Smoky Butterscotch Peach

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Dried Peaches, Organic Black Tea, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan)
Flavors
Butterscotch, Peach, Smoke, Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Fruity, Leather, Whiskey
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 315 ml

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  • “I was slightly leery of this when I opened the pouch because it smelled SO smoky! I get quite a bit of smoke in the flavor too, but it’s a mellow barbecue smoke, doesn’t dry my throat out as some...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I cracked open the brand new sampler pouch that I had been saving for a day exactly like today. Man, is it flipping’ cold out there. 30 below zero with the windchill and prediction of 35...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is a queued tasting note. Made a cup of this for myself and one for my assistant manager at DAVIDsTEA the night we were doing set up for the feel good collection. I took notes on the cup...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It was crazy beautiful weather today. If this keeps up it will soon it will be iced tea weather! Tomorrow the northern plains will be hit by blizzard conditions. Except us. Fargo will miss the...” Read full tasting note
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The tea of the week for June 20, 2016!

When I started with this blend, I wanted something that tasted a bit like grilled peaches. A little bit smoky, a little bit fruity and beautifully sweet.

I start with a blend of organic black teas: A lovely tippy Yunnan, a sweet Nilgiri, a malty Assam and a pleasant Ceylon to help round things out. Then I added a little bit of Lapsang Souchong to add that touch of smoke.

The smoke is a prevalent profile in the cup but it doesn’t overwhelm it. It tastes to me more like the grilled peach idea – with a touch of smoke to it but not so much that it’s all smoke and nothing else. The butterscotch starts out somewhat elusive but develops as I continue to sip – I’m not sure if it’s the cooling temperature of the liquid or that the flavor just develops as I continue to drink the liquid – but I taste more butterscotch now than I did when I first started sipping.

And the peach – it’s simply lovely! Sweet and fruity. There is a really nice combination of flavors here – a nice balance between the smoke, butterscotch and the peach!

organic ingredients: black teas, freeze-dried peaches, calendula petals & natural flavors.

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655 tasting notes

I was slightly leery of this when I opened the pouch because it smelled SO smoky! I get quite a bit of smoke in the flavor too, but it’s a mellow barbecue smoke, doesn’t dry my throat out as some lapsang souchongs have, and it really goes with the peach, which is coming through nicely. The butterscotch doesn’t really stand as its own note, but I think it’s tying the other two together. This tea is putting me in the mood to grill something.

Evol Ving Ness

I have fond memories of this one even though the first few sips seemed like a mismatch of flavours.

Tamarindel

Yeah, it definitely grew on me the more sips I took :)

tea-sipper

Aw, I don’t taste much with this one… maybe I’m not steeping it right?

Tamarindel

I think I just followed the steeping instructions on the package. You definitely have to shake up the bags though because stuff settles to the bottom.

tea-sipper

I’ll try that. I almost had this one this morning. :D

Tamarindel

But I MIGHT have oversteeped, by just a little? Honestly I have a hard time keeping track.

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I cracked open the brand new sampler pouch that I had been saving for a day exactly like today.

Man, is it flipping’ cold out there. 30 below zero with the windchill and prediction of 35 overnight to be exact. And every single bus or streetcar that I was waiting for was at least a 30 minute wait for each one to arrive.

My hands and thighs and toes are still defrosting and I am delighted that my nose is still attached to my face.

The tea is smoky peach deliciousness and once I was able to board a vehicle once it finally got there and my hands warmed sufficiently that I could open the screw top of my carry mug, I was over the moon to have had this with me.

Smoky sweetness on a black base is such a great thing to have on such a deeply frigid day.

Kawaii433

Tea sounds great… The 30 below doesn’t :(. Stay safe!

Leafhopper

Buses do seem to be super late on cold days. Keep warm!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks all, somehow I survived. We all did, as far as I know. But damn it was cold. However, on the most frigid days, the air and light is so bright, like crystal, so when you are walking in the daytime, everything, no matter how mundane, is sparklingly beautiful. So there is the pleasure of that.

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7889 tasting notes

This is a queued tasting note.

Made a cup of this for myself and one for my assistant manager at DAVIDsTEA the night we were doing set up for the feel good collection. I took notes on the cup itself, and then just took a picture of them for myself for later…

It got odd looks from staff members. Eventually we’ll reach the point where that’s common place, though. Probably.

- Lapsang/smoke is very forward whilst the tea is hot
- Like a grilled peach, in a way? Has that sort of char to it
- Peach is like a weird cross between natural and artificial; not sure how I feel about it
- Smoke backs off as it cools
- Realizing the fake/sweet quality may have been the butterscotch?
- I think it feels weird/out of place in the blend
- This was best after it had cooled down a ways
- Personally, would probably cut back on the butterscotch and Lapsang
- Both seem a touch heavy handed

For the time being, I feel sort of undecided about this blend. I think it might be one of those “acquired taste” sort of ones. I look forward to the next tasting, though.

Maddy Barone

I quite liked it, although I have lovely memories that the smoke and peach evoke.

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554 tasting notes

It was crazy beautiful weather today. If this keeps up it will soon it will be iced tea weather! Tomorrow the northern plains will be hit by blizzard conditions. Except us. Fargo will miss the nasty storm that is going west, south and north of us.

