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drank A Winters Treat by 52teas
2195 tasting notes

It snowed today where I live, which is extremely uncommon. Especially more than a cm which melts within 12 hours. It’s at at least 8 cm out there, and it continues to fall. I felt it was only right to warm myself up with a desserty advent calendar tea.

The oolong base is toasty and roasty, notes of raisin and barley. The spices are lovely, as are the dried fruit pieces. I can’t taste apple, so I’m not quite sure what it is (EDIT: I see it is banana from the description, which is what I was tasting. I wasn’t expecting banana in a winter tea, I guess. It’s a very welcome surprise, though) The cinnamon and creamy flavours are great. Some nutty notes. I’m not getting any rum, however I did add milk and that may have interfered.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted Barley, Spices, Toasty

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drank Myrtle's Tea House by 52teas
92 tasting notes

I just reblended about 4 pounds of this tea for the actual Myrtle’s Tea House – http://myrtlesteahouse.com – because they have ordered some. They not only sell it in their tea shop, but they also grind it to a fine consistency and add it to their shortbread cookies that they serve to their afternoon tea customers.

And since I reblended it – I have to test it before I start packaging it up. My inspiration behind this blend is some of my favorite things at Myrtle’s. There is, of course, the tea which is a creamy Earl Grey and their exceptionally good strawberry soup which is made of pureed strawberries, cream and a touch of cloves and cinnamon. Seriously – that soup! You guys … that soup!!!

We’ll be going to Myrtle’s on Thursday to deliver the tea – and they probably won’t have that soup on Thursday since it’s not exactly strawberry season at the moment. But they do have a really good tomato and basil soup too and that might be a bit more satisfying on a cold and what I think may turn out to be a snowy day since we’re getting quite a bit of snow at the moment.

Anyway – back to this tea. This is every bit as good as I remember. Sweet strawberry – a touch of vanilla – notes of cinnamon and clove and of course, that lovely bergamot. After I finish packaging up the tea for the tea house, I just might have a few pouches left over to add to the website!

Arby

You are really making it difficult for me not to buy more teas right now.

Sil

Mmmmmmmm

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I know I reviewed this just yesterday but I decided to prioritise drinking this tea since coconut is just about the only tea ingredient that I know of that goes bad over time so I can’t let it age as much as the rest of my cupboard. I have another tin of this at home too, this is just the work stash.

Still fantastic. Even better than yesterday, actually, since I’m not eating anything right now to interfere with the flavour. This just hits the spot. I may start every morning with this for a while (after my daily chai).

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for the reminder. I know this in theory, but you know, we, tea people, get side-tracked. On it. Today, I will shift a few of the coconut teas more towards the front lines of action.

Starfevre

Glad to be of service!

Dustin

Old soapy coconut, blech! I have had citrus turn in tea too. Oranges especially get this alkaline tang that ruins the tea for me.

Starfevre

I guess I’ve never let a citrusy tea age that much as I have never noticed that, but I don’t get a lot of citrus teas in general. Coconut is definitely the worst though.

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This tea was made for me! I was a 52teas transition kickstarter backer and this tea was my reward. I’ve had it several times before but apparently I didn’t review it. Time to break that now.

I love it. I wanted a tea that tasted similar to a Samoa (the girl scout cookie) and while this doesn’t quite make it there, it is a valiant effort and a good tea in it’s own right. Chocolate, coconut, tastiness.

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Loving the generous chunks of raspberry and orange in this blend, and am stoked to try this cold brewed, but will have to wait until tomorrow since I just put the jug into the fridge now. I’m trying it hot now and it’s not my favourite.

To back things up a bit, I will admit that I am a little disappointed in the scent of the dry leaf. It’s a little on the artificial side, especially orange, and I’m barely getting any raspberry. Unfortunately, its flavour is the same: mostly artificial orange and almost no raspberry. The green rooibos base is very faint.

Reserving rating this until I try it cold brewed tomorrow.

