655 Tasting Notes

drank Mango Genmaicha by 52teas
655 tasting notes

Part of a joint order with OMGsrsly, which I forgot about for months until I found my portioned ziplock hidden in my closet.

Mango flavour paired with toasted rice is very tasty and satisfying as long as I don’t remember Marshmallow Treat and start craving that instead.

… And I ran out of both my flavoured genmaicha blends within a week of getting back home from Japan. I’m struggling oh so much.

Flavors: Mango, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Lack of flavored genmaicha makes me sad. I actually ordered the three-tier genmaicha tin from the 52 teas kickstarter and it got lost on route between my dad and I :(


@VariaTEA – I’m so sorry about the teas getting lost in the mail. That’s a bummer!

On the upside, I have made it a point to start making a flavored Genmaicha every other month. :)


awesome liberteas….now can you fix the exchange rate? hahaha

Christie Lee

Wow that sounds fantastic! I’ve only tried strawberry genmaicha before- by metropolitan tea company, and its one of my favorite fruity teas for sure.


Sorry, I can’t do anything about the exchange rate. Truly, I wish I could. I also wish I could do something about the crazy high prices to ship to Canada because I would love for those to be lower. Back when I was doing business as LiberTEAS and shipping my teas out – the rates to ship to Canada were at most a dollar or so more than what it would cost to ship the same package throughout the US so I didn’t even have different shipping costs for Canada back then. That was probably the biggest shocker for me when I started shipping as 52Teas – just how much it costs now to ship to Canada!


yeah, it’s pretty awful


The shipping costs make me quite sad, too. I’d definitely place a 52Teas order, and with other American tea companies, if the rates were better.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, given the crappy exchange AND THEN, the exorbitant shipping fees on top of that gives the impression that we are being penalized for being Canadian.


That’s what we get for being maple syrup-guzzling, hockey-obsessed hosers. I mean, we get what we deserve!


Mmmmm, this sounds yum! I need to have a look at 52Teas again…


i would love to be supporting a number of US companies but it’s challenging and i HAVE a tea mule. So i try to at least promote verbally even if i can’t do it with $


…at least sales help bring the price down to “regular price” for us…then it’s just the shipping factor… Of course the canada post strike is going to make things interesting around here for sure

Evol Ving Ness

Canada Post strike? Shazbat!


I had no idea about a CP strike. Wasn’t there just one a 3-4 years ago?

It’s also annoying when companies don’t always have everything in stock, or don’t have enough selection to justify making an order. I’m not going to pay the crazy shipping on top of the already insane prices just for a couple teas.


I do have sales occasionally – I can’t afford to do that too often though – Plus, I have my daughter to answer to. (She’s the boss of this outfit.) I don’t want to put her in the position of feeling that she has to fire her mother.

Evol Ving Ness

Exactly, Fjellrev. If I make a cross border order, it is going to be a big one to justify the shipping expense.

I can understand your position, 52teas. Also, the very nature of your business means that you can offer only a very few of your teas on sale at any particular time. Clearly, they are going to be the ones which are not moving as quickly as the more popular or desirable ones. Sucks for us Canadian shoppers.


@Fjellrev – our comments must have crossed – I didn’t see yours before or I would have commented on it.

By the very nature of our business – we can’t keep all the teas in stock all the time. We’re called “52Teas” because we put a new flavor out there every week. We’d need a warehouse the size of Costco to be able to keep all the teas in stock all the time. We do have a large selection but we only make small batches of every tea that we create to keep the flavors fresh and maintain space within my tea studio to house the teas until they sell.


That is totally understandable in your case, 52Teas! I used to order from 52Teas years ago when it was still reasonable cost-of-the-tea-itself-plus-exchange-rate-plus-shipping-wise but I found that I just simply cannot afford/justify it anymore. I agree, Evol, that in this case, in order to get the more popular/desirable ones, you’d have to make more frequent/smaller orders, but that means paying so much extra for shipping every time. It’s awesome that shipping is free with $75+ orders, but even then, it works out to $17-18/50g even if you commit to the larger 1.5-2 ounce pouches right off the bat.

Evol Ving Ness

“I can understand your position, 52teas. Also, the very nature of your business means that you can offer only a very few of your teas on sale at any particular time. "

I was referring to when you are having a sale. Perhaps my meaning didn’t come through.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, Fjellrev, I think the large sizes are now 50 grams. Uncertain of current prices.


@evol – yes there’s a 90% chance of a CP strike starting July 2. Our corporate team is on it as it affects tons of what we do.


The 50g price is “usually” $10. If it’s a more expensive base, the price will adjust accordingly.

@Fjellrev: I understand. The prices have changed because the quality has increased – I’m using better quality teas (and other ingredients) than were previously being used.


So I should order tea and stuff well before July 2nd. Got it.

