To be honest, I’d been dodging trying the Keemun tea from Butiki, ‘cause the description kind of scared me off. But I was so excited about ’banana walnut’ that I requested a sample of this in my most recent order.

This tea has a very earthy flavor from the Keemun, with a sort of nuttiness added by the walnuts. You don’t taste walnut really, but it definitely adds this sort of nutty hint of flavor that’d definitely be noticeably missing were it taken away.

And the banana … OH the banana! It comes out so strong and so irresistibly sweet just before you swallow. Don’t guzzle this tea, or you’ll miss out on the banana. Sip it, let it linger on your tongue for a moment, and then swallow with the glory of the banana. :)

Definitely avoid adding sugar to this, as it’s plenty sweet and not bitter at all. I feel like the natural banana taste would be ruined if sugar were added. Would turn it sort of artificial.

That said, I think I’m right about the Keemun. I’m not sure if I’d enjoy it plain because I’m not really into earthy — think soil rather than of roots or leaves or something — teas, but with the sweetness of the banana it’s become something quite fantastic and special.

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Hello! I’m a 24 year old Canadian, currently working at Starbucks while I figure out what I want to do with myself in life, haha.

Like most everyone else, I grew up with teabags, and then discovered the grass really WAS greener on the other side with loose leaf. Nowadays I drink nearly exclusively loose, but will drink a bagged tea if I don’t care what I’m having.

My favorite kind of tea is black, and unflavored, although I do enjoy an occasional dessert black. I like whites second best. I’ve recently been dipping my toes into honeybush tisanes, greens and oolongs.

My favorite vendors are Butiki Teas and Verdant Teas. Both have fantastic teas, above and beyond customer service (especially Butiki), and fair prices for their very high quality teas. I can’t recommend them enough.

Purely for tasting notes references, I don’t use any additives for my teas. Older tasting notes for blacks was with milk+sugar, and then with just milk. Whites, oolongs, greens and herbals are all drunk straight unless otherwise specified in the notes.



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