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drank Chai-napple Gunpowder by 52teas
272 tasting notes

Matcha TTB

This tea had such a unique flavor combination, I just had to try it. And I wasn’t disappointed…this is delicious! The main flavor is sweet, juicy pineapple, but the chai spices add a nice warmth and there is also just a hint of smokiness from the gunpowder base. I’ve only tried a few things from 52Teas and this one is definitely my favorite so far!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pineapple, Smoke, Spices, Sweet

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Not a fan TTB. I’m hoping people reading my reviews from this TTB aren’t thrown off by the name of it. Anyway, 52 Teas I’m sorry you are going out of business. I wasn’t a big fan but I will admit you had some of the most inventive tea names ever.

As far as this tea goes. It’s not bad. Not quite cherry cola but it works. In a subtle way. I think when you call a tea a soda name it throws your brain off because your brain expects bubbles. The base of this tea is really nice. Slightly woody. Works well with the other ingredients.

3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

I think out of everybody who has tried this, you liked it the most :)


Maybe this tea would work well as a tea-soda

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drank Spicier Chai by 52teas
423 tasting notes

Not a fan TTB. I’ve never been so on the fence with a tea before. I like it, but I konda don’t. There is some flavor in it that I just don’t quite like in a chai. Ug but now that I’m drinking it more I’m tasting it less. In a way it kinda reminds me of a handmade chai i had in New Zealand. But that one had more zip to it.


Maybe it’s not fresh? When I ordered it it was HOLY COW!! spicy.


Good point. Maybe i need to steep it a different way.

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drank Cinnamon Pear by 52teas
336 tasting notes

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drank Kenyan Chai by 52teas
1722 tasting notes

i love cooking with ras el hanout as it has such a deliciously, complex flavour. There can be as many as 30 different ingredients in some blends and it’s often customized to the blender. The jar in my cupboard is more earthy in flavour for instance, with more emphasis on turmeric and cumin. This one places more emphasis on the licorice flavours of the anise though there are other nuances that I can discern as well. I’ve said before that I’m not a huge fan of black licorice, but there’s something that I find very appealing about this blend – maybe it’s because the anise, while distinct, isn’t all-encompassing. It’s a neat new take on the traditional chai and I’m glad I ordered an extra pouch from the 52Teas sale.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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It was pretty good…white chocolate always feels a little oily, so I don’t like that, but by and large it was a pretty good and refreshing tea. White tea base was a good choice for this combination.

1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kettle Corn by 52teas
1686 tasting notes

I wanted some roasted yerba mate today. I don’t have many of those in the cupboards… but I’d say I have enough green yerba mate in stock. I didn’t expect much from this one, as I think most tasting notes I remember have said this just tastes like yerba mate and nothing else. There was a piece of dried corn in my infuser! I guess I was expecting… popcorn? Rather than dried corn? The flavor is mostly roasted yerba mate but there is a tiny hint of corn and a hint of a sweet flavor, which to me is kettle corn. Not terrible but not inspired. It was roasted mate though and that is what I wanted today.

“Kettle corn’s a fun time snack!” – Troy Barnes I need to get back to rewatching Community! I’ve been wondering why TV has not been reairing season five.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 min a.b. // 2-3 min


I LOVE Community!


Ah! Another fan! Community is probably my favorite show of all time and there are many of them. :D

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drank Sri Lankan Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
1722 tasting notes

I love nutmeg and it’s very much the dominant spice in this chai which gives the tea a very warm tone. I can also taste a bit of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom underneath it but they’re mostly secondary notes. I think I’d like the pumpkin flavours to be stronger, though adding milk would probably bring them out. Unfortunately I found that my jug of milk had gone off this morning, so I’m taking this tea plain – though it’s not bad in that state either. Still I tend to prefer my black tea chais with milk or some sort of dairy to help bring out the nuances and take the edge off of the harsher flavours.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Finally got around to trying this one. It smells like spices, and a bit of cocoa. The is more like the pumpkin spices, but not much chocolate. Good, but not what I was expecting.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Spices

