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Another from Greenteafairy from a LOOONGG time ago. Thank you! I really loved it the first time I had it, years ago- a divine raspberry flavor. I wouldn’t guess this is an oolong from looking at it though – it looks like a green base. With this great raspberry flavor though, I guess it doesn’t matter what the base is… Only hints of that raspberry remaining now, which I’m a bit sad about. This gets a Steepster rating of 87 so I think others agree it’s delicious!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 24
A day late for this tea, but I hope everyone had a lovely day (if you celebrate today), and a lovely day regardless!
This tea is quite nice. I steeped it a bit lower and shorter than recommended (yesterday I steeped it as recommended and there was a bit of bitterness I wasn’t fond of). There is a floral-ness that’s very Darjeeling-esque here and it’s quite lovely. I didn’t pick up too much else, but overall enjoyed my cup. Plenty more to enjoy as this came in an oversized container for day 24!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 23
I left this a wee bit too long on the sidetable as I worked, so its’s more lukewarm than actually warm, however!
The taste is really lovely. I don’t know if I would call this a chai, but it’s really tasty. I wasn’t really in the mood for chai this morning, so I’m secretly happy the taste is more muted. There’s some spices in there, with the vanilla overlain. The taste of the rooibos is not intrusive and works well with the spices added. Also, the vanilla isn’t upsetting my stomach, which is often does in other teas. Finally, this is yet another smooth tea!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 21
This one has quite a strong raspberry(ish) perfume-y scent while dry which lessens slightly once steeped. The perfume doesn’t really translate to the taste, but because I can still smell it, it’s difficult to differentiate. There’s perhaps a slight raspberry flavour here, but I find it mostly in the aftertaste. The base tea is fine, smooth and non-intrusive.
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 19
This one smells like H&S Cinnamon Spice, wow. Extreme cinnamon heart candy! I never got too excited for green teas, but let’s see how this one pans out – thus far A.C. Perch has impressed me.
It looks like Angrboda mentions clove and I’m not seeing that in the ingredients — perhaps they’ve changed the recipe for this tea over the years.
The taste is actually much more subtle and light. Granted, I lowered the steeping time from 5 to 3 minutes, so perhaps that’s playing a part in how subtle the flavours are. It’s delicious! There’s a cinnamon heat paired with a cinnamon sweetness, but it’s not in your face at all (not liquified cinnamon hearts). The green tea base is unassuming, yet smooth. Really lovely tea!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 18
The ingredients here mention almonds and bitter almonds. I’ve never heard of bitter almonds, but I’m intrigued!
This one smells like a fairly strong black base with very subtle marzipan, but not quite marzipan (maybe that’s the scent of bitter almonds?) once steeped.
In the taste, there is a very subtle marzipan/not quite marzipan flavour, but also a lovely sweetness from the mid-sip onward. The base again is incredibly smooth.
I really enjoyed this one and would consider ordering it!
P.S. Naturally, I spent far too much time learning about bitter almonds while drinking this tea instead of writing up my final project of the term that’s due Monday. XD
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 17
The dry tea has a scent of rose, but not like other teas with rose. There’s something different — perhaps a scent of green apple as well.
The flavour is very light and subtly sweet. The scent of rose is just as strong when steeped. The base tea is smooth and non-intrusive. I got so busy with work, I didn’t manage any other notes – oops!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 16
I was so excited for this one! At first taste, it’s very smooth and there is a definite cream aspect and maybe caramel? But as I drink more, the cream/caramel taste has turned slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Hmm, maybe not a favourite, but there’s potential!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 15
Wow, this tea is really lovely! It’s so incredibly smooth with none of the mineral-type flavours that some roasted-type oolongs have (though this isn’t roasted).
There is a delightful sweetness here, but yet it’s more of a light-medium body and not too heavy.
Lexa says “It’s light, elegant, delicious.”
The second steep almost smells like a black tea! It’s lost some of the magic, but still a good cuppa.
1st steep: 6 minutes
2nd steep: 7 minutes 30 seconds
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 13
This one is fairly tasty for a flavoured green tea, which I generally do not gravitate towards.
The flavouring is not overwhelming or in-your-face, which is lovely. I’m not completely able to detect which flavours these are, which could be user error. There does seem to be a slight sourness around the edges of the tongue, which could easily be green apple. There is a slight chalkiness, but I lowered the steep time to 4 minutes and it seems to have helped a bit (last night I did a 5-minute steep and the chalkiness was more apparent).
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 14
I could smell hints of smoke in the dry leaf, so I was already worried. Steeped, that subtle hint of smoke was still present.
I managed to get halfway through my cup (frankly a miracle for me with any hints of smoke) and the subtle smoke was in and out with each sip. The base was very smooth and this was similar to a breakfast tea, but not quite as bold as some.
