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drank Root Beer Float by 52teas
193 tasting notes

I received a sample of this tea with a recent order. To be honest, I wasn’t terribly jazzed about it because root beer isn’t really my jam. But a free sample is better than no sample, right? Beggars can’t be choosers and so forth.

This is another solid flavored black tea blend from 52Teas. Beautiful (lighter) black tea base that doesn’t compete with the other flavors. The smell of the dried leaf is spot on. On its own and hot, I don’t get much of the “float.” The vanilla is very subtle. It tastes like hot flat root beer. LOL! I had no intention of drinking it hot, though. I poured it over ice and added a splash of half & half, and it’s absolutely magical. I never thought I’d say this about a root beer flavored tea, but it’s one of the best teas I’ve tasted so far this year.

Flavors: Root Beer, Vanilla

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This has been sitting around in my stash. I was getting tired of having coffee every morning at work, so I chucked this in my handbag earlier this week. I’ve had a cup every day for the past four days, and it’s really delightful. It’s one of the better chocolate teas I’ve had in recent memory. It tastes very rich and sinful even though it’s not. I like it best as a latte because dairy (or non-dairy milk for that matter) really brings out the creaminess that you’d get with an actual eclair. All in all, another solid flavored black tea blend from 52Teas. Recommended for those that enjoy dessert and/or chocolate teas.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank Pumpkin Juice by 52teas
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I really need to start both a sip-down challenge and a sell/swap pile. My stash is getting a bit out of hand.

This is a fairly recent purchase for me. I’m not a huge fan of green teas, but I’ve been looking for a nice spiced pumpkin tea that has pumpkin in it but doesn’t have carrot in the ingredient list. Plus, it’s named “Pumpkin Juice.” How could I not buy it?

I’m having it as an iced latte this morning, but I’ve sampled it hot and unsweetened too.

Hot and straight, it tastes like spiced apple cider – y’know the kind you make in a crockpot for company over the holidays. But it’s not just any old spiced apple cider, it’s spiced apple cider that’s been warming away with slices of pumpkin added to the mix. It’s very warming and comforting, especially on cool mornings. The green tea base isn’t bitter or overly assertive. I don’t taste much pineapple, but that’s fine by me. Pineapple isn’t normally my jam. The level of spice is just right.

It’s quite nice as an iced latte as well. I think the addition of dairy makes it taste more like a baked good – like apple cake batter. The pumpkin flavor is lost in my cup this morning, but it’s still a nice lil’ drink. I’ll just have to remember to enjoy it hot when I’m wanting a tea that tastes of pumpkin.

52Teas is quickly becoming one of my favorite tea companies. I’ve just been so impressed with so many of their blends lately.

Flavors: Apple, Pumpkin, Spices

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I enjoyed the last few teaspoons from my sampler bag this morning. I’m really quite surprised by how much I am enjoying this blend. I think it’s just so comforting and so festive. It genuinely reminds me of the holidays.

I totally gilded the lily this morning, but it’s quite nice with a splash of homemade eggnog.

I’m glad I bought a large bag of this blend to savor over the next few weeks.

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I finished off my sample bag by cold-steeping the last few teaspoons in a pitcher. Cold-steeped it reminds me a bit of David’s Sweet Lime with cranberries thrown into the mix. I just enjoyed the last cup or so topped with some carbonated water. It’s so refreshing. I cannot wait to receive my stock-up order of this tea.

If anyone has any recommendations for fruity green rooibos blends, please let me know. :)


Psst: we have another green rooibos blend (quite fruity!) coming up this month!


That’s awesome! Thanks for the heads up. I’ll keep my eye out for it. :)

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I don’t like genmaicha, but I sampled this anyway. I didn’t prepare a full serving because I knew it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea, pun intended.

I can’t get past the taste of the toasted rice. The taste reminds of when you’re preparing rice and you sauté the rice in melted butter until it starts browning. That moment. That moment right before you add the liquid to the buttery browned (raw) rice. Genmaicha tastes the way that smells. There’s a green tea note in it as well, but that is so subtle compared to the taste of the rice on my tastebuds. I barely taste the marshmallow root, and the fragrance of the toasted rice really lingers in my head.

No bueno.

Evol Ving Ness

Genmaicha is like cilantro in that sense: either you love it or you hate it. Sorry that you didn’t find the joy in it today.


No worries. That’s so true – the comparison to cilantro, that is.

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
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Blech. I knew I wasn’t going to like this blend the minute I opened the bag. I detest mint in tea. I had one sip of this tea, cringed after reluctantly swallowing, and immediately passed the mug over to my mum. She doesn’t mind mint. She didn’t love it either, but she prefers the combination of mint and chocolate. After having my one sip I checked the ingredients and discovered that this blend contained peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, AND wintergreen essence. For real?! Kill me now. No, don’t, that’s a tad bit dramatic. It was uber minty, y’know the type of mint that when you exhale your breath feels cold and your lips burn?? If that’s your jam, more power to you. It’d probably be nice as a latte with chocolate milk – again, if mint is your thing.

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drank A Winters Treat by 52teas
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Oolong blends are hit or miss for me; this one was a miss. It smelled delicious. The smell of dry leaf reminded me of the Snickerdoodle Re-Imagined blend from earlier in the 12 Day of Christmas sampler. I like the idea of a tea that combines bananas, cinnamon and buttered rum essence – a liquid version of bananas foster if you will – but the base of this tea just didn’t jive on my tastebuds. Meh.

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I was so pleased that this was after the Winter Cabin Chai. Marshmallow Assam sounded sweet and, well, safe. LOL! I was wrong. This tea was sadly a miss for me. I don’t say that often about black tea blends from 52teas because they’re usually quite exceptional. I think the black tea in this blend is just too bold for the marshmallow root. It was really quite strong and assertive, and, while I don’t mind that from a black tea blend, it really overpowered the marshmallow note. I’ll give it another go as a latte; maybe a bit of dairy will make it a bit less robust.

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This is another solid black tea (re)blend from 52teas. I love a good coconut tea, especially those with black tea bases, so this blend is right up my alley. While the coconut flavor is really outstanding and there’s a nice creamy flavor, this tea reminds me more of coconut custard/pudding that of coconut cream pie…coconut cream pie filling, perhaps. One of my favorite components of pie is the crust, so I’m really missing even a hint of pie crust or pastry. I’m happy it was included in the 12 Days of Christmas sampler, but it’s not something that I need to add to my collection.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream

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I’m a 30-something Texan and wannabe globetrotter. I like my tea sweet and over ice.

I prefer: tisanes/fruit infusions, breakfast teas, (flavored) black teas, maté blends, dessert teas

Yes: hibiscus, goji berries, sea buckthorn, cantaloupe/rock melon, honeydew melon, berries (particularly cranberry, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry), mango, coconut, peach, citrus, vanilla

No: cherry (on its own), watermelon, carrot, warming spices (cinnamon, clove, chai, nutmeg, etc.), mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), most florals (chamomile, rose petals, lavender, etc.), eucalyptus


San Antonio, TX



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