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This was very interesting. I tasted butterscotch the strongest, followed by the peach. The slight smoky edge gave it a sense of cooked peach, combining with the butterscotch to give an overall feel of a baked peach dessert. I enjoyed it, despite smoky teas not being my thing, because the smoke was really subtle.

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Oh. My. Goodness.

I only bought one? Heading over to SBT to buy more now!

Strawberry. Real strawberry. Like you cut up strawberries, added sugar, let them sit a while and then puréed them and poured them in a glass of sweet tea. Somebody please stop me from drinking the whole gallon at once…

ETA: Alas! Out of stock! Weeping sounds…

Maddy Barone

Geez, from your review I was ready to head over there myself! LOL

Evol Ving Ness

What is sbt?


Southern Boy Teas, owned by Frank former owner of 52teas

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Another VIT that I’m working on – this may be one of the most unusual blends I’ll ever create.

I’m sure that I’ve said on Steepster more than once that I’m really not a beer person. But one of my VIPs has a boyfriend who is and she wanted to create a special tea for his birthday. So, I used my organic Yun Wu as a base (I thought that the natural hint of bitterness to the tea would work with the bitterness of the hops), and added two different types of hops (including Chinook hops from right here in the Pacific Northwest), roasted barley and sorghum and natural flavors.

I’m not a big fan of beer, as I said, but I am a fan of tea (little bit) and what this tastes like to me is a combination of beer and tea. Like equal parts beer and tea. Which to me is a win because I’d rather drink tea than beer so a tea that tastes like beer is better than beer that tastes like beer. (I’m not even sure what I just said makes sense but I hope you get the idea.)

Anyway – this will be available on the website soon – it’s different, it’s unique and it’s very 52Teas.

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drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
586 tasting notes

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Mondays are supposed to be the day that we release our new flavor of the week but I’m not in the office for most of the day on Monday because that’s my day to watch my grandson and since I’m somewhat together today (quite a feat for Sunday), I decided to go ahead and release the tea a day early rather than a day or two late, especially since this is one that I feel like people will be very excited about.

I’ve never actually had a banana marshmallow treat before but the idea sounds yummy, right? And if it tastes anything like what’s in my teacup right now – it would definitely be yummy because this is so good. The banana is sweet – candy-like? Maybe. I don’t think I’m the right judge of that. One comparison I’ve often seen with the banana flavoring in teas is that it tastes like banana runts. I am not a fan of banana runts but I am a fan of banana flavored teas – so I never really got that comparison.

This tea is deliciously banana with a nice marshmallow note. The genmaicha comes through and the matcha adds a little creaminess to enhance the marshmallow notes. The genmaicha has a nice toasty quality to it.

Flavors: banana, Marshmallow, Sweet, Toasty


I need this in my life! Damn the exchange rate, though I may just ignore it for this tea :P

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drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
29 tasting notes

Yep – I reblended it.

Believe it or not, it was one that was requested by one of our start-up Kickstarter contributors. I was actually kind of surprised as this didn’t seem to be an overall favorite here on Steepster and it really wasn’t one of my personal faves either.

But OK. I aim to please and as I said in the start-up Kickstarter – “YOU choose the reblend” and that’s what this backer did so I reblended it for her. I hope she enjoys it!

As I sit here and sip on this blend – I can honestly say that I’m enjoying this more than I enjoyed the original blend. I didn’t really recall the flavor of the original blend so I had to re-read my review of that tea – http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/05/pineapple-bacon-flavored-rooibos-blend-from-52teas/ – and back then I seemed to get a pineapple bubblegum with bacon mid-notes. Well, I’m not getting a lot of bubblegum this time. The pineapple is prominent, it’s sweet but not overly sugar-y sweet. The bacon hits at about mid-sip with a somewhat salty, savory note. After the first few sips, I did add just a pinch of salt to enhance the salty. There was a certain saltiness to the cup prior to the salt addition but I found that the wee bit of salt improved upon that. A nice balance between salty/savory and sweet/tangy.

