1594 Tasting Notes
This is pretty light, fresh-tasting, and refreshing cold. It’s a little peachy, and the fruit is blended nicely with a really pleasant ginger. There’s no tartness, just nice fruitiness. The resteep was mild and delicious. Even when I oversteep this, it doesn’t get tart or weird. This is a blend I’d totally get again on sale. It’s quite heavy, so my 2 oz only made a few cups.
Hmm it’s hard to describe what I think of this tea. I guess the main word I’d use to describe it is…unnecessary? 52teas does a delicious genmaicha, and the candy cane is really refreshing and nice. I’m just not convinced the two need to be paired. In some sips, they went together fine, but in others the roastiness and mint seemed sort of at odds. The only flavors I get are that bright, sweet mint and the toasted rice, but I’d prefer them separately.
The black tea is a little harsh, and that’s the main thing I notice. I allowed this to cool to room temperature and added sweetener and milk. I feel like that improved the flavor a lot. Now I can taste a mild, but pretty fresh tasting cherry flavor. I still don’t really like the way it mixes with the black tea. I wish the flavoring were stronger and the black tea were a little better. I also didn’t taste any chocolate at all.
The first time I had this, I thought it was a little more thin and metallic than I’d prefer. I tasted green banana, but really no butter or bread. I’m drinking this for the second time, and again I taste a lot of green banana, but the base tea isn’t really combining in a smooth and tasty way. And I’d prefer a more caramelized banana flavor. Still no butter or bread, unfortunately. I definitely prefer other 52teas banana teas.
I really didn’t enjoy DT’s chai matcha, so I was a little worried when I opened my 2 oz bag of this one. Luckily, the flavor profile seems to go in a totally different direction. Whereas the other one was red hot cinnamon, this one is more difficult to describe. I taste mostly matcha with a bit of flavoring, but I really can’t tell what it’s supposed to be. Maybe it’s a bit cookie-ish? It’s not a favorite, but there’s nothing bad or too weird here either. The flavoring is quite mild.