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This is one of the first 52Teas blends I’ve tried. I placed a large order of sample packs last week and this is one of the few that isn’t a black tea so I’ve brought it to work to enjoy at the office. I’m currently drinking cold-brewed coffee with almond milk in the mornings, so I’ll save the black teas to enjoy after I’ve had the last of my cold-brew concentrate.

I digress.

I like this. The flavor is quite subtle but it’s tasty. The white tea base doesn’t overwhelm the light fruity flavors. The pineapple comes through more than the watermelon, but this is one of the few watermelon teas I’ve tried that I actually enjoy drinking. Imagine that. I’m having it over ice this afternoon. I think it’d be even better with a touch of sweetener, but I’m winding down my 150-day Whole30 journey so I’m abstaining from added sweeteners until March.

Flavors: Melon, Pineapple

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I tried this tea both hot (last night) and cold-steeped this morning. It’s not for me. I’m not terribly jazzed about cherry teas to begin with, but this tasted a lot like Luden’s cough drops. I’m glad I only had a sample and didn’t splurge on a bag or two. No bueno.

Flavors: Cherry


I didn’t care for this one either :/


I’m not crazy about cherry teas to begin with, but I like the idea of cherry and coconut together. I’ve yet to find a cherry tea that I’m over the moon about.

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drank Mulled Wine by DAVIDsTEA
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I received a sample of this from a very lovely gal. It’s not normally something that would sound appealing to me. I tend to stay away from teas that sound overly spiced. This is not bad, though. The dry leaf definitely smells like bubblegum, but the steeped tea tastes like what I’d imagine an orange studded with cloves would taste like. I was hoping for a bit less spice, but it’s not terrible. The clove compliments the orange quite nicely. The cinnamon was present but more in heat than in taste, if that makes sense. The blend is very warming. If I still ate steel cut oats, this would make an incredible base for them. It’s bubblegum alright, but the Big Red variety. I don’t hate it, but it’s not something I plan to stock up on. It’s a pleasant tea to enjoy unsweetened while I finish out my Whole30 (which has turned into a Whole100) journey.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
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I found a bag of this floating around in my collection while purging last night. I have so much tea to get rid of before the end of the year! This is light, a bit fruity, and tastes like green tea without being bitter. It’s not bad. It’s not sweet to me and is absolutely something I think would benefit from a little sweetener, but it’s tasty without it as well. It’s not something I’d stock up on (not that I could because it’s long discontinued), but it’s not something I’ll mind finishing.

Flavors: Fruity

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This tea smells incredible. I love all things amaretto, so I knew this would be the one tea from this year’s winter collection that I had to purchase. While I like the flavor of the tea straight, it’s just begging for sweetener. Darned whole100 journey! I might try adding a bit of citrus juice to enjoy the bit I’ve got in my cupboard, and I’ll buy a few ounces to enjoy when I start reintroducing things to my diet in a few months.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I took advantage of DT’s recent F&F sale to try a few new-to-me teas in an effort to find teas that I can enjoy without the addition of sweetener. I’ve tried a few oolongs in the past and haven’t been overly fond of them. After hearing people rave about this tea on a FB group I decided to add it to my list, and I must admit that this tea is delicious and very smooth. I might have to rethink my stance on oolongs. The vanilla flavor is sweeter and more dessert-y than I was expecting. I imagine this would be very tasty with sweetener and that it would work really well as a latte. I’m glad I gave it a go. I’ll finish off the half ounce I purchased before making a final decision, but this might become a part of my regular morning tea rotation.

Flavors: Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Berry White by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t know what I was expecting. I don’t think I was paying enough attention to the ingredients. It smells like blueberries. The aftertaste tastes like blueberries. It’s the initial floral taste that I’m not crazy about. Thankfully the aftertaste lingers quite a bit. I think I’d really enjoy this iced and sweetened. However, since I’m avoiding sweeteners for the time being, I thought I’d try this hot and I’m not too keen on it. I’m both glad that I only have a few grams to sipdown for now and that it’s a permanent tea should I want to revisit it when/if I start reintroducing sweeteners to my diet.

Flavors: Blueberry, Floral

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drank Yes We Cran by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m having this hot this morning. There’s a damp chill in the air, and I wanted something that tasted like fall. I haven’t been drinking a lot of tea lately because I’m challenging myself to avoid sweeteners, but this sounded like a nice way to start the day. I don’t mind that it’is tart, with cranberries and hibiscus I expected it to be a bit sharp. With a lack of added sweeteners, though, I do think I’d prefer it over ice.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cranberry


Was this a seasonal tea? It sounds familiar, but I can’t seem to recall it.


Yes, it was from last year’s fall collection.


Ah, yes. Now I remember ;)

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Whoa. Holy nutmeg! This blend is a full-on assault of spice. To my tastebuds all the typical autumn baking spices are present and accounted for, so I’m not sure why it’s called Spiced Pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor is so faint that it’s almost an afterthought. Just name it Pumpkin Pie Spice and be done with it. It’s sweet but the sweetness doesn’t read as maple to my palate. I bought 4 ounces and I’ve sipped through about 1 ounce. I’ve had it on its own (hot and cold) and added into other pumpkin teas (hot and cold). This is one to add to the box of unloved teas to re-home.

Also, what’s this thing with calling anyone who likes pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavored things basic and/or basic white girl? I must be behind the times.

Flavors: Spices

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I’m a 30-something Texan and wannabe globetrotter. I like my tea sweet and over ice.

Preferred types:
• herbal teas/tisanes/fruit infusions
• black teas
• breakfast teas

Ingredients/Flavors I like:
• hibiscus
• goji berries
• sea buckthorn
• cantaloupe/rock melon
• honeydew melon
• berries (particularly strawberry, raspberry and blueberry)
• mango
• pineapple
• coconut
• peach
• citrus
• vanilla

Ingredients/Flavors I do not like:
• cherry (on its own)
• watermelon
• carrot
• warming spices (cinnamon, clove, chai, nutmeg, etc.)
• mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.)
• most florals (chamomile, rose petals, lavender, etc.)
• eucalyptus

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