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Sipdown 116-2021
Finished this off with a little honey and it was quite nice. I’m mostly getting candied orange, with a touch of syrupy date sweetness. There’s a bit of cinnamon and ginger as well.

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I’m thinking maybe the more absent toasted rice/genmaicha notes of the previous cup may have been from a bad scoop ration because I steeped this up again and it had all the yummy sweet blackberry and silky cream notes of the previous cup but also some of the actual Genmaicha flavours that I felt were missing before. It was very, very good.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPjTCZcg0ZA/

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This was quite good, but it did taste more like a “blackberries and cream” blend than either a genmaicha or a mix of those two concepts. Medium bodied, sweet blackberry jam notes, and a very smooth creamy finish that all in total made me think a little bit of Campino yogurt candies – in a fond way. It was really good but, with how light the toasted rice from the Genmaicha was, the Genmaicha felt a little bit more like an after thought!? Idk – maybe I didn’t get the most representative scoop? Will reserve judgement on the Genmaicha piece until I can try more cups – and at least it was very tasty either way!

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drank Apple Nut Chai by 52teas
1073 tasting notes

Hot, you can really taste the apple. It’s fun to have that authentic appley flavor along with the spices. It’s fresh and tasty. As it cooled, more pepper came out and the apple faded. I can’t really tell what spices I taste. I mostly only notice the base honeybush with very mild spices. I’ve enjoyed it both with and without milk. I wouldn’t reorder it but am glad to try it.

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COLD BREW

Finished this off. Didn’t have enough to make a full half gallon, so I added some Sichuan Black from Tea Runners. With the weather up in the upper 90s and low 100s (35-40 Celsius) I have been sucking down iced tea like crazy. I am not sure when this hot spell will end, but not for the next 7 days at least. :O I hate hot weather!

The addition of the straight black tea altered this enough that I added a teensy bit of sugar to it. It might be that overnight in the fridge was too long, or maybe that black tea is a bit bitter. Whatever, I was still able to enjoy this.

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It’s been a long time since I posted on here, but I am still drinking tea, I promise!

I made a jug of this in the fridge overnight. I had had a cup of it hot a couple of months ago, and it was nice, but not outstanding. But I really enjoyed it iced. It has a light, slightly sweet, bright vibe to it. Our weather has been all over the place. Upper 80s, then a couple nights below freezing, then back up to the 80s… Ya gotta love North Dakota! Fortunately, I an adjust my tea temperature to suit the weather. I really liked this one iced and I am looking forward to enjoying more iced teas this summer.

Preparation
Iced
Martin Bednář

Welcome back!

gmathis

Hello! Hope you’re well!

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April 2021 Reblend Tea

I missed this one the first time around and my life was likely less fulfilled because of it. Why? Because this is finally a mango tea I kind of enjoy. Maybe it’s the coconut compliment (an ingredient I know longer love as much as I used to). Maybe it’s that this is trying to imitate mango flavoured rice instead of a fresh, juicy mango – an object that is so full of delight, wonder, and magic sparkles that nothing can hope to compare to (only my love of birbs tops my love of the great mango). I don’t know, except that I like it quite a bit and came on here after a long hiatus because of it.

So not bad, I guess.

Steep Count: 3 (2min, 3min, 6min)

Flavors: Coconut, Mango, Nutty, Toasted Rice, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Welcome back! :D

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Oh wow, I’ve had this however long and never opened it.

The brewed tea smells of plum and maple syrup, mmm.

It tastes of plum and maple syrup and sitting by the fireplace with friends. I love it!

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Plum

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

This is one of my favs!

Todd

I can see why! Mmm.

gmathis

Wow, that sounds good!

Todd

Oh wow, it’s great iced too!

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Can I start a petition for more watemelon teas from 52Teas!? Would anyone sign, haha!? This reminds me of Papaya in The Watermelon Patch, which is an older one of Anne’s blends that i really liked – it captures the sweetness of watermelon while still having the light and mellow/refreshing delicate qualities of actual watermelon that a bunch of teas seem to miss. The choice of a white tea base really hammers that home, too! Reminds me a little of the much beloved Watermelon Xylophone from Butiki, too. All good feels and reference points!

I don’t actually get much ginger in this at all, though I’m not sure if I’m disappointed by that. The idea of ginger and watermelon seems very weird to me, but in an intriguing way. Plus, I’m a huge fan of watermelon/salt or grilled watermelon so ginger feels like it could maybe be in that vein!?

amandastory516

I would sign! I absolutely love this blend.

Shae

Do you prefer these cold or hot?

Roswell Strange

Typically hot – but I drink the majority of my tea hot.

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drank Michola Chai Black by 52teas
1221 tasting notes

Sipdown 104-2021
Tastes like chai. I’m mostly tasting ginger and clove. I wish the cayenne or vanilla were more prominent to set this apart a bit more.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #207 overall / Tea #31 for May
Thursday 5/20 - FINSHED 5/20 —pitcher 52teas pinita colada carrot cake honeybush/rooibos (drained 5/15, finished 5/20) OFF after 3 straight doubles (and a double shift Friday). cries This just tastes like rooibos(/honeybush? They both taste same to me) with a slight sweet taste. I love carrot cake and have yet to find the perfect carrot cake tea.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

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Sipdown 99-2021
This has been a good week for sipdowns. I’m finally getting back into a tea sipping mood, after a few weeks of not really getting any sipdowns in.
This definitely tastes like an orange cake. I’m getting quite a bit of nuttiness, and just a touch of spice.

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drank Bread Pudding by 52teas
11417 tasting notes

Sipdown (1413)!

