176 Tasting Notes
This was a free sample from The Jade Teapot. It sounded lovely, and I was intrigued by the idea of the star shaped white tea. My sample didn’t have any stars : (
I took this plain, without milk or sugar. I can smell the vanilla in this very strongly. Something also smells faintly of smoke.
This is quite nice. I can taste the Assam as well as the vanilla. I also get a hint of something fruity, like a very light tangerine. It really is a soothing tea.
The smell of this one is exactly like Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast! I was so impressed. I steeped this, threw in a bit of sugar, and sat down to work on some Sociology work. The smell is mostly cinnamon. The taste, however, is wonderful! It tastes like cinnamon and raisins, with a little smoothness that suggests butter. Wow! I really, really like this one. 52teas is 5 for 5!
I just polished off the rest of the sample that Ricky sent me. Thanks again, Ricky!
The look of this tea in the bag really wow-ed me. There are huge shavings of coconut in there! To be honest, I’m not crazy over coconut. I like it best in moderation. And I’m not sure if I’ve ever even had coconut cream pie. So I’m going to rate this tea on how it tastes, not by how it compares to the real thing. And I should mention that I threw a pinch of sugar into this one. I’ve been doing that a lot lately, but I’ve also been trying a lot of desserty teas lately.
The color was a lot lighter than I expected it to be. But the smell is strongly coconut, as it should be, from all those huge shavings in there! I can also smell the black tea base just a little under all that wonderful coconut.
Yum! It tastes like it smells: lots of coconut with a bit of black tea. The sweetness isn’t too much, it’s just right. I could drink a big glass of this and not get sweet-overload (and I am going to, since I’m drinking this out of my jumbo cup). I’m thinking that I should have added milk to this, since I can’t taste any of the cream. But that isn’t stopping me from enjoying this.
So hooray to yet another 52teas tea that I have liked! They’re batting 4/4 right now (I think, I honestly can’t remember whether I’ve tried more than 4 of their teas. If I’m wrong, I’ll come back and edit this post).
EDIT: It was the 4th tea I’ve tried, I just double checked. Also, this is my 101st tasting note! The 100th note sure was epic… If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out the comments on the note before this one!
This came in the mail today! My first order from 52teas, but not my first experience with them. I’ve been pleased with them so far, so let’s keep the good teas coming!
This smells very strongly of raspberry. I’m not particularly fond of raspberries, but I certainly don’t dislike them. However, I love cheesecake and things with cream cheese, so I had to try this. I can also smell the honeybush base underneath all that raspberry.
It actually tastes like a danish! I can taste raspberries the most, but the aftertaste is sweet like cream cheese and frosting. Wow! I’m drinking this unsweetened and without milk. It doesn’t need sweetener, but I think a splash of milk would benefit this.
The only thing that is disappointing is that I wish there was more of a cream cheese taste. It’s barely there, even in the after taste.
Yum, the aftertaste really makes me happy. Today has been a good tea day!
My second cup of tea for the day.
Added some milk to this today. I still love it! I polished this off and ordered some more!
EDIT: Oh, and good news! When I had that upset stomach yesterday I was worried that it could have been caused by this, but I had it again today but no upset stomach! Hooray!
I’m working my way through all the stuff that Ricky sent me. I was pretty excited for this one because I love apple pie.
This actually smelled like apple pie. I could smell cinnamon and other spices, as well as a pastry crust. I’m not entirely sure what vanilla ice cream smells like, but I could smell something in the tea that smelled like what I think it smells like. [Wow, talk about a run-on sentence. I hope you could follow that.]
I took this with some milk and sugar, but not too much of either. I tasted a lot of cinnamon and some buttery pastry crust. I got some vanilla on the back end, but not a ton of apple. I would have liked a lot more apple, because otherwise it could just taste like any kind of pie (in liquid form). This wasn’t a decadent tea, but I wanted it to be. It’s supposed to be modeled after a dessert, after all. The whole thing was sort of watered down, but still delicious.
What concerns me was the killer stomach ache I got right after drinking this. I half expected an alien to come bursting out of the center of my stomach, reaching out towards the ceiling in an effort to escape. My professor actually asked me if I needed to be excused since I was sweating and gasping and grabbing at my stomach [to stop the alien?]. Now, I understand that there could be many causes for this stomach ache. It could have been the mayo I had on my Subway sandwich for lunch, it could have been the Malted ChocoMate I had in the morning (although I sincerely hope not!), I could even just have a stomach bug. So this stomach ache is not going to detract from my rating; this was still a nice tea.
Again, I’d like to thank Ricky. I hope he’s enjoying the teas I sent him as much as I’m enjoying the ones that I have received!
The last thing I ever thought I’d be thinking as a 19-year old female college freshman was, ‘There is a shortage of balls in my life’. But, sadly, I am running low on this tea. Because it’s one of my favorites, I’ll be re-ordering this soon.
This tasted extra chocolaty today since I still had the aftertaste of the Malted ChocoMate in my mouth. Yummy!
Another one from Ricky. Thanks!
I’ve never had Mate before, but I know it’s supposed to be a good energy rush without the caffeine crash, so what better day to try it than on the morning of my big history test? This is also my first time trying 52teas, and I’ve got to admit, I was really psyched and they totally lived up to my expectations! Well done 52teas!
This one smells very strong. I could smell the chocolate from inside the bag Ricky put it in, and then from inside the envelope he mailed it in as well! Talk about chocolaty! And I have to say, I’m enjoying this a lot! It is very chocolaty of course, but it isn’t sickeningly sweet. It’s smooth, creamy, and delicious. Next time I try this I’ll add milk, but it’s so creamy it doesn’t really need it. Some sweetener might benefit it though.
