Banana Grapefruit? Nah fam, that sounds awful.

That’s what I thought to myself when I saw the name of this blend. I had completely written it off, and then I went to the DT website and saw that it was a fruity black tea blend. Uh, I love fruity black tea blends. I love banana black teas. I really enjoy grapefruit in tea as well. I put it in my cart with a few (sadly) retiring teas that I wanted to stock up on. I decided to wait it out for the next collection to drop. I’m usually a fan of DT’s iced tea/summer blends because I’m a proud member of #teamhibiscus, so I figured there was a decent chance that something new would come along that I’d want to try.

Welp, before that actually happened, someone in the FB fan group mentioned a 20% off code that worked on even the smallest quantity of tea sold on the website — 2 ounces on the US site, usually you have to buy 4 ounces or more of a specific tea to use these sorts of discounts. So, I bit the bullet. If I hated it, I could easily get through 2 ounces of tea if I made it iced, which is how I’d intended to prepare it anyway.

To my complete (and pleasant) surprise, I really enjoy it. I tried it both hot and iced, just to see if the notes varied vastly. They didn’t. The hot cuppa had a bit more of a pronounced grapefruit flavor to my tastebuds, but otherwise they tasted quite similar. It’s truly a fruit infusion with just a handful of black tea leaves. That’s not a complaint, just an observation. There’s minimal black tea flavor. It just adds some body, serving as a vehicle to carry the other ingredients. The banana note is there, but it’s more creamy, subtle banana flavor than in-your-face banana flavor. The mango really adds to the blend’s tropical juice vibes, and the grapefruit offers a light, zesty citrus note.

It sounds really weird combination of ingredients. But, it’s definitely worth a sample if you like fruity/tropical blends. I’ll be stocking up on this in the coming weeks.

Flavors: banana, Grapefruit, Mango

tea-sipper

There was a discussion the other day about how gross banana grapefruit SOUNDS, but I guess this tea is proving that wrong. :D

Roswell Strange

Haha – that was on my tasting note. I still don’t 100% understand the reason WHY it sounds so unappealing to people – banana/orange isn’t a wildly uncommon flavour combo, especially in smoothies (which is what this tea is based on)! Grapefruit, especially sweet grapefruit like this, isn’t that terribly far off from that pairing…

apieceofquiche

Despite being a native Texan who’s eaten her fair share of Ruby Reds, when I think of grapefruit, sweet isn’t the first (or second or third) word that comes to mind. So, yeah, it sounded odd…really odd.

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tea-sipper

There was a discussion the other day about how gross banana grapefruit SOUNDS, but I guess this tea is proving that wrong. :D

Roswell Strange

Haha – that was on my tasting note. I still don’t 100% understand the reason WHY it sounds so unappealing to people – banana/orange isn’t a wildly uncommon flavour combo, especially in smoothies (which is what this tea is based on)! Grapefruit, especially sweet grapefruit like this, isn’t that terribly far off from that pairing…

apieceofquiche

Despite being a native Texan who’s eaten her fair share of Ruby Reds, when I think of grapefruit, sweet isn’t the first (or second or third) word that comes to mind. So, yeah, it sounded odd…really odd.

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I’m a 30-something Texan and wannabe globetrotter. I like my tea sweet and over ice.

I prefer: tisanes/fruit infusions, breakfast teas, (flavored) black teas, maté blends, dessert teas

Yes: hibiscus, goji berries, sea buckthorn, cantaloupe/rock melon, honeydew melon, berries (particularly cranberry, blackberry, and raspberry), mango, coconut, peach, plum, apricot, citrus, vanilla

No: cherry (on its own), carrot, (overwhelming) warming spices, mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), most florals, eucalyptus, sunflower seeds, lapsang

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