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 12
This one came in a larger tin that can be repurposed as a wee ornament, which I love. We decided to do a teapot since there was more tea.
I found this one interesting as a Christmas tea, since it was just clove and orange and the majority of spiced holiday teas I’ve come across usually also have cinnamon.
I would say this one was more clove heavy and I had a bit of trouble picking out the orange. The base tea was again incredibly smooth with not even a hint of astringency. Lots more to experiment with of this one, so hopefully I can tease out some more orange here.
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 11
I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear that all my married-in Italian family was so excited to see another African black tea (like the Kenyan a few days ago)!
This one is quite tasty as well. Absolutely no astringency (how!) and overall a smooth cuppa. This is a strong black breakfast-type tea, and the perfect way to start a Saturday of paper-writing. This one has that hint of syrup flavour that I find in some English breakfast teas (and I generally prefer a cleaner taste), but it’s quite subtle here.
If I had to choose, I would take the Kenyan tea over this, but I’m quite happy with both.
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 10
This one has a sort of melon scent and a lovely light flavour of papaya and mulberry – truly! The tea base is also lovely against the fruit pieces and it’s nice to have a white tea with some flavour (but not an overwhelming or fake flavour). The ingredients also include apple and jasmine, but I wouldn’t say I get either of those very clearly.
I imagine this would be delightful chilled.
Lexa loved this one! She drank down her whole cup before I went for a second sip!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 9
A 5-minute steep on green tea?! My word, these steeps times shock me every day haha. I did enjoy the wee excerpt on the background of this tea being imported to Europe in the wee booklet that comes with the calendar.
However, I’m happy to say there’s no bitterness here and this seems like a fairly standard green tea? It’s not overly vegetal, or seaweed-y, like some of the Japanese green teas I’ve tried. If anything there is a hint of perhaps butter — very subtle. The cup is overall quite smooth (this is turning out to be the word for the entire A.C. Perch calendar).
I’m wouldn’t say I’m a green tea fan, nor do I have much in the way of knowledge, but I’m enjoying this cup, yay (maybe I can explore some Chinese green teas in the future).
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 7
I made a mess of this one sadly. I had yet another hectic work day (cleaning up the mess of others) and steeped this one up, only to have to run out the door. When I finally arrived home hours later, it was ice cold. I drank it anyway and noticed a hint of bitterness with some sweetness overlaying it. Nothing too special, but most certainly my own fault.
Today I threw the rest of the leaves in my cup to steep a fresh cup, but I think I overleaped because it was quite bitter — very radicchio! Sigh, definitely chalk this up to user error on my part!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 8
This one smells very fruity, I’d say a mix of mostly strawberry with papaya and a hint of creaminess.
The steeped scent is nearly exactly the same. The taste is much more subtle, which is lovely. I enjoy that many of the European companies aren’t over the top — I enjoy a more delicately flavoured tea. Yet again, this is so smooth (even with a 5-minute steep), the base tase has no astringency and the flavouring adds hints of creaminess and fresh strawberries and perhaps raspberry— almost like my Nann’s homemade strawberry shortcake. There is also meant to have papaya and kiwi, but I don’t get much flavour coming through for either of those.
2021 sipdown no. 115
Sad sipdown of this one from the A.C. Perch advent! I must order this because I really adore it.
Started my day with this delightful cuppa in my adorable new mug from Etsy with hand-drawn seabirds as I tucked in to read my book on octopuses. I’’m not sure if you can tell I study biology XD.
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 6
The dry scent is a nice mix of grapefruit and bergamot, but not too strong.
With a 5-minute steep time, I feared this would be drying in the mouth, but there’s absolutely no astringency whatsoever. I don’t know how they make these teas so smooth! The steeped tea tastes exactly like the scent and is delightful!
I would definitely order this one for my cupboard!
A.C. Perch Advent 2021 Day 5
Ooh, this one came in a much bigger tin with a ribbon attached to reuse the tin as a wee ornament!
The scent is strongly cinnamon candy hearts, which makes me think of the cinnamon tea from H&S with a similar scents that tastes like liquified cinnamon hearts (yum).
The steeped tea smells very similar but mellowed out, with the cinnamon falling more to the background. The flavours are much more subtle and smooth, also I like that there’s coconut included in this blend – how unique. All of these teas are so smooth!
I bought this one about a year ago to help reinduct me into the world of tea and it was exactly what I needed. The intense fruity flavors provide a delicious foundation upon which delicate notes of white and green teas are set, rather than the other way around. Any bitterness that the green tea may lend the brew serves well to contrast, and therefore emphasize, the peachy taste.
When cooled for an iced tea, the white and green tea flavors come forward.
An excellent tea for beginners, or the well-acquainted tea drinker who likes a strong fruit flavor.
Flavors: Apricot, Peach