Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea 23’s – Peachy Green blend. If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few months you’ll know that I’ve previously tried Tea 23’s Butterscotch Chai and I absolutely loved it ever since the tasting session I did with that blend I’ve been eager to try another one of their blends and see if it was going to be just as delicious as the first one I tried. I’m currently making lots and lots of iced teas and tisanes with how hot it is so I figured this peachy Green blend would be the perfect one to review next while the weather is still warm and I can truly make the most of having it in my collection.
Here’s what Tea 23 themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: ”A sweet, subtle, and refreshing green tea. Use fresh water at 80°C – Brew for at least 2-3 mins – Allow to cool and add ice – Alternatively drink hot.”
Ingredients: Chinese Sencha Green Tea (40%), Ginger, Apple Pieces, Basil, Rosehip, Freeze-dried Peach (8%), Natural Flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this two ways: on it’s own hot and on it’s own iced. I was expecting to prefer one over the other as I never normally enjoy peachy blends steeped hot but this really is delicious both ways and I can’t say I prefer one over the other at all. Each steeping method resulted in two very different experiences which doesn’t happen very often so when it does it’s something I revel in and definitely gives the tea in questions extra points when it comes time for me . The best thing about great pure tea, blends, and tisanes is that they can be enjoyed in a variety of different ways and they are limited to just one method of preparation and thrives no matter how you steep it. This is one of those teas and I’m really thankful to Tea 23 for giving me the chance to try it and have such a fantastic experience.
The Cup I prepared hot I steeped for 2-3 mins and used 85° water. The resulting cup has a light and smooth vegetal base with a sweet & juicy peach note and subtly spicy kick and natural sweetness from the ginger. The basil is subtle and came through mostly in the aftertaste but it added a savoury note to this tea and stopped the ginger and peach being overly sweet and really balanced out each mouthful perfectly right up until the very last sip. I didn’t even think to add honey to sweet what this would be like sweetened because it didn’t need it and was delicious on it’s own. The peach and the ginger added enough natural sweetness to this for me and adding in any additional sweetness would just throw it off balance.
The cold brewed version cup of this I had was steeped overnight in filtered water and it was just as delicious as the hot cup but there were a few little things that were different in this cup. The peach was much stronger than it was in the hot cup and the subtle spicy taste from the ginger was a little more subdued but the natural sweetness from it was still there and seemed to coat my mouth leaving me feeling like I was breathing in sweet air for a few seconds after each mouthful. The basil I would say was also a little bit stronger and that savoury note was still present and it paired perfectly with the peach. I would have never though to include basil in a blend like this but it was genius move on behalf of the Tea 23 team. The sencha was by far the best choice for the base of this blend and especially in the cold brewed version the the vegetal notes stood their ground and work perfectly with every additional ingredient in this blend.
Having this iced over these last few hot days has been perfect and a breath of fresh air from the usual fruity tisanes I drink iced during summer. But it is also a really relaxing to drink towards the end of the day steeped hot so I can see myself enjoy this tea both ways until I finish the box I have. Then I will without a shadow of a doubt buy more of this blend.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about TEA23 and purchase some of this blend to try 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 answer them all as soon as I can.
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*