3132 Tasting Notes
Review for the new 52teas reblend.
Enjoyed this tea enough at the Toronto meet-up that I picked up my own bag of it. No regrets. It’s a great black tea; I enjoy the bold base (picked up some astringency but that would be me oversteeping/overleafing… it’s much more tolerant than other black bases I’ve tried), and it truly does taste like banana bread. Complete with bready flavours and ripe banana. I don’t really like banana bread, but I enjoy this tea. Haha.
Good, but not my ultimate banana tea. I like the base, as well as the banana, but I think I would prefer a creamier base oolong (shanlinxi?) and butterscotchy flavours. The banana is a bit on the unripe side, which IMO, is perfect (conversely, in Hot Buttered Banana Bread, it tastes very ripe, which is excellent). Does not taste like banana runts the way that banana teas often do (this makes me happy).
Only really got through a few sips before leaving work (meant to go back but didn’t end up doing so tonight), so these are just my first impressions.
Sent as a free sample in my 52teas order. Flavour/aroma instantly reminded me of Strawberry White from DavidsTea, but there’s something else in here (likely the butter flavouring) that I can taste as well. The base is noticeable and tastes like a standard white (no play-dough smell though, which is good). The tea is extremely fluffy and I was very pleased that it arrived quite intact.
Overall, no issues with the tea but it’s not a flavour favourite for me anymore. I feel like some vanilla/custardy flavourings would have worked very well here (but would have made it a different tea).
I almost didn’t buy this, which would have been a mistake. This is a fascinating (and tasty!) tea! Super not in the mood to write tea notes right now though, so briefly – it tastes very fresh, of cucumber and cantaloupe, but not TOO fresh (I don’t like artificial cucumber water for that reason. Blech). A bit of sweetness for the cantaloupe, but just a bit. Surprisingly accurate AND tasty. No noticeable oolong in first infusion.
Second infusion; definitely can taste the oolong. TGY might have been a more obvious choice for the base, but I think the decision to go with a roasted oolong here is what turned this tea from mediocre to great, because a TGY would have been too floral, too vegetal. Can still taste the cucumber-cantaloupe.
Overall extremely impressed with the flavour and execution of this tea. Somewhat sad that it now appears to be sold out, but it’s probably not one I’d go for often anyhow.
Drank some of this tonight; I’m not sure if I just didn’t use enough tea/didn’t steep long enough, but it really has almost no flavour. A bit like… celery, almost, but kind of cardboardy? It’s strange. I really enjoyed the deep baked GABA oolong (that I have not written a note about), so I had high hopes for this. I’ll try again another evening.
Without going and actually looking at the bag… I think this is the tea that I have from MissB – thanks! My initial impression was of a coconut/butterscotch white, one of those teas that many companies seem to have (e.g. Butterscotch Potion, Dream, etc.). However, this also contains blueberries, which is an interesting twist, and although the white tea and coconut are reminiscent of the butterscotch teas, it does seem somewhat different. Another case of overleafing though (I really need to relocate my measuring spoons back to the tea area), so it was a touch strong, but enjoyable enough. Very coconutty, but light. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention for the blueberry next time.
Picked up some of the latest batch of this from Verdant recently, and had some this weekend. I think I may have overleafed a bit, because it was pretty strong (I was in a rush and didn’t measure), so I’m not really sure yet whether I’m a fan of this harvest or not. It was still good, but just a touch too potent.