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On The Tenth Day of Christmas . . . (2017 Edition)

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Hey, hey, hey - it's time for the 10th TEA of Christmas in our holiday countdown! This is a reblend that I'm really excited about because - BANANA!

 Banana TieGuanYin!

Tea Description: Among the Oolong teas in our holiday poll, this tea actually came in second. The front runner for the Oolong teas was actually the Sparkle Pony tea, but unfortunately, I did not have the type of Oolong that blend needed (I thought I had some in stock but after heading to my tea studio with plans to reblend Sparkle Pony only to find that I didn't have the tea) and since I get that tea from China, I didn't have the time to order the tea - I ran the risk of it not arriving in time because the shipping from China is very unreliable. Sometimes, I'll get it promptly (and by promptly, I mean within 3 weeks), other times, I may end up waiting 2 - 3 months. (No, I'm not exaggerating.) I didn't want to take the chance that the order would not arrive in time and I wouldn't have the tea blended. So instead, I made this one - and I do plan on reblending Sparkle Pony sometime in the new year.

However, this tea did almost as well as the Sparkle Pony - it was off by just 1 vote! - so I hope you're not too disappointed that I reblended it!

Here's my original description of this tea:

While scanning some of the reviews appearing on Steepster - as I often do - I came across a review for one of the older Oolong Teas produced by 52Teas and although it wasn't a banana flavored Oolong, they mentioned that they taste banana flavors in the tea. So, I thought, hey, why not a Banana Oolong?

Sounds good to me! I thought it might sound good to you too. So I went ahead and made it - and I'm very pleased with the result - really yummy! The banana is strong but doesn't overpower the sweet, luscious, lightly floral notes and hints of nutty flavor from the TieGuanYin. I love the way the tea and flavor meld - really nice!

I stayed true to the recipe (it's a really easy recipe!) however, the TieGuanYin is different because this TieGuanYin came from a different supplier than the previous blend. I find this particular TieGuanYin to have a somewhat stronger floral note than I recall from the previous blend - but it plays very well with the fruit notes. This is still beautifully banana! The banana is sweet and it melds fantastically well with the natural creamy tones of the Oolong tea. It has a silky texture with a taste that is sweet with fruity and floral notes - I love it!

ingredients: oolong tea, organic freeze-dried bananas and & organic natural flavors

As I mentioned above, this one technically shouldn't be in the 12 Teas of Christmas box because it didn't receive the most votes but I had to improvise because I didn't have the right tea on hand for the Sparkle Pony tea and I would have risked not receiving the tea in time to blend it for the box. Perhaps next year, I'll need to run the poll just a tad earlier so that any ingredients that will take a while to arrive can still be ordered. We will have to see because - Alas - I seem to *hear* about it when I say the word "Christmas" too early in the year. 

Anyway, I am happy to be reblending this tea, really, because it's so tasty! It's a simple tea - simply TieGuanYin and Bananas. But it tastes so good! I love the way the floral notes and the creaminess of the Oolong play with the banana - delightfully sweet and pleasantly different!

Don't forget to resteep this one - it resteeps BEAUTIFULLY!

to brew: use a teaspoon of leaf to 12 ounces of hot water (180°F) and steep for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. I usually start with 3 minutes and with my second infusion, steep for 3 1/2 - and for a 3rd infusion, should you wish to go for it, go with 4 minutes for that one! strain and allow to cool for about 5 minutes or so. Enjoy! (This one's nice iced too, although I prefer it hot because I enjoy more of the notes of Oolong that way.)

PS: Sil, we have 2 banana teas in the box this year, I hope that's enough banana?

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