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drank SBT: Razzleberry by 52teas
1722 tasting notes

Both the boyfriend-creature and I really liked this one it has a great mix of juicy, ripe raspberry and blackberry flavours that stand out well with about two tablespoons of sweetener per 2L pitcher. I’ve switched to using simple syrup in my iced teas as I’ve found that agave alters the flavours too much and honey is too difficult to dissolve. Still I know I’m using much less than the commercial iced tea preparations use and I find the end result is much tastier and thirst-quenching.


I love love love this tea.

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
561 tasting notes

52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2013 – Day 12

Yes, it is 2015. Yes, I have waited to try this sampler for a year and a half. I bought it before I was even pregnant and now I have a 4-month-old daughter. That should tell you how old this is.

Why didn’t I drink it earlier you ask? I don’t know. I think it got lost in my cupboard and I’ve only just now found it. Of course, with a new baby, I hardly have time to make a cup of tea, let alone drink it, LET ALONE blog about it! In fact, I’ve had to start and stop this note multiple times so I could take care of her. I love her more than anything in this world but man, she is a needy baby!

I’m also sick right now. I have an ear infection and it’s caused my nose to run like mad crazy. I’m super congested, so probably not the best time to start drinking a new tea. I thought the dry leaf aroma was still pretty potent though. I think I’ll work my way through this sampler backwards. I’m starting with #12! I have another minute or two before her fussing becomes crying so I’m going to make the most of it! Ooh, hubby just agreed to give her a bottle for me. :D Now I have at least 5-10 minutes. :)

This tea has held up pretty well given its age. I probably should have steeped it longer. It has a white tea taste with a slight sugary sweetness. I added a little Truvia and now it has an even sweeter flavor. I have no idea what a sugar plum is supposed to taste like (or if it even exists) so I can’t say for sure if this tastes like sugar plum or not. It does taste good! Kind of like grape but different. Not so grapey. LOL! Can you tell it’s been a while since I blogged about tea? I think my writing skills have run off with my slim physique.

Anyway, this is a good tea. I have always loved white teas, especially Frank’s blends. I’m sad that he’s closing shop but interested to see what LiberTEAS does with the company. I tell you, I leave the tea community to start a family and all my favorite tea vendors close! If I had a more inflated ego, I’d think it was because I stopped buying their tea and it’s my fault they’re going out of business. But of course, that’s ridiculous…right? :P I jest. But in all seriousness, I am sad about 52teas and Butiki Teas closing. At least with 52teas it will live on in some form or another. I was able to make a large purchase of Butiki Teas before they closed and I did the same with 52teas. I got a much better deal with 52teas though because of the 50% off sale AND I had a couple hundred rewards points. So I got about $44 worth of tea for $14! :D

But I digress. Again.

This tea is yummy. I’m enjoying the cup. Sadly, subsequent infusions will have to wait because my time is up! Back to mommy duty!

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed this tea yet, because I’ve had it at least three times. Drinking it now, though, it’s clear that I must have been holding off because I wanted to experiment and see if I could brew it any better. There’s a sort of reddish color to it but no pomegranate flavor to be found (well, maybe a floral-fruity sort of…something…in the aftertaste), and the base is forgettable. I’ve tried this at nearly every temperature now, and while it’s decent I just can’t get it to shine. It’s not something I would reach for often if I had a large stock, but luckily it’s almost gone.

On another note, I was disappointed to hear that 52teas is going to be shifting their focus to their iced line and discontinuing their other products. I’m not sure whether it’s been announced before—I’ve been a little out of the loop lately—but I got an email about it yesterday and it put a damper on my night. At least I have a few things left from them to enjoy before they disappear.


FYI, 52teas will live on. Our friend and long time customer Anne (LiberTEAs here on Steepster) will be taking over the 52teas mission beginning June 1. She is building a brand new website for 52teas.com


I’m really glad to hear it! I’ve been a fan ever since I first tried your teas (and have since gotten my mom hooked, too).