It’s tasty, it’s interesting, but it’s still not my favorite – they can’t all be my favorite, can they? If you liked the first batch of this – I think you’ll like this. Or get some for curiosity’s sake because not everyone out there is making bacon flavored teas. Or just get some because you don’t want me to have an overstock of pineapple bacon tea. :)

Roswell Strange

Very excited! ^^

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This is pretty good, but I feel like it could be better. If I had one complaint about 52teas herbals, it’s that they rely too much on honeybush or rooibos, and flavoring. This one is sweet and has has a noticeable flavor of cheesecake and a hint of spice, but the carrot flavor is lacking and it tastes a bit artificial and lacking in complexity for carrot cake, and it’s just a bit too woody. I would happily drink this again, and maybe even buy this again, but I do think it would be better with less honeybush, more carrot pieces, and maybe some toasted rice or sesame seeds.

Flavors: Cheesecake, Spices, Sweet

Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I definitely taste tangerine and marshmallow in a strong way. I wouldn’t say it is reminiscent of a cupcake, but it is still pretty tasty. I like this hot, because citrussy marshmallow feels odd to me cold.

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Okay… So I hate cherries. I hate pig bellies. I hate wet socks.
This is one of those thres, but my mom likes cherries so…

We are only the 6th gallon at my place. This stuff brews a lighter colored liquid with some nice smells and a smooth taste. A little silk like texture from cold brewing as well. My brother thinks it’s one of the best things.

I grew up on cherry medicine, I can’t overcome the hatred

Solid iced tea for my family though :) they all really like it

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I finally got to try the special tea that 52Teas created for me as part of their Kickstarter campaign, and it definitely lived up to the hype!

To start, I was concerned that I gave Anne and Amethyst a tricky one to try and replicate, but they definitely delivered. This reminds me a lot of the Ho-dduk treat my fiancee loves so much (and I do too). It’s got that sweet cake flavor that’s like the fried dough pocket. It’s got the sugar and nutty notes from the brown sugar and walnuts fried on the inside. This tea is all types of good. Plus, I left it to cool for a while and the flavors were even more pronounced, which is a nice change of pace because usually ho-dduks are so hot they burn the crap out of your mouth.

I’m super pleased with this one and couldn’t have asked for a better custom tea to be made in Steepster’s/my name. Thanks to the ladies behind 52Teas for the wonderful treat!

If you’re interested, they’ve shared a little more about the tea on their tasting note here: http://steepster.com/LiberTEAS/posts/337703

Lastly, sorry for the ridiculous name. It’s obviously a duck, duck, goose pun…and coincidentally, one of my nicknames is “goose”. But it’s quite a mouthful to say, my bad.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Butter, Cake, Cinnamon, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet, Toasty

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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Going to refrain from rating this one since i’m not sure how i feel about it. I don’t generally love white chocolate, but i do like lemon and this one blended together was just weird for me. Appreciate the share though as always variatea!

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drank Summertime by 52teas
29 tasting notes

This is an all-new VIT that I crafted for (interestingly enough) summertime.

I had a pound of Bai Mu Dan in stock and decided that this was the time to use it since Bai Mu Dan has always been like a summertime type of tea. It’s light, refreshing and is naturally cooling. Even when I drink it hot, I find it to be very cooling and much more refreshing than a cold soda. (Then again, I may be biased?)

To that pound of Bai Mu Dan, I added orange blossoms, dried orange segments and then I diced up some vanilla bean and added some natural flavors to create a creamsicle type of experience. It’s sweet, refreshing and really, really good!

I’ll be adding this to the website by Sunday evening.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla


I got some vanilla bean powder and it’s pretty good, I wonder how that would work in a tea? It was sent to me free for review.


One of the companies I get spices from sells a powdered vanilla bean but I haven’t tried it. I worry that it might be too fine a powder for the tea – that the consistency wouldn’t work quite right – and because vanilla bean is probably the most expensive ingredient that I work with on a regular basis, I don’t want to spend that kind of money on an experiment so work with the whole beans instead.


That sounds delicious! Where do you buy your orange blossoms? I’ve been looking for some.


@rosebudmelissa – I get mine from a wholesale supplier, I wish I could be of more help.


No problem :)

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drank Sweet Caramel o'Mine by 52teas
3107 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Butter Cookie by 52teas
3107 tasting notes

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A sample from Miss B! (Yes, I’m still working my way through the box.)

