Let’s Go Bananas Again! Recent Tastings of Banana Teas

Check out my first Let’s Go Bananas tea posting.

It’s no secret I love the flavor of bananas. I like the taste in pastries, candy, breakfast, the fruit itself, and of course, the taste of bananas in tea! Here is another round of tasty banana inspired teas I’ve tried lately

Banana Split from The Necessiteas

Leaf type: red rooibos

This red rooibos blend has all three essential components of a banana split, with pieces of strawberries, bananas, and carob bean (“chocolate”).  The strong red rooibos compliments the sweet and tart fruit pieces in the blend. The chocolate is an undertone, taking a backseat to the driving banana and strawberry flavor combination. The blend benefits from sweetener and milk to make it feel more like a dessert and bring out more of the bananas.

 

Perles de Antilles Rooibos Blend from Camellia Sinensis distributed by Amoda Tea

Leaf type: green rooibos

This tropical green rooibos blend has pieces of dried banana, pineapple, and coconut. All three fruits are prominent, and no one ingredient takes the lead. Banana and coconut are the sweet components, bringing creaminess and body to the blend. The pineapple adds a much-needed pop of tartness to balance the blend. This tea is the most refreshing as an iced tea, and drinking it iced helps support its summertime tropical vibe.

 

Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha from 52Teas

Leaf type: green

52Teas has a whole host of delicious flavored genmaicha teas. Being the sucker for banana that I am, this was one of my favorites. The sweet cream of the marshmallow pairs well with the banana, almost like a banana cream pie. The toasty flavors of the puffed rice help this blend from being too sweet, and if keeping with the pie analogy, the rice makes up the crust-like component of the blend. All the warm, roasted flavors of puffed rice and gentle green taste of genmaicha with creamy marshmallow fluff and banana.

 

I know there are still banana teas out there that I haven’t tried, so I’ll need to fill up my mug and go bananas for banana tea all over again!

Matcha Black Soybean Rice Tea / Lupicia. . . . . .

Well this is unique.

Genmaicha with black beans.

I’ve seen some interesting versions of genmaicha but this is the first I really want to cook with. Too bad it’s only a tea bag.

The aroma as you open the bag is both ‘ricey’ and nutty. Be careful of the steeping times with this one. The suggested high-end is 1 minute.

Luckily if you do go over a minute, as I did, it won’t be ruined with bitterness and astringent absurdness. The liquid color is a cloudy yellowish-green and has a very mellow flavor.

The soybeans/ black beans help the tea develop some unique, almost nutty characteristics. The grassy flavors are mostly undertones but they work so well with the rice.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Lupicia
Description:

MATCHA BLACK SOYBEAN RICE TEAis a blend of genmaicha (rice tea) with Matcha and high-quality black beans. Enjoy the harmony of sweet roasted black beans and mellow matcha. “Mame” is Japanese for “beans” but it also means “healthy.” This tea was created with a wish for everyone’s health.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Climber’s High from Banff Tea Co. . . .

I’ll be right upfront about this tea…it exceeded my expectations! There, I said it. I suppose I should elaborate, eh!? Okay…here ‘goes…

Climber’s High from Banff Tea Co. is pretty darn incredible! It features green tea, yerba maté, peppermint, goji berries, safflower petals, and natural flavoring.

The green tea is a mild and mellow semi-sweet type of green. The yerba mate gives it that raw sweet pea or sugar snap pea type flavor that I always associate with yerba mate. The peppermint is…what do the kids say…ON POINT!? The goji berries contribute a plump yet semi-muted fruity-berry hint. Then there are subtle floral flavors underneath, too!

I’m obsessed with peppermint so – for me – that totally makes this overall STELLAR in my book…but…if you aren’t a HUGE fan for fresh minty-ness…I think you would still enjoy this tea because it’s not over the top or overdone with the mint.

This is delightful hot but also pretty amazing when iced, too!

