To be honest, I’d been dodging trying the Keemun tea from Butiki, ‘cause the description kind of scared me off. But I was so excited about ’banana walnut’ that I requested a sample of this in my most recent order.
This tea has a very earthy flavor from the Keemun, with a sort of nuttiness added by the walnuts. You don’t taste walnut really, but it definitely adds this sort of nutty hint of flavor that’d definitely be noticeably missing were it taken away.
And the banana … OH the banana! It comes out so strong and so irresistibly sweet just before you swallow. Don’t guzzle this tea, or you’ll miss out on the banana. Sip it, let it linger on your tongue for a moment, and then swallow with the glory of the banana. :)
Definitely avoid adding sugar to this, as it’s plenty sweet and not bitter at all. I feel like the natural banana taste would be ruined if sugar were added. Would turn it sort of artificial.
That said, I think I’m right about the Keemun. I’m not sure if I’d enjoy it plain because I’m not really into earthy — think soil rather than of roots or leaves or something — teas, but with the sweetness of the banana it’s become something quite fantastic and special.