Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha from 52Teas

MarshmallowTreatTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

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!

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Taster’s Review:

This was one of my favorites from the old 52Teas. I remember not liking the reblends as much and I guess that I grew tired of it. I was excited to see that this new version had both genmaicha and matcha as I had missed out on the very first blend of this tea which happened to have both. I notice that the cup turns much more green and vibrant than the old versions. It smells sweet and toasty. Can’t wait to sip!

Sipping… mmm this is quite delicious. The first thing I taste is the toasted rice followed by a lovely, sweet, almost creamy flavor. I’m not sure if this is marshmallow exactly, but the combination of sweetness and the toasted rice does given the impression of a marshmallow treat. The sip finishes with a brisk and astringent ‘green’, slightly grassy note.

This is a very calming cup of tea. While this cup is soft in flavor, the combination of rice and sweetness keeps me quite satisfied. If you enjoyed the old version of this tea, I think that you should try this one!

Hot, Buttered Banana Bread from 52Teas

BananaBread2Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

The original blend was a black tea base with freeze-dried bananas, walnuts and natural flavors.  Because walnuts are a tree nut and there are some people out there who are allergic, we’ve decided to take the walnuts out of the equation.  The actual nut didn’t add anything to the flavor, it just made the tea look pretty.  We’re all for pretty teas but not at the expense of an allergic reaction.  Because the flavorings we use contain no actual nuts, we were able to keep the delicious nutty flavor of banana bread without the allergens of the tree nuts.  You get the best of both worlds with our tea!  

And because we’re an all-new team heading up 52Teas now and the tea bases are all new too!  For more information about that, click here.

So we started with our all-new, go-to all-organic black tea base, added all-natural, organic flavors and tossed in some freeze dried bananas.  And since we took out the walnuts, we decided to add a few marigold petals, just to pretty it up.

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Taster’s Review:

I have to say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of this tea in its original form. I didn’t like the tea base and didn’t think that it was all that much like banana bread. I remember it tasting a bit fake and overwhelmingly like nuts and a bitter black tea. I’m hoping that this reblend will give me the delicious cup I want!

Once I open the pouch I notice the immediate difference of there being much more banana than in the past. I felt like with the old blend that I had to hunt around for the banana slices. There are multiple pieces in this pouch so it looks like I won’t have any trouble getting some banana into my cup.

Sipping… hmm.. it seems like this is a little bit on the weak side for me. I find that if I take larger sips that the banana bread comes out. There is a soft banana note, a hint of nuts and something that reminds me of a crumbly bread. While the tea base is a bit more tame, there is still a bit of astringency that reminds me of walnut skins. I’m disappointed to not taste that buttery element of the buttered banana bread, but it doesn’t ruin the cup for me.

I do enjoy this tea even though it’s not my favorite from the new 52Teas. I think I might experiment with future cups to see if I can get a stronger banana bread flavor.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Honeybush from 52Teas

RaspberryCreamCheeseDanishTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Frank’s description of this tea went like this:

“Our caffeine-free African honeybush blended with real freeze dried raspberries and all natural flavors. This blend is the complete danish in a cup: raspberries, cream cheese, even a hint of icing thrown in there.”

And really, could I say anything more to make this tea sound any more delicious than that?  This is one of my favorites, so I stuck close to the recipe.  

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Taster’s Review:

I am so excited to try this blend as 52Teas is under new ownership! With upgraded tea bases and new, fun recipes, it looks like 52Teas has a wonderful future. The description makes this tea sound like complete dessert in a cup… raspberries, cream cheese and icing! Plus, the honeybush makes it an easy blend to have during the day and night.

The dry blend smells like a sweet raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. Yum! I have a good feeling that the flavors will come through after water has been added. Once steeped, the tea smells much more.. like tangy raspberries and spicy honeybush.

Sipping… mmm. The strongest notes are the honeybush and the raspberry. I do taste a little bit of something like vanilla in the background. I wouldn’t say that I taste cream cheese or icing specifically, but there is something there that makes it more than raspberry and honeybush.  The finish also offers something from the honeybush that reminds me of graham crackers or flaky pastry. It’s not strong, but is a nice ending to the sip.

