135 Tasting Notes

This sounded so delicious as I was perusing old 52teas blends here on Steepster that I put it on my shopping list. Lucky for me Amanda still had some in her cupboard and sent me a sample!

I really love the toastiness that hojicha has and this particular blend did not disappoint. The coconut and banana were there, but I found it behind the roastiness of the base. Would have liked it to have been the other way around, but it was tasty nonetheless.

I did resteep the leaves and still found plenty of toastiness in the leaves, but the coconut and banana flavors left the scene. I’m sure I could still get a third cup of tea out of the hojicha if I really wanted to milk this tea for all it was worth, but I’m plenty pleased with the two steeps I had.

I’m starting to wonder what this would be like as a hot tea latte… Sweet, hot, toasty goodness, I bet!

Side note: I really love the huge coconut shavings that Frank uses in his coconut-flavored teas. A true testament to quality over quantity!

I’d snatch this one up if it were reblended!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m not as well versed in green teas, but I do like this one. There’s a bright sweetness in this brewed, but it’s not sugary sweet. Almost like a slightly sweeter meyer lemon mixed with the grassiness of a decent green tea. I’m not sure I could pick out the “artichoke” flavor if I was doing a blind taste-test, but it is a very enjoyable cup! Thanks Awkward Soul for the generous sample!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one’s growing on me. Maybe its because we’ve been enjoying some cooler evenings as of late and it reminds me that we’re entering into Fall. Or maybe it was because I added more “leaf” and rock sugar this time! :D

Enjoyed a cup last night with an extra half teaspoon of tisane, making the total leaf about 2 teaspoons for 8 ounces. With a healthy dose of rock sugar, this starts tasting more like carrot cake. This made for a very satisfying cup – one I look forward to having again!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

thank god for cooler weather!

Ze_Teamaker

You already have cool evenings? Lucky, in Florida it’s in the high 80’s low 90’s

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Out with the old – in with the new. Since clearing out my cupboard I thought I should reward myself with opening a new tea.

I really love this one – its so smooth, even for an EG! And that’s without sweetener! Rarely can I drink any kind of EG without sweetener. The bergamot doesn’t overwhelm. The cheesecake is there in all of it’s tangy, creamy glory! And the tea base is a nice sturdy one. Dare I say the perfect trifecta!

Having said that, I look forward to playing around with this. I’m curious if my older tea habits of dirtying up a perfectly good tea will sully this stellar offering. But that will have to wait another day…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Sil

mmm this makes me want to try this!

Uniquity

Sounds yummy..I typically need sweetener in my earl grey as well, it seems to help cut some of the sharp aspects of the bergamot.

Azzrian

This is REALLY good and Im not a huge EG fan either!

Ze_Teamaker

I now must resist impulse buying this. Wait, I shall delay the impulse to next week….. maybe.

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
135 tasting notes

Thanks to everyone who helped me clear out my cupboard yesterday! I was able to say “Adios!” to 10 teas! Woo hoo!

With mixed feelings Pot O’ Gold will be the 11th. I’m enjoying my final cup from this pouch and it’s very, very good. Maybe even better than the last time. I did throw in a couple large pieces of rock sugar, so it must have helped.

Really hoping to see this one reblended, maybe around Christmas or next St. Patty’s Day (hint, hint Frank!) ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Always happy to help people clean out their tea cupboards lol Hit me up anytime!

Azzrian

Another wonderful tea from frank! Loved this one!

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This came my way via a survey I took for The Persimmon Tree Tea Co. as a thank you gift. (Love their smallest tins – too cute!) To take a saying that my husband likes to use: If it’s free, its for me!

This rounds out the 3 teas I tried cold brewing. To be fair, I have yet to try this as a hot brew so I’m not sure if it will taste different when made the traditional way.

First off, I followed the usual 1.5 tsp of leaf per 8 oz cup and brewed this for over 24 hours – longer than I meant to keep the leaves in.

This has a much more pronounced green tea flavor than I was expecting! It’s mostly green tea with a hint of tart pomegranate. The other cold brews I had (neither of which were from The Persimmon Tree) were more fruit-forward with a hint of tea base flavor.

Finding this out now does make me a tad nervous to try the hot brew on this one, but it doesn’t deter me from doing it either. I’ll try that at a later time.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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2nd cold brew of the day…

I’m seeing a pattern with the 52teas (fruity teas) cold brews. The fruits are softer compared to a normal hot brew. I taste mostly the berries and a little less of the tea.

For this one I think I prefer the traditional-hot-bath-with-an-icy-shower brew as an iced tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
DaisyChubb

“hot-bath-with-an-icy-shower”
… I love that!

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I’ve been on a cold brew kick lately – this is the first of three.

This has been chillin’ in the fridge for well over 24 hours (oops!) and it’s very tasty (whew!). There’s no tart lemon here; it’s very soft. And the strawberry gives it such a nice roundness. It’s good without sweetener, but I think being a “lemonade” I like a touch of sweetness. A little simple syrup makes it sweet, but not overtly so. Not tasting a lot of the white tea, but that’s alright by me for the cold brew.

Will try this hot brewed next…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Received this is a swap with Alphakitty last month. I’ve been saving this for when I can taste things fully again since my last allergy appointment. It’d seem wasteful to have a cup if I couldn’t get the full experience…

Brewed up a heaping 1.5 tsp in 8 ounces of water.

This turned out to be pretty tasty as a basic black tea. I liked that it wasn’t weak – there was a nice robustness to it. Didn’t get any fruitiness, at least from what I could tell. It did taste nice and round, if that makes any sense… No bitterness even with a 5 minute steep.

It wasn’t any better with the addition of rock sugar and I wasn’t about to put any creamer into it. I’m not sure if it would have tasted any better cooled, which is sayin’ something – I drank it pretty quick hot! :)

I’d definitely drink this again should the opportunity present itself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

This is the only Ceylon that I actually like by itself with no additions—it definitely is robust!

Amber

I have a sample of this and I was skeptical about trying it, but now I think I’ll dip into it! :D

Sandy Stith

I love this tea. It’s always in my cupboard. =)

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Woke up at 3:30 this morning to take the husband to the airport for another business trip. Needed something that was strong and tasty and got it with this. Lighty sweetened and dairied, I think this is a cupboard staple that should replace some tea from across the pond that I have too much of. Can’t yet justify a replenishment purchase of this until the other said tea supply has dwindled…
:(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

It’s hard to dwindle, isn’t it?

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I’m a native Midwesterner (Iowa, specifically) who was happily uprooted to California twice. SoCal is what I consider home, even though I currently don’t live there. I hope to return home again!

Tea has really come to fill the void of my current displacement. My husband & I (with our two tiny weenies) moved to Indiana hardly knowing a soul. It’s been a tougher transition for me than I’d thought it would be. I have amassed a cupboard of teas to keep me company until I feel more familiar in my newer surroundings.

I will refrain from giving numerical values to teas because I am a faddist. My likes and dislikes are constantly changing. Flavored blacks are what I gravitate to the most. Having said that, I do enjoy a wide variety of teas – you name it, I’ll try it. I may not like it today, but I might revisit it later and love it.

Flavor note: I prefer my teas to be bold in flavor. I am starting to come around to drinking tea without additives. But I do like to dirty my tea with rock sugar/simple syrup and sometimes with half-n-half/milk. Unflavored greens are unsweetened, but flavored greens I usually add rock sugar. Lately I have been favoring flavored guayusa and matés.

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