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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
3229 tasting notes

I’m torn – my original package of this tea was truly awful (I believe I still have it for some reason), but now I have the reblend, and I am SO MUCH more pleased with the flavour. Which rating do I use?! I gave the original a 17, but I would rate this reblend about an 80.

A world of difference; the reblend tastes the way I expected the original would taste. Chocolatey, creamy, a hint of smoke… perfect. Just needs the graham cracker! I made the same mistake with this genmaicza as with the mango one, so need to try it at a proper strength, but I imagine it will only be tastier (it was actually pretty tasty even underleafed).

ETA: Adjusted the rating for this tea to reflect the current iteration of this tea.


If I could be so bold to assert my opinion to your quandary – I would like it if you rated it according to your present thoughts on the blend. :)


That makes sense to me – rate it based on what you currently think of the tea.


I would use the current rating especially since there was a big change in the company (what with the new ownership and all) though you could make note in your notes that you have had it in the past and it wasn’t great and potentially lower your rating for inconsistencies (though because of new management changing things I doubt this is necessary).


Neglected to follow up on this. I agree with the feedback, and will change my rating accordingly! Since the previous version isn’t really available anymore, it makes the most sense.

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No reviews for this?? Really? Anyways, tried this a couple days ago and thought it was okay, though weak. Only today did it occur to me that I believe I severely underleafed, using only a slightly heaped tsp in a 10-ish ounce mug, when I would normally use about 2 tsp. Not sure what I was thinking, but I’m excited to try it properly soon!

Regardless, I was able to taste the mango and some lovely custardy/coconutty flavours, which I can only imagine will be better with a bit more leaf!

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The other reblend I sampled today!

Both in aroma and flavour, this tea strongly reminded me of DavidsTea’s Cardamom French Toast. Not that that would be surprising, of course. The primary difference is that this tea is not pre-sweetened – although that’s not to say there isn’t a bit of sweetness to it (presumably the maple syrup). It really was quite tasty – the cardamom is a strong flavour, but isn’t overpowering, the base is solid, and I noticed some custardy elements as well (it clearly wasn’t just a black tea with cardamom). I’m not sure I noticed the coconut in particular, although it was definitely visible in the dry leaf.

Anyhow, I think this is a pretty good alternative to the DT version (although sadly, neither is readily available), and although I didn’t mind the pre-sweetening they did, it’s nice to have the option of leaving it out.


mmmm….also who are you? haha


Haha, I know, I’ve been awfully absent… the backlog of notes and teas I’ve drank is pretty insane.

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Juuuuust got my teas from the Christmas reblends (I had them sent to a friend in NY), and am excited to try everything! This was second on the list (first, I will get to reviewing in a few minutes).

This tea turns out to be quite a sweet, pleasant honeybush. I can’t distinctly pick out the maple flavouring, but there is certainly a lovely sweetness to the tea, along with notes of cinnamon and of course, a light but juicy ripe pear flavour. No scratchy throat from the honeybush, so I’m overall fairly pleased. It reminds me a bit of Strawberry Pie Honeybush.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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Unfortunately the only thing I can think of when I look at this tea is DavidsTea’s French Toast tea, which was amazing and wonderful and I should have picked up more. Regret. Anyhow, this one isn’t as spiced, and I don’t believe it hit the spot the way I had hoped. I’ll re-evaluate later.


I love Cardamom French Toast from Davids, too. I found the 52Teas one is set with milk added. If you have not added milk, try it. I found it enhanced the custard notes.

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drank Cranberry Orange Cider by 52teas
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Not really remembering this tea overly well. I think it might have been a bit bubble-gummy though – I find orange (and some combination of spices?) to be that way in tea sometimes. Not fond of it.

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drank Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
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Another new 52teas reblend. I didn’t like this as much as the original either, which is VERY acidic. Perhaps too acidic, but that’s what I was used to. However, if I recall correctly, the right flavouring was present, which still made it a pretty tasty cup.

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I was wondering why I hadn’t written a note for this tea yet, and then it occurred to me – I didn’t want to write and rave about it for fear of it being bought out before I got more. Hahahahaha. So yes, I really enjoy this tea. Creamy strawberry/coconut/pastry flavours… it’s really quite good. I got my large pouch of it, and it’s long sold out by now, so… sorry everyone who didn’t get to try it.


I’ve never seen a Lamington flavored tea before!


I still don’t know what a lamington is, but I sure like this tea!


It’s something in Australia, I think…a pastry of sorts.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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This note is for the new 52teas version of the tea, which unfortunately I do not care for as much as the original. I’m not sure if the black base isn’t doing it for me or what… though I also seem to be migrating away from most flavoured teas nowadays, so maybe I’ve developed an aversion to certain flavourings. Hard to say.

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Creme Brulee? I don’t know. Wonderfully holiday-themed? Yes. I probably drank this shortly after Christmas, and it was marvellous.

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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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