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drank Rocky Road by 52teas
59 tasting notes

Last week’s tea of the week!
Now that I’m feeling comfortable with finally getting caught up after numerous delays – I also feel comfortable in sitting back and enjoying a cup of tea and writing about it! The delays over the last two months have been crazy – but as I’ve said – I’ve learned that anything that can happen will most likely happen and really, there’s just not a lot you can do about it – no way of even foreseeing some of those things that happen to delay things – so the key is just learning how to roll with the punches I suppose.
On to this tea! I do love it! Rocky Road ice cream is my favorite and has been my favorite since I was a kid. I occasionally find a ‘new’ favorite that surpasses my craving for Rocky Road – like Cherry Garcia or Praline Pecan – but Rocky Road holds that special place in my heart. So when I saw in the archives some years ago that Frank had actually created a Rocky Road blend once upon a time – I asked him to reblend it. He never did.
So I decided that I would take it upon myself to recreate it and when I did, I did some searching for the tea here on Steepster only to come up empty handed – it was never entered into the database here so it’s as if it never actually existed. So I’m reclaiming the blend for myself.
The base is really nice – it’s Yunnan and Assamica teas blended with Laoshan teas from Verdant. Together, these teas create a pleasantly rich and remarkably smooth flavor that carries the notes of chocolate, nut and marshmallow well.
As I mentioned on my blog post for this blend – http://52teas.com/blog/tea-of-the-week-for-february-6-2017-rocky-road-black-tea/ – the first time I tasted it, I thought something was a bit off. Not because it wasn’t delicious because it was – it took me a while to determine what the problem with it was and I realized that this doesn’t have the texture of Rocky Road ice cream (because it is, as I’ve said before – a tea and therefore shouldn’t have the texture of a ice cream laden with nuts and marshmallows) and while I absolutely love the flavor of Rocky Road Ice Cream, I also love the texture: cool, creamy chocolate ice cream with chunks of crunchy nuts and pillow-y marshmallows. And this tea doesn’t have the crunchy, chunky nuts or the soft, fluffy marshmallows to bite into – but it does have the flavor of those things as well as a smooth, creamy chocolate-y taste.

Evol Ving Ness

Welcome back. We’ve missed you.

VariaTEA

This sounds delicious! And glad you’re back :)

52Teas

thanks!

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So somehow, I’ve really managed to hurt my back. It’s particularly bad in my shoulders and neck, and yet for some reason I’m still at work. I’m not sure why, or what I’m trying to prove. I think at this point the best thing would be to give up and go home, because it’s horrible to be in pain and at work. I think I feel like I shouldn’t because I can still do my job, which today just involves sitting at a desk and typing (at least it’s not an event day!) I don’t know. I’m odd about stuff, clearly.

I’ve rewarded myself with tea. This is one of my last 52Teas from the “old” iteration of the company. I’m still looking for something to equal raspberry cream, but I don’t think this is going to be it. It smells promising, though!

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. To taste, it’s pretty good. It’s very obviously raspberry, and it’s even a little tart/sour in the way of actual raspberries. There’s a sweetness too, but it’s not overdone or too candy-like. I can taste hints of white chocolate in the background, but that aspect isn’t quite as prominent as I’d have liked it to be. Still, it’s pretty good. I’ll easily be able to polish this one off!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
52Teas

I’m sorry to hear about your back!

mrmopar

Back aches are the worst. Hope you feel better soon!

Indigobloom

Oh no!! I messed up my back over the summer and been in physio ever since. Sorry your in pain :(

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
320 tasting notes

Sipdown! (90/395)

I really liked this one. Today I had it with some peppermint sugar and it was like drinking a minty mocha. If it were still available I’d probably pick some up. Upping my rating from 76 to reflect this.

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

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
320 tasting notes

I underestimated how much leaf I had left of this and the last couple teas I’ve had, so no sipdowns from my last few cups. I’m slipping… Still, I’m not complaining, because now I have an extra mug of this, which makes quite the tasty start to the morning. Thank you Janelle for sharing!

