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This tea is a people-pleaser! It’s got everything: sweetness, creaminess, rose petals (pretty), chocolate! It’s a solid, tasty staple.
If you were ever in a situation where you weren’t sure if someone was a person or an alien, you could give them this tea. The humans would enjoy it.
The aliens would be like “I’m actually not acclimated to any of the microbes or viruses of this planet, and that’s catching up to me. Can I sit down?”
Sure you can, aliens. IN YOUR GRAVE.
This review got out of hand; but I recommend the tea for my sweet-toothed friends.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Rose, White Chocolate
So I just got finished packaging up a batch of tea so I decided I needed a tea break. One great thing about my job is that I can take tea breaks frequently and still say “I’m working.”
This tea is this week’s tea of the week. I really wasn’t sure if this tea would work out or not. When I first decided to blend it, I was really excited about it but then after I finished blending it and waited for it to cure, I got to thinking “What was I thinking?” Because the idea of a toasty, nutty tea like houjicha and a sweet, refreshing, juicy flavor of watermelon don’t seem like a likely pair. They don’t seem like they’d go together.
So I was very anxious during the curing process of this tea and I started thinking about what I’d do if the tea didn’t work out (because if I’m not happy with the tea, I’m not going to sell it.)
Fortunately, it did work out – quite beautifully actually! This is one of the better Houjicha blends I’ve tasted (I’m still quite fond of the Lemon Cheesecake Bar and the Gingerbread Houjichas too). The watermelon comes through really strongly but that warm, nutty flavor of the houjicha isn’t lost either. These two flavors seem to work very nicely together.
Moral of story: have more confidence in myself.
Flavors: Melon, Nutty, Sweet, Toasty
I haven’t ever had a tea smell so incredibly accurately like maple! Never ever! Thankfully, I’m also not disappointed in the flavour; this is the most mapley tea I have ever had, by far. Actually – it both tastes and smells like maple walnut fudge (minus the intense sweetness in the flavour, those this is definitely a sweeter tea). I’m also really enjoying the nuttiness here; I can almost taste the walnuts (yes, I know it’s supposed to be almonds, but this tastes nothing like almond to me. Which is ok, because most “almond flavouring” tastes like marzipan anyhow, which would have ruined this tea for me.
I think I was expecting more of a creamsicle flavour with this tea, which it isn’t quite, but it’s still pretty tasty. The tangerine is prominent and reminds me a lot of tangerine pu’erh, without the pu’erh flavour (obviously). And I can actually imagine that the creaminess I can taste is marshmallow fluff. The black base also works well here (solid, not astringent at all). This won’t be a favourite tea for me (orange citrus just isn’t a flavour I tend to go for), but it’s pretty accurate for what it’s supposed to be!
I admit… I’m not a Prince fan and really only wanted this tea because it sounded really tasty. :D
Before steeping, I did try a candied violet straight – it was interesting, for sure, but as I’m not a person who likes to eat flowers, it wasn’t amazing for me. I did make sure there was also one in my infuser, as I felt that the tea would not taste as intended without one.
Anyways, the tea – I’m just drinking the second (or third) infusion now, and unfortunately, the flavour is enough different from the first cup that I’m not sure I can adequately write about it. The first cup was sweet (from the sugared violet), had a nice base, and was creamy from the vanilla bean – I believe there was some apricot, but maybe not as much as I would have liked. I recall liking it, though I am not liking this infusion quite so much.
Looks like I will have to write more details in the future! Generally, though, I found this tea enjoyable.
Another tea nobody has reviewed! (Or I’m bad at searching, hard to say.)
I love lime, and cookies, and oolong… how could this tea go wrong? That’s right, it can’t, and didn’t. First off – the base of this tea is AMAZING. It’s a fruity, somewhat floral, creamy oolong, and tastes fresh and high quality. I can taste the base tea despite the strong (delicious) ingredients, and that’s a wonderful thing. It reminds me of Butiki(!!)
The citrus is not your run-of-the-mill lemon balm/citron oolong sort, and instead is clearly limey (there are actual lime pieces! I just ate a steeped one and it was sour and limey!!!) It’s worth noting that it doesn’t taste like typical “lime flavouring” either, and is not overpowering. The citrus comes out best in earlier infusions (I’m on #3 I believe, and it’s only lightly citrus-flavoured now).
Cookie-wise, I’m not so sure… but the tea is creamy and luscious, and that’s good enough for me.
Also, I forgot about the edible vegan glitter. I didn’t shake the package before measuring out tea (ok, I poured it out, I think someone stole my work teaspoon), and definitely didn’t even look in the first infusion to see if there was glitter. Next time.
To sum things up, this was a really tasty creamy lime-citrus oolong tea. I wish I had more; maybe it will come back in the future.
Teas not being in the database is definitely a deterrent to posting about them.
Anyways, Sparkle Pony tea! A freebie from 52teas with my latest order, to celebrate…. something. I’m not sure. This tea has pluots in it, crystalized ginger, ginger root… so basically a plum/apricot/ginger tea.
