On the Fifth Day of Christmas, 52Teas sent to me. . .

On the 5th Day of Christmas 52 Teas gave to me….my actual true love: Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha Green Tea. I am a huge fan of banana and marshmallow. It’s funny because the way I heard about 52 Teas was by doing a search of “marshmallow tea” on Steepster. I ended up coming across 52 Teas’ Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha! For that reason, that blend is actually pretty special to me, and I’m very happy its part of the permanent collection. Any twist on it, be it banana or pumpkin spice latte or chai spice or anything in between, I am always extremely eager to try.

                Suffice to say, when I scratched off Day 5’s label I was really excited and brewed up a cup right away! Yum, yum, yum. If you like banana and you like marshmallow, you’re going to like this. It is really smooth with that toasted rice and green tea flavor and aroma that is genmaicha, but it also has a really yummy twist: fluffy marshmallow and creamy banana! Dare I say that I enjoy this more than the original marshmallow treat? I know that some people have reservations with banana flavored teas, but this is really well done and not artificial tasting. It is smooth, creamy, delicate, and sweet. I would drink this again and again, and I definitely recommend that if you are given the chance you give it a try!

                I know I have said this already but I really am happy with this 12 Days of Tea package. I love that it has given me a chance to try teas that I otherwise would have missed my chance to taste. Some companies just put all the teas that had been available over the past year in their Christmas/Advent boxes and I feel like it is so repetitive. I’m really enjoying the uniqueness of this box and these blends and I truly have not had one that I dislike.


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for teas that are.

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Hummingbird from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Sometimes when you try a tea for the first time you love it but part of the love comes from excitement over a tea being new and when you try it again, its just not as good. That is not the case with this tea. This tea is my latest obsession. Seriously, I think I am in love. I own over 350 teas and I keep reaching for this one, Hummingbird by A Quarter to Tea. I just can’t get enough of the banana, vanilla, and pecan praline awesomeness.

I have had this a few times hot and I swear each cup is better than the last. However today I decided to mix things up and see how this works as an iced tea. I steeped this per the recommended steeping parameters for 3 minutes in 200F water.

The iced cup still has that awesome banana smell but the banana falls to the background when prepared this way. Instead the smooth yunnan base combined with the nutty praline and vanilla is highlighted. It’s the slightest bit dry and yet it has notes of chocolate and honey that compliment the other flavors. Do I want more banana? Yes, but this tea prepared as an iced tea sort of reminds me of a chunky monkey ice cream/milkshake and that’s still pretty great

Iced or hot, this tea is just so good. Though my preference is the hot tea because it reminds me of a delicious bananas foster-like dessert, the iced tea still delivers on the mmmmmmmm factor. I honestly cannot recommend this one enough!


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea 
Description

A malty Yunnan black tea with banana, vanilla, and pecan praline. Add a splash of pineapple juice for a more traditional twist.

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Banana Maple Oatmeal from The NecessiTeas. . . .

I have a coworker that’s always wandering around the office with a bowl of oatmeal. It’s like his familiar — except it’s not a black cat. It’s food.

I’m always jealous of this oatmeal. You might be asking yourself “why don’t you get yourself a bowl of oatmeal?” I’VE HAD THAT IDEA, OKAY? Whenever I try to make my own, it never, ever smells as good as his.

Forget food preparation. I’m over it. I’m just going to make this tea instead.

This tea comes in a packet with real oatmeal and cinnamon and brown sugar in it. My desire is literally to just eat the contents of the bag. However, as someone over the age of 5, I knew I could not make this choice. I had to make the responsible decision. I had to steep it.

And aha! It really does taste like maple syrup, brown sugar, and oats!

There’s also, after you swallow, a little bit of a banana aftertaste. I’m not usually hype about banana flavors, but these are real bananas, not those yucky yellow banana-shaped candies that taste like a dumpster.

Mixed with the oats, the banana is transformed into a banana-bread flavor. And I’ll love the bread form of almost anything. I even like zucchini bread. And this is from a gal who probably couldn’t pick a zucchini out of a lineup. (Isn’t it kind of cucumber-like?)

Mmmm. This is a really nice blend. It’s totally worth a try, especially if you like the ingredients. You’ll be impressing your coworkers in no time.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Oh, the aroma of banana and maple floating through the house… This oatmeal smelled so good simmering on the stove, I could hardly wait to eat it! And then I had that “Aha!” moment. Why not turn my breakfast into a big cup of morning deliciousness? This breakfast tea has all the yummy flavors of maple donuts mixed with banana bread and oatmeal cookies. Now, THAT is quite the combination!

