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I think my taste buds might still be off from my sinus infection because I had a bit of a weird experience with this tea. But not in a bad way.
Brewed hot, this tea was more of a heavy roasted oolong cantaloupe tea with subtle hints of cucumber here and there in the background.
Brewed as an iced tea, I got more of the cucumber flavor with a sweetness that could be considered melon like at the end of each sip and the roasted oolong flavor throughout. It reminded me of water with cucumber slices added in.
I really like both ways, I just couldn’t seem to get both flavors in the same cuppa. But oh my did it ever smell like cucumber/cantaloupe. Smelt amazing!
I’ve been avoiding this one for ages, because frankly I’m scared of it. I mean, bacon. In tea. I must have been feeling pretty brave yesterday evening, though, because I bit the bullet and made this one up for work today. It got the usual SBT treatment – 3 minutes in ¼ litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold water, and then into the fridge overnight. I’m back to being scared this morning.
I took my first sip very tentatively, and was surprised to find that I’m actually okay with this one. It’s mostly maple – and the maple is so strong it’s almost like drinking maple syrup. I love maple syrup, so that’s more than fine with me. There is a tiny hint of smokiness and something a little like those bacon salad crispies, or just bacon-flavour crisps, right in the mid-sip, but it’s fleeting and really just barely there. I’m a little relieved about this, but actually it works rather well with the maple and as I drank more I found myself thinking that I could take it a little stronger. A surprise if ever there was one! On the whole, I’m pleased this is mostly maple. Maple tea I can understand! I had to try this one just for the novelty value, but I’m happy that I ended up enjoying it as well. Wonders never cease.
From the Here’s Hoping TTB
I thought I would like this tea, but it has a very strong artificial taste which is nothing like 1) mango, 2) kiwi, or 3) tea. I tried to get through the whole cup but just couldn’t do it.
My 10 year old grandson says “pretty odd taste, but I like it.” I gave him the rest of my cup.
The numerical score is mine, not his.
Mmmmm……….. I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy this, but I I really do. I brewed it at a lower temperature and longer time than recommended. I love the peach flavor in the green tea. It blends beautifully. I’m not really getting the cakiness, except maybe as a booster to the peach’s sweetness. This is just summer happiness in a cup, without being too sweet.
Flavors: Peach, Tea
I’m hot steeping this one, so I broke open the teabag to parcel out a teaspoon. I like having cantaloupe teas on hot days, but the other 52Teas I’ve had with cantaloupe is better but that one was really really tasty. First of all, the green tea is scary tiny. I expect bitter, but if it’s steeped under a minute, it isn’t astringent at all (even if so many of the leaves escape the infuser and end up at the bottom of the cup.) It’s a solid green with equal parts berry and cantaloupe flavors. But I feel like either flavor could be stronger.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 minutes after boiling // 45 second steep
Steep #2 // 30 min a.b. // 45 second steep
This is a very warm, pleasent tea especially when it’s had a chance to cool off a bit and allow the sweetness of the oolong base to emerge. The ginger is a maybe a touch too much and I would like a bit more cookie flavour but it’s an enjoyable blend.
Cold-brewed then poured on ice.
I’m heading into a direction: flavored teas are losing their appeal, I quickly move toward the threshold of purely drinking the unflavored. But if there are more blends like this I might not be turned off from flavored teas completely. I haven’t tried a cup of this hot, but it was mighty delicious each time I drank it cold.
I thought this would be bitter since the base tea leaves are pretty broken, but that wasn’t the case. The blueberry flavoring is strong yet light. It works very well with the shou mei – whose sweet grassy flavor I taste just a slight – and doesn’t taste at all artificial. Summer is blueberry time (actually blueberries), and after my first sips I could have sworn I’d just eaten some blueberries. The freeze-dried blueberries in the blend are nice touch in the dry leaf appearance.
The flavour I get right off the bat in this tea is mint – mint and green tea basically. I let the tea cool a bit and at that point I could taste a bit of watermelon but it was sort of an odd ‘green’ watermelon taste – like the white part of the rind rather than the sweet, juicy red flesh. There’s a bit of a lime flavour tucked in there too but not enough to really justify calling this tea ‘limeade’. i might try it again with less leaf (2 tsp in 12 oz of water is quite a lot) to see if that makes it taste less minty.
