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August 2021 tea

One of my greatest loves (Anne’s banana teas) meets one of my biggest dislikes (cinnamon forward teas). Needless to say I have mixed feelings on this one. I’m pretty happy with it as long as I’m able to bask in the glory of a lightly spiced baked banana. The black gunpowder base is kind of a fun robust, slightly smoky base too. It pairs in a interesting way with banana goodness – making it a good morning tea (it all reminds me of banana cinnamon oat porridge which is both a blessing and a curse) !

Cinnamon though.. well, that’s a me thing.

Flavors: banana, Bark, Bread, Cinnamon, Malt, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

I also am NOT a far of cinnamon forward teas. That said, there have been a couple of exceptions: Anne’s Snickerdoodle and Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire, both of which have a lovely vanilla cloud enhancing the mellow cinnamon. I think it is a particular kind of cinnamon that I can live with.

CrowKettle

That sounds alright! I can sometimes handle cinnamon in small quantities when partnered with vanilla, ginger, and cloves. This one almost works for me (banana, vanilla, cinnamon), but I still need less cinnamon and/or more of something else, I guess.

.. I used to not be like this.
Evol Ving Ness

Funny how our tastes change.

Maybe a dash of a good vanilla tea would help tone things down. (i have been giving thought to which teas are not working for me all that well and how I can potentially adjust them. An experiment, of course. )

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Evol Ving Ness

I also am NOT a far of cinnamon forward teas. That said, there have been a couple of exceptions: Anne’s Snickerdoodle and Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire, both of which have a lovely vanilla cloud enhancing the mellow cinnamon. I think it is a particular kind of cinnamon that I can live with.

CrowKettle

That sounds alright! I can sometimes handle cinnamon in small quantities when partnered with vanilla, ginger, and cloves. This one almost works for me (banana, vanilla, cinnamon), but I still need less cinnamon and/or more of something else, I guess.

.. I used to not be like this.
Evol Ving Ness

Funny how our tastes change.

Maybe a dash of a good vanilla tea would help tone things down. (i have been giving thought to which teas are not working for me all that well and how I can potentially adjust them. An experiment, of course. )

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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