Fair Trade Tea

Rooibos Tea Review: Persimmon Tree Tea Chocolate Banana

Chocolate Banana

Company/Brand Name: Persimmon Tree Tea

Name: Chocolate Banana

Category: Organic Fair Trade Rooibos Blend (Tisane)

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: An interesting display of red rooibos offset by reddish-pink peppercorns and noticeable chunks of chocolate. The aroma of the leaves is sweet and inviting.

Additions: Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Banana Chips, Pink Peppercorn, Chocolate, Natural Flavors

Flavor: A sweet treat that tastes of real banana, with a little spice, and just a hint of dark chocolate.

Overall: This rooibos blend is both complex and interesting; it definitely kept me interested cup after cup.

Tea Review:

My first cup of this tea was amazing. I couldn’t believe that the banana flavor actually tasted like real banana. I was quite impressed especially since I was prepared for this tea blend to taste like imitation banana.

Once I got over my initial delight, I found that the Chocolate Banana tea also had a touch of spice to it. Not a lot of spice, just enough to create some depth.

Next, I noticed just a hint of dark chocolate flavor. It wasn’t very pronounced; rather it stood in the background supporting the lead.

Lastly, there is a soft-creaminess that brings it all together brilliantly.

Persimmon Tree Tea Packaging


I really love how Persimmon Tree Tea packages their teas. Each tea is shipped  in a high-quality tin that has the name of the contents, as well as steeping instructions, right on the label. The tea canister even provides iced-tea instructions, if so desired.

I was also impressed by the presentation of the packaging. The tea canisters came nestled in brown paper shred, which made me feel as if I had just received a gift in the mail from a dear friend.

Preparation Tips:

According to the Persimmon Tree Tea canister, 1.5 teaspoons of tea is to be used per cup of water. The recommended steep time is 3 to 5 minutes in water that is 200F.

I usually prefer to use my six-ounce glass teapot for brewing up a single cup of tea. However, because this tea has many small rooibos shreds, I decided to use my new Finum Brewing Basket, which worked like a charm!

I also suggest using filtered water so as not to miss any of the nuances this tea can provide.

Additional Notes:

Dessert Tea – Since this tea provides a low-caffeine cup, it is perfect for the evening when desiring a little something sweet as a nightcap.

Iced Tea – The Chocolate Banana tea is wonderful when chilled; it really brings out the spiciness of the tea.

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to the Persimmon Tree Tea web page. Enjoy!

Persimmon Tree Tea

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Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Organic & Fair Trade Tea from Persimmon Tree Tea

Persimmon Tree Tea Tins

Yesterday, I stopped at the Post Office to check to see if any new teas had arrived, and I was pleased to see a package from Persimmon Tree Tea. This is the first tea vendor I’ve run across that provides only organic and fair trade teas. I think that’s pretty cool!

Anyway, back to my new package…

Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tea blends all came in beautiful little mini-tins, which were all nestled in brown gift shred.

Usually, I am pretty laid-back about trying new tea. I’ll put-off any temptation by telling myself to wait for the “right time.” Translation: When I feel like it.

But, for some reason I just couldn’t wait to tear into each sample of tea and give them each a whiff. It must have been the packaging that got me all excited!

After taking in the indulgent fragrance of each tea, I got pretty eager to try each one then and there. Within a span of a couple hours I had tasted each of the four teas I had received.

Here are my initial thoughts.

Chocolate Banana (rooibos blend): Wow! It tastes like real banana. I really enjoyed my first cup of this blend.

Coconut Cacao (pu-er blend): Interesting, reminds me of licorice for some reason and usually I don’t like that particular flavor, but in this tea it was quite subtle and appealing.

Vanilla Chai (rooibos blend): Not too excited about this one, but a decent chai. I would have liked it better if there had been a slight creamy taste to underscore the spice, but that is a personal preference.

Earl Grey Crème (black tea blend): Yum! This is one of the best Earl Grey teas I’ve tasted. Of course, I’ve only tried three others my entire life and they were all of the bagged variety. Yet, I couldn’t get this tea out of my mind all day today! Therefore, numerous cups of this blend where drunken throughout the day.

Vendor Provided Sample: Yes

Affiliate Links: No

Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

What is your favorite tea packaging?