43 Tasting Notes
I wanted to like this tea, there ARE green teas out there I very much enjoy. The fragrance for Honey Ginseng is lovely. It’s a little earthy, a little grassy, a little spicy and a little floral. I can definitely feel the kind of musky background note of honey in it. Steeped, it reminds me of a incredibly tame chai, but a chai mixed with flowers? I’m not so sure about this one. It’s not bad, I just don’t see myself purchasing this again in the future.
I feel bad for not having posted about this sooner. I’ve been smitten with this tea since I placed my order back in …April? I was incredibly fortunate in that my sister had ordered some as well and decided it wasn’t for her. I’ve been on a not-so-sweet tea kick the last couple of months involving some unflavored assam and ceylon, but this has still been making my drink hard with a vengeance list despite it’s clear inclination toward being a sweeter tea. I distinctly pick up more of the the “buttery” notes than the maple, though while the maple somewhat tries to sneak away in flavor, it’s present and accounted for in the fragrance. Ooh the fragrance! The fragrance is wonderful. It’s a Sunday morning breakfast over newspapers with orange juice and the works. Slightly malty, slightly savory and slightly sweet, it’s been great for when I can’t make up my mind and not burning out on something stronger while pulling all-nighters for school.
I love it! I’m almost supernaturally compelled to give this tea a perfect score. That this was posted to the 52teas permanent collection couldn’t possibly make me happier. I am horribly biased when I say this but I’ve never had a better tea. The Blueberry Zabaglione was my first 52teas flavor, and it is absolutely to die for. This is going to heaven. I’ve never actually had Zabaglione, but I can certainly detect an aspect of custard and wine in this tea. Add some almond milk brings out an amazing strawberries and cream/strawberry shortcake quality. The blend feels both subtle/delicate, as well as complex in that the strawberry is just as much at the forefront as the tea itself. Everything about it is wonderfully complimentary. Can a tea actually be perfect? I don’t think it can get any better than this.
For some reason this brought back my childhood. More specifically of scented My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake vinyl toys (minus the vinyl). Hint of earthy, naturally pretty sweet. Not awful, initially pleasant – just not my thing. Odd, I’m finding I’m quite particular about fruit flavors in tea. Experimented with some kids in my family and they loved it – they tore through half of the bag in a week. I’ll likely be getting it again for them. Myself, more partial to the Zabagliones. :)
A coworker of mine absolutely hated this tea and seemed delighted to pawn it off on the rest of us. By rest of us, I pretty much mean me as I tore through it in the span of a couple weeks. It’s not as sweet as a lot of the other blueberry teas, but has a wonderful aroma. Sweetened almond milk compliments it well. This is one of my favorite RoT’s, though it’s among my first so I’m sure at least some of it is sentimental.
I’m a bit mopey over this being a limited tea. In reality, blueberries are my least favorite berry. When put INTO anything I absolutely love them. The fragrance of this tea is pretty stellar. The flavor is sweet, and rich, amazing for a dessert tea. The other flavors are present and compliment the blueberry well, though I’m not sure exactly how to peg them. Sweeter than a lot of other blueberry teas, but also feels more substantial.
Oh my. I find this tea absolutely… delicious. Almost… delicate? I got a small haul from NecessiTeas this week and I’m already planning another order. The blueberry smell is very in your face, when steeped it feels like it perfectly compliments the the other flavors. I’ll have to revisit this when I’m feeling well (I have a cold at present), but at present this is one I would definitely like to keep on hand. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one as much as I am. :) Hopefully when I’m better any licorice flavor doesn’t… become apparent (can’t stand the stuff) but in the interim, yes!
NICE! Upon opening the bag I kinda freaked. The SMELL. Amazing! …Every year for my birthday I’d ask for a carrot cake, my favorite since what must have been 1994? Due to dietary restrictions I haven’t had a baked “legit” carrot cake in forever. This totally hits the mark for satiating my cravings. I’m not traditionally a big fan of rooibos but I think in this blend I think it’s the perfect compliment. It’s sweet, slightly spicey, and can definitely detect the carrot (not overpowering, just about right). Some seriously epic ingenuity from the Tea Guys (this and other blends). I’ll be keeping some on hand. :)
I tend to love all Earl Greys to some extent (unless they’re just awful) but can’t seem to find the perfect blend. The bergamot is pleasant in this guy and not at all overdone. The vanilla is pretty present and accounted for in fragrance but I feel like I kind of missed it in the flavor. For me this definitely went better paired with some sweetened almond milk, probably wouldn’t drink it without. This runs a touch earthy for my taste but overall it’s really solid.