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Republic of Tea Ginger Peach Black Tea Review
A Very Pleasant Tea
Summary : I'll confess. I was pleasantly surprised with this tea. I was expecting bitterness, and instead found a light tasting peach tea with enough ginger to give the tea a moderately, spicy kick.
Review : Gee, it's been a week since I've last done a tea review. But well, with the weather getting colder, and with my taste buds needing a break from my favorite teas I live off of, I was in the mood for something different this evening.
Yet, I didn't want to deal with a loose-leaf tea this evening. Just wasn't in the mood for the cleanup, I guess. Yeah, call me lazy, but what can I say...lazy is my middle name.
In any event, while searching through my tea samples, I came across a forgotten about black tea from the Republic of Tea called Ginger Peach Black Tea. Now, admittedly, I'm not a massive black tea fan. I've simply have had way too many unpleasant tasting experiences with black teas, and in particular flavored black teas. All too often, instead of getting a nice, flavored taste of whatever the tea is infused with, I instead end up being greeted by overwhelming bitterness and no flavor at all. But I'm nothing if not curious, so I pushed back my reservations and gave this tea a try.
This tea from the Republic of Tea contains the following ingredients : Fine black tea, natural peach flavor and ginger.
Here is how the Republic of Tea describes this tea : ""Longevity Tea"--Our best-selling tea has the sweet lushness of a fancy peach with spicy ginger. Voted "Outstanding Beverage" by the National Association of the Specialty Food Trade."
The tea, happily, has a pleasant peachy aroma right out of the bag. And even better, right after I added the boiling water, the tea really released a peach aroma indeed. Thus, as I rather like most things peaches, my hopes began to lift that I might get lucky and have a enjoyable tea tasting experience after all.
I'm happy to say that my luck held. This tea is exceptionally smooth for a black tea. There is no hint of bitterness at all...just be sure to not overbrew it. And the peach flavor, while not exactly overpowering or overwhelming by any means, was still of moderate strength, just strong enough to make this a rather light tasting peach black tea.
And then there is the ginger, the big surprise of this tea. You won't notice the ginger in the tea on your first sip. Instead, the ginger begins to become noticeable about 15 seconds or so later, as it slowly builds up on your taste buds. The result is that the tea seems to have a weak spicy kick to it right at first, but the spice levels increases as you drink more of it, something I found rather nice if somewhat different. But regardless of the how's or why's, the result is that this is a moderately spicy tea, and is actually more spicy than some chai teas I've had.
Let's not forget the aftertaste either. I truthfully wasn't expecting much after-taste. How wrong I was. First of all, the peach flavor lingers around for a little while, say about five minutes or so. So it doesn't compare to a peppermint or lemon tea, but not bad for a black tea. But let's not forget about the sneaky ginger. The ginger aftertaste in this tea is formidable indeed. It seemingly hangs around forever, and doesn't necessarily lose the spicy kick it has either. The result being that you'll have a spicy ginger after taste lingering around for a good twenty+ minutes after the tea is gone.
Recommendation : Yes. If you enjoy spicy teas, then you'll love this tea, as I found this tea to be spicier than many chai teas. And the peach flavoring in this tea, while of only moderate strength, is still quite pleasant. And, perhaps most importantly of all, the tea, if properly brewed, lacks any sort of bitterness...always a nice thing when dealing with a black tea.
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