65 Tasting Notes
Well, at the parent’s again. This time I’m reviewing their go-to tea. This is the tea that my parents drink every night for dinner. Now, their recipe for this tea is 10 teabags for 2 qt, cold brewed for 12 hours. It makes a very strong magenta liquid. Flavor is very bitter when drunk plain. I do get the fruity flavor in the taste, but it isn’t as pronounced as I would like. Usually when I make this I have to use at least one full splenda per glass in order to make it palatable. It’s really not good tea, green or otherwise. I’m not even getting a lot of green tea flavor to this, just straight up bitter. I drink it when I come here, but only because they really don’t have much else to drink. It’s either this or water. All in all can’t recommend. It’s really bad.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity
Ok I couldn’t remember if I had reviewed this or not, but then I realized I did a quickie review. Time for something more in depth.
Smell of pearls in package is mostly jasmine, with some very faint fruity notes.
Brewed about 7 pearls for 12 oz of water, 3min/185F.
Taste is… very pleasing. The floral jasmine is prominant, which I always love, but the overall experience is smooth. I’m getting a very mild fruit background note, but nothing too major. I do wish the peach was more pronounced. It is a very delicious tea though. Highly recommend. That is, if you like Jasmine anyway.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Peach
Ok, just a quickie review. I had a cup of this at church on Sunday. We have a cafe section of our building where you can sit and have a cup of tea or coffee and listen to the service if you are not the type of person to really participate. I was feeling pretty shakey on Sunday (Low Blood Sugar) and needed a pick me up. So a bite or two of pecan bar along with a cup of tea was the answer.
However, I should note, I wanted something with some caffeine, and I noticed that this was herbal AFTER I opened the bag. Not wanting to waste it, I grabbed a second bag of tea literally labeled “Black Tea”. I’m pretty sure it was GIANT store brand plain black tea. I put both bags into a cup of water (they had a kettle there) and steeped for about 3 minutes.
Results were rather pleasing. The peach mango was both sweet and slightly musky which is to be expected from this combination. However, by mixing it with straight CTC Black, it tempered the Peach Mango flavor and made it much more balanced. It was mighty tasty. So tasty in fact, that I made myself a second cup of this combination after services had ended (I was waiting for my ride). Very yummy.
Note: I’m not sure how good Peach Mango herbal would be on its own. Like I said it was both musky and sweet and I can see how this herbal would be too overpowering on its own. So yeah, if you have any of this, and don’t know what to do with it, mix it with a straight CTC Black. You can thank me once you do.
Flavors: Mango, Peach, Sweet
One of the last teas left from my 52teas order. I am a lover of all things chocolate mint, so I figured I would try this.
Smell in bag is Extremely minty, with a hint of… otherness. It doesn’t smell like chocolate. To be frank, it smells like a menthol cigg tastes. Not an auspicious start.
Brewed as per instructions. 3g/12oz, 2min/175F.
Taste is… ok it’s minty, I’ll give it that. I taste NONE of the supposedly present chocolate. None at all. Actually, this tastes pretty much like chewing gum. I’ve never had Moroccan Mint anything before so I don’t know if that is common or not. I grabbed a splenda to try and see if that would add to the flavor, but I’m afraid of upping the gum flavor too much. Now, mind you, I have no problem with spearmint in tea. But this one is ALL Spearmint, nothing else. I’m not even getting any green tea taste either. Heck, this one has the chewing gum flavor down so well, aftersip taste is just like the flavor of gum once it loses flavor. Sorry, don’t think I can recommend this one. I unfortunately bought two tasters of this, thinking I would want more of it. I’m probably going to have to find a home for the other taster, and possibly the rest of this one. This is just not for me.
Well, I rebought this. Big bag this time. This is my current Go-To nighttime tea. I want to try and cut off my caffeine at a certain point of evening, so I’ve been drinking this and a couple other rooibos at night instead of actual tea.
Also, I did what I said I would do. I tried it with a single splenda. It really does complement the flavor well. The tartness isn’t overwhelmed by the sweetness, but the added sweetness very much brings out the natural vanilla of the rooibos. So in the end the result is sort of a ‘blueberries and cream’ flavor, without actually using any milk. It’s very tasty. AND, since splenda is not sugar, I don’t have to worry about it keeping me awake! Double win!
Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Tart
Well I’m back again. Because the addition of sweetener improved the Ginger Cola tea so much, I figured I’d try it with this one too.