Warning: I have no clue how old the sample of this I had was. That being said, the bit that I tried was pretty good. I had the first cup hot where it had a mild root beer flavour. The rest I cold brewed in my fridge for about 48 hours or so. It became quite dark so I feared for bitterness. Luckily I received none and was treated to a nice Sarsaparilla taste. Sadly though I didn’t have any buttery /butterscotch like flavour to make it special. It was just a nice sarsaparilla.
Flavors: Root Beer, Sarsaparilla
This tea might not be the usual breakfast tea, but since I have a teensy bit of my sense of smell I decided to have it. Nummy. Absolutely nummy. I opened the pouch and took a big sniff and I swear, there was a slice of banana bread inside. happy sigh The tea was smooth and mellow and almost sweet on its own. No sugar or milk needed, but I can see why others might enjoy it that way.
Another excellent tea from 52Teas! So sweet, creamy and buttery before I even added a splash of milk. I think I detect a slight bit of spice in there too. I don’t get the banana flavor, but I imagine that is me and my failure of a nose. Teas like this make me want to bake. But today it was way, way, WAY too hot for that. Heck the overnight low is expected to be 77, which just makes me want to cry. The air conditioner is struggling valiantly along, but it’s still darned hot in my apartment, so I won’t re-steep this one. I’m going to put it carefully away and save it for this fall. It is worth keeping.
Got the house to myself for a few hours so I’m going to see how many sipdowns I can complete.
This will be #1. I agree with everybody’s reviews on this one. Not enough of the birthday cake flavor and the flavor I am picking up isn’t a nice raspberry but more of a chemical flavor. Not my favorite, but I’m still glad I was able to try it. I bet this one would be better cold brewed but I won’t be able to try it since I used the rest of the bag on this cup. Thanks Marzipan for sending it to me!
Lime? Yep. Jello? Yep. Creamy? Yes!
Not quite as tart as I’d hoped but very satisfying :)
One day I’ll make it iced. I’m undecided on a rating as yet but I’m leaning towards high.
Also seriously crashing from my days away at camp.
On another note I kinda wish these notes were separated into before 52teas was sold and after. I never tried the original so I’m not sure how it compares, and it can be a pain trying to find the “new” notes since I haven’t been around for awhile to see them as they pass through my feed. I wonder if I’m the only one that feels that way…
This is exactly as promised for me & exactly as I expected: Pear! Cinnamon! The pear is almost like apple though. I love the cinnamon in 52Teas and I find it masks the black tea base better. I like this one. It hits the spot! I wish I remembered exactly how I steeped this one, it seemed the best it could be and not many others here seem to have luck with it. Speaking of cinnamon 52Teas blends (PGB), I just started reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy today! Already love it. Not much else to say about this one, but it delivers. I guess I must mention though that any 52Teas tasting notes I’ll be writing in the near future are for Frank’s blends and not the new ones. I haven’t bought any of the new ones yet, but my cupboard thanks me. :D
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 7 min after boiling // 1-2 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 min
Today’s work iced tea. This one got the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in 300ml boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold water, and then into the fridge overnight). I vaguely remember having tried the 52 Teas Pina Colada Honeybush quite a while back, and I’m sure I liked it pretty well. It’s certainly a day for tropical teas!
I’m impressed with this one. Coconut is, I’d say, the prevalent flavour, but there are quite strong hints of pineapple kicking around in the background. It’s creamy from the coconut and fruity from the pineapple, so a pretty nice combination all told. It’s light, refreshing, and quite juicy – perfect for a hot day sitting in front of a computer. Now all I have to do is pretend I’m not!
This is one I’d repurchase in future, assuming it’s still available. It’s a pretty true-to-life recreation of a pina colada, considering it’s actually tea and totally non-alcoholic. A summer time treat.
This is the 52Teas rebo.ot blend
The dry tea smells like sweet maple syrup. And so does the steeped tea. Mmmmm….
Made this batch without milk and sugar, and I steeped them in a Zervo tea infuser (hadn’t use it in awhile because the last time… I left my tea leaves in there way too long)
On the first sip, I get flowers touched with maple syrup. Mmmmm…. I’m not getting any cheesecake, but the flowers and maple go really nicely together.
I generally don’t seem to be able to get the cheesecake from these tea flavors very often, which is to bad, but I’m not really missing it here. I usually figure I might try it with some milk and sugar to see if that brings it out more, but I don’t really want to here. I feel like that would muddle the TieGuanYin flavor a little too much.
