4843 Tasting Notes

drank Amethyst's Gold by 52teas
4843 tasting notes

This week’s Tea of the Week!

My daughter’s favorite tea (that I don’t make) is a certain decaffeinated vanilla tea that is pretty popular here on Steepster. She wanted me to make her a similar tea – strong on the vanilla – but the caffeine part didn’t really concern her. She just liked the strong vanilla tone of that tea.

Well, I certainly couldn’t make a tea JUST like that because, well, I don’t really like the idea of copying another company’s tea. In addition to my aversion to copying another tea – I also have yet to find a suitable decaffeinated black tea. I simply cannot find a pure decaffeinated black tea that I enjoy enough to use as a base for my blends.

So, instead, I did the next best thing, I made her the best vanilla tea that I could craft using some of the very best teas that I could locate and added lots and lots of vanilla.

If you liked Frank’s French Vanilla Assam – I think that this one will appeal to you. It’s quite lovely – the tea is rich – bold – and yet smooth. Not overly astringent. The vanilla is sweet and creamy.




I think if you ever found a suitable decaffeinated black tea, you could find Steepsters ready to buy stock in the manufacturer!

Super Starling!

WAAAAANT. Can you have Nichole put it in my next box? I want to try it and review it!


@SuperStarling – Sorry, I’m down to the last 3 pouches of this.


@gmathis – yeah, I know. The only decaffeinated tea that I’ve ever tried that was good enough – memorable enough – is the one that I referred to in this post. (Not naming names but I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about.) Having tried as many teas as I have throughout the years as a tea reviewer, I think that’s saying something.


There are days I wish the newsletter went out in the evening…can’t believe it’s basically sold out before I got home :(

Kathy Lora

good share!

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drank Cranberry Apple Crumble by 52teas
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This week’s tea of the week – and this is really a lot yummier than I thought it would be. I like cranberries OK (I eat them every weekend in my oatmeal) but cranberry tea isn’t always my favorite. But this is really good – the apple softens some of the tart of the cranberry and the orange really brightens the cup.

And there’s a really nice, buttery, brown sugary ‘crumble’ taste to it too that I think might be my favorite part of the tea. And if I were to make a Cranberry Apple Crumble – the buttery, brown sugary crumble topping would probably be my favorite part of the crumble. I blame my sweet tooth.

Sweet, a little tart, juicy and really yummy.



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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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This is last week’s tea of the week – a retro Monday reblend. I cold brewed it overnight and it’s quite good cold-brewed. I think I might like it a bit better hot brewed if for no other reason than I get more of the maltiness from the Assam and I like how that plays with the rootbeer and butterscotch-y notes.

I sipped on this with dinner tonight – I had hot wings with bleu cheese and I noticed that I picked up on more of the licorice root flavor when I drank this with this particular food. I found it interesting. After I finished eating, I had another glass of the tea and I didn’t get so much of the licorice then so I do believe that either the spiciness of the wings, the tangy quality of the bleu cheese or perhaps the creaminess of it brought out the licorice.

Anyway – it’s good cold-brewed – very refreshing!


what are the exact ingredients?


From the 52Teas website > organic ingredients: black teas, licorice root, chicory root, sarsaparilla root, vanilla bean, calendula petals and natural flavors.


interesting :D

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drank Briar Patch by 52teas
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This week’s tea!

I started out with trying to work on a strictly tulsi blend but I found that the flavor wasn’t quite as round as I wanted – I realized quickly that’s because the tea was needed to give it some fullness. I enjoy the light, fresh, herbaceous flavor of the tulsi but when it comes right down to it, when I’m drinking a hot cuppa, I want some substance to it so I needed a little bit of Chinese Sencha to a well-rounded flavor and especially texture.

I really like the combination of Sencha with Tulsi – the tulsi adds a warm spiciness to the cup and the Sencha is smooth and buttery. I brewed this for 3 minutes at 180°F – no bitterness – just a really nice, unique green tea experience with lots and lots of berry flavor and a pleasant peppery undertone.

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drank Pumpkin Juice by 52teas
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I’ve been out of town for most of the week – we came back yesterday evening – and I’m just now feeling like i’m starting to get caught up after being gone for several days so I decided to sit down with a cup of tea to relax just a bit.

This is this week’s tea of the week. As I mentioned in the description of this tea, I’m a big fan of Harry Potter so when it became pumpkin season again, I decided I wanted to give a nod to the books that are such a huge part of me.

This blend starts with a blend of Zomba Steamed Green Tea and Thyolo OP1 Green Tea from the Satemwa estate in Malawi. Then I added pumpkin, pineapple and apple as well as some spices. It’s got a nice pumpkin flavor and the apple and pineapple give the pumpkin a lighter, juice-like flavor. The green tea is crisp and smooth. The spices aren’t strong – just enough to add some fall-ish flavor to the cup.

Rather than go on about it – since it is my creation – I thought instead that I’d leave you with a video of a porcupine eating a pumpkin: https://youtu.be/cILZ_cB3_so

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drank Blueberry Muffin by 52teas
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I set some of this to cold-brew overnight last night so I could enjoy it during tonight’s late night follies. Wow – this is really good cold brewed. I enjoy it quite a lot as a hot beverage, but cold-brew might be where it’s at for this one – a lot of ‘muffin-y’ notes with the cold-brew – tasting a bit like a freshly baked, lightly buttered muffin brimming with blueberries.

