Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha from 52Teas. . . . .

There are teas in my collection I know I can rely on and this is one of them. I come back to this tea when I want something a little bit sweet and a little bit toasty. I’m typically not someone who loves green teas, but this one I can always enjoy. The dry leaf smells like green tea ice cream and after water has been added, I smell more roasted caramel popcorn. Mmmm…

Sipping.. definitely a bit more roasty than expected. The marshmallow pops up in the background, but it’s actually more of a sweetness and not that specific gooey marshmallow flavor. I would like for it to be just a bit more present since it’s such a great flavor. The green tea is also there and lends a bit of grassiness to the roasted rice and marshmallow, but it’s more mild which I appreciate. I think this tea wouldn’t be the same if the green tea took over and dominated the other flavors.

Even though this tea doesn’t taste explicitly like marshmallow treats, I think this is quite possibly the closest you can get. It’s sweet, satisfying and just so tasty. I hope this one is reblended again and again!

Note from Anne @ 52Teas: This tea has graduated to D’s Teas – which is 52Teas’ permanent collection. It will be reblended again and again – and is available now!

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Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  52Teas

Another overwhelming fan favorite!

I’m also a big fan of this tea.  I was one of the lucky ones to get one of the pouches from the first batch which was a blend of Genmaicha plus Genmaicha Uji which is Genmaicha that’s been infused with Matcha.  So, in an effort to recreate that stunning first batch, I blended an Organic Japanese Genmaicha and an organic Japanese Genmaicha with Matcha (Or Genmaicha Uji).  I really prefer it with the Uji, the little bit of Matcha adds a really nice creaminess to the overall cup.

To this, I added marshmallow root and all-natural, organic flavors.

It’s a cuppa yum!

Ingredients:  Organic Japanese Teas, organic toasted rice, marshmallow root and all-natural, organic flavors

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Black from The Virginia Tea Company. . . . .

I often like adding milk to certain black teas, but I’m going to try this one without so I can review the tea as it is.

Sipping… this tea is interesting because I’m not getting a whole lot of flavor. I detect a little bit of citrus, but otherwise it just tastes like a black tea.. smooth, but uneventful. I can’t pull apart any individual flavor notes.

I think that adding a slice of lemon or some milk would make this tea a bit more interesting.

Even though this tea seems to be on the simpler side of things, I think this would be a great beginner’s tea for those who are just starting out and want something tasty, but not confusing. I personally prefer to have my black teas a bit bolder or with more detectable flavor notes.

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Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  The Virginia Tea Company

This award winning tea is strong in flavor and just what you need to get your morning started. Milk or honey can be added when your taste buds need a little something extra.

Ingredients: Fair Trade, Organic Black Tea

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Pu-Erh Gourmand from Dammann Freres. . . . .

I’m always surprised when I make a puerh tea.. I don’t drink it often, but when I look down into my cup, the tea is incredibly dark and mysterious. Lovely! The scent of this tea is sweet… vanilla cookies, perhaps? Maybe a bit of dry wood. There is only a tiny bit of that fishy scent that I detect in puerhs. Phew!

Sipping… the flavor is very much like the scent. The puerh base is smooth and not fishy. I also don’t taste much of the wood that I smelled earlier. I really like whatever sweetness this cup is offering. The vanilla and caramel are the strongest notes, but there is also something biscuity.. I also taste a tiny bit of spice.. maybe it’s just the finish of the puerh, but it reminds me a little bit of a spice cookie. What I like is that this tea isn’t overly sweet, but that it’s just sweet enough to take care of any dessert cravings.

If you enjoy puerh teas, this is a great desserty choice. If you’re just branching out into puerh teas, this is also a great pick because it’s not overly fishy or woodsy. Yum!

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Leaf Type: Puerh
Where to Buy:  Dammann Freres

The warm and woody notes of Pu-Erh tea combined with a cocktail of sweet aromas: biscuit, vanilla, sweet almond and a hint of heliotrope.

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Jin Shuan from Teance. . . . .

I love oolong teas, but especially oolong teas that have creamy, milky flavors. While I enjoy oolong teas that have the addition of flavors, my favorites tend to offer up the creaminess in a more natural way, without other ingredients. I love watching the tightly rolled leaves unfurl over time. I also enjoy the journey of the tea changing over the course of many brews as the leaves are used again and again.

The scent is much lighter than I was expecting. It’s sugary and floral with just a hint of that leafiness I get from oolongs. Sipping… this one really reminds me more of leaves, grass and minerals. I don’t taste a whole lot of cream or milk which is what I was hoping for in this cup.

While this is a decent oolong, there are others from Taiwan that offer stronger creaminess. This one is a nice pick, though, for those who are looking for a sweet and clean oolong. I’m going to try to experiment with the leaves a bit more to see if I can bring out the milkiness.

Overall, a simple, crisp and enjoyable cup.

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Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Teance

Although geographically unique to Taiwan, Jin Shuan is a remarkably versatile varietal. Flourishing regardless of zone or elevation, it can be made into any tea. However, it is the precise alignment of season, harvest and light oxidation during processing which creates the creamy, milk-like fragrance we covet from these hand-rolled pearls. We keep in close contact with Mr. Liu to ensure we acquire Jin Shuan at just the right moment to achieve this most delicious result.

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea. . . . .

I haven’t had this tea in the longest time and while it used to be one of my favorites, I had moved on for a while and decided to try other black teas. I found this one while digging around in my collection and want to see if it still holds the same flavors I remember.

The black tea leaves are incredibly pretty – silvery, a charcoal black. This scent is of cocoa and… possibly cardboard? While it doesn’t sound too appealing, this is definitely the scent I remember.

Sipping… this is definitely bittersweet chocolate I’m tasting. The background offers a roasted note which I’m guessing is the cardboard I thought I smelled. This tea has that satisfying slightly sweetness from the cocoa and a bit of savoriness, almost saltiness, from the wheaty, roasted background.

Ah, I remember why this was a favorite of mine. I don’t think that this tea would take top spot anymore, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup. I think that this is a great black tea for anyone looking for a depth in flavor.

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Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea

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