1695 Tasting Notes

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drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
1695 tasting notes

Another tea out of the 12 Days of X-mas sampler (I’ve given up trying them in any sort of order). I was expecting something a little more salty and buttery with this tea, but the result tasted more like kettle corn – which is fine by me although it feels a bit like false advertizing. ;) The black tea tea base comes across as rather astringent in this blend for some reason (which is a bit odd as I’m pretty sure Frank uses the same base for all his black teas, and it’s never really bothered me before) and I found it sort of distracts for the popcorn flavours.

Hmm, not bad, but not my fav either.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Got this from the 12 Days of X-mas sampler – I’m finally getting around to trying the teas from the days I missed. First of all the smell of this tea is just incredible, it really does smell exactly like the rainbow sherbet that as a kid I used to look forward to for dessert. This is the tea I smell whenever I open the sample box – although that might be because this was one of the pouches that spilled its guts as the pouch wasn’t sealed properly.

It’s noticeably missing the sweetness I’d normally associate with sherbet, so I’m going to try sweetening it next time to see if that makes a difference. I can clearly taste the orange and the lime but they aren’t so stong that they taste bitter or astringent – they’re part of a whole, and not meant to stand alone. The raspberry is a bit trickier, it could be a little bit stronger, but again I’ll see if adding sweetener brings it out more next time.

I really enjoyed this one Frank, you outdid yourself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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My first tea review of the new year. :D

The smell of the steeping tea was distinctly fishy which had me worried for awhile, but thankfully it didn’t translate to the flavour. Oddly enough, I’m not really getting much pu’erh at all; it’s mostly the ginger that’s coming through. I’m not too fussed about that – I’m rather fond of ginger and it’s my go-to medicine when I’m feeling sick. Still, this is supposed to be a pu’erh tea and apart from a bit of earthy fullness, it’s just not there.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
1695 tasting notes

First of all – Frank, I love your teas, I truely do, but you have to find a better method for sealing the bottoms of your sample pouches. Today makes the second time I’ve taken a pouch out of the 12 Days of X-mas sampler only for most of it to fall out the unsealed bottom and make a huge mess on my floor. I also have a few that spilled their guts inside the box including the new mystery tea (which is no longer a mystery – sorry) and mixed together a little bit.

But enough of my whining, I really did enjoy this tea. The cinnamon tastes a bit more like those camdy cinnamon hearts than cinnamon rolls – sharp and hot vs warm and mellow. There’s a nice baked flavour that comes pretty close to the taste of pastery dough and the honeybush’s natural sweetness makes it seem like a dessert in a cup.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Ginger Ale Bai Mu Dan by 52teas
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Tea number nine from the Holiday Sampler today. It’s probably a familiar story – when Frank first blended this tea I dithered about whether or not to buy a pouch and of course by the time I’d made up my mind, they were all gone. It’s nice to see what I’ve been missing out on, although a little sad since once the two teaspoons-worth in the sample are gone – it’s gone.

The gingerale smell from this tea is lovely, sweet and gingery in an almost floral way – though maybe that’s the influence of the bergamot. The flavour doesn’t quite nail it, there’s a bit too much emphasis on the citrus flavour of the bergamot and not enough on the ginger itself. Maybe it would have been better to use lemon and/or lime peel instead to mimic the flavours. None the less, it’s a nice, enjoyable tea and the white tea base is perfect for it, supporting the flavours without overwhelming them.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
52teas

“It’s nice to see what I’ve been missing out on, although a little sad since once the two teaspoons-worth in the sample are gone – it’s gone.”

Actually, we’ve been bringing back the 12 Teas one by one in the “Revived” section of our In Stock page:

http://www.52teas.com/in-stock/

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“On the seventh (it is the 7th day, right?) day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeeee….”

…a lovely potful of of this delicious honeybush blend. This one is about neck-and-neck with the pina colada honeybush for my favorite from 52Teas.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I finally got my 12 Days of X-mas parcel today (not Frank’s fault, Canada Post is always slow this time of year – I should have ordered sooner) so I’ve got a fair bit of catching up to do.

This is wonderful tea to start it on, however. I actually have an unopened pouch of this one that I purchase earlier, but that didn’t make me any less excited about trying this tea when I saw what it was. I was dubious at first about how much marshmallow flavour the tea would actually have – sure it’s got marshmallow root bits, but to anyone who’s ever had plain marshmallow root tea (good for coughs) there’s not really much resemblance between it and the sweet, fluffy, corn syrup-based confections we’re used to in this modern day and age.

All my doubts fled though, when I opened the pouch, I swear if I ddn’t know any better I was smelling freshly-made rice krispie squares. And it carried over nicely to the flavour as well. I’m surprised that there’s no sugar added to this tea because it’s plenty sweet without me adding anything to it (not that I’d sweetened a green tea, but you get the idea). What a wonderful treat.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one came as a sample with a Davids Tea order a while back, and I’ve been saving it for a cold day like this. I was a bit worried it would be too rank because I didn’t rinse it in case I ended up rinsing the flavouring out. Turns out I didn’t need to worry as this is quite a mild pu’erh, mildly earthy and dark without tasting like a mouthful of dirt or manure. The smell actually has caramel undertones though the flavour is mostly cocoa, though it’s not as chocolatey as Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh. This tea however has a distinctly rich smoothness, perhaps from the addition of the coconut which is otherwise quite subtle.

I really enjoyed this tea, so it’s totally too bad that Davids Tea stop blending it. I voted for it a couple times when they were doing that Halloween Back From the Dead revival, but no luck. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Eisenherz

I voted for it daily!! I think this tea is the biggest loss of all seasonal teas :(

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76
drank Mexican Winter by Hina's Tea
1695 tasting notes

I dug this tea out again and I found that sweetening it a bit with agave nectar (which seems oddly appropriate) brought out the citrusy flavour from the orange peel bits. I’m still getting that odd creamy aftertaste and I think it reminds me a bit of chocolate – almost but not quite.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tie Guan Yin by The Jade Teapot
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So after much careful rationing, I’ve finally come to the end of this little sample. I’m so sad that the Jade Teapot is no more because this was a lovely Tie Guan Yin and I wish I had bought more when I had the chance.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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