnamon oatmeal. This makes a great morning cup of tea. It is also really good as a cold brew.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Oats, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Lime Deluxe by ESP Emporium
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This makes a great iced tea. It has a lovely tropical taste with a short, sweet aftertaste. The dominant flavor is coconut while the lime comes in a close second.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Lime

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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This tea smells wonderful, just like freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies. I just want to sniff my hot cup of tea all day. It smells like brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisin. Just spot on and delicious. The taste while hot nearly lives up to the smell, but as it cools, the taste changes to something less appetizing while the smell is still spectacular. Something cloying emerges that I don’t like. And, even hot the aftertaste is disappointing. After the main body of the sip is gone my mouth is left with an unpleasant sour taste that I’ve come to associate with many flavored teas. It continues to persist long after the cup is finished. I’m not a fan.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cookie, Raisins, Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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I love blueberry teas. Although I suspect I have rather high standards. This one isn’t a favorite. It has a slight “possibly” blueberry flavor. It actually reminds me a bit of black current flavoring. The aftertaste is perfumy. The base is smooth, not bitter or astringent.

I brewed this as a standard tea and then chilled in a pitcher overnight in the refrigerator.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Perfume

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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Wow! This is amazing!

I was very hesitant about this month’s Verdant Blends Box because I had read that the blends were going to be whiskey inspired, and I am not a huge fan of whiskey or nearly any other alcoholic drink. With this reservation, I opened the box and read the descriptions of this month’s blends when the box arrived today. I was intrigued with the descriptions and decided to make a cup of this blend first. And, I love it! This is my favorite blend so far from this subscription.

The aftertaste is really fantastic. It is so rich and creamy and long lasting. All the flavors blend together so well that I have no idea how to describe the taste of this tea.

Flavors: Cacao, Caramel, Creamy, Sarsaparilla, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Dreamsicle Darjeeling by 52teas
71 tasting notes

This tea has a pleasingly light, crisp taste of citrus. It’s fantastic as an iced tea. It is not at all bitter or astringent and the flavors are very light. It’s like catching a whiff of orange and a hint of cream. The aftertaste is short, crisp, and mainly the black tea with a touch of creaminess. It’s delicious and very refreshing, but it may be that I might prefer slightly more leaf or a longer steep time. I brewed this hot and chilled it overnight.

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
71 tasting notes

This tea tastes just like French Vanilla should. It is creamy vanilla and reminds me of French Vanilla ice cream. I brewed this last night and when I tried it hot, it was too strong, too astringent. I put the rest in a pitcher to chill overnight in the refrigerator. When I tried it this morning, I decided it still needed to be diluted some. Now it’s perfect. It is smooth, creamy, with a strong vanilla taste, and minor astringency. I just had to get the parameters correct for it to shine.

Flavors: Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This has a pretty strong pear flavor. I find that Teavana teas usually have interesting names, but taste nothing like their monikers. This actually resembles pear though the taste is slightly artificial. It is intensely fruity with a slight green oolong aftertaste. Though the tea is pretty sweet without any added sweetener there is also a slight tartness. It makes a good iced tea, which is how I’m enjoying it now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 64 OZ / 1892 ML

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This is a nice fruity white tea. And, 52Teas does fruity white teas really well. When I opened the bag I smelled banana. Wonderful banana. I love banana flavored teas. I have to admit that I’m not really sure what passion fruit smells or tastes like. Once brewed, the banana aroma gives way to a more general fruity aroma and taste. The banana is still there, but much more subdued. My first tasting of this tea was hot. Now I am enjoying it iced. It is good either way though I think the maltiness of the white tea and the individual flavors come through better when drinking it hot. I also love the aftertaste. It is slightly malty, slightly fruity, and sweet. The second steeping tastes more like a plain white tea, the flavorings are much less prominent.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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