I would put this into my ‘daily drinker’ category for sure! An excellent green tea and yerba mate blend, folks! Give it a whirl!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Banff Tea Co.
Description

Uplifting and energizing, this blend will make you feel on top of the world and help you reach new heights!

Caffeine Level: High.

Country of Origin: China, South America.

Ingredients:: Green tea, yerba maté, peppermint, goji berries, safflower petals and natural flavouring.

Steeping Suggestions:Use one teaspoon of tea (3g) per 6oz cup of water. 70°C (160°F) for 2-3 minutes. You can steep this tea several times and at a hotter temperature if you like it strong!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Candy Apple from Tickled Tea. . . .

I never got into the whole candy apple thing. I can recall eating one in my life with a friend at Canada’s Wonderland. I blame braces. Candy apples are like the number one item on the “do not eat” list for those with braces. That and mostly I enjoyed chocolate covered or caramel apples. However, when I saw this Candy Apple tea by Tickled Tea (made with Fair Trade Chinese green tea, apple pieces, cinnamon bark, rose hips, beet root, and artificial flavoring), I was intrigued.

I brewed this both hot and iced. Both were steeped for approximately 3 minutes in 185F water.

Hot, this tea does have a sweet apple flavor. The chinese green tea is more roasty than vegetal and provides the base layer of flavor. To me this is a little weird because it gives it more of a Fall/Winter vibe than a light Spring/Summer vibe that you’d expect with a candy apple tea. Once you get past that though you get a whole lot of baked apple flavor with a nice sweetness. Between the base tea, the cinnamon, and the baked good vibe, I would say this is more baked apple than candy apple, at least when it comes to the hot tea.

Iced this is a lot lighter than the hot tea but unfortunately a lot more vegetal. There is a candy apply flavor but it tastes a bit like a candy apple that was dropped in the grass. Not really what I was hoping for if I am being honest.

So I definitely prefer this hot over iced and though it was enjoyable, it’s more baked apple than candy apple. Not bad but not what the name promises either.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Tickled Tea
Description

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

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sencha from Raw Brews. . . .

Raise your hand if you are one of those tea enthusiasts who start their day with a cup of coffee.  Everyday I start my day with coffee. I have found that a strong black tea will upset my stomach in the morning so I start my day with a cup of coffee or two then quickly switch to tea.  This is where Raw Brews fits perfectly into my routine.

Raw Brews is a monthly subscription tea and/or coffee service.  Each month you can sign up to get just coffee, just tea, or a combo of both tea and coffee.   I personally love the fact that this subscription service offers all three choices.  So when Raw Brews contacted The SororiTea Sisters to review their subscription service, I was giddy.

In our sample box, we were sent Sencha as our tea offering and I was beyond excited to set my tea pot up for a proper steeping.  I set my water at 180F and allowed two scoops of the tea to steep for about three minutes and allowed to cool for a few more.  Took my first sip and wow.  This is one of those teas that you can just drink and drink and drink.

Sweet vegetal notes envelope each and every sip down to the very last drop.  Simple, yet so satisfying with a twist of “I need another cuppa asap”.  This green tea really offers it all.  The fresh crispness with that sweet yet fabulous vegetal tones that all green tea lovers fall in love with.  This tea is definitely an every day drinking tea.  Pair this tea with one of the chocolates they offer in the box and you are set.  Tea time is done!

I’m a huge fan of this box because of the thought of combing my two favorite beverages but I have to say I was impressed with how much I enjoyed the Sencha we received.  I can’t wait to see what our other sisters think.  And btw, for the coffee drinkers out there, the coffee was smashing and out of this world!  This is one of those subscription plans I’ll be taking a closer look at once I drink down some of my current tea and coffee stash.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Raw Brews
Description

The most popular box we offer is the Yin-Yang Coffee and Tea Box. Within each box contains six ounces (6 oz.) of freshly roasted coffee beans and two ounces (2 oz.) of quality loose leaf tea!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!