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Ick this is very smokey, like smoked almonds or hickory chips. I dislike smokey teas, so this isn’t for me. I do appreciate trying different teas, and this might be enjoyable for other people though.
I taste savoury smoke, dark wood, dry wood chips, BBQ char, toasted bread, something a tiny bit fruity like apple wood or raisins. I like how this tea tastes like things that are dry and hot, like a hot BBQ or brittle charred wood. Very unique and interesting. Not for me though.
Flavors: Ash, Char, Dark Wood, Fruity, Mineral, Smoke, Smoked, Tannin, Thick
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I do love a good coconut tea and this one didn’t disappoint! Lots of sweet, creamy coconut flavor on a nice smooth honeybush base. (I wish there were more herbal dessert teas made with honeybush instead of rooibos.) I think I’m keeping this one!
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Sweet
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I adore maple flavors in tea, so I had to give this one a try! Unfortunately, I think this sample must have been old and/or contaminated…the flavor was barely-there cinnamon with maybe the barest touch of maple on a flat black base. Withholding rating, since I don’t think I was tasting this tea at its best!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Maple Syrup
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I don’t think I’ve ever had a really good pear-flavored tea, so I was curious to try this one. I found it pleasant, but lacking in a genuine pear taste. To me, this was more like an apple pie tea…heavy on the cinnamon with a fruity flavor that reminded me more of a baked apple than a pear. It’s good, but not what I was hoping for.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Fruity
So I’ll admit straight off that I fully didn’t expect this one to work. I mean, there’s so much going on in the name, how could it? I was actually kind of wrong, in the best possible way. This one got the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold and into the fridge overnight). The initial flavour is pumpkin pie, with both the spices and a buttery pie crust note present and correct. The mid-sip contributes some chocolate, and it’s odd how well it resembles the chocolate sauce you can buy specifically for ice cream, kind of semi-artificial but wonderfully right when contrasted with cold, sweet ice cream. Vanilla ice cream, specifically, and that’s what I get right at the end of the sip – delicate vanilla notes, which contribute a smooth creaminess and somehow bring everything together. I don’t think I got crepe, but I can forgive that because it’s so spot-on otherwise.
Did I just drink pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce?
Yes I did.
Cold Brew Sipdown (140)!
Wow, my cupboard is feeling hella full right now! I have to work on these sipdowns! It certainly doesn’t help that I just had a great tea mail day: orders from Liquid Proust AND Camellia Sinensis. I should definitely be good for the summer, now.
This cold brew was quite smooth with pretty even parts orange and muscatel grapey notes. It wasn’t quite as sweet as the gong fu session; I think the brew time drew out some of that characteristic darjeeling astringency/mild bitterness. But even still, this was gone in minutes: I couldn’t stop drinking it!
Really, really loved playing around with this one.
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Met up with my Dad last week for tea, which was really nice. I think as I’ve gotten older/moved out my relationship with my Dad has really started to develop into what’s probably considered a normal/healthy one. I think it probably says a whole lot that we’re finally at a place where I don’t resent him…
Anyway; this was the tea I picked! He, my step mom, and I had a nice Gong Fu session. I was hesitant about brewing Gong Fu with a flavoured tea like this, but it actually worked out really nicely. The first couple infusions were just so bright and juicy with this really lovely, lively orange sherbet flavour that definitely reminded me of the orange “casing” of a Creamsicle without the actual cream filling. There were also some faint muscatel notes from the base that became a little more clear as that shiny, tasty orange note faded throughout subsequent infusions. All in all, we had about six infusions shared between the three of us (we used one of my biggest Gaiwans), and it was a really enjoyable session!
Oh! We also had some fresh cut fruit that we paired with the tea which was a great decision! Orange and strawberries, to be precise. The orange of course kind of blended into the orange notes of the “Dreamsicle” but the strawberry was a nice companion to the flavour that was also separate from it. The whole kit and caboodle created this wonderful feeling of Summer. Like we were drinking the heart of summer? The fresh fruit, picnic type vibe with this bright, lively flavour. Mmm!
I have made monkey bread a few different times now, sometimes filled with chocolate and cream cheese, sometimes just rolled in cinnamon sugar, but never have I made a caramel monkey bread. Sounds pretty tasty though.
This tea I have been putting off drinking tbh because I fear the rooibos. Turns out my fear was unfounded because the base is only slightly present. Mostly I am getting the sweet cinnamon sugar element so often associated with monkey bread. There is also an underlying breadiness sneaking around in the cup that helps sell the monkey bread idea. I don’t know if I’m getting caramel so much as I am a sugar/honey note. With that said, I don’t know how necessary caramel is in this blend since a lot is going on already.
I thought for a moment that I’d started doing something wrong with these, after last week’s Candy Cane experience, but then I read a few of the other reviews and it turns out this one just doesn’t have a lot of flavour. It’s good to know I’m not the only one! This one got the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold water, and into the fridge overnight).
To taste, it’s lightly creamy, but I’m hardly getting any almond flavour at all – just the tiniest smidgen of nuttiness, and mostly in the aftertaste. The black tea base is smooth and refreshing, as always, so it’s pleasant to drink, but I was hoping for more flavour. Not loads – because almonds can be quite strong and overpowering and I’m not a huge marzipan fan, but a little more than I’m getting. Having said that, actual almond milk is a fairly mild thing, so maybe I’m being unfair. I’ll enjoy sipping on this one, nonetheless.
