With fall comes to inevitable Chai Collection from DT, and while most people here will know that is usually one of my least favourite collections of the year (I’m not a chai drinker, y’all) I will fully admit to this particular tea being an outlier because I am excited about it!
There are several returning teas, and most of them are ones I find to be alright but just not things I gravitate towards. However, I’ve been enjoying this one quite a bit the list couple months as I’ve waited for it to launch! It’s an oolong, which is definitely a tea type that I feel like we don’t use enough, and it’s a banana tea and I kind of have the belief that bad banana teas just don’t really exist!? I mean there are "less good’ banana teas, but bad ones!? BLASPHEMY!!
And this tea does not shy away from the banana, let me tell you! It’s got these truly stunning massive banana chips, similar to Banana Nut Bread, and the flavour is very sweet/rich banana with a bit of a creamy and baked undertone to it. For comparisons sake, I’d say richer and more overt than Banana Nut Bread. A little bit like bsnana runts. It kind of has to be rich though, because the spice in this tea isn’t soft and we didn’t want it to mask the taste of the banana entirely.
As far as spice go, cinnamon is the one that jumps out the most but I also really like and appreciate the balancing clove notes. Both are sweet and have some heat to them, but mostly play into the warming feeling that helps convey a “banana bread” specifically. And of course what’s a banana bread without nuts!? In this one, walnut is the choice nut and it adds a nice almost maple-y undertone while not being excessively rich either. I also think the oolong base supports the nuttier notes in the tea because it is a more naturally nutty tasting oolong. So, while the oolong isn’t a super overt taste in the cup, it’s important for creating body and foundational/complimenting flavours to the intended profile.
Also, I would be remiss to not mention how awesome this tastes as a latte!
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.