190 Tasting Notes

I enjoyed the last few teaspoons from my sampler bag this morning. I’m really quite surprised by how much I am enjoying this blend. I think it’s just so comforting and so festive. It genuinely reminds me of the holidays.

I totally gilded the lily this morning, but it’s quite nice with a splash of homemade eggnog.

I’m glad I bought a large bag of this blend to savor over the next few weeks.

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I finished off my sample bag by cold-steeping the last few teaspoons in a pitcher. Cold-steeped it reminds me a bit of David’s Sweet Lime with cranberries thrown into the mix. I just enjoyed the last cup or so topped with some carbonated water. It’s so refreshing. I cannot wait to receive my stock-up order of this tea.

If anyone has any recommendations for fruity green rooibos blends, please let me know. :)


Psst: we have another green rooibos blend (quite fruity!) coming up this month!


That’s awesome! Thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep my eye out for it. :)

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I don’t like genmaicha, but I sampled this anyway. I didn’t prepare a full serving because I knew it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea, pun intended.

I can’t get past the taste of the toasted rice. The taste reminds of when you’re preparing rice and you sauté the rice in melted butter until it starts browning. That moment. That moment right before you add the liquid to the buttery browned (raw) rice. Genmaicha tastes the way that smells. There’s a green tea note in it as well, but that is so subtle compared to the taste of the rice on my tastebuds. I barely taste the marshmallow root, and the fragrance of the toasted rice really lingers in my head.

No bueno.

Evol Ving Ness

Genmaicha is like cilantro in that sense: either you love it or you hate it. Sorry that you didn’t find the joy in it today.


No worries. That’s so true – the comparison to cilantro, that is.

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
190 tasting notes

Blech. I knew I wasn’t going to like this blend the minute I opened the bag. I detest mint in tea. I had one sip of this tea, cringed after reluctantly swallowing, and immediately passed the mug over to my mum. She doesn’t mind mint. She didn’t love it either, but she prefers the combination of mint and chocolate. After having my one sip I checked the ingredients and discovered that this blend contained peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, AND wintergreen essence. For real?! Kill me now. No, don’t, that’s a tad bit dramatic. It was uber minty, y’know the type of mint that when you exhale your breath feels cold and your lips burn?? If that’s your jam, more power to you. It’d probably be nice as a latte with chocolate milk – again, if mint is your thing.

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drank A Winters Treat by 52teas
190 tasting notes

Oolong blends are hit or miss for me; this one was a miss. It smelled delicious. The smell of dry leaf reminded me of the Snickerdoodle Re-Imagined blend from earlier in the 12 Day of Christmas sampler. I like the idea of a tea that combines bananas, cinnamon and buttered rum essence – a liquid version of bananas foster if you will – but the base of this tea just didn’t jive on my tastebuds. Meh.

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I was so pleased that this was after the Winter Cabin Chai. Marshmallow Assam sounded sweet and, well, safe. LOL! I was wrong. This tea was sadly a miss for me. I don’t say that often about black tea blends from 52teas because they’re usually quite exceptional. I think the black tea in this blend is just too bold for the marshmallow root. It was really quite strong and assertive, and, while I don’t mind that from a black tea blend, it really overpowered the marshmallow note. I’ll give it another go as a latte; maybe a bit of dairy will make it a bit less robust.

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This is another solid black tea (re)blend from 52teas. I love a good coconut tea, especially those with black tea bases, so this blend is right up my alley. While the coconut flavor is really outstanding and there’s a nice creamy flavor, this tea reminds me more of coconut custard/pudding that of coconut cream pie…coconut cream pie filling, perhaps. One of my favorite components of pie is the crust, so I’m really missing even a hint of pie crust or pastry. I’m happy it was included in the 12 Days of Christmas sampler, but it’s not something that I need to add to my collection.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

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I wasn’t expecting to be too keen on this tea, but it was really a great little cuppa. Upon opening the bag I got a whiff of citrus and butterscotch, and that was a surprise…again, with the teas that are named one thing but end up smelling/tasting like something else. But, I digress…

When steeped, the scent from this cup reminds me of Christmas baked goods; it sort of smells like fruitcake – not the cakey bits, but the candied orange and all the lovely, warming spices. It’s spicy, but the spice isn’t overpowering or overwhelming. The ginger is a nice surprise and adds a really nice warmth to the cup. Honestly, the orange saves it for me.

Even though I don’t really get hot buttered rum, spiced or otherwise, from this cup, it is a really nice blend. I’m going to enjoy the rest of my sample bag over the next few days, and I’m very tempted to purchase more.

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I finished off my sample bag this morning. I made a pot of tea (with a little bit of vanilla powder added to the steeper) and enjoyed a few cups straight and a few cups with a splash of homemade eggnog. Tasty, very tasty.

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Y’know, I was actually excited about this tea. It was a crisp 26 degrees this morning, and I was really looking forward to trying this tea. I’d accidentally scratched off the hologram sticker for day 6 yesterday before realizing yesterday was actually day 5. I don’t mind chai blends. I tend to steep them in milk to temper the spiciness, but the “cabin” bit should’ve tipped me off. That said, I’m from south Texas where winter isn’t really a thing and very few people actually have fireplaces. I don’t think I’ve ever even been to a cabin. But, I digress, I reluctantly took one sip of this tea and immediately offered up the remains of my cuppa to several family members who took one whiff and passed.

Sadly, the smokiness of the lapsang souchong makes this tea undrinkable for me. Had it just been one of the lovely black tea bases that I adore from 52teas, I probably would’ve made a few lattes and easily finished the sample bag.

So far I’m 4 for 6 with the 52teas 12 days of Christmas tea sampler. I guess that ain’t too bad.

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

I prefer: tisanes/fruit infusions, breakfast teas, (flavored) black teas, maté blends, dessert teas

Yes: hibiscus, goji berries, sea buckthorn, cantaloupe/rock melon, honeydew melon, berries (particularly cranberry, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry), mango, coconut, peach, citrus, vanilla

No: 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


San Antonio, TX



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