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drank Banana Walnut by TeaGschwendner
186 tasting notes

If you know me, you know that I love bananas. LOVE them. I think they’re probably the best fruit ever. Extremely sweet and creamy, perfectly portable (moreso than any other fruit, since they don’t even need to be washed!), and delicious in desserts. Bananas and chocolate is probably the best combination ever. And a frozen banana, dipped in chocolate and then sprinkled with nuts? Heaven!

So I was really excited to try this tea, since I’m a huge banana fan. But fake banana stuff tastes bad. You can’t extract an oil or an essence from a banana. It just doesn’t work. They don’t have that. So I’d imagine banana-flavored tea is a difficult thing to accomplish.

Anyway, when I opened the bag from TG, I was immediately hit with the smell of a somewhat artificial banana. Maybe a Laffy Taffy-style smell? It was actually a lot more authentic than I’ve smelled before. There was also a nutty scent of walnuts. I was nervous.

The leaves are fairly smallish, and there are walnut leaves and tiny banana pieces mixed in. It’s all very pretty. So I threw it into my pot, and let it steep up. The resulting infusion smelled a bit better than the try leaves. A bit more buttery and creamy, with more walnut accents. A bit less fake.

On my first sip, I was midly surprised! The tea actually tastes like tea. The flavoring is sort of an afternote. You start with a fairly brisk black, and then it evolves a bit into a walnut taste. It’s a combination of that specific astringency that comes along with eating walnuts, and an overall nutty taste. It’s very subtle, but it’s there if you concentrate. The aftertaste is a creamy banana-ish flavor. Sort of like bananas in cream. Or maybe banana candy. It’s sweet, but not cloying, and definitely not overwhelming. If it was, I think this tea would be dead in the water.

I would have liked it if the bananas had tasted a bit more natural, but I realize that that’s pretty much impossible to create in a banana tea. I did finish my cup, but it’s not a tea that I can imagine drinking regularly. It definitely is balanced, and entirely drinkable, but it would get tiring every single day if you had to drink this over and over again.

So overall, not a huge disappointment. I didn’t expect this to be a perfect 10. After all, banana is hard to replicate. Passable.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I also love bananas [though maybe not to the extent that you do!], but I don’t mind artificial banana taste. I love, love, love banana runts. Sorry the banana part of the tea is a letdown. The rest of it sounded good!

Micah

The way you describe the layers of flavor really make this sound like a winner.

Banana flavor is definitely hit or miss. Even dried bananas don’t really taste all that much like bananas. But I also don’t really mind artificial banana flavor. When I was a kid my favorite popsicles were the (definitely artificial) banana ones. Tasted nothing like bananas but I thought they were the greatest.

Kitch3ntools

i love the flavor of bananas and i even like artificial banana flavor but the texture of them grosses me out so i gag if i try to eat them (im weird lol)

Ricky

Doesn’t Art of Tea have some banana tea? I hear it has chocolate in it too :D

teaplz

Ricky, the boyfriend gave me the Dessert Sampler for Christmas from Art of Tea, with the banana and chocolate and pink peppercorn rooibos! :D

takgoti, I LOVE RUNTS. Banana. Mmmmm. Some of this tea is coming your way anyway! Yay!
Kitch3ntools, hahaha! I’ve had textural issues before too. Onions make me gag. Literally.

Micah, I remember those fake banana popsicles! They tasted gross in an amazing way.

Kitch3ntools

lol onions do have a weird texture. banana, jello, and like rice pudding are the 3 textures i gag at lolz but oddly enough i LOVE chunky mashed potatoes!

banana runts are amazing! i like the new chewy (they my not be that new lol) runtz

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takgoti

I also love bananas [though maybe not to the extent that you do!], but I don’t mind artificial banana taste. I love, love, love banana runts. Sorry the banana part of the tea is a letdown. The rest of it sounded good!

Micah

The way you describe the layers of flavor really make this sound like a winner.

Banana flavor is definitely hit or miss. Even dried bananas don’t really taste all that much like bananas. But I also don’t really mind artificial banana flavor. When I was a kid my favorite popsicles were the (definitely artificial) banana ones. Tasted nothing like bananas but I thought they were the greatest.

Kitch3ntools

i love the flavor of bananas and i even like artificial banana flavor but the texture of them grosses me out so i gag if i try to eat them (im weird lol)

Ricky

Doesn’t Art of Tea have some banana tea? I hear it has chocolate in it too :D

teaplz

Ricky, the boyfriend gave me the Dessert Sampler for Christmas from Art of Tea, with the banana and chocolate and pink peppercorn rooibos! :D

takgoti, I LOVE RUNTS. Banana. Mmmmm. Some of this tea is coming your way anyway! Yay!
Kitch3ntools, hahaha! I’ve had textural issues before too. Onions make me gag. Literally.

Micah, I remember those fake banana popsicles! They tasted gross in an amazing way.

Kitch3ntools

lol onions do have a weird texture. banana, jello, and like rice pudding are the 3 textures i gag at lolz but oddly enough i LOVE chunky mashed potatoes!

banana runts are amazing! i like the new chewy (they my not be that new lol) runtz

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

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