But anyway, I’m very happy with this! Thanks Ricky!!!
I finally got the chance to try this one thanks to Ricky!
I took this with milk and sugar. I can mostly taste the awful Ceylon base that Adagio uses, but I’ll put that aside and concentrate on other things. I can taste a lot of caramel and some vanilla. The aftertaste is really nice caramel. Also, I’m noticing that it reminds me of a cappuccino.
There’s some weird oil-like stuff floating on the surface of this tea. Maybe it’s from the sprinkles, which were a really nice, really cute touch.
I really like the idea of this tea, but honestly, the Ceylon ruins it. C’mon Adagio! Get your act together!
EDIT: Now that it’s starting to cool off, I can taste more of the vanilla. I’m liking this more now; it’s not as bitter.
Just used my last bit of this. Next time I order from Adagio I am going to order a lot of this! It’s realllllly good.
Just polished this one off. It was a good one and it will be missed.
I had this one for the first time in a long time. I still like it even though my palate’s changed a lot.
This time the tea steeped to a nice pink-orange color, unlike last time, when it looked like diluted orange juice. It was very pretty, so I wanted to share it with you. You can also play Where’s Waldo with my post-it-note stack…
This time around, I guess I got more cherry in my infuser because it wasn’t as gentle as last time. It had a warm cough syrup flavor to it, whereas last time it tasted like wonderful, light, fruity heaven. So from now on I need to be careful how much of a specific kind of fruit I get in each cup. I’ll shake the bag up better next time.
I’m not going to lower my rating, because I know that this tea is capable of being very good.
A question to Teavana enthusiasts: When Teavana puts a tea on their website for 50% off, does that mean they are discontinuing it? Because I love this stuff, and if it’s being discontinued I want to buy a big bag while I still can!
Lightly sweet, muscatel taste. Not much of an aftertaste. Tastes exactly like Honeydew. When the weather warms up I’ll try this iced, but today it’s cold and rainy.
Drank some of this in an attempt to help with my stress. No such luck, but it tasted good.
The smell of this tea reminds me of a farm. Maybe that’s they hay that Samovar mentioned. It also smells lightly sweet.
Whoa, this is way sweeter than I thought it would be. It’s fruity and floral and I totally wasn’t expecting that. I can taste tangerine or some kind of citrus as well as just a hint of something floral. This is a great tea. It’s gentle and kind, but sweet at the same time. I can totally see myself ordering this again. This tea ranks very high on my list of favorites.
This is the last of my Black Savant Sampler. The smell is smokey, chocolatey, and a little piney. It’s a rich brown liquid, but not as dark as the Pu-Erh Dante I botched yesterday.
The first sip burned me. Apparently I didn’t let this one cool down enough… My tongue was still tingling in a pained way when I tried my second sip, so I couldn’t taste much except for an earthy tone. The third sip was really good. This is rich tea with a faint hint of sweetness amongst all that earth. I can taste chocolate, earth, and maybe some sort of fruit.
I think it’s really exciting how one’s palate develops. If I had tasted this in September, I probably wouldn’t have even liked it, let alone taste all the different notes in this tea. I’m not sure when my turning point was, but it’s like all of a sudden my eyes [taste buds?] have been opened!
I went ahead and prepared this one before reading Cofftea’s note. I was supposed to rinse the leaves? Whoops. The only other Pu-erh I’ve ever had is Maiden’s Ecstasy by Samovar, and I had to rinse those, so I guess I should’ve known.
The smell is fishy, like how Maiden’s Ecstasy was. It is a very dark brown color, almost like coffee. It tastes like dirt, and not in a good way. I’m going to abstain from rating this one because I didn’t prepare it the right way. I’ll try it again another time and then give it a proper rating.
I have to start off by making a note of how the dry leaves looked. There were whole white tea leaves, but more impressive were the fruit bits. By looking at the dry leaves, I could tell exactly what this tea was going to taste like. You could see every bit of fruit mentioned in the description, but those strawberries! They were huge! It was like somebody cut a strawberry in half, let it dry out, then tossed it in with some white tea. I was really excited to drink this tea just because of how the dry leaves looked with all that fruit in there. And I could smell all the fruit as soon as I opened up the bag. It was very fruity but not artificially sweet.
I have high expectations for this one.
It steeped to a cloudy orange color, like someone diluted a cup of orange juice. It still smells fruity and still not artificial. Now I can smell a bit of peach, even though it’s not listed in the ingredients.
The taste is very light. I can’t really taste the white tea, but I taste fruit. Like the smell, the taste is not overpowering or artificial. I can taste cherries, oranges, peaches (where is that coming from??), and of course strawberries. I like it a lot! I was half expecting it to be bitter from all that fruit, but it isn’t bitter at all. It has just the perfect amount of sweetness.
This is the first Teavana tea that I’ve really enjoyed. Well done!
This is a very delicate tea. The smell is lightly sweet and vegetal. Last time I drank this, I wasn’t getting a whole lot of grapefruit. I didn’t know what it was then, but the 2nd time I’m trying this I realize that I’m tasting just general, nonspecific citrus. The white tea base comes through the citrus very strongly, making for a very cohesive tea all around. I’ve bumped up my rating a point from last time. I’m also planning on trying this iced; I think it’ll be so good once the weather starts getting a little warmer.
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