drank Turtle Cheesecake by 52teas
2230 tasting notes

Thank you Dexter3657 for giving me the opportunity to try this tea. This has been calling to me since I joined steepster. However, since I joined steepster and started exploring all sorts of tea, I think I learned that more times than not, 52 teas black blends will fall short of expectations. There are some exceptions to that rule but alas, this is not one of them.

Perhaps I am too hung up on the name but there is certainly no cheesecake in this tea. There is a thick black base with a sweetness that could be called caramel and a slight nuttiness that could be the pecan. I am not getting much chocolate though. Perhaps I need to play around with the steeping but this cup was not the turtle cheesecake deliciousness I was hoping for at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I always hope for it all too. I gave up trying to search for specific notes with certain companies after a while.

Courtney

I think the name is important. It sets an expectation in a way. That’s often why I’m so over the moon when the name is perfect for the tea.

VariaTEA

Yeah. I find that even if a tea tastes good, if doesn’t live up to the name and the expectations that comes with that, I am not happy.

Dexter

I agree with everything you are saying. It’s hard to find all the promised flavors in these blends. It’s still not all that’s promised, but I like this even lower water closer to 90C for 2.5 minutes… not promising anything, but maybe you might get a little more out of it. :))

VariaTEA

Thanks Dexter! I shall try that out next time. You sent so much that I definitely have enough there to play around with it and hopefully find the sweet spot.

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Fjellrev

I always hope for it all too. I gave up trying to search for specific notes with certain companies after a while.

Courtney

I think the name is important. It sets an expectation in a way. That’s often why I’m so over the moon when the name is perfect for the tea.

VariaTEA

Yeah. I find that even if a tea tastes good, if doesn’t live up to the name and the expectations that comes with that, I am not happy.

Dexter

I agree with everything you are saying. It’s hard to find all the promised flavors in these blends. It’s still not all that’s promised, but I like this even lower water closer to 90C for 2.5 minutes… not promising anything, but maybe you might get a little more out of it. :))

VariaTEA

Thanks Dexter! I shall try that out next time. You sent so much that I definitely have enough there to play around with it and hopefully find the sweet spot.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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