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This was the darker of the two Ti Kwan Yin teas offered by Indigo, which I would have to call more medium as the color of the tea is still more yellow than brown. The brew is sweet with a faint mix of both a floral taste and the smoother richness of roasting, which comes off as a more unusual combination. Not a bad tea overall but not a good enough tea for me to be reordering either.
I like peaches. I love the idea of a Peach Bavarian or Peaches Melba (named after a great opera singer, Dame Nellie). A more rustic peach cobbler sounds nifty and a good peach ice-cream is close to divinity. Add peaches to an Olde English Trifle? Brilliant!
But I just cannot get the peach tea thing. Ginger Peach is a combination that makes me sag a bit. Usually you cannot find the ginger nor the peach. In this blend, it’s the ginger that is missing in action. I can taste some of the peach and the aroma is peachy.
If I loved the concept, my expectations might be higher and my note might be more effusive. But I don’t like the concept.
A friend gave me a canister of Republic of Tea Ginger Peach Tea several years ago because she loved it dearly. But I had a feeling….so I donated it (probably not very helpfully) at one of those food drives at school where you bring in unopened items and there are baskets overflowing with Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and generic cans of peas and corn. I hope that the tea found its way to an affectionate owner.
What Indigo Tea managed to do with this was to highlight the peach aroma and peach taste so if you really like peaches, I’d recommend that you give this a try. I like the way that they did not allow the ginger to overtake the peach.
Indigo Tea Company sent me a free sample of this when I placed an order with them recently. I think it’s a good choice for a lighter black tea with a tropical vibe. As they say, it would be good iced (I’m drinking it hot).
It’s one of many teas that are “nice” but don’t have anything of extravagance in them. If you like a passion fruit overtone, you might want to try this. It just did not “pop” for me, but it’s certainly pleasant.
This is a serviceable Masala Chai. It’s not at all bad, but there’s nothing particularly memorable or outstanding about this one. Chai lovers might want to sample this.
For what it’s worth, I’m not a big devotée of chai, so my ability to judge fairly or to detect differences may be limited.
I was very curious when I ordered this (the name “icewine” was interesting!) and I was not disappointed with my purchase. It is a flavored black tea, and the flavor is delicate but definitely something so different I noticed right away. It tastes like a cool faint grape, with a tinge of the flavor that a lighter wine carries. It is hard to describe because the flavor seems to morph with every sip I take. Definitely interesting and enjoyable.
I think this one will grow on me. I’ve seen it suggested both hot and iced in reviews for the same from various companies. This one I tried warm, because in the Minnesotan Tundra warm is good, with about 1tsp of sugar. I also steeped it for 45sec longer than the suggested steep time, as my past experience with green teas have been a more subtle taste that I am typically enjoy. I think I will scale it back by 15sec in the future, as the spearmint was a bit much on this cup. The flavor is what you would expect: spearmint, with it fading to a clean “grassy” after effect. It left my mouth feeling clean, and once it cooled down a bit, it lent itself to being drunk rather than sipped. I think in the summer this will make a great sweetened iced tea, as many have suggested. I think once I get the steep time, and the drinking temperature worked out, this will become a cupboard staple :)
This has probably been my favorite flavored tea I have tried since I switched from pop to tea. I only mention the switch to give you an idea of where my tastebud’s fall, I’m not generally inclined to the subtle :) Maybe I’ll get there on day. Anyway, this tea might have been better named “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal”, as me and my wife both agree that’s what it smells like, however the taste is at a midpoint between Apple Pie, and the Oatmeal. I put about 2 teaspoons of honey/1teaspoon sugar in the bottom of a 12oz cup, and used 2tsp of tea in the infuser (as the instructions suggested 1tsp/6oz, unlike the 1per 8oz i’ve seen on most other teas I’ve bought elsewhere). The result, after 3:45 steeping time (3:00 suggested) was a very definite, full flavored Apple Pie/Oatmeal taste that is perfect for sitting around on a cloudy Minnesotan Sunday afternoon. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys boldly flavored teas.
