5th Day of Christmas Teas

I enjoy all the berry-green flavoured blends from 52teas quite a bit. This one is no different. I had some consistency problems the first two times but the last few cups have been pretty awesome, with lots of custard and blackberries on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

I think this blend uses gunpowder, which I had my doubts about (because vegetal smoke) but it works alright here! This last pot for Christmas Day may be the best yet (I’m so behind on my tea notes for this box).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Steepsterites!

Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Custard, Smoke, Vegetal


Merry Christmas! Hope you had a lovely day.

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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.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike or stay away from: apple, cocoa nibs, marine, peach, stevia, dairy products

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-84: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.


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