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drank Warm Maple Cream by 52teas
2428 tasting notes
No, the cold I had didn’t kill me. I can’t believe I haven’t written a tasting note in ten days though. First note for this one? I had to order a couple recent mystery bags and I received a big size of this one…. but no more new tea for me for a while! I feel like having a cold and not wanting to try new teas because of it set me back in trying teas. It’s not fun to wait to try new teas! This one smells delicious coming right out of the bag! It is definitely maple and cream! It reminds me of one of those chocolates with maple cream in the middle. The base is houjicha and that sickle shaped sort of white tea. I can’t say that the sickle shaped white tea is the one I’d prefer… I feel like it never imparts much flavor in a cup. However, it works well here. All the ingredients here really work well together. I love the white tea base with hints of roastiness from the houjicha. Definite flavors of maple and vanilla with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Big pieces of cardamom in the blend as well. I’m glad my tastebuds were back to enjoy this delicious blend!

Flavors: Maple, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Fjellrev

I’m glad you are feeling better! And I totally hear you. Between getting sick more frequently over the past few months and being really busy, it’s set me back with trying what I have in my cupboard. But I did exactly the same thing and ordered mystery bags AND got a full-sized one too so glad to hear you’re liking it!

tea-sipper

Thanks, Fjellrev. And I hope you like the Maple Cream as much as I do. :D

Mastress Alita

When I felt a cold coming on, I started drinking a lot of hibiscus (for that Vitamin C!) and ginger teas (not my favorite, but good on the throat!) like crazy trying to ward it off… I think it’s finally passed, though! Glad you are past your own blech, tea-sipper!

I have a small bag of this and have been craving maple lately so I’ll have to try it out soon! I’ve put myself on a tea ordering hiatus as well… mostly because I went waaaaay over my self-imposed budget for January. Oops!

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My boyfriend and I split the taster envelope a few weeks ago but I’ve yet to write about it because reasons. Busy reasons. I do recall liking this, picking up on both peach and cheesecake notes on top of a gentle honeybush base. If only there were more than 24 hours in a day so that I could find more time to write reviews. Sigh!

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I seem to be having a good tea day. All of my cups have been fantastic so far.

I drank this as a latte, so I used a bit more leaf than I normally would (2 tsp). With the soy milk is is super creamy, smooth, and decadent. The richness is mostly the spices (nutmeg) in the tea, but soy milk is relatively thick and makes the tea richer. I don’t know if there is quite enough nutmeg for me (perhaps a sprinkle of nutmeg dust on top next time) but I do enjoy this blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Green, Nutmeg, Spices, Sweet

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I am coming down with something flu-like: burning chest, raspy throat, headache, nose thing. Today is Family Day here. Hopefully, these unpleasant neighbours of mine will be off doing family things somewhere else. Their toddler woke me at about 2 am this morning and I had difficulty getting back to a solid sleep after that. Their 8 year old started playing some sort of pinball sounding video game this morning with the accompanying pings, dings, dongs, and shrieks when he got a goal or whatever on the thing. I pray that his attention span with this thing is short. Really short.

I try not to curse these people, but truly, it is hard. Really hard. Spending time at home is no longer pleasant for me because I can’t predict what my ambiance will be.

Is today going to be another drunken adult party with laughter and liquored up joking and screaming? Or will I be eating my lunch to the tinny sounds of video games and soccer game type cheering of the kid and his whole extended family? Or is the toddler going to be having a tantrum while I attempt to make my way through my cup of tea and a novel?

Sucks.

This tea though is fab. Despite my nasal and possibly tastebud issues from this emerging flu, I am getting a dense bread, like banana bread but peach, baked good type flavour, supported by rich black tea base and peach and berry and something slightly caramelized. Masterful combination of flavours. And the warm tea is doing wonders for my throat.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Berry, Peach

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This one surprises me because I had expected the roasted oolong to be very in my face, but no. The roasty toastiness is not over the top at all, like I find some roasted oolongs can be. Instead a creaminess comes forward from the base which is beautifully complemented by the soft apple and caramel and highlighted by the scantest touch of cinnamon.

Truly a beautifully balanced blend. Currently on steep five and delicious.

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Love You Oolong Time! I got a sample of this in the Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox (thanks tea-sipper for organizing and to whoever contributed this!), and it appears to be the original blend, rather than the reblend. As I’m trying to focus on oolongs this month, and since I’m fighting off a cold I’ve been craving citrus ginger blends, this was a perfect choice!

