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Another blend that I want to like a lot more than I actually do.

Here’s the thing – it’s not bad, but as soon as I smelled the dry leaf I kind of knew immediately that (at least to my palate) this is not the right “type” of raisin flavour for this sort of profile and the flavour didn’t change my mind. It’s too sweet and too grape. So, the result is a bit like you’re drinking the grape scented markers from your childhood but with cinnamon and a more tannic, malty black tea.

And I’m not complaining about it being that sort of scented marker style grape – it’s nostalgic and flavourful. However, it would be so much better suited for something that’s trying to be more overtly sweet and fruity. Grape popsicle, grape soda, or a mixed fruit medley – that sort of thing. I feel like, for a cinnamon raisin toast, the raisin/grape just needs to be more cooked and bake-y, with less overall sweetness and a more dense flavour. There’s too much life to this, if that makes sense at all.

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drank Amethyst's Gold by 52teas
1162 tasting notes

Totally adored this tea and now, it is gone.

And it’s a sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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drank Foggy Coconut by 52teas
1162 tasting notes

Much happiness was contained in this empty tea packet. And now it is gone.

And it’s a sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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This one is much better than the similar-sounding Sharon’s blend. The orange is clear and tasty. The spices are bold and complement the orange well. It’s a well-rounded tea! It didn’t need milk, but I added some the second time I had it, and that really helped it be a quality chai. This is one of the best takes on this flavor profile I’ve had in a while! I actually ordered a second sample packet.

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
1308 tasting notes

Sipdown 152-2021

I ended up not loving this as much as I hoped I would. It’s a nice creamy lemon tea, but doesn’t really read as gooey butter cake to me.

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Divine! I love this tea.

And it’s a sipdown!

Ooops, my mistake, it is really French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam.

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Truthfully the mango didn’t really come through in the taste for me but I did really love that sweet jammy blueberry note mixed with the mate here – it was very flavourful and because this isn’t a heavily roasted mate base I felt like I got both the freshness and more grassy quality of the yerba mate to brighten the cup along with the comforting and a little more nutty roasted notes.

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Hmm this one isn’t as special as I’d hoped. It tastes like a pleasant ginger-heavy chai. It’s not spicy, and there aren’t really any bready/pastry elements I can detect. It tastes good, but there’s nothing about it that stands out from other chais, and I was hoping for some cookie element!

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Happy National Spice Blend Day! I had to work today and didn’t have any time to brew something before work, leaving me with having to find a caffeine-free option tonight. Thankfully, I found this still-sealed sampler from 2018!

I’ve had an ongoing migraine since Wednesday, and my sense of smell has kinda been off as a result (this last week I’ve used “wet dog” and “hayfever” both as scent/flavor descriptors for various foodstuffs). Something about the scent of the dry leaf smelled like tomato to me (I’ve had that happen with hibiscus before, too). Thankfully that doesn’t transfer to the brewed cup, and even with my off-sniffer I’m getting a strong spice aroma; that familiar cinnamon/clove scent that reminds me of Christmas candles. Smells a bit indistinctly sweet, as well.

The base does reminds me subtly of pastry; the pepperiness I normally taste in honeybush is very subdued, and I’m getting more of a nutty/honey/oaty sort of flavor. I’m not really tasting pumpkin, but to be fair, I rarely do from pumpkin flavorings. The spice is very warming and nice; the sweet cinnamon is probably the flavor that is most dominant for me, but I can also taste the clove. I don’t really distinctly taste ginger, but am feeling a pleasant warming on my throat and calming of my migraine-furious tummy.

I don’t think it stands out compared to other pumpkin spice rooibos teas I’ve had, but it’s a perfectly fine cuppa. I may use the rest of my pouch to make a latte with vanilla almond milk, as I think the creamy body would be jammin’ with this blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Nutty, Oats, Pastries, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Lovely! The watermelon flavour is true and subtle but present. Really just right. The black base is also spot on, from start to finish. Hearty enough but not overpowering the watermelon flavour.

I don’t know if there has been a discussion on 52teas’ new (to me) packaging elsewhere. While I was quite happy with the original Kraft paper-like packaging, it is nice to be able to see the leaf in the peekaboo window. That said, after I had sealed the package, the delicate watermelon scent continued to waft out. Beginning to get a wee bit paranoid about this seeming permeability, I popped the package into a ziplock freezer bag to prevent aroma from escaping or entering.

Wondering whether others have any thoughts or experience to offer here.

52Teas

The new packaging is the result of not having much choice in the matter due to the pandemic. :(

Hopefully, when I need to order again, the packaging I want and prefer will be in stock. Until then, I’m sorry about it, I had to accept what I could get.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Anne. All good. Just an observation and I am making do. It IS nice to have a temporary change. I can’t even imagine the challenges of dealing with the current and likely future shortages and delivery blips.

