This is part of the batch of teas that launched a few weeks back (as an online exclusive) – I’m just a little late getting my tasting note for it up. I’m really excited for this tea to finally launch, as I first started working on it all the way back in 2020 after the first initial months of pandemic lock down. For the last couple of years I’ve been drinking this tea semi regularly (I have a kilo bag I’ve nearly sipped through) just waiting to finally be able to get to talk about it…
As I think I’ve said before, it’s always been just wild to me that after ten years of tea blends DAVIDsTEA had never tackled a Strawberry Banana profile when that’s something so classic, nostalgic and delicious!! So, I tackled it. My inspiration was a Strawberry Banana Smoothie, which is why there’s coconut in this blend in addition to the fresh, sweet strawberry and banana notes. The coconut adds creaminess not just to the taste but also a slight thickness to the mouthfeel as well. You can slightly taste the coconut, but for the most part I think it just blends into the already slightly creamy and tropical vibe of the banana and the overall creaminess of the blend.
This isn’t just creamy though. That’s a part of it, yes, but it works alongside other ingredients like hibiscus which acts as an amplifier to the fresh ripe strawberry notes and the oolong tea base which has a slight floral character which adds some depth and nuance to the profile. Because of that hibiscus, you can’t latte this blend but I do think it really stands on its own. Hot, yes. However, especially iced or cold brewed.
I don’t know – I just wanted to make something with those strong strawberry and banana notes but that was already really fun, playful and just packed in with flavour. I love all the blends I get to work on, but not everything is that’s developed has an end tea drinker like myself in mind when creating them. This one, though, really overlaps with my own personal tea preferences. I drink it very regularly.
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