552 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate Toffee by 52teas
552 tasting notes

This one wasn’t too bad. I don’t have high expectations from 52Teas anymore sadly. I’ve really only found one tea that I really loved, everything else has been either meh or bleh. :P
This one is okay though. Not amazing, but decent.
Don’t taste any toffee, but there’s definitely a lot of chocolate. And something else…not toffee…more like a very subtle coconut flavor. BUt not sure if that flavor is supposed to be there. xD So yeah, this is an okay tea. Think I will send the rest of the sample off to someone else. 52Teas isn’t really my kind of company I guess.
Thanks for the sample though, LiberTEAS!

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

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Got a sample of this in Nicole’s Christmas card!
Personally, this is wayyy too strong for me. Steeped it for a little less than what it says to steep on Here.
But yeah, it’s still way too strong. XD I can’t even pick out any flavors, it’s just really strong. Did not expect that. xD So yeah, not a fan.
But thanks for letting me try, Nicole! :D

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Okay I definitely oversteeped this one. It’s wayyy too strong 0_0 I think if I steeped this right it would have tasted sweet and bready. But I ruined it…on the first try. xD Oy. Well done. xD

Steeped it again, this time for like a minute. Now it’s too light. A little bready. A little Sweet. I really need to figure this tea out. Need to get it in the middle of these two steeps >>

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Second one from my YS order-this one is quite similar to the first one I tried, but a lot lighter. Tasting a lot of honey and sweet potatoes,but not as much as I did in the other one. Still sweet and delicious! Will enjoy the rest of this one. (:

Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes


It really is. Love how all these YS teas look :3

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I really wanna love this tea. So so much >

Flavors: Chocolate, Grain, Nuts


if it ever tastes like it did 2 yrs ago, i’ll let you know haha


It is very hearty with the cereal/grain thing blended into the chocolate.


How did it taste two years ago, Sil?


I forgot to ask, do you steep this long? I’ve found it much more subtle and delicious with short steeps. I used to roll with it like any other black, these days I do 30 seconds to start, 45 seconds after. Hope this helps! :)


You know, Short steeps never really work for me. I find them too light. :S I steeped it for a couple minutes…whatever it says on here about how long to steep it. I generally use Steepster to find steeping times. :P


it was more chocolatey and less grainy…nutty…that undernote of something else. I’ve taken to drinking this one with a tsp of cacao added to it.


Have you tried Fujian Black from WP? Might be a nice alternative. Less outright chocolate (but still cocoa-y and very malty) without the heavy cereal/grains. :)


I have actually! Can’t remember what I thought of it though-tried it a few times :P

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Got my Verdant order today, just bought this tea with the giftcard I got from Their BF/CM sale. Will be a long time before I run out of this one. One of the better floral teas I’ve had. Really enjoying it tonight! ^^

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drank White Chocolate Frost by DAVIDsTEA
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I get it. I really do. I get the hype. I get why everyone was upset that they didn’t bring it back this year. I really do get it.
I’m surprised how much I like this one!
It totally tastes like peppermint bark to me. The main flavor is peppermint, but there’s also a lot of vanilla, and it’s creamy. Ugh. It’s just delicious!
Why on earth wouldn’t they bring it back this year?! This is probably the best Christmas Tea from Davids’ I’ve ever had! Way better than Santa’s Secret too. It just has so much more depth to it! I really hope they bring this back at some point so I can pick up more of it! Absolutely delicious!!
Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for the sample, NayLynn!!!!

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Peppermint, Smooth, Thick, Vanilla, White Chocolate


You should try this as a latte if you havent already. It is delicious and it really helps tone down the bit of oil/scum you get from the chocolate.


I keep hearing about people making lattes! Sounds so good, I just don’t really know how to make one. xD


haha. They are actually quite easy. What I do is steep 2x the amount of tea in 1/2 the amount of water (so for an 8 oz glass, I would steep 2 tsps instead of one in 2-4 oz of water instead of the whole 8) and then fill the rest of the cup with milk that I warmed up and frothed. Usually, I find just zapping the milk in the microwave for a minute and using a handheld frother works. And then you have a latte :)


And for an eggnog latte, you do the same thing but 1/2 the cup is eggnog, 1/4 is milk, and 1/4 is the steeped tea.


Yeah, I do not have a frother. :P And I’m still kinda weary of milk due to heartburn. Maybe once that goes away more I’ll pick up a frother and give these lattes a chance! I will have to remember how to do one of these though. Really does sound amazing!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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This tea seriously never gets old!

Flavors: Creamy, Smooth, Vanilla


I’m just about to get to the bottom of my 20-bag tin myself!


