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131 Tasting Notes

drank White Christmas by 52teas
131 tasting notes

Ooh lovely lovely! I knew this would be amazing as soon as I smelled it. Soft mint! Creamy sweet marshmallow! Black tea! I’m not big on minty teas but I like it when it’s subtle and done well. That’s the case for me in this one. It really is a perfect Christmas morning tea. I have loved all of Franks blends with marshmallow so far. Keep them coming, please! Adds such a yummy sweet creamy feel.

The taste of this blend reminds me of those peppermint drops that are made of white chocolate and come in pastel colours. Do those have a name? Hmm. Well this is like those candies in black tea form, and I am really enjoying this. Think I might grab a pouch when it comes available.

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My girl got me a big ol’ 100g tin of this in my stocking. She knows me well, it’s my favourite from David’sTea and I had just run out of it a couple weeks ago. My tin is absolutely filled to the brim with goodness :D

This was my Christmas eve tea (we couldn’t wait and exchanged stockings early) and it was so nice and creamy and full of flavour. A bit better than the last batch I had.

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Lime jello salad tea? How fun! I love the flavours involved here too. Lime and pineapple and marshmallow sounds good to me.

The scent when I opened the package was intoxicating – really strong and sweet and bright. Couldn’t wait to try it. I’m guessing this would shine as an iced tea, but I felt like a hot tea and it was still quite good. The sweet candy-like lime jello flavour was spot on, with a nice pineapple in the background an a faint creaminess from the marshmallow. I steeped for 2.5 mins, but I’m thinking it could probably handle 3. The rest of my sample will be flash-chilled so I get to try it iced. I’d happily drink this one again!

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Oh dear, I’ve gotten behind in my 12 teas of Christmas notes once again. How did that happen? Oh well, it’s too far gone now. I’ll just review them as I please :D

I’ve been really enjoying trying a new tea every day though. I’ll be a loyal 12 teas of Christmas enthusiast as long as Frank keeps making them every year! I love a new tradition. Although after seeing everyone’s notes about the 12 days swap, I’m a little sad I didn’t participate. Looks like tons of fun!

This tea smells like delicious malty chocolate cake batter. I like that the tea smell isn’t overpowered by the chocolate, even in the dry leaf.

I tried it with no additions after about a 4 min steep and it was quite bitter. Added a bit of sugar, but still bitter. Time for some milk, and with both the milk and sugar it’s quite nice. Most of the bitterness has been covered up and the tasty dark chocolate and bold black tea notes come out. I enjoyed my cup, but I don’t think I could drink this often. It’s really heavy, without anything to brighten it up. But overall it’s a decent, chocolatey tea.


Haven’t tried a lot of my 52 teas yet, even though I’ve opened them all – LOL.

And the 12 day swap was lots of fun, but it can be a little stressful at time trying to coordinate sending out 12 packages. When I had purchased my tea, I found out one of the participants was allergic to tea, so I had to get them a whole new tea. LOL.


52 teas…try a 2.5 min steep time.


Yeah, I can see how it would be stressful trying to put together and ship 12 packages, I’d probably be pulling my hair out by the end of that! But most definitely sounds like a fun way to bond with other tea-folk :D

And Sil..I’ve tried a 2.5 steep with 52teas but I find it a little weak/watery. I love my black tea strong and bold and I find the flavours just don’t come out enough at 2.5. I’m going to try that for the last of my sample of this one though, cause 4 min was bitttter


it sometimes ends up being weak vs being bitter/stringent. heh


Oh it was definitely a fun experience. Everyone put together such awesome packages. I was really impressed.

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So the other day I accidently bought unsweetened chocolate almond milk. I am crazy for chocolate almond milk but this unsweetened version is just so disappointing. So it has been delegated to dessert tea duty.

This blend from Della Terra is probably my favourite chocolate tea that I’ve tried so far. It’s really rich and has a great dark chocolate scent and flavour. I used to keep my packet of this at the office and whenever I had it brewing at my desk, without fail someone would ask what smelled so intoxicatingly delicious. Brownies? Cookies? Is someone somehow baking a chocolate torte? Nope, just my tea.

With the added chocolate almond milk and the tiny spoon of sugar I snuck in, this is absolutely decadent. Just soo good. Definitely need to make another Della Terra order soon.


I got one sweetened with Stevia! I didn’t realize it til opening my package. bleh.
Spice and Tea Exchange make a great chocolate tea as well but it’s a tad astringent for me


i purchase unsweetened almond milk because then i can add as much or little sweetener as i want, but i can COMPLETELY see how having the unsweet version unexpectedly would be like drinking paper.
it sounds like you’ve found the PERFECT use for it!
i’m gonna add this tea to my shopping list. yum

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I never thought I’d like this as a hot tea, but it is darn good. Not nearly as tasty as 52teas Butterbeer, but still really nice. I think I actually like it better hot than iced. Who knew?

All of the lovely spices come out really nicely and with a bit of milk and sugar, this strangely enough brings to mind a new take on chai. Spicy, but in a different way. More sweet-spice than heat-spice. Yum.

