Review: The Persimmon Tree Banana Dulce

Banana Tea, Chamomile Tea, Coconut Tea, Fair Trade Tea, Lavender Tea, Lemongrass Tea, Organic Tea, Rooibos Tea, The Persimmon Tree Tea Co Add comments
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Its OK"Without any sweetening this tisane seems rather drab and not much more flavourful than a plain chamomile infusion. With the addition of the sweetener of your choice it transforms into a fun, novel blend with a realistic banana-nut flavour."
Sophie’s Teaview: 6.9/10
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This all organic tisane combines fair trade rooibos, fair trade chamomile, lemongrass, coconut, lavender, banana, and natural flavours. Described as "a scrumptious herbal blend with notes of ripe banana, sweet coconut, graham cracker and a hint of caramel", it certainly piqued my interest. The aroma coming from my sample is sweetly caramel-laden, with just a hint of banana to the finish. Looking at the blend I can spot all the ingredients, although the vast majority of my sample is comprised of rooibos and chamomile. Visually the effect reminds me of a field of hay with a few wild flowers peaking through.

I tried brewing this blend in a variety of ways. As it is rather mild tasting, I would recommend using a heaping tablespoon of the blend and steeping for at least 7 minutes in freshly boiled water to get the full “banana dulce” effect. The deep amber liquor presents roughly the same aroma as the dry blend. This is a tisane that just begs to be sweetened. Prior to the addition of maple syrup, my sweetener of choice, there was a mere suggestion of banana and caramel, as the red rooibos and the chamomile dominate the flavour profile. Had I not known this blend's name, I might have missed it all together. Once sweetened this cup suddenly becomes rather decadent. The banana flavour is natural-tasting, paired with a lovely nutty undertone, presumably due to the rooibos and the coconut. I can't say that I noticed the lemongrass or the lavender's contributions. I was rather pleased with the banana-caramel effect at this point, so I can't say that I missed them a whole lot!

After 10 minutes a second steep is acceptable although a bit lacklustre. It mostly relies on the chamomile and the rooibos for flavour. The banana flavour does peak through in the finish, if you really pay attention.

Banana lovers will appreciate the realistic although relatively mild, fresh banana flavour. Be aware that without any sweetening this tisane seems rather drab and not much more flavourful than a plain chamomile infusion. With the addition of the sweetener of your choice it transforms into a fun, novel blend that makes a good companion to deserts.

— To purchase The Persimmon Tree Banana Dulce, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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