Okay! I’m happy! I doubled the amount and BOTH the Pineapple AND Cherry flavors came out more – just liked I hoped! This smells awesome and tastes great!
“Okay! I'm happy! I doubled the amount and BOTH the Pineapple AND Cherry flavors came out more - just liked I hoped! This smells awesome and tastes great!” Read full tasting note
“I finally cold brewed this tea and I'm a wee bit disappointed. It flattens out and tastes like a bit of cherry added to a rooibos. I'd guess that hot brewed is the way to go with this blend. ...” Read full tasting note
“The smell of this tea is _incredible_! Sweet and fruity - and the cherries - oh the cherries! (For those of you who don't know, cherries are my favorite fruit). I kept the steeping pretty mild...” Read full tasting note
“Okay, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is my husband's favorite cake ever so I primarily bought this with him in mind since he doesn't drink much caffeine. But, I will definitely consume more than my...” Read full tasting note
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The smell of this tea is incredible! Sweet and fruity – and the cherries – oh the cherries! (For those of you who don’t know, cherries are my favorite fruit).
I kept the steeping pretty mild this time so the results were a little weaker in terms of the added flavours – I could taste the honeybush fine though. I can still distinctly pick out the cherry and the pineapple, particularly as the tea cools. The fruit flavours mesh quite nicely with the natural sweetness of the honeybush – I think rooibos would ruin a blend like this but honeybush was an excellent choice for a base.
The rating I’m giving this tea right now is subject to change after I fiddle around with the steeping parameters a bit.
Okay, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is my husband’s favorite cake ever so I primarily bought this with him in mind since he doesn’t drink much caffeine. But, I will definitely consume more than my fair share of this pouch. The brewed tea has such a realistic cake scent that I found myself just staring into my mug – how did 52teas accomplish this? The pineapple/brown sugar combo is the most noticeable but that is my favorite part of this cake so I love it! The buttery, rich cake flavor also plays a large role followed by a touch of cherry which, thankfully, doesn’t taste like medicine. I’m taking this with just a pinch of sugar, but I think it would be divine as a tea latte which I plan on trying out soon.
Once again, another winner! This 52teas order really made my Monday!
I was really excited to try this week’s blend. I bought it to make it iced, but it’s a bit dreary here today so this was prepared hot. I feel the need to mention how impressed I was with 52tea’s speedy (and free) shipping. I ordered this late Monday evening and got it today (Thursday).
I was also impressed with the huge pineapple chunks that were present through out my bag. It looks like I’m going to have enough chunks to have 1-2 in every cup! This was the sight upon opening up the bag: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47736372@N04/4544378422/
The dry leaves smell a lot like pineapple and cake. Once steeped, I can smell cherries as well. I threw in a bit of sweetener and prepared myself to be delighted.
This one’s a winner, folks! The taste is consistent with the smell: Right away, you get pineapple. You can even taste cake somehow, although I’m not exactly sure how Frank managed that one (way to go, Frank!). It’s a certain smooth, slightly sweet and buttery taste that is hard to describe adequately. The cherries are in the aftertaste and they linger in your mouth for quite some time. In case you were concerned (because I know I was), the cherry taste here is not the medicinal, children’s Tylenol cherry taste I was expecting. It really tastes like true maraschino cherries.
This is very good. It tastes like true pineapple upside-down cake. I half expected to lick my lips and find cake crumbs clinging there. It is delicious hot, but I can’t wait to try it iced!
Amount: ~3 rounded tsp
Water: ~500ml filtered 212°
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (Herbal, Strong)
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: Maraschino cherry, sweet pineapple hints, buttery pound cake hints
Steeped Tea Smell: butter pound cake, pineapple, maraschino cherry
Aftertaste: sweet, maybe pineapple
Liquor: dark translucent brown, hint of orange
It it more cake than pineapple and cherry…they are mere hints, delicious but not as sweet as I was expecting.
Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar
Bring out hints of pineapple and cherry
Resteep: 10 min, 212° just as YUMMY
Another tea I’ve been eagerly awaiting the time when my taste buds were back in action so that I could try it.
Yum! This is really really good. The honeybush proves to be an excellent base for the flavors here. I can taste the cake flavor which is rich and buttery tasting, I can taste the pineapple, and I can even taste a little bit of the maraschino cherry. I can even detect the caramel-y brown sugar… yum!
Yummm—Maraschino Cherries! There’s a fine line between maraschino cherries and cherry cough syrup and I’m happy to say that the cherry-ness in this tastes like pure maraschino cherries—which I love because it reminds me of Shirley Temple drinks and childhood. :)
I do taste pineapple, sugar and a hint of cake. This is kind of like a canned fruit salad. It’s sweet and candy-like but not cloying. I wish there were more of a cake-y taste but I’m enjoying this a lot—it’s great as a dessert tea. It’s almost like Pineapple Ambrosia but without the marshmallow fluff.
I detect no pipe tobacco-ness or woodiness like I would with a rooibos. Honeybush is great! :)
Thanks Jessica for sending some of this my way to test out.
I was so impressed with the dry scent of this tea that I sniffed (huffed) the bag while the water was boiling. I love that there was a large chunk of pineapple mixed in with the honey bush. I love how sweet tasting this tisane is without any additions necessary. It tastes like a bite of sweet cake with sweet glazed pineapple baked into it and a slight hint of cherry. Yum. This was great hot and even better as it cools. I can’t wait for more of Frank’s honey bush blends!
Another that I owned but hadn’t opened.
The smell upon opening the packet is so fascinating. I expected pineapple, and perhaps something cakey but what I got more than anything was brown sugar and cherry. It made me think of my mom making pineapple upside down cake when I was growing up. She hated cooking, so she made it from a mix, with Dole pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, and brown sugar sprinkled around the rings and cherries. I’m a huge brown sugar fan. At the risk of grossing you out, I have been known to eat brown sugar right out of the package with a spoon. So this aroma struck me as a hopeful sign.
After steeping, the aroma is very similar, only for me the heat of the tisane made the smell more cake like.
I definitely get pineapple and cherry in the flavor, a tad of brown sugar, and the cake really comes out in the taste—a sort of mild vanilla-white cake flavor. Nicely done.
If there’s a downside it’s that pineapple flavoring seems to me a tricky thing. For the most part I liked the pineapple here but every now and then a little bitter edge crept in.
I have to give it points, though, for pulling off all of the main flavors of its namesake.