5360 Tasting Notes

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
5360 tasting notes

So ladies and gents, I was able to wrangle a small sample of this one from the lovely Kittenna who is hanging on to the last of her bag for dear life :) I have to say that I’m really glad I did. Not that I can get any of this again from Frank unless he magically brings it back, but i’m happy to have at least been able to try it!

I’m often not a fan of nutty teas. I’d rather eat them than drink them i guess :) This isn’t exactly a sweet tea, and yet it is. There’s a good caramel chocolate flavour going on here (dark, not milk imo) and then you taste the nuts. Delicious cashew nuts. Yep. I am enjoying this one and can certainly see why Kittenna was hesitant to part with it!

Thanks for the great share Kittenna! I’m sure i’m going to enjoy sucking as much out of the resteeps as i can :)

Kittenna

Yes, and it does re-steep well, unlike some of 52teas’ blacks. I am sad to be saying goodbye to it with the next travel mug’s worth I drink :(

DaisyChubb

guuuuh my most favourite 52teas tea EVAR! I’m also hoarding th elast of my bag… I had some friends over for a tea party and one of them pick up the bag. I said “NOTTHATONE!” and the moral of the story is that Kittenna, you are a saint for sharing with Sil. That’s true tea friends right there! <3

Kittenna

^^ That. Haha.

Kittenna

(Keep in mind that I gave her exactly enough tea for a single 8 oz. cup, and then hid the bag so nobody else could have any, hahahahaha.)

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Thank you Hesper June! Another H&S tea that I’ve been wanting to try that she was kind enough to send to me. I am also really loving this one, which makes me a super happy camper since that’s 3/3 that I like! I can’t wait to try this one out as a cold brew one of these days as well, since i think that iced this would really bring out the flavours even more.

ashmanra

Strangely, I find that this one tastes UNBELIEVABLE after two or three days in the fridge. I don’t know why, but time in the cold makes most high quality iced teas (as opposed to Lipton bags) get sweeter, smoother, fruitier, tastier. This one was especially so, but I did not cold steep it, just made it the regular way and put it in the fridge.

Sil

ooooh i’l try that for sure then!

Hesper June

Yes, I agree with Ashmanra. It is really good iced.
I do like this tea, I do not drink it all the time, but love having it on hand because its so good iced and hot, plus people who are new to tea always take a sniff of this tea and say “Ooooo!” with widened eyes when they smell this:)
So glad you are liking the H&S teas!

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drank Pomegranate Oolong by Caribou Coffee
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Sipdown! though technically this was never logged into my cupboard. I know. I’m a baddie :) Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample of this one. I had two sachets so i shared one with someone at work today because somehow i’ve had all the teas in my work stash now and this was the only thing left! gasp My hopes weren’t terribly high for this one anyway since it’s a very green oolong. I’m really not getting pomogranate from this one either. it’s more of a floral type oolong. blech.

Appreciate the sample though Indigobloom as the more I taste, the more I figure out if i like things :)

Indigobloom

I figured you’d dislike this lol

Sil

yep..we’re all gradually coming to understand each other’s preference…and the blacks.. they’re all mine mwahahahahahahahahahahahaha! :)

Indigobloom

hehe yes we are!! Funny, you tend to prefer Asian black and I am all about the Indian

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Hmmm I think that either we got a bad batch of this one or it’s just not up my lane. I’m getting the cinnamon in this one but not so much with the chocolate or the “baked goods” kind of taste. I’ll have to give this one another shot when i’m at home and can focus on it (and i’ll check the resteep out tonight as well) but it’s nothing i need to drink again so far. I much prefer the other teas we picked up from S&V so far. This one is just kinda…meh in terms of the flavouring.

