My day started with a debacle. Classic ‘lock yourself out of the house you’re housesitting and climb in through a window with 2 neighbors eyeing you suspiciously.’ Thus began Day 2 of a 12-day house-sitting spree. I’m no too thrilled but there’s a dog that needs me. While I’m here, I’m aiming to sample all of the teas that Martin sent in a swap which is a lot!
I generally despise banana. Like, I gag at the smell, taste and texture. And I suck at getting a good feel for flavored teas. This smelled so good in the bag, though, that no trepidation arose within me and I got to steeping this nighttime caffeine-free cup.
The aroma is moderate strength and smells deep and sweet with rummy vanilla banana chips. The sip has the same flavor with less intensity and opens up into the red rooibos taste with a woody, rum cask profile. The finish is drying but the aftertaste is intriguing, like smokey, rum-soaked and flamed sweet plantains that have lightly caramelized. I’m soooo into this flavor profile right now. I even want to add sugar. What is this tea doing to me.
Flavors: Banana, Caramel, Rooibos, Rum, Smoked, Toffee, Vanilla, Wood