1789 Tasting Notes

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Sad sipdown! I steeped this as a round two before heading to work thinking I could squeeze in that second cup, but I barely touched it while waiting for it to cool, so I transferred it into my water bottle and took it to work. Was so delicious lukewarm! Hoping to have more of this in my life someday. How I wish I could just make some 52teas all-star favourites order and stock up in one go.

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drank Foggy Coconut by 52teas
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It’s about time I opened this. The dry leaf is generously laced with chipped coconut and thankfully doesn’t smell soapy at all. No one needs rancid, soapy coconut in their lives. And then there’s the bergamot but it’s quite mellow. Not nearly as in-your-face as some straight EG and even some EGC blends can be.

I agree with VariaTEA that this is very similar to Herbal Infusion’s Marshmallow Snowflake Earl Grey, which was softer and more well-rounded with the vanilla marshmallow. In essence, this is like a cross between that and the original 52teas Coconut Cream Pie.

Smooth black base, fresh coconut, warm vanilla, and mellow bergamot all rolled into one. I’m having it with a splash of 2% milk but I’m itching to try it as a true latte. Maybe next time!

VariaTEA

Yeah, that’s my plan as well

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84

Anne nailed the blueberry cotton candy flavour in this tea. The base pairs very well with this, at least when it comes to the first steep. The plump blueberries in the infuser basket inspired me to try a second steep since I loved doing that with the original Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, and the scent of this tea reminds me of it, but I didn’t care for the base during the second round since it was too much on the vegetal side for me. Otherwise, that blueberry cotton candy cloud in the first steep gets two thumbs up.

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drank Sugar & Spice by BlendBee
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Sipdown! Finally updated my cupboard with the teas my boyfriend picked up for me in Europe last month so it’s high time I polish off some older ones. My neighbours were obnoxiously loud last night, so between their karaoke, random continual tap-dance-like sounds, and LULZ giggling and squealing like ZOMG, waking up at 6am this morning really sucked especially when I’ve been getting mostly later shifts which have me usually coming home past 11pm. So needless to say, I have a numb, sleep-deprived brain, which has become the norm over the past half year with this erratic work schedule, and I’m hoping that drinking a ton of coffee and tea will at least do something (but, let’s face it, it won’t).

I recall really liking this one when I first got it. I loved the stronger allspice and citrus in here, like drinking a spicier version of liquidated cola bottle gummies. But these last two cups were too sweet for my liking, understandably since a lot of the added sweetener (plus licorice root for a double whammy) sank to the bottom. So overtime, emphasis shifted from the Spice to the Sugar. Most definitely a pleasure to have in my cupboard but I’ve finally had my fill.

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Holy smokes, after all these years, this one finally bites the dust, and that concludes my Butiki journey.

CrowKettle

Aw, it was an amazing journey. This looks like a good tea memory to go out on :(

__Morgana__

I totally missed out on Butiki and I’m sad about it. What are your favorite companies to order from these days? Not that I’m anywhere near ordering.

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drank Fengqing Golden Buds by Zen Tea
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Finally got to this sample size after all of this time. That says a lot since Zen nixed their tea offerings quite a while ago now. I drank it a couple days ago but from what I recall, this was mostly starchy, mildly astringent, and very mildly malty. A touch woodsy? Good stuff.

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drank Pineapple Bacon Rooibos by 52teas
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This is a resounding NO DICE for me, to put it bluntly. I got this in my fall mystery box and have been putting it off until now, but granted, I’ve been putting off drinking tea in general because I’ve been so busy between work, volunteering, and doing things for others that I don’t really have time for my own self to even breathe. So nothing against this tea from the start!

Opening the packet, yeah, that’s pineapple bacon. To break it down, canned pineapple and bacon bits. Steeped, this was a complete train-wreck in my mouth. Does anyone recall a DAVIDsTEA pineapple blend that smelled like vomit? Grilled Pineapple! I just looked up my tasting note and I got an initial canned pineapple scent to it as well so there is definitely a correlation. So, here I get a combination of vomit-smelling, yet off-tasting pineapple mixed with smoky artificial bacon bits. Three sips and down the drain.

Starfevre

Not everything can be a winner. I like grilled pineapple on my garden burger but I’m not sure about in a tea…

Evol Ving Ness

See, that DTs grilled pineapple was a winner for me, so maybe this one will be too.

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drank Mango Blueberry Crumble by 52teas
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Just sipped this bad boy down. This larger bag had more mango than blueberry in comparison to the sampler I had a while bag, which was the opposite. I think I liked it more with more blueberry but it’s still good either way.

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Oh my goodness, I love this one. I wasn’t sure what to think of it, what with jasmine (normally one big gigantic UGH for me), rose, then fruity strawberry, then some of that rooibos, and chamomile? It’s the reason why I stayed away from DAVIDsTEA’s The Glow for many years, whose original blend consisted of an odd mixture of jasmine, rose, oat straw, cinnamon, rosehip, and nettle. Yet that turned out to be a glorious oatmeal cookie for me.

We have a similar outcome here! I can taste the lavender more so than the jasmine or chamomile on its own, combined with the sweet ripened strawberry note, finally accompanied by a subdued primarily green rooibos base. It’s like a well-blended fragrance where everything works together in the end even though some of the notes in question sound sketchy.

So happy to have received this in my mystery box a while back! Too bad I only got the sample size.

CrowKettle

Aw, this sounds lovely! Wish I’d not missed out on it :)

Fjellrev

Yeah! A total surprise.

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drank Tropical Flip by 52teas
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I like this but don’t love it. It’s better cold brewed versus hot, in my opinion, as the base doesn’t take over the fruity flavours quite as much. Candied pineapple is in the forefront with a hint of banana. No coconut! At least for me.

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