1785 Tasting Notes

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drank Hot & Unbothered by 52teas
1785 tasting notes

Oh, now this one has a kick! I didn’t even bother reading the description or the ingredients list so the cayenne took me completely by surprise. I even thought that the heat was coming solely from the ginger. This is a fantastic “detox” blend and gives off clean, purifying vibes. I feel automatically healthier the moment I started sipping this.

For me, the main notes are ginger, lemon (alongside the verbena), and cayenne. While it isn’t the type of tea that I’d reach for on a regular basis, and not necessarily my favourite flavour profile, it really hits the spot when you want a healthful dose of awesome in your life. I can see this being an excellent tea to sip on whilst battling a cold or flu.

Sil

nice!

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71
drank Candied Pear by 52teas
1785 tasting notes

At last, a day that I can hang out at home, drink tea, and catch up on life. It’s so nice outside though so I’d love to go for a walk too, but chores and resume editing need to be done first!

I’m glad I got a sample size to try since pear and tea tend to be a beautiful combination, but alas, this has not been my favourite 52teas blend. I can barely taste any pear, just a vague fruity sweetness in the background, as the base tends to take over. The base is also earthier than expected, especially with my last cup which had more leaf than the previous two.

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drank Maple Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1785 tasting notes

I evidently had a free drink to redeem before the deadline, so having to think on my feet during my break, which was drawing to a close, I grabbed this. Because matcha and maple, that’s why. I had it with a splash of soy and it was only ok. It was a little sweet from the added sweetener already in the matcha mix but I couldn’t detect any actual maple flavour. Maybe the soy killed it?

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This was heavy on the lemon balm and didn’t have much cheesecake or vanilla notes in here. The base also wasn’t as roasty as most houjchas I have experienced in the past. I liked this but seemed a little flat considering its name and description. Totally something I would sip on whilst sick, as a sweet positive about it is that it was extremely soothing to drink, however, it was not what I was expecting.

52Teas

Did you have the newest reblend of this, or the one from our original batch?

Fjellrev

Oh, excellent point! I got this in the mystery box order back in the fall.

52Teas

Ah! If it was this past fall that you received it, then it was most likely our recent reblend – you won’t get as roasty a flavor with this one because – I believe the label should say “v.2” on it – meaning it’s a Houjicha/White Tea blend – I made the second version of it a Houjicha/White Tea blend because I had received comments that the roasty-toasty flavor of the original one was too strong to get much flavor other than the Houjicha. That particular reblend was crafted last March – so age might have something to do with the lack of flavor?

Fjellrev

Ah, ok. I threw out the pouch already, sorry! And I had it sealed until now, but nevertheless, I appreciated the lemon balm in it!

52Teas

OK – I don’t think the flavor would have faded if the pouch had been sealed – anyway – I’m glad you enjoyed the lemon balm part of it. :)

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75

Whoops, getting back to this and reporting on its cold brew capabilities, it is indeed better this way. The fruity notes aren’t as artificial, and the base is crisper. I wouldn’t want to get more if it were to come back but it’s a refreshing thirst-quencher.

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75

Loving the generous chunks of raspberry and orange in this blend, and am stoked to try this cold brewed, but will have to wait until tomorrow since I just put the jug into the fridge now. I’m trying it hot now and it’s not my favourite.

To back things up a bit, I will admit that I am a little disappointed in the scent of the dry leaf. It’s a little on the artificial side, especially orange, and I’m barely getting any raspberry. Unfortunately, its flavour is the same: mostly artificial orange and almost no raspberry. The green rooibos base is very faint.

Reserving rating this until I try it cold brewed tomorrow.

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My boyfriend and I split the taster envelope a few weeks ago but I’ve yet to write about it because reasons. Busy reasons. I do recall liking this, picking up on both peach and cheesecake notes on top of a gentle honeybush base. If only there were more than 24 hours in a day so that I could find more time to write reviews. Sigh!

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79

Sipdown! So sad that it’s been over three weeks since writing anything here. Between work being insane, getting sick, and having other responsibilities outside of work, I have barely had any time for myself, even to drink tea at home! I polished this off at work at least. Snuck a couple bags into my water bottle so that I could enjoy lemon chiffon cake-flavoured water in between the craziness. I wouldn’t buy this again but it made making tea in a rush before heading out to work easier, and bonus points for getting it on clearance.

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70
drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
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Somehow, this tastes like a subdued version of Amoda’s Happy Pumpkin. That one is loaded with chunks of pumpkin, and additionally comprises allspice, coconut, cacao nibs, and orange peel—which this one lacks. I would have expected a little more from the Assam base here but I’m detecting mostly cinnamon and ginger with a squash note.

Now to brave walking approximately fifteen blocks in -32°C (with windchill) weather.

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I remember trying this as an iced SBT many years ago and thinking that it was just ok, especially when comparing it to the Rainbow Sherbet, which I loved to pieces. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t work for me. The Neapolitan flavours in here are weak to begin with; the chocolate is weak while the strawberry is both weak and slightly artificial. The vanilla is hardly detectable. I normally like honeybush more than rooibos, but I’m not a fan of this one, especially when comparing it to the recent rooibos blends I’ve had from 52teas. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I find this base to be a little on the sour side. Yet I’ve had great luck with some recent honeybush blends, so go figure.

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