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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by Man Teas
1523 tasting notes

Additional notes: Dexter sent me some of this one! thanks so much! I had a sample before, but I love it, so I didn’t mind a couple more teaspoons. :D This one needs to be TAMED though.. it’s a bit TOO spicy with all that cayenne at times so I mixed it with some Harney’s Valentines. Extra chocolate! Extra yum! It did give me the idea that I should have some cayenne on hand to make all of my chai blends spicier. On an unrelated 52Teas note… I keep thinking of the Lemon Meringue chai and I would buy it in a heartbeat if Frank reblended it… especially with more lemon and mallow root. I’ve got two teaspoons left but I’m treasuring it!

MissB

If you haven’t already, check that you’d buy more if he reblends it on the site. You’ll get a note if/when he does, and he did quite a few these past three or so months. Plus, he’s got all of the special blend orders from his Kickstarter project, so one of them may get covered by your request.

Tea Sipper

I think I already did sign up but thank you for giving me hope that it will be reblended! :D

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drank Beer Tea by Man Teas
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drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
4637 tasting notes

Backlog:

This is one of the teas that I got as a “thank you” for contributing to the indie gogo campaign to reopen Zoomdweebies. Of the three in the ‘bacon’ set, this is the one that I hadn’t tried. And that’s mostly because of Lapsang Souchong. But, I’m glad I got to try this finally, because it’s pretty good. I did a rinsing of the leaves (15 seconds) and this helped eliminate the really strong, off-putting smoky notes that I get from Lapsang Souchong.

I do think that this tea would have benefited from a slightly lighter (or more complex?) base. Maybe not just Lapsang Souchong, but maybe a blend of Lapsang with Keemun and a little bit of Ceylon to round out the black tea base. A less robust tea background would have allowed the flavors of bacon to develop, I think.

The bacon notes are not completely overwhelmed by the lapsang, but, they are slightly obscured. I would like more bacon in this one!

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
809 tasting notes

Received this in the bestsellers sampler pack.

I have the Smokey Bacon tea and it is ok but it is pretty bold in taste. This one is much lighter in taste. The “smoke” flavour is pretty light. I do get some bacon flavour out of this one. The maple taste is also pretty light, but it works well with the tea. If I was adding maple syrup myself to a tea, I would have added more. I was surprised at this one. I would say the black tea base is fairly strong as compared to the flavouring. I think I prefer this one more than the smokey bacon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

A long time ago with tea’s like this I began to think “how can I do this flavour myself?” And I began to improvise with my own ingredients. I always keep homemade cooked applewood smoked bacon bits (well drained) in the freezer for flavoring veggies, and my spice shop sells granulated maple sugar (I bought a small amount).

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by Man Teas
809 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian TTB.

Whoa there! Quite the spice in this one!

On first smell of dried and brewed tea, it just smells like a chai, with a bit of chocolate. Maybe a bit peppery, nothing I would say was out of the ordinary.

On first sip, initially there is the sweet chai, not a whole lot of chocolate, then the pepper hits. Like hits as in shoots up into your sinuses burning its way through the back of my palate – Hello Prairie Fire (tequila and tobasco, ha ha)!

This is not a bad tasting blend. I consider myself a spicey person but I am not enjoying it in this tea. Its just a bit too much kick at the end of the sip. I think I would have enjoyed it better if it was spicey the whole way through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
752 tasting notes

Tea # 13 Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

I’ve had other bacon teas from 52teas/Man Teas.
Can’t do this one. Offensively smoky, offensively salty.
Can’t drink it. I really liked the maple bacon, but this is just wrong.

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Well this is interesting! Disclosure- I haven’t had real bacon in over 10 years (semi-vegetarian). I am mostly getting chocolate from this tea, with a hint of smoke. I’m actually pretty glad the bacon flavor is subtle. This is definitely not something I’d drink every day, but I was very curious to try it! Thanks again RogersCK! :)

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I’m staying at a friend’s house ths week and I knew she’d be up for trying anything bacon-flavored so I brought this along. We brewed some up this morning to drink with our eggs.

