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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2244 tasting notes

Thank you so much for including this as an extra in your swap package to me, Amy Oh! I wasn’t initially interested in it, then once I started reading tasting notes I regretted my decision not to buy it (admittedly still kind of am, see tasting note below).

The aroma is caramelly and malty and far more delicious than I could have imagined. And the flavour? Wow. The perfect caramelly black tea, perhaps? Flavour is malty and full, with a sweet caramel and absolutely no astringency. I’m drinking it a touch on the cool side and it’s tasting just the slightest bit weak; I think I would give 3 and a half or 4 minutes a shot next time. There are flavours in here reminiscent of Adagio’s Jane Austen Mafia; I am not yet well-versed in black bases (ok, I have zero idea about them), so I’m wondering if it’s that, or if it’s a flavouring thing. Either way, that was a delicious cup. I’ll try a re-steep in a bit, but am not expecting anything amazing.

So further to my comment at the beginning of this post, this tea is now on my incredibly long list of 52teas to buy in my next order. Of course, I’m hoping for Frank to come out with iced teas (and another batch of Cotton Candy?) before I do so.

ETA: Second infusion (96C/4min) still smells tasty. Basically a lighter, less butterscotchy version of the first. (I should go back and change that… I get butterscotch and caramel confused a lot.) Good enough to drink, but this will be the final infusion.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I do believe he still has cotton candy!

Kittenna

It was all gone when I last looked :(

Fjellrev

I’ve been contemplating ordering this one, but wasn’t sure if the butterscotch flavour would be strong enough. But you’re very convincing!

Azzrian

This stuff is the BOMB and when cold brewed the SCOTCH flavor really comes out more – more of a butterscotch hot. :)

Kittenna

I thought this one was really well done. :)

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Azzrian

I do believe he still has cotton candy!

Kittenna

It was all gone when I last looked :(

Fjellrev

I’ve been contemplating ordering this one, but wasn’t sure if the butterscotch flavour would be strong enough. But you’re very convincing!

Azzrian

This stuff is the BOMB and when cold brewed the SCOTCH flavor really comes out more – more of a butterscotch hot. :)

Kittenna

I thought this one was really well done. :)

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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