52Teas

It’s been unfortunate – the limitations on the supplies – I’ve really just had to make due with what I can get. I guess, in reality, it’s always that way, but before Covid – the company I order these supplies from had everything in stock – sometimes, they’d sell out of something but it would be back in stock within a couple of weeks. Since Covid hit, it would be months and months before something would be back in stock so I had to make due with what they had available.

Evol Ving Ness

I imagine it is like throughout the world.

52Teas

Yes, there have been quite a few small businesses that I know of that have been affected in the same way, and I’m sure the small guys aren’t the only ones who have been affected this way.

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I feel like I want to like this tea more than I actually did.

The idea of a blackberry Earl Grey is so appealing to me, but the blackberry flavour used here reads more jammy or pasty style blackberry and the bergamot is very, very aromatic and floral and those two different directions aren’t able to find middle ground for me as I drink the cup and it’s creating a flavour disconnect. I’m not even sure if a bridge flavour like a vanilla would help here because it’s just sort of like two different style in one cup. Though, it did get a bit better as the mug cooled.

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drank Chocolate Orange Rooibos by 52teas
5118 tasting notes

Thanks for the share, Sil!

I wanted to like this but found the rooibos to be of the offputting medicinal sort. The flavouring wasn’t bad, though, it was just the base I had a problem with. Too bad!

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Leafed regularly, this ends up a bit too mild for me. I can taste that there’s a little creaminess, though that could be amped up. It could also do with more lavender since it’s really the smallest hint at the moment. And I’d prefer if the black tea were a little bolder too – essentially, more of everything! I overleafed the second time I had this, and I enjoyed it a lot more. There’s a lovely amount of creaminess, and it all blends quite well. The cream is the main flavor, with just hints of everything else. I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t have minded another few cups, but unfortunately it’s gone.

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Had this one earlier today and I was really impressed by it. As far as watermelon teas go, I do think it’s a milder/softer flavour but I also appreciate how that allows it to come off as so much more natural and less “candy watermelon” while equally embracing a really pleasantly smooth and well bodied black tea base. Straight forward and well executed, and definitely seems worth of a name that conveys so much excitement.

Evol Ving Ness

The name makes me smile. With your description, Ms. Strange, I suspect the tea will too.

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Cuppa from earlier this evening!

Welp – I finally did it. After a series of sample order from 52Teas, I finally managed to accidentally order a sample packet of something I already owned without realizing it. I guess, in my deference, I hadn’t tried the one I already owned so it was easier for it to slip my mind? At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Truth be told, it’s hard sometimes to track 1000+ different teas…

When I opened up the package, I was impressed by how distinctly this smelled like blueberry pie to me – very jammy sweet blueberry but with all those warming spice/subtle cinnamon notes and a buttery quality as well. Then the water hit the leaf and immediately all I smelled was the peppery quality of Anne’s honeybush base. I worried for a moment that it would be too strong – but after taking my first sip…

This was so nice! It’s warming and cozy and while that almost black pepper sort of tickle does come through in the flavour it’s really on the back burner and kind of gets lost among everything else happening. The nutmeg is probably the most prominent spice to me, and that really adds to this baked/cobbler kind of profile. Especially, mind you, when you factor in how jammy and thick the blueberry compote note is – without being sugary/cloying or too aggressive, mind you. It’s the exact right type of blueberry flavouring and, as always, Anne does a great job of conveying decadence without making her blends feel heavy handed/excessively rich. You could make a whole pot of this tea and it wouldn’t be too much.

Now I’m glad I double ordered.

Evol Ving Ness

Mmm, this sounds like a nicely balanced one. Hurray for baked goods and Anne’s versions of them!

AJRimmer

I did the same thing with this same tea!

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Cold Brew Sipdown (1459)!

Oh hey, I’m enjoying this as a cold brew a lot more than I was hot! The butterscotch flavour has a bit more clarity to it and has the same sticky sweet taste as say a caramel sundae syrup. The orange also seems to have a lot more clarity of flavour but it’s more mellow and a little less bright, which seems to be working with the butterscotch on a whole new level that it wasn’t prior. Yeah, this is totally the best way to go with this tea and I’m very happy I’m finishing it off with an infusion I’m totally vibing with.

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…yeah, I’m still not meshing well with this one.

It’s okay, because I’m glad to have tried it – it’s such an interesting profile that I know if I hadn’t ordered it then it would have been one of those teas I’d always be kicking myself for not trying. Though, I wanted to add that in this cup I got a closer look at the little wedges of blood orange in the dry leaf and they were fucking gorgeous. I’d be really curious to see some different Blood Orange blends utilizing them, if it’s a flavour that Anne decides to work with in the future…

Maybe a “Blood Orange & Banana” (AKA Blood Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana) or a Blood Orange Creamsicle!? I don’t know – just spit balling. Feel totally free to flat out ignore me.