This tea tastes like chemically-laced chocolate and ham. We couldn’t drink more than a few sips. I know it was a novelty tea, but the chemicalness of the chocolate was just gross. Yuck!

My friend will not drink “ham water” again. Lol!

Elonwy

That sucks. I wonder if a maple bacon has been done (I’m sure it has).

Fuzzy_Peachkin

52teas also did a maple bacon one

Shelley_Lorraine

looks like Della Terra just put up a chocolate bacon tea for the Autumn selection. I’ve never heard of chocolate covered bacon, but then I don’t like bacon, so I wouldn’t know about these things :p

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I only like bacon on occasion. I got this tea just to see if someone could actually pull this off.

OMGsrsly

It might be worth it for me to toss some bacon bits into the maple tea i love so much, just to see if I could maybe get something drinkable…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Let me know if it’s any good! :-)

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95
drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
180 tasting notes

A great substitute for coffee. Using 1 tsp per 6 oz, I prepared it three ways: plain, with rock sugar and milk, and with flavored coffee creamer. Same with coffee, I love it black or with cream, sweetened or not. Re-steeped with boiling water for 3 mins, flavor was still strong but a tad bit milder. I should have tried increasing the steep time. Next time…

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I think that an important part of learning about tea is trying several ways to drink it. Plain, sweetened, with milk or cream and so on. This road of discovery reveals the hidden wonders in some tea’s. A plain black tea or puerh can become pastry or caramel with additions, but a thin tea can be limp with milk.
What I’m trying to say is…keep doing what your doing. Your palate will benefit.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
300 tasting notes

Wow! Thank you tattooed_tea for sending us this feast of tea for the Sixth Day of Christmas! This is one of five teas, all of them breakfast themed! Since I had already grabbed some strong Sage Derby cheese and Almond Nut Thins I figured the bacon would be best and I quickly scrambled an egg to go with.

When I first sipped this I wasn’t sure. Smoky, sure but what else? But this has started to really round itself out, I can taste the sweet maple, I can even imagine the grease from bacon, this may sound weird or gross but I’m impressed. But this tea has more to it than just the food it’s inspired by.

This tea evokes a scene, the bacon is cooking in a smoky cabin or perhaps over a campfire. This is freaking lumberjack tea! And it reminds me of pu’erh in this way, bringing up sensory memories and the smoke is quite complex.

I definitely want to blend this with Pancake Breakfast, but I think I shall steep this a second time, try the pancake on it’s own and save a teaspoon of each to share with my sister. Sadly because of the smoke, I don’t think the husband could appreciate it. But I say YUM!

LiberTEAS

This is actually the tea that got me started as a 52Teas customer, I believe! I hadn’t really heard much about them until I started looking for a bacon tea. I was a tea artist back then, and my husband suggested making a bacon flavored tea and I wondered what was already out there, and how it tasted. After tasting this (a pinch of salt definitely helps the bacon flavor come through here), I decided I didn’t need to attempt to make my own bacon flavor because Frank already had it going on! :)

tattooed_tea

I have been leary to try this. But now I feel I have to

Daniel Scott

I’ve wanted to try a bacon tea forever, but people keep saying, “smoke,” and I can’t do smoke. :( Is it smoke as in lapsang?

Autumn Hearth

Yeah, pretty much, though its said just to be a special blend of Indian teas. I love Lapsang and this certainly feels akin to it.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
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I’ve been holding on to this, afraid to try it. Finally I got the courage to tonight, only to be disappointed.

I’m not getting anything. I added maple syrup and salt and it didn’t help at all. I mean, now it tastes more like maple but I wanted the bacon alongside it!

I guess I have to steep it longer? I went with about 4 min, 15 seconds. It’s not even smoky to me. Oddly more than anything, it tastes like chocolate. It definitely smells like breakfast, though. I’ll have to play around with it again.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1341 tasting notes

Thank you Kristaleyn for this sample!! and Azzrian? I think I got some from both of you :)

Unfortunately though, this tea is not for me. I could barely finish a few sips, let alone the cup. Forget a second steep!
Something about this tea just makes me ill. Not in an allergy way. More in a can’t handle the flavour sortof tummy protest.
Now bear in mind… I don’t like smoked ham. Yep, bacon and I… we’ve never gotten along.
Even with milk and sugar this wasn’t palatable :(
So I won’t rate this. I can’t decide what would be a fair rating…
and I am super grateful to have tried this. You win some you lose some right?

