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!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: A Quarter To Tea
A malty Yunnan black tea with banana, vanilla, and pecan praline. Add a splash of pineapple juice for a more traditional twist.