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.
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.