Perhaps an unpopular opinion but I am slightly over pancake teas. I think I am jaded though because when I first tried 52 Teas Pancake tea, it was pure magic. Frank managed to liquefy a classic breakfast and all elements were present and it was incredible. Anne improved it by using a nicer black base and creating a number of fun variations. All are great and this is no exception but between 52 Teas and other companies making their own versions, I just find they aren’t that exciting anymore. Like I said…I think I’m jaded and miss the magic of that surprisingly accurate pancake flavour that you didn’t think was possible. I know it is possible now and while always impressive how accurate it is, I just don’t need that many pancakes in my life.

With that rant said, I will focus on this tea itself, which I pulled because gingerbread is classic Christmas and it just seemed festive and a 52 teas blend I hadn’t tried before. This, like so many others, definitely captures pancakes perfectly, right down to the mouthfeel. What sets this apart is the Ginger flavour. It’s not overly Ginger-y but present enough with other spices to really evoke the gingerbread. It’s nice but it’s a pancake tea at the end of the day and probably not one I will reach for often but for my own personal reasons and not due to the tea being bad in any way.


Personally, I don’t have ENOUGH pancakes in my life. :D

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Personally, I don’t have ENOUGH pancakes in my life. :D

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped


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