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I was really pleased to see this one pop back up again since I missed it when it was first blended. I love custard, pastries, maple and honeybush so this blend sounds like a dream!
Sipping… Yet again all I taste is honeybush with a very mild maple flavor and a bit of sweetness. I really don’t know where I am supposed to find the custard or long john.. but they’re definitely not in the cup. It’s not a bad cup of tea, but if I wanted plain honeybush, I’m sure that I could find it for less money.
As much as I love 52Teas blends, I really don’t think I’ll try their honeybush blends anymore since my tastebuds recognize them as plain honeybush. Disappointing.
Yum, a tea for nut lovers and I love macadamia nuts in tea blends! We need more macadamia nut teas!
This one is pretty sweet, kind of like nut brittle with maca nuts. The nutty flavors go well with the toasty rice of the genmaicha, with this tea having a savory finish. I get some cashew aftertaste, but is pretty light. Genmacashew resteeps pretty well, but the green gets a little bitter so don’t over do it.
Since this tea is pretty heavy with the nuts, there’s only a couple servings in the 0.5oz package.
Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/genmacashew-genmaicha/
But I like it. Although I have to be honest, when I was preparing it last night, I wasn’t so sure that I’d like it. When I opened the pouch – oh my goodness – it was GARLIC. It smelled like I just opened the oven and inside was a halved loaf of French Bread that had been slathered with garlic butter and toasted until it was golden brown. So, as I was making the tea all I could think of was: This is so weird. This is not an odor I ever imagined smelling as I was making iced tea.
OK, that wasn’t the only thought I was having. My other thought was: I’m going to have to run a “cleaning cycle” on my Breville after I finish making this because I don’t want any residual odors/essences to latch themselves onto my next cup of tea.
Hmm … chocolate covered garlic?
OK … anyway, that was last night. Today, I’m drinking a glass of Garlic Toast flavored iced tea. And, yes, it’s weird, but it’s also … good. Believe it or not. I like the savory element of the garlic. I like that zesty garlic flavor. It highlights the black tea in a different way where I am exploring more of the sweet elements of the black tea because of how well they contrast with the sharp heat of the garlic.
And the garlic is not a heavy or overwhelming flavor. It is THERE and not hiding behind the tea at all, but there is more tea taste to this than garlic. I am drinking garlic flavored tea … not tea drowning in garlic essence.
Weird. Yes. But weird in a very interesting, unusual, and ultimately, tasty way.
This one promised to be a favorite as I love flavored white teas. I’m loving white teas more and more. I’ve never actually tried whatever the inspiration for this one is. But raspberries should work for me! There is certainly plenty of buzzy lingering raspberry flavor here that balances with the flavor of the white tea. I didn’t see any actual raspberries in the blend. Does it taste like anything dessert? Not really… it’s raspberry. But then I don’t really know what other ingredients SHOULD be in this dessert, so I’m fine with the raspberries.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 30 min after boiling // less than 2 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Pass the Stash TTB #3
I’ve had other 52teas blends to varying success. This one is better than middling, but not something I would have chosen for myself. I have a very mixed relationship with strawberries – I don’t like them. Fresh strawberries taste awful to me, and yes, I know this makes me strange; I’ve been told. But I love strawberry flavoring (because it doesn’t taste like strawberries!). I end up avoiding a lot of strawberry things because I’m not sure how they’d taste.
This tea had the strawberry flavoring with a undertone of cream. I had to add some sugar to really bring out the flavor. And it’s leaving an odd taste in my mouth. Not sure how I really feel about this.
I could see this being better chilled. Must ponder.
It just didn’t do it for me. I tried the tea, put it on for 3:30…but it just didn’t taste chocolatey or toffee. I thought it just tasted…stale. The aftertaste was a lot better, so I’m wondering if I put it on for a bit longer, it would perk up. Otherwise, this wasn’t really tasting very good to me.
From the Santea Claus TTB
This is ok, but not great. The chocolate and coconut are lacking, and while the mint is nice it’s nothing the amazes. I added sugar and cream, and while the sugar brought out the coconut a bit more I still felt like I was missing the chocolate.
