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CAN I PLEASE PURCHASE THIS FROM SOMEONE?!?!
I’ve only had this tea once, at a friend’s house recently, and I thought it was phenomenal. As a diehard fan of both butterbeer and Harry Potter, I knew I had to get some for myself. However, much to my dismay, it looks like it’s sold out/discontinued online, and my friend has none left….I would be happy to purchase this tea if anyone is looking to sell some!
My mom has been asking me for tea each night now which has been interesting… tonight I brewed this up for her and she asked if it was suppose to taste like the package says… to that, I made a rude remark that I should apologize about. That remark was: “Mom, it’s 52teas”
I had to explain myself… not going to post that here though :P
This brews pretty dark for a green tea and it’s a little rough. I do like the little blueberry I found in there though!
Wow! I’m going to preface this review by telling you that I’m not a huge fan of licorice, and the anise makes this smell a lot like it when dry. Passed that, this the spices are great! I’m a huge fan of most Chai teas, and this one packs a punch, when brewed, it doesn’t taste as much like licorice, and It’s not overly hot in a spicy way, but there’s definitely a tingle on the back of my tongue, partly from the peppercorns, but also from the cloves as there’s also a numbing sensation going on. The rest of the flavors balance wonderfully! I don’t know what spiced brandy is supposed to taste like, but I actually really like this. It’s very full flavored, and the peppercorns really linger. Strong, just the way Iike it! I’m stongly debatin taking this out of the box and keeping it.
This is my first tea from the newly managed 52teas! The dry leaf aroma is surprisingly lemon and cheesecake! I know I shouldn’t be surprised. But Frank’s cheesecake blends never seemed to have enough cheesecake, and this one actually smells like it! The aroma is potent and mouthwatering. Aahh, now I’m really excited to try this one! I should have worked out tonight. But now it’s too late and I’m tired and although I should really just already be in bed, I’m going to brew up this tea!
The leaves are really pretty too. There’re big chunks of lemon peel and lemongrass among other things. What a beautiful tea! The houjicha is of nice quality too. There are whole leaves as well as stems, not just a dusting of crushed leaves like I’ve found in some houjicha varieties. Houjicha definitely gets the short end of the stick sometimes. It deserves as much love as any other tea! Yes, even as much love as a premium dragonwell or silver needle!
I find myself fluttering around the cup as it steeps. Hurry up! Hurry up! You know you’re impatient when the timer says 58 seconds and you run to the bathroom just to pass the time and return to see 14 seconds left. Sigh. Seriously, two minutes really shouldn’t take this long.
Okay, enough of my babbling. Time to try it! Mmm, the flavor is unexpected. The houjicha comes through strongly. The lemongrass hits the palate next. There’s a creamy component but not quite tangy like cheesecake. It’s really very lovely! I was expecting more of a sweet, dessert type tea. This is actually calming, relaxing, and revitalizing. A much different experience than I was expecting but quite enjoyable nonetheless.
I’m debating whether or not to add sugar. I don’t feel like this tea should be sugary sweet. The vanilla lends a sweetness that is perfectly adequate. But I also want to see if I can coax out more cheesecake. I’m not sure sweetener is the way to do this, but I’m going to experiment anyway. Hopefully, I don’t ruin a good thing.
Hmmm, Truvia definitely brings out different elements of this tea. I think it is a bit creamier and more akin to cheesecake now. But it’s actually quite a lovely, enjoyable tea sans additions. I really like this! It’s not my perfect cheesecake blend, but then Frank’s teas never were either. Okay, let me be honest. I pretty much sucked this cup down. It is a delicious tea! I’m a fan!
Flavors: Creamy, Lemongrass, Roasted, Vanilla
I brewed this hot this morning and then promptly forgot about it for the next hour or so until I made it back to my desk… Holy smokes this has some amazing and authentic watermelon flavor and there’s the perfect hint of mint to even it all out and make it a super refreshing tastebud sensation… I don’t really get any of the limeade but I honestly don’t miss it with those juicy juicy watermelon and fresh mint flavors front and center… Can’t wait to try this cold brewed (on purpose) I can definitely see this being a staple by the pool throughout the never-ending summer months in socal!!
The first package in my 52 Teas Kickstarter pledge arrived late last week and I have been desperately anxious to tear into them and start trying but since I was traveling over the weekend I was hesitant to open them up away from my Breville tea maker as I have strong memories of how temperamental the black base was when Frank owned the company.
It was a difficult decision this morning trying to decide what I wanted to try first but since it was breakfast time I went with the coconut french toast.. First, I gotta say, that I adore the cute little taster sized packets!! Half an ounce is the perfect size to try a tea without having to commit to something you may not like.. spoiler alert, this one is definately going on my repurchase list ASAP in the larger size!!
