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35
drank Chocolate Bacon Black Tea by Man Teas
1344 tasting notes

Pretty sure this is one of the original blends (before it was called Man Teas, it was 52 Teas, in it’s first incarnation). Regardless, over ever opened the bag for swaps at people’s requests, thought it was high time I tried it.

Uh… so… dry this smells okay. Smokey? Steeped this is just plain gross. Granular, fake chocolate (like, really fake, bad chocolate), something fake smoke-ish, and then well, none of the goodness that is bacon.

Nope, not doing this one again. Five or so sips and it’s gone.

Flavors: Chocolate, Paper, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I don’t get it. It’s an “okay” black tea. I can taste a subtle sweetness which I assume is the chocolate. Truthfully, to me, it isn’t very chocolate or bacon-y in flavour. Perhaps I got an older pouch, or my taste buds are just a bit off. I’m not quite sure what went wrong, but I can say with surety that I won’t seek it out again.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
125 tasting notes

Just sipped down the rest of my sample of this from Janelle ‘s mystery box sale a while back. I thought it was a sipdown, but after consulting my spreadsheet it looks like I have some more of this somewhere courtesy of Miss B! I’m glad, because I’d really like to try this with maple syrup as a sweetener. I was distracted when I drank this, but I don’t remember getting much bacon flavour. It was mainly a plain daytime black tea, with a faint bacon aftertaste like I’d eaten a packet of bacon rashers a while ago and they were lingering. Part of me is disappointed that the bacon wasn’t stronger, but part of me is really glad. Maple syrup and bacon is still such a weird combination to me, I’m not sure I’m ready to add tea to the mix!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Anlina

I loved this with a tiny pinch of salt too.

Cwyn

Nattie, are you drinking your breakfast again? ;)

Nattie

I will have to try it with salt next time!

Cwyn hehe, you caught me :’) I had pancake breakfast tea this morning too!

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drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
386 tasting notes

This one came out pretty bitter and harsh for me… So I iced it and added juice to it. Much better. I don’t think I could drink it straight up, just didn’t taste good.

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84
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
875 tasting notes

My 52 Teas order came today, so my sweetie and I made this one up as our evening tea.

I don’t know if this batch was different from the sample I got from Dexter or just fresher or if my sweetie prepared it quite differently from the way I made it before, but wow. The maple and bacon flavours were bold today! Awesome. Such a unique tea.

Flavors: Maple, Meat, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 51 OZ / 1500 ML
EmilyGee

I can honestly say I don’t think I could have ever imagined a maple and bacon flavoured tea, haha!

Roswell Strange

Pineapple Bacon is really, really good IMO.

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84
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
875 tasting notes

Sipped down the last of my sample from Dexter.

I didn’t taste as much complexity or distinct bacon this time around, but I still quite enjoyed this cup. Sad to see this one go, and I may well restock at some point in the future. I probably should have added salt like last time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ubacat

I love bacon but bacon tea just sounds weird.

AllanK

I have had maple bacon flavored coffee, it wasn’t bad at all.

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84
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
875 tasting notes

Oh wow, I’m surprised by how good this is. The black tea is the dominant flavour, but there’s distinctive smokey, sweet bacon flavours there.

I tried it straight and it was good. I added half a teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt and it’s even better.

Thank you Dexter, for this sample!

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Maple, Meat, Salty, Smoked, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
1238 tasting notes

Sipdown! A lovely CTC tea — wonderfully strong and malty. I’m glad I picked up a pouch when I had the chance, because it’s got me through a good few difficult days at work! A very drinkable, everyday kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
1238 tasting notes

This is one robust tea! I made a cup for myself on Sunday afternoon to try and galvanise myself for the week of work ahead. I was feeling pretty stressed at the prospect, and so a strong, plain, dependable tea was just the ticket.

I gave 1 tsp of leaf 3 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. I was expecting a fairly generic black CTC, but this actually tastes remarkably distinctive. It’s malty with a slight edge of sweetness, a touch of honey, and a little baked bread. I’m going to say rye bread, because it’s a dark kind of taste. There’s a tiny bit of astringency in the aftertaste, but it’s actually reasonably pleasant. To be fair, I was expecting it in a tea so strong.

I do want to try this with cream at some point, because I think that would really turn it into something special. Maybe a little sugar, on occasion, although it’s malty enough to not really need that. This is a straightforward, easy drinking tea, but it’s also flavourful and delicious. I confess myself very pleasantly surprised! This may become my go-to “stress” tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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40
drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
561 tasting notes

Whew – This one tastes like you licked the wall of a smokehouse. To me, I smell bacon amidst the smoke, but it is nearly ALL smoke. And upon sipping it, I really only taste smoke. I LOVE bacon, LOVE smoky flavor, and I think I could have loved this if it tasted more like bacon with a hint of smoke. But the smoke flavor overwhelms to the point where I could barely drink half a cup of this. All points go to creativity though.

