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314 Tasting Notes

78
drank Chocolate and Cream by TeaFrog
314 tasting notes

Mild milk chocolate flavor. Powdery sweet cocoa aroma. Smooth black tea background. Nothing bitter. Slightly creamy.

Eventhough I’m not much for chocolate, I don’t hate this. :) It’s tasty. Nothing offensive or artificial about this at all. Very soft and soothing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lori

I need to try this again. When I made it I could not get the chocolate flavor……

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90
drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
314 tasting notes

Oh lovely, lovely bacon!!! :)

I think this is more authentically bacon-y than Maple Bacon—the smokiness makes all the difference. Lapsang and bacon are perfect partners! This tastes like grilled Canadian Bacon. Grilled over mesquite in the middle of a pine forest.

Maple Bacon is for breakfast with pancakes. Smoky Bacon is good enough for dinner with a hefty meat course.

In one word: Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Paul M Tracy

I might need to try this one. My Maple Bacon was a dud.

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80
drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
314 tasting notes

Pretty good vanilla flavor. Kind of toasty. But not as good as their decaf one-Vanilla Comoro. The aroma is similar, between the two. Although for pure, rich, caramelized flavor alone, Vanilla Comoro wins hands down.

But for a “real” (non-decaf) tea, I’d go for this any day. The black tea base is prominent and has a definite kick. The vanilla flavor is more in the background and serves as a delicious accent—it’s very smooth, creamy and authentic and seems to have a slight floral edge.

Pretty good, overall. I’m happy with it. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
314 tasting notes

(unabashed gushing here :)):

This is the most perfect strawberry-flavored tea! I taste creamy custard, vanilla and strawberries (glorious strawberries!) all floating atop a delicious black tea base. The aroma is heaven in a cup!

I love it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

Yum! This tea sounds wonderful.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Great one more tea to add to the cupboard.

Ewa

Oh man, I hope they still have some by the time I get back from Japan!

__Morgana__

Gush away!

Stephanie

Oh noes, I’m showing that this is sold out on the website! :((( I’m not surprised, since it’s so great—but maybe we can start a petition or something to have Frank add it permanently?? :)

Ewa

nooooooes. I KNEW I should have caved when it first came out…

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88
drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
314 tasting notes

A short but sweet note:

Yes, very pina colada-like! It’s similar to their Pineapple Upside Down Cake without the cherry or cake-ness. I can taste the rum and coconut flavors pretty clearly (but if you’re scared of the rum flavor being too harsh, don’t be—it just serves to enhance the yumminess of the pineapple and coconut).

Essence of the tropics, this is! I’m been drinking this so often that the 4 oz tin I have is practically half empty already. So I’m very glad this is part of the permanent collection!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
314 tasting notes

Yep, this is a bacon-y tea alright!

The aroma is spot on bacon with dribbles of maple syrup. But if I linger on it too long, I actually feel a little nauseous because the scent seems to get “oily”! I think I’m just imagining lard congealing on a plate.

I think the taste is more akin to beef jerky than pork. Or like meat marinated in soy sauce. It tastes very “meaty”. And there’s that sweet edge to it—like barbeque sauce with molasses.

Upon cooldown, subsequent sips remind me of the taste of tea eggs.

All in all, I like this very much. It doesn’t disappoint. It seems satisfyingly bacon-y, meaty and protein-rich (all with a dose of sugar)!

And yet it’s tea. Amazing! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
LiberTEAS

this is the very first tea that I bought from 52Teas (it was first a tea of the week) – I had to try it. LOL It is surprisingly good.

Stephanie

I know! This was something I just had to try too! And I’m glad I did. :)

LiberTEAS

I wonder (and maybe Frank can chime in on this…) if Frank changed his “formula” for this tea since the first blend? I wonder this because the first blend (from which I obtained my pouch) needed a bit of salt added to it to make it taste like bacon. It still tasted good, rich and maple-y but not so much did it say to me “hi, I’m bacon.” I mentioned that in my review of this tea, and Frank responded suggesting the addition of a pinch of salt, which I tried in subsequent servings and it did the trick – amazingly delicious bacon!

So, yeah… I’m wondering…… Frank?

Stephanie

Maybe he did—for me, it tasted very meat-like with no need for salt!

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88
drank Lemon Drop Cooler by 52teas
314 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking a lot of 52teas honeybush blends lately. They are fantastic. :)

I’m a really big fan of honeybush now. Sometimes I just want something soothing and easy to brew—I can just throw a couple teaspoons in my travel mug, pour the hot water in and just steep it forever basically and it’ll still taste great. Also, I love honeybush because something about it seems to calm me down.

Anyway, this Lemon Cooler flavor is summer-y and delicious—like sunshine in a cup. The lemon is slightly tangy, green and herbaceous-tasting. It’s not a creamy or dessert-y lemon at all, obviously.
It reminds me of a lemon drop (both the candy and the cocktail) without the sugariness. But there is no bitterness or sourness. Very refreshing!

(I would love a Lemon Chiffon flavored honeybush blend next! Something creamy, light and sweet.)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
LiberTEAS

I really like this one. I look forward to trying it iced.

__Morgana__

{Waving wildly!} Welcome back! I missed you!

Stephanie

Thanks Morgana!! :)

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1
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
314 tasting notes

This “tea” kind of makes me angry. So this will be a sad review. Apologies, in advance!

It’s not juicy, yummy, tangy blood orange at all. It’s dusty, chalky, vaguely orange-flavored, chewable baby aspirin!! :(

I find it unpalatable, unfortunately. I tried mixing it with real teas, but it just ruins everything.

Bad, bad herbal blood orange! :P

I know why a full sample tin of this was passed on to me as a “giveaway”—it’s an “acquired taste” only a few can appreciate, I guess (i.e. because it’s awful). This tin needs to move on again—or I may just toss it to save anyone else the trouble and disappointment.

Poor Blood Orange—destined for the trash heap.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more
Rabs

Wow. That’s utterly horrifying. Dusty, vaguely orange-flavored, chewable baby aspirin gives me the perfect imagery and it’s…wow. :(

Ricky

I have tea destined for the trash as well. It’s so sad :(

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80
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
314 tasting notes

Quick note:

Tastes like sweet young coconut shavings (it’s called “macapuno” in the Philippines).
I’m not getting much of the “pie” part.
I would love more pie crust, cream and custard, please.
Maybe I should try this as a latte.
Otherwise, it’s an excellent coconut-flavored black. Very satisfyingly coconutty.

Thanks to Liberteas for the generous sample!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Ewa

Really recommend trying it as a latte, I really think the pie-ness comes out a lot.

Lori

Oh shoot! I just placed an order w/52teas yesterday and why didn’t I get this tea? It seems very popular and I love coconut…

AmazonV

eat it with a cookie (graham, etc) for more piecrust

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100

Yum..I’m getting warm sweet bread again—in both the aroma and first sips of the freshly brewed liquid.

As the tea cools, I’m getting more of an unsalted, soft pretzel flavor. It’s still very bread-y to me. Scented with hints of freshly grated black pepper.

Toward the bottom of the cup, the flavor is like a Carr’s® Table Water® Cracker!

How is it that a tea can taste so much like baked wheat flour?

A very comforting cup! All of the flavor of wheat-laden baked goods with none of the bloat or empty calories!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
JonTea

Bready is good :P

Auggy

Oooh, I love those crackers. Okay, usually with cheese on them but still! Tasty!

TeaEqualsBliss

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59-under: Mediocre and Sad. Really not good enough to try again. A disappointment. :(

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