331 Tasting Notes
Not a tea I would have chosen for myself, but I’m happy to try it as part of my mystery bag. The primary flavor is jasmine. Honestly, that’s the only flavor I taste. The tea I have in my other mug is also jasmine (accidentally) so I’m able to compare them directly. I don’t mind jasmine, but it’s not something I’d drink more than about once a year. So anyway, this tea is good, but not that suited to my tastes. I would have liked to be able to taste some of the berry. I do like it better than pure jasmine since the other teas soften the flavor a bit at least.
This is another tea where I felt that the base was taking too much attention away from the other flavors (though I acknowledge that many people prefer the opposite in a tea). A lighter green or white would have been much better. I do like the citrus flavor that was used. This one gets bitter pretty easily. I made it with much cooler water the second time, which made it not bitter, but also didn’t allow the citrus flavor enough time to infuse. This one just isn’t balanced to my tastes.
This was a free sample from my order. I made it at a hotel using their lobby hot water, which turned out to not be very hot. Even so, I’m enjoying the flavor. It’s lightly sweet and honestly I do kind of get a cookie feeling from it. The ginger is pleasantly spicy. I bet this would be great with milk too. I usually find chai to be pretty boring, but I’d consider buying more of this one.
This is the last tea from my accidental Sips By order in December. Harney also sent me a free sample of it from my last order with them, so I have plenty to try. This is definitely better than their decaf earl grey, which is the one I drink most frequently. The black tea is bold and the bergamot is pleasant. I drank it as a latte, as always, and it was very pleasant. I’ve had better earl greys, but not many.
I almost didn’t order this one because I thought it was going for a cider sort of flavor, which I don’t enjoy. Actually, the cinnamon chips add sweetness, depth, and just a touch of spice that really makes this blend interesting. Yeah, it’s definitely not just another random fruit blend. I’m not sure if the flavor is passion fruit; more like hibiscus and other red fruits. I look forward to drinking this one again.
This one smells very similar to their dewy cherry flavor, and it tastes similar too. It’s not terrible, but the flavor is pretty artificial. You can’t taste the rooibos, only the fake berry. It tastes better when it’s cold. I’ll finish my sample package by making iced tea with it, but I wouldn’t order this again.
Another mystery tea! This rooibos is deeper and richer than the other rooibos blends I’ve had from 52teas. It made two tasty steeps, but neither tasted like toffee. The flavoring must be very light. For sure it’s a quality rooibos – I really enjoyed it – but I would not call it toffee. I probably liked it best cold.
Finally trying the last tea from my November order. I crushed the cardamom pod to make sure I got the flavor in my infuser. To be honest, cardamom is the main flavor. Other than that it’s just the tea which isn’t the tastiest of white teas. The first time I oversteeped it, and it was very sour/bitter, and this second time it’s better, but I still wouldn’t call it good. I wish I could taste the almond or bergamot! It’s just boring.
I didn’t love the Teavana tea that this one is replicating, so I was hesitant to try this one, but it’s nice to have a lighter fruity option. I like hibiscus, but I don’t want every blend to contain hibiscus. The flavor is sweet but not overly sweet. I think the lemongrass and pineapple go very well together, but there’s not quite enough flavor. It’s a bit plain, but a lot lighter and less artificial than the Teavana version. Even with extra leaf, it’s not really strong enough. August Uncommon’s Big Easy is definitely still my favorite pineapple blend. This one just makes me wish I were drinking that one!