The first time I got a chance to visit Teavana, this was the sample I tried. I had never heard of blooming tea before, so seeing the peach flower in a pretty glass vase transfixed me. I remember trying the sample and loving it! It was a small little cup, but it was delicious nonetheless, and I hadn’t gotten around to buying it until now, nearly a couple years later.
When I finally managed to open the packet it came in, the smell was very strong and peachy and pleasant. When I added water, basically everything that the first commenter described, happened. The ball was suspended at the top of my glass for a moment before it began to unfurl and slowly drop to the bottom. The flower is quite lovely, and it’s relaxing to watch it bloom before your eyes. The scent was less powerful at this point, but still peachy and floral.
The taste was just as I remembered it! I’m a little bit biased, in that I LOVE “weak” teas as much as strong teas, so I absolutely loved how it wasn’t the most prominent taste. If you’re full after a large meal or you just don’t want a heavy tea one day, this might be a good tea to sip.
As for steep time, I really don’t have a recommendation (even though I set it at 6min30sec). It does take a while to become a little stronger, but I’m drinking mine from a tea tumbler and I haven’t removed the flower for over 20 minutes. It seems almost impossible for this tea to become bitter (although there were other reviewers with different opinions on this).
Overall, I really like this tea, and although I may not always keep it on hand I may buy it every once in a while to keep for special, relaxing days. :)