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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
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More catch up with my Christmas box. I will have to miss yesterdays tea though as it’s not vegetarian (which is a shame).

This one smells like rum and raisin ice cream, or even those chocolate rum ball sweets, very potent but so yummy. It also has a creaminess to it. Husband had a sniff without me telling him what it was and he loved it, also said rum and raisin.

Flavour wise it’s fairly light, buttery, smooth, sweet and with a naughty rum after taste. The blend is more subtle than the scent but offers what it says in the title ie butter and rum. This would make a perfect accompaniment to a slice of chocolate cake.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Another back logged tea from the Christmas box, whoops. Well I am to catch up fully today, not my husband is at home for the holidays (he goes back on Boxing Day) we can at least share tea, eat snacks and play computer games together…out version of a perfect holiday.

I can taste some toffee flavour amongst the strong black tea and it does offer some sweetness but it’s only light. Light enough to also be buttery but it gets quickly taken over by the black tea. Frankly it tastes like any generic sweet black tea. So similar to many other 52Teas blends. Sorry I’m not impressed with this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I’m late yet again. This was yesterdays Christmas box tea but I was a little under the weather and was unable to review it. So it has been saved for today, where I intend to catch up with my box.

The raw blend smells like a sweet Christmas ale with a chemicalness.

It tastes sweet, dry, strongly honeybush with a slight sour after taste. I cannot taste the peanut butter or anything nutty other than the fact it’s on the dry side. I don’t really taste butter or cream either to suggest peanut butter. The cheesecake however is coming through quite strongly.

My husband is rather disappointed as peanut butter is one of his most favourite foods ever and he also agree’s that he can’t taste it in this blend either.

Oh well, glad I had a sample of this before I considered buying any. Sorry 52Teas but I am not a fan of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This blend smells like cooking chocolate with a gentle sour orange rind scent behind it. Not as strongly orange as I was expecting.

It tastes: sweet, dry, darkly chocolatey, rich, and a little smoky. The orange is extremely subtle, I can only taste it for a second or two in the after taste. As far as chocolate flavoured teas go they have the chocolate factor down nicely, it’s just missing a sweet yet sour, juicy, orange flavour that is implied by this teas name. It’s disappointing when a tea states two main flavours and you can only taste one of them. Still at least it’s drinkable, I might have to re blend this myself so that it has some orange flavour at least.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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This was the fifth tea from this years 12 Teas of Christmas box. Only I didn’t try it last night as I quite frankly forgot to. The last week has been a blurry haze of business and illness and I can’t remember if I’m coming or going any more. Well for now I shut my eBay shop until January to focus on fighting whatever stomach bug I have and to prepare my house for Christmas. I suppose French Toast is a breakfast style tea anyway so it may be better suited for right now, I can’t post my Christmas teas until late due to the time differences between UK and US/CAN.

The blend smells sweet like maple but with some cinnamon added and a nice rich and toasty black tea.

It really is very similar to Pancake blend but with some cinnamon and a subtle maple after taste. It’s not too sweet, not as I was expecting, but it doesn’t need any additional sweetener for me. It is pleasant, more waffle than French toast but I think it’s a slight upgrade from the Pancake blend.

All this pancake talk is making me crave blueberry pancakes with maple syrup drools.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I can taste cinnamon and spice and it does have some apple cider flavours but personally I find the black tea too strong for this blend. Even when adding sugar I find the black tea too thick, it pushes a lot of the flavours away that should be coming through with an apple cider tea. Also it has some astringency from having such a strong black base.

I only have one, perhaps two cups of this left but it’s not something I would re-stock. A nice try but too unbalanced for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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SPOILER – This is the daily tea from my 12 Teas of Christmas box. I pulled a frowny face when I saw s’mores but may Christmas Angels bless Frank for his use of marshmallow the root, making this a veggie friendly tea.

Woah, it reminds me of cream flavoured vodka shots in scent. It’s creamy, sweet and toasty but also somewhat chemical. Similar to the strange chemical smell that some Red Leaf Teas flavoured Matcha have.

It has a very interesting flavour. It’s like a flavoured Matcha meets a Genmaicha and they become blended together to create one unique blend. It has lost most of the chemicalness but there is still a synthetic flavour lurking. The Genmaicha is nice but I don’t think the S’mores blend is for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

This one seems to get really mixed opinions. As a side note, I’m glad that you also find some of Red Leaf’s flavours chemical in smell.

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Another Della Terra mint tea for me to try today (with my first being Peppermint Bark).

It smells like a peppermint cream chocolate bar, so sweet and creamy but with some sort of dry but softness to it. It’s not super strong mint, in fact the chocolate matches the strength of the mint if not super-seeding it ever so slightly.

~~~vgbfgbhy (This is a message from my kitten Sooty,not sure what he’s trying to say)

The steeped smell is heavenly, as nice as it was raw it’s nothing compared to this. Smooth, very creamy, chocolatey in the right way…it’s gone from being a standard peppermint cream chocolate bar to a luxuries one.

Flavour also offers what it promises but on a light scale. Smooth chocolate with creamy vanilla tones are the first flavours before a sweet and perfect peppermint carries you into the after taste, of which the blend lingers like a smoky mist. The black tea holds the blend together to stop it from being too light yet does a wonderful job of not being astringent or bitter.

It’s very different to the other Della Terra mint tea I had this morning even though it contains pretty much the same ingredients, it must be same/similar ingredients but different quantities. If you want candycane then go for Peppermint Bark blend (peppermint is the main flavour) , if you want a chocolate bar with peppermint cream (chocolate is the main flavour). Preference wise would depend on my mood…they are both delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
K S

I agree with Sooty – it does sound delicious (my cat translated).

keychange

I think this is probably the most accurate review I’ve read for this tea!

Fjellrev

I’ve been wondering how their current holiday peppermint blends compare to Swiss Mountain and the Shamrocks one back in March. You’d think after a while, you’d hit some repeats.

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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