Hot Buttered Banana Bread

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Black Tea
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Baked Bread, Banana, Butter, banana, Nuts, Sweet, Tea, Cake, Walnut
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 14 oz / 417 ml

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  • “This is up there on my ‘top 5’ 52teas list. Mostly because with milk and sugar this tastes exactly like the banana bread my mom made when I was little (that I asked for instead of a birthday cake...” Read full tasting note
  • “OK… I’m having that second cup now. I really like this. The banana is sweet, a subtle nutty flavor from the walnut, and a nice bakey taste to it too. Creamy smooth buttery finish. Yum yum yum...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is definitely one of Frank’s better blends. He seems to be kind of pro at breakfast/baked good black tea blends. :) I really am enjoying this tea. It definitely tastes like banana bread. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m a huge fan of banana bread with walnuts, so I was delighted to have got my little paws on the last of this. 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces, 3 minutes at 200 degrees in my Breville One-Touch. The aroma...” Read full tasting note

From 52teas

Here’s our premium black teas blended with real freeze-dried bananas, chopped walnuts and natural flavors. The banana is a bit strong on the nose, but the bread, walnuts and touch of butter are all there in the cup. This is an awesome tea, probably even better with a touch of cream and sugar. I’m looking forward to all of your reviews on Steepster.

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101 Tasting Notes

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It is minus 2 degrees outside and this tea is perfect – so comforting with the walnut, banana and butter flavors.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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1810 tasting notes

So I came across this one pretty much by accident when I was clearing my room in preparation for my move today. I thought I’d bought some, but I couldn’t ever find it when I went looking for it. Turns out it must have fallen out at some point and got a bit lost – but still, we’re now reunited and it’s all good.

That includes the tea. It’s perhaps doesn’t taste quite as much of banana as I thought it would, but very few banana teas do (I think I must like my banana really strong!) It does have a bread-like thickness with a touch of sweet maltiness, though, and a silky almost-creaminess that’s kind-of buttery. The spicing is probably the best thing, though. It’s absolutely spot-on; not too strong or overpowering, not too subtle. It’s mostly cinnamon, I think, with just a touch of ginger providing a warming heat after a few sips. Delicious!

Loving this one this morning with a splash of milk!

Just to be clear, this is the “Anne” version.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

I love a strong banana flavor too. Butiki’s Smoked Maple Banana was the best!

Evol Ving Ness

^Wow— that one sounds like a winner!

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817 tasting notes

Smells and tastes of banana bread, with a “spiced” (somewhat astringent) finish, but for whatever reason this tea doesn’t quite do it for me. I find it to be on the dry and nippy side, even when I lower the steeping perimeters . Maybe I’d like this more with a different base!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Banana, Butter

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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217 tasting notes

It’s 5 am here and I’m up super early because I have a big long to do list to get finished before I have to be in at work at 7 am… To get through the next couple of 18 hour days I’m going to need bucket loads of caffeine!! Which is perfect because I’m still on my mission to sip down all of my one offs and samples in preparation for our move in a week… Wow, a week… How did that happen so quickly???

I’m a greedy overleafer and since this is a sample bag that came with a recent order my cup is a little under leafed than I would usually brew And so I was a little concerned as to whether my taste buds would pick up the intended flavors. Not to worry! Hot, the tea has a faint banana taste however, like most of 52 tea’s creations, the flavors definitely become more pronounced as the tea cools… Luke warm, the buttery, bready, banana flavors really pop! A Little more subtle on the flavor side than most of 52 tea’s blends but it’s still a great way to fulfill a craving without any of the calories!!

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1015 tasting notes

OMGsrsly was kind enough to send me a sample of this and I really feel bad for asking – I know how much she liked it.

This is just ok for me. The flavors just aren’t as bold as I would like – nothing offensive just a little flat for my tastes.
Thanks for the opportunity.


I seriously don’t mind. I liked it while I had it, but I have so much… there’s no point hoarding anything.

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5672 tasting notes

From OMGsrsly!

When my Ontario Tea Friends here on Steepster all met up back, uhh, whenever that was they all tried this tea together and not gonna lie I kind of felt like I missed out on a cool experience getting to do a group tasting with people actually interested in tea to the same caliber I am. So, when I got OMGsrsly’s package and saw this tea included I made sure it was the first tea I steeped up because I just had to know what it was like not only because it’s the first 52Teas blend by Anne I’ve tried but because they all got to try it…

I made my mug with milk, by the way. I still have enough of OMGsrsly’s sample to try it plain if I want to, but milk just seemed appropriate to pair with this one. Initial thoughts: The black base Anne’s using is DEFINITELY an improvement upon Frank’s. Frank’s base just had this incredibly strong and distinct flavour that was really unpleasant. I always want to describe it as “starchy”. But this is smooth with a lovely bouquet of malty notes. I absolutely love that not only can I taste the base really well, but it also doesn’t seem to be competing with the flavouring and isn’t drowned out by it either.

