Pancake Breakfast Black Tea

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves, Marigold Petals, Organic Flavours
Astringent, Cake, Malt, Maple, Pancake Syrup, Tannic, Tannin, Sweet, Baked Bread, Maple Syrup, Butter, Nuts
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 g 44 oz / 1315 ml

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  • “Tea of breakfast yesterday, with some creamer. I wanted pancakes but was all out of maple syrup. Luckily I had this on hand – got all the buttery maple syrup flavors I needed without having to...” Read full tasting note
  • “Something really important happened this weekend… Something important enough to keep me away from tea and Steepster for a weekend! … It was my 27 birthday!!! 27… Wow… I feel like I was just...” Read full tasting note
  • “This one is easily my fave of 52Teas. I love the combo of maple syrup and butter – pancakes without the calories! Since I let this steep for the length of the cup, second infusions don’t go too...” Read full tasting note
  • “I just downed a gigantic plate of tofu nuggets like nobodies business whilst drinking this and Prairie Berry. It seems like a totally strange combination of flavours, but somehow it really worked?...” Read full tasting note

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Newly Added to D’s Teas – Our Permanent Collection!

Because the love for this tea is so strong, we stuck closely to the original recipe.

One difference is that we’re utilizing different teas in our black tea base. I think you’ll notice the difference and I’m confident you’ll feel this was a change for the better! We’ve made a really yummy thing even better!

The Large Size is 50g.

Ingredients: Organic Black Teas, organic marigold petals and all-natural, organic flavors

Here’s Frank’s original description:

I’m tempted to start this post with, “You’re not going to believe what we did this week!” But we’ve created enough unique, one-of-a-kind blends, that I imagine our unique-ness is getting rather ho-hum.

But seriously? Who else would bring you a PANCAKE BREAKFAST tea? With the essence of hot, buttery, maple-syruped pancakes infused through our premium black teas (a bit heavier on the breakfast teas this week). Who else, really?

Our new Tea of the Week for the week of April 4th, 2011

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When I first got this tea I tried it right away because I was so excited, but then ended up a bit disappointed because I didn’t get as much flavor as I would have liked. After that it sat in the back of my cupboard while all manner of new teas piled up around it, but then I read LiberTEAS’ note on one of the other 52teas about how she always waits a while before trying the new blends because it takes a while for all the flavors to meld together and develop. I ordered both the Pumpkin Cheesecake and the Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast recently and have been waiting to try them, so I thought I’d revisit this one since it’s been so long.

To be honest the aroma of the brewed tea still smells like what I remember: black tea. It’s a bit bright, almost like a darjeeling, oddly. I do get a hint of underlying sweetness to the aroma, but it overall reminds me more of Harney’s Indian Nimbu than pancakes! The taste is very interesting, and definitely different from how I remember. I get a bright, clean black tea, not heavy or malty, followed by a slight aftertaste of maple, perhaps. I don’t really know what’s going on… I read all the other reviews and people rave and rave about how pancakey this is, but I’m just not getting it. Maybe I need to try it sweetened, but I’m not big on sweetening my teas. The overall flavor of the cup is interesting enough that I have no problem drinking it down, but I’m a bit underwhelmed. C’est la vie! Sometimes a tea is not for everyone.

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297 tasting notes

I bought this as one of the teas for the participants in the 12 days of Christmas swap.
I had tried this mixed with the maple bacon tea. it was unique.
today I brewed it up on it’s own. my first sip tasted just like pancake, but not any pancake, you know when there is slightly too much butter in the pan & the edges of a pancake are almost deep fried? Crunchy, buttery & bakey yummy yum yum
if you’ve never had a pancake like this, go, now & make some. My grandmother use to make all pancakes this way.
it’s strange the flavour throughout didn’t come through the rest of my mug.
I got a mostly black tea flavour with maple & occasionally some pancake flavour.

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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171 tasting notes

Mmmmm! I haven’t eaten breakfast yet, but I feel like I don’t need to now. This tea is fantastic and I’m thrilled to add it to my collection.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never tried that tea, although It sounds interesting…now I want pancakes…sigh…


I’m going to have to send you some then!

Terri HarpLady

And I will drink them!

Terri HarpLady

I almost got talked into making paleo pancakes this morning, thanks to you! LOL! Luckily I ate a sensible breakfast, so hopefully I’ll get something done around here! :)

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193 tasting notes

What do I love as much as tea? Chocolate! This morning I put an extra twist on Frank’s already delish pancake breakfast tea-Chocolate chips for chocolate chip pancakes!!!!


I want a pumpkin cheesecake pancake tea (I’m totally ok w/ adding my own chocolate).

