Ultimate Citrus Spice Flavored Black

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So, I keep hearing about this fantastic citrus spice tea blended in Seattle, and finally I got a chance to try some, and I have to tell you, I was NOT impressed. I mean, sure, I might be a little biased, but when something is good, I don’t mind saying so, even if someone else made it. But this stuff… I think they use candied orange peels or something and it makes the tea sweet. I guess if you like sweet tea it would be okay, but really, I struggled not to spit it out.

Well, anyway, I decided that we should blend our own Ultimate Citrus Spice tea, so here it is. We started with our Premium blend of Indian black teas, added real cinnamon stick pieces, lemon peel, orange peel, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon grass a tiny touch of clove and all natural citrus flavors.

This will definitely wet your whistle, and it makes a GREAT iced tea. Add sugar or sweetener if that’s what you like, but we don’t include any for you.

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1112 tasting notes

I’m sitting here in Philadelphia enjoying a little bit of Florence, Italy. Two lovely, nostalgic, delicious steeps. I’m surprised more people don’t like this one! I am always the oddball :) I’m so glad this one is part of 52teas permanent collection because I’ve never tasted anything like it, and want to keep it in my cupboard continuously!

I feel like I am really starting to get in my groove as far as the teas I absolutely adore. I’ve done a lot of experimenting over the last 6 months, and have come to a few realizations:

-I love unadorned Chinese black teas!!!!!
-I continue to love Assam teas.
-I will always have a weakness for flavored teas with milk and sugar, but they are no longer my main focus. Give me a good Chinese tea that I can take plain, or a flavored tea that I can take without additions, such as this tea or Kusmi’s St. Petersburg, and I’m as happy as a clam!
-Earl Grey = ♥ Jasmine = ♥ Earl Grey, jasmine and rose together?? ♥ times 100!!!!!
-I love oolongs, both darker and greener!
-I have not fallen in love with green tea, no matter how I try. I adore the French greens that are flavored as a once in awhile afternoon treat, but if I never had another plain green tea I have to be honest – I really wouldn’t be all that put out!!! I will continue to try them hoping for some magic, but…
-I think 52teas Black Currant Bai Mu Dan is the only white tea I have flipped for.
-I am so surprised how much I am loving the herbals and the rooibos and honeybush tisanes. About 10 years ago I declared that if I couldn’t have a caffeine tea, I would not drink tea!!! My husband starting to not be able to sleep because of the teas this year (ah! Aging!) changed my mind real quick. I am delighted by so many of the flavors I’ve been experiencing. The key for me is NOT to compare them to TEAS and just think of them as their own flavored beverage things.

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What a marvelous note! Thank you so much for sharing :)


My pleasure! I owe it all to Steepster! I would have been drinking my Assams and flavored teas still like I have been doing for eeeeep almost two decades! Everyone’s tasting notes got me super curious and willing to try new things!


I agree with Rabs—I loved this note! :)

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4847 tasting notes

This is really good. It has cooled to a drinkable temperature and the citrus flavors really pop as it cools.

I like the orange and lemon flavors in this… sweet, but not too sweet… with a nice edge of tartness. A very pleasant tasting tea!

I’m off to write a review for the Tea Review Blog!

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6770 tasting notes

Another surprise from Meghann M, thanks, girl!

I must say…this one isn’t my favorites from 52 Teas thus far. BUT…here’s my official review…

It’s not bad, but I don’t think I would buy for myself. It seems a bit soapy or artificially flavored or something…I can’t really put my finger on it. I think I would probably like the Citrus flavored black BUT the mixed spice is what is throwing me for a loop. It’s too much for my liking. HOWEVER, if you are all about spice and such – you’d probably like it.

Frank & 52 Teas – you know I love ya…but…
I’m not feelin’ this one.
I can certainly finish what’s in my cup and what I might try and do next time is infuse less loose leaf for a lesser time and maybe I will like it a bit toned down.

Don’t hate me, Frank, and for the LOVE OF the tea gods, don’t sick Chelsea on me! LOL – j/k

Southern Boy Teas

LOL. No worries. I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that not everybody is going to love every blend we make. Heck, I don’t even love all of our blends equally. If you drink iced tea, you might try this one iced. (I would probably recommend that with most of our teas, since I’m an iced tea nut, but this one was crafted with iced tea in mind).


LOL – I knew I would be able to get you to comment on this one!!! :P
Yeah…it’s just like WINE…not every WINE is for everyone! There are lots of OTHER 52 Teas I LOVE


Speaking of Chelsea… FRANK… I want more of her Chocolate Covered Banana rooibos. Please… oh… btw did you read my review of it on the Tea Review Blog? It published the other night…….


