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drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
709 tasting notes

Ok, so I was impressed with SBT: Razzleberry, so I ordered the other flavours to try. The plan was to brew this one up last night, then let chill in the fridge and enjoy today. All went as planned with a few detours. I boiled the water and measured it out then poured it into the pitcher. Then I ripped open the package. But when I ripped open the package, I accidentally also ripped open the tea bag inside. I panicked and just threw the whole ripped tea bag into a strainer and then into the pitcher. But the tea bag was all crumpled up in the strainer and the water wasn’t high enough to cover all the tea in the strainer. So I fished out the strainer and just put the ripped tea bag into the water. By then I don’t know how long the tea kinda steeped for. So I steeped it for 3 more minutes. Then I tried to fish out the ripped tea bag without dumping out the tea contents, but as you guessed, that didn’t work. So then I strained the tea into a different container. Had to wash out a bunch of tea out of the iced tea pitcher. Pour the tea back into the pitcher. Then added cold water and put into the fridge. So needless to say, I did not have high hopes due to my performance on this tea.

But it turned out awesome! You can taste the black tea base, but there is a strong cotton candy flavour on top of the black tea. Without sugar, it was a dull cotton candy flavour, but still good. I am not a super sweet tea type of person so I thought it was ok that way. But just for iced tea authenticity I added some white sugar. With the sugar it is way more cotton candy type flavour. Not exactly what pink cotton candy tastes like, but it tastes very similar to other cotton candy flavoured things (candy, gum, drinks, etc.) that I have had before.

I kept what was left of the broken tea bag, and will be re-steeping.

Steeped in 16 oz boiling water for 3-ish minutes, added 2 quarts cold water.

Edit: Made a resteep. It steeped well but not as good as the first time – just not as strong. I resteeped in 16 oz boiling water but added only 1 quart cold water this time.

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Nxtdoor

Wow. That’s the most labour intensive cuppa I ever read about.

Lala

Ha ha. It was well worth it. I from now on I am going to be extra careful when I open the tea package.

Kittenna

Ahaha, I think there have been some epic fails with those teabags :D Last year, someone posted a pretty hilarious note, IIRC. Don’t remember who, though.

Lala

Ha ha Both of those reviews are hilarious. Glad to know I am not the only one with these kind of problems.

Chelle

I too ripped the bag when I brewed up my cotton candy tea. The packaging is almost the same size as the brew bag inside. It was a small opening so i just carefully floated it in the water instead of pouring it over the bag. I will open my next one much more carefully.

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Nxtdoor

Wow. That’s the most labour intensive cuppa I ever read about.

Lala

Ha ha. It was well worth it. I from now on I am going to be extra careful when I open the tea package.

Kittenna

Ahaha, I think there have been some epic fails with those teabags :D Last year, someone posted a pretty hilarious note, IIRC. Don’t remember who, though.

Lala

Ha ha Both of those reviews are hilarious. Glad to know I am not the only one with these kind of problems.

Chelle

I too ripped the bag when I brewed up my cotton candy tea. The packaging is almost the same size as the brew bag inside. It was a small opening so i just carefully floated it in the water instead of pouring it over the bag. I will open my next one much more carefully.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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