J+S both love a great deal as much as we love peach tea. So we picked up a bag of Tao of Tea Peach at TJ Maxx when it was on clearance.

After much research online this tea seems to be nonexistent. It wasn’t in the Steepster database, nor on the Tao of Tea website, nor Amazon, nor any other mentions online. The “Ginger Peach” from ToT is way more real, but there is no mention of ginger on our package.

So how does a mythical tea taste, you ask?

When yours truly (J) opened the package, I was hoping for a nasal punch of sweet dehydrated peach. But instead I smelled… wet tissues. Not a great start, but maybe the brewing will release the peach flavor.

4 minutes later (1 tsp / 8 oz), I was inhaling the steamy aroma. But it certainly didn’t smell like peach.

A sip once it cooled down: No complexity. No peach. Metallic aftertaste.

“What am I drinking?”

Perhaps the bag got wet on its journey to the clearance shelf, because this stuff is just awful. Or it could be stale. I’ll ask S to give it a try before the bag gets tossed in the trash.

Maybe this tea is a knock-off? Would somebody make a fake Tao of Tea? I’m left with more questions than answers, and a bag less tea than I thought I had.

Flavors: Paper, Wet Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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