This was part of a sampler pack I obtained of flavored teas and were wasn’t much info available about it. The leaves are small and the peach scent reminded me of artificial flavoring though I can’t say of sure that this was the case. There are bits of something in the tea that could be dried peach or could be ginger. I couldn’t tell. I couldn’t detect any hint of ginger scent at all.
This probably isn’t a great candidate for gong fu style brewing but I wanted to try out my new gaiwan so I gave it a try. I did a quick rinse followed by an initial steep of 5 seconds. The tea cam out a medium orange brown and was on the weakfish side but not unpleasant. The taste of peach was medium strong but still no ginger to be noticed. There was the normal black tea bitterness but quite subdued. Not at all unpleasant but nothing spectacular.
I did the second steeping for 15 seconds and the tea was a bit stronger and this was the best of the three steepings I did. The tea was stronger and enjoyable but the peach flavor was the weakest part.
The last steeping was 45 seconds and the peach seemed to be gone at this point. The tea was ok but a bit thinner. At this point I decided that I’d probably had enough for now and concluded.
Overall, an interesting experiment but probably not a tea that is worth the time for brewing in a gaiwan. Might make a decent iced tea though. I don’t know where the ginger was. I could neither smell nor taste it so it’s influence was subtle at best, at least on my probably unrefined palate.
Flavors: Peach, Tea