Azzrian

I think I had sent all mine to Krystaleyn or maybe it was Dylan and Missy? I don’t know but I know I sent mine off. I didn’t like it either but I think Dylan did? Maybe? LOL I agree with you though I could not hack it either.

Missy

Hehe we got the chocolate mayan chai stuff and that stuff was excellent!

Azzrian

Indeed I remembered you got that and loved it – hummm maybe it was missy who got this. Or someone else lol who knows I can’t remember what I did an hour ago.

Azzrian

See I meant Krystalyn. Mind officially lost.

TeaBrat

this one sounds a bit weird to me too but I am starting to like lapsang! not sure about the maple…

Missy

Minds are optional!

Kittenna

Hahaha, yes Azzrian, this sample was from you, passed on to Indigobloom. Wasn’t my favourite so I passed some along. I did keep some to try with maple syrup & a pinch of salt though, as I think I’ve seen recommended on here.

Indigobloom

I think I’ll pass the rest of this one on as well, if I can find any takers… hope you don’t mind!
Mayan chai sounds really good though

Bonnie

I like this for adding lapsang souchong to!

Bonnie

I like this for adding lapsang souchong to!

Bonnie

what happened…it posted twice…I ain’t twins!

Azzrian

Hey I say pass along until it finds its PROPER home :)

Indigobloom

hahahha for every tea there is a home :P

Bonnie

Except for….CARROT CAKE! bleh…bleh…bleh!

Indigobloom

LOL well yes, that tea is homeless! poor tea…

Kittenna

Apparently my sister doesn’t find it too bad! Anyways, I totally don’t care if people pass along teas I send to them. Sometimes you just don’t get a hit!

Indigobloom

awesome! well if I can’t find a good tummy for it to fill, to your sisters it goes :)

Azzrian

What is so bad about this carrot cake? I mean carrot cake sounds great too bad it was not good.

Indigobloom

LOL well… check out the reviews. I will let you decide. I haven’t tried more than a tiny sample at the local store so I can’t really comment!
http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/21568-carrot-cake

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
807 tasting notes

I am not going to rate this until I give it another try – maybe with some sweetener but I am not loving it. Sorry Frank so far all of your other blend have been SO SO good! This one – I’m not really getting the maple or the bacon. Decent black tea base with some smokiness, but thats about it. Will try again another time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

Try adding a pinch of salt to the finished cup, this will help bring out the bacon notes especially.

Azzrian

Thank you for this suggestion! Makes perfect sense – I am a saltaholic so doing this is so natural for me I will absolutely try this! :)

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I wanted to try this tea and LiberTEAS said “POOF! Here you go!” :) Maybe I need to try changing the steeping time or something because with this first cup all it tasted like was chocolate coffee-? It was good chocolate coffee though!

Cofftea

What were your parameters? I used 1 HEAPING tsp and steeped it for 6 min 15 sec in boiling water. I’m definitely getting the chocolate and bacon, but yes I also thought “a great coffee substitute” even before I read your tasting note.

BigFatFaTEA

Cofftea-

Super sorry that I took so long to respond! I got busy and then I forgot my password and resetting it didn’t work! Anyways, I just made this tea again yesterday and I used a level tablespoon to 8oz boiling water for 2 mins, and still didn’t get the bacon lol.

BigFatFaTEA

Oops I meant 12 mins!

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drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
59 tasting notes

Malty and a great morning wakeup tea!

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
752 tasting notes

Oh I like this, I am really surprised, but there is no denying I really like it. I like how smokey it is, almost burnt tasting. It’s like maple bacon that’s been overcooked on the campfire. To my taste it’s mostly smokey bacon with just a hint of maple. I know call me strange, but that works for me.
Thanks JackieT for sending me this weird yet wonderful sample.

