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Zoomdweebies

Recent Tasting Notes

54

this is more of an orange tea than a cranberry tea…and it comes across as slightly artificial to me. I did my usual “don’t steep this for very long” as with most of franks teas. Overall, pretty lackluster.

(also…this brings me to 247, which is where my lovely tea sister ended last night. Not sure if she’s up and about drinking tea yet but it’s time to get down to business lol)

Terri HarpLady

Lol, I just woke up!

Sil

good! that buys me some time… i’ve got stupid work to deal with today :(

Terri HarpLady

That ok, I’ll be it’d up with a wedding & reception for several hours.

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Another tea from the HHTTB, & a sipdown. There wasn’t much left of this, so Drew used it all. I tried a small sip.
:p tastes artificial

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This tastes terrible and I am putting it into soil and not back into the traveling tea box. Time has not treated it well.

It tastes like perfume. Not in the floral way but that way when you accidentally spray a fruitier scent into/near your face and you happen to be breathing at the time.

Dinosara

That is a very vivid description. Blech.

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52

This is from the here’s hoping traveling teabox!

This was good, non-bitter black tea. The flavor of orange and cranberry get lost but this is a mellow tea. It has a nice sweetness for having no sugar.

Thank you Tea-Sipper for setting up the teabox!

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58

Another one from the tea box! Thanks for including it, Alphakitty! Teas to write tasting notes for the traveling tea box will slow down soon, since I will be mailing it on Wednesday. I can’t wait to see all of the reviews for the teas I added to the box (and also for the teas in the traveling teabox that I’m starting — doesn’t matter if they be good or bad reviews)! I knew before I sipped this one that it wouldn’t be mindblowingly delicious, since I feel like what has became 52Teas rather than Zoomdweebies has improved over the years. There is a bit of a chocolate flavor here & not much strawberry, on a decent black tea. I actually expected less chocolate. But as time goes on, 52Teas will keep getting more and more amazing, as the blends are already amazing these days. I think I’ve called 52Teas wizards, magicians… or both in the past!

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76

Got this one from Tea Sipper I think. All my samples are in a pile so I’d have to go back through my messages to be completely sure.

I sipped some of this before stirring the teaspoon of sugar in and the tangy cranberry flavour came out but there was a bitter aftertaste to me. Post sugar, the bitterness is muted, but still there. I am picking up mostly cranberry with hints of citrusy sweetness. This is an okay tea, but I’m glad that I only have a sample to drink through.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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50

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml at 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lime, chemical
Steeped Tea Smell: bakey black tea, hint of lime
Flavor: bakery, hint lime
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown

got getting much lime…to it’s credit it’s a tea I have kept around too long.

Post-Steep Additives:

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2013/01/18/52teas-loose-leaf-black-tea-key-lime-flavored-black-tea-032/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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54

I received this one in Rachel’s fire sale! Thank you! This one has orange peels in it. Not any of the actual edible parts of an orange… just the peel. Oranges are usually not my thing in teas! This definitely tasted more like orange peels than oranges. I couldn’t taste much cranberry. The black tea as usual for Zooms is a nice base to let the flavors stand out. This isn’t my favorite Zoomdweebies! I’m still amazed I’m the only one to write a tasting note for their maple blueberry. I feel like Zoomdweebies teas are the less flavorful cousin to 52Teas.

Also, what’s the deal with Zoomdweebies? Do they not exist anymore? Any search just goes to the 52Teas page.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
Uniquity

I think Zoomdweebies was pre 52teas? I’m guessing that your tea is pretty old. Though of course I could have missed something. : )

Tea Sipper

Hmm..none of the Zoom blends really taste old. This one was an unopened package. I have no idea though. I always worry about my teas getting too old, but that is tough when I don’t know how old they were when I got them.

Angrboda

As I recall it Frank initially had a teashop/cafe (not internet) called Zoomdweebies but it closed. He sold the Zoomdweebie ‘left-overs’ through 52teas, so technically it’s the same thing. That was a couple of years ago, so I have to agree with Uniquity that your tea must be fairly old at this point. It’s not unlikely that the flaovur has faded a bit.

