43 Tasting Notes

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I finally got my hands on some 52teas. I’ve been so curious, they seem to be all the rage. XD

So I snagged some of this because it was just too weird /not/ to try. I like pineapple, I like bacon, and I moderately tolerate rooibos. Seemed to be an easy choice.

Dry this tea smells kind of weird. Like a sweet woodsy syrup with just a faint hint of smoke if you sniff hard enough. Steeped it smells the same, but I get a nice bacon smell when I back away from the cup. Oddly enough the closer I get, the less I smell bacon. Though its possible my dinner is confusing my nose.

I don’t really get much of a bacon taste. Its mostly sweet woodsy pineapple. Which is still pretty good, don’t get me wrong. There’s a bit of saltyness in the background, which makes it different from just an ordinary pineapple rooibos, but it doesn’t just punch you in the face with bacon. Makes me want to try some of the other bacon blends.

Overall pretty pleased with my first 52teas. Hopefully the other two I got will be just as good, if not better.

(BTW, don’t let this cool. It looses something.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

Couldn’t bring myself to order this one after having had franks bacon tea a while back lol

Ramvling

What can I say, curiosity got the better of me. X3

Tealizzy

I was waiting for someone to review this! So curious!

CrowKettle

Your review looks promising. Can’t wait to try this next week!

Ze_Teamaker

Try adding a pinch of salt to your cup. It really brings out the bacon.

Ramvling

ha, I never would have thought of that. Thanks!

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drank Pom Tango by DAVIDsTEA
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My goodness, is this GOOD! Black tea normally isn’t my favorite, because generally its too bitter for me without sugar. This is exactly the opposite of bitter. Already I’m sad I only had a small little sample of this.

It came with this huge piece of dried mango, and it smells just like a ripe piece of mango. The mango here is much truer to the flavor than in the Mango Diablo, and the pomegranate plays nicely in the background. This is probably one of my favorite black teas I’ve ever had. Definitely going to need to save up and buy a 100g bag of this before it goes away.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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We picked some of this up on a shopping trip with my mother. It was an unnecessary gift, but I’m not going to say no to offerings of tea.

This smells almost like sour lollipops when its dry. I love sour lollipops. So I came home and immediately made some of this in my dad’s fancy clay teapot that no one ever uses but me.

Honestly this is good, but I think I’m more in love with the oolong flavor than with the pear flavor. The pear makes it sweet, but the oolong makes it taste good. Its got this subtle, buttery taste to it. I really need to get my hands on some straight oolong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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91
drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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My sweet mother got me some of this for when I’d be home over spring break. I must say, its something else. The pear is juicy, sweet with just a little bit of ginger. Its wonderful~

Now just to kick back a bit and sip this, before I head back to school and hell semester begins again in full swing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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95
drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
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Took a cup of this with me while I walked to my co-op interview this morning. I don’t know what it is about this tea. Its helped me get through so many high stress situations.

As for the interview, it went okay. They aren’t taking many people, so the odds aren’t in my favor, but one can always hope. XD

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
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Finally finished with my pre-spring break projects and tests. Got my order from Davidstea in the mail this morning. Perfectly timed! Now I can have new tea and pistachios as a reward for getting through it all. (Plus, I got all the samples from the Spring collection I wanted to try. Gotta remember to try those before they go away this time. XD)

Now I’m not going to lie, I was looking forward to this tea. Mango salsa is probably one of my favorite things ever. I opened the bag, and it smelled absolutely intoxicating.

Now first of all, maybe its because I’m from Texas, but this doesn’t have any spice in it. At all. I mean, my throat is kind of warmed after drinking it, but not really. Maybe a shot of Tabasco would liven it up? Ahaha, I can’t believe I even thought of that.

Secondly, the mango in this tastes like Juicy Fruit. Seriously, maybe its just the way I brewed it, but the resemblance is uncanny. I’ll try steeping it a bit longer next time to see if that helps the flavor any.

Overall I’m pretty disappointed by this. Admittedly my expectations were very high, I expected to fall in love. As it is, its good, but its not the spicy mango I was hoping for. And for the cost to cup ratio of David’s Tea, I’m not sure it was worth it.

EDIT: Its getting spicier as it cools. Now THATS what I’ talking about Mango Diablo.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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So I had a bit of a weird experience the other night. I was randomly trolling around the co-op job listings (basically where you work for a company every other semester) and sent out my resume to a few that I was qualified for. I get an e-mail the very next morning to tell me I’d been selected for an interview this Wednesday. My goodness you guys, I’m just a freshman! What am I doing! I don’t know how to do these interview things! D:

Just thinking about it works me up into a horrible panic, so I decided to finally break into my Ceylon Star sample to try and calm down. Chocolate based things are the best cure for anxiety, right?

I don’t think I’ve had any particularly chocolate based teas before now, but goodness why not? Chocolate tea is wonderful! Like hot coco only I don’t feel guilty after I finish it. The coconut notes in this just help round it out perfectly. Almost reminds me of liquid samoas without the caramel. Speaking of which, is there such a thing as samoa tea? If not, there should be.

Figures I’d only try this after the winter collection’s gone away. Alas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I always like to get a sample of a green when I order from Adagio, and ordering one of their free Matcha Fruit Mix samples a while back was no exception. While I don’t drink greens often enough to justify buying a whole bag, its nice to have a small amount of it on hand.

Now, I absolutely love pomegranate, so obviously I would have wished for it to have a stronger pomegranate flavor. Most other reviewers described the flavor as ‘bland’, and I suppose that’s kind of true. It does leave much to be desired in terms of delicious fruity flavor. But lets look at what it is. Its a simple, sweet tasting green. It leaves a pleasant, grassy aftertaste, and doesn’t need to be sweetened. Would I order again? Probably not. I try not to order the same tea twice. (The exception of course, being White Peach.) But its nice to have on hand for now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
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I feel like maybe I judged this tea too quickly. Let my expectations of what it would taste like influence my opinion. I made some this morning and it tasted… well it tasted good! Just an extra minute and a dash of sugar and this tea is pretty much unrecognizable from the yuck it was when I first made it. Its not a replacement for White Peach, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t giving its best.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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This is a bit of an odd one, I bought it at a little gift shop in Dallas and I can’t seem to find any evidence of its existence anywhere online. Maybe its a Holiday blend? I don’t know.

Anyways, its decent enough. Tastes mostly like vanilla, I don’t really get much cranberry. Its actually kind of weak at 3 minutes, maybe I should have steeped it longer. Might be decent in latte form. Overall this isn’t really ‘my cup’ of tea, so I’ll need to find someone willing to take it off my hands.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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