drank Peach Fuzz Chai by 52teas
3155 tasting notes

Wow, a bit of deja-vu here. Of course, when one brews up multiple teas at a time and doesn’t do something clever like label them, they need to smell them to tell them apart, which usually works with flavoured teas. So anyways, sniffed this one tonight and was thoroughly confused for a moment, because it smelled exactly like the Coconut Cream Chai from Tealish I’ve been sampling the last couple of days. I’m not sure if it’s just the chai flavours or what, but I would have expected a difference between peach and coconut.

The dry tea smells more like a fruity sort of chai. Not distinctly peach, just fruity. With a strong smell of… cloves?? Or maybe it was ginger. Or cardamom. I’m all confused; I had Indian food tonight (and have leftovers like crazy. Don’t get takeout on an empty stomach.)

Ahhh, the taste is where they differ. Light, gentle spicing on a fruity base. Not getting the white tea here at all, which is too bad. Again, not specifically peach, either. But it is nice, albeit weak.

I think this one might need some tweaking of parameters to improve it. Perhaps a longer infusion, since there’s nothing coming out of the white tea at all yet. Not bad, but I was hoping for more peachiness, which perhaps said tweaking will bring out.

ETA: Steeped this one for much longer for the second infusion. I’m getting more spices in the aroma, and a fresh-tasting fruity flavour (it almost tastes like chlorine. But not, because that would be gross.) I think this one’s the opposite of Cherry Garcia – needs more time on the first infusion!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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