Banana Oolong (organic)

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Fruit Oolong Blend
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I reached the end of my first 50g packet of this today... and unfortunately I think the bottom was laced with extra stevia. Consequently, it was disturbingly and sickeningly sweet :( Still the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I finally made it to the new David's tea in San Francisco! I picked this tea to try in the store. I don't know what water temperature this was at. To me it seemed really hot since it took me a...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2583 tasting notes
  • “Sipdown (204/206)! Cold brewed overnight and half drank in the morning and half at work in a timolino. Total cold brew time was 12 hours. I'm pretty excited to see this gone because it was an...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I got a big box of teas in from *greatlin* yesterday! Thanks so much! After my successful go with the mandarin silk oolong the day before, I was craving even more oolong. I knew that this was one...” Read full tasting note
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From DAVIDsTEA

Strange but true

We’ve all heard stories about magic and romance happening under a banana tree. But did you know bananas don’t even grow on trees? They are actually the world’s largest herb. And we’ve got plenty more banana trivia where that came from. For example, we bet you didn’t know that banana and oolong tea are best friends. It’s true. The combination of green Oolong and ripe banana is the perfect balance of fresh and sweet. It’ll make you look at bananas in a totally new way. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Organic: Oolong, banana, stevia leaf. With natural flavouring*.

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2606 tasting notes

I reached the end of my first 50g packet of this today… and unfortunately I think the bottom was laced with extra stevia. Consequently, it was disturbingly and sickeningly sweet :( Still the tasty oolong/banana flavours, but tainted by sweetness. Sigh.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I really dislike it when tea companies add stevia to their blends.

Lady 0f Spaydes

I’ve always been suspicious about that, especially with the fruitier teas, there’s always some not-so-yummy sweetness at the end that reminds me of diet soda. :S

CrowKettle

The overload of stevia wrecked my cup of this as well. This amazing oolong blend doesn’t need that much stevia hovering around! :/

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I had this too, I loved this tea until I got into the bottom of my bag.

Indigobloom

I can’t stand it either. in this case though, it seems to fit when it’s not the dregs from the bottom of a bag. Kittenna, that’s no fun!

Kittenna

Yeah – honestly, this tea is usually fabulous. It must just be that the stevia leaves accumulate at the bottom of the bag a bit. I think next time I may just throw out the bottom bits instead of brewing them. It was pretty unpleasant, as I was really craving a green oolong with banana flavour, not a sweet tea. Or at least, not stevia-sweet.

Indigobloom

good to know. I’ve been meaning to pick some up so I’ll keep that in mind!

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I finally made it to the new David’s tea in San Francisco! I picked this tea to try in the store. I don’t know what water temperature this was at. To me it seemed really hot since it took me a while to finish this. I was surprised at how buttery the oolong was, and the banana was present but not totally overpowering. I liked this pretty well for a flavored tea but I think it might be even better with a touch of sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Lucky you! I read they’re putting one in Burlingame too.

TeaBrat

I am kind of spoiled, lol

BoxerMama

I love having a DT so close!

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Sipdown (204/206)!

Cold brewed overnight and half drank in the morning and half at work in a timolino. Total cold brew time was 12 hours.

I’m pretty excited to see this gone because it was an older tea and yet another unnecessary DT blend to keep around, especially since I wasn’t too impressed with it. However, I will say that it was better cold brewed than hot; it had a stronger banana flavour overall, although the oolong was still very unpleasant and floral.

I can’t help but wonder if this would have been much better if I’d acquired it fresh. I suppose that’s something I can revisit should DT ever decide to bring this back – but for now it’s out of cupboard and out of mind.

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I got a big box of teas in from greatlin yesterday! Thanks so much! After my successful go with the mandarin silk oolong the day before, I was craving even more oolong. I knew that this was one that she was sending, so I hunted through the box for it. Unfortunately, I can’t remember how it smelled dry, but after steeping it was like wonderful banana heaven. I was expecting this to have the fake banana flavor, but it tastes like actual bananas. The creamy banana goodness and the oolong go together so perfectly! Definitely getting more of this!

