Rainbow Sherbet

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Lime, Orange, Raspberry, Vanilla
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “I’m so happy to have this tea again even if it’s just enough for a few cups. Thank you for sharing, Kittenna! So weird thing happened. I got Allegra D for my allergies for the next week before I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Returning from another Unlogged Period, though not a Great one this time, a Small one. I had a pretty bad headache this afternoon for the second day in a row. Usually I like plain strong black teas...” Read full tasting note
  • “Hot-brewed and chilled some of this a few days ago. It’s ok; it mostly certainly is very tart-citrusy-sherbety, but it’s a little bit on the acidic and astringent side. Perhaps it’s an age thing?...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yeees my pouch came today! Out of this world delicious, and I was brave and steeped it with boiling hot water, just a bubblin’ away, and it wasn’t bitter O: Only steeped for 2 minutes, but to be...” Read full tasting note

From 52teas

I know you are dying to know about our newest tea of the week. I am drinking it iced now, and it is SO delicious and refreshing and totally original. (Would you expect anything less from 52teas?)

We’ve blended our premium Indian black teas with real freeze-dried orange sections, freeze-dried raspberries and natural lime, orange and raspberry flavors (with just a touch of natural vanilla flavor to give it that smooth sherbet essence).

This tea SMELLS simply INCREDIBLE, like you just popped open a carton of rainbow sherbet, and the flavor is like someone melted a scoop of rainbow sherbet in your tea. Lime, orange, raspberry–who knew such an unusual combination would prove to be so delicious?

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At 52teas.com, you will find unique, hand-blended artisan loose leaf teas: a new limited edition creation every week of the year. We pride ourselves on offering truly unique, one-of-a-kind tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else.

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I used ~1.25 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375 ml of water.

The brewed tea smells sweet. The mixture of fruity smells reminds me of the smell of ‘Nerds’ candy, perhaps. The fruity scents are a little bit strong for my liking, they have a sharp edge to it. I can also detect a buttery undertone in the aroma which seems to be coming from the black tea scent.

The black tea flavour is the first taste that I detect on the sip. Very nice to have it up front. The black tea does carry a buttery quality to and has an astringency which borders on bitter. The fruity tastes come though closer to the middle of the sip. I’m getting a raspberry-lime taste. I can’t fully detect the orange taste but I think that it must be contributing to the citrus quality that I’m getting from the lime taste. The end of the sip is a lemony-black tea taste which leads into a black tea aftertaste. The fruit flavours in this one taste very much like the ones used in candy. I’m being reminded of those ‘Rocket’ frozen treats with cherry, lemon and blue-raspberry flavours. I really enjoy the black tea taste I’m getting from this flavoured tea.

Bitterness comes through more as the tea cools.

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

This one is potent! Not my favourite, but it was ok :)

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So far there hasn’t been any rooibos or anything else that I knew from the outset I wouldn’t care for. The box is far from over, however, so I’m not counting my chickens yet. Merely pointing it out, because when I saw this label and before I read the text on it, I had a bit of a worry. I do remember this one coming out, but I was remembering it as a rooibos or honeybush thing. I’m pleased to find it was not.

The aroma is very orange-y and we have agreed that we can tell where the sherbet is coming from. It sort of smells fizzy, but then the flavour disappoints somewhat because it doesn’t taste fizzy. Admittedly, if it did, it would be weird, but it’s just sort of missing that fizz.

I can taste orange primarily and underneath that, raspberry. It seems like citrus is just a very dominant flavour for me and if something involves citrus, it’s hard for other flavours to live up to that forcefulness.

This blend reminds me to of two things, both of them also from 52teas.

First it reminds me of that Cherry Cola Vanilla thingie that was one of the first blends from 52teas that I tried. I love Cherry Cola, but my problem with that one was, as with this one, the lack of fizz. Try as I might, I couldn’t distract myself away from that.

Secondly, it reminds me of the Strawberry Orange Scone that I had recently, because the experience of the orange is the same as in this one. To me, those two blends are very similar and I’m having an almost identical reaction, although slightly in favour of the Strawberry Orange Scone, because that one isn’t labouring under the lack of fizz.

I like this, but it’s not one I’m disappointed I didn’t have more of.

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Somehow I missed this one the other day. Opened it and put it in a small bag. But didn’t try it. But seeing that today’s tea is a coconut tea (allergic), I will back peddle and opted for this one instead. The dry leaf smells just like a carton of sherbet! Not usually my favorite dessert, but as a tea? Well that’s a horse of a different color. This smells super amazing as it steeps, like candy in my cup. The taste is just yummy! :) Yet another hit from Frank!

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I have no idea how come I haven’t tried this yet… I just noticed the pouch sitting there, looking all alone, in my tea cabinet at home so I grabbed it to take to work today. (Yes, stuck at work today. Boo)

The medley of these flavors – lime, orange, raspberry – is outstanding! Of course we all expect no less from the wonderful Frank @52teas. But I will say this is my second favorite, falling to second place only Pancake Breakfast.

