Georgia Peach from Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar

peachTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar

Tea Description:

This bright Ceylon black tea flavored with sweet peaches is our best seller year round! It has a very juicy, ripe peach flavor with sweet aromas. Delicious both hot or cold. Simply peachy…

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It is officially iced tea time! I love summer.  I am a “cold” blooded person so when the weather starts getting warmer out- I love it.   Even in 80-90 degree weather you’ll find me with a sweater on .  I get made fun of quite a bit, but I’m told it is all in good fun.

Besides making iced tea, I’m currently addicted to cold brewing tea.  Threw some tea into a pitcher and the next morning-VIOLA! you have amazing tea.  What I have found is that when you cold brew a tea, you can take a tea blend that was ok or so-so to a tea that is full of flavor!

That is the case with this tea for sure.  I brewed this peach flavored black tea as a traditional black tea-212F-3 min.  Took a sip and to be honest, the flavor was ok.  The peach flavor was nice and the black tea base mixed well, but this hot cuppa didn’t give me the “Wow” factor I was looking for. The flavors were subtle and the cuppa didn’t leave much of an impression on me.

Cold brewed this tea and wow- did my opinion on this tea completely change.  This tea reminds me of fresh peaches.  The cold brewing really helped draw out more of the flavor.  The black tea base is slightly astringent but I liked the contrast.  Sweet juicy fresh peaches. So perfect for the summer!

My only thought would be to add a touch of vanilla and this tea would be amazing! A cold brewed peach vanilla iced tea? Yes please!

Georgia Peach Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-Georgia-PeachTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

Our premium organic Iyerpadi black tea blended with sweet organic peach flavors. This may not be as crazy as Garlic Toast or Maple Bacon, but this will make you happy inside.

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

When I first saw that Southern Boy Teas created this Georgia Peach Iced Black tea as their tea of the week for the first week of January, I thought, Oh!  That sounds good!  Then I thought, kind of boring though, isn’t it?  Then my mind wandered to the ready-to-drink peach flavored iced teas that are mostly sugar and flavoring and very little tea.  Bleh!

So, as I was brewing this, I was hoping that it wasn’t going to taste like the stuff you can find on the supermarket shelves.  I was hoping that I’d taste tea that’s been flavored with just enough peach flavor that I could taste the peach and still enjoy the flavor of the black tea.

And that’s exactly what is in my glass right now.  Well, actually, I should say that’s exactly what WAS in my glass, because I’ve finished my third glass of this iced tea in a matter of a half an hour.  This stuff is good.  I know that Southern Boy Teas is embracing the slogan “tea that’s meant to be shared,” but my mind is embracing the notion that I need to drink this before anyone else realizes how good it is.  All for me, none for you!  Share?  Ha!

The black tea that Southern Boy Teas has been using for their black tea blends is an Iyerpadi estate black tea that’s brisk and has a solid black tea flavor.  It’s not an aggressive tea, but it isn’t too shy either.  It doesn’t hide behind the flavors.  It’s a tea that’s rich, smooth, not astringent or bitter, and just … really good.

The peach flavoring starts out subtle.  My first few sips, the peach flavor wasn’t strongly apparent, but there was something luscious there that kept me sipping.  About midway through that glass, I realized – LOVELY peach!  Yum!  The peach is a sweet flavor but not candy sweet, it’s more like a true to the fruit sweetness.

Really nice!

And please don’t forget about Frank’s Indiegogo campaign that’s going on right now!  He’s looking to enhance his iced tea business so that he can take it to the next level!  Please help this small business achieve its goal!

Black Currant Flavored Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company

CurrantTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Georgia Tea Company

Tea Description:

When you open the package, you smell the fruitiness from the currants – perhaps a dark raspberry fragrance. As you take your first sip, you sense a slight tartness which is the contribution of the fruit, but it doesn’t overpower the strength of the black tea. Perhaps add some rock sugar to soften things a bit. By the way, currants are not grapes or raisins. Grapes grow on vines and are sweet. Currants grow on bushes and are tart. Research has discussed the high antioxidant level of currants and several studies indicate currants may delay onset of Alzheimer’s.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Nice!  Georgia Tea Company has nailed the currant flavor in their Black Currant Flavored Black Tea, and they managed to do it without sacrificing the flavor of the black tea base.

The black tea here is rich and smooth.  There is some astringency to this cup – a moderate astringency – and the dry, tangy sensation from the astringency plays to the currant notes.  The tea doesn’t taste bitter, and there is an undertone of sweetness … almost a raisin-y sort of sweetness.  Again, I think that this plays to the currant note in a favorable way.

