A really odd combination.
The dry leaf aroma is very candy-like … reminiscent of what I might experience if I opened a bag of runts or nerds. Or any other fruity willy wonka candy, which seems appropriate since I know that here on Steepster, we’ve called Frank the Willy Wonka of teas.
And it tastes very candy like. Unfortunately, we’re talking my least favorite two candy flavors: I really dislike grape flavored candy (or sodas, or ice pops, or just about anything grape flavored. I don’t even really care for grape juice. I like the fruit. And only the fruit. And I guess … there are some grape teas that I like.)
And as much as I love banana flavored teas … I’m not crazy about this. I think that the sweet, candy-ish grape-i-ness together with the candy banana just … wasn’t … making me a happy tea drinker.
So, this one just may go down in history as my least favorite 52Teas blend. I guess it was bound to happen, right?
That said … it wasn’t horrible, it just … wasn’t my favorite tea. It wasn’t making me want to do the happy tea dance. But this tea is not horrible, I like the way the earthy notes of the shou mei seem to “ground” the candy-like flavors just a tad, making it a little less candy-ish.
A fair representation of banana and grape, but, just not my favorite cuppa.