Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Lots of people have commented on our banana tea blends in the past. We’ve used banana in a few blends inspired by banana pudding, bananas foster and even banana bread, but I thought this week we would really go bananas and just go with an all out banana tea. We’ve blended our Pettaiagala Extra Long Leaf OP black tea from Sri Lanka with real freeze-dried bananas and organic banana flavors, and this, my friends, is bananatacular! It’s bananaramic! It’s enough to leave you humming the Batman theme– “Nana nana nana nana nana nana… Batman!”
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While I was sipping this Bananas! Black Tea from 52Teas, I wasn’t thinking of the Batman theme, I was thinking that this sh** is Bananas! B-a-n-a-n-a-s!
And it definitely IS bananas.
And unlike so many of the various banana flavored teas out there, this doesn’t taste overly candied. It doesn’t taste like banana runts (I hate banana runts) and it doesn’t taste like banana (insert any other banana flavored candy here).
What it does taste like is black tea and banana. It’s a little on the sweet side, like a sweeter banana – perhaps one that has been lightly sprinkled with sugar and caramelized under the broiler.
The black tea is really nice here, it’s a rich, robust black tea. Somewhat astringent at the tail, but not too astringent. There are even hints of a slightly bitter intonation. I think that the bitterness and astringency helps this blend because it cuts through some of the sweet notes and makes this more like black tea and banana rather than an artificial banana flavored candy with hints of black tea in the background. The hints of bitter and astringency offer balance to this cup.
I really enjoyed this. I brewed a large pot of it so that I could have some served hot and some iced, and I like it hot and cold. I think that if you’re going to drink it hot, I’d recommend letting the temperature drop to a drinkable temperature. In other words, pour the cup and let it cool for about 4 – 5 minutes before you start sipping. This is long enough to let the temperature drop but it’s still nice and hot. The wait time allows the flavors to develop in the cup and it really gets the bananas going BANANAS!
If you like bananas, this tea will have you singing like a minion.