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drank Kiwi Cheesecake Oolong by 52teas
1686 tasting notes

I know I’ve eaten plenty of these green fruits in my time, so why oh why does this one taste like banana to me?! I thought maybe 52teas had a banana cheesecake oolong that they mislabeled, but I can’t even find any clue to an existence of a 52Teas banana cheesecake oolong anywhere. Though it doesn’t seem like an actual thing anyway. Banana seems like the last thing I’d pair with cheesecake. Anyway, this doesn’t seem like 52Teas usual banana flavor, so maybe it’s the flavor of the oolong itself. This oolong is supposed to be Fujian but to me that means roasted oolong. This looks like the green oolong with hints of pink I’ve only seen with a Gui Fei. I didn’t see any kiwi pieces in the blend and I certainly didn’t taste any of the kiwi tartness… just banana. With boiling water, the third steep was still very sweet and not overbrewed at all. The blend is tasty and all three steeps are relatively the same flavor wise (though the third steep might be the best) but to me, it isn’t what is promised, so I’m rating this one a bit lower.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 20 min after boiling // 45 seconds
Steep #2 // 18 min a.b. // 2 min steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min

Edited to add: OH I like that the color of my 68 rating matches the color of the kiwi. :D


The infamous banana bread tea! It’s actually pretty good tea, just not what you expect from the name. I would give it a high rating if it were labeled as “Banana Bread Oolong.”


Really have to try this soon!

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When I got this as part of the subscription I was a little wary. I’m not a fan of blueberry or lemon and it sounded like a hot mess— which is why I decided to brew it iced. What a great decision that was. I don’t use any sweetener or milk, and this tea holds on it’s own. It’s not too bitter and its not too sweet. I definitely enjoy the taste of it and I might even have to try it hot just to see how big of a difference it is. I’d make a more detailed note but I’m not used to reviewing and nitpicking iced tea. Either way, this has become my go-to afternoon drink at work, and it will be until I finish the pouch.

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I like this one. It is sweet but not to sweet with a very subtle apple flavor. The white tea is the main flavor in this one. The apple flavor is there but it isn’t a crisp flavor. It is more like a soft flavor.

Picked this one up from Marzipan. A delish tea to end the day with.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet

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I found this to be a nicely spiced tea. I found the licorice in the aftertaste, and it wasn’t so prominent to me, which is a good thing, since I don’t like tea’s with a strong licorice flavour. I didn’t get the brandy. Despite that, I still found this to be enjoyable, but not something that I would feel the need to own.

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
1285 tasting notes

Drank it earlier, and it went down smoothly. Too smoothly? If it’s supposed to be all spicy and, y’know, stuff… well, it wasn’t. Very little heat in this one, but still nice. Far from fantastic, but glad I finally tried it.

1.5 tsp, 12 oz. 4 minutes in 185 F

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This one is pretty good – reminds me a little of Butiki’s waffle oolong. Some roasted mate and oolong, plenty of flavor here… if it has to be reminiscent of something, it’s probably caramel pecan cheesecake. The brown of the oolong is almost the same as the brown of the roasted mate, so it is tough to see how much there is of each. There is sweetness and nuttiness, maybe a little tang from cheesecake. The cheesecake blends are never cheesecakey enough for me though. This is a nice combination all around. After a two minute steep the color of the brew is very light. The second steep has almost exactly the same flavor.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2-2 min steep
Steep #2 // 15 min a.b. // 2-3min

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drank SBT: Blueberry Banana by 52teas
357 tasting notes

Yum! Love me a banana flavored tea. This one sadly didn’t have a lot of banana flavoring but the taste was still good. I really like the black tea base SBT uses and it works with the flavors here really well. I was able to get a couple sweepings out of this.

Here is the rest of my review:


Flavors: banana, Berry

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