It definitely delivers! Wonderful fruitiness, paired with a perfect fruity oolong base, and lots of ginger (but not so much to impart any off-flavours). I really enjoy both plum and apricot in tea; pluots seem to lean a bit more towards the apricot flavour (I ate a piece of one. Mmmm.)
ETA: the ginger and pluot chunks were really tasty… shifty eyes
Not a huge fan of this tea; it was definitely nutty (peanuts, I’m not so sure), but the jam aspect was lacking for me. Perhaps I needed to steep longer to let the raspberries impart more flavour, but I was worried about the base. I also wasn’t overly fond of the base here, it wasn’t astringent, but it was a bit rougher than I would want it. I’m not drinking the tea right now, so I can’t come up with a good description, but perhaps it was missing some maltiness?
I was really hype about eating a peanut butter sandwich in a tea, but this didn’t quite land. It’s more of a “raspberry and nut tea.” Which is tasty, but not a sandwich. Maybe it could have gone with something to add a “bread” taste, or a few more morsels to make the “jelly” stronger?
I’m going to try this again in a few days and steep it much longer. It’s possible I got a less-than-balanced spoonful or didn’t leave it in long enough to get the flavors.
Because there’s a part of me that NEEDS this tea to work.
I want, more than anything, is to go back to kindergarten. I want to nap on my hand-crocheted pastel green blanket with the bear on it. I want to draw and swing on the swingset. All day long.
I didn’t know how good I had it at the time. I wish I could talk to Little Me. “Why are you such a weird, morose kid? Do you have ANY IDEA how good you have it? Savor that sandwich before calories begin to count for something, little skipper.”
Flavors: Nutty, Raspberry
There’s something about this one that smells kind of weird, but I don’t taste it at all. I’m really not sure what it is.
This one tastes just like banana oatmeal to me. It’s warm and comforting, and I wish this had caffeine because it would be a great morning tea! Even without, I still like it quiet a lot .
The “cashew” part of this is a TOTAL LIE.
They’re actually, due to food allergies, sunflower seeds. I suppose this is an acceptable alternative to keep people from dying. I GUESS. WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, GO HUG A TREE, HIPPIES.*
(*I can’t taste the difference whatsoever.)
On to the taste.
I’d rank the flavors in the following order of strength:
2) black tea
This is a really solid, tasty blend.
It’s like dating a lumberjack who gets along with your mom AND your grandma. You might not marry him, but he helps out around the house and generally improves everyone’s day.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Nutty
Wow, am I really the first to review this tea? The tea population in my cupboard was getting skewed towards green and black teas so I wanted some non-caffeinated blends to balance out my options. I’ve always enjoyed 52Teas honeybush blends and this one is no exception. I taste the cardamom predominantly with the orange coming in a close second…and sunflower seeds – I know they’re supposed to taste like pistachios but to me they just taste like sunflower seeds. It’s not a bad flavour mind you, the nuttiness works really well with both the base and the other flavours…but yeah, I’m not tasting anything pistachio-like. Still the orange/cardamom combo is a really tasty one and I’d definitely consider buying more of this blend.
I am in need of caffeine – so I decided to grab some of this tea since it’s the current tea of the week.
When I thought about this blend, originally, I was thinking strictly a smoky peach tea – but then I decided I wanted another element to it. I had planned on creating a smoked butterscotch tea later this year (in November, perhaps) but while I was brainstorming, I decided I should combine the two – peach and butterscotch – with a black tea base that is a blend of Indian and Chinese teas including a small amount of Lapsang Souchong.
I know in the past, some of my smoky teas have been more smoke than I originally intended. Lapsang Souchong is really potent stuff and when I was LiberTEAS . . . I did NOT like Lapsang Souchong – it wasn’t until I was well into my tea reviewing days that I either acquired a taste for – or learned how to best brew the stuff that I started appreciating the smoky tea. So adding it to blends has been a bit of a learning process for me – and I’m getting better at it, I do believe.
Because this isn’t overly smoky. there is certainly a touch of smoke to it, but it doesn’t overpower the cup. There is a good amount of peach and butterscotch to this too. When I wrote my original tasting notes for this tea – http://52teas.com/blog/tea-of-the-week-for-june-20-2016-smoky-butterscotch-peach-black-tea/ – I conducted the very first tasting without sugar in the cup. My second cup (and this one) has about a 1/2 teaspoon of raw sugar in it and I find that this really helps to bring out the sweetness of the peach and the distinct flavor of butterscotch.
It tastes a bit like grilled peaches, which is what I was going for.
SPICY! It’s about 90% cinnamon. If you do not like cinnamon, do not pass go.
When you smell it, it smells a bit like a chai.
When you sip it, it’s got a cream cheese sort of flavor, as well.
I don’t think that, if you blindfolded me, I’d say “carrot cake” or “cheesecake,” but it does taste good.
