5290 Tasting Notes

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drank Honey Butter Cookie by 52teas
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I came into this not knowing what a honey butter cookie is and thinking it sounded really good. And then I was pleased to read that even when Anne made this, she didn’t know what a honey butter cookie was. So it’s nice I am not alone there.

Because I didn’t know what a honey butter cookie was, I didn’t know what to expect from this tea. Also, I kept reading this as cookie butter, which I have had and is definitely not what is being emulated in this cup. But, because I was thinking cookie butter, I was expecting more of a sweet cookie butter-like punch of flavor. This tea is not that. It is softer and less an explosion of flavor, like a butter cookie.

It does have sort of a butter cookie vibe to it. Also a little underlying citrus I think. Maybe getting a touch of honey but that is more a honey note that you get with a black tea than the actual flavor of honey (hopefully that makes sense to people who are not me).

Cameron B.

Mm, honey butter cookie does sound delicious. I love butter cookies in general, like those Danish ones that come in the tin…

VariaTEA

My tin always had sewing supplies in them. I believe the cookies were a myth :P

Cameron B.

I remember my mother having an empty tin with sewing supplies as well! I still buy them every so often when I see them at the grocery store… ^^’

Martin Bednář

Everyone got sewing supplies in their butter cookies tin! I am surprised it works as well in the another part of the World, haha!

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drank Lychee by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Thank you for sharing this one, Evol Ving Ness! I had it iced today with our steak dinner and was worried since a lot of people said this was very floral, like potpourri. However, this sample is almost 3 years old in my stash, plus however love Evol had it before that and maybe age helped it mellow out. It’s floral but floral the same way lychee is, not overly floral. And the black base tea is a little sharp which dials back the floral nicely. It went surprisingly well with the meal because it provided a sweet counter to the savoury food.

I brewed it for 2 mins and 45 seconds in 200F water.

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I made this and drank it rather quickly just before heading out for a walk. It was nice but also a touch coppery/astringent.

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drank Wild Monsoon by teakruthi
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This tea has always been a decent cup but nothing beyond that. It is just sort of a solid option but a boring one. So while each cup I had was enjoyable enough, I am also perfectly content saying good bye. Thank you teakruthi for the chance to try it!

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drank The Darker The Berry by Tea Please
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This smelled awesome but I made it as a latte with the vanilla oat milk and that flavor just took over. The oat reads cardboard to me and that just ruins it. This got dumped but I’ll be trying the tea again.

At least it looked pretty: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGwIzVqgymK/?igshid=1aey0i01oeui5

I think I’ll make a matcha milk with the oat milk and that’ll be my last ditch effort to see if I like it. Otherwise the rest will likely be dumped.

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I have 6 teas from 2017, this being one of them. I gathered them all into a box and decided that before I can enjoy my other teas, I will have to have a cup of one of these teas. This particular teas I have a lot of so it will take time to work through. Figured I would get started.

This tea is fine. Smokey and leathery but fine. It doesn’t have much going on beyond that though. Perhaps its age is at play. Though the last cup I got toffee and that’s not happening here. Honestly, this may find its way into my swap box since it’s alright but I just don’t really want to drink that much of it…

Cameron B.

I find myself not really enjoying smoky teas these days… I’m not sure what changed.

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drank Brisbane Breakfast by T2
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Lemonade Cold Brew Sipdown (270)

I didn’t have enough of this to make a tea lemonade. I DID have enough to just cold brew directly in a mix of water and lemonade. At least I thought I did. But this cold brewed for 4 hours and it mostly just tastes like lemonade. There is a small touch of mango but it is not quite the same as the tea lemonades I made with this previously.

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drank Snickerdoodle by The NecessiTeas
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Vanilla Oat Milk Latte and Plain Tea Sipdown (271)

A little while ago I asked my BIL to buy me Oat Milk so I could make a latte with Dessert by Deb’s Pumpkin Pie Tart. I was worried the apple in it would curdle the milk but Deb recommends it as a latte. However, after talking to Roswell Strange about it, she said I could probably get away with using my usual milk since the apple pieces weren’t acidified.

That left me with the vanilla oat milk. Since I haven’t had it before, I was worried about using up all of a tea on a latte with it in case I didn’t like the flavour of the oat milk and thus wasted a tea. Or if I did like it, I wouldn’t know if it was because of the milk or the tea. Sorry if that’s confusing.

Anyways, when I decided to make this tea today, I realized it I used the whole sample, I could make a small latte and also have a plain cup to use as a control in my vanilla oat milk latte experiment. So that’s that I did. I also tried the vanilla oat milk plain and if I’m being honest, I didn’t love it. When I froth almond milk, I find it gets a sort of cardboard taste to it and this oat milk had a touch of that right from the beginning. That also came through in the smell of the frothed milk. With that said, I was shocked at how well the oat milk frothed. It basically was all froth. That’s a point in it’s favour.

I started with the latte. It’s sweet, which I’m guessing is the brown sugar in the tea. And oat-y, which would be the milk. It kind of tastes like brown sugar oatmeal which is fine, but definitely not what I wanted from my latte. Personally, I don’t think I’m a fan of oat milk from this very limited experience.

I don’t think I’m a huge fan of this tea in general either. I tried the plain tea and it was more of that brown sugar sweetness. Not much beyond that though. Well, honey notes from the honeybush base and brown sugar. Maybe a touch of cinnamon but sweet cinnamon, which I don’t love. Definitely not saying snickerdoodle to me in either plain or latte form. Boo!

Courtney

Such a shame it didn’t work out with the oat milk. Oat milk is one of my favs!

VariaTEA

I still have more in the container so if there is a certain tea or way of having it you suggest, I am willing to give it another try.

Cameron B.

I was surprised to not really like oat milk, given how much I love other oat things!

VariaTEA

I suppose it could also be the brand I got. We could only find shelf stable Earth’s Own So Fresh in less than 2 litres. I was recommended the Barista Oatly but either my BIL couldn’t find it or couldn’t find it in a small size.

Mastress Alita

I recently had to change from almond milk to oat milk; for whatever reason suddenly almond milk is making my GI act up, but so far I’m not having that issue with the oat. I used to only get the vanilla (cause I was worried about taste), but I rarely have milk “plain” regardless (it’s always in tea lattes, smoothies, etc) so I tried the regular recently since some of my lattes/smoothies just seemed unbarably sweet. I’m shocked I’m liking this better (if I was drinking plain, I doubt that would be the case, though). I have very limited brand options in my town, though.

VariaTEA

I watched a youtube video where she made a latte with tea infused milk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dj3fni6PrA). I thought that was brilliant so I am trying one later. I used the oat milk for it so that’s currently set up in my fridge. Hopefully that one goes better than this one.

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Sipdown (272)

I always had this as an (iced) latte and its definitely better that way when compared to their plain cup. With that said, this was always sort of just ok for me. It’s got maple and coconut. The rooibos seems unnecessary and out of place. And without the latte prep method, it’s flat. I am ok with saying good bye to this one.

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by 52teas
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Sipdown (273)

I found steeping instructions online for this. My cup was slightly overleafed but ultimately I think I stayed pretty close to the recommended steeping parameters. That definitely improved this cup from the last but I am still not overly enthused about it.

I get fruit. Subtle and soft fruits. Nothing really stands out though. I can arguably get either strawberry or kiwi but if I am being honest, I think it is more because I am looking for them and expecting them to be there. It’s fine but there are so many better fruity tea/tisane offerings, even just from 52 Teas so this won’t be a restock for me.

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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.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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