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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
820 tasting notes

Happy Thanksgiving to my US neighbors! Hope you all had a lovely day of family, friends, and good food! I should be having a pumpkin tea to celebrate with you, but instead I am having a coconut night lol. And steadily working my way through tasting all my 52 teas haha.

This one smells so good dry, creamy, definitely coconut cream pie. Not too cloying or oily, a nice bit of sugar and toasted coconut scent here. I steeped for 4 minutes with boiling water. The steeped smell..still awesome. Definitely like coconut cream pie in my mug!

The flavor is very good once again! I probably could steep it a bit less next time for more coconut, but the black base tames it from being too creamy and sweet. A perfect melding of coconut and black tea in my opinion, a bit toasted, dusting of sugar, etc. But next time I will steep a bit less for a bit more coconut flavor. Another yummy tea by 52 teas!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

This is the only tea I have left to try in the sampler. Perhaps this will be my tea tomorrow morning.

MissLena

It’s a good dessert tea for sure, but probably not the best so late at night. But I’m having more black tea still haha I need to get rid of this migraine!

VariaTEA

oh no! well I hope you feel better soon. Black tea is definitely far tastier medicine for migraines than anything else I could think of haha

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93

And the end of another wonderful tea :( sipdown. Made the last bit of this for my travel mug today, and it is citrusy and chocolate spicy even in the timolino! This one definitely can hold its own in a travel mug! Tasty and soothing, although I think some caffeine is in order for this afternoon..my head is killing me! Freezing rain moving into the city..big ol weather change = headache. Gahhh. I will have to see what teas I have at work that will fit the bill lol. See previous notes on this delicious one! I’d gladly purchase this again.

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83
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
820 tasting notes

This was the tea i was possibly the most anxious to try from the sampler pack, except maybe the strawberry pie honey bush, which I’m hoping to have later tonight. I of course googled what the heck zabaglione was before having this tea (no Italian in me haha) and oh my goodness, it sounds so good! Definitely going to try making it lol.

So now onto the tea. I like to go into trying a tea without expecting it to be crazy good, and this seems to work well with 52 teas – I am always very pleasantly stunned at actually how good they are! This one though, ooh… Man that dry smell. Pure strawberry milkshake with thick cream. I want to eat the tea. Yummy smell indeed! I steeped for 2 mind with about 200 degree water. The steeped smell has lost their creaminess, but a rich true strawberry smell is present, along with the characteristic 52 teas base, which I’m growing to enjoy :). The flavor is mostly strawberry and black tea, but then… This aftertaste… It’s creamy and soft. There’s the zabaglione. It’s not a rich, cloying, too creamy cream flavor, quite light. Actually, this is remarkably similar to Zen Tea Life’s Strawberry cream, but I think the base in this one is better. Not as strong. Maybe the cream is also stronger in this. Whatever it is, I like it, and it seems to be getting a soft mouth feel as it cools. Eh, but there is a bit of astringency, it is growing as the tea cools. A tricky beast. Tasty all the time, but man does the cup change! My favorite was somewhere in the middle lol. I’m very happy I am able to try all these excellent blends from 52 teas, 2 for 2 so far! Rating: 83, and subject to change.

VariaTEA

I LOVE strawberry pie honeybush! I actually placed an order for 52 teas because there was only 1 pack left and I was not about to let that slip through my fingers. Sadly I checked the site tonight and there are 4 more blends I am dying to try but I am trying to not buy more tea (with the exception of Della Terra this Friday)

MissLena

I tried strawberry pie honeybush tonight :D but I fell asleep while it was cooling so when I woke up it wasn’t very hot :( I stuck it in the fridge for tomorrow morning! I will write a tasting note on it when I try it properly haha, but the half cup I had was pretty amazing!

MissB

Heh, VariaTEA, I got an email about those four blends (saying they’re back in stock). I ordered three of them, so I’ll happily share mine with you to try them out, too.

VariaTEA

It is so cruel how they keep getting small amounts of different things and you need to keep ordering and ordering especially since my packages go to my dad first (cuz he lives in LA so I can avoid shipping) and then he sends them up to me. Banana Pudding was the first tea I wanted to try and now it is back in but I placed an order less than a week ago :(

MissLena

Haha yep, I almost always have at least one tea order in the mail..I just love trying new ones :D I’m ok with the small amount in the sampler pack for now because I really do not have cupboard space anymore..and Black friday tomorrow…sigh.

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85

Backlog – I sipped this down on Monday, a very refreshing and earthy tea. I would totally buy this one again, it was a very tasty tea and it really grew on me! See previous notes :) oh and rating 85.

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85

I have had a terribly long, busy day at work, and it’s only Tuesday..hurry up weekend! Thankfully it seems my tea orders always come on the busiest, most exhausting days. My bestsellers sampler is here from 52teas! Woot!

I almost tried Strawberry Zabaglione first, but this one seems to be the one for my black tea. I mean, pancakes, what else would make me feel better? Mmm. The dry smell is lightly honey smelling, a bit like Candy Corn tea from the same company but without the wax. I steeped for 3 mins, 1 tsp with under boiling water.

The steeped smell is where it’s at. Maple and butter. Yummy. As for the flavor, it is pretty tasty, lighter than I thought it would be though. The black base is definitely there, malty and a bit dry, with a mild honeyed flavor. Then, this wonderful, scrumptious maple butter aftertaste rolls in. Fluffy pancakes. Yep, it’s there, in the aftertaste. Beautiful. Now I’m going to Dennys for breakfast for dinner haha. Pancake tea calls for.. .. Pancakes. A good start to the sampler!