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390 tasting notes

For the most part I consider myself a perennial optimist, and I make that statement less out of ego and more out of intent: there’s always a silver lining, even if the silver lining is having learned something so you don’t do whatever it is again. However, we all have our moments and right now is one of mine.

The bonus though is this— in telling you that my day is grim on this website (while brewing tea) it means that it’s not just a standard pity party, it becomes a pity TEA party! My tea is steeped and prepped in the most comforting manner that I know (part of a Chinese sugar cake and cream) and I am sufficiently bolstered to tell you why I am underwhelmed by today.

I fell at work halfway through April. We thought it was a scaffoid fracture (the bone that allows you to have an opposable thumb) but instead it is nerve damage stemming from the rotator cuff. I also have a nervous system disease. I have been casted or splinted since April 13th. Not the end of the world, but at least with a fracture you have an idea of when you’ll be getting out the constrictions! (I have no clue and neither does anybody else). The important part of my right hand has very little strength or is frozen. The whole thing has been a gong show. (insertion of strong opinion at this point): ANYBODY WHO TELLS YOU THAT WCB IS YOUR FRIEND HAS NEVER DEALT WITH THEM.

My employer made 48 BILLION dollars profit in Canada alone last year. I fell over aging SAFETY equipment. An ergonomic mat that was reported to management more times than I can count. Hell, a mat that TRIPPED management more times than I can count. Right off the bat they suggested it was my fault because of my disease… uh, no. The more I spoke with my managers the more it sounded like I was going to lose my job… not a sad thing in terms of job fantasticness, but not good in terms of financial stability for my family. I expressed my concern. Verbatim my manager replied ‘you don’t lose your job over something like this, you just don’t get any hours.’ (I should explain that for the sake of reader relief I am keeping things short…. Sad, really, that this is the short version.) and I have been on WCB ever since.

I get a fraction of my pay (which wasn’t much to begin with), but I think it’s the endless harassment that I find so exhausting. So I grabbed my brain, did some soul searching and signed up to go to school in September. In the meantime everyday is filled with physio, doctor’s appointments, nagging from WBC ‘are you better yet, because we don’t want to pay you’. Almost 3 months of this because a conglomerate employer doesn’t like to protect it’s employees. What prompted this rant you may be asking yourself. This isn’t new… why today? Because they have me going in for an MRI. Through a private firm. It’s one of 2. I do these routinely at the hospital…. Once, twice a year. No big deal. The only other time I’ve had one through a private company the tech screamed at me the whole time and actually listed her insults in her report!

I think it just comes down to: you can only push someone so far before you get a negative result. WCB doesn’t let up, the appointments don’t let up and I have had enough. I managed to botch my ‘with open eyes’ brew this morning by underleafing, when my American teas order arrived today I discovered that my samples arrived, but the one tea I really wanted ‘brioche’ had not (operator error). I resent it when outside stress impacts my tea!

I needed tea. I needed something comforting. There are so many teas I love, what to choose. Well, I suppose I was hoping for a new perspective on the day so I wagered a gamble on a tea I’ve never had before… who did I choose? In honour of the laughter I gained from my sample yesterday I chose ‘pancake breakfast’ by 52teas. And it worked. I won’t say the day is great, or relaxing, or that I have any faith in this imaging procedure, but this tea helped ME.

I love breakfast for dinner, I love pancakes. Frequently with too much butter and real maple syrup. The blend gave me buttery, syrup, the really light cake flavour. All the components were there, plus a caffeine settle down. The Chinese sugar added some extra richness, the cream is my standard….. thanks for reading my rant. We all have days where we are…. Other. This tea gave me comfort, familiarity with a favourite food and a moment away from all the nonsense. Thank you 52teas… and thank you CHAroma for sending me the sample.

I’m sure I’ll be back to myself once the MRI is over. Grrrr.

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My sympathies and best wishes in overcoming your health challenges and dealing with WCB. I know it can be a nightmare especially when your existing workplace does not have the culture or resources in place to


thank god i am set up for school with my loan in place for september 1st. i’ll have the freedom to walk away and come out of it all with so many more options!


part two…. hit the finger pad at the wrong place;). …especially when your workplace does not have the culture or resources in place to help you replace your income, rehabilitate you, or provide alternative employment. I was lucky enough to work for years for a company that treated us as family and provided us with many insurances and alternative placements if need be. Even though the company closed its doors a few years ago many of us are still close. Comparing it to the workplace of my stepfather where the work environment was antagonistic, safety measures were often circumvented in replace of economy and where the majority of the workers referred to the company as " The Place" I know I was blessed. Hopefully you receive good news as a result of this process, and on the flip side try to think of the positive new adventures heading your way. Although I am easily a pessimist in North America, I try at times to capture the sense of optimism I gained when I was in India. The favourite saying of my friends there is “This is India, anything’s possible” reflecting on that often helps me get through anything.