50 bag tin? I forgot about this so I didn’t even look at Harney on BF/CM. If I did, this and Soba Cha would have probably been ordered.


Mine is just a bag, but I kept my tin from before because I prefer my teas (even tea bags) in a tin. :P

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Eh..I was going into this one expecting something totally different. There’s a lot of spearmint in this tea, kinda creamy, but not much depth to it.
Can’t say I’m super disappointed with it since I wasn’t super excited to try it in the first place, but glad I got to try it. I just don’t understand the hype about it. xD
Thank you for the sample though, NayLynn (?)! And the cute Christmas card!

Flavors: Spearmint


I hated this one. Can’t even stand to smell it!


What turned you off so much?


I think it was the combination of coconut and peppermint . Just smelled really artificial and meh.


Yeah :/

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
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Sooo I don’t think that lavender is for me….
My bro used to be OBSESSED with this hookah flavor that was like Kashmir and lavender combined…it tasted like an old person’s house or something…one of his friends also hated it but him and I would smoke it anyway, and he would make so many comments about how bad it is. xD This tea totally brings me back to that haha!
I mean, this isn’t nearly as awful as that tobacco was or anything. But it still reminds me of that. The lavender isn’t overwhelming in it, the chamomile is very much present. I think if I never smoked that Kashmir flavor, I would have liked this better…but this one isn’t for me!
Glad I got to try it though-I almost bought it a few times. Thank you for sending me some of this, Carol Who!

Flavors: Lavender, Sour

carol who

I thought the lavender ruined it, too. Sorry you didn’t like it. I had hoped it might be a good one for relaxing and reducing your pain. :( Now at least you know and don’t waste any money on it.


No worries-I probably would have made the mistake of buying it sooner or later, this way I saved money to spend it on better teas that will relax me all the same. Plus, I’m sure I can send the rest to a better home. Thanks again for sending it my way! :D

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I’m not too sharp with intros, but I figured it is about time to give it a go.
I started out drinking oolong and green tea that my dad brought home from his China business trips.
Then I discovered Teavana, and fell in love with some of their teas. Eventually I stumbled across Steepster, and a whole ‘nother world opened up.
Have discovered so many different kinds of teas, and have been loving this journey! The tea world is insanely big and amazing! And I’ve met some of the kindest people here who have broadened my horizons in more ways I could have imagined! Happy to be here, and to be drinking so many amazing teas! :D

My rating system:
1-59: Really really not a fan. An awful cup of tea for me…Totally undrinkable.

60-69: Not horrible, but not something I’d ever drink again willingly.

70-79: Pretty good. Wouldn’t mind drinking ever so often. But not a keeper.

80-100: FREAKIN’ AMAZING. Always keeping on stock in my home!!

I like pretty much any kind of tea except green tea. Unless it’s genmaicha or strongly flavored, I don’t like it usually.

My Tea Goals:
To find the Best Caramel Tea
To find the Best Vanilla Tea
To find the Best floral Oolong
To find the Best Malty Assam Tea
To find the Best Maple/Syrup Tea

Notes I like: Fruit(primarily peach, melon/honeydew, Banana, Kiwi, but I’m open to other kinds), Malt, Desserts (Toffee, Cake, Cookie,etc), Vanilla, Caramel, Floral, Sweet potato, Pastry/Bread,Jasmine, Honey, Cocoa, Chocolate, Maple, Nutty, Coconut, Almond.

Notes I’m Picky with: Lemon, Chai, Roasted, Blueberries, Hibiscus, Smoke, Earthiness, Puerhs, White Teas, and Cinnamon

Notes I hate: Citrus/Orange (Everything that I hate in this life that I have to take for my health is orange flavored, and it just makes me gag…so please…just no), Watermelon, Raspberry, Wood, Apple, Bacon, Lavender, Most mints, Pepper, Spicy, Tart/sour.

Yes, I am a picky tea drinker, but I’ll usually try any straight black or oolong tea that I receive. I like most oolongs, and I’m still discovering straight blacks. They always seem to surprise me no matter what!

And Swaps! I’m always down for swapping. Everything in my cupboard is swap-able. So just hit me up and send a message and we can totally do that!

On an unrelated to tea note, my other interests are limited due to health issues. But when I can, I enjoy reading and writing. Watching Netflix and YouTube have also been fantastic when I feel awful (which is most of the time).
I love Rifftrax, Rooster Teeth, Dexter, Hannibal, BBC’s Robin Hood, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Psych, and Parks and Rec.
Love watching all sorts of movies too, but that would be too much to list. :P
I’m definitely more of an internet person and love talking to people on every website I’m on. So if you ever wanna chat, shoot me a message! ^^


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