358 Tasting Notes

90
drank Milk & Cookies by 52teas
358 tasting notes

Second tea of the morning. I made stuffed french toast and turkey bacon for breakfast this morning and am trying to get through a couple of tea samples before we venture out to run some errands. The fiancee is very excited about this one, of course. I think this is a tea that would appeal to all men – there is something about chocolate chip cookies that seems to call to men, right? The tea smells chocolatey and you can instantly detect the strong black tea base that seems to be apparent in all of 52 Teas’ blends. This isn’t something that I mind in the least since I love a hearty black tea. Without anything added the tea tastes a little dull, but once milk and sweetener is added it becomes a liquid chocolate chip cookie. Probably not one that I would reach for everyday, but the flavor is certainly true to its name. Now my fiancee on the other hand is raving about this tea and swears he could drink it every day. Ha, men! Thanks Ninavampi!

-Dry blend has small black tea leaves with pieces of cacao nibs.
-Dry leaves smell chocolatey and of black tea. Tea liquor aroma is just like a warm chocolate chip cookie.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium orange brown color.
-Chocolatey cookie flavor with a sweet brown sugar finish.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Warm cookie flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Sounds good! I was tempted to pick some up while 52Teas has their sale… but couldn’t justify it. :P Maybe after my other orders have all arrived!

Josie Jade

Do you want me to send you some? I have enough to send you some for you to try it! :)

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80

I’ve been wanting to try this flavor for awhile, so I was really excited to see this in the Christmas swap package that Ninavampi sent me! The dry leaves are pretty, with large tea leaves and a pretty mixture of yellow coconut slivers and blue cornflowers – it looks like confetti! The tea itself smells a little like artificial coconut, and kind of reminds me of tanning lotion. One of my favorite decaf teas (Tropics from Adagio) smells just like tanning lotion and I love it, so this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The tea tastes nice even without anything added, and leaves a nice, toasty rum flavor in your mouth. The coconut flavor reminds me of coconut macaroons a little, or that may just be because I had some coconut macaroon ice cream last night. Although I like rum flavor, I’m typically not a brown liquor type of girl. However, I think this would the perfect Saturday night tea with a little rum and brown sugar, yum!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves, pieces of vanilla beans, slivers of yellow coconut and blue cornflowers.
-Dry leaves smell like artificial coconut. Tea liquor aroma is of nutty coconut.
-Tea liquor is a medium orange brown color.
-Buttery malty flavor with a lingering baked coconut finish.
-Best with the smallest amount of milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Soft toasty coconut flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
358 tasting notes

This tea blend has only a few blueberries in the whole pouch, which was a little disappointing. The tea is a little bitter until sugar is added, and then it becomes a nice strong, blueberry cup. I almost didn’t add any milk, but oh once I did it became so delicious! Adding milk really perfects the flavor of this tea and brings out nice creamy notes and a fresh blueberry flavor. The blueberry flavor smells a little artificial, but the berry taste is nice enough. It’s the cream and hefty black tea that really makes this one a winner!

-Dry blend has medium size black tea leaves and a few blueberries.
-Dry leaves smell of strong black tea and sweet blueberries. Tea liquor aroma is of artificial blueberries.
-Tea liquor is a clear orange brown color with a shiny film on top.
-Soft whipped cream flavor with a strong blueberry malty finish.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Creamy with the sweetness of fresh blueberries.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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50

I pulled this out of the cabinet tonight as I’ve had far too much caffeine today and will probably be up until the wee hours of the morning. This wasn’t bad for a bagged tea, and I would probably sip it again if it didn’t taste a little too artificial for me. It had a slight bitterness to it that reminded me of coffee, maybe a weak, watered-down coffee. I don’t love coffee, I love tea, so probably won’t be purchasing more of this one after we finish the box.

-Standard teabag.
-Teabag smells of creamy vanilla. Tea liquor aroma is of vanilla and nuts.
-Tea liquor is a thick dark brown color.
-Strong vanilla flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Nutty aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Fair tea. Slightly artificial and a touch of bitterness reminiscent of coffee. Creamy mouthfeel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lolita

if you still have the tea would you be willing to share just a sample? :)

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70

This tea smells just like lemonade with a warm spiciness added. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this tea, I don’t really know if I like cardamom or not. I know that I do like lemongrass and lemon verbena. The tea smells like a vegetal green tea with a little lemon noticeable. Without sweetener you taste a grassy flavor, followed by a tart, citrusy note. With a little sweetener added everything blends together very nicely into a perfect mix of green tea, light lemon flavors and a slight spiciness. I like that the lemon is too overwhelming, it’s more balanced. I’m happy to say that I like this tea more than I thought I would!

