Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast Flavored Black Tea

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Ash, Char, Dark Wood, Fruity, Mineral, Smoke, Smoked, Tannin, Thick, Butter
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 16 oz / 485 ml

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I love my job. Really, I just love coming up with new blends for you guys. And this week, I think we have come up with something really unique and awesome!

So, a raisin flavored tea is pretty unique in and of itself; cinnamon-raisin tea: a bit cooler, but at 52teas, we don’t just push the envelope, we shove. So, I’m happy to present our tea of the week for the week of January 4, 2010: Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast flavored black tea.

We started with our premium Indian black teas base, added just a touch of smoked Assam teas for a tiny bit of toastiness, then we added real golden raisins, cinnamon stick bits and natural raisin and cinnamon flavors. We topped it all off with just a hint of natural butter flavoring. The result: Well, you will have to try it to believe it.

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141 tasting notes

I just opened my bag of this tea and I’m already on my second cup. There’s all sorts of interesting alchemy happening in there.

Opening the bag, you’re first hit with smoke and cinnamon. The smokiness quickly dissipates and you have a pleasantly scented cinnamon tea. Keeping my nose in the bag, I next picked up on the raisin and, I have no idea how they do it, there is a very subtle note of toast! There’s something else too. There’s a slight heaviness, for lack of something more descriptive, that my brain translated to “butter.” If I was unaware of the tea’s name, however, I’d never make this connection in a million years. Visually, this is a really appealing tea.

In the prepared tea, the cinnamon wins out on each sip but it’s not overpowering. You get an occasional tart fruitiness from the raisin and everything else just hangs out in the backgroud to support the main characters.

I tried adding a touch of sweetener on the second steep to see if I could bring out more of the raisin. I used agave and its maltiness actually enhanced the toast flavor and brightened the fruit as well. The second cup is as far as I would push this tea. There are too many subtle flavors that would be washed out after this point.

To strain a metaphor, there was “magic” in this cup. It’s a really odd combination but it simply works.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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154 tasting notes

It’s growing on me. I’m getting the raisins the most but, I’m getting hardly any cinnamon or toast.
If you put milk and sugar in it it is much better. I think that was my problem the first time around.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

I don’t normally put milk in anything but chai and I only sweeten my maple sugar black w/ maple syrup- but I can totally see where those additions would make it like a raisin cinnamon roll or cinnamon raisin french toast. Maybe try maple syrup next time? Brown sugar? Sugar in the raw?

Madison Bartholemew

hmmmmm maple syrup! that might be a fantastic winner!

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658 tasting notes

Hm. This is pretty good, but not amazing. I get hints of butter and cinnamon and I can see where the smoky tea is going. I don’t get much raisin, but maybe a hint of sweetness. It’s tasty and interesting and I love the concept, but I suppose I wouldn’t say I get cinnamon raisin toast from it. I actually get the buttered cinnamon raisin toast a lot more from the scent than from the taste. I will have to try it again, maybe brewed stronger, as it would be nice to get a cinnamon toast fix without having to eat the bread! Yum.

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576 tasting notes

Tried this one again this morning. BLECH! I don’t know if the tea went back or something… but this cuppa was just short of awful. I guess even geniuses like Frank can have a dud sometime. Or maybe it was sitting around too long before Little Mew Brew sold it to me? Buyer beware if that’s the case! I hate to waste tea but I don’t even think I’d want to swap this one. BLECH! Wish I could get a refund!

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297 tasting notes

I’m not positive how I feel about this tea. It’s got a certain smell to it (almost an old smell?). Although I just ordered a black from 52 teas that also has a hint of this same smell.
The smell is still there after steeping & comes through in the taste as well, although not as strong as the scent, thankfully.
I get the cinnamon & a hint of raisins. I think I am almost getting a toast smell, but no butter.
It’s quite good. Buttered Cinnamon Raisin bread is one of my fav breakfast treats. This tea doesn’t quite substitute for it, but pretty close.

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I just got this in the mail with another 52teas blend, and decided the try the one that smelled less good first. I found that this smelled mostly of raisins when I opened it up. I smell reminded me a bit of old leather as well, very comforting and mild.

I brewed it up, and the smell and flavour still reminded me mostly of raisins and leather until about a third of the way through the cup. I added no milk or sugar (though I plan to try this tea with varying “dressings” to find its stride. The tea is dry on the tongue, and as it cools slightly, the “toast” flavour begins to come out. Not at all unpleasant, quite enjoyable actually, but I’m thinking it needs some flavour enhancers to come into its own. This is actually hitting the spot that has been wanting a mild black tea these past few days.

I’m a little disappointed that I’m not getting the exact indistinguishable flavour that people have commented on, but it’s a tasty and comfortable tea. I’m looking forward to trying it a few other ways. I wonder how they sample it in the store.

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Too strange not to try! The flavor is surprisingly accurate, with no one aspect overpowering the others. Except for the butter – that’s not really present, that I noticed.

It even holds up quite well to a second steeping as well. The flavors were a little bit less strong, but still quite tasty.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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780 tasting notes

Ick this is very smokey, like smoked almonds or hickory chips. I dislike smokey teas, so this isn’t for me. I do appreciate trying different teas, and this might be enjoyable for other people though.

I taste savoury smoke, dark wood, dry wood chips, BBQ char, toasted bread, something a tiny bit fruity like apple wood or raisins. I like how this tea tastes like things that are dry and hot, like a hot BBQ or brittle charred wood. Very unique and interesting. Not for me though.

Flavors: Ash, Char, Dark Wood, Fruity, Mineral, Smoke, Smoked, Tannin, Thick

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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259 tasting notes

After a long stretch of greens and oolongs, I’ve been craving black teas now that I am back from being away. Perhaps because I had several coffees during my getaway, I am more open to the stronger punch of black teas.

I felt brave enough today to have this one when I pulled it out despite my poor previous experience with it. Having braced myself for the worst, I am now pleasantly surprised to find that I am enjoying this cup. I added a huge spoon of honey to soften the truly charred and smoky edge, and that seems to have worked to bring out both the sweetness and butteriness of the toast. I detect the slightest vaguest bit of cinnamon toast here . I really have to squint to imagine the raisins though.

This is one to try Eastern European style, with a spoon or two of red berry preserves.

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217 tasting notes

My final kickstarted reward arrived in the post this week, the breakfast blends add on, and therefore this review is for the new 52 Teas version of this tea.

Opening the bag I’m immediately hit with the overpowering scent of cinnamon which concerns me a little bit as I’m not a huge cinnamon fan… Huge juicy looking raisins greet me as I pull my spoon out of the bag and dump it into my cup. I probably over leafed, using closer to a teaspoon and a half of dry leaf but I do like my tea strong. Brewed for three minutes, I then added milk and took a sip… Lots of cinnamon… I let it sit for 10 minutes to cool as the packet advises and took another sip… Ok, still plenty of cinnamon but now I can taste the raisin, butter, and bread notes! Definitely a tea that tastes better once it’s cooled down than when it’s piping hot which is how I feel abt a lot of 52 teas blends.

If your a fan of cinnamon don’t let this one get away without sampling it.

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