Another of my “old” 52 Teas blends. I’m actually pretty sure I’m nearly through the 2oz pouches I have left, which are the really old ones. I’ve maybe four or five or those left to try. After that, I’ll be on the sample pouches which are still “old” 52 Teas but newer (if that makes sense!), and then after that there’ll just be “new” 52 Teas stuff left. Who says I can’t get my cupboard under control within the next decade?

Anyway, I wanted to like this one. Like, really wanted to like it. It’s my second banana tea of the day, but sadly, again, there’s not as much banana as I’d hoped.

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. As with Bananas Foster, there’s a touch of astringency in the initial sip, but it’s nothing I can’t overlook. The main flavour here is strawberry, and while that’s nice, I was really looking forward to the combination of strawberry and banana. It’s not here, but the strawberry does have a yoghurty, almost smoothie-like vibe to it so that’s something. I added a splash of milk to my cup, and I think it helps with that at least a little. Otherwise, this is just your basis artificial-strawberry tea. Not bad, but not amazing.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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