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I’ve prepared this tea hot and plain a few times and enjoyed every cup; the strawberry flavor is rich and a little candy sweet, with more subtle sweet vanilla undertones. The honeybush does have that peppery note, but otherwise is very smooth and doesn’t give off any medicinal flavors, which I sometimes have issues with when berry flavors are paired with rooibos.
I debated stretching a few more cups out of the available leaf packet or doubling up for an indulgent latte, and this morning the latte won out. I used sweet vanilla almond milk and that has really brought out a “strawberry ice cream” vibe. The strawberry is still there but the vanilla notes are amplified and the drink is really creamy. Indulgent, indeed!
Flavors: Candy, Cream, Fruity, Pepper, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla
I taste a lot of peach here with a bit of nuttiness too. I like this sweetened with milk, but I don’t love it. The flavor combination is interesting, but the base was a bit stronger than the flavoring and sometimes contributed some bitterness even when steeped properly. The resteep tastes similar to the first.
This seemed a bit thin during my first cup, but perhaps it was underleafed. I definitely taste nuts, but below that, it’s sort of empty. I’m not reminded of ice cream despite drinking this sweetened with milk. Once I let this cool down all the way and added some vanilla almond milk, it finally tasted more richly nutty like I’d been hoping for. The second time I had this, it didn’t make a huge impression. I just tasted some nuts and the black base, but I was really looking for that ice cream flavor.
a lovely and vibrant mango flavour with a touch of bitterness that invokes mango skin (both the wonderful aroma and bittersweet flavour). Tastes good both hot or cold steeped in the fridge overnight too.
Flavors: Bittersweet, Bright, Fruity, Grassy, Mango, Silky, Smooth, Vanilla, Vegetal
The strongest flavor is the mild spice. Below that, I taste an interesting orange flavor, like the kind you’d find in an orange icing. I also taste a marshmallow or vanilla type flavor. It all is really nice together. The second time I had this, it tasted a bit more like generic winter spices. Still tasty, just not special.
I’ve determined that brewing teas at work generally is a suboptimal experience – it’s probably the water, somehow, but tea definitely just doesn’t taste as good as it does at home (where we have softener, brita-filtered water… which doesn’t seem like it should be the ideal combo but seems to work). This tea lived at work for a while, and I’ve only drank it there, to mediocre results. Different story tonight at home – rich and bready base, roasted strawberry near the back. A slight bit of astringency to remind you that it’s tea. Definite creaminess lingering on the palate after swallowing. This is really quite good. At its core it’s really just a strawberry black, done by countless tea companies, but the execution is definitely the best I remember tasting. Yum. Too bad I only have one packet of it!
I spent four hours cleaning house yesterday and every part of my body hurts… so today is dedicated to tea, books, YouTube videos, and naps. I’ve been on a big “pirate” kick with my media lately, so while this tea isn’t the most seasonally appropriate choice, it did seem to fit nicely thematically.
It smells divine. I’m a big fan of 52Tea’s pineapple flavoring. The oolong is really silky and floral, and accompanies the pineapple flavor so nicely. It’s not as tangy as I’d like from pineapple, but there is something very satisfying about the soft sweetness of this flavor as well. Oddly enough, I’m not really getting any ginger… a soft aftertaste of it at most. But this is really nice. I imagine it would be great iced, as well.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Pineapple, Silky, Spices, Sweet
I didn’t notice/remember that this was an iced tea; I steeped it hot (and for too long), but it ended up being pretty vibrant and delicious. Definitely reminiscent of the Frank version with the fruit mixture; I couldn’t really pick out much but citrus (which was delightfully not bitter at all), but certainly more complex than that. I’ll need to try a cold brew next time.
Whenever a 52Teas packet recommends 4g when there are 15g total in a package, I tend to leaf-up a gram so the leaf will split evenly and I won’t have a weird amount left over. I’m not sure that was the best thing to do in this situation as the yerba mate was very strong… or maybe it’s just that I haven’t had any in such a long time, I’ve forgotten what a strong green flavor it has. It is very vegetal, in a fresh grass sort of way, and a little smoky ala Gunpowder Green. It’s not my favorite flavor, but it’s drinkable. The raspberry cream flavor is spot-on, as usual, though. Very creamy and sweet, like a raspberry dessert. The mate is just overwhelming it a bit much for my liking, and because it is so strongly vegetal, I’m getting more of a “fresh raspberries right of the vine, stems and leaves intact” sort of vibe instead. It’s fine, but I definitely prefer this particular flavor on other bases… the energy boost sure is nice, though!
Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Grass, Raspberry, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal
I had stored this packet sealed, but I fear that age may have still taken its toll, because I’m not getting much flavor from it. It smells quite nice in the bag, but even overleafed and steeped for a very long time, I am not getting apple or caramel. I do pick up a fruity note that is probably the apple, but somehow I’m tasting it as pear instead. The spices are nice and quite present, particularly the cinnamon and allspice. I’m not getting caramel at all. The tea is pretty rooibos-heavy in flavor, which is fine for me (I like red rooibos) but would probably be a bit much for others. It was tasty, but I definitely got “spiced pear” instead of “caramel apple cider.”
Flavors: Allspice, Cinnamon, Fruity, Pear, Rooibos, Spices, Sweet, Woody
This mostly tastes like genmaicha with a bit of something extra. When this was warm, the extra bit was a little sour, strangely. Once this cooled down, I tasted something like brown sugar maybe, but without the sweetness? Ha maybe that’s brown butter. I wish this were more desserty and decadent. The last time I had this, it tasted a little watery and empty. Still worthwhile, just not a favorite.
This black tea is quite hearty. I also taste a smooth vanilla flavor. The chai spices are nice as well. Hot, it tasted almost bitter, but once it cooled, I could really appreciate the balance of the flavors. The chai spices and creaminess really go well together with some sugar and milk. My final cup of this leaned more heavily to the lapsang flavor profile, which I hadn’t noticed in previous cups. The fun thing about a chai is that every cup can taste a little different!