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I honestly can’t wrap my mind around the low-ish rating on this one. This is my favourite peach tea I have found in my tea tasting history. And that includes loose leaf! This is a true peach, none of those scents like bath and body works or flavours like peach tang. This, when brewed, tastes like someone has dripped juice directly from a peach into your glass. My only sadness is that this is a small brand that was bought out by Bigelow. Which, yay getting the tea to more people, but still, I wish more independent companies were just that, truly independent.

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Bigelow Tea

Tina, we are very happy to hear how much you enjoy the Peach flavor, in the Charleston Plantation Peach. Although Bigelow, a small family owned company, did obtain this piece of the business, please rest assurred that the Charleston Tea Gardens will continue to offer their teas true to that of an independent company.
Kathy for Bigelow Tea



I greatly hope you are correct, and the integrity, high quality, and exceptional formulating of Charleston Plantation teas will not be pillaged, as so often happens when small companies are gobbled up by larger ones. It is ironic that I am reading this note now. I just picked up a tin of Plantation Peach tea an hour ago at one of our local markets in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The Charleston Tea Plantation has been very special to South Carolinians for a long time. It has more recently become special far beyond our beloved state.

As the only working tea plantation that remains in the United States, it is very important that the Charleston Tea Plantation be allowed to continue to flourish using the excellence that can only exist from independent effort.


Stoo (A concerned Charleston Plantation Tea lover)

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drank White Milk Tea 3 in 1 by Old Town
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My tea cupboard is empty if I don’t have some of these packages in it! Nobody can convince me that instant automatically means horrid after drinking this.

I first tried it when I was visiting a friend in DC. Everyone else was drinking coffee, so she asked if I’d like to try this instead since I’m a tea girl. My first sip I felt like it was a really strong tea, but out of politeness, I kept sipping. Within minutes I was glad I did, and that day when we went to the Asian market I bought my own bag of it. Yes, it is simply little packages of sugar and powdered tea, but it seriously makes a delicious cup. I make all tea drinkers try it, now, and nobody has yet disliked it!


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I’d never had southern iced tea from the southern states before this one, and wow, was it a great quality tea to start with. When brewed the southern style it made me want to just sit on a verandah all day watching the condensation dripping down my glass, unable to do more because of the heat. It broke my heart that when I went to order more, the company was no more. Just in case I asked my friend who sent it to me (who lives in the area) and she confirmed that she can’t find it anymore. Woe, this tea was better than almost any independent tea I’ve come across, especially for a tea in a bag!

(Note, for those who don’t know, steps to making this tea Southern style:

Step 1 – use freshly drawn cold water, and bring to a boil.
Step 2 – let tea steep 4-5 minutes in your favourite teapot, more if you like it super strong.
Step 3 – Add sweetener (Regular, 1 cup sugar, Southern, use 2 cups)
Step 4 – Fill a 1 gallon picture with ice, pour tea over ice.
Step 5 – Stir and enjoy! )

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Oh my god, the homesickness that welled up after reading this post! I’m from Tennessee (living in Toronto now), and the Smoky Mountains are where my family spent every vacation. I used to make sweet tea by the gallon for my friend’s dad when I’d stay at her house, and I made it daily at Pizza Hut as well. We used to love serving it to the “Yankees” and watch them freak out about the sugar content XD.

Oh man. Thanks for this trip back home!

Tina S.

I still have almost a full container of the tea . . . if you’d like some I’m more than willing to share a few bags. hugs


Oh, no, I couldn’t, but thank you hugs True Southern Sweet tea is almost as bad for you as Coke! XD. Besides, any Southern girl worth her salt knows how to make a good pitcher of sweet tea out of any old black ;)

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A friend who swears by this tea gave me a couple bags to try, and I brewed it with hope since she did love it so much.

The tea itself wasn’t bad, but I felt that my entire experience was overshadowed by the stevia. By the fifth sip that was all I could taste, and it almost felt like it was coating my mouth. Sadly, this isn’t the tea for me.

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Gah, without realizing it, my kettle heated the water too much, so my first cup of this was definitely burnt. Greens, why you so delicate?

Determined since I liked what was under the burnt taste, I tried again. And this time I definitely got the brew right. It’s an interesting tea, and I loved the smell of it as I pulled the infuser and the first sips.

