Bananas! Black Tea

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Banana, Bitter, Bread, Creamy, Maple Syrup, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Sipdown! (34 | 443) Yay banana tea! Love the banana flavoring here – it’s sweet, rich, and slightly creamy, like a slightly overripe banana. There’s a syrupy sweetness to it that’s almost maple-y....” Read full tasting note
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  • “It’s a banana black with a decent base and nice realistic banana flavour. Nothing more to say, really. I prefer my banana teas to have other flavours with them, but I mean… can’t fault it for not...” Read full tasting note
    72
  • “Made this as an iced latte with some brown sugar cinnamon syrup. Didn’t realize how heavy handed I was with the syrup pour because it completely took over and tasted really slick. This iced latte...” Read full tasting note
    73
  • “I’ve been craving a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich on a Montreal-style bagel for a long long while now, months. Today I had one and it was perfect. sigh. My happiness is...” Read full tasting note

From 52teas

Bonus Reblend for April 2021!

One of my favorite teas because – BANANAS! This blend starts with the perfect base – an organic, OP single estate Ceylon (Pettagallia) – which is smooth, rich yet mellow enough to allow the natural flavor of banana shine through. This tea is all about the banana!

It’s also VEGAN, gluten-free, allergen-friendly, organic & all natural.

organic ingredients: black tea, bananas & natural flavors

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23 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown! (34 | 443)

Yay banana tea!

Love the banana flavoring here – it’s sweet, rich, and slightly creamy, like a slightly overripe banana. There’s a syrupy sweetness to it that’s almost maple-y. However, I don’t love the base as much. It’s a Ceylon base, and it’s a bit too tannic and metallic for me. The slight sharpness doesn’t mesh well with the creamy smoothness of the banana IMO.

Still a lovely tea, but I feel like maybe a Yunnan base would’ve been nice? Or perhaps a Taiwanese black tea. I’m sure this Ceylon would take milk well, but I don’t tend to add anything to my tea…

Flavors: Banana, Bitter, Bread, Creamy, Maple Syrup, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kawaii433

I have always enjoyed the banana flavors by 52Teas :D. I think overall, they are my favorite of their teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Totally with you on three counts here, Cameron. Love the banana, find the base harsh, prefer to drink my tea black with no sweetener. That said, with the rest of this, I will either blend a Franken-tea or pick up some milk and drink it milky to soften the base. Or maybe both, if needed.

Because I say it every single time, IMHO, the perfect banana tea was 52teas’ Banana Pudding Black.

CrowKettle

Agreed! Imo, sharp, bright Ceylon usually does best with milk. A Banana Yunnan or Taiwanese would be divine.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh yeah, Yunnan or Taiwanese, or maybe even both.

Cameron B.

I remember loving the Banana Pancakes tea!

Evol Ving Ness

I seem to have a low tolerance for maple. I love it and I enjoy it every once in a while, not on the regular.

Maybe with milk? I am starting to feel the need to put aside some “when I have milk” teas.

I ADORED Chocolate Eclair.

Kawaii433

I loved their Banana Pancakes tea!

CrowKettle

Yeah, I definitely prefer my Maple teas with some type of milk. Same with most masala chai and earl grey blends.

I remember Banana Pancakes being lovely with or without milk :)

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing wrong then. Maple teas need milk! That makes total sense now.

I drink almost everything black, unsweetened. When I quit drinking coffee (daily), I did it by stopping keeping milk or cream in the house. Many years of this habit have gone by now with the occasional blip. But now I will set aside a pile of “when I have milk” teas.

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5412 tasting notes

It’s a banana black with a decent base and nice realistic banana flavour. Nothing more to say, really. I prefer my banana teas to have other flavours with them, but I mean… can’t fault it for not being something it’s not supposed to be!

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6175 tasting notes

Made this as an iced latte with some brown sugar cinnamon syrup. Didn’t realize how heavy handed I was with the syrup pour because it completely took over and tasted really slick. This iced latte got dumped :(

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1388 tasting notes

I’ve been craving a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich on a Montreal-style bagel for a long long while now, months. Today I had one and it was perfect. sigh. My happiness is complete.

Well, my neighbours continue to wake me up, so if I could make one adjustment to my happiness, it would be that. But aside from that, today was pretty close to a perfect day. My walk took me through the park/cemetery with all the autumn colours. The people whom I interacted with today were all lovely. I had an acupuncture treatment this morning with a practitioner that I adore. The treatment may have contributed to me feeling blissed out. And I am grateful.

All good. All very very good. And the parts that are not good are not getting any real estate in the brain and spirit today.

So, I picked up some milk today, for the teas that benefit from it. We’ve been talking about the harsh aspect to this base, so today I gave it a good double glug if milk and poof! This cup has turned into a hot banana milk tea. Delicious!

It could, perhaps, get even better with a half teaspoon of honey, but for now, I am staying with just this delight.

Hope your day and your cup(s) are likewise delightful!

Edit—ok, I broke down and added a half teaspoon of honey. This now is absolute perfection.

CrowKettle

Yay, milk (and honey)! Yay, sublime autumn day :)

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, hooray for all the yays! Let us recognize and celebrate those when we can. Hooray for joy1

mrmopar

Try a BLT with fried green tomatoe on it. Yummy!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, mrmopar! I am puttin that on my list. It sounds delicious.

ashmanra

I am glad you had a beautiful day!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, ashmanra. It’s been a long hard slog. It was good to have some respite. I hope you are getting a nit of respite here and there too.

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13239 tasting notes

Tea from yesterday. Wish i could pick up more of this one – it just works for me. Banana tea with a great base. Hope Anne uses this base in more teas..of course for all i know she has haha

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This tea was July’s Featured Reblend/Retro Monday blend. I’m a little surprised that I had to add it to the database because it was originally a Frank era blend – something that he blended in his final year @ 52Teas, if my memory serves me correctly.

Anyway, I stuck really close to the recipe on this blend – and it was a simple recipe – just tea and bananas! The only real tricky part was making sure I got the right kind of tea – this one utilizes a single garden black Ceylon from the Pettigala estate. After I managed to find the right tea, I knew I NEEDED to reblend this because – BANANAS! It was probably my favorite tea from Frank’s final year (again because – bananas). The lighter Ceylon allows the full flavor of the banana to shine through but because banana tends to be a softer tasting fruit, the Ceylon isn’t completely overwhelmed by the banana – it’s really a good pairing.

This one’s really good. If you like bananas, you need to try this blend. (But we’re almost out – just a few more pouches of it left!)

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