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drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
1673 tasting notes

Yum! It sorta reminds me of bubblegum, but not that super fake bubblegum flavouring. Does that make sense? I think it’s the marshmallow!

It’s sweet and fruity like strawberry and a touch creamy with the marshmallows while the pineapple does something that packages the whole thing up as its own kind of fruit. It’s rather fun and enjoyable for summer, although I don’t think that I’ll be terribly upset once it’s gone.

Also, I finally realized that when I ship these teas to Canada, I’m basically paying $12 for 2oz, and.. that’s pretty damn expensive!

I’ll package some up for Sil and TerriHarpLady as soon as I get a chance!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

Yeah, they’re expensive aren’t they! It’s why I’m not getting sucked into the weekly teas. :)

Cavocorax

I really have to stop and think before I order any more! I mean, they’re good, but… are they that good? I guess if it was a reorder and I knew I was going to like it, but I’ve had so many just fall flat on me. Too much chance, and it seems like everyone has samples to trade. :P

Uniquity

Unfortunately the shipping really makes 52Teas an expensive product for Canadians. Especially when I remember that 2 oz is only 56 grams!

Sil

…and that’s why i don’t bother with 52 teas for the most part anymore. Even when my tea mule can bring them up, it’s still 9$ for 1-2oz depending on the tea and often they’re sort of hit or miss….with a lot more misses these days :( I’d rather spend the money on tea that i don’t consider gimmicky or that i can re-order anytime

Sil

(note that there have been some wonderful teas from frank that i enjoy, but on the whole they’ve been trending towards more meh..ie not amazing! but also not horrible…except for a few of those reblends..ick)

Cavocorax

Yeah, I totally know what you mean! I’ve been disappointed with a few and now I’m reluctant to try again.

52teas

I almost feel like I’m eavesdropping on a private conversation and I should keep my mouth shut, but I just wanted to say that I’m really sorry we’ve let you guys down.

With regard to the shipping costs: I really wish I knew what to do here. Even with our discounted commercial rates, shipping a single pouch of tea to Canada costs us $6.91 (That’s just postage, not envelopes or labels, etc.) and we charge you $4.99. The good thing is, the costs DO go down the more tea you purchase. I’ve thought about offering free shipping over $x or something, but that seems punative to those who just want to order the Tea of the Week.

The consistency in the reblends is something I am still trying to figure out. I keep copious notes on all of the teas that I blend. I have recipes for creating every blend I’ve ever made except the Kitchen Sink. LOL. I definitely want to be able to provide a consistent product and I will be double and triple checking my measurements in the future as well as making sure that all teas have an appropriate amount of time to “stew”.

Cavocorax

Hey Frank!
Feel free to eavesdrop! I forget sometimes that the blenders have access to our comments, but I don’t regret what I said, and I realise that these candid thoughts can be useful for you (and others) to improve their business.

I understand that there’s not much you can do about the shipping to Canada. That’s just a hurdle I have to deal with, and it’s part of the reason that it’s so easy to get samples of 52Teas from my American friends – so many people on Steepster snap up these blends and are eager to let others try them out. (Heck I just shared my latest order with two other Canadians too, so your tea gets around!) The swaps are great because it helps me figure out what I like beforehand and then when you reblend I know what to snap up before everyone else! :P

Offering free shipping might help – especially when you have a lot of re-blends out at once that would help justify spending X amount! I realise you don’t want to punish those that buy the weekly teas, but it would only be Canadian customers that you hurt (b/c Americans get free shipping, right?) and I think we’d appreciate an option for free shipping at least.

$8.99 is still a bit pricey for 2oz of tea, but it’s still something I like to do once in a while, especially for some of the quirky and unique teas you own’t find anywhere else. (Butterbeer? Yes please! Smaug tea? Oh yeah!)

I’m not saying I won’t ever buy your teas again, but I just need to be fully aware how much I’m spending! And I’ve been spending a lot lately without questioning it.

I appreciate the feedback though. That’s one of the great things about Steepster – we can bring vendors and tea consumers together and help improve things! More sales for you. More tea for us. Etc.

Sil

ditto on cavo’s eloquent response :)
I also really like the back and forth with blender as well!

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OMGsrsly

Yeah, they’re expensive aren’t they! It’s why I’m not getting sucked into the weekly teas. :)

Cavocorax

I really have to stop and think before I order any more! I mean, they’re good, but… are they that good? I guess if it was a reorder and I knew I was going to like it, but I’ve had so many just fall flat on me. Too much chance, and it seems like everyone has samples to trade. :P

Uniquity

Unfortunately the shipping really makes 52Teas an expensive product for Canadians. Especially when I remember that 2 oz is only 56 grams!

Sil

…and that’s why i don’t bother with 52 teas for the most part anymore. Even when my tea mule can bring them up, it’s still 9$ for 1-2oz depending on the tea and often they’re sort of hit or miss….with a lot more misses these days :( I’d rather spend the money on tea that i don’t consider gimmicky or that i can re-order anytime

Sil

(note that there have been some wonderful teas from frank that i enjoy, but on the whole they’ve been trending towards more meh..ie not amazing! but also not horrible…except for a few of those reblends..ick)

Cavocorax

Yeah, I totally know what you mean! I’ve been disappointed with a few and now I’m reluctant to try again.

52teas

I almost feel like I’m eavesdropping on a private conversation and I should keep my mouth shut, but I just wanted to say that I’m really sorry we’ve let you guys down.

With regard to the shipping costs: I really wish I knew what to do here. Even with our discounted commercial rates, shipping a single pouch of tea to Canada costs us $6.91 (That’s just postage, not envelopes or labels, etc.) and we charge you $4.99. The good thing is, the costs DO go down the more tea you purchase. I’ve thought about offering free shipping over $x or something, but that seems punative to those who just want to order the Tea of the Week.

The consistency in the reblends is something I am still trying to figure out. I keep copious notes on all of the teas that I blend. I have recipes for creating every blend I’ve ever made except the Kitchen Sink. LOL. I definitely want to be able to provide a consistent product and I will be double and triple checking my measurements in the future as well as making sure that all teas have an appropriate amount of time to “stew”.

Cavocorax

Hey Frank!
Feel free to eavesdrop! I forget sometimes that the blenders have access to our comments, but I don’t regret what I said, and I realise that these candid thoughts can be useful for you (and others) to improve their business.

I understand that there’s not much you can do about the shipping to Canada. That’s just a hurdle I have to deal with, and it’s part of the reason that it’s so easy to get samples of 52Teas from my American friends – so many people on Steepster snap up these blends and are eager to let others try them out. (Heck I just shared my latest order with two other Canadians too, so your tea gets around!) The swaps are great because it helps me figure out what I like beforehand and then when you reblend I know what to snap up before everyone else! :P

Offering free shipping might help – especially when you have a lot of re-blends out at once that would help justify spending X amount! I realise you don’t want to punish those that buy the weekly teas, but it would only be Canadian customers that you hurt (b/c Americans get free shipping, right?) and I think we’d appreciate an option for free shipping at least.

$8.99 is still a bit pricey for 2oz of tea, but it’s still something I like to do once in a while, especially for some of the quirky and unique teas you own’t find anywhere else. (Butterbeer? Yes please! Smaug tea? Oh yeah!)

I’m not saying I won’t ever buy your teas again, but I just need to be fully aware how much I’m spending! And I’ve been spending a lot lately without questioning it.

I appreciate the feedback though. That’s one of the great things about Steepster – we can bring vendors and tea consumers together and help improve things! More sales for you. More tea for us. Etc.

Sil

ditto on cavo’s eloquent response :)
I also really like the back and forth with blender as well!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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