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drank Ice & Cream by 52teas
10143 tasting notes

i need to have this one again before landing on a rating…and ideally be able to review when i’m drinking it instead of days later lol. it was good, i enjoyed it but explain what it tasted like and what was going on in the cup…uh no can do…yet haha. Glad i was able to pick this one up though :)

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drank Fig Cheesecake by 52teas
172 tasting notes

A pleasant smooth black tea with lingering sweet fig finish. Not much of complexity and I did not taste a prominent cheesecake component. This is the tea that comforts but does not distract you from what you are doing : a good choice for a late-night cup while browsing the Internet or reading.

Personally, I prefer more complex and luxurious desert teas, though.

Flavors: Fig, Malt, Sweet

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drank Sticky Fig Oolong by 52teas
2747 tasting notes

I finished off the package of this today. I’m trying to get through some of my older 52Teas blends before the 12 days of tea begins again. I still have several of the packages from previous years unopened. I don’t drink caffeine often so unfortunately I can’t sipdown most of these anytime soon.

I’m having my last cup of this one in hottish (80ish deg. C water) with 800 mL water. I’ve been letting it steep as I drink it Grandpa style. I get some nice oolong notes (molasses, thick, floral in the after taste) and some dried fruit flavour. It is reminiscent of dried fig or raisin. The spices aren’t helping since I don’t associate figs (I eat them as a fresh summer fruit) with winter spices. Overall, the blend is alright. I would prefer no spices and more fig but I like the oolong choice. It verges on bitter after ~1 hour of steeping at low temperature but the oolong flavour works with dried fruit.

Not related to this tea really, but I just thought of a new fig tea for 52Teas to make. What about fig newton? Cakey pastry and graham cracker notes with the sweetness of dried figs. Or, maybe a blend called “Greek holiday” with freeze dried figs (Fresh fig taste) and freeze dried grapes. When I went to Greece I lived on grapes and figs. No regrets. You can buy figs by the dozen for a few euro in Greece (in contrast Canada grows quite a few figs but they cost over $1 each).

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Mineral, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Spices

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 4 g 27 OZ / 800 ML
AJRimmer

I have the same problem. I only occasionally drink caffeinated tea, so it sits on my shelf forever as I finish up all my herbal teas like lightning. I often just try a cup or two of each and give the rest away or swap it.

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drank Fig Cheesecake by 52teas
134 tasting notes

Tea of the Week for August 19: I cold-brewed this one overnight, and it is also really good. Usually, I am able to say right away which way a tea tastes better: hot-brewed & served hot or cold-brewed and served chilled. (Or even hot-brewed and served chilled.) I’m not able to do that with this tea because all three work really well, perhaps equally as well. They do taste a little different, of course, but they are all really good.

When it’s served hot, I get equal portions of the fig and the cheesecake and a tasty Assam background. What I really like about this particular Assam is that it is very smooth. When it’s hot-brewed, I don’t get astringency. Mind you, I’ve not oversteeped it, but what allows me to say that is that I thought I oversteeped it the first time I tried it (as an unflavored base) and it wasn’t bitter or even astringent. It didn’t feel dry on the palate at all. It just had a very rich, malty flavor. I was very impressed by it. This is why I recommend a 3 minute steep time (as opposed to my usual 2 1/2 minute recommendation) for this particular Assam tea, because it can withstand it without imparting a bitter bite or a hint of astringency.

When served hot, the fig and cheesecake have a very balanced taste to it. When served cold (after hot-brewing), I notice a bit more cheesecake than fig, but still both are prominent.

As I sip it now after cold-brewing it overnight, I find myself mentally comparing it to a milk bubble tea, but with fig rather than the usual taro I tend to favor from my local bubble tea place. The cheesecake flavor lends that sort of creaminess that I would taste from the milk bubble tea, but it’s a bit more tangy than the milk bubble tea. And I think that’s a good thing because I like that contrast. Granted, this isn’t a bubble tea (so please don’t interpret my comment that way), I just found my mind recalling my favorite bubble tea drink as I sip this – meaning that there is something about this that evokes those memories.

