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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
2245 tasting notes

So strangely, when I pulled this tea out tonight from the box Azzrian sent me, the package was already open. Yet, I had no recollection whatsoever of trying this tea yet! I think I must have opened it one night with the intention of drinking it, but then decided against a black tea. Definitely threw me a bit, though!

Anyhow, to be honest, I have no idea what bananas foster even is! I just liked the idea of the tea and was curious.

The dry tea smells cinnamon-spicy, like Cinnamon Roll Honeybush or Strawberry Pie Honeybush, plus a bit of creamy banana. Steeped, the aroma is quite similar.

The flavour definitely tastes to me like CRH, minus the honeybush base, plus a slightly astringent black base and some banana. Not bad, not great. Perhaps it would be tastier with some sweetener, but it’s cold now, so that would require a great deal of effort.

Definitely not my favourite 52teas blend, but not bad either. Now I’m curious about what bananas foster actually tastes like though…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

LOL well I promise you I didn’t open that one :) I have my own and I KNOW you were not accusing – just letting you know you are in fact losing your mind and must have opened it at some point HAHA!
You know I was not crazy about this one either. It was good enough but just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
It is for sure one I will finish though so its not icky at all just okay.

Kittenna

Hahahaha, no I definitely know you didn’t open it! And once I thought about it, I did have a vague recollection of wanting to drink it at some point, just no memory at all of actually doing so! Very confusing. Clearly losing my mind!

Sil

Your mind is just busy tinkling about other things :p

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Azzrian

LOL well I promise you I didn’t open that one :) I have my own and I KNOW you were not accusing – just letting you know you are in fact losing your mind and must have opened it at some point HAHA!
You know I was not crazy about this one either. It was good enough but just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
It is for sure one I will finish though so its not icky at all just okay.

Kittenna

Hahahaha, no I definitely know you didn’t open it! And once I thought about it, I did have a vague recollection of wanting to drink it at some point, just no memory at all of actually doing so! Very confusing. Clearly losing my mind!

Sil

Your mind is just busy tinkling about other things :p

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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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