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Here you get some strawberry, followed by the tasty, nutty base. I don’t think there’s much about it that says pie. The strawberry tastes pretty fresh and vibrant. Fully cooled, it all combines into a pretty delicious, cohesive whole. I’m glad I followed the steeping instructions because I usually wouldn’t steep a rooibos for ten minutes, but I think that’s what really allowed the strawberry flavor to shine. It’s so fresh and bright, and the base is supportive and perfect, with a touch of warming spices. This one turned out way better than I expected.
So, had a cup of this tonight. However, due to my horribly burning my mouth on a chimichanga last night, I can’t do a detailed review. My mouth is all messed up.
What I will say is that this is very creamy custard tasting. It isn’t overly woody like many Rooibos that I’ve had and I can definitely taste the butterscotch, even without sweetener. In fact, this was so tasty that I didn’t add my usual splenda! I guess you could say they aimed for butterscotch custard and got butterscotch custard! Great job.
I hope I can have more of this when my mouth heals.
EDIT: I wanted to note that, by the time this was at a temperature my injured mouth could handle, it was only lukewarm. I really screwed up my mouth. So yeah, the temperature probably affected the flavor.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Cream
Tasty to the final sip
A delicious cup
Happy National Haiku Day! Pulled this tea for my Ode to Tea Y entry and have been sipping on this as my nightly herbal the last few evenings. 5g grandpa steeped in a teabag in 350ml 205F water.
It has a really lovely creamy lemon aroma… there is a tart lemon zest sort of note, and then a sort of softer meringue aroma. The lemon flavor is very bright… a natural, zingy flavor with just a hint of background sweetness which keeps it from tasting like furniture polish. The lemon is front and center, but there is a subtle fresh grass seed/herbaceous note in the background (likely my tongue reading a combination of lemon grass and the green rooibos base). It’s really nice! A slight sweetness that is almost honey-like in taste is left on my tongue after the sip. Very relaxing and enjoyable!
Flavors: Citrus, Cream, Grass Seed, Herbaceous, Honey, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Sweet, Tangy
L is for… Lemon Mango Sherbet Green Rooibos!
I chose this as my last L tea of the day, and one of the many of my lemon options, because I saw VariaTEA post about it and it seemed interesting! It was also caffeine free, and at this point in the day it was late at night – plus I’d not tried it before!
I find the lemon note in this very similar to Lemon Cream Cheese Danish – and I enjoy it a lot in that blend. It’s softer and creamy but still has a bit of a twang to it also. I know I’ve had so many mango blends from 52Teas as well, but to be super honest that’s not one of the flavours that Anne uses that really sticks out in my mind – either positively or negatively. I really didn’t feel like I got much of it in my cup either – the lemon either dwarfed the flavour entirely or the intensity of the mango used was just lacking. It was still a nice cup with the right amount of sweetness, and enjoyably fruity (especially with the green rooibos base) but it doesn’t stand out a lot to me. I think I just expected something a bit brighter and juicier between these two fruits.
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #142 overall / Tea #13 for April / #drinkwhatyouown February 3/25
Saturday 04/10/21 — @52teas strawberry rose black tea (Feb 2020 subscription box). Not a rose person and cold-brew for a few days only strengthened rose+black base, no strawberry. ):
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Happy National Unicorn Day! Oh look, I have another tea with a magical creature in the title (and one I happen to collect, too… I have a whole bathroom done in mermaids!) (Also taking this as my Ode to Tea M entry!)
I prefer my green tea cold brewed, and this one seemed like a good candidate regardless, so that is how I prepared it! The steeped tea smells like coconut, blueberry, and lime, which I think will be an interesting combination.
On the tongue, I’m picking up a lot of pineapple flavor which I couldn’t detect on the nose, and I really like it; the coconut is soft and creamy and it has a nice mellow pina colada backdrop. I do get the blueberry, not as strongly as I was picking it up in the scent, but it hits about midsip and has a sweetness to it (likely from the coconut). I taste the lime right at the end of the sip; the sweet pina colada sort of fades and then my tongue is hit by a hint of blueberry and a slightly tangy lime (lime and coconut is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I really like how they are working together here, as well). Very thirst-quenching and refreshing!
Flavors: Blueberry, Citrus, Coconut, Lime, Pineapple, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy, Tropical
This is better cool. Then the fizzy flavor really pops. I probably haven’t had soda since I was a kid, but this is quite similar to how I remember it, except here it has a bit of a nutty honeybush base. I prefer the other soda tea I’ve had from 52teas, crisp cranberry soda green rooibos because I think green rooibos is a more supportive base for this flavor profile. But I still really enjoyed this and appreciated how accurate the flavor was. I definitely got both the cherry and cola flavors. Soda flavored teas are a new favorite of mine.
I’ve just come back from the laundromat with clean bedding. Now, I’ve made up my bed with fresh flannel sheets and yay!Yes, I know it’s April, but even though our days here are glorious, the nights are still cool and I need all the things.
There was a woman in the laundromat washing and drying her duvet and comforter in preparation for storing them away till next fall/winter, but that’s not me. Not yet, anyway. We could still get snow. And even if we don’t, I want to be toasty.
Now, I am exhausted.Even still, it always amazes me how rewarding and comforting it is to have a freshly made bed.
Such a simple lovely kind thing we can do for ourselves.
now about this tea. I’ve decided that rather than equal parts blueberry and coconut, the coconut adds a sweet buttery softness to the blueberry.
How are you spending your days, people?
