Banana Snickerdoodle Black Gunpowder Tea

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Banana, Bark, Cinnamon, Creamy, Earth, Mineral, Smoke, Sweet, Wood, Baked Bread, banana, Malt, Vanilla
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “Somewhat unremarkable; I’ll have to review it better later. Dry tea smells nicely like bananas and cinnamon, and brewed tea was certainly not offensive, but also didn’t stick out to me on a very...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown! (20 | 429) Lost the note that I had written to an accidental “back” button, and too lazy to rewrite it all, so here’s the Cliffs Notes version… :( The banana here is lovely, as it always...” Read full tasting note
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  • “August 2021 tea One of my greatest loves (Anne’s banana teas) meets one of my biggest dislikes (cinnamon forward teas). Needless to say I have mixed feelings on this one. I’m pretty happy with it...” Read full tasting note
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Tea of the Week for August 23, 2021!

This blend starts with one of my favorite black tea bases: Black Gunpowder! I love it because – on it’s own, it has a rich, malty flavor with hints of chocolate. When combined with other ingredients, it provides a smooth yet hearty base.

I love how it works here with the cinnamon, vanilla & banana notes. It’s flavorful & its flavor profile plays really well with these flavors. The cinnamon is prominent – sweet & slightly autumnal – with mid-notes of banana & background notes of vanilla.

This blend is organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free & all natural!

organic ingredients: black tea, bananas, cinnamon, vanilla beans & natural flavors

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Somewhat unremarkable; I’ll have to review it better later. Dry tea smells nicely like bananas and cinnamon, and brewed tea was certainly not offensive, but also didn’t stick out to me on a very busy day.

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Lost the note that I had written to an accidental “back” button, and too lazy to rewrite it all, so here’s the Cliffs Notes version… :(

The banana here is lovely, as it always is in Anne’s teas. However, the base is exceedingly earthy and mineral, which is a rather strange combination with the banana IMO. It sort of fights against the banana’s natural creaminess. Also the cinnamon is quite barky/woody, which is another rather harsh note against the banana…

So not a bad tea, but not a winner for me.

Flavors: Banana, Bark, Cinnamon, Creamy, Earth, Mineral, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CrowKettle

Barky/woody.. yes, that’s why I don’t like the cinnamon. Good way of putting it!

Cameron B.

Sometimes the barkier cinnamon can be okay, but it just doesn’t work for me here ha ha. It needed more of a soft/sweet cinnamon note to pair with the banana.

Kittenna

I’ll be trying this one out next week, sad it doesn’t sound like it will be a winner! I’m pretty picky on my cinnamon too, although not quite clear on how to describe my preference.

52Teas

There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon & Cassia. Both have similar health benefits and a similar flavor. The Ceylon type has a softer flavor – Cassia is stronger in flavor – so therefore the flavor of the Ceylon cinnamon (also known as true cinnamon) tends to taste a little woodier or barky. Cassia is what most people have in their spice pantry that’s labeled “cinnamon”. It’s also what most tea companies use. I do not. I made the decision to stop using Cassia because Cassia also contains large quantities of coumarin which studies have shown to be moderately toxic to the kidneys and the liver.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Anne, for weighing in on this. And especially a big thank you for being tuned in to and responsible wrt our tea community and what we put into our bodies. (And those of us with health concerns already value that something that brings joy and comfort is not making us even weaker and sicker).

CrowKettle

Second what Evol Ving Ness wrote. Thank you, Anne!

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August 2021 tea

One of my greatest loves (Anne’s banana teas) meets one of my biggest dislikes (cinnamon forward teas). Needless to say I have mixed feelings on this one. I’m pretty happy with it as long as I’m able to bask in the glory of a lightly spiced baked banana. The black gunpowder base is kind of a fun robust, slightly smoky base too. It pairs in a interesting way with banana goodness – making it a good morning tea (it all reminds me of banana cinnamon oat porridge which is both a blessing and a curse) !

Cinnamon though.. well, that’s a me thing.

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Bark, Cinnamon, Malt, Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

I also am NOT a far of cinnamon forward teas. That said, there have been a couple of exceptions: Anne’s Snickerdoodle and Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire, both of which have a lovely vanilla cloud enhancing the mellow cinnamon. I think it is a particular kind of cinnamon that I can live with.

CrowKettle

That sounds alright! I can sometimes handle cinnamon in small quantities when partnered with vanilla, ginger, and cloves. This one almost works for me (banana, vanilla, cinnamon), but I still need less cinnamon and/or more of something else, I guess.

.. I used to not be like this.
Evol Ving Ness

Funny how our tastes change.

Maybe a dash of a good vanilla tea would help tone things down. (i have been giving thought to which teas are not working for me all that well and how I can potentially adjust them. An experiment, of course. )

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