The Mysteries of Tea ~ Tea Tasting ~ Ginger Peach Scented Tea

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photograph by Melissa Placzek

:: Tea of the Week ::

Ginger Peach Tea

Did you know that all teas, white, green, oolong or black, can be scented with spices, herbs, flowers or fruits? The flavorings are added at the end of the blending process. The vehicles for imparting these flavors are: essential oils, dried fruit and fruit peel, spices, herbs, flower petals, or slow-release flavor pellets.

An example of a flavored tea is Earl Grey. It is definitely one of the most popular flavored teas. Earl Grey is made by scenting tea leaves with the essential oil, bergamot.

I’ve decided that once in awhile I’d like to feature a scented/flavored tea for our tea chats on Tuesdays, so I won’t go into all of the different types of scented tea varieties today. Instead, let’s focus on one at a time. When scented tea is flavored correctly, it can heighten the tea experience and bring out the flavor in the foods you choose to serve with your tea.

One of my favorites is Ginger Peach Ceylon by Mrs. Kelly. It’s a perfect blend of black Ceylon tea leaves, juicy peaches and has the slight spicy tingle of ginger. Delicious when paired with Vietanmese fare, (especially spring rolls,) and I like it with cinnamon toast! The scent is pure heaven!

Appearance: amber, orange color

:: Tea Fact ::

In the UK black tea is still the brew of choice, but the consumption of flavored teas and green teas is on the rise. It’s quite normal to enjoy tea in bed in the morning, some with breakfast, a cup or two at lunch and at “tea time” which is traditionally at 4:00 in the afternoon.

What’s in your teacup?

~Melissa

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  8 comments for “The Mysteries of Tea ~ Tea Tasting ~ Ginger Peach Scented Tea

  1. Sandy
    March 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Found this tea soothing for an upset stomach…Thanks my GF.

  2. Samantha
    March 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I seen this picture on someone else’s site before it was posted here.

  3. Melissa
    March 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Sandy! Glad this helped soothe your tummy 🙂 I think I’ll go back into this post and talk a little about the benefits of consuming ginger. Thanks for reminding me! xo

  4. Melissa
    March 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Hello Samantha,
    This is very curious. I took this picture in my kitchen yesterday. If someone magically posted it before me I’d really like to see the picture. Could you direct me to the site?

    Thanks so much!
    Melissa

  5. Sandy
    March 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Samatha…I with a background in psychology and now a writer and photographer see many ideas and photos in magazines, books, etc. so when I write or do a layout for a photo these ideas come to mind thus I may write or take a photo of my own works, but in my mind I maybe using something I have read or seen, but this is still my own work…I know my friend Melissa is somewhat like me and so I would say this is how her photo and other pieces of work that she has done has been arrived at…I hope this makes sense to you….

  6. Melissa
    March 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks Sandy!
    This picture was actually just a quick “snapshot” and not very inspired. But you’re right We are all inspired by something. We are not islands unto ourselves.

    xo

  7. Kimber Dunn
    March 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Would you suggest tea for children, or is it more like coffee or pop and should only be consumed once you’re older?? Just a thought I had…

  8. Melissa
    March 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Both of my girls have been drinking tea since they were pretty little. Like 4. I usually gave them mostly milk, watered down tea to get them use to it…but they both drink tea all the time now. Andie always wants me to make a pot when she comes over, and Gracie likes to have it after school. If you’re worried about caffeine (and I wouldn’t be as long as they’re only having a cup or two a day,) there are decaf teas, herbal teas and even “children’s tea.” My favorite children’s tea is by Davidson’s. We use to serve it at the Bee. It brews pink and tastes like strawberries! http://www.davidsonstea.com/store/index.php?click1=products&category=12

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