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Once again, thank you to Angel and Teavivre for the sample!
I thought I had peach-flavored myself out on teas lately, but I’m quite glad I hadn’t after this one.
Dry, this leaf smells like peach nectar (the stuff you can buy in a can, made from actual peaches). It’s very sweet and juicy smelling, and lacks any hint of artificial peach gummy.
The brewed aroma is faint, but what is there smells of fresh grass and peaches. The peach flavor builds on your tongue with each sip, making each peachier than the last. The jasmine is initially very subtle, sneaking in at the tail of the sip, but as the peach builds, so does the jasmine and it becomes the most lingering of the flavors. Strangely the amount of jasmine I taste doesn’t really change with how many times I steeped it. It was always subtle, and just there. The green tea isn’t the prominent flavor until several steepings in, and then it is a nice buttery, vegetal green.
Coming back to the peach flavor, though, I can honestly say this is the first peach tea that has genuinely tasted like peach. Even when the flavor is strongest (steeps 2-3) it never crosses into fake or candylike. I’m blown away at how perfect this flavor is.
I’m pretty sure I’ve given up on other peach teas now.
Sipdown, 117. Cold brew. Um, this one is AH-mazing cold brewed. I cold brewed it on a whim because I often like roast oolongs cold brewed, although I often only have that in the context of a flavored tea. Well apparently I need to cold brew unflavored roasty oolongs more often because this was so good. The roastiness is quite low in the cold brew, almost to the point of the taste of roasted vegetables instead of a true toastiness. It is way more floral when cold brewed, which is a plus to me (although not to some people haha). Delish, all around.
This is a quick note as I drank this while taking care of a lot of things… going out of town for a conference tomorrow! So again a halt on sipdowns, sigh.
Anyway, this was really nice. I am really enjoying these roasty green oolongs more and more, especially when they are nice and bready like this one. A touch sweet, especially when cool/cold. I should try cold brewing this because I think I would really like it iced.
A timely and tasty afternoon tea. People have been bringing in so much candy at work. It’s the season for fattening up! I needed something light and clean to wash away the sugary coating in my mouth. This tea is perfect for the job. The peach is so refreshing and the natural tannins in green tea are great for that clean feeling. The jasmine is light. Juicy peach is the predominant flavor here, but I’m not complaining. Tasty tea. Good quality leaves. I oversteeped like whoa, but the resulting brew is barely astringent. I love teas that can stand up to my neglect. :)
There’s also that typical savory flavor I get from most Chinese greens. It’s odd next to the sweet peach but an enjoyable contrast.
In other news, I’m beside myself with excitement for BBC’s 3rd season of Sherlock. January can’t come soon enough. I haven’t fangirled so hard since I was a teen.