1652 Tasting Notes

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Yikes. Can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this one.
It’s good!! but I find I have to really be in the mood for flavoured houjicha. Unflavoured is fine so I didn’t expect to discover that flavoured would be any different, with this type of tea specifically. Somehow it makes the liquor heavier. Go figure. Except for this last batch, which I cold brewed. and it was SO GOOD. and also the most vibrant in lemon, and cake. and cheese. and… well everything.
I find that too many lemony teas go off after awhile but so far this one hasn’t. At all!

Ok. Tea festival time tomorrow. YAY!!!

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69

Ahh finally. Had this again today and got plenty of flavour. Still generic, and sourish. But the nutty hazel tones and chocolate did make an appearance… noticeably! I’m not sure what I did differently this time. Could be the cocoa bits sunk to the bottom of my sample.

Fjellrev

That’s really too bad. When I was doing a mock order, I thought this would for sure be a great one.

Indigobloom

I find a lot of dessert teas made by non boutique tea places are like this… but then my standards were never the same again after trying Butiki or AQ2T etc :P

Indigobloom

Also, I seem to be enjoying it more than I used to, even if I don’t find it to be quality. Wish I knew why haha

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drank Peach by Citizen Tea
1652 tasting notes

I wouldn’t say this was peach. Apricot, I think. A bitter aftertaste, but not thick like an overbrewed tea. Not sure I’m the biggest fan. It just doesn’t speak to me :/

Fjellrev

That’s a huge switch, though, having a peach tea taste like apricot. I find most apricot (and some mango) teas just end up tasting like peach.

Indigobloom

Hmm. I can see that. Stone fruits are difficult to capture I think.

Fjellrev

They are!

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70

ok so I’m learning to not hate this one. Now that I’m expecting smokiness and a cuppa nothing like dark chocolate. Still haven’t found anything to blend it with other than chai sugar. I’m having one of those “astringency is ok” days.

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drank Caramel by Citizen Tea
1652 tasting notes

A dessert tea with breakfast?!?
I didn’t care. This was exactly what I needed. Not the best tea I’ve ever had, but this morning I kinda wanted less than perfection. So yeah I’m very happy with this simple, clearly caramel, overly astringent black tea. Good with or without milk (because creamy caramel). And if it wasn’t for the mouth puckering sour astringency, I’d boost up the rating. A lot.

Fjellrev

Hell yeah, I have dessert teas for breakfast all the time. Very motivational!

Arby

Sometimes dessert tea is the only thing that gets me out of bed.

Indigobloom

Hehe. All hail the dessert tea! :P

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78

I believe I have two genmaicha teas from 52teas, though I can’t recall the other one.
This one is tastiest for me!
The spices really do remind me of a pumpkin pie, and in some sips I get a real latte cream note. Mmmmm. I love how smooth it is as well. Second infusion was also much more balanced. Kinda my fault as I accidentally let it oversteep by a minute or so in the first one.
Some sips, I do unfortunately find it a bit generically “chai” ish. I’m not sure why. Feeling a bit nancy drew today… I’m curious now. I need to figure it out soon!! it was driving me nuts earlier.
I hope to make this as a latte soon. Something tells me it’d go really well with almond milk.

Arby

IMO everything goes well with almond milk, especially tea.

Indigobloom

Hehe yes I love it! most of the time. There are blends where the flavours are overpowered by the milk. I prefer bold flavours :P

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70

Took this into work and forgot we had no milk. Dur!
It was ok… but nothing special. Definitely nutty, and just a tiny bit jammy. The consistency was pretty consistent with “pb&j” though, which was nice.
More experimentation needed!

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87

Just as I remember it. Damn. No wonder herbals have felt weak to me the last few years… I’ve been mentally comparing them to this one and fruit ginger, among a few others.
So glad I’ve rediscovered my first tea loves.
This really does remind me of a raspberry mojito. Today’s brew was very berry like and even a bit fizzy. Not too heavy on the mint either. Everything came togeher just so. Ahhh perfection.
I really need to buy me a tin. Maybe as a reward when I reach a decent cupboard size.

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89

Sipdown :)
This was not quite as tasty today. I wish I had more for experimenting. Missed those mineral notes!!

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My first cup of this was much tastier. That was in my travel mug. Second was at home. Sugar brought out more cherry this time but not cream. Hmmm. Must try again. Maybe as a latte

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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