1113 Tasting Notes
I’m not usually one for chocolate covered strawberries in real life, so I was surprised to enjoy this tea so much! It’s not a completely authentic flavor, which I think is an improvement; I’m more reminded of a high-quality candy than actual strawberries. Sweetened, this one is all flavoring and no tea taste, which isn’t for everyone but is something I enjoy in dessert teas.
I’ve been hoping to try 52teas’ famous Danish blends for a while now, so I was glad to get this in a pack of samples from a Steepster member!
With such an exciting name, the dry leaf is pretty basic in appearance and scent: it’s decorated with a few whole blueberries, and smells like any other black tea with only a vague hint of any additions. But as soon as it hits the water, a much stronger and more promising scent is released, one that is definitely reminiscent of a blueberry pastry.
I take a sip and… nothing special. The taste reflects the initial scent, mostly black tea with a tiny hint of berries. But many Steepster members recommend an addition of milk and sugar, and given how I tend to prefer drinking dessert teas, I don’t think that needing to add things says anything bad about the tea.
A splash of milk and a generous pinch of sugar is definitely an improvement! The pastry taste comes out much more; it’s not accurate enough to fool anybody but it’s definitely a nice flavor. Unfortunately, the milk covers up the berry taste, which I imagine could have been fixed if there had been twice as many berries in it. As for the cream cheese? Well, the milk definitely provides a creamy taste that isn’t dissimilar to cheese, but I feel like that has less to do with the tea’s flavor and more to do with the milk being, well, milk.
It’s a pleasant taste overall, but an accurate representation of a blueberry cream cheese danish this isn’t. However, more berries would have made this stand out from other 52teas baked good blends.
Both the loose “leaf” and the liquor have a scent that’s mostly rooibos with a hint of some kind of generic sweetness. The taste is a bit more interesting; I’m not sure I’d call it similar to red velvet cake, but it’s definitely cake-y and I can taste the hint of cacao and raspberry, and there’s a nice even balance between the base and the flavoring. I’m not in love with it, but it’s the best dessert rooibos I’ve tried (although to be frank, I don’t think rooibos and sweet tastes are really made for each other).