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I found the flavour of this tea really mild and almost watery. I drank it right after having just had another cup of tea that I felt that way about, so I did have a moment of panic where I thought the problem was me and maybe I was experiencing Covid symptoms. However, my cup after this was PACKED with flavour and after taking a test because I was feeling paranoid I was confirmed Covid free. So, not really sure what was up with this cup. I guess I’ll just need to brew it again and see if the flavour ends up being consistent or not.

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drank Blackberry Parfait by 52teas
1244 tasting notes

Sometimes a little temperamental but when the creamy blackberry flavour hits it’s divine.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Cream, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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The problem with Anne’s subscription box is that there’s always a tea or two in it that I like so much that I end up annihilating it in a day or two. My tasting notes for these teas end up being a repetitive “I don’t know what happened but tea is gone now, but I’m pretty sure I loved it.”

That’s this tea, the latest Strawberry Shortcake tea (RIP too good for this world), Anne’s Breakfast Blend (I refuse to believe it’s gone; I’m sure if I dig deep enough there’s one serving left of it in the back of the cupboard), and many, many more that I consumed too quickly I never properly learned their names.

What many of these teas seem to have lately in common is a delicious, velvety black tea base (blend) that verges on chocolate-y, perfect levels of vanilla, and some combination witchcraft/alchemy. Sometimes there’s also amaranth, which is apparently Crowkettle catnip (not present here, but the rest of the delicious traits are).

This tea in particular is one I’d never pick it out for myself; my distrust of cocoa nibs is too strong. But Anne makes me taste chocolate coconut cake instead of dirt so now I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need to buy more right now. Life is full of these little challenges.

Steep Count: 3

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Blackberry Parfait by 52teas
1798 tasting notes

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drank Cherry Crisp Honeybush by 52teas
2827 tasting notes

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I think this one was from my random grab bag. Either way, it was tasty!

I love it when there are oats in a blend, they gives such a nice pastry flavor. Here they really sell the concept of a crisp, along with the gentle warm spicing and somewhat nutty honeybush. I do wish there was a bit more cherry. I can taste a little bit, but I would love more to really make it taste like a cherry crisp, instead of more of a coffeecake with hints of cherry.

Either way, tasty!

Flavors: Allspice, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Oats, Pastries, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Yum! The dry leaf has such a bright, fruity, citrusy punch — it smells amazing. Brewed, I’m getting more of a peachy scent. The taste is just delightful — a sort of creamy citrus-peach, with just a tiiiny hint of coconut. Perfect for a cool late-summer day.

Flavors: Blood Orange, Citrus, Creamy, Fruity, Juicy, Peach

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drank Plum Clafoutis Black Tea by 52teas
1798 tasting notes

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drank Cranberry Lemonade by 52teas
2827 tasting notes

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I enjoyed this one. It has a nice, sweet lemony flavor with a slightly herbaceous note from the lemongrass and green tea. I’m not sure I can pick out cranberry, maybe a hint? But mostly it’s reminding me of lemon drops, and I’m not mad about it. :)

Sweet, smooth, and comforting – very relaxing for the afternoon.

Flavors: Candy, Grass, Herbaceous, Lemon, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Drank through this sample packet pretty quickly. It’s a lovely, straightforward vanilla blend.

ashmanra

This sounds delightful. I love Keemun and vanilla, the combo would be awesome.

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I feel like a lot of the peach teas I’ve steeped up as of late have been very much on the sweet and juicy or tart side of things, and I like that profile a lot but it’s very nice to see the other sides of peach and the more cooked and jammy stonefruit notes in this blend with the warming spice mix and the medium bodied black base were a welcome change of pace for me! I got allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon more than anything and I thought it was so delicious and autumnal!

I think the only thing I would maybe comment based on this first cupping was that the peach could be a little thicker in flavour. Not stronger, I liked the balance of flavour. The mouthfeel/body level was maybe just a smidge thin for me for a preserve/jam inspired tea profile.