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I made a huge David’s Tea order a looong time ago. It was pretty large and I have done a terrible job at trying them. I am leaving to Europe on vacation Tuesday, so I decided that I would go ahead and try a few more of them. This is one I have been looking forward to. Bananas are everywhere here in Ecuador. There are a bunch of varieties (from normal yellow ones, red ones, green ones, small super sweet ones…) and they are eaten in every way imaginable, both salty and sweet. Oolong and banana? Sounds delicious.

The dry leaves were a beautiful emerald green with small cubes of banana mixed in. The scent was surprisingly smooth oolong with a hint of natural banana! I was expecting artificial candy type banana. This was a pleasant surprise! I brewed 2 teaspoons to my 12oz tea cup. The scent while brewing was almost entirely oolong, but a sweet creamy oolong. Exactly the kind I like!

Once brewed the scent was oolong with a hint of banana. It smelled sort of like what a fresh head of bananas smells right after it has been picked: a mix of sweetness, grass, fruity banana, and cream. So inviting… I could barely wait for it to cool down enough to sip.

The first brew was smooth and creamy oolong with a hint of banana at the end of every sip. There was a nice hint of banana to the scent that was delightful. The second brew was a tiny bit stronger on the banana flavor and the oonlong was sweeter. I always find second oolong steeps to be my favorite! Both brews were really sweet and no sweetener was necessary to enhance the flavor. If you like oolong, especially milk oolongs, you should give this a try!

My boyfriend sniffed it and asked to try it. He says it tastes like a sweet large banana we have that we usually bake or fry that we call Maqueño in Ecuador. It is delicious baked with mozzarella cheese melted on top…

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Europe, exciting! Enjoy your vacation. Which countries are you visiting?

Bonnie

Living in Puerto Rico with lots of variety of banana’s too…I miss the way they are used. Little packages of crab with verdura plantain wrapped around and a battered bottom that is griddle fried…for $1 at the beach shacks lining the roads! Finger bananas…red, all the different kinds! You made me hungry!!!

TheTeaFairy

My favorite banana flavored tea!

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I bought 250 grams of this a while ago. And now it is not calling me anymore. I had it a lot at first and then i haven’t had it for a few months. Tried it today and it’s sort of … Meh. Didn’t sweeten it so maybe that’s the reason it’s not making me swoon. It’s still a trusty tea, tastes like banana oolong should. Not too fake, banana does not overpower, but all I can think of is how my della terra teas are coming soon and I will have more choices in my cupboard.

Tuscanteal

Does it still taste like fake banana though? You know like the 5cent banana marshmellows?

adagio breeze

I so wanted to try this before it was discontinued, but I couldn’t justify buying such a huge quantity of it. Could I interest you in a trans-Atlantic swap, or just buy some from you?

Nxtdoor

Umm… To me it doesn’t taste too fake. I know what you mean, I think monkey fart from 52teas tastes like those banana runt candies. The good thing is I love those, I always picked out the banana candies out of the bunch in the box. I also like banana flavoured Popsicles, despite the artificial flavouring.

@Adagio breeze, you don’t have to buy the oolong from me, I am not against swapping. I don’t do them just for sport, like other people, but if someone is interested in a tea I have, I can always swap if I have more than 1-2 cups which in this case I do. I will be in Romania in a week or so, can totally mail from there, but I don’t mind doing it from here. Let me know if there’s other things you want. Even if I don’t have them, I can go and buy. There are a few DAVIDs teas I ran out of and need to replenish so a trip there is imminent.

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I hate when this happens:

I’m steeping tea. 3 or 4 minutes left on the timer. All of the sudden, I need to go to the bathroom, now! (probably result from drinking so much tea).
The options are:
A. pull the leaves out early and have a light cup of tea.
B. run to the bathroom and risk oversteeping
C. dance around the tea pot like an idiot, holding it in until the tea is done.
D. Compromise and hold out as long as I can, pulling the tea out with a minute or 30 seconds left.

I did a combination of C and D.

Onto the Banana Oolong – I’ve enjoyed this tea and on the dredges of the bag. The leaves are kinda in tiny flake mode and ARRRGGGG the taste is off! Like I ate a mouthful of stevia. Unless all that stevia was on the bottom of the bag? BLEECCCK! Poor Banana Oolong. Unless this was the result of me dancing around the pot and pulling out the tea early.. ehhhhhhhhh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Babble

Hahaha.. if given the choice, I’d totally go with C. but yeah, having to go to the bathroom all the time is totally a #teadrinkerproblem.

