168 Tasting Notes

78

Nice coconut flavour! Creamy and toasty. I could smell the banana but I couldn’t really taste it. I still have a little bit left; I’m tempted to throw some banana chips in the next steep to see if I can boost that flavour a little. Also maybe steep it in coconut milk?

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Toasty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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25

This was not a yummy sip.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Lingonberry Chamomile Cider by 52teas
168 tasting notes

The dry leaf smelled overwhelmingly like chamomile (which is funny ‘cos in my head I don’t really think of chamomile as having a strong fragrance). Steeped, I didn’t taste the chamomile, just apple and clove. And the lingonberry? I dunno. I think I got some lingonberry jam from IKEA, once, but I don’t remember its taste or whether any of that flavour in this blend.

Taste is a super subjective thing and I think maybe I don’t like hot cider? If you do, I think you’ll like this blend.

Flavors: Apple, Clove

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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92

This blend is gorgeous. I love jasmine—the fragrance, the flavour, all the things. And while I like it with just about any tea, I think it works best as a white tea blend. (Oolong might be nice, too? I haven’t tried it.) This one’s super simple and straightforward, and utterly lovely.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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65
drank O Christmas Tea by 52teas
168 tasting notes

Appropriately named and quite pleasant, I had no trouble finishing off this sampler, but it’s not a tea I’d buy again. There was something in the blend that lingered after the sip was done, to which my palate mildly objected. I’m not entirely certain what it was, but there are so many blends out there—indeed, so many blends in my own stash—that I don’t feel compelled to overthink a reaction; I’m content to move on quickly and find the next blend I’ll want to keep stocked always.

Flavors: Citrus, Pine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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69

A teaxperience in four acts:

Act I: Regular steep, hot water only. I was immediately disappointed. This is very clearly, for me, a blend that wants some sort of cream and sweetener.

Act II: Oat mylk steep. Too oaty. Slightly better than a plain-water steep, but not by much.

Act III: Pistachio mylk steep. Better than oat. Still not great.

Act IV: Almond mylk steep. I had high hopes for this one, so I was disappointed by how impressively mediocre it was. I did dump in a whole lot of sugar this time, which made it more palatable but also very anti-diabetic.

Almond mylk was by far the best, and really were I in a more generous mood I might even call it pretty good, but at this point I was honestly just engrumbled by the sheer effort I had to put into making this taste good. I am exceedingly lazy and have a lot of love for blends that taste good no matter what I do to them.

I should say something about the flavour and fragrance, I reckon: essentially, it’s not gingery enough for me.

Flavors: Clove

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

That’s strange. 52teas chai and ginger-type blends are usually stellar.

Nik

52teas everything is usually stellar. And this may be, too. Tastes are different and everything isn’t for everyone. Plus, I don’t see how it’s possible to ensure that every packet of tea and every scoop steeped has exactly the right amount of each ingredient to result in the taste the blender intended. I read another review of this tea that said it was too gingery—it just wasn’t for me. =)

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87

I need to trust 52teas more than I do my own taste buds and preconceived notions. I saw “lemon,” I thought “tart,” and my nose did a crinkly thing of its own accord. I was not looking forward to this tea.

I’m so glad I ignored me and went for it anyway because I was too lazy to go hunting for a different tea packet. It’s divine! And I’ve got the very last packet of it in my cart right now, so please don’t rush to buy it.

The dry leaf blend is fragrant, but what’s really lovely is the wet mush that’s left in the strainer after steeping—it smells so good, like warm blueberry-lemon muffins just out of the oven. The biggest surprise is the sip: it’s smooth and mellow and bright and energising* and not – at – all – tart! There’s a little less berry in the flavour than in the fragrance, but that could be attributed to the way the ingredients landed after I shook the packet; I may throw a few dried blueberries into the next steep for a stronger berry presence.

52teas recommend having this iced, which is what I shall try next.

*Honestly this is something I always attribute to citrus, true or not. ¯\(ツ)

Flavors: Blueberry, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 4 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

This blend is remarkable because I like it—and I shouldn’t. I don’t like vanilla, and it features prominently here. I didn’t think that marshmallow had much of a fragrance of it’s own; it does! As soon as you open the packet, you can smell it. The brew is some of the smoothest black tea I’ve ever had: no bitterness, no harshness, no dryness or tickle at the back of the throat, nothing.

If you like vanilla and marshmallow and black tea, this is a really skilful blend and I think you’ll like it.

[Edit] Yes, I forgot about it and totally oversteeped it but it was fine.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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98

This tea is fantastic. It’s the least fussy green I’ve ever steeped. The green is bright and light, not nutty, ricey, or vegetal. The lemongrass and bergamot both come through beautifully—if you like both lemongrass and Earl Grey, you’ll like this one. Don’t worry about letting this one accidentally cool, it’s delicious at almost any temperature (with perhaps the exception of lukewarm): I accidentally left it sitting too long and dumped it in a glass of ice—lovely. Sweetened or un, it doesn’t matter (by which I mean if you tend to like sweetened tea like I do but are trying to cut down, you’ll be happy with this unsweetened).

I keep trying not to drink it because I have so much older tea I need to get through and I keep ignoring everything and just drinking this. The only thing I don’t like is that each tea bag is individually wrapped in plastic; ugh.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemongrass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Organic Rooibos by Carmién
168 tasting notes

It’s just plain rooibos. It has a very rooibos-y flavour. Definitely one of the best rooiboses I’ve ever rooibosed.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.

Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.

This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

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