6107 Tasting Notes

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Well! Looks like I had missed recording that I drank this a couple months ago, so an unintentional repeat. But – a delicious one! Didn’t screw up the infusion this time and despite my previous comment that the coconut was going off, it was much less noticeable when brewed correctly. It was actually pretty good, and I could taste that mango! Still need to keep this one out to finish off sooner rather than later, though…

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 307)

I feel like Frank’s original blend of this had a bit of cotton candy essence or something – I found it a bit more candy-like than this blend, which is ok but not as good. A light, berry white tea.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Quite a bit of this left, so I brought it out for another cup. Mild, but tasty, with a nice rich base, and a bit of creamy cranberry.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Weeeeelllll, I opened up this packet (from 2016 lol) tonight and to my sadness – sunflower seeds. Not super rancid, but rancid enough. I took ‘em out and brewed it up, and it just has that kind of playdoughy, plasticky taste, plus staleness. Happens with raspberry flavouring in particular, I’ve noticed, for whatever reason. Anyhow, not good, but I won’t hold it against this tea.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Yes indeed, another new packet opening! I assume this one must have been misplaced or something, because it’s a whole 2oz packet. From mid-2015, according to what I wrote on it. (I also have a small amount from 2021.)

Anyhow, considering its age, this is still pretty tasty. Yes, the flavour is muted, but it’s still fluffy and limey. Almost a bit of a pineapple flavour too, which is interesting.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: already recorded)

Another new packet to open! The reblends often don’t taste quite the same as the originals, so I decided to indulge in opening a second package of this (from Feb 2019), even though I still have a 2oz packet from 2015 on the go. Haha. Anyways, this reblend is delicious. Creamy, toasty, pretty much the perfect marshmallow treat genmaicha. I’m pleased. Especially since I thought it smelled a bit strong on the marshmallow root, but that hasn’t affected the brew.

NibbleGuru

After being profoundly disappointed by my first Matcha Genmaicha, wasn’t sure I’d dare a flavored Gen Mai again. I think you may have convinced me otherwise!

Kawaii433

I really liked this one too!

Cameron B.

Somehow this one always underwhelms me, even though the concept sounds so delicious! Of course now I feel the need to order some, just to give it another try. >.<

Kittenna

@NibbleGuru – I’m not sure if you tried one from 52teas, but IMO the original Marshmallow Treat is the best! Some of the flavoured ones haven’t really worked for me, but the toasty vanilla marshmallow is spot on.

@Cameron B. – I have had underwhelming cups of it before, and I believe Frank had a very disappointing reblend of it at one point, but this one was really good!!

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 306)

Another new packet opening! I believe I have a silver foil 2oz pouch of this tucked away still, as well. This isn’t my typical favourite flavour combo, but the base here makes it much more enjoyable. It’s rich and chocolatey, without an overwhelming amount of mintiness. Better in the winter, though.

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drank Chocolate Orange Rooibos by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 305)

There’s a bit of chocolate, no orange, and loooots of yucky rooibos flavour. I’m not sure if I disliked this or Butterscotch Custard more last night. Probably the latter, because chocolate.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 304)

Still nope. No custard, no butterscotch, just rooibos. Not horrible but not good.

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drank Firebolt by 52teas
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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 303)

Note is for the reblend. It’s a nice, rich, slightly spiced and creamy black tea. The original had a little something different that I liked more, but the reblend is still tasty. This was another new pouch opening, the second of seven. Haha.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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