New Tasting Notes
This is the original 52teas blend and it has aged considerably.
Essentially tastes like a root beer float mixed with stale malt. Needless to say, this is not the glorious tea my memory claims it to be. Oh, well.
Part of me wants to steep this in whip cream or melted ice cream. I should probably dump it and get rid of the temptation..
Hmm I guess no one has made a review for this yet. Drinking this tonight since I got a sample with latest Crimson Lotus Tea order. I knew not to use boiling water, so I started with 190 and yikes that was still bitter (even with flash steeps). So I brought it down to 175 and that’s a lot smoother. Tea isn’t bad, but is still a little astrigent even with the lower temperature. Definitely drinkable though. Feeling a little tea high from this tea tonight too – nothing fancy but a little light-headedness. Maybe because I drank so much so quickly?
For the price and the artwork I don’t think this is a bad tea. The sample I had tonight was a lot of dust and broken pieces. I’ll have to try the more “intact” piece next time to see if helps cut down on the bitterness and astringency.
This strange blend has been my go to cup for the last week or two. The house is undergoing some major renos, and I’m pretty sure this, along with a few other teas, are what has kept me sane.
It’s somewhat dry, medicinal, and grassy, which I find pleasantly unpleasant. It also tastes of sunscreen beach days and toasty pineapples, which is simply pleasant.
The word “detox” generally has me roll my eyes, and I’m not sure the flavour profile would please the majority of people, but Blue Detox still made my repurchase list!
Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Mint, Pineapple
So, this was a free sample. I’ll admit that I started out prepared not to like this too much. Though I am a Leo, I have always been laughably mismatched with my Zodiac sign (I’ve been told this is because I was born “on a cusp”, but my eyes glaze over at that point). Regardless, most things Leo-themed are not for me.
But this was actually good! Nice gentle blend of oolong and rooibos. And while I usually don’t like tea with citrus (I know, the deck was stacked against this one for me), the way the orange hits at the end is fun and pleasant. It’s just a very bright tea that’s good for a snowy day. Not sure if I’d buy more of it, but I’m happy to have a small sample.
I needed something very yummy and delicious tonight. I’ve had quite the last… week, but mostly 24hrs. It’s a lot to type and I’m far too tired to type it out, but I will say this. Yesterday was terrible ‘cause I was feeling guilty and my son was definitely going to have surgery, but after talking to a chiropractor today, there’s a chance that they might be able to help him and hopefully avoid surgery! He’s 2 years old btw. I don’t want him to need surgery at this age!
Anyways, this is so delicious. I added an extra scoop to this one too. I did 2 PS of this one and 1 tsp of freeze-dried strawberry pieces. It’s so delicious and it’s helping me relax and just feel better. My son is going to be okay. He’s a sweetheart and he’ll bounce back either way. I know he will.
Well, today has been such a rough day. Mila has been so fussy lately, I think she is cutting another tooth. I literally haven’t had a moment to myself all day. Thankfully, Ted came to my rescue and got her settled while I took a hot shower and relaxed for a minute. Afterwards I, of course, needed to make a cup of tea. What better way to relax than a warm cup of tea, and maple tea to boot!
Maple Forest was one of the teas of the week this month at 52Teas. Unfortunately it is no longer available, but hopefully it will make its return sometime soon because I am now OBSESSED. The tea’s base is very similar to my other favorite, Toasted Marshmallow. It consists of Houjicha (a roasted green tea) and Shou Mei (white tea). The result is a roast-y, toast-y, and smooth drinking tea. Unlike Toasted Marshmallow, this tea contains maple and boy is it DELICIOUS. Because of the toast-yness of the Houjicha/Shou Mei mix, this tea is reminding me an awful lot of Sunday morning pancakes. Delectable! This would be a great cup to have with breakfast.
I certainly made space on my countertop for this blend and it will be happily enjoyed by me daily. I am sad that this tea is gone and glad that I stocked up, but I’m sure it will make another appearance in the future. So keep your eyes peeled if you are interested in trying it!
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Flavors: Maple, Maple Syrup, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty
Gong Fu’d a sample and was surprised that I enjoyed it. I did not get the rocky, sea weed salty roast that I normally associate with this tea and instead got something juicy and floral. It made me think of hot apple juice with roast only coming in the later, longer steeps. The floral edge was something that I did not see coming and that made me pretty happy. So my appreciation of this roast has been reinvigorated, but at the same time, I do not see myself getting this tea for its price. I do recommend it as a Gui Fei to try if you are exploring some avenues.
3 tbs, 10 minutes, 600 mL
It is very woody (as expected, this is literally tree bark), but has a very interesting flavour. I think it would pair well with another herb like orange peel or lemon peel. I personally find this extremely bitter in the aftertaste. My friend thought it was great, but the bitterness was too much for me. Maybe a shorter steep + some other flavours.
Flavors: Bark, Bitter, Wood
You wouldn’t think of this time of year as being ideal for iced tea, but I live in a place where winters are very dry and I often find myself craving cold drinks to quench my thirst. My bookstore stocks these RoT iced teas every summer and I always stock up at the end of the season because I know I’ll be wanting them.
This one is a black tea with a bit of a caffeine kick so don’t drink it late at night if you have trouble sleeping. Flavour-wise though the base is quite gentle and mild and acts more as support for the other flavours rather than drowning them out. The peach and ginger are a fairly well balanced mix, though I added a bit of ginger syrup so this jug has a bit more bite than it normally would. The peach comes across as a little bit artificial, though still far more natural than the flavourings found in Snapple or Lipton peach iced teas.
This is another tea I got on sale at work. The description claims that the overtones are chocolate and strawberry and the undertones are black tea and vanilla. I found instead that the dominant flavours are the black tea and the cocoa with the strawberry as a subtle undertone. It’s more of a tart, dried strawberry flavour than a fresh sweet one. The base is too harsh to be drunk plain in my opinion but it takes milk nicely. Not a bad tea, but I’ve had this particular flavour combination executed better in other teas.