1144 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
1144 tasting notes

Trying this (I think) for the first time. Well, there’s something bitter in this (even though I only steeped it for two minutes), although I do get caramel and vanilla out of it. It’s definitely a 52Teas blend – I can tell from the base. I know it’s far from a must-have tea in the future, however I’m still very grateful to khamilton611 for sending some of this my way!

Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86
drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
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Eh… not enjoying this today. All I’m getting are cigarette ashes. There had better not be maté in this… (Keeping the rating the same, just in case it’s me tonight with an issue).

Flavors: Ash

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Yikes! I had a latte from a local coffee shop that tasted like that to me. I never went back!

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drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
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94

This tea is shockingly delicious. I’ve had it six times now (again, huge backlog) and every single time it’s blown me away. It’s sweet and gentle, and very surprising as to the flavor. It’s a hard one to describe, other than to say I associate this flavor with other saffron teas I’ve had in the past – however this is by far the best. This will be a staple in my cupboard now.

Flavors: Honey, Orange, Saffron

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

This sounds really good. I love saffron, but I’ve never had it in tea.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Okay, I give up on this tea. I know many of you luuuurve it, and I’ll have to pass it along in the next SSTTB so that y’all can enjoy it. For me, there’s something fruity that I’m allergic to, and it just tastes wrong to me because of it. Boo.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
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Sigh. Why did I buy a tin of this? Yea, because my daughter asked for it, said it was her “favorite” of all the iced teas this season from DAVIDs. Well, I should just leave it to her then, because both my son and I say, “Yuck!” Brewed it hot, poured over ice, and it just tastes.. bitter. Rooibos-heavy. Something icky. Bleck.

Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Rooibos, Wood

Preparation
Iced 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank It's Chai by Informal Tea.
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I have to wonder if I brewed this incorrectly. It’s thin and heavy on high-grade cinnamon (which is lovely, I must admit) however this is more of a cinnamon tea than a chai at this point. I only gave it two minutes though, so perhaps steeping it a bit longer and like a proper chai (in milk, I mean) might bring out more of the other flavors. Yay for tea from New Zealand!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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All of the tasting notes that I see for this tea are from the original blend, and I know what I’ve got is a reblend… so I’m curious if anyone else has had a similar experience with this one. Because, one sip and I had to dump it. Tasted – literally – like cardboard.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

I’ve had that problem with 52teas before….

Dustin

I had that experience with that tea. I think mine may have been a reblend too.

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88

Drank this a few days ago; I’m way behind with my tea logs. I wish I had more! Sadly, this was a sipdown, so I’ve added it to my ever-expanding list of teas on my wishlist/to-buy list. Thanks again Suziqser for this surprise gift!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Hm. As a straight tea (steeped in water) this is just okay. If anything, a touch bitter. I may need to try it again ASAP as a proper chai just to see if I want more or not.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Flyawaybirdie

What do you mean when you say “as a proper chai”? =)

MissB

Oh, I just mean steeping it in milk/cream instead of water, with some sweetener, instead of steeping it in water straight like I did.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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