This tea has a very silky, smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. It steeps up a bold lemon yellow color, and has a very sweet lemony flavor. There are some subtle ginger notes that hit toward the back of the tongue toward the finish of the sip, but they are more mellow than a typical lemon ginger tea, and since I prefer my teas to not be too heavy on the ginger, I prefer the more gentle touch of the spice and the overall naturally sweeter profile. I think what is most unique about the flavor is there is a soft, subtle floral flavor just beneath the citrus, which likely contributes to a lot of the sweetness and mellowing out the heat of the touch of ginger. This is a very nice lemon ginger tea, much sweeter and creamier than any of the other lemon ginger teas I’ve tried recently during “ward off the plague” mode. I don’t normally add sweetener to my teas, but do feel that adding a little sugar makes this a little more “cookie” like; while I really enjoy the tea for what it is, it doesn’t really make me think of a dessert blend.

Full Review: https://teatimetuesdayreviews.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/tea59/

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Ginger, Lemon Zest, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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First tea of the morning today.

It feels weird to me that this is my first time trying this tea; it’s always been so popular and I’ve definitely had many chances to try it in the past but this is my first time going for it. Honestly? I think I let myself hype it up too much because although I don’t think it’s bad at all I do find myself disappointed by it.

I mean, it really nails the blueberry aspect. That part is rich, and sweet and very very potent and I’m totally in love with it. I mean, I literally just said in a tasting note a few days ago that I deeply love blueberry black teas in general. The part of this that somewhat flops for me, though, is the ‘Cream Cheese Danish’ aspect. I taste pretty well nothing in this blend that would help me to make that flavour connection at all. I mean, to me this would be way better if simply described as like a blueberry syrup or compote kind of flavour instead of throwing in the pastry comparison, which is just a miss for me.

But other than that inaccuracy in regard to the name, I did enjoy the profile overall.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrJ0mh52Q2M&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&t=2s&index=1

Evol Ving Ness

If you drink dairy, add a glug of half and half.

Dustin

I don’t recall this one living up to the praise I saw it getting for me either. I really wanted it to.

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Was not wowed the first time I drank this – if anything, I was a little disappointed as it didn’t taste much like the name. However, I’m chalking that up to user error, because round 2 was pretty taste – a light, lemony, creamy white tea. I do wish there was more lavender though, as I’ve found I like it in tea and was hoping it would shine a little more.

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This was a lovely thing to cart around with me today, with all aspects of it accounted for. Really, a beautifully balanced blend.

Thanks for the sample, Sil.

And it’s a sipdown!

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I think Sil would like my packet of this since it is loaded with cardamom. It smelled so marshmallowy and though there is a fluffy sweetness it is mainly cardamom. As such I don’t think this is really for me so Sil, don’t be surprised if you find more of this in the bag of teas I’m putting aside for you.

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drank Gramma's Spice Cake by 52teas
2428 tasting notes

Only one tasting note for this? HOW? I do remember someone on Steepster saying they loved this one, so I’m happy to try this sample. I wanted a nutmeg tea today and somehow this just happened to have it, so I went with it. Apricots even! Mmmm. I love that this blend uses three base black teas: golden Yunnan, Fujian and Assamica. (I’m also VERY glad that the new 52Teas uses the fancy black teas because I always hated the Ceylon in the old blends.) The flavors result in a lovely cup: mostly notes of apricot and hints of nutmeg. Exactly what I had hoped. I’m not really tasting the almond or cakiness. But that is completely fine, I like what I’m tasting!
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep

Evol Ving Ness

Is steepster broken?

Evol Ving Ness

I have made several posts on teas that I’ve posted on before and my new posts have disappeared—-no longer showing up on Dashboard but now buried in the thread under the tea name, not showing up in new posts.

Evol Ving Ness

In fact, this post, ie. Gramma’s Spice Cake, has been at the top of Dashboard for almost 24 hours with no new posts added. Highly unlikely that no one else is writing about the teas that they are drinking on the weekend.

Evol Ving Ness

And also recent activity scroll is broken and not updating either.

__Morgana__

Yes, it’s broken. This happens periodically. I would send a note, but lately I’ve not gotten any traction when I’ve sent bug reports.

__Morgana__

BTW, yesterday I could post notes; even though they weren’t showing up in my feed they showed up in my Tasting Notes. Today I can’t post notes either.

