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Eleventh tea for March Mad(Hatter)ness! This is for the white tea round, going against T2’s White Rose. Both of these 2018 teas are ones I’ve reviewed before (original review for this tea can be found here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/375224 ), but considering how long ago they were, I’m going to do a proper revisit. Especially considering that I’ve noticed, over the years, I’ve come to enjoy straight white teas a lot but seem to like flavored white teas a lot less than previously; I suspect it is because the leaf used in them is such lower quality, and the flavorings never really seem to compensate for that.

Dry leaf aroma is very hay-forward, with some peach/apricot notes. I used 2g steeped for 3 minutes in 350ml 185F water. The brewed tea smells mostly the same; like dry hay and autumn leaves, with a bit of peach, and a subtle florality. In flavor, the autumn leaf note is actually quite subtle despite its prevalence on my nose, with the brew tasting most strongly of dry hay, sweet grass, and wildflowers, with more subtle notes of melon and cucumber popping toward the end of the sip. There is a noticeable peach flavor, but it presents more light and delicate, especially compared to the kind of juicy peach flavoring present in Peach Cobbler. I actually think, with such a “gentle” sweet peach note, as well as the natural florality and vegetal qualities, that calling this “Peach Blossom” is rather appropriate. I am getting more of a sense of a sweet and delicate peach flower than juicy ripe fruit.

I’m enjoying this more than I remember; somewhere in my memory, I remember every peach-flavored white tea I ever tried tasting strongly of wet autumn leaves and little else (I definitely remember getting that from TeaSource’s Machu Peach-u back in the day!) Maybe I’ve just become more tolerant of those notes over the years, and have an easier time picking out some of the other flavors… or maybe the leaf is settling a bit with age. I wouldn’t rate it as highly as I did back then (going back now, I seemed to have rated things across the board higher than I would now!) but I’m still more impressed with this than I thought I’d be going in. It’s a nice afternoon tea, and I recall it was a good cold brew, too. I am lowering the rating to be more reflective of where I am as a tea drinker now, though.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cucumber, Floral, Flowers, Hot Hay, Melon, Peach, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

Inventory:

My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JjlpjQ94UyoryaDRMIeqnPHObgvCtmRp/view?usp=sharing . I am currently strictly limiting tea trading/ordering to get my collection under control! My participation in any tea boxes, tea exchanges, or group orders, and acceptance of any tea gifts is very limited at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited outbound gifting (USA only!)

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