I’m a green tea neophyte, and this was the first green tea that was strictly green that I’ve had the courage yet to try. Leaves are indeed very fine, the mesh infuser in my BeeHouse teapot didn’t catch everything, so the cup had some residual bits that ended up in the bottom of the cup. I followed the recommended steeping directions to-the-letter and removed the infuser after one minute.
Very fresh aroma, light mouthfeel, pleasant pale green/yellow liqueur. Flavor notes that ranged from an almost imperceptible floral to a buttery sweet “green vegetable” flavor that reminded me of fresh peas. Neither was overpowering or in competition with the other.
Refreshing, but definitively a green that should be enjoyed in a special context – would be great as an accompaniment to a savory pastry (such as a Spinach-Swiss scone that I occasionally get from my local organic bakery). I have digestive concerns with liquid sugars and true citrus, so I don’t by habit add anything to my teas, but I could imagine this tea would also be terrific with a squeeze of lemon or grated peel infused during steeping.
It’s definitely occupying a prominent place in my cupboard, though I’ll be enjoying it as an occasional treat.
Well, I’ve learned a lesson today. Don’t review teas based on memory.
I’m in my kitchen sipping on a cup of this lychee black and I’m unimpressed. This doesn’t seem the same tea I first reviewed. Bad batch, maybe? Recessionary loss in quality!? Agh!!
The fragrance of the dry leaf is still good. However… dusty, watery flavor with a slight lychee taste at the front and a weak flavor of whatever kind of black tea was used at the back. Maybe a longer brew would help it out but not enough to make it worth purchasing again.
I maintain that it would make an above average iced tea, though. I’m not picky about iced tea.
I still intend to send you some, takgoti! You’ll probably be able to blast it more thoroughly since I think you have more sophisticated taste bud than I do. Haha.
Awesome. My girlfriend and I picked it up because it smelled amazing – more like cranberry than a freaking cranberry itself.
The flavor is smooth, mild and slightly sweet even without sugar. A really great tea to have after dinner or something. Just nice going down. Probably a good tea for new tea drinkers or people new to the bitter tastes associated with black tea.
This has been my morning staple for about three years. The first time I had Yunnan tea it was a Yunnan Gold from Tea Source, I think. My friend thought it smelled like a horse. I was a little more optimistic. I have very faint memories of that tea but I remember it having a bold, deep, earthy flavor.
My next venture into Yunnan territory was another Yunnan Gold from Adagio and, after that, I was hooked. I went to what was, at that time, my local tea shop in Minnesota and picked up a bag of this Yunnan. I’ve been drinking it ever since. It’s the best coffee substitute I’ve come across so far. Strong, deep flavor. Nothing fancy like a Yunnan Gold. Definitely not as complex or rewarding but, for early mornings, it’s perfect. I go through way to much of this stuff to make upgrading to a Gold feasible, anyway.
Stands up wonderfully to cream and sugar.
Lychees are definitely one of my favorite fruits. They remind me of summer days in the back yard of the house where I used to live in Minnesota. They’re like little presents with thin wrapping. You peel them and take in the fresh, deep scent of lychee. There’s nothing quite like that smell.
So when I first discovered lychee tea when I was just getting into loose leaf teas I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some. This lychee black tea by Indigo Tea Company is the first and only lychee tea I’ve ever had. I don’t have other lychee tea to compare it to but I think I have the idea.
The dry leaf smells unmistakable like lychees – fresh and fruity. It’s a great thing to have a tin of this tea on a winter day like today in Great Falls, Montana where one would be hard pressed to find fresh lychees. The tea itself has a good black tea flavor with enough depth and body to balance the sweet flavor of lychee juice. Like most flavored teas like this, the added flavor doesn’t stand up to a second steeping well but it’s worth brewing a second time if you’d like.
As the description from Indigo Tea’s web page says, it’s wonderful iced with a little raw sugar. Absolutley perfect for hot days!
If you ever get the chance to visit Indigo Tea Company in Burnsville, MN, try out Neal’s selection of rooibos teas. The guy is one of the nicest people on the planet, and truly knows his tea.
My girlfriend purchased this for me, and it’s unbelievably aromatic and delicious. It’s a bit pricer, but that’s the price you pay for green rooibos. It has a real flavorful punch, even without sugar taking the edge off. Terrific as an iced tea.