Grilled Spiced Banana

Tea type
Black Fruit Honeybush Blend
Ingredients
Allspice, Banana, Black Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Cloves, Cocoa Nibs, Honeybush, Natural Flavours, Orange Peel, Red Peppercorn, Rose Hips, Safflower
Flavors
banana, Smoke, Spicy
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Shae
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “You know, I wasn’t sure what to think about this one. I didn’t smell banana at all in the dry blend or while steeping but I can certainly taste it. It’s not fresh banana, it really does taste...” Read full tasting note
  • “Tea Advent Calendar – Day 2 I love A Quarter to Tea, so I was so excited to see this blend in today’s advent calendar packet! The dry leaf smelled pretty spicy, which worried me since AQTT’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown (331) I used the entire sample of this to make both a latte and a plain cup of tea. The lapsang smelled so strongly of smoke but I had some giant pieces of banana so I am hoping the flavors...” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “Drinking this with milk today. Has a strong candy banana smell, still there in the sip but not as strong. Not getting as much smokiness as I would like but perhaps the milk is affecting that?” Read full tasting note

From A Quarter to Tea

Tea of the Month January 2017

Smoky, sweet with a touch of cognac. This warming almost-chai is sure to get you through long January nights.

For an extra special treat, melt in a spoonful of ice cream for an all in one cream and sugar experience!

Base: Lapsang
Region: China
Flavor & Characteristics: sweet, warming, fruity, smoky, banana, chai spices
How to Steep: 3-4 minutes at 200F

Ingredients: black tea, honeybush tea, banana chips (banana, sugar, coconut oil), cocoa nibs, cinnamon bark, rose hips, allspice, red peppercorn, cinnamon bark, orange peel, cloves, safflower, natural flavors

https://www.aquartertotea.com/collections/all-tea/products/grilled-spiced-banana-honeybush-black-tea-limited-edition

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13 Tasting Notes

1448 tasting notes

You know, I wasn’t sure what to think about this one. I didn’t smell banana at all in the dry blend or while steeping but I can certainly taste it. It’s not fresh banana, it really does taste more like cooked banana. Like flambe, which is remarkable. I don’t taste smoke like I might expect from a grilled banana. No spices either.

Flavors: banana

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea Advent Calendar – Day 2

I love A Quarter to Tea, so I was so excited to see this blend in today’s advent calendar packet! The dry leaf smelled pretty spicy, which worried me since AQTT’s Mexican Hot Chocolate was too much for my sensitive taste buds. But the tea itself wasn’t spicy at all! I definitely get banana and hints of smoke; the spices are hanging out somewhere in the background. I’ve never had this particular flavor combination before and I like it!

Flavors: banana, Smoke, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

This one smells so strong, I thought it might be a bit spicy too. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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Sipdown (331)

I used the entire sample of this to make both a latte and a plain cup of tea. The lapsang smelled so strongly of smoke but I had some giant pieces of banana so I am hoping the flavors balance.

I of course topped the latte with whipped cream which immediately latched on to the banana flavor. So I instantly got creamy banana medicine. As I drink the tea, the smoke really takes over, pushing the banana to the aftertaste. Flavorwise I am getting the grill but the spiced smoke smell is so pungent that I find I have to prepare myself to take each sip. I like it but at the same time I don’t.

Drinking the plain tea, I think the latte brought out some of the flavors more. I feel like the smoke is less pungent but there is also less banana in the plain tea.

I think overall this tea is quite good but I think it is so distinctly flavored that it is a one and done sort of thing otherwise it would be easy to grow tired of the flavor.

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Drinking this with milk today. Has a strong candy banana smell, still there in the sip but not as strong. Not getting as much smokiness as I would like but perhaps the milk is affecting that?

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12886 tasting notes

I had this one the other day – still enjoying this but i really wish there was more banana flavour. the lapsang makes for an interesting combination but more banana would be delicious :)

VariaTEA

lol you always want more banana

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This tea was pulled out as a “coconut tea”, because it has coconut oil in it with the banana chips… probably unnecessary, but I drank it anyhow. Unfortunately, I’m not the biggest fan of it, despite the fact that it’s actually pretty accurate to its name. The initial sip (and aroma) are a pleasant level of smoky, and there are some light spices and banana sweetness, but for whatever reason, it’s not working for me. Honestly – it’s probably the base tea, and that took far too long to occur to me, but that’s almost certainly it. It’s not bad, just not as appealing to me. For those who have no honeybush/rooibos aversions, it’s probably pretty good.

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1470 tasting notes

I LOVE this tea, but I think I may have had it for too long. The banana is fading and the smoke is left as the prominent flavor. I was trying to find the most comforting tea in my cupboard today. I’m glad the election is over, but instead of bubbling joy, I feel relief and waves of heavy sorrow. It’s like I’ve been in an emotional survival mode for a long time unable to process or feel each blow as it came and now that the fight or flight situation is over there is a lot of decompressing to do. Self care time starting with good tea and naps and relaxation. I wonder if there is a way to get a massage safely during the pandemic. I wish I was more into baths, but long showers have been a nice way to cope.
Even though this tea is old and past it’s prime, it’s still a warm familiar cup of tastiness that is bringing me some solace.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Courtney

Yay for good tea. I hope you find a method of relaxation. :)

Tiffany :)

This sounds delicious-I love anything banana!! Reminds me I made 1 Q2T order a few years back and never opened anything from them, should go find that box…

Dustin

OMG, you should save that box for an Xmas gift from 2017 you to 2020 you!

Martin Bednář

How one can leave box with not opened teas?!

Mastress Alita

I manage to take the teas out of the box, but am known to keep unopened packages of teas for years… I’m a terrible tea parent.

Dustin

I was so surprised to find I had three envelopes of unopened/untasted AQ2T blends about a week ago and was stupid excited about it. Usually I tear into them and sip them one after another.

Tiffany :)

I’m sure I opened the box but I don’t think I drank any teas I’m also a terrible tea parent lol

tea-sipper

I hope you feel better, Dustin.. I know what you mean, the last four years have been brutal and now many a worry will be off the shoulders.

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