1586 Tasting Notes

73

The first time I had this, I thought it was a little more thin and metallic than I’d prefer. I tasted green banana, but really no butter or bread. I’m drinking this for the second time, and again I taste a lot of green banana, but the base tea isn’t really combining in a smooth and tasty way. And I’d prefer a more caramelized banana flavor. Still no butter or bread, unfortunately. I definitely prefer other 52teas banana teas.

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drank Vanilla Chai Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
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I really didn’t enjoy DT’s chai matcha, so I was a little worried when I opened my 2 oz bag of this one. Luckily, the flavor profile seems to go in a totally different direction. Whereas the other one was red hot cinnamon, this one is more difficult to describe. I taste mostly matcha with a bit of flavoring, but I really can’t tell what it’s supposed to be. Maybe it’s a bit cookie-ish? It’s not a favorite, but there’s nothing bad or too weird here either. The flavoring is quite mild.

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70
drank The Tart of Ruin by Brutaliteas
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Fruity black teas will never be my thing. I just prefer fruit with herbal or green teas. I can’t really tell what fruit it’s supposed to be – maybe blueberry? I liked it more with milk and lots of sweetener. I taste the fruit and a bit of the tea, and it’s pretty pleasant like this, but I wouldn’t order it.

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76
drank Plum Pryanik by 52teas
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I don’t taste any plum, but I notice mild spices on a nice rooibos base. This tastes pleasant, but not special. The second time I had this, I had it with no milk so that I could taste the flavors a little better. I guess I can see maybe a hint of plum? Not really though. It’s similar to other flavored rooibos blends I’ve had before, maybe the caramel monkey bread from forever ago?

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76
drank Talk DirTea To Me by Brutaliteas
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I can definitely taste the coffee beans in this, but that’s almost the only flavor I get. I prefer the way Davidstea does their coffee blends, where they have more flavor elements other than coffee. This one is a little simplistic for me, but okay sweetened with milk. I added some whipped cream to the second half of my mug, and that made the last bit pretty fancy and nice, but overshadowed the tea itself, to be honest.

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70

This one is pretty mild. It mostly just tastes like plants. Sweetened with milk, it’s pretty pleasant, but I probably should have leafed it more heavily. Grabbed from a TTB.

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64
drank Caramel Chai Tea by Happy Elephant
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Nothing about this tastes like chai. I don’t really get any spices. I taste some sweetness that I guess is the caramel, but it doesn’t taste like caramel. There’s nothing burnt about it.

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78

This tastes very similar to other candy cane black teas I’ve had in the past, especially a Davidstea one…I can’t remember which. It’s basically what you’d expect. I taste a lot of sweet, creamy mintiness, along with the black base. It’s nice with milk, but it doesnt stand out front the crowd. I usually make my second steeps pretty concentrated since I don’t trust flavored teas to have much strength left. However, I accidentally made a full sized resteep of this, and it was fantastic! So minty and fresh, maybe even better than the first steep. I didn’t use milk for that one.

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75
drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Doğadan
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This is very tart and fruity. The blueberry tastes more interesting than it sometimes does in blends like these. Cold, it’s really quite refreshing.

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drank Psychocostick by Brutaliteas
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I don’t really like this base tea. It’s just thin and has an almost metallic weirdness that I usually associate with decaf black teas. On top of that, I may taste a little fruitiness, but just a little. I’m sure I’d appreciate this flavoring more on a better base. I just saw that this was supposed to be spicy chocolate flavored?? Wow, I wish I had tasted any of that, but I didn’t for some reason.

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike

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