The pleasant fragrance of ripened peaches floods the senses and upon first sip, Organic Peach is light and delicate, mimicking the sweet scent of freshly sliced peaches, but a surprise interrupts the smooth rush - the hint of tea.
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Harney & Sons
Last week I kicked off my yearly trek through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Living so far from home I always seem to miss the important events going on in everyone's life, but this year the stars magically alined and I made it home in time for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and a wedding shower. It's three weeks of non-stop parties and food I don't have to cook! If you follow me on instagram, then you'll see I got a jump start of the food part last week.
The good news is that since I'm on the road again it's time for another road trip review. Before I left Wisconsin I rounded up a bottled tea from one of the vendors that will be at the Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City on June 6th. I'll be attending TeaFest, so you'll be hearing about it every Tuesday between now and June.
Now on to the tea....
It always surprises me when I stumble across a brand of tea at our small town grocery store that I haven't seen sold anywhere but online. This time I did a little happy dance since I had found a small selection of bottled teas and juices from Harney & Sons. I've been eyeing them every time I place an order for tea, but haven't had the spare $24.99 to pick up a sampler case to try out. Because I love peach tea I decided to pick up the Organic Peach Invigorating Black Tea.
If you've seen my road trip reviews before, then chances are you've noticed a trend— I really really like peach tea, so whenever it's an option I pick up a bottle. I've tried some pretty horrific peach teas over the years, the last bottled peach tea I reviewed had a whopping 40 grams of sugar per bottle. It tasted nothing like tea and had I not seen the label before hand I would have told you I was drinking some sort of juice blend. With the Organic Peach Tea from Harney & Sons I was already off to a much better start based off of sugar content alone. There were only 10 grams of sugar per bottle, coming from a combination of honey and cane sugar. I don't see honey used as a sweetener very often in bottled teas, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it.
Considering that this is a tea from Harney & Sons, a company who has been known for quality tea for more years than I've been alive, I knew going in that I was in for a treat. I wasn't disappointed, this is one of the better bottled teas that I've tasted. The high-quality back tea that was used as a base for this drink isn't drowned out by flavoring, even though there is a strong peach flavor. Occasionally I could even pick up hints of honey. The flavors from the sweeteners were light and not overpowering like I find most bottled teas to be and allowed the peach-like flavor to really come through.
Unfortunately this tea still had the highly acidic flavor to it that most bottled teas have. I find it very off-putting, but the use of honey as a sweetener has toned down it down quite a bit compared to other brands. I will say that I was surprised to find such an acidic flavor in this tea considering that the back of the bottle states in bold letters that there are ABSOLUTELY NO PRESERVATIVES in this tea. When a bottled tea has an acidic flavor it is generally because there are preservatives such as ascorbic acid, citric acid, or sodium citrate. All three are listed in the ingredient list for Harney & Sons Bottled Peach Tea, so the claim that there are absolutely no preservatives isn't entirely true. To be fair, Harney & Sons isn't the only company guilty of this type of deceptive labeling practice, but as a leader in the tea industry I expected better from them.
My issues with the labeling aside, I think this tea has a great balance of flavors and is something I would consider drinking again. I'm going to have a hard time resisting the urge to order a case of tea so I can try the rest of the flavors Harney & Sons has to offer.
My Rating: 82/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This is one of the few bottled teas I've found that isn't loaded down with sugar.