When I had carpal tunnel in one hand and nerve issues with the other, I got granted compensation for one, but not the other, even though a specialist said most likely work related for the other nerve issues. Not fun to deal with…turned into a really big unnecessary problem.


thank you, both of you. i am particularly good at being out of control of myself. i know it will all be fine… just don’t know how yet. i cannot wait until september! …. this is india, anything is possible…. i’ve not heard that one. excellent. thank you yyz! i will find a way to apply it here. and if they’re rude at the mri today, i have a solution: i walk out. period.


*NOT particularly good. yup, it’s that kind of day.


Oh, I wish you the best. Fingers crossed the techs you deal with today are polite and have sunny dispositions. :)


she was quite great, actually. i don’t do well with magnetics + vibrations, it sets off body spasms, but we worked really well together. 1 of 2 down!


After hearing all this I’m just that much more excited for you going back to school. I can’t believe how much everyone is making you jump through hoops when you’re clearly not scamming them and the hazard was the company’s fault. I’m so sorry.

But, on to new adventures! With tea as your companion!

Short Sorceress

I’m sorry to hear about all of your troubles. I broke my ankle in an odd place in February and the doctor recently decided that my bone just isn’t going to heal. Since then it has been non stop visits to the doctor, MRIs, XRays, and Physical Therapy to regain my complete range of motion. Not to mention the battles with the insurance companies to get everything paid for. I understand completely the amount of stress this places a person under (I have hard to control epilepsy to top everything off). I can only imagine the added stress you’re facing since this happened at work.

I wish you luck with your situation as well as luck in your studies. Going back to school can be difficult, but definitely worth all the hard work.

Let me know if surprise box of samples might cheer you up :) I know we just discussed having similar tastes and I would be happy to send you a surprise.


I work in a neurology office as a secretary and I get to hear from a lot of our patient who like you are in the midst of disability claims and insurance claims. Also my Dad just went through an injury at work and was out for quite a while. It’s always stressful, but in most cases it does work out for he best! Take care of yourself, do what you have to do, and just try to keep up with all the stupid paperwork. Everything will work out even if it’s stressful now. And since your going back to school, this may even work out better than if you had stayed injury-free and locked in your job. You got a great opportunity! :-)


thank you friends… all your kind words remind me of how fortunate i am to have found this community where we can all talk about tea, and techniques but also have the odd bad day.

i’m probably extra sensitive because i do this so often regarding the disease. it is ridiculous that an entirely preventable accident nailed someone with a nervous system disease.

however, it’s another day and i am much more myself. i’m goooooing back to schooool, i’m gooooing back to schoooool. =0)


Wow, I’m so sorry to hear about all this. But I echo everyone else’s comments and pray that your recovery goes smoothly. Congrats on going back to school! What will you study?


it’s all planned: occupational psychology! with a very specific study in motivation.

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This was for breakfast this morning:) My first time having this tea:) I was so excited to see it reblended after much uproar about it on here. It does not dissappoint. Every component is present. The airy pancake texture. The creamy buttery notes…and the sweet maple syrup. This tea is genius pure genius. I have found that 52teas does better with lower temperature water, if you use boiling it always turns out to just be a strong plain black tea sometimes even bitter. So I am happy I perfected it! Yummo! I am truly happy with this purchase.

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I am very excited that I have some of this (and other 52 teas – yay for sampler packs!) on the way!!


Nice! I’m SO picky with my maple teas…

BrewTEAlly Sweet

@Stephanie Have You tried this one? I know you don’t favor 52 teas… cream blueberry cheese danish is still by far my favorite
@Variatea I sense someone donated to his campaign. I sooo badly wanted to couldn’t afford to


I haven’t had this one. Pretty much the only maple tea I have liked so far was Butiki Maple Pecan.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Good to know ;)


the uncanny pancake mouthfeel, that fluffy film, is what gets me. how did he do that??

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I know I asked the same thing!


Wow, this could be an Angel Tea or a Devil. Since I’ve gone gluten free, it might tempt me back to flour pancakes until I get the GF pancake recipe perfected. Meanwhile, maybe this culd be a replacement altogether.

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133 tasting notes

Decupboarding this to make room for plethora of tea orders I made over the weekend. (Don’t tell my husband!)

I will miss Pancake Breakfast for the time being, but I know I’ll throw a pouch of it in my 52teas cart the next time I make an order. It’s mapley, cakey goodness is hard to resist!

