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drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
1585 tasting notes

I used to work at a chocolate shop that also sold ice cream during the summer and one of the most popular summer flavours was rum raisin ice cream. It’s almost uncanny how accurate the scent of the dry tea is. The flavour isn’t quite there however – given the scent I was expecting the rum raisin flavours to be stronger than they are. The ice cream part is down pat, particularly after I added a bit of skim milk to it, but the rest is a bit weak.

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

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drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
207 tasting notes

This is my very first 52teas blend. I’ve been curious for a long time about these blends, but for some reason, have always delayed on putting in an order. Thanks to Lala, I can try some of the blends to see how I like them before putting in an order.

I like this quite a lot. I didn’t get much in the way of dry leaf aroma, nor did I find an off-putting nor offensive odours in the brewed version. I was actually kind of surprised at how pale the brew was, I was anticipating something….else. What I really like about this, is it does taste really creamy with a hint of orange.

I don’t usually do a second infusion of flavoured tea’s, but thought I would see how this would hold up. Flavours are still there, but I let it infuse too long so I did get some bitterness as well. My fault.

I think next time I may add some sweetener of some type just to see if it makes the orange pop a little more. But this is still really tasty without added sweetener.

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drank Peaches & Cream Genmaicha by 52teas
144 tasting notes

Pretty sure this is from 52Teas since there is no other tea by this name on here. xD Got a sample of this from Rie T, but she didn’t say where she’d gotten it from.
Didn’t really smell anything in the bag, but when it began steeping I started to smell a creamy version of genmaicha, which is just kinda weird. But I guess the name fits haha
And Never had flavored genmaicha before!
But there is a first for everything!
As for flavor, not really getting any peaches, but it definitely has a hint of cream in it…
I think I prefer regular genmaicha better-haha!
Well glad I finally tried a flavored one. :P

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
1585 tasting notes

I missed this tea on the first go-round but I managed to snag a pouch when it was re-blended recently. Frank doesn’t do many oolong-based blends so this one intrigued me. The smell of the tea is very sweet with a mixed fruity-floral undertone. The flavour is also distinctly sweet and smooth though personally I think it tastes more like a sweet cream than caramel to me. The apple flavour is subtle, though I think the oolong based helps it along, still it would be nice if it were a touch stronger.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Soooo….I bought a bunch of these SBTs to try. What’s the weight per packet anyway? I’m wondering if it’s a better deal to buy regular looseleaf, but they wouldn’t come in all these amazing flavors.

So one of the first 52Teas I ever had was a Lemon Lime Cheesecake Honeybush. I still remember how amazingly delicious it was, but then again, it was when I was relatively new to the vast world of tea possibilities. Anyway, I figured that this would be a close approximation to that first tea I loved so I got a packet with my order.

I cold brewed this in a 2 quart pitcher so I followed directions halfway. :) This morning I had a glass and it was delicious. The tea is provides a solid background for the flavors to shine. The key lime is smooth and limey. There’s a light creamy tang that I believe is the cheesecake. It is missing that bit of sour from actual lime, but a drop of lime juice should fix that. Fortunately I happen to have some.
The tea is actually a bit strong for me, but Frank does claim that it has the resteeping power to make a whole gallon. I’ll be diluting the tea as I go until it tastes right.
I’m really enjoying this. I hope the other flavors I bought are as good. I’m especially looking forward to the almond milk one. I should stop by the liquor store for some dark rum. :D Too bad it’s closed on Sundays. :(


I always resteep my SBT and make a gallon right off the bat. I think it is great, not weak at all! It tastes so good, it means everyone drinks it twice as fast, so I don’t know if that cancels the savings…

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drank SBT: Orange Creamsicle by 52teas
1330 tasting notes

A creamsicle iced tea! If I ever get to an ice cream shop, I’d most likely order the orange vanilla swirl. I brewed a teaspoon of this one hot, not as an iced tea. Immediately on opening the bag, this is definitely creamsicle! It smells like a melted creamsicle was in the pouch. However, after a 45 second steep, the flavor isn’t quite as nice as the scent. A little orange and a little cream but it tastes a tad bit more artificial than some other 52Teas blends. Let’s be fair, a creamsicle is probably artificial too. I still enjoy it but the fragrance is so promising! Maybe I should have added a bit of sugar. The second steep surprisingly has almost just as much creamsicle… it doesn’t all go to the first steep! I like these 52Teas iced especially when I need a kick of caffeine from the CTC but my other infuser is full of bigger leaves so they fit right in the teaspoon sized infuser when I need to use it.
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 45 second steep
Steep #2 // few min after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep


This is probably my favorite SBT, but I do add 1/4 a cup of sugar to 2 quarts of tea.

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drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
144 tasting notes

Nope. Nope. Nope.
What kind of mix is this anyway? D:
I can definitely taste the rum and ice cream. But just….no.
Not a fan of these flavors….Glad this was just a sample haha!