The scent of this tea is spot on! I get the coconut, the cardamom, the maple syrup and a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg… Taste wise, this is delicious!! Especially with a splash of milk to really bring out the creamy butteriness of french toast. A complete winner in my book and I’m now SUPER excited to try out the other four teas I have… I think next I’ll have to try Lemon Cheesecake Bar.. after all it is almost afternoon tea time!!
Somebody needs to make me this french toast now! Seriously I never would have thought to add cardamom to maple syrup but now I’m seriously craving it. The coconut is just the right amount. It doesn’t take over. I’d say the maple/cardamom hits the tongue first followed by the breadyness and coconut.
The black tea base is nice and smooth. Not as astringent as some of Franks were.
I’m terrible at trying to analyze this. Suffice it to say I am fully on board with 52teas 2.0
I’m so glad I helped with the kick starter. I wish I could afford to buy more of this tea but I quietly shush myself and remind myself to enjoy my tea one cup at a time.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coconut, Maple Syrup
What the freakin’ crap!? This isn’t lemon at all. Lemon my foot! I feel so betrayed! D:
This is TOTALLY orange flavor! Eww Eww Eww!
I totally smelled it when I opened the bag and I was hoping the actual taste would be different. But it wasn’t. :(
It was like drinking hot orange juice.
I hate this tea so muchhh.
Such a betrayal. D:
Yeah I’m just gonna give this one away for free. Not my thing at all. Ewww I just can’t do it. BLehhh :S
Flavors: Citrus, Orange
I’m taste testing this tea right now from the reblend I created for the Kickstarter Campaign incentives.
It’s good. Nice blackberry flavor – lovely cream notes. I like my great big blackberries that I found for this.
I’ve learned a lot while blending/packaging this tea: I need bigger pouches for certain teas. I can’t fit 1 1/2 ounces of this tea in a 2 ounce pouch … so everyone who ordered 1 1/2 ounces of this tea will receive a large pouch and a small pouch because there’s no getting 1 1/2 ounces in that pouch without crushing the leaves into dust. As one who respects the leaf, I just can’t do that.
I’ve also decided that while the shou mei tea is alright, for future blends (and reblends) I will be using a white peony. I like this shou mei but I like white peony better. Yeah, it costs more (quite a bit more, actually) but as someone who is a tea snob, it’s worth it.
That said, this is a good tea. The blackberry flavor is well-defined and I love the berry tingle at the finish. The cream notes soften the tart-y notes of the blackberry nicely. It’s sweet and yummy and I like this a lot.
PS: I also learned that LiberTEAS rated this tea previously and I can’t change LiberTEAS rating using my 52Teas account.
I’m drinking my reblend of this right now. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of it – that’s two black teas in a row that I’ve not taken photos of!
Anyway, this is really good. I think it’s important to note that an ample cool time on this tea is necessary. When piping hot, it’s a wee bit astringent. I let it cool about six minutes, and it was still just a tad astringent and the flavors were not real focused yet, so another five minutes cool time brought the tea to a really lovely sipping temperature that was warm, not hot, but not cold either. Warm and cozy and easy to drink.
The astringency has smoothed its way out now and the flavors have come into focus. A nice pumpkin-y note with a tangy cheesecake flavor. The caramel isn’t as strong as I’d like it to be so I’ll make note of that on the recipe for future reblends. I think in the future, I’ll also add a touch of spice because I find myself wanting a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon here, just to enhance the pumpkin.
Overall, it’s good, but it can be improved upon, I think.
So, i’m taste testing this one now. It’s quite good, even if I do say so myself. I get a creamy, sweet coconut note with just enough of that slick-y coconut texture that I like when it comes to coconut teas. And the cheesecake notes are tangy, sweet, and creamy. I get a hint of buttery crust that is enhanced with the natural nutty tones of the honeybush.
PS: I’m using a different honeybush for the honeybush blends than Frank was using. I know that there were some complaints about his honeybush … I really like the supplier that I found for honeybush. It’s organic and it has a really good flavor. Honeybush still isn’t my favorite thing out there – I certainly prefer camellia sinensis, but it’s a nice caffeine free option.
My kickstarter package came today, and I just couldn’t wait! I had the marshmallow treat genmaicha this morning and loved it, but I think I underleafed it, so I will wait for the second cup to review it.
This one smells like walking into a bath and body works shop. You know all those cucumber melon soaps that smelled so good you wished you could eat them? THIS IS ONE YOU MAY CONSUME. Sooo fresh and tasty, just like you would have wanted!