The base seems perfect for this combination of flavors. I really am pleased with this one.

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It is an interesting concept and seeing little chunks of carrots in a tea pouch is quite charming. The tea smelled and tasted rather muted and it was reminiscent not so much of a carrot cake but of a lemon cake. It has a nice balance of sweetness and lemony sourness with just a tiny hint of carrot. A clean, fresh taste that lasts.

This tea did not do much for me but I generally prefer a more robust base for desert teas than the white tea. Still, it was a nice change of pace.

Flavors: Cake, Carrot, Lemon Zest, Sweet

gmathis

Sounds interesting! Rabbit chasing here (pun intended), but this weekend, we had carrot cake at a local barbecue watering hole that had pineapple and coconut in it as well—that was a new combination for me, but oh, my ears and whiskers, it was tasty! Around here (Midwest), carrot cake might have raisins along with the walnuts, but that’s all.

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drank Lilith's Birthday Cake by 52teas
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This was the tea of the week for August 12 – I created it to celebrate my youngest daughter’s 18th birthday. The cake we ordered for her is her favorite cake: a vanilla cake with lemon curd filling and chantilly cream frosting. Every bite of the cake is awesome – but really, the cake is all about the chantilly cream. That chantilly cream is pure deliciousness: silky smooth, vanilla creaminess that’s not too sweet the way other frostings can be. It’s just perfect.

So I wanted this tea to be focused more on that chantilly cream experience, so I went lighter on the lemon and cake-y notes so the creamy vanilla notes could shine through. The lemon and cake notes are definitely there – and they get stronger as you continue to sip, but even as they do get stronger, they still serve as accent notes to the sweet, creamy vanilla.

I cold-brewed this overnight because it’s still a bit warm here in the Pacific Northwest and I wanted to see how this would work out as a cold-brew – and it turns out that it’s fantastic cold-brewed. I poured the first glass and gave it to Lilith to try, figuring if she wasn’t into it, I’d just finish that glass. But she definitely WAS into it and took off with the glass – so I poured myself another.

This might just be my favorite white tea that I’ve created to date. It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. Perfection!

Sil

sounds lovely!

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drank Decadence! by 52teas
307 tasting notes

The dried leaves had an aroma of a yummy dark chocolate bar. One of the strongest I’ve ever smelled. I wondered if it would transfer to taste because so often the chocolate falls flat or gets lost. Well, at least with the ones I’ve tried. It didn’t. The dark chocolate notes were on the forefront, along with some milky/creamy notes. Not really bittersweet either but definitely not milk chocolate. The sweetness is of caramel not honey and unlike the stevia overload of some flavored teas, this was just right for me. I believe the sweetness is coming from the cacao nibs. Not sure. I don’t see stevia listed in the ingredients. The golden bi luo chun notes were there as well: Sweet potatoes, brown sugar, bread, malt. Super soft mouth feeling, nice aftertaste. Highly recommended. It is a very nice dessert tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cream, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

I never put stevia in my teas. I hate the stuff.

Kawaii433

@52Teas Me too… And that’s great news. ^^

ashmanra

That’s good to hear. I bought a tea once that had stevia in it and ended up with a three day stomach ache. I was so bloated. I thought it surely could not have been the tea, so I tried the tea again a week or two later. It was the tea, and stevia was the only ingredient I hadn’t had before.

52Teas

I just have never really liked stevia. It doesn’t affect me adversely except that I’m adverse to the flavor of it – it has a really funky sweetness to it that doesn’t taste like sugar to me. The only real sweeteners I’ve ever had in teas are the occasional candy sprinkles (and really, they don’t add a lot of sweetness at all) or if I happen to use candied ginger (for things like gingerbread) or candy cane or something like that – and I have used candied pineapple once or twice – but it’s all usually what constitutes a very small amount of sugar in each cup – I am a strong believer that people should decide whether or not they want to sweeten their own cup!

ashmanra

I agree, 52teas! I just had a tea with monkfruit. I gave the rest away, it was weirdly funky.

