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drank Mermaid by 52teas
176 tasting notes

So I still had a whole thing of water left over from the ETS tea (which I had no desire to re-steep), so I figured I’d go for this instead.

Mmm, yes that is much better. There is a gentle sweetness to this tea, along with strong umami flavors and other savory notes. Warm hay and sweetgrass present, and there’s just enough coconut there to give it some complexity. It’s just tropical enough that it is pleasant, but not overpowering. Very tasty. I don’t drink enough of these 52teas Green Teas, as I only have the Breville 1-Touch to use as a kettle, and I get downright paranoid about dropping it on the trek from my bedroom to my kitchen. (Yes, my Breville is in my bedroom. I don’t have enough counter space in my teeny apartment kitchen.) Pretty much anything you see me brew up on here of the Black or Herbal variety, the water comes from my Bunn. (It’s a hybrid device with an attachment for just making hot water.)

Anyways, this is tasty. Another hit from Anne. Great job, as usual.

Flavors: Coconut, Hay, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Tropical, Umami

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

I’m glad you enjoy it. I totally understand your paranoia about dropping your one touch – I also have one – I’ve had one for like 9 years now – but it’s not the original ‘one’. The first one I had was 4 years old when the glass jar broke – and unfortunately, they do not (or at least they did not, I haven’t checked in on them for a few years) sell the jar as a replacement, you have to buy an entire unit! Fortunately, they were kind to me and replaced my broken one with a refurbished one on the condition that I return to them my old base, which I happily did. Within two years later, I broke the replacement/refurbished jar (sigh!) and I called customer service again and they were generous enough to offer me a savings on the replacement unit, which I took them up on and now I have my third one touch – and I am so paranoid about it breaking! I mean, it’s the most used appliance in my kitchen second only to the refrigerator which is constantly running, but other than that, it’s utilized the most. I feel your pain!

Shanie O Maniac

Yeah. The paranoia runs hot with that. I sort of want to invest in a variable temperature kettle that I can possibly fit in my kitchen beside the Bunn. The One-Touch is too big with the base, but I think a smaller kettle would fit. Then it would be right in the kitchen, and I wouldn’t have to transport.

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52Teas

I’m glad you enjoy it. I totally understand your paranoia about dropping your one touch – I also have one – I’ve had one for like 9 years now – but it’s not the original ‘one’. The first one I had was 4 years old when the glass jar broke – and unfortunately, they do not (or at least they did not, I haven’t checked in on them for a few years) sell the jar as a replacement, you have to buy an entire unit! Fortunately, they were kind to me and replaced my broken one with a refurbished one on the condition that I return to them my old base, which I happily did. Within two years later, I broke the replacement/refurbished jar (sigh!) and I called customer service again and they were generous enough to offer me a savings on the replacement unit, which I took them up on and now I have my third one touch – and I am so paranoid about it breaking! I mean, it’s the most used appliance in my kitchen second only to the refrigerator which is constantly running, but other than that, it’s utilized the most. I feel your pain!

Shanie O Maniac

Yeah. The paranoia runs hot with that. I sort of want to invest in a variable temperature kettle that I can possibly fit in my kitchen beside the Bunn. The One-Touch is too big with the base, but I think a smaller kettle would fit. Then it would be right in the kitchen, and I wouldn’t have to transport.

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HELLO! My name is Shanie and I love tea!

While I have always loved various types of tea, for a very long time it came exclusively from a grocery store. It’s only been a year or so now that I’ve gotten into loose leaf. As such, there will likely be tasting notes I do for bagged tea as well as good quality (and not so good quality) loose leaf teas. I’m still learning as I go so have patience please!

Right now, I am on a massive Earl Grey kick. So if a ton of my notes are just various varieties of EG, that’s why!

Some of my favorite flavors include: Cocoa, Malt, Bread, Honey, Earthy, Sweet Citrus, Caramel, Apple, Spices, and Cinnamon.

Some flavors I don’t like: Licorice, Coconut, Bitey Citrus (like Citric Acid), Licorice, Sour, Smoke, Overpowering Fake Vanilla, Stevia, and did I mention Licorice?

NOTE: I am Type 2 Diabetic. As such, I can really not have sugar added to tea without suffering problems. This prohibits me from using either plain sugar or honey. Instead, I use Splenda as I found my system can handle it well and I like the flavor. I try to avoid stevia as I’ve found it often ruins the flavor of tea. However, not all teas require sweetener, and some are better without. Because of this, if I add sweetener to a tea, I will mention it in the tasting note and say what kind and how much. Usually, I sweeten flavored and herbal teas but leave true teas unsweetened. There are exceptions, but this is a general rule of thumb to go by.

Almost all of the tea I brew is western style. I occasionally do grandpa, but pretty much never Gong-fu. I do own a Gaiwan, but it never gets used. Considering I don’t have a “sip setting” when it comes to beverages, it’s really hard for me to get into any sized amount less than 8oz at a time. I know that probably makes me a tea-heathen, but so be it. I like my mugs.

I have decided to try and make a scale for my ratings. So here goes.

As of January 2020.

100-91: These are my go-to favorites. I will likely go out of my way to always keep these on hand, including going on third party websites to obtain out of season.
90-81: This is a tea I really did enjoy, and I will likely purchase again. However, I wouldn’t go to the ends of the earth for it, and it isn’t my all-time favorite.
80-71 This is a tea that, while I may have somewhat enjoyed, something is holding me back from making it a mainstay. Maybe the flavor profile isn’t the best. Maybe there is an offputting aftertaste. It varies. But while I did like it and will continue to drink it, I don’t absolutely need it in my life, and while I will likely finish what I have, I may or may not get more.
70-61: This is a tea which I drank, but I didn’t like it. However, I didn’t hate it either. It wasn’t bad enough to dump, and if it is the only thing available to drink, I would likely drink it instead of plain water. But in the end, this is just not my literal cup of tea and I will likely not get this again.
60-51: This is something that I didn’t like much at all, but for one reason or another, refused to dump. If I squint hard enough and use my imagination, I can almost BS myself into thinking they are decent, and I suppose I can choke it down and not waste it. These are teas that I will not be buying again, and may not even finish what I have.
50-41: Yeah, whatever this is, I there’s a good chance I dumped it. At this level, it’s pretty bad stuff with either weak flavor, nasty flavor, or all the wrong flavors, It has few redeeming qualities, and I likely won’t reach for this one again. On the bright side, it isn’t sewage water, so there’s that.
40-31. On it’s best day this tea has no redeeming qualities. This not only got dumped but the package it came in either got thrown away, traded, or shoved to the back of the cupboard to never be touched again. Not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but darn sure close.
30-Under: The worst thing I’ve ever tasted. This not only has no redeeming qualities, but it is gag-inducing. “Teas” in this range are so bad I not only will never drink them again, I really don’t feel like offloading them onto anyone else because they are just that bad. Actual sewage water.

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