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I received this tea from EvaGrim in a swap. Thank you!

As far as Genmaicha goes I have only ever had the chocolate version from Verdant. I haven’t experimented too much with this type of tea so I am going to leave this one unrated. This looked really pretty in the steeper. The toasted rice, hunks of strawberry, and green tea all mixed together. When I held my nose up to the cup I got the sweet smell of strawberry, and my first sip there were hints of strawberry, but the strawberry quickly faded from the taste. The cup slowly changed to a toasty plasticy taste. I am not sure if this was the rice mixed with the green tea. It was nice, but not something I would crave. I am unsure about this one. I think I would like to try some “normal” Genmaicha" to get a feel for what I should be tasting.

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This tea is always super yummy! I feel like it makes a good breakfast tea because melon always reminds me of brunch. The flavors are spot on and the white tea base adds a nice sweet note.

Starfevre

Pumpkin Cream from Mahamosa has honeydew melon in it and it is delightful.

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Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #25
Coconut, mint and chocolate: a lovely combination… though not necessarily like those peppermint patties (love them). There would need to be MUCH more mint here. The chocolate in the blend are the cocoa nibs which aren’t the chocolateiest of chocolate ingredients. There are so many chocolate mint blends that this one doesn’t stand out too much, maybe even just because the black tea base isn’t my favorite. This tasting note makes me sound like I’ve been Tea Spoiled lately. I have been.
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3 min

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I quite liked this. It’s mildly creamy and almond. The base tea is smooth and would have made a lovely iced tea all by itself. I imagine this is the stuff sweet tea is made of.
I actually thought the lighter flavoring made this tea better than if the the base tea had been hidden away.

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So I got a little tangy and a little creamy…but mostly orange. I felt like this had to steep for quite a while to be anything more than a sweet-ish honeybush (not that I’d necessarily be complaining about drinking that). I feel like this could be Anytime Smoothie Honeybush because it isn’t so fruity that it screams morning. I definitely wouldn’t buy this again but I don’t mind drinking it.

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I definitely like strawberry in my teas because I think I’ve liked every strawberry variation I’ve had so far. This was nice because it had good strawberry flavor with just the right amount of cinnamon to make it feel desserty. I would have gone more with something along the lines of muffin than pie, but I’ll take it either way.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Strawberry

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This is kinda perfect for me at night. I don’t get much banana, but I get it in the aftertaste and it is balancing out the raspberry. It smells sweeter than it tastes. I reallllllly like honeybush :)

Flavors: banana, Raspberry

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
219 tasting notes

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This stuff is really good cold steeped! I get that super refreshing genmaicha toasted rice flavor and a hint of strawberry. I could stand a little more strawberry flavor. I added a little sweetener which works out pretty well.

This tea makes me want to try making Neapolitan marshmallow treats! I know I have seen a recipe for it before…

Preparation
Iced
NayLynn

That sounds like a great idea!

TeaBrat

This is too light on strawberry for me whether cold or hot steeped… alas

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This is lovely :) Just had it hot before bedtime and I can’t wait to try it brewed with a little vanilla coconut milk. I bet that will make it quite decadent. Honeybush has quickly become a favorite of mine since it makes everything pleasantly sweet without actually being sweet. I could do with more pineapple, but that part might be more noticeable cold or if I brew it stronger. This is one I see myself drinking often and maybe even keeping around!

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I can smell the orange and pineapple. Quite nice but there is a medicinal smell. I only smell a little of the woodsy smell in the honey bush.

I feel that my taste buds must be going wonky. I can smell the tea but I can’t seem to taste the flavors. I think it’s me. The others who have reviewed this tea have had good things to say about it… I think it’s just me.

Thank you Hapatite for the kind swap :D

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We were discussing the remodel of the 52teas website in Steepster chat, and I was considering buying some of their Genmacashew to try. Sadly it’s out of stock, but it inspired me to try this genmaicha blend. Miss NayLynn sent me this sample in our swap, along with two other banana teas. It looks similar to their other genmaicha teas – flat steamed dark green leaves mixed with mochi rice and a piece or two of popcorn. This one appears to have shaved coconut in it as well. Dry scent is a very sweet combination of banana pudding and banana taffy. I steeped about 1.5 teaspoons of leaf for 3 minutes at 175.