Kittenna

I liked it well enough, I think, although I probably wouldn’t get it again.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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oh man…. thank you so much Hesper June! Seriously…this makes me want to go place a Harney order now. I love this one even more than the florence that Hesper June was SO AMAZING about sharing (seriously folks, she’s pretty damn awesome). I’m not sure if this is exactly what i needed this morning or what but this is a damn fine mug of tea. It’s rich and smooth and chocolatey and malty and delicious! There’s another flavour going on in here too…almost like a breadier taste than the malt taste you get in say laoshan black. I don’t pick up on the “spice” notes that harney says are in this tea, or maybe it’s just that when i read the world spice my mind wanders towards things like chai. yep…i could easily move this into my morning black rotation with some of my other favorites.

Thank you again Hesper June

ashmanra

I LOVE this one! It got me through radiation like a champion coach. There is a hint of smoke to me. This tea is like Catherine herself, strong, tough, well bred, brave, and having such unadulterated love as to overlook all wounds and continue to pour out love. Sigh.

Sil

i totally agree ashmanra :)

gmathis

(I believe I need to do some hunting for some good Cathrine-centric historical fiction.)

Hesper June

Aw! You are too sweet:) I am so glad that you like it!

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77
drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Had this again this week, with peaches! :) I’m really enjoying this, though I am very near to a sipdown on this one. Luckily some of my restocks should be here soon and i have some free matchas from the referral program I’m thinking about cashing in soon. :) I’m digging the blueberry and peach combo this morning as it’s nice and refreshing on my throat.

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SIPDOWN!

Thanks to Kittenna for the sample of this one to try. While i don’t mind this tea, it’s not a great tea. it’s a peachy tea with a hint of ginger, and there is an artificial taste to it as other have mentioned.

Kittenna

Hmm, I rather liked this one! Wouldn’t buy again, but not too bad!

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drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
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aaaah I understand now why kittenna likes this one. It really is a nice pear tea. Ginger? Not so much. However, that is MORE than ok with me since all i’m really after is the pear. I don’t really get the perfumey-ness, instead i just have a strong desire for the pear to be a little more OOMPHY! It’s not that it doesn’t taste like pear…it does..but the tea as a whole seems muted a wee bit. That being said, I’ve been drinking it all night and it re-steeps really nicely, without losing much in the way of flavour.

Thank you kittenna for sharing your precious pear tea with me! S&V DOES have a green pear tea so we may need to check that one out next :)

Kittenna

Yes, I saw that they have flavoured greens. Somehow I missed that the first time around… so yeah, I want to try the green pear! And the plain pear black, probably, although I do like the ginger well enough in here (if you get a piece of ginger in the infuser, you’ll taste it).

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Oooh i like this one :) Again, i either went in on it with Kittenna or she gave me a taste. Either way thanks to Kittenna who arranged things!

I REALLY am enjoying this one even if the apple is totally subtle. It is totally tasty cake like and delicious. I let a friend try this without telling her what it was and she was like “caaaake!” I am for sure going to look to try more of the S&V teas – at the very least there are likely a few more dessert type teas that I want to try.

Edit: mmmm this resteeps really nicely!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Apple teas, when they’re done properly, are soooo good!

Kittenna

This was a purchase, split between the three of us :)

Donna A

English Toffee Black and Pumpkin Pie Black are 2 more good ones from S&V.

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drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
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mmmm I can’t recall if this was one of the teas I purchased or just one that kittenna let me sample. I know…that’s bad lol In either case, thanks go to her for getting this into my life :) One thing i’ve learned about S&V teas is that they are SMELLY! haha I’ve had to lock all the ones i received into tupperware containers so that they don’t dominate the entire house. However, they also, appear to taste exactly like they smell.

This one, is quite yummy, though I’m not sure i’d call it creme brulee exactly. It’s sweet…and caramelly and there’s a vanilla/custardy sip at the end of this. But it doesn’t scream creme brule to me. it IS however a delicious tasty dessert tea. :)

Kittenna

Also a purchase! Haha. I also don’t recall thinking creme brulee, but liking it.

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