On the flip side; one of my favourite things from “Frank era” 52Teas was his banana flavouring. I will never forget Keychange and I discussing on tasting notes how much we “loved Frank’s banana”. Something about the way he conveyed that particular flavour was very well executed and while I enjoy the banana in this tea quite a lot I have to begrudgingly admit that it’s really not the same. This is sweet and accurate to “Banana Bread” but somehow not as… lively?

Other things worth note: There’s a nuttyness to this tea which is super pleasant and accurate to banana bread that also does a wonderful job adding dimension to the flavour. Also, the “Buttered” part of the banana bread isn’t really coming through for me, but at the same time I don’t particularly feel it’s needed to convey the idea well and in a tasty, appealing way. Overall; as my first taste of “Anne era” 52Teas I think this was a success and it definitely makes me feel better about backing the kickstarter and the order I’ll be placing… Eventually.

Seriously; I swear I will place an order eventually! There’s just only three teas I’m interested in currently and that shipping is kinda killing me…


The shipping kills me too! It boggles my mind that I live here in Washington and Canada is like … right there! And I can ship something to Florida for 3 bucks while to ship the same exact package to BC costs 8 bucks!


Same here with the shipping issue :(


Frank sure had a powerful banana ;) ! and you need to come to Ontario and join in on a tea meet one day…or we can all troop out there!

Evol Ving Ness

Shipping fees suck, seriously. On the flip side, I can’t even image how many more orders I would be making with 52teas if the shipping costs were not as outrageous. Incredible self-discipline and all that.


I totally would order if shipping weren’t so brutal too. :/

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62 tasting notes

This version is from the 52Teas reboot.

Good tea with a touch of sweetness. It takes a bit of resting on my tongue for the banana bread to come out, but it’s definitely there, just hiding in the background, waiting for the tea to step out of the spotlight so it can peek out from behind the curtain.

This is a very nice tea, but I’m not getting quite enough banana bread flavor. What’s there blends beautifully with the black tea, but there isn’t quite enough of it to stand out. This might be another case of my needing to enhance it with a bit of milk and sugar but… I almost never remember to do that. I like others from this brand better.

I am starting to wonder if I’m doing so wrong, or maybe I’m still developing my tea tasting buds. I’ve enjoyed all the teas I’ve tasted from 52Teas so far, but there seem to be several where I don’t quite pick up on the flavors as much as I’d like. Then again, when I do get it, it’s generally a home run for me. It’s like the tea equivalent of BPAL for me.

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Nuts, Sweet, Tea

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I don’t think that it’s something you’re doing wrong. Everybody’s palate is a little different. :)

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610 tasting notes

The banana was quite gentle this morning but enough that there was a banana bread thing going on. I was going to go work out, but decided to snuggle up in bed with this tea and a book instead. A perfect winter Sunday.


Tea, bed, book is a perfect winter Sunday

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2219 tasting notes

Yum. But it’s gone now.

That’s OK. I enjoyed it, and might revisit in the future if the CAD ever recovers against the USD.


What was the cause of the deflation? Was it the collapse of the Euro and the fact that the USD got closer than it’s been in the past to that?


Er, inflation, I mean.


I’m just curious because during my year in Montreal (about 9 years ago), the difference was only about 10 or 12 cents, and I was astounded when I looked it up recently. Hadn’t realized things had changed that much.

Roswell Strange

There are a few things that play into it, but it kind of boils down to being because of the collapse of oil prices.


I have no idea.


Yeah, I just looked it up and found the oil answer.


Does it have to do with the Keystone Pipeline?


Okay, it looks like it has more to do with Canada’s economy being more dependent on oil exports. I hadn’t realized that.


Facebook is telling me: “Canadian Dollar: Value of National Currency Decreases Following Decline in US Stock Market”

That is as much as I know.


USD should fall in that case, though, and it’s gone up in value against other international currencies (which I had not realized until just now). Has something to do with OPEC loosening quotas and the fall of oil prices.


And apparently the US economy is less dependent on oil exports than a lot of other countries.


Yeah, the price of oil dropped dramatically and the CAD followed it. Oil isn’t actually as big a part of our economy as some politicians would have you believe, but the oil we do sell (especially the stuff extracted from the tar sands) is more expensive to produce than the stuff that just comes out of the ground in other places, so the price drop hits our industry particularly hard. I think the idea is that OPEC is deliberately setting the price of oil low, so that the smaller/more expensive operations like those in Canada will go out of business, and then once they’ve eliminated a good bunch of the competition they’ll hike the prices up again.

Evol Ving Ness

Totally feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

About the dollar and cross-border tea shopping.

I think the sad state of the Canadian dollar might also have something to do with the sad state of manufacturing in this country as well.

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9050 tasting notes

Another one from yesterday courtesy of Indigobloom I was less impressed with this one because i think i always want more banana in teas. Not cough syrup flavoured banana, but real bananas. I liked that while this one was too subtle for me, you could still get the sense of it being not just “banana” tea, but banana bread. :)


Next month I will have an amazing banana tea. :)


drool yes please!


Another banana tea? SOLD!!!

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