JustJames

wild! i have a friend who swears by bacon, bourbon ice cream, lol.

Dexter

Too funny, I was seriously thinking about putting a little bourbon in this. And now that you’ve said it, I might.

JustJames

awesome! i’ll tell my friend. just watch… she’ll get on here, look you up and demand a swap, LOL.

Dexter

LOL it’s available for sale on their site!! I only had a sample of it. :(( I’ll be back and let you know how the bourbon went. I’m going to dump some into this cup.

Dexter

Some days I am just brilliant. I need to trust my instincts. Four Roses Small Batch bourbon goes perfectly with this tea. Just in case anyone else out there is crazy enough to try it.

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81
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
613 tasting notes

Damn, I can’t get over how they managed to capture the pork-y element in the dry leaf aroma—not just smoke and salt, which are pretty easy to do, but actual hammy flavor, to the point I can taste it in my mouth (and it’s making my mouth water!) just from smelling the leaves.

Brews up quite dark, and the smokiness intensifies. It’s almost a savory tea, but then sweetness comes back at the end and lingers in the mouth after the swallow. You do have to be on board with smoke, meat/umami, and salt elements. I’m not sure how regularly I’d be in the mood to drink this tea, but uniqueness aside it’s really well done and exactly the elements listed in the name. I especially appreciate that the maple aroma and flavor is actual, real maple syrup, not the sad stuff at the supermarket—smelling this tea transports me to being a kid and touring the big cabins in the snow where they’d make maple syrup, the overwhelming smoky maple steam. Pretty awesome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
398 tasting notes

The dry leaf is sprinkled with red bits of imitation bacon and smells of maple smoked bacon with a hint of something almost alcoholic. It smells of burning leaves with a hint of bacon or perhaps more cured ham, a hint of something sweet, and alcohol (later on it kind of deveops into that type of vanilla note found in some whiskeys). The first flavour note was of a slightly cocoa flavoured tea base followed by charred , smoked food notes than a hint of sweetness. It does capture a taste of maple smoked bacon, it doesn’t really taste like maple syrup. The bacon flavour is not overpowering. It reminds me of early fall mornings at my cousins cottage, when the woodstove is burning and I am enjoying a warm beverage in solitude and absorbing my surroundings. Not something I would crave everyday, but it does evoke some fantastic memories and it was certainly an ntersting tea to try. Thanks Rachel for the chance to try this tea.

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drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
809 tasting notes

I made a cup of this tea because I was craving lapsang souchong. I had already had a cup of lapsang today so I decided to go with this because it was something a bit different. I added some maple butter to it, because I apparently have no maple syrup in the fridge (or its in there and I just can’t find it – who knows). It was pretty good. Gave it a sweet and maple taste to it. Worked well with the smokey bacon taste. However, I had it in the afternoon and I think it is more of a breakfast/morning type tea. I just didn’t find it as enjoyable in the afternoon. But in saying that, my usual pattern is lighter teas/herbals in the afternoon. Crazy how your body can tell the change in routine.

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74
drank Smoky Bacon by Man Teas
809 tasting notes

Mmmmmmmmm, bacon. I could not pass this tea up. I love bacon. I was a bit skeptical because bacon is so good, I didn’t think it could be replicated in a tea. Two things I love, bacon and tea together. Frank is a genius!
Upon first smelling the tea, I was thrown off. I didn’t think it smelled like bacon at all. But after I scooped some out of the package and took a deep smell, there is a hint of bacon. It is smokey, and slightly sweet.
I can strongly taste the lapsang souchon in this tea. There is a slight sweet and salty taste to the tea. I would not say that it tastes exactly like bacon, but it definitely has a hint of baconish taste.
I had company over when I brewed this tea, and it was split 50/50 for wether the tea smelled and tasted like bacon. Interestingly enough, all the males said yup thats bacon, the females didn’t think it was anywhere near bacon. (Hmmmm, man teas).
Although not blown away with this bacon tea, I am satisfied that I tried it and I have some in the cupboard as an interesting conversation starter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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