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I remembered to use the last of these bags for my first proper cold brew of the year! I was pretty convinced I’d forget, but for once I’ve been true to my plans. I used three bags in just over 1 litre of cold water, and left them in the fridge for around 12 hours overnight. The result is pretty delicious. The initial sip is very heavy on the peach, and quite sweet. Then the orange comes out in the mid-sip and adds a mild sharpness that complements the peach really well. The ginger emerges towards the end of the sip, and lingers as a warming spiciness in the aftertaste. It makes for a really refreshing drink, with peach the main star and reassuringly natural in terms of taste. I’m actually quite sad that I’ve finished this one – I’ll certainly look out for it this summer in case it makes a return!
A sample from Miss B. I made up a cup of this hot today, because I’m odd like that. It struck me as a bit perverse at the time, but I really wanted something summery and peachy, and it’s warm out, so I decided to go for it. I’ll really have to start bringing cold brewed tea to work again now it seems like summer is finally here, and potentially to stay. This is a strong candidate for one of my first cold brews – I have three teabags left, so I’m going to save those for that. I can see it working well!
This is just fine hot, though. The initial sip has a strong, sweet, fuzzy peach flavour. It’s a touch artificial, but not outrageously so. The mid sip is mostly orange (I’d say blood orange, if I had to pin it down). Again, it’s not entirely natural-tasting – more like sour orange candy. There’s a tartness at the end of the sip that makes me suspect there might be a touch of hibiscus at work, but it’s pretty subtle so I’ve no real complaints about that.
The colour of this one is the most surprising thing, to me. It’s bright orange! Usually, fruit teas with hibiscus are either a tell-tale pinky colour, or outright deep red. This is neither, which is novel if nothing else. Artificial colouring, though? How else would it be so orange?
I know this is Tetley, and bagged, but I actually like it a lot more than I expected to. It does taste like a Bellini, without the alcohol or grenadine, and although it’s a little on the artificial side it tastes pretty good. I’m looking forward to trying this one iced in the days ahead.
ETA: GINGER! I knew I could taste something in the background, and then it occurred to me in a fairly blinding glimpse of the obvious. It works pretty well with the orange, so I’m happy. Even though ginger isn’t one of my favourite things, it didn’t stop me enjoying this one!
Even though the flavors are really basic, I really like this combination. Chamomile and lemon work so well together, and I like that the lemon is not overly acidic. It makes a really good iced tea. I steeped the tea bag several times for about 45 seconds each time.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Lemon, Sweet
This tea has been on my wish list for about a month, and I impulsively bought it after work today along with one other kind. For a bagged tea, this is quite good. It’s start with a mildly sweet honey flavor followed by a herbaceous taste from the lemon balm, lemongrass and other herbs. Quite nice; reminds me of honey vanilla chamomile from Celestial Seasonings except more herbaceous.
Flavors: Herbaceous, Honey, Sweet
So I’ve tried making this tea 3 different ways within the last 24h to make iced tea. Here are my results:
Attempt 1: 5 tea bags in 2L pitcher, cold brewed for about 20h. Result: very faint peach/fruity taste with a gross, bitter aftertaste. (possibly from the orange peel since it’s the second ingredient) Quote from the husband “It’s like ‘mmmm, peach!’ but right afterwards: ‘ugh, ass!!’” Dumped the whole pitcher down the drain.
Attempt 2: brewed 1tea bag in 10oz of 200F water for 1 min, placed mug in freezer for 2h to cool down. No bitter aftertaste, but still, not a very strong peach/fruity taste.
Attempt 3: 2L of 175F water, 5 tea bags steeped 5 min then removed. I poured myself half a mug and placed mug in freezer to cool down quickly so I didn’t have to wait as long to try it. Peach/fruity taste is maybe a bit stronger, but still not strong enough. I had this problem with the peach tea from Celestial Seasonings as well. I guess since it doesn’t have hibiscus to give it “umph” it just tastes watery to me.
Overall not a repurchase for me. I will use this tea with Luscious Watermelon from DAVIDs TEA to use it up (faint peach with apple/watermelon taste should be nice) . At least with all my experimenting I used up 11/20 tea bags.
Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Tart
I find this orange pekoe bitter and overly tannic. The colour is a strong orange and there is a slightly malty flavour and smell to the tea. It isn’t a terrible tea, but I do prefer other brands of orange pekoe.
Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Tannic
These are super handy when I do hiking or on trips. I like to but them with ice and very cold water. They are quite sweet due to the amount of sugar in them, more like juice than tea. The flavour is very nice though. Sweet, flavourful, fruity, and the tea is not overly bitter.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Honey, Sugar, Sweet, Tannic
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Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Tannic
These are super handy when I do hiking or on trips. I like to but them with ice and very cold water. They are quite sweet due to the amount of sugar in them, more like juice than tea. The flavour is very nice though. Sweet, flavourful, fruity, and the green tea is not bitter.
Flavors: Fruity, Green, Sweet
Very cinnamon-y. It makes you feel warm inside on a cold day! It can get a bit spicy if oversteeped and the cinnamon gets sickly sweet, make sure you take the tag bag out after a few minutes instead of leaving it in like I have done a few times.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sweet
This tea actually tastes a lot like a bellini! You can taste mango and peach which gives it a bit of sweetness, but there is also an acidic hibiscus or rose hip flavour. When steeps it is tangy like a fruit juice, but not sour or bitter. It is AMAZING iced. I like to steep it then freeze it in an ice cube tray. You can put the ice cubes in a strong blender and make a slushy on a hot day.
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Nectar, Peach, Pineapple, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tangy
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Flavors: Herbs, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint