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drank Bananas! by 52teas
959 tasting notes

I edited this tea in Steepster. And how did I edit it? I added an exclamation mark because that is how it appears on the packet and rules, yanno.

Still deciding as this in my first try with this blend. It’s good. But it is not Banana Pudding.
(Although Anne’s Gone Bananas and a bit Coconuts Too was truly a fine one too.)

To be continued.

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drank Bananas! by 52teas
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Well, this wee pouch is from the beginning of Anne’s reign at 52Teas. However, it has kept very well indeed, especially for leaf containing coconut. This last cup was just stellar. All the chocolate had settled and added to the wondrous thing that this tea was: vanilla, strawberry, cream, and cacao. Beeeeea—-uuuuuuu—ti—-ful!

I would most definitely like to see this one come my way again.

And it’s a sip down!

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(6 of 2019)

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drank Tetley Tea Bag by Tetley
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Daily, I cart three to four steeped travel tea mugs full of tea wherever I go. Yesterday, I had a full day meditation thing and as usual, I brought my tea.

When we have tea breaks, my meditation place sets out three or four big teapots of various bagged teas for the meditators.

Usually, the pot of black tea is Red Rose, but yesterday, it was Tetley black which to me tastes pretty much like Red Rose. I poured myself a cup and added a hefty glug of milk.

Despite being a tea snob, at meditation days, this and Red Rose taste like ambrosia. I carted my travel containers home, full as they were when I arrived.

I’ll just go with that.

tea-sipper three to four mugs at the same TIME?! Whoa. haha
Evol Ving Ness

Usually when I leave the house, I am gone for several hours or all day, so three or four mugs are much needed. It seems crazy to me to purchase cups of mediocre tea out in the world when I have mountains of the good stuff at home.


OH that makes sense then. :D

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This unopened three-year-old sample bag of tea magically turned up yesterday as I was heading out for a day of meditation. Oh hurray and happy days! I love this one and the smoky cardamom spice worked beautifully on a bitterly cold day. All the flavours are in perfect balance. Exactly what I needed. I am currently on day two of this and enjoying it immensely. A profound help in dealing with the kid shrieking next door intermittently throughout the day.

Have we discussed tea and mental health?

Also, why don’t I have more smoky teas? They are such a delight to have on hand when needed.

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drank Celebration by THE O DOR
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From my samples basket. I can’t recall who was kind enough to share this with me. Perhaps it was Sil way back when?

This black tea has what I’ve come to think of as a French undertone—whatever that might mean to you . To me, it means a particular type of base and an intricate overlay of flavour. And then there’s a delicate nutty chocolate. Light and delicious.

Thank you to the person who shared it with me. It has been an enjoyable cup.

And it’s a sipdown!

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Steeped this up and it smells great. Waiting for it to cool enough that it is drinkable.

Hmm, this is a tricky fruit tea. One first sip, it tastes a bit perfumed. However, as the flavours gel a bit more with cooling, the tastes strike me as quite natural. That said, it is an
odd combination with fruit, star anise, vanilla, and the tartness of likely rose hips and/or hibiscus which makes the sips a bit uneven.

Finally, it seems to me that the honey flavour used here is remarkably like that of Quarter to Tea, and sometimes I am able to pick it out here. Usually though, the honey flavour hides a bit with the muddle of other prominent tastes battling for position.

All said, a pleasant caffeine free tea though.

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There’s that perfect moment when the tea cools to just the right temperature to allow the buttery fried dense pastry dough with burnt brown sugar with a bare hint of cinnamon melding beautifully with the toasty fried dough bits and the base to emerge all in the exactly right proportion. Another masterpiece.

And it’s a sipdown!

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I have a sealed package of this I keep looking over. Perhaps I need to start drinking it.


I desperately want to try this tea


This is one that was made possible with a very special base that I don’t usually keep in stock – and really, I haven’t purchased any for quite a while so I don’t know when/if I will reblend it.

Evol Ving Ness

Well, VariaTEA, should you decide that it doesn’t work for you, I’d be happy to take it off your hands. :)


V – would love to try if need help haha


Duly noted Sil and Evol Ving Ness

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.


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