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drank Cranberry Pear Clafoutis by 52teas
1025 tasting notes

The flavor is a nice combination of cranberry and a mild green tea. The green base is the perfect choice to complement the fruity flavor. I got a bit of weirdness/dryness the first time I tried this, but I brewed it more carefully the next time, and for the most part, that disappeared. This turns out to be a light, relaxing tea. I really like how 52teas accomplishes its cranberry flavor. This one also had a bit of a sparkly quality to the flavor. The rebrew tasted almost the same. Very good!

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drank Candy Cane Truffle by 52teas
3356 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge – C

Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  So many glowing notes might have hyped this one up for me.  I LOVE that such an unusual black tea is used here – Fujian gunpowder.   I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t use as much leaf as I usually would… I wanted to stretch my sample to two steep sessions BUT the pouch says only to use 2.5 grams anyway and I’m sure I used more than that.  The tea is certainly chocolatey!  Especially on that second steep.   But the peppermint for me leans more herbaly flavored than an actual candy cane.  I would consider adding some candy cane to the next steep session but I wouldn’t want to mess with the recipe of this particular tea magician!  :D
Speaking on the Fujian gunpowder, I would love to try it by itself — maybe that would make a good base for Black Silk Chocolate Milk?  Maybe mixed with another black tea?
Steep #1 // not quite 1 teaspoon // 25 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

gmathis

Oooh—I’ve never tried a non-green gunpowder tea!

tea-sipper

I think I have only seen it from 52Teas.

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Hot, this smelled amazing, but I only tasted toastiness. Once I let it cool, the maple came out more, but the roasted flavor was still battling it. I added some milk, and that really helped the flavors come together. Now, I taste both the maple and the genmaicha, though I think the maple could still be a little stronger. 52teas does a great maple. This one isn’t as good as their maple cheesecake oolong, but I definitely enjoyed it. The second steep tasted only like mild toastiness.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #172 overall / Tea #43 for April
An Ode to Tea, I is for Iced tea blend green tea by 52teas (gifted by AJrimmer)
Wednesday 4/28 — first day off in 10 days so I started a whole row of cold brews this morning and made more cold brews later. Also a day with highs in low 80s. The crisp mint and green tea base are good but I don’t get any of the peaches or lemons in the ingredients. :( I will try hot then putting in fridge when I find my sub box packet.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

AJRimmer

Yeah, I only ever tasted green tea and mint with this one, but thought it was really tasty.

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I bought extra of this tea hoping I’d like it, and I was happy to find that I do! I feel like it could have a bit more raspberry, but I enjoyed the depth of the flavours used (I think there’s some cotton candy essence?) as well as the lemon. Also found the base to be just perfect. I think it reminded me, in a sense, of Ice and Cream.

Sil

i really want to pick this one up but the vanilla permanent blend isn’t back yet

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Happy National Superhero Day! (This is also my final Ode to Tea entry, for B! I now have all 26 sipdowns, woop!)

The prompt today was to drink a tea that reminds you of a favorite superhero. To be honest, while I consider myself a firm “geek,” the superhero genre just doesn’t do it for me (seriously, I’ve never watched any of those “Cinematic Universe” movies). I do, however, tend to enjoy the ones that lean heavily into comedy/parody, and have been a fan of The Tick (has anyone even heard of it? Probably not…) for years.

I picked this tea to represent him because his only “power” really is being “mighty,” so a robust black base (rather than a more delicate green or white or a decaf herbal) seemed to fit this. He’s also blaringly blue, hense the blueberry flavor. And he is really just a soft, extremely loving teddy bear on the inside, hense picking a sweet, desserty tea.

The blueberry is very sweet, reminding me of a sweet breakfast syrup or the blueberries in muffins, which goes well with a pastry tea. I can smell a sweet creamy aroma off the cup which I assume is the cream cheese, but have a harder time picking it out on the tongue; there is a creamy sort of sweetness that pops at the end of the sip. The black tea itself is really smooth, with no astringency or bitterness, and I’m getting notes of warm baked bread and subtle spices from it, which lend into that “bready pastry” feel.

Another solid blueberry entry from 52Teas!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Blueberry, Cream, Pancake Syrup, Pastries, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
AJRimmer

Yeah, I grew up watching the 60s Batman TV show, which is super silly (and still awesome) so I always enjoy silliness in my superhero content as well. I borrowed Shazam from the library recently and enjoyed that!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I have heard of The Tick! Haven’t watched it yet. I know it mainly because Ben Edlund created it and he does many of my other favorite shows – Supernatural, Firefly, Gotham so The Tick is on my list to get to eventually.

Mastress Alita

I am partial to the 90s animated TV series that I watched on Fox Kids growing up (and having rewatched it not long ago, I still think the humor in it holds up), but I also enjoyed the Amazon live-action (which was sadly cancelled after two seasons). I never caught the Patrick Warburton live-action version, I’ll need to catch that sometime.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
1025 tasting notes

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.

