1736 Tasting Notes
I feel like I’m working through these quite quickly, but they are delicious…
I used 1 tsp of leaf for today’s cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in boiling water. It brews up pretty dark (and pretty quickly), but I didn’t add any milk…mostly just to see. Some caramel flavours are drowned out pretty easily, and I generally go with whole milk, so I feel like I should see how things stand first.
To taste, it’s pretty good. The caramel flavour is fairly strong, not overpowering, but immediately identifiable as caramel. There’s a creaminess to it, and a burnt sugar-like flavour in the aftertaste. The black tea base is smooth and malty, but a touch more prominent than I’d have liked. Maybe a shorter brew time, or a little less leaf (or a splash of milk…) would help to round things out a touch better.
On the whole, though, I’m pretty pleased with this one. It’s sweet, caramelly, and it contains caffeine. There’s certainly nothing in any of that to dislike.
I’m always happy when this one make a return to my cupboard. I finished the last of my “Frank” version of this tea about a year ago, and now I’m breaking out the “Anne” reblend. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees as per the recommended parameters.
It’s good – and easily lives up to the original. If anything, I think there’s a more pronounced cotton candy flavour. Where the original had sugary blueberry down pat, this one somehow takes it to the next level – it’s sugary blueberry, but there’s something else indefinably cotton candy in the background, too.
The blueberry is definitely the main player here, though. It’s sweet, not too artificial (although it is fairly sugary and candy-like – I’d expect nothing less from a cotton candy blend, if I’m honest, being that it doesn’t exactly occur naturally.) The base, I prefer. It’s a little less readily bitter, and it’s not quite as obvious in the flavour as I remember it being. This one’s a win with me!
The “Anne” version. I’m loving this one this morning! I’m absolutely getting strawberry pie – from the sweet, jammy filling to the buttery pastry case, via the delicate cinnamon spicing. I remember enjoying the original, so it’s good to see that the reblend holds up in comparison.
I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it a good 5 minutes in boiling water, no additions. While it was brewing, the whole kitchen filled with a semi-artificial candy-strawberry scent, which worried me for a moment, but in actuality it’s not like that at all. Relief! The honeybush base is pretty good here – it augments the sweetness, at least, and doesn’t otherwise make a nuisance of itself.
I’m kinda sad I only have a taster pouch of this one. I want MORE!
I think this might actually be my first savoury tea, which is exciting enough on its own, but what’s more exciting is that it’s composed of three of my favourite flavours – tomato, basil, and black pepper are some of my favourite things in life. I’m really glad Anne decided to reblend this one, otherwise I’d have been forever wondering…
I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in boiling water as per the recommended parameters. Brewed, the scent is soup-like and a touch smoky. The taste is similar – there’s an initial note of tomato – sundried rather than fresh – that’s almost sweet in its intensity. The mid-sip is dominated mostly by the basil – which is really clear and well defined (yay!), and which cuts through some of the sweet tomato, adding an almost-vegetal, herby freshness. The pepper comes out at the end of the sip and lingers a little in the aftertaste, adding a touch of welcome spiciness. All in all, pretty perfect for a savoury tea! I can taste a hint of smoke, but it’s not overwhelming and it doesn’t drown out the other flavours – it was unexpected, at first, but it fades at the cup cools so there’s no fear if smoke isn’t your thing.
As a first experience with a savoury tea, this was a good ‘un! Another I’d happily repurchase if it became available again in the future. I’d really like to experiment with some more savoury teas now…
I’m glad to have this one back in my cupboard, since it’s one of the “Frank” 52Teas I have the fondest memories of. I loved the soft, creamy lemon-dessert vibe this one had going on. Super delicious! It’s also one of the green tea blends that convinced me I didn’t hate green tea, after spending years believing that I did, so I’ll always remember it for that.
I used 1 tsp of leaf for today’s cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. It’s pretty much just as I remember – deliciously creamy, with a soft, sweet lemon flavour running throughout. It’s light and airy, like a mousse, with less sharpness than you’d typically expect from something lemon flavoured.
The base tea is mostly unobtrusive, which is a positive thing when the overall flavour is so light and dreamy. I catch little snippets of a mild, grassy-vegetal nature, and they remind me that this is a green tea, but nothing more than that.
I’d happily repurchase this one, if it were to be reblended! My rating (from the original) remains unchanged.
I was clearly on a raspberry kick last time I ordered from 52Teas, and here’s another one. When raspberry flavour is well done, though, it does make for great tea! I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It was nice to see a whole raspberry and blueberry in my scoop, plus a large coconut flake – all ingredients represented!
