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This is a flavor profile that my boyfriend really loves, so he drank most of this pouch. But, I had a cup and it was quite tasty! Syrupy sweet blueberries and vanilla are most dominant for me, with just a touch of cinnamon in the finish. The honey bush works really well here, adding to the cobbler aspect of the flavor.
So I’m kind of obsessed with this tea, although I’m not always 100% successful in brewing it (user error/laziness?). I love the lavender, I love the bergamot, I love the base (smooth!), and the creaminess (when I can manage to get it to appear). I’ve had mad cravings for earl greys lately, and 52teas is my go-to (I have multiple EG cream-type blends to choose from) – the only other tea that I’m enjoying as much in that respect is DT’s EG Cream matcha, which also hits the spot. All of the other EGs that I can find in my stash (others from DT, Bird & Blend, Dessert by Deb, misc companies) are either too harsh, or have a weird flavour that I’m not totally fond of. Even made into a latte, they’re not as good, and I’d really prefer to enjoy my teas without additions.
Long story short, thank you for making this, Anne! I think it’s very much along the lines of my submissions for the contest, and I was thrilled for it to be blended.
Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeSaturday, February 27th: National Strawberry Day Tea #3
oh, I forgot to post this yesterday:
From TreeGal! Thank you so much! I had this one last night with a second steep tonight. Going through my no-caff list, I realized I hadn’t written a note for this one yet. So it’s a necessary strawberry day tea! First, marshmallow root for the win! The flavor isn’t obviously strawberry (well, this is already not fresh from 2018…) But I like the simplicity of strawberry, marshmallow, vanilla. However, it’s very light on any of the elements so I can see why many aren’t thrilled with this blend. I’m glad to have a sample around though!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 14 min steep
I’m starting to realize that 52Teas has a very distinct maple flavour; it’s syrupy and sweet but with a roundness to it that I quite enjoy – it’s a bit boozy, too. I like it a lot here when paired with this more roasty tasting oolong. The body and mineral notes of the tea compliment that top note sweetness really well; and there’s just enough of a nuttiness from the oolong that it kind of makes me loosely think of a cheesecake crust. Add to that a perfect kiss of creaminess, and this is a pretty darn good stab at a Maple Cheesecake. Regardless, I love this maple flavour and even if it’s not the most accurate it’s very tasty!
This is the last tea from my mystery bags. The scent of the dry leaf is super mapley, so I’m pretty excited. The flavor is pretty complex. I get the maple, plus some nice woodiness, plus a flavor that must be the cheesecake. I won’t say it tastes exactly like cheesecake, but you know, it works! I’m having it with milk, and I’m really enjoying it. The maple could be stronger, but I also like the balance of flavors it’s going for. I made a second steep, which tastes like cheesecake! Mildly maple, delicious cheesecake. This is a great tea!
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The last one from the January subscription!
It’s good, but I don’t love it. There’s a nice mix of sweet orange with ginger and cinnamon, though all three flavors are fairly subtle. The honeybush base is nutty, with a slight peppery note.
It’s pleasant enough, but I’m just not digging it for some reason. To be fair, I’m not generally impressed by orange spice teas, and this is in that same vein.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nuts, Orange, Pepper, Spices, Sweet, Wood
I love blackberry and jasmine separately as flavors in tea, so I was quite excited to see the combination. This smells intensely of jasmine, but doesn’t come off as perfumey. It’s like an overgrown bush of night blooming jasmine. Love. The taste is the same as the smell- intensely jasmine. There is a bit of blackberry that sneaks in at the end. I really like the blackberry that 52Teas uses.
My pick for National Strawberry Day. Strawberry teas are my very favorite, especially strawberry black teas, but I’m going in with something different today and trying a honeybush I picked up recently. Unfortunately, it doesn’t taste or smell anything like strawberries. Or pie. My first and immediate thought was that it smells like cherry cough syrup. The taste is medicinal as well but with that woodsy note added from the honeybush. Side note – I haven’t decided yet if I actually like honeybush. Most of the blends I’ve tried are from 52Teas, though there was one from Satori that I really enjoyed. It’s like it has this almost stale nutty taste that dominates all the other flavors. Does anyone else experience this or is it just me? Maybe I feel about honeybush the way some others feel about red rooibos (which I do like, by the way). The honeybush is overpowering the other flavors in this cup as well, but since the other flavors are cherry and medicine it’s not such a big deal.
Flavors: Cherry, Drying, Medicinal, Tangy, Wood
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So this is actually one of Anne’s permanent blends, but it made its way into the January subscription box as well. And I’m happy about it, as this is one that I really wanted to try, but was waiting for other blends to come back in stock!
I feel like I’m always underwhelmed by marshmallow root… It sounds so yummy to me, and yet I can’t really taste it in blends. Maybe it’s just more subtle than I expect? But I see a lot of other people mentioning that they taste marshmallow in this tea, and I’m not really getting that.
