drank French Toast by 52teas
1809 tasting notes

My first sip of this tea reminded me of Cinnamon Roll Honeybush. I’m not really surprised, because they do have copious amounts of cinnamon in common, but it was a little unexpected. For some reason, I was expecting French Toast to be more savoury, but there you go.

The main flavours here are cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter. They all come out equally well, and create a smooth, sweet blend with absolutely no astringency. I drank this one straight after Pancake Breakfast, so while I can appreciate the similarities, what I’m mostly detecting are the contrasts. This blend seems a fair bit sweeter to me — possibly it’s the butter/brown sugar flavour combination, which is putting me in mind of cake mixture at the moment. The cinnamon helps to turn this back into French Toast, but the whole thing is far more dessert-like than I was expecting. That might just be my misconception, but I was anticipating a breakfast-type tea, and this doesn’t really fit my criteria for that. It’s nice, and it certainly smells really lovely brewing, but I think on balance I prefer Pancake Breakfast.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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