I always read other people’s reviews after mine (so I’m not influenced by theirs). One of them recommended adding honey, which I think definitely rounds out the flavor nicely. Do that. Yum. I bumped it up a few points.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Spices
Often when two drastically different fruit flavours are blended in a tea one tends to overshadow the other. In this case I can taste both the watermelon and the pineapple in equal amounts. They’re on the milder side but I find the flavours be a lot more natural tasting and they mix well with the bai mu dan base. This would be a great tea to try iced, I think.
I got my order from 52 Teas today! I know, I know, I wasn’t going to order any more tea … Yeah, yeah. But I only ordered a few sample sizes. And I have a teeny bit of a sense of smell! And I remember how wonderful all of the 52 Teas I’ve had have tasted.
I had a hard time deciding which tea to try. All the teas sound awesome. I finally settled on this one because the directions said to allow the tea to cool for 5-10 minutes before drinking. It’s pretty hot here even with the air on, so I figured a cooling tea might be more refreshing.
It was refreshing. The scent was wonderfully like bananas and chocolate. (boy, I love being able to say that! This sense of smell is weak and will probably last only another week or so, but I’m enjoying it. It brews up a lovely dark apricot color. The odor was really like bananas and chocolate. I let mine cool for 5 minutes. My first sip was slightly woody. I’m not sure if that is quite the word, but I let it sit another couple of minutes and then it was perfect. The flavor was very subtle. That might be because my sense of smell is weak. I could definitely detect banana, and the chocolate was not so strong. Again, someone with a strong sense of smell might get different flavors. What mattered to me was that the woodiness was gone. The tea was slightly sweet on its own, no sugar or honey needed. This is a wonderful afternoon or evening dessert tea. This was the generous sample 52Teas sent along with my order. I wasn’t expecting an sample, since myh order was so small. But i’m grateful for it. Thjs one is definitely a winner!
ooooh this is delicious! I love the dried rose with the dark chocolate. The cocoa flavour is authentic and tastes amazing with the floral.
It smells and tastes like cocoa that has a little bit of bitterness that raw cocoa has, but at the same time is sweet from the creamy white chocolate. The rose is a really nice and not sour.
Flavors: Cactus Flowers, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Milk, Rose, Sweet, White Chocolate
Guess what tea I am in the process of reblending?
One of our VIPs from our start-up Kickstarter campaign selected the incentive to create a VIT and choose a reblend and he told me to choose my favorite reblend to reblend.
Okie Dokie – this one was one of my all time favorites and it’s one I selected because – well, I wanted to reblend it. Fortunately, my VIP was very excited with this choice – so this is the tea we’re going with. Instead of using sun-dried tomatoes in this blend, I used freeze-dried tomatoes so it looks a little different than the original batch.
This is my first taste test of the tea – and I still have some tweaking to do on it. I want a stronger tomato flavor and a more prevalent pepper flavor to it. I went really light on the Lapsang Souchong – so I’m smelling more smoke than I’m tasting so I might add just a little bit more to this to enhance that smoke a little. Or perhaps I’ll add a touch of Keemun to round out the body a little more.
Anyway – this one’s being reblended – so watch for it – it should be done within the first week or so of July (I hope)!
The nutty, roasted flavour of the houjicha is a great base for this blend as it has the warmth and substance that you’d need for strong, spicy flavours like these. It’s not quite gingerbread for me – it needs more molasses flavour I think to get to that point. Even so, I found myself enjoying this tea, it’s a nice blend for drinking on cold days.
For those of you who remember – last year we had a Kickstarter campaign going to raise funds to be able to take over 52Teas from Frank. One of our contributors was none other than Jason! (Thank you so much Jason!)
And he wanted to create a Ho-dduk flavored tea (which is a Korean street food dessert type of pancake thing that is fried in a bunch of butter and filled with a filling of brown sugar, cinnamon and peanuts – or pecans or other nuts) It took me a while to get the flavor balance just right for this tea. My first batch turned out tasting a bit more cinnamon than I wanted it to – but I do believe I finally got the flavors right!
The black tea base is a Thyolo OP1 Black tea from Malawi – it’s smooth and flavorful but not overly heavy or aggressive. The pancake flavor comes through (but don’t go looking for maple flavoring here which is what my palate was kind of looking for at first because – pancake.) There’s a nice warmth from the cinnamon and a touch of buttery taste. I actually used pecan flavor rather than peanut because I like pecans better than peanuts. I also felt that the pecan flavor would come through better than the peanut flavor would with this particular base.
It’s sweet, cake-y, nutty and warm with cinnamon – with just a touch of butter. Really tasty. I hope Jason likes this as much as I do!
This tea smells just like a batch of freshly-baked gingersnap cookies – seriously, it’s giving me a craving for those cookies. It tastes quite a bit like gingersnap cookies too; lightly spicy with a hint of molasses. There’s also a hint of cardamom that you wouldn’t normally taste in a gingersnap, though it works so well in this tea I’m almost tempted to try adding a bit to my cookie recipe next time. I think the rooibos based really works in this tea’s favour for once (I’m not a red rooibos fan). Tonight I’m drinking it plain but I bet it’ll be great with milk too.