568 Tasting Notes

90

I’m the first to review this? Neat!

This one turned out to be a surprise winner. You can always tell it’s a good coconut tea when there’s a bit of coconut oil floating on top. Though the shavings they use are finely minced, you still get so much flavor. I’m impressed. The coconut is creamy and realistic, sort of like a Mounds bar but without the chocolate. Delicious.

I’m excited to try this again later over ice. Maybe with milk. I bet this would also make a great bubble tea base. Absolutely on the re-order list for summer.

Flavors: Candy, Coconut, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

I bought this expecting it to be pretty generic. I was right.

There’s nothing wrong with it. Assam base with a bit of an astringent bite. It offers an inoffensive, natural-tasting vanilla. But the vanilla is more in the aroma than the taste. It’s not quite as creamy and lingering as I tend to like. I tend to prefer vanilla teas that are more cupcakey and decadent than this. So it’s a little boring, I guess.

I will be using this to blend with my other teas, I suppose. Vanilla goes with everything, so…

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Ayup, that’s the destination for the vanilla teas that I find to be lacklustre as well.

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75

I picked this as one of my three free samples in my last order. My thought was that it would be like Constant Comment, what with the orange and clove.

However, where Constant Comment goes heavy on the clove, this goes heavy on the orange. Not really what I was hoping for, but it’s still pretty good. Orange isn’t exactly my favorite fruit in tea, but this has that nice tangy citrus rind flavor. The cinnamon adds a comforting layer. Can’t say I really detect the vanilla. But this is lovely on such a wet February day.

Still, I can’t help but feel like I’m drinking the Christmas potpourri my mom makes on the stove every year. (In a good way.) But I think I’ll stick with my Constant Comment.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Citrusy, Clove, Orange

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
568 tasting notes

Yay, Steepster is fixed!

Just an update to note that this is back in my cupboard once again. My husband has gone from someone who thought tea tasted like creekwater to drinking earl grey every day. We’ve begun keeping a pitcher of it in the fridge. Perfect for when you wake up sluggish and thirsty.

Still the best earl grey I’ve ever had.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Hooray for hubby! Mine went from Tetley British Blend with milk and three sugars, to puerh, oolong, and green tea! Straight, no less!

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90

I love every word in the title of this tea. This one was a no-brainer.

I’ve tried so many coconut teas over the years, but 52Teas’ are always the best. So creamy and real. A tiny bit of coconut oil always ends up floating on top of the brew. I’m not sure I’ve seen that anywhere else.

However, coconut is not the dominant flavor of this tea. Even with the generous, thick coconut shavings mixed in. The sweet maple leads this tea, followed by cardamom. I was a little afraid that the cardamon would be too much, especially with the whole pods, but it isn’t. It simply compliments the syrupy goodness. I also think I taste cinnamon and a bit of creamy caramel. This is absolutely delicious. I’m really tempted to go back and buy the Large size before it gets away.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coconut, Maple Syrup, Pancake Syrup

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ooh, this one was good. I only got a taster but am pretty sure I still have some left.

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84

Caramel teas are another huge weakness of mine. When I ritualistically opened the package for the first sniff before steeping, I was greeted with such a rich, sweet aroma. It smelled so creamy and buttery. Like faintly caramelized brown sugar and something tangy. Just decadent.

The black tea, as I’ve mentioned before, is higher quality than what most tea companies make flavored blends with. As far as the cheesecake flavor goes, it is mild and kind of reminds me of flan. There is definitely more buttery caramel payoff in the smell of the tea than the actual taste. Which is kind of disappointing to me. While this is nice and will make a wonderful breakfast tea, it’s not exactly what I was looking for.

EDIT: I want to note that the tasty caramel flavor gets stronger as my tea approaches lukewarm. I’m thinking this might be awesome iced. Gonna try that tomorrow.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Jlvintagelove

U made me want a cup…to bad they don’t sell it anymore =(

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drank The Vanilla Marshmallow by 52teas
568 tasting notes

This is the tea that called out to me and convinced me to place my most recent order. Vanilla teas have been my obsession for the past few years. So, I was not about to let one by 52Teas get by without trying it.

