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On the tenth day of Christmas, 52Teas gave to me…Boo Berry Cotton Candy!

This is another of the teas I’ve been wanting to try for what feels like forever. I’m so glad I finally got the chance! The dry leaves smell very sweet and quite strongly of blueberries, with an undertone of of sweetness that does make me think of cotton candy. It also reminds me of blue raspberry slush puppy, another fondly remembered childhood memory.

I was a bit surprised to read that the base tea is gunpowder. In my experience, this is a tea which is usually bitter, sometimes undrinkably so. While brewing, I can smell the green tea base a lot more strongly than I can the flavouring, although that’s still there in the background. I’m a little troubled.

It turns out I needn’t have been. To taste, this is as sweet as I could want it to be. I can clearly taste blueberries and the sweetness of cotton candy. It’s delightfully sugary, and just perfect! I’m glad I was patient and let the water cool sufficiently before I added the tea. If I hadn’t, I know I’d be having a very different experience right now, and my hopes and expectations for this tea would have been destroyed. As it stands, I’m seriously enjoying this.

I’ll say again that I don’t know how Frank manages it. I pretty much hated green tea before now, but his blends have really made me reconsider what I thought I knew. None of them are bitter, and this one is no exception in being an absolute knockout. I seriously hope he keeps up the good work. I’m officially an addict.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 26, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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