Cotton Candy Black Tea

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 326 ml

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  • “I am having an increadibly tough month. I am one of the co-organizers of Ruta de las Iglesias. It is a 10km race that goes through the colonial down town of Quito. While I love doing it, it is a...” Read full tasting note
  • “I really do quite like this one cold brewed with a little sweetner. After tonight’s giant mugs i have just enough for one more cup of this before it’s out of the cupboard. May not get to any...” Read full tasting note
  • “Oh this is good. I cold steeped it overnight and I couldn’t wait for later in the day to try it out. I love the new black tea base, I taste it first and foremost and I really like it. I’ll have to...” Read full tasting note
  • “12 Days of Tea #1! Also, 1000th tasting note! Wooooooooo!!!!!! Last time I tried this tea as a sample, it was not great. I couldn’t really taste the cotton candy. This time however? WOAH!...” Read full tasting note

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This week’s tea of the week is a real gem. I am enjoying a big icy stein of it as I write this. I’m sure it’s good hot too, but as an iced tea, it’s amazing. A friend of the family is over visiting and he insists it’s “like a carnival in your mouth.”

I’m having a hard time trying to come up with words to describe the aroma and flavor, except that it tastes like cotton candy–which is basically spun sugar that has been a bit caramelized in the process.

This week, we are also testing a new black tea base which is a blend of Chinese, Assam, and Darjeeling black teas. I’m quite enjoying the depth of the blend even with the very strong and captivating cotton candy flavor dancing on my tastebuds, there is still a rich and complex black tea base that is definitely present.

This is a tea you’re not going to want to miss out on, particularly if you want an awesome iced tea that’s sure to garner appreciative remarks from whomever you serve it to.
Incidentally, we have more iced tea blends coming in the near future. I’m working out the final packaging details, but I believe we are going to be dividing it up into actual teabags that yield two-quarts of iced tea! Stay tuned for those.

Our Tea of the Week for the week of May 14, 2012

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first pouch of the ‘12 days of tea’!
but, um… i peeked!

at ALL of them!!

i did it i confess. i got the box weeks ago and immediately sat on the floor of my bedroom and opened all 12 pouches and then smelled them and then put the labels on the outside of the pouches and then tasted a few and then texted my sister about them and then took some pictures of them and then folded and clipped each little pouch closed before i organized them according to date.
the end.

(i think i steeped it too long, should have maybe stayed with the 3 min steep. i seem to remember my previous cup being lighter and sweeter in tone.)


plugs ears LA LA LA AVOIDING SPOILERS since mine won’t arrive for a while.


in that case i will post at the top of all my 12 days teas, DO NOT READ VALERIE! hah


HAHAHAHA it’s okay! a steepster very generously offered to send me her 12 days box to me but since the us/canada mail is so slow in december for me it will probably end up being the 12 days of january 2013! XD


Bahahahaha at peeking.

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1779 tasting notes

Oh wow. This is amazing! I had the boo-berry cotton candy the other day, but I didn’t get anything cotton candy-y out of it, so I figured I must have messed it up and didn’t rate it.

With this one? NOPE. It’s perfect. It really actually reminds me of sticky cotton candy. I made it iced, but I had a sip of it hot before I put it in the flash icer thingy and both hot and cold it is really smooth, really sweet, and makes me think of sticky tongues.

I see this isn’t a regular for 52 Teas. I hope they change this because I’m going to want more. :| But I have a full pitcher of iced tea in the fridge, and I can try to resteep my leaves tomorrow too.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I started off not liking this one and ended up ordering a bag anyways. What a great cotton candy fix!


What is a flash iced thingy? I might need one. LOL!


This is what I have:
You steep the tea in the little jug, and then dump it in the larger jug full of ice to instantly chill it. I guess I could use the larger one to just cold brew as well?


I originally bought it from DavidsTea but it looks like they no longer sell it.

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545 tasting notes

Backlogging. 6 days ago. Wednesday afternoon.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

It seems like all the black teas in the 52teas 12 days of xmas teas are not morning teas. So after my first cup of the day I reached for this. I thought I had already logged it the first time I drank it when I opened it, but I only did about half of them then.

It definitely tastes like cotton candy. Pink cotton candy. And black tea. And yes, I do think the pink and the blue cotton candy taste different. This teas is really good. The second steep was even better, I think. Rating a 75 (good range 70-80).

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

Agreed. Pink and blue taste different.

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358 tasting notes

I’m a bit behind on my 12 days of tea, but I’ve been a little busy and this just means the fun will last longer! This one smells amazing when you open the package. Takes me back to going to the county fair as a child and getting a big wand of pink cotton candy. The flavor of the cotton candy really comes out once you add a little sweetener. It also becomes more flavorful as it cools. I want to try a cup of this iced!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves, large blue cornflowers and a few orange safflowers.
-Dry leaves smell like sweet cotton candy with a hint of black tea. Tea liquor aroma is sugary sweet.
-Tea liquor is a clear golden yellow color.
-Soft cotton candy flavor with a short sweet finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. Smooth and lightly flavored cotton candy taste.

