463 Tasting Notes

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drank White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
463 tasting notes

I used 2g of dry leaf (2 tablespoons) for 375 ml of water.

Aroma of the brewed tea is swampy with hints of sweetness. I’m detecting peppery notes and possibly even hints of cinnamon. There is a strong floral tone.

Mild tasting. Light floral flavour thoughout. Slight saltiness is detected. Sweetness closer to end of sip which carries through into aftertaste. I’m detecting hints of pepper and vegetal in the aftertaste.

Lingering aftertaste develops into a corn-like flavour.

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

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drank Violet by Kusmi Tea
463 tasting notes

I used one tablespoon for ~375 ml of water.

Light floral taste balanced with black tea in background. Very smooth tasting. Sweetness especially near the end of the sip leading into the aftertaste. Pleasant astringency present on swallow and in aftertaste.
The flavour came through more as the tea cooled.

Mild-tasting, this tea may benefit from the addition of more dry leaf.

Thank to to Ellyn for sharing this with me!

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

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
463 tasting notes

Used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 400 ml of water.

Brewed tea has a primarily black tea aroma with a hint of creamy coconut smell. Detecting a definite sweetness in the scent.

On the sip I’m getting an apricot flavour with trailing black tea flavour. Mild coconut in the after-taste. Maybe this tea was sitting too closely to the Brandied Apricot Upside Down Honeybush blend. Overall, the flavour seems to be that of a plain black tea but it was a quality black tea so I still was able to enjoy this infusion!

I’ll hold off from giving a rating for now.

Thank you Kittenna for sharing this with me!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Uh oh! There should be a second cup’s worth in the bag, I think, so yeah, maybe leave it apart from the others for a bit? This one definitely should taste like a coconut black (if not with the cream pie aspects), and no apricot!

Kittenna

Also – 1.5 tsp to 400mL of water might be too low of a ratio. I usually use more along the lines of 1.5 tsp to 8oz./approx 250mL. That’s the ratio I use for all of Frank’s blends (and most other teas as well).

Raritea

Thanks for the suggestions!! I will definitely keep an open mind for this one if I encounter it in the future- seems to have quite a good reputation on here :) I would imagine that this tea should taste more like how it smells.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
463 tasting notes

Used 1.25 tablespoons for ~375ml of water.

The brewed liquor has a very rich malted scent that I was not expecting from the scent of the dry leaf. The scent brings Milk Oolong to mind for some reason.

Sweetness throughout. Light chocolate flavour. Hints of malted taste closer to the end of the sip. I find the mate a little overpowering and it doesn’t seem to compliment the flavour profile. The different flavors seem to be delicious on their own but seem to be out of balance for me. Overall, thin-tasting- very much unlike the flavour profile expected from the scent. The aftertaste has a rich chocolate malty flavour, especially on the exhale.

Many thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
463 tasting notes

Used 1.75 tablespoons for ~375ml of water.

This brewed tisane has a strong authentic cinnamon aroma. I am also getting scents of sweet icing and a distinct ‘baked good’ smell.

On the sip, the cinnamon flavour tastes a lot like cinnamon heart candies; very sweet with an artificial edge to it. The aftertaste is slightly smoky and reminds me of the scent of a blown out candle. I’m not detecting a strong baked goods taste in the sip of this tisane but it is present closer to the end of the sip, trailing into the aftertaste. I’m tasting a bit of the icing flavour but it isn’t as strong as it was in the scent.

As the tea cools, I’m getting more of the baked good flavour and the icing taste is coming out more as well. Baked cinnamon roll flavour is very strong on the aftertaste during exhale- it would have been nice to have this in the sip of this tisane.

This tisane may benefit from a longer infusion time of 8 or more minutes.

Many thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

this one you can let sit for upwards of 6 mins. I know i accidently let it sit for 10 mins and it was fine lol

Raritea

Yeah- I have to stop being so scared of these teas, I mean it IS just a honeybush… still, I have nightmares in which I take a sip of a very expensive or very limited tea and it is gasp over-infused (the horror!). I’ll try to let my other honeybush samples run free a little bit more :)

Fun side note: I got a little panicky when I first realized that 52teas did not have any recommended infusion parameters. Amazing how much I rely on those from other tea companies.

