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drank Bananas! Black Tea by 52teas
2511 tasting notes

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Yay banana tea!

Love the banana flavoring here – it’s sweet, rich, and slightly creamy, like a slightly overripe banana. There’s a syrupy sweetness to it that’s almost maple-y. However, I don’t love the base as much. It’s a Ceylon base, and it’s a bit too tannic and metallic for me. The slight sharpness doesn’t mesh well with the creamy smoothness of the banana IMO.

Still a lovely tea, but I feel like maybe a Yunnan base would’ve been nice? Or perhaps a Taiwanese black tea. I’m sure this Ceylon would take milk well, but I don’t tend to add anything to my tea…

Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Bitter, Creamy, Maple Syrup, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kawaii433

I have always enjoyed the banana flavors by 52Teas :D. I think overall, they are my favorite of their teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Totally with you on three counts here, Cameron. Love the banana, find the base harsh, prefer to drink my tea black with no sweetener. That said, with the rest of this, I will either blend a Franken-tea or pick up some milk and drink it milky to soften the base. Or maybe both, if needed.

Because I say it every single time, IMHO, the perfect banana tea was 52teas’ Banana Pudding Black.

CrowKettle

Agreed! Imo, sharp, bright Ceylon usually does best with milk. A Banana Yunnan or Taiwanese would be divine.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh yeah, Yunnan or Taiwanese, or maybe even both.

Cameron B.

I remember loving the Banana Pancakes tea!

Evol Ving Ness

I seem to have a low tolerance for maple. I love it and I enjoy it every once in a while, not on the regular.

Maybe with milk? I am starting to feel the need to put aside some “when I have milk” teas.

I ADORED Chocolate Eclair.

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drank Pumpkin Latte by 52teas
3531 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Tuesday, October 26th: National Pumpkin Day Tea #3

Thanks very much AJRimmer!  I think I was saving this particular sample for pumpkin day.  It sure is earthy tasting, but I’m not really sure “earthy” as in pumpkin flavored. I bet that’s the chicory root.   The rooibos is so deep it almost looks like a black tea – I have never seen that before.  The second steep is much the same – very earthy, not necessarily pumpkin… slightly spicy. I wasn’t even tasting or aware that my beloved marshmallow root was in this blend until Steepster was working again and I could see the ingredients list. So I’m assuming the chicory root kind of took over here, but I have had worse chicory root blends.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep

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June 2021 Tea

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Pretty good cherry-lime rooibos blend with a convincing seltzer “fizz” which lingers. I don’t always love rooibos, but the green stuff is neat and I love lime and soda/cocktail-inspired tea blends. A pretty fun blend overall!

Flavors: Cherry, Lemongrass, Lime

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Definitely did not get the butterscotch here that I wanted, but I need to try it again because I don’t know if I was great with the infusion time. My first impression was so-so.

Cameron B.

I didn’t get butterscotch or blood orange from this one, unfortunately. :|

Evol Ving Ness

What flavours do you guys get from this one?

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Not a big fan of rooibos in general, but it was actually fine here. I don’t know what a “rickey” is, but this tasted mostly limey, and I couldn’t really pick out any cherry. Bonus that the rooibos didn’t taste like cherry cough syrup, like it sometimes does! Pleasant enough, not a favourite.

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drank Bananas! Black Tea by 52teas
5193 tasting notes

It’s a banana black with a decent base and nice realistic banana flavour. Nothing more to say, really. I prefer my banana teas to have other flavours with them, but I mean… can’t fault it for not being something it’s not supposed to be!

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drank Best of Summer Oolong by 52teas
5193 tasting notes

Enjoyed this tea, and particularly the flavour from the base. I really like flavoured teas where the base actually shines through – this is a rarity with a lot of companies, so I definitely appreciate when I can taste it! I’m not entirely sure that I would have labelled this “best of Summer” oolong, it’s kind of more like a stewed fruits flavour – which is still pretty tasty, and really complements the base. A yummy cup.

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Hmm, this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. There was something a bit off about the flavour – almost a bit of sourness? I’m not really sure. It mostly smelled and tasted pretty good, a variant of creamy vanilla black, except for that weird note. I’d most likely blame the base tea, but we’ll see how a subsequent cup goes before I give this a rating.

ETA: Also to note, I didn’t carefully pay attention to infusion time, so it’s possible that overleafing/oversteeping is a culprit here.

Evol Ving Ness

I get that sour note from The Vanilla Marshmallow too (and another one which I am not recalling at the moment). I tend to quick steep with less than boiling water. Any ideas about that sour note and potentially how to minimize or eradicate it altogether?

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drank Grey Grove Black Tea by 52teas
5193 tasting notes

Bought extra of this tea as I was anticipating liking it – and I certainly do. There’s something more here than just a citrus/EG black – I can’t tell you what, maybe it’s the base tea? Maybe it’s some flavouring ingredient? But either way, the brewed aroma of my first cup was intoxicating with some decadent richness, and the tea was completely delicious. It wasn’t quite as good the second time (I think I may have hit that magical time-temp-leaf:water ratio sweet spot that first time), but I still very much enjoyed it.

