Well, after Googling “Cherimoya” (I’m Idahoan, any fruit or veg more exotic than the humble potato is likely something I have never heard of or tasted) I am very wary about this tea… many sites are comparing the flavor of this South American fruit to banana, and anyone that takes the time to read what I write here on Steepster knows I am the one person that hates banana teas. But… it isn’t just like, a general dislike. We’re talking extreme aversion. To the extremes that if someone is eating a banana in the same room as me I’ll retch, or if I smell the peel in a breakroom garbage can, it’ll set off my gag reflex. Everything about the taste, smell, texture, and even artificial banana sets me off. I don’t know why I’m this way. No other food is like that for me.
So, here is this cup of green rooibos (and I really like green rooibos!) steeping in front of me. I don’t smell banana coming off the cup, at least… more of a pineapple/papaya aroma, with a slight hint of stonefruit. I taste… mostly peach? Yes, I think I’m tasting peach, with this sort of tropical (that pineapple/papaya flavor) aftertaste. A little pear-like, as well. Maybe my Idahoan palate just doesn’t really know what to compare this fruity flavor too. Surprisingly, I’m not really even getting apple, despite the fruit being called a “custard apple.” But I can’t taste banana, at least.
I’m not sure how I feel about it… what I’m tasting is like a weird fruit salad combination, and while I like any of these elements in their own right, I’m not sure how I feel about this peach/pineapple/papaya/pear salad. It is definitely interesting, and I’m glad to expand my palate in that regard, but I don’t think this is something I would care to have around… maybe as iced tea? Hmm… With this small of amount of leaf I prepared a warm cuppa, but I am now thinking that perhaps this would have sat better with me as a cold brew. If we ever cross paths again, perhaps!
Flavors: Fruity, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tropical