drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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So, I inadvertently brewed up two peach blacks this morning, as I was unaware that the tea I received from Sil had peach flavouring as well! (Actually, it just occurred to me that the third sample I brought down is also peach! But it’s Peach Ginger White, or something to that effect. I guess I had peaches on the brain…) This sample was of course generously provided by Azzrian! Thanks for the chance to try out your custom blend! :D

Now, a disclaimer. I hate beer. I probably don’t like hops. I am apparently picky about peach flavouring in tea (well, it may just be DavidsTea’s peach flavouring). However, this is too cool to pass up!

Brewed up, it smells a bit peachy, and there’s another flavour I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps it’s the hops, but I don’t really know why they’d be familiar. Or maybe it’s peach flavouring from another tea? Oh wait… it kind of smells like…. Butiki’s Apricot Guayasa! I think that’s the association I’m making. Anyways. The flavour is definitely interesting. I’m getting some bitterness but not really astringency… is this the hops? They are bitter, aren’t they? Bleeehhhhhhh. I can taste some delicious peachiness in there too, but the bitterness is making me sad. I suspect this is a yum tea for beer drinkers, but not so much for me. So bitter my mouth is getting all contorted, haha.

On that note, if anyone I’m swapping with in the near future is curious to try this tea, I have a couple cups’ worth to send off! I wouldn’t suggest trying it if you dislike bitterness or beer. :) No rating because I should have known I wouldn’t like it (and therefore a 30 is soooo mean!)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Hops is super bitter, kind of white grapefruity but more bitter. When I was making this tea for Azzrian, I tasted all ingredients separately as I do when I make blends to understand how they would contribute to the blend. So, I added a lot of hops to hot water and let it sit for a bit. Without thought, I tried a lot of the hops tea and it was huge shock to me. That was the most bitter drink I have ever tasted and that moment will certainly stick with me. Literally had to dump half out and add half water, then repeat that like 4 or 5 times before it was even close to drinkable. I will say, I can now easily pick the taste of hops out of a beer.

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, that’s awesome! Yeah, I think they’re at a good level in this blend for people who can tolerate such things, but I can’t handle the bitterness/flavours of beer, so it’s not shocking that I dislike this too! I did drink the whole cup though :D

Butiki Teas

Wasn’t so awesome at the time but now its funny looking back on it. I did notice that some of the bitterness goes away and more of the peach comes out when you add sugar but sounds like hops aren’t for you.

Kittenna

Yeah, it would probably be more tolerable sweetened, but I’d prefer to be able to drink it without! It occurred to me that my beer-loving gluten-intolerant roomie might be interested to try this tea – is it gluten-free?

Butiki Teas

Yep, gluten-free. It has gluten-free flavoring, gluten-free peach bits and hops. The facility is not gluten-free but we are careful not to cross contaminate.

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Butiki Teas

Hops is super bitter, kind of white grapefruity but more bitter. When I was making this tea for Azzrian, I tasted all ingredients separately as I do when I make blends to understand how they would contribute to the blend. So, I added a lot of hops to hot water and let it sit for a bit. Without thought, I tried a lot of the hops tea and it was huge shock to me. That was the most bitter drink I have ever tasted and that moment will certainly stick with me. Literally had to dump half out and add half water, then repeat that like 4 or 5 times before it was even close to drinkable. I will say, I can now easily pick the taste of hops out of a beer.

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, that’s awesome! Yeah, I think they’re at a good level in this blend for people who can tolerate such things, but I can’t handle the bitterness/flavours of beer, so it’s not shocking that I dislike this too! I did drink the whole cup though :D

Butiki Teas

Wasn’t so awesome at the time but now its funny looking back on it. I did notice that some of the bitterness goes away and more of the peach comes out when you add sugar but sounds like hops aren’t for you.

Kittenna

Yeah, it would probably be more tolerable sweetened, but I’d prefer to be able to drink it without! It occurred to me that my beer-loving gluten-intolerant roomie might be interested to try this tea – is it gluten-free?

Butiki Teas

Yep, gluten-free. It has gluten-free flavoring, gluten-free peach bits and hops. The facility is not gluten-free but we are careful not to cross contaminate.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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