I guess I missed when this first came out because when VariaTEA sent this sample my way I thought it must have been a new tea – clearly not the case. Seems this was a bit of a polarizing tea based on other’s tasting notes – but I really liked it!

I thought it was nice and cozy, with a little bit of a starchy/bready taste naturally from the oolong and then some nice additions of warming cinnamon and sticky raisins with an underarching creaminess. Not strong in flavour, but impactful with the notes that did come through and really nice on the chosen tea base! I was definitely a bit sad to see the bottom of my mug.

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drank Black(berry) Rose by 52teas
3394 tasting notes

From M Mack long long ago, thank you! I was craving a good blackberry black tea today and decided on this one. It’s accurate, even after all this time! I really like the blackberry flavor Anne uses. (And possibly 52teas blackberry teas might be the only decent blackberry teas that I have tried? Not sure.) And hints of rose here as well all on a solid black tea base. Just the tea I wanted today. I’m not sure why this combination isn’t used more!
Steep #1 // 1 1/4 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5+ minute steep

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drank Spiced Orappangele by 52teas
3394 tasting notes

Thanks again, AJRimmer!  Slowly getting through all of these samples! :D  I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this tea.  Anyway, it’s tasty. I do wish it was more “spiced” – only a wisp of occasional nutmeg – but there is plenty of bright orange flavor here.   Not really any cinnamon or apple for me, which is a bit disappointing for such a crazily named tea.  At least it didn’t only taste like plain green tea though.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 43 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min

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Sipping on this one currently as I work on tasting notes and it’s honestly just perfection in a cup! The sweet and cozy notes of dark cocoa with the boozier sweet and syrupy heavy cherry undertones and that little bit of a cream-y element are so spot on and it feels like such a great execution of the main flavours of a Black Forest Cake. It’s rich and decadent and just this big hug in a mug – lovely way to start the weekend!

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Love, love, love this concept!!

The dry leaf aroma of this tea is seriously drool inducing – cakey chocolate, a bit of cream, but most importantly this sweet cherry aroma that totally nails the supple-y sweet “cherry filling” style of cherry that’s in a Black Forest Cake. It’s basically exactly what I would expect a Black Forest inspired tea to smell like.

The taste is good, but the epicness of the dry leaf aroma doesn’t perfectly transfer. It does get really close though – and I definitely didn’t expect it to taste exactly the same. The honeybush comes through a lot in the taste and, while I like the taste of the honeybush Anne uses as her base a lot, a part of me wanted less of it so that I could focus more on the dynamic of the chocolate and sweet, syrupy cherry. Though, I think it’s a brilliant base choice because it sort of naturally leans a bit into that “cakey” element when coupled with the chocolate.

The cherry is nice, but it loses the battle to the chocolate in terms of flavour dominance. In a black forest inspired tea (in my opinion) the chocolate _should_be the stronger flavour but I felt like the chocolate really had a chokehold on the cherry here and I didn’t taste much of it until the finish as the more dominant honeybush and chocolate notes waned a little.

Overall, excellent tea though! Cannot wait to try it with a spot of milk.

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Sipdown 84-2021
Added a bit of honey, and it really seems to bring out the blueberry flavor. I’m not getting any mango. But, the combination of fruity blueberry, roastiness, and slight grassiness is quite nice.

Flavors: Blueberry, Dry Grass, Roasted

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Sipdown 83-2021
Used the rest of my packet to make both my boyfriend and I a cup this morning. It’s so fresh, bright, and springy. Definitely reminds me of Easter baskets filled with candy. I can’t make out the individual fruits too well, but the combination is really tasty.

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drank Mermaid by 52teas
143 tasting notes

If you like piña coladas, and getting sung to a rocky death by sirens…

The brewed tea smells fruity. This tastes very tropical, fruity, and a little sweet. The blending balance is excellent, as I’ve come to expect from 52teas. Thanks!

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Cranberry Pear Clafoutis by 52teas
1073 tasting notes

The flavor is a nice combination of cranberry and a mild green tea. The green base is the perfect choice to complement the fruity flavor. I got a bit of weirdness/dryness the first time I tried this, but I brewed it more carefully the next time, and for the most part, that disappeared. This turns out to be a light, relaxing tea. I really like how 52teas accomplishes its cranberry flavor. This one also had a bit of a sparkly quality to the flavor. The rebrew tasted almost the same. Very good!

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drank Candy Cane Truffle by 52teas
3394 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge – C

Thanks very much, AJRimmer!  So many glowing notes might have hyped this one up for me.  I LOVE that such an unusual black tea is used here – Fujian gunpowder.   I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t use as much leaf as I usually would… I wanted to stretch my sample to two steep sessions BUT the pouch says only to use 2.5 grams anyway and I’m sure I used more than that.  The tea is certainly chocolatey!  Especially on that second steep.   But the peppermint for me leans more herbaly flavored than an actual candy cane.  I would consider adding some candy cane to the next steep session but I wouldn’t want to mess with the recipe of this particular tea magician!  :D
Speaking on the Fujian gunpowder, I would love to try it by itself — maybe that would make a good base for Black Silk Chocolate Milk?  Maybe mixed with another black tea?
Steep #1 // not quite 1 teaspoon // 25 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

gmathis

Oooh—I’ve never tried a non-green gunpowder tea!

tea-sipper

I think I have only seen it from 52Teas.

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Hot, this smelled amazing, but I only tasted toastiness. Once I let it cool, the maple came out more, but the roasted flavor was still battling it. I added some milk, and that really helped the flavors come together. Now, I taste both the maple and the genmaicha, though I think the maple could still be a little stronger. 52teas does a great maple. This one isn’t as good as their maple cheesecake oolong, but I definitely enjoyed it. The second steep tasted only like mild toastiness.

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