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On the sixth day of Christmas, 52 Teas gave to me…Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Honeybush!

And that name is a mouthful indeed. Dry, the leaf actually smells mostly alcoholic, in a vaguely indefinable way. I assume it’s something to do with the production? I half remember reading some comments on here to that effect once. Anyway, this is a new one on me so I’m interested to try it!

Brewed, the scent is more as I expected – mostly nutty and chocolatey. It came out pretty light, so I left it without milk. Probably a good idea, as there’s a light oily film on the surface.

To taste, this is a slightly odd one. I can actually taste something of the alcohol I detected in the scent, although it’s not strong. I can also taste something that’s almost peanut butter, a touch of chocolate, and maybe a hint of cream cheese/cheesecake. Possibly I just need to let this one air a little, and try it again when I don’t have a cold. I think I’m going to like it, but I do want the flavours to be a little more defined. I do like the base here, and I think it will fit well with the flavours once I’ve given the whole thing time to settle a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Lala

Frank uses alcohol in his blends, as it evaporates, it carries the flavouring through the tea. I find a lot of the 52 teas have an alcohol smell while dry but it goes away pretty quick, and there is no alcohol taste in the brewed tea. He has said on another thread if you leave the tea open for a night, the alcohol smell with go away.

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Frank uses alcohol in his blends, as it evaporates, it carries the flavouring through the tea. I find a lot of the 52 teas have an alcohol smell while dry but it goes away pretty quick, and there is no alcohol taste in the brewed tea. He has said on another thread if you leave the tea open for a night, the alcohol smell with go away.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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