704 Tasting Notes
First cup of the day! I debated trying more new teas today, but I have the day to myself (boyfriend is working) and, well, I just feel like having some old standbys, relaxing. And this tea seemed like the perfect start to the day as I await the giant storm on its way. Might make some cookies, read.. One of those days. :) oh and it feels like a puerh day too, maybe some sheng later.
This is a very good tea. I should pick up some more, I only have enough for one more cup. It’s sweet and soothing and soft. Vanilla, apples, light cinnamon. I really enjoy this tea. Having it in my handmade green mug as well. Lovely! See previous notes.
3rd 52teas blend of the day! I’m getting sleepy, had an excellent dinner out with the guy, but soo much food, so I’m sleepy haha, but I had to log this. This tea is so good. Creamy coconut with the cheesecake tang. Rich yet not too heavy. So good. I’d probably get more of this. Rating 87 for now.
Second tea of the day! Mmm this one smells soo good dry. Cinnamon and frosting! I steeped this one for 5 minutes (or 6?) with boiling water. The resulting tea does indeed smell like a cinnamon bun! It also helps that my boyfriend is making bread, so the whole apartment smells of fresh bread and this tea! :P
As for the flavor, this is a very good cinnamon tea. Wow. I am usually not a fan of teas that the main flavor is cinnamon, and if it is too strong, it’s not for me. This one, cinnamon is definitely the main star, but it’s a fresh cinnamon, and reminds me of a cinnamon bun again. I get a bit of a buttery texture and there’s an underlying creaminess that definitely is the cream cheese frosting. This tea puts me in the mindset of eating a cinnamon bun, so I’d say it’s well done! Near the end of the cup, the cinnamon does get a bit stronger and a bit drying, but not overly so. That is probably because I used a wider strainer with not as fine of a mesh, not my Finium that I usually use for rooibos/honeybush blends. Ah well, I’ll know for next time! This one is pretty good I must say!
52 teas tasting day! I want to try a bunch more samples from the bestsellers today, and this is the one I started with. The dry smell, first whiff was rice crispy squares, then it turned pretty strongly chemical. I let it air out for a bit and it seemed to help :) however when brewing, the chemicals disappeared completely (Huzzah!) and the toast rice smell took over. I brewed for 3 mins with about 180 degree water. After steeping a mild sweet marshmallow scent was present.
As for the taste, it’s pretty good. The toasty genmaicha flavor is definitely the strong point, and the marshmallow sweetness comes on afterwards. An interesting tea, but the sweetness seems a bit weird haha, my brain has a tough time figuring it out because it’s a genmaicha lol. Overall I think I prefer graveyard mist for a marshmallow tea tho, but it is love mint, so that could be why lol. Happy to have a bit more of this one to try though!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).