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It’s back – for a very limited time! It’s a great wake-me-up kind of tea. A very bold, rich CTC Assam blended with marshmallow root & vanilla bean. It’s so good!

Please don’t click on the “buy now” button as it won’t take you to my website to purchase this tea, it will instead take you to a tea from Adagio that is not at all like this tea. Instead, visit my website if you’re interested in this tea! Thanks!

derk

Another one, please message me.

52Teas

Hey, @derk! I did message you on it already. :) Thanks!

ashmanra

Where did my comment go?

52Teas

Hi @ashmanra – did you comment on this note? I didn’t see it. :(

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drank Mint Melon Gunpowder by 52teas
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Sipping on a glass of this – cold-brewed! As delicious as this tea is served hot, it’s even better as an iced tea! I cold-brewed it overnight, and it tastes so good. It reminds me a bit of a Moroccan mint blend with a twist of cantaloupe!

The mint is forward, but not overwhelming or in a toothpaste-y way. It’s just a crisp, refreshing note of mint with a juicy note of sweet melon. The green tea is smooth & earthy. A really lovely blend, I think this is going to be a perfect beverage during these hot days of summer!

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drank The Drunken Apricot by 52teas
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This tea is so good (If I do say so myself!) It’s so good that my s/o has declared it’s one of the top 5 teas I’ve ever crafted. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it IS really good. The base is a Yunnan grown Assamica black tea (and it is beautiful!) and the natural flavors of the unaltered leaf is that of stone fruit & caramel/molasses so it suggested to me that I create a blend with stone fruit & something that would be enhanced with those dark, burnt sugar notes. Since I happened to have some freeze dried apricots on hand, that’s what I went with. I also added some peaches because I thought – a drunken apricot isn’t gonna notice that a peach came to the party.

The brandy plays so well with the caramel-y notes. It’s really a beautiful blend – and it tastes so good!

ashmanra

That sounds marvelous!

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drank Banana Cream Pie by 52teas
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Currently sipping this tea. When I first decided to craft this tea, I was surprised that it was not a tea that we had currently blended before. We had created the Banana Coconut Cream Pie Houjicha & then later the version with white tea & houjicha – but never just a Banana Cream Pie tea. How could that be, given my love for banana teas?

Anyway, it was high time I remedy that! I slightly overleafed this particular pot of tea and I must admit that it’s even better when a little overleafed (sorry!) It’s really good when prepared according to package parameters, however, when it’s overleafed, the black tea base tastes a bit more robust while not sacrificing the flavor of banana cream pie.

I taste banana, I taste the creamy custard and a hint of pastry. I even get a note of the whipped cream topping. So nice. An ideal breakfast tea when overleafed like this. While conducting taste testing sessions with this tea, there were a couple of times when I had forgotten that I had a cup of tea somewhere (lol) and I’d return to it gone cold. It was really good cold too! I also tried it cold-brewed and it makes a really nice cold brew.

This one is almost gone although I will be adding a couple more pouches to the website later this afternoon – so if you go to the website looking for it, please be patient with me!

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drank Mango Lime Green Rooibos by 52teas
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I knew I was planning on preparing tacos for dinner tonight, so I decided to cold-brew this tea overnight so that I could have a delicious iced tea today that goes really well with tacos! (I’m sure that it goes well with other foods too, but the mango/lime combo screams tacos to me!)

Anyway, this blend is so good. The combination of mango & lime is a winner. The mango is pleasantly sweet-tart & the light green rooibos base is really refreshing, while the lime brightens the sip. It’s light, sweet/tart & thirst quenching.

This tea is really good hot, but I prefer it cold-brewed. It doesn’t need sweetening, but I find that with a little bit of honey – it just brings it to a whole other level. Amazing!

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drank Cherry Cloud Black Tea by 52teas
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I finished measuring out this tea last night & I decided it was time to have a cup! The aroma of this tea was absolutely INTOXICATING as I measured it out. I truly adore this tea.

I have to admit that when it comes to cherry teas, I tend to be just a little timid about it, because there’s a very thin line between cherry flavored & tastes like medicine & if I’m going to be totally honest, more often than not, one person’s cherry taste is another person’s medicine. So, putting a tea out there that tastes of medicine is a bit intimidating.

I’m happy to report that – there’s not a hint of medicine in this cup. Just sweet black cherry notes, hints of fluffy vanilla marshmallow & of course, a rich, chocolate-y note from the Fujian base. I love how well this one turned out. So good!

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This tea is back in stock (although it’s going fast!) & I’m so happy I decided to reblend it before the hot days of summer have arrived – because it makes a spectacular iced tea! It is one of my all-time favorite blends of 52Teas, and it is – in the very least – top 3 favorites from Frank’s era.

Green tea, marshmallow root, limes & pineapple – when cold brewed – amazing!

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When Roswell Strange ordered a Create-a-Blend tea & told me that they wanted a Rhubarb blend – I was just a little thrown off because I’ve never worked with rhubarb before. I’ve never cooked it, I’ve never even eaten it. The closest I’ve ever come to a rhubarb before working on this tea was spotting them on occasion in the produce market.

So, I asked Roswell Strange if they wouldn’t mind if I took some time to familiarize myself with the flavor – and allow me to play around with the components that I’d use to create the tea to figure out the best path forward with a previously very unfamiliar flavor profile. (I would say that I’m still somewhat unfamiliar with it, but far less now than I once was.)

But after having taken the time to work with it, I’m really glad that Roswell Strange ordered this blend because it’s not only really delicious, but it has also inspired additional rhubarb flavors.

This blend starts with a blend of black teas including some Lapsang Souchong. The smoke isn’t overwhelming here, but it’s strong enough that you’re not going to miss it in the sip. The Rhubarb flavor is tart, a little sweet & quite pleasant. It melds really nicely with the hints of smoke & the touch of cinnamon. The cinnamon notes develop as I continue to sip, they were barely noticeable in the first sip or two, but as I continue to drink it, the cinnamon continues to pop. It adds a pleasant roundness to the overall cup which is smoke, sweet-tart rhubarb & a gentle warmth of cinnamon.

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This is one of my favorites from my recent batches – I love how creamy & decadent the coconut & vanilla taste with the malty notes of the Assam – and the bright notes of the raspberry elevate the flavors in a really lovely way. This one went through several taste testing sessions – not because I needed to keep tweaking it, exactly, but because I just – wanted to keep drinking it. It’s one of the benefits of the job…

This one is almost gone – so, if this one interests you at all, I highly recommend grabbing some as soon as you can!

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This is definitely one of my favorite teas that I crafted during this past holiday season. It’s sweet, buttery, nutty & mildly spiced. It’s so pleasant to sip.

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