All I have to say is, another earl grey win from 52teas and certainly worth trying if you enjoy earl grey variations. The bergamot is also not particularly potent, so those who enjoy citrussy blacks (citrus juice, not bitter/pithy peel!) would probably also enjoy the blend.

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September 2021 Tea possibly.. for it is long gone from the webz.

(Pretty sure this is the last month of my sub too – for now. Need to drink down my teas over the course of the fall and winter before renewing.)

We are getting the usual seasonal rain today (we’ve evolved into our final form – RAINCOUVER, lol). With some pretty strong gusts blowing through my region today (up to 80km/h or 50m/h on the strait tonight, wohoo!), it seems like the kind of day to pull out the something, something chai.

First a shout out to the aroma of the dry leaf, which smells like spiced pumpkin cheesecake. Second to the finish, which delivers on the cheesecake flavour. Some mad chemistry with (I think) the lemongrass, makes this creamy, tangy, and bright. I was going to add milk but couldn’t bring myself to do it after tasting the glorious cheesecake finish.

Do I taste the pumpkin here? A little, but the spices (clove, ginger, and woody cinnamon which I’m alright with here) are first and foremost. I wish they were taken down a notch for cheesecake primacy but then this wouldn’t really be a chai, eh? It’s very warming, cozy, and perfect for a day like today.

Flavors: Allspice, Cheesecake, Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Ginger, Lemongrass, Pumpkin, Spices, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Good pairing for the wild weather! Our big chill is due in tomorrow morning, just in time to haul myself out of bed for work!

CrowKettle

Ah, typical! I love it when the wild weather chooses to take the early commute to work with us. I wish you the best for tomorrow D:

52Teas

yes, this is the tea of the week from September 13. :)

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drank Curuba Green Tea by 52teas
5193 tasting notes

I admit – it’s the black, oolong, and white teas that I tend to get excited for from 52teas. I’ve never really been big on flavoured greens, and they are often disappointing from any company (and, well, herbal/honeybush/rooibos typically don’t taste great to me regardless of flavour). However, I was in the mood for something different, and this is what I grabbed.

Immediately, my interest was piqued when I opened up the packet, as the aroma was a delicious, tropical, banana-heavy fragrance. A great sign, and somewhat unexpected how tasty it smelled. To my delight – it also ended up being pretty darn tasty once brewed up! The flavours were a bit more muted than the initial aromas, but the banana gave the tea a nice sweetness/creaminess. Bonus, I could taste the flavour of the base tea, which I’ve now forgotten how to describe, but it was very much not metallic, or with any off-flavours that often end up being detractors in a flavoured green. Overall a really pleasant green, and it made me kind of excited to try some of the others in my box!

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drank Boy! Oh Boy! Black Tea by 52teas
5193 tasting notes

One of my (many) recent 52teas arrivals!

Didn’t mind this one – it was definitely melony, and the base was ok – but I think I prefer Watermelon Houjicha, and Butiki’s Dark Side of the Melon. I suspect it’s the base moreso than the flavouring. Not a bad tea, though.

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drank Cherry Clafoutis by 52teas
1059 tasting notes

Not always a fan of rooibos but this one has some nice flavouring including cherry, lemongrass (citrus), and vanilla. The overall effect is a a surprisingly dense feeling baked cherry custard dessert. The only thing I don’t love is that it’s a little drying. Otherwise, it’s a super nice caffeine-free option for the late evening.

Also, had no clue what clafoutis is but after googling it I think this at least tastes how it looks, for whatever that’s worth!

Edit also made a wonderful cold cup of “overnight tea”. Pleasantly creamy and fruity.

Flavors: Cherry, Citrus, Custard, Lemongrass, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Cat woke me for breakfast much earlier than I was prepared for this particular Saturday morning, and after blearily glazing over my tea spreadsheet after all the things in my sipdown corner didn’t feel “right,” I finally settled on this 2018 tea for my morning tea therapy.

The aroma when I cut open the sealed package was strongly that sort of chocolate liqueur smell I often get with chocolate teas. The brewed tea is that chocolate liqueur taste, too, with perhaps a slight fudgy edge. The toasted rice is also quite promiment, and that nutty, roasted quality pairs nicely with the chocolate.

I seem to be in the minority, as the other reviews on this tea are getting a lot of white chocolate/cream elements and less chocolate, and I’m the opposite… all chocolate, none of the cream. Perhaps it is age, or the luck of what ended up in my 3g brewing portion.

Not a favorite, but not unpleasant, either. Chocolate + toasted rice pair nicely and are comforting on this half-conscious morning.

Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
AJRimmer

I was woken up early because the business I live beside loves to send out an employee with a leaf blower at like 6 AM. Whyyyyy

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drank Tropical Genmai-CHAI by 52teas
1222 tasting notes

There’s some light toastiness along with some mild chai spices. This one smells so good, but the flavor is a little milder than I prefer. I liked it a little more with milk. It’s a nice genmaicha, but not quite a strong enough chai. To be honest, I never really tasted any tropical flavors in it either. I was making some homemade key lime pie ice cream and accidentally squirted some lime in the most recent mug of this, and that gave it a fun tropical sendoff.