Sweet, juicy and really yummy.

Roswell Strange

But the real question is… Did you pull a DAVIDsTEA move and add hibiscus into your muffin inspired blend? ;)


I have a strong dislike for hibiscus – so no. I wouldn’t do that. I can only foresee myself using hibiscus in a blend where I felt like I wanted the strong, distinct flavor of hibiscus and at this point, I can’t see a time when that would be a necessity. But I don’t want to say ‘never’ – although I can comfortably say that I can’t imagine that I would do it because I really dislike it.


Awesome – glad there will hardly never be hibiscus in 52Teas. :D

Roswell Strange

Have to agree with tea-sipper; I don’t miss seeing it in your blends at all. It was more a small jab at DT for the fact they added it to a blend that’s supposed to be smooth and buttery and really capture the pastry/confectionery element of a muffin. Sorry, but hibiscus has NO PLACE in a blend that’s based off cake/baking in general.


Agreed – I really can’t think of a time when hibiscus actually improved a tea. I used to use it when I was blending as LiberTEAS but after I started reviewing teas I realized that it’s generally a cheap filler and it’s general purpose in a blend outside of filling it/adding weight to the blend is to add some body and tart berry notes to a blend. Since I’m neither a fan of the strong tartness nor the syrupy quality of hibiscus, it’s as I said before, I really don’t want to use it in blends. The one exception that comes to mind is possibly if I recreate a blend I created as LiberTEAS and in that instance, the thickness of the hibiscus as well as the tartness did enhance the overall brew.


what part of the tea causes the muffin taste?


The honeybush adds a natural nutty and slight honey-like sweetness that contributes to the organic flavorings that are added.


@LiberTEAS, oh, i see

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drank Chai Houjicha by 52teas
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It’s incredibly late (or perhaps very early, depending upon how you view it) but I needed some tea.

This is the tea of the week this week. I wanted to do something with Houjicha this month and since it’s Chai season, I decided that I should go with a Chai Houjicha. And YUM!

I think I’ve only tasted one other Chai Houjicha (during my time as a tea reviewer) and I’m actually kind of surprised there aren’t more. The warm spices of a masala chai blend meld perfectly with the roasty-toasty notes of Houjicha. It’s got a naturally sweet, nutty flavor to it that enhances the warm notes of the spices.

You don’t have to add sugar or honey to this, but I am of the belief that chai should always have a little bit of either honey or raw sugar because it brings out the most flavor from the spices. I used just a half teaspoon of raw sugar and this cuppa has got me doing the happy dance (which is not something you should do at 5:55 am because you might wake the rest of the house).

So yeah – if you’re a fan of houjicha – you really should try this. It’s definitely one of my favorites from this month’s selections.


Loved it!

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drank Chocolate Éclair by 52teas
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This is SERIOUSLY YUMMY if I do say so myself. One of my customers has written a review of it on the 52Teas website saying it’s the “Best Chocolate Tea Ever” unfortunately she wrote it under the Large size Chocolate Eclair tea which is now sold out so you can’t see it on the website anymore but we did share it on our Facebook page so you can read it there: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=585958871592077&id=387005081487458 (PS: while you’re there, please like us!)

So I’m sipping on a cup of this tonight mostly because I felt the need for some caffeine. Why I felt the need for some caffeine at 12:51 am – I don’t know and why I decided to fulfill that need at this hour when I should instead be preparing to relax and get some sleep – yeah that’s a mystery too.

This is good. I started with a base of Fujian black tea which has a natural chocolate-y tone to it already and then added some malty Assam for fullness. Then I added cacao shells and nibs and vanilla beans.

My inspiration was obviously the Eclair. This isn’t quite as creamy as an Eclair would be (but if you go latte, it can be!) But it’s really nice and chocolate-y. I wanted a dark chocolate type of taste to it because my local bakery uses a really dark chocolate ganache to top their eclairs and I like the way the bitterness from the chocolate cuts through the sweet, creamy custard filling.

If you like chocolate, I think you’ll really like this.


i knew i forgot to do something, had meant to check on that one.

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drank Gathering Berries by 52teas
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I cold-brewed some of this last night and am sipping on it now. Very pleased with the result! The base tea offers a sweet, nutty, toasty flavor and it melds really nicely with the fruity notes of the berry flavors. I have a difficult time picking out the individual berry flavors but I didn’t really intend for them to stand out on their own – I wanted a mixed berry kind of taste and that’s what I’m getting.

Really good.

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I am obsessed with tea!

I am a co-founder of the SororiTEA Sisters:

I no longer write for the SororiTea Sisters but I am still the admin for the blog.


The reason I’m no longer writing for SororiTea Sisters is because I am now the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas:


I’ll still be posting occasional reviews on teas here on Steepster, mostly backlogged reviews because I’m way behind on getting reviews posted. That’s why I’m keeping two accounts active at the current time – so that I can get those backlogged reviews posted.


My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination, which is why I was very excited to be the Mad Tea Artist of 52Teas!


Vancouver, WA



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