As I measured out the leaves, I was reminded why 52Teas is a little more pricey than the bigger tea companies. It’s because they use such quality teas as bases. Instead of using cheap, lower-grade Ceylons or whatever, they blended this using long, dark Assam leaves. All nearly whole and high quality, mixed with off-white pieces of marshmallow root. They have a more fruity than vanilla aroma.

That said, while this is a very tasty Assam, that’s kind of all I taste. The vanilla is so subtle. It’s mostly in the exhale. Very mild. The focus is definitely on the base, not the flavorings. While that’s not exactly the experience I was looking for, there’s something very comforting about it. It’s satisfying in a way. I’m glad I have the rest of this sample to go through. Maybe I’ll see what it’s like with a splash of milk next time.

Flavors: Fruity, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Lexie Aleah

I haven’t tried this tea but it’s so interesting how different people have completely different perceptions on taste. I’ve seen so many other Steepster member’s obsessed with this tea. When you happen to be the one that doesn’t find it amazing it can make you feel like your missing something at least for me it does.

Sil

This is vanilla marshmallow root….so while I really enjoy this one, it’s not what I’d classify as a vanilla tea….if that makes sense?

Evol Ving Ness

Try steeping at a lower temperature.

Interesting, Sil. I have always considered this tea vanilla AND marshmallow root rather than vanilla flavoured marshmallow root. So, from my perspective, I consider it a vanilla tea with the addition of marshmallow. But that’s me.

Sil

i Hear ya….vanillla tea to me are th ones from DF and MF heh

Evol Ving Ness

hahha, yeah, we’ve had this discussion before. Once or twice or three times.

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drank Thai Tea by Adagio Teas
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Adagio can be kind of hit-or-miss with their flavored teas, and this one was unfortunately a miss.

This tea isn’t bad by any means, but I would not recognize it as Thai tea. Even if I used sweetened condensed milk instead of 2%. It has a vaguely coconutty, vaguely cardamom-like spice note that’s really hard to place. And why are there apple pieces in this? I worked in a noodle house for years and we never put any kind of fruit in the Thai tea.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that I’m used to the bottled, orange stuff. Or the stuff you make out of powder. This tea seems very all-natural and just doesn’t capture the flavor of the cheap, oversweetened stuff you’d get at the Asian markets.

Flavors: Cardamon, Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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72

I got this as a free sample in Republic of Tea’s seasonal catalog. Aww yiss, winter blends.

This is reminiscent of eggnog, heavy with vanilla. But instead of nutmeg, as one would find in eggnog, they used cardamom. It has a creamy, sweet note that makes me put this in the dessert tea category. The raspberry leaves give it a bit of a dryness that balances that out somewhat. Others have said they tasted caramel, but I don’t.

There is just something missing here in this blend. Clove? Cinnamon? Ginger? I don’t know. It’s an ok cup, but I’m not into it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80

My coworker gave me a pouch of this to try! I love Thai tea. I know it’s terrible for you and full of orange food coloring. But I order it pretty much any time the opportunity arises.

First of all, this smells wonderful! I emptied the light orange powder into a mug and the whole kitchen filled up with a creamy, vanilla frosting scent. Once dissolved, the finished cup is bright orange. It’s very, very heavy on the vanilla flavor. It’s not exactly like what you’d get in a restaurant, but it makes a tasty dessert. It tastes like vanilla pudding that has marshmallows melted into it. Is there any tea in this at all?

Also, this is crazy-sweet. It’s basically like a liquid cupcake. I have no idea how this passes as Thai tea, but it’s yummy?

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Creamy, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

ScottTeaMan

Much like my experience with my Instant Thai Tea! I was asking myself: Where’s the tea?!

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. Living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, electronic music geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, sage, apple, coconut, raspberry, lychee, bergamot, osmanthus, cucumber, lavender, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

Since joining, I’ve traded with: Kaliska, QueenOfTarts, LiberTEAS, JustJames, Spencer, Ninavampi, Jillian, Teafreak, KeenTeaThyme, and RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas.

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