421 Tasting Notes
Oh, I thought that I would really love this tea. I adore the marshmallow treat blend and thought that this would be a nice alternative tea. Right when I opened the package I knew something was really, really wrong. It smelled very funky and sharp. Once the tea was brewed, I was really too nervous to take a sip. The brew smelled like burning chemicals — I just don’t know how else to describe it. After a few minutes, I finally took a sip (against my better judgment!) and tasted more chemicals mixed with hot water. The strange thing was at the tail end of the sip, I detected the smallest bit of artificial chocolate. I’m really bummed because this blend sounded so yummy. I’ve never had this experience with 52Teas before — I’m guessing that this is just not the batch for me.
Any tea with a cake aspect (especially a rooibos blend) jumps right into my shopping cart. I don’t really know what my fascination with cake flavored teas is.. it could be that cake is one of my favorite things to eat! Yellow, white, fruit, angel food, shortcake (I’ll pass on the chocolate, though) – CAKE CAKE CAKE!
The photo of this blend first caught my eye because of the adorable star-shaped sprinkles. It also seemed like a great new version of a cake tea.
After water has been poured over the tea, I smell a rather strong rooibos with a light medicinal note. There is something like cake in the background, but I can’t put my finger on what KIND of cake it would be. Sipping…. Hmm.. this is very tasty! I was a little concerned that the rooibos would taste medicinal, but it’s actually rather light. There is a bit of almond flavor that when mixed with everything actually tastes a little bit like cake. It’s not really a very buttery or sweet cake, but something a little drier.. crumbly.. maybe like a cookie?
I’ll likely purchase more of this in a future order. It’s light, yummy and different than anything else I have in my tea collection. Big thanks to Bluebird Tea for a sample!
I must admit that earl grey teas are not my favorite. My experience with them is that they’ve been a little bit too bitter, drying and sharp. My friend did give me a nice earl grey from The Tea Spot and I enjoyed that whole tin. I also have sipped Teavana’s earl grey cream, but I found myself wanting a bit more cream.
I know that some love earl grey cream teas so much.. and after seeing the potential of Teavana’s blend, I thought it was time to try more! This tea smells very much like a typical earl grey, but with the addition of something else… milk perhaps?
Sipping… ah.. that signature bergamot taste. This one is very smooth, though and has somewhat of a creamy finish. The cream doesn’t overwhelm the blend, but adds just a hint of softness. It’s delicious even though I would like more soft, lovely cream! I will definitely finish the rest of my bag, but I’m still on the hunt for the creamiest earl grey out there!
I thought that this would be a good tea as Lupicia does fruit blends so well. I had wished for a stronger apple flavor.. but this one was so mellow. Even though the apple flavor is so soft, I can detect all of the different parts of the apple: tart skin and sweet center. The green tea base is smooth and just a little bit grassy. It seems to have all of the components for a delicious tea, but each one is so weak. Disappointing… I’m left wanting a lot more flavor!
Today was an unusually rainy day. It hasn’t been pouring, but the skies have been grey & it’s been so dreary. This kind of weather also has me craving tea… truly CRAVING. It couldn’t be just any tea either… but a black tea. I knew that I couldn’t concentrate on multiple infusions, but needed a single reliable and tasty cup instead.
This blend has always been yummy. It’s sweet and a little astringent as usual. I’m actually getting a little bit of salty pretzel as well… weird! There isn’t as much maple as I remember, but it’s still pretty good.
I first had this tea as a nice sample from jessiwrites (Thank you!) I enjoyed the sample so much that I jumped online and ordered 4 oz. When I first sipped this blend, I was thinking of all of those yummy citrus desserts. Lemon meringue/chiffon/cream pie teas are some of my favorites.. but I had never tried a LIME tea.
