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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
470 tasting notes

Another floral from my swap with Kittenna! I’m making progress. This is one of the ones I requested since I love floral teas, so I was confused by this when I sniffed it. It’s so… peachy. The description doesn’t mention peach at all, nor is it explicitly in the ingredients, so what gives? I mean, it’s not lightly peach, it’s VERY peach. You’d think they would mention that.

Peach surprise aside, this is a pleasant blend! There are some big jasmine pearls in there, but the taste definitely is only mildly floral in mine. I think the peach kind of masks some of the other flavors, since I’ve lost the subtlety I’d expect from a white blend. The jasmine is there, but only faintly, and that nice “fresh” almost grassy/springy taste from the white seems to be hiding. It’s allllmost there, but it’s hard to pick out individual notes when your entire cup is all BAM PEACH. Funnily enough, this is one of the best peach flavorings I’ve tried, which is odd… why don’t they market this as a peach blend?

I’ve never had white hibiscus, but there’s a soft sharpness (oxymoron, but it makes sense… sort of) going on. A bit tart, so it’s reminiscent of a not-yet-ripe peach. Okay, that doesn’t sound so great, but you know when fruit is almost at its peak, and still has quite a bit of firmness left but the flavor isn’t as strong? That’s honestly when I like fruit best, I like ‘em very firm and that mushiness associated with fresh peaches is a big consistency problem with me. I’m fine with them in baked goods, but fresh… too squishy! So I do like the memories the white hibiscus brings up. I do wish it was less fruity and more floral though, so I’m going to give it a shorter steep! Or perhaps cold brew the rest of my leaves.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Concern over tea contamination had me rush to the tea page and check… but the top three reviews, mine included, all mention peach! So, I guess not :D

Alphakitty

I was worried it got flavored by something too, but the peach was SO strong there’s no way it’d pick up that much flavor! Plus every tasting note seems to mention the peach, so odd that they don’t say it’s a peach tea.

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Kittenna

Concern over tea contamination had me rush to the tea page and check… but the top three reviews, mine included, all mention peach! So, I guess not :D

Alphakitty

I was worried it got flavored by something too, but the peach was SO strong there’s no way it’d pick up that much flavor! Plus every tasting note seems to mention the peach, so odd that they don’t say it’s a peach tea.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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