354 Tasting Notes
Thanks Angel and Teavivre for this sample
This tisane is definitely on the tart side, not offensively so; more like the taste of fresh spring berries as they just turn ripe enough to start eating. The blueberry and currant are both evident in the sip, and are true to the natural fruit taste. I started drinking this as a hot tea, and as it cools the taste of currants increasingly comes to the forefront.
Part of me is curious of what this would taste like with a touch of sugar, but I can’t bring myself to try it, for fear of ruining a good thing. I’m usually quite picky with fruit teas because I’m not a fan of tartness, but this one was a pleasant surprise.
I had a not so great night, and this morning wasn’t looking much better. I kind of decided to make this tea out of irony.
mmm…It tastes rich and soothing, and I’m getting much more of the buttered toffee caramel corn notes this time, so I suspect it just needed a little extra time to cure. The flavor balances nicely over the black base. Delicious! This is exactly what I needed to improve on a day that was looking not so great at the outset. Now I’m going to head out into the sunshiny day, with my travel mug in hand, to check out the construction. I’m so excited to see the demolition!
I don’t feel so good right now, so I’m trying to distract myself with a combination of Big Bang Theory, Steepster, and pineberry honeybush. I think it’s helping a little. This is a classic fruity honeybush, the pineapple pops out at me the most out of all the flavors. I’ve never tasted actual pineberries, nor have I seen them, in fact, this tea is the first time I’ve ever heard of pineberries.
Honeybush is such a nice nighttime (caffeine free) option for me. I don’t care for the woodiness of a lot of rooibos blends, a lot of the fruit blends are too tart for my liking (with the excessive use of hibiscus), and as much as I enjoy my mint teas, I think I’d get bored with them if I drank them every night.
I’ve read a few reviews describing honeybush as watery, and in all honesty, in comparison to black, green, and even some fruit teas; honeybush is a tad on the watery side. The good thing about this is that when I make honeybush I tend to just leave the mix brewing with little harm other than a little extra sediment.
As far as honeybush goes this is good, but it’s not my favorite…yet. I feel like this one has the potential to grow on me even more as time passes. That does seem to be how honeybush works with me. It just slowly trickles its way up my rating scale.
Finishing off the last of this from my 12 days of tea sample. Pretty good, but it just doesn’t blow me away like some of Frank’s other blends.
I tend to view mint as a staple rather than as a special ingredient, so I imagine that this greatly colors my opinion of this tea. It’s a nice black base and the mint nicely compliments it with that cool refreshing feeling, like a snowy Christmas day. Yeah…great choice for the end of May Nadia!
I get the appeal of this tea, I’m just the wrong audience to fully appreciate it.
Geeeez this tastes extra good today….I’m talking extra, super-duper delicious. Hmmm? The power of the sipdown perhaps?
Such a yummy seasonal treat, it tastes like warmth (if that makes sense to anyone other than me, it will be a miracle). I can see myself ordering it again next Fall/Winter.
Somebody commented about making lattes in one of my tealogs for a different tea from a day or two ago, and now I have latte on the mind. If I ever figure out how to make them with minimal mess/effort, this tea is one that just seems to scream latte. Too bad I’m a lazy and impatient tea-maker – When I want tea, I want it right NOW!!! I’m very teamanding
mmmmm….. I’ll be savoring this to the last drop. Till next time dear friend
I’m surrounded by boxes from the move. Boxes, boxes, boxes everywhere, and one of them contains my teapot! GASP!!! The horror!!!! I feel certain that I labelled the box with my teapot to be opened first, but I can’t find it :O I’ve resorted to using the old one from my family’s house… it’s just not the same. lol…I’m such a whiner eh?
Today is a good day (missing teapot aside) it’s my hubby’s fortieth birthday. I was hoping to throw him a big birthday party but it just so happened that the construction start date for the reno was booked for today, and we didn’t want to delay that. So instead I’m taking him out for dinner tonight. After packing, cleaning, prepping, and reno planning the slower pace of a quiet dinner out is a welcome change. When we got to the house last night I was happy to see that my tea order was waiting here for me. I had promised myself that I would order from another place other than 52teas, to broaden my horizons, but I somehow placed 2 orders with them again. My reasoning for the 1st order was that I was running out of honeybush, and the second order was because they had a sale…yeah…I have no self control when it comes to this company
This tea has a lovely toasted taste, but I’m having trouble tasting the cherry cheesecake aspect. The smell of the dry mix has it, but in the sip, I feel like the genmaicha buries the cherry flavor more than I’d like. I occasionally get the taste, but it’s like a momentary whiff in the background, and then it’s gone again. I’ll have to experiment a bit to see if I can coax the flavors out. Perhaps it just needs a bit more time to cure? Hmmm…
I forgot that I was planning on trying this iced when the weather warms up, and instead I drank it hot again. Now that I finished off my sample I’m not sure if I’ll jump at buying more unless maybe it was available as part of the 2 for 5$ promotion.
It’s not a tea that I find myself reaching for with much enthusiasm, but I’ll have to read reviews to see if having it iced is the secret to turning it from meh, to mmm. As a hot black tea, I find myself favoring teas with a bit more depth and oomph than this one. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t wow me. I’m on the fence about repurchasing this one.
This morning I had 52teas pancake breakfast, and now I’m just finishing off my sample of Oh Canada. Hmmm…Perhaps I’m craving pancakes? The tea will have to do for now as I have to pack up the house for the temporary move.
I’ll probably pick up a sample of this again from time to time in the future (which is saying something – I’m quite fussy with red rooibos). The maple syrup taste is sweet and front & center. If you normally drink tea with sugar, I would suggest trying this one as is before you add anything.
This is an amazing strawberry black tea. I can’t wait till we get another run of good warm weather to try this iced.
As with many of 52teas black teas, it does take some minor considerations to get the absolute most out of the flavor. I tend to favor heating the water so it is hot, not boiling. It’s usually hot enough that I can blow on and sip immediately, without scalding myself. (This is perfect for me because I am always a bit impatient to take that first sip of tea).
I made this tea yesterday to enjoy during our last major design meeting before the construction starts. Becky, our designer, was mid-sentence explaining something when she took a sip and said “wow that tea is so delicious”. I enjoyed mine black, and I put 2 sugars in hers upon her request (I used yellow sugar).
Off the top of my head, I can think of 4 specific flavors of black 52teas that are absolute must haves in my tea cupboard (there are probably many more). This is one of them!