It has been more than two years since my first experience with white pu’erh tea, when DAVIDsTea released a straight tea called Moonlight White. White pu’erh has the appearance of Silver Needle white tea (young tea buds covered in silvery, white down), but is processed (through fermentation) in the style of a traditional pu’erh. Today’s review is made with a base of this unique tea and one of my favourite flavour combinations: peach and ginger! I can’t wait to see how this tea performs as a whole.
Peachy Clean comes packaged in a resealable foil pouch, with an plum coloured sticker placed in the top right corner to signify this tea as a pu’erh. The bag is slightly bigger than the standard received in-store, as this tea yields a bit more than others. I like how the pu’erh tea stands out amongst the other elements in this blend. The chunks of ginger, orange safflower petals, and fruit pieces are all visible. The listed ingredients are: ginger, apple, pu’erh tea, peach, dandelion root, safflower petals, and natural peach flavouring. Peachy Clean’s scent is strong enough that I don’t necessarily have to open the bag to properly smell it. It’s essentially ginger peach in that order (ginger, then peach).
DAVIDsTea suggests steeping Peachy Clean for 4-5 minutes in 95°C (200°F) water. I opted for a steep time of 4 minutes.
Four minutes later, and my cup is filled with a liquor that is bright and golden in colour. It’s even a bit murky/cloudy in appearance. Once steeped, I can smell mostly ginger, followed by the sweet, fruitiness of the peach. My first sip of Peachy Clean is dominated by the spicy kick of the ginger, which now that I think about it, is the first ingredient of this blend. With that being said, the peach, as well as the tea base take a significant back seat to the ginger. It would be nice to be able to taste the tea at least somewhat. This could easily pass for a herbal infusion or tisane.
Overall, I enjoyed DAVIDsTea’s Peachy Clean. Unfortunately, because it is a lot more ginger than peach, and because the actual tea flavour is lacking, I already know that there are going to be a lot of people that come to this blend for a more peach forward flavour, and end up disappointed by the overwhelming amount of ginger. I would recommend this tea to those who are not particularly fazed by ginger, and to those who are new to pu’erh, even those who are not really a fan of it, because ultimately, this is a ginger tea with some fruity notes.
Do you like peach and ginger together? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for a brand new green tea review next week!
Until we steep again…