6105 Tasting Notes

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drank Minky Binky by 52teas
6105 tasting notes

Got my 52teas package!! I love teamail so much. Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t spectacular – my husband and I got our booster shots and both of us were hit really hard with reactions (fever, chills, etc.) so I was first totally occupied with the kids, and then trying to recover – so I’ve barely made a dent in trying them so far. And now, I think I have a cold. At least, that’s what the symptoms might indicate, and the general public no longer has access to covid testing here… so we’ll never know.

This tea was one of the first I tried – I love apricot in teas and it sounded so delicious! The aroma of the dry tea was pretty tasty, but the actual tea didn’t quite live up to the smell – the caramelly flavour was pretty light, as was the apricot. However, it was pretty tasty regardless, as I seem to like the rich and flavourful base teas. It’s possible that I oversteeped and the base teas took over a bit, so I might have to play with this or pay a bit more attention.

Kaylee

Hope you feel better soon!

gmathis

Me, too! Hope you can find a little pampering time for yourself.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope the worst of it is over.

Kittenna

Thank you! I’m on the upswing now, I think, but boy is it a pain having to self-isolate our household, even though it’s only a measly 5 days now!

52Teas

I’m sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling well – we need to go get our booster shots, I think I’ll wait until I get January’s boxes out before we work on that though because I don’t want to be down and out for a few days because of it. :/

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Drank this at the same time as Banana Gingerbread Waffles; cannot remember which was which, but I wasn’t a big fan of either. Will try again later.

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Drank this at the same time as Almond Cinnamon Brioche, and honestly am not sure which was which. Clearly the unique ingredients weren’t the stars that they should have been; I also wasn’t a huge fan of either. I’ll give it another try later.

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A very unique spicing combination here, although there was some familiarity to it – I can’t pinpoint what it’s reminding me of, though. Also drank it a few too many days ago to be able to describe it, but it’s a nice combination, a bit fruity, and not too heavily spiced. I look forward to future cups.

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Another October 2021 sub box tea. I was excited for this one, and although I liked it, it didn’t quite meet my hopes. It was definitely strawberry, but I wish it was a little jammier; however, the “toast” note came through really well, presumably from the popped/roasted rice. It was also nice that it wasn’t overwhelming (it is a bit in some of the other blends using the same ingredient).

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Tea from the October 2021 sub box (but I’m not sure if everyone got this tea?)

I ended up rather enjoying it – a really nicely spiced blend, dark chocolate/pumpkin spice. I don’t always like the cinnamon Deb uses but it seemed to work well here.

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Despite being a black tea, I got strong vibes of the original 52teas Peach Chai white tea – just a similar peachy flavour and spicing (cardamom-heavy) – and with the base of this one being fairly nondescript, it didn’t impact the flavour much. End result is a nice, unique, light chai that tastes pretty good without additions. Enjoyed this one!

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Nice chocolate orange flavour, but I find that I crave a richer, more flavourful base tea. Probably because I just want every chocolate orange tea to be Butiki’s Two Friends, on a delicious premium taiwanese assam base. Because of that, though, this isn’t quite satisfying for me. I might try it as a latte, where the flavour of the tea itself is less important.

Cameron B.

Ooh is this from the December subscription box? I don’t think I’ve seen this blend before…

Kittenna

It is! Deb sent me a whole bunch of things in one package, which included the December sub box, so I think I got it a bit sooner than other people.

Cameron B.

Exciting! I think I got a shipping notification for mine, but it usually takes a bit to make its way down to me he he. :)

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I really, really wanted to like this one, but it seems that the bergamot Deb uses does not work for me. It tastes wrong, and I don’t know why, but I dislike it. I initially thought it was the lavender that was rubbing me the wrong way, but after multiple other lavender blends, some of which I have thoroughly enjoyed, it’s clear that it’s the bergamot. Does anyone else have this same issue? It tastes to me like a different flavouring that is sometimes used as perfume, which I thoroughly hate. (Sidenote, I believe this flavour is also present in DavidsTea’s Serenity Now, and is one of the reasons that I prefer that tea when it’s well-aged – but there are also many other flavours in there so it’s not dominant.)

Cameron B.

I haven’t been a fan of her bergamot either, but most of the teas I tried also had lavender, which I don’t like. So not sure if it was the bergamot or the lavender he he.

Kittenna

Haha, yeah, I’ll have to refresh my memory on whether her other EG blends without lavender have this same flavour. I believe they do, and non-EG lavender blends don’t.

Cameron B.

Looks I described it as tasting like garden soil, ha ha. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. She seems to use pre-flavored teas (IMO) as the flavorings are always paired with the same bases – blueberry with black, strawberry with green, etc. So maybe it’s the base tea of her Earl Grey base that I don’t like?

Kittenna

Interesting. I hadn’t picked up on that, but it wouldn’t be too farfetched.

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I mean, I didn’t expect to like this… and I didn’t. I also mixed the gross eggnog in with it, which didn’t help. (Fwiw, PC’s plant-based eggnog is pretty bad; there’s a bitterness to it that’s not pleasant. They could have done better.)

I probably didn’t have a great sense of the tea because of the eggnog, so I’ll have to try it again straight, but I didn’t really pick up on anything except peppermint.

Evol Ving Ness

This is different from their usual refrigerated eggnog, right?

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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