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83

A big thanks to TeaEqualsBliss :]
At first I was like…. no…. I don’t like pecans…. But then I was going through my little sample/swap drawer and thought ok, we’ll give this a try. And I’m happy I did :] It is not overly nutty but still has a sweetness to it. I like it :] I think I may try it blended with a bit of my Pumpkin Spice tea. Mmmm…. :]

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sharing this with me!
Just goes to show an old tea can still be a good tea!
Yeah that was slightly punny.
Anyway lol this is nice and very refreshing – actually while I am having it hot I am thinking this would be excellent iced!
Due to a generous trade partner I have plenty to try it that way then may pass it to someone else to try since this seems to be obsolete now and is still quite good!

Natural flavors no artificial junk here!

I will send the rest to Amanda! I think she will enjoy it.

momo

I welcome more to my new world of appreciating orange haha

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75

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this sample!
The packaging immediately caught my eye and I was wondering what in the world Zoombweebies was, so I looked it up to find that they also make 52teas who I keep seeing on steepster and have yet to try, so I’m happy to have a better idea now of their teas.

This tea smells pretty good and I can really smell the chocolate and strawberries.
Sweetened with german rock sugar. It’s really a step up from the usual black tea I drink. Interestingly I having a pleasant silky mouth feeling.. maybe that’s the chocolate oils?

I was actually wanting a chocolate tea and I’m quite satisfied now. I even brewed it twice and it was still nice. Enjoyed this tea during my forest studies. :)

Sil

this sounds yummy!

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80

Thanks for this one Alphakitty!!!!!

I love green tea – generally speaking – but I have had some issues and him-haw reactions to various Young/Hyson’s in my past.

This one is pretty good! I’m pleasantly surprised! It’s not overly grassy – it’s even a little sweet in a fresh green beans meets green herbs sort of way.

Not too shabby at all!

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79

Another generous sample from TeaEqualsBliss
Leaves smell of a bright almost spicy lime.
The color is a nice dark red liquid.
The wet leaves smell a little like a cleaning solution, but the tea itself smells like a good black tea, a little smoke, a little spice and then a nice lime.
Surprisingly, the first thing I taste is the black tea not the lime.
The lime is there in the background, not overpowering.
A nice tea, a fun experience and because of the generous sample I was given I will be able to try it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81

I had some limeade last week and just came across this one and thought I would have a small cuppa before sending it off to a friend…see previous notes…

ScottTeaMan

I love anything lime-sounds srumdeli-icious!!

ScottTeaMan

Does the black tea meld well with the lime??

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78

Powerful Orange :)

Backlogging…

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I made a lot of tea last night and this morning, but this is the last of them! I cold-brewed this one for the bf, since strawberry and chocolate are some of his favorite flavors, though I am not a huge fan. I was worried that this would be weird cold, since, well… I’ve never had chocolate iced tea. Thankfully, it works pretty well! The strawberry isn’t that prominent (next time I’ll chop up some actual berries and add them), but the chocolate surprisingly is. At first it just tastes like a nice black iced tea with a hint of berry, and then at the end of the sip it’s quite chocolatey. Not heavy mouthfeel decadent chocolate, more light and airy. It’s pretty nice, but I’m not going to rate this one as it’s not my thing. Thankfully there’s someone in my house who loves it—and he’s a bit pickier about teas than I am sometimes, so it’s always nice when I find something that he loves!

DaisyChubb

Sounds refreshing!

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83

I got this in my fire sale box from Rachel (iHeartTeas). I realized yesterday that there are two Rachels, so perhaps I should specify which one from now on. I’ve never tried and Zoomdweebies teas, and to the best of my knowledge they’re what turned into 52teas (correct me if I’m wrong!)! This smelled soooooo good in the bag. I love lemon, I love spice, what could go wrong? Well apparently nothing, because this is a great tea. It’s not heavily lemony, but it’s still nice and bright. The spices (cinnamon only according to the packaging, but I am definitely getting some clove, maybe even orange peel) are wonderfully warming, not overpowering the lemon but accenting it. If you could make mulled lemonade, I think it would taste a lot like this. It’s also great hot and cold (tea cools down pretty fast with the AC blasting), which is always a big bonus. This is a more wintery tea I think, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to save it until then!

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69

I got this tea from Teaequalsbliss! I am getting to all of my samples recently and this one was first to get picked. It smells pretty good.
This tea has lots of really great lime notes. I’m starting to suspect that cheesecake is a really hard flavor to pull off. This reminds me of a tea I used to drink at work instead of soda, but I can’t remember what it was called.
Overall this tea is tasty and would probably go really well with the cinnamon kusmi I have a whole load of!