Once brewed, the tea smells mostly of toasty genmaicha with a little bit of creamy banana mixed in. I noticed as it cooled, it started to smell more of banana taffy. This actually has a nice amount of banana pudding flavor to it, which surprised me since the other 52teas genmaichas I’ve tried have been disappointing in the flavor department. The toasted rice is nice and toasty, and the green tea is overpowered by the banana flavor, which is nice since I haven’t enjoyed their particular green tea before. There is a wee bit of bitterness here, so maybe I oversteeped this a bit. Overall, much better than the marshmallow treat versions I’ve tried!

Flavors: banana, Candy, Custard, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Credit where credit is due, Frank does banana really well :)

TeaBrat

agree on the banana

Kirkoneill1988

no milk needed this time eh? :)

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Oooh, this tastes like it says. Ginger, pumpkin and cheese cake. 52teas pumpkin flavouring is fantastic.

Also, drinking this while eating chocolate makes for an explosion of burnt sugar and maple syrup flavours.

Thanks Dexter, for the sample!

Flavors: Creamy, Ginger, Honey, Pumpkin, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
darby

I need to get some one this…your review sounds yummy.

sweetea

Bring on the pumpkin, I say!

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drank SBT: Vanilla Cola by 52teas
237 tasting notes

I cold brewed overnight, and probably used more water than I should have but it turned out great! Although not for the sophisticated palate this tastes exactly like little cola candies- the ones with the sugar sprinkled all over. It’s a happy tea :) quite fun.

P.S. I am back! :P

Ost

Welcome Back! :O :D

christeana1

Yaay! Welcome back!

Cameron B.

Welcome back. I hope everything is going better for you. <3

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Another flavored tea from NayLynn! I remain curious about this one and the peanut butter version, even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha. Visually, it’s flat green tea leaves with toasted rice, pieces of marshmallow root, and freeze-dried strawberries. It smells like genmaicha and strawberry milk, yum! I steeped a heaping teaspoon for 3 minutes at 175 degrees.

Brewed aroma is mostly just toasty genmaicha with a hint of strawberry. Hmm, this one is also disappointing. The green tea that they use in these blends is too grassy and it totally goes against the whole creamy confection thing they’re going for. And the strawberry flavor here is too tart to mesh well. With agave and soymilk, this tasted basically exactly like the regular Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Marshmallow, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i usually don’t add milk to my tea

Cameron B.

Me neither. Occasionally I’ll add milk to a flavored tea if it needs it.

Skysamurai

Yea this one confuses my mouth

VariaTEA

The peanut butter one was the most disappointing of all so don’t even waste your time with that one. I had high hopes for it and it just tasted like grass. And this is coming from someone who liked all the other marshmallow treats.

Cameron B.

VariaTEA, I think I would enjoy these teas a lot more with a different base. The green tea they use is just too grassy and it doesn’t work for me in a “creamy” flavor. :P

TeaBrat

I wasn’t a big fan of this myself.

Roswell Strange

Yeah, I agree with VariaTEA – I liked the other Marshmallow Treats but the Peanut Butter was completely dissatisfying. I think I ended up adding Peanut Butter matcha to it to make it drinkable.

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drank Strawberry Banana Black by 52teas
4423 tasting notes

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OK, I just was not excited about this tea to tell you the truth. I’m not big on the flavor combination of strawberry and banana. It seems like it’s “the” flavor combination, because you can find strawberry/banana yogurts and other things, but I just never have gotten into this combination. I prefer the two fruits separate … together … they both seem to lose a bit of the wow factor for me.

And what made it worse for me is that this was released on my birthday week. I wanted a tomato tea. Yes, another tomato tea. Frank has since explained to me why this won’t happen but that doesn’t keep me from wanting another tomato tea.

If nothing else, he could have put a couple of heavy doses of chocolate into this and made Chocolate Strawberry Banana black tea.

But no. Strawberry banana. OK.

Be like that.

I was happily surprised by this tea though. I actually quite enjoyed it. The strawberry is sweet with a little bit of that berry tart, and the banana isn’t quite as strong as the strawberry but it offers a sweet understated flavor and a pleasant creaminess. The black tea seems different from what I remembered the black tea base tasting like, it seems to have lost some of the richness to it, but it’s still an enjoyable base. Smooth and round, not too astringent.

I liked this more than I thought I would. But I would have been happier if it were a tomato tea.

albertocanfly

I agree! I don’t understand all the hullabaloo about this flavor combination.. it often ends up so lack luster. Glad this tea exceeded expectations, though!:]

yyz

Maybe not what your looking for but Betjeman and Barton have a tomato tea http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/les-parfumes/299-jardinier.html. If interested you can phone order it from Montreal for a reasonable shipping rate.

