I started a banana wine in August 2020 for one of our YouTube videos. Once made we laid the bottles down they have been maturing nicely.
We’ve popped open a couple from this batch already and they have been pretty good. I thought I'd pop one open tonight and share the outcome.
If you fancy making it and want the recipe, then you'll find a link to the banana wine recipe at the bottom of the page and a link to our YouTube video.
It’s been in the beer fridge which is at 10°C, so cold but not too cold.
It pours a golden yellow colour, perfectly clear, nice aromas already as it flows.
I used lemons from my own lemon tree and these can be quite potent. And in this batch they are really shining through. Note to self to use a bit less lemon next time.
Before I dive in for a sip, I’ll try and explain what I’m getting…
So lots of citrus on the nose, a sweet smooth, smell, the banana is there but its not overpowering. Slight aroma of bubble gum, toffee with lots of tropical fruity tones.
Think about making a Christmas fruit cake and leaving all the fruit in a brandy & sherry mix overnight, when you pour your fruits into your batter and all the butter, flour and vanilla aromas mix with the alcoholised fruits before it goes in the oven - that's it! Enjoy cleaning out the bowl. Mmmmmmmm
So now for a sip. Nice and chilled, it has a gentle sweetness, smooth, but then the acids get to work on the tongue, the same ones as if you had bitten into the skin, but now at a lot more palatable level and it makes the tongue tingle. Then comes a dryness. All while you are getting a good nose of alcohol lifting the aromas from this wine. A mass of tropical fruity flavours.
It gets your mouth watering and it lets you know its a strong wine. Nice and warming.
I had to have quite a few sips to get all these amazing flavours and you will too. Remember this is a sipper and not one for glugging.
Sit back and enjoy a glass.
When I made this wine we also made a video for our YouTube channel and you can watch how we made it here -
It’s pretty easy to make and if you manage to find some over ripe bananas at the supermarket or green grocers, then grab a bargain and get brewing this wine.
If you’ve made a banana wine from our recipe, then let me know how it turned out. Here’s hoping you enjoyed it.
Cheers & Happy Brewing