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Matcha TTB

I’m wary of lemon teas, since many of them are super artificial and make me feel like I’m drinking lemon Pledge. But this one is lovely! Light and smooth with a true lemon flavor and a buttery sweet aftertaste that really does remind me of meringue.

Flavors: Lemon, Marshmallow, Meringue, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Chai-napple Gunpowder by 52teas
1692 tasting notes

I really wanted to try this one, first because the name is awesome. There are plenty of pineapple pieces and big green bundles of gunpowder, however not many spices at all. Maybe that was just my pouch and there are more spices in other pouches. I LOVE the pineapple flavor though. It even overpowers the gunpowder flavor and I know that is usually a pretty strong tasting green tea. The pineapple reminds me of the Butiki oolong pineapple. I wish 52Teas had had more pineapple blends! For a chai, it’s a fail, but the pineapple saves the cup. Farewell 52Teas but I’m looking forward to see what LiberTEAs brings to the tea table! (I couldn’t resist some of these super sale grab bags today!)
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // 28 min a.b. // 2-3 min

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
230 tasting notes

Disappointing :(
I’d okay with burnt Lucky Charm marshmallow taste… I think what I’m tasting is some genmaicha that sat on a wooden chair

Ubacat

I’ve never tried a lot of 52teas teas because they are flavoured. I love genmaicha and this one intrigued me but not anymore. Doesn’t sound very good.

Liquid Proust

I’ve had matcha and strawberry genmaicha as well, this is the worst I have had though. In Tokyo they have ground genmaicha at some resturants resturantsthat I tried… Rather weird to have powdered gemiacha. I am going to personally blend my own breakfast blueberry cobbler genmaicha sometime in July or August since I’m working on others right now.

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84

I was somewhat confused as to what kind of tea this was since it was in a sample baggie that said custard filled maple long john. I don’t think I’ve drank honeybrush before, but this stuff is fantastic! Some light tasting heavy cream in this tea with a nice warm taste that comes alive as I sip on it. Quite happy I decided to randomly brew this today next to a blueberry green… what a contrast.

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
683 tasting notes

Have been really wanted to try this one for a while now! 52Teas is soo hit or miss with me, though more misses than hits. :(
Loved their Maple Cheesecake oolong that they had at one point. And the cheesecake in that was spot on, as well as the maple flavor!
Sooo I had some faith in this one.
Didn’t really live up to expectations, but I’m not surprised. But I mean, it’s not nearly as bad as other teas from this company I’ve had in the past.
I taste some kiwi and creaminess-so that was kinda spot on-but neither of those were the main notes I tasted. There was a really strong banana flavor in it too. Wish kinda tasted odd with the sour kiwi taste. xD So yeah, it’s a really weird banana/kiwi creamy tea to me I guess. xD
Not a bad purchase. I really hate how tiny they made the packages and like it;s such a rip off, but since it’s 50% off and a “closing” sale in a way, I figured why not!
Got a few teas and it was all around cheap! :D

This was my full order, for like 12 bucks in all.

https://instagram.com/p/3GKousKHDy/?taken-by=ostdalost

So so far it’s not that bad considering I like one tea so far. I am excited to try the others. Hopefully sometime this week!
But yeah, drank two full mugs of this tea yesterday. Need to get back into more drinking…and eating. Stupid health issues and depression :( Anyway, the goal for today at least is to drink lots of teas!

Flavors: banana, Creamy, Pleasantly Sour

Sil

looking forward to your other reviews. I’m also REALLY looking forward to 52 teas being taken over by liberteas as i suspect we’ll see a strong increase in customer service and quality tasting teas.

Ost

Oh my goodness Sil! I am super stoked for her to be taking it over!! I seriously think she is going to do such an awesome job! I don’t even really give money to many like fundraisers or anything, but I had to support that kickstarter! I can’t wait to see how the company turns out after like she starts blending things and everything! :D

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85

Today we had rain and hail after a mostly sunny afternoon. So it was a good tea day. There is a nice orange aroma, both in the dry tea and brew. The flavour is mostly orange as well. Not really any chocolate, but still good. Having my second cup while watching Tangled.

Flavors: Orange

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drank Sri Lankan Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
567 tasting notes

Frank’s black teas are usually best at 2.5 minute infusions. But I think this one could have gone a little longer. It’s pretty calm for a chai. Maybe I didn’t grab enough spices from the pouch. I added some Truvia and now it’s more to my liking. The sweetness brings out a creaminess in the base that is quite yummy. It doesn’t seem to need milk at all. It could use a lot more spice though. This is like the calm, meditative, little sister of Chai tea. It’s similar but different. Much calmer, quieter, and sweeter (or at least sweeter now that I’ve added Truvia).