LiberTEAS

Interesting … I might have to look into this company. Thanks!

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Backlog:

This is yummy. I just brewed some of this the other day for a pitcher of iced tea and it was so good iced.

It’s also a great hot tea too. A good balance of sweet-tart berry and sweet creamy goodness. The Shou Mei seemed to really enhance the flavors and be enhanced by them – it was a very harmonious marriage of flavors. I like that the berry doesn’t taste too candy-ish to me.

When Frank starts the white teas with the SBT line, I think he should revisit this flavor as a SBT tea.

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
536 tasting notes

Yarr! Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, me mateys! I be drinkin’ this here tea because Captain Lariel suggested it as a likely pirate tea on this here auspicious day.

This tea smells very very strongly of exactly what I would think when I see “Butter Rum”. It tastes like it too. It’s been ‘curing’ in the giant box ofunopened teas since I got it and while neither Rum nor Butterscotch are my favourite flavours, I am enjoying this as well as foisting it off on many of my co-workers today.

I have been debating what pirate joke to put on the end here because I have quite a collection now. Pirate pickup lines perhaps? Or the old one about the steering wheel on the breeches? No. I’m going to go philosophical.

How do pirates know that they are pirates?
They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Rum

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 1000 OZ / 29573 ML
Kaylee

Descartes walks into a bar and orders a Cointreau. After he finishes the drink, the bartender asks if he’d like another. Descartes replies “I think not”, and disappears.

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drank SBT: Black-N-Blue by 52teas
4423 tasting notes

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I was really happy when I saw that SBT made this tea by mistake (instead of making Razzleberry), because this was one of the most memorable teas that 52Teas has ever made. I loved this tea. I loved it so much that it was one that I hoarded. Normally, I’m more than happy to share my teas that I have with others because I have a lot of tea.

Seriously, I have a lot of tea

Anyway … normally I’m happy to share my tea with others, but, this was one that I didn’t share. I kept it all to myself like a selfish Nelly because it was so good. So when SBT made a version of it I was so happy. And this is almost as good as I remember – if not just as good as I remember – the original being. That doesn’t usually happen. Usually the original 52Teas version is better than the SBT version but this … this is quite possibly equally as good as the original 52Teas version.

In other words, it’s seriously good. And I won’t share my used teabag with you. So don’t even ask.

Marzipan

But is it good?

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
278 tasting notes

A lot of tea with a little butter rum. It’s a good blend of blacks. I’m not going to try to guess which types they are… I’m better at guessing greens. The butter rum is lighter then I expected but at the same time I think it’s better like that.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Starfevre

a day too early. tomorrow is pirate day.

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Backlog:

Having never tasted a pumpkin brownie before, I went into this tasting with my thoughts on what I thought a pumpkin brownie should taste like. I had my ideas … but how close they are to truth … I don’t know. Anyone who bakes pumpkin brownies should remedy this situation for me and send me at least a dozen of said brownies.

I do enjoy Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. These are one of my bakery favorites, actually, and when autumn comes ‘round – it’s here now, yay! – I’m always looking at my grocery bakery for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Because … yum.

In the meantime, I did enjoy this blend. The naturally sweet, nutty flavor of the honeybush works well with the brownie flavors and the earthy pumpkin notes. It’s sweet, a little chocolate-y, a little pumpkin-y … and well, it’s yummy. I like it.

Tea Sipper

I NEED to try pumpkin brownies!

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My mouth is so confused by this tea. Sweet and tart like fake strawberry but slightly bitter with the green tea and then the smoothness of the brown rice. This is a very interesting tea and we just don’t quite know how to handle it. I love genmaicha and I love strawberries. But this tea perplexes me. It’s good but its a bit too fake? It’s like having my treat and drinking my favorite cuppa all at the same time.

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Hmm, this is interesting. The flavour is pretty dead on. I get pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon and toffee, with a bit of a vegetal finish, and that should be awesome and amazing, but the body of this tea is so, so light that it kind of doesn’t mesh very well. With these kinds of rich flavours, I find myself wanting a tea that feels a bit thicker and creamier in the mouth. It’s also not sweet, which I would expect from a pumpkin and toffee tea. I’ll probably add sugar and maybe even a touch of milk to my next cup, just to give it those missing dimensions, because the flavour is pretty great.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Pumpkin, Toffee, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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