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drank Kumquat Cheesecake by 52teas
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If you tasted this tea blindfolded, you would never be able to guess the flavors. Well, other than honeybush – which is really the only identifiable flavor.

This is essentially a vaguely fruity honeybush. You could tell me this was nearly any fruit, and I would believe you, the flavor is so indistinct.
As for the cheesecake component, I swear there is a bit an after tasted of cheesecake, but it is so faint I could just be imagining it.

If you are looking for a honeybush with a whisper of fruit and a hallucination of cheesecake, this is the tea for you.

(note i have brewed this twice, the 2nd time I made a double strength brew, the above still stands true, this tea is honeybush all the way)

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drank Toasted Marshmallow by 52teas
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This is an absolutely beautiful tea.

Don’t get the wrong impression from the name: this is not a sweet tea. Rather it is a beautiful mix of Shou Mei and Houjicha teas, with hints of marshmallow flavor.

The mix of white and green teas work perfectly, since the houjicha is a bit strong and roasted and the white is soft and smooth, the combination works perfectly. Not too strong to overwhelm the subtle vanilla, but with just enough rich toastyness to give it a ’toasted flavor.

Love it!

Preparation
7 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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A chocolatey oolong tea.

This is one of teavana’s better teas! The oolong is rich and strong enough to stand up to the cocoa and carob flavors. So the resulting brew is rich, with a chocolate flavor.

It doesn’t taste like chocolate or hot cocoa, it is more like cocoa nibs.

My only real issue with this tea is it does not fair well through multiple re-steeps. The first is great, the second also great, the third has barely any flavor. You also have to use a very large scoop of tea to get a decent flavor from it.

Flavors: Cocoa

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea taste’s so strongly of added flavorings, it is disgusting.

David’s tea tends to use a lot of added flavoring in their teas, and usually this results in a strongly flavored, but delicious tea. Not in this case. In Green Passionfruit the added flavorings are so potent and overwhelming that is like drinking fruity perfume. It completely overwhelms the tea, and to the point it is almost nauseating.

It tastes more like they added passion fruit perfume to the tea, rather than flavor.

It wasn’t undrinkable, but the more I drank it, the less I liked it. The more it started to be overwhelming.

The most noticeable flavor is the passion fruit, with tastes of pineapple, and behind all of it green tea.

Flavors: Passion Fruits, Pineapple

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drank Zestfully Green by DAVIDsTEA
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This tastes exactly like lemon fruit loops.

My partner and I have a bit of a disagreement on this point. I say the various colors of fruit loops have different flavors (with the yellow ones being more distinctly lemon), he says they all taste the same. Regardless, we both agree this tea tastes precisely like fruit looks.

This is also really strange since the first ingredient is ginger.

The tea tastes nothing like you would expect based on the ingredients (ginger and matcha being the most prominent.) Instead the artificial lemon flavor, and the sugar from the apples completely dominate the tea.

With all that said, it is a tasty tea (if you like artificial lemon), and there is a hint of ginger if you are looking for it. It is also a good tea for people who want to drink matcha without actually drinking matcha.

Flavors: Candy, Ginger, Lemon

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Yum!
This tea tastes wonderfully like a chocolate covered banana! When it is hot the smell of banana is the most prominent flavor, but as you let it cool further, the flavor has more depth, with enough cocoa and chocolate to balance out the sweetness of banana and honeybush.

Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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A tasty re-blend.
The Spiced Orappangele is an orange apple green tea, with cinnamon and nutmeg. It taste’s like a Christmas orange tea. The balance of flavors on this tea is really solid. You can taste the orange, with hints of the spice, and the green tea base. The apple adds a bit of sweetness without too much flavor.

I really enjoy this tea, I hope they bring it back again. A lot of winter/christmas spice teas are too potent and in your face, this is subtle, balanced and pleasant.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Orange

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drank RandyCandy Green Tea by 52teas
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This is a very odd tea – Mint, Tulsi and peppers.
The two most prominent flavors are Mint and tulsi, I cannot find the flavor or heat from the pepper at all.

It is an enjoyable cup of tea, the mint isn’t too over powering. However, I am not a fan of the peppermint source that 52teas uses. I find it very astringent and sharp. I had the same issue with Graveyard mist. The actual source mint is not the best.

The cup is enjoyable, an odd mix of flavors, but floral tulsi mint is quite pleasant!

Flavors: Pepper, Peppermint, Tulsi

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I think this is the first papaya tea that has actually tasted like papaya.
It really tastes like papaya, with hints of watermelon.
The white tea base is soft, and adds some extra depth to this tea. The flavors are strong, maybe too strong for the white tea, but enjoyable.

This tea is more delicious iced, but is solid either way.

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