I’ve found the older 52 Teas to be a bit hit and miss, but it turns out I needn’t have worried about this one. The first thing I love about it is the HUGE chocolate and peanut butter chips that are plentifully scattered throughout the blend. They melt really easily, which is another plus, and although they leave a bit of an oily scrim it doesn’t seem to affect the mouthfeel too much.

The flavour is pretty spot on, too. Chocolate is the more prominent flavour, but there’s a definite peanut butter vibe in the mid-sip, and the two flavours work together really well. The black tea base is maybe a little on the thin side for my tastes, but I can’t really complain too much. It’s nicely malty, and it helps the flavouring along rather than getting in the way, so it’s a win-win.

Glad to have tried this one, and glad to have the rest of the pouch to finish off. Thanks again to Miss B, without whom I’d probably never have tried this one!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Sample from Liquid Proust. Thank You!

This is really quite good. I’m enjoying how the flavors blend together. It’s lightly flavored and fruity. I’m mostly tasting sweet strawberry with bits of melon and underlying mineral and petrichor notes from the oolong itself. The name suits it. It does make me think of sitting by a rocky creek in the late spring or early summer eating fresh fruit. I need to check out more flavored oolongs since most of the ones I’ve tried have been really interesting.

Flavors: Melon, Mineral, petrichor, Strawberry, Sweet

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I’m bumping up the rating on this because it really makes an excellent latte. I think the milk actually helped bring out the pear flavor. I’m not really sure how that works, but it does.


I never even thought of going latte with this – I’ll have to try it when I come across my little bit I have in my stash someplace. :)


I had a maple honeybush a while back that made a good latte, so I decided to give it a whirl. I recommend it.

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This is a nice one. The maple comes through most strongly, but I can taste more pear as it cools. There’s a nice hint of cinnamon to round out the flavor. It could stand to have a little more pear flavor, but I do enjoy it as is.

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This is not bad, but doesn’t quite live up to the name for me. It’s sweet and lightly spiced, but doesn’t stand out to me as tasting particularly like molasses, and I wish the spices were stronger. I grabbed this since I love blackstrap molasses, bu that’s definitely not the intent here. It ends up being mostly like a very mild, sweet chai.

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This is one of my favourite blends from 52Teas. I love the freeze-dried blackberries because they taste very fresh and authentic. The vegan dark chocolate chips are lovely and along side the cocoa nibs the rich cocoa flavour is very strong and creamy. The rooibos adds a nice sweet base. I’m a really big rooibos fan, so maybe I’m biased, but I think it was a very good choice because it gives a sweetness that tea leaves seldom do.

Also consider trying this was soy or cow’s milk because it makes a good latte if you steep it strong.

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I can’t taste the pistachio, but this is a really nice blend. It’s got a kind of chai feel from the spices. Also, I can almost swear that there’s cranberry in this, but I guess that’s the way that the orange interacts with the cardamom. Very yummy!
I’m going to write a more in-depth review of this later, because I was mostly focused on a project while drinking this. I didn’t give it due attention.

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drank Red, White and Blue by 52teas
4837 tasting notes

Sipping on a cup of this week’s tea of the week at the moment.

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out (yeah, I probably say that a lot). The blueberry and coconut are probably the two most prominent flavors but the raspberry pops toward the end of the sip.

I really like this one iced so I might just have to keep an extra pouch of it for myself so that I can brew up a pitcher of iced tea in the next few days.


Sounds delicious.

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drank Cranberry Orange Cider by 52teas
2759 tasting notes

Sipdown (14something…I think)

Made this as a teapop for my tea of the day on Instagram. I was trying to channel the alcoholic ciders that I really enjoy in the summertime seeing as I tried this hot for my last brew (which reflected the cozy warm ciders that are so delightful in the fall/winter). Sipping on it, I am getting a lot of the spices (clove, mostly) which is what makes me think this is definitely better enjoyed hot but I am also getting a nice amount of orange too which is making this tea pop quite lovely and refreshing. Still no cranberry though.

Thank you Sil for the chance to try this out. It is a lovely tea and I can definitely see it being appreciated by those who love these flavors, especially brewed hot. With that said, I don’t usually reach for orange teas often so this sample is enough for me. Still was fun to try and provided a nice change in pace, flavor-wise.

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