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drank SBT: Watermelon by 52teas
691 tasting notes

Is today ever a day for iced tea! I thought it was hot last week, but it’s nothing compared to this. I’m looking forward to going home just so that I can change my tshirt, which isn’t my usual motivation. Good thing I brewed this up last night and brought it in today, then! I’ve had a few cups of hot tea today (I need them to get me going in the morning), but as the day has worn on, it’s become far too hot for that.

The first thing that struck me about this one was how clearly the watermelon taste comes over. I’ve always found watermelon to be a particularly delicate and easily obscured flavour, so I was expecting it to have to fight hard with the black tea base. It doesn’t, though. Somehow, it remains a really clear and juicy flavour, and the black tea stays firmly in the background. Delightful! I was hoping it would be this way when I opened the sachet last night, because I could smell watermelon really clearly then, so I’m really glad not to have been let down. Not that Frank’s teas are a let down, but flavoured blacks in general can be.

I don’t think my thoughts are very coherent at the moment, because I’m sweaty and uncomfortable, so I’m going to shut up. This is a really tasty iced tea, though, and I think it might have actually helped to keep me sane today!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich 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 not 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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