Would Chelsea be able to do ANYTHING else instead of the banana!? LOL Like Strawberry or Blueberry or Garlic (Just kidding) ANYTHING OTHER THAN BANANA!!!! I hate banana! :P


Banana is not my favorite fruit either (I don’t hate it though)… nor am I a big fan of rooibos (don’t hate them, just don’t always love them), but, the chocolate covered banana rooibos is aMAZing. And, I have hidden what I have left from myself so that I don’t grab for it and finish it without the promise that I will be able to get more. What’s Chelsea’s email address? I will email her and ask her to whine to Frank………


Not sure…but I bet if it was ever posted somewhere she HAS to have a following after Frank has harassed her in some of the tea back-stories in the past! LOL

Southern Boy Teas

LOL. Chelsea is actually on Steepster as FreckleKisses or some such silliness, but she hasn’t done much with Steepster. She is already whining a little. Our brick and mortar customers want it back too. They seem to miss asking Chelsea for “a hot naked Chelsea”—naked meaning not a latte, frappuTEAno, tea soda, tea spritzer, teashake or tea sundae. They all seemed to get a big kick out of ordering the naked tea, though I don’t think any of them actually purchased any pouches of it. (We serve a bunch of college aged kids. They will order a thousand $2 cups of tea before they will purchase an $8 pouch.)

Anyway, yes I did see your review and all of the others you have been posting on teareviewblog.com Thanks so much for your kind words. I’ll see what we can do about getting some more Chelsea’s blend going.


YAY for Chelsea!!!
Yeah, Frank, you have to WATCH OUT for us TeaReviewBlog Girls, ya know!!! LOL

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558 tasting notes

This makes a flavorful iced tea. I thought it was a bit bitter the first glass, but it has really grown on me. I’m going to be sad when this tea runs out, but happy that they still have some in stock!!! Great summer tea.


I just ordered some of this for my Constant Comment Leonard Cohen Nostalgia – I didn’t even think to try it iced! Thank you for that great idea!!!

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104 tasting notes

I’m a bit ambivalent about this tea. To be honest I’m not sure I I like it or not. I certainly don’t hate it. The smell fo the loose tea reminds me of Black Jack gum for some reason, and the taste of the tea is fine. When hot, there isn’t really a taste of spice or citrus to me, just a generic tea taste. As it cools, the spice seems to show up first. I kind of felt like I was drinking spicy water, so I put in a teaspoon of honey, which seemed to perk up those spicy notes, but I really didn’t taste the citrus until the last couple of swallows.

It isn’t unpleasant, but unless further cups impress, I may be bumping my rating down. I figure I might play around with the steeping time just too see if maybe the tea is drowning out the rest of the taste.

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514 tasting notes

Just rec’d this as a sample in my order and I’m just not sure about it. I really can’t decide whether I like it or not. . .From the other reviews on this one, I think I agree that the spices kind of throw you a bit. . its still good and I’m really glad I was able to try it. . .

But I think its time to try the next one. . . .Ginger Ale!


ooo I am anxious to read the reviews on the ginger ale! I didn’t get it yet as I spent my allotment on the pound of choc pb cup blend but might have to cave after I read some of the reviews!

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1887 tasting notes

I was expecting something a little more like orange-flavoured chai, but this tea is quite different. The cup I made might be on the strong side as I had a bit more tea than one cup needed, but not enough for two.

The scent is sort of a lemony-floral with only the faintest hint of spice and the tea was turned a vivid orangy-red shade when the steeping was done. It does have a distinctly tart, orange tang at the start of each sip, but it’s natural tasting and not hibiscus-derived (thankfully). The spices are very mild in my opinion and I have to look for them to find the cloves and cinnamon – not that this is necessarily a bad things either. After the orange flavour fades, my taste buds are taken over by a lemony flavour that I think is mixed with the flavour of cloves. It’s like this tea has two seperate and distinct parts.

The resteep (@ 5:15) is considerably less citrusy and the spices are a bit more noticable.

Not my favourite offering from 52Teas I’ve gotta admit. I’m not really sure exactly what is putting me off it, but I guess it’s just not to my tastes. Other people have commented saying that this tea is good iced, but unfortunately I don’t have any left to test that theory out. Ah well.

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193 tasting notes

Received this as a free sample in my recently LARGE purchase from 52Teas. Always love to try new samples and this one was a new one for me. I am not really in love with this one though. It doesn’t rock my socks off like some other 52Teas blends. But that is ok. Glad I got to try it. I would drink it again but don’t think I would order this one for myself.

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985 tasting notes

My second pouch from Frank’s Oops Week. As far as spiced teas go, this one is not bad. I would have expected maybe a little more citrus with ‘ultimate’ in the name. It did have flavorings, citrus peels, and lemongrass to add to the citrus flair. Then there were the spices you would normally associate with a tea of this type….kind of a cinnamony, clovey? touch. I am not usually a person who likes spiced teas, but this one with its more overpowering citrus notes, and lighter spice notes works for me.

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46 tasting notes

Having a big icy glass of this now. It’s such a nice bold black tea with plenty of citrus and spice notes. I really enjoy this one hot or iced.

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