Flavors: Rum


That bad huh? :)


Yeah, no, not a fan. I am glad a friend just sent this sample! Haha-wouldn’t have bought it anyway, but still. Just no….xD

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drank Rumchata Genmaicha by 52teas
4366 tasting notes


I was very sad to hear that 52Teas got in trouble for the name of this tea. sigh Especially since I suggested the flavor to him. I enjoyed the Rumchata honeybush a lot, so I thought that these flavors would work amazingly well with the genmaicha base, since horchata is a rice drink.

And I absolutely loved it. In my opinion, a brilliant tea. (Even if I do say so myself. Ha!) Sweet, creamy, nutty, warm with gentle spices, and I like the touch of almond along with the creamy rice notes. So yummy. Even better than the alcoholic beverage because I’m not one to actually drink much alcohol. Tea is my drink of choice.

I still think that Frank should offer this blend and instead rename it something like Politically Correct Drunken Latin Rice Drink.

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drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
371 tasting notes

I got this tea in a mystery pack! It actually reminds me more of old-fashioned bubblegum, with its fruity spicy sweetness. I had a raisin in my leaf this time. The leaf is finely chopped and smells like a brighter version of the brewed tea. The brewed tea contributes a deeper scent and I can also catch a bit of vanilla in the tea as well.

The tea itself tastes to me like it smells with a bit of a vegetal note. Not exactly rum and raisin to me but it is a nice bubblegum tea!

The Resteep is very fruity and a little more rum like with hints of vanilla.

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I’ve never tried real hindbaersnitter but after learning of its existence (through this tea) I actually started looking for local bakeries to see if I could find one that made such a thing because it sounds like something I need to try. I like pop tarts, and I can’t help but think that a thin, buttery shortbread cookie type pastry would taste better than the dough-y stuff that encases the fillings of a pop tart. So I want to try hindbaersnitter, but I was not successful in finding a bakery that made the stuff. (Note: stuff is easier to type than hindbaersnitter.)

Anyway, I definitely enjoyed the tea. The delicate Shou Mei seemed the ideal base for this, so that the buttery flavors of the shortbread pastry could be tasted with the sweet-tart notes of the raspberry. The raspberry pops in the aftertaste.

I liked this. It reminds me a lot of the raspberry thumbprint cookies my gramma used to make.


They are pretty easy to make. http://mydanishkitchen.com/tag/hindbærsnitter/. This is the recipe I use.


It looks easier to make than it is to spell.


Oh, yum!

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
511 tasting notes

Back when this tea first came out I was a bit disappointed in Frank’s interpretation of butterbeer. I had imagined it to be buttery creamy butterscotch with malty undertones and smooth foamy bubbles. And since Hermione had supposedly gotten a bit tipsy on it once, I thought there might be about 1% or 2% alcohol content. Obviously you can’t get foam and alcohol into tea, but still… root beer did not match my imagination.
Yet, this tea regularly gets great reviews so I curious to try it anyway. Fortunately, Ashmanra was generous enough to share, what I assume was, the remnants of her pouch of this tea.

Now that my sinuses have mostly recovered, I was able to appreciate this tea.
The scent is definitely buttery root beer. I do have fond childhood memories of root beer so it’s always a nice flavor for me. The brewed tea is a dark reddish brown with nicely balanced tea and root beer flavor. The licorice is shy here, which is fine by me. The chicory probably provides body though I don’t really taste it. It’s pleasant and cooling in a traditional Chinese yin/yang sense.
I don’t normally sweeten my tea, but this one sort of demands it. A teaspoon of sugar in the raw and a splash of cream brings this a little closer to my imagined ideal. It’s not butterscotch, but this is a pretty tasty interpretation. I can’t wait to drink this again. :)

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Pass the Stash TTB 2
My husband wanted to try this tea so I gave it a sip. This tea tastes like fall. It’s basically just honeybush with spices. I don’t really get any pumpkin brownie flavors. There’s no chocolate or pumpkin to it.

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From Pass the Stash TTB 2

I was really excited to try this one to compare to the perfect blend blueberry pancakes from DavidsTea that I recently received.

This one is much more subtle with a heavier black tea background. I really had to search for the maple & buttery flavors.

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drank SBT: Whiskey & Cola by 52teas
764 tasting notes

Being Canadian, I am used to rye whiskey, as that is what I would say the majority of Canadian whiskey is made of. Where I am from, there is actually not such a thing as whiskey, we call it rye – Can I have a rye and coke please! Ha ha. Anyway this is a preface to this note as this one tastes more like a malt corn whiskey. If anyone cares to know. (I swear I don’t drink that much…).

Made this one as per package directions, added 2 tsp of white sugar.

This one is actually not too bad. It definitely has a cola flavour and there are hints of whiskey in the background. I mentioned it tasted like malt corn whiskey, but I don’t get the feel of malt from the liquor, just the slight taste of malt, if that makes sense. (You can actually buy “malt” which is like a powder and you can mix it into things like drinks and milk shakes etc.). That is what I am tasting. There is, however, a strange chemical taste. It seems like that chemical taste you can get from some flavourings.

