842 Tasting Notes
This is another 52 teas blend that I have been dying to try for a while now. Coming into autumn and in October especially there is never a better time to eat or drink anything with pumpkin in. I adore pumpkin and anything halloween related (it’s my favourite holiday) and I knew I would give in to temptation when I saw this for sale.
Raw this is a nice black tea with the odd sunflower petal dotted about that gives it a nice gold and black appeal. Smell wise it’s strongly like pumpkin spice (clove, cinnamon, cardamom all in one) which for me can either be hit or miss as I am not keen on clove or cardamom.
Brewed and left unsweetened and uncreamed this smells even stronger and more chai spice like but with added earthy tones from the pumpkin and black tea. There is also sweetness already there which could be a mixture of pumpkin and cinnamon to give it that natural sweet yet spicy smell.
Being a black tea this is dark brown in colour.
First few sips bring out super sweetness from the caramel with a pumpkin after taste. The sweetness is very surprising considering it’s unsweetned, I would say there is no need for any sugar at all as this is sweet enough.
The caramel itself is a dark caramel taste thanks to the black tea but it’s not bitter at all and works to it’s advantage.
I can also taste the spices now (they smell stronger than they taste). Unfortunately there is no cheesecake type taste at all, it’s really more of a caramel pumpkin taste. Not enough to cure the urges of cheesecake.
Half way down the caramel is much stronger and it slips lovingly down my throat and leaves a warming spiciness behind with oodles of pumpkin flavour. As far as this goes with regards to being a pumpkin flavoured tea I would say it’s very nice but it still doesn’t beat Davids Tea’s Pumpkin Chai and it’s about equal to Butiki Tea’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee.
Maybe next time I will add a bit of milk to this and see if the creaminess brings anything out but for now it’s a pleasant autumn drink and it’s going down a treat.
I have never had gooey butter cake but I find the thought of it absolutely delicious and the picture on the front of this one just looks so delightfully sinful and yummy.
This arrived a few weeks ago but I had a cold at the time and couldn’t taste diddley squat so I have had to put off the tasting session until this morning. I kept looking at it every day thinking “I will be admiring you soon” and soon never seemed soon enough.
Raw this has a lovely black and gold mixture in colour and it smells like creamy vanilla and sweet lemon (the lemon surprised me). I had a good look at gooey butter cake recipes online and none have mentioned having lemon in them but I am thinking that maybe this might be a personal twist on the classic recipe.
I noticed that other tasters mentioned adding milk and sugar but I am going to try my first cup ‘au natural’. Especially if this tastes as it smells then I will be in creamy lemon heaven.
Smell wise once brewed this has taken on a slightly earthier tone which is probably from the black tea but the vanilla and lemon still peak through quite strongly.
I may have over steeped this for a minute or so as the black tea is quite strong and has a slight bitterness to it. I do like my black tea’s strong but I think that with the lemon in this tea that strength is not necessary. The flavours do taste as it smells (creamy lemony and smooth) and the black is a dark and roasted kind of taste.
I honestly cannot taste cake or a dessert at all but it is very nice. It’s just more of a creamy lemon drink which may be creamier with added milk. I suppose I can try that now. Dashes off to put a drop of milk in. It now has milk and has cooled down slightly, well it does taste creamier and some of the bitterness from the black has gone so it’s much smoother and creamier (both of which are positive). Still creamy and lemony just a lot more so with the milk.
It’s a nice drink as I love lemon and if you were to argue it was cakey then it would be some sort of lemon cake (lemon squares, lemon pound cake etc) but I can’t taste any butter. I think the vanilla like flavour is meant to mimic the butter but I just taste more vanilla then butter and with the lemon being over the top of the two flavours it’s hard to define it.
I will have no problem finishing the rest of this pouch but I am slightly disappointed that it doesn’t taste as I imagined.
My first ever tea review from a 52 tea’s blend. I have been waiting to try this for a while and now is the perfect time for me as I have time to savour it.
While raw this tea looks like little pieces of mixed herbs but in a dark brown colour and it smells like a malty hot chocolate drink.
Steeped this is dark brown in colour and smells of a spicy malt drink, not particularly chocolate based. The chocolate does not come out very much through the taste either but the pepper truly is fiery (in a nice way) and it gives this tea a lovely element. I am thinking that perhaps a sugar in this tea may help to bring out the chocolate taste a little more or at least balance the flavours.
If you have had original mate then it tastes very much the same as that (dark and malty) but with an added spicy kick which is most noticeable in the after taste.
In honesty it’s not my sort of thing, I was hoping it would be a tad more chocolatey but I suppose it’s just more of a personal thing. It was nice to try for that something different cup of tea but I think next time a bit of sweetener or some kind will help.
EDIT: I got half way down the cup and thought I had might as well try it with a sweetener (one of the calorie free tablet kinds) and the sweetness is not the thing that I can taste first. It’s now sweet and sour tea which I think is much nicer than without it, the pepper also has more flavour now than just spiciness. I think this will be perfect for the winter holidays. :)
Another one off single tea bag to try. I do like the Nordqvist tea bag sachets as they are usually covered with pretty and bright floral patterns, this one is a mixture of light and medium green colours over the top of each other to make flowers. :)
On the back of the sachet it stated to use boiling water (which I found odd for a green tea) and to steep for two minutes and that is precisely what I have done.
Smell: Green tea but with sweet elements, almost like sugar
Taste: Similar to the smell, it’s green tea with sweet tones that taste somewhat vanilla(ry). Despite the high water temperature I don’t detect any real bitterness of the green tea so it’s possible that the sweet flavours mask it out. I can’t taste the strawberry or the lemon, they just taste like generic sweet, sugar…almost like sweets but without the flavour.
This might be the sort of thing that a young child or teenager would like as an introduction to green tea but for an old hand at green’s it’s nothing special. I would prefer a natural unflavoured cup rather than this sweet one. Still it’s not disgusting and I will be fine to finish this cup but overall it’s disappointing.
A one off sample from a friend that I have had for far too long. As far as I can remember I haven’t tried Wissotzky before so this shall be completely new.
Bag: Looked somewhat powdery and smelled strongly of ginger.
Steep: The colour is very yellow with a smell of subtle and fresh lemongrass.
Well while this tastes like lemongrass with a slight spicy ginger kick and that sounds nice I find that this is lacking something. It’s light and slightly spicy but with nothing to ground it…I can’t taste the green tea at all. It tastes like a Chinese remedy instant drink mixture that dissolves in water instead of a tea.
Pop a small sachet of chopped lemongrass and a pinch of ginger root and pour warm water over it and you will basically have this tea. Not very impressed at all and I am certainly not sad I only have one bag. Just not for me.