1082 Tasting Notes

drank French Toast by 52teas
1082 tasting notes

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.

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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.

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
1082 tasting notes

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.

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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.

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


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


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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My Della Terra order arrived today from my Black Friday frenzy purchase. Just in time really because I had a few Christmas themed teas to try, including this one. My stomach has been a little off recently so mint teas in general have been my go to teas when I stick the kettle on. I’m lucky that mint especially peppermint reminds me of Christmas so ill as I may be at least I can still participate in some Christmas frolics.

Opening the packet I can smell a beautiful candy cane medley with subtle hints of chocolate. A candy cane coated in chocolate ….. oh my! Genius! The peppermint is sweet and thick but also fresh and creamy, definitely candy cane…more so than their (Della Terra’s) actual candy cane tea actually.

It’s nicely balanced in flavour, the peppermint is smoothed out by both the vanilla and the chocolate which gives a sweet, refreshing and rather light blend. More subtle than the scent but still packed with delicious flavour. The chocolate is the most subtle but it does become present in the after taste briefly.

Such a lovely blend, glad I picked this one up.

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Sounds yummy!


I think I ordered this as well. Can’t wait for my package to arrive!!

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Following the banana train I felt it was the right time to try this blend. It smells like dry and powdery cocoa with a sweet finish. I cannot smell banana per say but there is something amongst the cocoa, it’s just hard to work out what it is.

Once steeped it smells like hot cocoa without the milk or sugar. Still no banana to speak of, or cream for that matter.

Flavour is better at least than it’s scent though honestly not by much. It gets props for being organic but it just doesn’t taste like my idea of banana dream pie. Instead it’s like a dry chocolate biscuit. I still cannot taste or smell banana though there is a lightness to it that may be considered creamy but only just.

Compared to 52 Teas – Banana Pudding this is just unbelievably disappointing.

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SPOILER – This is the third tea in this years 12 Teas of Christmas box by 52Teas. It’s funny because the last thing I said to my husband last night is that I’m craving banana, then this morning before I do anything else I scratch off the foil from the sachet and wouldn’t you know it…banana pudding.

Woah… the smell is overwhelming – strong, sticky banana and coconut filled the room with just a quick tear into the sachet. It’s overwhelming in a good way, the sort of way that makes me want to sit in a bathtub of this blend with nothing but a spoon. As fruity as this smells I can also note the black tea too.

The flavour matches the scent very well, the banana and coconut form a pina colada style blend but with added depth from the black tea and some richness. It’s a fruit tea without being comprised of purely fruit pieces, it’s magic. How does it taste so delicious and sweet and juicy? I cannot answer those but this is amazing, and I’m trying it without milk or sugar. Am I missing out by having this tea au-natural? It’s a risk I’m taking because for right here and right now it tastes perfect.

Banana Pudding tea? Heck yes it is!

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This sounds amazing! I’m a sucker for banana anything though.

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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.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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