Tea: S’mores Genmaicha

Smores genimachia

Tea: S’mores Genmaicha
Company: 52 Teas

I have had this tea for a while and been waiting to rate it, since I have been messing around with it. But I have figured out weather or not I like this tea….. I do. This tea is basically the offspring off one of Franks other Genmaicha teas, Marshmallow Treat; that review is coming up.

Ok the first time I smelled the dry leaf it wasn’t the best thing. It smelled like chocolate liquor, but in a meh way. However, when I bought the tea Frank had just made it and he also mention to other people talking about the smell that he might not have let them air out as long as they should have, and that it would disparate over time. Needless to say he was right. When I went to smell my tea today it was great. It smelled so toasty, gooey sweet and chocolaty. YUM!

The taste is pretty good. You got the gooey sweet from the marshmallow, a lot of chocolate flavor, and a toasty butteryness coming from the genmaicha. However, there was one flavor I wasn’t getting that is part of a s’more…… gram cracker. Luckily I figured out that if I put a small (very small) piece of cinnamon stick in my tea pot it helped add that cinnamon gram cracker flavor that it was missing. I do kinda wish it had more lapsang souchoung so it could be a bit more smoky though. Then again I am the kind of person that either roast there marshmallow to perfection OR get it on fire and let it burn a nice crispy shell around it. Hmmm burnt sugar…..

Overall S’mores Genmaicha is a very tasty tea. If you are looking for a good sweetly flavored Genmaicha or something a bit different to try, pick this one up. But you better hurry though. There are only 5 left  4 left  NONE.

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Specifics

  • leaf: 1.5tsp
  • Pot: porcelain (no top)
  • Water: 8oz
  • Temp: 185F
  • Steep: 2:20 minuets; 2:45 minuets
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Tea: Pineapple Bacon Rooibos

Pineapple-bacon-roobios

Company: 52 Teas
Tea: Pineapple Bacon Rooibos

No, this is not an early April Fools, this tea is for real. 52 teas is no stranger when it come to putting bacon flavor in their tea’s, but this is the first time it is with rooibos….. AND PINEAPPLE! I love pineapple! Plus I have been wanting a non-caffeinated tea for nights when I have to go into work early.

The dry leaf of the tea is a little weird. The smell reminds me of bubble gum flavor couch syrup…… I don’t know why. The brew it self has that typical rooibos earthy smell with a tinge of pineapple gum flavor. Now the first time I tried this tea, I didn’t get much bacon flavor, just a salty after taste. Then Frank (52 Teas) suggested that I add a pinch of salt to bring out the bacon flavor. THAT HELPED A LOT! With just a shake of salt in my big 16oz mug the flavor really came together  The citric woodsy flavor of the rooibos combined well with the pineapple flavor, which was paired with a savory slightly smoke bacon flavor.

Overall a very interesting tea. The smell is a bit weird (but hey it’s a weird tea), but the warm brew is a tasty concoction of flavor. It would be a nice tea to try for fun or to give to somebody to see there reaction. Did I also mention that this tea is VEGAN; all of 52 teas flavorings are vegan, and Frank uses imitation bacon bits. There are currently 10 left  4 left.

P.S. If you don’t want the bacon flavor so much, just don’t add salt and use a pinch more sugar for a nice pineapple rooibos tea.

Brewing Specifics

  • leaf: 1tsp
  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz
  • Temp: 205F
  • Steep: 8-10 minuets
  • Add a dash of salt to your cup.

Tea: Smaug

Smaug 52

Ok, I know I already did a post about 52 teas and have a bunch of Verdant Tea samples to get through, but when you have a tea this awesome you have to write about it; plus I wasn’t going to be home a lot today, so I didn’t have time to do multiple steeps.

I first came across this tea while parusing 52 teas website, as I had not been on there in a while. When I came across it I first thought, “A tea with a Dragon on it?Automatic win!” Then when I read the ingredients I new I had to have it. Dragonwell Green Tea with cinnamon and cayenne, with just a touch of lapsang souchoung; 1 ounce of it in 5 pounds of green tea. However by the time I found this tea it was already sold out….. Oh the disappointment. But with a bit of hope I put myself on the waiting list for it. Sure enough after a few days later I notice it for sale again……… at 2:00 AM…….. I don’t sleep. Anyways I didn’t take any chances and insta-bought it right then and there. So glad I did

The smell of the tea when I opened my pouch was sweet cinnamon with a tinge of smoke. The brew was a golden yellow and smelled of cinnamon green tea, but not in a overpowering way. The base tea in this mix is great. Sweet and has an apple like sweet crisp. This is then accented by sweet cinnamon and hint of cayenne heat. There is also a wafting flavor of smoke that brings the flavor home. If it was still available (and I had the money) I would buy another pouch of this. I put myself back on the waiting list though; as I really do want to buy some more of this tea.

If you want to also buy some more of this tea, follow the link here and put yourself on the waiting list. The more people on the list, the better the chance of it being re-blended. If you want to see more reviews of this tea, check them out here on Steepster.

I would recommend this tea to anyone who likes green tea and even spice weenies; unless you just loath cinnamon.

P.S. To my non-geek people Smaug is the dragon from the movie and book, The Hobbit. Also I have no idea how to say it.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain (I recommend glass though)
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 1.5 tsp
  • Steep Time: 2 minuet  2.25 minuet  
  • Sweetener: not needed
  • Temp: between 160-175

Directions

  1. After letting your boiling water cool down between 160-175F poor it into the pot
  2. When it is done steeping strain it off into a pitcher or giant mug.
  3. Steep the leaves as before, but just a little bit longer.
  4. Pour that steep into the same pitcher or mug
  5. ENJOY