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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.

Stephanie

Oh yum! This one is on my must try list! :D

Terri HarpLady

I really enjoyed my samples of this one!
Very delicate, very refined, very lovely.

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Light tasting sweet green tea. Similar to Dragonwell.

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This is a rich tasting, good tea. It kind of reminds me of a milk oolong. It has some floralness to. It is also vegetal, but not in a boiled spinach-like kind of way like I experience in some other teas. This is more nuanced and sweet. I’d buy more of this.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Brewing this up using the western method tonight.
First steep is floral, nutty, and has a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel that reminds me of milk oolong.
Second steep is pretty similar, although it is starting to get slightly more vegetal tasting.

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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.

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Stephanie

Nice. I’ll have to try that with a roasty oolong since I’m picky about them :)

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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.

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El Monstro

I got a bunch of their oolong samples when they were having the sale, looking forward to trying this.

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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.

ashmanra

My kids just ate at Speedy’s last week! They were geeking out and taking pictures of each other out front and you can see the door they use as 221B.

Mercuryhime

I wonder if the residents find it annoying. Haha. I can only imagine what it must be like to live there when they’re filming.

Cavocorax

Sherloooooock. I’ve been reading fic nonstop since I finished S2. I’m completely ready for S3, and not at all worried I’ll be disappointed bc if the story goes off in a direction I don’t like, I still have the fic. :P

Mercuryhime

I’ve been reading lots of fics too! I’m almost afraid I won’t recognize the original characters anymore after seeing so many writers’ interpretations. I’ll just have to re-watch all the episodes. :D

Scheherazade

I can’t wait for Sherlock, either. I’m saving my Adagio fandom sampler to drink along with it :)

tea-sipper

I can’t wait as well! Two months, really!

Mercuryhime

Sherlock fans, check out this shirt!
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Maybe wear this shirt while having British tea time during first episode? Sounds like a plan!

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