Experience buying from @Ashley: I bought this tea from Ashley when she was selling all of her tea. I received the tea quickly through the mail and my package was filled with many surprises. Thank you Ashley!
Packaging: 52Teas packaging is very professional: small silver zip locked bags with a clear front that has a 3” X 3” label on it which has the name of the tea, an ingredient list, and an expertly created picture of the food item that the tea replicates.
Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: smallish pieces of black tea, with a few marigold petals mixed in. I really like the aroma: sweet, almost syrupy, and somewhat like grilled flour: pancakes!
Brewing guidelines: I used a metal basket strainer inside a ceramic 16 oz. cup, such that I put a lid over the top to keep the heat in. Cup was warmed before steeping. Stevia added.
…………….1st: near boiling, 2’
…………….2nd: nearer to boiling, 4’
…………….3rd: boiling, 6’
…………….4th: boiling, 8’
Color and aroma of tea liquor_: ~_This time through I did not record these. Maybe next time.~
Flavor of tea liquor: at first not much different than any other black tea, then, the flavors started to come out of hiding (see below).
Overall: I think this is the first of Frank’s teas that caught my eye in the line up of the best rated teas in Steepster. I couldn’t believe that the image of the pancakes could seriously be replicated in a tea. Well, now I’m a believer. With the first steeping, it started out as just another flavored tea to me, nothing really stood out about it. But as I began to take more time searching for the syrup and the pancake in the tea, it finally came out to say, “Hello!” It’s strange, but it wasn’t until the third steeping that I could actually taste the maple syrup, maybe in part, because I allowed it too cool before I finished it. I could taste the syrup and the pancake—-although mildly—-even on the forth steeping. The next time I try this tea I will be looking for the flavors in the earlier steepings, and try it cooled, too. This is probably my favorite of the three 52Teas I have tried so far. I look forward to brewing this one up again. Frank (if you ever stumble upon this review), I have to say that I am impressed. And I look forward to trying your other teas, too.