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Picked this up recently from 52teas’ (got my teas today!) because I couldn’t resist trying a pear tea. Eventually, I will find the One.
Picked a black tea to round out tonight’s cups because I figured it could maybe compensate for the unfiltered water a bit better than the two greens. I hadn’t really thought that through previously. The flavour when I opened the bag was unbelievably delicious – it smelled almost exactly like an apple fritter, except with pear tones instead of apple (so a pear fritter, but I didn’t think that would bring to mind the same imagery as apple fritter). The cinnamon is perfect and not overwhelming – I have been so averse to cinnamon in teas lately, because there’s just something to it that I dislike, but there’s none of that going on here.
Tastewise, I think the tea is pretty good, though it is tough to live up to such an amazing aroma. I did of course eat a carrot muffin just prior, so my mouth is contaminated with spices and it’s difficult for me to properly taste the flavours. Oops. The sip I did have shows promise though, but I’ll finish up this note once a) the tea’s a bit cooler, and b) my mouth is a bit less flavourful.
I really liked this iced tea flavor. I believe I may have passed some of it along to my daughter who also loved it.
The mango flavor is strong. Notes of cream to create the “sherbet” flavor and I like the way this flavor melds with the natural malty tones of the black tea. It’s quite a delicious combination.
Alright. This review is gonna be…weird. xD
So. When I was younger I had a bad habit of eating chapstick/lip gloss. Lip Smackers was my favorite of course. It just always tasted so good, way too good to pass up trying.
Don’t do it anymore, but I definitely remember how it tastes.
And this tea…the fake chocolate taste TOTALLY tastes like a lip smackers chapstick I ate before. Tastes exactly like chapstick…well, with a hint of toasted rice of course. But it’s just….I don’t know.
It is taking me back to my chapstick eating days…And I don’t know how to feel about it!
I think I prefer unflavored genmaicha better though!
Oh! And thanks to Albertocanfly for making me all nostalgic with this tea! XD
Flavors: Chocolate, Toasted Rice
(At this moment) NOTHING is more frustrating than knowing you’ve tried a tea, and not having a note on it, most likely due to a lengthy period of not logging teas, even though I swore I tried to avoid drinking samples. Ugh.
So this tea, is a sipdown. And I’ve had it before. And I can’t remember what I thought of it (I have to assume at least decent?). Also, it’s from Courtney (thanks Courtney!) Tasting it now, well, I believe it has likely lost some flavour. But, there’s still some tastiness to it. So I feel like it was probably tasty, but not as tasty as Cashew Turtle. There’s also a different base – I loved the Cashew Turtle base, it just fit so well. This one’s different. Not bad, just different. Maybe less… heavy, or something. Anyways, I like what’s left of the flavour of this tea. I don’t get cheesecake, but to be fair, I rarely do. I just wanted turtle. And I get kind of a nutty/caramel flavour. It’s satisfying. A touch of scratchy throat too (bleh), but oh well. I assume this would get a rating of about 80 for me, fresh, but I won’t be presumptuous and will just leave it off and cross my fingers for more turtle-flavoured things in the future.
Also, I have attempted to update my tea spreadsheet. It currently reads 939 teas. I am quite aware that this is an incorrect number, because I had a bunch of swaps that are only partially recorded, and I also have teas incoming. Oh, and I bought two more today. So I guess that’s 941, down to 940 with this sipdown. (I think I’m actually around 1000, but we’ll go with the “official” count right now).
tl;dr I have too much tea.
NayLynn gave me the chance to try this one in our swap. I’ve been wanting to try pretty much any 52teas blend that involved cream cheese because it sounds so interesting and seems fairly successful based on other people’s ratings. I, however, did not encounter as much success. Being that I was looking for that cream cheese flavor so eagerly, perhaps I set myself up for disappointment. This is a pretty good tea with its blueberry green tea flavor. It even has the buttery pastry flavor in the aftertaste. BUT…I get no cream cheese whatsoever. Maybe I would compare this more to a blueberry croissant? Not bad, but I’m still going to be on the hunt for more people willing to swap 52teas cream cheese/cheesecake blends!
Flavors: Blueberry, Pastries
This tea is unique! Very smooth + relaxing. Or wait, is it crisp + refreshing? I can’t put my finger on exactly what these flavors invoke, but they come together to create a suuuper clean blend of light white chocolate, mint, and vanilla. This taste errs ever so slightly on the subtle side, so I always end up adding a bit more than the recommended amount of tea and a TINY bit of rock sugar with this one. Definitely a re-order for me, can’t wait to try it as a latte and perhaps iced.
