2831 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
2831 tasting notes

My initial thought when opening this package (first one I’m reviewing from the grab bag sale), was that it seems to have the same sort of spicing as Strawberry Pie honeybush! That’s exciting, since I quite like that one. It keeps that same sort of cinnamony smells throughout the infusion too, which made me quite happy although slightly worried that it was going to taste like Strawberry Pie minus the strawberry. Luckily, I am wrong.

The flavour of this one is absolutely delicious, and rather unexpected! Yes, there’s the same cinnamon of SP, but I definitely tasted some delicious cream cheese icing on top of a warm doughy cinnamon bun. Divine. And the best part? I’m not having to imagine a single one of these flavours. This literally tastes like a liquified cinnamon bun. How on earth did the bun flavour get in here?!

Anyways, wow. Incredibly high marks for this one! I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a blend quite so amazingly true to its name! The only problem I’m having is that instead of satisfying a craving, this has created a massive one. All I want to do is eat a giant warm cinnamon bun right now. I may in fact look up recipes tomorrow because of it.

ETA: Second infusion mostly just tastes of cinnamon, not really at all like cinnamon bun. That’s ok, though, I need more teas that only last through one infusion! :D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kiaharii

This sounds fantastic!

Kittenna

It really is!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I second that sentiment!

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91
drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
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Arrived home today to 3 boxes of tea. With more stuff on the way. Oy vey. I suppose I could have mentioned earlier that I am (sadly) back at home now. :(

Anyways, one such box was from 52teas, because I splurged and went for the grab bag sale, and picked up some additional SBT tea bags so I could try almost all of the flavours (the rest were purchased a while back and are en route from Amanda! And I say almost all, because I have zero interest in RadioactiviTEA :P)

Figured I’d give this one a shot tonight, seeing as it’s the only one I bought two of, based on the rave reviews.

Brewed one giant teabag up in 2 cups of water in a pyrex measuring cup at approx. boiling for 3 minutes. So my “concentrate” needs to be diluted 1 part tea:3 parts water. I tried a bit tonight (probably the wrong proportion), and I must say that I’m definitely getting more cotton candy flavour (even lukewarm) than I got with the actual tea. It smells like spun sugar. It tastes like spun sugar. Delicious strawberry spun sugar. With a nice black tea background that’s neither bitter nor astringent. Nor too strong. This is truly a treat. I can see myself drinking through this rather quickly. I think the cup I made for myself might have been about a 1:3 mix, so I might stick with that instead of 1:4.

I stuck the teabag in the fridge so I can give it a second round tomorrow, because 2 bags is probably not enough to have purchased…

ETA: Had some more today and inexplicably didn’t like it as much. Must be a mood/tastebud thing. How annoying.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Date Nut Muffin Rooibos by 52teas
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This initially smelled a bit play-doughy to me, like some other not-great teas have smelled in the past. My cooled cup from last night tastes much the same, blech. The re-steep is moderately better, but still not very tasty to me. I wonder if it’s an age thing?

Anyways, I’ll try this again sometime and see if it improves. Perhaps I just don’t like dates in tea?? At least the rooibos isn’t particularly medicinal…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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83

The smell of this one initially reminded me of 52teas’ Strawberry Pancake; mostly sweet strawberry flavouring coming out, with perhaps a green tea undertone.

The flavour is initially a bit tart-sweet, and the aftertaste is definitely of strawberries. Fake ones, perhaps, but I’m ok with that. The aftertaste is actually also reminiscent of the strawberry flavour from Butiki’s Strawberry Oolong, which is quite distinct from the 52teas flavour. Interesting. There’s also a light berryish flavour that I’m picking up, which fits in nicely. I’m actually rather enjoying this tea, honestly. It’s a touch too light for me, but I followed the instructions and used 1 tsp instead of the usual 1.5 that I would use, so I’ll change that next time. I am also getting some green tea flavour, both during the sip and as an aftertaste. Yum :) I don’t think I’d buy some for myself, but it was worth the taste!

Just noticed that I’m getting a bit of throat scratchiness here, not sure if it’s random and unrelated, or a flavouring thing. Not worrisome enough to make a fuss about though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67

Brewed a bit of this up to try, and although there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a pretty bland green tea. A bit nutty-ish, which is nice, but it mostly screams generic green tea to me, so not something I’d pick out for myself. It’s not particularly vegetal, nor seaweedy, and there’s almost a hint of astringency in the aftertaste, which is actually more pleasant than a problem. It actually reminds me a touch of a genmaicha.

I won’t be re-steeping this one; I’m drowning in tea as is, so I really don’t need to drag this one out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

‘Precious Eyebrow’ has to be one of the silliest tea names in existence!

Missy

Lol, I was thinking the same thing!

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63

Finally hit a tea I don’t feel like I’ve tasted before. The aroma is kind of peachy, and it carries into the flavour, which unfortunately is then marred by hibiscus. That said, the hibiscus isn’t overwhelming, so it’s ok, but peach and that sort of tartness don’t really go together in my mind. This tastes more or less like ‘Thank You Berry Much’ plus some peach flavour thrown in.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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71

This tastes disturbingly like DavidsTea’s Bear Trap. Very similar. Tart from the hibiscus (but bearable in spite of a long infusion), and kind of like tart berries.

In other news, I’m feeling really down right now because I feel like I’ve made a bunch of social/relationship mis-steps lately, and am really worried that I’ve ruined things. :( Blah.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Missy

D’oh! Hope things get better.

Kittenna

Sigh. Thanks :)

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90

So, Amanda, if you happen to be reading this… I almost have a suspicion that this tea and Mahamosa’s Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit are the same tea. I guess I’ll be able to find out shortly. I’m definitely getting similar flavours here, and there are huge pieces of tasty cherry, and the ingredients seem to be the same… Again though, like with Roasted Almond, this wouldn’t be a bad thing, since I’m such a fan! And it’s nice to find alternate suppliers. I just would almost prefer to be trying something new and different instead of something I’ve had before.

The aroma is fruity and cherry-like, although definitely not cough syrup; it’s a real cherry sort of aroma (and flavour) here. Same with the flavour. Light cherry, general fruitiness, a bit of creaminess perhaps from the coconut. Can’t really taste the kiwi, but it could be doing something in there. I’d like this to be stronger though; already used 2 heaping tsp for a maybe 10 oz. mug, so will have to try more next time.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
momo

oh what, what what WHAT. I await confirmation via the cherry coconut kiwi one!

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88

Yep… like someone else (Azzrian?) said, this one is pretty much the same as DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts, and a few other offerings from other companies. Less sweet than DT’s version, but tastily cinnamony, nutty, and good. So, a bit sad that it’s nothing special, but I’m not upset that it’s at least something tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

Er, I think this is what I shared with my mom tonight. Being away from my tea collection, it’s hard to remember which packet I actually grabbed. Anyhow, it was delicious and vegetal as always. Mom thought it was a bit on the grassy side (so it will be accompanying me home); aunt couldn’t taste anything at all, because of her messed up sense of smell that ruins greens for her (but at least it didn’t taste awful??)

I have no idea why I haven’t rated this one yet; I guess I’ll take care of that when I drink it again later, because I didn’t even get to re-use the leaves, since I’m chowing through a bunch of tea before essentially napping for a couple hours and catching the plane back “home”. :( So I need my infusers (all but the one I’m leaving behind for my mom) to be clean and ready to travel.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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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