2196 Tasting Notes
Haha, this is delicious! (Also it’s a sipdown, 822). Thanks to Sil and whoever sent this to her for letting me try it! It reminds me a lot of the Black Buckwheat tea that Sil brought back from China, all toasty and delicious (I see that it’s also buckwheat… so this shouldn’t be surprising!). I’m not getting burnt cheese toast from it, as some others were, just toasty roasty sweet deliciousness. I’d totally drink this again. In fact, if I found it in a local asian grocery, I’d totally buy it. So tasty. I’m hoping it lasts for the 3+ infusions that the other tea did.
ETA: Well… I infused it twice more, and both were tasty, but if I had to pick, I think I’d go with the black buckwheat tea. It just seems to retain a bit more flavour (dry tea:water ratio is a possible factor too). However, I’d happily take either if I found them!
Hot-brewed and chilled some of this yesterday – the fruitiness (papaya and everything else) is really quite delicious, but I was finding a bit of a disconnect between the tea base and the fruitiness for whatever reason. They just weren’t seeming to mesh. Perhaps it’s the smokiness? I didn’t mind it warm, but am not sure I’m the hugest fan of it cold. I haven’t finished the whole cup though, so we’ll see if I end up changing my mind!
Hot-brewed and chilled this one. The result was alright as iced tea – I was getting a bit of a Jolly Rancher watermelon flavour – but not stellar. I may re-steep the leaves today to see what they have left, but my hopes aren’t high. Overall, not a favourite.
Yum, still enjoying this one. I figured, if you average a spring and an autumn blend, you get summer – right? (Ok, really it was entirely unintentional that I selected two “seasonal” blends to brew up at the exact same time.) Anyhow, I didn’t really catch specific flavours this time (wasn’t paying attention), but I caught some caramelliness, which was quite tasty. Either way, the cup was consumed quickly, so it was obviously good!
Thanks for sending this along, Courtney! I figured it would be best cold, so hot-brewed & iced it (instead of a cold-brew, to ensure the hibiscus didn’t cause problems). The result? Deliciousness! Tons of passionfruit, minimal to zero hibiscus…. soooo delicious. I wonder if the boy would like this one?! It tastes exactly like juice :D Minus some sugar, though it’s certainly sweet in its own right.
Anyhow – this one’s great! Might pick up some more if I ever let myself make it over to DT (I really need to try some of the new blends before they’re gone!)
A very interesting tea! To me, it’s very fruity, reminiscent of cherry blossom teas (with the juicy fruity taste, not overly floral), with a nice black base. I can see why this would be labelled a “spring” blend. It’s quite nice – better than I expected. I haven’t ever had bilberries before, so couldn’t say whether that’s what I’m tasting, or if it’s just a nondescript fruitiness that happens to come across as cherry-blossom-like… ah well, it’s good!
In response to Sil – I didn’t specifically notice an oily film, but I get one even with straight teas, so as long as there isn’t greasy sprinkle stuff on the edges of my cup, I don’t really pay attention. Every tea seems to leave something behind (except some fruity/herbal ones).
So I possibly did a Bad Thing and used all 5(?) of the little bundles for one western-style infusion. I just couldn’t be bothered to do things gongfu style; yes, I’m lazy. However, this tea was pretty tasty regardless. I gave it a 1-minute infusion probably at about 90C, and the result was delicately jasminey and quite tasty. I really can’t tell you much more (other than it’s quite a delicious jasmine), but perhaps I can upon further infusions.
Thanks for letting me try some of this one Sil :)
Sipdown! 826. Thanks to momo for a sample of this one :)
Since I received my own packet of this shortly after requesting a sample, I didn’t end up getting to this sample baggie until now… probably a year later. Oops. Concerned that this may not have aged well, I decided to hot/cold-brew it – BEST IDEA EVER. It was absolutely delicious. It took on a bit of a chai-ish flavour (52teas’ characteristic chai flavour, which I love), and was way better than I expected a cinnamon tea to taste cold. I felt like I was tasting the cinnamon bun frosting, kind of like with the French Toast tea – it seems that some of the flavourings come out better when the tea is chilled. Makes me want to try all my other 52teas cold!
Anyhow, I’d highly recommend a cold-brew of this one if you have some…. it’s pretty darn delicious. I’m starting to think that honeybush + chilling = winner (as long as the tea is good to begin with). Yum!