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drank Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas
119 tasting notes

Today has been very good to me for these reasons:
1.) It marks the end of one of the most stressful weeks in my whole schooling career
2.) My winter vacation is now officially starting
3.) I got home from [another] very long day and I checked my mailbox to find that my samples from the wonderful Bonnie and my big box o’ samples from LiberTEAS were in there! Hooray! I now have enough tea to last me a lifetime (I counted and I received 65 samples!)

I was at a loss for which tea to try and I’ve been eyeing this tea for quite a while (Bonnie so graciously included it), so I decided to dig in and make myself a cup.

Side note, not only is this my first taste of THIS tea, it’s also my first tea EVER from 52teas…. Needless to say I’m excited!

The dry leaf smells a lot like (who would have guessed) maple syrup….. That is nice, but I’m hoping that I can tell that this is a pancake tea, not a maple tea. Anywho, I steeped with boiling water for 5 minutes and 30 seconds. The liquor/wet leaf smell is (again) maple syrup-y, and the liquor itself looks like (wait for it)…… maple syrup.

I read some reviews, and after trying the first few sips plain (more black tea than flavored black tea), I decided to add some brown sugar.

HOLY HUNK OF BURNING HEAVEN THIS IS GOOD! It does taste more like pancakes than maple syrup! Like when you have the perfect ratio of pancake to syrup and the pancake absorbs some! There’s a somewhat grainy note and a slight astringency towards the swallow that makes it taste like a pancake! It also has a nice little shock of sweetness that cuts through.

Yes yes yes yes yes. I definitely have to try more teas from Frank (there’s some in my other samples!) and this is going on my “Buy ASAP Or I Might Die” list (unfortunately it’s a pretty big list…..). Thank GOODNESS this is in the permanent collection now, because next time I order my cupboard will never be without some of this!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
SimplyJenW

You had me at “HOLY HUNK OF BURNING HEAVEN”…. Very fun review!

Bonnie

U made me laugh…roll over! Happy vacation pancake man! Have the rest for breakfast with some bacon and eggs! Glad u finally have some fun and happy tea!

TeaBrat

lol. my must have list is getting long too! I need to try this one!

Kittenna

Haha, good review :) Enjoyed reading it as well! Makes me excited for when I finally allow myself to delve into 52teas’ collection.

Daniel Scott

Okay, now I’m REALLY excited to get my 52teas order, since I included this one. (Should be here within a few more days.) I too seriously hoped that it would be a pancake maple, not just a maple. I mean, I’ve had maple syrup so fresh from the maple farms that you would swear they could actually pull that stuff pure from the tree. After growing up getting sometime tastes of that in the Canuck backwoods, “maple” teas just don’t do it for me. Glad to hear it really delivers!

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SimplyJenW

You had me at “HOLY HUNK OF BURNING HEAVEN”…. Very fun review!

Bonnie

U made me laugh…roll over! Happy vacation pancake man! Have the rest for breakfast with some bacon and eggs! Glad u finally have some fun and happy tea!

TeaBrat

lol. my must have list is getting long too! I need to try this one!

Kittenna

Haha, good review :) Enjoyed reading it as well! Makes me excited for when I finally allow myself to delve into 52teas’ collection.

Daniel Scott

Okay, now I’m REALLY excited to get my 52teas order, since I included this one. (Should be here within a few more days.) I too seriously hoped that it would be a pancake maple, not just a maple. I mean, I’ve had maple syrup so fresh from the maple farms that you would swear they could actually pull that stuff pure from the tree. After growing up getting sometime tastes of that in the Canuck backwoods, “maple” teas just don’t do it for me. Glad to hear it really delivers!

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Hello!

I’m Ian and I’m a 15 year old student who lives in Vermont. I started (heavily) drinking tea in Late 2010 and have been obsessed ever since!

I tend to drink more black and herbal teas, though I do enjoy oolong, green, and white, and I’m exploring other facets of the tea world (I’m still trying with pu-erh!)

I tend to lean towards sweeter and fruity flavors in my teas, and I’m not a big fan of smoky flavored teas, or anything that’s VERY bold.

I also enjoy a cup of coffee every once and a while, though it does mess with my stomach sometimes so I don’t drink it as often as I drink tea.

In addition to tea drinking, I’m also really interested in:
Classical music (I’ve been playing clarinet for 5 years now and it’s my favorite thing to do), independent arts/music, education on environmental sustainability, reading, Fair Trade and safe-trade practices, Cognitive science, art history, and a lot more.

I’m open to swaps, but I don’t have a very wide collection. Regardless, if I review a tea and you would like a sample, feel free to message me and we can work something out! If you would like to just try something without a swap, feel free to ask too! I know that I personally don’t have a lot of teas to swap and if you’re in the same position as me just feel free to ask for a sample and I’ll send you some, no strings attached!

I run a blog on TeaTrade which you can find here: http://serendipitea.teatra.de/. The goal of my blog is to better connect tea with the arts and go beyond just the taste aspect of tea. Enjoy!

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