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One of my all-time favorite dessert teas is Roasted Chestnut from TeaSource, so I was curious to see how this one stacked up. Initially, I was turned off by the strong smoky scent the tea gave off as it brewed, but I’m so glad I gave it a chance anyway! There’s definitely some smoke going on in this blend, but it’s balanced by out by a bit of sweet caramel and a lot of rich, nutty flavor. I quite enjoyed my cup!
Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Smoke
52teas is quickly becoming one of my go-to companies for flavorful black tea blends. I love that Anne creates a new tea on a weekly basis. I don’t like that I have to place orders so frequently to avoid having a tea sell out while I wait to see what the next TOTW is. Thankfully (for my tea budget) many of her recent TOTW blends are green teas, rooibos/honeybush-based and/or floral, so there’s been a lull in my ordering. I tend to jump on her black tea blends though, and I’m glad I picked up two large bags of this tea that was the TOTW the last week of April.
I don’t get a lot of cupcake flavor, but the tangerine and vanilla marshmallow notes are divine. Again, the black tea base is lovely and smooth. The tea is slightly sweet and has delicious tart citrus flavor. The tea also takes milk and sweetener well; I’ve used stevia drops and almond milk this morning.
Cold Brew Sipdown (132)!
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I actually was surprised by just how much I really, genuinely liked this one. I finished the 25 oz. of it I had cold brewed in maybe five minutes? I mean, essentially I was just chugging. I don’t know if I’ve felt that passionate about a cold brewed tea all month, honestly. Like, I’ve drank some good things this month but that was shockingly super delightful and smooth.
First things first, I have to say that I was worried this would have far too much cinnamon and it’d taste drying. Like a tea version of the cinnamon challenge. I mean, that’s certainly the impression I got from the dry smell. However, both the cinnamon and the nutmeg were wonderful. In fact, I definitely tasted a lot more nutmeg than cinnamon. As well, I definitely got that sweet, eggy note that is obviously intended to be eggnog. Actually, though, in combination with the cinnamon and nutmeg and then sweet cocoa and malt notes from the base I have to say that while I 100% see where the “Eggnog” is coming from I’m reminded a lot more of French Toast. In fact, in many ways this reminds me of Liquid Proust’s French Toast Dianhong but with much more nutmeg and less vanilla/cream. I don’t know if you can call that a criticism, but if you can it’s probably my only one. I found this super, super enjoyable overall.
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Flavors: Blackberry, Creamy, Floral, Green, Milk, Sweet, Tannin
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Flavors: Berry, Creamy, Custard, Fruity, Green, Milk, Sweet
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I like this one! It has a nice smooth, mild green base. I didn’t pick up on much mango or kiwi on my first sip, but the flavors starting popping as my cup cooled down. Guessing it would be lovely iced, but there was only enough left for one cup, so I missed my chance to try it that way.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Smooth
I reblended this tea for one of 52Teas Ambassadors (start-up kickstarter contributor). Yeah, I’m still really REALLY really behind but I’m catching up. Truly I am.
If I keep telling myself that, I’ll believe it too.
OK, I probably have said this once or twice about my reblends but I think I’ve actually did this one better than the original. First of all, this isn’t Shou Mei – it’s a top-notch Bai Mu Dan (I found a new supplier for my white tea so it’s even better than the White Peony I was using!) and the sweet Bai Mu Dan with the sweet cotton candy notes is sublime.
This might even be better than a freshly spun batch of candy floss that you’d get at a carnival because – you know – tea.
This will be available in the next couple of weeks. (I’m still working on this Ambassador’s VITwhich should be finished in the next week and once it’s finished and I have those teas on their way to him, then I’ll release the remaining stock.)
Cold Brew Sipdown (136)!
Thanks to Scheherazade for the sample!
I was definitely hoping to like this one; cotton candy seems like a great pairing with a lighter base like white tea. However, I didn’t get much if any cotton candy flavour from the brew or really any generic sort of sweetness either. Instead this one just tasted quite artificial and chemically to me and that was a real no go.
Can’t love ’em all.
The first steep was a bit odd initially. I hadn’t read the writeup or reviews about the tea, so I didn’t really have any taste expectations. At first, it tasted like a green and mint blend. As it cooled, just the slightest bit of lemon came out followed by a pillow of marshmallow softness.
The second steep is lovely green with a bit of marshmallow surrounding the sip. I am still tasting a wee bit of mint. Odd.
Nice blending though, just perhaps not my thing.
Flavors: Green, Lemon, Marshmallow, Mint
This company always comes up with the most interesting sounding tea. Not quite sure of this one. The first flavor that hits you is definitely mate and it stays with you till the after taste but the pecan and the caramel come out in hints just enough to make its name. I’m not a huge fan of mate but this isn’t too bad.
I am so behind in my tasting notes. I have been enjoying lots of tea lately, I just haven’t had the opportunity to sit and log!
Thank you Evol Ving Ness for the sample!
Green tea is my least favourite tea, but this was fairly decent. Not something I would order, but I certainly would not refuse a cup if offered! I’m glad I got to try it.
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Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spices