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71

This sample came to me by way of LiberTeas and her big box of samples on Teatra.de. Since I am cleaning house (well, trying!) in terms of samples I opted to use this guy for a pot for the beau and I after work. I’m not getting much aroma from the loose leaves, but I’m assuming this tea is getting older, since most reviews of it are from a year ago or more. I will admit up front that I am very uncertain about banana flavour in tea – Most banana teas involve chamomile which is the bane of my existance, so the opportunity to try banana cheesecake is too good to pass up.

Knowing that Frank’s black tea base and I don’t always get along very well, I let the water cool to 95C and only steeped for 3 minutes. These precautions yield a brick red liquor with very little aroma, though there is a tinge of bitterness underneath (almost coffee-ish). There’s not much by way of banana or cheesecake in the aroma but there is a vague sweetness on top of it all. If I could just get the “top” lawyer of the aroma, this would be a very appetizing smell.

First sips are pretty nice. No bitterness, but also no banana. I’ll chalk that up to the age of the tea and the fact that it was in a little plastic bag next to lots of other teas for a while. The general flavour is sweet and lovely, reminiscent of 52Teas’ Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish. I’m not really getting cheesecake here, but there is definite sweetness. Very nice to have tried!

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83

Shared with a co-worker. He loves this. He said it is the first tea I have shared with him that he would actually buy. So I went looking and discovered Zoom Dweebies Tea Bar has apparently become 52Teas and Man Teas. You all probably knew that. I am so last year. Haven’t checked yet to see if this is still available through 52teas.

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83

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for this sample.

A black tea with lemon peal with natural and/or artificial flavor(s). No brewing instructions so I used my standard for black tea – 1 tsp, 3 minutes, and boiling water. CTC leaf with pieces of lemon peal. The liquor appears clear enough and dark but not too dark. Yeah, I am a bit blurry eyed this morning and that’s the best I can do. The sip is not what I was expecting. I thought this was going to be a brisk in your face wake up you sleepy head tea with a slap of citrus. Not at all. This is a medium bodied, smooth black, with just a hint of lemon and only enough bite and malt to be interesting. Kind of like Prince of Wales with the touch of lemon. A pleasant start to my day.

Wait a minute ladies and gentlemen, I think something is happening. I kept smelling spices this morning. I thought it was my imagination after reading ashmanra’s Constant Comment review before coming to work. Then I thought maybe it was the Hot and Spicy Cinnamon calling out from the drawer (drink me, drink me). I ate a couple sesame sticks a moment ago and then grabbed my cup. I don’t see it on the label but I am getting spices now that the cup is cooling. If it is my imagination, I hope I don’t wake up until I finish the cup (I type these as I sip and post in the evening).

Cup 2. It is not my imagination! As this stuff cools it tastes like Lady Grey minus the floral bergamot flavor. What a fun cup. I am sharing this with a co-worker who drinks Twinings. I know he will absolutely love this.

I apparently liked this a whole lot better than the SorieTea Sisters.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87

Having this one today in the french press. Yum. Yum. Yum. I do love good mint tea. The last time I had this it reminded me of another tea. Today in the grocery I nailed it. Bigelow’s Plantation mint….except take the flavor and quality up quite a bit. We had this tea in the house a lot growing up. I started drinking tea with my mom probably since I was a freshman in high school or before. Usually it was mint tea with milk and sugar. Of course now I drink my tea straight most of the time. So I have graduated a bit. Man is this good. I’m thinking if Frank did this one again….I am on it.

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87

Thank you to oOTeaOo for this one. I have to be honest and say I haven’t had to many teas that have spearmint in them. Peppermint….for sure. This is quite good. There are lot of bagged mint blends that have the mints intertwined, but I like the spearmint standing alone here. For some reason “the cheese stands alone” starts playing in my head. I found that the spearmint seems to be a little more creamy than peppermint. It blends well with this black tea.

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84

I’m having one last cup of this before sending the rest to a friend.
So many teas…so little time! I know I flew thru a bunch of teas yesterday and I will again today, too! Stay tuned!

This is a nice even apple flavor with a bit of spice. It’s also creamy, too! I’m still missing that crusty kick but overall it’s a nice cup!

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