Courtney

That is a long steep!

Mastress Alita

When I make rooibos, I just bag it and leave the bag in my cup indefinitely. I swear I get better flavors on herbals that way.

AJRimmer

Huh, I feel like I’ve steeped rooibos too long and ended up with unpleasant flavors (in some blends, not others).

Lexie Aleah

I do that too! I just leave rooibos/honeybush teas in the cup or steep for a really long time.

Mastress Alita

Rooibos doesn’t have tannins, so I’ve never had an issue with it. If I’m going to get “off” notes, I get the same off notes after 3 minutes of steeping that I would after 13 minutes of steeping (for me, often a certain fruit flavoring brings out the “medicinal” in the rooibos, and that is the fault of the flavoring agents, not the steep). The only herbal I’m more careful with is lavender teas, since I do get a bitter taste in the cup if I steep lavender grandpa-style.

tea-sipper

Personally, I think if I let a flavored rooibos steep for 10 minutes, I’d just taste rooibos. Shorter steeps (sometimes only 45 seconds) seem to bring out more of the flavor for me, rather than the base. But I guess to each their own and I guess it also depends on the tea. :D

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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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Lemon marshmallow
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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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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.

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drank Strawberry Rose by 52teas
196 tasting notes

#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. ):

#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown #sipdownchallenge

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drank Mermaid by 52teas
883 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 g 32 OZ / 946 ML
AJRimmer

I love that you have multiple mythical creature teas – such a fun theme day!

Mastress Alita

The prompt was simply to “drink a tea that is pure magic to you”, it didn’t have anything to do with mythical creatures. I took it in a different way since drinking a favorite tea won’t help me along with specific sipdown goals I have this month.

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drank Cherry Cola Honeybush by 52teas
1025 tasting notes

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.

tea-sipper

It’s funny you haven’t had actual soda since you were a kid (!) but you like soda teas. :D

AJRimmer

I’m certainly not against soda, but since I grew up only ever getting to have it on occasional visits to Taco Bell, it just never became something I craved or bought (unlike tea, which our kitchen was always full of!)

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drank Ginger Cola by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

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drank Blueberry Coconut by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

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?

Martin Bednář

Studying and/or writing thesis. My screen-time is too long “by a lot”! And exhausted of being in lockdown. It should be raised on Monday, but we will see if it’s time for that.

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drank Blueberry Coconut by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

Blueberry forward with coconut \lagging a bit behind. Or at least, that’s what it is today.

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drank Bacon Sticky Bun by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

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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

AJRimmer

I’ve got this one and absolutely can’t wait to try it.

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drank It's Snowing! by 52teas
883 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
Martin Bednář

“A strange time of year to be drinking this” Nope, it’s not. It is going to snow this night here!

Mastress Alita

I have seen White Aprils here before, though it has (thankfully) been a while.

ashmanra

Wow, I just came in from yard work gasping for a big glass of water. My daughter was lying in the sun and got too hot and came in right behind me. Ashman would rather be where you guys are…

gmathis

I’ve seen snow on my mid-April birthday in SW Missouri more years than I would like.

Martin Bednář

It does snow, but not promised 4 cm/hour here. Actually, there is no snow in my region, but it’s different in some places.

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I was in a rare maple mood, so had to jump on the chance to drink one of the few maple teas in my stash. This one has been sitting in my sipdown box, so seemed like a good choice.
The maple is actually much more mild than I thought, with the toasty rice being the dominant flavor.

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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.

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X is for…an eXtra cup of Blueberries and Cream Rooibos

I was talking to Roswell Strange and mentioned I had no “X” teas. I didn’t even have a tea by an X company. I said I could skip X and just do “Y” teas, or I could do number teas since X usually stands in for unknown numbers and this could be a fun play on that. I also said I could just do random teas. That’s when Roswell Strange said I could do X as an extra cup of teas I had throughout the alphabet tea drinking but didn’t quite finish. Since I actually have a number of teas that I enjoyed throughout this sipdown challenge with only a serving remaining, I thought that could be fun.

This particular tea I actually didn’t realize was at its end. I pulled it out just to have before bed and realized as I was weighing out the leaf that I only had the one serving. So I guess I am starting my “X” day with the last cup of this.

I went back to my previously note for this tea where I mentioned that I had it sort of hot because its the tea I made for my at-home laser hair removal day. Here I am doing that again and this has once again cooled.

This tea does have a lot of blueberry flavor. That blueberry flavor is pretty true to the fruit. Though today its a lot of blueberry and rooibos. The cream is lingering in the background as a nice smoothness but it’s mostly a blueberry rooibos. Thank you Sil for the chance to try this one!

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