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This is yummy. I just brewed some of this the other day for a pitcher of iced tea and it was so good iced.

It’s also a great hot tea too. A good balance of sweet-tart berry and sweet creamy goodness. The Shou Mei seemed to really enhance the flavors and be enhanced by them – it was a very harmonious marriage of flavors. I like that the berry doesn’t taste too candy-ish to me.

When Frank starts the white teas with the SBT line, I think he should revisit this flavor as a SBT tea.

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drank Butter Rum by 52teas
520 tasting notes

Yarr! Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day, me mateys! I be drinkin’ this here tea because Captain Lariel suggested it as a likely pirate tea on this here auspicious day.

This tea smells very very strongly of exactly what I would think when I see “Butter Rum”. It tastes like it too. It’s been ‘curing’ in the giant box ofunopened teas since I got it and while neither Rum nor Butterscotch are my favourite flavours, I am enjoying this as well as foisting it off on many of my co-workers today.

I have been debating what pirate joke to put on the end here because I have quite a collection now. Pirate pickup lines perhaps? Or the old one about the steering wheel on the breeches? No. I’m going to go philosophical.

How do pirates know that they are pirates?
They think, therefore they ARRRR!!!!!

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Rum

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 1000 OZ / 29573 ML

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drank SBT: Black-N-Blue by 52teas
4415 tasting notes

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I was really happy when I saw that SBT made this tea by mistake (instead of making Razzleberry), because this was one of the most memorable teas that 52Teas has ever made. I loved this tea. I loved it so much that it was one that I hoarded. Normally, I’m more than happy to share my teas that I have with others because I have a lot of tea.

Seriously, I have a lot of tea

Anyway … normally I’m happy to share my tea with others, but, this was one that I didn’t share. I kept it all to myself like a selfish Nelly because it was so good. So when SBT made a version of it I was so happy. And this is almost as good as I remember – if not just as good as I remember – the original being. That doesn’t usually happen. Usually the original 52Teas version is better than the SBT version but this … this is quite possibly equally as good as the original 52Teas version.

In other words, it’s seriously good. And I won’t share my used teabag with you. So don’t even ask.

Marzipan

But is it good?

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76
drank Butter Rum by 52teas
275 tasting notes

A lot of tea with a little butter rum. It’s a good blend of blacks. I’m not going to try to guess which types they are… I’m better at guessing greens. The butter rum is lighter then I expected but at the same time I think it’s better like that.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Starfevre

a day too early. tomorrow is pirate day.

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Having never tasted a pumpkin brownie before, I went into this tasting with my thoughts on what I thought a pumpkin brownie should taste like. I had my ideas … but how close they are to truth … I don’t know. Anyone who bakes pumpkin brownies should remedy this situation for me and send me at least a dozen of said brownies.

I do enjoy Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. These are one of my bakery favorites, actually, and when autumn comes ‘round – it’s here now, yay! – I’m always looking at my grocery bakery for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Because … yum.

In the meantime, I did enjoy this blend. The naturally sweet, nutty flavor of the honeybush works well with the brownie flavors and the earthy pumpkin notes. It’s sweet, a little chocolate-y, a little pumpkin-y … and well, it’s yummy. I like it.

Tea Sipper

I NEED to try pumpkin brownies!

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69

My mouth is so confused by this tea. Sweet and tart like fake strawberry but slightly bitter with the green tea and then the smoothness of the brown rice. This is a very interesting tea and we just don’t quite know how to handle it. I love genmaicha and I love strawberries. But this tea perplexes me. It’s good but its a bit too fake? It’s like having my treat and drinking my favorite cuppa all at the same time.

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70

Hmm, this is interesting. The flavour is pretty dead on. I get pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon and toffee, with a bit of a vegetal finish, and that should be awesome and amazing, but the body of this tea is so, so light that it kind of doesn’t mesh very well. With these kinds of rich flavours, I find myself wanting a tea that feels a bit thicker and creamier in the mouth. It’s also not sweet, which I would expect from a pumpkin and toffee tea. I’ll probably add sugar and maybe even a touch of milk to my next cup, just to give it those missing dimensions, because the flavour is pretty great.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Pumpkin, Toffee, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

Chocolate cake. Just chocolate. Maybe a touch of vanilla in there but not enough to even come close to red velvet. This was my first mate! It’s definitely something I could drink a lot of, but I wish it had a more suitable name.

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate

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I’m not going to rate this yet because I feel like I need to experiment a bit. But, having said that, I have only tried this hot without any additives and am not impressed. The honeybush tastes good, and I definitely get green apple. No caramel whatsoever, though. And it smells quite sour, which comes through with the apple. So, maybe sweetened with a little milk?

Flavors: Green Apple

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drank Sea Breeze Green Tea by 52teas
296 tasting notes

I was surprised when I took a sip of this – I really wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a very fresh tasting tea that I think will be much better iced. There is supposedly cranberry in here, but I don’t taste that. I taste a mineral-y freshness and grapefruit that do not totally resemble the alcoholic drink, but do remind me of the sea. Lovely way to retain the last bits of summer even in this fall weather we are having now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

I’m drinking this cold brewed at work today, and I like it. I suspect this is partly because it reminds me of my beloved Raspberry Cream, which I will never, ever forget. It’s also awesome all on its own. I used 1.5 tbsp of leaf in 1 litre of water, and put it in the fridge for approximately 10 hours overnight. The resulting liquor is a very pale yellow, and I half suspected it may have turned out too weak. I was really wrong.