I’m halfway through the glass now, though, and I’m starting to get that feeling in my mouth from chewable vitamins, and that horrid fake orange taste. The tea itself is still nice, but my mouth seems to be rebelling against it. I’m going to rate it based on the tea flavour, but those unsure, beware if you don’t like a dryer mouth!

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More and more I’m becoming a big fan of oolongs. They surprised me since I hadn’t really had many, but the more I try, the more I am definitely willing to try more. If anything, I’m finding I prefer the straight oolongs to the flavoured, something that is extremely rare for me in teas. So long live the oolongs, as they have captured this tea drinker’s heart.

This one was delightful on first sip. I totally could have sat and drank the entire cup without adding anything, but just to try it I tossed in a bit of sugar. It totally changed the flavour, to something equally delightful. Unfortunately, horrible creature that I am, I fell asleep halfway through the cup. Lazy Saturdays are great until they become too lazy!!

I woke up a couple hours later to an extremely cold cup of tea, but instinctively I grabbed and sipped. And wow, even hours later and ice cold it was lovely! Definitely getting more of this one!

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Here fishy fishy fishy!

I swear I felt like Ernie sitting in his boat when I smelled this one brewed. I’d even tried rinsing before brewing, hoping that it would make a straight pu’erh drinkable for me. But nope. I did two sips and just couldn’t do anymore. Pu’erh is definitely not a type of tea I can do straight right now. I’ll revisit them later in my life but right now, they are definitely not for me.


I can’t stand the fishiness of David’s Pu’erhs. I put up with it, for lack of a better option at the moment… but I’ve noticed the other local tea vendors tend to have better quality options in this particular category. Once I’m allowed to buy more tea, I’ll be investing in some for myself! :P

Tina S.

Hmm, maybe I’ll give them one more chance, then. I DO like David’s Oh Christmas Treat so it isn’t a 100% ban from the collection.


Next time you are downtown, I’ll take you to Tea Dynasty… they have some serious tea there and the guy who runs the place will sit and talk for hours while he gives you free samples :P

Tina S.

Oooh, that sounds lovely! (Why do I foresee I doing massive tea trips? :D)

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I have no idea why I waited this long to try this one, seriously, what was wrong with me? I made my first cup tonight and like the multitasker I am, got distracted before removing the infuser. It got at least an eight minute steep but still, nearly perfect! I added a dash of sugar and smiled after every sip. Can’t wait to try it with a proper steeping time now!

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drank Jumpy Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
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This coffee loather couldn’t get past four large sips. That was the majority of the flavour, with hints of underlying things to try and mask the burnt taste. Definitely not the mate for me.

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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I was so so bitter when this won the Back from the Dead contest. I wasn’t a fan when it was first on the wall, and it was nowhere even in my top eight. But it is now permanent, and so we gave it another shot.

It isn’t bad. I find its a pretty basic darker black with raspberry notes and coconut. I didn’t dislike the cup, and I did finish it, but it wasn’t memorable for me. I have a great raspberry black from T2, and I suspect I’ll reach for it before I reach for this one again. I do agree though that David’s needs more raspberry on their wall!

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An avid tea addict in the GTA, Ontario, Canada. I’m always looking for new teas and new tea addicted friends!

My preference is loose leaf of all varieties, however the occasional bagged tea can come along and charm me. Flavoured or straight, there is a good chance that I will be falling in love.


My ratings system is based on the smiley faces above the ratings scale.

0-10 — This tea didn’t get past the initial sip process. I just couldn’t bring myself to drink more, I found it so horrible.

11-50 — It made it past first sips, but as I drank a bit more I realized I really wasn’t enjoying the tea, and would never drink it again.

51-60 — I probably made it through the cup, but won’t be trying another one.

61-69 — Either it’s a mystery tea and I can’t decide if I like it or not, or it is one that I felt was purely adequate.

70-85 — These are the teas that I appreciate and/or like. If they are falling in this area they are ones that I would definitely re-buy, however are not ones that I must always have on hand. The good, but not the amazing.

86-94 — These are the favourites. My cupboard feels empty if they aren’t inside.

95-100 — Tea perfection!


GTA, Ontario, Canada

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