I added some sweetener to it (Sun Crystals) which really brings out the sweetness in the fruit flavors. I think I have have subconsciously worried that the Sherbet flavors wouldn’t taste good hot, but how wrong that perspective is! This is amazing. :)

I bet this would be delicious iced as well… Oh, and a final note, I’m letting it steep for the length of the cup, which is making the flavors stand out extremely well.

Frank, how do you do it?! :)

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

OMG… this one is AMAZING iced. One of my favorite iced teas.


I’ll have to try it tonight when I get home! :)

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So, I officially have a new favorite iced tea. This stuff is just incredible! It is SO refreshing. If you haven’t ordered yours yet, there are only five left at this writing!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

So wish I could. Need more tea money again. Running dangerously low. :-(


@RachanaC ~ I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how much tea money I could allot each month, I would find myself running low and wanting more tea. I feel your pain!


Just ordered this today. Got 2 packs of it since I assume it will be so great. Can’t wait.

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52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2011 – Day 4

This is probably the most spot on 52teas blend I’ve tried. The dry leaves smell so sugary and fruity that I can’t possibly wait to brew this!

All three flavors are distinctly present in both the dry leaf aroma and the brewed tea taste. I’m in love with the orange, and the raspberry is a nice compliment. My least favorite is the lime. It’s not that it’s badly flavored. I think limes are probably just my least favorite of these fruits.

Anyway, I added a little sweetener and skim milk and now I am definitely drinking rainbow sherbet!!! Incredible! Everyone needs to go buy a pouch of this because it’s a miracle Frank re-blended it for Christmas. You do not want to miss out on this one!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

I think I opened this and put it in a zip bag, but never made a cup. Thanks for the reminder!


Glad to help! :)

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas, 52Teas sent this tea to me! This is definitely one of my favorites from the past year. It is amazing. Here is my article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/12/17/on-the-fourth-day-of-christmas-52teas-sent-to-me/


Yumms! I like the cover: Do not open until December 17…how commanding or I should say; in control of the taster…52teas is of you. Good, good.


Well, he’s not controlling me very well, because I actually am opening and drinking each of these a day before the date on the package, so that I can write the review and have it scheduled at the right time. Otherwise I’m pressed for time on the day of the review.


Good of you. O.k. it is 50/50 then with you and 52teas.; and if you have old fashioned health insurance like Blue Cross and Blue Shields it would be 20/80; again good of you.

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Got this from the 12 Days of X-mas sampler – I’m finally getting around to trying the teas from the days I missed. First of all the smell of this tea is just incredible, it really does smell exactly like the rainbow sherbet that as a kid I used to look forward to for dessert. This is the tea I smell whenever I open the sample box – although that might be because this was one of the pouches that spilled its guts as the pouch wasn’t sealed properly.

It’s noticeably missing the sweetness I’d normally associate with sherbet, so I’m going to try sweetening it next time to see if that makes a difference. I can clearly taste the orange and the lime but they aren’t so stong that they taste bitter or astringent – they’re part of a whole, and not meant to stand alone. The raspberry is a bit trickier, it could be a little bit stronger, but again I’ll see if adding sweetener brings it out more next time.

I really enjoyed this one Frank, you outdid yourself.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Yay I got my 52teas order today. Took a month which I will remember for next time.
This tea is great. I ordered 2 pkgs of it so I was really hoping I would enjoy it. My only complaint is there are no brewing directions on the package so I had to go with what I normally do for blacks for steeping times. The tea smells great in the package. The raspberry really came out brewed.
It was also a big hit at my mothers house with the kids. All of them kept stealing my travel mug to drink it. May have to make a pitcher for them for tomorrow since it will be so hot.

Iced 6 min, 30 sec
Southern Boy Teas

Can’t belive this is the first tasting note on this one. I LOVED this one myself, especially iced. Reading your note makes me want it again, and I’m out. :(


Well I’m not sharing. LOL.

Southern Boy Teas

It’s okay. If I get really desperate, I know a guy who could make some more.


I missed out on this one sigh. I’m glad that it’s at least being enjoyed by a deserving tea lover :)

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Rainbow Sherbet is my second tea of the day, also from the 12 Teas of Christmas. The dry leaf was mildly aromatic, definitely a fruity black, but kind of generically fruity black. I didn’t get the smack-you-in-the-face aromatic hit that other Steepsterites have from this tea. I never would have guessed without the insert that this was supposed to be Rainbow Sherbet (my nose, it seems, is almost as bad as my palate).

After brewing, it was a whole different story. The smell was so strong, and so spot on to what I remembered sherbet to smell like, it was almost like there was a container of sherbet in front of me. You know when it is just a little bit melty, and the scent intensifies? Like that. In case anyone wonders why I keep drinking flavored teas, even though I don’t really taste the nuances (or even necessarily the top notes), this would be why. I can still smell it, and so I get at least some sensory satisfaction from the tea drinking experience.

I tasted mostly black tea, with that generic fruitiness. The black tea base for 52 Teas isn’t exactly my favorite. It always seems a bit harsh and flat, especially now that I’ve gotten into some other black teas from the likes of Harney and Sons and Teavivre. The difference in taste is tangible, even to me.

Brewed with 500 ml of water at 95C in my Breville for three minutes.

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