Sil

stevia sucks so bad. the taste is just gross

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drank Eggnog Yunan by 52teas
376 tasting notes

Thanks for the swap, tea-sipper! It was difficult to choose what to try first! This one tasted pretty light with a little bit of creaminess. Sadly, I’m missing any spices, but it’s a light, creamy tea that I’m happy I have enough of for a second cup. The resteep may have been even creamier than the first steep. The only reason I’m a little disappointed is that I was promised eggnog. With a different title, I would be perfectly pleased with this tea. The cream flavor is very light, but it’s nice.

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It’a probably the best out of 52 Teas that I have tried so far. All of the flavors blend seamlessly together. The rose sweetness predominates but without being over the top. Sweet, malty, a bit sour and spicy. The flavors are evolving as you drink.

The taste is very thick and long lasting: this tea is almost like a meal. Very filling. This is what I ea desert tea should be.

Flavors: Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Spicy, Sweet, Vanilla

Kawaii433

Darn, I wish I liked rose. It sounds good.

gmathis

I’m surprised that I do like rose. Floral teas aren’t generally my favorites, but when it’s well done, rose adds a little sweetness without tasting like the perfume my grandma used to stick in the bottom of her undies drawer and never use. (Same dresser where she hid the candy box :)

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drank Tea and Scones by 52teas
376 tasting notes

At first, I didn’t think I liked this tea. It has a strong flavor that I thought was bitterness, but it’s really just that that deep tasty tang from the raisin. The second steep tasted exactly like the first. It didn’t need milk. It was so bready. What a great tea – definitely one of the best from the mystery bag!

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drank Iced Tea Blend Green Tea by 52teas
134 tasting notes

This is the first tea of the week for August – and it’s the tea that’s been in my fridge for the last few days – I have cold-brewed it three nights in a row now and enjoyed them during these uncomfortably hot days of the end of August.

This is fantastic – it’s sweet (notes of honey & peach – as well as the Chinese Sencha!), it’s juicy (peaches & lemon) and it is crisp and refreshing (spearmint). It’s pleasantly cooling. It’s wonderful!

I know it’s a little late in the hot season but these last days of summer are the hottest ones (at least, that’s the way it seems here in the Pacific Northwest!) so it’s still well worth the investment for these next couple of weeks of heat.

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drank O Christmas Tea by 52teas
376 tasting notes

The flavor is so much lighter than I expected. For my first cup, I didn’t put any sugar in. The flavor was reminiscent of gingerbread cookies, but in an extremely subtle way. It didn’t get bitter at all, which I appreciated since I was drinking it slowly throughout the day. The second time I made it, I did use some sugar, but this time, the only flavor I sensed was the rather smoky green tea base. The spices didn’t appear at all, sadly. I don’t love the base tea, and the spices are almost invisible even though there were plenty in my cup, so I’m a bit disappointed.

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This didn’t quite work for me yesterday as well as it did the first day, but it felt like a me thing – the flavours just felt too thin. This happens to me with tea sometimes, who knows why. It’s such an interesting combination of jasmine/cacao shell (etc.) though.

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Received a bit of this as a sample in my last 52teas order. It’s not something that appealed to me based on the description, so I wasn’t overly interested in trying it, until I read ShanieOManiac’s note on it… but even then, the thought of a green/green rooibos blend turned me off somewhat.

Ran across it yesterday, and decided to bite the bullet and try it – and I was very pleasantly surprised! The dominant aroma is definitely jasmine, as was noted by others, but chocolate is a strong secondary flavour. I can’t say I recall ever having that pairing before, and it’s actually rather intriguing. The jasmine, of course, is quite pleasant – no soapiness, just a clean, sweet flavour – and it’s grounded by the nib/shell chocolate, which is rich and given the source, not at all fake-tasting. Berries are present, but only barely, and in some sips. The bases suit the blend – I don’t taste either specifically, though there’s definitely more green tea than rooibos (which I can’t taste at all, and didn’t even really notice while measuring the leaf out, either).

