Blushing Geisha from Steep City Teas – Tea Review

Blushing Geisha is a hibiscus floral green tea blend from Steep City Teas, one of my favorite online tea sellers.

This tea caught my eye right away, but I was a little leery of it. It was expected, from the name, the tea would be red and hibiscusy. Many of us tea drinkers have been terrorized by over hibiscus – vibrant red tea that tastes so tart your throat has a spaz, and that was supposed to be “strawberry tea”?

However, after having some of Steep City Teas stuff, I figure it had to be good.

DRY LEAF: I opened the package, closed my eyes and smelled the tea. Smells kinda like sweet cherries mixed with a little floral. I look at the tea. Very pretty!

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Deep green tea leaves, lovely white jasmine blossoms, yellow marigold petals, orangey safflowers and deep red hibiscus bits. Blushing Geisha looks just as pictured on the website!

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There’s a couple of these funky flowers too:

Blushing Geisha from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (2)wad of marigold maybe?

STEEPED: I followed the recommended steep time of 212F for 2.5 minutes. 212F? Oh boy, I’m scared as that seems too hot for a green. I’m used to 175F or even 160F for green tea.

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Here comes the hibiscus lightning!

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Gorgeous orange-red cup of tea! Stunning!

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Here’s the best my camera can do to capture Blushing Geisha’s pretty colour. I need a lipstick in this colour! Nail polish too! OMG!

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Smells slightly tart and fruity – uh oh – hibiscus!

The steeped leaves look very pretty as well! They kept their vibrant colour! The splayed out flowers remind me of hair ornaments a Geisha would wear.

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TASTE: In the back of my mind I was worried this tea was going to be a tart hibiscus terror along with an overcooked bitter green, but I knew Steep City wouldn’t do that to me, right?

In that gorgeous orange red tea was just absolute beauty – the tea starts out light and innocent, but then as you sip, it becomes stronger in flavor – tangy tart that is slightly fruity and a beautiful soft jasmine swirling at the end of sip. The tart is very drinkable, say at 4/10 on the Tart-o-meter. The floral is gentle, say a 2 or 3/10 on the Floral-o-meter.

Absolutely no bitterness in my cup of Blushing Geisha. A teeny bit of dryness, only there if I’m looking for it, though I could be mixing it up with the tangyness. The green tea flavor is quite light here, though the floral fruity hibiscus take over in flavor.

SWEETENED: Sweetened? Why not?  WHOA WHOA WHOA! With a little german rock sugar, Blushing Geisha changed quite a bit – and it is a flavor I haven’t had before. In sum, Liquid Flower Fruit? The sugar cut through the tangy tart very easily so there is little tart present. The fruity note really pops, but is also a soft floral jasmine in nature. It’s like having a fruit tea accented with fresh flowers. I think this flavor is mostly from the hibiscus, wow!

I think I like sweetened a little more, but Blushing Geisha was very good unsweetened.

As I get to the bottom of my pot of tea, I’m like, “Grrr, I want more!”

RESTEEP: I resteeped the leaves for 3 minutes with more boiling water. The colour is a more orangey brown with a bit of red. Taste? Much lighter, little bit of hibiscus fruity tart and a wave of floral. I’m not a fan of the resteep as it’s too light for my tastes.

COLD STEEPED: I steeped for 2 hours and it was weak, 3 hours it was still weak. Then I had to go out and Blushing Geisha got an 8 hour cold steep. The cold steep came out more tart and less dimension than hot. Hmmm. Maybe I need to ice this one instead.

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ICED: Oh yeah, now this is really good! I added german rock sugar, honey and a couple thin lemon slices and it came out deliciously light, fruity with a slight hit of fresh green tea taste. The fruity hibiscus is simply amazing here. The jasmine is really slight too and adds something a little exotic to my iced tea. It’s almost like a sophistcated fruit punch. YUM! I gotta say, this is one of the best iced teas I’ve had.

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COMMENTS: Steep City Teas expertly uses hibiscus. EXPERTLY. FREAKING SCHOOL’D, that’s what! I’m very impressed with this tea and I’d like to keep this in stock often.

Blushing Geisha would be a great tea for someone new to teas – this tea is easy to steep, great with sweetener and as an iced tea. It’s not too tart, floral or vegetal of a green. This would also be a great tea for kids. I wanna make an entire pitcher of this iced next time I have a dinner party – toss in a few of the steeped jasmine buds and some sliced fruit!

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