It’s the oddest thing… I always end up sipping a few 52Teas blends right in a row. I’ve done that a few times now! This was from the mystery grabbags that Marzipan, Mandy and I shared. No one wanted this one, so I bought the entire pouch. I didn’t mind.. I love 52Teas banana blends and I have quite a few! Banana might be my favorite flavor from 52Teas just because no one else really attempts or does a very good job with it. Combined with the newer black tea base there are plenty of strawberries and banana pieces! The taste and fragrance is mostly sweet strawberries. I wouldn’t mind more banana flavor… a big piece of banana landed in my infuser too! Not a terrible blend… meets the strawberry craving anyway. A cream flavor could have made it a sundae or smoothie blend… imagine dried ice cream pieces! This blend certainly deserves more than one rating.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
I received this in the sample pack a while back. I have been making rooibos/honeybush lattes for the past week or so. In the package the smell was scary. I don’t know how else to describe it. I wavered between an 8oz cup to try and a full on 16oz mug. I ended up going for the mug. The interesting smells I was getting from the package did not carry over to the flavor of the tea. It is tasty. Sweet, definately coconut. I am not sure I am getting much creamy/cheese cake flavor, but I still really enjoy this one. I have one more mug’s worth to enjoy tomorrow. I should really just stick to 52teas rooibos/honeybush. I get much more enjoyment out of these than the black.
4 minutes the first time I tried it, 3 minutes the second time.
I can smell in the dry leaf, like an apple vinegar type smell. It smells acidic, but it doesn’t end up tasting that way. Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of apple in teas for precisely that reason. However, this tea doesn’t overdo the apple taste. There really is a blending of the pumpkin, apple, and banana. The banana comes in at the end of the sip. A very nice subtle autumn tea. Now, if the weather would only cooperate…still in the mid-90’s here!
I was so sure I’d logged a note for this one. So sure. Apparently not, though!
I’ve tried this one twice now. The first time, I unthinkingly added a splash of milk. I’m not really sure why, just habit I think. The milk washed out most of this flavour, and it was just like drinking a cup of honeybush or rooibos. Okay, but nothing special.
I was more careful the second time, and there were no further milk-related incidents. In it’s natural state, this is a delicious blend. The caramel flavour comes our first, and is mild, but it’s definitely there. It’s like a thin caramelised sugar coating on an apple, which (surprise, surprise) is exactly what it’s supposed to be. The apple flavour is also fairly delicate, but it cuts through the initial sugary sweetness with a slightly sharp/sour tang. It’s a pretty perfect combination! The honeybush base is smooth, and adds an almost honeyed quality to each sip. It’s perfectly in keeping with the caramel vibe this one has going on.
I would have liked the overall taste to be a little stronger – more caramel, more apple – but it’s fine as is. It just needs a little focus to really appreciate, but that does make a change from some of the smack-me-in-the-face flavourings I’ve experienced recently.
I’ll enjoy the rest of this pouch, and I’m looking forward to comparing it with the oolong version that’s also sitting in my stash. When 52 Teas get flavouring right, they definitely get it right!
Thank you Momo for the great sale! I realize this blend was probably ancient but it has a label that says “rescued from retirement by Little Mew Brew” so I have no clue how old this particular pouch is. It must be less old than the original batch though? But if the black tea is the older type, I’d rather try the older blend! This also contains lots of cinnamon, raisins that I couldn’t see, and a very unique scent wafting from the open pouch. The scent seems a little odd and it carries to the flavor. It doesn’t seem old or anything and I guess it should be the butter. When the tea gets cold, it tastes more like that flavor. The cinnamon shows through and the black tea pairs well with the flavor that this should be. Does this taste like cinnamon toast? As much as it can. I expected worse, but this isn’t bad. Then I accidentally threw out the wrong leaves, no resteep!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 1 min steep
I’m pleased to see Steepster is more streamlined these days… hopefully easier to deal with behind the scenes as well. Thank you Steepster team for keeping this beast running!
Thank you so much CHAroma! I desperately wanted to try this one and I was able to get a sample with the SBT iced teas I bought. The berries listed are my favorites, so this blend just seemed for me. This tastes almost exactly like I knew it would – a lovely silver needle base that lends some lemony flavor. The berry flavors are present in both steeps equally. There are actual strawberry pieces in the blend. Very tasty and very happy I was able to try it!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling //1 min steep
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 1 1/2 min
I wasn’t thrilled to get this in a mystery bag as I’m not usually a fan of chocolate in teas and haven’t been impressed by any other honeybush I’ve tried, but it turned out to be an exception!
The scent is strong, distinct oranges, leaning more toward authentic than a fake cough syrup orange — I can smell the rind! — but there’s a slight medicinal edge. No chocolate to be found here! Nonetheless, I like it a lot.
It tastes more or less like it smells, although in flavor the honeybush peeks out from under the orange and there’s a slight unpleasant bitter edge. I would have never guessed there was chocolate if it wasn’t in the name!
Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest