400 Tasting Notes

drank Berried Treasure by 52teas
400 tasting notes

I got this as a sample with my last 52Teas order. I put it off because I saw that bergamot was one of ingredients. I am not fond of bergamot. Earl Gray is not a fave! But either my cup didn’t have much bergamot or it is so light I can barely taste it. I enjoyed this cup. It had a mellow strawberry flavor that avoided the fake or “children’s cough syrup” version of strawberry, and it didn’t taste like sickeningly sweet strawberry candy either.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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It was cold today! Only 55 and very windy. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 37. Do you know what that means? Yep, hot tea drinking weather!

After the mid and upper 80s of the weekend (and that is way too hot for me, even in July, much less May!) I was afraid we’d have no more chilly weather until October. But the rest of this week will be in the 60s and lower 70s. I like those temps much better. Yes, I’m weird.

All that was a build up to me going through my tea stash to find something dessert-y for this evening. I wanted something small, probably too small to make a pitcher of iced tea. And I found this little sample that I received with my last order from Quarter 2 Tea. Green tea is not my fave. In fact, I actively dislike it. But the pecan shortbread part snagged me. It was only a little bit, enough for one cup. I figured I should use it up.

I was pleasantly surprised. The grass flavor that I dislike was there, but it didn’t remind me of a pile of grass clipping rotting in the sun. There was a definite butter cookie flavor. I drank the first cup and re-steeped. That time the grass flavor overwhelmed the pleasant shortbread flavor. The first cup, though was very nice. I wouldn’t want to order any more of this, but it was good.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I recently bought three taster packs of this tea, one for me, one for a friend deployed in Iraq, and one for his wife here at home. Months ago we had a tea party at church and he stopped in.I had brought a number of teas, but he immediately identified 52 Teas’ black Pancake Breakfast as his favorite. He is a HUGE Star Trek fan as well as being a tea drinker, so thought I would surprise him with a treat.

I made myself a cup of this. I like tend to like breakfast teas that are robust but not bitter. I thought this might be a little more dessert-y than robust, but it’s not. The black base is strong enough to hold its own against the marshmallow and butterscotch, like a good breakfast tea should, but there is a bit of creamy almost-sweetness to the sip. Very nice.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML


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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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I cold brewed this one for today. With this darned sinus infection I am very dry. Maybe it’s only a myth that caffeinated beverages don’t hydrate as well. I need to hydrate a LOT since I can only breathe thru my mouth. I woke up this morning feeling like my mouth had been stuffed with cotton. Ugh! I don’t really enjoy the tap water here, so I prefer to drink tea or carbonated water. Long story short, I brewed up a quart of this since it was caffeine free, and managed to drink nearly all of it during the day. I have no sense of smell, but I swear I got hints of melon from this.

The 4 inches of snow we got yesterday are melting now thank goodness. I have a billion errands to run tomorrow after work and I didn’t want to have to scrape my car off. I actually really like winter. Late April, however, is not winter. ahem

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It’s snowing and blowing. On April 26. And what I thought are allergies may be a sinus infection. I won’t bore you with an account of my sufferings. I am glad for this tea. I had a cup on my afternoon break. I’m starting to run a little low on it. (By low I mean I have about 20 grams left) It’s not the sort of tea I drink huge quantities of. As in, I won’t brew up 2 liters of it iced. But I think I see a pot of hot, steamy Cold 911 this evening.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope your sufferings are brief.


I have a sample of this. Maybe I should make it next my best friend comes over. She has been sick on and off since January. :’(

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I got a generous sample of this from a non-Steepsterian friend and decided to make a small pitcher of iced tea. It’s quite cold today (come on, spring, get a move on!) so I kind of wish I had made it hot. But the iced tea is quite good. My sense of smell is completely gone again so I can’t smell or taste the ginger or peach, but the tea is smooth and no hint of astringency or bitterness.

Iced 8 min or more

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My goal this summer is to drink down as much of my tea as I can so I have room for new teas come fall.Making col brews by the pitcher full ought to help me with that goal. I really like this tea. It’s smooth and delicious. I wasn’t sure how it would be iced, but it’s quite tasty. When it comes time to re-order in the fall, this one will probably be one I want more of.

4 min, 0 sec

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Chilly spring morning with wind and rain. Perfect morning for a hot cuppa. This one remains amazing. My goal is to drink up all the teas with only a little left. This one doesn’t fall into that category. Too bad. I will enjoy it anyway.

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drank Fireside Spice by Tea Source
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This morning I made a cup of this hot, and then I used the rest to brew a pitcher of iced tea. I’m sorry to see this one go! Tea Source isn’t making it any more, so this really is gone now. It doesn’t really sound like a sping-y Easter tea, does it? I chose this one because it was one with not much leaf left in the pouch, and I wanted to make room in my new tea cupboard. The new apartment is short of drawers and cabinets and storage in general, so now I really do HAVE to reduce my tea hoard.

Anyway, hot this one is warming and comfy. The cold brew is very pale. I may not have had enough leaf left to make a good strong pitcher. But it is cold and refreshing, and that is good enough.

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Warm weather is upon us! Time for more iced tea drinking. I had only one bag of this tea left, so last night I set this to brew in the fridge. Those pre-measured bags of tea are so convenient. I’ve had this tea for two years. I don’t know how much the flavor has been compromised by time, but it tastes ok. Definitely a watermelon bubblegum flavor. But I like it. I think I should have let it brew a little longer since it is fairly pale in color and the flavor is a bit weak, with a slightly bitter edge to the sip. But it’s cold and refreshing, so that will do.

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.


Fargo, ND



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