I went back to my tealog and read my review on 52teas’ other Pumpkin Chai. I seemed to enjoy that one better with a longer infusion, so I’ll definitely try that with this one too. I didn’t find that chai very spicy either and it did have a nice creaminess. I guess this one is pretty similar. In fact, the only difference might be the base. This is made with Pettaiagala Extra Long Leaf OP. The older chai was made with Premium Assam.

Anyway, I do like it; it’s just not what I expected. If I think of this as a creamy, slightly spiced tea, then I really like it a lot. Second infusion for 6 minutes was just as delicious. A yummy treat! I will enjoy my two pouches of this. Although I have to say that 0.5 oz of this one doesn’t go far!

Flavors: Creamy, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Raspberry Birthday Cake by 52teas
2938 tasting notes

Not a fan of this one. The raspberry tastes fake, and there’s a play-doughy flavour going on as well. Maybe that’s the cake? I was really hoping for a tea along the lines of Raspberry Cream, but it was not meant to be.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Lariel of Lórien

Try it with chocolate tea, it works then.

CHAroma

Hmm, I’m sorry you didn’t like it. I thought it was pretty good. Maybe my palate is off since I haven’t had tea in so many months. I didn’t get anything fake or play-doughy. :/

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drank Eggnog Yunan by 52teas
2938 tasting notes

So far, this is the tea I’m most impressed with. A more solid base than the others, edging on peppery (I believe that’s how one of the other reviewers put it, and it seems fitting), combined with a bit of cinnamon, a good dose of nutmeg, and not enough creaminess for me. I’m also almost picking up a hint of smoke? Either way, I am enjoying this (even though it’s not entirely the right season in which to be drinking eggnog!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
2938 tasting notes

I have to agree with AJ (the other reviewer here) – this tea is surprisingly weak, especially for an assam. I LOVE the marshmallow flavour though, it just kills me that the base here isn’t robust and malty enough to back it up. Again, I had already overleafed (we’re talking 2 tsp/8 oz. here), so there’s not much more I can do. The second infusion was very bland, so infusing longer is unlikely to help.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I usually find Assam a bit strong for my liking, so I’d probably find this one enjoyable. But I also thought weak marshmallow tea didn’t sound entirely worth placing an order.

Fjellrev

That sucks, I was wondering if this was similar to his French Vanilla Assam which I loved.

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drank Chai-napple Gunpowder by 52teas
2938 tasting notes

Not bad; this tea tastes pretty much as it is supposed to. Very distinct pineapple, combined with a cardamom-heavy chai (which I like). The gunpowder base isn’t as smoky as I was expecting, but it works here. I’m a bit conflicted here, only because I prefer my chais with milk, but I don’t know how a) a green and b) a pineapple tea, would do with milk. I will perhaps try that combination out later though.

If a pineapple chai is something you’ve always dreamed of, this tea would most certainly fit the bill.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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64

Picked this one up in the recent 52teas clearance sale. I had high hopes, but unfortunately have noticed a trend of flavourings in these teas to be weaker than I’d expect, which definitely impacted the tea here.

First infusion – the mate didn’t have a huge presence due to the 2-minute infusion (probably good because it can be overwhelming), but I could taste distinct pecan nuttiness combined with caramel, and ended up reminiscing about Cashew Turtle. Such a delicious tea…. Sadly, the flavourings weren’t overly strong, and the base felt weak, so it wasn’t nearly as rich-tasting as I was hoping for.

Second infusion – Sadly, this mostly tasted like roasted mate.

Overall, I enjoyed the flavouring, but the base didn’t work here for me, and despite overleafing a bit, the flavouring strength wasn’t there. A good flavour combo idea, though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Pink Lemonade by 52teas
679 tasting notes

I took this from the GCTTB3 last year when it came around, and I finally felt lik making iced tea out of this today! However, I don’t think I let it steep enough in the hot water, since after I diluted it to its appropriate strength, it tasted somewhat thin and not very lemony. Kind of a grapefruit hint, but that was about it.

Hey, at least it’s a sipdown.

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90

This is a lightly flavored tea. I’m getting a nice orange and ginger flavor with almond lingering in the background of the sip. It didn’t strike me as sugary sweet like cookies, so I added some Truvia. Now it’s more like a Christmas cookie! I think imagination here is key. I am getting some buttery cookie aspects along with the warmth and spice that reminds me of Christmastime. The white base is muted here, allowing the flavorings to shine through and take the spotlight.

Mmm, I’m very glad that I bought two packages of this one. I’m really enjoying it a lot! There’s something special about Frank’s white tea blends. They’re always my favorites. I drank this one pretty quick. Time for a resteep! I infused the leaves for about 5 minutes the second go-around. And it’s just as tasty as the first cup! That’s rare for 52teas blends. I think I may grab a few more pouches of this before it’s too late…

Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Ginger, Orange Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Oh, this does sound nice. And I agree that his white blends have been pretty good.