The currant is a strong flavor, but, it doesn’t taste artificial.  It’s rather tart, and I’m not always a big fan of tartness.  However, I think that there is enough sweetness from the tea that the tartness doesn’t overwhelm my palate.  This tea is definitely more tart than sweet, but, I like the contrast between the sweet notes of the tea and the tart notes of the currant.

The overall taste is reminiscent of wine.  And as it cools, this tea becomes even tastier – it makes an excellent iced tea!  However you choose to serve it, it makes a really nice cup of tea – one of the better currant teas that I’ve tasted over the years.

Golden Monkey Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company

goldenmonkeyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Georgia Tea Company

Tea Description:

Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Golden Monkey tea is hand-processed each spring with a careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. It is among the finest Chinese black teas available today. The name comes from its unique appearance: the leaves resemble monkey claws. If you enjoy full-bodied teas with an abundance of flavor, we urge you to give this tea a try. It has a very smooth flavor and brews a golden brown.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is LOVELY!  Of the many pure black teas out there, if I had to choose but one to drink for the rest of my life, I think that a Fujian tea like this Golden Monkey Black Tea from Georgia Tea Company would definitely be in the running for that one tea.

I love the rich, full flavor of this Golden Monkey.  It has a strong malty tone with notes of cacao and a delectable caramel-y undertone.  Mmm!  It is sweet and delicious (and cozy!) but it also has the kind of GUSTO that I look for in a black tea.  It’s invigorating enough to get me going when I’m looking for that nudge to wake.

The astringency here is what I’d categorize as mild to moderate.  There is a slight – very slight! – bitter intonation to this cup which suggests to me that perhaps I brewed it a tad too long (3 minutes) and so it is advisable to watch the steep time with this tea.  Next time, I’ll go with 2 1/2 minutes for a smoother cup.

Overall, a very delicious cup of tea.

Georgia Peaches from Just Add Honey

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Just Add Honey

Tea Description:

a fruity and aromatic blend of brisk Ceylon and Darjeeling black tea paired with freshly hand-ground ginger, sweet dried peaches, and a touch of cinnamon and clove to provide additional sweetness and body. wonderful hot, makes a delicious iced tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I discovered this company through one of those flash sale type of sites, and I ordered from them right away.  It wasn’t really this particular tea that captured my interest (it was the chocolate one of course!) but interestingly enough this is the first tea of the three that I ordered that I reached for when it came time to brew one of them.

When I ordered this tea, I expected big, juicy peach flavor.  This expectation is based upon the name “Georgia Peaches” and the fact that the company is from Georgia, I figured they knew their peaches in Georgia, right?  But after I opened the package and began to measure out the tea and I saw bits of cinnamon, ginger and cloves in there, my ideas of what this tea might be also began to change.   All of the sudden I was expecting a ginger peach kind of flavor or at the very least, a spiced peach cobbler filling type of flavor with the spices in there.

But neither of these expectations prepared me for what I’m tasting.  The flavor is neither in-your-face, bite into a peach and juice is running down your arm kind of flavor … nor is it a spiced peach kind of flavor.  It tastes … well, it tastes like a peach flavored black tea.

And a good one, at that.  The black tea base is a blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling – and this base provides a light, crisp sort of taste.  It’s not a bold or hefty black tea flavor and it isn’t something that I’d recommend drinking first thing in the morning if you’re looking for that jump start.  But it is a delicious and medium-to-full-flavored black tea that is brisk and refreshing.

The peach notes are strong … but they’re not overpowering.  There is a careful balance between black tea and fruit here, with neither overwhelming the other.  The peach flavor is sweet and tasty, but doesn’t taste too sweet.  There is a very slight artificial note to the peach here, and it’s hardly distinguishable … only when I really try to focus on the flavors to pick out the individual notes of the tea do I notice it.  It really has very little impact on the overall taste of the tea, but it is there.

But what I’m liking best about this blend are the spices.  I thought that these spices were going to turn this tea into a heavily spiced blend, but it isn’t.  The cinnamon, cloves and ginger are extremely subtle here, offering hints of warm spice to the background, sort of “filling in the spaces” of the background with their earthy qualities, while enhancing the sweet peach notes.

Overall, a very enjoyable peach offering from this company – it’s the first that I’ve tried from them and I’m quite satisfied with it.  I look forward to the others that I have to try from them.