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Am I out of my Vulcan mind for drinking this with my breakfast? No, because I am not Vulcan :)
Okay… So being in Tokyo this year I was able to taste a lot of genmiacha teas. This tea does more than justice… It has this sweetness that is not too much. I really enjoy the powderyness of this, whatever it is :p I may just have to reup with this coupon!
I can get behind this one, since it’s full of many of my favourite things: a creamy “hay” white tea with the smoother qualities of an oolong, flavoured to taste like baked goods and blackberries. Yep, Crowkettle tea.
Flavoured white teas don’t always seem to have the base thickness and consistency necessary for rich flavourings, but I think this one works out pretty well. The aroma of the liquor alone is alluring, full of fresh blackberry dessert goodness.
This tea makes up for the fact that there are no blackberries to be found in this household right now, except for the huge blackberry that magically appeared in my strainer (bonus). One (berry) definitely feels like many here. Now, I’m off to see if I can get a decent second steep!
Edit: This tasted better when I used a smaller cup with more leaves, and berries. It doesn’t have that “thickness” this time around. Eh. Will play around with it. The first session was really good!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Blackberry, Butter, Cream, Hay
I have been meaning to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for a while and I WILL read it this year! Soon soon. I have a too-many-books-to-get-to problem like I have a too-many-teas problem. :D This tea is inspired by the PGB drink in the book. I love the graphic on the pouch! I wanted to try it while reading but I have so many pouches I wanted to try it to see if I wanted to swap any. The blend is fine, but like I said so many pouches of it! I didn’t look at the ingredients list right before I tried it, so I could guess what it tasted like. It’s mostly cinnamon to me. And occasionally a flavor that tastes like flat soda. The result tastes like something more bakey when the flat soda doesn’t hit the tongue. Whatever is here doesn’t make the black base too terrible though.
AFTER looking at the ingredients WHOA are my tastebuds not getting any of these: any of the three alcohol flavors, any of the many lemon ingredients OR any of the spicy pepper flavors. So maybe this blend fails on that level. Or my tastebuds do.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This is another one of the reblends from the new 52Teas as of July 2015, and I must say it’s my favorite so far – it makes a terrific iced tea, something I drink a LOT of in July. Though there are several lemon-flavor ingredients, the lemon flavors do not overpower the tea – the hojicha is a very, very smooth green tea and the flavor shines through. Not only is it great as iced tea, but it does well chilling overnight in the fridge, which many flavored teas don’t do – in some, the flavoring oils rise to the top and turn bitter if they sit overnight, so they only taste good when freshly iced. This tea, however, does not turn bitter. I make it by the quart and chill it. No sugar needed for my tastes.
I am not the biggest fan of this one, but not because the tea is poorly flavored. I just don’t care much for coconut in tea, or banana flavoring. But this is very desserty, and thankfully is drinkable. I appreciated the real coconut flakes, it made the coconut more real tasting and less like weird butter, which I often taste in other coconut teas.
I can’t even…
Shou Mei is like 4 hour old McDonald fries to me :/
I went into this tea with positive vibes because there was blackberry chunks it in which make me happy, but… the base tea is what brings this tea down. The flavoring might come off as good, but I’m not sure if it is because it shines through the tea or if it’s being held back by the tea.
It’s going to be hard to finish drinking this cup…
Edit I give up, i cannot drink this.
Okay, how do I write this review?
I’d rather just preform an interpretive dance…
So here’s the thing. This is a great maple oolong, but as far as cheesecake goes it must be a diet cheesecake because it’s not there!
I’m really liking the mapleness that takes over like syrup does on a pancake. Smother that oolong you delicious sweet stuff that makes my tongue happy.
