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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
I’m not going to rate this yet because I feel like I need to experiment a bit. But, having said that, I have only tried this hot without any additives and am not impressed. The honeybush tastes good, and I definitely get green apple. No caramel whatsoever, though. And it smells quite sour, which comes through with the apple. So, maybe sweetened with a little milk?
Flavors: Green Apple
I was surprised when I took a sip of this – I really wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a very fresh tasting tea that I think will be much better iced. There is supposedly cranberry in here, but I don’t taste that. I taste a mineral-y freshness and grapefruit that do not totally resemble the alcoholic drink, but do remind me of the sea. Lovely way to retain the last bits of summer even in this fall weather we are having now.
I’m drinking this cold brewed at work today, and I like it. I suspect this is partly because it reminds me of my beloved Raspberry Cream, which I will never, ever forget. It’s also awesome all on its own. I used 1.5 tbsp of leaf in 1 litre of water, and put it in the fridge for approximately 10 hours overnight. The resulting liquor is a very pale yellow, and I half suspected it may have turned out too weak. I was really wrong.
It’s delicious. There are no other words for it. The raspberry is the main flavour, and it walks a line between candy raspberry and actual fruit. It’s sweet, and has none of the sharpness that fresh raspberries sometimes have, but it is undisputedly raspberry all the same. The shou mei base works well here — it’s mild, buttery, a little creamy. It’s not shortbread exactly, but it captures the right notes to give the impression of something shortbread-like. The lingering sweetness after the raspberry flavour fades away is pure confectioner’s sugar. I would actually quite like a raspberry doughnut right now. Or a hindbaersnitter, more to the point. Unless I try and make some, though, I can’t see that happening. Perhaps I’ll try and find a recipe when I get home tonight!
I would like to try this one hot in the near future, just to compare, but it works fabulously cold-brewed. I’ll be sipping on this happily for the rest of the day!
The aroma is reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum, this is especially apparent in the dry leaf. Once the leaves are brewed, the liquid is still fruity and bubblegum-y, but I can also pick up on notes of Darjeeling, or notes that I would expect from a Darjeeling.
I would recommend watching the temperature with this tea. When the water is too hot, the flavor is a little “off” to me and a little bitter too. A cooler temp, 195°F is what I’d recommend will result in a tastier cup.
It’s an interesting tea, I enjoyed it.
I brewed this to do a little taste test next to 52teas rootbeer float. The butterbeer smells more of rootbeer but I find myself missing the marshmallow and vanilla that are in the rootbeer float. It definitely tastes like rootbeer. Although it leaves a strange sweet after taste in my throat that I’m not fond of.
I think that this tea is as close to a rootbeer float as a tea can get. The marshmallow is a really nice touch that adds a bit of depth to the flavor. It really gives it that vanilla ice cream flavor. I only had a few sips of it because my husband really enjoyed. Usually when he tries any tea he doesn’t say anything about it but this one he really liked.
On another note: I’m so glad the discussions page is working! I was having withdrawals over the weekend..
I was a bit put off by the name… I mean, really , would I really want a fruity cereal flavored tea? As i found I … I like it quite a bit. The fruit isn’t as crazy as it sounds and the black tea wasn’t bad. No bitterness. I like fruity teas and the sweetness that implies so this tea works. Not every day, but one I could keep in stock. (If I had more this this sample) Not bad :)
This stuff is amazing – I brewed it hot and chilled it to make iced tea and was surprised to find not a single hint of bitterness. I am usually careful not to oversteep, but most green that sits seems to take on just a hair of bitterness or astringency at least…but not this. It is a bit tart and juicy but really doesn’t taste artificial.