Ahhhhh, I love having fun new teas to try! And I think I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile, so that’s even more exciting. Yesterday was a wonderful day – one of those rare days that comes every once in awhile where you feel like a ray of sunshine is beaming down on you all day. I got a new car (my first brand new car, actually!), I made A’s on both of my nursing exams, my fiancee got two big contracts that he’s been waiting on – seriously we should’ve bought a lottery ticket because we had good things happen all day. After the past three weeks of our basement being flooded, our kitties all being deathly ill and my poor car dying we needed some good things! Now today it’s all flying snow flurries outside and I’m inside watching the birds eat at the bird feeders and half hoping for a snow day tomorrow so I don’t have to go to the hospital. :)
This tea is very cocoaish to me. I can only taste a little of the banana, and it seemed really odd and artificially fruity until I added some milk and sugar. I think milk and sugar pulls all of the flavors (chocolate, banana and cocoa) together and gives it a creamy effect. Maybe not something I would stock permanently in my cupboard, but I will certainly enjoy the rest of this sample. Thank you, VariaTEA! I’m going to finish of this cup with some cookies and cream fudge that I made last night and watch the snow fall. :)
-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves with large pieces of dried banana in a powdery cocoa.
-Dry leaves smell strongly of cocoa with a hint of fruity banana. Tea liquor aroma is of rich chocolate.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium orange yellow color with an oily sheen on top.
-Odd fruity banana flavor and finish. Light cocoa aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Strong cocoa powder flavor with a hint of fruity banana.