Recommended for people who truly cannot get enough smoke flavor. But more likely, this would be better for cooking with to give smokey flavor to other things. I am going to give that a try to use up the rest of the sample.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1772 tasting notes

Sad. I’m not getting much bacon to this – just a little bit of maple. Definitely NOT enough maple. I should try again with a longer steep!

Thanks MissB for letting me try it.

Ozli

Intrigued!

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1
drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
141 tasting notes

Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box (pt.1)
I drank this tea on October 6th…. really was not a fave of mine. I Don’t even think that I really even finished a whole cup… could not withstand it :p.

Dry leaf: Black tea leaves with imitation bacon bits. The scent is a very heavy and smoky scent, it was like being in a smokehouse infused into the leaves. I would describe it as very pungent.
Steeped: Super pungent in the sense of the smoky scent, I found it smelled like armpits. I tried a few sips and was grossed out. Yuckkk.

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90
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
865 tasting notes

This tea honestly smells like breakfast to me. Maple syrup, smoky bacon, and black tea :) I haven’t had this tea in a while so I added a pinch of salt to help the bacon. This is definitely a delicious cup! Maple and bacon are both present! Although I do wish there was a bit more bacon to it ;)

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90
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
865 tasting notes

This is an interesting tea. I was expecting more bacon flavor but it’s more sweet than anything. Not even really maple sweetness just a sweet black tea sweetness. I tried adding a pinch of salt to bring out the bacon flavor but no luck with that. I will have to keep experimenting with this one.

__Morgana__

Heh, I just sipped mine (from years ago) down today. For me it got to be too much very fast.

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85
drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
523 tasting notes

For whatever reason, I always reach for this tea when I don’t know what I want to drink. Then I put it down again. I don’t really like lapsang souchong anyway, and this is savory in a way I don’t usually want on a day-to-day basis. It’s way outside the zone of what I usually like in tea.

That said, it’s good. It smells like a mix of woodsmoke and meat when brewed, and it’s not overpoweringly smoky the way most lapsangs I’ve tried are. There’s just enough bacon, and I feel like if there were much more it would get unbalanced and strange. I’m still undecided on whether I’d buy it again, but I enjoyed sipping it down.

Flavors: Meat, Salty, Smoke

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85
drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
523 tasting notes

I was wary of this one based on my previous experiences with Lapsang Souchong, but this actually works for me. That pine smoke flavor is there, but it’s accented with an aftertaste of bacon. What does bacon in tea taste like, you might wonder? A little salty, a little meaty, a little smoky, and definitely believable as what it’s supposed to be. It’s not one I can picture myself reaching for often (I have to be in a certain mood to want savory teas anyway), but it’s an unusual cup that’s overall pretty good!

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60
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
953 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 99 of the year 2014.

This has been a difficult sipdown because the flavor of this tea, while incredibly maple bacon, isn’t for me.

If I didn’t think this had done a stellar job of living up to its name, my rating would definitely be in the orange face range.

Bye Maple Bacon. Thanks for your role in helping to refine my understanding of my own tastes.

ETA: No. 2 asked to try it and liked it, so I didn’t even have to finish the sipdown. Yay!

Courtney

Good job for the sipdown though!

__Morgana__

Thanks! And yay! LOL

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60
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
953 tasting notes

We’re now one pot away from sipdown and the BF has announced he’s had enough of this which puts a bit of a crimp in my planning. Looks like I’ll have to take up the banner alone.

I can do this. This sucker is going down tomorrow.

It will not be missed, but it will have been enjoyed before it got to be too much and I’ll be forever thankful for the learning experience. I now know that most “food” teas (except for pastries and other dessert type fare) are not for me.

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60
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
953 tasting notes

This morning, for the first time, I’m actually tasting tea in this. Being able to taste the tea is an improvement. It helps with the mental confusion I’ve described in previous notes.

It also takes the edge off both the bacon and the maple.

It’s really not bad this morning, but I haven’t changed my mind about the food genre. The BF likes it in any case, so I have a sipdown helper.

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60
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
953 tasting notes

I mentioned that the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast gets exceptionally high marks from me for successfully evoking its name (on the order of 90+ points), but that I had to mark it down because the overall experience of drinking it was uneven and also I concluded it wasn’t really a taste I wanted in a tea.

I’m having a very similar reaction to this one, and it is now something I’ve put in the active sipdown category.

Today I’m definitely tasting maple bacon. 90+ for getting the flavor right. But it’s just too weird for me to drink this flavor. If I was at a breakfast buffet and dropped a piece of maple bacon in my coffee or tea, I’d probably be grossed out and dump the cup.

