Tangerine Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Teas, Marshmallow Root, Natural Flavours, Tangerine, Vanilla Bean
Creamy, Marshmallow, Tangerine, Vanilla, Cake, Citrus, Malt, Orange, Orange Zest, Drying, Sweet, Tannic, Smooth
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Loose Leaf
Organic, Vegan
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 11 oz / 325 ml

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Way back – it’s been over a year now! – during the start-up Kickstarter campaign, I promised my customers a Tangerine Pound cake with Marshmallow Frosting Tea. Well, this tea started out to be that tea. But then as I was starting to formulate the recipe for this tea, I decided that I’d rather go with the idea of a tangerine cupcake rather than a tangerine pound cake, mostly because when it comes to pound cake, it’s all about the butter. I thought that the marshmallow and the butter would compete with each other. So maybe I’ll do a pound cake another time – but for now, I wanted a cupcake with marshmallow frosting. A Tangerine Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting!

I started with my organic black tea base of teas from India and China and then I added marshmallow root and dried tangerine segments, some vanilla bean and some natural flavors to create this yummy, dessert-y tea. The tangerine is bright and juicy and the marshmallow and vanilla add a really nice creamy element to the cup. A really yummy spring-time treat!

organic ingredients: black teas, dried tangerine segments, marshmallow root, vanilla bean and all-natural flavors.

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2330 tasting notes

The tea with the marshmallow root is pretty soft and pillowy. It’s not strong or malty or anything, just sort of a mild background presence. There’s a bit of a citrus flavor, but it’s not too tart. This one is best overleafed. The marshmallow is a really nice note. I could imagine this as a citrus cupcake. I was neutral toward this one at first, but I’m glad I waited to review it until I’d had the chance to try it a second time.

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15123 tasting notes

i wish this one was a little more tangerine. A tasty tea but a little subdued imo.

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1299 tasting notes

I forgot about my cup of this one and it almost completely cooled by the time I ended up drinking it. The tangerine was nice but it was the most marshmallow-y cup I’ve had of this one so far. So creamy and it didn’t need any milk or sweetener. The tangerine and black base together though or maybe something just about the citrus I’m not too crazy about.

Flavors: Creamy, Marshmallow, Tangerine, Vanilla

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1439 tasting notes

Twelve Days of Tea 2021 – Day Four

What a neat concept (that I didn’t expect to enjoy)! This tea reminds me so much of the fruit cakes found at Maxim’s bakery (ie – a stellar Chinese bakery chain around here that often uses Tangerine as a topping decoration .. and I wish I had some, or their buns, to pair with this tea).

This is a far less cloying take on the dessert/cupcake concept, and I’m appreciating the combo of clean citrus and richer dessert notes more than I can convey right now (ditto for this whole 12 days box; I don’t remember ever enjoying the teas so much in past years). The black tea base is solid too. Good tea!

My mom rates this 11/10 and stole my cup. You’ve had 52teas before, Mom! D:

Flavors: Cake, Citrus, Malt, Marshmallow, Tangerine, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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1809 tasting notes

Sipdown 2-2022

Saying goodbye to this wonderful blend from the holiday countdown. I love the combination of the creamy vanilla, the bright pop of orange, and the depth of the black base.

Flavors: Creamy, Orange, Orange Zest, Vanilla

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279 tasting notes

Since this is the first tea that sold out from our 12 Teas of Christmas for 2021, I decided to drink this as a tea that is “discountinued/otherwise unavailable-for-purchase tea” on this month’s Scavenger Hunt. I could also drink this as a tea that makes me happy – it makes me very happy not only to drink it (I love this tea!) but also makes me very happy that it earned a spot in the box for 2021. I guess it could also be a tea from a woman-owned company.

I wrote about this tea not too long ago when I did the 12 Teas of Christmas countdown, so there’s not a lot more that I can say about this tea except that this is a sipdown, the last that I have of this tea.