Sil

I tend to start with 3 mins for most of my 52 teas. then start to play with it from there. If you have any of Frank’s black base teas stick to 2-2.5 mins with a slightly lower temp than boiling.

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Used 1.5 tablespoons for ~375ml of water.

Detecting coconut on the sip. The aftertaste has a very authentic coconut flavour. Very sweet throughout. Honeybush taste really comes out in the middle of the sip. I’m tasting the slightest bit of savoury tang which I can attribute to the cheesecake part of this tisane but, overall, I’m not strongly reminded of cheesecake from the flavour.

As the tea cools the creaminess is coming out, reminding me of coconut cream pie. That authentic coconut flavour is creeping into the main flavour of the tea from the aftertaste. I am impressed at how close it matches the flavour of biting into coconut flesh.

Second infusion at over 8 minutes. The flavour is noticeably weaker and would not likely do well past the second infusion.

In the future, I would like to try infusing this for a longer amount of time (8 minutes or more) to see if I can get more of a cheesecake flavour out of this tisane.

Many thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
463 tasting notes

I used ~1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The brewed tea smells sweet. The mixture of fruity smells reminds me of the smell of ‘Nerds’ candy, perhaps. The fruity scents are a little bit strong for my liking, they have a sharp edge to it. I can also detect a buttery undertone in the aroma which seems to be coming from the black tea scent.

The black tea flavour is the first taste that I detect on the sip. Very nice to have it up front. The black tea does carry a buttery quality to and has an astringency which borders on bitter. The fruity tastes come though closer to the middle of the sip. I’m getting a raspberry-lime taste. I can’t fully detect the orange taste but I think that it must be contributing to the citrus quality that I’m getting from the lime taste. The end of the sip is a lemony-black tea taste which leads into a black tea aftertaste. The fruit flavours in this one taste very much like the ones used in candy. I’m being reminded of those ‘Rocket’ frozen treats with cherry, lemon and blue-raspberry flavours. I really enjoy the black tea taste I’m getting from this flavoured tea.

Bitterness comes through more as the tea cools.

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

This one is potent! Not my favourite, but it was ok :)

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
463 tasting notes

I used 1.5 tablespoons for 375ml of water.

The aroma of the brewed tea is fresh mint.

Complex flavour profile. Sweetness throughout. Mint is in the background. Roasted green tea taste is detectable but not a significant part of the main profile. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste. The marshmallow is a very nice match for the spearmint and gives the mint a softer, sweeter edge. The taste reminds me of fresh morning dew.

Light, fresh, fog-mist-like aftertaste.

Second infusion for 4 minutes still has enough marshmallow-mint flavour to be enjoyable. The roasted green tea taste is also allowed to come through more.

Thank you to Ellyn for this tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I loooove this one!

Raritea

It seems that this one is very popular! I’m so glad that I was able to try it!

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I used 1 tablespoon of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The black tea aroma is dominant in the scent of the brewed tea. There are notes of toasted sugar as well.

The black tea flavour overpowers the tea. There is only a hint of toffee taste in the middle of the sip. Tea taste trails off into a bitterness with a sharp edge.

I think that this tea may have to be brewed for a shorter amount of time.

Rating: 64

Thank you to Ellyn for this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Butter Truffle by ESP Emporium
463 tasting notes

I used ~1 tablespoon of dry leaf for ~375 ml of water.

I notice a complex flavour profile. I’m getting floral notes on the sip leading into a spice taste at the back of the tongue. I can detect the cumin and it compliments the flavour profile rather nicely. I am really reminded of Indian food with all of the savoury spices. I can maybe detect a hint of pistachio as well. This tea has a creamy feel to it and a definite buttery quality. I can taste the black tea flavour quite strongly in the aftertaste.

The second infusion (5 minutes and 15 seconds) looses a lot of the spice flavour. This tea would not likely do well past its second infusion.

Thank you to Ellyn for sending this to me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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