I would say that from the new SBTs (new as in from last years Kickstarter campaign), this is one of the better ones, IMO,

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drank Rumchata Genmaicha by 52teas
1330 tasting notes

This was one of the teas I was hoping for in the 52Teas mystery bag sale and it happened! Nice! I’ve never actually tried Rumchata or Horchata but they sound amazingly delicious. There are a few actual almonds in the blend, not sure how much flavor almonds can have on a tea, especially a tea that isn’t boiled. To me, this tea is eggnog all the way! Very sweet! A little nutty, surprisingly not a lot of cinnamon, though I saw quite a few pieces of cinnamon, and I made sure an almond was in the infuser. It’s very warming, desserty, satisfying. Perfect with the toasty genmaicha. Love it. It seems like a wintery drink for sure. As it cools, the rum flavor appears, not like I’m used to rum flavor! I’m usually just tea drunk. I won’t say any more about it, since I’m not sure if they will delete this tea from Steepster, as I guess someone annoyingly sued 52Teas for making this blend.
Steep #1 // 20 min after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min steep

Flavors: Eggnog, Rum


I have had a tea before where the almonds were a carrier for the added flavor, like a sponge. They were no good for eating even after steeping because of all the added flavors.

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Sweet, tangy, and brightly flavored. I don’t taste a lot of honeybush flavor to this but I do get a slight nutty, honeyed flavor in the background. Mostly, I taste orange and pineapple and it’s a bit reminiscent of a fruit juice you might drink for breakfast. Only I drank it hot and there’s no pulp. But it’s still really tasty. It has a soothing quality when served hot.

It makes a great iced tea too, because after I tried it hot, I brewed up a pitcher for iced tea drinking the next day and I enjoyed it.

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drank SBT: Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
177 tasting notes

This is my second bag. The first bag I followed the traditional hot brew instructions and I did not get enough coconut cream pie for me so I cold brewed the 2nd steep and enjoyed the flavor much more and knew I would try it again. Cold brewed the second bag and so far it’s ok. I think I was hoping for something magical to happen because coconut cream pie is my favorite pie. The more I drink it the more I like it. Sweet coconut cream, good with a little milk also.

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I’m always on the look out for a yummy grapefruit tea. I’ve tried quite a few as I’ve tried to find a tea that would help me recapture my experience that I had with a grapefruit green tea in Tohono Chul park in Tucson. As it turns out, I found the exact tea that tea was, but, it just doesn’t taste the same at home as it did in that charming little tea house.

Oh well.

Moving on to this tea, this is a very tasty tea. The Shou Mei is earthy and sweet and delicate. The grapefruit is juicy and bright with a nice balance of tart, bitter and sweet notes. The sweetness of the brown sugar softens some of the tartness, I think.

Nice for a second steep too: I tasted more grapefruit and less brown sugar.


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I liked this one. I don’t know that I got a pumpkin pie crepe that had been topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce or not. Then again, I can’t say that I’ve actually ever had this dessert before, but if I saw it on a menu, I’d be sure to save room for dessert so that I could try it.

It is an interesting medley of flavors though, and I can taste the pumpkin and the chocolate and the vanilla. I can taste notes of spice and the black tea notes in this too.

It’s tasty. It’s an interesting combination of flavors, but I like it.

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Finished off the rest of this last night — holy crushed leaves! I used a fillable tea bag this time, hoping to avoid the leaf particulate that I suspect has been making other cups of this bitter. I got a cup of very blueberry tea that was fantastic hot … but got bitter as it cooled. Disappointing; I liked the blueberry flavor.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve had this one a few times now, always with limted success. First time, it was bitter and light on any sort of fruity or bready flavor. This last time around, I went for a 2 minute steep and made sure to get a blueberry in my infuser!

The result?

The first steep is very blueberry and I get a bit of tang as well. There might be a bit of baked goods flavor, but I think that’s what I’m interpreting as bitterness. The second steep lost the blueberry and tang, and the bitter flavor is more pronounced.

I’m glad I finally got something approaching the namesake out of this tea, but I’m even more excited that I’ve almost finished it off. Maybe sugar would bring out a sweet pastry taste?

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
278 tasting notes

This is certainly a strongly scented tea. To me, it is very perfume-y rather than rum raisin. I don’t love it but it is quite drinkable. Probably wouldn’t buy it because of the strong scent.


To me when brewed hot it tastes a little like the classic bubble gum flavour.


Bubble gum tea does not sound appealing

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drank SBT: Pear by 52teas
7 tasting notes

While I like a lot of 52Teas blends, this one didn’t agree with me. It tasted very artificial and bothered my stomach, for whatever reason. The boything didn’t care for it either, and we wound up throwing out most of the pitcher.

Flavors: Artificial, Pear

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Another 52 tea from the wonderful Marzipan. I couldn’t really taste any marshmallow in this one, just LOTS of kool-aid like strawberry flavor.

Not my favorite, but my son LOVED it.

Flavors: Strawberry

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