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I figured with all the old teas I have been working on, I should try something new. I first tried this when it was freshly brewed and wasn’t too impressed. Then I got held up with a phone call from a friend from Montreal and now a second call from my sister. I grabbed my cup to take a sip and the tea had completely cooled down. To my surprise, this brought out a whole bunch of flavors. The base, though present, moved aside, leaving room for a caramel banana goodness to take over. There is a berry essence from the strawberry floating in the cup, not the most prominent flavor but enough to help see the idea of banana split. A sweet and creamy custard underlies each sip. It’s interesting how temperature can make such a difference given that I was going to write this off when hot but now having it cooled, I am enjoying it significantly more.

Flavors: banana, Berries, Caramel, Cream, Custard, Straw, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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