52Teas

(Interesting that you suggested Blood Orange Creamsicle … and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.)

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Sipped on this one while working from home this afternoon…

I find the idea of this flavour combination really bizarre, and that’s definitely in large part what attracted me to the tea in the first place. The dry leaf aroma doesn’t really work for me; I smell both the buttery sweetness and a more mellow orange note but they’re not overlapping in a pleasant way in my head,

Steeped up I tried to frame it in my brain as sort of like and orange or a grapefruit creme brulee because I think, in principle, that’s essentially the direction this flavour pairing is going – and that’s a familiar reference point as well as something I enjoy. It’s just not quite the same to me though, and so this first cup wasn’t an immediate hit. I will say, I got majority butterscotch-type flavour from the cup though and I think the fact that those blood orange notes were so subdued did help because I really can’t picture what those two flavours might be like in stronger levels.

Yeah… More cups needed here because I think there’s something very interesting happening, but my brain and palate need more time to process it.

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drank Curuba Green Tea by 52teas
11820 tasting notes

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the combination of banana and passionfruit before, but I really like it! It embraces those underlying tropical flavours of banana and creates something really fun with tangy elements as well as the comforting familiarity of the 52Teas banana flavour. I love that this isn’t too sweet or too tangy/tart – just nice and approachable. That said, I think the noticeably grassy and vegetal flavour of the green tea is a little intrusive of that beautiful tropical fruit medley happening – but I also have to acknowledge I’m simply more sensitive to those notes as well.

tea-sipper

I think Frank had a banana/passion fruit tea but this wasn’t the name.

52Teas

I’m not sure if he did or not, he may very well have had one – but it most likely wouldn’t have been with the Colombian base?

52Teas

Ha! I even had that one – and I don’t remember it. In my defense, we really do make a lot of tea – so it’s easy to forget one or two.

Roswell Strange

Oh for sure – I can’t even imagine having to keep track of all the past blends, haha

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I am a walking mass of itches and abrasions: nasty gash on my knee (bashed into the corner of my desk at work), sore vaccine shoulder, bug bites that make shoes and other apparel confounded uncomfortable, and I must’ve dropped my favorite blue wear-over-anything summer duster on the parking lot because it didn’t make it home with me. Oh, and did I mention my overwhelming case of self pity? ;)

It’s all light and momentary, but for the moment, I’m pampering myself a little, and this nice 52teas tisane is helping. What differentiates it from the usual crop of chamomile/rooibos/lemony nighty-night concoctions is a pleasant dose of marshmallow root that takes the edge off the tartness, while the rest of the ingredients (hopefully) take the edge off everything else.

I cheated—far too impatient this evening to wait the prescribed 8—10 minutes and pulled it at 5. Properly steeped, the blend may change personalities entirely. I’ll try that another night when I’m not distracted by a vampirous mosquito that is trying to raise yet another bump on me!

ashmanra

Congrats on the vax! I hope things improve and the beloved duster is found!

derk

May you get some relief this weekend.

gmathis

I found the clothing item … (ahem) … in the laundry basket. Oy.

ashmanra

Hooray! If I like an item of clothing, I keep it, patch it, wear it past the point it should be worn. Glad it has been found and can give many more years of delight!

Martin Bednář

I hpe everything is getting better now :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank goodness for tea! Hope today has been a much better day.

gmathis

Knee gash fading; however my ankles look like I’m wearing polka-dot socks;) And as to those pieces of clothing that actually fit…amen! I am turning into one of those “once you find one that fits, buy one in every color and wear them until Goodwill won’t even take them.”

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drank Banana Pudding Black Tea by 52teas
1190 tasting notes

I considered not adding milk because the flavor was quite lovely plain, but I figured it could only help the pudding aspect of it. It’s not my #1 favorite banana tea, but it’s pretty impressive! I like how the pudding flavor isn’t just cream – there’s something extra in there that really leans toward pudding. And the banana is quite flavorful as well. The rebrew is lovely – I’m sad it’s gone!

Evol Ving Ness

This is most definitely one of my most favourite 52teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Which one is your favourite banana tea?

AJRimmer

I’m sure there are others, but Pudtea’s Banoffee Pie is the first one that comes to mind! I wish they were still in business just for that tea!

Evol Ving Ness

longing for bygone teas. deep sigh

Evol Ving Ness

(Not that I have any business longing for tea. I have a lot. But still. I remember that perfect buttery depth of this one.)

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