6073 Tasting Notes


(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Yes indeed, another new packet opening! I assume this one must have been misplaced or something, because it’s a whole 2oz packet. From mid-2015, according to what I wrote on it. (I also have a small amount from 2021.)

Anyhow, considering its age, this is still pretty tasty. Yes, the flavour is muted, but it’s still fluffy and limey. Almost a bit of a pineapple flavour too, which is interesting.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Another new packet to open! The reblends often don’t taste quite the same as the originals, so I decided to indulge in opening a second package of this (from Feb 2019), even though I still have a 2oz packet from 2015 on the go. Haha. Anyways, this reblend is delicious. Creamy, toasty, pretty much the perfect marshmallow treat genmaicha. I’m pleased. Especially since I thought it smelled a bit strong on the marshmallow root, but that hasn’t affected the brew.


After being profoundly disappointed by my first Matcha Genmaicha, wasn’t sure I’d dare a flavored Gen Mai again. I think you may have convinced me otherwise!


I really liked this one too!

Cameron B.

Somehow this one always underwhelms me, even though the concept sounds so delicious! Of course now I feel the need to order some, just to give it another try. >.<


@NibbleGuru – I’m not sure if you tried one from 52teas, but IMO the original Marshmallow Treat is the best! Some of the flavoured ones haven’t really worked for me, but the toasty vanilla marshmallow is spot on.

@Cameron B. – I have had underwhelming cups of it before, and I believe Frank had a very disappointing reblend of it at one point, but this one was really good!!

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 306)

Another new packet opening! I believe I have a silver foil 2oz pouch of this tucked away still, as well. This isn’t my typical favourite flavour combo, but the base here makes it much more enjoyable. It’s rich and chocolatey, without an overwhelming amount of mintiness. Better in the winter, though.

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drank Chocolate Orange Rooibos by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 305)

There’s a bit of chocolate, no orange, and loooots of yucky rooibos flavour. I’m not sure if I disliked this or Butterscotch Custard more last night. Probably the latter, because chocolate.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 304)

Still nope. No custard, no butterscotch, just rooibos. Not horrible but not good.

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drank Firebolt by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 303)

Note is for the reblend. It’s a nice, rich, slightly spiced and creamy black tea. The original had a little something different that I liked more, but the reblend is still tasty. This was another new pouch opening, the second of seven. Haha.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 302)

I want to like this but it just doesn’t quite hit right. I’m not sure why. It’s the right combo of flavours; maybe I’m not a fan of the cherry flavouring?

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 301)

Another new packet I got to open! I really liked this once upon a time; it’s definitely one of the better grapefruit teas I’ve had, and I like the base, but I’m pretty over grapefruit teas now. Strangely, as I’ve just started to eat (and enjoy!) actual grapefruits, mostly because they keep appearing in the discounted fruit boxes I keep purchasing. (Sidenote, I actually thought that you had to eat grapefruit segments without the membranes, by using a grapefruit knife, which is sooooo tedious, but turns out you can just eat it in wedges. Way less effort!)

I feel like this is one of the teas where Anne recommended a sprinkle of sugar. Maybe it makes the grapefruit a bit less… bitter? Maybe I’ll remember to try that one day.


I would actually suggest a little bit of salt. (weird, I know, but salt will tame the bitterness a bit and enhance the sweetness. Just a pinch of salt – maybe even half a pinch.)

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drank Sweet Zhang by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Delicious. Rich and just subtly flavoured. When I was sorting through all my teas to find those that had gone astray, I also nabbed a whole bunch that I want to drink again, so now my “drink soon” basket is stuffed, ahahaha.

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drank Banana Pancakes by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Review for May 2017 version. It smells deliciously maple syrupy, but the banana is pretty much gone. Fair enough, 5-year-old tea. Still great though, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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