Such an interesting combination of flavors! I mostly smell the ginger in the dry leaf, with the cinnamon and toasted rice being the dominant aromas when brewed. However, the balance in flavor between the tropical fruits and spices is so unique! I can taste the banana and mango distinctly, with some cinnamon and ginger balancing out the fruitiness. The roastiness of the popped and toasted rice adds to the overall flavor rather than detracting from it.
Flavors: banana, Cinnamon, Ginger, Mango, Roasted
A strange time of year to be drinking this, I know, but it ticked the box for my Ode to Tea I Entry, and I figure it would be more prudent to drink this coconut tea now than wait longer when it is more seasonally appropriate and the coconut has likely gone rancid by then.
At least the coconut still has a lovely aroma in the package when I unsealed it! Brewed up, it smells like a richly coconut chai; coconut hits my nose first, with an undertone of clove. And that is mostly what I’m getting on the mouth as well. The coconut fills out on the sip first and foremost, with a crispy/toasted coconut left lingering on my tongue after the sip. About mid-sip and toward the end of the sip, I taste the spice — I see there is no clove in this blend, but that is definitely what I’m tasting… perplexing! I do pick out a little of a cinnamon note in the aftertaste left on my tongue.
It’s pleasant. Mostly this is a smooth coconut black tea, it has enough boldness to make this a nice morning cuppa, but it is sweet and smooth, with only a hint of drying after the sip. It is not a spicy tea, but it is a warming tea, and at least here, my house still feels quite chilly in the mornings and evenings despite the nice, warm, clear spring weather, which adds to the appeal of something like this for breakfast. I think it would go nicely with milk, since the flavors seem to fit a thick and creamy sort of profile, so I may try a latte next. I’ve been in a latte phase lately!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Toasted
Had this one a few weeks back and forgot to write about it as well; I’m glad I keep a note sheet with the teas I have so that I can go back and check and not miss out on tasting notes like this one…
I remember it being a delicious juicy apple flavouring with a pleasant sweetness but aside from that I don’t remember much else. I did have it very late at night so I was already not being super mindful when I had it, but add a few weeks on top of that and my memory just isn’t great. I think I liked it a lot, though!
Gonna need to steep up again sooner rather than later.
B is for…Blueberries & Cream Rooibos
My last “B” tea. I had it hot(ish) while I did my at-home laser hair removal. The laser if is not fun. This tea and the music I listen to while doing it is fun.
I was worried the rooibos would be heavy but this is a whole lot of blueberry and some cream. It’s quite lovely. Thank you Sil for sharing!
An Ode to Tea, Z entry.
While my librarian heart applaudes that most folks are actually drinking their tea in alphabetical order rather than just drinking one from each letter of the alphabet for the Sipdown Challenge, with the particular way that tea fits into my schedule I need more flexibility than that, so my goal is just to hit one sipdown per letter this month (in no particular order). I’m missing Q and Z and decided to get poetically creative, so this is my “Z” tea… I figure any tea that has three z’s in the title is good enough!
I am not a fan of chamomile at all, but am surprised by how the dry leaf aroma just smells like blueberries and cream, and not the dreaded sleepy-flower. Brewed 5g grandpa-style (teabag left soaking) in 350ml 205F water. I am getting the chamomile a bit in the aroma coming off the steeped cup, but the main aroma is still the sweet blueberry scent. I was also getting this faint herbaceous sort of note beneath the blueberry, and I had to really focus on it to realize it was lavender, just much more subtle than I’m used to it (I’ve been drinking a lot of lavender lattes lately!) Berries + lavender are one of my favorite flavor combos, which I use in smoothies quite often, making it a very pleasant aroma.
Oh, I quite like this! Again, I’m mainly tasting a rich blueberry flavor, with a cream sweetness, with the end of the sip filling out with a nice lavender that is trending on the minty side. I’m actually not picking out the particular chamomile taste which I always find so unpleasant. Getting a pleasant hay/herbaceous/honey note from the green rooibos base.
This isn’t the sort of tea I would’ve ever selected for myself due to chamomile being an ingredient, but it was kindly included by Anne in a past order and I’m so glad now to have tried it! That blueberry/lavender flavor combo is exactly the sort of thing that is right up my alley!
Flavors: Blueberry, Cream, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Honey, Lavender, Mint, Sweet
I can’t believe I never wrote a review for this tea. It’s one of the first 52Teas blends that I ended up getting a large pouch of. Absolutely love the combination of jasmine, cardamom, and orange blossom. Cardamom is so under-utilized in non-spiced blends.
Flavors: Cardamom, Citrus, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
Sipped on a mug of this over the weekend – I’ve been so impressed with the cranberry teas I’ve tried from 52Teas as of late, and cranberry and chocolate seemed really interesting as a flavour combination so I was excited to dive into it. Though, there aren’t many cranberry teas I’ve come across that I dislike (despite not actually liking cranberries) – so not sure what that says, haha…
I wish there was a bit less chocolate and more cranberry here, but that’s a personal preference and not a complaint about either the chocolate or cranberry flavours in the blend which are both quite lovely!! I just like cranberry more than chocolate. This is like one of those Brookside chocolate coated cranberries though in tea form and that’s delicious!!
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I quite liked this one!
It has a nice, natural orange flavor to it from the segments. It’s a bit like orange crossed with gingerbread to me, so I’m picturing something like an orange-flavored pumpkin bread, maybe with an orange glaze. The spicing is gentle for the most part, but I will say that I find the ginger to be a little bit too strong compared to the rest of the spices. It stands out in a way that makes the overall flavor veer a bit to the earthy side.
But I still enjoyed finishing this one off! :)
Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Clove, Earth, Ginger, Nutmeg, Orange, Spices, Sweet