Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Birchall Tea’s – Green Tea With Peach. As I’m sure you all already know I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve tried so far from Birchall Tea, but everything I have already tried from them has been a black tea or had a black tea base so while I knew quality wise they always knock it out of the park what I was mostly interested in when going into this tasting session was whether or not the green tea was going to be as good as they black teas have been. I really did hope that this one was going to be great though because peach green tea is so perfect iced during spring and summer.
Here’s what Birchall Tea themselves have to say about this tea over on their website: ”Our Green Tea & Peach is a traditional green tea, blended with real fruit pieces and marigold flowers. This full flavoured, aromatic green tea is a plentiful source of anti-oxidants, which are known for their cleansing and detoxifying qualities and contains less caffeine than black tea, making it a wonderful substitute that can be enjoyed throughout the day.Once steeped in hot water, our vibrant green leaves unfurl to produce a rich, deep yellow infusion with a sweet fruity fragrance that is smooth, light and rounded with delicate floral notes. It really is perfection to a tea and we look forward to you enjoying it as much as we do”.
Ingredients: Green Tea, Apricot, Marigold Flower Petals. Flavour
The aroma of this blend when dry was sweet and slightly vegetal. I could definitely pick out a nice light peach and apricot note as well. I was worried that since the peach in this is provided by a flavouring that it would be really strong and artificial but that wasn’t the case at all, not when it came to aroma anyway.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tea three different ways: On it’s own (hot), On it’s own (iced) and hot with just honey added. The first time I tried this I had it hot on its own and while steeping I did start to worry a little bit because the peach and apricot notes I was able to pick out in the aroma all but disappeared and its aroma became much more vegetal heavy. Luckily though upon trying the tea all of my worries were put to rest because as well as it having a nice sweet grassy vegetal note, I was able to pick out the peach and apricot to.
I wasn’t expecting them to be so noticeable as like I said during steeping they really did disappear in terms of aroma. The great thing about the peach and the apricot is that they provide a noticeable sweet & fruity note but they don’t overpower the green tea and instead pair perfectly with it. For the most part it was a smooth cup to drink but it did become a bit drying. I personally can enjoy this on its own and wouldn’t add any honey but I know some of you will want to know how the addition of honey will effect this tea.
I added half a teaspoon of honey and I didn’t think it was going to effect this tea to much but it actually made quite a big difference. It somehow made the apricot and peach notes seem a little more prominent and really rounded off the tea quite well. I would personally still rather drink it on its own when it comes to having it hot but if you are after stronger peach and apricot notes from this adding just a little honey will definitely help. I just like to be able to taste the green tea and have those peach and apricot notes be present and noticeable without outshining it.
The iced cup of this that I had was incredibly similar to the hot one in terms of flavour profile aside from the fact that the peach and apricot notes were a little lighter and there was a slight bit of astringency to it. The vegetal note was a little stronger and really cold brewing this threw this tea off balance. If you want to try this cold I would highly recommend steeping it hot and then pouring it over ice. That way you get a refreshing cup of iced green tea but it’s much more well balanced and you really get to enjoy it at its best. I’ve been doing that since I did my tasting session with this tea and its been much more enjoyable that it was when I cold brewed it.
This is definitely a spring time tea and I have now doubt that it will take me no time to finish the box that I was gifted for this review. This is definitely one I would repurchase next spring.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.98/5
If you want to find out more about Birchall Tea and purchase some of this tea for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter / Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my very best answer them all as soon as possible.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*