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Hmm it’s hard to describe what I think of this tea. I guess the main word I’d use to describe it is…unnecessary? 52teas does a delicious genmaicha, and the candy cane is really refreshing and nice. I’m just not convinced the two need to be paired. In some sips, they went together fine, but in others the roastiness and mint seemed sort of at odds. The only flavors I get are that bright, sweet mint and the toasted rice, but I’d prefer them separately.

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drank Voodoo Cashew Mate by 52teas
2827 tasting notes

Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #14

Had no idea what this was, but I love mate so I pulled it out to try. Turns out it’s butterscotch, yum! There’s coconut in it, but it smelled fine so I steeped it up.

It’s quite good. I taste a lot of the mate, which I like. It’s a blend of both green and roasted mate and I get the gently earthy herbaceous green flavor alongside the toasty comforting roasted notes. There’s a slight bitterness for some reason, not sure if that’s coming from the mate or something else. The added flavors are somewhat subtle, but I can definitely pick out both butterscotch and cashew. There’s apparently rum essence as well, but I think it kind of blends together with the butterscotch. The coconut adds a nice creaminess.

I really like it, definitely a keeper! Creamy, nutty, butterscotch tastiness.

Result: Kept!

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cashew, Coconut, Creamy, Earthy, Herbaceous, Nuts, Roasted, Sweet, Toasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Grey Grove Black Tea by 52teas
1798 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
July 2022 → A lime tea

I’m so incredibly behind on my tasting notes. I don’t think I’ve sat down to write one in a month. It’s been a busy, eventful, overwhelming, stressful few weeks. I managed to drink the tea but not much else. My therapist will get an earful this afternoon.

[Side Note: I’m so glad to have all of you here, my online tea friends. You’re so much easier to talk to than “real” friends, or maybe it’s just that it’s easier to type into the void than to speak feelings to someone face-to-face. Either way, I’m grateful for you.]

If you’re one who goes back and reads old notes, I wouldn’t even bother with mine. They are going to be very brief, if I write anything at all. I just like to have a log sometimes.

This is my lime tea for July’s sipdown challenge (again, behind). I wasn’t sure if I would notice the lime, but I do! It also has this really lovely creaminess behind it. Definitely a unique and delicious take on an Earl Grey.

Flavors: Creamy, Lime

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So I got a very small 52teas order, mostly because I wanted to try that anniversary blend, and this was included as a wee sample! :D

So I didn’t really read the description, and just went to steep it up because it was the perfect amount for a single pot of tea. I saw and smelled the coconut in there, and some dried fruit that looked like peach or mango. And as it steeped, I could smell mostly coconut.

So when I tasted it, I was very pleasantly surprised by the blood orange! It’s probably the strongest flavor to my palate, and it has a nice citrusy brightness to it. The coconut is prominent as well, the combination of the two almost reminds me of a creamsicle? The coconut contributes a lovely creaminess that makes it taste a bit desserty. I don’t think I would pick out peach if I didn’t know it was there, just because the combination of the other two flavors tastes a bit similar to the peach, so it doesn’t stand out.

Anyway, it’s yummy! And now I’m off to go watch Grease… ;)

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Coconut, Creamy, Herbaceous, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Fresh outta my July subscription box! I’m hoping this tea will wake me up on a sleepy Tuesday afternoon. (Why am I sleepy? I have no idea, but it’s 2 p.m. and I can barely keep my eyes open. Maybe because I’ve been staring at an Excel spreadsheet all morning. I’m a writer, not a data scientist!)

Anyway, this tea reminds me of Coconut Eggnog — the tea that introduced me to 52Teas! It’s got a nice, rich base and notes of clove and star anise, with just a hint of coconut to provide a creaminess. I’m drinking it hot and enjoying it quite a bit, but I’ll have to try the brew ‘n’ cool method to make a true iced tea.

Well… back to the ol’ spreadsheet.

Flavors: Astringent, Clove, Creamy, Spices, Star Anise

Cameron B.

Sometimes I get that afternoon slump too at about 2-3 PM. -.-zzZZ

Martin Bednář

I was tired once at work too after staring at an Excel spreadsheet all day. I went home and fall asleep!

Kelmishka

The afternoon slump indeed! Plus the Excel slump. A deadly combination.