P.S. I’m in a great mood which means I’m OUT THERE
(to go over 90 I would need a cheesecake taste in it or a renaming of the tea :P)
Thanks to KiwiDelight for sending me a sample of this! I like the chocolate flavor of this blend (and that it’s caffeine-free), but mostly it makes me want to eat real chocolate. Seriously, that’s what I did. I drank half a cup of this and then reached for a chocolate bar. Rice milk does add a nice creaminess that makes for a more enjoyable cup. Overall, it’s ok but not exceptional. Sipdown!
I am guilty of purchasing tea, and other things, based on name alone; this was one of those purchases. Oolong and melon? Yeah, a must try.
Tonight I decided to bust out my Kickstarter treats from 52Teas and this is my first to try out :)
Honestly, I should have read what was in this because I had this moment of disappointment when I looked at blend. Currently I am in summer mood and dark/baked/roasted oolongs are not as enjoyable but I drank all my TGY :P
This is a personal preference I can get over easily though.
This tea is not broken leaf and the little baby spine (vine) on each leaf is nicely colored to outline the leaf itself. Though, looks are not what appeal to me with tea anymore because I’m all about that mouth feel, taste, and overall connection between mind-body-tea.
This tea has a nice juicy taste to it which is what appeals to me, but to be honest… this tea would be at least twice as good if it used a green oolong as the base. A light tieguanyin with these green cucumber pieces and melon flavoring would be the S***. If 52Teas does a green oolong base with melon, I’m in.
Side notes: Unfortunately while I was transitioning to Japan to finish college 52Teas and Beautiful Taiwan Tea were both doing their Kickstarters… with a few hundred dollars into BTT, I was unable to put more into 52Teas to try more teas; but, I have coupon (puts shades on).
p.s. the new packaging for 52Teas is MUCH more practical.
Looking over all the other reviews for this tea, it looks like I had the exact same experience. This was good but not the cheesecake flavor I had hoped for. I more compare this to a sweet creamy lemony treat with a hint of a toasted flavor running thru each sip. Still good tho. Very bright and very delicious. Still a fan even if it isn’t cheesecake tea love!
Happy Friday everybody! Enjoy your day!
I love the smell of this tea, it’s so sweet and fragrant. I grow both lemon balm and lemon verbena from time to time and both of them make excellent teas all on their own. They lend a lemon flavour to this blend but one that’s tangy-sweet rather than the sourness you’d get from pure citrus. The houjicha is a good base for this tea with its distinct toasted flavour. However I do wish that there was more cheesecake flavour as I can barely taste it in this cup.
I need to preface this review: I had been reading about this company for several months and was wowed by the positive reviews only to find the company was closed (but on the verge of re-opening!) Once they did, I chose my samples wisely and figured I couldn’t go wrong with the highly praised ones. I just had to order from 52teas again after running out of my “Sun & Clouds” sample. 52teas, you are going to cause me to go broke! I can’t resist buy samples of new flavors I think I will love!
And now, this tea. I knew this would be one of the teas I would try if they offered it again. By the time I saw it, I’m guessing the samples were all sold out. SIGH. Let’s be real – $12 is a lot to spend to find out if you even like a tea. So for a couple of days I thought about it, would it be worth it? What if was really good and I missed out? Oh well, I bought it anyways. SO GLAD I did. It’s amazing.
It seriously does taste like hot, walnutt-y banana bread! I drank it so fast. I am going to hoard this, I can tell. =)
Flavors: banana, Butter, Walnut
This is a nice soft Banana Oolong. The banana is not artificial tasting and the oolong tastes great. The flavor of the light banana and creamy oolong compliment each other well. I enjoyed 3 steeps of this tea and enjoyed all of them.
Yes, I am aware that this is a note for kiwi cheesecake oolong. If those flavours are what you are searching for I’m afraid you will have to look elsewhere. This is definitely a banana oolong. I have not detected even the slightest hint of kiwi or cheesecake, not even a “crust-esque” flavour.
So I won’t be rating this tea today. As a kiwi cheesecake tea it fails miserably. As a banana oolong it is delectable and dainty. Interesting, isn’t it?