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I didn’t really get marshmallow from this one.

I can smell it in the aroma a bit, but I feel like the strong CTC base overpowers it to the point where it’s barely there. It’s mostly a very brisk black base with a touch of savoriness to it. There is perhaps a hint of vanilla there. But then there’s quite a bit of astringency at the tail end of the sip which fights against any creamy or fluffy qualities that may be there.

So not a winner for me. But I’m glad not everything is a winner, as I already have way too much tea as it is! XD

Flavors: Astringent, Custard, Malt, Savory, Tannic, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Okay, this one is really good. I feel like I’m finally getting the marshmallow notes that I’m always looking for in marshmallow treat-inspired teas, but never finding enough of. This tea is straight up a pile of delicately lemony marshmallow fluff. The white tea base has the perfect light and airy flavor to really complete the vision of marshmallow.

Very scrumptious. I’ll have to keep an eye out for the original green tea version as well…

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Hay, Honey, Lemon, Marshmallow, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Amidst all this talk of lemon teas and lime teas, I tripped over this yesterday. When I discovered yet another tea cache. Shh, it’s old—don’t tell Anne.

Delicious! It has the same bright lemon flavour that DT’s Citron Oolong has, ie. the lemon myrtle, but here there’s a flash of lime and, I suspect, a puff of marshmallow.

Lovely. I like the kukicha base here too. It’s a good match.

And now, it’s gone!

And it’s a sipdown!

tea-sipper

Yeah, for some reason, I feel most guilty when I’m drinking Anne’s teas when they’re old, rather than all the other tea shops…

Evol Ving Ness

Except the only way that I knew that it was old was by the date I had written on the packet. The flavours were vibrant and the steeps were enjoyable.

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September 2021 Bonus/Reblend Tea

This is the bomb, and it resteeps well too. I enjoyed the original (waaaay back when), but I believe this re-blend tastes richer and smoother. Might do a more detailed note later; for now I only want to express my deep affection for Butterbeer (like butterscotch, cream soda, root beer, malty cream, and magic in a cup).

Steep Count: 3

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Cream, Malt, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
52Teas

So glad you’re enjoying this one – when I tasted this particular tea base recently (with the most recent order I received) – I picked up on a smooth note that reminded me of a cross between caramel & butterscotch. The first thought that crossed my mind is that this tea needs to be the base of a butterbeer-ish blend.

CrowKettle

I’m glad that inspiration struck to reblend/recreate it! I forgot how much I enjoy this tea :)

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drank Curuba Green Tea by 52teas
1222 tasting notes

Oh I may recognize this passion fruit flavor from a different 52teas tea – Blue Star maybe? I really liked that one, so I’m excited to encounter it again. It goes well with the banana and the green base, though the banana could be a little fresher tasting and the green tea a little clearer. I preferred Blue Star, but this one tastes quite fresh and is an interesting new take on this flavor. And I’m drinking it cold instead of warm like the other one, so it’s a different experience. It’s not quite tasty enough that I’d order it again, but it reminded me to request a reblend of that other one sometime!

Cameron B.

Ooh I got this one as a freebie and didn’t realize it’s passion fruit. Now I’m excited for it!

AJRimmer

Yeah, it’s definitely a flavor I don’t see often enough in tea!

Cameron B.

Dammann Frères does a lovely version, hopefully this is good too!

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July 2021 Bonus Tea

I’ve been hoarding this one but decided to bring it out so I could call it my second citrus flavoured Bai Mudan (White Peony) dessert tea blend for the day! While I’m starting to think this combo can’t go wrong, I do prefer this blend to August Uncommon’s more temperamental Know My Heart. This one kind of tastes like creamy lemon custard today (yes, it’s both silky and juicy enough) and that’s always a win in my book.

I don’t know whether I prefer this or Sun and Cloud Mist; both are wonderfully crafted teas with bases I enjoy. Either is welcome in my cupboard anytime!

Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Hay, Honey, Lemon, Marshmallow

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

So pleased that this one is a win. It would be really disappointing if with a name like Walking on Sunshine, it didn’t measure up.

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drank Blackberry Cheesecake by 52teas
5193 tasting notes

Admittedly rather poor review on this one – I can tell you that the dry tea smelled quite enticing – delicious berries – but haven’t a clue what the brewed tea tasted like. It was mostly likely one I drank absently while working on Friday. I bought extra of this predicting it would be delicious, so really hoping it is!

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This was tasty – a delightfully creamy, lemony white. I think I prefer Sun & Cloud Mist a bit more, because of the flavour the tea base added there, but this is a very nice lemon fluff tea.

Evol Ving Ness

Funny how all of us are choosing lemony sunshine’s flavours on this chilly day. My choice was a total fluke. It was either this or DT’s Hot Chocolate.

Kittenna

Mine was more or less a fluke too – I just grabbed the most interesting teas from the top of my latest 52teas box! Nice to add some brightness to the day, though.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, lemon does that.

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