157 Tasting Notes
So I experimented by drastically changing from 205 degrees for 3 minutes to 195 degrees for 1 minute. I just didn’t want to give up on this tea. A bit weaker, but no change in the turtle department :( All I taste is black tea that I’m not too fond of. I’m trying so hard to taste turtle but it’s just a faint aroma that comes and goes, and a bit of an aftertaste that I really have to hunt for after I’ve swallowed to notice. Sigh. I don’t know what to do with my two bags now.
Trying this without my Breville out of curiousity as to how different teas are without it. And wow, MAJOR difference! Tea tastes MUCH better prepared in the Breville than boiling water poured over tea in a mug.
Still yummy, enjoyed with a bit of cream and honey, but made me very thankful for my Breville.
Gosh dangit! Same goes for this tea as the new Cashew Turtle. Smells amazing, but tastes only like the base tea. These are nothing like any of the many other 52 teas I own. All of the rest are bold in dessert flavors and knock my socks out of this world. This just tasted like green tea. What the heck? :( This one’s lacking even more in flavor than the Cashew Turtle. :’( I really wanted to love this too!
I put my remaining pot of this in the refrigerator and I have to say it’s not so bad iced, especially with a bit of raw honey, but according to my taste buds it’s lacking completely in cherry and cheesecake. Doesn’t seem to deliver on the name, but not a bad iced tea.
Surgery went well! As soon as I got home I checked the mailbox and YIPPEE TEA! My Cashew Turtle and Cherry Cheesecake Green arrived. I was SO excited to try this one, I immediately ripped open a package and inhaled deeply. The dry leaves smelled AMAZING. Like… the best thing ever. Caramel makes me weak in the knees.
Steeped 1 tsp per 8 ounces for 3 minutes at 205 degrees in my Breville.
And.. for the first time I’m disappointed with a 52. :( I expected more flavor. I feel like maybe the bold tea base overpowered and drowned out the turtle flavor. I really tried to taste turtle but all I really tasted was bold black tea..that I didn’t particularly like. I did notice a slight aftertaste of turtle but it was very faint. I’m curious if maybe I steep for a shorter time/lower temperature I’ll be able to taste the turtle flavors more. I tried adding sweetener and cream and still no noticeable difference.
If only this tasted more like it smelled! I’d be in love. I’m going to wait to numerically rate this until I’ve experimented with it more. I really wanted to love this :(:(
(Boyfriend had the same results unfortunately :(, my taste perception was not altered by my surgery.)
Last thing I can enjoy before I go in for surgery tomorrow morning to remove my stent. So I made the most of it and steeped 4 tsp in 16 ounces of purified water in my Breville at 200 degrees for 10 minutes and added a good helping of cream and brown sugar. Liquid cinnamon roll for me. I was suppose to stop eating at midnight but it’s 12:17. I need my tea. Now to watch some TNG since I can’t fall asleep due to my nerves.
Backlogging from yesterday.
Dry leaves smell awesome. POW lemon-lime cheesecake in your face. And it smells so creamy, is there such thing as a nose-feel, like a mouth-feel? Because it’s like I can feel the cream in my nose. LOL. Steeped this up double strength to pour over ice. Eye brows immediately shoot up, (this has come to be an expected reaction from 52 Tea’s blends). The first lemon-lime blend I’ve ever tasted that doesn’t taste like cleaner. This reminds me more of something very natural, like lemongrass. And I really like that. I think the addition of lemon myrtle was a very wise choice. The cheesecake is present and lends a smoothness and matches the tang of the citrus. It’s very enjoyable without any additives. Very light and refreshing! My bf said he could drink this all day. I experimented with a dash of cream and sugar. Really great, either way. Great job, Frank.
I’ve tried them all but the Blueberry Merlot and the only one I’ve enjoyed was the Mojito Marmalade. It was the first that I sampled and it lead me to think I’d love the rest. But the others have just struck me strangely. :( The Apricot Amaretto tasted to me like Cherry Halls, the Cherry Cosmo like strange Kool-aid, and the Key Lime Ginger was just a ho-hum ginger root tea in my opinion. So as a package, I would not purchase this.
Made a pot of this for my boy to take to work and put more water in to brew a pot for myself. I’ve read that most all of the caffeine is removed in the first steeping, which is good since I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine. Still awesome the second time around. Added some farm fresh cream and brown sugar. Scrumdiddlyumptious.
Bf called once he got to work just to tell me how great the tea was and how it got his day off to a great start.
Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two? Zoomdweebie Man. Zoomdweebie Man can.
This is so great. I’ve had mine for a little over a month now and I use it multiple times a day. I now drink MUCH more tea thanks to the convenience of this appliance. Definitely worth the money.
At first I was a bit irked by the short cord but then I read that it’s a safety precaution so children don’t pull it by the cord off of the counter while water is boiling and harm themselves. So that’s actually a great idea.
The holes do let very small leaves through but you can easily solve this problem by placing this in your cup while you pour your tea – http://www.amazon.com/FORLIFE-Extra-fine-Infuser-Porcelain-Dish/dp/B001JP1KPO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312356616&sr=8-1 – I searched high and low to find the infuser with the smallest holes out there – and THIS is it folks, I’ve ordered several of these for myself, friends and family.
Best tea maker out there!