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Thank you to Janelle for letting me try this! It had been on my wishlist for a while.

None of my remaining Butiki drink-a-thon teas are really ‘breakfast’ type teas, so this morning I dug around in my sample box until I came across this. It didn’t smell of much, and I was worried I might have left it too long, but the flavours are still coming through and the scent when it’s brewing is much more appetising. It actually does smell like pancakes! Flavour-wise, there’s a pancakey ‘baked goods’ note which is strongest in the initial sip, and is followed by syrupy buttery goodness which adds a really lovely background sweetness. The base tea is malty, which I like in breakfast teas, but not as astringent as I’d expected. I don’t think I could have drank the whole cup without milk, but someone else who is less sensitive when it comes to astringency could have definitely drank this plain. I added a little bit of sugar (about half a teaspoon or just under) and the butter and syrup notes came out more. Milk got rid of the astringency but didn’t affect the flavours too much.

This definitely filled that breakfast-tea hole, and I’m happy it lived up to my expectations. Now onwards with the Butiki!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was very hesitant on this one because I’m bored with the my strawberry coconut honeybush blend (I still have another bag of it, will have to wait until I’m feeling like coconut again). However, it is one of the best hazelnut blends I have tried to date.

The freeze dried strawberries come through really well. The cocoa is very strong and rich. The hazelnuts are wonderful, and I’m digging the honeybush too. Yet another beautifully orchestrated blend from 52Teas. The brewed tea smells like strawberries dipped in nutella!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Hazelnut, Honey, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Strawberry, Sweet, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Today’s eggnog latte and probably the first of a few. It used the whole sample of this blend which is probably for the best because despite it being quite nice, I don’t think it’s for me. I don’t love chai and this is most definitely a chai with it’s great deal of spice and heavy punch of cardamom. The redeeming quality for me is the marshmallowy fluffiness and the silky chocolate texture. I will say though, for the amount of chocolate chips in the blend, I expected more chocolate flavor.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, I’d like it to be chocolatier too. But then, I’d like everything to be chocolatier.

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I believe I have two genmaicha teas from 52teas, though I can’t recall the other one.
This one is tastiest for me!
The spices really do remind me of a pumpkin pie, and in some sips I get a real latte cream note. Mmmmm. I love how smooth it is as well. Second infusion was also much more balanced. Kinda my fault as I accidentally let it oversteep by a minute or so in the first one.
Some sips, I do unfortunately find it a bit generically “chai” ish. I’m not sure why. Feeling a bit nancy drew today… I’m curious now. I need to figure it out soon!! it was driving me nuts earlier.
I hope to make this as a latte soon. Something tells me it’d go really well with almond milk.

Arby

IMO everything goes well with almond milk, especially tea.

Indigobloom

Hehe yes I love it! most of the time. There are blends where the flavours are overpowered by the milk. I prefer bold flavours :P

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Well I am a little (okay a lot) late to the 12 teas of Christmas game but better late than never I suppose. This is certainly a good start because it has a flavor reminiscent of my beloved Cranberry Pear from DAVIDsTEA, albeit a little lighter due to the green tea base. Also there is some great pear candy notes to this. Yum!

Roswell Strange

So, I bought a stupid expensive vegan gelato thing today when I was grocery shopping because it’s Cranberry Pear flavoured and I have a secret hope that it’ll taste like DT’s Cranberry Pear. Anything to get to relive that great tea ;)

Maddy Barone

Cranberry Pear is my favorite. I even bought this hella expensive cranberry pear cider vinegar. Boy, I tell you what, that stuff is marvelous sprinkled over some lettuce. Or bread. Or cold green beans.

Oh, sorry. This is tea stuff. Sorry!

Evol Ving Ness

Oooooh, sounds delicious.

VariaTEA

Discontinuing it seems like such a weird choice since it was loved by so many of us. Luckily I still have some and I have this so I am happy.

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I’m very full and pretty tired so I didn’t pay much attention but I noticed enough to decide I enjoy this. Maple? Check. Marshmallow? Check. Genmaicha? Check. Treat? Definitely!

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drank Pumpkin Juice by 52teas
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I was really excited when I saw this tea on 52teas’ website because I am a die hard Harry Potter fan and I’m also a pumpkin-lover! The smell of the dry leaf is very spice and a hint of pumpkin. It smells appealing. One thing I didnt like is how big the green tea leaves were because it was hard to get them into my scooper in order to accurately measure out the tea lol. Anyways. Once steeped the smell of squash/pumpkin really, really came through which was awesome. Steeped, it smells like straight up butternut squash/pumpkin and I loveeee it. I added a tiny bit of agave syrup to add some sweetness. On taste, the spices dont come through all that much but they’re there. The pumpkin flavor is also very light. I am beginning to notice that 52teas’ blends smell heavy, but taste very light on flavor which is okay. I do like this tea and I would order it again. Now if only my 6 month old baby would take a nap so that I could put on Harry Potter and id be set…..

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pumpkin Juice by 52teas
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So 52teas ran out of marshmallow treat genmaicha, but I saw maple marshmallow treat genmaicha so I decided to give it a try! I do like maple and I like marshmallow and I like genmaicha so I said why wouldn’t I like this?! The smell of the dry leaf is VERY MAPLE. It smells almost too maple. I was scared that it was going to be sickeningly sweet. But I went ahead and steeped it and gave it a try. It thankfully didnt taste as maple as it smelled. It was very lightly flavored and I added just a pinch of agave syrup which made it even yummier. My whole kitchen smelled like maple syrup which was nice lol. I do really like this tea and I would/will buy it again if they aren’t out. It was really nice and light.