I did choose this as something I’d like to try, so my reaction isn’t that severe, and I’ll be able to drink my way through this. But the cognitive dissonance I mentioned in my previous note is a strong factor here. My brain feels fooled into drinking something that shouldn’t have this flavor, and it gives me an overall feeling of uneasiness.

In the future I intend to stay away from ordering food-flavored teas unless that food is some dessert confection that contains chocolate, vanilla, nuts or fruit, all flavors that can be found naturally in the tea leaf without additional flavors. ;-) One might argue that bacon can be found in lapsang and maple in other teas, but I haven’t come across this combo anywhere in nature.

Angrboda

I feel rather the same way about food-flavouring. I did have a peach and thyme blend recently that was surprisingly lovely, but that was actually made, I believe, because they thought they were good flavours together and not so much in order to be whacky and gimmicky.

__Morgana__

That one sounds nice. Yeah, I don’t mean to make it sound as though unusual blends per se are out. It’s more that I’d be much more willing to try something called “chocolate mousse” than I would something called “western omlet.”

__Morgana__

Or omelette even.

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60
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
953 tasting notes

After the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast I decided to try some of this. It was still sealed, though it’s an old package.

I really didn’t get much of a smell of bacon or maple out of the dry leaf. Steeped, I certainly get something like maple. It’s a sort of a caramel-y smell. But not anything that smells like bacon. I’d sort of expected to be hit over the head with bacon.

But interestingly, as the tea gets cooler, something like bacon does come out in the aroma. A bit of a smoked meat smell, but sweet because of the influence of the maple.

And yeah, the same happens with the flavor. It really is maple bacon, but it doesn’t become obvious until the tea gets cooler.

I have to award all sorts of points for pulling off this flavor in a way that isn’t a generic lapsangy smoked jerky flavor. I may even like the flavor better than the raisin toast because it’s lacking the artificial note I experienced with the buttered cinnamon raisin toast.

But unless something happens in repeat tastings to change my initial feeling about this, it isn’t something I could drink beyond this packet. I’m having some sort of taste-related cognitive dissonance thing going on in my head as I drink this that makes the experience of it disconcerting in a way that isn’t entirely pleasurable and I’m feeling it in my stomach.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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92
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
374 tasting notes

This is delicious. So far I am loving Frank’s maple flavoring in his teas. I don’t know if I like this as much as pancake breakfast, but it’s pretty close. This was amazing with my corn dog breakfast! It wasn’t overly smokey, which I was worried about. Next time I might brew this a bit stronger too.

Smoke isn’t a flavor on Steepster? Seriously?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
K S

Corn dog breakfast? – You rock!

CharlotteZero

It was a really good breakfast…

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70
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1344 tasting notes

Hot, I got little out of this. As it cools, I’m getting… an odd flavor, however I would identify it as bacon (maybe?) with some maple flavored pancake syrup. There’s a nice smoky element to it, which adds to the ‘bacon’ side of things, and I do quite enjoy the flavoring – this from a gal who eats a lot of bacon, however maple syrup is off the table. Would I reach for it? Maybe, if I’m craving this particular mélange of tastes, and if I can perhaps label it differently in my head.

In related news: I just discovered my cups, which I thought were 8 oz, are actually 12 oz. I almost feel like I should remove all prior ratings with these cups, because all were severely underleafed. Darn it! Why did I fail to measure them when I got them?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

I like to measure all my cups, because it’s never 16 oz or 8 oz at the very top. Which reminds me, I have a few I haven’t measured yet.

Dexter

(This is really good with just a splash of bourbon in it….just saying..)

Roswell Strange

I had a similar discovery a few months ago.

MissB

The cup size has made all the difference – I’m measuring everything now. Holy moly. Bourbon? Oh my… I may have to try that.

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50
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1727 tasting notes

Another from the Bestsellers sampler and another surprise that it was included. This would be a great idea if is done well. Unfortunately, it is not my thing. The smell of the bacon is a bit off. And the maple doesn’t seem to make an appearance in the scent of the dry leaves or the actual tea. (Not like the Pancake Breakfast syrup.. but that was in the older batches too… I haven’t tried the new yet.) Not really any flavor for me in either steep. I really don’t like this black tea base. It doesn’t even taste like any tea I’ve had before. I find it hard to believe a bacon tea is a bestseller, but ah well, I’m happy to try anything. When it comes to 52Teas, either I LOVE the blends or I really don’t. But I hope this black tea base hasn’t taken over every blend from now on.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

VariaTEA

I assumed this was a bestseller because people bought it out of curiosity. I can’t imagine it being a favorite but I can see how a tea as unique as this could be popular. With that said, I also was not really a fan.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I finally came to the sad conclusion that I am just not a fan of their black tea base, something about it just seems off to me. I was not a fan of the Maple Bacon either.

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