It’s delicious. There are no other words for it. The raspberry is the main flavour, and it walks a line between candy raspberry and actual fruit. It’s sweet, and has none of the sharpness that fresh raspberries sometimes have, but it is undisputedly raspberry all the same. The shou mei base works well here — it’s mild, buttery, a little creamy. It’s not shortbread exactly, but it captures the right notes to give the impression of something shortbread-like. The lingering sweetness after the raspberry flavour fades away is pure confectioner’s sugar. I would actually quite like a raspberry doughnut right now. Or a hindbaersnitter, more to the point. Unless I try and make some, though, I can’t see that happening. Perhaps I’ll try and find a recipe when I get home tonight!

I would like to try this one hot in the near future, just to compare, but it works fabulously cold-brewed. I’ll be sipping on this happily for the rest of the day!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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The aroma is reminiscent of a fruity bubblegum, this is especially apparent in the dry leaf. Once the leaves are brewed, the liquid is still fruity and bubblegum-y, but I can also pick up on notes of Darjeeling, or notes that I would expect from a Darjeeling.

I would recommend watching the temperature with this tea. When the water is too hot, the flavor is a little “off” to me and a little bitter too. A cooler temp, 195°F is what I’d recommend will result in a tastier cup.

It’s an interesting tea, I enjoyed it.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
75 tasting notes

I brewed this to do a little taste test next to 52teas rootbeer float. The butterbeer smells more of rootbeer but I find myself missing the marshmallow and vanilla that are in the rootbeer float. It definitely tastes like rootbeer. Although it leaves a strange sweet after taste in my throat that I’m not fond of.

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drank Rootbeer Float Black Tea by 52teas
75 tasting notes

I think that this tea is as close to a rootbeer float as a tea can get. The marshmallow is a really nice touch that adds a bit of depth to the flavor. It really gives it that vanilla ice cream flavor. I only had a few sips of it because my husband really enjoyed. Usually when he tries any tea he doesn’t say anything about it but this one he really liked.

On another note: I’m so glad the discussions page is working! I was having withdrawals over the weekend..

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I thought for sure this tea would have more reviews!
I got this from Marzipan. It tastes exactly as you’d expect. I taste tart grapefruit and a lingering bit of sweetness from brown sugar. Today has been my lucky tea day because everything has been so gooood.

Cheri

I love when all the tea is good.

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85

I was a bit put off by the name… I mean, really , would I really want a fruity cereal flavored tea? As i found I … I like it quite a bit. The fruit isn’t as crazy as it sounds and the black tea wasn’t bad. No bitterness. I like fruity teas and the sweetness that implies so this tea works. Not every day, but one I could keep in stock. (If I had more this this sample) Not bad :)

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This stuff is amazing – I brewed it hot and chilled it to make iced tea and was surprised to find not a single hint of bitterness. I am usually careful not to oversteep, but most green that sits seems to take on just a hair of bitterness or astringency at least…but not this. It is a bit tart and juicy but really doesn’t taste artificial.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
1932 tasting notes

So when I was looking this up I may have searched “nope” because that is how I felt after my first sip. I get a bit of caramel but mostly this tea is like 97% oolong and I hate oolong. Thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try this tea but it is not for me.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
211 tasting notes

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drank SBT: Shamrock Green by 52teas
211 tasting notes

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drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
469 tasting notes

PTS TTB

Oooooh, this is interesting! On the sip it is cinnamon without the bite, but as I swallow it the spice kicks in and lingers in the aftertaste. It seems really well balanced with just the right amount of smoke to even things out while heating up my throat. I like!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
mj

Sounds like dragon tea :)

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I wasn’t all that excited about this honeybush when it first came out (but before I tried it) but after I tasted it, I really liked it. It reminds me a bit (only slightly) of the Sheri’s blend that 52Teas had … only I think I like this better because that was rooibos and this is honeybush, and the fruit notes here are more enjoyable.

This tastes a lot like a peach-apricot cobbler! The cinnamon accents the fruit and the honeybush with it’s sweet, nutty flavor offers a cobbler-pastry flavor. Yum!

I liked this one. It is good iced too, but I like it better hot because I prefer my cobbler served hot!

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From the PPT TTB.

This smells like autumn potpourri! All the spices and stuff! It tastes a little like it too, but not in a bad way. I think it’s the cinnamon. Cinnamon is the main flavor I’m picking up on, then I catch the nutmeg, then some clove. I’m not really getting a pumpkin flavor or any hint of chocolate. I’m having it without any cream or sugar. Added a little cream to the end of the cup and it mellows out the spices a bit, but it doesn’t bring out the missing flavors. Still, it is an interesting cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Orange Creamsicle by 52teas
4415 tasting notes

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YUM!

Very refreshing and an enjoyable balance between Orange, Vanilla and Black tea notes has been achieved. I hot brewed this, but I might get another pouch sometime soon so that I can try cold-brew.

I like this.

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