Tea Review: Bentley’s Ginger Peach Black Tea
Profile: Premium select high-grown blend of Indian & Chinese Black Tea with sweet peach and a touch of spicy ginger.
Product: 50-CT TIN
I ‘discovered’ Bentley’s Black Tea range when treasure hunting at a local shop. This shop, I should tell you, is known for carrying a range of obscure everythings. Frankly, you never know what you might find when you stop by. The Saturday in question I discovered my beloved Boston Mint Tea (I promise to review this later), a taste sensation that I have only ever found on the East Coast. Needless to say, I was in the tea aisle jumping about.
As I scoured the shelves for spare tins of the mint tea, I uncovered the promise of a new favourite tea, as the Bentley’s black tins glinted at me seductively. A range of sweet fruity choices intermingled with my mint, and being in a “teaphoria” I decided to pop the Ginger Peach into my basket. I admit it wasn’t a big stretch in the flavour sensation department, as I have been in love with the Republic of Tea’s ginger peach ever since university.
Product Description: Bentley’s describes this tea as harbouring a “zing” from the ginger and possessing a pleasing peachy flavour. The produce description closes with: “Drink a cup of royalty with Bentley’s Finest Tea.” While I admit I am not from a country with its own monarch, I wonder if the Queen might hunt me down if she discovers Ginger-Peach and me. I mean am I worthy of royal tea?
I do second the company’s claim that these two tastes have the potential to be a perfect pair. So much so, that if I received their wedding invite, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy them that soup ladle on their registry.
Yet, I confess that I was a bit worried when Bentley’s sales pitch called this tea “a powerful punch to perk up your sleepy little taste buds! ” Was this tea going to deliver a flavour explosion to my mouth? Would it be the last tea I’d ever drink? I wasn’t sure what their promise of oral violence meant, but I was willing to give the tea a try.
The smell of the teabag out of the tin is promising. It is gentle and comprises a moderately strong peach note and the earthy smell of black tea. Upon immersing the bag in a mug of freshly boiled water, I find the scent intensifies and morphs. It maintains the black tea astringent quality but my nose picks up the blossoming of the ginger.
Once cool enough for a sip, the indulgence begins. And as the tea slides over my taste buds, I come understand Bentley’s coy statements. As if a fire-eater, sprayed their flame across my tongue, my mouth is on fire in the wake of the ginger. I suppose this is the effect pickled ginger wishes it could steal from wasabi.
I cough, swallow and sputter in surprise. The ginger is fierce like a samurai warrior and my throat burns in the wake of its ambush. I suppose this is the “zesty” effect but I admit its overpowered me. Over the course of tea-time, I take a number of small sips hoping to catch a peek of the peach note. But its to no avail, the ginger is there at every turn and refuses to tone it down even with briberies of sugar cubes.
I am sad to report, that while I am an appreciator of ginger this brew has taken it a bit too far. I failed to catch the fleeting peach and was left with a pure ginger infusion. While ginger lovers are sure to find this one an amazing diamond in the rough, ginger-peach people might find it leave a bit to be desired.
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