drank Frankenberry by 52teas
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Tea no. 5 from the 12 Teas of Christmas set.

I wish these teas came with brewing instructions. Each cup I’ve had from the box has been guesswork, so I’m not sure I’ve gotten the best out of them that I could have. I had no idea what Frankenberry was until I read some of the other tasting notes on this tea – we are deprived of so much here in England, cereal-wise. Regardless, it was obvious from the smell (and of course the little bits of freeze-dried strawberries) that this was a strawberry tea. At first I though there were bits of ginger in the blend, and was super happy to find out that it was marshmallow root instead. Flavour-wise, this tea is 100% strawberry marshmallow fluff to me. The malty black base has a strong presence in the initial sip, so I initially wished for a more mellow base to allow the yummy fruity sweetness to shine more. However, after learning that this tea is based on a cereal, I think the combination is inspired. It might dominate at the front of the sip, but the other flavours do come through towards the back, and then the maltiness lingers in the aftertaste with the creamy marshmallow and strong strawberry, much more reminiscent of cereal. I am now satisfied with the base Frank has used, but I still can’t help imagining what these flavours might be like with a milk oolong base. I bet it would be delicious.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

A milk oolong base would have been delicious with this, strawberry and oolong go together very well. More so than a black tea base anyway.


I agree. I’m hoping Frank will do a reblend with an oolong base at some point.

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A milk oolong base would have been delicious with this, strawberry and oolong go together very well. More so than a black tea base anyway.


I agree. I’m hoping Frank will do a reblend with an oolong base at some point.

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.


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