Thanks so much for the samples, Teakruthi! I highly appreciate the actual peach pieces in this blend. To a lesser extent, the ginger. I’m just not much of a fan of ginger. I wouldn’t mind a plain Ceylon with legions of peach added to the black tea. The ginger takes over the flavor, leaving a bitterness, but also something savory that is reminding me of fennel or sage or some other spice I’m hardly familiar with. Sadly the peach is hiding, though I made sure to get at least one noticeable piece of peach in the infuser. Maybe someone steeping this one differently will have better luck with it. I’d lose the ginger, personally. But it has such a unique savory flavor, it’s like I’m sipping soup. The second steep still doesn’t have much peach. It might be TOO strong with 1 3/4 teaspoons. It’s different!
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for a full mug // 17 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
The next day I wanted to try it again with a FLAT teaspoon to see if the bitterness would go away… not bitterness from the black tea at all but from all of this ginger. The flavor was obviously less strong this time, still with that savory note, still not much peach — only wisps and hints of peach in the occasional sip. It’s hard to taste the black tea underneath all this ginger, but it’s a good base for it. I’d probably prefer this blend with 1 1/3-1 1/2 teaspoons. It’s different but not something I’m eagerly wanting to stock up (too many other favorites from Teakruthi and again, ginger isn’t my favorite)… though I imagine down the line I will be remembering the unique flavor.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 13 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep