90 Tasting Notes

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
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Yummy chocolate, caramel, and creamy nuttiness. This is one of my favorite teas. I loved the original version that was created several years ago. And, I’m surprised to see that I never reviewed it. I specifically asked for this to be reblended as part of the Kickstarter for the 52Teas Reboot. I’m so glad I did. I can’t easily compare this to the original blend, but I remember really liking the creamy caramel and nutty flavor of the original and that’s what I like most about this reblend as well. The flavors really shine when it has cooled a bit but is still warm. I think this reblend may be a little more chocolaty than the original, but it’s hard to say. The chocolate is definitely there even though this isn’t really a chocolate tea. It’s the creamy caramel and cashew that shine. Cashew is my favorite nutty flavor in tea. I could just drink this all day. Sometimes with almond flavors there is something cloying about the flavor that while I “like” it, I really can’t have more than one cup in a sitting. And caramel teas are so hit or miss for me. This one pulls it off perfectly.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I really love the soft ginger and yuzu flavors in this tea. I can even taste the cookie likeness though I find that cookie is very hard for me to taste in teas. I think that the white peony really helps with the cookie likeness since a good peony can have a bit of a nutty taste that often makes me think of cookies. And the best part is that there is no funky aftertaste. It is a delicious tea with great flavoring. All of the January teas have been really good.

Flavors: Cookie, Fruity, Ginger

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Toffe Bar Chai by 52teas
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I like chai teas, but I’m not really that discriminating. For me they typically fall into two categories: [can be drunk without milk and sugar], [too strong to drink without milk and sugar]. Sometimes I can tell apart other differences such as anise or vanilla, but mostly I just can’t. I prefer chais that can be enjoyed without milk and sugar.

This chai clearly falls into the first category and can be enjoyed without adding milk and sugar. It is on the mild side when it comes to spiciness and maybe has a hint of caramel if I’m looking to find it. I like it, and I am finding that the flavor is improving as it cools slightly.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Peach Cupcake Green Tea by 52teas
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This tea has a really lovely peach flavor. The cupcake is really more of a sensation than an obvious flavor or a modifier of the peach flavor. It’s a bit like baked peaches. And the aftertaste, while short, is candied peaches. I expected this tea to be good, but I’m really liking it more than expected. I find my self wanting more of this one.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
apieceofquiche

This sounds lovely. I hope 52teas has more peach teas on the horizon.

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87
drank Mango Genmaicha by 52teas
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I really like this tea. The aroma is wonderful. It brews up a really nice lime green and has a fruity mango taste on a slightly sweet green tea base. The base is really good. It is bright and slightly savory. I taste the genmaicha, but there is a healthy portion of green tea and matcha. The toasted rice flavor is much more subdued than I’m used to in genmaicha. I love this base and can’t wait to try other teas with this base.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is one of my favorite 52Teas blends. I loved the original pouch that I had. When the 52Teas takeover happened and this one was reblended I was eager to restock this tea.

I am really enjoying the green tea base here. It is soft and gentle with such a lovely aftertaste. The key is to be careful not to over steep. The main flavor to me is pineapple. Then there is the marshmallow and maybe a touch of lime. While this tea is great on its own, I remember the original having a prominent lime flavor followed by marshmallow and pineapple then a hint of cherry. I would love more lime flavoring in this one. It has been awhile since I had the original, maybe my taste buds have changed?

Flavors: Marshmallow, Pineapple

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90
drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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So, I was on a business trip in Toronto and didn’t bring enough tea with me. I picked this up at Whole Foods. I have not seen this brand in the Whole Foods I usually shop at in Virginia. But, this is so good I’ve got to try more from Tealish.

This is creamy lemon. It’s more sweet than tart. I’ve only tried it cold brewed and it comes out perfect. I’m really impressed with how flavorful this is. I’m not used to grocery store teas being so fresh tasting.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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89

Generally I have found that I love the idea of grapefruit teas, but not the execution. Most grapefruit teas are tart or bitter, which reminds me of white grapefruit. I’m a huge fan of sweet red grapefruit, not white. This is the first tea I’ve tried that reminds me of red grapefruit. The brown sugar flavor really makes this delicious. I taste grapefruit and brown sugar. And, the tea is so creamy. I wish I had more of this one.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Grapefruit

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
apieceofquiche

I’m finding that I really enjoy grapefruit flavor in tea. This tea sounds really delicious.

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88

Fantastic iced tea! I love the candied cherry flavor. It is light, refreshing, and tastes just like cherry ice cream without being bitter or astringent. The flavoring isn’t overwhelming. Some sips taste predominately of black tea, some have that sweet candy cherry in the taste and aftertaste. I chose to cold brew the iced tea bag for 12 hours overnight in the refrigerator and think that was the perfect choice.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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84
drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
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This is a really yummy chai. The licorice flavors from the fennel and anise are really shining. The taste is savory and spicy, but not bitter or hot spicy. I don’t really notice much in the way of pepper. I like this plain without milk or sugar, but also look forward to trying it with milk and sugar.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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