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Finally! I’ve spent all day trying to log teas but Steepster hasn’t been cooperating, and everytime I go to click on a tea’s page to Steepster crashes! But for whatever reason, it’s working now!

When I woke up this morning, all I could think about was banana tea – so of course I reached for my sample of this, generously provided by Lala.

Dry, this smell fresh and sweet: a combination of real bananas and banana candy with vanilla/custard notes, and coconut notes! And of course the 52Teas black base. I’ve tried Butterscotch Banana from 52Teas and that smell similar – though with maple notes and a stronger sweetness/candy aroma. I’m wondering how similar the two will be in taste…

Steeping parameters were: 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 10 oz. of water just under boiling, steeped for 2 min and 30 seconds – basically how I do all my 52Teas black. The smell was super rich and creamy banana!

Taste wise, this is definitely quite close to banana pudding! It was really, really quite delicious and had a slightly thicker mouthfeel which works to enhance the pudding idea. The black base was fairly light, which I liked since the 52Teas black base starts to get a little boring since it’s always very distinct and usually pretty strong, too. The banana was definitely sweet, candy banana and the vanilla notes made it more custard/pudding like. Very true to the title.

Like I said, I have a full pouch of the Butterscotch Banana which I worried it’d be similar to, and yes they’re similar but the Butterscotch Banana is much sweeter with almost maple kind of notes, and in contrast this feels just a little more like natural banana. If very much enjoy both and would be happy to have either stocked on a regular basis.

In fact, I’ve decided that I always want a 52Teas banana blend on hand! I think Frank does the banana flavouring very well – perhaps the best of any banana tea I’ve ever had.

Yvonne

Butterscotch Banana actually sounds incredible.

keychange

I think you’re right about Frank’s banana!
ummmm….
banana tea! omg! his banana flavouring!

VariaTEA

I have this one and thanks to you I got to try the Butterscotch Banana as well. It is hard to tell which I prefer because both are so tasty.

Cavocorax

LOL – Keychange!

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Yvonne

Butterscotch Banana actually sounds incredible.

keychange

I think you’re right about Frank’s banana!
ummmm….
banana tea! omg! his banana flavouring!

VariaTEA

I have this one and thanks to you I got to try the Butterscotch Banana as well. It is hard to tell which I prefer because both are so tasty.

Cavocorax

LOL – Keychange!

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a twenty five year old proudly queer tea addict, blogger, and all around tea geek. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

I consider myself a Jack of all Teas, and strive to have a knowledge and appreciation of all tea types, formats, and styles of drinking. I don’t like to feel boxed in to just being a “flavoured tea” or “straight tea” drinker – my expectations may vary depending on the type of tea or how it’s been processed/prepared but if it’s good tea, it’s good tea no matter how it’s been made!

You name it, I probably drink it- and I’ll absolutely try anything at least once.

My default method of preperation is hot, Western style, and straight – but I’m not opposed to additions if I’m in the right mood. If I ever add something to a tea or use a different method of preparation I will ALWAYS call it out in the tasting note though.

I like to listen to music when drinking tea, especially when I’m brewing a large pot at a time or steeping Gongfu. Often I curate very intentional tea and music pairings, and sometimes I share them here in my tasting reviews. Music is something that I find can deeply affect the experience of having tea.

Favourite flavour notes/ingredients: Pear, lychee, cranberry, cream, melon, pineapple, malt, roasty, petrichor, sweet potato, heady florals like rose, hazelnut or walnut, sesame, honey (in moderation), and very woody shou.

Least favourite flavour notes/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger, strongly spiced profiles (and most Chai in general), mushrooms, seaweed, chamomile, stevia, saltiness or anything that reminds me too much of meat that isn’t supposed to taste like meat…

Currently exploring/obsessed with: Sheng from Yiwu, Yancha (Qilan in particular), anything with a strong sweet potato note. Also, I need to try ALL the root beer teas! Searching for a really good caramel flavoured blend, ideally with a black tea base.

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