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1 Feb 2013

Review: Banana Dulce by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Uncategorized

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I am so pleased to be able to bring you this review of an amazing tea from The Persimmon Tree! Eli from the company was kind enough to give my readers a coupon code for 15% off Banana Dulce – if the review makes your mouth water, enter the coupon code: DCBananaDulce

 
If you’ve never had the pleasure (yet), The Persimmon Tree is a tea company located in sunny California with high ethical standards regarding the environment, organic product, fair-trade and health! Here’s my favourite snippet from their about page that is very important to me personally:

“The Persimmon TreeĀ® offers our customers some of the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Not only are most of our fresh high quality teas from around the globe hand-blended and organically grown, some of our teas are also fair trade, ensuring fair working conditions, fair wages, and a better life for tea workers from countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.” (About The Persimmon Tree)

To me, ethics in a tea company make the drink even sweeter. But how does it taste?

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This post features The Persimmon Tree’s Banana Dulce. I chose this particular tea to review because I was on the hunt for a certain kind of iced tea – particularly caramel banana! I don’t want to ruin the ending, but this one didn’t disappoint!
The first thing that caught my eye and made me fall in love was the packaging. The tins are 1 part cute: 2 parts classy (all parts economical). They keep the tea fresh while being gorgeous. I haven’t hid them in the tea cupboard – they are proudly displayed along a wall in my kitchen!
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Banana Dulce is a chamomile, coconut and banana blend with a rooibos base. This makes it perfect for a late night caffeine-free treat, but like I said – I wanted an iced tea!
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I brewed up two teaspoons with boiling water in my steeper and let it steep for 7 minutes. Added a tiny squeeze of agave and poured over ice. First sip? Perfection! The rooibos base is a perfect naturally sweet base, that I usually don’t care for, but really works with this blend. The banana flavour comes out smooth and clear like a fresh cut banana caramelized with some brown sugar. The coconut and chamomile add depth and, again, sweetness that round out the tea and make it into a true dessert blend. For my second cup I didn’t add any agave – just as I thought – it’s perfectly sweet without it. A lovely blend!

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I can’t wait until summer so I can truly enjoy a nice, sweet, fruity dessert iced tea! There’s still snow on the ground though, so I did try it hot before bed! The chamomile put me right to sleep. I steeped a mug with boiling water and used a filter bag for 1 tsp of tea. Instead of taking the bag out I just kept it in while I sipped – delicious! I love the versatility of herbal blends – they’re no nonsense and a great evening treat if you’re sensitive to caffeine like I am!

Thank you to The Persimmon Tree for giving me the chance to review this blend! I have 3 more to review in the coming weeks – I can’t wait to experiment and share my reviews with you. Until then, check out The Persimmon Tree on Facebook! And don’t forget about the coupon code for 15% off! (DCBananaDulce)

Hopefully I can get my posts back on track! Work is picking up now that slow January is over, but I never stop baking and drinking tea, what can I say? ;) I’m back!

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