Also not as enamoured by this tea as I had hoped. Couldn’t really detect the buttercream/toffee notes, and I believe I caught a whiff of play-dough-iness from the tea, which I’ve previously attributed either to the tea base being old/poor quality, or to a flavouring component. It didn’t translate into the flavour, thankfully, but was a bit off-putting. Again, though, another attempt is warranted to try and coax out some more delicious flavour.
This review isn’t going to be very detailed, I’m afraid, as I had this one ages ago and forgot to review it at the time. I also left it in the fridge uncovered, and after the first couple of cups it started to taste like fridge. From what I remember, though, it tasted fairly similar to root beer tea, and I couldn’t much tell the difference. I’m not a big fan of root beer, so that’s affected my judgement a bit. Still, I remember it being pretty decent.
Caramel Apple Oolong, how have I not tried you yet?? After forgetting about this tea in my cupboard for 7 months, it’s calling my name today. The dry leaf aroma was at first bittersweet chocolate, but that dissipated and now all I smell is caramel. Odd. Maybe it was my imagination (or maybe it’s because I stored it next to a chocolate tea) because the brewed tea aroma is just apples and caramel.
First sip! Well, I am not disappointed. This does indeed taste like a caramel apple, or as close to it as tea can get. The oolong base is very nice here. It adds a butteriness that makes the caramel richer. The apple is equally present and lends a certain acidity to the tea that confirms “this is apple” without being overwhelming. Mmmm, this is sooo good! I guess age hasn’t harmed this one since it was still sealed.
I love this tea. I love how teas like this exist. The world became such a more magical place since I’ve discovered the broad range of teas out there. I think my blood must be English because I do enjoy my tea time thoroughly. Teas are also a lot like books. They can transport you somewhere else. They can be comforting, enticing, stimulating, or calming. Tea is an adventure! I love tea!
My first impression of this was that it tastes and smells like sencha that’s been in storage too long, and I was a bit disappointed. And it does, but sitting with it a bit, I’m also catching hints of spearmint and marshmallow, which is really nice. Steeped for 2 min at 82C there’s a hint of bitterness.
I feel like this would be pretty amazing if it were fresh and it’s still quite alright as it is.
Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Marshmallow, Spearmint, Sweet
Here is an autumnal one…. Someone else on Steepster gave this one a high rating after steeping for five minutes, so I tried it that way. I’m not sure how old this pouch is (I’m starting to wish all tea shops would put dates on their teas just so I’m not misjudging any teas that are really old and I don’t know it). The flavor isn’t very distinct – not very caramel or apple. Hints of apple and maybe a little sweetness. I could always use some honeybush blends around though. I love the pinkish color of the mug. I’m glad it isn’t rooibos anyway!
Steep #1 // just boiled // 5 min steep
HI GUYS totally did not mean to vanish, trying to decide if I risk going on Steepster at work because that’s where I’m doing all my tea drinking.
Especially since I had to go to the ER last week after I became allergic to the antibiotic I was taking out of nowhere, and my heart went crazy for a bit there. I’m afraid to drink coffee, hell, I was afraid to drink any non herbal teas until this week.
Anyway I’ve got a list of things to log but I didn’t add this on there since I was drinking it at home about two weeks ago.
I really would like to see this or something similar as a hot tea, because it honestly sounds like something that’d be better hot.
It is a bit busy though, I didn’t get too much pumpkin compared to chocolate and vanilla. All the flavors are present, that’s for sure, I just was drawn to it more for the pumpkin pie aspect.
I ended up not finishing the whole pitcher since two days later the whole allergy debacle went down, but I don’t think I’m in a hurry to try it again. It was good, but for me personally it just doesn’t suit iced tea.
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.
ETA: The flavour was good but weak. It was the perfect cinnamon pear flavour, though. I’m hoping brewing it a bit stronger/longer will help (to be fair, I wasn’t using my usual mugs, so it’s possible I underleafed.)
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.