Second steeping: 180 degrees, about 3 minutes.
This one is a little more bitter, a little stronger on the flowers. The maple is a little more subtle this steep. It gets a little lost in the flowers. Still nice, but I think I enjoyed the first steep a little more.
Flavors: Flowers, Maple Syrup
Oh my gosh, I love this one. All I can say is cranberry, pineapple, marshmallow, all pretty equally represented. I seem to like the later 52Teas green tea/fruit/marshmallow blends. Or really I loved all the green blends I’ve tried over the years from 52Teas, I guess. I wish I had more than a half ounce of this one! I probably love it because a jello salad like this one is a recipe that runs in the family. The initial steep was better because it was a shorter steep – more flavor than just the green tea taking over, which kind of happened in the second steep. Remember: short steeps. Also sipping OLD Date Nut Muffin now, and I really have to remember to mix up the pouches – there are tons of big pieces on the bottom! Date Nut Muffin is still a favorite. It was a GOOD tea day: favorites I knew were favorites and surprising new favorites. So tea spoiled!
Flavors: Cranberry, Marshmallow, Pineapple
[Backlog] – I’m always hoping to find a nice chocolate tea, but haven’t really found one that is the most delicious yet! Sometimes the chocolate is too faint or fake… sometimes the tea base is too bold. When I saw this black silk chocolate milk blend pop up for sale, I knew that I had to give it a try. It seemed like it would have a great combination of chocolate and a smooth black tea base. Plus, I love the addition of marshmallow root as I think it adds a creamy element to the blend.
After the tea has been steeped, I smell a rather strong black tea with a tiny bit of chocolate in the background. The first part of the sip is of the black tea base. It’s a little more astringent than I expected, but I do pick up on notes of hay and earth. The chocolate, for me, comes toward the end of the sip. It’s not a strong chocolate flavor, but is faint and dark like cocoa. Happily, I can taste a bit of the marshmallow root in the form of a quick creamy finish. The cup is very drinkable, but I really want the silky smooth black tea and that strong chocolate! They’re just not there for me, unfortunately.
I’m happy that I tried this blend, but it hasn’t filled my needs for a chocolate blend. That being said, it’s not a bad blend and if you’re looking for an average black tea with a hint of chocolate, this is a good choice.
So I have an ancient pouch of this that I received when it was already older. I didn’t really taste pumpkin. I was okay with that, since I knew it was an older blend. Maybe the pumpkin faded. The steeps I tried this time were from the half ounce pouch, so I assumed that it would be a newer blend. But it tastes the same to me. Not any noticeable pumpkin. I guess maybe that old pouch isn’t that old after all. Oh well. Sri Lankan Pumpkin Chai is amazing stuff though.
Edited to add: Actually, turns out it wasn’t the Pumpkin Chai I’ve tried before, but the Pumpkin Pie black. Also not much pumpkin with that one.
Yep, love this one! For a few hours today I was able to smell fairly well. Do you know what I do during times like that? I go to my tea drawer and open the tins and bags and inhale deeply. Such joy. Such bliss. So much happiness is found in the rich scent of teas.
I made myself a couple of cups of this one tonight because the scent made me happy. What better reason to drink tea, right?
I wanted something nice and easy to drink tonight, that wouldn’t keep me up or jittery (the prednisone does that quite well on its own. thank you very much) I wasn’t sure how I felt about honeybush. I’ve had only one besides this one, and I liked it, but I don’t care for many rooibos teas, and I thought honeybush might be the same way.
Maybe it’s a fluke, but I like this honeybush too, maybe even more than the Cinnamon Roll one I had last. (Also from 52Teas) I could sort of “feel” the mint in it, and the mouthfeel was smooth and silky. It brews up quite dark, almost as dark as the pathetically weak coffee they serve at work. I like what little flavor I get. Not the tea’s fault! My nose is mostly on the fritz again. But there is enough flavor here to make me a happy camper.
I heard from the ENT today. The MRI is scheduled for August 20, and if it is good then I’ll be at the Mayo Clinic on September 15-17 being de-sensitized to aspirin. Part of me is really excited. I can not wait to see how much this improves my quality of life. And part of me is terrified. Aspirin could literally kill me. Yes, I’ll be carefully monitored and reactions will be swiftly treated. But it’s still scary.
Meanwhile, I’ll see if a I can get a second steep out of this.