3217 Tasting Notes

Another interesting one! I drank this around the same time as Mayan Chocolate Chai, so probably need to try it again on its own to get a better picture of how it tastes.

However, I do certainly recall a lovely nuttiness that I quite enjoyed, and in reading a bit more about the tea, I see that it’s supposed to taste like walnuts and sweetness, which I’m pretty sure it did. More details to come some other day, maybe, if I get around to it, but this is a generally positive review :D

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drank Rosemary Tangerine by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

Picked this one up purely for curiousity, as I haven’t had rosemary in a tea before. While it is interesting, it is reminding me too much of medicinal blends for my liking, and therefore I don’t think I’ll be trying rosemary teas in the future. I was also hoping for a bit more tangerine – which smelled great when I opened the package – but it was definitely relegated to the background a bit by the rosemary.

Probably not a tea for everyone, but is a fun experiment. If you are a fan of rosemary and/or minty teas, I think you may enjoy this.

Evol Ving Ness

This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. I got excited about the prospect of tangerine with the slightest hint of rosemary in the back somewhere. Alas, that was not to be quite like that.

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drank Red, White and Blue by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

This is a really nice, fruity black, with an bonus of coconut that gives it a bit of something extra over your standard fruity black. In my initial sip, I also thought I was getting a hint of taiwanese black grapey flavour (ok, I’m getting it again… yum), which really added to the blend. I’d imagine this is killer iced.

Again, not a favourite, but pretty tasty for what it is.

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drank Watermelon Houjicha by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

So few reviews! Sad times :(

Anyhow, this is a nice enough tea. I am still pretty stoked about houjicha-based flavoured teas, and this is no exception. Creamy, toasty houjicha base with some melon flavour. Not as melony as some teas (read: Butiki), but I think too much might cause a clash, anyhow.

Verdict? Tasty but not a favourite. I’m loving the smoothness of the tea, but am somewhat over melon flavouring. Recommended for houjicha and/or melon lovers.

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I’m very disappointed that this is out of stock. Because…. this tea is AMAZING. I actually was just going to email Anne personally with my rave review instead of posting it, so I could get more, but then I saw it was out of stock – so have switched my efforts to garnering reblend support instead :D

Anyhow – the review. The oolong base is marvellous – creamy and rich, not a hint of astringency, just amazing deliciousness. The grapfruit flavouring is bang on but not astringent, like I’ve often tasted in grapefruit teas (a reason why I don’t seek them out). The crystallized ginger and oolong combine for an amazing brown sugar flavour that isn’t outright sweet, but adds so much depth here, it’s impressive. The ginger is just at that perfect level where you can taste it, but it’s not sour or overpowering. Everything combines for a level of brown sugary grapefruit oolong perfection.

In short, this is probably the best new tea I’ve tasted in a while, and I’m heartbroken that there aren’t any other reviews on here about it, because that means nobody will know how amazing this tea is! And sadly, I only have a taster pouch so I can’t really even spread the love!

Therefore it clearly needs to be reblended. :D

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

I have a pouch heading my way now. Can’t wait to try it!


I’m pretty sure I still have more of this – I will check in a bit!


PS: Really happy to hear that you love this! I hope that the person I made it for originally happens to read this too!


I just got a chance to check inventory and we have more of this tea available. :) It’s all been added to the website now.


You are killing me! I just made an order! :P


I love grapefruit. This inspired me to make an order to try it out!

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Made the mistake of trying this AFTER the Mayan Chocolate Chai (sweet and spicy… oops!)

Anyhow, I think this is the best savoury flavoured tea I’ve ever tried. Definite tomato and basil (and a hint of pepper!), though none is so overpowering that one would feel they are drinking a cup of soup instead of a cup of tea. The tea base is nice here – it fills in the background enough to again make clear that this is tea, not soup, but I can’t pick out any flavouring notes distinctly.

Upping the rating because although I probably wouldn’t drink this tea often, it’s very well-executed and a novel flavour experience (and I can truly taste the tomato – which I believe I felt was lacking in my sample of the original blend).


Yay! So glad you enjoyed this – this was one of my all-time favorite blends and I was so excited to actually reblend it and I do like my reblend better than the original too. (Is that a horrible thing for me to say?)

Evol Ving Ness

Nope, it is not a horrible thing to say if it is true.


Don’t necessarily get too caught up on the soup idea. I’ve had basil in icecream before too.

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Found a barely-touched 2 oz. bag of this, and am super happy about it. All the PTA.


Oh you lucky duck! :P


So jealous!!!

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
3217 tasting notes

This review is for the new 52teas reblend of this tea. I may still have some of the old version left somewhere, but it’s hard to say.

Anyhow – first impression of the dry leaf was not what I was hoping for. It smells spicy/spiced, but not really like chai. It took me a while to figure out that cayenne pepper is probably what it smells like (maybe a touch of smoke too?)

Brewed up – again, the smell is just spice. While this is of course important for this tea, I’m missing the chai elements. I sampled some unaltered, and still am feeling like some of the “chai” spices (cardamom, ginger, etc.) are not as prominent as I would like – but the cayenne is bang on! Spicy and mouth burny but not too much – so that makes me happy!

I added some milk and sugar (that’s what I used to do to the old version) and I think I can taste the chai spices more, along with the cayenne. Still missing the smoke and chocolate aspects though (but I don’t really recall the chocolate being noticeable in the original).

Overall: I liked the original better, because the mix of cayenne/smoke/chai spices was amazing, and I feel like the chai spices are too subtle here, as is the smoke. The cayenne is perfect though, and with milk, I’m pretty happy with the tea, but I think it could use a bit of tweaking to be more like the original (also – the original was a CTC, which maybe gave it a bit of a different flavour profile?) Rating: 75

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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