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Thank you for the sample Evol Ving Ness!

This is a delicious creamy oolong. The maple and cheesecake are certainly present, but subdued. I actually appreciate that the flavouring is subtle to let the base have an appearance as well. Really, if I wanted something more robust, I would have reached for a black tea right!

I would definitely order this next time I make a 52teas order (if it happens to be available at the time)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Nutty, Rooibos, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I am a huge fan of dessert teas and I also try to avoid caffeine, so this was perfect for me. I’ve only made two cups of this so far, however I really enjoyed it both times. I like the spices and the honeybush base. I wish it had more raisin flavour, but I still enjoyed the blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Thanks for the sample Evol Ving Ness!

I am always a sucker for a strawberry black tea. I like that it is good cold or hot!

The black tea base is smooth and a little bit malty, with hints of vanilla. I wish that the strawberry was a little more robust, but a decent tea. I will try it cold brewed next time I think

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Glazed Donut Black Tea by 52teas
22 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

I really like this. It’s not super super donut-y, but I’m suggestible enough that it works for me, and I like the base and the flavouring. I like vanilla in general, and thinking of it as a vanilla flavoured black tea, this is one of the nicest I’ve had…I want to keep the rest for myself…it’s so good.

Sil

pretty sure you COULD…that box is FULL

shezza

i think i will. i didn’t fully appreciate how well packed that box was until i tried to fit everything back in

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drank Marshmallow Assam by 52teas
1794 tasting notes

I’m finally getting around to drinking all those little 1 oz pouches I bought when Frank was clearing out his stock before turning the company over to LiberTeas. This one was a nice surprise, the malty flavour of a decent-quality Assam blended with smooth, slightly sweet vanilla and marshmallow flavours. I wonder if LiberTeas would consider bringing this one back?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

I’ve thought about it – maybe it’ll be one of the choices on an upcoming Retro Monday vote. :)

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drank Mango Kiwi by 52teas
261 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

This one is pretty tasty. I like that I can tell that it is a green tea and that the fruit flavor is certainly mixed in there. The flavor isn’t exactly mango but it isn’t exactly kiwi. If I think about it I can almost discern one or the other but they compliment each other well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A while back I decided to both go on a sipdown schedule and a tea buying hiatus. The 1st one I’ve quit, because tea has always been from the beginning more of a treat…like at the end of a long day and a present to myself for not strangling anybody. So, with exception of the occasional iced tea jug where I can use up alot more tea at once…not going to bother with any sipdowns. The Tea Buying Hiatus however, I have no choice but to go thru with that.

This tea: It’s ok. Tastes nice…but not terribly inspiring.

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drank Apple Spice Black Tea by 52teas
529 tasting notes

Having this with spiced mashed sweet potatoes and red grapes for a mid-morning snack. The dry leaf is long and dark with large chunks of apple thrown in. This does smell spiced, but not as much like cinnamon to me. I can’t place what it is exactly. I didn’t steep this according to the package directions (accidentally) so I’m not sure if it tastes as good as it should.

Flavors: Astringent, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am pushing myself to drink more green and white teas: teas that are usually not the first ones I reach for.

Honestly, I haven’t made up my mind about fruit-flavoured green teas. It seems hard to get the balance of tea and flavour right.

That said, this one, a blend of organic Chun Mee and Gunpowder, is good. The blackberry overlay is mellow. The butter crust is gently there. Nice.

The flavouring disappears by the second steeping and the lovely green remains.

Flavors: Blackberry, Butter

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Totally agree with you about fruit-flavoured greens.

Plunkybug

Agreed on the flavoured green teas…the balance is hard. Sometimes I am ok with it being more fruit than tea, but it depends on what it is.

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No cookie. No oolong. Sad face. :( This tea was okay, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. As a lemon ginger tea it was yummy, but as a lemon ginger cookie oolong it failed. It was tasty for what it was though. :)

sipdown

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

52Teas

This one is in the process of being reblended – hopefully my reblend will be better. :)

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
22 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5

Wehhhhh I don’t like the smell of this dry (I guess it’s the combo of slightly marine smell from the green tea + chocolate????). It smells better brewed, but it tastes like a very bland genmaicha. I’m not getting any chocolate flavour from it…maybe if I squint? It gets a little better as it cools, but I still don’t like it.

Sil

pretty sure this is the old icky one.

shezza

ah, that explains it. do you think i should take it out? or should i just let it live out the rest of it’s journey and leave it for others to…discover

Sil

imo unless someone in the box cares… it should be dealt a quick death…to make room for better things, since i think everyone’s been unhappy with this one. but that’s just my thought

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Thanks for the sample Evol!

For some reason, nothing stood out in this tea for me. The pineapple was really subtle, and there was some sweetness that must have been the marshmallow, but it wasn’t particularly exciting for some reason. Just a little underwhelming I guess. It was still enjoyable, but not likely something I would purchase.

Oh well, I can’t love EVERY tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
210 tasting notes

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Opened this one for breakfast, since I’ve recently finished off the other black teas I had open at home. Look! There’s me, working through my stash. Hooray!

