My pancake breakfast tea finally arrived yesterday! This is my first order from 52 Teas, and I was lucky enough to get one of the packets added after they pouched all the tea up. I just couldn’t resist! I’ve been thinking about maple in tea; I love that flavor and would like to have it in a tea, but it’s not all that common. Hence this one was a must try!

The dried leaves smell powerfully like pancakes and most of all maple syrup. I was unsure of the brewing parameters on this one, so I looked at the reviews here; they’re kind of all over the place, but I decided to go less-than-boiling and a shorter time to start out. My liquor ended up a dark reddish brown, and the aroma of the brewed tea seems to be primarily the black tea with some buttery, pancakey scents; I’m a little sad the maple has decreased a lot in the aroma. Like some others, I’m mostly getting black tea in the flavor, with the buttery pancake with a hint of maple sweetness in the aftertaste. I don’t like sweetening my tea, so I don’t want to have to do that to bring the pancake flavors out, but maybe I’ll brew it longer next time and see if that helps. Still a pleasant tea, but I like my tea a little more strongly flavored.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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