Rachel Sincere

I’m a B. I just try to pee fast. :-D

Indigobloom

I’d do a c/d mix. Teadrinkerproblem LOL

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Thank you TeaFairy for this yummy sample!

Tonight I had an early dinner of fish with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce with some Injera Bread left from the Eritrean dinner last night. I love that savory and sweet spice combination. Um.
After sitting for a bit I decided to try this Banana Oolong before having an ice cold orange for desert and later a square of dark chocolate before bedtime. Little bites of delight are how I celebrate and enjoy my life. And tea plays a big part in that picture!
TeaFairy had plastered a note on the foil packet containing this tea that said “One of my Favorites” in big purple letters. The dry tea had little dehydrated chunks of what I was assuming was banana. (Better than artificial flavoring)
My steep time was 5.5 minutes and produced a clear, light yellow brew that tasted like rich, creamy, warming oolong with a tender and light banana flavor. What a relief that the banana wasn’t a “Screamin Banana” (can you feel me here), but was gentle and true.

Since my dinner was over, I added some sweetening for that “AH” dessert tea-lishous cup, and another. It was very good.
I would drink this oolong over and over again. It is organic, and subtle. More of what I am looking for in a flavored tea these days. I seem to be changing.

(Oh Davids Tea is not entirely correct in saying a banana is an herb. It is an
herbaceous plant…a herb and a fruit….it has no woody stalk so it’s not a tree but has male/female parts, and the banana has black seeds so it is a fruit. It is BOTH)

Bonnie

Chocolate time ….dark bittersweet chocolate ….salted! I’ve lost my mind!

Kittenna

Being a herb and bearing fruit are not mutually exclusive :) But I do get what you’re going for… a banana is not an herb like basil or parsley. Botanically though, herb means herbaceous, not ‘good-as-flavouring’ :D (Yeah, I’m being annoying!)

Kittenna

Also – this one re-steeps so well. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I think it’s one of their better offerings.

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The first sip of this completely threw me off guard. One moment I was enjoying the lovely flavours that green oolong seems to have, the next moment it felt like I had very sweet smushed bananas pressed against the back of my mouth. I thought it was some kind of weird not-sugar splenda thing but as I continued sipping it became clear that it was all bananas. It’s a little disconcerting how dramatic the bananas are, to be honest. They taste more “real” than the oolong- which makes the transition between the two slightly awkward.

I picked up one of the banana cubes in the wet leaves and they taste like one would expect, although a tad sweeter. Maybe I should steep it longer to bring out more oolong.

Second Steep at six minutes: The liquid smells so good! I have a hard time describing oolong but the aroma is a mixture of that and fresh banana. This is a vast improvement; the banana and oolong flavours no longer feel like their divided by a Pink Floyd-esque wall of social contact. Smooth transition is achieved. The oolong is milky and buttery; the banana is creamy sweet and the liveliest I’ve ever tasted it in tea.

Third steep is my ideal cup. Mostly creamy green oolong with the light banana sweetness faded mostly to the background.

I don’t know what gives with my first steep. If I had based my judgement on that I would have given something around a “70”. As it turns out, repeated steeps make this something I want to keep around.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Great review! :)

Cavocorax

" I have a hard time describing oolong " – YES! THIS!
Sounds like an interesting combination though!

CrowKettle

Thanks! This was a very neat, and surprisingly good, combination. I think I had a disproportionate amount of stevia leaves though, which caused the splenda feel.

When I’ve given friends a cup of oolong for the first time their reaction is usually “oh, this taste very much like…oolong.” At least I’m not the only one who has difficulties with the description. :)

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Yummmmyyy. I have been deciding what to place as my next DT order, and decided to try the pineapple oolong instead of ordering another batch of this (though I am sure I will order another batch very soon!)

Deliciously creamy sweet banana with a nice oolong flavour to round it out. An all time favourite. I’ve been hoarding this tea.. though that seems shameful as it is so delightful, why not just drink it when I want? … I may just have to do that.

Side note: I’m going bungee jumping today and I’m nervous! OHHH my I hate heights. But.. I should live for the day. Much love Steepsters!

Indigobloom

ohmygoodness! have fun!!!

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