442 Tasting Notes


One of my older teas. This cup was a bit of a surprise. The tea tastes like lime gelato with the slightest bit of green. No blackberry for me, but a tasty treat, nonetheless.

Flavors: Lime

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
442 tasting notes

One good thing about taking a much needed technology break is tasting new teas from a swap 100% blind.

This one is from the lovely and generous VariaTEA.

Tried this black and then with a dot of half and half to add a cream element which here is lacking. Both ways, cinnamon comes up front. Prefer it black. I find this blend thin on flavour. It is ok, but it doesn’t hold a candle to 52Teas Banana Pudding Black, which I adore. Here, banana is missing entirely despite a banana chip in my leaf.

I’ve never had Bananas Foster as a dessert, but this tea doesn’t come all that close to my understanding of what the dessert is supposed to be. Keep in mind that I am not a big fan of cinnamon, so I might be biased. Sorry.

Thank you, VariaTEA, for letting me try this one.

Flavors: Cinnamon

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Was wondering where you’ve been! It’s nice to take a break, for sure.


Nothing wrong with a break every now and then. Welcome back though because you know we miss you :D

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I really really enjoyed this one. There’s that signature A Quarter to Tea flavour going on here, but just enough of it, not too much, not too little. I’ve had others from QTT in which the honey flavour was just too in your face overwhelming and it took till the 3rd steep until it was bearable, but here, perfect. Lovely base. To me, this one is a winner. Well done.

Thank you for sharing this one with me, VariaTEA.

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Nothing to add to my previous notes.

My last cup of this was delicious.

You drink and drink and drink and finally, at long last, it is done: tea as an ongoing lesson in impermanence.



Well said! But there is beauty in the impermanence.

Evol Ving Ness

Indeed. Seize that sip.

Evol Ving Ness

This moment will never come again.

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Yeah, who was it that recommended doing a condensed double strength bit of this in a gravity steeper and adding quite a bit of milk? Was it you, Fjellev? I think it was.

Well, I did just that and it was very delicious. Very delicious. I shall use up the remainder of my pouch this way. Thanks for passing that along. A new treat!

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My last cup of this was all juicy natural berry and a hint of coconut. Really nice.

The coconut crumbs that had collected at the bottom of my bag of dry leaf must have contributed to the sweetness that rounds out the tart berry. Very enjoyable.

If it were to come around again and I were over my vanilla and toffee and chocolate tea obsession, I might just order a big bag of this lovely, slightly unpredictable tea. I say unpredictable because the balance of coconut vs. berry in the spoon of dry leaf seems to control the flavours in the cup. All good though. Don’t change a thing.


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I’m on my second steep of this now. How very delicious! The first steep today had cinnamon peeking through much more prominently than it usually does for me. This second steep has a good helping of vanilla and spiced custard. Damn.

It’s a cool on the brink of rain day here and I’m hanging out in flannel jammies indulging myself. What next, what next? Maybe a mystery oolong from one of those foil packets with no English info on them whatsoever.

Such joy in tea world to have the day stretch out with a good book and a cup of tea for solace.

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Ayup, so…
I like the cucumber and I like the melon. What I am not crazy about are the warm spices which to me, translates as pumpkin pie type spices. Yeah, nope. To me, here, these strike a jarring note. I am wondering whether something peppery or more gazpacho like, like for example a hit of balsamic vinegar, would work more effectively here.

Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I would complain about the cucumber but then I wouldn’t get this one for just that reason :D I maintain that cinnamon/vanilla goes with anything and everything. (You said pumpkin spices and those are the first that popped into my head)

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I have been sipping this down throughout the week. Now, I have been really really enjoying it. Every cup.

That said, previously I had mentioned that the original tea, before I had added One Night in Rio to it, was lacking. The pineapple had been missing and there was a soapiness present from who knows what. The soapiness has now disappeared. And with the addition of the bright pineapple and coconut of One Night in Rio to the original Anne version of the 52Teas marshmallow blend, this one is a win.

Let me say this again, should it be useful, pineapple, coconut, and marshmallow are an excellent combination.


that sounds amazing! I do love my marshmallow teas

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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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