65 Tasting Notes

46

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

mrmopar

I remember Constant Comment by Bigelow being one of my first teas years ago.

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88

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

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

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

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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51

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.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

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.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shanie O Maniac

Just an addendum, once it cools with the sweetener in it, the pineapple comes out much more. Guess that’s why they tell you to let it cool before drinking it.

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45

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

derk

It was an acquired taste for me, eventually growing on me so much that I made my own. Now I find a lot of the store-bought brands too vinegary. But hey, if you dun like, you dun like it!

ashmanra

I just started making booch a few weeks ago. My neighbir loves it, but he LOVES vinegar so the more vinegary the better to him. I like it….all right but I wouldn’t like the atore bought stuff probably, Homemade is unpasteurized so probably has a lot more probiotics. I started my third? fourth batch tonight. Second ferment is getting really fizzy.

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79
drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
65 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

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.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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HELLO! I am a TSIT! (That’s Tea-Snob-In-Training) While I have always loved various types of tea, for almost my entire life it has come from a grocery store. I am only now starting to stick my big toe in the pool of goodness that is loose leaf. As such, there will likely be tasting notes I do for bagged tea as well as good quality (and not so good quality) loose leaf teas. I’m still learning as I go so have patience please!

Some of my favorite flavors include: Cocoa, Malt, Bread, Honey, Earthy, Sweet Citrus, Caramel, Apple, Spices, and Cinnamon.

Some flavors I don’t like: Coconut, Bitey Citrus (like Citric Acid), Sour, Smoke, Overpowering Fake Vanilla, and Stevia.

NOTE: I am Type 2 Diabetic. As such, I can really not have sugar added to tea without suffering problems. This prohibits me from using either plain sugar or honey. Instead, I use Splenda as I found my system can handle it well and I like the flavor. I try to avoid stevia as I’ve found it often ruins the flavor of tea. However, good quality teas require no sweetener. Because of this, if I add sweetener to a tea, I will mention it in the tasting note and say what kind and how much. Usually I sweeten flavored and herbal teas, but leave true teas unsweetened. There are exceptions, but this is a general rule of thumb to go by.

Currently my process for making tea is as follows:
Heat up water in Brevelle. Put dry leaf into disposable cup. Pour water over leaf. Steep. Use hand held strainer and pour tea into second disposable cup (or mug if I’m feeling ambitious) filtering leaf out with strainer. It’s not perfect, but until I can invest in something dedicated to loose leaf, it’s all I can do. Size of disposable cup varies but current batch is 12oz.

I have decided to try and make a scale for my ratings. So here goes.

As of Dec 2018.

100-91: These are my go to favorites. I will likely go out of my way to always keep these on hand, including going on third party websites to obtain out of season.
90-81: This is a tea I really did enjoy, and I will likely purchase again. However, I wouldn’t go to the ends of the earth for it, and it isn’t my all time favorite.
80-75: I am dividing this score unit up to give a new category. Tea that fits in this range is tea that I thoroughly enjoyed, but required some modification. More than likely, in order to truly appreciate this tea, it required milk, sweetener, or both. This is not to say this is a bad tea. But as I feel a really good tea should stand on its own merits, I refuse to rate a tea that had to be modified to enjoy above this. (Note, Herbal tea is usually the exception to this rule as I typically put sweetener in ALL Herbal tea.) I may very well reorder a tea that fits in this range, but again, as it needed alteration I can only rate it so high.
74-71: This is a tea that, while I may have somewhat enjoyed, something is holding me back from making it a mainstay. Maybe because it requires sweetener. Maybe there is an offputting aftertaste. It varies. But something about this doesn’t suit me and while I will likely finish what I have, I will probably not get more.
70-61: This is a tea which I drank, but I really did not enjoy it. It wasn’t bad enough to dump, and if it is the only thing available to drink, I would likely choke it down. But in the end, this is just not my literal cup of tea and I will almost certainly not get this again.
60-51: This is something that I hated, but for one reason or another, refused to dump. It just is awful, but I suppose I can choke it down and not waste it.
50-41: Yeah, whatever this is, I probably dumped it. At this level, it is barely recognizable as tea or any tea like substance, and has few redeeming qualities. On the bright side, it isn’t sewage water, so there’s that.
40-31. On it’s best day this tea has no redeeming qualities. This not only got dumped but the package it came in either got thrown away, traded, or shoved to the back of the cupboard to never be touched again. Not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but darn sure close.
30-Under: The worst thing I’ve ever tasted. This not only has no redeeming qualities, but it is gag inducing. “Teas” in this range are so bad I not only will never drink them again, I really don’t feel like offloading them onto anyone else because they are just that bad. Actual sewage water.

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