Flavors: banana, Creamy
This was saved for my best friend, but she is over every Tuesday and this one was pulled out today. The presentation was fantastic with the blueberries in the blend :)
This is a unique blend, but… it doesn’t actually deliver.
Unfortunately the smell went to the medicinal side at around 40 seconds in :/
The taste is much milder than desired as well.
I had this tea this morning. I will refrain from rating it though. I believe the delight that this tea used to bring with it’s yummy, creamy root beer taste has vanished due to it’s age. It’s a bit sad actually. I wish I had finished it when the flavour was more vibrant and pleasing. I have about one cup left which I will cold brew tonight to see if I can coax some of it’s former spirit back into the leaf.
This makes me fear for my Butiki and RiverTeas. I have been very carefully hoarding what I have left as they are some of my favorites and I cannot acquire any more. I will have to monitor their remaining strength of aroma & flavour so as to not subject them to this fate. Sigh. I wish I didn’t have such worries and I could just order more. :(
Oh well, I am VERY glad to have any at this point. It makes me a lucky lady. :)
Edit: I had this cold brewed and I am happy to say that slightly more flavour came out this way.
Hope you all have a lovely day!
I was surprised to end up loving this – when it was breweing, it wasn’t particularly fragrant. But as I take a sip I am really impressed. It does taste very ricey, of course, and the marshmallow flavor is strong. I always add a tablespoon of honey to my pitchers of iced tea, just to give a hint of extra sweetness per cup. It works really well with this blend. I never would have thought I would love icing a flavor like this, but it is one I would reach for over many of my fruity blends.
This was one of the last 52Teas blends from Frank and it is pretty darn accurate with flavor! Whatever that unique flavor is that ONLY monkey bread has? This tea has it too! It’s tough to describe that monkey bread flavor, but both the scent of the rooibos from the pouch and the flavor in the cup has it. Liquified monkey bread! The rooibos somehow doesn’t result in a very red cup, but the rooibos is a great choice to pair with this flavor. The second steep was even more like monkey bread and full of flavor. With the second steep I noticed a hint of cinnamon that wasn’t in the first cup. So this gets a rating of 90 for being super accurate monkey bread! One of the most accurate 52teas flavors in a while.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 1-2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // few minute steep
Thank you CHAroma for this tea and for swapping! I though today was going to be more productive today but I spent almost 2 hours at the gym and then had to take a nap after lunch because I was so tired out from all the exercise ;)
So anyway after waking up from my nap it seems like a cup of tea is on order. The dry leaf smells so much like I recall Boo-Berry tasting, of course it has been years but yes it smells like a blueberry flavored cereal. As for the flavor, I am definitely getting both the blueberry and marshmallow, but I felt like the black tea base got kind of bitter. I used boiling water and steeped for around 3 minutes and also used a pretty big sample for a large mug of tea. Anyhoo, I liked this better after adding soymilk and a little coconut sugar which helped cut down on the bitterness a bit. Not my favorite thing from 52 yeas but I am enjoying the blueberry flavor.
The more I drink this tea the more I am falling in love with it. It’s simply delicious. Tastes exactly as described.
This tea seems like something I would reach for in the fall/winter, however …. here I am, right in the middle of a heat advisory, drinking it hot in my mug! It’s that good!
Flavors: Maple, Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup, Sweet
This is my first time trying genmaicha.
I am guessing I am not a fan of genmaicha. So, please keep that in mind with reading this review. What is not MY cup of tea could very well be YOURS!
This smells incredible! Seriously, it smells just like a Rice Krispy Treat! It does not taste like it smells, which is unfortunate.
I couldn’t even finish a cup, and I’m sad to say that. So far, I’ve been impressed with the other 3 samples I’ve gotten from the NEW 52teas! I plan to order more.
Flavors: Burnt, Burnt, Decayed wood, Decayed wood, Earth, Earth, Nutty, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted