drank Chinese Five Spice by 52teas
1230 tasting notes

Bought this because I was craving an Anise tea, and then let it sit in the cupboard for a while because this tea actually smells like the “Chinese Five Spice” you find in the spice section and your friendly neighbourhood grocery chain (sniff some McCormick and you’ve got it). It was too much and has been too much for quite a few months now.

Luckily, I caved in a year later after buying it (The dog has passed the torch to the pig), and tried it as a part of my “drink up your unwanted tea” conviction. Turns out this is actually lovely, and just the right amount of cloves, anise/fennel, ginger, peppercorn and cinnamon. (although I wouldn’t mind more citrus). It’s still on the unique side (read: savoury), but I won’t have a problem drinking up the rest!

Edit: I find once this tea is steeped the flavour and aroma profile sometimes cross over to dessert territory; this happened the other day. Tastes like cinnamon anise malt cookies.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Malt, Orange, Peppercorn

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.


Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.


BC, Canada

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