Upon opening the pouch, I could immediately smell fruit. Strawberry, raspberry, orange. It’s a scent that lingered throughout the brewing, and I’m pleased to say that it also made it into the flavour of the finished tea. This one is SO fruity, and the flavours seem remarkably well defined. I can taste strawberry, raspberry and orange, largely in the mid-sip, plus the occasional hint of peach at the end of the sip. There’s a hefty dose of malt from the black base that makes this a pretty sweet treat, maybe just a little sweeter than I’d typically look for on a morning.

My only complaint is that I don’t get much of a “cereal” vibe from this one, which is what it was intended to be. Maybe it’s a good thing, though, because I’m not actually sure that it’s a workable concept. Drinking this does put me in mind of fruit juice, and that’s a breakfast staple, so I guess the “breakfast” element is kind of there. What this tea really reminds me of is Rainbow Sherbet, which I drink at work during the week. It’s a little creamier from the marshmallow root, and the base tea comes through more strongly (meaning that milk works well here, where it really doesn’t with Rainbow Sherbet). The flavour profiles are really kind of similar, though. Given that I like the flavours, that’s not really a problem, but this one just isn’t quite as unique as I hoped it would be.

1 tsp, 3.5 minutes, boiling water. Splash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
tea-sipper

I always wanted to try this one and your first paragraph made it sound like Rainbow Sherbet, then I read your second paragraph. :D

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Cold Brew Sipdown (136)!

Sample comes from VariaTEA! Personally, I didn’t like this one much at all. The lemon flavouring in it strongly reminds me of the other lemon flavoured blend that my darling tea twin sent me, which I can’t remember the name of right now. It’s very harsh and pithy/bitter while also having a strong artificial/“Pledge” like quality. Also, no white chocolate flavour to speak of…

And I can’t blame today’s string of poor tea experiences for the bad flavour; I drank this one a few days ago. I suppose whatever flavour is being used for the lemon flavoured blends just personally doesn’t work for me.

CrowKettle

Pledge tea is a huge disappointment. I love lemon but when the flavouring is like that it’s one of the ickiest experiences I can have with tea XD

VariaTEA

Yeah, I am not loving these lemon blends either which is sad because they sound amazing in theory.

TeaNTees

Ick! Artificial Pledge lemon! :(

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drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
311 tasting notes

From the old 52Teas. I prepared this in a saucepan, with 2% milk (roughly two parts water, one part milk).

The masala chai blend is the first I’ve encountered with ras el hanout, a North African spice mix. What is in this particular blend, I don’t know because the packet doesn’t specify. Generally, as Wikipedia says: “Commonly used ingredients include cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice, dry ginger, chili peppers, coriander seed, peppercorn, sweet and hot paprika, fenugreek, and dry turmeric. Some spices may be particular to the region, such as ash berries, chufa, grains of paradise, orris root, monk’s pepper, cubebs, dried rosebud, fennel seed or aniseed, galangal, long pepper.”

I can’t pinpoint any specific spices, and even though the mix has a subtle bite, it does have a flavorful presence. There is a prolonged aftertaste. The base tea is a CTC black tea, which contributes a brisk and very malty taste. Overall, this recipe produces a strong, cockles-warming cup.

I just finished the last of this blend. It no longer exists for me. I would recommend it, but since it’s from the old 52Teas, it’s discontinued. My father was also favorable towards it.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (142)!

I think this one came from VariaTEA?

Mostly, this tasted like your typical cold brewed/iced Genmaicha: which is to say it was a lovely, softer roasty flavour profile. I quite like cold brewed Genmaicha and Hojicha. However, since this is a flavoured Genmaicha I definitely wanted a bit more of that gingerbread flavour. It was kind of noticeable at the tail of the sip, but only faintly.

So, you know, not bad but not great. I guess average?

VariaTEA

Yep, this was from me. I couldn’t let a genmaicha pass without sending you a taste

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drank Cranberry Orange Cider by 52teas
3065 tasting notes

Not really remembering this tea overly well. I think it might have been a bit bubble-gummy though – I find orange (and some combination of spices?) to be that way in tea sometimes. Not fond of it.

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I was wondering why I hadn’t written a note for this tea yet, and then it occurred to me – I didn’t want to write and rave about it for fear of it being bought out before I got more. Hahahahaha. So yes, I really enjoy this tea. Creamy strawberry/coconut/pastry flavours… it’s really quite good. I got my large pouch of it, and it’s long sold out by now, so… sorry everyone who didn’t get to try it.

Plunkybug

I’ve never seen a Lamington flavored tea before!

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drank Hindbaersnitter Shou Mei by 52teas
3065 tasting notes

Drank this, but literally no recollection of that. Later. Later…

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
3065 tasting notes

I don’t recall this tasting like eggnog in the slightest, just like chai. I believe I was disappointed with that – I had hoped for something really creamy and less spiced. More detailed note later, when I drink it again.

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drank Apple Spice Black Tea by 52teas
3065 tasting notes

My recollection of this tea is positive, especially when I give it a sniff. Actual apple(!) and a black base instead of green. Wasn’t too enthused about this to start, but I believe I’ll enjoy finishing it off.

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