I had a friend from Winnipeg stop in on her way home from Minneapolis. I brewed us a pot of this. You know what she said? She said, “Do you remember that year at Gimli when someone brought their home made peach brandy and we sat around the fire singing and telling stories?” I laughed, because that is EXACTLY what I thought of the first time I had this. My sense of smell is gone again now, so I didn’t have that same reaction, but the tea is still smooth and sweet.

Fjellrev

We had a day like that the other day and I thought wow! Is spring here? I guess it IS March after all. But then it snowed the next day and I needed my parka again haha. Mother Nature is such a tease.

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733 tasting notes

Ok, so here’s a combination I wouldn’t have thought of. Campfire, peach, and butterscotch.

The loose leaf has chunks of dried peach that plump up during steeping. There are also some straw-colored flower petals. The aroma reminds me so much of an old fashioned! Something about the smokiness plus burnt sugar and bright, fruity peach smells like a winter cocktail to me. So interesting!

Steeped, the leathery smoke’s note is in the forefront. I’m actually getting kinda meaty notes from it. Like smoked bacon. It’s followed closely by the cheery peach, with the butterscotch flavors kind of faint and in the exhale. The flavors don’t clash, oddly, but this is certainly not something I’d crave when I’m making my first tea of the day. I’ll chalk this one up to curiosity, finish the sample, and move on.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butterscotch, Campfire, Fruity, Leather, Peach, Smoke, Whiskey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown (231)

This sipdown is a bit overdue because this last cup is a mere shadow of what this tea once was. Faint smoke and a touch of peach but this tea has seen much better days. Goodbye tea. Perhaps we shall meet again in the future but I’ve had a lot of this one so I am ok with saying goodbye.

tea-sipper

I’ve grown to love this blend more over time… it’s probably time I finish my sample.

Maddy Barone

I love this one too, but mine is long gone.

Kittenna

IIRC mine hasn’t held up terribly well, and I have a bunch left. Sigh.

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Additional notes: I was craving a butterscotch tea today and this is the only one that would mildly work. This tea never quite matched what I wanted it to be, not butterscotch enough and not peach enough BUT the flavor profile is entirely unique… not really anything like any other tea I’ve tried. It must be the unique flavors (smoke, peach, butterscotch) with the unique black tea. I do crave this tea once in a while so I’m raising the rating a bit from a 68.

Edited to add: I might like the flavor with this one better with 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 teaspoons. Unfortunately, I have only one serving left then. Some teas just taste better when you’re craving them!

VariaTEA

This tea is interesting because you may not think its amazing but if you want it, there is nothing that could replace it.

Maddy Barone

I quite like this one. AS you say, it is a unique flavor combo.

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4188 tasting notes

Guess I haven’t reviewed this before? (ETA: nevermind, found the other tasting note. Looks like my thoughts were similar!)

Anyhow, it’s just okay, and I remember that from when I had it when it was fresher, too. The base is a tad astringent and the tea is a little too smoky, I feel, without enough butterscotch. The peach is pretty good though. I just clearly wish the butterscotch/smoke balance was reversed. Might be better with some sweetener?

Maddy Barone

I remember this one. I really liked it, partly because of the scent/taste, and partly because it brought back happy memories of drinking peach brandy around a bonfire. Good times :)

Kittenna

Hahahaha. It’s nice when a tea brings back memories!

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627 tasting notes

This was very interesting. I tasted butterscotch the strongest, followed by the peach. The slight smoky edge gave it a sense of cooked peach, combining with the butterscotch to give an overall feel of a baked peach dessert. I enjoyed it, despite smoky teas not being my thing, because the smoke was really subtle.

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121 tasting notes

I am in need of caffeine – so I decided to grab some of this tea since it’s the current tea of the week.

When I thought about this blend, originally, I was thinking strictly a smoky peach tea – but then I decided I wanted another element to it. I had planned on creating a smoked butterscotch tea later this year (in November, perhaps) but while I was brainstorming, I decided I should combine the two – peach and butterscotch – with a black tea base that is a blend of Indian and Chinese teas including a small amount of Lapsang Souchong.

I know in the past, some of my smoky teas have been more smoke than I originally intended. Lapsang Souchong is really potent stuff and when I was LiberTEAS . . . I did NOT like Lapsang Souchong – it wasn’t until I was well into my tea reviewing days that I either acquired a taste for – or learned how to best brew the stuff that I started appreciating the smoky tea. So adding it to blends has been a bit of a learning process for me – and I’m getting better at it, I do believe.

Because this isn’t overly smoky. there is certainly a touch of smoke to it, but it doesn’t overpower the cup. There is a good amount of peach and butterscotch to this too. When I wrote my original tasting notes for this tea – http://52teas.com/blog/tea-of-the-week-for-june-20-2016-smoky-butterscotch-peach-black-tea/ – I conducted the very first tasting without sugar in the cup. My second cup (and this one) has about a 1/2 teaspoon of raw sugar in it and I find that this really helps to bring out the sweetness of the peach and the distinct flavor of butterscotch.

It tastes a bit like grilled peaches, which is what I was going for.

Kittenna

This sounds good. Of course it came out AFTER I ordered.

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