Overall, an interesting tea that’s considerably better than I was expecting. Jasmine-heavy, so it wouldn’t appeal to those who dislike such florals, but a different take on jasmine with the addition of cacao shells/nibs. Not a tea I’d likely reach for often, mostly because I don’t like to drink jasmine teas too frequently, but I’ll look forward to my second cup of it, and wouldn’t even mind having a bit more in my cupboard!

gmathis

You’re right … that sounds like an odd combination. Odd but interesting.

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sample from VariaTEA. This one was pretty tasty. I’m going to have to agree with her on this being the first maple tea that actually got close to what maple syrup tastes like without being as sweet as maple syrup. I enjoyed the cup this morning, though i don’t need it full time in my cupboard. it was a nice reminder of how well 52 teas does flavours :) Very much a fan since the takeover grin

gmathis

Yay, maple! Fall’s coming!

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drank Grilled Pineapple by 52teas
8299 tasting notes

Fuck, I love this a lot.

I mean it’s a fairly simple blend conceptually but everything is just so well balanced. The dry leaf smells like really good tangy, overripe pineapple with the faintest hint of smoke and an overall savory kind of quality. I asked my manager to smell it, without knowing what it was, and he described it as “Pineapple BBQ Sauce” which, like, yeah! In a great way!

Steeped up it’s also just beautifully well balanced; the pineapple is the main note and it has that syrupy overripe pineapple quality while still being very tangy but it doesn’t in any way overpower the rest of what’s going on either and it’s not cloying. The smoke note from the lapsang comes out a bit more in the steeped tea than it does in the dry aroma but it’s so good – it really added this savory element that makes me feel exactly like I’m grilling pineapple in the back yard on a hot summery day; and that savory/smokey quality with the pineapple!? Peak flavour juxtaposition! Aside from those two main elements, there’s some malt and raisin notes from the non Lapsang black tea used that also just work perfectly with everything else.

It’s the concept fully realized, in my opinion! I love it at much as 52Teas’ Pineapple Bacon Rooibos – one of my favourite pineapple teas of all time. It’s that same sort of savory and sweet play on pineapple and I just adore that.

Fuck yeah, Anne! Nailed it!

52Teas

That intro is awesome!

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Another tea from this morning. I still don’t know how to describe this tea. I like it, but couldn’t tell you why. It’s got a baked good sort of feel to it, it’s smooth, not sweet….there’s another taste in there too. Overall just a nice tea, but I can’t quite explain what I like about it haha

gmathis

I can! The name. Bonus points for creativity! :)

52Teas

Jason is responsible for the name. :)

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need to write something on this one later. i had it a few days ago..it was tasty but i can’t remember much else.

gmathis

Extra points for the fun name!

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drank The Mad Hatter's Tea by 52teas
134 tasting notes

I cold-brewed this one overnight last night – and as a cold-brew, this one positively shines! Absolutely delightful to drink. The bergamot mellows and melds with the lemon to offer a bright, citrus-y flavor that’s pleasantly tart but not sour – the rum and the subtle kick of ginger softens the sour notes – to create a very pleasant flavor.

Really nice.

Kittenna

I’m looking forward to going through all your notes/tea descriptions to find the ones best suited to cold-brewing/icing! I need some fresh variety in my beverages before summer’s over!

52Teas

I like this one hot – but it is truly a different level kind of tea when it’s cold-brewed. I cold-brewed it again last night to enjoy today and that is the way I will brew this one from now on – it’s just so amazing cold-brewed.

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Not one of my favourite honeybush blends; despite my lack of previous note, I know it never was. It probably used to be stronger, but is currently a vaguely spicy, distinctly honeybush cup. Not unpleasant, but I’m not really a fan, either.

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