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I may have steeped this too long for the flavors to come through in the way that they were meant to, so I will hold off rating it until I can do it the way it was intended. Hubby and I have been steeping honeybush lately for much longer times, because we’d read that it generally tastes better the longer you steep it. We’d found that steeping it for 10 minutes produced a flavor we really like, but when we did that with this blend, the chocolate and other flavors all but disappeared. I was quite disappointed, understandably, so we’ll try again, with the measly leaf we have left (one of the reasons I wasn’t in favor of Frank’s decision not to offer the 2 oz. packages anymore), to get the correct flavor out of it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
47 tasting notes

Heavy on the kiwi, light on the cheesecake but the flavor payoff is worth it. This is tasty! I was in the crowd of having no idea this combo was a thing, but now I’m curious to try it. I really like flavored oolongs and this tea didn’t disappoint.

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not my cup of tea TTB

Also not my cup of tea either. Eh… I don’t know… this tea just seems very heavy on the palate. It might be the champagne flavoring, but whatever it is, it’s not something I like. Dump the cup.

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When I finally got the bag opened (the crimping was REALLY close to the seal, and I’m not quite awake yet :P), the smell of the dry leaf was amazing…smelled just like caramel pecan.

Prepared, I’m not tasting cheesecase. I taste the caramel, which is nice and sweet. I taste the oolong, which is, admittedly, not my favorite base. I’m not sure what I’m tasting, actually. I’ve never had roasted mate before.

So, everything must be blending together. This was a short steep time for me at 2:30, so next time, I’ll try longer.

I think this is getting better as it cools. Also, I REALLY need to figure out how many oz this mug holds. I have no idea.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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drank SBT: Pear by 52teas
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drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
1708 tasting notes

The problem I’ve had with some of Frank’s previous pumpkin teas is that they’re short on actual pumpkin flavour and overdose on cinnamon to compensate. This blend neatly avoids that pitfall and I can clearly taste the smooth, slightly sweet and nutty flavour of the pumpkin. Other people have complained about too much cardamom and cloves in this blend but I personally prefer more cardamom in my chais and I think cloves and pumpkin are a fantastic combination. I’m just drinking it plain right now but I could see this being a great latte as well. Much love.

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

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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
1663 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #7

This reminds me of the Malt Yerba Mate blend that 52Teas has. I don’t think it has a ton of chocolate flavor, but there are hints that remind me of malted chocolate. Not the best chocolate tea but not terrible. (I hope some of the new 52Teas blends use cocoa shells in their chocolate blends.) I always love honeybush as a caffeine free option at night though. It seems like 52Teas is really one of the only companies using honeybush. The honeybush is fine on its own anyway, so I don’t mind that the chocolate isn’t the best.

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Not sure what happened with this one, but it smells like cough syrup to me and tastes like it too. The tea itself is very pretty with whole cranberries and nice size chunks of pineapple I think. I so wanted to like this one, but I don’t think its for me. Sad too because I bought a couple packs of it because I figured I would love it. Maybe I screwed up the steeping but I can’t say I’ll be brave enough to try it again. Oh well!

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drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
47 tasting notes

I want the man equivalent of this tea. Dark, smooth, and rich. Perfect with some milk and honey. The base tea gives it such a nice depth and isn’t outshone by the spices at all. The spice blend used is perfect, I love that it isn’t overwhelmingly cinnamon or clove.

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drank Christmas Cookie Shou Mei by 52teas
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I figured it was about time to change my icon – Go ’nucks! ;)

I was expecting something a bit sweeter and more cookie-like, to be honest. LiberTeas was correct in saying this comes across as more like a mild chai, I’d say. The most noticeable flavour is the ginger although it’s relatively low key compared to how it’s been in other blends. There’s also a nice little citrus-orange undertone with a hint of cinnamon. As the tea cools it develops a touch of sweetness, but it’s nothing that really brings to mind ‘cookies’. Still on it’s own it’s a quite a warm, pleasent tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Dexter

Just happy that there are quite a few Canadian teams that make the playoffs. GO Jets!! :)

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drank Genmacashew by 52teas
47 tasting notes

I love confusing and interesting teas. This one certainly fits the bill. The taste is like salty bar nuts, and I really like it! Even I would do a double take at that sentence but trust me, there’s something about the salty nut mouthfeel in a warm drink that is super comforting. The aftertaste has a floral note which gives it some lightness. The combo really works and gives it some complexity that genmaicha doesn’t always have.