If I were the type to rate teas (something I don’t do often) this would surprisingly gain a slightly higher rating as a hot tea than as an iced tea in my books. Glad I tried it this way, or else it might have been sitting around in my cupboard for a long time to come.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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This smells and tastes exactly as I imagined it! And it is lovely. I steeped for 2:30 and it is nicely flavoured without being bitter at all. I need to try these parameters with sun and cloud mist to see if it eliminates the slight bitterness I got at a 3 min steep.

This was just the thing for me tonight. I had a bit of a tummy ache after too many sour gummies (my weakness!) and spearmint, green tea and marshmallow root sounded perfect. Normally I would have been tempted to add a 1/2 tsp of sugar, but I am drinking it plain tonight because of my aforementioned overindulgence. It has a nice natural sweetness from the spearmint, and a really nice overall light and airy feeling to it. I don’t usually love mint, but it’s really well balanced in this blend.

I’m so glad to be all caught up with my tasting notes for 12 teas! Now on to backlogging a few things I’ve tried over the past couple of weeks.

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This stuff smells glorious. Glorious! Rich spices and caramel, and roasty pumpkin undertones. The kettle couldn’t boil fast enough.

Steeped up for 4 min with a splash of milk and sugar, this is a perfectly sweet and delicious dessert tea. I love all things pumpkin so I didn’t doubt that this would be a winner. I taste the pumpkin and spice, and a bit of caramel, but I’m missing the cheesecake. If I reeeeallly try I can find a bit of a tang, but nothing remarkably cheesecake-like.

I am waiting (and wishing and hoping) to find Butterbeer or Earl Grey Cheesecake in my sampler before placing an order for reblends, but if there is still some of this left if that time comes, I’m definitely snagging a pouch.

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drank Earl Black by 52teas
131 tasting notes

I contemplated ordering this a while back, but the white base threw me off. Very happy to have the chance to try this though! I am in love with black currant flavoured things. Well, black currant candies in particular. Especially wine gums! And those little pastilles. I also recently had a black currant soda that was an absolutely perfect blend of sweet, tart and juicy.

Bergamot is also a favourite of mine, and sounded like it would compliment the currant nicely. But I’m always a little iffy about white teas. I’ve had them go bitter on me more than a few times, and when I’m drinking a flavoured tea I don’t want it to be fussy.

After a 2:30 min steep though, this wasn’t bitter at all. Yay! Tastes like sweet currants and almost like concord grape juice. Sweet and winey with a bit of that pucker-inducing tartness. I wasn’t expecting to taste grape, but it’s nice! I’m not picking up on much bergamot though, sadly.

This packs a nice punch of flavour, but I actually enjoy the base coming through, which is fairly unexpected. Glad I have a bit more left to play around with.

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KITTEN!! I want to squish it and love it. That is all.

This blend smells delicious! I am smacked in the face with lemony goodness upon opening the packet. There is a sweetness to it as well, which reminds me of lemon drops or lollipops.

Flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I think I oversteeped my cup though, at 3 min. Sigh. It’s a sliiiiight bit bitter, but thankfully it didn’t kill my cup. The bright, fresh lemon is the first flavour I get, followed by a bit of grassiness, and then finally rounded out by the marshmallow creaminess at the end. I love that it’s something a little different than your standard lemon/citrus green. The marshmallow root really makes it special.


LOL your first line reminds me of the Looney Tunes episode where the abominable snowman finds a “little bunny rabbit” and he will love it and hug it and squish it … haha!


made me think of elmyra: "I’m gonna hug you and kiss you and love you forever….


Haha YES to both of those..exactly what I thought of after I typed it!

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Queer femme looking for love in the form of tea. Currently on a (seemingly never-ending) quest to convince my girlfriend of the magic of loose leaf.

Let’s see..I’m a 23 year old seemingly perma-student, having finished at university and moved on to college. I love reading. I love tea. I love reading while drinking tea. It really doesn’t take much to keep me happy.

Black tea is my all time favourite, preferably hot with milk and sugar. I like flavoured blacks the best, and my taste is embarrassingly unrefined. If it has some outlandish candy or dessert or fruity sounding name, I’m all over it. Especially things like coconut, caramel, chocolate (the usual suspects), bubblegum, cotton candy, and the list goes on. If it’s supposed to taste like something it’s not, odds are I’m going to love it. I also love a good earl grey, floral teas, and anything with currants. Love me some currants!

When it comes to iced teas I love fruity herbal blends and matés, for the most part. They are my hydration option of choice in the summer and I always have at least a glass ready for me in the fridge, if not a pitcher.

I am a self-proclaimed David’sTea fangirl, so please excuse the fact that most of my logs tend to be a little biased in their favour. I just can’t help myself, I must try all-the-tea from David’s!

I’m starting to get interested in matcha, and though I’ve loved the cups I’ve had prepared for me by others, I’ve never tried making it myself. I’m going to have to break down and order some soon, if only just to try.

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