"Banana Bread" Herbal Dessert Tea

Tea type
Fruit Honeybush Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Apple, banana, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Banana, Cake, Nuts, Pepper, Green
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Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Fair Trade, Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 oz / 354 ml

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Originally featured in our 2018 holiday calendar, this tea was such a hit that we decided to keep it in our permanent lineup. It’s a chocolate chestnut blend with a splash of something unexpected…banana. Ever notice how the addition of banana can really add something lovely (think banana bread, banana splits…).

This blend is not just a great herbal tea but a wonderful conversation starter and the perfect relaxation accompaniment.

INGREDIENTS:
Honeybush Tea, Cocoa Nibs, Cinnamon, Apple Pieces, Calendula, Banana/Chestnut Essences, Love, Gratitude.

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This is the same tea as Adagio’s honeybush banana nut, which I’ve enjoyed in the past. I’m having it with milk, and the flavor really comes through as banana bread. It’s just the right quality of banana, and the flavoring brings it together perfectly. The only bad part is that the base tea can get a bit peppery, which doesn’t fit well with the rest. Otherwise, this is a pretty great tea.

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sample from VariaTEA. this one wasn’t bad. it was more sweet than banana bread but overall not a bad tea

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Sara sent me a sampler of this along with an Art of Tea order we split. Since she hates banana, this was not a surprise.

Mmm, I taste the banana, cinnamon, and apple, with a hint of chestnut at the end of the sip. Like biting into banana bread! Now I’m craving actual banana bread.

Flavors: Apple, banana, Chestnut, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

That was the coal in my advent this year. :-(

Todd

Someone’s coal is someone else’s diamond!

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Advent Day 17

Oooooooooooo, this smells good! The first few sips I took seemed really light on the flavor but it seemed to develop a bit over time. It smells very much like banana bread. The sip is lighter than the finish and a little more bready. The banana flavor really comes out in the finish and lingers with a nuttiness appearing at the end of the sip. I can imagine cream or sugar changing this and bringing the banana out earlier. I do like that this is an herbal option, but I’d love to see these flavors on a bready malty black base too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Plum Deluxe Advent Calendar – Day 17

Another banana bread honeybush? And the ingredients are suspiciously similar to the Adagio version I had a couple of days ago. Hmm…

Tastes very similar too. Although I think I remember liking the other one more. This is a little lighter overall, but it has a nice banana flavor. I do get a bit of cakey-ness at the end of the sip, but there’s also a little peppery hint from the honeybush that I don’t love.

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI3UsUyAU_Z/)

Flavors: Banana, Cake, Cinnamon, Nuts, Pepper

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
AJRimmer

I’ve noticed identical look/ingredients in a few of their blends and the Adagio equivalents, but in their wording, Plum Deluxe claims to blend all their own teas. I haven’t bought the blends that seem identical, so I haven’t been able to taste them side by side. A little suspicious though.

Nichole/CuppaGeek

I’ve thought the same myself and now being one that has a somewhat limited access to the wholesale tea world and source from some of the same places, it makes buying tea for myself a whole lot harder because I now know where a lot of it comes from.

Cameron B.

Some of the ingredients were in a slightly different order, and I think they listed calendula versus marigold? So not sure it’s the same. But the fact that they both use banana and chestnut flavors seems too much a coincidence. :P

Mastress Alita

And calendula is just another way to say marigold…

Cameron B.

OMG is it really?! I didn’t know that, ha ha. Thanks for dropping some knowledge!

Mastress Alita

Okay, I’m pretty positive that despite any claims of only “original blending” this is definitely wholesaled from Adagio, because I just found that Cherry/Kiwi/Coconut one from earlier in the advent on major wholesale source Dethlefsen & Balk.

AJRimmer

That’s another one that seemed familiar to me! Excellent work, Steepster detectives.

Cameron B.

We should start a TV series…

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Plum Deluxe Advent Calendar – Day 17

I’m finished exams and with that means I have more time for advents so I decided to incorporate the Plum Deluxe one that arrived super late. I also had fun opening the earlier days that I missed. One thing I noticed, however, is plum deluxe likes to mix bases a lot. I think this one is both black tea and honeybush (I could be wrong so don’t quote me) and I just don’t see the appeal. At least these are both steeped at the same temperature usually but I just don’t love the combination.

Here I think the honeybush base is contributing flavor so maybe it was added for that purpose. There is a lot of the honey quality from the honeybush base. But this is banana and honestly it’s pretty close to banana bread. However, there is something about this that keeps it from being truly banana bread.

Courtney

Yay for being done exams! :)

Nichole/CuppaGeek

Congrats my dear!

ashmanra

Hooray and congratulations! Enjoy the feeling!

Martin Bednář

Can’t my exams be over too?!

VariaTEA

Thank you everyone!!

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Thanks so much for the samples, Plum Deluxe!  I really wanted to try this – I heard great things about it.  Featuring a honeybush base with chocolate, cinnamon, apple with banana and chestnut flavors.  The base seems more to me like rooibos here.  The flavor isn’t what I expect!  I’m mainly tasting hints of banana and cocoa – but the cocoa could really be chestnut…  I can’t say I really know what chestnut tastes like.  I’m glad the apple isn’t more noticeable… that would be odd in a “banana bread” tea anyway. Overall, this just isn’t as special as I wished. The flavor is too light and thin and the apple might be contributing a lightness to it… if I hear “bread” I think starchy, strong, heavy.  This tea is not that.  The banana seems almost like a candy.  As a banana tea, it’s good enough!  Maybe a name change would make this tea more understandable to me.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 14 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 minute steep

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I’ve never had banana in a tea before, and I was a bit hesitant because I couldn’t quite imagine it. Additionally, I don’t much care for bananas anyway! But this stuff is like crack, I swear! It is truly banana bread in a cup, but with slightly green bananas so it doesn’t taste overly sweet. I went through my entire package of this stuff in 24 hours. Oops. And on top of that, it’s caffeine free (maybe a touch from the cocoa nibs, I suppose). Most caffeine free teas lack a bit in the flavor department to me, but not this one!

Flavors: Apple, banana, Cinnamon, Green, Nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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