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I chose this tea to be my reward for staying on track with this Couch to 5k program, whee. I wanted something sweet. I may have to go and paw through the other samples for more sweet teas after this. As for this one?

Fruity!

Seriously, where am I getting that from? Of all of the things that I expected when I lifted my steeped cup of light, yellow-amber, canary-colored tea up to my nose, fruit was seriously not on the list. And yet, that’s sort of what it smells like, to me — like someone caramelized some sugar and added it to some kind of fruit. My cup is still pretty hot. Maybe that’s going to lessen as I sit here and sip on it. I’m not even sure how to describe what kind of fruit I’m smelling. The more I sit and sniff, the more I think it’s reminding me of the bananas-in-bananas-foster smell…which I guess makes sense, given all of the ingredients in a bananas foster and the sauce…all of that hot sugar. In fact, now that I’ve said that, ‘bananas foster’ is definitely sticking around.

It’s not a very punchy flavor in the cup. Not nearly the strength of the coconut pouchong. I don’t know if I’m pleased or disappointed by that. I’m also not sure that I know enough about oolongs yet to properly evaluate the one they used here; all I know is that it isn’t the kind of oolong that makes me salivate from the rich, nutty, buttery smell. This is merely an echo of that flavor profile, a ghostly reference to those stronger qualities, lacking the brothy fullness in the mouth.

There is a temperature somewhere between ‘just shy of boiling’ and ‘tepid’ when the cup is hot but no longer needs as much caution in the sipping, and I’m starting to believe that this magical temperature window is where amazing things happen to the flavor of certain teas. Since hitting that mark, the tea seems to better represent the scent it throws off. It’s still not nearly as intense, but it’s stronger. Somehow I feel as though a little bit of sweetener in here to bring the sweetness you can smell up to the level of the sweetness your tongue gets might help to round out and smooth the flavor. It doesn’t need the sugar, but it might make the sweet-tooth itch the cup aims to scratch a little bit easier to satisfy.

Not a bad tea. Pretty drinkable. Not sure I can see myself craving it, though, so I probably won’t buy any, but it was interesting to try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I was seriously craving blending this one w/ Mayan Chocolate Chai til I saw “fruity”…

sophistre

It’s the strangest thing! I really didn’t expect it. I have no explanation. Is my palate silly? It seriously might be. Have you tried this one? They do say that it has floral notes. Perhaps my brain is just attaching the floral bit to the caramelized sugar bit and producing ‘bananas foster’, since I, like all good New Orleans-ites, have eaten my fair share of that oh-so-delicious dessert in my lifetime.

The impression that that’s what I was smelling did not go away by the end of the cup, though.

Cofftea

No. The only GM tea I’ve tried is Moroccan Mint. I have yet to have the room or cupboard space for the entire sampler.

Auggy

I don’t think you are nuts – I got a kind of cigar sweet from it which I think would qualify as a banana-foster-esque fruity smell. I’m assuming it is because they use a darker oolong since I tend to get the cigar sweetness from the dark ones.

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Cofftea

I was seriously craving blending this one w/ Mayan Chocolate Chai til I saw “fruity”…

sophistre

It’s the strangest thing! I really didn’t expect it. I have no explanation. Is my palate silly? It seriously might be. Have you tried this one? They do say that it has floral notes. Perhaps my brain is just attaching the floral bit to the caramelized sugar bit and producing ‘bananas foster’, since I, like all good New Orleans-ites, have eaten my fair share of that oh-so-delicious dessert in my lifetime.

The impression that that’s what I was smelling did not go away by the end of the cup, though.

Cofftea

No. The only GM tea I’ve tried is Moroccan Mint. I have yet to have the room or cupboard space for the entire sampler.

Auggy

I don’t think you are nuts – I got a kind of cigar sweet from it which I think would qualify as a banana-foster-esque fruity smell. I’m assuming it is because they use a darker oolong since I tend to get the cigar sweetness from the dark ones.

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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