drank Banana Grape Shou Mei by 52teas
4825 tasting notes


A really odd combination.

The dry leaf aroma is very candy-like … reminiscent of what I might experience if I opened a bag of runts or nerds. Or any other fruity willy wonka candy, which seems appropriate since I know that here on Steepster, we’ve called Frank the Willy Wonka of teas.

And it tastes very candy like. Unfortunately, we’re talking my least favorite two candy flavors: I really dislike grape flavored candy (or sodas, or ice pops, or just about anything grape flavored. I don’t even really care for grape juice. I like the fruit. And only the fruit. And I guess … there are some grape teas that I like.)

And as much as I love banana flavored teas … I’m not crazy about this. I think that the sweet, candy-ish grape-i-ness together with the candy banana just … wasn’t … making me a happy tea drinker.

So, this one just may go down in history as my least favorite 52Teas blend. I guess it was bound to happen, right?

That said … it wasn’t horrible, it just … wasn’t my favorite tea. It wasn’t making me want to do the happy tea dance. But this tea is not horrible, I like the way the earthy notes of the shou mei seem to “ground” the candy-like flavors just a tad, making it a little less candy-ish.

A fair representation of banana and grape, but, just not my favorite cuppa.


Sounds strange.

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Sounds strange.

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

I also am intrigued by flavored teas with an unusual or unique flavor combination.


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Most of the teas that I record in my notes here are going to have a fairly high rating from me. This is not because I am not discerning, but because I do not usually waste my time on drinking tea I do not care for, nor will I waste my time on writing about it.


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