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drank GenmaiCHAI by 52teas
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Day 10 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.

First of all, I am really surprised there are not more reviews on this one.

This one is quite well done. It smells similar to other 52 teas chai blends. But after brewing it smells like a delicious gingerbread cookie. No jokes here. The chai spices mix with the popcorn flavours and you get a delicious cake like drink. There is a slightly salty, seaweedy green tea base, but it is also sweet, not overpowering, and works really well with the chai spices. I would describe this as a very “light” genmaicha. I think anyone interested in trying genmaicha should try this one. It’s definitely a winner.

On a side note, I hope that there is lemon merengue chai in the last of these 12 days of Christmas. Fingers crossed.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Received a surprise ninja sample from this from Roswell Strange!

This one is interesting. I do not know what the ingredients are. The dry tea smells like figs and rose. It almost has a champagne type smell to it.

The brewed tea, there is definitely some hibiscus in here. You tried to hide from me but I found you! Thankfully the hib is not overpowering. I am getting strong fig, and some light rose. I feel like I am getting rhubarb tastes, almost like rhubarb pie. It is kind of tart but also sweet at the same time. I am getting the same yeasty alcohol taste that I got in the smell. This one is pretty good. Next time I would brew for less time just to make sure the hibiscus stays in the shadows. This one gets better as it cools.

I would describe this one a fig-rhubarb pie with rose water and champagne. Ha ha.

Thanks Ros.

Edit: This seems to be one of those teas that has a “fine line”. It was ok hot, great as it cooled, but as it cooled too much the hibiscus drop kicked me in the back of the throat. I had to throw out the bottom of my cup. Which is ok, at least now I know there is a time frame for when this tea needs to be drank.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I can see the rhubarb comparison! I haven’t had any hot yet – just cold brewed, but I found it a little peachy too.

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drank Tisane de Noël by Dammann Freres
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Day 22!

Back to delicious Dammann teas! Yumm! I agree with Dinosara, this one reminds me of a cookie. It is a hard and thin shortbread biscuit type cookie with Christmas spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. It is super delicious. The liquor is sweet. I think it could have used a tiny bit of sweetener but I still didn’t add any. I get a bit of lemon balm in the aftertaste, it lingers for a while. But that is ok because the beforetaste is so good.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

this one sounds great.

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drank Candy Corn Black Tea by 52teas
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Day 9 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.

I have had this one before and it was ok. It is just not doing it for me this time around. Not sure if it was my steeping parameters or just if it was a really small sample. I think sometimes with complex flavoured teas, when you have a small sample amount, they dont always taste as good as when you have a large bag to stir up and get a scoop of tea out of.

Anyway, there is definitely a candy corn taste, it is creamy and sweet. The melted candy corn definitely added the sugar needed. But I am finding the black tea base to be quite astringent today.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Noël à Londres by Dammann Freres
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Day 21!

I quite like this one. I was getting a bit worried because that last few Dammann teas I hadn’t really loved. But I am excited about this one.

I definitely taste the cinnamon which is nice. I am getting some almond. Not getting any apple though. I am getting a cake type flavour from the marigold petals.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
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Day 8 of 52 teas 12 days of Christmas.

This one smells and tastes just like the butter rum lifesavers you get around Christmas time in those lifesaver books. Unfortunately, those ones have never been my favorite.

This one taste pretty much like most butter rum candy, or flavouring, not so much like a real hot buttered rum drink. You can taste the usual 52 teas black base underneath the rum flavour. It is fairly sweet on its own. There is also a creamy taste and feeling to the tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

yes, that is the candy I was trying to think of that this tea tastes like!

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OK so maybe I figured it out. But I also have 2nd degree burns. Ha ha. So I made this again. Underleafed. 1tsp for 10 oz cup (normally use 1.5-2 tsp). When drank super hot, it tastes just like flat mountain dew. But sensitive mouth over here, burnt my tongue and palate and inside of cheeks. Ha ha, but I figured it out! Huzzah for me. I need an ice cube now.

Side note: I had no intention of burning myself on purpose, I just wasn’t paying attention when I took the first sip. Watching the movie The Mexican, with classic James Gandolfini, it is awesome and ridiculous at the same time. Gotta love those old movies.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

That is a great movie and very overlooked.

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Day 7 of 52 Teas 12 days of Christmas.

I can see what everyone raves about. This one smells like a black tea with creamy toffee. It smells like crunch n munch. The tea tastes a moderately bold black base. There is toffee flavours. A slight bit of salt. I am not getting much popcorn though.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Day 20!

This one dry smells of apples. The brewed tea tastes like apples and rose petals. There is a bit of plum. I am finding it has abit of a waxy flavour but I think it is from the rose petals. As it cools there is maybe a bit of pear in there.

This one is ok. But I definitely prefer Marie Antoinette for an apple/rose tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So I bought this to blend with another tea. But I thought I better try it by itself before its all gone and blended away. This one smells sweet, not too smokey. There is a light sweetness to the tea, also a little but of malt. Hardley any smoke, but there is some there. The liquor is thick but the flavour is very light and basic. I feel like there is some vegetal flavour to this like it is almost a black tea but not quite. Just the slightest metallic tinge in the aftertaste. No astringency or bitterness. I love keemun. I am kind of sad I blended it all away, but I know where I can get more :)

So on a sidenote, I have found my favorite tea blend. It is this tea, mixed half and half with lapsang (also from Cuppa T, although it really doesn’t matter where the tea is from) mixed with two fresh slices of ginger, and a slice of naval orange. Brewed for 1 minute at just less than boiling. The orange and ginger stay in the cup. It is delicious. It is like Sunday breakfast, when you stuff your face with bacon, pancakes, milk and orange juice. And then lay on the couch the rest of the day. So good.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

nice! i so need to try your orange and ginger tricks one of these days


Sounds like a tasty blend!

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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.


Saskatchewan, CANADA

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