Hmm. This is the second oolong tea I have tried recently, so I think I can officially say I know what oolong tastes like. It tastes good. The first one I tried (consciously i mean, because a few of my other teas are oolong but it has been awhile) was Vanilla Orchid, which I lovvvvve.

The thing with this tea is that though it is nummy, it tastes mostly like oolong to me. That being said, I’ve never had an unflavored oolong so I’m probably wrong on that. I guess the thing is that I cannot really get a banana flavor out of this tea, whereas with the Vanilla Orchid, it’s clearly vanilla.

As a disclaimer, I’m not a huge fan of banana flavored anything, at least not artificial banana flavors (incidentally I feel the same about apple flavors). Now on the bag it states “banana” and “natural flavor” as 2 of the ingredients, I don’t know if the “natural flavor” comes from a banana or not. Maybe if it was “artificial” it would be more bananariffic. Anyhow, this tea is tasty, but I don’t need to own it because I own Vanilla Orchid which I way prefer.

The only banana flavored thing that ever really turned my crank was that yellow medicine we used to get as kids, I think they no longer make it, which is sad. Back in MY day, it was like “you’re sick, we are going to have to go to the doctor to get some medicine.”

GREAT, would this by any chance be a sickness curable with Banana Medicine???”

Kids today are missing out.

To summarize, tasty, yeah, super bananariffic? Not really. I prefer DT’s Vanilla Orchid oolong though.

Someday I will try a plain unflavored oolong and edit this note accordingly :)

(brewed as per the directions but I don’t find it overly flavorful!!)

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So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.


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