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drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
342 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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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
477 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
477 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
1088 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
1088 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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drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
392 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
1700 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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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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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
807 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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drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
484 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
484 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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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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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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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
372 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
1157 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
1521 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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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
2265 tasting notes

Sorta Sipdown (191/195)!

This little guy is headed off to 221Tea and is officially the last of the six “sorta sipdowns” that I’m sending to her. I saved him for last mostly because I was putting off having him: the bacon teas still intimidate me and the smell of this one always makes me feel a bit nauseous. Still, after recently falling in love with 52Teas’ Pineapple Bacon rooibos I really wanted to give this another shot just in my tastes had changed enough for me to reevaluate my first impression and give this a better rating…

That’s not the case though: while I don’t completely hate the flavor it is making me feel somewhat queasy, which is probably only exaggerated by the fact I’ve been drifting in and out of headaches and cramps all day. Ugh.

Oh well; can’t love ‘em all – an important tea lesson that I still sometimes need to be reminded of. I was hopeful though; especially after loving Pineapple Bacon so much. I still think this is a something every tea drinker needs to try at least once though which is why I don’t feel bad passing it along to 221Tea: worst case she dislikes it too but has had a memorable tea experience and saved herself some money buying a pouch…

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64
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
2265 tasting notes

Ok, I may have lied to VariaTEA and told her I was taking a tea break. I honestly planned to, though! Except, last cup I had was like two hours ago, so that’s break enough, right?

Anyway, I took the pouch of this on vacation with me in the hopes I’d finally sack up and try a cup. I made it for practically every member of my family, but was too nervous to have a cup myself. Thing is, I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly 10 years – that’s more than half my lifetime! In that time, not once have I had a vegetarian bacon equivalent so what makes me really nervous is that not only do I have no clue what actual bacon is supposed to taste like, I have zero clue what vegetarian bacon is supposed to be like either…

But regardless of that, I’m growing a pair and taking the plunge now.

So – for preparation I went with 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 8 oz. of boiling water, steeped for four minutes. Dry, this does smell sweet so that could be the maple. There’s also a savory and sort of salty generic “meat” type smell, which I suppose would be the bacon. Steeped up, I definitely get more maple than I do in the dry leaf, and then a slightly more mild and less stomach churning savory meat kinda smell.

Gulp.

Ok, taste wise this isn’t really as bad as I thought it would be. Mind you, I don’t really have any conclusive idea on what bacon tastes like – let alone what a bacon tea should taste like. Anyway, there’s the distinct taste of the black base that Frank uses, and then a sweet maple kind of taste which is obviously the maple. However, there’s also a very salty/savory flavour that I’m sure if intended to be the bacon. It has a kind of smoke like quality to it – and in there aftertaste I definitely do get more of a “meaty” kind of taste.

So overall, I’m glad I tried this – I don’t think I had as much reason to be fearful as I thought I did. Ultimately this isn’t bad, it’s just highly unusual and somewhat foreign in taste to me. I don’t think I’m going to reach for this often if ever as something to “just drink” but it’s a great novelty tea and I could see myself making some up for myself if I had family or friends coming over as a weird and unusual tea for them to try.

VariaTEA

So reading your description of the taste is very similar to mine. haha this is actually hilarious.

Also, I did not use your break wisely because rather than drinking many cups, I decided to package Cavo’s teas. And that took quite a while because I somehow managed to lose my banana pudding tea.

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65
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
2068 tasting notes

Surprise sipdown!! (154)

I thought I had more than one serving of this but apparently not so good bye maple bacon tea. It seems as though you are more bacony today and there is a nice amount of maple. It is not something I would want to drink often nor will I miss it once it is gone but it was definitely an interesting tea to try.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
2068 tasting notes

Every week, actually multiple times a week, my roommate goes to a Body Pump class. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is an hour straight of weight lifting to music. It sounds simple enough but that shit is hard work. It is also a good workout so I try to go with her at least once a week and that once a week is Thursday nights. Unfortunately, there was no body pump during my long vacation and last week I was sick and did not think lifting a weight above my head multiple times was a good idea (despite my roommate trying to convince me exercise makes you feel better :P) so it has been about a month since I had a good workout. That meant today’s class was pure torture. Every muscle aches and walking is not a particularly easy feat right now. But I got through the class and so when I came home I felt pretty proud of myself. So when I went to make a cup of tea, I asked myself what would be fitting. And then I thought this tea because it is a “man tea” and weightlifting is pretty manly and it just seemed right (we will not question this logic).

So I made myself a cup. This is also the last of the bestseller sampler pack that I have to try so that meant another tiny accomplishment :). Anyways, tastewise I am getting a lot of the black tea base that is so unique and very prominent in all of Frank’s blends. It is a base that is smooth and yet also thick. Alas, it always seems to be the main flavor, covering up all the tasty treats I was promised. For instance, in this cup I taste the base and a maple sweetness but there is not a bacon smokiness or really much bacon flavor at all. I notice it slightly in the aftertaste as I detect a hint of salt. However, bacon is such a strong flavor in general (I mean seriously, you add bacon to anything and you get flavor town), I am really disappointed it is not more prominent. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad cup, but once again, as I have with many of Frank’s blacks, I am let down and find myself searching for the flavors.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
807 tasting notes

Thank you to whoever sent me this! This is nice and malty with a nice sweet note that resembles a touch of honey in the aftertaste. There is a flavor in this tea that reminds me of fresh baked wheat bread with a tiny bit of butter. I actually really like this! Thank you again :]

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