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I’m a little disappointed with this one, not gonna lie! Maybe because I hyped it up in my head too much. For some reason or another, it’s just not what I was hoping for or expecting.

The dry smell was pure maple for me, which was nice but a little off putting. I was expecting a buttery, bakey scent but all I could pick up was sweet maple.

Brewed up, I taste black tea and maple. Still a really enjoyable cup, but not the true pancake flavour that everyone else seems to rave about.

I think next time I’ll try a shorter steep and see if that helps bring out more of the flavouring. I’m actually sipping this as I type, and the pancake comes out a bit more as it cools. This is one I think I’d have to be in the mood for, though.


did you just buy this? I’ve heard that Frank’s teas sometimes take a few weeks to settle


Yes I did just get it — today actually! I am far too eager and just ripped right into it. I think I remember hearing that too. Maybe I’ll put it away for a bit and then come back to it..glad I held off on rating it…maybe the aging and shorter steep combination will do it justice.


I’m doing the same with my other blends of his that I got last week. Fingers crossed that it works! :)


Franks blends definitely take a while to settle. The first time I tried this one is seemed way over rated, but letting it sit does wonders! It is one of my favorite teas. Hope it gets better for you! :)


I didn’t know about this settling.. does that mean you take it out of the bag and put in a tin?


I’m not sure CupofTree! I left in in the bag for that reason!


Yeah I also leave it in a bag – I have an unopened bag of Cashew Turtle that is going to blow. my. mind. when I finally get around to opening it haha – but yeah, they really do get better over time.


Bag or tin is fine! :)


good to know, never would have thought of this!

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150 tasting notes

This tea is freak’n fantastic! At first sip I get a warm maple syrup flavor which I expected from both the name and the amazing aroma of the dry tea. What I didn’t expect was the complexity of this tea. That initial warm maple syrup taste moves into a buttery rich pancake flavor. It literally tastes like you took hearty bite of your pancake breakfast and washed it down with a sip of smooth high quality black tea. This tea is making me so happy this morning!

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I’m sitting here sipping my tea, a little melancholy today.
The blog site I frequent, and have been on for many years lost a blogger today. Someone I’ve come to regard as a living angel, and a dear friend. He died last night, complications from surgery/cancer. I’ve never met the man in person, but know people who have.

Then there is what’s going on in my “real” life… Mum is in surgery right now, nothing major… just kidney stones that lodged somewhere they couldn’t blast with an ultrasound. Still, they’re cutting her up and poking around some major organs/arteries. I’m a bit lot worried.

And I can’t stop wondering, as absolutely ridiculous as it is, if my friend down in Oregon passed so that she could live. And then I think to myself what an awful person I am for even contemplating that… how do I come up with these things? and why can’t I just put the idea aside. I’ve tried distracting myself with all sorts of things but nothing has worked yet. Except for maybe writing this “review”.
Sorry for the emodump. I couldn’t really post this in my regular blog place.

Anyhow. This tea was a much needed cup of selfcare. Emotional drinking? you bet.
With just 1/3 tsp of sugar, the pancake and syrup notes pop a bit. Of course I added a dollop of milk as well. It really adds that extra oomph needed for pancake texture.

Well, that’s all I got. RIP my dear sweet PM. Meanwhile my fingernails are shredded waiting for word on Mum.


How devastating. And completely understandable that a loss of any kind would make you wonder all sorts of things (why we lose people, how it’s determined who will go when, if there’s a point, what it is, if there’s an order/purpose, etc.). I’d give you the longest hug right now if I could.


Awwww thanks Keychange, I would take that hug in a second. You are the sweetest <3


So sorry to hear about your loss.


Not awful. Not at all. It’s human, it’s normal, and there’s a flow to life – even if we don’t understand it. For me, it’s been about accepting that sometimes, “bad” things happen for good reasons, i.e. I’ve had amazing breakthroughs and growth from those darker places, and couldn’t have gotten there without the “bad”. Sending much love and light to you all, and hopes for a speedy and easy recovery.

Roswell Strange

So sorry about your loss. Just remember that just because you’ve never met someone in person does not mean you don’t know them, and does make your grieving process (whatever it may be) any less valid than someone who had.


I’m so sorry, Indigo. :(

Evol Ving Ness

My condolences to you.
All sorts of things go through our head when making sense of death, life, fear.
(( Indigobloom ))


Oh wow I didn’t realize there was so many comments. My inbox got swarmed when I subscribed to the black Friday thread here in the discussions. Thanks everyone, you all make me feel a bit more sane and hugged xox

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