Brewing, the scent threw me off at first. I was expecting chocolate milkshake, but what I got was closer to Butiki’s Coffee & Cigarettes (which is stored completely separately and can’t have contaminated this). It had a roasted coffee note from the mate which was prevalent and a sweeter, creamy back note more akin to what I was expecting. Taste-wise, though, they’re not so much alike. The mate naturally gives off a note very similar in flavour to Butiki’s coffee flavouring, though more robust and natural. There’s also a wisp of smoke here right at the end of the sip, but the comparison ends there. Chocolate in tea is very hit-or-miss-y for me, and this has a great chocolate flavour. It’s not by any means the most dominant flavour, but it pairs incredibly well with everything else that’s going on in my mug and adds a rich, indulgent background. It’s like I’m drinking a mocha with my tea this morning, and it feels a little bit naughty in a good way. An actual mocha from a coffee shop would use up about 1/3 of my daily SmartPoints, but this is only a 30th, and only because I added a little sugar to enhance the rich creamy chocolate notes. The malt note comes in mid-sip, which is weirdly making it seem thicker than it really is. It’s also making me want to try a malted chocolate milkshake, which sounds incredible and based on this tea absolutely would be. Malted milkshakes aren’t so much a thing over here (why do we miss out on so much?!) but surely there has to be somewhere that does them… hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Rose Truffle by 52teas
2239 tasting notes

I sipped this one yesterday and had a sipdown of Bluebird’s Love Potion today! This one is from my 52Teas grabbag from a while ago. It MUST be chocolately because I spied so many chocolate chips in my infuser! There are also cocoa shells to back them up. The result is quite the cocoa cup, with surprisingly, hints of rose here and there. Usually rose doesn’t make an appearance flavor wise in any tea, so it was nice to find it here. Though that may be more because of the rose Congou base tea and not the rose petals themselves. This is a lovely blend, though I should try evening out the tea leaves to chocolate chips ratio next time I steep this up. I love the idea that there are four base teas… I just wish I could taste them more. Happy Valentine’s everyone!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose

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Happy Valentine’s Day Steepster!

Anyone have any big/special plans? Personally, I work this evening at DT so nothing related to the holiday for me not that I’m seeing anyone right now anyway but I did do something for me today! I shaved my hair, which had regrown to about inches long since I last shaved everything completely off, into a mohawk! It’s been since highschool since I last rocked a mohawk, and let me just say that having one now feels good. Plus, for my first time shaving a mohawk all by myself I think I fucking nailed it.

https://www.facebook.com/resteep/posts/10209590095123154

Also, Wasabi posed with me!

Apart from that, I’m just enjoying drinking good tea and listening to some killed music while I have the apartment all to myself. Oh – also I put together little Valentine’s cards for my DAVIDsTEA coworkers with a personalized tea sample for each of them depending on their tastes. That’s why I’m drinking this tea; I measured out a cup for my friend Kandyce who likes flavoured tea, specifically things that are either fruity or just kind of weird. I think this ticks off both criteria?

And then as I was measuring her tea, I of course had to make myself a cup too. I was surprised by this; 52Teas does flavoured genmaicha well but usually the additional flavour is pretty subtle. In the case of this tea, I thought the mango was REALLY strong/bold and prominent. That’s not to say I didn’t like it; in fact I found it to be super realistic, natural, and both ripe and juicy tasting. It was very good, but covered a lot of the roastiness from the genmaicha. The latter was there though; it was like you were hit with a wave of intense, rich mango and then as that faded/the initial impact wore off there was smooth, subtle roastyness and sweet coconut notes. Ultimately I would have liked a touch more roastyness/“sticky rice” flavour but it’s hard to criticize too much because even if that aspect wasn’t completely nailed in my opinion it did still taste amazing.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqCsg4U3iqQ&index=8&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ

I listened to a lot of Parov Stelar while drinking this; I’ve been on a HUGE electro swing/nu jazz kick lately and Parov Stelar is like the best of the best. This was the song I got most into though while I was drinking this. The volume was on max, and there was some serious dancing taking place.

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Pine, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Tropical, Vegetal

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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
256 tasting notes

I was digging around in some of my tea stash from last year and found a whole bag of goodies from 52teas from one of the grab bag promotions. This was the little sample on top of the pack. Yay! It’s almost Shamrock Shake season, right? This tea is BETTER than Shamrock Shakes though, I think. As lovely and craved as Shamrock shakes are, they do taste very artificial and I typically only can finish a small cup per season. I can see myself coming back to this tea, too bad I only have the taster size.