ETA – So I went to Denny’s and got their Hobbit themed honey french toast, and omg, the aftertaste is EXACTLY like this tea. Like craziness. I even put some maple syrup on my toast (along with the honey haha) and this tea is actually it. I am finishing up the rest of my cup cold now that I’m home and it’s like eating the toast all over again. Amazing!

JustJames

i love this tea. =0)

OMGsrsly

Hobbit themed honey french toast?! Wow, that sounds so good!

MissLena

This is a pretty good tea :D and the honey french toast was good, but it looked better in the picture on the menu haha. More like eating a cake than french toast actually lol.

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Man oh man, this turned out strong today. A lot stronger and much better than I’ve ever made it! Don’t know exactly what I did differently lol, maybe a bit longer steep time? I made this for my inevitable headache, I felt the beginnings of a migraine before lunch, I am hoping to ward it off well in advance. It’s probably from stress, work is going to be crazy this week. Anyways, just thought I’d log the strength and yum of this tea. Rawr! Back to work!

ETA – I guess I hadn’t written a note on this one yet? Haha weird I was sure I did. Anyways, malty, slightly caramel goodness, a touch of fruitiness, a bit of astringency (bit mouth drying). But still pretty darn good, especially today haha. Previous attempts were a bit weak, except when I make homemade chai with this (EPIC).

OMGsrsly

Good luck! This is a nice tea for that purpose. :)

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82
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
820 tasting notes

And a sipdown! I might have to pick up more of this, still enjoying the nutty, cocoa aspects of this tea. But not for a while, I have too much tea in my house currently haha. But happy to have tried it for now! See previous notes :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
820 tasting notes

This is the second time I’ve had this tea actually. The first time was the experimental, am-I-allergic-to-this test, and it seemed to be good. So today I was actually craving this tea, strangely, since I’ve only had it once. I think it’s that cozy marizpan almond scent that I like about it, it reminds me of the Almond Matcha by Red Leaf that I LOVE. And the weather is finally warming up here and I saw people cross country skiing, so it feels like a spring skiing day and this tea fits that image perfectly.

So yes, it smells so good, so now the flavor. I brewed it for 4 minutes and the steeped smell is more almonds and almost a cherry note. I’m thinking amaretto here. Oh and coconut is present. The taste is not too bad actually! I get coconut and creaminess, very cozy and winter tasting. There’s a nice fruitiness in there as well.

Overall, a tasty little tea! Once I stop freaking out about almonds being in it every time I drink it, I think I can fully enjoy this and it might even make the re-purchase list as a rooibos, it’s pretty tasty and doesn’t taste overly rooibosy. But for now, slow and steady with trying almond teas! :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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97

This tea just completely floors me, makes my day :D I made it stove top today, simmered 5 minutes, strained, and then added in some honey (probably 2 tsps) and 1/3 cup of milk, and brought to a simmer again. The result is AMAZINGGG (insert Archer reference here haha). I burned my tongue on the first sip in my haste to try the wonderful concoction, but now that it is cooling, man oh man, rich, bold, sweet potatoes, honey, spice, ginger, and most of all, YU LU YAN CHA. Such a wonderful black tea!! Ah. This is just so good. I just facebooked Verdant thanking them for such a wonderful blend, and that I hope it becomes available on the site! It’s just so darn bold and flavorful and perfectly melded. Yes, I think this is my favorite chai, even more than the village chai. I have decided. I don’t want to run out of this tea! See previous notes for Western brewing :) oh and increasing rating.

Bonnie

I know! PLEASE SELL THIS TEA!

MissLena

Yep, I need more of this!!

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80

The other new tea I picked up yesterday. Mom and I were smelling Earl Greys as my aunt is a fan of them so we were looking for a gift for her, moment got Lord Grey and I got this one. Both have bergamot and vanilla but this one is more creamy than the other. I’m going to let my mom have a few cups in case that is the one to get my aunt (the Lord Grey is currently for her).

This tea smells soooo creamy. Now, I really don’t need another EGC, I’ve found my favorite at Zen Tea Life already and Heavenly Cream by Sloane is a close second. Oh and I can’t forget the one by davidstea, strong, but I enjoy it. But this one smelled too good to pass up lol (I might go back and get Lord’s Grey as well, it also smelled wonderful, but more bergamotty).

So I steeped about a tsp for 2 mins. The steeped tea retains that wonderful creamy smell and adds in a bit more bergamot. The first few sips were almost too much bergamot, bordering on perfume which I don’t like in EG trash, but the aftertaste is a lovely vanilla cream. As I continue to sip and the cup cools, the vanilla takes over and the perfumeyness fades. It becomes rich, creamy, and quite tasty!

Overall, this is a fairly decent EGC. I recall not being overly fond of Zen Tea Life’s one at the start from the bergamot as well, so I will see if this one ends up passing it as the go to. It’s certainly closer to purchase! Good tea, will rate 82 for now (unsure if it’s a restock yet, but pretty tasty). Oh and it’s quite cozy too :)

Courtney

I was intrigued by your previous note today to check out their website – they have so many tasty sounding teas!

MissLena

I know hey? Man I go in there and I want to try so many teas haha its tough to pick! They seem to do cream flavors with black teas fairly well.

Courtney

I was eyeing the maple cream actually. I’m always a little wary of 50g though.

MissLena

It is a lot of tea unfortunately, but the price is pretty good, you can always swap it on here too! I can vouch for maple cream, very tasty, I almost got 50g of it yesterday actually lol I have only had a sample and loved it

Courtney

Awesome! I will definitely keep them in mind. I have quite the list of companies to order from at this point hah.

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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