I know I’ve eaten plenty of these green fruits in my time, so why oh why does this one taste like banana to me?! I thought maybe 52teas had a banana cheesecake oolong that they mislabeled, but I can’t even find any clue to an existence of a 52Teas banana cheesecake oolong anywhere. Though it doesn’t seem like an actual thing anyway. Banana seems like the last thing I’d pair with cheesecake. Anyway, this doesn’t seem like 52Teas usual banana flavor, so maybe it’s the flavor of the oolong itself. This oolong is supposed to be Fujian but to me that means roasted oolong. This looks like the green oolong with hints of pink I’ve only seen with a Gui Fei. I didn’t see any kiwi pieces in the blend and I certainly didn’t taste any of the kiwi tartness… just banana. With boiling water, the third steep was still very sweet and not overbrewed at all. The blend is tasty and all three steeps are relatively the same flavor wise (though the third steep might be the best) but to me, it isn’t what is promised, so I’m rating this one a bit lower.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 20 min after boiling // 45 seconds
Steep #2 // 18 min a.b. // 2 min steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
Edited to add: OH I like that the color of my 68 rating matches the color of the kiwi. :D