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107 tasting notes

Breaking in my new TARDIS teapot (pictured here: ) with a pot of this!
I’m also simultaneously breaking in a gungfu pot with some of DAVIDsTEA’s Vanilla Orchid. Lots of yummy tastes happening right now.
I’m going to be up for a long time and I have work in the morning. Whoops!


That is so cute!

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1811 tasting notes

I must be on a roll with 52 Teas at the moment, because I’ve had some truly amazing cups of this one in the last couple of days. I helped out our enquiries team yesterday afternoon, so I wasn’t paying close attention when I prepared this cup – it was a couple of minutes grabbed between calls. I know I used 1 tsp of leaf, and no milk or sugar, and I’m pretty sure it got less brew time than normal because I was in a hurry. Maybe 2 minutes tops? The candy floss flavour was light and almost fluffy tasting…very sweet and crystalline but not in any way artificial. The black tea base was fairly unobtrusive, and not at all astringent. The biggest struggle I’ve had with this one has been the fight between artificial sweetness and astringency, but here I somehow managed to avoid both.

I’ve also had a couple of cups with milk this week that were also seriously good, but I can’t remember anything now about how I prepared them. Middling brew time, 1 tsp leaf? So vague. Why is it that I only manage brilliance when I’m not concentrating?

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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1355 tasting notes

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… A cup of cotton candy black flavoured tea. That’s right this is the first tea from 52 Teas 12 days of Christmas box I have been waiting for over a week to open day one and today came just in time, not sure if I could wait much longer.

Well this is a treat, took it work with me to drink throughout the day. On my third cup of which this sachet can make around 4-5 cups.

Boiling water and steeped for 4 minutes with a little sugar. This is wonderfully sweet and syrup like. The black tea is not very noticeable as its not bitter or strong. Very nice for a sweet treat :)


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985 tasting notes

Second tea of the morning…..

I have been so excited to try this. I have been curious about Frank’s new black tea base…..I have to admit, it is a winner. Nice and smooth…tastes like good black tea but is not in your face so that it can better highlight Frank’s awesome flavor ideas. You have to admit, the man does tea like no other.

On that good black base, is the flavor of cotton candy! Sweet that is definitely cotton candy, and maybe cheap strawberry candy (you know, the stuff you could not get enough of as a kid! I am thinking strawberry taffy-ish stuff….) This has been a great little flavor trip down memory lane, and I am so happy that it includes tea as well. I love fun tea!

Usual teapot method.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1722 tasting notes

I’m having cotton candy for breakfast. Or at least I’m trying to pretend that I am.

My package unexpectedly arrived yesterday and this went straight into my iced tea jug to cold steep overnight. I must say that the lovely black tea base is definitely an appealing Darjeeling. But honestly, dry, this little concoction smells more floral than candy-ish.

The smell of the steeped tea is very faint too. Basically like a sweetened Darjeeling. I’m already on to my second glass of this and so far, and just like its smell, it tastes like a vaguely sweet black tea. But just like how perfumes need a bit of aging and soaps need a bit of curing perhaps I should let this gel for a little while longer and try make another jug of this in a few days? I’m also curious as to how a cotton candy tea would taste hot.

For now I’m going to rate it based on these initial impressions but if/when I come back to this tea next week and reevaluate it, let’s hope the rating will go up!

Southern Boy Teas

I think you might enjoy this more steeped in near- to boiling water for 3-4 minutes and then chilled/served over ice.


Thanks, Frank! I’ll try that next. I’m definitely not giving up yet.


I have tried it may ways – almost used up my whole bag :( I love it all ways but I have found it tastes best (to me) when it is steeped then allowed to cool a bit. Cold brew is great, hot is great but for some reason the flavors for me come to their climax when still warmish but yet cool after a regular steep. Yeah that made perfect sense right? :)


Haha it does. I just tried some hot, let it cool down, had some more, and will put the rest of the pot in the fridge for a cold version later. You’re right. I think so far, the best is when it has cooled down to a sort of lukewarm temperature. Tastes a little candy-ish then.

And if you’d like more, I noticed that Frank has revived it. There are 15 left at the moment. :)

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2219 tasting notes

OMG! I missed 1000! Apparently this is 1002.

Anyways. This sample is from VariaTEA.

I oversteeped it this morning. And drank half of it anyways, tasting burnt sugar.

And then I forgot my mug at home when I went to work.

And now I’m at work staring at the lovely snow outside, waiting for a coworker to be finished with a meeting so I can get a ride down the hill. I’m not so sure the buses will be running much longer, and don’t want to risk it. Once you get on a bus, the drivers won’t let you off till you’re at a stop, even if you can walk faster!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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Congrats on 1000!


1000, awesome!


Wow, yay for 1000.


Woohoo!! four digits!


Woohoo! Next I need to celebrate 1111. :)


1002 is cooler than 1000 anyway. Congrats!


happy 1000!!!

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