I used a heaped perfect teaspoon plus a few leaves for my 6 oz taster cup and brewed according to the directions on the package. I think I underleafed again, but no matter, because the flavor comes through clear and lovely, even to my slightly garlicy-lunch tongue! (FYI: Not suitable for more than one steep. Just tried it and it was blah)
It brews up a nice amber color with a bit of a mineral/smoke scent from the base, but not to worry, the minerality from the base contributes to the cucumber notes, and there is no smoke in the flavor. Instead, you get a natural sweetness, finished with the luscious, almost vanilla flavor of a ripe muskmelon. I was a bit afraid because I’m not a fan of cantaloupe, but the thick honey vanilla notes from the fruit are present and the slimy/papaya musk flavor that I dislike is not.
The one criticism I have of this tea is really more of a warning. It seriously is flavored so much like how the hand soap smells that i think some that are sensitive to the “soapy” notes of certain tea flavors, like lavender, might mistake the flavor here. But it would just be your mind tricking you! The base and flavorings are good enough to not introduce any bitter or saponin-like notes, just a balanced blend of rock oolong, refreshing cucumber, and delicate muskmelon!
Congrats LiberTEAS on a great first out!
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Vanilla
Brewed this one at work today and found the lemon to be mild which was great because I was able to taste the white tea come through. This was a rather nice tea :)
One person said it was their favorite and another said it tasted like Pine cleaning agent… but I get to make the final say because I am the tea guy :)
I brewed and drank half an ounce of this tea at work yesterday with some coworkers. The smell is nice and so is the taste, but it has a taste of roasted/almostburnt mate in it that isn’t so pleasant. My coworkers can’t identify that particular taste, but it did add the dryness to the tea. Easily a tea to sip on but also one that could use a small tweak.
Today’s work cold brew. It’s not often that I try a tea for the first time cold, but I’ve made an exception for this one because it seems like a flavour combination that would work well cold, and because the weather is so warm I’m drinking a lot more cold tea than hot anyway. This is probably the second oldest 52 Teas blend in my cupboard, so it’s high time it had an outing. I used 2 tbsp of leaf, added it to 1.8 litres of cold water, and left it in the fridge for around 10 hours overnight. The resulting brew is a fairly bright yellow – very summer appropriate!
To taste, this is absolutely magnificent! The peach flavouring is strong and natural-tasting. No artificial peach here. It tastes like very ripe, juicy peach – the kind you might put in a cobbler because they’re almost too soft for eating. The cardamom really makes this, though, adding a deep earthy flavour, and a mild edge of spice. It also takes down the sweetness a notch or two, and makes this a much more fragrant blend than it otherwise would be. It’s a slightly unusual paring, but I like it a lot better than some of the more typical combinations, like ginger or cinnamon.
Based on my recent experiences, I think I’ve concluded that I prefer 52 Teas green blends to any of their blacks. As a lifelong black tea fan and a green sceptic, that comes as a huge surprise to me. The green base here adds a grassy undertone that works really well with the peach/cardamom, and there’s not a hint of bitterness or astringency. I don’t say this often, but this really is a masterful blend, capturing the best elements of each flavour while making sure they’re well balanced and complementary. I’ll be sad when this one disappears from my stash. It’s a real peach!
I’ve finally started to work through my stash of 52 Teas, and as I know coconut isn’t the best keeper, I rooted out any coconut-based teas to try first. This was the reblend version from…about a year ago now? It’s been in my cupboard unopened since then, and when I did finally open it today, I was greeted with a strong, alcohol-like scent. I’ve noticed this before with 52 Teas though, so I’m not unduly worried. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up quite dark, so I added a decent splash of milk.
The scent is a little generic – black tea with a hint of coconut, and the taste, sadly, is rather the same. The initial sip is a fairly bold, malty black tea with an edge of sweetness. There’s a hint of coconut in the mid-sip, and it reminds me of desiccated coconut rather than fresh. I say that because it has the rather concentrated flavour and then slightly odd, dusty aftertaste that desiccated coconut can have. There’s an element of creaminess, but that might be at least partly due to the full-fat milk I’ve added, rather than anything especially inherent in the tea. Either way, it works. Coconut cream – nice. What I don’t get is PIE. Not a single crumb. There’s no pastry, buttery or otherwise, to be found here. That’s a bit of a let down, but not the end of the world.
As a coconut tea, this is good enough. The coconut maybe isn’t as strong as I’d have liked, but it’s there and you can’t argue with that. As a coconut cream tea, okay. As a coconut cream pie tea, this fails. Not badly, but at least in the sense that it doesn’t live up to its promise. I’ll finish the pouch, but this isn’t a tea I’d restock (not that that’s possible now, but even if I could). I just feel that there are better teas out there.