To be fair though, I do my usual morning Brews to take to work, and I drank the third brew first on the commute to work, and the first brew in the afternoon. I’m glad it worked out that way, the hit of mint in the morning would have been perhaps too much for me, but it was quite lovely and mild by the third steep. I’m not sure why I never thought of peppermint and vanilla green tea together, I drink both quite often. Of course, that’s what I might have to resort to when I run out of this sample, I just checked the website and I didn’t find any in stock. Sigh. You guys! If you reblend I’ll buy a big bag! =)

In the meantime I know that I got some teas from the holiday thing, I just have to recall where I stashed them.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another Evol sample….

Upside of this one? LOVE the melon flavouring….but you know what i don’t need? SPicey melon lol. However, that being said, this is as close to it’s name as i think you could get. It’s really well done for what it’s supposed to be, just happens to not be what i want with melon. I did appreciate the spiciness in this one though…i imagine it paired with a nice solid black tea :)

MrQuackers

Cucumber water is one of my favourites. David’s tea has a melon one, as well. Spicy and melon? Not as much :)

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This was another sample from my swap with Inkling, and my first taste of a new 52Teas blend. Weirdly, I didn’t get much in the way of coconut from it. What I did get was some pleasantly smooth rooibos and honeybush—woodsy, for sure, but not tobacco-y or medicinal—and a mild sort of strawberry syrup flavor. This wasn’t a wow, but it was very pleasant. I wouldn’t mind having this again, and it certainly made me that much more interested in finally placing an order from the new 52Teas.

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This has been sitting around in my stash. I was getting tired of having coffee every morning at work, so I chucked this in my handbag earlier this week. I’ve had a cup every day for the past four days, and it’s really delightful. It’s one of the better chocolate teas I’ve had in recent memory. It tastes very rich and sinful even though it’s not. I like it best as a latte because dairy (or non-dairy milk for that matter) really brings out the creaminess that you’d get with an actual eclair. All in all, another solid flavored black tea blend from 52Teas. Recommended for those that enjoy dessert and/or chocolate teas.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank Pumpkin Juice by 52teas
192 tasting notes

I really need to start both a sip-down challenge and a sell/swap pile. My stash is getting a bit out of hand.

This is a fairly recent purchase for me. I’m not a huge fan of green teas, but I’ve been looking for a nice spiced pumpkin tea that has pumpkin in it but doesn’t have carrot in the ingredient list. Plus, it’s named “Pumpkin Juice.” How could I not buy it?

I’m having it as an iced latte this morning, but I’ve sampled it hot and unsweetened too.

Hot and straight, it tastes like spiced apple cider – y’know the kind you make in a crockpot for company over the holidays. But it’s not just any old spiced apple cider, it’s spiced apple cider that’s been warming away with slices of pumpkin added to the mix. It’s very warming and comforting, especially on cool mornings. The green tea base isn’t bitter or overly assertive. I don’t taste much pineapple, but that’s fine by me. Pineapple isn’t normally my jam. The level of spice is just right.

It’s quite nice as an iced latte as well. I think the addition of dairy makes it taste more like a baked good – like apple cake batter. The pumpkin flavor is lost in my cup this morning, but it’s still a nice lil’ drink. I’ll just have to remember to enjoy it hot when I’m wanting a tea that tastes of pumpkin.

52Teas is quickly becoming one of my favorite tea companies. I’ve just been so impressed with so many of their blends lately.

Flavors: Apple, Pumpkin, Spices

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drank Lemon - AID by 52teas
3 tasting notes

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drank Chai Houjicha by 52teas
61 tasting notes

I got this as a free sample along with my order of 5 sample packs of Toasted Marshmallow Hojicha! (I was stocking up lol) I wish that the season for chai wasn’t nearing an end because this tea is so yummy! I love hojicha because I love anything nutty and toasty and it goes perfectly with masala spices. I hope this tea comes back next fall because I will drink it up!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutty, Spices, Toasty

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drank Chocolate Éclair by 52teas
3181 tasting notes

I like this!! It’s like peppermint marshmallow melting in hot chocolate but without the mint. Awesome velvety chocolate flavor…like a milk chocolate fondue but with a nice punch of vanilla bean to reflect the eclair custard. This is not really the best description and sorry for that but I will say this delivers on the chocolate eclair flavor it promises and that makes it awesome!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cream, Custard, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

mmmmmmmmmmm

Fjellrev

Daaaamn, these 52teas blends lately…

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I have never actually had a Pumpkin Spice Latte because it just never appealed to me but for some reason I had to have this. My guess is my love for flavored genmaichas combined with my inner annoying white girl and that made this blend irresistible. To my surprise though, it has actual pumpkin pieces in it as opposed to just the spices that make up “pumpkin spice” so that’s a plus and I would say it comes through in the flavor, albeit subtly since the pumpkin spice takes over as per usual. It is nice nonetheless. Maybe not my favorite genmaicha offering from 52 Teas but better than expected and certainly one I would have trouble finished.