CHAroma

Yep, even the third steep was flavorful and delicious! I’m going to buy 4 oz of this one. :)

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80

Decided to get this during the sale. The dry leaves smell very nice, like raspberry sherbert or sorbet. When brewed, more of a cake scent is present. There is more of a fruit flavour than a cake-like one. Though I get more cake as it cools. Will try it later with some chocolate teas.

Flavors: Cake, Raspberry

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drank Sri Lankan Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
387 tasting notes

Actually smells like it contains pumpkin! I know a lot of these blends just use the spices associated with pumpkin, but I’m sure I’m getting a bit of that creamy squash.

Disappears a bit in the brewed version; more spice coming through. Subtle but still there in the first sip. Just sort’ve a creamyness that isn’t from the spices. Dominant nutmeg, cardamom. Cinnamon isn’t overpowering, luckily.

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drank Strawberry Banana Black Tea by 52teas
387 tasting notes

I don’t know what to think of this one. Something seems a bit plastic. I don’t know if my tastebuds are still off (they’ve been on again off again messed up for a while… I was taking zinc a few months ago which seemed to fix it temporarily, who knows). Actually tasting the tea much more strongly, with a touch of banana. I’m glad there’s no hibiscus or rosehip in the blend to make the strawberries ‘pop’. Because for me all it does is make it pucker too much.

I’m avoiding giving these latest reviews ratings so I don’t sway anything until I’ve got an actual opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
387 tasting notes

I agree with tea-sipper that this reminds me more of banana. But kiwis are also a similar sickly sweetness. As I sip more, it transforms into more of a kiwi flavour. Also coming through is… yup, I oversteeped the oolong. But I tend to treat teas poorly when they’re flavoured, since the flavouring comes out more with hotter/longer steeps. That tang might also be the cheesecake. I think I am getting a bit of graham cracker coming through as well.

Kiwi is a good choice for oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
387 tasting notes

Assam goes about as well with marshmallows as it does with vanilla (and no, that’s not a joke; I mean they go really well together).

Dunno what to say. Felt a little weak, which is weird for assam. Guess I’ll just have to make it stronger next time. But it’s assam, it’s marshmallows, they’re together, and it’s fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry Birthday Cake by 52teas
567 tasting notes

The dry leaf aroma is strongly raspberries. The brewed tea aroma is the same and the taste is fairly one dimensional. I added a bit of Truvia and now it’s sweeter like cake. Mostly though, this one is a lightly flavored raspberry tea. The base here is nice and complementary. It lends a certain cake-y-ness to the flavor. I can imagine I’m drinking a white cake with raspberry icing. It’s not an in-your-face cake taste. It’s more of a pensive allusion to cake instead. I like that I can enjoy this tea without milk, but it definitely needs the sweetener. Overall, a pretty good tea.

Flavors: Cake, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nichole

I was curious about this one.

CHAroma

It’s good. The raspberry flavor is very nice. Just not in-your-face cake flavor. It’s more subtle and nuanced so you have to use a bit of imagination.

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76

Lots of caramel. Lots of pecan. Lots of crust, thanks to the earthy qualities of mate and cheap ice cream cone notes of the oolong. The cheesecake is largely up to your own imagination to find. I swear I’m picking up on some delicious tangy dessert..

I forgot how heavily I rely on mate/guayusa blends to wake me up after late evenings/mornings. Currently on the lookout for interesting flavour blends.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Pecan

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I’m glad there’s lots of caramel and pecan in this one. I’ll have to try it now!

CrowKettle

I hope it works out for you!

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79

My package checked into customs last night. This morning I woke up and decided I’d give it a quick check before heading to class. Still in customs. Well, can’t complain, seeing as so far this has been probably the fastest ship I’ve seen. So I went upstairs… to find the package sitting on the diningroom table.

Decided mate was the way to go for the morning. Brewed this up at four minutes. You can smell the mate, and I think that adds to the sweet and nutty factor, because it does seem like I’m smelling pecans (well, I don’t remember them having much of a smell) and sweet caramel.

Starting sipping slightly too hot, but once it cooled enough, I get caramel followed immediately by the pecan. Not as much cheesecake, though there’s a tang in the aftertaste along with the mate which I think gives it a cheesecake feel.

Playing Guns of Icarus while sipping this. The oolong seems completely overtaken by the mate, though I think it might be coming through slightly oversteeped, seeing as I picked boiling water.

As it cools, definitely getting more pecan. Caramel is more in the back of the throat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Chai-napple Gunpowder by 52teas
275 tasting notes

Matcha TTB

This tea had such a unique flavor combination, I just had to try it. And I wasn’t disappointed…this is delicious! The main flavor is sweet, juicy pineapple, but the chai spices add a nice warmth and there is also just a hint of smokiness from the gunpowder base. I’ve only tried a few things from 52Teas and this one is definitely my favorite so far!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pineapple, Smoke, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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