I’m so glad that this blend was my first from the new 52Teas company. If you enjoy dessert teas, definitely add this one to your shopping cart.

White Lemon Lime Iced Tea by Southern Boy Teas

SBT-WHITE-LemonLimeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Here’s our sweet, hay-like organic shou mei white tea fannings paired with the delicious tartness of organic lemon and lime flavors. It might not be as complicated as some of our other tea blends, but it will definitely put a smile on your face.

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Taster’s Review:

I have been on such an SBT kick.  I started cold brewing tea and am completely obsessed with it.  And what is the easiest way to cold brew teas- Southern Boy Teas!

So during the last sale, I stocked up.  And I went through these awesome iced tea pouches quick!  This is one of the ones that I instantly said “Yep” and threw it in my cart.

Last night threw this one in my pitcher, added water, and into the fridge it went.  This morning I poured myself a huge glass of it, threw some ice in it, and underwent my morning routine of taking my kids to school.

I was hoping this would be one that I would fall completely 100% in love with . . .but alas no.  This tastes like a solid white tea.  That part I love. It has that delicate touch to it.    The part I am not 100% on is the lime.  I really didn’t pick up any of the lemon at all.  Just lime.  And it is more of a tart lime.  A bold lime.  A hit you in the face sort of lime.  Which is fine, but I really wanted that lemon lime taste.  I stopped drinking soda about 6 months ago and Diet Sprite or Diet Sierra Mist I still crave.  I was hoping this would take the place of those cravings and help me with my sweet tooth when I have those cravings.  Maybe if I tried again or if I brewed it up hot, maybe the lemon would come out more. I’m sure if I played around with it, they would.  Or if I added in some sugar.  That might help too.

This is delicious if you are looking for a lime tea with a delicate white tea base or finish.  Don’t get me wrong, this is very tasty.  Just not what my little ol heart was wanting at the time.

Mango Kiwi Green Tea from 52Teas

52teas-Mango-KiwiTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Here’s a lovely organic Ceylon (Sri Lankan) green tea blended with freeze dried mango and kiwi and organic mango and kiwi flavors. It’s a little tart, a little sweet and all refreshing.

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Taster’s Review:

My review of this Mango Kiwi Green Tea may just be my last “SororiTea Sisters” review of a tea from 52Teas.  In just a few days, my daughter takes over the business side of things with 52Teas and I become the mad tea artist!  And since I’ll be crafting all the teas for 52Teas as of June 1st, I wouldn’t feel right about writing a critical review about the teas that I create.  It just wouldn’t be ethical, you know?  I’m excited and nervous, it’s a huge step for us but I believe it’s a step in the right direction.

So this review is a little bittersweet with an emphasis on the sweet, but I will miss writing reviews!

To brew this tea, I used my Breville One-Touch.  I measured 2 bamboo scoops into the basket and poured 500ml of freshly filtered water into the kettle.  Then I set the temperature for 180°F and the timer for 2 minutes.  And a few minutes later, I have TEA!

Yummy tea!  Just like the description above says, this is a little sweet and a little tart.  I like that it’s neither too sweet nor too tart, though.  The sip starts out sweet with notes of mango.  The mango seems to be the strongest flavor in the cup, with the kiwi playing in the background.  At the finish of the sip, I start to notice the tart notes and those tarty flavors tickle on my tongue in the aftertaste.

The green tea is light and fresh tasting.  It has hints of grass and a delicate buttery taste.  It’s not bitter or astringent.  The vegetal notes of this tea aren’t particularly strong.  It’s a very soft, pleasant green tea.  This is the kind of green tea I’d recommend to someone who thinks they don’t like green tea because it tastes like vegetables.  This … doesn’t taste like vegetables!  It’s just delicate and lovely.

A really nice tea!  A good tea to have in the cupboard now as the weather is getting warmer because it tastes GREAT iced!