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drank Banana Pancakes by 52teas
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12 Belated Teas of Christmas – #6
Wasn’t my intention to have two pancake teas today, but here we are! Right off the bat, this tea got me excited with its delicious banana aroma – NOT RUNTS! Yay! And flavourwise, it literally tastes like liquid banana bread. Unsweetened banana bread, but very unmistakeable (in my mind, anyhow). I don’t believe I’ve had banana pancakes before, but I could be easily convinced that banana pancakes taste like banana bread, making this tea very accurately flavoured. I’m pretty sure this was a tea that was voted on to be part of the calendar (?), and I can understand why. It’s great. Now, I’m actually not a big fan of banana bread, so I probably wouldn’t keep this tea around, but I’m still enjoying it. I haven’t the heart to rate this where I should, for me (75?), so I’ve rated it more in terms of flavour and execution (85), instead of my personal desire to drink it in the future.

52Teas

I really dislike banana runts or any candy where there’s that sickly sweet artificial banana flavor . . . which is why it really surprised me the first time I tried one of Frank’s banana teas, I thought it was going to taste like the artificially flavored banana candy. Since that first taste – banana has become one of my favorite flavors for tea.

And yes, this is one is one that was voted on. :)

Sil

Mmmmmmm bananas

Roswell Strange

I love that Banana is such a strong staple for 52Teas ^^ If you ever decide to add another permanent tea to the collection, banana would be such a great route to go.

Kittenna

I agree with Roswell – even if it was a rotating blend idea like the vanilla. Your banana teas are excellent and well-loved, and having one always around that new (and old) tea drinkers can pop into their cart is probably a good idea.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed, HOWEVER, please do not sacrifice the vanilla teas from the roster, any of the vanilla teas.

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52Teas

I really dislike banana runts or any candy where there’s that sickly sweet artificial banana flavor . . . which is why it really surprised me the first time I tried one of Frank’s banana teas, I thought it was going to taste like the artificially flavored banana candy. Since that first taste – banana has become one of my favorite flavors for tea.

And yes, this is one is one that was voted on. :)

Sil

Mmmmmmm bananas

Roswell Strange

I love that Banana is such a strong staple for 52Teas ^^ If you ever decide to add another permanent tea to the collection, banana would be such a great route to go.

Kittenna

I agree with Roswell – even if it was a rotating blend idea like the vanilla. Your banana teas are excellent and well-loved, and having one always around that new (and old) tea drinkers can pop into their cart is probably a good idea.

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed, HOWEVER, please do not sacrifice the vanilla teas from the roster, any of the vanilla teas.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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