Tea of the Week of July 30, 2018/Retro Monday/Featured Reblend!
I was inspired to reblend this one because I kept reading one of my Steepster friend's comments about wanting "MOAR Banana" in her banana flavored teas. (I don't think I need to name names, I think she knows who I'm talking about!) So I decided to do this reblend because this is one of the more memorable teas that Frank put out in his last months doing the 52Teas thing. At least, for me it was very memorable because like my Steepster friend, I'm a little bananas about banana teas! (Psst! Wanna read my review of this tea? Click here!)
Frank's description of this tea went like this:
Lots of people have commented on our banana tea blends in the past. We’ve used banana in a few blends inspired by banana pudding, bananas foster and even banana bread, but I thought this week we would really go bananas and just go with an all out banana tea. We’ve blended our Pettaiagala Extra Long Leaf OP black tea from Sri Lanka with real freeze-dried bananas and organic banana flavors, and this, my friends, is bananatacular! It’s bananaramic! It’s enough to leave you humming the Batman theme– “Nana nana nana nana nana nana… Batman!”
I managed to locate a Pettigala estate Ceylon similar to what was used in the original blend - it's a fairly mild black tea that works well with the banana which is a mellow flavor. A more robust tea would have obscured the sweet yet authentic banana notes - but this smooth Pettigala Ceylon allows the banana to do its thing while still offering a smooth black tea flavor in the background.
If you're bananas about banana flavored tea - you gotta try this one!
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: single estate black tea, bananas & natural flavors