Review: SerendipiTea Dahl House

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Thumbs up!"Refreshing and simple, though the peach flavor was just a little too intense for me."
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serendipitea-dahl-house.jpgMy past experiences with Serendipitea products have all been fantastic, so I was very eager to try another Serendipitea blend. Their "Dahl House" blend upheld their reputation for offering high-quality tea products, however it also lacks the complexity of other teas I have sampled. The tea is apparently named after famed children's author Roald Dahl, who wrote "James and the Giant Peach". That being said, it's no surprise that the leading flavor in this blend is peach. Aside from eating the real fruit, I generally shy away from peach-flavored food and drink items, so I found the peach flavor to be almost overwhelming. However, the addition of peach to this tea imparted a natural sweetness and an aroma that was fruity and floral at the same time. This is one of those teas in which holding it under your nose provides almost as much satisfaction as drinking it. The ingredients list for this tea also includes ginger, but I was disappointed in that I could barely detect any ginger at all. I found this especially surprising given that there were noticeably large pieces of ginger mixed in with the tea leaves. The peach-to-ginger ratio was not balanced appropriately to allow the spicy ginger flavor to come through (which is too bad, because a little note of ginger can be a great ending to a sip of tea). I guess the folks at Serendipitea were pretty literal when they named this one "Dahl house" because based on the flavor of this tea, they must have used one heck of a giant peach to pack that much flavor into a teaspoon of tea leaves.

The Serendipitea website identifies the black tea base as "black tea"; I assume that the black tea is a Ceylon, which is known for being fruity and floral and thus a perfect choice for a peach tea. To me, fruit-flavored teas just seem better when served cold. Indeed, I found that this tea was much better on the rocks with a sprinkling of sugar. Unfortunately, the day I sampled this was overcast and dreary, but this seems like the perfect tea for picnics and backyard cookouts. I can imagine swinging in my hammock with a nice book (perhaps a classic from Roald Dahl such as "The BFG" or "The Witches") in one hand, and a tall glass of this tea, garnished with a peach wedge and a sprig of mint, in the other. In the end, I rate it a 7 out of 10 because while refreshing and simple, the peach flavor was just a little too intense for me.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Dahl House, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: SerendipiTea Dahl House”

  1. Chandi Says:

    This is a great tea for anyone that likes peach flavored tea. The ginger notes are subtle and complimentary to the HUGE peach flavor. If you are looking for a strong ginger flavor, you will probably be disappointed. Aside from that only good things to be said of this tea.

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