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drank SBT: Cotton Candy by 52teas
185 tasting notes

This tea is quite amazing. It’s also kind of strange. Let me explain.

Missy made a batch of this in one of our 64 oz Takeya pitchers (which I’ve highly recommended elsewhere, and will recommend again!) yesterday. The normal method of brewing it hot for three minutes in a pitcher full of hot water, adding some sugar, and tossing it in the fridge. Today, we drink!

I take a drink of it today, and WOW does it taste like cotton candy! Not just sugar, but honest to goodness spun sugar, with a little bit of caramelized sugar flavor in there. Behind that, way in the distance, I could taste a little bit of the tea base.

However, once it warmed up a smidge, still well under room temperature, but no longer fridge cold, the cotton candy toned down a bit and that smooth tea base had a chance to shine a little more. I don’t know if that trend would continue the warmer it got, and I never really tried the Cotton Candy black tea.

So anyway, that’s what I’d say. If you want super-in-your-face cotton candy flavor, do yourself a favor and put a mug in the freezer, and pour this tea into it. If you want a more melded experience with the black tea, pour it into a normal cup and wait until it’s ~50 degrees before you drink (anecdotal, made up number based on the fact that my fridge sits at about 40 degrees).

And that’s in Fahrenheit! So no getting confused and heating your iced tea to a sweaty 50 centigrade, blech!

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

Can’t get strikethrough to work, but Missy informed that I was totally wrong with how she made iced tea :)

Babble

This teas sound so interesting. Thanks for the review. I may try them later on.

Kittenna

Ahhhhh I want this now! Curse my ordering of only two teabags.

CHAroma

@Dylan, have you tried re-steeping the bag? My re-steep was reaaaally watery and honestly not worth drinking. Maybe I should have made it more concentrated instead of going for another full 2 quarts?

Dylan Oxford

We haven’t actually re-steeped any of these yet. I just talked to Missy (while I was writing this… IN REAL TIME!), and she said we have two pitchers free, so we can try resteeping it. Though, it won’t be cotton candy. I bought a second bag of it, but I’m sending it off to a friend. I’ll probably be buying more after payday though :)

Dylan Oxford

1 gallon of Razzleberry, currently cooling off! And a big batch of un-pulled pork to go with it!

DaisyChubb

You’re livin’ the good life!

Azzrian

I re-steeped this but only half the amount of water and it was excellent!

Dylan Oxford

Life is good!

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Dylan Oxford

Can’t get strikethrough to work, but Missy informed that I was totally wrong with how she made iced tea :)

Babble

This teas sound so interesting. Thanks for the review. I may try them later on.

Kittenna

Ahhhhh I want this now! Curse my ordering of only two teabags.

CHAroma

@Dylan, have you tried re-steeping the bag? My re-steep was reaaaally watery and honestly not worth drinking. Maybe I should have made it more concentrated instead of going for another full 2 quarts?

Dylan Oxford

We haven’t actually re-steeped any of these yet. I just talked to Missy (while I was writing this… IN REAL TIME!), and she said we have two pitchers free, so we can try resteeping it. Though, it won’t be cotton candy. I bought a second bag of it, but I’m sending it off to a friend. I’ll probably be buying more after payday though :)

Dylan Oxford

1 gallon of Razzleberry, currently cooling off! And a big batch of un-pulled pork to go with it!

DaisyChubb

You’re livin’ the good life!

Azzrian

I re-steeped this but only half the amount of water and it was excellent!

Dylan Oxford

Life is good!

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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