849 Tasting Notes


Hmm, for my first steep of a steepster select tea I went with the directions on the packaging. It was supposed to be the equivalent of one serving, right? Because I got two packages of each of the 5 teas and I thought you got two servings of each varietal.

Given my tasting of this I’m not sure though.

It came off REALLY astringent when prepared according to the package directions. There wasn’t really any mint, mayyyybe there was cloves, but no other spices. Just an astringent black tea. It smelled amazing dry – earthy and malty like a strong breakfast black (assam, mainly). But something just gets lost in translation between scent to taste.

I have one more of this to try so I guess I’ll give it a try via Gaiwan and shorter steepings to see if that makes a difference. This one was a meh, though, which makes me sad because it was the one I was most looking forward to out of the box.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

yeah my understanding is each tea = 2 servings

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The other night I REALLY wanted peanut butter tea. That is so random of me – especially since I’ve never had it before. I think I was just looking at the 52teas website and saw the Chocolate Peanut butter cup tea and the craving just kind of hit me. Oh well. I didn’t have any and it wasn’t like that was going to change so I had to find something else to grab.

Not only did I want a peanut butter tea, I wanted it latte style. So I decided to try a matcha latte cold. Without mixing the matcha in boiling water first. Surprisingly this worked out better than I thought – I figured I’d at least get some clumping but really the mixture turned out quite well. I couldn’t sweeten it (I do know from experience that sugar and cold do not work) but the milk and caramel and richness of the matcha made something decadent and beautiful anyway.

I am really thinking my matcha consumption may go up now that I know I can do this relatively easily the cold way – since I am a huge cold beverage drinker. And they have peanut butter pie matcha…hmm…this might mean some ordering needs to happen soon….

Flavors: Caramel, Cream

1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I suppose the fact that I’m still drinking the ORIGINAL pouch of this, some 3 years later, should show you how slow of a tea drinker I am. This is why I cannot have a huge stash of tea – as it is it will probably outlast ME at this point.

That said, I am actually within one to two cups of finishing this. In its heyday, the smell of this was my favorite – custard doughnuts. Now its a bit more chemically, but with the help of some creamer its still quite a strong vanilla tea. I can’t fault the tea for being old, though.

It is my favorite vanilla tea, and one I’m genuinely sad was a limited edition.

Flavors: Vanilla

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Iced this becomes much more fruity and much less caramel. An apple green is essentially what I got, tart and vegetal. Quite refreshing, though I rarely drink iced greens.

Still, I can’t see myself drinking this regularly. But its always nice to try new things – especially in sample sizes!

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Steeped some of this hot and set some up to cold brew in the fridge, so I could decupboard the whole sample that I got from Sil a while back. This has been a week of sipdowns, and that is such a good thing!

The main flavors I’m getting here are the tartness of an apple, the surprisingly rich caramel flavor, and then a vegetal green tea beneath it all. I know there are supposed to be a lot of other fruits in the ingredients, but its possible I could have lost them due to scent/flavor contamination from being in a drawer with other teas. That’s the main reason I’m coldbrewing, too – to see if I can pick up on those other flavors with the different brew parameters.

This is really good though I agree that the caramel and apple seem like it would be better suited to a black tea base. Still, it works for my afternoon cup today.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Drank this this morning. Seems like it was a different world then, and it kind of was. This morning there was still snow and ice on the trees – now everything is practically melted away. I’m not complaining…I missed the sun these past few days.

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop with this tea. Its like I’m expecting it to let me down or just not measure up to the expectations I’ve set for it. And then I smell it, freshly steeped, and I can just feel all my nerves and tensions uncoil. Its nostalgic, though I don’t know what it is, exactly, that I’m remembering so fondly.

This morning I tried it with creamer and the lemon got lost momentarily, but as it cooled peeked out again. Lemon meringue indeed. I love this more and more with each cup.

Flavors: Butter, Lemon Zest, Vanilla

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Luckily I remembered as I was steeping this how bitter it got at only 1:30 of steeping the first time I made it. I was able to yank the steeper out about 1:15 in and I’m glad I did, since this had already turned super dark after it seemed like the leaves barely got wet.

I meant to try it without additives but the opaqueness of the cup intimidated me into adding creamer from the beginning. It turned into a lovely tamed tea once the creamer was added but I’m thinking my palate might not be able to handle it any other way.

I take most of my breakfast teas with milk and sugar anyway so this will fit in the rotation until I sip it down. It certainly was the jolt I needed to get into schoolwork this morning!

Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Gave this a shot cold brewed to use up the last of the leaf sent to me by Sil!

Cold the pure orange turned a bit more like bergamot, so kind of an iced earl grey? Eh. I wish it hadn’t done that – earl greys are exclusively hot, breakfast teas to me.

Oh, well, it’s gone now. I got called off work tonight so at least the ice storm will be something I can watch rather than travel in. Off to make some hot tea to stay warm with. Stay safe everyone!

Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Terri HarpLady

I bought oranges so that I could try putting a slice in my black tea, & people keeping eating them before I get around to doing it.


you’ll need to hide them next time Terri :)

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drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
849 tasting notes

This is only the second time I’ve had this, and I don’t remember too much about the first time except that I felt like the flavors didn’t really have a lot of cohesion to them.

Today I had it with breakfast and some creamer and everything tied together a little neater. Chocolate and caramel are still the predominant flavors but the creamer helped smooth everything into something resembling a cheesecake. There’s still a bit of chemical-ness in it, so it tastes more like a processed cheesecake than homemade one, if that makes any sense.

So, all in all not terrible. I’ll drink what I have but this is not a must have blend for me.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Nuts

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Butter flavor. Coconut vanilla butter flavor. With this slight hint of alcohol in the scent. I’m really sensitive to alcohol though so it’s probably nearly undetectable to most people.

Sigh. Drinking this and hoping everyone’s just overreacting to the weather forecast. I can’t even deal with another Snowpocalypse in Atlanta. Buttered rum PLEASE work some tropical magic.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut

4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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