Mastress Alita

Yesterday I posted a Tasting Note but it never appeared in my Tasting Notes feed, on the tea page, or on my Notices feed. I also updated the tea in the process but the tea still appears in its pre-updated form in the database. It seems everything is just “locked in time” and I’m hoping all that data will be released at some point; if not, at least I write all my notes externally on a NotePad first so I have a backup!

Tabby

This has been the first post on my dashboard for over a day now, lol. I tweeted @Steepster to let them know the site’s frozen.

Evol Ving Ness

Yay, well-done, Tabby. And yes, mine too.

Evol Ving Ness

I posted here because iirc there are several active journallers who could potentially do something about this.

tea-sipper

hmm, I didn’t see any of these comments on my tasting note in the tealog until I clicked on the dashboard (so also no e-mail alerts to comments), so yes, there is definitely something going with steepster. Hope it fixes!

tea-sipper

Also, I hope this tasting note didn’t break steepster. haha

Tabby

This is all your fault!! XD

Mastress Alita

One Gramma’s Spice Cake to Rule them All!

Lexie Aleah

If any of my posts are gone or broken I wouldn’t even remember what I wrote or for what tea. O.0

tea-sipper

What’s odd is I posted a tasting note after this one and it did go just to that tea page like Evol mentioned, and not to the dashboard or my tea logs.

Mastress Alita

The one I posted didn’t originally show on the tea’s page, but is now. It took a while for the updates to the tea page to appear. Dash/Activity/Notices/Logs/etc. still have been frozen for two days.

Tabby

And the cupboard, too. I added like 5 teas, and it shows them as in my cupboard on the tea’s profile, but not in my cupboard page.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh boy. I wonder how complicated this is going to be to fix.

Roswell Strange

Wow… I can’t ever remember it getting this bad or taking this long. Even to hear anything back from Jason & team. :(

Mastress Alita

It is very disheartening that there hasn’t even been so much as a Tweet sent out or anything with some sort of status update…

Indigobloom

Ugh. I just bought a bunch of teas at the tea festival. Was so excited to add them all and post reviews. Now I won’t have time to do them all at once (I took yesterday off work). Hmph. Steepster… come back!!

Evol Ving Ness

Steepster come back! Gah!

Jason

Sorry guys we’ve had an issues where the background processes that handle all of the site activity updates had died and we were having trouble getting everything restarted. Things should be coming back online now but there could still be a lag.

tea-sipper

Just as long as Steepster doesn’t disappear completely — thanks so much, Jason!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for updating us, Jason!

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Another one of those I can’t believe I am the first one to comment on this stellar tea notes.

This is one inspired and beautifully balanced tea. Imagine a layer of quasi-carrot cake spice buffered by the sweetness of carrot with a shot of maple on a black base that nicely stands up to all this embellishment.

I like this one a lot and sadly, I am moving through this far too quickly.

Flavors: Carrot, Maple Syrup, Spices

Sil

VariaTEA’s package of this is still at my place haha

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, she hates it? she hasn’t tried it yet? you hate it? you haven’t tried it yet?

Sil

No one has tried it. It’s sitting at my place waiting for her

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How are there no notes for this? This tea is delicious. It only lasts for one infusion (the second infusion has basically no caramel, but that’s ok), but that one infusion is quite good – rich caramelly flavours on that toasty base. Had it during a morning meeting and was quite sad when it was done.

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Noope. Unfortunately, this tea didn’t do it for me. There just isn’t enough juicy fruitiness here, instead it tastes like an older white tea with only a hint of nondescript fruit. Perhaps age could be a factor here, but it was sealed until recently.

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drank Rocky Road by 52teas
3327 tasting notes

Pretty decent tea, but I felt like it tasted slightly as if the nuts were going rancid (I know, there are no nuts, only sunflower seeds). However, I easily got over that and drank the entire cup during a meeting, and enjoyed it. The rest was delicious rich chocolatey gooey marshmallowey perfection. The tea is probably a touch old, so I won’t detract any points for any staleness.

Evol Ving Ness

It’s not that old. I’d be surprised if it were stale already.

Evol Ving Ness

Omigosh! It’s a year old already! Gah!

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drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
3327 tasting notes

Exactly as described: cola + ginger. The base wasn’t astringent, and I got lots of both cola and ginger, so this tea really hit the mark. Probably would be better chilled.

Lexie Aleah

as a Tea Pop it would probably be amazing.

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