Peach tea blends: flavor highlights
Sweet, subtle and delicate, peach teas sit comfortably on the ‘mellow’ side of the tea flavor spectrum. Prepared by adding dried peaches or peach flavoring to black tea, green tea, white tea or rooibos, peach teas can have a range of complex, layered fragrances and flavors. The mild nature of peach allows it to fit right in with a number of floral, herbal and spiced additives, embracing them with its bright, light, and delicious succulence. Life’s a peach when your daily cup of tea is as lovable as this!
A little history
Peaches have been known to exist in China since as far back as 2000BC. From there, they made their way to Europe, finding a place in Persian and Greco-Roman cuisines. Today, peaches are extensively grown throughout the U.S. as well (peach iced tea, anybody?).
Tasting notes and reviews
Peach brings a “complex, three-dimensional aroma” to a cup of tea. When added to a strong black tea base, it creates a “light and refreshing edge” and a “natural sweetness”. Peach flavored green teas are “uplifting and comforting”, and make for a “relaxing drink before bed”. Peach is often added to darker varieties of oolongs, turning them into “warm and summery” “midafternoon treats”. All-herbal blends, crafted with rooibos, lemongrass, hibiscus, and other floral and fruit flavors, often feature peach for the latter’s “strong aroma” and “crisp sweetness”.
If you’re all about fragrant, naturally sweet teas, you’ll love most varieties of peach tea. Other fruit flavors such as mango can enhance the mellow sweetness of your peach tea. If you prefer bolder, stronger teas, try a peach flavored black tea, to which you can add some fresh ginger for an off-beat, nuanced sip. Needless to say, any type of peach tea tastes great when iced; add some mint for a refreshing twist.
How to make a delicious peach iced tea
Peach, tea and ice are a dream team! And peach iced tea is super easy to make. You can simply add some peach syrup to your tea, or whip up a batch using fresh peaches. Boil a couple of ripe peaches along with sugar and a cup of water. Once boiled, lower the heat and crush the peaches. Leave the mix to steep for half an hour. Strain into a container and you’ll be ready with your very own peach syrup! Brew your favorite tea using loose leaves or tea bags, and refrigerate it. When you’re in the mood for a chilled pick-me-up, add some of your homemade peach syrup to your tea, pour it on ice, garnish with sliced peaches, and enjoy a delish drink on a hot summer day!