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Tea #10 from the traveling tea box.

I didn’t really care for this one and it seems I feel that way about a lot of the 52 teas blends. I want to like them, they sound so good, but they fall a little short of my high expectations. I seem to feel this way about a lot of flavored teas lately, perhaps I’m becoming a tea snob.

Dry the leaves smell like oats and I can’t really smell the maple or brown sugar. Once steeped I thought it really was lacking in maple flavor, mostly I tasted the oats and black base. The black base has an astringency I don’t care for and I’m really not a fan of the black base for this blend. There is a subtle sweetness at the end of each sip, possibly from the brown sugar, but I really expected this to be much sweeter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Shelley_Lorraine

I totally hear you about the flavored teas and about 52teas specifically. But I’m not giving up on them, ‘cause I know when I do, that’ll be when “my tea” is finally blended. ;)

Short Sorceress

I’m not giving up either, I have about 10 more in my cupboard to try. Some of the honeybush blends have been pretty good, I just haven’t come across my perfect tea from 52 teas yet.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’ve been dying to try this! Hopefully it makes it to me.

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Shelley_Lorraine

I totally hear you about the flavored teas and about 52teas specifically. But I’m not giving up on them, ‘cause I know when I do, that’ll be when “my tea” is finally blended. ;)

Short Sorceress

I’m not giving up either, I have about 10 more in my cupboard to try. Some of the honeybush blends have been pretty good, I just haven’t come across my perfect tea from 52 teas yet.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’ve been dying to try this! Hopefully it makes it to me.

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

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http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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