Tea of the Week for January 20, 2020: Banana Pancake Black Tea!
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Banana Pancake Black Tea!
Tea Description: This tea tied with two other teas to earn a spot in the Holiday Box for 2019, but I only had room for one of those three teas in that box. The other two teas were chai teas & since a) I didn't have another chai blend for the holiday box (& I wanted a chai for the holidays!) & b) since I already had a banana tea going into the holiday box (the Banana Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha), I decided that i'd blend this one sometime during 2020. I didn't plan on doing a "Reblend" theme for January, but as it turned out - after analyzing the poll results, there were a lot of teas that came thisclose to making it into the box that I decided I should feature those teas at some point - so I decided that a Reblend theme made sense.
As I sit here, sipping on this tasty tea, I am happy with my decision to reblend this tea. It's so good!
I originally blended this tea back in April, 2017 & reblended it for the 12 Teas of Christmas for 2018. My previous description of this tea went like this:
Yay! A Banana Tea! Our banana teas are pretty popular, so I was a little surprised that only one received enough votes to make it into the 12 Teas of Christmas box this year. Two others came in very close - VERY close - but were each just 1 vote shy of earning the votes to make it into the box - or rather - tying with other teas to make it into the box (often, the hardest part of putting these boxes together is breaking ties and determining which teas to make when there is a tie and when there is a tie, I usually go with what I happen to have in stock or what will be the easiest/fastest to get into stock).
This tea isn't quite the same as the original Banana Pancakes blend because I wasn't able to get some of teas that I used in the original blend in time. Oh, this is still really good! It still has a rich black tea flavor mingling with the banana pancake drizzled with maple syrup - but you might notice a slight difference in the black tea.
Other than the teas, I kept true to the recipe because - well, because I happen to adore this blend.
My original description of this tea went like this:
I don't think it's any big secret that I love banana teas. So when I go a couple of months without releasing a banana tea - I really start to miss them. And it seems like it's been quite some time since I've done a pancake tea (actually, I haven't done a pancake tea since the famous Pancake Breakfast tea which I reblended back in January of last year.) So, I'm thinking - why not bring these two flavors together in one tea?
I started with a fantastic blend of black teas from China: an Assamica from the JingMai Mountains, a Fujian Black and a Yunnan Gold. Then I added some bananas along with pancake and maple essence. But don't worry, it's vegan and gluten free - and depending upon how you serve it, its also sugar- and fat-free!
Take a sip on this and experience a stack of banana-filled pancakes dripping with maple syrup! Yummy!
Rich, flavorful, banana-y goodness! Delicious! And it's also organic, VEGAN, gluten free and allergen free!
This particular reblend more resembles my 2018 reblend of the tea rather than my original blend due to availability of the base teas. It starts with a base of organic black teas (Assam, Yunnan & Ceylon) which is then blended with lots of freeze-dried bananas & a touch of pancake & maple flavoring to create a super-yummy breakfast taste for your teacup! Oh, yeah - and it's still organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!
organic ingredients: black teas, bananas & natural flavors
Oh my goodness, I love this tea!
I know I had to have loved it before - because first of all: bananas, & second: I happened to mention it in the previous descriptions. Since I write my descriptions as I'm sitting there, sipping on the tea (so they do, in fact, represent my 'tea review' of sorts, except that I'm reviewing my own tea) Anyway, I just - don't remember loving it this much! It is so delicious & comforting - like total comfort food in warm liquid form.
Sweet with banana flavor with a distinctive starch from the pancake & a kiss of maple-y goodness. A perfect breakfast treat - or anytime of the day that you want some comforting deliciousness that's not quite as fattening as a stack of banana pancakes with maple syrup!
to brew: Use 2.5 - 3 grams (I used about 2.6 grams) of leaf to 12 ounces of near boiling water (I heat the water to 205°F). allow to steep for 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for 10 minutes. enjoy!
this tastes great without additions, but I found that the flavor really popped with a half a teaspoon of sugar.