Flavors: Maple, Maple Syrup, Sweet, Toasted Rice

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank The Blues by 52teas
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This was the tea of the week for January 2 – yep, I’m a little behind this month! This tea starts with a blend of black teas – a golden Yunnan and an Assamica tea from the Jingmai Mountains. I really like this combination of teas so expect to see it in future blends from me. It’s rich and hearty and flavorful.

To that base, I added a bunch of freeze-dried blueberries, organic vanilla beans and bourbon essence (don’t worry, it’s non-alcoholic!) for a flavor that is reminiscent of the jam that inspired it (this jam: https://thej.am/products/youre-my-boy-blue-berry-bourbon-jam ) It’s a little less ‘boozy’ than I remember the jam tasting – the bourbon here is more of a subtle hint that is softened by the creamy notes of vanilla and the sweetness of the blueberry.

This is really good! It exceeded my expectations – and my expectations were high!

Evol Ving Ness

This one sounds like a winner. And I love the name. But there’s only so much tea a woman can drink. :)

52Teas

I despise limitations on my tea consumption.

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drank Gingerbread Houjicha by 52teas
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Im sad. I saw so many amazing reviews on this tea that i thought for sure id be in love. WTF. All I taste is black tea. No nuttiness, no sweetness, no cinnamon, no cake, no walnut, no maple…what did I do wrong? I followed the instructions. Grrrr. I even shook the bag! Maybe I got a bad batch? I dont know. I am going to keep trying it and see if I change my mind. Hmph.

Flavors: Tea

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See my review coming soon to Sororitea Sisters
http://sororiteasisters.com/author/mrspremise/

Flavors: Bergamot, Blueberry, Cream, Lemon, Orange

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YUM. Really enjoyed this tea! You can really taste the pumpkin spice alongside the toasty genmaicha. Its better than a PSL! I was psyched because I ordered a sample in one of my orders, and then when I placed a second order they gave me a free sample of it and I legit just ran out of the sample I bought when the shipment came. SCORE! Thanks 52teas. Happy steeping :)

Flavors: Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin, Spices, Toasted Rice

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drank Coconut Flan Genmaicha by 52teas
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I was surprised at the negative reviews here. I really enjoyed the crap outta this tea! I love 52tea’s flavored genmaichas. You can’t really find flavored genmaicha anywhere else. Hey Anne, how about an apple cinnamon genmaicha? YUM. okay, back to coconut flan- i did enjoy this blend. The dry leaf smells like coconut custard. You may not be able to say “ooh thats flan” but when you know its supposed to smell like flan, then you can tell. Its like a caramel/sugary/custardy kind of smell. It goes well with the creamy coconut in my opinion. I bought 2 large bags of this stuff. I hope its around for a little while. Mmmm so good!

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Creamy, Custard, Sugar, Toasted Rice

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Yummy! The dry leaf smells like a bag of marshmallows! mmm this tea is so delicious. The genmaicha makes it, but its not overpowering with the toasted rice, its just enough. The sweet and creamy marshmallow is just to die for! I used agave.

Flavors: Cream, Marshmallow, Toasted Rice, Vanilla

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drank Hot Buttered Spiced Rum by 52teas
46 tasting notes

I really love this blend. Its light and refreshing. I just love green tea. I can taste a little bit of the orange but its not overpowering, which made me happy. I can also taste the spice and a little bit of that butteriness. The only thing I would ask is for the butterscotch to be more prominent if there ever was a reblend. I want more buttery! And more of that butterscotch flavor…

Flavors: Butter, Green, Orange Zest, Spices

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drank Winter Cabin Chai by 52teas
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It seems like everyone on steepster really liked this blend. I wanna start by saying I wanted to like it. I bought the large size thinking that I would! I wanted to like it soooooo baddddd. But I just hate the smoky flavor. Ugh I hate it so much. Yuck!!!!!! Anne, please re-blend this with no lapsang souchong! (if thats what you used) Please please! Every other ingredient I am ALL FOR!! I was SO EXCITED for a chai that included marshmallow root and vanilla!! The smokiness just ruined it for me. My boyfriend liked it though. Im sad :( Please make a marshmallow chai…please please please…with no smoke!

Flavors: Smoke

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I went on a sample-buying binge a while back (stop judging me, I can feel you judging me). This is one I picked up that I liked pretty well hot, and then forgot about.

Today I was struggling with my attempts to quit soda (hellllp meeeeeeeeeee) so I decided to make an iced tea instead. I was sifting through my basket and spotted this.

“Blueberries, raspberries, and coconuts, plus black tea, iced? Sure. That probably won’t suck.”

And lo, it did not suck. The raspberries and blueberries were sassy buddies, and the coconut laid a sweet blanket over the whole thing. As a warning, though: if you don’t like coconut, don’t make this iced. Cold, this tea is super-coconut-y. It tastes a lot like the coconut-milk-infused curry I had with lunch, bringing my meal full circle.

I miss soda, but tea is helping.

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I got a sample of this from Kittenna and unfortunately I have not stored it all that wonderfully so this is mostly just black tea and a slightly seedy flavor. Still I am grateful to Kittenna for that chance to try this out.

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drank Peach Cardamom by 52teas
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Another blend I get to try from the 52Teas grab bags. There was a big piece of peach in my scoop… along with the green tea and cardamom. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons because of the big peach piece. Sadly, the cardamom overwhelms most of the peach and green tea but I think this was a great idea for a blend. I would love to taste more peach but I’m glad it isn’t the fakey peach flavor. All the tasting notes for this blend are years old but I just received my pouch of this a few months ago. A reblend that no one wrote tasting notes for?
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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