To taste, this one is heavier on the coconut than I expected, but I think that’s a good thing. It’s rare to find a coconut tea, or at least, I’ve not come across many in my 5 years of loose leaf tea obsession. The fruit flavours are definitely secondary, although there are well-defined blueberry and raspberry notes towards the end of the sip. The blueberry is a touch more prominent than the raspberry, I think.
All in all, I’m really enjoying this one. Lots of coconut, and some (very) complimentary fruits, and on a black tea base as well. It was always going to be a win with me!
Today’s “new start” is the Anne version of this one. I loved the original 52Teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, so I’m hoping this one will be equally good…
I used 1.5tsp for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. No additions. It’s sweet, with a pleasant amount of raspberry, and quite a lot of background woodiness from the honeybush base. There is a kind of smooth, creamy, cream cheese like note towards the end of the sip, but it’s not quite as defined as I perhaps would have liked it to be. The sweetness does put me in mind of glace icing, though, so it’s pretty much got everything I’d want – not so much in the way of pastry, but this is tea, not food.
As a tea, I’m more than happy with it. It’s true enough to its name, and it tastes great. Nothing to complain about here! I’ll certainly have no problems finishing off my taster pouch :)
I brought so many 52Teas blends to work today, I feel spoilt for choice at the moment! It was a hard decision, but I eventually settled on this one for my mid-afternoon cup. Out of the bag, it smells candy-like and fairly delicious, although not entirely natural. I’m really hoping for a good shortcake flavour with this one – if it has that, I’m sure it’ll pretty much be perfection in my book.
I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. To taste, it’s pretty good. The strawberry seems to settle down once brewed, and it’s not nearly as strong as you’d expect from the dry leaf alone. There’s also a really nice cake/biscuit element that’s light, airy, and deliciously buttery. I was so pleased that the shortcake element was accounted for!
The white tea base is a great choice here. It tastes just a touch dusty, perhaps, in the way that some white peony blends do. Nothing to really complain about, though. Mostly, it just allows the flavours to show to best advantage, and when it comes to flavoured tea that’s surely one of the major considerations.
The strawberry is natural tasting, although it’s not quite as strawberry-ish as I might have liked. That’s a minor issue, though, and one I’m more than willing to overlook purely because it’s just so damn tasty. There’s even a lingering aftertaste that really more scent than flavour – it’s just pure, unalloyed deliciousness that more than lives up to its name.
I’d like to try this one cold brewed in the summer, but I can’t see my sample bag lasting until then, so that likely won’t be happening!
Tea of the afternoon, for me. It wasn’t entirely on purpose, just what appealed to me. I picked these up on holiday last year – they’re part of a box set which contains whisky, heather and thistle flavoured teas, plus this one. A novelty if nothing else! These are bagged, so it’s hard to say much about the leaf other than that it’s very finely shredded – think CTC. I gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, and added a decent splash of milk. It brews up pretty strong – literally just my cup of tea!
To taste, it’s actually sweeter than I expected (with no additions, I hasten to add). I was expecting quite a brisk cup with maybe an edge of bitterness, but it’s not like that at all. I can definitely tell that there’s a high proportion of assam in this blend – it’s malty and almost thick-tasting in the best possible way. I can also detect some ceylon – it has an edge of citrussy brightness that emerges towards the end of the sip and helps to cut through some of the sweetness. I’m guessing there’s maybe something Rwandan in there, too, because it reminds me a lot of Teapigs breakfast blend, and that’s what distinguished that one for me. I could be wrong about that, though. If not Rwanda, then maybe Kenya…I’m pretty sure I’m in the ballpark with those guesses, anyway.
I’m more impressed with this one than I expected to be. It’s a fairly plain, straightforward, easy-drinking tea, but it’s also bold, deliciously malty, and really just a good, solid cup of tea. This could easily be a daily drinker.
I’m drinking the reblended (Anne) version of this tea today, and it’s still pretty much the best thing ever. The dry leaf smells a-ma-zing, like straight-up maple syrup. I gave 1.5 tsp of leaf 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.
To taste, it’s almost exactly as I remember. There’s an initial hit of maple that really lingers, followed by a sort-of starchiness (I can’t think of a better way to describe it, although it’s not exactly what I mean…) that’s totally reminiscent of pancakes. I’m trying to think what I do mean, but it’s hard to pinpoint. Batter? Except that’s not really accurate, either. It’s pancake, basically, or as close to it as you can get given that it’s a flavoured liquid and not food. Flavour accurate is one term for this one!
As the label suggests, it’s better slightly cooled. Hot, there’s just a hint of bitterness and the maple pretty much overpowers everything else. Cooled, there’s more smoothness and the flavours are more equally balanced. I wanted to drink this one hot, because it’s delicious, but it’s definitely worth a few minutes patience to get it at its best.
Still a winner.