Tea of the Week for June 19, 2017: Just Peachy!
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Tea Description: Recently, I obtained a beautiful Nilgiri tea that reminded me quite a bit of a first flush Darjeeling. It had a light, crisp 'greenness' to it that was very Darjeeling-esque, as well as that light, fruity nature with hints of spicy tones that I enjoy so much with a Nilgiri. It didn't have quite the 'muscatel' that I ordinarily look for in a Darjeeling, but then again, I wasn't looking for it with this tea so I wasn't disappointed.
After tasting this tea, I thought it would be perfect for a summer tea - something light and refreshing - something that could be enjoyed hot even on the warmest summer day. And what's better on a hot summer day than a fresh, juicy, sun-ripened peach?
That's how this tea came to be. I started with this beautiful, organic Nilgiri tea from Southern India and I added lots of sweet, organic freeze-dried peaches and peach essence. That's all - just peach - one of summer's finest fruits!
The flavor is a sheer delight! The peach is sweet but doesn't overpower the mellow notes of the Nilgiri. The peach seems to actually encourage some of those natural spice notes of the Nilgiri to emerge in a very pleasing way. It's crisp, it's light, it's refreshing. Hints of pepper. The fruit notes of the tea marry well with the peach tones to create a sublime tea experience!
organic ingredients: black tea, freeze-dried peaches & natural flavors
Ah - this is so nice!
I have a couple of 'complicated' blends this month, so I definitely was ready for something simple yet delicious. This blend fits the bill!
I love how the flavors of the peach work together with the natural flavors of this greenish-black tea grown in the Blue Nilgiri Mountains. When I first tasted the tea naked - that is, without adornment (the tea, not me) - I enjoyed the light flavor of the tea - it's crisp, slightly astringent, and clean tasting. I could taste a hint of spice to it - warm, peppery spice. Almost like ginger. It was when I tasted this tea in it's pure state that I thought it would be ideally suited with a peach flavor.
And - YUM!
The peach is sweet - and it's not complicated with other additions. It's just pure peach flavor with the Nilgiri tea. A clean, crisp flavor that leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed.
to brew: a heaping teaspoon of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (not boiling!) I suggest a temperature of 190 - 195°F. Don't go over that - with the greenish nature of the Nilgiri, you don't want to bring the water to a boil. Steep for 2 - 2 1/2 minutes. Strain and let cool for at least 5 minutes. This is good hot or iced!