276 Tasting Notes

65

Now that I got the safety go-ahead from 52teas, I’m trying this drink.

The scent is very much the name. Dry and steeped it smells like a sweet cinnamon roll.

I’m not sure about the taste. It’s nice tasting, but I’m unsure about the flavor itself; not sure how to describe it.. hmmmm…

It doesn’t have the sweetness the scent does. There’s no real sweetness to the flavor at all.

It has a bready taste mostly around the back of the tongue, but without the yeasty side of bread, if you can imagine that… it’s medium-dark and does have a hint of cinnamon to it.

I’d say it fits its name as is very pleasant, but not a buyer for me. I can see how others would really like this, so will rate it well based on quality because it delivers what it advertises!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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51

The steeped scent is mostly spearmint. I can’t really pick up anything else. But it’s pleasant so far.

On first sipping, I’m getting much more mojito than marmalade. There’s no noticeable citrus or sweetness, just a pleasant spearmint flavor.

I was thinking that as it cooled more of the other flavors would come out to balance it, but so far no. I would just rate this as a decent spearmint tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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46

So far I’ve had the Apricot Amaretto and the Blueberry Merlot.

I wasn’t huge on the Apricot, but am quite impressed with the Blueberry; it makes me look forward to the other samples.

I’ll be adjusting my rating of this as I try more of them.

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68

The steeped scent is very yummy. Blueberry berriness with a strong kick of the sage. It mixes strangely but well.

It’s so far been my experience with most flavored teas and tisanes that, at best, the scent is wonderful but the taste is quite lacking. Not with this.

The flavor is strong and not watery. The blueberry is strong on the tip of the tongue and up around the top of the back of the mouth. The sage is strong but not overwhelming, giving the tea a very tasty zippiness. Each sip fills the mouth pleasantly, leaving nothing of the lacking feeling I get from all but two tisanes I’ve had.

I’d buy more of it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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65

Am glad I came to this page before I drank any. This doesn’t appear vegan safe and there was less info about ingredients on the package than there is here.

52teas

Hi. I’m not sure what you’re referring to as far as there being more information here than on the label. I assure you, this tea is 100% vegan. All of the ingredients are properly listed on the label as required by law.

52teas

I think I see what you might be referring to. The same information is actually on our website, but when I say, “the essences of butter, brown sugar and cream cheese frosting” I am refering to natural flavors with are actually 100% vegan. I know it sounds strange to have a natural butter flavor that is vegan, but I assure you, it is.

Rumpus Parable

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!

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55

Cold-brewed this.

NOT a good idea. It’s, frankly, nasty. The vanilla takes on a huge, overwhelming, and sickening flavor.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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88

The scent of this steeped brings to mind camp or woodstove fires and a faint sweetness.

The taste is almost shocking, it is so full. This is a much bigger flavor than I’ve gotten from other whites… they seem to usually be delicate, subtle and light. Not this. It’s flavor is almost the of a flavored tea or the strength (but not flavor) of a black tea. It’s very intense for a white.

It’s earthy, very earthy, and as for the “jam” reference it’s not a flavor in this tea… it’s more the description of its mouthfeel; it’s thick and almost chewy. The earthy taste surrounds the tongue and settles on the back of it, before slipping lightly under the front of it. This also has a lot of vegetal flavor around the middle of the tongue. The finish is fairly long and puts the burnt/woodfire touch to the middle of the tongue after a moment.

A very robust tea. Again, it’s surprising for a white. Very, very good.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Thanks for this review. I have been unable to connect to white teas because of that subtlety you mention, but I know they are highly prized by many tea drinkers. this selection seems like one that I should try!

Rumpus Parable

I’d definitely suggest it!

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61

Scent from a distance is very cough-syrupy, but when you get your nose down into the dry leaves the amaretto scent is a delicious single scent.

The steeped scent has amaretto sweetness and a bitter tone of perhaps apricot pit and alcohol mixed. It smells like a mixed drink.

There isn’t a lot of taste on the tongue itself. You get a smooth or buttery consistency on the inside of the lips and the middle of the tongue. There is a flash of the bitter+amarretto flavor/scent in the nose as you swallow. The tisane feels full in the mouth.

Im not familiar with honeybush and not huge on tisanes, but must say that if you are into either this is worth trying. This does give the feel of the name in its taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

4.5g to 12oz water.

Little to no scent.

The taste is quite odd and yummy, both. It is very vegetal over-all and has a faint taste like dirt in the back of the mouth. This may sound not-good, but no, it just makes it an interesting cup.

This tea is also quite astringent under the tongue and in the back of the throat.

I will tinker with steeping times. This one is quite different.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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58

Third steeping.

It has turned very vegetal and puts one in mind of fresh mown grass -but in an oddly pleasant way. So far I’ve yet to find anything distinctly non-pleasing about this tea; each flavor that comes out is enjoyable.

I’m not sure I can stretch this to another steeping, but will give it a try.

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Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

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