-Dry blend has small green tea leaves, pieces of lemongrass and cardamom pods.
-Dry leaves smell like a slightly spicy lemonade. Tea liquor aroma is of vegetal green tea with a hint of lemon.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Light grassy flavor with a subdued citrusy finish. Very subtle spicy aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Gentle citrusy flavors with a hint of spice.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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60

This is the tea that I sleepily reached for in my cupboard this morning. Not a tea that I drink everyday, but a nice every once in awhile tea. I didn’t really notice any peppermint in the tea, and the toffee flavor is really strong, almost a burnt toffee taste, but in a good way.

-Pyramid shaped teabag.
-Teabag smells of caramel/toffee and black tea. Tea liquor aroma is malty with a sweet rich toffee note.
-Tea liquor is a thick dark brown color.
-Almost burnt toffee flavor with a strong malty finish. Lingering toffee notes.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. No peppermint flavor noticeable. Creamy toffee cup when milk is added.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

This tea practically leaped out to me tonight when I was looking for something out of the ordinary to sip while working on homework (exciting Friday night, huh?) The dry leaves smell wonderful, like sweet milk chocolate. The tea smells like hot chocolate, and with a little milk and just a pinch of sweetener it’s very much like sipping a nice hot cocoa. I wish it was a little more creamy, but overall it’s a nice tea treat.

-Dry blend has black tea leaves and pieces of cacao.
-Dry leaves smell like sweet milk chocolate. Tea liquor aroma is of strong hot chocolate.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium brown color.
-Heavy chocolate flavor with a sweet rich finish.
-Best with milk and the smallest amount of sweetener.
-Good tea. Heavy chocolatey dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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20

This is one of those teas that I purchased with such high hopes. I prefer black tea over green tea, but my fiancee likes green tea, so I thought this would be a good one to keep in our cupboard. Even he ignores it when making tea, so I’m rating and passing it along. The teabags smell like tart hibiscus and berries. The tea liquor itself actually reminds me of the warm berry filling in a pie or cobbler. Unfortunately the flavor is rather lacking. It starts off with a burst of tartness, but then this icky, musty taste with an artificiallness to it finishes. Sweetener brings out a little more berry flavor, but doesn’t disguise the yucky finish. Just blah. I even checked the bottom of the tin to make sure that it hasn’t expired, and it’s good until this upcoming June. It may be good as an iced tea, but I just don’t even like it enough to try it out.

-Round natural unbleached teabag.
-Teabag smells like tart hibiscus and berries. Tea liquor aroma is of warm berries.
-Tea liquor is a deep purple color.
-Tart flavor with a musty artificial finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Poor tea. Nasty artificial-tasting finish.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70

This tea smells very lemony and has a lot pieces of lemon peel mixed in with the tea leaves. The tea smells like warm lemonade and the taste reminds me of lemon juice, and it even has that tart bite at the end. It would be a nice tea to have with breakfast in the summer, or maybe even as an iced tea. Calling all lemon lovers, this is the tea for you!

-Dry blend has small black tea leaves with plenty of pieces of lemon peel.
-Dry leaves smell like lemon juice. Tea liquor aroma is of warm lemonade.
-Tea liquor is a deep golden yellow color.
-Strong lemon flavor with a tart finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Reminiscent of warm lemon juice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
358 tasting notes

This tea was a nice start to the day. The little gold sugar balls in the tea leaves are pretty, and they add a shimmery sort of shine to the tea itself. I found the flavor to be a little mild, but overall very nicely of cinnamon and spice. This tea reminds me of having toast with warm butter and cinnamon and sugar. My Mom used to make this for me when I was little, and I still have it for breakfast most days of the week even now. This tea is a nice accompaniment to that! I will drink this tea again, simply for the fact that it shimmers – I love sparkly things! Luckily it does taste pretty good also.

-Dry blend has small black tea leaves and twigs with pieces of orange peel, little gold sugar balls and white sugar crystals.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of cinnamon and sugar. Tea liquor aroma is of faint cinnamon.
-Tea liquor is a shimmery clear medium orange brown color.
-Warm cinnamon clove flavor with a sugary sweet finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. Lightly flavored cinnamon and sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
darby

I had cinnamon sugar toast today too! I love it on thick Texas toast

Josie Jade

Ohhh, I’ve not tried it with Texas toast. I usually have it on an english muffin or wheat bread, but the Texas toast sounds lovely!

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Just a Southern girl who loves sunshine, little dogs and all things tea!

I love animals and animal rescue. We have a rescued Chihuahua, Greyhound, Siamese and 2 Tabbies. We also foster kittens for the local humane society.

My favorite teas are sweet and malty black teas but I try to branch out and taste them all. :)

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Rating Guide:
10 – Awful tea, wouldn’t purchase again
20 – Poor tea, wouldn’t purchase again
40 – Fair tea, might purchase again
60 – Good tea, likely to purchase again
80 – Very good tea, very likely to purchase again
100 – Excellent tea, will definitely purchase again

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