Fjellrev

You’re not missing out on PSL. I had one once or twice and wasn’t impressed. Just sugary and barely any spices, in my opinion.

VariaTEA

I hardly drink anything at Starbucks and when I do its the Caramel Brulee Latte. I have yet to be swayed by anything else except maybe the occasional hot chocolate.

Jillian

You’re not alone, I can’t drink coffee so I haven’t tried one either. I’ll take Davids Tea Pumpkin Chai any day.

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I may have waited significantly longer than the recommended 10 minutes of cooling. Like an entire episode of Grey’s Anatomy longer. Nonetheless, this has some lovely pastry notes. It’s like a tasty black tea and an accompanying honeyed pastry all rolled into one. I am sure there will be more to say when I have this a little hotter next time but this was a lovely introduction to this blend.

Evol Ving Ness

Funny, the first time I had this, I also drank it almost cold and it wasn’t all that. Hot-tish is definitely the way to go.

VariaTEA

I figured as much. I have seen so many positive reviews, yours included, that I knew I was in for a treat so I was looking for the good but I got the feeling it would be better when hot…ish.

Evol Ving Ness

I found it does a second steep well too. Looking forward to your next cup to see what you think.

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drank The Smoking Coconut by 52teas
8155 tasting notes

ooooh. another sample from evol ving ness this one is tasty too! haha I really like the balance of smoke and coconut. I’d be worried about this going rancid if it wasn’t sipped up quickly, but this is rather tasty. It’s mostly a coconut brew, but the base is smooth and obviously slightly smokey, but not overpoweringly so :) thanks evol!

Evol Ving Ness

It’s about a month or so old, Sil, so maybe it still has a few days shelf life. :)

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drank Gingerbread Houjicha by 52teas
635 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’ll miss this one. The gingerbread flavor doesn’t drown out the roastiness of base houjicha. Instead, the two conspire to make a brew both wintry and refreshing. It’s actually even better cold.

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drank Maple Apple Tea Cake by 52teas
3181 tasting notes

I made this alongside Smokey Butterscotch Peach and couldn’t remember which tea was in which mug and now both just taste smokey. Oops.

Evol Ving Ness

Wait, there was a Maple Apple Tea Cake?

Evol Ving Ness

I don’t recall the Tea Cake part.

Indigobloom

I’ve done that before, mixing teas up and then they taste the same. Frustrating!

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drank Maple Apple Tea Cake by 52teas
3181 tasting notes

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OOoooooh, yes!

I spend a considerable amount of time in our Korean town here and while I don’t quite know what a Ho-dduk Ho-dduk treat is, this tea reminds me of the disc-shaped fried Korean doughy pastry—which I don’t know the name of— that drips brown sugar caramel down your arm and burns your tongue if you bite into it before it slightly cools. Does that treat contain nuts? I don’t recall.

The base is reminiscent of honey black with layers of butter, and the slightest bit of pastry. Most definitely a winner. I am not detecting the cinnamon in this beyond the slightest vaguest whisper and am thankful for that. There’s far too much cinnamon in the tea world. I love it as is and wish I had more than the spoon or two that I do have. Possible additions for future creations if 52teas were to change its no-real-nut policy would be real bits of pecans or walnuts.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Honey, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

awesome!

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drank The Smoking Coconut by 52teas
3181 tasting notes

I usually make my tea in my 16 oz mugs but today I have been making smaller mugs today so I can drink more varieties. This is among one of the smaller batches and I am finding the flavors are coming out much better this way. Maybe that’s in my head or maybe it is because I am getting to the teas while they are still hot. Whatever it is, I should do this more often.

This tea is very smooth and creamy but has a nice smokey undertone. The coconut is flavorful but not lotiony so it is making for a creamy/sweet and smoke combination which I am really enjoying.

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drank The Smoking Coconut by 52teas
3181 tasting notes

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