Once this tea hit my tongue, I was thrilled! It was lime and rooibos hugged with a very light, sugary cream. What I love about this tea is that even though it smells like artificial lime Skittles, that it tastes like authentic lime. Ever since I’ve purchased a big pouch, I have noticed that the cups I brew are a bit inconsistent. Sometimes I taste mostly lime with something artificial. Other times, I taste that creamy citrusy cup that I adored from the start!
If each cup could taste like the first, this tea would be one of my favorites. Quite tasty otherwise, though.
This tea reminds me so much of Christmas! I used to always find a chocolate orange in my stocking from Santa. I’m surprised at how close this tea tastes to a real chocolate orange!
The first part of the sip starts out with the light and tangy flavor of orange, tightly hugged by the dark chocolate. The tea base seems to support the chocolate orange flavor beautifully — lending itself well by adding bitterness to the orange notes and richness to the chocolate. The marshmallow makes for a very soft and smooth finish. It’s fluffy and silky. Delicious! I wish I could detect a bit more marshmallow (I LOVE marshmallow teas) but overall, I’m very happy with how yummy this blend is! A permanent spot in my tea collection!
One of my favorite memories was eating potato pancakes during the special winter celebrations day in elementary school. I remember loving the balance of potato and apple. Plus, it being something I didn’t eat on a regular basis made it even more special. I thought that this was a brilliant idea for a tea. I’m a little nervous to see just what it will taste like, but it smells promising: sweet cinnamon, apple and the strong note of potato.
Sipping… I taste apple with cinnamon first. It’s almost like a very, very light cider.. as if the apple went for a quick dip in the water. The sip quickly changes to a potato finish. It’s not so much a mashed potato kind of flavor, but more like very raw potato slices. As I sip, I realize that this tea is a bit more savory and salty than sweet. The aftertaste is almost a little bit like an apple pastry — dough, butter, cinnamon, apples — only without the sweetness.
I think that could make for a very nice and light apple tea if there were no potatoes… but removing them would take away all of the fun that this tea has. Although I am not sure I would love to drink this each day, I cannot think of a more perfect potato pancake & applesauce tea. It’s so creative, interesting and actually quite tasty!
I’ve been saving this little sample for the longest time and I just needed to find the right moment to enjoy it. The end of a school block is never a good time, but I’m now on spring break for a week – so it’s TEA TIME!
The scent of this tea is of rich sweet potato and milk. Oh, this smells so delicious!
Sipping… this is a solid and smooth tea. It’s definitely got that sweet potato flavor with a bit of milkiness in the background. I’m not picking up on any astringency.. it’s just smooth & soft. Quite yummy!
I’m not sure I would buy this again as it’s pretty expensive and there are other teas I like more. Sadly, I’m also not getting the “wow factor” everyone else seems to get with this tea. This was a nice treat, though. Glad to have been able to try this.
When I first saw this tea on the DavidsTea website, it didn’t interest me and actually creeped me out a little bit. It just seemed strange with all of the… popcorn… tea… flavoring… kind of like a crazy carnival in a cup.
I received a nice sample from jessiwrites (thank you so much!) and the scent was calling to me from the bag. I sniffed sweet, salty, buttery… a bit like yogurt-covered pretzels (a huge love of mine — the perfect combination of sweet, creamy, salty). Once steeped, I became a little hesitant to sip because it smells like buttered popcorn jelly beans and I strongly dislike buttered popcorn jelly beans. Actual buttered popcorn is perfectly fine with me & is often my companion at the movies. Bringing my nose to the cup again.. I get caramel corn. Not so bad! Let’s give this a try.
Sipping… the sweetness is the first thing that I taste. It’s followed by a rather savory, almost salty note. Yep, it’s very much like caramel corn.. but in tea-form. There is also a bit of apple — I’m thinking Granny Smith as it’s rather tart. The apple balances out the sweetness pretty well and keeps things interesting. The more I sip, the more everything comes together. Caramel, tart apple, salted popcorn. The tea does finish on an artificial note, sadly.
I’m happy that I was able to try this tea. It’s definitely an original and interesting treat for the taste buds.