Today’s prompt for Vegan MoFo 2016 is Multi-color. And with today’s tea, I think that fits perfectly. This tea is just gorgeous with all of the different color pop. Truly a multi color tea if I have to say so myself!
The tea of the moment here at Sororitea Sisters is Homestead Peach by Winterwoods Tea which was part of our Amoda Box. Homestead Peach by Winterwoods Tea is an herbal blend consisting of (mostly) organic ingredients…strawberry leaf, dried peaches, hibiscus, lemon peel, orange peel, rose hips, and peach extract.
I was surprised at the more laid-back, mellow aroma that this herbal tisane had. It’s wasn’t overpowering. It was subtly peach and citrus. I absolutely LOVED the fact that the peach FLAVOR of this was REAL. Not fake and/or chemically. I also LOVED that there was hardly any hibiscus in there. There seemed to be JUST ENOUGH to give it a little color in the cup and end-sip pucker on the tongue.
Homestead Peach by Winterwoods Tea was mouth wateringly (YES, I made that end in “LY”) tasty and gently flavored. I enjoyed this hot but even more cold. Homestead Peach by Winterwoods Tea is a fantastic herbal!
Just another wonderful reason why signing up for Amoda’s monthly tea box is the perfect way to enjoy teas you may have never even thought about trying or knew about. Perfect for that tea enthusiast on your holiday shopping list!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Herbal
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How We See It:
Rich peach notes, reminiscent of grilled peaches, blended with dark fruits, hibiscus and rose hips. This is an amazing tea to transition to Fall. You’ll love the tangy citrus finish too. This tea reminds us of home. It’s comforting and familiar.
What’s In It:
Organic strawberry leaf, dried peaches, organic hibiscus, organic lemon peel, organic orange peel, organic rose hips, pure peach extract (certified gluten free)
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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Piper & Leaf
A Juicy Fruit & Herbal Infusion of Pineapples, Papayas, Rosehips, & a Special Herbal Blend (lemon balm & mint).
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In the past, I have tried different Piper & Leaf teas. What I have found is that you have to experiment with their steeping parameters to get the right flavors to really pop.
Orchard Peach is an herbal filled with huge chunks of peaches and a cluster of other ingredients including hibiscus and spearmint. As a dry leaf mixture, I didn’t really get any kind of notable fragrance. More or less just a sweet smell.
I brewed this up like I would any herbal (212F-5 min) and poured the mixture into a cup of ice. Yes, I know that this isn’t the true way to make the iced tea but I’m at work so I figured this was the easiest way to go about it. The mixture produced this beautiful dark red purple liquor. The color was stunning.
Took my first sip and blam- this tea packs some flavor. I was expecting to have to fumble with steeping longer or shorter. Not the case at all. This tea tastes like a fresh peach jam punch. The flavor is a bit hard to explain. I think because it looks more like grape juice, my head is saying this should taste like grape.
The first flavor that hits you is the sweet flavor. The peach notes aren’t like a fresh peach but more like a fresh peach jam that you picked up from a farmer’s market. There is a really slight syrup sweetness that I’m associating with a jam. After the sweetness you get this really nice tart flavor that brings in a beautiful contrast. Here and there I can pick up subtle lemon notes but they are very subtle and are more like a citrus note. The only flavor I didn’t pick up strongly was the spearmint. Being a mint fan that makes me sad but that is probably for the best. Not sure how a minty peach jam tea would taste. Maybe Piper & Leaf are just looking out for my best interest.
Out of all of the Piper & Leaf teas, this one surprised me with not having to try and figure out proper steeping parameters. This one packs a delightful punch and the ingredients that are left over in the tea strainer remind me of cranberry salad. That just makes me smile. I’m really happy with this one and it is hitting the spot on this hot summer day!