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drank Monkey Fart by 52teas
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Boy has Canada Post ever been good to me this week! Samples from Design A Tea, Teavivre, and Den’s Tea, my swap package from Amanda, and now my awesomely huge box of samples from LiberTEAS!!! I figure I shouldn’t have to buy tea for about 5 years now (and there are still things on the way! Oy vey. Talk about things getting out of hand fast…)

A big thanks to LiberTEAS for this sample – one of the 52teas on my list to try-before-I-buy!

I was expecting chunks of dried banana in the tea (like DavidsTea’s Banana Oolong), and was surprised not to see any… but upon opening the bag it is clear that they’re in there! Or… something is! The banana aroma is sweet and delicious – it actually smells like a real, ripe banana. Awesome!

Once steeped, that lovely banana aroma is still there, and quite strong too!

Wow, tastes like hot banana in a cup. There’s a hint of something else there too, perhaps it’s something from the honeybush? Almost… a mintiness? I’m not sure. But it’s good! And very smooth and delicious. Also, it doesn’t feel like it’s going to give me heartburn, which was another of yesterday’s big problems, and the reason I opted to go with a caffeine-free not-really-tea this morning.

Quite impressed with this tea, I must say. So glad I got to try it! Thanks again LiberTEAS!

ETA: Second steep is pretty good too, but that’s as far as I went, since the wet honeybush no longer had much smell.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

I bought this for my 3 grandson’s 7, 9 and 11 who all have their own tea sets mind you. The name alone was what screamed BUY ME I AM A BOY FRIENDLY TEA! And of course they cracked up and made arm fart noises (It’s a guy genetic thing I’m convinced). Wish there was a line of tea’s with good names like Robot Distruction and Bug Slime….!!!!

Kittenna

Love it! Perhaps you should market that idea to Frank!

I was considering picking this one up for my boyfriend. There’s an ongoing monkey joke between us (as in, he totally looks like a monkey if he puffs out his cheeks and pulls his ears out), and I thought he’d get a laugh out of the name too. Kind of like we did with ‘Taekwon Boy seaweed snacks’ (he’s also in taekwon do) :D

LiberTEAS

There was a time I had to have this tisane on hand at all times along with the coconut cheesecake honeybush, because my oldest daughter wanted a cup of one or the other to take with her to cosmetology school. Now that she has graduated, gotten a job with a good salon and moved out (sob) I don’t really need to keep these teas on hand … don’t get me wrong, I still find them very enjoyable, but, I have a lot of tea as it is that I don’t have the time to really drink every single tea that I find enjoyable. :)

So… this tea does have special memories for me.

Indigobloom

Runts, this one tastes just like banana runts to me!

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Bonnie

I bought this for my 3 grandson’s 7, 9 and 11 who all have their own tea sets mind you. The name alone was what screamed BUY ME I AM A BOY FRIENDLY TEA! And of course they cracked up and made arm fart noises (It’s a guy genetic thing I’m convinced). Wish there was a line of tea’s with good names like Robot Distruction and Bug Slime….!!!!

Kittenna

Love it! Perhaps you should market that idea to Frank!

I was considering picking this one up for my boyfriend. There’s an ongoing monkey joke between us (as in, he totally looks like a monkey if he puffs out his cheeks and pulls his ears out), and I thought he’d get a laugh out of the name too. Kind of like we did with ‘Taekwon Boy seaweed snacks’ (he’s also in taekwon do) :D

LiberTEAS

There was a time I had to have this tisane on hand at all times along with the coconut cheesecake honeybush, because my oldest daughter wanted a cup of one or the other to take with her to cosmetology school. Now that she has graduated, gotten a job with a good salon and moved out (sob) I don’t really need to keep these teas on hand … don’t get me wrong, I still find them very enjoyable, but, I have a lot of tea as it is that I don’t have the time to really drink every single tea that I find enjoyable. :)

So… this tea does have special memories for me.

Indigobloom

Runts, this one tastes just like banana runts to me!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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