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Fukujuen Banana Sencha

I’m not a fan of the tex­ture of bana­nas. Prior to my eat­ing the Lit­tle Lost Toast at Devon Cafe, I’d not eaten banana in some 10 – 15 years. But a banana tea was lack­ing from my col­lec­tion, and my pos­it­ive exper­i­ence with car­a­mel­ised bana­nas at Devon Cafe and pen­chant for the banana fla­voured snakes in the Natural Confectionery bag con­vinced me that I could fill this gap.

So, this is Fukujuen Banana Sencha. Fukujuen is a tea house in Uji, Kyoto, Japan, with a long his­tory of pro­du­cing qual­ity sen­cha or simmered green tea leaves.

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Steeping for 2 minutes in 200 ml of hot water at 78°C yields a clear yel­low liquor scen­ted much like the banana essence used in bak­ing. A sip reveals a mel­low banana fla­vour that’s scen­ted without being heady and remin­is­cent of the sweet rich­ness of a car­a­mel­ised banana. The veget­al notes of the sen­cha emerge and build in the body of the tea, remind­ing one of an unripe, yet fra­grant, banana. The mel­low rich­ness of the banana fla­vour softens these veget­al fla­vours to cre­ate a refresh­ing tea with a slightly astrin­gent fin­ish.

This box of Fukujuen Banana Sencha con­tained 5 tea bags. The tea ori­gin­ated in Japan and was pur­chased in Uji, Kyoto, Japan in 2015.