(Gifted for purposes of review)
A long time ago, (or so it seems, it was actually only August!?), when I had been reviewing tea for less than a month, I grabbed a bag of peach green tea from my Varieteas box, hastily took a few shots for the ‘gram, and didn’t even really intend on reviewing it – “it’s only a teabag,” I thought, having started to expand my horizons further into the world of loose leaf and rapidly having become quite uppity, in the way that newbies can do, “It can’t be anything special!” Incorrect!
I have included my original review here for the envelope tea bags – and in this post I’ll be reviewing the prism bags, which are a little different as they contain fuller leaf and beautiful petals, although both are plastic-free. (This blend is also available as loose leaf).
If you’d like a fuller overview of Birchall as a tea company, their history and their commitment to both ethical and environmentally conscious business practice, I’ve included some background in my review of their signature breakfast blend, Great Rift, which can be found here – https://mrsradfaddrinkstea.com/2019/11/04/great-rift-breakfast-blend-by-birchall-tea/
Before I dive into my tea tasterising, here is what Birchall Tea say about this blend:
“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.“
It doesn’t specify the origin of the tea on the packet, but the Birchall site states that their green tea is sourced from China.
Upon opening the packet (which, thank goodness, specifies a lower brewing temperature as this is a green tea. I’m still shocked by the number of green teabags that do not, and merrily encourage people to ruin their own tea), I’m greeted by a fresh peach aroma, with notes of green tea at the base.
When brewed hot, 3 minutes at 80 degrees celsius, this tea is a rich gold, as described on the website – I’m assuming the marigold petals have a part to play in this. It smells peachy and inviting – I would say less peachy than the envelope tea bag, so anyone who is more into a subtle additional flavour, I would say to head to the prism.
The taste of the hot tea is delicate and warming, layers of grassy green and light peach, fab for any time of day. But for me, it’s as a cold-brew that this tea sings.
Ever since Radfad HQ invested in Brita water filter, cold-brewed green tea has been a staple, as I find it brings out all the flavour and natural sweetness. To cold-brew a tea, I place it in a glass bottle or reusable travel mug (so it can be sealed), topped up with filtered water, and leave for at least 6 hours. I brewed this tea overnight, and it is just peachy perfection. Smooth and bright and delightful. (I really like it, can you tell?). I think I’ll be enjoying the rest of this box cold-brewed, and I don’t think it will last until the end of the year, so I’ll definitely have to re-buy to enjoy next summer 😎🥰.
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