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74

Backlogging. 4 days ago. Wednesday morning.

A nice strong first cup of the day. Put a bit of raspberry sugar in the second steep. Kind of made it taste a bit like soap.

2nd steep: 20+ mins.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Helena

ick! I hate things that taste like soap.. poor you

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68

So I’ve had this tea for awhile now and I’ve liked it but only so so. For I don’t know why reason, I’d been trying my honeybushes at 7 minutes 30 seconds lately instead of my usually 5 minutes. This came out really good that way. So I decided to try it at 10 minutes tonight. Again, really good like this. A stronger raspberry, a more muted banana, less candy-like overall.

Steep time: 10 mins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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73

Oh my! Have I really never tealogged this tea?

The Chocolate Caramel black tea has been one of my faves so far from the 52teas chocolate sampler. It started out just sweet and vaguely chocolatey caramel-y. But over time, the flavors became more distinct and paired against the black tea base.

This cup was also my last of this tea. I had thought it might have the last portion of tea leaves too strong thing going on. But quite the opposite, even though I wasn’t short leaf for a single serving size. The cup was a bit weak. But still nice.

This tea gets a 73 rating (a solid good).

Would I buy this again? 3 (maybe)
It’s definitely good and I definitely enjoyed it. I wouldn’t go looking for it specifically again, but might dump it in an order. But 52teas is a mostly limited edition company and this one was from a sampler so it’s a bit moot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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70

So this morning, I reached into my 52teas box of chocolate teas intending to have a delicious cup of chocolate caramel black tea as my first cup of tea for the day. I portioned out a single serving size and noticed I would not have enough leaf left from another single serving size so I measured the rest into my steeping basket and got a larger mug. Then I went to rinse the tiny tin out to keep. And noticed I’d used the wrong tea. Oh well, it was already in the steeping basket. There was no turning back now!

Being the last of the tea, the cup came out stronger than usually. At first, I thought too strong but a little way in, I was liking it. It was very creamy this time, I’m guessing the white chocolate.

Then something wonderful happened. I had somehow distractedly left less than an inch of tea in the bottom of my cup, which became quite cold. I decided to gulp it down anyways before I made another cup. Omg! Bingo! There it is – white chocolate strawberry. This tea has been good but had never tasted exactly like it until then. But it was totally noticeable cold.

I’m upping my final rating of this tea to a 70 (high nice/low good) from a 64 initially before I decupboard it. Overtime, it’s tasted more and more like white chocolate and fruit/strawberry and I’ve come to like it quite well.

Would I order this again? 2.5 (neutral to maybe)
While I would definitely drink this if I had it lying around, I’ve had better 52teas, chocolate teas, and chocolate teas from 52teas. So I think others would trump this when making an order. But it’s a moot point. 52teas is a mostly limited release company and this was part of a sampler.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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70

After I finished the Rainbow Sherbet black tea, I immediately made myself another cup of tea – this one – then made myself eat my sandwich. Ham with some kind of cheese that I don’t know exactly what it is but tasted a lot better than I expected it to, yellow cherry tomatoes, some kind of frise looking like lettuce, and a sweet spicy red bell pepper mustard on multigrain bread. It was pretty good.

This tea has the creamy sweet texture of white chocolate with a background of fruit that might be strawberry. It was good too, but not the omg I needed this so good of the previous cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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74

Returning from another Unlogged Period, though not a Great one this time, a Small one.

I had a pretty bad headache this afternoon for the second day in a row. Usually I like plain strong black teas when I have a headache. But I’d been planning on having this one this morning before I woke up with the headache and it still sounded good to me. So I went with it.

You know how post really bad headache you’re just so grateful and happy and things taste so good again. That’s how this tea was today for me. Like mmmm this tea is so good and right right now. Creamy and citrus-y. I am finding 52teas often change over time and usually for the better. I immediately just wanted another cup of tea and not the sandwich I’d made to try to eat something.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

Feel better! Pu-erh helps my headache migraines and tummy!

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82

Backlogging. 11 days ago. Wednesday morning.

I’ve been reading about people blending two teas to create the smokey cowboy earl grey. But I’ve put off trying it even though I was intrigued. I did this as a half and half with Harney’s Earl Grey and this tea was all I could taste. The resteep was odd and not all that enjoyable.

2nd steep: 6 mins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Oh a smokey Earl Grey! Sounds interesting! I’ll have to try it at some point…

charab

We’ve tried the smoky blends as well, the most interesting was wild cherry with lapsang. Felt like doing something very bad when drank it. Although my husband on the other hand can drink the cherry only when it’s mixed with russian black tea, which in my opinion doesn’t give anything new to the taste…maybe it just makes it rounder for him. Wouldn’t know. But Lady Gray with lapsang does taste very nice and they compliment each other well. Or maybe the lady just bends the lapsang into obedience.

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72

Backlogging. 11 days ago. Wednesday morning.

I’ve been reading about people blending two teas to create the smokey cowboy earl grey. But I’ve put off trying it even though I was intrigued. I did this as a half and half with DFT’s Caravan and that was all I could taste. The resteep was odd and not all that enjoyable.

2nd steep: 6 mins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

Backlogging. 12 days ago. Early afternoon.

Needing some more caffeine, I reached for another black tea. Now every so often, I have this tea with a spoon of jam stirred in, which gives it a fruity tart flavor to go w/ the smokiness and I kind of like it like that. But I also like it plain too. But I’ve never had it with strawberry jam before. Omg so so good. Strawberry, smoke, a hint of tart, and black tea. Love it. And quickly consumed both steeps. I was not planning on getting the Caravan reissue at all once I finished this tin. Now I’m considering it, just to have with strawberry jam alone. I wake up in the morning wanting this tea this way now.

2nd steep: 8 mins 30 sec

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Kiaharii

The jam goes in the tea? If so I’ve never done that but may have to try.

oOTeaOo

I’ve never tried putting jam in tea before either. I will have to try this!

CHAroma

Wow, what a crazy (but awesome) idea!

canadianadia

I love that idea! Thanks for sharing

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74

Backlogging. 12 days ago. Tuesday morning.

Two steeps made exactly the same ways as last time. I got this one down pat for me and it’s becoming a morning favorite.

2nd steep: 20+ mins

Up next, The Flavor Experiment.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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