Georgia Sunshine is Peachy - Teasource
Tea : Georgia Sunshine
Website description: A cup full of ripe peaches and energetic ginger that isn’t going to resist a spoonful of sugar. A classic black tea blend that pours great over ice.
Water: 240 ml/ approximately 8 oz
Temperature: 208 F
Steep Time: 3 minutes for 3 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
My Overall Impression (Score of 82.5% / 84.5%)
Today’s review is rather interesting. You can see that I’ve given this two different scores above. The plan was to brew this as a hot tea only and give my review. In doing this and reading their website, I was intrigued to see what it would taste like cold. I brewed another cup and poured it directly over ice to cool it down.
The tea was actually better iced. Normally, I would sun brew this (and will try it in the future), but this was amazing. As a hot tea, it shows an exceptionally smooth, structured mouthfeel with lots of peach aromas and flavors.
As an Iced tea, the peach aroma is muted but the flavor is stronger (similar to eating a peach). It’s hard to describe the flavor of a peach but the brew had much more depth chilled and more of the overall peach flavor that we enjoy. In either case, this is a great tea to think about purchasing.
The price as of 6/17/23 is $12 for 4 oz (w) or 113 gm
- 133 gm at 3 gm per brew = 37 brews
- 37 brews from package = app 32 cents per brew
This is inline with other teas that I’ve reviewed. If you double steep this tea (use it twice), the price drops to 18 cents per cup which is a great price.
- Opening the package, you smell intense candied peach and floral notes. This is followed by subtle malt tones and faint ginger notes. On the tail end, there are some floral infused honey notes.
- Once brewed hot, the sweet, candied peach notes prevail with fresh nectarines and increased ginger notes. It also shows hints of cardamom, toasted nuts and reminds me of a heady perfume.
- When chilled for iced tea, the brewed notes remain but drop to almost half of the hot brew’s intensity.
- The hot brew shows exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, great acidity and medium tannins that add great structure. This is not a heavy brew showing medium weight in the body.
- The dominant flavors of slightly unripe peach and nectarine shine with hints of ginger, honey, floral tones, almond extract, and a dash of nutmeg/mace.
- When served cold, the peach/nectarine flavors seem to be more intense and fuller. The mouthfeel stays allowing for a great refreshing brew. It seems to show more of the small nuances and just tastes better.
For hot brew
- Aromas (4.3/5)
- Flavors (8.0/10)
- Overall impression (4.2/5)
- Total score = 82.5 percent (16.5/20)
For Iced brew
- Aromas (4.2/5)
- Flavors (8.2/10)
- Overall impression (4.5/5)
- Total score = 84.5 percent (16.9/20)
Foods to Pair and Why
- Grilled peaches/nectarines so the natural sugars caramelize will match with the brew’s acidity, aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel.
- I’m a big fan of my homemade peach habanero jelly that I use to glaze shrimp, pork and chicken while cooking or converted to a salad dressing with the addition of a good white wine vinegar. This allows the brew to shine beside the food, matching well in all areas.
- Peach cobbler came to mind to pair with the tea. It seems like it would be a perfect match for both of them.