Results are… marginally better. It’s certainly sweeter, but I’m still not getting that pineapple pop that I got from the bag. If anything, the pineapple is an aftertaste this way. Booo. I really wanted to like this one. Oh well.
Ok, just added this one. I’ve seen cans and bottles of Kombucha around the stores for years now but this is my first time trying one. So I’m gonna do this right.
Smell in can is… kinda like vinegar? Like a wine-y vinegar? I don’t know how to describe that. (Off to a great start). It’s somewhat sharp and pungent, but not completely unpleasant.
Can has been chilled to fridge temps. Taste is… wow that is ODD. It definitely has that vinegar taste to it that I smelled. But at the same time I’m getting fruitiness as well. It’s not completely horrible, but I’ve never had Kombucha before and after this don’t think I will again. The tea I can tell is very acidic, and tastes that way too. It’s kinda like drinking… how do I put this…. fruity paint thinner? I don’t think I really like this that much. It’s really not my cuppa at ALL. It’s a weird mix of sweet and sour that simply does not appeal to me. Well, at least I can say I’ve tried Kombucha. And now I know, it isn’t my thing. It is what it is.
Flavors: Alcohol, Black Currant, Cherry, Sugar, Vinegar
Yet another new 52teas purchase. This time we are going with Ginger Cola. Now first thing I notice from this is the wonderful smell the moment I break the seal. This is lovely. I know it won’t taste as good as it smells, none of these have yet, but I’m still hopeful.
Same brewing parameters as the rest. 3g/12oz 3min/212F
Taste is… well it’s definitely ginger! Serious ginger bite going on here. Unfortunately any sweetness is lost. Aaaand, since I am seriously craving sweet, I decided to cheat and add a single splenda. Welp, THERE’s the ginger soda flavor! Before the added sweetener all I could taste was ginger and bitter. Now, with added sweetness, it’s a much more complex cuppa. I’m still getting that ginger, but it is much more pleasent. The bite is also still there, and I can completely taste the ‘cola’ flavor now. It 100% tastes like ginger cola. I almost wonder if all of 52teas blends are meant to add sweetener, or if this is an anomaly. The last two teas I tried today I kept thinking “This would be great if it was sweeter” So perhaps I will have to give the other two the “Single Splenda” treatment as well. I know it worked wonders for this. If you are the kind of person who never uses any alterations to tea, I would avoid this. But if you don’t mind a touch of sugar or honey now and then, get you some of this. It’s mighty tasty.
Flavors: Biting, Caramel, Ginger
Another tea from my recent 52teas order. I don’t recall specifically ordering this one? It may be either a free sample, or I ordered it and forgot. Anyway, smell in bag is very apple-ly. There’s definitely some spice in there too, as well as what I’m guessing is the sage. I’m going to admit, when I first saw white flakes in it, I thought it was coconut. So I nibbled on one. OOPS It’s the sage!
Brewed Western, 3g/12oz 3min/212F
Taste is…. well It’s better than the grilled pineapple I’ll give it that. The apple is coming in strong here, but it still isn’t naturally very sweet. I’m also getting the spices as well, so the overall flavor is a warm apple spice flavor. I do enjoy it. Maybe it’s just my diabeetus but I’ve been craving a sweetness in my drinks lately that I just haven’t gotten from any straight tea. Maybe I should put a lone splenda in the resteep of this to see how it turns out? I am not sure. It’s a good enough tea. Again, I’m not wowed, but it is pleasing to the taste buds and I will happily finish what I have. Recommended.
Flavors: Apple, Spices
My first 52Teas order. I ordered a bunch of tasters, so unfortunately if there is any I really like I’m SOL. This is the first one I tried upon receiving the package today. Smell in the package is SUUUPER sweet. It smells like sweet pineapple through and through. Prepared Western Method, 3g of tea to 12oz, 3 min, boiling water.
Taste is…. unfortunately subdued. It’s tasty, and I’m getting the pineapple, but it’s not overly sweet. Shame because if it tasted as good as it smelled it would be one of my favorites. It’s drinkable, and not at all bitter. The pineapple is a background note. I’m not getting anything too tannic either. It’s just rather bland. I’m saddened by this. I really really wish it had tasted like it smelled, but then they never do. It’s a decent enough tea, so I won’t “Not Recommend” it, but it really doesn’t pop either so I won’t “Recommend” it either. It’s just an average tea. And average is not what I am used to anymore. Sorry.