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I have to admit that, at first, I didn’t like this tea. It’s grown on me, though. I still don’t know whether I’m honestly getting gingersnaps when I drink it, but my initial reaction of dislike has changed to one of appreciation.

I find this a very warming tea. Ginger isn’t the dominant flavour, as I perhaps expected, but you can definetly feel the heat from the spice at the back of your throat as you drink it. It’s not overpoweringly spicy from the off, either — rather, the flavour develops with each successive sip. As it cools, I find the peach flavour comes through more, which is actually quite pleasant. I wasn’t sold on the ginger-peach combination at first. As I said, though, I’ve found this to be a grower.

This is a “whole-leaf” tea, and the bag contains a generous amount of identifiable Hibiscus, Rosehip, Apple, Orange Peel, Peach, and Ginger pieces. The reason I wasn’t keen on this tea to begin with was because it is relatively tart, with a noticably sour aftertaste. I suspect these flavours emnate from the Hibiscus and the Rosehip, and I’m beginning to see what they contribute to the overall flavour.

In the cup, this tea produces a medium red-orange liquor. It smells more of the aforementioned peach that it does of ginger, but you can detect a spicyness in the background.

Overall, this tea provides more or less what it says it will. I’ve never come across peach flavoured gingersnap biscuit before, but if there was such a thing, I imagine it would taste approximately like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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Norwich, UK

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