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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.

ashmanra

Unlike most people, I despise banana bread. I like bananas and banana sandwiches and bananas in my smoothie, but banana bread can ship right off.

I like zucchini bread and other quick breads, though. Banana bread just tastes…like sadness and struggle. With soft rot.

Cameron B.

I don’t like ripe bananas, so I’m not a huge banana bread fan either ha ha. :P

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drank Blueberry Limeade by 52teas
2827 tasting notes

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I wanted to love this one, because the concept sounded so yummy. But I had a similar experience with her Tangerine Twister green tea, where I could barely taste any fruit here? I do get a bit of lime, but the blueberry is extremely faint to my taste buds.

So mostly I end up tasting the somewhat grassy sencha base with a touch of lime and lemongrass in there. It’s pleasant, but not what I was expecting…

Flavors: Grass, Lemongrass, Lime, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I bought this tea based on the autumnal description. I agree with the creator’s love of fall and the smells and flavors evoked. I can say yes, I liked this tea—tho it smells rather different than it tastes.
Sniffing the packet of tea, it’s quite perfumy. It took me awhile, tasting it, trying to determine just what it reminded me of. Then I realized it was light and sweet, like…baby powder! No doubt that’s the honey flavor. The spices are definitely next in the taste sensation. There is a slight whiff of cider vinegar.
It is definitely a group of flavors which evoke the beginning of autumn. It’s early August right now, when the ripeness of summer is hinting at the changes to come. I liked this tea because it did remind me of autumn coming. But I’m ambivalent; I didn’t like it enough to recommend it strongly. So I recommend it gently.
Do try it; make up your own mind. It is enjoyable, but very mild.

Flavors: Allspice, Apple Skins, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baby Powder, Campfire, Cinnamon, Perfume, Spices, Winter Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec 15 g 34 OZ / 1005 ML

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drank Plum Pryanik by 52teas
1592 tasting notes

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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drank Plum Pryanik by 52teas
1570 tasting notes

For some reason I never tried this during the actual advent season.

This is a nice nighttime option. It’s spicy and a bit citrusy. Warm and comforting.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure what makes this a “special” pina colada blend versus a regular one – but regardless, I thought it was very nice! Definitely tasted spot on for its namesake and made for a really refreshingly creamy and tropical brew that put me in a great mood.

52Teas

I think Frank called it “special” because of the base? I don’t know. I just called it special because that’s what he called it. :)

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drank Ginger Cola Black Tea by 52teas
2827 tasting notes

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Really enjoying this one! It has a lovely, sweet cola flavor complemented by a gentle bit of ginger. The base is smooth and soft, but still present enough to provide a foundation for the flavorings. There is something about it that reminds me of those root beer barrel candies, even though there’s no root beer here. I also enjoy cola-flavored candies and gummies, and yet for some reason those root beer barrels come to mind instead.

I’ve never had a ginger cola, but I may have to try one sometime. Weirdly, I don’t even like actual cola very much… But I do enjoy ginger ale, so maybe the ginger would help its case.

Happy that I have another sample of this one, thank you random grab bag! :)

Flavors: Candy, Cola, Effervescent, Ginger, Root Beer, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Holiday Pudding by 52teas
1592 tasting notes

The first time I had this, it didn’t make too much of an impression, so I’m trying it again with some extra leaf this time. The flavoring is a little non-specific, but it still tastes nice. I get some really mild spices, and the black tea is pretty mild too, but pleasant. It’s not one I’m in a hurry to have again, but I enjoyed it.

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The dry leaf aroma of this tea kind of reminds me of Horchata, so I was extra excited to steep it up! The taste is very pleasant; a light to medium bodied cuppa with distinct notes of coconut, maple, and the roasted rice from the genmaicha. Not quite horchata because it’s lacking a little creaminess and the maple is pretty distinct – but it’s not supposed to be horchata anyway so that’s not a criticism. It’s very good. I love the combination of maple and coconut together.

Sadly the mouthfeel was pretty oily to me because of the coconut fat, but that’s just to be expected when using large shreds of real coconut – and it’s honestly just a sign of how fresh they are anyway.

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