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This is another one of those opportunities to compare and contrast. My first loose leaf tea after Twinings was Churchill’s Peachy Black. I liked it so much that I drank it pretty often, and I thought that my eyes would never stray to another peach black tea. I was engaged to this tea.
Of course, so many things have changed since then. And I found myself wanting to see what was out there—play the field, you know. I picked up this peach black blend by Prestogeorge on a day trip to Pittsburgh just so I could compare the two.
The differences are apparent just by smell alone. Churchill seemed to opt for a more floral peach flavor, so that the tea was more like peach blossoms. Don’t think I didn’t notice the dried fruit pieces in there as well; I appreciate your dedication to the idea that fruit, and not fruit flavors, are giving this tea its taste.
Prestogeorge seemed to go for a peach nectar/juicy flavor. And while both flavors are very nice, I have to say that I personally prefer Prestogeorge’s. It’s a little peachier, a lot more audacious. The tea itself is less drying and a little toastier. It makes my palate tingle.
Even though I am going to Cincinnati this weekend, I decided not to pick up more of Churchill’s Peachy Black, which makes me a little sad in a “lost relic of childhood” kind of way. But I look forward to the new adventures this tea hobby is taking me on regardless.
Flavors: Nectar, Peach, Toasty
There’s nothing at all special about the base of this tea. Except for a slightly dry taste at the back of my throat and an aftertaste of pennies, I could almost be drinking water. There may be a slight toasty flavor, but I’m thinking that is coming from the toasted coconut.
Now the flavoring on this tea is excellent. I love coconut so much that I don’t mind a sheen of oil at the top of my tea in order to taste it. The vanilla mixes well with the coconut to give the cup a creamy, coconut pudding kind of flavor.
I won’t mind drinking the rest of what I have in my cabinet, because the coconut flavor saves this tea, but it’s not something I will get again.
Flavors: Coconut, Metallic, Vanilla
I feel like I start all my reviews off this way, but this was my first sencha. The tea was extremely light. I could barely taste the tea base, but that may have been because I had just finished dinner, which was cajun roasted chicken, so my tastebuds were probably blown out from that.
The cherry was nice and natural tasting, not too artificial, and definitely light. I had to kind of breathe it up against my palate to get a stronger dose of the flavoring.
I think this will be a tea I’m keeping around.
Flavors: Cherry, Green
This is my first white tea, and I have to say that I am lacking the vocabulary to describe it. It’s extremely mild, with just the slightest hint of bitterness at the back of the palette after it is swallowed. The flavor can only be described as . . . tea, and perhaps a bit of hay. It’s not unpleasant, but I’m not jumping up and down over it.
Flavors: Hay, Tea
The smell of this tea is overwhelmingly peachy, but most of that disappears when it’s brewed. It has a sort of roasty toasty aroma with an undercurrent of peach, which is the flavor that comes out. Maybe a toasted rice kind of flavor? It’s rather nice and light. No bitterness or astringency at all
I’m wondering if I can coax a stronger flavor out of it if I steep it longer the next time.
Flavors: Peach, Toasted Rice, Toasty
Received this in a swap with mtchyg awhile back. I wrote down notes but then lost them until today, cleaning out my little nest in the living room. :)
This was a more natural coconut, not really a creamy coconut. This isn’t a stand out base but it’s not a bad tea overall. There is definitely coconut in it, pretty sure there was some coconut oil on top in my cup. Happy to have tried but it won’t replace Zhi’s coconut black in my cupboard.
This is actually one of the better flavored greens I’ve had. The tea is clean, fresh, and silky feeling. The Tangerine flavor is subtle but lingers very nicely on the back of the tongue. I’m really digging this tea tonight.
This is a decent enough tea. A nice peach scent but the flavor isn’t as pronounced as the smell. The ginger is minimal. The tea itself is not super high quality but is also not bitter. Middle of the road really. The saving grace is I was able to get 4 oz for around $5. I still am not sure I would buy this again. Too many teas out there that are better than this one.
Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2
Hooray, more caffeine-free! I found several interesting rooibos blends worth trying in the box, huzzah. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, and I’ve tried several different lemon dessert rooibos blends, but none of them has been quite right. So here’s another contender! The red rooibos is mixed with citrus peel and what I assume is lemon balm? Ah, I see it’s lemon myrtle. I admit to not knowing the difference. This tea has literally zero dry scent, ha ha. Poopy box, you stole it all! :P
The steeped tea, however, is quite fragrant and reminds me of lemon drop candies. This is quite nice! It’s definitely more of a refreshing lemon than a dessert one, but it’s not overly tart or sharp. It reminds me a bit of lemon candies but without the sugar. I don’t taste the rooibos base at all, which is a shame since I do actually like rooibos. There’s a little bit of an aftertaste issue because the flavoring is so strong, though. Which is a shame!
Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Sweet
I’m so far behind in my logging. Yikes!
I got this from Lariel a while back (when?).
A nice China oolong with a strong scent of peach. Luckily it isn’t as overly peachy as it smells. Oolongs aren’t my favorite teas but I’m always ready to try them in case I find one I’m in love with.
Nice bright lemon flavor. Not a sour lemon. I taste the lemon myrtle most. I love, love, love lemon myrtle. Ever since we went to Australia I have had an obsession with lemon myrtle! Not sure if i taste the chiffon/pastry but it really doesn’t matter to me. :-)
Flavors: Lemon, Vanilla
This golden monkey is so good, especially considering the price comparative to other golden monkey teas. The dried tea smells fresh, almost like hot cornbread. the leaves are long and twisted with a lot of gold buds, and golden tea hair left behind in the tin. the brewed tea is dark gold, and smells very musky and a little chocolatey. the taste is like a good quality black tea without any bitterness, only a bold and rich taste. I was surprised by how unique it tastes, making it hard to pick words to describe it. i can say that I will keep my big tin full of this tea as long as presto carries it
great flavored green. the flavor is a little strong, making it hard to taste the green tea but still a great cup. be careful to use cooler (175) water and to steep for no more than 3 minutes, as it can and will get bitter. but when steeped correctly, a great tea for any time
Honestly, I love white peony. My friend had the red fruits white tea from presto and enjoyed it, so I figured why not try the black fruits? Well I steeped it with a little extra tea since whites are so subtle, but honestly, it still disappointed me. I tried different temps and times, but honestly it was just not that good. I’d rather buy some of the expensive white peony from the shop downtown than save a few bucks and drink this kinda flavored warm water.