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70
drank Rocky Road by 52teas
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The base is a pretty high quality black. Malty, honey, cocoa, delicious tannins typical in blacks. No bitterness at all, even in a longer steep (6 min, boiling water).

A hint of vanilla, lots of rich cocoa/dark chocolate. I was hoping for more vanilla, but this is still tasty. The sunflower seeds are nutty, but I find their flavour a bit musty (although allergen free). It wasn’t the marshmallow treat I hoped, but I did enjoy my cup this morning.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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100
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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93
drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
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Review for the bagged version of this

Surprisingly, the primary flavour here is a really aromatic and flavourful white tea.Not vegetal like bai mu dan, but distinctly a white tea. A little bit fruity, I think that might be the sprinkle of darjeeling they added in. The fruit flavour is perfect—-present but not tart or overpowering. Slight natural sweetness of huckleberries, blueberries. Distinctly those two. No artificial generic berry flavour, no citric acid, no stevia or hibiscus. Just the perfect lightly flavoured white tea. I brewed two pots of iced tea (550 mL per pitcher) and the flavour really held up. This is a great iced tea.

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fruity

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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80
drank April Siesta by 52teas
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Citrus? check
Anise? check
Lemony chamomile? check

Yup, exactly as I hoped. The anise is fantastic for licorice lovers like me who don’t like metallic, sickly sweet licorice root in teas. I maybe could have gone for a touch more sweetness, but I did coldbrew it. Honeybush really doesn’t shine unless it gets brewed near-boiling.

Flavors: Anise, Citrus, Dry Grass, Lemon, Licorice, Orange, Spicy, Vegetal

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75
drank Mango Blueberry Crumble by 52teas
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My 52Teas order finally came in. Turns out, the reason it took so long to get delivered is because customs held it, openeed the package, and then proceeded to fine me $12.34 in import fees for the package containing undeclared spices. lol whatever you say CBSA…pretty sure it is clearly tea (consider the fact that the labels list teas as ingredients, the exporter is called 52Teas, and if you open the package it is obviously tea.)

Anyway, I tried the two herbals I ordered, one of which is this. The honeybush is somewhat sweet and tastes like typical honeybush, although I personally thing some oatmeal flavouring or rooibos would have improved it. There were some interesting fruits. The mango was distinct, although a bit tart. I couldn’t make out a ton of blueberry, but it was there. Overall, it wasn’t as good as I hoped, however it wasn’t bad either. I was hoping for something more desserty (oatmeal, brown sugar, maple syrup, that kind of thing).

Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Mango

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
52Teas

Oh – wow! I’m so sorry that customs did that to you! I wouldn’t even have thought to declare it as “spices” since it is, in fact, tea and meant to be consumed as such.

Sil

that’s stupid. I think that’s the first time i’ve ever head of that happening! Sorry that happened :( Stupid CBSA.

Evol Ving Ness

I haven’t had customs intercept any of my 52Teas orders. However, they did nab, intercept, and fine me rather steeply for an August Uncommon order. Gah! So yeah, it does happen. Thankfully, your fine was relatively minimal. But annoying, of course, and yet one more thing to add to an already onerous list of concerns where ordering from the States.

Sil

REALLY? that’s never happened to me before.

Arby

I think it was a mistake on the CBSA’s part, but I wasn’t about to send it back for an appeal when I had tasty teas I wanted to brew.

Ubacat

I did have customs open some straight tea I ordered from an ebay seller. They didn’t open all the packages but the ones they did, they put a big slash in the side and taped it up. I had to put those teas in a tin. I didn’t get charged any extra fees though but it was annoying enough how they opened the teas.

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100
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
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85
drank Gingerbread Puerh by Steeped Tea
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I’m pretty close to a sipdown on this one. Only one cup left.

This does gingerbread quite accurately-spicy cinnamon, peppercorn, ginger, clove. The puerh base is a bit Earthy, but not very strong (you might think it was a black if nobody told you it was puerh). I think the base goes really well, though, because it isn’t fungal, fishy, or bitter as some cheaper pu can be. A hint of star anise gives it a great undertone of sweetness. What really sells gingerbread for me is the molasses taste this has. The spices are strong and spicy. Overall, a great spiced tea.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Cookie, Earth, Ginger, Licorice, Molasses, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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81
drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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While this tea is really good, it tastes just like Damman Freres’ cherise noir. There isn’t much here other than black tea, almond, and black cherry.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruity, Overripe Cherries, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85
drank Fraise Pistache by Dammann Freres
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This is really nice iced. The sencha base is good, lots of fruity strawberry and nutty pistachio, although the pistachio is more similar to walnut and almond.

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Green, Nutty, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Love the sound of that.

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64

My sample is labelled “Chocolate” and not “Belgian chocolate”, but I assume it is the same thing because there is no entry for just chocolate.

I used half my sample (1 tsp/2.5 g) with 200 mL hot water. I should have used milk because the aftertaste of this matcha is bitter and faintly astringent. This does taste of milk chocolate (mostly aroma of chocolate, less so in the taste) but it is also very floral in a perfume kind of way. I actually really like the flavours, but the bitterness is a dealbreaker. I’ll try it with milk next time, but I’m probably going to pass on ever buying this again.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Chocolate, Cocoa, Floral, Green, Perfume, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I think I speak for everyone here when I say tea is one of the greatest luxuries in life.

I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons.

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sale/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard on here is not up to date. See my stash here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, lychee, floral, milk/creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, earthy, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes, yellow, jade oolong, white

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus

No
Whey/milk/lactose, confectioner’s glaze, stevia, gelatin (marshmallows), animal products

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