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Oh my god…this tea is delicious! It tastes just like it smells—sweet roasted hazelnuts with a touch of cinnamon, cocoa and maple. I can’t believe how good this is, I’m really enjoying it. It’s like hazelnut pralines. But it’s not too sweet—it’s just perfect!
I stopped by Leland’s Tea Shop on my way home from work today meaning to buy this. And I’m so happy I did. Very warming and comforting on this cloudy, cold evening—just like they describe it.
I’m off to brew another mug!
A full tin of this is all the tea I have left, at work.
Eventhough I added almost three heaping teaspoons of this in my 12oz mug, the flavor still isn’t very strong. But it isn’t bitter either. So I guess it’s okay. Kind of bland. But it’s better than no tea at all.
If you like a simple, mild black tea scented with just a smidgen of bergamot, then this is for you.
I brewed this in my Travel Mug last night and brought it to work today. I walked to work and it was in my bag (which is a crossbody/messenger-type style). And when I arrived at my desk and took the mug out, the top of the inside was all foamy! Like really thick, latte-ish foam. It surprised me, but I guess it makes sense because matcha foams up and matcha and genmaicha are both green teas. It makes me wonder…do all teas foam or just green teas?
The tea itself tastes good, as always. Even cold like this. There is no bitterness.
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I’ve discovered that I’m not much of a fan of rooibos or honeybush teas. They remind me so much of pipe tobacco! The scent and appearance is very pipe tobacco-ish. Which is not really a bad thing, I guess. It’s just not tea to me (I mean, I know it’s an herbal, but other herbals seem like tea to me—maybe it’s a “leaf” thing? Rooibos is not leafy).
This Coconut Custard Rooibos smells like vanilla-flavored pipe tobacco with coconut added. Very sweet, hay-like and faintly smoky. There is real shredded coconut in it. The tea is a deep orange-amber. And the taste is like a root-y, herbal coconut water. I like how naturally sweet this is. It’s actually quenching a dessert-craving I’ve been having tonight.
This was one of my first forays into rooibos/honeybush tea (the others being Very Vanilla and Honeybush) and it may be my last. Because, although they’re nice, I don’t like them enough to try more variations.
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This is the other part of my order that arrived today—my first order from 52teas. I chose this flavor because anything described with “butter” I have to try. And with cinnamon too? I love cinnamon. Okay, on to my review:
Dry leaves: Directly from the opened pouch, the scent is dark, sweet and tangy—very “purple”— overlaid with a dry spiciness. The purple-ness reminds me of dates, specifically date candy (like those coconut date rolls from Trader Joe’s but without the coconut).
Brewed: The aroma is cinnamon dates, or a mulled plum wine….served in an opium den. And for some reason, I’m reminded of an ancient asian herbal shop. Must be the “hint of smoked Assam”.
Taste: I’m not getting much butter or toast, but I do get the raisins and cinnamon and black tea. I love the smokiness of this—it’s new to me and makes me want to branch out to try more smoky teas—like Lapsang Souchong (or the Smoky Bacon!).
Last words: I like it! It is, surprisingly, a very “atmospheric” tea. The scent is intoxicating and the taste is mysterious.
I just got this in the mail today and was so excited to try it! It smells like Rice Crispies cereal with a bit of Fruity Pebbles mixed in—yummy!!! :)
The taste kind of reminds me of a Green Tea Latte from Starbucks (which is matcha with steamed milk—I ask for it without the melon syrup sweetener). There is a “Fruity Pebbles” element to this which is interesting—I’m not sure how I’m getting the fruitiness—maybe it’s the malt flavoring?
I really like this! It’s a milky, creamier genmaicha. I will definitely order more because I can see myself drinking this everyday.
52teas, please make this a part of your permanent collection!!
This is one of the blends I made for myself on Adagio Teas.
While studying abroad in England at 19, I was introduced to this wonderful, rich treat called Devonshire Clotted Cream. I would make the time to steal away for “Cream Tea” and have Earl Grey with clotted cream on scones with jam—it was heavenly.
There’s definitely nothing like clotted cream here in the States, so whenever I have it, it brings back so many good memories of that time in England. It was my first taste of real independence—abroad and on my own! So I made a tea to commemorate that feeling.
I’m happy to say it came out really well. It’s just a simple blend of mostly cream and vanilla, but it’s very comforting and smells so rich and cozy. It has a malty, almost toasty scent and the vanilla is subtle but delicious.
I had a tough day at work, but I’m slowly winding down with this tea and I almost feel like myself again.
I’m starting the day today with this. It’s a really good wake-up tea! Now I want to eat something sweet…
ahh—the office candy jar!
This seems to settle the stomach after a heavy meal—maybe it’s the astringency of the strawberries? It’s very refreshing. The slight sweetness makes this work well as a dessert tea, also.
Very toasty scent. The taste is mostly of brown rice with just a hint of grassy green-ness. This is a soothing, warm, savory tea. I love genmaicha and this brand is very good.
I guess I’m just used to the newfangled “super” Earl Greys from the newer tea companies because I’m surprised on how light on the bergamot this is! Even the black tea taste is light. This seems like such a dainty, weak little tea.
Is this how Earl Grey is supposed to taste like? If so, I guess it’s too “refined” for my taste! ;)
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This smells delicious!!! Like creamy, caramelized earl grey candy.
The taste is overwhelmingly caramel—it’s almost like burnt sugar was mixed into a cup of regular Earl Grey tea.
I like it but I was hoping for more creaminess.
But I give this 5 stars for the scent alone!
I’m really liking these florally teas, lately! I think this is a nice twist on your standard Earl Grey. The rose and jasmine really complement the bergamot. It’s like drinking a lovely soup bouquet. So, If you don’t like flowers in your tea, I’d say steer clear. :)
Also, it’s kind of heavy on the rose and reminds me of Turkish Delight.