Sometimes I contemplate getting one of those border mail boxes for about $5 per parcel, but I’d rather try a group order or find a way to justify a large order for free shipping- hard to do with limited, specialized companies like 52teas for the reasons Fjellrev stated. It’s tough right now.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Sil.

I personally enjoy and support that you’ve improved the quality of teas and ingredients, 52teas. The result is a better product which is better for everyone all round.

Evol Ving Ness

And as CrowKettle states, it is tough right now.

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There was definitely not enough in my new packet. No, no, no…

Should just make some actual rice Krispies and accept my fate.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Toasted Rice

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Rinse and short multiple steeps.

Easy to drink, and thankfully not too much rose with that earthy note; more lightly floral than pungent perfume. It’s probably my least favourite shu that I’ve tried in the last little while, but you know? I haven’t had a negative experience with my big container of pu’er yet. I actually look forward to drinking them right now. Weird.

Flavors: Nuts, Olive Oil, Rose, Wet Earth


You are a convert in the making….

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On the savory side of the spectrum. The rinse smelled like baked macaroni with cheese, bacon, and bread crumbs. The taste is pleasantly sour and smokey, with a dash of oregano and some sweet syrup. I can’t shrug off the bacon. It’s there. I’m not crazy. I’m not.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Meat, Muscatel, Smoke, Wood


so you had a complete meal in a cup. Awesome ;)

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From my giant order of Verdant puerh with OMGsrsly. Rinsed, with short 15 second steeps.

I’m normally not a puerh (shu or sheng) person so when I actually come across one I enjoy it’s amazing. Kind of like expecting rabbit poop but finding 24 carat adorned chocolate amazing.

This shu is on the simple side of awesome, which is cool because awesome comes in many different varieties. Smooth and creamy, it tastes of all things rice, and has that dark tangy-malt aspect that I associate with stouts and ports. Delicious.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Malt, Rice


YAY! i found this one enjoyable as well :)


This was a pleasant surprise, especially since my Verdant staples were disappointing the last time I ordered them :)


yeah 2014 didn’t love me much with them until the latter harvest


er until 2015 late harvest


Good to know! I haven’t checked in with them for over a year now. Hopefully going to get back into ordering and exploring new companies by the end of 2016; it’s been a while.

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This is one of many samples I originally received from OMGsrsly and the generous MissB. It lived in neglected district of my tea cabinet for quite a while, but since I’m going to Singapore in a few weeks I thought it was high time to pull it out.

This is definitely one of those teas that doesn’t deliver when steeped up but smells amazing. Think floral cherries and candied red fruits.

Sweet and slightly bitter, the flavour goes into the dry, grassy side of the vegetal spectrum, and the cherry hazards into artificial (cough drops, candy, McDonald’s cherry sundae). Still, the tea makes me happy and nostalgic; along with genmaicha, my first looseleaf was a cherry green that tasted like this one. It reminds me of my first year in Victoria. I can’t help but like that a little.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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One day I’ll go exploring and learn to appreciate the darker varieties of oolong. For now it just tastes like a green oolong except it’s also tangy sour and the malt of roasted grains (also think the non-waffle ice cream cones). It’s simply not my thing right now.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Stonefruits, Vegetal

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Thanks OMGsrsly for letting me try this. I’ve been curious for a while but it always seems to be sold out or out of season when I go to look at it.

I had enough loose leaf for about five different sessions and they were somewhat varied in the tasting and aroma notes despite the same parameters. All the cups where pretty awesome in their own way, although the smooth, almost creamy jasmine note wasn’t consistent. Sometimes I got more vegetal chestnuts, which while good isn’t as much of a draw for me as the well balanced jasmine cups (2/5).

Give me that smooth, balanced cream of jasmine in a cup and I won’t need to rip apart the neighbor’s well tended garden for flower butter, nectar of the gods.

Flavors: Jasmine, Sugarcane, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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New 52teas from the original sampler kickstarter.

I went from an open declaration of war on honeybush to wanting to rub this stuff into my clean bedding and pajamas. I need to find a way to put it in my oil diffuser. Aroma, please find a way to permeate every space I occupy. It smells like fresh, buttery berry pastries and usually tastes like that too.

You win again 52teas.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Jam, Raspberry

200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec


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New 52teas reblend.

This isn’t quite as good as a tangy latte anymore; the flavours are a tad light for milk, at least they have been with my experiments so far. However, I find the new version’s flavour range to be more dynamic and true to the tea name. I can actually taste the pumpkin and spice, and usually get a caramel cheesecake finish. I also taste black tea. These things are huge point scorers for me!

Flavors: Caramel, Cheesecake, Cream, Malt, Pumpkin, Spices

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, cedar, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, pine, rose, vanilla.


95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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