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George Daddy from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

If you know that there’s always money in the banana stand, you’ll likely understand this tea.

If you don’t? I mean, it’s still a delicious chocolate-banana-graham tea, but you’re probably gonna be a little weirded out by the name.

I’ll be honest: though so many of my fellow Sororitea Sister have proclaimed their love for banana teas, I’ve been skeptical. I like bananas. I don’t OMG LOVE them. I really like frozen, chocolate dipped bananas– does that count? But I am decidedly NOT a fan of fake banana flavor– banana runts? No thanks. Banana gum? Gag.

So you can bet I was a skoosh skeptical when I sniffed this tea right in the bag– it is pretty powerfully banana-flavor-scented. But the lingering background chocolate notes intrigued me, and the large chunks of chocolate graham cracker was enough to set me over the edge. Brewed, this one is a bit murky-golden, with a little visible oily-film on the top. The scent is still pretty strongly faux-banana, but I was pleased to find the taste to be more authentic. This needed no sweetness added, it was the perfect balance of flavors without any bitterness. I wish I had enough of this one to try it iced just to see how Bluth-family-banana-stand authentic the flavors actually were, but I still slurped up the whole hot cup, regardless. Would I repurchase? Maybe not– as human who’s fairly meh about bananas, I don’t know that I need it in my cabinet. But for a banana lover– or a Bluth? This one needs to live in your banana stand (er… tea cabinet).


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for the limited teas that are.

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Rebel from Wild Leaf Active Teas. . . .

My friends at Wild Leaf Active Teas have done a stellar job at creating bagged teas that have gorgeous tea leaves in them.  No crushed up leaves in their offerings!

I’ve tried almost all of their teas and a few of them have a permanent spot in my tea stash.   My two favorites right now are Slim and Smart.  Slim (flavored puerh) has become a huge part of my daily routine.  Smart– green tea, peppermint, and Ginkgo  Bilbao- is slowing becoming my tea of choice right after lunch.  I have yet to be disappointed by any of the flavors and am thinking I may need to place other order shortly.

Not to long ago, my lovely friends at Wild Leaf told me they next time I ordered, they would include a sample of their latest creation they are working on- Rebel.  So I quickly put together an order and a few days later, an incredibly generous sample of Rebel was at my door.

Rebel is a unique blend of Black Tea, Organic Black Currant, Organic Banana, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Coffee Bean, Organic Rooibos and Natural Flavorings. Yes, this tea has red rooibos in it, my arch enemy.  The dreaded ingredient that I find in so many gorgeous blends that my heart hurts when I see the name.  My taste buds just have a problem with red rooibos and so does my sense of smell.  I can instantly pick up on this herb when I find it in blends and decide- I should just give it a try one more time. . . . then I smell that familiar off smell, and nope.  My brain shuts that idea down in a heart beat.

So when I saw Rebel had red rooibos, my heart sank. But the list of other ingredients, kept me going. Not only does this tea have coffee beans, but it has banana, and orange peel.  I had to check this tea out no matter the outcome.  First whiff of this tea and even though I can pick up that familiar red rooibos smell, what I’m really picking up is a banana coffee note. Which makes my heart soar! I’m a huge banana fan and once was a huge coffee drinker.

Brewed this tea up with freshly prepped boiled water and allowed the tea to steep for 4 minutes.  Allowed the tea to cool for another 2 minutes or so after that.  Brought the mug up to my face to take one more whiff of the aromas and again, that same banana coffee aroma was present but this time there was also this wonderful black tea tone I was picking up.

First sip in and I was able to pick up all of the flavors in this blend.  The three strongest are the black tea, banana, and coffee, which are not much of a surprise, and deliver an amazing  albeit unique (in a good way!) taste.

What did surprise me was the addition of this rich earthy tone that worked so well and had me greedily drinking sip after sip. There was also a lovely citrus hint now that added a unique twist to the end of each sip.   I will say that I could pick up the red rooibos flavor, but it was slight and my tastebuds loved all of the other flavors and how they mingled together so well,  that looking past that odd taste wasn’t hard.

My final thoughts:  I do wish the red rooibos wasn’t in this blend at all, but I’m sure there is a reason why the herb is in the blend.  And to be honest, that could be where that earthy tone is coming from that I’m digging.  All in all, such an amazing array of flavors.  When Wild Leaf first told me about this blend, I was stoked. Now that I’ve had it, I will be stalking their site until I can get my own.  Though incredibly appreciated, my sample size just isn’t big enough.  I needs more!


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Leaf Type:  Black/Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Wild Leaf
Description

This tea is not available but will be soon.  Click below for blends that are available.

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