|"Chocolate is readily available, as is the banana, yet they manage to blend together with, rather than overwhelm, the rooibos base"|
I prepared this tea using a long five minute steep in boiling water. The tea is a rich amber-brown color, exactly what is expected of a rooibos tea. The flavor is rather interesting; chocolate is readily available, as is the banana flavor, yet they manage to blend together with, rather than overwhelm, the rooibos base. The distinct nutty sweetness of rooibos is still easily tasted. I was hoping for a more defined contribution from the pink peppercorns, but I personally couldn't taste much in the way of pepper or spiciness. This is a rather sweet tea, and I found that it needs no additional fix-ins such as milk or sugar. It is also somewhat heavy-bodied, as rooibos teas go. I tried this tea both warm and iced and while the Persimmon Tree website states it is great hot or iced, I found it much more enjoyable as a hot beverage. Bottom line: this is a well-blended tea whose unique flavor may not have universal appeal, but will be much appreciated by those that love chocolate and banana flavors.
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