I mostly just taste a mild spearmint green tea with perhaps a hint of something creamy or vanilla. The green base itself is very mild, so I’m not getting a ton of flavor from it. Perhaps it’s just hiding underneath the sharper spearmint, which ends up being the dominant flavor here for me.
I wish I loved it as much as others seemed to, but c’est la vie! I guess I should be happy to not love them all… ;)
Flavors: Dry Grass, Grass, Milk, Mint, Smooth, Spearmint, Sweet, Vegetal
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Blackberry, vanilla, and jasmine green tea? Yes, please.
Unfortunately, as usual, I’m not a fan of the berry flavoring. This is an issue I often have for some reason, where berry flavors taste quite chalky and artificial to me. And it’s not just 52teas, it happens with other companies as well.
But anyway, I like the idea of this one, and the jasmine is pleasant. I’m not sure I get much vanilla though? The base tea is smooth and nondescript, which I’m okay with in a jasmine tea.
Flavors: Artificial, Berry, Floral, Jasmine, Mineral, Smooth, Sweet
Thank you for this, AJRimmer! It’s snowing! So ’It’s Snowing!’ the tea blend came to mind. On first sip, I thought “yes, this is a perfect snowy day blend.” It’s not a chai, but that’s ok! You can’t drink chai on every cold day. First, the coconut flakes look fresh and TASTE fresh. So nice. Then hints of ginger and cinnamon on a smooth yet dark enough black base. I love that the coconut is so present. It’s a smooth, comforting cup for this endless winter. I MUST finish the last steep session before next winter and the coconut is older. It’s so good now.
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 min
2021 sipdowns: 25 Della Terra – Café Vanilla
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I had two pots of this today to finish off the little packet. The first, I drank straight. For the second one I broke out my little creamer pitcher and am having it with oat milk. I almost never add anything to tea, so it’s always a fun little treat when I do.
This is a perfectly pleasant black tea blend. A bit brisk, malty, and raisiny as I would expect an Assam blend to be. There’s a nice deep dark caramelized sugar note as well. It’s slightly tannic but not bitter, and takes milk well.
Really enjoying this last pot with the oat milk – I’m trying the Oatly barista blend and it’s quite good. Hooray for simple pleasures on a Monday!
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Malt, Raisins, Sweet, Tannic
2021 Sipdown #12
Another sad sip down, but it’s time for this one to go! It’s a few years old so it’s losing flavor, especially the bready, bakey flavors. I’m still getting some cinnamon, caramel, vanilla type flavors but they’re weaker, so I will enjoy this last cup and be happy I got to enjoy most of this while it was nice and fresh!
Amandastory516 sent me the loveliest package of teas, and this was one of them. I was cooking and way oversteeped it, which definitely didn’t help, but it managed to be not bitter until the last couple sips. Still, the flavor was just mate without a hint of anything else except maybe a bit of marshmallow softness, but so subtle I’m not sure. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s not what I’m looking for in a tea. The resteep was the same. I wish I’d gotten some raspberry or more marshmallow, but at least it was a decent mate.
This was in the recent package of samples from AmandaStory! :D
I’m getting a light citrus at the start of the sip and a touch of tartness toward the end of the sip and finish. I don’t know that I’d name it as kumquat. To me kumquat is bright and bold, sweet and sour in a tiny package. I get a slight creaminess, but I don’t know that I’d call it cheesecake. Aside from it not being what I expected based on the name, but it’s a nice enough cup to enjoy in the evening.
My tea ball opened and dumped all the leaves in the cup, so I had to what I think is the term grandpa style it? I saw this tea was from five years ago, but it still tasted good! Doesn’t it sound great! It seemed a little weak at seven minutes, so I didn’t steep it twice, but I’m enjoying this cup!
Okay, this tea is delicious. It’s the perfect balance between chocolate and chai, which to be honest, aren’t flavors I thought I’d even like together. But I do! The chai is pleasantly warming and spicy, and the chocolate is richer than most chocolate teas. I usually drink black teas pretty slowly, but this cup is gone already! Looking forward to my next cup of this!
I got this one from a mystery bag. The chocolate here is super rich and dark. I’m having it with milk, and it’s almost like drinking a hot chocolate made with melted dark chocolate. I feel like there’s something a little nutty in there, though I’m not sure what, based on the listed ingredients. 52teas definitely does a better job at chocolate teas than most other brands. The resteep was really rich as well. This is an interesting one!
One of the lovely samples AmandaStory sent me.
This is my first tea from 52Teas and I’ve been meaning to try them for quite a while now. Especially since they are local.
The pear and the green tea both come through in this tea together. I’m not getting any amaretto which is a bit disappointing but there is definitely a strong ‘Cream’ note throughout the cup that reminds me of heavy cream. Yum, I would say that this is probably not a tea for someone who doesn’t like green tea (I love green tea myself) because the green tea base comes through pretty strong in this one. I can’t think of another tea I’ve tried that has a true cream note as this one does. I don’t know that this one would be a repurchase for me only because I have quite a few other pear teas that I love and have a bit more going on. If this was reblended and the amaretto was discernable it would definitely make this tea stand out more.