drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
300 tasting notes

Wow! Thank you tattooed_tea for sending us this feast of tea for the Sixth Day of Christmas! This is one of five teas, all of them breakfast themed! Since I had already grabbed some strong Sage Derby cheese and Almond Nut Thins I figured the bacon would be best and I quickly scrambled an egg to go with.

When I first sipped this I wasn’t sure. Smoky, sure but what else? But this has started to really round itself out, I can taste the sweet maple, I can even imagine the grease from bacon, this may sound weird or gross but I’m impressed. But this tea has more to it than just the food it’s inspired by.

This tea evokes a scene, the bacon is cooking in a smoky cabin or perhaps over a campfire. This is freaking lumberjack tea! And it reminds me of pu’erh in this way, bringing up sensory memories and the smoke is quite complex.

I definitely want to blend this with Pancake Breakfast, but I think I shall steep this a second time, try the pancake on it’s own and save a teaspoon of each to share with my sister. Sadly because of the smoke, I don’t think the husband could appreciate it. But I say YUM!

LiberTEAS

This is actually the tea that got me started as a 52Teas customer, I believe! I hadn’t really heard much about them until I started looking for a bacon tea. I was a tea artist back then, and my husband suggested making a bacon flavored tea and I wondered what was already out there, and how it tasted. After tasting this (a pinch of salt definitely helps the bacon flavor come through here), I decided I didn’t need to attempt to make my own bacon flavor because Frank already had it going on! :)

tattooed_tea

I have been leary to try this. But now I feel I have to

Daniel Scott

I’ve wanted to try a bacon tea forever, but people keep saying, “smoke,” and I can’t do smoke. :( Is it smoke as in lapsang?

Autumn Hearth

Yeah, pretty much, though its said just to be a special blend of Indian teas. I love Lapsang and this certainly feels akin to it.

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LiberTEAS

This is actually the tea that got me started as a 52Teas customer, I believe! I hadn’t really heard much about them until I started looking for a bacon tea. I was a tea artist back then, and my husband suggested making a bacon flavored tea and I wondered what was already out there, and how it tasted. After tasting this (a pinch of salt definitely helps the bacon flavor come through here), I decided I didn’t need to attempt to make my own bacon flavor because Frank already had it going on! :)

tattooed_tea

I have been leary to try this. But now I feel I have to

Daniel Scott

I’ve wanted to try a bacon tea forever, but people keep saying, “smoke,” and I can’t do smoke. :( Is it smoke as in lapsang?

Autumn Hearth

Yeah, pretty much, though its said just to be a special blend of Indian teas. I love Lapsang and this certainly feels akin to it.

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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