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321 tasting notes

52Teas 12 Teas of Christmas: Day 4!

I don’t know what kind of olfactory alchemy is at play here, but goodness—every tea in the holiday box has smelled incredible! They also manage to avoid perfume-y artificiality, which is quite a feat.

This one reminds me of a creamsicle… a very welcome reminder indeed. Brewed up, it’s got a lovely creamy mouthfeel that I can just about convince myself is reminiscent of marshmallows. I’m not quite sure whether I’m getting tangerine rather than a more generic orange, but regardless, it’s lovely.

This one definitely benefits from a few minutes of cooling before taking a sip. I thought I had over-steeped it because I wasn’t getting much flavor at first, but now that it’s cooled just a bit, it’s quite lovely and rich. I just love flavorful black tea blends, and this is a new favorite. So delightfully cozy!

Flavors: Citrus, Drying, Marshmallow, Orange, Sweet, Tangerine, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

cool time is definitely key in my teas. :)


Good to know!


Let it cool for at least 5 minutes, black teas – 10 minutes – this will allow the flavors to develop.

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244 tasting notes

My brain keeps waffling between two flavours here: an orange creamsicle and Terry’s chocolate orange. I don’t like orange creamsicles and I love Terry’s chocolate oranges. One sip I’m all about this tea and the next I’m feeling kinda meh. Brain games, yay!

So. Orange (not specifically tangerine, but that’s okay) and marshmallow, they’re both there, which is some kind of sorcery in itself. I’m not completely sold on the cupcake, but the density of the black tea base lends the claim credibility.

Overall, this is a pretty good blend. It’s a great blend half the time—when my brain perceives it as Terry’s chocolate orange.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Orange

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

I treated myself to two “slices” of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange after lunch. My excuse for this decadent behavior was that I had tea left and needed something with it. Now I have chocolate orange left and should really make more tea…


Mmmmm. I went vegan a few years ago (and don’t like dark chocolate); that’s one of the treats I really miss!


I haven’t tried the dark chocolate one yet! This is my first chocolate orange ever, in spite of having seen them around for years. I just didn’t know how much I would like it. I do have the dark chocolate one on the shopping list now to try.

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15829 tasting notes

Adventaggedon Day 16: Tea 4/8

Hype! Hype! Hype!

This is one of the teas that I voted for so I was so thrilled to see it this morning, and then when I cracked open the bag for the first time I just melted inside! I enjoyed it a lot the first time around but I just felt like I didn’t get nearly enough of it, and this time around the aroma is even better than I remembered! It’s a sweet almost creamsicle style of bright orange married with a gooey toasted marshmallow note that reminds me of the Toasted Marshmallow flavoured Jelly Belly jellybeans. Mmm!

Steeped up I am in heaven right now! It’s the perfect amount of body from the black tea base mixed with an initial top note of bright orange and then this creamy dreamy marshmallow and vanilla combination that is very dead on for what the dry leaf aroma was giving off. It’s got the light fluffyness of a marshmallow or whipped cupcake frosting but still has those caramelized sugar notes from a toasted marshmallow and it’s not thin either!

Definitely one of those teas that feels like a lot to convey based on the name, but Anne does it! So fucking yummy!

As a side note – our office holiday party was this afternoon and as part of it we did a spice workshop which was so incredibly fun and educational and ordered in some super fancy mini donuts! I noticed that one of the donuts was an orange glazed with a mini cupcake on top and it just felt waaayyyy too perfectly time since this was the tea I ended the day on. What a spectacular complimenting treat!


Aw that’s so awesome! Ha I’ve never voted for one that ended up making it in, but maybe one day!


I’ve never picked “winners” either, but it’s all good. Tasty teas are still tasty :)

Mastress Alita

I threw Pear Chai into the hat this year, honestly surprised it made it in!

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2170 tasting notes

I’m tasting citrus but not necessarily tangerine.

Flavors: Citrus, Drying, Tannic

190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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