I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to let go of summer yet. Yes, the 19 degrees currently predicted might not feel like the 19 degrees I was relishing in at the beginning of summer, but after a long day at work and the sunny commute back home, an ice tea is still my drink of choice.
And there’s one in particular I’ve been in love with for the past 6 weeks or so: Jeeves and Jericho’s Apricot & Ginseng blend. You may recall from an earlier post how I was surprised on a sunny Saturday morning with some great teas…this was one of them.
About this tea
Dry leaves: If meditation gurus want people to focus on their breathing, I’d suggest they give them some Apricot & Ginseng to inhale. Seriously, one sniff of this gorgeous tea is not enough. And it’s not because I was given it to try, I honestly challenge you to find something more addictive to smell. The fruitiness of the blend hits you straight away and transports you to a sunny summer’s day, enjoying the bounty of the season. The aroma is more like apple and citrus to me than apricot, but it does hint to a sweet scent probably coming from the mango. Upon closer inspection, it seems the blend doesn’t actually have any apricot pieces so that seems a bit odd. But the proof of the pudding is in the taste, right?
Brewing instruction: I haven’t tried this as a hot brew yet, but for a cold brew I tend to make a batch in the morning and let it steep until the evening (about 10 hours). The packaging suggests 4-6 hours but the fact that it can brew for 10 hours and not be bitter speaks highly of the quality of the tea.
Quantity: 10 teaspoons for 1.2 litres of cold water.
Infusion: Having read this far, it will come as no surprise that I really like this blend. But what I still can’t believe (despite having made it a fair few times now) is the gorgeous light, bright green colour that it has, almost like a pale emerald. It’s something I haven’t seen before and my camera wasn’t up to the challenge to capture with this cloudy weather! But I promise you see it and then think every green tea should look like that. The flavour is a subtly sweet and very smooth with just a hint of herbs and a citrus tang to it. I love to add slices of lemon and mint to it, for an extra refreshing twist but it is just as delicious on its own. If we were to capture a sunny, happy day in an ice tea, this would be it.
You’ll like it if you like: green tea and apple or lemon, or a tropical green tea blend with mango and coconut.
Ready to try it?
Whether you’re still craving an ice tea like me, or you’ve moved on to warmer drinks, Apricot & Ginseng is available on the Jeeves and Jericho website at a very attractive £6 per 100g. Or if you’re lucky enough to live in Oxfordshire, you can pop into one of the local shops that sell it or a UE Coffee cafe.
Let me know what you think if you try it! You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @whiteduckling.
Until next time,