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
404 tasting notes

Monthly TTB. I keep forgetting to add that. It gets hard to remember when I’m drinking a cuppa and feeding my daughter at the same time while trying to write a note. And she likes to try and grab my phone with her food covered fingers.

Anyway. The smell of the dry leaves reminds me of an apple pie you get in a grocery store and not a homemade pie. Or at least not the pies my mom or I make. Dark amber color. Not the best apple pie tea I’ve had (I think Indigo is better). It’s light but still has good flavor. Just not the pie flavor I think of when thinking of apple pie. I’m not a fan of store bought pies so that’s probably why I’m not a big fan of this tea.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Apple Pie Keemun by 52teas
404 tasting notes

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Generally I have found that I love the idea of grapefruit teas, but not the execution. Most grapefruit teas are tart or bitter, which reminds me of white grapefruit. I’m a huge fan of sweet red grapefruit, not white. This is the first tea I’ve tried that reminds me of red grapefruit. The brown sugar flavor really makes this delicious. I taste grapefruit and brown sugar. And, the tea is so creamy. I wish I had more of this one.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Grapefruit

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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The hubby and I were looking for something to sip while we wrestled with the online tax monster. This one seemed just the thing. We steeped it twice, as follows:
1st – 170°, one minute, 16 oz. water, two perfect teaspoons of tea
2nd – 180°, one and a half minutes

Both steeps were sweetened with a little clover honey (I prefer wildflower, but clover is generally more accessible, and cheaper besides). The clover taste, to my pleasant surprise, did not overpower the flavor of the apples or the tea, although it did take away some of the tartness that I remember this tea having. A very nice apple blend, although I would have preferred a sharper apple flavor (more like a Braeburn or a Pink Lady than a Gala or Red Delicious). I like my apples to bite back. :) The base tea was a sweet hay undertone, with just a hint of something floral to round it out. Lovely!

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cran-Grape Shou Mei by 52teas
1708 tasting notes

Thanks you Marzipan for giving me a sample of this tea to try. It smells like fruit punch or maybe Kool-Aid. Flavour-wise, I’m getting more grape than cranberry from this tea but the white tea base goes well with both these flavours.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
298 tasting notes

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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It was odd that in the middle of my quest for the best chocolate tea that this was offered by 52 Teas….I’d never ordered with them and hey, chocolate! So it was ordered. There were several things I really liked about 52 Teas: The shipping is reasonable for a small amount of tea, which will actually make me look at their offerings closer in the future. Also, their packaging in small amounts is ideal, so you can try without the fear of adding to your tea stash too much. The packaging itself is attractive and well thought out which I also appreciate. On to the tea….

When I opened the packet, the immediate smell was of cacao nib. The problem with cacao nib is that there is a sour-like smell that comes with them that my nose immediately picks up on and sends straight into the flavor profile. After a 3 minute steep I found that this was the case. The black tea used is nondescript in this blend…it almost reminds me of the base that Lupicia uses for their Au Chocolat blend. There’s no astringency, but the mouthfeel of the tea is rather flat. The marshmallow root adds a touch of vanilla-esque sweetness to the blend, but it doesn’t really have all that much to work with. I did take this with milk, and it did bring out the “silk” that is in the title, but I think there are much better chocolate teas to be had out there. What was attempted by Black Silk chocolate Milk Qu Hao is obvious in the cup, but somehow it seems to fall short of it’s goal for me. I will try again with a longer steep and update this review in the very near future.

Flavors: Cacao, Marshmallow, Sour

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I threw this in my cart the last time I was ordering from 52Teas. I will admit, I am not a chocolate fan. I figured if I didn’t like it, the twins would.

Yeah . . . .I’m not sharing. . . . and I’ve already ordered more!

Here is my full review. .

http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/04/10/black-silk-chocolate-milk-qu-hao-52teas/

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Smooth

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Not My Cup Of Tea #5

So the last week or so has been insane and the TTB has been sitting in the corner of my kitchen being ignored and therefore mistreated and now I’m on an epic mission to drink the rest of the teas that interest me in the next 2-3 days so I can get it back out and on the road.

This was a brand new, unopened bag in the box which filled me with a little bit of excitement… new tea!! Opening the bag, I was immediately greeted by an amazing scent of kiwi and a touch of cake which made me even more excited!! Sipping this tea I’m actually pretty impressed, the kiwi, biscuit and creaminess are all present and since I grew up eating kiwi and am partial to the taste this reminded me a little bit of eating kiwi pavlova!! Yum!!

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