1753 Tasting Notes
Mmm, root beer. This tea is the perfect example of why I love root beer so much. I’ve loved it as a kid but could never figure out why other than the sarsaparilla. I thought that was all it had going for it, but it wasn’t until I tried a gourmet root beer later on (and not just the Hires, MUG, A&W, etc) that was not only root beer in stereo, but allowed me to taste other things in there too. Holy shit, there’s wintergreen in root beer traditionally? And star anise too? And clove? That’s what really made me understand why it’s the bomb, because
I love these things too. So blah blah blah, this tea is all that too. I can taste the star anise, a touch of sweet licorice root, star anise, cloves, and even vanilla. Not the wintergreen as much as the gourmet root beer I had for that first time, but still, this tea reminds me of good root beer! So Anne, you really nailed it here creating a tea that reflects a gourmet root beer.
I’ve only had this hot, without any additives so far but I’m curious to see what it would taste like with milk for a root beer float vibe, and of course, iced. Now that I have more room in my freezer, I popped in my ice cube tray and am looking forward to trying that out soon.
Sipdown! I told myself to have a cup of this every single day until it’s gone. I had it as a latte the other night, adding some vanilla extract (with fancy vanilla bean) into the milk before frothing, so it was all fancily speckled with vanilla bean on top. As a result, this made a mean Coconut London Fog. For this last cup, I brewed it up extra strong and lazily poured some whole milk in, and it’s great this way too.
August’s recent email announcing some returning blends nudged me towards this tea, realizing that I only have one cup, so that’s a sipdown. I wasn’t overly impressed with this one, as the flavours fell short. It sadly didn’t remind me of a Christmas market. But it was still an easy one to drink. As a side note, I was so stoked that they were bringing back other blends, hoping that meant that Passage du Desir, but sadly not. Come on, guys, do it!
Sad sipdown! I steeped this as a round two before heading to work thinking I could squeeze in that second cup, but I barely touched it while waiting for it to cool, so I transferred it into my water bottle and took it to work. Was so delicious lukewarm! Hoping to have more of this in my life someday. How I wish I could just make some 52teas all-star favourites order and stock up in one go.
It’s about time I opened this. The dry leaf is generously laced with chipped coconut and thankfully doesn’t smell soapy at all. No one needs rancid, soapy coconut in their lives. And then there’s the bergamot but it’s quite mellow. Not nearly as in-your-face as some straight EG and even some EGC blends can be.
I agree with VariaTEA that this is very similar to Herbal Infusion’s Marshmallow Snowflake Earl Grey, which was softer and more well-rounded with the vanilla marshmallow. In essence, this is like a cross between that and the original 52teas Coconut Cream Pie.
Smooth black base, fresh coconut, warm vanilla, and mellow bergamot all rolled into one. I’m having it with a splash of 2% milk but I’m itching to try it as a true latte. Maybe next time!
Anne nailed the blueberry cotton candy flavour in this tea. The base pairs very well with this, at least when it comes to the first steep. The plump blueberries in the infuser basket inspired me to try a second steep since I loved doing that with the original Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, and the scent of this tea reminds me of it, but I didn’t care for the base during the second round since it was too much on the vegetal side for me. Otherwise, that blueberry cotton candy cloud in the first steep gets two thumbs up.
Sipdown! Finally updated my cupboard with the teas my boyfriend picked up for me in Europe last month so it’s high time I polish off some older ones. My neighbours were obnoxiously loud last night, so between their karaoke, random continual tap-dance-like sounds, and LULZ giggling and squealing like ZOMG, waking up at 6am this morning really sucked especially when I’ve been getting mostly later shifts which have me usually coming home past 11pm. So needless to say, I have a numb, sleep-deprived brain, which has become the norm over the past half year with this erratic work schedule, and I’m hoping that drinking a ton of coffee and tea will at least do something (but, let’s face it, it won’t).
I recall really liking this one when I first got it. I loved the stronger allspice and citrus in here, like drinking a spicier version of liquidated cola bottle gummies. But these last two cups were too sweet for my liking, understandably since a lot of the added sweetener (plus licorice root for a double whammy) sank to the bottom. So overtime, emphasis shifted from the Spice to the Sugar. Most definitely a pleasure to have in my cupboard but I’ve finally had my fill.