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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
2246 tasting notes

Split a package of this one with Sil, as I had previously had a sample from momo which I absolutely loved (I still have the other half of the sample left; I saved it so I could try it side by side with this batch, since I’ve seen mixed reviews).

Anyhow, unfortunately this tea also had an “off” aroma to it. And no, it’s not my nose or anything, as I can taste smell/everything just fine. It’s just the tea :( Unlike the genmaicha blends, however, it’s more of an alcoholic chocolate aroma, and though somewhat undesirable, considerably less unpleasant than the chloriney aroma I was getting from those blends.

Flavour-wise, this tea is better than I expected (given that I went into this feeling like something was quite off). The tea is somewhat sweet, and I’m kind of getting a bit of malty chocolate flavour… but it does not mesh at all with my recollection of the previous blend of this tea, which tasted like milk chocolate. There is certainly no milk chocolate flavour here.

Anyways, I’ll give this another shot side-by-side with my remaining sample just to make sure I’m not totally crazy, but… I’m pretty unimpressed :( Luckily, my sniffs of the other 52teas’ blends that I picked up around the same time were ok, because this and S’mores Genmaicha (and Browncoat Genmaicha) are pretty huge misses for me.

Letting the rating stand for the moment, but if I were to rate this new blend, it would be about a 35-40.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

Nooooooooooo…..

Kittenna

Idk, you guys don’t seem to be picking up on the weird smells as badly as me… I’m pretty frustrated though. Will not be purchasing any more 52teas genmaicha blends, or blends with cacao nibs.

Sil

Well to be fair I don’t love the genmaicha blends from franks nearly as much as you guys seem to. Hence the….if you want my old blend go for it lol

Kittenna

There’s just something about that marshmallow/toasted rice combo. I have a bag of genmaicha from… SerendipiTea, via Missy & Dylan, and it must have picked up some vanilla contamination (certainly possible with the mix of teas it has been sitting with), and it was a really tasty combo. I imagine that you’re also less fond of genmaicha in general, partially because it’s a green?

Sil

i love verdant’s genmaicha hehe, others are hit or miss depending on the blend.

Tealizzy

I wonder if there is just something off with his latest batch. I didn’t like this one because I expected milk chocolate and got more of a tangy wine type flavor with the chocolate.

Kittenna

I’m wondering too. Tangy wine type flavour would certainly mesh with what I tasted, and I can tell you that the last time I had this, I loved it! Absolutely adored it. But… I don’t even want to drink this a second time :S

Tealizzy

That is SO SAD!! :(

Indigobloom

Hooo boy :’(

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Sil

Nooooooooooo…..

Kittenna

Idk, you guys don’t seem to be picking up on the weird smells as badly as me… I’m pretty frustrated though. Will not be purchasing any more 52teas genmaicha blends, or blends with cacao nibs.

Sil

Well to be fair I don’t love the genmaicha blends from franks nearly as much as you guys seem to. Hence the….if you want my old blend go for it lol

Kittenna

There’s just something about that marshmallow/toasted rice combo. I have a bag of genmaicha from… SerendipiTea, via Missy & Dylan, and it must have picked up some vanilla contamination (certainly possible with the mix of teas it has been sitting with), and it was a really tasty combo. I imagine that you’re also less fond of genmaicha in general, partially because it’s a green?

Sil

i love verdant’s genmaicha hehe, others are hit or miss depending on the blend.

Tealizzy

I wonder if there is just something off with his latest batch. I didn’t like this one because I expected milk chocolate and got more of a tangy wine type flavor with the chocolate.

Kittenna

I’m wondering too. Tangy wine type flavour would certainly mesh with what I tasted, and I can tell you that the last time I had this, I loved it! Absolutely adored it. But… I don’t even want to drink this a second time :S

Tealizzy

That is SO SAD!! :(

Indigobloom

Hooo boy :’(

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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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